Is there anything wrong with fad diets?

On Sunday morning, I was a guest on Mollie green’s radio show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire where I was asked to be the expert on fad diets and to give my opinion on them.  I have to admit I was a bit nervous before going on as I’ve never been on the radio before and was worried I wouldn’t be able to think of anything to say or would just keep saying ‘errrrm’.  However, once I got started I soon relaxed and found it was really easy to talk … [Read more...]

Why vegetarians shouldn’t drink milk (and it’s not why you think)

Did anyone see the recent Jimmy vs the Giant Supermarket programme where Jimmy Doherty took on Tesco in a bid to produce a higher welfare meatball?  I’ve been aware of the issues raised in the programme for some time but feel that now is the time for more people to take action as change is much more likely to occur with the backing of a high-profile figurehead (just look at what Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall managed to achieve with his ‘fish … [Read more...]

Bread – Do you really need it with every meal?

Following on from Fran’s post about Subway being healthy (read it here), I thought I would let you know the other reasons why we avoid bread when following the real food plan. Along with dairy, removing wheat / gluten products from an eating plan causes the most psychological problems for our members.  Bread and cereals have become so ingrained in our culture that people have panic attacks when it is even suggested that they are avoided for … [Read more...]

Subway – healthy eating??

Have you seen the latest Subway ad campaign? If not I’ll briefly describe it for you.  They have a couple of Olympic athletes, an athlete and a boxer, stating what their favourite Subway sandwich is. The message implicit in the ad is that Subway sandwiches are healthy and this is backed up by the current TV campaign featuring the same athletes.   The problem I have with this is that by no stretch of the imagination is a Subway sandwich … [Read more...]

Improved Health = Fat Loss

I'm currently on the beautiful island of Phuket in Thailand working on my health and nutrition project - The Real Food Plan with some of the UK's finest health and fitness coaches and personal trainers. In the health, fat loss and fitness world there is an absolute minefield of information about nutrition and diets. It is confusing as a personal trainer and somebody who works with this stuff every day; I can only imagine how hard it must be … [Read more...]