Dr Hazel Wallace - The Food Medic

Dr Hazel Wallace - The Food Medic

On my way back from London yesterday, I was listening to this programme, which had a really interesting section about eating for health and food intolerances.

bbc.co.uk/programmes/p052l8...

The particular section starts about 01:00 into the programme: Dr Hazel Wallace talks about her book: "The Food Medic".

thefoodmedic.co.uk/

The site looks interesting with lots of healthy looking recipes.

Have a good day everyone. I'm off to have a Typhoid injection and maybe a Tetnus of they can do that at the same time. I'm then going for a pub lunch with my Mum and Auntie (table booked in the garden) ahead of my step-fathers memorial service which takes place in a sweet little chapel in the village he lived in.

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  • Thanks for sharing, Pineapple. I'm waiting for the right bit of the radio link. I've been listening for about 10 mins now! :o

    I hope the injections aren't too traumatic, your lunch is delicious and the memorial service, heart-warming :)

  • The injections were pretty painless (we had 3 each!). Lunch was gammon, egg and chips with pineapple - proper chips made from real potatoes! I limited myself to one piece of cake following the memorial service (home made carrot cake with sultanas, topped with icing and chopped hazelnuts...) The service was lovely, lots of people laughed at our shared memories of my step-dad, few tears, and one of the villagers brought along one of my step-fathers dahlias which he submitted and was trialled by Wisley. He is going to take it to Mum's garden and plant it where she chooses. It's in bud so she can enjoy its flowers.

    Way too hot for anything today apart from drinking pints of water!

  • It sounds like a super day, all round, except for the injections!) :)

  • The emphasis is skewed. All carbohydrate is turned to blood glucose, so even if it's high in fibre or slow-release (the two are different- wheat bix are turned to glucose faster than table sugar for instance) people with diabetes don't need any more than they can use from their blood glucose. Pre-diabetes is an indication that things have gone awry, but there are lots of people that have high insulin levels that are masking their excess carbohydrate intake, other than the fact they have visceral fat, fatty liver or their blood pressure is creeping up. Unless they start to put on weight around the middle or a check up at the doctors shows something untoward they continue blissfully unaware of impending ill-health.

    Whilst it's true that vitamin D3 deficiency is common, it's not just because we don't get enough sun. We've been told to cover-up, slap on sunscreen, and avoid eating fat. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, so you can get some from your food. This is preferable to supplements because in nature vitamin A and D are found together; they balance each other, reducing the risk of toxicity.

  • With carbohydrates, isn't it all to do with the glycemic load of foodstuffs? For example, I tend to use the guides on the Diet Doctor website:

    dietdoctor.com/low-carb

    I know that they are now producing mushrooms that are higher in Vit D. So do you believe taking a Vitamin D supplement is a waste of time??

    It sounds as though you are very knowledgable about food nutrition.

    I am quite new to it, but find it fascinating the difference eating differently can make (more importantly, cutting certain food stuffs from ones diet).

    Might you be prepared to share some of the sources for this information, as I am interested to learn more :D

  • I bought her book and have to agree with Concerned that is is heavily predicated on carbs. Some good things to experiment with but not convinced she knows as much about nutrition as she might suggest. I think that being a Doctor is providing the credibility.

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