Obesity ’causes more cases of some cancers than smoking’

Obesity ’causes more cases of some cancers than smoking’

Obesity is back in the news today, whenever this happens (and it is often) it is never met with a surge of action from those who need to take it, quite the opposite in fact.  Headlines can scare people further into denial and further away from the health changes they need to take.  I am not a psychologist I don’t… ...

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The full A-Z of Health

The full A-Z of Health

You may have noticed that each day for the last 26 days I have posted a daily blog titled the A-Z of Health – the aim of this was to show how food and lifestyle choices impact on health in a HUGE way.  As a Nutritional Therapist I find that food is abused, misunderstood and largely neglected The point I… ...

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A-Z of Health Z – Zonked Out

A-Z of Health Z – Zonked Out

Yes, another tenuous link for the letter Z. By zonked out I am referring to the long-term side effects of oxidative stress on the body and what often happens when people ignore the subtle warning signs of their body trying to tell them to slow down! If you listen to your body when it whispers you will never have to… ...

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A-Z of Health Y – Years removed from life

A-Z of Health Y – Years removed from life

A bit tenuous yes but you try coming up with a health condition relating to nutrition that starts with  Y! If you have been with me throughout my A-Z of health posts you will have noticed the common theme – nutrition is incredibly influential to our health yet is largely abused, misunderstood and neglected until something goes wrong. By the… ...

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A-Z of Health X – X-Ray

A-Z of Health X – X-Ray

Ok so this one was the most difficult but I was adamant that I wanted to be able to produce a health condition that was directly linked to nutrition and lifestyle for each letter of the alphabet but that one was tricky. If you can think of any X related health conditions please do let me know! I wanted to… ...

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A-Z of Health W – Weak Bones

A-Z of Health W – Weak Bones

In the A-Z of Health post R – Rickets I discussed how rickets is making a come-back.  Whilst this is considered a childhood disease and there are many cultural and nutritional reasons why this may be on the rise many adults are not getting the nutrients they need for strong bone health. For women the term Osteoporosis is often associated… ...

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A-Z of Health V- Vascular Disease

A-Z of Health V- Vascular Disease

I admit I am struggling a bit with these letters! By vascular disease I am referring to Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) but P was covered with Prostate Cancer! Peripheral Arterial Disease is very common and is caused by a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries which then restricts the blood supply to the leg muscles, you may not notice… ...

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A-Z of Health U-Underweight

A-Z of Health U-Underweight

Yes, many of my A-Z of Health posts have pointed some blame on obesity (no, that isn’t me body shaming it’s a medical condition with a whole load of co-morbidities or diseases that are friends with obesity and they like to hang out together).  Today the focus is on the dangers of being underweight, of extreme dieting and an obsession… ...

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A-Z of Health T – Type 2 Diabetes

A-Z of Health T – Type 2 Diabetes

If ever there was one of my A-Z posts where there was a direct link with the food that we eat it’s this one! Although people know this somehow the facts don’t seem to be sinking in. I still see pre-diabetics eating cake and processed foods.  I want people to understand just how serious a condition Type 2 Diabetes is… ...

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A-Z of Health S -Scurvy

A-Z of Health S -Scurvy

Another one that should be left in the medical archives, one that we link to Sailors in the 18th century when scurvy was rife in fact at that time, scurvy killed more British sailors than enemy action.   Unfortunately, though scurvy is on the rise thanks in part to a western diet (see M – Malnourishment and R – Rickets). The… ...

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A-Z of Health R – Rickets

A-Z of Health R – Rickets

You would be forgiven for thinking that this is a Dickensian disease the likes of which we no longer see but sadly you would be mistaken.  Although numbers are small, there is a definite increase in cases of rickets in recent years. Rickets is a childhood disease. Historically very common and not very nice! Rickets affects bone development in children,… ...

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A-Z of Health Q – Quit Smoking

A-Z of Health Q – Quit Smoking

I hold my hands up, I could not think of a single Q related health condition that would fit the A-Z of Health so I used it as an opportunity to highlight what could be the biggest health improvement anyone can make and that is to Quit Smoking! I know that everyone who smokes knows the risks (it’s hard not… ...

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A-Z of Health P – Prostate Cancer

A-Z of Health P – Prostate Cancer

Good food can either support or hinder our immune system.  Our immune system is our first line of defence against internal and external damage. When it comes to cancer there are many (many) complex variations but we know for a fact that obesity is a contributory cause of cancer. Indeed, it is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer (after… ...

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A-Z of Health O -Obesity

A-Z of Health O -Obesity

I have referred to this so many times throughout my A-Z of health posts how could I not feature it? Obesity is normalised within society but this doesn’t make the serious nature of the disease disappear it just increases the number of people who will experience health problems. What is obesity? The dictionary definition is the state of being grossly… ...

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A-Z of Health N – Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

A-Z of Health N – Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

As with many of these A-Z posts there is a common list of culprits with the biggest risk factors for NAFLD being: – Are you overweight or obese? Do you have Type 2 Diabetes? Do you have high blood pressure? Do you have high cholesterol? Do you have metabolic syndrome (a combination of the above)? Are you over 50? Are… ...

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A-Z of Health M -Malnutrition

A-Z of Health M -Malnutrition

Malnourishment, maybe a word you are surprised to see as it is historically associated with starvation and people in far-away lands not here with the UK. In the UK we are seeing obesity and malnutrition within the same people. Sadly, the truth is that you can consume a lot of food and still be malnourished. I discuss this a lot… ...

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A-Z of Health L -Long Term Stress

A-Z of Health L -Long Term Stress

Stress –  a normal bodily reaction to a situation. Physical causes of stress are dealt with quickly by the body but emotional triggers cause the stress hormones to remain in the body over a sustained period of time.  The fight or flight neurotransmitters adrenaline and noradrenaline get the body ready for action but often we don’t go anywhere so the… ...

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A-Z of Health K -Kidney Disease

A-Z of Health K -Kidney Disease

Kidney disease can’t always be prevented but the danger of it is that it often has no symptoms so can go undetected for some time. Once again, the primary risk factors linked to prevention appear to be the same culprits – obesity and diabetes along with high blood pressure and smoking.  Where nutrition comes in here is the same as… ...

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A-Z of health J- Joint Pain

A-Z of health J- Joint Pain

As with many aspects of these A-Z posts I often find that many symptoms, even entire diseases are caused by a western diet and that in other cultures there’s sometimes not even a word for something very common in the west. Why is this? What on earth are we eating that is causing so many lifestyle (yet serious) diseases and… ...

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A-Z of Health I – Infertility

A-Z of Health I – Infertility

You may be surprised to see I have picked infertility but I am not.  I often mention the western diet and the impact on our overall health. Fertility is no different. Sperm counts in the West plunge by 60% in 40 years as ‘modern life’ damages men’s health Pesticides, hormone-disrupting chemicals, diet, stress, smoking and obesity are being blamed for… ...

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A-Z of Health H – Heart Disease

A-Z of Health H – Heart Disease

Each day in the UK: 420 people will lose their life to CVD More than 110 will be younger than 75 540 hospital visits due to a heart attack 7m people are living with CVD 180 people will die from coronary heart disease 25% of all UK deaths are caused by heart and circulatory diseases The total annual healthcare cost… ...

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A-Z of Health G – Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease

A-Z of Health G – Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a digestive disorder. GORD occurs when stomach acid or, occasionally, flows back into your food pipe (oesophagus). Symptoms can be heartburn and a sour taste in your mouth The LOS (lower oesophageal sphincter) is a bundle of involuntary muscle at the lower end of the oesophagus.  When the LOS is closed stomach acid can’t travel… ...

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A-Z of Health – F – Fatigue

A-Z of Health – F – Fatigue

There’s more to fatigue than simply being tired.  I am not talking about Chronic Fatigue (CFS)/ME here which is a different condition entirely with more physical symptoms than just being tired.  I am referring to when people are otherwise healthy but always feel tired. Tired of feeling tired? Poor nutrition is a leading contributor to the fatigue epidemic faced as… ...

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A-Z of health E- Emotional Eating

A-Z of health E- Emotional Eating

Whilst this may not constitute as a stand-alone medical condition, as you will see if you read my A-Z posts many issues with nutrition are not just to do with the foods you eat but the more the reasons why you eat them.  Emotional eating can cover a multitude of reasons behind the eating – stress, habit, comfort, boredom, food… ...

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A-Z of health D – Dementia

A-Z of health D – Dementia

Ok so I am back to being controversial – under dementia I am referring specifically to Alzheimer’s which is the most common form of dementia.  How is nutrition linked to the development of Alzheimer’s? There is a new proposed term for Alzheimer’s – Type 3 Diabetes after scientific studies have pinpointed that insulin resistance can occur in the brain. People… ...

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A-Z of health C – Cancer

A-Z of health C – Cancer

The one word that still scares everyone. People seem to have become accustomed to hearing obesity and type 2 diabetes despite their obvious health risks but Cancer, this is the one everyone is scared of. But what are we doing about it? I used to go by the theory that about 33% of cancers were impacted/caused by lifestyle but recent… ...

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A-Z of health B – Blood Pressure

A-Z of health B – Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure (hypertension) is diagnosed when there is a sustained elevated BP of >140/90. Hypertension causes exaggerated arterial pressure either during systole and/or diastole. This basically means your heart has to work a lot harder to pump the blood around the body. High Blood pressure (or hypertension) is one of the biggest contributory factors towards coronary heart disease, yet… ...

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A-Z of health A- Autism

A-Z of health A- Autism

Whilst there is a lot of research into the causes of Autism that is not what I want to address.  There is lots of research into the maternal microbiome health and links to Autism but frankly the microbiome is key to so many health conditions it isn’t surprising there is a link and I do not want mothers to feel… ...

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The A-Z of how food affects your health.

The A-Z of how food affects your health.

There isn’t actually a way that food doesn’t impact you but as nutrition is so undervalued, misunderstood and abused I have devised an A-Z of health issues associated with the foods you eat. Instead of looking at an A-Z of healthy foods which I have done before this time I am looking at what can go wrong, I am not… ...

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You are what you eat? No, Mummy, Daddy I am what YOU ate!

You are what you eat? No, Mummy, Daddy I am what YOU ate!

EPIGENTICS – The study of heritable changes in gene expression When it comes to epigenetics and nutrition, whilst your diet shapes your OWN health if you plan on having children your diet will also shape THIER HEALTH. “You are what you eat?” “No, Mummy, Daddy, Grandparents – I am what YOU ate!”. I have been talking a lot about how… ...

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Nutrition – it isn’t that important. Right?

Nutrition – it isn’t that important. Right?

I have been pondering of late what it is that makes people blasé about nutrition and have come up with my own hypothesis: – The excuse I often get is money but this is NEVER the reason. I see people spending money all of the time, on their business, on handbags, holidays, going out, gym memberships, fad diets, eating out… ...

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Webinars – the truth about the diet industry & how to actually lose weight

Webinars – the truth about the diet industry & how to actually lose weight

My next two webinars are on the subject of dieting and I shall be telling you the truth about the diet industry in the first webinar and in the second how to effectively lose weight without ever dieting again! What does the word diet mean to you? Technically we all eat a diet but more often than not the term… ...

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How running a business is like running a marathon!

How running a business is like running a marathon!

A little while back I did a business presentation to a networking group on how running a business is like running a marathon.  Yesterday of course, was the London Marathon, an event that never fails to inspire me with the sheer nature of tenacity and drive that motivates so many people to take on such a challenge. I have taken… ...

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Invited to judge at the 2019 Nourish Awards

Invited to judge at the 2019 Nourish Awards

I mentioned last week in my blog that I had won one of the Theo Paphitis #SBS (Small Business Sunday) awards! Following the win there was a frenzy of excitement on my Twitter page and as you may expect I decided to shout about this award across my social media channels! I popped a post out on LinkedIn and within… ...

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Small Business Sunday (SBS) Award

Small Business Sunday (SBS) Award

A little while back I decided to leave Twitter, I had an active (ish) Twitter account for about 8 years but it had been much neglected over the past few years as I had explored new angles and lost many an hour to understanding Instagram! Just as I was about to close it down though I noticed some posts about… ...

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Food advertising and food labelling

Food advertising and food labelling

Over the weekend I got into a bit of a disagreement on a Facebook post. I try not to jump in on posts where I see some confusion or misguided advice. But, on this occasion, I felt I had to. The post was signing the praises of the national campaign Change 4 Life. Now don’t get me wrong I am… ...

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Don’t eat it! I haven’t Instagrammed it!!

Don’t eat it! I haven’t Instagrammed it!!

A little while back people kept mentioning to me that I should be on Instagram. I didn’t like to admit I hadn’t a clue what they were they were talking about so I adopted my polite response in these situations. A ‘smile and nod’! Fast forward a few months and I got myself an account. However, I wasn’t entirely sure… ...

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Healthy Heart Month

Healthy Heart Month

It’s February and everything has gone all hearts and flowers in the shops! So, I thought that I would focus on the theme of heart health. As with many things, nutrition has a role to play in contributing to the good and bad elements of our lifestyle. Which can influence our health. Over on my social media I shall be… ...

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Launching NEW Webinars

Launching NEW Webinars

Those who know me know that I am not particularly technical! So launching into a webinar based teaching style is a bit of a learning curve! I have stepped into this new technological age with my first webinar – ‘Kick Start Your Health’. There was ahem, a slight technical glitch initially! But I have received some great feedback on the… ...

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

It’s January – a time when we grimace at the bills rolling in and feel bad about festive overindulgence in terms of eating and drinking. It’s also a time when the whole world is obsessed with New Year’s Resolutions. With us being bombarded by colourful (yet often misleading) adverts! Adverts about every ‘miracle weight loss/ diet/healthcare revolution known to man… ...

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Invitation to Dinner with Dairy UK

Invitation to Dinner with Dairy UK

A little while back I attended a round table dinner discussion facilitated by Dr Rosemary Leonard.  The subject matter was ‘Weighing up the facts; The Truth about Dairy and Childhood Obesity’. The evenings hosts were of course Dairy UK who had provided an interesting presentation, facts and opened up the debate. The dinner table discussion comprised of Dr Rosemary Leonard… ...

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The Health Kick is Seven!

The Health Kick is Seven!

Around this time of year, I have no idea of the actual date my business turns 7, The Health Kick is Seven! 7 years ago, in November I burst forth like an over excited road runner! Charging about with ideas a plenty, naïve optimism, and an actual business plan. As well as, an ambitious (ludicrous) financial forecasting!! Well, having your… ...

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NHS prevention plan aims to boost healthy life expectancy

NHS prevention plan aims to boost healthy life expectancy

I noted with interest (as I always do) an article about health and a ‘long term vision for the NHS’. In this article the Health Secretary is quoted saying that the NHS spends 10 times more money on treatment than prevention. He recommended that bosses should do more to keep staff healthy and that people should be “”Making better choices… ...

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Halloween on the Radio!

Halloween on the Radio!

I was back on BBC Radio Leicester on the eve of Halloween!! Talking to Jimmy Carpenter about all things to do with nutrtion, building a brain, gut microbiome and of course sweets and treats as it is Halloween! These chocolate pumpkins are what’s being eaten in the photo! For the recipe please check out the free healthy halloween download on… ...

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How can the food we eat alter our mood?

How can the food we eat alter our mood?

I was asked to write an article on Food and Mood for a publication, while doing it I was reminded what an important subject it is and how so many people over look this vital connection; here’s some information for you to ponder before you reach for your next ‘pick me up’. Firstly, if you like sweet things, are addicted… ...

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Healthy Halloween

Healthy Halloween

It’s that time of year again when Halloween hits the shelves of our shops and supermarkets in abundance, is it just me or does it seem to get bigger each year?! I don’t get scared by all of the ghosts and ghouls, but one thing that does give me the creeps is all of the garish sweets, chocolates, cakes and… ...

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Diets Don’t Work

Diets Don’t Work

Food is there for life, we might as well enjoy it not battle with it What does the word diet mean to you? Technically we all eat a diet but more often than not the term diet has become synonymous with weight loss, cravings, temptation, desire, restrictions and more often than not misery. So, why do so many people go… ...

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Leicester City Council to slash £600,000 from Lifestyle Budget

Leicester City Council to slash £600,000 from Lifestyle Budget

I was asked to speak on the radio on Gem106 about the budget cuts – details quoted from press release with my comments in blue: – Leicester City Council’s lifestyle services budget is being cut – but the council says they are ‘determined to keep providing the best possible services’ Any cut to a budget particularly a significant one like… ...

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Eating for Immunity

Eating for Immunity

It’s that time of year when people can start coughing and snivelling and generally feeling a bit run down, it seems to happen whenever there is a significant seasonal change especially as summer fades into Autumn. Those with children will know that they can often skip back in from school with all manner of germs that they seem to shrug… ...

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Autumn Foods

Autumn Foods

The seasons are changing, but saying goodbye to summer needn’t be a bad thing! Falling leaves Little leaves fall softly down Red and yellow, orange and brown Whirling, twirling round and round Falling softly to the ground Little leaves fall softly down To make a carpet on the ground Then, swish, the wind comes whistling by And sends them dancing… ...

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“All disease begins in the gut” Hippocrates

“All disease begins in the gut” Hippocrates

Hippocrates, known to many as the father of medicine stated that ‘All disease begins in the gut’ more than 2000 years ago. From a nutritional point of view, I have to say I agree with him! The second biggest area of work I focus on (after children’s health) is the gut but why is our gut so important and so… ...

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Need a keynote speaker?

Need a keynote speaker?

Need a keynote speaker? Well, if the subject is on children’s nutrition then I could be your woman! Recently I was asked by the International Nanny Desk to attend their two-day training event in Gatwick as their keynote speaker. This was an exciting opportunity for me to talk about early years nutrition to a room full of Nannies and Mannies,… ...

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Janey Loves Platinum Awards – Exciting news The Health Kick!

Janey Loves Platinum Awards – Exciting news The Health Kick!

Janey Loves Platinum Awards – It’s been a busy few months at The Health Kick and often we don’t realise how much we are achieving until we stop and look back, or when something happens to make us actually give ourselves a bit of a pat on the back! Over the weekend I was in Gatwick speaking at the International… ...

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Children, think of the children!

Children, think of the children!

Preventative nutrition, that is my focus and always has been. There are many instances where food and lifestyle changes can potentially remove the need for medication. It isn’t something that will form much of a discussion with your GP. Most often a prescription will be whipped up without so much as a “how’s your diet?” discussion. Later on, in the… ...

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