• *Trigger Warning* On today’s show we discuss eating disorders

    Today I have a very honest conversation about eating disorders, negativity bias and the brain with Emma Guns and Katie Warriner.

    Katie is one of the UK’s leading Performance Psychologists, working behind the scenes and on the big stage with some of the world’s best athletes, leaders and organisations. From the sports field to the boardroom, the helicopter pad to the operating theatre, Katie helps people train the mindset skills and practices essential to thriving under pressure. She has been embedded in Olympic sports for the last decade, supporting many of our most successful athletes at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. But she was also a professional athlete herself who had to overcome the issues surrounding food being used solely as a tool for performance and how that was ingrained into her as an impressionable teenager chasing olympic ambitions.

    Emma Gunavardhana, is better known by her media name Emma Guns, and is an award-winning beauty journalist and podcaster who I describe as UK’s answer to Joe Rogan. The Emma Guns Show, covers topics including beauty, wellness, mental health, eating disorders, business, entrepreneurship and finance. Emma prides herself on covering a variety of topics in a way that’ll be relevant and meaningful to her global audience. And today I wanted her to share her relationship with food and her personal experience of self confidence and diet. 

    Both of my guests are pragmatic thinkers as well as passionate advocates for supporting people to develop the mindset they need to thrive. But I do want to exercise caution with today’s show for anyone uncomfortable listening to stories around binge eating disorders, guilt, body dysmorphia and depression.

    Today you will hear about:

    Self-compassion and how our brains work Katie’s experience of negative self-image and body dysmorphiaHow food can be naively perceived as a means to achieve something or equally to fill a voidConnections as the antidote to shameWhy guilt is a natural and healthy emotionAnd how we can use negativity as a foundation for change


    In addition, Katie runs online courses for athletes who want to train their mental game as well as some for anyone who wants to invest in their mental health and well-being. Listeners can get a 20% discount to either of the courses, details are on The Doctor's Kitchen Website linked here.


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  • Professor Robert Thomas is back on the podcast talking about his incredible new book, How to Live.

    I’ve recommended his previous books that have focused on the topic of cancer such as “Keep Healthy After Cancer”, but this new book appears to cover every FAQ I’ve come across throughout the years of lecturing, speaking and demoing across the country and internationally.

    I highly recommend this read. With over 500 references in the back, but explained in plain language in the text, Prof has really created a book that is super engaging and cuts through the noise. But it also tackles some of the most controversial topics in an open minded manner which is incredibly useful in todays misinformation environment.


    On Today’s podcast you will learn about:

    Toxins in foodChemicals in household productsHormone disruption and what Toxic Load refers toMilk and cancerXenoestrogens, what they refer and how to avoid themEMF and whether there is evidence of harmThe beauty and utility of colourful foodWhy the gut is central to health and wellbeingTips and actions for you to take today to Live Better

    As a reminder, Professor Robert Thomas is a Consultant Oncologist at Bedford and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals, a clinical teacher at Cambridge University and visiting Professor of Sports and nutritional science at the University of Bedfordshire. He is lead of a Lifestyle and Cancer Research Unit, and is also medical advisor to the website Cancernet.co.uk. Through his amazing work - Prof Robert Thomas has previously been awarded The British Oncology Association’s “Oncologist of the Year” and The Royal College of Radiologist medal.

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  • On the show today we have probably one of the best known faces in the culinary industry in the UK today - Prue Leith CBE. 

    Prue is probably best known for her role as a judge on The Great British Bake Off, but she has such a varied and interesting life. 

    She grew up in apartheid South Africa and witnessed her mother struggle in her campaign against the injustice. She found her love of food and fashion in ParisShe’s started a successful restaurant and cookery school businessShe’s led a campaign for contemporary sculpture to be exhibited on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar SquareShe’s an author with 8 novels as well as 14 cookery books to her nameShe adopted a child from war torn Cambodia in the 70s

    And more more recently has championed better nutrition in schools and become an advisor for the Government’s Hospital Food Review. 

    A wealth of experience and at 81, there is no stopping her. Her autobiography “Relish” is a must- read and you must watch her documentary with her daughter Li-Da. It’s one of the most touching documentaries I have ever seen.

    Please enjoy my conversation with Prue, somebody I’m privileged to call a supporter of my mission to help people eat and live better through food and also a good friend.


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  • On the show today we are talking about eating for fertility with Dr Harriet Holme, a Registered Nutritionist (with the AfN) and experienced paediatrician in the NHS. 

    After studying at Cambridge University, Dr Harriet worked in the NHS for over a decade, specialising in paediatric oncology. It’s this experience that gives nutrition advocates like myself and Harriet a unique perspective of the landscape and the interplay between nutrition and medicine.

    Dr Harriet has authored two books 'Eating During Pregnancy', that she wrote to provide mums to be with credible information on pregnancy nutrition and ‘Postpartum Nutrition: An Expert’s Guide to Eating After a Baby’, to support new mums, and their journey through motherhood and weaning. Dr Harriet also has a number of virtual courses on nutrition on her website www.healthyeatingdr.com, the links to which are on the podcast show notes.

    These are topics that I’m asked about a lot for the podcast so I’m delighted that Dr Harriet was able to talk with us and share her knowledge and experience with you all. On the show we talk about foods and supplements that may support your fertility

    Carbohydrates and the types that are more beneficialThe importance of male fertility, sperm nourishment and lifestyleDairy and soy and there links with fertilityFats and the importance of omega 3The environmental impact on fertility with a particular focus on pesticides and pollutionAlcohol and supplements that you may want to consider

    There’s also an article to support today’s podcast that you can find on the doctor’s kitchen website by clicking this link which lists some of the evidence base used for the recommendations and I hope you find it a useful resource for you and your loved ones.

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  • On the show this week we’ll be talking about Inflammatory Bowel Disease - but this time from a patient point of view. On this podcast, as well as sharing the research on nutrition, the importance of lifestyle medicine, we also have to be respectful of individual variation in experience as well as the different paths people can take to control their condition.

    Today I’ll be talking with Seb Tucknott and Mesha Moinirad who wanted to share their stories with you - in the hope of spreading awareness about these two conditions and how different people may require different management.

    Mesha is a Personal trainer and rehabilitation coach. 8 years ago he was rushed to hospital with a burst appendix and since then his battle with health continued and he developed Ulcerative Colitis. And after years of unsuccessfully trialling medications with a poor response he had a stoma bag fitted and started blogging under the name “mrcolitiscrohns”

    Seb was diagnosed in 2008 with UC that completely changed his life. It shaped the person he is to the work he does and the people he surrounds myself with. He ultimately was able to take a diet and lifestyle approach to maintain remission in his disease and now runs ibdrelief.com which aims to improve care and access to information for patients.

    Today we talked about:

    Their diagnosis storyTheir different treatment pathsOwning their conditionsMaking their vulnerability a strengthTheir future goals and aspirations with respective projects

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  • Have you noticed the rapid rise in childhood food allergies? Peanuts, dairy, wheat, egg. All of these appear so commonly removed from children's diets in schools and it’s not just children that are suffering. Adults are too. But is this a real phenomena and if so, why?

    The numbers do not lie. Food allergy is a global phenomena afflicting 32 million Americans. One in 13 children in the US are diagnosed each year and the numbers are similar for the UK. One in 10 adults in both the US and UK have at least one food allergy. It costs 40 billion a year and worse still ... it’s on the rise?

    But today, I’m speaking to an esteemed colleague who is at the forefront of the fight against it and she believes that today is the beginning of the end of food allergies and we are at the start of curing this disease for good.

    Professor Kari Nadeau is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and For more than 30 years, she has devoted herself to understanding how environmental and genetic factors affect the risk of developing allergies and asthma, and the molecular mechanisms underlying these diseases. Her research is laying the groundwork for a variety of potential future therapies to prevent and cure.


    On today’s podcast we talk about:

    Professor Kari’s early career and how she got interested in food allergyThe definition of food allergy and how that differs from intoleranceThe environmental impactMaternal diet and early infancy diet with food allergyAddressing parental guiltRetraining the immune system to cure food allergyThe role of the microbiotaThe D’s of food allergy – Dryness, Dirt, DNA, Detergent, Vit D, Dogs, Diversity

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  • *trigger warning* eating disorders is discussed on this podcast episode

    Jess Robson is my guest today on the podcast and she is the driving force behind Run Talk Run. A global mental health support community that uses running as a means to facilitate peer support. Having experienced a difficult relationship with formal therapy, Jess found solace in opening up with ease whilst running and chose to open up that space to other people struggling with mental ill health. 

    Jess is an advocate for making running less intimidating - without care for pace, without care for PBs - she believes running can simply be a means to connect with our peers.

    We have a wonderfully honest conversation talking about her own issues with eating disorders during her teenage years, how bulimia is a chronic condition that needs to be managed, the importance of personal responsibility online as well as food and exercise as tools for health as well as harm.

    Please do check out Jess’ website and if you’re experienced in grant writing or fundraising I think Jess would welcome the opportunity to talk!

    Enjoy the show!

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  • It’s the 100th episode of the podcast and today I’m going to be introducing four formulas for lifestyle that everyone should know. This is essentially a super condensed version of everything that I’ve learnt over the past few years of doing the pod, my masters in nutrition, patient experience, and having the opportunity of speaking to people off the podcast too. These formulas cover nutrition, behaviour change, happiness and productivity.

    Over the past three years we’ve had the privilege of inviting a plethora of guests from bestselling authors, thought leaders across medicine, nutrition, economics, fair-trade as well as inspirational people whose stories have deeply touched me. 

    In the spirit of breadth of conversation, I want today’s episode to cover a range of topics, including:


    Four lifestyle formulas everyone needs to knowHow to approach health problemsThe two things we can control in lifeHabits to start today


    The links to books, concepts and people will be found on thedoctorskitchen.com/podcast page so do check them out. Enjoy!


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  • Over the years you’ll have heard me talking about the Mediterranean way of eating and extra virgin olive oil quite frequently and today on the show I’m delighted to be joined by an expert in all things to do with olive oil and the history of a Mediterranean in general, Dr Simon Poole.

    Everything you need to know about olive oil is in today's episode. It’s origins, it’s therapeutic uses, its impact on heart and brain health. Its potential anti-cancer and weight maintenance effects. The alchemy of olive oil and food. 

    Today’s podcast was absolutely fascinating .. for me! I learnt so much from Dr Poole who is a Cambridge based GP and is an internationally renowned authority on the science and application of the Mediterranean Diet and lifestyle. He is co-author of the Gourmand Prize winning book The Olive Oil Diet and speaks regularly on the subject of communication and change management in population and individual nutritional health.


    We talked about the following:

    What the origins of olive oil areHow the oil is producedIt’s regenerative impact on soil and climate healthDiocles of Carystus and Hippocrates and olive oilThe types of phenols in olive oilOlive and heart healthAlzeihmers and Weight loss with olive oilGrading olive oil and what to look forThe smoking point of olive oil

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  • Professor Robert Thomas is back on the podcast talking about all things to do with Long COVID and some preliminary results from the UK’s only Covid nutrition intervention trial - The Phyto V study. A randomised double blind placebo controlled trial evaluating the influence of a phytochemical rich whole foods capsule plus a probiotic capsule on clinical outcomes among individuals with covid-19 viral infection. The hypothesis for this study is that starting a nutritional intervention in covid-19 positive patients displaying symptoms could shorten the severity or duration of illness. This may or may not have an impact on Long Covid and there are some anecdotes of benefit, however we can’t say for certain whether it’s useful for everyone.

    What polyphenols were included in the supplement I hear you ask? The researchers used ones that show promise in other viral illnesses and are found in common foods including: The flavanone polyphenol hesperetin found in citrus fruits; the Anthraquinone derivative aloe emodin found in Aloe Vera; Quercetin, a flavonoid found in, onions, apple, pomegranate and citrus fruits; Apigenin a polyphenol found in parsley, chamomile tea and fruit. Curcumin curcuminoids found in turmeric; ellagic acid found in pomegranate.

    As a reminder, Professor Robert Thomas is a Consultant Oncologist at Bedford and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals, a clinical teacher at Cambridge University and visiting Professor of Sports and nutritional science at the University of Bedfordshire. He is lead of a Lifestyle and Cancer Research Unit, and is also medical advisor to the website Cancernet.co.uk. Through his amazing work - Prof Robert Thomas has previously been awarded The British Oncology Association’s “Oncologist of the Year” and The Royal College of Radiologist medal.


    On Today’s podcast you will learn :

    About the details of the study that is yet to be publishedThe theory behind using a probiotic and a nutrient dense supplementThe tips for covid that are evidence based which could reduce severityThe new study looking at how to potentially enhance the antibody response of the immune system from the vaccine


    Rather than to try and demonstrate the need for a supplement, what prof hopes to show is that using a polyphenol rich diet may be beneficial to prevent prolonged covid symptoms. 

    The details for the trial and other trials that professor mentions are on theDoctorskitchen.com podcast show notes. We’re doing another podcast dedicated to Robert's new book “How to Live” which I can’t recommend enough, but for that I think it needs its own distinct episode.

    Please do enjoy this conversation with Professor Robert Thomas and do check out The Doctor's Kitchen website for full show notes on this and all other episodes


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  • Today I chat with Dr Joanna Herman, a Consultant in Infectious Diseases and during the first wave of the Pandemic, she contracted COVID. Despite being defined as a ‘mild’ case, with no risk factors for severe disease, she is still significantly debilitated by symptoms of ‘Long COVID’, and has been unable to return to work as a hospital physician for the past year.  

    As you will hear on the pod, Joanna is a very well established physician with years of experience. She has taught at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for 14 years, and has been on the Council of the British Infection Association since 2015. She has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières, is a medical writer, and a specialist medical advisor for the BBC programme Holby City. She is also a qualified Ashtanga Yoga teacher.

    Joanna wrote for The Guardian about her experience with Long COVID which is how I came upon the story. And it was particularly touching for me as Joanna also has the perspective of a doctor as a patient, and her experience has highlighted a system that is struggling to help those with a condition not yet understood.

    Last year, Joanna set up a yoga group for people who were experiencing significant lung problems following their COVID infection. Combining medical and yoga knowledge, Joanna has helped them learn how to access their lungs and breathe again, and regain their physical pre-viral strength.

    There are some absolute nuggets of inspiration that I personally found useful during our conversation and I do hope you enjoy this.

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  • Today I’m speaking with Professor Danny Altmann from Imperial College about Covid-19 and the post viral syndrome associated with its infection currently referred to as “Long Covid”. Not a lot is known about this chronic condition which for some people is absolutely debilitating, it could affect 500,000 people in the UK or more and we really need to further research this condition and build the infrastructure to tackle it.

    Professor Altmann heads a lab at the Hammersmith Hospital Campus of Imperial. Key research interests are the immunology of infectious disease including severe bacterial infections, Zika virus and Chikungunya virus. Other projects focus on autoimmune disease including the role of the microbiota in rheumatoid arthritis.

    Today we refresh our memories about what we know about covid:

    Danny gives us a quick recap on the immune systemHow the virus enters cells via the ACE-2 receptor which is found on multiple sites of the bodyThe inflammasome, why it’s useful and what goes wrong with covidThe >50 symptoms of long covid including fatigue, headache, loss of attention and SOBThe theoretical mechanisms of long covid – multi organ fibrosis, persistent undetected infection, AI/inflammatory conditionsThe parallels with other post viral syndromes such as EBV and post EbolaDiagnostic uncertainty in MedicineVaccine and VariantsThe different types of Antibodies

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  • Dementia is the defining disease of our time. In the UK it’s the leading cause of death, almost a million people suffer with it and 1 in every 14 of the population aged over 65. And it’s growing.

    The most common type is Alzheimers and the treatment? Well there are none. After decades of research and billions of dollars spent, we have a few drugs that mildly improve symptoms but nothing close to a cure. And so when I came across lifestyle measures including diet, exercise and community based interventions that could reduce the risk of getting dementia by 70, 80 or even 90% I had to get Dr. Dean and Dr. Ayesha Sherzai on the pod to talk about their research

    They are a unique husband and wife team on the cutting edge of brain science, are dedicated to educating people on the simple steps to long-term health and wellness through their work as Directors of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center, with patients, as well as through online writing, videos, and books at teamsherzai.com

    Dr. Dean Sherzai is a behavioral neurologist & neuroscientist whose entire life has been dedicated to behavioral change models at the community and population level. Dr. Ayesha Sherzai finished two residencies at Loma Linda University; preventive medicine and neurology. She also holds a master’s in advanced sciences from UCSD and completed a fellowship in vascular neurology from Columbia University. They are also authors of the book, The 30 Day Alzheimer’s Solution.

    We talk about:

    How they became interested in brain health and plant based eatingThe prevalence of dementia in the US and UKThe brain as a huge energy and oxygen consuming organTheir community based research in Loma Linda involving over 3000Creating habit loops


    What you will learn:

    Why plant forward eating is critical to preventing dementiaSpecific foods that Team Sherzai call out as helpful for the brainThe issues around nutritional science and why this information is taking so long to trickle into medical practiceThe main cells involved in brain health - neurons and glial cellsHow diet, lifestyle and other factors are becoming of top importance amongst the traditional medical community and why prevention is the cureOnly 3% of the genes known to play a role in dementia risk are deterministicHow better brain health supports your immune systemWhy curcumin might actually be something to supplement withOmega 3 fatty acids and whether you can achieve this through dietWhy inflammation effects memoryHow creativity has a bidirectional effect on the brain - this is not just crosswords!Why you do not need to eat a ton of fat to support your brainA lifestyle that supports brain health - exercise, unwinding, stress reduction and communityWhether we should be drinking Alcohol Why we’re on the fence about fish

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  • I’m joined today by Adrienne, a leading wellness professional, TEDx speaker, Podcast Host, Author and marathon runner. 

    Adrienne is the epitome of the modern digital entrepreneur! Ever since I’ve known her she’s been a vibrant ball of energy who’s so motivating. I always feel happier after speaking to her or listening to her on her incredible weekly podcast 'The Power Hour' where she dives into the first hour of the day with guests including Trevor Nelson, Fearne Cotton, Tom Daley (and me). 

    Her new book “Power Hour” is all about How to focus your goals and create a life you love.

    On today's pod you’ll learn:

    All about the Power Hour Concept and the Importance of a morning routine How to develop an empowered mindset and focus on achieving personal and professional goalsTop tips to improve sleep, which is the foundation for a fantastic dayHow to develop your own Power HourWe also have quite an honest discussion about excuses and taking control of your situation regardless of what life has thrown at you. 

    I’m sure you’ll find hearing about Andrienne’s journey and story as motivating and inspiring as I do.

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  • Today I had the pleasure of spending time chatting with my good friend Dr Gemma Newman. GP with over 17 years experience in medicine, whole food plant based advocate and now best selling author of the book “The Plant Power Doctor”, A simple prescription for a healthier you.

    I’ve known Gemma for a number of years and she is one of the most kind hearted and knowledgeable individuals, not only on the subject of nutrition but also on how to empathise and coach behaviour change with patients. She is a founding member and ambassador for PBHPUK, she has a specialist interest in holistic health, plant based nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Through her practice she has come to understand that body, mind and soul are not separate, and that it is only in addressing the root causes of stress and disconnection that we can truly heal, from the inside out.

    Another passion of hers includes the promotion of no-till conservation agricultural techniques in order to bring health back to our soil and our farming systems, so as to allow healing of the ecosystems that sustain human life. Planetary health is inextricably linked to human health, and she has spoken on this topic to other health care professionals at a debate at Imperial College as well as during the Extinction Rebellion events.

    Today we touch on a range of these subjects including:

    Gemma's journey to plant based eatingFood prescriptions and how Gemma coaches patientsBLEND IT - an acronym for behaviour changeHow hard GP life isRegenerative agriculture and the current 6th mass extinction eventEgo and how to detach from one’s perception that the world revolves around themHow Gemma overcame negative events on social media

    Do check Gemma out on social media @planntpowerdoctor and her website gemmanewman.com which is full of fantastic free resources too along with Gemma's book - The Plant Power Doctor which is a super read! 

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  • Mental health is a hugely complex multifactorial issue with many causes that can have its roots in pain, psychological trauma, childhood and the complexity of family life. But, through the lens of traditional psychiatry, food, inflammation, the importance of gut health and nutrition have largely been ignored. 

    We’ve had some incredible guests on the pod to talk about this subject in the past including Professor Felice Jacka, Dr Uma Naidoo and Dr Ramsey himself. But the magnitude of the problem and the need to address these issues that are responsible for the leading cause of disability worldwide motivates me to continue having these difficult but important conversations on the podcast.

    Drew Ramsey, MD is a leading innovator in mental health, combining clinical excellence, nutritional interventions and creative media. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia and in active clinical practice in New York City. 

    His latest book 'Eat to Beat Depression'  is perhaps his best yet, which includes a practical guide to how and why food is central to psychiatry and how you can take care of your brain and mood with food.

    As always, Dr Drew Ramsey brings his unique and humble style of humour, joy and playfulness to what is a difficult topic to talk about, not to understate the subject but to make it more accessible and provide an invitation for more discussion around these subjects. 

    I humbly tip my hat to all the work he’s done and continues to do in teaching both the public and fellow clinicians the value of nutrition in medicine.    

    I hope you enjoy todays discussion

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  • On the podcast today we have the amazing obesity researcher Dr Nick Fuller who brings together a diversity of skills having held positions in both the industry and academic sectors. His current position as Commercial and Industry Program Leader within the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney involves working with government and industry to identify and develop cost-effective treatments for the treatment and management of obesity and related physical and mental health disorders.

    He has a proven track record of commercialising research in this field to improve not only the health of Australians but the rest of the globe, and continues to receive significant funding and awards for his work with the Interval Weight Lossprogram. He is also the author of three best-selling books on the Interval Weight Loss program.

    Nick's work has resulted in policy change in the field of obesity and metabolic disease and his research has been published in The Lancet and JAMA.

    On today’s podcast you will learn about:

    The Brain body weight regulation in the hypothalamusWhy we’re geared to protect against weight loss, more than gainThe impact of hedonic influence and how dopamine affects food intakeWhy rapid diet-induced weight loss brings about negative changes to energy storage, appetite & ultimately weight regainWhy people aren’t failing on their weight loss attempts due to a lack of willpower, they are failing due to the biologyHow interval weight loss is a sustainable weight loss programme and why it works alongside lifestyle changes

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  • SUGAR. It’s everywhere and in everything and in various guises. Fake sugar, artificial, refined, raw, natural, low calorie sweetener and table. Over 200 names for it exist. And if you google sugar and health you could be told it’s as innocuous as water or it’s as dangerous and as addictive as cocaine and worse than alcohol for your liver.

    To get to the crux of what’s really going and how dangerous sugar is in our food system (and it’s artificial counterparts) I’m speaking with Professor Michael Goran - Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Dr. Emily Ventura a nutrition educator, public health advocate, writer, and cook with a Masters in Public Health and Doctorate of Philosophy in Preventive Medicine. They’re also co-authors the fantastic book “Sugarproof” in which they explain the hidden danger that sugar poses to a child’s development and what options there are for parents and carers to mitigate sugar consumption.

    Professor Michael Goran has also published over 350 peer-reviewed articles and reviews. He is the Editor of the “Childhood Obesity: Causes, Consequences and Intervention Approaches” published in 2017, co-editor of “Dietary Sugars and Health” published in late 2014, and currently serves as Editor- in-Chief for Pediatric Obesity. 

    This is the podcast I’ve been asked to do so many times. So finally we can lift the lid on sugar and its impact. Listen to the end for my top tips and do check out the book Sugarproof on the podcast show notes

    On the show today we talk about:

    Types of sugar and their various formsWhy Artificial sweeteners could be just as problematicWhy children are uniquely vulnerable to sugarHow problems with sugar can be independent of weightWhy sugar IS addictiveRefined carbohydrates and how they can have similar effectsSugar, Inflammation and the brainThe mechanisms of how sugar impacts the liver, behaviour and moodPolicies to protect ourselves in the futureTips to lessen our sugar burden

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  • On the show today I’m delighted to welcome Dr Andrew Jenkinson,  a consultant surgeon with a special interest in advanced laparoscopic, (or keyhole) surgery who treats bariatric patients. 

    He is part of an expert team developing advances in gastrointestinal surgery at University College Hospital and author of the book “Why we eat too much”.

    Obesity is a particular problem for the UK having the 6th highest prevalence of obesity where 26% of adults are classified as obese and it disproportionately affects both adults and children in lower socioeconomic groups. Because of the prevalence and the dire comorbidities associated with the condition, there is a strong public health incentive to find effective treatments and preventative measures. Yet the debate about obesity is shrouded with oversimplification a lack of appreciation of the foundations of how we got here as well as a lack of empathy for sufferers of this disease. 

    On the other hand, people whose interests are to protect the mental health of those who suffer with being overweight (whilst their intentions may be genuine) fail to appreciate the need for recognising that there is a problem which needs treatment. 

    This isn’t an episode geared toward fat shaming or pointing the finger at obese people (as commonly occurs in the media) in the same way previous episodes about eating for migraines, PCOS or IBD are not geared toward pointing the finger at those people for having those conditions. This is for general informational purposes only and to help everyone understand the mechanisms behind why some people struggle with weight vs others, cease the oversimplification of Calories in vs out and recognise the potential interventions before we have to entertain drastic measures such as bariatric surgery.


    On the show today we talk about:

    How patient stories encouraged Andrew to dig deeper into the mechanisms behind obesityWhy obesity is better defined as a disease and what that means for treatmentNHS Obesity prejudiceThe interplay of genes, hormones, neurotransmitters in the likelihood of obesityYour BMR and weight set point and how to change itLeptin resistance, Insulin, Cortisol and mitochondrial function in obesityWhy low calorie diets work .. and then don’t workThe impact of COVID on his job and obese patientsPoverty, the food environment and obesityAndrew's tips for weight loss

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  • On the podcast we are continuing the critical conversation around child poverty and hunger that, quite frankly I’m embarrassed to have to be talking about in 2021. 

    Rather than complaining or pointing out a desperate situation I want to shine a light on some incredible initiatives. On that note, I want you to ponder on this:

    Can we use hunger to end hunger?

    This is the simple revolutionary formula that my next guest and his colleagues founded over 10 years ago. Owen Burton co-founded One feeds Two. A charitable organisation that partners with food brands and work to provide school meals to children living in poverty across the globe.

    Thus far, One Feeds Two's partners have donated over 10 millions school meals - and in 2021 alone, they hope to donate over 6 million school meals. The school meals are locally sourced, largely plant-based and typical of the local cuisine - "what the kids would be eating if they were eating at home".

    On the show today we talk about:

    Owen’s travel and corporate backgroundThe early foundations of one feeds twoWhy school meals are magical and the impact on povertyWhat we can learn from One feeds Two as it relates to child poverty in the UKOwen’s current projects and his new drinks brand “Fount”

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