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Breakfast Meal – no appetite

I know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I am so not hungry in the morning. What can I do to help this?


Hi, Thanks for your question. A lot of people don’t have much appetite in the morning and would rather skip breakfast. I really recommend that people do not skip breakfast as I find it to be one of the most common factors in people struggling to lose weight. Rather than trying to eat a solid meal I would suggest that you try and make a smoothie or milk shake in the morning. No need to buy any fancy products or powders. if you have a compact electric hand blender, I would get some live probiotic yoghurt add a couple of tablespoons, a banana, a small dash of honey and some skimmed milk (or soy or almond milk if you prefer) blend it together and you have an quick and nutritious breakfast that will last you till lunchtime. You can add a few strawberries or blueberries on different days to have a bit of variety. It should only take a few minutes to make and its easy and quick to consume.

Sweet potatoes

Is it bad to eat a large baked sweet potato (with some butter but nothing else) for dinner 2x a week, considering that I eat very healthily for the rest of my meals?


Sure, there is no reason why you eat this a couple of days a week. You could certainly eat something a lot worse! Sweet potatoes are rich beta-carotene, vitamin B6, manganese and potassium. They also contain fiber and are a good source of complex carbohydrates.

Is soy bean sauce healthy for children?

I cook for my 6 years old child the ”Soya Bean Sauce with Egg” dish average once a week. But my husband heard from somewhere that it’s not good for children. As long as I know it’s healthy food and definitely not ‘an unhealthy food’. Anything wrong with it ? Pls advise.


It depends on the product you are using, I don’t know the specific product you are referring to as there are many soy sauce/soy bean sauce products on the market. Soy sauce can be high in salt and artificial additives. However I would say as its a cooking condiment and generally used in small amounts, its not a particularly bad thing. If you are concerned, I would recommend you look for a low sodium naturally brewed product with the least amount of additives. In the case of your son, you are only cooking one meal a week which should be perfectly fine.

Breakfast alternatives to eggs

What breakfast foods can I eat to stay full for more than a hour that is not eggs?


Eggs contain protein and fat which give the feeling of fullness and fat slows digestion too. A lot of people I have spoken with find that other foods such as cereals or toast don’t give them that same feeling of fullness as eggs. This is because many cereals or breads are heavily refined and are broken down very easily and quickly leaving you hungry. Foods rich in fiber such as bran or oatmeal are slow to digest and when mixed with other ingredients, such as yoghurt, which contains protein and fat, can give the same feeling of fullness. I would suggest a high fiber cereal or a muesli product that contains nuts, seeds and raisins mixed with some bio yoghurt would be a good alternative to eggs and will keep your appetite at bay. When reading nutritional labels look for something with 10 grams fiber per 100 grams.

Healthy Breakfast?

Would you consider 3 tablespoons of full fat yogurt topped 6 blackberries, 6 walnuts and a omega 3 seed sprinkle a healthy and balanced breakfast? Is there anything you would add?


You didn’t mention if the yoghurt is plain yoghurt or fruit based. I don’t see any particular problems with you eat this, you could perhaps increase the amount of fruit as 6 blackberries is quite a small amount. Is the yoghurt live, does it contain live bacteria. If not consider consuming a live yoghurt that contains pro-biotics.

Dark Chocolate

Is 85%-cocoa dark chocolate healthy? For a 40g serving, there are… 210 calories 18g total fat 11g saturated fat 6g fiber 5g sugar 5g protein Do the benefits outweigh the downsides? What about the saturated fat content? Thanks


High Cocoa dark chocolate has a lot of health benefits, including improving cardiovascular health as well as improving cognitive performance. Most of the benefits are believed to be related to the flavonols and anti-oxidants found in chocolate which are believed to have anti-inflammatory and blood vessel dilating properties. I would say a small serving of dark chocolate everyday would definitely outweigh the risks of the additional calories consumed. Whilst it is important to control ones consumption of saturated fat, I would say people can get too obsessed with targeting this fat, when recent studies have shown that saturated fat may not be as bad as previously thought. Olive oil can be up to 20% saturated fat, which is a more heart healthy option over pro-inflammatory vegetable oil which contains no saturated fats. Eat a small piece of dark chocolate every day and watch your other sources of fat and you should be fine.

Fried food

Why do people choose to eat fry foods? Why are they drawn back ? What are some bad problems by eating fry foods.


Fried foods contain a lot of fat. Fatty foods impart what is known as a good “mouth feel” which is an enjoyable sensation that isn’t typically experienced with protein or carbohydrate sources. There is also some suggestion that fatty foods stimulate the reward pathways of the brain increasing the pleasure derived from food. Quite often fried foods are combined with other seasonings and ingredients including salt and sugar which also stimulate appetite and make the taste experience more enjoyable and somewhat addictive.

salt substitutes for 79 year old who has congestive heart failure

To whom it may concern, my Mom suffers from CHF and is not allowed to eat salt. She craves salt so bad and have given her Mrs. Dash. I found a new product called healthesalt. Have you hear of this? Is this a good alternative substitute for her? Please advise at your earliest convenience


Hello, I am not familiar with Healthesalt, although I can only assume it is a low sodium salt product. There are salt products out there which usually blend potassium chloride with sodium chloride (table salt) to reduce the sodium content. These products still do contain sodium so consumers still need to be careful not to simply use more of this product, thinking its safe, but ultimately still consuming too much sodium. Its also important to note If you have a kidney condition, or are taking certain blood pressure medications, a large increase in potassium can be harmful. If your mothers doctor has advised that she is not allowed salt, then these products are not suitable for consumption. Using a salt free product such as Mrs Dash is a safer option.


Hello, I am a young and active person who cares a lot about my health. I love healthy foods! What is the best choice for breakfast, oatmeal or cereal? If so what Which ones and in what fashion? I get hungry lol. I love almond milk too. Thanks


Hi, I would go with Oatmeal over cereal, although it really depends on what cereal you are talking about. Many cereals are made from fortified processed grains and flours. What this means is that during the manufacturing process, they have been processed to an extent where many of the beneficial nutrients have been lost. In an attempt to restore some nutritional value, vitamins and minerals are then added back to the product. The problem is that synthetic vitamins and minerals are often not as bio-available, and there for not as well absorbed by the body. This applies to the majority of commercially available cereals. Oatmeal from whole oats, has not undergone this process, so its nutritional value is still intact. Also look for organically grown, as this means use the use of pesticides and fertilizers are restricted. There are companies out their making organic natural cereals that have not been processed, but you may need to look in the natural organic section of your supermarket or online to find them.


I recently started a weight loss/nutrition program (to remain nameless for the time being). There is a product that contains 120mg of caffeine. Our “mentor” keeps telling us that the caffeine is from green tea and used as a “transporter.” But I can’t seem to get her to answer the bigger question…how is it different from caffeine in the sodas or coffee that we wanted to wean ourselves off of? I was getting less caffeine from the amount of soda I was drinking daily than from one serving of this particular drink. I know this new drink is more nutritious in that it contains a large amount of vitamins, etc. and eliminates the other bad things from drinking soda. But isn’t caffeine the same no matter where it comes from, and doesn’t it react in your body the same way regardless if it’s from green tea or soda?


Thanks for your question! Caffeine whether it comes from soda, tea, coffee or any other sources is the still Caffeine. Caffeine from any source will impart its effect and the larger the dose the stronger its effect. Caffeine has some properties that can help with fat loss, although they are not significant and not enough to compensate for all the additional calories that are found in a can of soda. However in the case of green tea, there is some suggestion that it may have some fat loss benefit that goes beyond the caffeine it contains. Green tea contains a number of potent antioxidants. One of these antioxidants is called Epigallocatechin Gallate, or EGCG, which has the ability to stimulate your body€™s metabolism and potentially speed up weight loss. Together with the caffeine in green tea, ECGC works to stimulate the central nervous system and releases fat into the blood stream, so that the body can use the fat as fuel. This process of using fat as fuel is known as thermogenesis, and it involves the production of extra energy. Caffeine can cause thermogenesis by itself, but it is more effective when it is combined with ECGC and other substances in green tea. These substances are not found in coffee or most other drinks, so really the only time you will get this benefit is from drinking green tea. Now for the reality check, even with this combined benefit the caffeine and EGCG, there has not been much evidence that it is particularly effective for fat loss, unless you are drinking 30 cups a day every day! Some people might suggest taking concentrated green tea capsules, but they have not shown to be effective and beneficial EGCG is not that well absorbed. With that said green tea has been shown to have other benefits due to its anti-oxidants such as potential anti-aging properties, so I would include it in your diet anyway as a healthy low calorie alternative to coffee or other drinks. In regards to your diet program, I would be very sceptical of any program that suggests you need to take a specific drink as part of the diet. Any diet that is based around you taking one product or one food is usually flawed. One product or food is not going to result in significant weight loss, there is no magic bullet. There is no evidence that any drink that contains caffeine, whether it is from green tea or not, has any benefit for fat loss. Finally 120 mg caffeine is the same as what you would find in a strong cup of black tea. You would be better of saving your money and drinking that instead!