Nutrition Basics

Nutrition is an enormous topic and there is a LOT of misinformation out there. In fact, there is even debate about what constitutes a “healthy” diet! Is it one which helps you lose weight? Reduces your risk of long term disease? Allows you to to win a race? What’s more, different diets have different effects on different people. Needless to say, it can all get a bit complicated!

In this section are blog posts discussing the bits of nutrition we can all agree on (vegetables good; cake, not so much) and giving the pros and cons of the debatable parts of nutrition science.  You will also find separate sections on vitamins and minerals, hormones and macronutrients.

What is a healthy diet?

Energy and Macronutrients

Macronutrients: Protein

Macronutrients: Carbohydrates

Macronutrients: Fats

Carbohydrates for exercise: Before

Carbohydrates for exercise: During

Carbohydrates for Competition

Carbohydrates for Recovery

Varying my carbohydrates

Opening the black box

Missing the energy target

Macronutrients: Fat basics

Marcronutrients: Simplifying complex carbohydrates

Macronutrients: The power of protein


Failure to plan is planning to fail

Energy In and Out

Vitamins and Minerals

Why we all need more Vitamin D

Do we need vitamin E?

Why I take a vitamin D supplement

The real reason you need to get enough vitamin C

Perking up with B vitamins

Vitamin A: The complexion vitamin

Selenium: Are you getting enough?

Does zinc prevent colds?

One benefit of chocolate: Magnesium

Keeping my energy up with iron

Protecting my bones with calcium


Peptide YY: Another tool for weight loss

Insulin and fat loss

What does insulin actually do?

Leptin: Another reason you struggle to lose weight

Introducing the hunger hormone: Ghrelin

Healthy Eating

Change attitudes to change bodies

Falling prey to the junk food beast

Why is junk food so bad for you?

The Female Athlete Triad: It’s not normal!

The one thing you can do to meet any body goal

How much water do I need?

Is bread good or bad?

Why we all need more oily fish

The problem with evidence and individuality

Grocery shopping across the pond

The problem with eliminating dairy

All you ever wanted to know about gut bacteria and more!

What are probiotics?

Salt basics

Using salts to rehydrate

The hows and whys of snacking: What to eat

The hows and whys of snacking: When to eat

The Chinese food calorie bomb

Healthy does not mean low calorie!

Fighting inflammation with ginger

Coconut: The pros and cons

Counting up the hidden sugars

The problem with coconut

Finding balance

Spoiling my dinner

Big Re-Useable Food: The solution to healthy eating for one

 The coffee shop problem

Why everyone should eat more nuts

Fight sugar cravings with protein

Plenty of sugar, but not on a high

For a healthy diet, avoid the grocery store

Make junk food the hard choice