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A blog about nutrition.

Sodium healthy or unhealthy?

12Apr

Salt has been valued highly for as long as mankind can remember, to the point in which people used to use it for trading with others around the globe. Salt was a significant factor as to why early humans settled … Continue reading

  

Supporting your marathon running training

19Mar

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

6Mar

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

20Feb

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

23Jan

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

10Jan

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

30Aug

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

16May

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

  

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

6Feb

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

4Jan

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

24May

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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

18May

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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

6May

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

25Feb

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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?

19Feb

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

19Feb

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

19Jan

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

21Dec

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

20Dec

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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

18Dec

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

7Dec

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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

3Nov

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!

2Nov

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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

20Oct

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

7Oct

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

4Sep

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

14Aug

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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!

13Aug

  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

10Aug

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

31Jul

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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?

16Jul

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

16Jul

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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

  

Fluid: How much and what counts?

30Jun

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

25Jun

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

22Jun

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

19Jun

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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

21May

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?

19May

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

13May

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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

5May

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

  

Consistency

26Apr

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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

13Mar

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

19Feb

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?

3Jan

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

  

The FEELS

30Dec

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

21Dec

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

9Dec

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