How to sleep like a baby

Getting the ‘right’ amount of sleep is so important for our bodies. Sleep is beneficial for: 😴 reducing hunger – when you are sleep deprived your brain sends signals that increase your appetite, which can lead to weight gain. 😴 improving immune system function – when you sleep your body releases special cytokines which help…

What it’s like being a dietitian

I have had a lot of people ask me about what it’s like to study to be a dietitian and is it right for them? So here’s my opinion piece on that… I have wanted to work in nutrition since I was 18 and a manager at Burger King. I saw first hand how rubbish…

Ten Top Tips for feeding your family and keeping your sanity

1. Canelini beans hide very well in mashed potato and don’t change taste or texture. Great if you prefer to eat lower carb but love your mash. Also great for adding in more fibre and protein to the kiddies dinner 😍 2. Keep meals simple, you don’t have to serve the family a fancy gourmet…

All you need to know about Low Carb Diets

Low Carb diets have been a popular diet over the last few years, neatly surpassing Paleo as the “in thing” for weight loss. Low carb diets have not been recommended by main stream dietitians for a few reasons. Dietitians are required by law to only promote evidence based practice. This is both a blessing and…

Dietitians and Nutritionists: What's the difference?

So what is a dietitian and how are they different from Nutritionists? A dietitian is a degree-qualified health professional with a protected title (meaning that to be a dietitian you need a specific qualification and you need to be registered). Dietitians help people with their nutritional well-being, but also we help treat disease and prevent…

Everything you need to know about Ketogenic Diets

Before we get started on ketogenic diets, we need to understand a bit about our body’s metabolism.  Because the ketogenic diet is a diet that deliberately alters how our metabolism works. When we eat food our stomach and intestines (our digestive tract, if you will) breaks down our sandwich (or whatever we just ate) into…

3 numbers that DO give you a good idea about your health.

So BMI is bullocks and the number on the scale doesn’t necessarily tell you much about your health. So instead of worrying about BMI or weight, here are 6 numbers that DO give you a good idea about your health. HbA1c Short answer: HbA1c is a measure of sugar in the blood. It’s a blood…

Everything you need to know about: Blood Pressure

I was born with a heart condition and when I was 18, they found more stuff wrong with my heart. And it really is a matter of when, not if, I’ll need further surgery. Needless to say, its been a huge motivator for me to look after my own health! And lately, I have had…

Gluten Free Diets: Healthy or Unhealthy?

Gluten Free Diets have become a ‘fad’, by that I mean they have become more and more popular as a means to be “healthier” and for weight loss. And more and more people are choosing to go gluten free…. whether they need to or not. And gluten free diets have been getting a bad rep…

Mindful eating, what is it and why should I bother practicing it?

Modern life is busy, hectic, chaotic. Often we are running from one place to the next responding to pressures from work and family commitments. Often we “don’t have time” to sit and eat. Or to exercise. Or to take time for ourselves and permit ourselves some self care. For many of us, this means eating…