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I'm a MSc Nutritionist and yoga teacher helping you to learn about women's health, non-diet and gentle nutrition; positive movement and sustainability.

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The language that we use to talk about food is powerful. Just look at how the clean eating movement’s use of moralising language around food resulted in a backlash over fears of promoting orthorexia.┬áThe phrase “food is medicine” has been used more and more often. It isn’t a new phrase at all, with Hippocrates famously […]

Nutrition

June 14, 2020

The problem with “food is medicine”

Sustainable diets are becoming a factor that increasing numbers of us consider when doing our weekly food shop. However, it is a pretty complex and confusing concept, with many disagreements over what constitutes a sustainable food. Should we be eating a completely vegan diet? One that only uses local ingredients, including meat? Farmed, wild or […]

Nutrition, Sustainability, Sustainable Nutrition

April 29, 2020

What do we mean be sustainable eating?

This article has been sat in my drafts for a little while now, but given the current climate, it feels appropriate to publish it now. It is very difficult to consume any kind of media now without coming into contact with headlines and articles sharing stories, claims and research in nutrition. Quite often, these headlines […]

Nutrition

March 30, 2020

BS Bingo: can you believe nutrition articles in the media?

Pick up an energy bar or healthier cereal from the free-from aisle of the supermarket, and you might spot the phrase “refined sugar free” proudly emblazoned across the packaging. Flipping to the back of package, you might see ingredients like date syrup, or notice that the nutrient information still shows that the product contains a […]

Nutrition

March 3, 2020

Should we be worried about refined sugar?

This week has brought me back to uni, which means fresh stationary, a new timetable and packed lunches. As well as a savoury meal, its lovely to have a box of sweeter snacks to choose from. Fruity, nutty muffins are deliciously satisfying, and a bit of Sunday baking will have you set up for the […]

Eat, Recipes

January 27, 2020

Almond Butter and Blueberry Muffins (vegan)

Omega 3s are a form of polyunsaturated fatty acids, and alongside omega 6 fatty acids are considered essential in the diet, as we cannot synthesise them ourselves. Omega 6 fatty acids are readily available in various forms, including most vegetable oils, poultry, eggs and evening primrose oils. Omega 3s however, are less commonly consumed in […]

Nutrition

January 14, 2020

Plant-based guide to omega 3s

There’s nothing like a comforting curry for winter evenings. The flavours are an alternative to more traditional Christmas fare in January. I’m especially fond of coconut curries at the moment. The creamy, rich coconut pairs beautifully with spice and heat of the curry. A serving of this curry contains at least three of your five […]

Eat, Recipes

January 6, 2020

Squash Coconut Curry

Happy new year and happy new decade! Hopefully this is the decade that we say goodbye to restrictive diets. I’d love to see debunked terms like detox, cleanse and alkalising, stay well and truly in the past. If you’ve been following Enlivening Elle for a while, you hopefully already know that fad diets are largely […]

Nutrition

January 1, 2020

January diets to say goodbye to

Food waste accounts for 8% of carbon emissions according to a UN study*. I’m always seeking to reduce my food waste, from being savvy when buying veg to making use of leftovers and making stock from scraps. I do however like to make juice at home, which produces a not unreasonable amount of pulp that […]

Eat, Recipes, Sustainability

November 12, 2019

Carrot pulp granola

If you watched or read my kitchen tour last week, you might have spotted an unusual looking tin in one of my cupboards. Jackfruit is an ingredient that is becoming increasingly popular in both home cooking and restaurant menus. A plant-based alternative to pulled meats, jackfruit is a tropical fruit related to figs and mulberries. […]

Eat, Nutrition, Recipes

October 22, 2019

Walnut and jackfruit tacos