Baby and You

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Andy Burman

The list of blogs, web discussions, websites and products promoting ways to improve your health through nutrition are ever-increasing, but how do you know if they’re sound? You certainly wouldn’t be alone if you’re confused! The reality is that for most people, eating healthily, in moderation and following a balanced diet is the best way to lose weight or keep well. There is no magic bullet or potion or pill. If there was, we can be sure it would be readily available on the NHS!

Following the advice of registered dietitians, who are accountable to an independent regulator, means the advice they give you follows the best scientific evidence available. This is why Eating Well, Living Well was created – to provide you with advice and ideas from people who are qualified and who know what they’re talking about. If in doubt, always think about it this way – if you were ill, would you take medical advice from your GP or from your accountant? Nutrition is everybody’s business and having the discussion and debate about what is good for us needs to happen. But think very carefully about taking advice about your diet from someone who is not suitably qualified.

We have gathered an impressive range of experts to give you the best advice and ideas about keeping healthy and
I hope you enjoy this edition of Eating Well, Living Well.

Andy Burman – Chief Executive, The British Dietetic Association

 

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Penny Hunking

Every year, more and more people move into towns and cities and adopt city working lifestyles, bringing new and increasing challenges to our food suppliers. Our accepted notions of how we get our food, what we eat and how we eat it are shifting and these changes can have a massive impact on our health. As a result, nutrition science and the dietary advice we give are being steered into an exciting era. To get enough of the right food for health and wellness, we need to continually reassess our day to day routines, including how and when we shop and how we store the food we buy as well as how we access, prepare and cook food on a day to day basis.

In addition, there’s emerging science about the effect of shift work and access to daylight and how that affects our body clocks coupled with developing evidence that artificial light at night may contribute to weight control issues! Right now, we don’t have the research to tell you exactly what’s best to do, but in this issue of Eating Well, Living Well we can at least start to explain how such a lifestyle may affect you on a day to day basis. Even if you feel you live in an environment that appears to be working against you, read on for the latest top tips and tricks to help you achieve a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Penny Hunking – MBDA, RD, R.SEN, RNutr (Public Health)