Wednesday, 30 October 2013


I was fortunate enough to attend  the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2013 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo ( .

This year's conference and expo brought together nearly 7,000 registered dietitian nutritionists and other food, nutrition and health professionals, more
than 360 exhibitors and more than 90 journalists for four days of learning and networking.

Highlights from this year's event included:

  • "Seductive Nutrition: Making Favorite Foods Healthy and Irresistible  during which Craig “Skip” Julius, and Lisa Carlson,  shared recent World Menu Reports and current sensory  data to show that one way to improve diets and reduce calorie intake is to focus on making top dishes just a little healthier.
  •  Ellie Krieger's "Bringing Cooking Back
  •  "Unraveling the Science of Food Allergies " Todd Mahr, and Lynn Christie,  provided an overview of the science with regard to food allergies, the guidelines available for diagnosis and management, and a review of the ongoing research to help treat and prevent food allergies.

But there were many more including many briefings on foods I hope to cover plus a massive exhibition of foods and related products

The next conference is in Atlanta in October 2014

 The eat right website has lots of useful information on food and diet

Monday, 28 October 2013



East Midlands Diabetes Study Day – 

Kettering Park Hotel
Tuesday, 12th November, 2013
Kettering Park Hotel
NN15 6XT
9am to 4.30pm
 Attendance costs £90 per delegate, including lunch and refreshments. 
To register, preferably book through or call IDDT on 01604 622837Discounted rate for colleagues
We are also offering a 50% discount if you want to bring additional members from your organisation, so if you book before the end of the month it will only cost at £120 for two places. Please note the discounted second attendee rate can only be obtained by emailing
 Be part of something new
Organised by the InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT), the charity which cares passionately about diabetes, this is the first in a brand new series of Diabetes Study Days, which aim to inform, inspire and educate the healthcare community.
 Benefits to you
  • Refresh your diabetes knowledge
  • Learn about new developments
  • Share good practice
  • Pick up CPD points

Confirmed Speakers

Dr Charles FoxDr Mabel BladesJulian Backhouse
Consultant PhysicianDr Charles Foxfrom Northampton General HospitalConsultant Dietician and Nutritionist Dr Mabel BladesJulian Backhousefrom theInstitute of Diabetes for Older People (IDOP)Senior Diabetes Specialist NurseHelen Atkins from the University Hospitals of Leicester
 A day to brush up on advances in the diabetes community
9amRegistration and refreshments
9.30amIntroduction from IDDT Co-chair, Jenny Hirst
9.45am‘How to Get The Best From Your Patients – and How They Can Get The Best From You’, with Dr Charles Fox, a Consultant Physician from Northampton General Hospital
10.30am‘A Passport to Improved Diabetes in Care Homes’, with Martin Hirst from IDDT and Julian Backhouse, from the Institute of Diabetes for Older People (IDOP)
11.30amWorkshops – Care Homes/How to Get The Best From Your Patients
1pm‘Transforming Diabetes Services’, with Bernie Stribling, National Director of the DESMOND programme
1.45pm‘Patient Safety, an Online Education’, with Senior Diabetes Specialist Nurse Helen Atkins, from the University Hospitals of Leicester
2.30pm‘Diabetes and Food – do Your Patients Count Their Carbs?’ with Consultant Dietician and Nutritionist Dr Mabel Blades
3.30pmWorkshops – Diabetes and Food/Patient Safety/Education
4.15pmSumming up and next steps

Sunday, 27 October 2013


I have been writing this blog for well over a year now. It continues to be somewhat random with things that I have found about nutrition and food which I feel will be of interest.

I try to write something fairly regularly but often other work gets in the way. Therefore it tend to be somewhat erratic.

I like vintage things --and really liked this from  "free vintage posters" which I found on the hot deals website.

The messages it contains are still apt today!

classic posters, food, food and drug administration, free download, graphic design, military, propaganda, public health, public service announcement, retro prints, vintage, vintage posters, war, Food, Don't Waste It - Vintage US Food Administration War Poster

Tuesday, 8 October 2013


Sticky Toffee Pudding (Fortified Recipe for Care Homes

As many people know I love cooking and developing new recipes as well as adapting others. I was pleased to be asked to develop some high calorie recipes.
Good nutrition is vital at any age but for those who are older or need extra calories due to healing it is especially important.
 A number of older people need extra calories due to having difficulties with eating sufficient food for their needs. Indeed some older people are assessed as having malnutrition with weight loss, muscle weakness and feelings of apathy plus other health issues. Others may suffer from various forms of dementia which can impact on both swallowing and appetite for foods. Registered dietitians can give guidance about requirements for individuals.
Foods need to be very appealing to eat plus also calorie dense so that additional calories are supplied. The addition of extra calories to foods is termed fortification or some call it supplementation.
In general adding extra calories to foods and dishes can be achieved by adding extra items such as cream, butter and also Millac Gold.
Millac Gold is an easy to use ingredient which allows it to be added to a range of foods.
These recipes provide a range of tasty and appealing dishes which can be easily enjoyed and which provide those all important extra calories. After all there is no point in providing extra calories in a dish if it is not eaten.
The recipes are obviously a bit higher in fat so may need introducing slowly.
I have to say the sticky toffee pudding plus the sauce is the best ever. The sauce was so good I made heaps and then had to freeze it to stop me dipping into it.

The recipes plus a free carton of Millac Gold are available from