Food Fact Checking: Why You Should Question Everything

Food Fact Checking: Why You Should Question Everything

We are constantly bombarded with information and it’s easy to take the messages we are exposed to at face value. However, it’s more important than ever to question the information you’re consuming and how it’s shaping your viewpoints. It’s time to get used to some food fact checking!

I often see the way that my clients and friends have had their viewpoints on health and nutrition influenced by sources I would not agree with. There are various reasons for this misinformation. Sometimes it is simply out of date – it’s impossible to ensure every website page ever created is kept updated with the latest information. Other times information is communicated by those with a greater interest in making money or gaining power than your health.

Here are a few examples of sources of information to question and carry out your own food fact checking on…


Even those we might naturally trust. The NHS website, for example, has some advice on nutrition that is very outdated including ‘cutting down on all fats‘ and ‘just over a third of your diet should be made up of starchy foods, such as potatoes, bread, rice and pasta’. (If I believed this to be true I would be eating pasta for dinner five nights a week. Sadly, I don’t.)


We are often lead to believe food products are healthy when they’re really not. Forget the images and wording on the front of the packet and turn to the nutrition information and ingredients list on the back for the truth. There’s often a surprising disparity between the two.


Influencers often promote products because they’re paid to. Even medical professionals have come under criticism recently for taking payments to promote products, including foods. That’s not to say that all promoted products are bad products, but some are. Social media is a minefield of misinformation – question everything you see on it.


The term ‘fake news’ has become part of our vocabulary in recent years. Mainstream media outlets (both broadcast and print) often communicate the same viewpoints on certain topics. That doesn’t mean to say they’re always right. Question what you’re not hearing about as well as what you are and do your own fact checking.

While I do my very best to communicate up to date information based on the latest scientific evidence, you should still question what I tell you. And that goes for other healthcare professionals too. Don’t hesitate to get a second opinion if something you’ve been told doesn’t make sense to you.

I recently read an article titled ‘The Four Quadrants Of Conformism‘ which I found particularly interesting. As someone who identifies as a non-conformist it’s been in my nature to question things for as long as I can remember. The longer I work in this field, the more it reinforces the importance of doing so.



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Sarah has worked with hundreds of clients over the past decade to help them live in a healthy body that they feel confident in.

Sarah spent a large part of her teens and 20’s as a professional dancer battling with orthorexia and an unhealthy relationship with food and her body. This created a desire to understand the human body more so she could finally cut through the confusion and end the cycle of yoyo dieting. This fuelled her passion to help other women do the same.


Sarah specialises in supporting women who are struggling to lose weight due to underlying health issues. She’s helped many women manage their weight during and after the menopause, as well as clients with thyroid disease and immune system dysfunction. Sarah loves food and sharing healthy recipes with her clients. Her aim is to ensure that clients don’t feel deprived and instead, achieve their weight loss and health goals in a positive and sustainable way.


To enquire about working with Sarah, please contact us.



Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.


Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.


Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.


To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.



Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.


Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.


A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.


Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.


Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.


To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.


Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.


Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.


Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!


To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.



Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.


After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.


Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 


To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.

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