Portfolio: Food & Nutrition

Are vegans really healthier than meat eaters? Would you benefit from going gluten-free? Which foods will boost your mental health? What’s the most effective way to lose weight? How much do you really know about sugar and sweeteners?

I love food, and I love writing about it too. I’m married to a chef and we love planning what we’re going to eat for dinner, but I’m also fascinated by how our diet affects our health, and how we can use it to improve our physical and mental wellbeing.


Are you thinking of giving up gluten?

Gluten-free is all the rage – but is it a food fad that you really need to follow? This blog is adapted from a feature I wrote for Woman’s Own magazine. Know your enemy Think back to the last t...

Health, Wellbeing & medcine

Are you at risk of osteoporosis?

Fifty is the magic number… After this age you have 50-50 chance of developing osteoporosis. Your genes, lifestyle choices, and medical history can all contribute to your risk. After your menopaus...

The poison on your plate

Last night we tucked into a meal of fish curry with Basmati rice, ooh-ing and aah-ing because it had been two weeks since we’d last eaten rice and we’d forgotten how much we loved it. “Slimmi...

Have your cake – and drink it!

A large glass of wine contains the same number of calories – 200 – as a doughnut. Will this information, if displayed on our bottles, A) have more impact on reducing your alcohol consumption than t...

Peel the fear…

In an excellent feature in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph – Short Cuts to Self Help – Victoria Lambert gave us a quick run through of the most enduring self help books on the market. I was pleas...

Portion control

In the 1960s my dad worked for BP, and a Sunday family treat was to go to the company’s sports club for lunch and a swim. I don’t remember much about the lunch’s main course – I suspect it ...

Is it faux depression?

Where I live, the Thames riverside is gorgeous at the moment, lined with golden leafed trees. But let’s not forget that these are also a sign that we are in the season of melancholy – the time ...