A Moment with Nutritionist, Fiona Hunt

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An email slid into my dm’s (inbox) sharing how people with really cool careers eat and train their way to success – as someone obsessed with all 3 (eating, training & success) I was a sucker and when I had read it was written by nutritionist Fiona Hunt, I felt like I needed to get a minute with her and for me to share with you guys what I found out… here’s what I did:

What are the latest trends in the food industry that you can see?

One of the biggest trends amongst consumers at the moment is a move towards eating a plant-based diet, vegetarianism and veganism. The number of vegans in the UK has risen by a whopping 350 percent in the past decade and the veganism is the fastest growing lifestyle trend this decade. Avoidance of gluten and dairy is another growing trend. The food industry has responded by making products to suit the needs these consumers – everything from seaweed pasta to diary free milk alternatives.  Last year the ‘free-from market’ showed a 27% rise in sales.  Functional and fortified foods also continue to grow along with foods that support digestive health and boost the growth friendly bacteria in the gut

2) How has the industry changed over the last few years?

One positive change is that consumers seem more aware of the role of diet in not just their long-term health but also how they feel and perform on a day-to-day basis.  There was time, not so very long ago, when if you wanted to buy something ‘healthy’ like brown rice or lentils you would have to go to a health food shop now all supermarkets have an extensive range of healthy ingredients are foods available.

3) Do you have any top tips to increase fertility in women or for someone who has

lost their period? (for my ProjectP if you follow me on insta, @chlohodgkinson) 

A healthy, balanced and varied diet is a key element in ensuring optimum fertility. What you eat can affect your ability to conceive a child – both positively and negatively and nutritionists are increasingly coming to believe that what you eat in the months prior to conception can have an important and lasting impact on the health of your baby after it is born.

It’s worth remembering that it takes two people to create a new life and to maximise the chances of conception both partners need to think about getting in shape. Ideally you should start to prepare at least 6 months before trying to conceive.

But it not just what you eat that’s important – how much you eat is also important. It’s well documented that being over or under weight can impair fertility. A certain level of body fat is necessary to regulate the hormones that control ovulation and menstruation, when body fat drops below, a certain critical point ovulation and menstruation cease. Obesity can also reduce fertility in women by impairing ovulation and can reduce sperm production in men. So, if you‘re overweight or underweight its worth doing something about it.

4) Do you have any tips for someone wanting to improve their health? 

The best things you can do improve your health is the eat a healthy balanced diet, take regular exercise, minimise stress ( or at least develop strategies to help you cope with stress) and be happy

5) Healthy habits you follow in regards to nutrition

I based my meals around vegetables – I do eat meat and fish and other animal proteins, but they are not the main part of meal. Whatever I’m cooking I like to include as many vegetables as possible. I also try to make sure I eat a variety of different foods, it very easy to get stuck in food rut eating the same few foods week in week out   – variety maybe the spice of life but it’s also the key to healthy balanced diet.

6) As the fitness industry has boomed, what have you seen happen to your industry?

Unfortunately, interest in nutrition means that there are a lot of untrained people giving nutrition and fitness advice, advice which is not always supported by strong science – this can leave people feeling very confused about what they should be eating

7) What things do you think someone who is training hard should bare in mind? 

Sometime people think that if they are training hard – burning calories they can eat what they want, that’s a huge mistake. You need to give your body the right nutrients to fuel your training but also to keep your immune system strong because if you get ill you can’t train.  After training you need a combination of protein and carbs to help repair muscle and restore glycogen stores but It doesn’t have to be a sports drink or energy bar –unless you are an elite athlete  a glass of milk and  banana are  just as good for most of us

8) Any tips for someone just starting out in a fitness journey to lose weight/build muscle?

Choose a sensible diet – there are lots of faddy diets around which promise rapid weight loss in short period of time, but they really don’t work – at least not in the long term – in my experience people who lose a lot of weight very quickly with fad or crash diet usually end up regaining the weight the lost because extreme diets are difficult to sustain. The best way to lose is to make small changes to your diet and lifestyle which are design to help you reduce your energy (calorie) intake and increase the energy expenditure.

And there you have it… a moment with Fiona – Check out the article I loved here.

Speak soon treacs

Chlo xxxx

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