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Medicine, to put the right information out there so
people can take back control of their own health.
In the modern world cooking is becoming a
forgotten skill as time-poor people reach for
convenience foods. How can people start to help
themselves when they aren't familiar with how to
create recipes for health?
It really is a very simple starting place, get fresh! Just
look at any way to start adding fresh produce to
your diet. Anything that is minimally processed will
give you greater nutrition. This could be as simple as
adding a decent plant-based side salad to your meals,
adding berries to your morning porridge, snacking on
occasional fresh fruit between meal times, etc. This is
a starting point. The next step is to master one or two
good dishes. Maybe a curry, or a bake, or something
similar. Start to master simple basic dishes, and use
the freshest, most minimally processed ingredients
that you can. Start from this point and don't put too
much pressure on yourself.
Once you have this mastered, then start
learning more about nutrition and how to take it
A great practical course I developed that is
suitable for anyone, whatever their background or
needs is Sano Diploma in Culinary Medicine. . The
course is online so you can study in your own time
and at your own pace and it teaches evidence-based
approaches to cooking and eating healthily. Once
you've graduated you can use what you've learned to
inform your personal nutrition choices and those of
your friends and family, or you can even implement
your new knowledge within your existing business to
advise on healthy eating as a Nutrition Coach.
There is so much discussion about heart disease
being a disease linked to sugar rather than fat. Can
you briefly explain the science supporting this?
They both are involved. Whilst the cholesterol
hypothesis is being debated, completely
disassociating fat with cardiovascular disease is
both premature and gravely incorrect the picture
is just slightly more complex than a black and white
approach (there's that contradictory science popping
up again).
Within the Sano diploma there is a module
where we look at the physiology and pathophysiology
of cardiovascular disease in detail to help understand
the facts and how nutrition can both support and
prevent heart disease.
You've just published your 10th book, `How to
Cook Healthily'. Tell us what it's about and why
it's different from all the other cookbooks on the
You'd have thought I'd have run out of things to write
about wouldn't you? But no. there are many, many
more! This one was kind of a response to what I saw
happening around me and listening to the questions
that I was getting asked over and over again. There
are hundreds of healthy cookbooks out there, some
really beautiful ones. However, most of them assume
a certain amount of skill and prior knowledge. I get
hundreds of questions from people who just want to
understand the basics. To know where to start and
what a healthy diet looks like. Many want to know
about cooking methods, the best oils to use etc. So
that's what I set out to write a beginners cookery
course type book, for healthy eating.
`How to Cook Healthily' is a fantastic
foundation, if you're looking to extend your
knowledge of nutrition further and learn how to
incorporate healthy foods into everyday cooking,
either to improve your own health and wellness or
to use within your existing business, Sano Diploma in
Culinary Medicine is a brilliant, evidence-based course
to develop your interest in using food as medicine.
To find out more about the Sano School of Culinary
Medicine and to enrol on the course, go to
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