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  • How much Exercise does my Child need? How much Exercise does my Child need?

    How much Exercise does my Child need?

How much Exercise does my Child need?

Children’s physical activity is having somewhat of a revival in the national consciousness. Once the preserve of vaguely depressing P.E. lessons and old gym equipment, we increasingly understand how important, fun and vital movement is for optimal health. But are our children exercising enough, how much do they actually need and what truly counts as “exercise”? And most importantly, how can we help our children to move more and sit less? Current data shows that only 21% of boys and 16% of girls aged 5 to 15 meet activity recommendations; along with only 1 in ten children aged 2 […]
By |May 2nd, 2017|child obesity|Comments Off on How much Exercise does my Child need?
  • Food Allergy – the basics Food Allergy – the basics

    Food Allergy – the basics

Food Allergy – the basics

My maternal life is the inspiration behind this blog post. Kudos to my Mummy friends for reminding me of this! My little girl has a milk allergy – nothing life threatening, but we do have to be aware of the content of every single bit of grub she puts in her mouth. And we’re not alone: one of my daughter’s little buddies has an egg allergy. Needless to say, it’s something that forms an important part of our lives, both when we’re on ‘mum duty’ and when we’ve got our ‘work hats’ on. Many others are in the same […]
By |April 18th, 2017|Infant feeding, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Food Allergy – the basics
  • Fibre: are you getting enough? Fibre: are you getting enough?

    Fibre: are you getting enough?

Fibre: are you getting enough?

Fibre isn’t exactly the sexiest of nutrients, but it’s a very important one. We need it in our diet to help our gut function normally and it can also help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. Dietary fibre is the edible part of a plant that is not digested or absorbed in the small intestine but is completely or partially broken down by bacteria in the large intestine. The majority of us need to eat more fibre and the recommended intake has recently changed to […]
By |April 14th, 2017|nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Fibre: are you getting enough?
  • Be Cool, Take That Energy Shot, but at What Cost? Be Cool, Take That Energy Shot, but at What Cost?

    Be Cool, Take That Energy Shot, but at What Cost?

Be Cool, Take That Energy Shot, but at What Cost?

Marketing and brands Whether it’s playing video games, jamming with friends, having a drink, playing your favourite sport or powering through the night for due coursework, your perfect companion is often a caffeine load packed in a small ‘energy drink’ can. Between 2004 and 2009, the market for energy drinks has grown by a staggering 240%. In 2014, the estimated global energy drink market was worth $50 billion, growing at a yearly rate of 3.5% since then. Red Bull is one of many energy drinks sold globally that has been enjoying this increased fame.  Most energy drinks are aggressively marketed to […]
By |April 11th, 2017|Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Be Cool, Take That Energy Shot, but at What Cost?
  • The Lowdown on Sleep – for Children (and Adults!) The Lowdown on Sleep – for Children (and Adults!)

    The Lowdown on Sleep – for Children (and Adults!)

The Lowdown on Sleep – for Children (and Adults!)

Our children’s health is incredibly important, as well as increasingly newsworthy in the digital age. Physical activity and good nutrition are constantly cited as areas for improvement, leaving schools, teachers, parents, carers and society grappling with a bombardment of dietary advice and exercise drills. But there is one vital area of child’s health which seems to be poorly recognised and under reported – the matter of children’s sleep. Sleep can be a contentious topic, and it can seem like becoming a parent means that you are judged on how well your baby, toddler or teen is kipping, leading to a […]
By |March 23rd, 2017|child obesity, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on The Lowdown on Sleep – for Children (and Adults!)
  • The truth about Omega 3 The truth about Omega 3

    The truth about Omega 3

The truth about Omega 3

The health benefits of omega-3 fats have been a hot topic in the media over recent years. You may be wondering what is so unique about these fats. To keep it simple, our bodies make most of the fats that we need from other fat or raw materials but we can’t produce omega- 3 fats. We call these ‘essential fatty acids’ and they are important for human health. So, we can only reap the potential health benefits of omega-3 by eating food or taking supplements that contain it. The hype has stemmed […]
By |March 9th, 2017|Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on The truth about Omega 3
  • Intermittent fasting diets Intermittent fasting diets

    Intermittent fasting diets

Intermittent fasting diets

Since 2012, when a BBC documentary caused the 5:2 diet to explode in popularity, intermittent fasting diets have become all the rage. Many have become seduced by this alternative weight-loss/health-boosting strategy, shunning the conventional form of dieting in which you continuously watch what you eat. Intermittent fasting diets involve cycles of ‘fasting’ (either no or very limited calories) and ‘non-fasting’ (basically, you can eat whatever you like). This may take various forms: – 5 days of ‘normal eating’: 2 days of 500kcal/day for women and 600kcal/day for men. – 6 days of ‘normal eating’: 1 day of fasting, i.e. only calorie-free […]
By |March 2nd, 2017|Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Intermittent fasting diets
  • The Glorification of Calories The Glorification of Calories

    The Glorification of Calories

The Glorification of Calories

A recent nutrition article that was published in the New York Times vastly undermined what nutritionists and scientists are saying about dietary sugar and fat. The gist of the article was to blame nutritionists for still confirming true the notion that ‘a calorie is a calorie, regardless of its source’. As a nutritionist, I believe I owe it to myself and the health industry industry to respond. Granted, my opinion may be largely based on my personal views, but I think I hold the same opinion as many authentic nutritionists out there.
By |February 24th, 2017|Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on The Glorification of Calories
  • Behind the Headlines: Does Burnt Toast Cause Cancer? Behind the Headlines: Does Burnt Toast Cause Cancer?

    Behind the Headlines: Does Burnt Toast Cause Cancer?

Behind the Headlines: Does Burnt Toast Cause Cancer?

The first “health scare” of the year kicked off in January, as new publicity shed a light onto a potentially cancer causing substance called acrylamide. The panic inducing and media hyped compound was reportedly found in burnt toast, roast potatoes, crisps, biscuits and coffee. The wide coverage worried many consumers, and angered just as many others – so, what actually is going on?   What is Acrylamide? Acrylamide is a compound which forms when starches are cooked above 120 Degrees Centigrade, as a result of the reaction between reducing sugars and the asparagine amino […]
By |February 17th, 2017|Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Behind the Headlines: Does Burnt Toast Cause Cancer?
  • You are what you(r mother) eat(s) You are what you(r mother) eat(s)

    You are what you(r mother) eat(s)

You are what you(r mother) eat(s)

You’ve just pushed a little human out of you*. I think it’s fair to say you’re pretty knackered. There’s a helpless – probably howling – scrunched-up creature who YOU are now responsible for. There’s nothing more daunting, or wonderful (the two are not mutually exclusive), than that. And now…now you’ve got to feed the little thing. More than likely, a midwife (or 10) has thrusted your tiny baby onto your breast, critically analysed the ‘latch’ and, quite possibly, made you feel as worthy as something brown and steaming on the side of […]
By |February 9th, 2017|Infant feeding, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on You are what you(r mother) eat(s)