Ketosis is not a party trick

For some time I have been concerned about the widespread use of the ketogenic diet as a sort of ‘party trick’. If you look online for ketogenic foods you will come across all sorts of crazy food combinations that seem to offer the ability to stuff your face with chocolate flavoured fat, or mountains of bacon and eggs, with no metabolic consequences. Even before I start thinking about the biochemistry, something fundamental in me knows that can’t be right. Continue reading

How to have a Happy New Year

As I fell into bed after a very enjoyable celebration of New Year 2017 with some of my nearest and dearest, I read with despair that there had been another mass shooting with many lives lost. So the worries of 2016 have already infected 2017 and it’s not always easy to look on the bright side of life.

With that in mind, I ditched plans to write about how to make resolutions that stick, deciding it might be more helpful to share some nutrition and coaching ideas around how to stay upbeat when the world seems determined to drag you down.

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Take a Christmas Chill Pill

EATIOLOGY

This is a post for everyone who is still wondering what to pair with the sprouts:

  • bacon? (so 1990s),
  • pancetta? (posh bacon, see previous bullet point)
  • chestnuts? (great for vegans)
  • cookie dough (the Ben & Jerry’s option)
  • black pudding? (for budding MasterChefs)
  • goji berries and chia seeds (only for the truly devoted)
  • caviar?….
  • OK… that’s enough

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Would you like to be healthier every day?

As you know, I’ve been wrestling with the problem of how to give individualised nutrition advice on a blog platform. The two are, in some ways, mutually exclusive.

But that’s not the only challenge that stands between me and my readers. I know from the feedback you send me, and from the clients I work with, that most people are highly knowledgeable about food and health – they simply struggle to implement what they know in the midst of all the other pressures in their lives. Continue reading

Cancer: the choice is yours

These last few days, during a gap between modules on my MSc, I’ve been enjoying updating my knowledge about the latest advances in cancer treatments. Our understanding of the way cancer behaves is changing and evolving, and with it our ability to influence its growth and behaviour. I’ve been closely following this field for a couple of decades and feel genuinely excited about the things I’m reading and learning. Continue reading

Don’t blame it on the sunshine!

Or why bank holiday Monday might be the worst day to sunbathe ever.

I know!  It’s another cloudy bank holiday in the UK, but if it were full-on sun we’d be stripping off, baring lily white legs and shoulders, and wondering if it will shine long enough to be worth getting the sun cream out. Is it a factor 15 or factor 30 day? Gone are the days of coconut oil and tin foil! Continue reading

Feed your world

In attempting to explain the importance of gut flora, I often ask people to imagine themselves as an outside-in planet.

Your digestive tract is densely populated with micro-organisms in a similar way to humans on the face of the earth, though the scale is somewhat different. While there are billions of humans on Planet Earth, there are trillions of bugs inside you – about ten times as many critters as you have cells, all eking out a living on you and from you. And, if you play your cards right, they have plenty to give you in return.

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Embrace your individuality

I have always been mad about biology.

(And here I pause for my beloved Dad to make a ribald remark about my interest in the reproductive aspects of the subject.)

From the moment in Lower Remove classroom when I opened my first Biology text book under the watchful eye of Sister Prudence (who instructed us not to look, yet, at page 24 where all the books naturally fell open) I was hooked. Continue reading

The ketogenic diet: why the switch is more important than the fuel

It’s three years this month since I wrote The Dissident Diet, based on my own experience of losing three stone, and a pilot study carried out with 16 people who needed to do the same. At the time it was ground-breaking, and more than a little brave, for a professional nutritionist to recommend a ketogenic diet when so many people in nutrition and medicine felt it was dangerous. Continue reading

Why your neighbour’s health may be more important than your own.

On the off-chance that I haven’t bored you enough already with the story of my latest medical escapade, I’d like to share what I learned while ‘inside’ the NHS. It’s a message that I believe affects us all, no matter how confidently healthy, no matter how cocooned with private health care, and no matter how meticulous you are about your own diet and exercise.  Continue reading

UK cancer survival rates trail 10 years behind other European countries

I’m sharing this excellent article from Vicky Unwin’s site. With one in two of us in the UK facing cancer this may be something to factor into your election decision making.

healthy living with cancer

lung cancer

This is perhaps unnecessarily depressing, even if true. What is important is Macmillan’s conclusion:

‘better prevention; swifter diagnosis; and better treatment, care and aftercare for all those diagnosed with cancer’

Healthy eating, exercise and a positive attitude all play their part, as does early diagnosis. I thank my lucky stars that the extreme pain I was in alerted me to my cancer, even if it had reached stage 3 in just a few weeks. As lung cancer, the secondary associated with sarcoma, has such a poor record here, we can be doubly thankful.

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Making congruent cancer decisions

As I prepare for the first ‘Get Comfortable with Cancer’ workshop, I’m aware of a huge bubble of potential. The day already exists In my imagination and there’s a lot of work to do to translate that vision and excitement into the uplifting and inspiring day I want it to be. As well as making your more comfortable, I’d like to think that you will end the day with more confidence, and with more knowledge.

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