A blog about nutrition.

Supporting your marathon running training


Once you’ve made the decision to enter an marathon or endurance race of any kind, the same is true for all sports in general for that matter and that is don’t let all the hard work and effort be wasted … Continue reading


5 protein-rich foods free of gluten


Protein is a key component of a healthy diet and ensuring your daily meals include an ample amount should be a key focus if you’re looking to improve your health or levels of fitness. However, this can be made more … Continue reading


How effective is a plant-based diet


A review of the effectiveness of a plant-based diet compared to a meat-eating diet on health, performance, and weight-loss.   When considering a plant-based diet, what option do you have to consider: –   Vegan, complete removal of all animal products … Continue reading


How to take control of your own health


Now that it’s January everybody wants to get back to the gym and start a new diet or exercise health kick of some description whether that’s a detox protocol or simply couch to 5k. For the average person in the … Continue reading


Weight Loss for Health


Since the start of January, the media has been full of weight loss plans and exercise regimes. My gym, which was quiet over Christmas, was full to the brim on Monday and I struggled to park the car at 6.30am … Continue reading


4 Ways to Stay Healthy


One of the things you will want to do is remain as healthy as possible. This can allow you to get more out of life and enjoy the good things it has to offer. Another reason to work towards the … Continue reading


Manage your health with Patient support Programmes


For those living with chronic health conditions, self-management is crucial for managing and controlling symptoms day to day. Protecting your own health is a responsibility that can require some help and guidance to ensure you pursue the right treatment for … Continue reading


5 Healthy Snacks You Should Avoid at All Costs


Truth be told, a lot of people are confused when it comes to identifying snacks that are really healthy. Even popular labels like “sugar-free” and “organic” tend to mislead us. You should know that not all claims are true and … Continue reading


Meal delivery services – is this the new way to lose weight and eat healthily?


In theory, losing weight should be easy – eat fewer calories than you burn. But in practice most of us know that it’s really difficult to lose weight and requires a combination of the right food and portion size, with lots … Continue reading


Dentists urge us to cut the cake culture in the office


Yesterday, (3 January 2017), the Royal College of Surgeons, Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) issued a press release urging workers to cut the cake culture that seems to have become established in many offices up and down the country. The FDS … Continue reading


Arthritis Awareness Month


A young woman holding her painful wrist

During the month of May, people around the country have been doing their part to raise awareness and sharing their experiences for National Arthritis month.   Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common forms of arthritis in the … Continue reading


6 easy ways to cut the carbs on your dinner plate



If you’ve decided to go down the low carb route to try and shift a few pounds then don’t despair. There are lots of tasty alternatives which you may not know about. Here are 6 of my favourite options, but … Continue reading


5 Healthy Foods That May Be Damaging For Your Teeth


We try to remain as fit and healthy as possible for a variety of reasons. It could be that we want to be around as long as possible to watch our loved ones grow and craft their own lives. It … Continue reading


Easy Stuffed Peppers


stuffed peppers on tray

I love a good stuffed pepper! Peppers are a great source of nutrients such as vitamin C and fibre. This recipe uses couscous instead of rice (which you may have used in stuffed peppers previously). Couscous is so quick to prepare … Continue reading


How Easy is it to Achieve the New Sugar Recommendations?


In July 2015, a report (by ‘SACN’) was released, giving new recommendations about the maximum amount of sugar we should eat, and also increasing the amount of fibre we eat. It re-classified the sugar we want to avoid as ‘free … Continue reading


Processed Foods: What’s OK, What to Avoid


Health experts are warning of an imminent obesity epidemic

There’s a lot of talk about food in the media. Health experts are warning us of an imminent obesity epidemic, with numbers of Type 2 diabetes increasing rapidly. Food-related illnesses are beginning to put real pressure on the NHS. One of … Continue reading


This week in health news: Strikes, Sugar Tax, and more


Junior Doctors organized nationwide strike action last week

At talkhealth we like to keep up to date with what’s going on in the world of health so that we can keep you updated and keep the health conversation going. This week’s brought a number of high-profile health stories … Continue reading


Sugar Consumption


Our Love Affair With Sugar: Sweet Treat or Public Enemy Number One? Sugar is getting a lot of negative press of late. Books like David Gillespie’s “Sweet Poison” and Dr. Robert Lustig and John Yudkin’s “Pure, White, and Deadly” have … Continue reading


No added sugar mincemeat



As you know from my previous post, I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes recently. I really wondered initially how I would cope with drastically cutting down my sugar intake (here I’m referring to added sugar rather than sugar naturally found in … Continue reading


Cooking for the Sensitive Gut


IBS Network

Our lovely friends at the IBS Network have sent us a fantastic 2016 Calendar. And it’s full of delicious recipes, from Black Rice Salad to Meat Balls with Basil, and Mini Passion Fruit Pavlova to Halloween Cake. And if you … Continue reading


Product Review: Ahmad Tea



A couple of weeks ago, I was sent some boxes of tea to try by the lovely team at Ahmad Tea. As an avid tea drinker, I have to say that I was more than happy to try them and … Continue reading


My diabetes health scare


It’s not often I share my personal health secrets with the world (!) but a couple of weeks ago, I went to see my Doctor about the fact that I had been feeling tired and run down, and had some … Continue reading


Emma-jane – a serious good news story!


Emma-jane in bathing costume

It is always so nice to get good news stories, isn’t it? So, I was chuffed to bits to get an email from a proud gran who had been a subscriber to the Foods Matter magazine way back in 2002. At … Continue reading


Saturated Fats – Truth vs Myth


Last week’s blog was all about trans fats, and as promised, this post is about saturated fats. Now before I start, it’s important to point out that this post is not about demonising particular nutrients  – there is a place … Continue reading


Trans fats


When you look at popular media, there always seems to be a new food or nutrient being demonised… fats, carbohydrate, sugar, fruit – the list goes on. However, when it comes to fats, the feedback I’ve had is that the … Continue reading


10 ‘healthy’ foods you didn’t realise contained added sugar


Sugar has been in the media a lot recently, and there are so many mixed messages. Just this week during the Great British Bake Off, we were informed that a cake containing honey or agave syrup as the sweetener was … Continue reading


The Black Seed Plant: Over 2,000 Years of Health Benefits



Black seed plant, also known as black cumin, or black caraway, has been used for numerous health problems and conditions. Here’s what it can do, what it might do for you, as well as side effects to be aware of … Continue reading


8 Foods You Should Be Eating NOW!


  We’re always striving to maintain a happy and healthy body and we all have different goals. Whether you’re aiming to lose weight or just increase your overall health then you’re going to need two things; a well-balanced nutritious diet … Continue reading


Why students should ditch the cola for water


Last year I was in the final year of my education journey, a third year university student with a healthy (yes really!) diet, but a seriously bad diet cola addiction! Most days I would be cracking open a can before … Continue reading


5 Sweet Swaps for Healthy Teeth This Summer


Via Unilever and PaneDolceAlcioccolato

During the warmer months we are inundated with refreshing choices such as cooling fruit, ice lollies, and freezing cold drinks. However most of these options are packed with sugar, which in excess can cause tooth erosion and decay. We’ve spoken … Continue reading


Is juice an option for children?


Earlier this week on my Facebook page, I asked for suggestions of what topics people wanted covering in my blog. As this was a popular choice, I thought I’d start with this. As a mum of three children myself, I … Continue reading


Neal’s Yard Remedies – Healing Foods Book Review



We’re constantly being told what foods are bad for us – to cut back on sugar and eat more fruit; eat more eggs for protein or eat fewer eggs to prevent high cholesterol. With so much conflicting information it leaves … Continue reading


What Does Healthy Really Mean Anyway?!


“Healthy”. That word is everywhere. But what is and isn’t “healthy” seems to change from one day to the next. You know what I mean… Once upon a time, fat was the enemy, low-fat was the way forward and half … Continue reading


Fluid: How much and what counts?


Fluid: How much and what counts? When it comes to fluid, there are many conflicting messages, as with other nutritional messages. How much should I drink? Do tea and coffee count? What about alcohol? How much? – If you look … Continue reading


‘Alternative’ allergy tests


Sense About Science

  Sense About Science is a scientific charity whose remit is to inform the public and enable them to ‘make sense’ of scientific and medical discussions. A worthy aim in which they are usually moderately successful. However, they have just tackled allergy … Continue reading


Gluten recalls


Genius Gluten Free

  There was been a huge outcry on social media and elsewhere recently over gluten contamination that occurred in the Genius factory. It triggered a whole slew of products recalls not only of Genius products but of supermarket freefrom lines … Continue reading


Frozen Yoghurt Ice Lollies



My kids always want a quick snack when they get home from school, and as the weather is getting hotter, I thought what better treat than homemade ice lollies made from fresh fruit and yoghurt?  These lollies have no added … Continue reading


Why Microbiotics should be in your diet


Many of us are much more aware of our need for good nutrition than ever before – but even more people are confused and bewildered by the contradicting advice, and ever-emerging string of ‘super foods’ we are advised to include … Continue reading


Superfoods or Super-hoax?


When you hear the word ‘superfood’, foods like blueberries, goji berries and pomegranate may spring to mind. Various health claims exist around these so-called superfoods in the media, for example that acai berries have anti-ageing properties, or garlic lowers blood … Continue reading


Mid-Week Treats at talkhealth HQ



Here at talkhealth HQ, we’re beating the mid-week blues with a delicious breakfast of homemade fresh bread and jam. This lovely treat is all thanks to Catriona (and her shiny new breadmaker). When Catriona said she had some treats for us … Continue reading


The Problem with Nuts


Well, to be honest, it is not nuts that are the problem, it is the confusion arising from the laudable efforts of regulators and manufacturers to improve allergen labelling for the benefit of allergic consumers. But, nuts being at the … Continue reading





For a few weeks I have been trying to get back on the wagon and lose my baby weight that I had put on throughout my pregnancy with my second son James. Now, I confess that my head was not in … Continue reading


Musings of a Sports Nutritionist


Firstly, I need to apologise for not posting in a while… My reason for this is that I’ve been studying hard for a course. I am doing a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Sports Nutrition at St Mary’s University, and I’m … Continue reading


The Invisibility Cloak


I didn’t gain weight accidentally.  I didnt gain weight because I simply couldn’t resist the chocolate or couln’t be bothered to exercise. I didn’t gain weight by having my four children. It didn’t creep up on me.  I gained weight … Continue reading


New Year, New You?


Now that the Christmas indulgence is over, and you’ve seen in the New Year, you may be thinking of shaping up – losing weight and getting fitter. May I encourage you to think of the ‘New You’ as a longer term … Continue reading




When I started writing about my weight loss journey I imagined myself sitting at my laptop being witty and wise and hopefully inspirational. Whats happened is Ive opened a can of worms where my feelings about my metamorphasis have bubbled … Continue reading


The Magic Pill


Ive traveled the country chatting to many different groups about my weight loss journey and the various issues surrounding weight.  At the end there is a Q&A session and there are two questions that ALWAYS pop up.  I’ve got to … Continue reading


Homemade crisps


It’s no mystery that Brits love their crisps… but have you own tried making your own crisps from fruits and vegetables? If you love the crunchiness of crisps, but not the unhealthy factor, these are certainly worth a try. They’re very easy to make – … Continue reading


Dream a little dream.


Lets talk about inspiration.  Specifically inspiration to lose weight. Why are you putting yourself through the upheaval of making all these changes?  Lets face it, its a right pain in the arse so whats your motivation? Are you doing it … Continue reading


How to make your mince pies healthier


The countdown to Christmas has begun… now don’t get me wrong, I love a good mince pie. However, if like me you are partial to more than one, or they play a regular part in your December diet, then why not have a go … Continue reading


5 tips to help you lose weight for Christmas (and after)


It’s the dreaded ‘C’ word – Christmas!! It’s just under six weeks until Christmas, and you may be wanting to have one last ‘push’ at losing weight in time for the day itself, or your work Christmas party. I am hoping this blog … Continue reading


Homemade Garlic Bread


Have you ever considered making your own garlic bread? Garlic bread is a tasty accompaniment to a meal, but due to the fact that it’s so easily available in shops, you have probably never considered making it yourself. Shop bought garlic bread … Continue reading


Eat Real Food: The Plant-Based A-Z (Part 2)


Hello and welcome to the second part of my plant-based A-Z! If you missed part 1, you can catch up by clicking here. We all know we should be eating more fruit and vegetables, beans and pulses, nuts and seeds… but … Continue reading


Carrot and Lentil Soup


I recently made this carrot and lentil soup as part of a cooking course I was running. The recipe has been adapted from a recipe I found on the First Steps Nutrition Trust website. Most of the participants had never cooked … Continue reading


Eat Real Food: The Plant-Based A-Z (Part 1)


It’s taken me a while to realise this, but the secret to a healthy, balanced diet is simple. Eat real food. In the words of Michael Pollon: “If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in … Continue reading


Vegetarian Shepherds Pie



My almost-two-year-old daughter doesn’t seem to like meat. I’m not sure if it’s the taste or the texture – either way, I am determined to get good sources of iron and protein into her. Lentils are a great source of iron. … Continue reading


Spaghetti Carbonara



On today’s blog is a spaghetti carbonara recipe. I adapted this recipe from others I found online, to make it simpler – by using one cheese instead of two, and by using a lower fat spread (instead of butter). I … Continue reading


A slice of what you fancy….


Chocolate cake

You would be forgiven for thinking that all we do is eat cake at talkhealth as it is currently looking that way – as the last Wednesday of the month we have ‘Cake Wednesday’ in the office….. The saying a slice … Continue reading


Roasted Butternut Squash Soup



I love a good soup. I usually make mine the traditional way – sweat the veggies in a little butter, then add stock. However today I had a little more time so decided to roast my veggies instead. It was … Continue reading


Food Allergies survey results



From 9-15 April 2014 NHS Choices and talkhealth teamed up with Allergy Academy, Action Against Allergy, Allergy UK and MedicAlert to present an online clinic on food allergies. Alongside this, we ran a survey on food allergies. Most people who answered this … Continue reading


Top 10 Blackberry Recipes



I love blackberries, and let the brambles grow wild at the end of my garden every year. Blackberries are now in season and are such a brilliant, versatile fruit. If you don’t want brambles in your garden, why not try ‘PYO’ (pick … Continue reading


Strawberry Whip and Blackberry Ice Lollies



I love blackberries and the fact they grow wild in the garden. I have been searching for the best healthy recipes using blackberries, and will write a blog on this soon. For today’s blog however, I decided to make some … Continue reading


Spirulina – Super or Spoof?


Billed as being a super protein, what is ‘Spirulina’, and is it all it’s cracked up to be? Spirulina is a cyanobacterium (form of algae), which lives naturally in tropical and subtropical alkaline lakes with high concentrations of carbonate and … Continue reading


Sausage Pasta Recipe



On today’s blog is my famous Sausage Pasta recipe. This is one of our family favourites – what tastier combo than some nice sausages, fresh tomato-based sauce and pasta? It’s another very versatile dish – you can add / swap … Continue reading


Fats Debate – Sorting the Truth from the Myths


In celebration of Dietitians Week, I am writing my second blog of the week. Dietitians Week is all about raising awareness of the work Dietitians do and their unique skills. Dietitians are truly the gold standard when it comes to … Continue reading


Why I Trust a Dietitian


In celebration of the first ever Dietitians Week, I have written this poem entitled “Why I trust a Dietitian”. It’s a bit of fun, but highights the importance of always checking your nutrition ‘experts” qualifications, as there are lots of … Continue reading


Courgette and Caramelized Onion Bread



Here is my courgette bread recipe – easy and simple – perfect for a first time bread baker – and doesn’t even require a bread maker machine. I must admit it was a touch time consuming, what with all the … Continue reading


Need to lose weight ASAP!


I’ve just had a Facebook message asking me for help, looking for a gym, as they “need to lose weight ASAP” Here is my response: “Here’s some free advice that most people pay for, so I’ll keep it simple and … Continue reading


Perfect Caramelized Onions


You asked for it… So here we have my caramelized onions recipe. I made this for the first time last week to go into my courgette & caramelized onion bread – recipe to come next week. It didn’t disappoint. I … Continue reading


Sweet potato and chickpea risotto



Today’s blog is a delicious vegetarian twist on a risotto. It uses chickpeas as the main protein source. As well as protein, chickpeas (along with other beans and pulses) are a good source of iron and calcium. I like to … Continue reading


Goodbye thinning, hello healthy new hair!



by Anushka F – Content Editor at MagicFreebiesUK – Free Stuff, Free Samples & More Over the last few months I’ve been on a mission to strengthen my hair from within. So for my first blog post, I wanted to share … Continue reading


Apricot Coconut & linseed flapjacks



Today, I wanted to make a healthier version of traditional flapjacks, and I had some milled linseeds in the cupboard that I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I found my milled linseeds in Lidl. They also contain 7% sesame, and … Continue reading


Lamb and butternut squash lasagne



I made this lamb and butternut squash lasagne for dinner tonight. My husband and kids loved it, and I was asked for the recipe by one of my Twitter followers. I don’t tend to use recipes, particularly for main meals … Continue reading


How many portions of fruit and veg should I really be eating? 5-a-day or 7-a-day?


In the wake of today’s headlines saying we should all be eating a 7 a day to ‘keep death at bay’, how many portions should you really be having? We all know that eating fruit and vegetables is good for … Continue reading


Easy tuna risotto – simple, cheap & nutritious!



This is my quick and easy risotto recipe and tonight’s dinner  – all made in 1 large saucepan. The kids loved it and my 18 month old got stuck in eating with her hands. This easy, cheap (only 75p per … Continue reading


Strawberry and Amaretto Trifle



This is my homemade modern twist on a trifle recipe. It was quick (especially if you already have sponge to hand) and easy to make. I made my sponge fresh (as I didn’t have any in the cupboard) but you … Continue reading


Pancake Day Ideas


Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day is here! This is one of our favourite food celebrations as a family. Pancakes are great – a perfect savoury snack, a healthy dessert (depending on your choice of filling or course!) or an alternative … Continue reading


The Truth about Detox Diets



Thinking about trying the latest ‘juice diet’ or ‘colon cleanse’? Those trying to sell you their products will claim that you will lose weight, feel great and be ‘cleansed inside’. Feeling tempted to try one? Well this article will explain … Continue reading


The truth about sugar – a summary of the evidence


Sugar is in the news, and on a lot of peoples’ minds at the moment. I wanted to write a blog to give some guidance and provide a correct interpretation of the best evidence available to us. I have decided … Continue reading


Aphrodisiac Foods – The lowdown on the evidence


As Valentines Day is fast approaching, I thought a post exploring aphrodisiac foods was in order! Cliche foods like oysters, chocolate, wine and chillies are often cited as having special ‘aphrodisiac powers’. However is there really such a thing as an … Continue reading


Are free sugars a health enemy?


Sugars are added to foods for one simple reason: it makes them tastier. I have no idea what unsweetened Coca-Cola might taste like, but I’m guessing ‘not great’ since it’s not a variety of the iconic brand that has ever … Continue reading


Foods to keep colds & flu at bay



If you search the internet for foods / nutrition to improve the immune system, you will be inundated with websites and supplement companies providing information and sales campaigns about foods / supplements, claiming they do wonders for the immune system. … Continue reading


Product Review: Meridian Nut Butters



Last week I was sent a jar each of smooth peanut butter, smooth almond butter and smooth cashew butter from a company called Meridian to review. Let’s just say that I found all 3 of these nut butters absolutely delicious! … Continue reading


Want To Run A Marathon? Tips To Help…



 So, you’ve signed up for the London Marathon? Here are some generalised training tips and knowledge to help. OK, not the London Marathon, but I do like this shot of me and the huskies on the Brecon Beacons! A marathon … Continue reading


Product Review: CalBisc 100



The views and opinions in this product review are all my own and this is not a product /company endorsement or recommendation. This products was sent to me for free, and I have chosen to write this review independently. No … Continue reading


Losing Weight and Keeping It Off


Out With The old   Today is New Year’s Day, and my Facebook feeds are filled with people selling products and solutions for weight loss. Without exception these are based on the ‘calorie deficit model’ – or dieting. Unfortunately this … Continue reading


How to dodge the Christmas weight gain


christmas chocolate stirrers

Christmas is traditionally a time of indulgence. The average person puts on 2lb (just over 1 kg) over the Christmas period that they never lose afterwards. Some people will put on a whopping 5lb! It’s well known that people often … Continue reading


Good Nutrition for Breastfeeding mums



You’ve done an amazing thing – you’ve had a baby and now you’ve decided to give your baby the best start in life by breastfeeding. I get lots of requests for information from mums who are breastfeeding and are not … Continue reading


Homemade spiced apple and cranberry chutney


chutney recipe

When I was last in Asda, I picked up the Asda Magazine – Christmas 2013 edition. I found a recipe for spiced apple and cranberry chutney which looked very nice. As I still had a stash of cooking apples to … Continue reading


Vitamin C Supplements – Should We?


I am not a fan of supplements. Instead I prefer to promote having a healthy balanced nutrition from whole food sources. Some people may benefit from food supplementation under medical supervision if they have a medical condition that requires it. … Continue reading


What does a Dietitian eat? A snapshot into my weight loss diet


Business card cropped

For this blog, I decided to feature a snapshot of my own diet. I will share today’s dietary intake with you, along with an analysis of my calorie, protein, fat and key micronutrient intakes. I am trying to lose the … Continue reading


What does a Dietitian eat? A snapshot into my weight loss diet


Business card cropped

For this blog, I decided to feature a snapshot of my own diet. I will share today’s dietary intake with you, along with an analysis of my calorie, protein, fat and key micronutrient intakes. I am trying to lose the … Continue reading


Food: the good, the bad and the ugly


Did you know sugar’s good for you? Yes, you read that correctly. And so is fat. Fat’s good for you as well. And salt. Salt’s essential. I’m not aiming for controversy here, by saying this – or even setting out … Continue reading


Ideas for Reducing your Food Wastage


Today’s headlines have again brought the issue of food wastage to the nation’s attention. Today’s news stories claim that despite a 21% reduction in food wastage over the past 5 years, we are still throwing away far too much food. … Continue reading


Ideas for Reducing your Food Wastage


Today’s headlines have again brought the issue of food wastage to the nation’s attention. Today’s news stories claim that despite a 21% reduction in food wastage over the past 5 years, we are still throwing away far too much food. … Continue reading


Chicken in Peanut Butter Sauce


This is my homemade chicken in peanut butter sauce recipe. This easy, cheap (less than £1 per serving) and delicious meal only takes 20 minutes to make. As usual with my blog recipes, I’ve analysed the recipe – see the … Continue reading


Chicken in Peanut Butter Sauce


This is my homemade chicken in peanut butter sauce recipe. This easy, cheap (less than £1 per serving) and delicious meal only takes 20 minutes to make. As usual with my blog recipes, I’ve analysed the recipe – see the … Continue reading


Quick Raspberry and Almond Oaties


raspberry almond oaties

It’s Friday, and tonight I’m meeting up with some friends for dinner. I’ve been asked to bring a healthy pudding, so since crumble was already taken and I didn’t have any cream/mascapone to go with my freshly bought raspberries,  I … Continue reading


Tuna fish lasagne recipe


tuna lasagne

This is my homemade tuna lasagne recipe – a healthier spin on the classic favourite dish. I used low fat cream cheese to flavour the white sauce, and I used cornflour and milk instead of making a classic roux for the … Continue reading


Weaning Diary – 1 year old


Enjoying a (very small) portion of homemade birthday cake

Today marks the end of a blogging journey – the last post in my weaning blog! My little one turned 1 at the end of September, and is now 12 1/2 months old. She is now eating normal family meals … Continue reading


5 Minute Hummus



It’s Friday, and tonight I’m meeting up with the girls for nibbles and chat. When I say ‘nibbles’, what most probably comes into your mind is unhealthy snacks like crisps, sweets, chocolates…. But did you think about hummus? Hummus is … Continue reading


The end of my breastfeeding journey – and how to ensure your 12+ month old meets their calcium requirements



My little girl turned 1 yesterday, and two days before her birthday marked the end of her (and my) breastfeeding journey. At 10 1/2 months, she had already naturally cut down to a morning and bedtime feed, and by 11 … Continue reading


Homemade Vegetarian / Vegan Chilli


This is my homemade veggie/vegan chilli recipe – it’s a really easy, cheap and filling dinner that only takes about 30 minutes to make. It includes sweet potato and butternut squash in addition to other veggies, kidney beans and lentils. It’s also gluten-free, … Continue reading


How to pack a healthy lunchbox for kids



Does your child take a packed lunch to school? Do you know what makes a healthy lunchbox? Do you include lots of variety? I am often asked questions by parents who want some ideas and inspiration on what to include … Continue reading


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


I often find myself working with clients suffering from IBS, both in my Hypnotherapy and in my Personal Training capacities. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or ‘IBS’, is a disorder involving a collection of symptoms that can include abdominal pain and cramping … Continue reading


The truth about Fruit Juices and Smoothies


fruit juice

Smoothies and fruit juices are often seen an alternative to eating fruit, especially for children who won’t eat fruit, as a ‘healthy option’ when going out for a drink or as an addition to a lunchbox. But are they really … Continue reading


Basic workout nutrition



  Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Workout nutrition is the subject of endless discussion on body building and fitness forums, but for most people a basic understanding is enough to optimise a moderate workout. The main goals are to promote energy … Continue reading


Weaning Diary – 11 months old



My baby is now 11 months old and we are looking forward to planning her little birthday tea party. At the time of my last blog, she was sitting and rolling confidently, but could not master the art of getting … Continue reading


Trout with salad – Low FODMAP, dairy free, gluten free



We are heading towards the end of Summer, early in the morning it certainly feels like Autumn is on the way. However there is still time left to enjoy a cold salad with a small glass of chilled white wine … Continue reading


The Healing Power of Manuka Honey


Manuka Honey

Honey has been associated as having positive health benefits and being used as a natural remedy for centuries. Great philosophers, such as Aristotle referred to it as a great remedy for wounds. However, the increasingly vast number of products and … Continue reading


Lowering the odds.


Everyone knows how to lose weight.  Its not rocket science!  It may not be easy, but its not difficult. Like playing the lottery, the rules may be simple and the prize life changing but the odds are enormous.  So, what … Continue reading


Food is a Love/Hate thing…


Food and feelings are so intertwined, its hard to be in control of one without first dealing with the other. Every culture I know has special foods for special occasions.  From wedding cakes, to christening cakes to birthday cakes.  Is … Continue reading


Babies, Children and Salt


Salt is a mineral that is made from sodium and chloride and is commonly referred to as sodium chloride or NaCl. It is the excess sodium, Na, that gives rise to health concerns, and in this blog, the words salt, … Continue reading


Time to kick start my diet & fitness regime


Losing weight, calorie counting and getting fit and healthy

Having completed the Fleet half marathon in March, my healthy eating has sort of gone out of the window! But, for quite a few reasons, today’s the day I’m getting back on track to lose weight, eat healthily and run … Continue reading


British consumers lead Europe in getting their “5 a day”



UK consumers (with internet access) are almost three times more likely than Europeans as a whole to consume at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, according to a new study from Nielsen, a leading global provider of … Continue reading


Government drive to help cut salt consumption by a quarter


Government drive to help cut salt consumption by a quarter

A major drive to help reduce the amount of salt we eat by a quarter, including by setting targets with food companies, has been launched today by Public Health Minister Anna Soubry. Research figures show that more than half the … Continue reading


Food scares – time to think about every ingredient in every bite


In the wake of the recent revelations about horse meat finding its way into the food chain, it is not surprising to see that the supermarkets are releasing sales figures that show that our shopping behaviour has changed already. For … Continue reading


Cheap vitamin could prevent birth defects



Politicians need to help tackle the common misconception that taking folic acid during pregnancy is optional, writes Jackie Bland, chief executive of SHINE. Spina bifida is the most severe congenital abnormality compatible with life, yet it still affects 1 in … Continue reading


Nalcrom (sodium cromoglicate) ? should we try it?


When Zac, my ‘intolerant child’ had his appointment at Great Ormond Street hospital, we were told of a drug that might help him – Nalcrom. The consultant, who I respect and trust, said he thought it was something we should … Continue reading


A break from breakfasts – now for the science bit


As I have recently worked my way through ‘inventing’ 15 gluten free and dairy free breakfast options, I think it is time to bring a bit of science back to my blog. Don’t worry, the food will be back, but … Continue reading


Online clinic on allergy NOW OPEN


The talkhealth / NHS Choices online clinic on allergy opened today. The clinic is supported by Action Against Allergy, the Allergy Academy and MedicAlert. Our panel of leading allergy specialists are waiting to answer all your questions about all aspects … Continue reading


Chronic diseases now the biggest healthcare burden


An interesting article has appeared in PM Live, based on several articles recently published in The Lancet. These articles reveal that advancements in treating infections and tackling malnutrition have seen chronic diseases and disability become the biggest global healthcare burdens. … Continue reading


Do you dine out gluten free? With Christmas coming up I have some tips!


Hello my name is Jen and welcome to my 1st blog on talkhealth. I have been eating gluten free foods for the last 4 years after being diagnosed as having gluten sensitivity. I have to say eating out used to … Continue reading


The modern day cultural obsession with food


Food was once just something I ate (too much of, on occasion!) and enjoyed eating!  It wasn’t something I spent too much time thinking about or worried about, but all this changed 8 years ago. Since the births of my … Continue reading


Was it the ham or just a hot flush?


Recently something really weird happened to me. It’s never happened before and it was slightly unnerving for someone who has had their fair share of anaphylactic allergic reactions. With allergies to all nuts, dairy, tomatoes and celery I am a … Continue reading




How much sleep do you get? Not getting enough sleep isn’t good.Requiring too much sleep can be just as bad…either way something could be wrong with your health. Sleep has ALWAYS been one of my favorite pastimes,as a teen, I … Continue reading


Why you should step outside.


There is more to health than eating right and exercising. To be truly healthy you should have feelings of wellbeing, positivity and happiness with your life. If you have read my blog you will know how often I exhort getting … Continue reading




At this moment, while writing this blog post…I am doing something I don’t like to do: getting my hair done. I would rather sit in a dentist chair than spend the many many hours it takes to get my hairconstructed. … Continue reading


Tips To Help You Eat A Healthier Diet


In a perfect world, nutrition would be easy to understand and apply to your diet. Unfortunately, in our information-overload society and the rampant opinions of so-called diet experts, it’s increasingly tough to know what to believe. Here you will find … Continue reading




Well, the Olympics are over. Thank God! Now I can get some sleep. I was so sleep deprived. I could have won a gold medal in crankiness. I am in awe when I see the super-human type feats executed by … Continue reading


£1.25 Billion – The Staggering Cost Of Eating Disorders In England


A newly released report carried out for national eating disorder campaigning charity Beat by a volunteer economist from the charity Pro Bono Economics (PBE) has found an overall estimated cost of £1.25billion per year to the English economy from eating … Continue reading


Health care and confusing profit, patient, cost and quality.


Danny Lieberman, the founder of Pathcare – talks about why we should be spending less money on healthcare and more on collaboration. The root cause of big failures is always hubris. Think about hubris in healthcare when you read this … Continue reading




It’s been so hot…how do I deal with the dog days of summer? Barking with a vengeance, while my thyroid walks to the beat of a different drummer. How do I cope with these record highs? Fearing what will spark … Continue reading


Eat 40% less and live 20 years longer


Eat 40% less and live 20 years longer - just like mice!

Today I forgot my lunch. Typical rush in the morning and being hassled by my kids to get out of the house to start the 25 minute school run in the car. I had some errands to run today, so … Continue reading


One Hundred Ways To Fight Obesity


Nutrition scientists at the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) believe that a key to tackling the nation’s obesity epidemic could lie with Aristotle and the phrase ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’.  Their announcement is made as … Continue reading




This week’s blog is dedicated to those who suffer from one or more autoimmune diseases. I take my hat off to you! Having to endure the daily struggles of your respective invisible illness is truly a heroic feat, and in … Continue reading


The men who made us fat


Whatever you conclude from this blog post, there is no getting away from the fact that as a nation we are fatter than we were 50 years ago. Up until the 1950’s, obesity was not an issue but by the … Continue reading


Studies Suggest Natural Remedies for Restless Leg Syndrome and Insomnia


The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation describes RLS as a disruptive neurological disorder that affects up to 10% of the U.S. population.  It results in an irresistible urge to move the legs (and sometimes the arms), often accompanied by unusual or … Continue reading


Food Allergy Vs. Food Intolerance


There has been much debate with the rise of food allergies as to whether or not many people have a food allergy or just a food intolerance. With so many different ideas and opinions floating around out there, how do … Continue reading


More on detoxing…


Today is the fourth day of my detox. I think I have to recap and say that on day two it was really good. I felt alive, bubbly, full of energy, and the juices were great. I had amazing juices … Continue reading


Centre for Appearance Research International Conference


The Centre for Appearance Research is pleased to announce Appearance Matters 5. This two day international conference will be highlighting the current research and good practice around psychology and appearance, including body image, visible difference, the role of the media, … Continue reading


The juice detox…


This morning is the first day of my juice fasting. I started it last night just to have a taste of it, so I didn’t have dinner, and I’m kind of working with – I decided to do this perhaps … Continue reading


Mediterranean Diet – In A Capsule


Well, not really of course but Masquelier have produced a supplement that contains the key ingredients to help you and your heart stay healthy. My regular readers will know my feelings about statins by now, and a healthy alternative is … Continue reading


3 Miracle Foods That Burn Fat


Foods that burn fat is this possible? Scientific research have discovered that people that consume particular foods loose weight compared to those who don’t, even when all other contributing factors remain the same. Sounds too good to be true! In … Continue reading


What Is The Paleo Diet And Why It Is Good For Us


For detailed information on what is the Paleo Diet, there is an abundance of information available on the internet. It is also called the Caveman or Paleolithic Diet. The logic behind it is the fact that our prehistoric ancestors thrived … Continue reading


Happy Easter


Well it’s Easter weekend and time for eating chocolate! But no not me! I may nibble a bit of the children’s Easter eggs but I’ve told my husband that on no account must he buy me an egg! I’ve now … Continue reading


5 Chemicals You Won’t Find in Organic Food


Most people know that organic fruit and vegetables are a healthier and more natural alternative to the mass-produced food you encounter at grocery stores.  But few are aware of just what types of chemicals are commonly found within inorganic foods.  … Continue reading


That all important .25 of a pound


Well, great news! I’ve lost another .25 of a pound which puts my total weight loss to date at 8.75 pounds! Whoopeeee! You may be wondering why I’m getting so excited about such a tiny weight loss. Well, I’ve been … Continue reading


Sugar – Poison, Drug or both?


 What is all the Fuss about Sugar! Its just Sugar right? Our World is infested with Sugar in many forms, in Soft Drinks, over Pills, in Medications, Sweets, Syrups, Sauces the list goes on… Have you ever hit the pause … Continue reading


Recession has positive effect on obesity


I read, with surprise and interest, that as people are tightening their belts financially obesity levels have fallen! A study carried out by researchers at Arizona State University, looking at 350,000 adults across the US, found that the number of … Continue reading


Take Away? or Take that Take Aways?


Its Friday…. I have had 3 Text Messages from Takeaway Pizza Companies! 4 Flyers through the door from fast food companies At least 10 people say they are going for takeout today!! Thats 17 opportunities to justify a take away tonight … Continue reading


Weight loss app & exercise


Well, since I started using a little app on my mobile I’m now able to track my food intake, weight and exercise (if I was doing any!). The app has all the well known UK brands and all supermarket brands … Continue reading


Online Clinic on Food Allergies


talkhealth in partnership with NHS Choices, Action Against Allergy and Allergy Academy have today launched an Online Clinic on Food Allergies. Clinical experts from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital including Dr Adam Fox, Dr Helen Brough, Dr Rubaiyat Haque and … Continue reading


Is advertising to blame for childhood obesity?


Obesity in the UK is rising – and more children than ever before are now obese. It’s all very worrying. There are a deluge of programmes on TV about being overweight and obese from A Year to Save My Life … Continue reading


Diet Drinks and Weight Loss


Apparently new research to be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claims that if you will only swop your ‘normal’ drinks for the ‘sugar-free’ version you can lose up to 5 per cent of your body weight in just … Continue reading


I think I’m like Karren Brady


I was reading my monthly Woman & Home magazine this week (Feb edition) and read, as always, Karren Brady’s column. Karren talked about how she is extremely well organised, disciplined, focussed and determined in her professional business life, but how … Continue reading


Not going too well …..


The weight loss is not going well. I’m at a standstill. I have a virus ….. and it’s making me feel exhausted and so I want to eat. I guess it’s no wonder I’m not losing any more weight. Doc … Continue reading


Alkaline – Stay Phit on the inside out.


So we are now well into January 2012… Christmas, chocolates, fizzy drinks, cakes and desserts are no longer for many people as they head towards a new years promise of weight loss and being healthier. On the Subject of health … Continue reading


Is losing weight because of a blog?


Interesting question …. At the weekend I reached a weight loss milestone! I’m under that stone mark which has made me feel great! Still a long way to go but it’s the first time I’ve been under that particular stone … Continue reading


Does it hurt?


Some surprising causes of inflammation It would seem quite sensible to assume that children who are emotionally literate and stable stand a better chance of emerging into the adult world with all their emotional ducks (so to speak) in a … Continue reading


It’s all in the mind


Since we launched our new talkweight forum and weight is in the forefront of my mind, we’ve been having some interesting discussions in the office about being overweight, obesity and will power. The TV also seems to be full of … Continue reading


Trendy diets don’t work according to new study


How many of you have made a New Years resolution to lose weight? If you are planning on following a trendy diet such as the Dukan or Atkins diet be prepared that they are unlikely to last more than 15 … Continue reading


As a nation are we in denial about our weight?


I read, with interest, an article in the Mail Online today about the increasing size of our nation entitled One in four Britons are obese but most of them are in denial. The study was carried out by Slimming World … Continue reading


Thoughts are Things


Everything starts with a thought or energy, if you will. What you eat drink or do starts with a thought. (your thoughts about food/drink are the first stage of digestion, this goes on to enrich or infect, your whole mind body and spirit) … Continue reading


It’s that magic number …. well nearly


This week my colleague drew my attention to some research she’d read about that had been conducted at the University Hospital in South Manchester. I was intrigued because it seemed to conclude that cutting carbs for two days is better … Continue reading


23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?


A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way. Dr Mike Evans explains …. Dr Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li … Continue reading


Heart news and Information


One of the most popular discussions in the Health and Fitness world is how to keep your Heart Healthy.  What ever the latest news is, it is always good to exercise to help your heart stay in tip top shape. Here … Continue reading


Staggering news on staggered overdoses


Professor Ronald Eccles, Director of the Common Cold Centre in Cardiff, has a warning for cold and flu sufferers this winter. Be careful you don’t over dose on cold remedies. You could be taking paracetamol tablets as well as a … Continue reading


Echinacea research


One of the most exciting things about working with herbs today is that their age-long uses are gradually being verified by modern research into their mode of action. To say that we now know all about any particular herb would, … Continue reading