The Slow Progression of Symptoms

There is a fable many people have heard. It often comes up at corporate consulting gigs or in self-help circles. The fable has to do with boiling a frog. It states that if you put a frog in boiling water, it will immediately jump out. But if you put it in a pan with cold water and slowly bring it to a boil, the frog will sit there and be boiled to death. Despite the fact that this fable is false, there is some truth in the sentiment it is trying to express. Which is that, when change is small and gradual we don’t typically notice it. These incremental changes become the new … [Read more...]

Demonising Macronutrients

For a long time we’ve been fighting “macro-nutrient wars.” Macronutrients refer to carbohydrates, protein and fats, and for the last 50 plus years we’ve been demonising at least one of them. In the late 70s through to the 90s it was fat that was the bad guy. We were told that if we just kept our fat low, everything would work out fine.* From the 2000s to present, the blame starts to move to carbohydrates. They became the villain that we all need to look out for. But this constant focus on macronutrients really misses the point. Because the biggest change to our eating over the last … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Diets Don’t Work

As the end of February approaches, the dieting train shows no sign of stopping. Despite people’s insistence on following diets, they rarely give the results ‘as listed’. Here are 5 reasons why diets don’t work. They aren’t individualised. Everyone is different and what works for one person, won’t work for the next. Nearly every diet will work for some people, but blindly trying diet after diet in an attempt to find the right one by luck isn’t the best strategy. They are static. Not only are you an individual, but your needs change with time. The diet that works for you today, might … [Read more...]

The Truth About Beauty Interview

I recently did an interview with the The Truth About Beauty blog which you can see here. Below is a copy of the interview.  Today I want to share an interview I did with nutritionist Chris Sandel. I met Chris a couple of years ago through mutual friends and was very interested to find out more about his company 7 Health ( What I find refreshing about Chris is his take on nutrition differs so much to what you read in the mainstream media. Chris is going to start contributing articles to The Truth About Beauty and hopefully this interview gives you a bit of an … [Read more...]

Are Supefoods A Con?

I recently started working with a gym and last weekends did 22 mini consults over two days. They were a way of giving people a short nutrition session. As part of these sessions I asked people to run through what they ate in a standard day. I would say 90% of people were having the exact same breakfast – porridge with as many super foods as they could pack in. Cocoa nib, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, almonds, blueberries, goji berries, bee pollen, coconut water and more. I was surprised there was any room for the oats (which, thankfully, is another superfood). If people could have somehow made … [Read more...]

Water…What Is The Right Amount?

A couple of weekends ago I did 22 mini consults at both of the Frame stores. While everyone is different I often find that there are common themes that keep coming up. Unfortunately this commonality is often because people are following the same flawed health advice. While there is a shopping list of commandments that people are following to the detriment of their own health, what I want to look at today is the advice we have all been told about water consumption. Water is essential to life. Most people can remember from science that our bodies are 70-80% water. We are regularly told about … [Read more...]

Health, Moderation and Context

I think the idea of context when thinking about food and health is often forgotten. Whether or not something is healthy isn’t an absolute and it has to be thought of in relation to all the other things going on in your life. I want to demonstrate by giving you some examples. There is an idea that if something is healthy, it must be even healthier if you do it more often. For example if going to the gym once a week is good for you, going to the gym five times a week must be five times better. Or if raw vegetables are healthy, imagine how healthy you would be if you became a raw foodist and … [Read more...]