Category: Healthy Eating

How many calories do you consume when drinking alcohol?

It’s coming up to that party time of year where people may overindulge in an alcoholic drink or two… Keeping your alcohol consumption in check is important for health, short term and long term. In the short term too much alcohol can affect the quality of your sleep, it irritates your digestive system, can increase your blood pressure, not to mention lost days due to hangovers! Excessive drinking in the long term puts you at risk of developing diseases such as cancer, pancreatitis, liver disease and heart disease. Sarah has written about her thoughts on giving up alcohol for a...

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Review: The Carb Spoon

We often hear people say that carbs are fattening, but the reality is that it is the amount we eat not the type of food which makes us put on weight! Wholegrain, high fibre carbohydrate foods are linked to a decreased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers so they are important to include in our diet. So the key is the portion size. It is very easy to overeat carbohydrate foods, so weight management dietitian Lisa has invented ‘The Carb Spoon’, a measuring spoon to measure out the perfect amount of carbs to cook and eat. I...

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Cracking news; Runny Eggs are now safe in the UK

Last week the food standards agency in the UK announced that its advice on eating eggs is changing. In the past, it was recommended that people who are at high risk of infections or food poisoning, cook and eat their eggs hard boiled. These people included children, pregnant women and the elderly. This was because eggs might have contained salmonella bacteria which can cause serious illness. Latest egg advice The advice has been revised based on the latest scientific evidence. If the eggs are produced in the U.K. and carry the Lion mark, then the food standards agency are...

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Healthy Low Protein Breakfast Ideas

A healthy breakfast is essential to set you up for the day… but for people that have to follow a low protein diet then it can be hard to find information on healthy breakfast ideas. This video is for people that have been told by their doctor that they have to follow a very low protein diet. Disorders, where the treatment includes a very low protein diet, include Phenylketonuria (PKU), Tyrisonaemia, Maple Syrup Urine Disease and Homocystinuria. We hope you enjoy our video and please link through to YouTube and give us a like and a follow! Ideas include: Measured quantities of...

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Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower Looking for exciting ideas for your veg? Cauliflower is one of the veg my fussy 4-year old says she likes! Cauliflower is very versatile.  I have already blogged about how I sometimes blend cooked cauliflower into a white sauce to get her to eat more veg which works a treat! I never really thought about roasting cauliflower, but roasted cauliflower is a great alternative to boiled or with a white sauce. The great thing about this dish is that you can tailor to your taste. Add what every herbs or spice you fancy. Make it spicy by...

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Top 10 Tips to Keep you Gut Healthy

Love your gut The gut is one of the most important organs in the body and it plays a vital role in our health and well-being in many different ways. So, show your gut some love this September and take time to look after your digestive system – it really is worth it! Love Your Gut week is 4th-10th September, highlighting the vital role of the digestive system and emphasising the importance of good gut health through educating the public. The good news is that it isn’t hard to love your gut! Dr Joan Ransley, a Nutritionist for Love Your...

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The Good Food Show: Nutrition Fact & Nutrition Fiction

Volunteering at the Good Food Show In June I volunteered to help out on the BDA stand at the Summer Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham. I decided to volunteer as it is great fun going to the Good Food Show, the NEC is just down the road from me and when I have been to the show in previous years there has been a lot of nutrition nonsense spouted! Having a dietitian drop in clinic would bring some nutritional credibility to the show. The stand was situated in the Eat Well corner, next to the Healthy...

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Courgetti and Carrot Salad

It’s a good habit to always include vegetables or salad with your meals. If looking for a salad, don’t despair if you don’t have any lettuce in the fridge, you can make any veg into a salad! This salad just uses 2 vegetables; carrots and courgettes. If you don’t have a julienne peeler or a spiralizer, then making a grated version would work just as well. Ingredients 1 Courgette 1-2 Carrots Flaked almonds 1-2 teaspoons of flavoured oil (bought or make your own!) Method Julienne, spiralise or grate the courgette and carrots Heat a frying pan and dry toast the flakes...

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Vitamin D in mushrooms: Lets get back to nature

The British Dietetic Association recently changed their recommendations on people taking vitamin D supplements. They now advise that all adults and children over the age of one should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms (µg) of vitamin D especially during autumn and winter¹. This is because low vitamin D levels in children can cause Rickets, a bone deformity and in adults it can cause Osteomalacia, a softening of the bones. The recommended vitamin D requirement is 10µg per day for over 4 year olds¹. We do get the majority of our vitamin D from sunlight and spending time...

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Top Tips To Include More Veg And Fruit In Your Diet

Our previous post looked at the latest review study suggesting we eat up to 10 portions of veg and fruit per day for good health. This is quite a big ask for most of us, so the first step is to try and include 5 portions per day. If you are doing well with 5 a day, try and increase it a little further, can you reach 10 a day? Back in February (2017), myself and a fellow student dietitian (Doireann Sheridan) organised a week of sharing foodie ideas to try and help you reach your 5-a-day over on our...

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Nutrition, diet and the life of a dietitian. No fad diets, potions or pills, promoting evidence-based dietary advice.

We are UK registered dietitians who have a similar enthusiasm for all things dietetic and ensuring the right nutritional messages are getting out there. Dietitians are registered with the Health Care Professions Council and must adhere to a code of conduct, ensuring we give evidence-based nutritional advice.

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