Saturday, 13 May 2017


I feel this is such an important event I have put it on my new blog,


Sunday, 7 May 2017


Having had this blog for a number of years for various reasons I have had to change  it and it will now be


Thank you to all who follow me and look forward to seeing you at the new blog

Friday, 28 April 2017


I went to a conference a while ago on dairy foods --and found information on a recent one

So many people it seems never think of drinking milk --I remember as a teenager if we  went for a curry we always had a glass of milk with it --perhaps a good trend to start

London, 28th April 2017: A growing body of scientific research shows that the consumption of milk and dairy foods has a neutral or protective association with the risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Milk and dairy foods are often misunderstood in regard to heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and are frequently targeted in saturated fat reduction initiatives. However, research has evolved significantly in recent years.
Firstly, the role of saturated fat in heart disease has been questioned; secondly, saturated fat is now known to be a ‘family’ of compounds, rather than a single entity, and research suggests some of these may not be detrimental to heart health; thirdly, it is more sensible to look at the effects of consuming a food, rather than the individual nutrients within that food, on disease risk.
According to The Dairy Council, milk and dairy should not be targeted by public health recommendations to reduce the risk of heart disease or type 2 diabetes. By simply looking at saturated fat, and disregarding the complex interplay of nutrients and the variety of saturated fatty acids found in the dairy matrix, consumers are sent the wrong message about milk and dairy foods.
Dr Anne Mullen, director of nutrition at The Dairy Council, said: “There’s been a shift in the evidence base on milk, dairy and cardiometabolic health, and now there needs to be a shift in how health professionals speak to consumers about nutrition and disease risk.
“Recent debates on saturated fat do a disservice to the nutritional quality of foods such as milk and dairy. By looking at the single nutrients in foods, we completely miss out the fact that all of the nutrients in milk and dairy, including the different saturated fatty acids, interact with each other and the effect of consuming a food is different to the effect of consuming single nutrients. As the saying goes, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
“Consumers have become more concerned about saturated fat and as it is found in milk and dairy foods, it is often assumed dairy plays a role in the possibility of developing heart disease or type 2 diabetes. However, when we look at the science, these claims are not supported. There have been a number of large studies in recent years that have shown that the consumption of milk and dairy over many years has either no effect or a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health and type 2 diabetes risk.
“Dairy is more complex than just saturated fat, and this is an important lesson. If we simply looked at single nutrients we would blacklist foods unfairly, which does not translate easily for consumers. Instead, we need to take a step back and look at all of the nutrients as a whole, as well as how they interact, to appreciate the impact milk and dairy has on our health.”
More information on saturated fat and dairy can be found in The Dairy Council’s recently published‘Saturated Fat, Dairy and Your Health’ which can be accessed here.

Monday, 27 March 2017


I AM OFTEN ASKED ABOUT SUGAR AND LOW CALORIE SWEETENERS - so wanted to say that the ISA have really good and well researched advice on the topic

There are a range of low calorie sweeteners some in tablet form some in sachets and others in granular form

Some low calorie sweeteners can be used in cooking while others taste bitter due to the heat of cooking

There is a trend now for the natural sweetener derived from the Stevia plant and it is found in all sorts of foods and also beverages

I have a a Stevia plant in my kitchen and it is lovely to use in soft drinks or just nibble as it gives an intense sweet taste

It was from the local gardening centre and only £3.99

They make good presents for people with a sweet tooth!

Suttons Seeds 188120 Stevia Seed

Sunday, 26 March 2017


Breast feeding is well known to be the best start for babies and while it can be difficult for some women support does help

I was quite impressed to be told by a young builder who had a young baby how he had encouraged his wife to breastfeed and listening to him telling another builder about how important this was and ending with it is also a lot cheaper!

This may be of interest from

Almost half of breastfeeding mothers stop after two months

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Half of breastfeeding mothers stop at two monthsHalf of breastfeeding mothers stop at two months according to data from Public Health England and NHS England
Nearly 50% of breastfeeding mothers stop after two months, according to new data from Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England.
In a survey of 500 mothers published on 23 March, 73% said they breastfed their newborn child, but this figure drops to 44% by six to eight weeks. PHE recommends breastfeeding for the first six months after birth, saying evidence shows the right support helps mothers breastfeed longer.
PHE chief nurse Viv Bennett said: ‘Breastfeeding, while natural, is something all mums and their babies learn by doing. Mums tell us, after the first few weeks, breast feeding becomes easier, so proper support is crucial at this time which is where our bot is designed to help.
More than half of mothers surveyed were concerned breastfeeding meant they would not be able to tell if their baby was getting too much or not enough milk. Many felt people might assume they need a special diet to breastfeed. Nearly three in ten worried breastfeeding could mean their baby might not be getting the right nutrients, indicating why mothers may stop breastfeeding at this early point.
Breastfeeding boosts a baby’s ability to fight illness and infection. Babies who are not breastfed are more likely to get diarrhoea and respiratory infections. It also lowers a mother’s risk of ovarian and breast cancer and burns around 500 calories a day.
More than half (63%) of mothers polled said they would feel embarrassed breastfeeding in the presence of people they don’t know, 59% felt the same about their partner’s family and 49% felt it about siblings and wider family members.
‘We can all help women feel comfortable breastfeeding their baby wherever they are,' added Ms Bennett. 'Creating a wider culture of encouragement and support will help make a mother’s experience all the more positive.’
PHE is now launching the Start4Life marketing programme to help parents and expecting parents to adopt ‘healthy behaviours’ at an early stage. They have unveiled a ‘chat bot’ on Facebook called Breastfeeding Friend which can provide advice immediately over the online messaging service.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


 A little while ago I did training for groups of people using the X-pert  course for those with diabetes

Evaluations showed people really enjoyed the courses and it helped them to understand the condition plus also take steps to manage it.

Diabetes UK has an on line course

David, a Diabetes UK supporter, attended an X-PERT education course for people living with Type 2 diabetes. Find out how it's changed his life.

David's story
I decided to go on an X-PERT course after I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in my late 40s. I'd put it off because I wasn’t sure how helpful it would be, but now I'm spreading the word on how it’s changed my life and what made the course so fascinating and inspiring.

A major thing I took from the course is an understanding of the different treatment options that are available. It helped me make a decision about what treatment could be right for me and it gave me the confidence to suggest this treatment to my diabetes nurse. We’ve tried it out and it’s been successful.

Since the course my HbA1c has gone down significantly.
I’m at the bottom of the desirable range for people with diabetes and I’m hoping to put my diabetes in remission. The sooner I can do that the better the outcomes will be for me longer term.

Thanks to the X-PERT course I feel full of confidence about the future.
I’m now looking forward to retirement. I want to be fit and healthy into my 90s and this course has helped me make decisions to do precisely that.

If you can't attend a course in person there are free online options like Diabetes UK's Type 2 and Me. OR

Diabetes UK. Know diabetes. Fight diabetes.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017


pour the milk picture

I was invited to a really good meeting last night on Saturated Fat -Dairy and Cardiometabolic Health  which allayed fears anyone may have about milk and CHD

I always feel that while some people may not be able to tolerate milk for most it is a really useful component of the diet

There are lots of useful fact sheets full of  of information on milk, cheese and yogurt on the website plus also a spectrum of all sorts of recipes.

dairy council uk