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

Monday, 20 March 2017

World oral health day

Today 20th March is World Oral Health Day

Obviously a good diet with out too many sugary foods and drinks is important in preventing dental decay

I did quite a lot of teaching on this a while ago


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Foundation Nutrition and Health

I have just been working on updating this book for limited

It is a really useful and comprehensive book which works well for anyone wanting an overview of nutrition.

The book is perfect to accompany basic courses in nutrition.

It is quite easy to read but covers lots of information. Nutrition is very fast moving as regards research and up dates so there are lots of new items.

Monday, 13 March 2017


Our mission is to create a global movement that will reinforce and focus, energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as a fundamental element of maintaining the health and well-being for our global community.

Date for your diary – Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017 – 13th – 19th March
Nutrition and Hydration Week aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.
Originally focussing on improvements in nutrition and hydration across health and social care we are now spreading our wings …….
Over recent years we have been so delighted that so many other organisations and sectors have got involved in Nutrition and Hydration Week that we now welcome and encourage everyone to take part in highlighting and promoting nutrition and hydration throughout the week.
Nutrition and Hydration Week has become a truly global event.
Our Aims & Charter demonstrate our commitment to supporting improvements in nutrition and hydration for the global community.
Why not show your support for Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017 by joining our thunderclap 

N&H Week

Sunday, 12 March 2017

NHS Minor Ailment Scheme

Even though I have worked in the NHS for a number of years I did not know about this and it may help some people especially those on low incomes.

NHS Minor Ailment Scheme

I am a Public Governor for Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust and the accident an emergency department is often full of people with more minor ailments which could be resolved by the pharmacist.

Basically if you don't pay for prescriptions (Under 16's do not) then you can request a 'PHARMACY FIRST CARD' from your GP receptionist. 

This card entitles you to many free medicines without having to visit your doctor and obtain a prescription including; Liquid Paracetamol (calpol) and Sudocrem. Just take your card along to the pharmacy, explain the symptoms and the pharmacist will give you something to suit e.g. nappy rash, teething etc. There is no charge for this!

Schemes vary between locations, but the NHS Minor Ailment Scheme is for adults and children who:
  • ·         Are registered with a GP surgery which is taking part in the scheme
  • ·         Want treatment for a minor illness included in your local scheme

Medicines can be supplied free of charge to the customer if they are exempt from NHS prescription charges.

The NHS Minor Ailment Scheme is available in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but only in selected pharmacies across England and Wales. 

It is easy to go to the website and see where the nearest pharmacy in the scheme is by putting in your postcode

Read more at more at

Friday, 10 March 2017


Did you know it is British pie week

I used to make pastry quite often but seldom make it these days. Lovely pies can be made and made "healthier" with lattice type tops, only using a top rather than a top and bottom to the apple or meat pie, using lots of fruit in the filling as well as keeping as a treat rather than every day.

You can also use some wholemeal flour in making the pastry to boost the fibre content.

Pie toppings can also be made with vegetables like mashed or sliced potatoes, mashed up vegetables like swede or carrots or even cauliflower

Here are some ideas for pies

Nice as pie!