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Slip sliding away – impact of ’Covid times’ on our diets and consumer trends

It looks like years of advice, promotion, guidance and initiatives about healthy eating and the importance of a healthy diet in the prevention of cancer, diabetes and heart disease might be slipping away from the public stomach! Despite the poor reputation of the nation’s diet there were some small improvements in the years reports prior to 2020. We significantly decreased our intake of sugary drinks (thanks to the governments industry levy) with corresponding reductions in overall sugar intake and also attained some small decreases in salt and saturated fat (see FSS report). Small trends in the right direction, with promise for impact on diet related disease?

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A New Normal – Nutrition

As we enter our sixth week of lockdown in Scotland, we are now beginning to get used to our new normal way of living. We all now have new routines; routines that are structuring our days spent at home. Enjoying our time outside is important, with some people starting off their day with a refreshing walk or cycle, some taking up challenges such as Couch to 5k or yoga to wind down in the evenings. All this ‘free’ time for exercise is no doubt beneficial for both our mind and body, but naturally as a Registered Nutritionist my focus always turns to food. 

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Drinking during lockdown? – Alcohol and Coronavirus

How are you doing?… We are probably all feeling more stressed than usual.  As SeeMe, the mental health campaign, says: it’s okay to not be okay.  These are truly difficult times.  Like me, you may have lost someone you know to the virus, missed sharing a special occasion with family, or maybe finding it difficult to adjust to living within the confines of your home.  Perhaps you are a key worker, keeping the country going with essential supplies, bravery and care.  All of us need to take good care of ourselves and those around us, and to find ways of managing these new, intense pressures.

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Medicine Now – learning for the future

This is a very important contribution from Dr Koula Christou one of our newest doctors. When I was a student in the ‘70s, disease prevention hardly figured at all in the curriculum.  Nothing much has changed, but reading this, it is clear that the current pandemic is an opportunity to emphasise the primacy of prevention to keep the population healthy.  When the current crisis has passed, we will return to focusing on the crisis of preventable cancer, and it would be good to think that the new generation of doctors will put the same energy into this as they are with tackling COVID-19. –  Professor Bob Steele

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Physical activity from home #thenewnormal

While the ‘stay at home and work at home if you can’ restrictions imposed by Government apply – we have to think of new ways of doing some daily activity.  The need for daily activity has been emphasised by the prime minister and the Chief Medical Officers and it is clear that when we are confined to our homes and daily travel routines are removed we will probably have a lot less everyday activity and more sedentary time.  This little blog is aimed at helping you find some activity to do that keeps the body health and the mind alert.

There are at least two groups that each of us  might fall into.

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A New Normal

It is not the time to be badgering people about healthy living, it’s just about living! It is also time to help create a new normality – maybe not forever, just long enough to make a difference. That difference has the potential to impact upon our family, friends and neighbours and might just help us get to grips with these strange and challenging times.

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