Thursday, April 24, 2008

Saf Restaurant

saf restaurant and bar shoreditch london
Saf Restaurant

Is Saf restaurant the healthiest food in London ? It's certainly the most exquisite, the most refreshing, the most nutritionally self indulgent, the most life changing, the most eye opening, the most likely to gently disolve pre-concieved ideas about eating out and restaurant food in general.

Saf means pure in Turkish. It is the sort of food that has been spoken of for 60 years but rarely if ever before prepared with such skillful hands and heart. Pure fantasy made into pure reality.

See Review - Saf Restaurant

www.safrestaurant.co.uk

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Baby boy or girl - are what you eat?

research study shows calorie diet can make sex, baby boy or baby girl What are little boys made of? Scientists pinpoint bananas | Science | The Guardian

New research from Scientists at Oxford and Exeter universities suggests what you eat can assist in determining the sex of your baby,increases the chances of having a baby boy or baby girl.

Researchers asked 740 women, who had become pregnant for the first time, about their eating patterns in the year before they conceived. They then divided the women into high, medium and low calorie groups.

They found that 56% of women in the high calorie group gave birth to boys, compared with 45% in the lower calorie group.

Yvonne Bishop-Weston fertility expert from Foods for Life, Nutritionist London says "There are a number of things you can do to increase the odds in your favour of a baby boy or a baby girl including carefully choosing nutrients. However it's dangerous to start enccouraging women to consume more calories or restrict calories before conception. Low fat diets can lead to insufficient essental fats for the baby's brain and eye development or in extreme cases of calorie restriction lead to misscarriage. Many high calorie foods can hinder your ability to concieve. This research was carefully supervised but once the information is diluted into another urban myth it could equally lead to more infertility rather than more aspirational sons and daughters."
- royal society of biological sciences
Links: -

Fertility help

Study Paper "You are what your mother eats" (Royal Society of Biological Sciences)

Research at University of Exeter

and University of Oxford

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

McDonalds Faces Fine in New New York Law

At Fast-Food Outlets: Premature Sticker Shock for the Weight Conscious - New York Times

Mcdonalds face fine for high calories foods in NYC

World's eyes are on McDonalds to see if they comply with new laws put in place by New York that enforces restaurants to display calorie information.

The New York State Restaurant Association, went to court last week to try to block the changes. It argued that the rule was an infringement of the First Amendment, which prevents government messages being forced onto businesses.

However, the judge found that the new rules served the public interest by providing customers with accurate nutritional information.

The Department of Health stated that a district court judge has set Friday, April 25th as the new date for the law to go into effect.

The date the grace period ends has also been pushed to June 6.

If McDonalds don't post calorie information by then there could be trouble.

Yvonne Bishop-Weston, Foods for Life nutritionist London says "Calories are just the tip of the fast food nutritional iceberg but it's a good start. How can people make informed responsible decisions on their health if the information is kept from them? When we shop for groceries the information on basic nutrients is all there but when we eat out we are often choosing in the dark"

More on this story

Guardian

Mirror - McDonalds CEO Says UK is Ahead

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Study on Supplements by Copenhagen University and Cochrane

Foods for Life 100% agree with The Danish University and The Cochrane group's basic premise that the most important factor is a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables and natural anti-oxidants. Foods for Life however don’t agree that the meta analysis proves supplements are ineffective as a preventative medicine.

 supplements, vitamins and minerals can enhance the effects of a healthy diet but not replace it Unfortunately the Cochrane Collaboration doesn't make it easy to find out exactly under what grounds so many studies were excluded from its meta review, or exact amounts and quality for the supplements that were taken and in what context and who ultimately funded this meta analysis and why.

Most nutrients work in a complex synergy with each other and when you obtain them through food you obtain a range of other synergistic nutrients such as essential fats, supporting vitamins, minerals and other anti oxidants.

For instance wheat germ, red palm oil, corn, nuts, seeds, avocado, olives, spinach and other green leafy vegetables, Asparagus and Vegetable oils such as corn, sunflower, soybean, and cottonseed are all good sources of vitamin E but come free with many other nutrients.

Vitamin A and selenium are both nutrients that can potentially cause as much damage to health in excess as they can in deficiency.

Vitamin B12 (not part of this study)has been shown to be fatal to some people with a specific medical condition but generally, taken sublingually it can protect life from some conditions.

There is a risk that people taking supplements then excuse themselves of more crucial need to moderate their diet and eat sensibly using a wide variety of fresh foods to supply a broad base range of nutrients such as soluble fibre, essential amino acids and essential fats, and micro nutrients. It’s not logical to assume that any amount of vitamin E taken in isolation would be enough to counterbalance a diet full of saturated animal fat, sugar, salt, caffeine and alcohol which is sadly what so many people rely on in today's society

It's misleading to isolate vitamins and minerals, take them out of normal context and make judgements like this because without ensuring an individual has a nutritional need and the correct levels of supporting nutrients then it could lead to other deficiencies and subsequent problems. It would be very questionable, unusual and strange for a nutritional therapist to just advise taking vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and selenium which is the basis for the Danish University review.

There are always risks with self prescription. A nutrition therapist has to study for a minimum of 3 years and then continually update their knowledge to be granted professional insurance that allows them to practice and advise individual clients on their individual nutritional health needs.

However it's irresponsible to suggest, as the National papers have today, that supplements are bad for you.

Yvonne Bishop-Weston Foods for Life Nutritionists London

More? - "Cochrane study flawed" says Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Stress Relief

For Short term stress release visit this page - Bubblewrap

stress relief

For Longer term stress relief, to test stress levels, to see the effects of stress, to manage stress, to repair damage to the body caused by long term stress visit

Foods for Life - Nutritionists London

You should eat slowly too. Research shows by pausing between mouthfuls you can lower your calorie intake and get to that replete stage of satiety more easily. Eating like the French and appreciating your food should help you optimise your absorption of nutrients too. Make time for food and enjoy it rather than stressing.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Nutritionist Bristol

Nutritionists Bristol

Foods for Life Nutritionists will be visiting Bristol City Centre on the 31st May and 1st June 2008. Nutrition therapy consultations and testing services will be offered at special show offer exclusive rates at The Bristol Vegan Fayre

See Bristol Nutritionists for more information.

Yvonne Bishop-Weston
will be joined by Alexa Jarzebowska

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Fish Oil's not Sustainable



London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "There just isn't enough fish in the sea for the world's omega 3 EPA DHA needs. Algae oil is an effective, sustainable, ethical, organic and fair trade alternative"

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Human Meat available online

World’s First Human Meat available online

April 1st 2008 - Well at least you know where it's come from and it's grown in very controlled environment ......... We reserve judgement until we've seen the nutritional breakdown. At last a possible practical and productive use of Ben Goldacre??? ;-)