As we approach the shortest day, in the middle of a pandemic, it can be hard to focus on the positives! Warming soups and stews and the puddings with custard serve to make us feel warm and provide the ultimate comfort. But remember to get the balance right so you’re not left with unwanted weight gain and low mood. Here, I discuss some thoughts to help you eat well and stay well this winter.
A recent study showed that 40% of UK adults report that they were eating more than usual during lockdown, compared with before lockdown, which may have led to some experiencing unwanted weight gain. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone, and here in… Continue Reading “Lessons from Lockdown – Part 2”
The school holidays are nearly at an end and many children have been off school nearly six months. With the beginning of term looming I decided it would be a good time to reflect on my own experiences as a working, mummy Dietitian and how I have managed to feed the family during lockdown.
Don’t have time for breakfast? Surviving on coffee until mid afternoon? Spending all day craving for something to eat? We all have good and bad days but if you always feel grumpy, sluggish or lack concentration then maybe you should consider whether there’s a connection between the foods you eat and how you’re feeling. As a Dietitian and as mum of two small children, planning my meals and snacks reduces the dreaded ‘hungry meltdown’ or ‘thirsty tantrum’.
As a meal planning and family mealtimes expert, I must have heard every excuse under the sun as to why people don’t do it – no time, it’s restrictive, don’t know how, sounds like something my gran would do. And yet, the benefits far… Continue Reading “Meal planning – what’s in it for me?”
I have always liked the idea of receiving a weekly fruit and vegetable box and the element of surprise of what arrives in a weekly box, then being creative with your seasonal ingredients would be good fun. But for various reasons, despite researching various companies, I’ve never quite got around to actually ordering one! I think that I might change now!
One of the positives to self isolation is that my family and I are all at home together. Without the usual weekly commitments there is more time to cook and eat as a family. It’s a great opportunity to get children involved in food… Continue Reading “homemade pizza”
This week is Salt Awareness Week. Since training as a Dietitian, I knew that 75% of the salt we eat comes from processed food. Since having children I’ve become even more aware of what this really means. What is the problem? In short, too… Continue Reading “Do you know how much salt you are eating?”
I have recently returned from a short break in New York which was all booked for me as a surprise trip. One of my first questions when I found out we were going was ‘what about breakfast?’ In our experience of travelling to the… Continue Reading “Breakfast – 5 reasons why it’s good!”
It’s a clinic day for me today which means I’m away from home for lunch. On the days when I am away from home I usually take my lunch with me. That way I look forward to what I have, it’s ready to eat… Continue Reading “Healthy Packed Lunches – check it’s balanced!”