Energy and Thinking

Below is a quote from one of my favourite scientists, Robert Sapolsky. “You have two humans, and they are taking part in some human ritual. They are sitting there silently at a table. They make no eye contact; they’re still, except every now and then one of them does nothing more taxing than lifting an arm and pushing a little piece of wood. And if it’s the right wood and the right chess grand masters in the middle of a tournament, they are going through 6,000 to 7,000 calories a day thinking, turning on a massive physiological stress response simply with thought and doing the same thing … [Read more...]

Digestion and Energy

I recently did a survey with my mailing list asking people what they want me to write about. While there were lots of topics people were interested in, there were some issues that kept coming up again and again. Low energy and poor digestion were two such issues that many people seem to be suffering with. So in today’s blog I want to give you some tips for how to improve both these areas through diet and lifestyle changes. The first suggestion is to focus on easy to digest food. I see countless clients who suffer with IBS and digestive issues and when I go through their food diary I am … [Read more...]

Sugar

If you read mainstream nutrition you would come to the conclusion that sugar is evil. People watch Hungry For Change and are told that is just as bad as heroin. There was a period of a couple of months after Christmas when I couldn’t check Facebook without seeing that someone was doing the I Quit Sugar program by Sarah Wilson. Status updates of “3 weeks without sugar and counting” were a plenty and it was interesting reading people’s comments. It would indicate that sugar is rapidly replacing fat as the number one health villain. During the first consult new clients often ask me if I am … [Read more...]

Intermittent Fasting and the Fast Diet

The Fast Diet 7 Health

The question that I am being asked more than any other at the moment is ‘what do you think about the fast diet?’ For anyone not in the know, the fast diet (also know as the 5:2 diet) is where you fast for two days out of every week. On your fast days women are allowed 500 calories and men are allowed 600 calories. For the rest of the week you can eat and drink as you please. The diet rose to popularity based on this BBC panorama episode called Eat, Fast and Live Longer. The presenter has then taken this further by creating a diet book, a cookbook and website. Its popularity is now huge and … [Read more...]

Blood Sugar Part 3 – The effect of water

This is part three in my series on blood sugar. You can read part one here and part two here. I had hoped to get this out a couple of weeks ago but things have been a little hectic as I recently moved house, and also got a dog. My life has revolved around packing and unpacking boxes and throwing sticks in the park. Thankfully, things have now settled down and work (and this blog) is now back on track. A concept that I have been looking into lately is the effect of water on blood sugar levels. This was something brought to my attention by Matt Stone, one of my favourite bloggers on … [Read more...]

Blood Sugar Part 2 – The failure of low-carb

This is part two in my series on blood sugar. To read part one please CLICK HERE. Low Carbohydrate Diets The next solution that seems to be all the rage for dealing with blood sugar issues is low carbohydrate diets. This can come in many forms like the paleo diet, dukkan, Atkins and many more. As I mentioned in part one, carbohydrates are broken down and used for energy. When the diet is insufficient in carbohydrates – whether that be intentional or not – the body has to get this energy from somewhere else. In the world of low carb writing this is portrayed as a seamless process. The … [Read more...]

Blood Sugar Part 1 – The failure of low GI diets

Nutrition, like so many professions, has catchphrases or industry speak. The longer you spend in the field, the more accustomed you become and start to feel like these terms are known and understood by the wider population. Among nutritionists I don’t think there is a bigger catchphrase then ‘balancing blood sugars’. It is a term that gets thrown around and it is assumed that people know what it means. But in honesty I don’t think most people really know what it means. In fact, I think there are a lot of nutritionists that don’t know exactly what it means. So I want to break it down for you … [Read more...]