Articles by Jeannette Hyde

Detox: Real-life Boost or Media Myth?

Detox: Real-life Boost or Media Myth?

Hurray, it’s January, detox month! And with detox month, comes detox bashing. “Load of rubbish” say many. How can the body rid itself of ‘toxins’ by drinking green gunge, fruit smoothies, or necking maple syrup and lemon juice for days on end? However, some individuals say they feel better after going on the above ‘detox’ diets. They say their hair shines, their skin problems clear up, they feel more energetic. So what’s going on? Firstly, let’s look at the science. The liver takes all the ‘rubbish’ that has come into the body, say alcohol, caffeine, cigarette...
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How to Not Get Fat This Christmas

How to Not Get Fat This Christmas

Christmas is a famously indulgent time: mulled wine, mince pies, chocolates and second helpings all round. All well and good at the time, but many of us find ourselves regretting starting the new year that bit heavier. Nutritional therapist Jeannette Hyde has come up with five simple and non-punishing ways you can avoid getting fat this Christmas. 1. Don’t vandalise a good diet with binge drinking People often ask me if a night out now and again is ok. When they then tell me the night in question involves 12 pints, followed by chasers and a hangover for two days, the...
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#Fatshaming: Pointing the Finger

#Fatshaming: Pointing the Finger

Is being overweight really your fault - or are you being fed faulty advice? Former reality TV participant Katie Hopkins has loaded on almost four stone in a bid to show ‘lazy’ obese people (her words, not mine) how easy it is to lose weight. This type of #fatshaming not only smacks of discrimination, but recent research shows that it doesn’t work.  When we are discriminated against for our weight, we often comfort eat and become heavier. You can read more about this research here. My biggest concern about Katie and the #fatshaming brigade is that they may be...
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The Five Stages of Giving up Alcohol

The Five Stages of Giving up Alcohol

My job as a nutritional therapist involves working with individuals to change their diet to improve their health. Simple right? While many of us embrace new healthy habits such as zooming up a fermented milk ‘kefir’ shake with fresh ginger, berries, and chia seeds, and ditching hidden-sugar-loaded cereals in the morning, when it comes to talking ‘alcohol’, it’s another matter. Perhaps you want to reduce your pot belly, improve your chronic skin condition, get relief from constant heartburn, reduce your risk of breast cancer that runs in your family, stop...
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Why the Average Diet Doesn’t Fit the Unique You

Why the Average Diet Doesn’t Fit the Unique You

When people discover I’m a nutritional therapist, they often look down in dismay at the food in their hand (e.g. a salty tortilla chip at a party) and say: “I bet you’re thinking I shouldn’t be eating this.” No actually. I’m more likely to be wondering how this particular food will interact with your unique body and the individual way it works. That food may work ok for you, but not for me, or vice versa. We’re all different. In the same way that our eye colour is determined by our genetic make-up, so is our body’s response to food. No two individuals are genetically...
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