Plate size, meal size, fat shaming and food waste

When Alie Ward recently posted this photo on twitter asking “How can I get these plates from @Macys banned in all 50 states?”, her tweet had 6,700 replies, 5,900 retweets and 49,700 likes. That’s a lot of activity. I’ve scrolled down the first 50 replies and they are...

How we form new, healthy habits

A lot of what’s stopping you losing weight and keeping it off could be your unhelpful eating habits. Nibbling at food whilst you’re cooking, eating to stave off boredom, having a slice of cake with coffee at work because everyone else is, grazing through a family...

How to stop picking at food whilst you’re cooking

It’s all too easy to “pick” whilst you’re preparing food. Maybe a piece of chopped red pepper or the bit of cheese that broke off when you’re grating the block. If this is the extent of your picking, it’s not going to cause a problem But if like Carys your nibbling is...

Plate-clearing: Vice or Virtue?

What’s your immediate reaction to someone leaving food on their plate? Disapproval? Admiration? Or even envy? It turns out that not finishing what you were served is a highly emotive issue. One of the steps I recommend to my Appetite Retraining clients who are working...

Influences from your early life, even decades ago, can affect how you eat now

Some of the reasons we eat more than we need are pretty obvious and are to do with what’s happening right now with what’s on our plate – it tastes amazing and we don’t want to stop eating, or someone’s cooked it for us and we don’t want to offend them by not eating...

Help! Can somebody remind me how to eat less?

Every now and again, a question drops in to my twitter feed that is right up my street and this was one of them. I’ve just written an entire book (“How to Retrain Your Appetite: Lose weight permanently eating all your favourite foods) addressing this very subject....