Episode 20: Eating for Public Health


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Today on the show I talk to a good friend and bestselling author, Dr Hazel Wallace, aka The Food Medic about eating for public health.

Dr Hazel is also host of The Food Medic podcast and is currently doing a masters in Clinical Nutrition and Public Health at UCL.

I talk to Hazel about how we can eat to improve public health in general and improve the current burden on our health care system.

We talk about:

  • Corporate responsibility – ensuring that people are offered healthier choices when shopping and eating out – such as low sugar items and whole foods
  • Giving the general public reasonable targets when it comes to food and what we should be aiming to include in our diets on a daily basis
  • Expectation management – what we see on social media v’s reality in clinic and GP surgeries
  • Fibre intake – how we can achieve our daily fibre intake guidelines (30g per day) by including more foods such as beans, nuts, legumes and foods like chickpeas in our daily diet.

One of my recipes from The Doctor’s Kitchen book which will ensure you’re hitting your daily fibre intake is my Spicy Baked Eggs with Tomatoes & Chickpeas.

And don’t forget to pre-order a copy of my new book Eat to Beat Illness which is released on 21st March 2019 – I can’t wait for you to read it!

Summary

A quote from my conversation with Dr Hazel Wallace –

‘We tell everyone – meet your 10,000 steps a day, get 150 minutes of activity every week.  Some people aren’t getting half of that, so you have to set people individual targets’  Dr Hazel Wallace

I’m sure you will agree – that was a super interesting chat that I had with Hazel  – it’s clear to see that addressing some of the points that we raised can be so incredibly beneficial to public health in general.

Focusing on lifestyle changes within your diet and daily activities, including some of the tips that we spoke about on the podcast, can potentially lead to us all living healthier and happier lives.

If you’re interested on hearing more about what Hazel is up to with The Food Medic, please click on the links here which will take you to the relevant social media pages.


Guest: Dr Hazel Wallace

Dr.Hazel Wallace is the founder of The Food Medic. She is a qualified medical doctor, best-selling author, and health writer. She is also a qualified personal trainer and is currently pursuing a masters in clinical nutrition and public health.

She started ‘The Food Medic’ blog in 2012, as a medical student, in a bid to bridge the gap between conventional medical advice and the latest thoughts and developments in nutrition and other areas of lifestyle medicine.

The blog has now extended to various other platforms and publications including social media, books, and a podcast.


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