Category: Healthy Eating

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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5 a day or 10 a day?

Fruit and vegetables made the headlines recently after a new review study was published, which found that people who ate up to 10 portions of fruit and veg per day had a significantly lower risk of developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. In this 2 part mini series we will take a look at if we should all be striving to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg per day for good health. In part two we will give you tips on how to include more fruit and veg in your diet. What was this new...

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Love Your Kidneys

In honor of World Kidney day 9th March 2017 What’s the first thing you did this morning after you woke up? Did you thank your kidneys or just take them for granted? Have you ever stopped to wonder what it might be like to never go for a wee…? “Great” you may say, “I wouldn’t have to stop what I was doing”. But it would also mean that you would be very unwell unless you received medical treatment. Our kidneys do the wonderful job of making our wee (our body’s waste) and when they don’t work properly life changes...

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PKU and Sugar

Sugar continues to be a hot topic at the moment, especially with the impending sugar tax on high sugar drinks. There is concern about the effect of sugar on the teeth causing dental caries, as well as the calories it provides contributing to weight gain. These concerns are the same for someone with PKU who follows a low protein diet. Dietitians are not in favour of demonising one nutrient and take a whole diet approach when it comes to a balanced diet and lifestyle. However, the bottom line is we are eating too much sugar and reducing the amount...

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Should we treat sugar like tobacco?

I came across a tweet from a high profile doctor advocating that we should treat sugar like tobacco. This was quite concerning to hear. Is sugar like tobacco? A nutrient that our body uses for energy vs a habit that has direct links to cancer and disease? We know from the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) that we are eating too much sugar (in regards to the government recommendations) and that over eating sugar could risk leading to weight gain (SACN Carbohydrate and Health 2015). But we also know from NDNS that we are not eating enough fruit,...

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Are Your Portions Too Big?

Our portion sizes have increased over the years. Single packets of crisps are now grab bags, chocolate bars have doubled in size, there are options to supersize meals and often restaurant portions are very large. it is easy to fill your plate with pasta or chips, choose a big breakfast bowl for cereal or add the extra ball of ice cream to your dessert. We seem to have lost sight of what a sensible portion size is. But why is it important to keep our portion sizes in check? Well, the more we eat, the more calories we consume and if we...

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