Nourish

The wonders of a Mediterranean-style diet

The health benefits of the Mediterranean-style diet are supported by robust scientific evidence. But what does the diet consist of and can it be eaten outside its usual context with the same health outcomes?

Vitamin E

What is Vitamin E, why do we need it and where do we get it? It’s a mind-boggling vit that we need its antioxidant powers and it’s in oily fish, leafy greens and more.

Omega-6 and omega-3 foods

Omega-6 tends to get all the attention. Get the balance between your omegas right by eating plenty of omega-3 foods.

Your stomach is an amazing thing

We all take our digestive systems and stomachs for granted. We push food in at the top, it comes out at the bottom and we forget the absolute miracles and magic that take place in-between!

Food and mood

Certain neurotransmitters affect our ‘mood’ by making us more alert and hyper or by doing the reverse and helping to calm us. Boost your mood with natural light and good food!

The Game Changers Netflix documentary

I’ve been inundated with questions about the validity of information in this Netflix documentary which promotes a plant-based (that’s vegan to you and me) diet.

Turmeric. Is it a wonder spice?

Turmeric is an orange-coloured spice often used in Indian cooking. The powder comes from the root of the turmeric plant and people have eaten it for thousands of years as well as using it for medicine and as a dye.

The benefits of legumes and pulses

Baked beans have their place but if that’s that only pulse in your life then you – and your gut – are missing out on a massive range of nutrients.

Milk and dairy – good or bad?

Something I come across lots with new clients and fitnat followers is the exclusion of milk and dairy produce from the diet. But is milk and dairy really bad for humans or is it a bit of a fad or a myth?

What’s the truth about alcohol and health?

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can lead to a horrible range of health issues, some very serious. They include: hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, mental health disorders,

Eyes don’t always tell the truth about food

People tend to eyeball food and underestimate the amount they’re eating, along with the “But it’s healthy!” vibe. You see just because foods are nutritious it doesn’t make them energy-free!

Energy values of oils and fats

Olive oil Let’s take olive oil as an example but this applies to all fats. While olive oil is full of beneficial nutrients, and is

Carbohydrates

It’s tragic that carbs have been singled out as the main cause of obesity, type 2 diabetes and general malady because in fact carbohydrate is a very wonderful ‘thing’.

Health at any size

Is ‘health at any size’ correct? Many factors affect health beyond a person’s size. Stress, smoking, alcohol and more all need to be taken into account.

What is Calcium?

Calcium is essential for living. We store an impressive 1kg of it in our bodies. Did you know that there is as much calcium in plants as there is in dairy?

Protein Priority Order

What is protein and how much protein should you eat each day? Surprisingly for some there is as much protein in vegetables as in meat, dairy and fish.

Families – how much should adults and children eat?

Well the answer really is “As much as stops them being hungry and not enough to make them feel overfull.” But if you’re looking at energy amounts then (approximately) the average male will need about 2,500 calories, females 2,000 calories a day – this is reduced slightly when aiming for fat loss.

The thyroid

Despite its diminutive size the thyroid has a huge amount of control over the way the body works. Feeding it with iodine-rich food is good for your health.