The low down on nutrition professionals

Hello!

Its been a busy few weeks for me between working full time and working on some nutrition related content. During this time, I’ve registered with the Association for Nutrition and am now officially a  Registered Associated Nutritionist – woohoo!

What does that mean?

Well…. the Association for Nutrition or UKVRN is a registered charity, they are the governing body for nutritionists in the UK and they make sure that all nutritionists registered with them are competent and sufficiently qualified to at least an undergraduate degree level. Their role is to protect the public and all nutritionists registered with the AfN must meet a strict code of conduct and standards for scientifically sound evidence-based nutrition and its use in practise.

As a Registered Associated nutritionist, I hold myself to a high standard of conduct and ethics and you can be sure that all information given out will be professional, up to date and evidence based. There is a lot of confusing nutrition information out there coming from unqualified, self proclaimed nutritionists and my main aim is to protect you guys from bogus nutrition messaging.

There are three types of nutrition professionals out there..

  • Dietitian

A dietitian uses the science of nutrition to devise eating plans for patients to treat medical conditions. They promote good health by helping to facilitate a positive change in food choice. Dietitians must complete a 3 or 4 year undergraduate or a masters degree.  The title ‘dietitian’ is protected by law therefore only those registered with the HCPC may call themselves a dietitian.

  • Registered nutritionist (RNutr) and registered associated nutritionist (ANutr)

Registered and registered associate nutritionists provide scientific, evidence based information and guidance about the impacts of food and nutrition on the health and wellbeing of humans at an individual and population level. To register you must have completed a 3 or 4 year undergraduate degree or a post graduate degree accredited by the Association for Nutrition. Unfortunately, the term ‘nutritionist’ is not a protected title by law, therefor anybody can call themselves a nutritionist. That’s where the AfN come in, when looking for a nutritionist, always look for those with either RNutr or ANutr after their name for sound evidence based, ethical nutrition advise.

  • Nutritional Therapists

Nutritional therapists are described as those who ‘use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns’. The title ‘nutritional therapist’ is not protected by law however they are governed by the complimentary natural healthcare council (CNHC).

Basically, what I’m trying to say is don’t trust everything you see on Instagram or online. Many ‘nutritionists’ have no qualifications and will end up doing you more harm then good. Would you trust someone who loves cars but has no mechanical experience/qualification to fix your car? Or someone who loves Grey’s Anatomy to operate on you? Me neither. So why do we trust almost anybody with no nutrition qualification to give us nutrition advice?

There are some great nutritionists out here but equally there are plenty of unqualified people giving dangerous advice. When looking for sound, trustworthy nutritional advice, particularly online, always check they have the quality mark post-nominal letters RNutr or ANutr after their name. You can also find a list of registered nutritionists in your area by looking on the Association for Nutrition website. I promise you won’t regret it.

If you found this interesting or helpful, please feel free to share amongst your friends and family and be sure to follow my Instagram page (@f.i.g_nutrition_) which has lots of nutrition tips and recipes daily! Have a lovely week!

Sarah x

Sleep and health

Hello boys and girls!

Long time no speak!  I apologise for the lack of blogging over the past few weeks, I’ve had a busy time working between two jobs, working on nutrition plans as well as writing content for my website and social media. Safe to say I was exhausted!

This summer, I spent 6 weeks working at a lunch club for children with my bestie. This involved planning and preparing healthy meals for children from a lower socioeconomic background to make sure they received one healthy, hot meal a day. Alongside this, I worked in a bar at night. Most nights I would barely get 6 hours sleep after finishing up in the bar and getting up again for lunch club. My energy levels were low so you can imagine how much coffee was consumed! My overall wellbeing deteriorated from lack of sleep as well as poor nutrition due to lack of time and I lost a lot of weight (not good). By the end of the 6 weeks, my body had had enough and I ended up very ill and stuck in bed for a week recovering.

Luckily, lunch club only takes place during the school holidays. Last week was midterm break for primary schools which meant another week of lunch club and fun with the kids! This time I felt more prepared for the week and I planned meals and made sure to be in bed early on my nights off the bar. This week, I have taken some time out after work to relax and reenergise by taking some time off the gym, meeting friends for lunch and going to bed early when I could and I feel all the better for it!

Do you take time to relax and recharge? Our current society is go go go. Many people have the mentality that sleep is for the weak and you’re lazy if you’re not grinding 24/7. This could be in the gym, in work or in school or university. The truth is we actually need to rest.

Did you know that lack of sleep has a huge effect on our physical health?

Prolonged sleep deprivation will eventually take its toll on our body and our health. Some affects of sleep deprivation include:

  • Poor immunity

Prolonged lack of sleep can affect our immune systems. Have you ever experienced a time where you were really busy, never stopping and once you took a break, you developed a cold or flu? This is your body telling you it needs to rest!

  • Obesity:

When we are tired, our body craves high carb and high fat foods. It is thought that the reason for this is that the body is craving energy to get on with daily tasks and so we are more inclined to go for these foods which are energy dense. How often have you been exhausted and all you wanted was doughnuts and pizza? In addition to changed eating habits and lack of exercise, prolonged sleep deprivation can result in illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.

  • Reduced fertility

Regular sleep deprivation reduces the secretion of reproduction hormones, so if you’re looking to conceive make sure to get at least 7-8 hours a sleep per night!

  • Anxiety and depressive symptoms

One poor night sleep can cause us to feel irritable and moody so prolonged sleep deprivation has been linked to anxiety and depression.

So what can I do to improve my sleep?

It’s important for our health that we improve our sleeping habits by getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night as well as making time for down time and relaxation! You’ll feel all the better for it in the long run and productivity will improve. Here are some tips to improve sleep and relaxation:

  • Cap coffee consumption

Caffeine has a half life of up to 6 hours, however it can still have an effect for up to 12 ho. If you’re consuming 2-3 coffees a day this can negatively affect sleep. Keep coffee consumption to morning and early afternoon and try not to consume coffee after 2pm. You’ll find your sleep will improve thus removing the need for coffee to get through the day!

  • Wind down:

Before bedtime, be sure to take some time to wind down after work. you can do this by reading a book, taking a hot shower or a bath, listening to some calming music or some light stretching or yoga.

  • Remove blue light exposure:

Laptops, phones and TV’s give out a blue light which affect our sleep. Our body’s produce melatonin in response to daylight exposure, making us feel drowsy, thus inducing sleep. Blue light from these devices confuse this mechanism by making our bodies think its still day time, negatively affecting our sleep. Reducing use of technology 2 hours before bed time will improve our sleep.

  • Make your bedroom sleep friendly  

A relaxing environment is crucial in the bedroom. It should be tidy, dark and kept at a moderate temperature of 18-24 degrees Celsius. Keep the bedroom for sleep and sex only and try to keep work for uni or your job in a separate room.

 

I know I learned my lesson this summer. Days off are there for a reason and sleep is now a priority for me. Be it a day off work, the gym or uni,  your progress won’t be affected.  In fact your productivity will be all the better.. I promise! Please take some time out and relax. Enjoy a Netflix duvet day, go for a walk, read a book or even better go some drinks or a meal with friends or family. Most importantly, get a good nights sleep. Your body will thank you for it!

 

 

If you found this post interesting or helpful, please be sure to share with your friends and family! You can also share across social media, follow and tag me on @f.i.g_nutrition_ on Instagram ❤

 

 

Sarah x

 

Banana pancakes recipe

Hello, happy Friday!

This morning I woke up with a bit of a sweet craving, so I decided to go with my favourite breakfast, banana pancakes! I mean who doesn’t love pancakes?

The great thing about this recipe, is it has only three ingredients and you can add whatever you like! Adding banana adds a sweetness as well as one of your five a day and a great source of energy and vitamins to kick start your day. The eggs provide protein and healthy fats which help to keep you fuller for longer and the oats add a fibre hit!

I love to top my banana pancakes with berries, milled linseed and a dollop of yogurt. You could also add some dark chocolate, walnuts, almonds or even a drizzle of honey, the choice is yours! that’s enough rambling, lets get to the recipe!

 

What you need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 tbsp. oats

 

Toppings:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Toasted almonds/walnuts
  • Milled linseed
  • Dark chocolate pieces
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Various fruit – chopped apple, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, banana

 

Method:

  1. Mash the banana in a bowl. Make sure its well mashed and quite creamy.
  2. In another bowl, whisk two eggs.
  3. Combine the mixture. Add just enough oats to thicken the mixture without drying it up too much.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a pan at a medium heat.
  5. Using a ladle, spoon out a small amount of the mixture into the heated pan.
  6. **Be sure to make small pancakes as they cook better and wont fall apart.
  7. Serve topped with whatever you fancy!

 

This recipe is so quick and easy and gives a great start to a lazy weekend morning as well as giving you 1- 2 servings of your five a day! I hope you enjoy it as much as I always do!

 

Let me know if you’ve made them by tagging me @f.i.g_nutrition_ and be sure to share with your friends and family!

 

 

Sarah x

 

Quick breakfast ideas

Early mornings are difficult. Sometimes it’s hard to get up when that alarm goes. Do I get up and make myself breakfast? Or should I hit snooze and get another 10 minutes of bed rest…

Even though you know you’ll be hungry by 10am.. and you’ll be half asleep and grumpy until lunch time.. and that you’ll probably end up eating double what you usually would later on.. you still hit snooze so you can have that precious few minutes with the most wonderful object in your life.. your bed.

What if you could do both? What if you could be alert and happy in the morning for once? What if you could stop  all those sugar cravings throughout the day and the count down to lunch? As well as having your last few minutes of luxury with that special friend.

Below are some quick option that you could try for breakfast. If you’re short on time in the morning, you could have these prepared the night before. They can all be eaten before you leave or on the way into work if you commute!

1. BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

1 banana

250ml milk of choice

30g oats

handful of spinach

Mixed frozen berries (boil before use)

You can alternate ingredients here to suit your preference and variety. Whiz up in a blender and your good to go!

2. OVERNIGHT OATS

50g oats (increase portion if male)

80g frozen berries (boil before use)

1tbsp of peanut butter

1 tsp maple syrup

150ml milk/water

Stir the berries into the oats and 150ml of either milk or water and pinch of salt. Chill over night. In the morning, add the maple syrup and peanut butter!

3. BURCHER MUSELI

1 apple grated

50g oats

25g mixed seeds (pumpkin seeds, linseeds, sunflower seeds)

25g mixed nuts chopped (brazil nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

100g greek or live yogurt

25g sultanas

Put grated apple in a bowl and toss in the oats, half the nuts and the cinnamon. Stir in the yogurt and 100ml cold water, cover and chill overnight. In the morning top with the remainder of the nuts, sliced banana and sultanas. – You can try different mixes of different fruits for variety!

4. CEREAL AND FRUIT

2 wheatabix biscuits

1 banana/handful of berries

200ml milk/greek yogurt

This simple quick meal can be made with milk or mixed up with yogurt for extra crunch. Add fruit of choice!

 

You can alter all of these recipes by adding or swapping different fruit into them for variety! If you found this useful or helpful please share with your friends across social media!

 

Sarah x

 

 

Vitamin D and infants

So we already know of the importance of vitamin D in adults and its role in not only bone health, but also in immunity, mood and prevention of some chronic disease, but what about the wee ones?

Vitamin D is particularly important for children at all stages. Children are at a crucial time of growth and development and at this point there is a constant build up and break down of bone. Calcium is the main nutrient needed for healthy bone and tooth development however without vitamin D, calcium cannot be absorbed by the body.. think of it like a key opening the door for calcium into the body!

So we already know that our main source of vitamin D is from UVB sunlight and that we do not get enough sunlight due to latitude, particularly in October – April. Infants don’t tend to get a lot of sunlight due to the risk of skin damage from the sun as well as not being outside very often. Similarly, their main fuel source is milk, be it breast milk or formula milk.

Along with the updated recommendations for adult’s vitamin D intake, SACN also updated the recommendation for infants. It is now advised that infants get 8.5-10micrograms of vitamin D a day to help with healthy growth and development of bones and teeth.

Why do I need to give my child vitamin D supplement?

Prolonged vitamin D deficiency can cause stunted growth and walking issues in later life and in some extreme cases, may result in rickets. Rickets is a disease of the bones where bones become weak and bend. It also causes bone pain and sometimes breaks. It was eradicated in the 20th century due to improved nutrition. However, in recent years, there has been a re-emergence of vitamin D deficient rickets in children across the UK and Ireland.. crazy right? How could we be going backwards?

Most infant formula milks are fortified with calcium, vitamin D and a number of other vital nutrients. If however you prefer to breast feed, this is great! There are countless benefits and I would always recommend breast feeding over formula feeding if it is this is a feasible option! Unfortunately, breast milk is naturally low in vitamin D. For this reason it is VITAL vitamin D is supplemented alongside breast feeding  in so your child gets enough. Always check formula milks for the vitamin D content and if you decide to breast feed, be sure you get a supplement! These can be bought in drop form which can be added to bottles or food.

As for older children, chewy supplements are also available. Does your child like gummies? Great! Why not trick them with a nice vitamin D gummy bear. If however you prefer to keep the sugar content down, tablets, drops and oil suspensions are also available for this age group.

You’ll find infant vitamin D supplements in health shops and pharmacies. Please be sure to check the ingredients list for the recommended dose of 8.5-10micrograms!!

 

If you found this post useful or helpful, please be sure to share across social media as well as with family and friends, especially those with young children or toddlers!

 

Sarah x

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin D and adults

Happy October! Summer has well and truly left us as we feel the darker evenings and colder, duller days set in.. meaning less time outdoors and less sunlight!

There has been a huge upsurge in the popularity and use of various supplements such as protein and multivitamins in recent years. We are all looking to get the optimal diet and vitamin and mineral intake. Few of these supplements are necessary as we tend to get enough from diet alone, however one supplement I would always recommend is vitamin D.

I’m sure we all remember from school that vitamin D is the ‘sunshine vitamin’. So yes, the best source of vitamin D is from UVB sunlight however, small amounts can also be found in oily fish, liver, fortified cereals and eggs.  So what does vitamin D do? Well, it is well known that vitamin D is needed for calcium absorption which helps to keep bones and teeth healthy. It also plays a role in hormonal actions, immunity and even our mood.

Unfortunately, due to the latitude the UK and Ireland lie we are at increased risk of vitamin D deficiency as we simply do not get enough sun exposure. This is particularly important between the months of October and April.

The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) identified that adults aged 19-64 in the UK had a average intake of just 2.8µg/day. This is also prevalent in Ireland, according to the Irish Osteoporosis Society, 74% of adults consume less than half of the daily recommendation for vitamin D.

You’re probably thinking.. so what? I eat eggs and fish sometimes. Surely that’s more than enough!  Well according to a poll done on  my Instagram page, 67% of followers do not eat two portions of oily fish a week. So it’s definitely worth considering a vitamin D supplement.

Why is this relevant?

The main result of prolonged vitamin D deficiency is Osteomalacia. Osteo-what?Osteomalacia is a disease of the bones and is characterised by softening of bones in adults. It may result in back pain, hip and wrist fractures and an increased chance of falls. Vitamin D is hugely important in the long-term prevention of osteomalacia as it is responsible for bone mineralization. Previous case study reports showed effective treatment of osteomalacia with vitamin D supplementation in just 12 months.

If you read my ‘Milk vs. Soya milk’ post, you’ll know that peak bone mass is reached by the age of 30. However, once we hit 30 and  peak bone mass has been reached, it then begins to deteriorate. In addition to this, as we age our body reduces the amount of vitamin D it produces. This makes vitamin D consumption particularly vital for adults of this age group. It is very difficult to get the optimum level of vitamin D from diet alone. For this reason, all adults should be taking a daily supplement of vitamin D in order to maintain and improve bone mineralization.

In response to this, the Scottish Government made new recommendations for vitamin D. Previously it was advised that only those at risk of deficiency (the elderly, young children, institutionalised adults) should take a vitamin D supplement in order to prevent deficiency however, now all adults are now advised to take a daily vitamin D supplement of 10µg/day (10-20µg/day in Ireland).

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, this means it is better absorbed alongside a fat source. Some supplements are available in a spray form or an oil base however if you prefer tablet form, just be sure to take it with a fat containing meal (I take mine with a square of chocolate!) The best form of vitamin D is vitamin D3 as it is most easily absorbed by the body. You can find vitamin D in all health shops, most pharmacies and supermarkets will stock it too!

**Always consult with your doctor before beginning any supplementation in order to prevent it affecting with any current medication.

If you found this interesting or helpful, please share among your friends and family and across social media!

Sarah x

Helpful Resources:

http://www.irishosteoporosis.ie/?/news/article/importance_of_calcium_and_vitamin_d/

Click to access SACN_Vitamin_D_and_Health_report.pdf

SHIKINO, K., IKUSAKA, M., YAMASHITA, T., 2014. Vitamin D-deficient osteomalacia due to excessive self-restrictions for atopic dermatitis BMJ Case Reports [online]. July [viewed 26 March 2018]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4091129/

Fibre.. what’s it all about?

If you follow me on Instagram, you may or may not have noticed how many times I’ve mentioned fibre in almost every post so far! I think it’s probably time to talk about fibre and why exactly I’m so obsessed with it..

Dietary fibre is the edible parts of fruit and vegetables that are not digested. They provide ‘roughage’ or ‘bulk’ in the bowels which stimulates movement of digested food through the intestine. Part of this is digested by good bacteria in the bowels but most of it is excreted in out in our poop.

Why is fibre so important?

Gut health: Fibre stimulates the movement of food through the bowels reducing transit time. This helps to prevent constipation, softens stools and makes them easier to pass. A lack of fibre is linked to diverticulitis (painful, inflamed bowels), constipation and in some cases, prolonged lack of fibre can lead to bowel and colo-rectal cancers.

Blood glucose and heart health: Beta glucan is a type of fibre found in oats and barley. It plays a role in maintaining blood glucose levels, therefore helping to prevent the development of type two diabetes. It also helps to control cholesterol levels improving heart health and helping to prevent cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke.

Fibre also feeds our gut bacteria, and promotes the diversity of friendly bacteria in the gut (more details to come) and can also help with weight management due to its satiating effect, keeping you fuller for longer.

Public health data in the UK identified that the average intake of fibre was 17.2g in women and 20.1g in men. Unfortunately, this lack of fibre intake is also prevalent around the world with similar data being seen in Ireland and Australia. In response to this data, The Scientific Advisory Committee for Nutrition (SACN) released a Carbohydrate report in 2015. This report published new guidelines for fibre which included a recommendation of 30g of fibre a day for adults (17+ years), and 15-20g/day for children and teenagers.

Where is fibre found?

Sources of fibre include oats, wholemeal cereal,  bread, pasta and rice, beans, peas, lentils and the skins of fruit and vegetables. Increasing your fibre intake is relatively easy. Some options include

  • porridge with a banana/apple (~12-13g)
  • wheatabix/all bran with banana (~6g)
  • swapping white bread and pasta for wholemeal varieties
  • including beans/lentils/peas in meals such as currys and pastas
  • snacking on nuts and fresh fruit

When increasing fibre intake its best to start slow. Increasing fibre too quickly can result in unpleasant gut symptoms such as bloating, excess gas and poop. You’re gut will adapt within a few days though and will thank you in the long run!

If you found this interesting or helpful, please share among your friends and family and across social media!

Sarah x

Helpful resources:

https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.2903/j.efsa.2010.1462

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5986479/

https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/basics/fibre.htmlhttp://

http://www.safefood.eu/SafeFood/media/SafeFoodLibrary/Documents/Publications/Research%20Reports/NorthSouthIrelandFoodConsumptionSurveyIrishUniversitiesNutritionAllianceSummaryReport.pdf

Cows milk vs. Soya milk: the answer.

Earlier this week, I did a question time on my Instagram page (@f.i.g_nutrition_). I was asked whether soya milk was better than cows milk. I also did a poll asking my followers whether they believed soya milk was better than cows milk, which was very close.  I felt this topic in particular deserved a longer, more comprehensive explanation.

In recent years, cow’s milk has received a lot of bad press and with the increased interest in the vegan diet, soya and other plant milks have gained popularity as a milk alternative. Is cow’s milk really that bad? Are these milk alternatives better? Are they even that healthy? Lets have a look..

Firstly, cow’s milk has been consumed by humans for centuries and rightly so as it has a fantastic nutritional profile! Cow’s milk is high in protein and calcium. This is particularly important for children, as they are going through an important time of growth. The energy and fat content varies slightly between whole milk, skimmed and semi skimmed milk. Whole milk contains about 10g of carbohydrate, 8g of fat and 150 calories per 200ml which also makes it a great post work out snack as the carbohydrates are quickly absorbed to replenish glycogen stores after exercise.

Milk is also a great source of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D, vitamin B12,  vitamin B2, Iodine and phosphorus. Vitamin D is extremely important for bone health and many other bodily functions as it is needed for calcium absorption. Similarly, milk’s naturally high calcium content makes it the best calcium source out there as it is cheap and has a high bioavailability (this simply means nutrients are absorbed easily by the body from milk).

We all know that calcium is really important in childhood, however it is also particularly important in late adolescence. During this time, peak bone mass is reached. What does this mean? Basically, your body builds up the strength and mass of your bones during this time which then reaches its peak in your early 20’s. This process is essential as it helps to prevent osteoporosis (painful weakening and breaking of bones) in later life.

Milk is also cheap and widely available. If your worried about the fat content, skimmed and semi skimmed milk is also available however, these contain less Vitamin A and Vitamin D. So, unless you are lactose intolerant, have IBS which is triggered by milk or simply do not like the taste there is absolutely no need to cut milk from your diet!

Now, onto Soya milk..

Soya milk is made from soya beans and filtered water. The soya beans are soaked, then grinded and water is added. It is then fortified with calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and iodine, as it does not contain any of these naturally. After cows milk, soya milk is the most nutritious alternative as it made from soya beans which are high in protein. Soya milk’s nutritional profile is also quite similar to cow’s milk as it is naturally high in protein (7g per 200ml). As it comes from a plant source, soya has a lower level of saturated fat and calories so would benefit those watching their weight or heart health.

Soya and other plant milk alternatives are technically a processed food. Unlike cow’s milk, they are a man made product and also contain some additives such as thickeners and stabilizers in order to give them a milk like consistency. These are not harmful, however next time you see a wellness blogger saying that they don’t consume processed foods while drinking a glass of plant milk alternative, maybe think twice about following their advice!

So, which one is better? Well, soya milk is a great alternative to milk for those who are lactose intolerant, wanting to reduce their saturated fat intake or those following a vegan diet. Similarly, milk is a great addition to the diet due to its naturally high protein and calcium content. Both milks are classed as allergens which may affect certain people differently. However, neither cows milk nor soya milk is better than the other as both are highly nutritious.

My advice? Forget the newspaper headlines, Netflix documentary’s and unqualified wellness bloggers demonizing either one. If you like milk, drink it. It’s good for you! If you like soya milk, it’s just as good. Hope this clears up any confusion, for more information or any other questions  just drop me a message either through the contact section on this website or on my instagram page!

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog! Please share with your friends and family and across social media if you found it helpful!

Sarah x

What the heck is F.I.G Nutrition?!

Hi there!

Thank you for coming to view my blog! I thought I’d introduce myself and tell you all a little bit about me. I’ve  had  a number of people following me on Instagram in  the past few days (thank you!) and I just wanted to let you know who is behind all of this..

My name is Sarah. I am originally from Dublin, Ireland however four years ago I emigrated to Edinburgh to follow my dream of becoming a nutritionist. Finally that day has come and after graduating I have been lucky enough to launch my idea which has been in the making for a number of months.

Throughout my four years in Edinburgh, the health and fitness industry have boomed (woohoo I have a job!) which is great! It is so wonderful to see so many people taking an interest in their health and eating habits – my job will be much easier! With the rise in interest, comes a rise in those providing nutrition and fitness advice, new products and of course a whole host of different diets. Unfortunately, not all of these people/products/diets have people’s health and best interest at heart as money is very, very appealing..

So why do I care? Surely I could just develop a new crazy diet, sell it and make millions? Surprise! I actually have a conscience. I want to educate people properly about health and nutrition. You don’t have to cut gluten, meat or dairy out of your diet to be healthy. You don’t have to follow a strict 1,600 calorie diet to lose weight. You don’t even have to cut carbs to be healthy! Whether you are veggie, vegan, paleo or just an ordinary Joe or Jane who loves a pint I am here to help and will always be understanding and honest.

So what is F.I.G Nutrition?

No, I’m not just obsessed with figs.. F.I.G is an acronym for Food Is Good. As previously stated, the rise of health and nutrition has both good and bad effects. Unfortunately, some of the negatives have left people feeling confused. Should I cut gluten from my diet? Dairy is bad for you don’t eat it. Meat causes cancer so you should be vegan.. I just want to clarify that none of this is true. The healthiest diet you can consume is one you enjoy and can stick to. This confusion has also led to labelling of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods and food groups. Many people now avoid these foods like the plague for fear of their heath or not meeting their macro targets. I for one agree that there is a place for calorie and macro counting however it should never consume a person’s life nor should it get in the way of social events with friends. Food is not just fuel, it nourishes us. Food is a celebration. Food is social. So the next time you’re out with a friend for dinner, it’s ok to say yes to desert!

F.I.G Nutrition is here to celebrate food. It is here to reset your relationship with food. Finally, F.I.G Nutrition is here to educate those who are confused.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this first ramble as much as I have enjoyed writing it! if you did, I would be eternally grateful if you could share with friends and family. You can also follow my social media linked accounts where I will be sharing more nutrition and health related content. Of course, if you require more personalised nutrition advise I am happy to help, please do not hesitate to get in touch where we can discuss your individual needs.

 

Sarah x