Category: Special Diets

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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Gluten-Free Scotch Pancakes

Needing to follow a special diet for medical reasons shouldn’t mean you miss out on some of the simple celebrations in life. My eldest son, aged 13 years, has coeliac disease and this means he can’t eat gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. At weekends to add variety to our diet we will often start the day with gluten-free (GF) pancakes. The gluten-free scotch pancakes recipe below can be adapted using various flours and milks as well as using egg substitute to replace egg if required. Ingredients 150g self raising GF flour (we...

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Bean Salad

A quick store cupboard salad, high in fibre and protein to fill you up. The recpie can be adapted to which ever canned beans you like (or you have in your cupboard!). Ingredients 1 can of kidney beans 1 can of butter beans 1 can of sweetcorn 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar Black pepper for seasoning Fresh extras: 2 chopped spring onions / chopped peppers Method Open cans, drain the beans and rinse in a sieve under the tap Add the beans, sweetcorn, chopped spring onions / chopped peppers and balsamic vinegar into a bowl and mix. Season with black...

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So I Need to Gain Weight?

When I tell many people about what I do for a living, they immediately pat their tummies and tell me they need to go on a diet. Louise has written a post before about the 10 Things People say to you when they hear you are a Dietitian and many of our Dietetic readers could relate. Members of the general population often think helping others lose weight is the main purpose of our role but it is a small aspect. We often see people who need to gain weight. This may be due to illness, such as lung conditions, eating disorders, cancer,...

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Product Review: Microwaveable Gluten Free Bread

Back in November I went to the Good Food Show at the NEC, a foodies heaven. I had a great time sampling different food and drink and watching Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood at the Super Theatre. I came across a stand selling this microwaveable gluten free bread. I don’t need a gluten free diet, but my sister in law does and I thought it would be handy to have in the house for when she visits. I was intrigued to see how it would turn out after being cooked in the microwave!! My sis in law was visiting for...

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The PKU Diet: Healthy Eating Myths

Happy 2016 readers! It’s a new year and this can often mean a new you and a time for getting healthy and trying to lose some weight. The diet for Phenylketonuria (PKU) can be very hard to follow. Avoiding high protein foods on a daily basis whilst eating out, socialising and working can pose for difficulties. When adding healthy eating and weight loss into daily routine, things can become even more difficult. However, like the general population it is really important to aim for a healthy Body Mass Index to avoid developing any associated conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. See below for...

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Sweet Potato Wedges

This sweet tasting root vegetable is easy to cook into wedges. They are a source of carbohydrate, fibre, vitamins A, C and B6 and unlike potatoes they can be counted towards your 5 a day! They are also friendly for people with a disorder called PKU as they are low in protein and phenylalanine and do not have to be counted in the diet. Homemade Sweet potato wedges are a good alternative to chips. Ingredients Sweet potato Olive oil Pepper / herbs / spices / dried chilli flakes Method Heat oven to 200c / gas mark 6 Chop potatoes...

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How to Travel the World with PKU

Have you dreamt of travelling the world but worried that your diet will hold you back? Well not anymore… our guest blogger Katie Millington finds out more from experienced traveller Jen… For a lot of us, travelling is a major item on the bucket list that needs to be ticked off as soon as possible. Whether it be travelling around Europe inter-railing, or further away to exotic and unknown places, lots of people (including myself) dream of exploring the world. Of course, there will be concerns… What if I run out of money? How would I carry all my clothes...

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The 7 day 7 Exchange Dietitian Challenge – Round up

We volunteered ourselves to undertake the ‘7 Day 7 Exchange Dietitian Challenge’ as part of International PKU Day which was on June 28th and also to learn about what our patients do on a daily basis. Click here to find out more about the challange. We work with adults with PKU, therefore our views and thoughts about the diet challenge is tailored towards adults following the PKU diet. Infants, children and pre conception/ pregnant ladies have to follow the diet much more strictly than adults. Sarah’s Thoughts So the challenge is over. It has been a fun, tiring, hungry, fascinating, eye opening week....

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The 7 Day 7 Exchange Challenge – Day 4 Pizza party!

Day 4 of our 7 day 7 exchange Dietitians PKU diet challenge! I have been a working as a metabolic Dietitian since 2008, yet I think I have learnt more about the PKU diet in the last 4 days than in the last 7 years! I am having to stop and think about my food all the time, I realize I often graze on food during the day at home, especially around my kids eating up the bits they leave behind and trying their food to check it is cooked and tastes nice. This week I can’t do this, I...

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