Portion control

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Portion Control 

Over 60% of the UK adult population is currently overweight or obese, and we all have a responsibility to reduce that statistic including fast food outlets, schools, supermarkets, cafes and food manufacturers

The British Nutrition Foundation thinks one way to tackle this epidemic is to raise awareness about portion sizes and portion control

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Research has shown that when people are presented with larger portion sizes, they will eat more and most people underestimate how many calories they consume each day by as much as 25%.

 

 

Since the 1980s, typical servings have increased dramatically: a bag of crisps has grown from 25g to 40g. ‘Grab’ bags have 50% more than standard bags – a bag of Walker’s crisps, for example, now contains 55g – that’s 260 calories and 15g of fat, compared to 130 cals and 8g of fat in 25g.

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Soft drinks are still sold in 330ml cans (139 cals for a can of Coke), but 500ml bottles of are just as popular.  Thats 210 calories and 54g or 13½ teaspoons of sugar in a bottle of Coke.

 

 

 

King-size and pocket pack chocolate bars are up to twice the size of regular bars – a Mars Big One has 100 calories more than a regular bar, while a King-Sized Snickers has 200 extra calories than the regular version.  There are now even 1 and a half bars of chocolate and Bounty bars are available in triple packs!

 

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Double and triple burgers (with all the extras) are available from every burger chain. If you double-up your cheeseburger in McDonald’s, for example, you increase your calories from 300 to 440, and your fat intake from 11.5g to 23 g.  Pasta servings and nearly five times bigger than they were 20 years ago.

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You’re not even safe in the local coffee shop – Your morning caffeine fix in the 50s would be 45 calories. Nowadays, a 450ml takeout coffee with mocha syrup would be 350 calories.

 

And how many times are you asked if you want to ‘go large’?

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Modern main course bowl on the left. 1970s plate on the right

 

Even the standard dinner plate used in most restaurants and homes has increased from 10 to 12 inches!

Recent research has revealed that smaller plates, cups, glasses, bowls and cutlexycould reduce overall calorie intake by up to 16 per cent.

If its good enough for Lord Sugar!

Today I chatted to BBC radio Nottingham DJ Mark Dennison about portion control.  This is the 7 minute interview

I was also interviewed by Gem 106 radio for their hourly news slot, this is one of my 40 second snippets

 

This process of eating larger amounts is called portion distortion and it’s making us fat!
 The more we eat the more calories we consume

Are you shocked by this, did you have any idea that food portion sizes have been on the increase?

To put it in to context eating just 200 extra calories a day over a year can mean a weight gain of over a stone (6.3 Kg)

So what is a correct portion size?

  • A 75g serving of meat, poultry or fish is the same size as the palm of your hand
  • A medium potato is the same size as your computer mouse
  • pasta-portionKeep portions of cheese to 25g – around the same size as a matchbox
  • A medium piece of fruit is the same size as your fist
  • A serving of rice is half a teacup (75g uncooked weight)
  • A serving of vegetables is about 80g
  • A teaspoon of butter or margarine is the size of the tip of your thumb.

A useful guide is to use your hand as a visual template:

palmProtein like meat, fish, poultry, tofu lentils, eggs should be no bigger than the palm of your hand

 

 

 

Carbohydrates like bread rice pasta should fit into one cupped handcupped hand

 

 

 

cupped handsFruit and vegetables should fit in to two cupped hands

Simples!!

 

 

For more information about the increase in portion size please click on this link to the Food Standards Agency, where you can download useful guides. https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/find-your-balance/portionwise.html

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Veganuary

Veganuary –  have you gone meat free this month?

Veganuary is an international campaign aimed at encouraging people to be vegan for the whole of January. https://veganuary.com.  Last year the campaign grew by 183%, with 168,542 people signing up to go vegan.  So far this year over 250,000 people from 193 countries have taken the month-long pledge to try veganism

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Concern for animals, taking better care of the earth’s resources and the environment, the health advantages of a plant-based diet or curiosity are just some of the reasons for people taking up the veganuary pledge, with many high profile vegan celebrities on board

 

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If being vegan for a whole 31 days seems too much of a challenge then why not try taking part in the ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign, originally started by the late Linda McCartney.  If you need recipe ideas then have a look at the ones I have created for you. http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/category/recipes/

Who can resist the ultimate comfort food – LM vegan sausage and onion sandwiches!

LM vegan sausage sandwich

If you’re not a diva in the kitchen then the supermarkets are on hand.  Many have seriously upped their vegan game.

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Marks and Spencer’s new vegan range. Photo by Sally

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Aldi’s vegan aisle Photo by Sophie

 

Eating vegan food is now easier than ever, thanks to raised awareness, an increase in veganism and the availably of foods on the High Street, in restaurants and cafes.  For instance last year Pizza Hut announced that all of their restaurants will now stock vegan cheese, after it was successfully trailed; Zizzi and Pizza Express have been serving great vegan options for a while now, with more in the pipeline I’m sure

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Zizzi’s

Waggamamas has an ever expanding vegan and vegetarian range

Kare Burosu ramen

Kare Burosu ramen

Many coffee shops now serve vegan sweet treats, sandwich shops like Pret have even created a number of vegan only outlets and Greggs has just launched a vegan sausage roll, that is flying off the shelves

And small independents are also keen to attract new vegan customers; Chocks away https://www.facebook.com/Chocks-Away-Nottingham-City-Airport-379455688792762/  a cafe linked to Nottingham City airport has increased its range of vegan options

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chocks away

 

And No 12 Hounds Gate https://www.no12houndsgate.co.uk , Nottingham is a new vegan and vegetarian only cafe

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No 12 Hounds Gate

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No 12 Hounds Gate

And pubs like the Angel microbrewery in Nottingham City centre http://www.angelmicrobrewery.com and the Horse and Plough http://www.castlerockbrewery.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/April-menu-Vegan-1.pdf at Bingham are really flying the vegan flag

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Angel micro brewery

Starbug burger, Horse and Plough

Starbug burger, Horse and Plough

If you are currently taking part in veganuary or going meat free every Monday and want to continue then consider coming to see me, either for a one to one nutrition consultation or one of my vegan cooking classes.

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The rise of veganism

The rise of veganism

Recently two journalist students came to interview me about veganism and why its on the rise. I was asked for my views because I am a nutrition coach who advises clients about healthy eating and I am also a vegan.  The journalists were keen to understand about the potential nutritional issues affecting a vegan and If I persuade all my clients to adopt a vegan lifestyle  #SpoilerAlert: I don’t

Here’s a few video clips of how it went

The first is about my role as a nutrition coach and why veganism is now a popular lifestyle choice.  I mention my cooking classes, that vegans and non vegans attend so they can make delicious tasty vegan meals that are nutritionally balanced and easy to make

 

And a short video montage of my cooking lessons

 

How I promote a healthy balanced diet.  I talk about a ‘rainbow of colour, variety, unprocessed foods and moderation

 

And finally,  the foods that should form part of everyones diet but especially if you’re  vegan or moving towards a more plant based diet

If you would like some nutritional advice, regardless of your lifestyle choices then why not come and talk to me.  I could get you back on track

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If you are not local or you time is too precious then maybe a phone or Skype consultation could be for you

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A few weeks ago I appeared on Gem 106 radio to talk about veganism and why its gained so much in popularity, feel free to listen to the interview below

And I was asked to sit on the red sofa of East Midlands today to discuss the increase in the number of fast food outlets and an increase in obesity levels.

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on the big red sofa with Maurice Flynn and Sarah Teale

 

Vegan cookbooks

Vegan cookbooks

Christmas is just around the corner and what better present to give than a vegan cookbook.  But which one?!

I’ve asked a number of fellow vegans for their favourite, so apart from downloading or printing one of my vegan recipes (http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/category/recipes/), consider buying one of these

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BOSH! Simple Recipes * Amazing Food * All Plants

Its been described as “good honest and simple cooking with some show stoppers in there too”

 

 

 

 

Thug kitchen – 101: Fast as F*ck: easy and accessible recipes to give you a solid start toward a better diet.

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So what do you eat by Liz Cook : Simple, all “Traditional “recipes made vegan, with every day ingredients. Tells you where to get all your essential nutrients.   Handy guide is in back cover and kitchen charts

The Happy Pear – Healthy, Easy, Delicious Food to Change Your Life – full of irresistible recipes for everything from everyday breakfasts, lunches and dinners, to scrumptious and yes, still wholesome! cakes and sweet treats, to special occasion splurges and

Recipes for Happiness – clever meat-free versions of popular favourites and inspiring advice on how to be healthier

 

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Deliciously Ella Every Day - simple yet tempting plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes. Be inspired by her quick weekday dinners, slow-cook comfort food designed to be shared, amazing colourful salads and incredible food to take with you when you’re on the go

 

 

Minimalist Baker’s, everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes. These recipes require 10 ingredients or less, can be made in one bowl, or require 30 minutes or less to prepare

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My vegan travels - Comfort food inspired by adventure: 75 satisfying plant-based recipes for comfort food from around the world.

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Mouthwatering Vegan by Miriam Sorrell : Included in the book are recipes for vegan cheese, cream and mayonnaise; Chilli Con ‘Carne’, Shepherd’s Pie, Mince & Ale Pie, Stroganoff Supreme and the Perfect Roast

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Keep It Vegan by Aine Carlin: This books keeps it simple with easy-to-follow recipes, using a sensible number of ingredients that can be found in your local supermarket

 

 

 

Vegan Richa:Everyday Kitchen: Epic Anytime Recipes with a World of Flavour – These unique recipes have amazing depths of flavour, are easy to make, and have allergy-friendly options

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Lucy Watson’s Feed Me Vegan: Packed with comforting, easy-to-make and totally delicious recipes, Feed Me Vegan shows you can be vegan and still have your cake (and mac and cheese, and lasagne, and pancakes) and eat it

 

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Vegan: The Cookbook by jean-Christian Jury –  delicious vegan dishes from around the world

November is world vegan month

November is World vegan month

Does Nottingham cater for vegans?

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Today, 1st November is World Vegan Day and the start of World Vegan month.  This year sees a huge rise in the number people adopting a vegan lifestyle or regularly including vegan meals in to their diet; New data revealed the number of vegans in the UK now exceeds three-and-a-half million, or 7% of the population. These figures indicate that veganism has seen a 700% growth in just two years (data from

https://www.livekindly.co/number-of-vegans-in-the-uk-surges-by-700-in-just-two-years/).  Maybe the fact that a  number of high profile celebrities like Beyonce, Lewis Hamilton, Ellie Golding, David Haye and Peter Egan to name but a few all follow a vegan diet.
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world vegan month

Concern for animals and their welfare, taking better care of the earth’s resources and the environment or the health advantages of a plant-based diet are just some of the reasons for becoming vegan.

For some people it’s none of the above but they have allergies to dairy products or are lactose intolerant, hence the increased popularity and availability of non-dairy alternatives

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But generally being a vegan is more of a lifestyle choice and a philosophy than a diet.

You can now buy ethical clothing, shoes, toiletries and makeup. But for ‘World vegan  ay and month’ I’d like to focus on the food aspect of being vegan.

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Tune in to drive time from 4pm today on Gem 106 radio to hear snippets of my interview about World vegan day and its impact

 

 

In Nottingham over the last couple of years I have seen more vegan options in shops, supermarkets and eateries, an increase in wheat/gluten/dairy free cakes and goodies and special vegan events to raise awareness.

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Did you know there is a vegan market in Sneinton on the first  and third Saturday of every month?

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I regularly write veggie food reviews for the Nottingham Post and the West Bridgford Wire, sometimes it’s a 100% vegan/vegetarian eatery like cafe Roya in Beeston or No 12 Hounds gate, in Nottingham https://www.no12houndsgate.co.uk in Nottingham

 

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Or a regular restaurant that has a good selection of vegan options like la Storia, Chocks Away (at Nottingham City Airport),  Baresca, The Angel microbrewery, Pudding Pantry, Oscar and Rosies, Suda (Wollaton), Horse and Plough (Bingham), wagamama, Alchelmilla; the list just keeps on growing

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courtesy of TeenVGN (Twitter)

courtesy of TeenVGN (Twitter)

Not to be outdone the main supermarkets have also increased their range of vegan options.  You can now buy vegan ready meals, Christmas selection boxes, non-dairy milk, yoghurt, ice-cream and cheese, pesto etc.  And the cheaper supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl also have some great choices too

In Nottingham we are also lucky to have a number of Asian and world food supermarkets and shops that have a plethora of vegan goodies like tofu, spices, noodles, lentils, nuts, Asian greens, sauerkraut, fresh herbs and pulses

 

 

For some the transition to being vegan is a staged process; they cut down on red meat and processed meat, then only eat fish, consider following the ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign,  progress to becoming vegetarian then decide to take the plunge and go for a 100% plant-based diet.

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If you are considering eating a more plant based diet but are concerned about nutrition then why not come to my vegan cookery classes.  More information can be obtained by following this link http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/vegan-cooking-classes/ 

cookery feedbackYou can make sweet potato falafels, tofu rice rolls, beetroot risotto, lasagne, tacos and much much more. Contact me for more details 07946 301338

For more advice about adopting a vegan diet visit the vegan society website

How to maintain a vegan diet

How to maintain a vegan diet

If you’re new to the plant-based lifestyle or are worried about making the transition from a vegetarian to a vegan diet, Nutritionist Resource, the online resource for all things connected to health and well-being, have got some handy tips about How to maintain a vegan diet

nutritionist resourceThe full article can be viewed here https://www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk/blog/?p=7770

And I have provided the ‘handy tips’, which include how to veganise your favourite meals, planning ahead, don’t be hard on yourself, and how seeking professional support could ensure you maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle

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If this sound like you and you are moving towards a more plant based diet then I can help with that transition

  • one, because I am a qualified nutrition coach
  • two, I am a vegan myself, and
  • three, I’m a trained chef and deliver vegan cooking classes

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Energy drinks

Energy drinks

The government is proposing a ban on the sale of energy drinks to under 18 year olds, at the moment there is a voluntary ban for under 16s

What do you think: should children be allowed to buy and drink energy drinks, or do you wonder what all the fuss is about?!

I was asked those and other questions by Gem 106 radio.  Snippets of this full 3 minute interview will be on today’s drive time news slots on the hour

So should we be concerned about the levels of consumption of energy drinks?

The BBC News website says “Energy drinks contain high levels of sugar and caffeine and have been linked to obesity and other health issues. UK youngsters are among the highest consumers of energy drinks in Europe

Excessive consumption has been linked to a range of health issues in children, from obesity, tooth decay, headaches and sleep problems to stomach aches and hyperactivity. They also contribute to poor behaviour in classrooms, although claims they can alter behaviour have been contested.”

The full BBC article can be read at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45342682

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Will this information make you think, do you know if your child consumes energy drinks, will you make any changes to the drinks you offer your child or whats available to them?

 

Tai chi and afternoon tea

T’ai chi and afternoon tea

Our new T’ai chi with afternoon tea event was a winner so we’re putting on another one; Monday 8th October. All the details are on my events page

 

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From 12.30 on Monday 8th October Debbie Spencer will take you through a guided, calm and relaxing t’ai chi session focusing on the breath and mindfulness. The moves you will practice are carried out very slowly, as this improves balance, fitness, flexibility and strength
If the weather is good (let’s be optimistic!) it will be outside in the garden under the shade of the weeping willow tree, so please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

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Followed by a guided mediatation


Whilst you are concentrating I will be in the kitchen preparing your vegan afternoon tea, which with feature something savoury, scones with jam and vegan cream and another sweet treat. All served with lashings of tea/coffee/water/juice

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we will then spend time around the table talking about healthy eating, neutron etc whilst you enjoy the nutritious and tasty vegan fayre
The event will finish at 2.45

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It all takes place in West Bridgford and costs £30 inclusive
We are limited to 8 people so please book early to avoid disappointment
Susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk or 07946 301338

 

Taste of Rushcliffe – food festival

Taste of Rushcliffe – Bridgford Park

This Saturday sees the return of the annual Taste of Rushcliffe food festival, where local suppliers and stall holders show off their produce.  There will also be cooking demonstration, children’s activities and of course I will be giving away healthy vegan food and taking part in a couple of vegan food demos

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Have a look at the ‘Taste of Rushcliffe’ Facebook page for more details https://www.facebook.com/events/892342834267315/

 

This time I will be giving away an oaty fruit dessert called overnight oats.  And the children can pimp it up with pumpkin seeds, blueberries and spiralised apple string.

Here’s just some of the ingredients

 

Then its on to grating en masse!

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And mixing the overnight oats so they can absorb all those lovely flavours

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I am trying to be more eco friendly this year,  so all our cups are disposable and recyclable (please make sure you throw away your empties in the right bin bag).  The cutlery will also be recyclable.  A few portions of the dessert will be served in these cute jam jars, that need to be brought back when empty so they can be thoroughly cleaned and reused.  I’m happy to serve you a portion in your own jam jar

Here’s one I made earlier

IMG_7936The two food demos will take place around midday and 3pm and I’ll be showing you how to make a really quick rice salad using everyday ingredients from your fridge and cupboards

The raw ingredients

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The finished dish

rice saladNot only will I make it for you but you can have some samples to taste.  The recipe will also be available for you take home and have a go yourself to see how quick and easy it is

So if you want a break from the football come down to Bridgford Park this Saturday and say hello

This was last years event and the children loved it

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The 80/20 rule of healthy eating

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

The 80/20 rule of healthy eating

the 80_20 ruleVery few things in life are perfect and the same can be true of your diet.  Its hard to not look at the delicious cakes at the coffee shop and then ask only for a black coffee, when you really want that lovely cake as well.  This is where the 80/20 rule comes in.  We never do 100% of things 100% perfectly, so why do we expect to eat perfectly all of the time.  It places an unrealistic expectation on us. If you want to lose weight and keep it off then give the 80/20 rule a go.

 

It’s the ‘perfect’ way to eat

For 80% of the time eat a healthy balanced diet and 20% of the time have some well deserved treats.  It’s that simple!

How it works

Over a week you will probably eat 3 meals and 2 snacks every day, that’s 35 different times every week you have to make food choices.

So 80% of the time (or 28 times during the week) make good healthy choices; for instance:

  • Eat lots of fruit and veg in a rainbow of coloursfruit-and-veg-225x300
  • Drink 8 glasses of water
  • Eat good quality protein like quinoa, Quorn,  tofu, nuts, eggs, oily fish (salmon and mackerel) and chicken
  • Eat more wholemeal grains like wholemeal pasta, bread and rice
  • Incorporate more beans and lentils into your cooking – for low fat, low cholesterol and high protein nutrition
  • Eat nutrient rich fats like olive oil, avocados, coconut oil
  • have plenty of calcium rich diary and non-dairy
  • Cut down on alcohol 

  • Snack on nuts and dried fruit
  • Reduce your portion size

dark chocolateAbout 20% of the time (or 7 times during the week) relax a bit and have a few treats.  That’s the time to really enjoy a glass of wine, a packet of crisps, a biscuit or two, a square of dark chocolate, a latte or a piece of cake.  But eat that treat Mindfully, which means really savour and appreciate that treat and most of all ENJOY it and don’t feel GUILTY.

 

 

A healthy balanced diet can accommodate treats but like many things (and I’ve talked about this before) it’s all about moderation!

This handout may help you to apply moderation with your diet

The 80-20 rule

Try to follow these guidelines at least 80 % of the time for                                           a healthy lifestyle change.

But if you do need additional help and support then please consider coming to see me for a nutrition consultation

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