What does litter have to do with nutrition?

It’s a question that I have struggled to answer – not least because today is my 100th litter pick this year – whoop whoop!

I have struggled to answer these question around the link between nutrition and litter simply because I don’t want to sound like the kind of person who tells you off for eating a bar of chocolate. The kind of nutritionist that makes you feel bad for you brown bubbly caffeinated soft drink habit. The kind of dictator that expects you to do what I say, when I say it, without question.

But, I’m starting to feel like I’m failing you if I don’t at least highlight the link a little.

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Counting calories is not the way to deal with childhood obesity

When it comes to eating better, one of the very least useful things you can do, in my opinion, is count calories.

Counting calories, and specifically reducing calories might seem like a great way to become healthy and to lose weigh. But the simple fact is that calories alone are not a good way to place a value on a food.

In this podcast – number 5 (whoop whoop!) – Lisa Beasley, the amazing mindful eating coach and I, a slightly ranty nutritional therapist, get stuck into the latest campaign around reducing calories for children to reduce childhood obesity.

We do get a little bit feisty about this one – probably because my experience as a nutritionist is that dieting, and counting calories as a child never works and Lisa remembers being worried about foods when she was younger, and realises that it simply didn’t help.

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Exercising for the fun of it

In our latest podcast, the wonderful Mindful Eating Coach, Lisa Beasley and I talk (and laugh a lot) about exercising. Or more specifically, our trip to a fitness class.

Lisa had the brilliant idea that we should go along to a session together and then talk about it afterwards. So we did.

We joined a session run by Wild Country Woman which involved having a grand old time jumping around laughing and doing a little bit of boxing (my favourite bit!) and then we retired for a cuppa, a biscuit and a chat afterwards. As you can imagine, we don’t bang on about exercise to make us look good. Instead, we talk about how exercise to make us feel good.

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Alternative New Year Resolutions

I mentioned in my last podcast that New Year Resolutions are rubbish – especially ones relating to fitness and health.

Which is why I feel a tad hypocritical writing a post for New Year with some alternative New Year resolution suggestions for you.

But there you go.

I wrote these in a hurry: based on conversations I’ve had with family, friends and clients over the past few weeks, and also influenced by some of the craziness of life that inevitably happens around Christmas time.

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Your New Year Weight Loss Resolution is rubbish – Podcast Episode 3

Your New Year Resolution to lose weight this year is a rubbish one. It really is. And even though you really mean it, you are probably going to fail.

Why?

Because many resolutions – up to around 60% of them, depending on what you read – fail within one month. ONE month.

And if you are planning on losing weight, changing your eating habits or starting a fitness program, that figure goes even higher – up to 80% of fitness and health resolutions fail.

So why bother? Why even think about making changes if those changes are going to fail before the first month of the year has come to a close?

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Podcast Episode 2 – Survive Christmas

“How am I going to get through Christmas?”

“What will do I about all the chocolate/mince pies/crackers in the house?”

“Why can’t I leave the nibbles alone once I start?”

These are exactly the kind of questions I get asked by my clients at this time of year (well, actually, they ask those kinds of questions all the time, but the frequency definitely picks up as we head towards the festive season!)

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Podcast Episode 1

Creating a podcast is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.

 

 

Ever since, during the creation of the old version of my website, when I recorded a little spoken introduction and I was hiding under my duvet to record it because I was so embarrassed about my voice (!), I’ve felt the urge to do more.

In the past couple of years, I’ve been doing loads more public speaking, and thankfully no longer mind my voice.

In fact, I think it’s ok.

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Chocolate v Willpower: why disruption is better than diet

I recently had the opportunity to speak at the TEDx event held here in Bristol.

It wasn’t at the recorded TEDx show itself – although it was amazing to be in the audience for a number of really amazing talks. This time, I was running a short session in the brilliant Wellbeing Area which was where everyone headed during the break times. The theme for the TEDx event was Disruption and so us healthy types in the wellbeing area were tasked with talking about disrupting wellbeing.

My talk wasn’t recorded (thank goodness!) but I thought you might be interested in what I said that day. So here is (more or less) the kind of thing that I talked out.

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Common sense and nutrition

Why oh why is there such a lack of common sense when it comes to nutrition, especially in the world of the press?

How can it possibly be that an article about pesto containing loads of salt, therefore being ‘less healthy’ than a MacDonald’s burger be something that ever makes it out into the world?

And how on earth are people supposed to have any idea what is healthy, or what is safe to eat, when pieces like that appear almost every single week?

No wonder people are confused!

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Apple and blackberry crumble (wheat-free too!)

As we move from the Summer to the Autumn, it’s time to start thinking about Apple and Blackberry Crumble (in fact, it’s time to think about any kind of crumble, if I’m totally honest with you).

I’m not into making things overly fancy – which is why my wheat-free crumble which features in my Five Day Autumn Reboot might be just what you need to top your lovely autumnal fruit. You can play free and easy with this recipe – the amounts aren’t set in stone, so just go with what works for your Apple and Blackberry Crumble.

 

Apple and Blackberry Crumble (wheat-free too!)

(I’m going to assume that you’ve already sorted the bottom half of your crumble – you know, the fruity part. If you want to reduce the amount of sugar you use in the fruit, try adding cinnamon and/or some raisins – sweetens it up a treat!)

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