This is not the time to go on a diet

Now (ie, any time between now and Spring) is not the time to go on a diet.

I know how much you want to.

You’ve eaten loads.

Pretty much non-stop.

The biscuits. The crackers. The cheese. The After Eights. The flatbread with red onion. The sausages (little and big ones). The mince pies. The jelly. The pate. The sausage rolls (big and little ones). The tubes of sweets. The chocolates. The crisps. The nachos. Oh the nachos with all the dips.

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Cold or not, you need some fresh air

It’s that time of year again, when getting fresh air seems really tricky.

The house is warm, full of the lovely smells of Christmas chocolate (or is that just mine…?) and the thought of going out in the cold, or in the rain, is just too darned harsh.

It’s tempting to stay indoors for pretty much the whole of the festive season, nibbling on mince pies and supping the odd glass or three of mulled wine. And to be honest, there’s nothing wrong with nibbling and supping. Nothing wrong at all.

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Oranges are not the only way to get vitamin C

If you are like many people, the minute you feel a bit sniffly, you start thinking about oranges.

Because, as we all know, they are super high in vitamin C, which is exactly what you need to help you get better quickly.

Now, there is nothing wrong with a glass of fresh OJ – I’m a big fan myself, especially if someone else has done the squeezing – but there are plenty of other ways of getting a nice hit of vitamin C without having to chug a load of the orange stuff.

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Do you practice what you preach?

I was asked this recently by a friend*

*a nice person, but someone who clearly doesn’t know me that well because that kind of question would never come from someone who has seen me choffing ice-cream on the beach.

We were talking about food (as I often seem to end up doing) and they very seriously asked:

“Do you practice what you preach?”

Which struck me as an odd question and it hit me hard. In the gut. Like the thwack of a kipper.

So I answered, with a very serious face:

“No, of course not”.

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Clean eating is a crock of, erm, dirt

Everywhere I look, people are talking about ‘clean eating’.

“This chocolate brownie might look naughty, but it’s clean”

“It’s time to start eating clean again”

“How I eat clean on a budget”

Blah blah and blah once more.

It drives me a tiny bit crazy, and I want to explain why you’ll never hear me recommending that you eat clean.

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Just five minutes

We are all busy.

I know that.

Life isn’t exactly going to get any slower any time soon.

Work. Family. Friends. Eating. House. Holidays. Social media. etc.

All these things mean that there really aren’t any minutes spare. At all. Anywhere.

No time to chill (unless you call ‘chilling’ checking your phone again) which doesn’t quite count in terms of proper relaxation.

So when I’m talking with clients, and it becomes really obvious that they are super busy, I explain how important it is to take time out from life.

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Stop putting ice in your smoothie

I don’t very often tell people what to do.

I’m more of a ‘give this a try’ or ‘why not consider this’ kind of a nutritionist.

After all, nobody likes being told what to do; especially when it comes to eating.

And I do take particular pride in calling myself the opposite of a food dictator.

So it’s quite surprising to find myself getting all feisty about something, and deciding that I am no longer able to stay silent on the subject of ice in smoothies.

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The best way to keep a food diary

When I work with a client, I often ask them to keep a food diary for me, either as part of the pre-consultation process or as part of working with them.

The reason that I ask for a food diary is that it is, as far as I’m concerned, one of the easiest ways to get an understanding of food, habits and health.

But there’s something you need to know if you are going get any good use out of a food diary.

The trick is to not worry too much about portion size or calorie count (although, obviously it is useful to know if you are eating 2 chocolate biscuits or 22 of the suckers).

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I won a prize – a really big one!

You might not know, but I am part of a business accelerator programme called Entrepreneurial Spark here in Bristol.

When I first found out that I had won a place there, I got all excited and wrote this post about it.

I’ve now been there for 9 months (time really does fly when you are working hard and loving every minute) and boy o boy, have things changed around here.

I’ve completely changed my branding.

I researched, and then dreamed up Start Right and Carry On.

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