The Food Standard’s Agency (FSA) has recently been making noises about making the food labeling scheme it is running on a voluntary basis compulsory. This seems to be the back up plan, should the voluntary labeling not be taken up by enough retailers and caterers.
The whole idea of labeling may feel a bit daunting from a retailers or restaurateur’s point of view – your most popular and delicious dish may actually show a bright red light when it comes to saturated fat and salt content. Through our food consultancy services in London, we have been liaising with restaurants and caterers for a while now, helping them better understand the nutritional value of their dishes. We can then flag the dishes that may come under scrutiny as far as the FSA standards are concerned, and act as restaurant menu development consultants to help improve the balance of healthy dishes on the menu.
Even without altering your menu, there is value in understanding more about the nutritional facts of your dishes. We have often worked with clients who want help from someone who can help develop nutrition facts on menus. In practice, this means analysing the nutritional contents of the dishes, and highlighting any positive nutritional messages. For example, for one client we helped identify that their cooking processes involved using high quality olive and walnut oils, which contain beneficial fatty acids, instead of using much butter or other saturated fats. This was a positive health message that we could then help communicate to their client base.
I can’t really think of any restaurant that couldn’t benefit from understanding the nutritional contents of their menus better, particularly if the FSA is thinking of making the labeling compulsory. Now is the time to look at what your selling points are, where you might want to tweak things a bit – all before it’s right there in front of the consumer.
Our experience through the one-to-one clinical consultations is that consumers are becoming more aware of what they are eating, and prefer to have healthy choices available (even though they don’t always want to go for them!). We find the combination of running the food consultancy service and the individual clinic consultations gives us a unique ability to advice retailers on what consumers want and how best to communicate this.
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Endometriosis is one of the most common gynaecological problems, and something that women frequently come to the clinic to seek dietary advice on. As well as excruciating and heavy periods, I often see women who desperately want to address the accompanying bloating and back pain that they experience with every cycle. The great news is that following a specific diet plan really works for managing the pain.
An endometriosis diet plan focuses on ways to control excess oestrogen that the body is producing or taking in from the environment (as endometriosis grows in the presence of oestrogen), as well as improving liver function so that excess oestrogen is efficiently removed. We also look at inflammatory foods in the diet that contribute to pain and swelling in the pelvic and back regions, and replacing these foods with anti-inflammatory alternatives. We have seen fantastic results in our London clinics, where numerous women have followed and diet and supplement plan for endometriosis and after a couple of months have had periods without any pain at all.
Find out more about our endometriosis diet plan and contact us to make an appointment for a consultation at one of our London clinics.
For those of you who have known The Nutrition Coach for a while, you will notice, of course, that we have had a radical website make over recently. We are not officially launching until September, when we will announce it to the world in our newsletter, but those of you who have had a sneaky look, what do you think? We are launching a shop in the Autumn and we are just trying to get that up and going before we get the trumpets out. These things take time!
The nice thing is that our newsletter and website are attracting old clients and patients back to the fold – I LOVE hearing from everyone again – and pretty much, although I have seen about 5000 people face to face – I never forget anyone! You all remain part of The Nutrition Coach Family – so please do get back in touch. One lady contacted us again this week because she thought she might have a gut infection and another is going to start Dump The Diet (she did Life Coaching with me in 2003) – I am so looking forward to seeing them again!
We are so lucky that we get to do the job we love with some wonderful people (corny I know but all true)
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The Nutrition Coach in Zest magazine
The Nutrition Coach is featured in an article in Zest magazine focusing on The Nutrition Coach’s Dump The Diet programme.
Alex, 32, from London, was fed up with trying endless diets that didn’t work. She desperately wanted to reach a happy size 12 – without going on a diet – and stay that way. She had six face-to-face session with The Nutrition Coach founder Kate Cook, who runs the Dump The Diet programme.
“Alex has managed to get out of the dieting mentality and adopt many new habits, like eating breakfast. I’ve worked with her to change her attitude to food and stop seeing it as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and she has really improved this aspect of her life. I think she is becoming relaxed in her own skin and realising she is beautiful just as she is, and if she carried on with the good habits she’ll feel better and better.”
Read the article here and here.
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Gluten intolerance seems to be a common problem amongst my clients. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, spelt, barley and rye.
Symptoms of gluten intolerance include bloating, diarrhoea, and constipation. However these often clear up once gluten is removed from the diet and gut health is improved. Gluten can then usually be slowly re-introduced into the diet.
A gluten intolerance is very different to coeliac disease which is an auto-immune disease and lifelong gluten intolerance. Some symptoms of coeliac disease are similar to gluten intolerance but many people also suffer from weight loss, bone pain, and mouth ulcers.
Going gluten free these days is not as hard as it used to be. Admittedly, some of the gluten free foods are not that tasty but there are now some fantastic gluten free ranges. There are also plenty of gluten free alternatives to wheat, rye and barley such as buckwheat (no relation to wheat), rice, millet, polenta, quinoa and amaranth. Oats are naturally gluten free however the vast majority of oats available are contaminated with gluten grains such as rye, wheat or barley. Some specialist suppliers sell uncontaminated oats – please note that not everyone with coeliac disease can tolerate them so consult your GP before trying them. Try www.spoff.co.uk for pure uncontaminated porridge oats.
If you suspect you have a gluten intolerance or have coeliac disease, contact us on 0845 0502442 or click here for more information.
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Yesterday I went to look at a venue for our New Year detox retreat. It is hidden away in the depths of Dorset, surrounded by beautiful countryside, peace and tranquillity. Based around a 17th Century thatched country house and two acres of grounds, it really is the perfect place to retreat away from the pollution of London life. It offers a range of wonderful treatments and green cuisine, with the highest quality organic foods and skin products.
The focus of our New Year detox retreat will be to detox and nourish the body and mind through nutrition, spa treatments and life coaching, as well as re-connecting with our natural surroundings.
More information on the retreat will be posted here shortly once the details have all been finalised. In the meantime, however, if you would like to register your interest in attending the retreat, then please contact us and we’ll add you to our list.