05/12/18 12:14 Filed in: Diet & Nutrition
The 1st of December every year is World AIDS Day. It is a time for us to look at ourselves and examine our behaviours and our perceptions around HIV and AIDS.
Do we really know enough about HIV?
Do we ever talk about HIV?
Do we accept people who are HIV positive?
Do we treat them the same way we treat everyone else?
Are we still scared of HIV?
Do we know how to manage it?
31/10/18 11:31 Filed in: Diet & Nutrition
I am a food label reader. I like to know what and how much is in the food I am eating. I am sure that most people want to know what they are eating, but when faced with the information on a food label, their brain flies into a spin, trying to understand the information presented there.
23/10/18 11:07 Filed in: The Dietician
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09/10/18 11:23 Filed in: Diet & Nutrition
Wow! It is October again!
That means it is National Nutrition Week. This year it has been decided that the theme for National Nutrition Week and National Obesity Week will be the same. Since these weeks run consecutively over the next 2 weeks, it makes perfect sense to combine them. So, what it is the theme?
20/09/18 11:42 Filed in: Diet & Nutrition
Stress! A word that is thrown about all too often. Whether it is work stress or family stress or social stress, we all experience some degree of stress. When does the stress in our lives become a problem? Some people seem to thrive on the continuous adrenaline rush of being under constant pressure. Others stumble at the first hurdle.
04/07/18 09:42 Filed in: The Dietician
23/05/18 09:49 Filed in: Diet & Nutrition
What to look for in a bought soup
I had a great response to my article about making a healthy, hearty winter soup. But it seems that although everyone is excited about eating soup in the colder weather, there are not many people who have the time or the inclination to make their own. Without fail, the people who commented on the article, asked me what they should be looking for in a bought, ready-made soup.
A few weeks ago I received an email from Sharron Dingle at Hirsch's Fourways which, as a regular attendee of the Business Networking Meetings, is something I receive often. But this one was different. This email had an invitation attached to it. An invitation to attend the Grand Opening of Hirsch's Hyde Park… as a blogger! I still consider myself a newbie. Still finding my blogging feet. And I wasn't sure that a dietician's blog could add much value to the opening of a new Home Store - a shop that sells appliances and furniture. But I was up for the challenge and thrilled to have been invited. So, I accepted the invitation and waited for the day to come, thinking all the time about what I could contribute.
09/05/18 11:11 Filed in: Diet & Nutrition
Winter is that time of year when people feel like hibernating and snuggling up in a blanket with a big cup of warming soup. Most like it piping hot, some will drink it cold, some like it spicy, some prefer it bland, some enjoy it chunky, others would rather have it smooth. Whatever your preference… make it healthy!
12/04/18 12:07 Filed in: Diet & Nutrition
Have you stopped to consider what it means to eat a "plant-based" diet? I think for most people, the concept means that you become a vegetarian. And that often seems to be where the thought process comes to an end. Apart from a handful of people who are driven to cut animal products out of their diets, most people are not willing to turn their backs on steak and chicken wings. But, does it have to be an all or nothing approach? Isn't it possible to eat a bit less meat and a lot more veggies? Can you not supplement your "plant-based" diet with animal protein?
Happy Easter! If you are like me (and I now that I am not alone!), Easter is a time for pretending that you don't like chocolate nearly as much as you actually do. As a dietician, I often try not to tell people what I do because then they will:
- Start to feel guilty about what they are eating and try and hide their plates from me
- Very self-consciously start picking what they eat very carefully
- OR… They will start scrutinising my plate!
07/03/18 10:47 Filed in: The Dietician
Everyone agrees that holidays are great and necessary to rejuvenate the spirits and keep us going in our busy lives. Not everyone agrees that camping is great, though. It really isn't everyone's cup of tea. I am a seasoned camper. My father started taking us on camping holidays when I was about 11 years old. It has been a couple of years since my husband, my son and myself went off into the wilderness in a tent. I thought that I was seriously over camping. I had some serious doubts about how much fun we would have, how much I would hate the mud and sleeping on an air mattress on the floor. And the cold! It turns out that I am not over it! We have just had a wonderful, relaxing long weekend away… in a tent!
As a woman and a mom juggling all that life has to throw at you, the weight struggle is very real. Have you ever given up on your weight loss ambitions because the thought of having to prepare 3 different meals every night (1 for your husband, 1 for the kids and another for yourself) is too much to even contemplate?
February has arrived! 2018 is officially well on its way. How are you doing? Have you made a start towards achieving your goals for 2018? Or are they still sitting somewhere at the back of your mind, waiting for the right time? I have to confess that my goals for 2018 have been on the back burner. I have made a couple of half hearted attempts at getting started, but life got in the way and I had a serious lack of motivation!