Feeding an athlete
Jun15

Feeding an athlete

For an athlete like my son, who is really serious about doing his absolute best in his sport, you have to get everything right. Every little change – from the right shoes to the right length run up to different warm up exercises – can just give that few extra centimetres which make all the difference to him achieving his dream. And one of the most important things to get right is food. There have been times when...

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And then the vegans took over
Feb05

And then the vegans took over

I became a vegetarian at the age of 17, 28 years ago. A lot of my friends became vegetarians at the same time. Like me, some of them still are vegetarian. We did it for the right reasons, because we cared about animal welfare. But it was also a bit of a trend at the time. I’m not sure if it stayed a trend or if at some time during the 90s and noughties, teenagers stopped becoming vegetarians. But I even raised a vegetarian...

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Padstow, pasties and IBS
Aug15

Padstow, pasties and IBS

I don’t write about it often, but I have IBS. I’ve got it under reasonable control through my diet (I was eating clean long before it was a thing), but it is with me pretty much every second of every day. Most of the time, I can resist having too much ‘bad’ food because I know what the consequences will be, but sometimes I just want to eat what everyone else is eating. And no more so than when I’m on...

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What to eat (and not to eat) on a D of E Bronze expedition
Jun05

What to eat (and not to eat) on a D of E Bronze expedition

My younger son has recently done his D of E Bronze practice expedition. After much discussion with him, his friends, his friends’ parents, checking of the website etc etc, we worked out what he should take to eat. Some of it was right, some of it was wrong. The key things to remember are: They need a hot evening meal They need lots of calories While they need a certain amount of balance, a bit less fruit/ veg and meat is not...

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My daughter, fainting and the poor diet
Mar08

My daughter, fainting and the poor diet

When my daughter fainted the other week, we were reminded once more of how poor her diet is. My daughter has a small appetite. Her meals are a fraction of the size of everyone else’s. Sometimes she has to get up during a meal and go back to it later because she’s full. I’ve always believed her small appetite is genuine because she’s a healthy weight and she’s active. In addition to not eating much, she...

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