Eat for Better Business coming to Kendal

On 12th April (10am to 4pm), I’m bringing Eat for Better Business to the Mintworks, Kendal for a Cumbria Chamber of Commerce event.

It’s an interactive day focused on busting many currently fashionable food myths to help you feel great and work at the top of your game.
For quality work you need to be at your best without suffering any afternoon slump or fuzzy concentration. That means putting the right things in your body. You wouldn’t try to run your computer on gas or your car on jet fuel, but with confusing messages everywhere it’s hard to know what to eat for the best.
By the end of the workshop, delegates will:

  • recognise the importance of diet
  • have identified the impact on work
  • discover better breakfasts and lunches
  • understand why we eat and what we need
  • explore what’s hidden in food
  • know what to eat for brain power
  • appreciate the importance of meal breaks
  • have defined a personal goal.

The delegate rate for this full day workshop is £65 +VAT Chamber and Made in Cumbria members / £120 +VAT non-members – to book your place(s) please – BOOK HERE

Should you have any questions regarding the above training event, please do not hesitate to contact me or Catherynn Dunstan from Cumbria Chamber


Eat for Better Business

For great work you need to be at your best without suffering any afternoon slump or fuzzy concentration. That means putting the right things in your body. You wouldn’t try to run your computer on gas or your car on jet fuel, but with confusing messages everywhere it’s hard to know what to eat for the best.

I’m delighted to be presenting an16-jackie Eat for Better Business workshop for Cumbria Chamber of Commerce on 19th January.

Running at Energus, Workington 10am to 4pm, this interactive day focused on busting many currently fashionable food myths will help you feel great and work at the top of your game.

The delegate rate for this full day workshop is £65 +VAT Chamber and Made in Cumbria members / £120 +VAT non-members.

Contact Catherynn Dunstan if you have any questions about the workshop or Cumbria Chamber.

07841 743067




Sugar Blues

Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) results in hunger, shakiness, weakness, dizziness, irritability and depression. I should know; for years I suffered on a daily basis. The cause – too much sugar. High blood sugar stimulated my body to produce insulin, which took the sugar back out of my blood (and made me fat). I didn’t understand the problem so I tried to control my symptoms with regular biscuits, bananas and chocolate. It was a disaster. At archery competitions, I ate sugar even more frequently. I just got headaches and felt awful.

My first inkling of the cause

Cereal - a poor choice for breakfast

Cereal – a poor choice for breakfast

was at work. Biscuits were provided in meetings; if I ate one I got hungry but if I abstained I was OK. My second clue came when dieting to lose the weight I’d gained eating so many biscuits; I was less hungry eating a little cereal for breakfast than a lot.  Also I noticed the low-fat yoghurts I bought weren’t satisfying, they just increased my appetite.  Now I know it’s because of the sugar they put in low-fat products to make them palateable.


Sugar has a toxic effect on the body and causes myriad health problems besides hypoglycemia. For centuries doctors have cured their patients of many ailments by replacing sugar with quality vegetable and whole grain carbohydrates and for centuries consumption has increased sweeping aside all resistance. In the 11th Century, brewers caught adding sugar to beer were dragged through the City of Chester in a cart with the overnight refuse of the privies. In the early 1900s, America had laws against “substances injurious to health” (like sugar) being added to food. Manufacturers (including Coca-Cola) opposed this, got the government on side and the health of the whole nation deteriorated as a result of the adulterated products that are now their main food. In the 1950s, Dr Gyland wrote papers to warn and help others but couldn’t get them published.  In Britain, Professor John Yudkin tried to fight Ancel Keys and his lipid hypothesis having found a stronger corrolation between sugar and heart disease than there is with fat – he was sqashed.  Even Keys himself couldn’t get published a paper he wrote late in his life against the direction nutritional advice has taken.  Little has changed.  Those reaping the profits still don’t want you to know the truth – sugar wrecks your health.

Top Tip – Stop eating sugar

NB Diabetics will need to balance their medication with their sugar intake.

To learn more about the sorry history of sugar in our food, read Sugar Blues by William Dufty and Pure, White and Deadly by John Yudkin.  Here’s a Daily Telegraph artcle on the latter; we still have the same sugar-industry-led problem today.


Special Offer

I’ll tell you the shocking truth about food……… Ready?

If you’re plagued with tiredness, aches, pains, ailments and excess weight, do you know it could be down to your food? How can you be confident about what to eat when messages about diet are so confusing?

Want the shocking truth?

Prepare to be shocked by the tactics of food companies who profit at your expense. I’ll tell you what they put in food to make you eat more and more. Don’t fall for the glossy adverts! The goal of the diet industry is for you to fail. If it worked no one would buy their stuff more than once and their profits would plummet. Other products offer fun and convenience and don’t pretend to be healthy but often pretend to be harmless.  Are they?

What’s the solution?

For energy to do the things you love you need a healthy body. For a healthy body, you need to eat well. I educate people so that they can make good food choices and their bodies can thrive. I’m independent and have no products to sell; your health is my priority. Be delighted by the truth I share with you; it will set you free from confusion and the misery of dieting.

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Inner Beauty

Hairdressers, beauticians and nail bars are getting busy in the run-up to Christmas. Everyone wants to look their best for lunches out with colleagues and parties with friends. Magazines and TV adverts add to the hype. Don’t you think it’s strange (and a little sad) that even though we all know that every image has been touched up and improved, we still crave the unreal visual perfection we are now used to seeing.

There is another approach to improving your appearance. Research shows that we are attracted to people who look healthy; it’s rooted in reproduction for strong offspring! Even without classical facial features, you’ll look good with a healthy glow and an energetic spring in your step.

It’s easy to see who has that spark and who doesn’t. If your body is clogged up inside with processed food, bad fats, sugar and toxic drinks, it shows. By giving your body good nutrients, you can have strong lustrous nails, clear bright eyes and smooth, soft skin that glows with health. Better than a temporary veneer, lasting beauty starts on the inside. A lady on my summer group noticed after just a few weeks that her skin felt gorgeous.

Healthy eating and exercise go hand in hand for your body and your face. Have you tried face exercises? (Check out Jack LaLanne on YouTube.)

Food is the most important factor so I’m offering readers of the Learn to Eat Well blog a pre-Christmas Eating Habits Make-Over for just £23 instead of the usual £35.  We all get into habitual ways of eating.  If your habits are good, you’ll be in great shape.  If you think there’s room for improvement, keep a diary, I’ll take a look at what you eat and drink for three days and send tips for building better habits. This is an email service.  Quote Blog23 when you contact me.

And while you’re thinking about Christmas, why not buy someone a Jackie Wilkinson Nutrition Coaching Gift Voucher as a present?

Top tip – Feed your inner beauty.


Eyes Right

Your eyes are a window onto the beautiful world we live in. They’re incredible and worth looking after.File:Gray eyes.jpg

 (Pic – Wikipedia commons)

You’ve probably heard that in WWII, as a cover-up for our use of radar, the British military spread the story that our pilots could see in the dark because they ate carrots. Perhaps the story was effective because it there was a grain of truth in it. Carrots contain beta-carotene which your body converts into Vitamin A, which is good for your eyes.


Vitamins, minerals, enzymes contribute to the health of your eyes as well as your body generally. Processed foods often contain low levels of these micro-nutrients. You’ll get almost everything you need by eating a range of fresh meats, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Your eyes benefit from fat-soluble antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin which you can get from eggs and dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and spring cabbage and from yellow and orange fruits and veg – carrots feature again. Blackcurrants, blueberries and the amazing bilberries (we’re lucky – they grow round here) and other red and purple fruits contain water-soluble antioxidants and are great for your eyes.


Your eyes are mostly made of water so stay well hydrated. Instead of having tea, coffee, alcohol or fizzy pop, drink some plain water.


Exercise is good for our bodies and for our eyes too. They enjoy looking around and having a rest sometimes. Computers, TV and video games make us stare at one place at one distance for long periods of time. This unnatural practice can lead to eye-strain so take a break!

Top tip – Even your eyes benefit when you eat well.

You can read this in The Cockermouth Post along with lots of other interesting articles.

Food for Thought

How do you think of food?

For millions of years it has been something wonderful that sustained us. We had to work hard to meet our needs so we valued everything we ate.


Gerry Wilson is a Methodist minister in West Cumbria. He wrote the following piece in April and was kind enough to allow me to reproduce it here. My own reflections on food follow.

To set the scene, Gerry and his wife were out during the school holidays and too far from home to pop back to eat.

“Lunch was calling so we made for the nearest place that food was available – McDonald’s. Yes, I know it was a bad move, but I did learn something while I was in there.

The place was packed with excited children and frantic parents trying to keep them quiet. As quickly as one group left, another one piled through the doors to take its place – an endless stream of hungry humanity with voracious appetites and endless energy. That was what they brought to the place, but what caught my attention was not what they brought, but what they left behind.

When the place finally did quieten down a bit, we took a look around and there it was – a mountain of debris which would have fed another army of people easily. It was left on trays, tables and the floor, and that despite the fact that facilities were provided to clear food away.

What a waste, but that is the nature of our society; we acquire things because we want them then and there to satisfy some passing whim. Whether or not we need them is another matter. The fast food phenomenon is a symptom of our times. It is cheap, tasty and convenient, and satisfies us temporarily. As to its nutritional value, well, best not to ask.

In the West we have become very good at feeding our bodies, so much so that carelessness has crept in and an obesity crisis looms large unless we are careful.”

Gerry went on to compare this careless ‘fast food’ attitude to the way we can cram the soul with spiritual junk food.

As recently as the last few decades, our relationship with food changed. There is not only a vast supply that makes it easy to get more than we need, the type of food has changed so that the majority of what’s available doesn’t nurture us at all but keeps us tired, overweight and sickly. We have a careless attitude to food and to ourselves.

When the Dalai Lama visited Britain he was puzzled to find that people didn’t seem to like themselves very much and gave themselves a hard time. Self-care has become alien to us except at the superficial level of external appearances (clothes, hair etc).

Now food has even become an enemy and we avoid it. Enormous amounts of will power are directed to not eating. When we are offered a plate of good food we can experience a range of negative emotions (which interfere with good digestion, incidentally). Fear. Guilt. Anger. Frustration. Disappointment. Confusion. It isn’t natural to deprive yourself of food so the experience is very unpleasant. It becomes doubly dispiriting when deprivation turns out not to bring the long-term improvements it promised.

Perhaps it’s time to make friends with food again. Learning to eat well means eating differently, not eating less. You can eat with confidence and feel positive, knowing that you are doing yourself good.

Top tips: Cook with love, eat with gratitude, enjoy eating well.

Please do share how you think about food.

 You can read my part of this article in The Cockermouth Post (May issue) along with many other fascinating columns.


The picture is one of the best meals I’ve ever had. The Granville at Barford.

Is it Really Healthier to be Vegetarian?

One common reason for people to give up eating meat is that they think it will be healthier for them to be vegetarian.


The recent scare on red meat adds to this view – but whilst sensational headlines make news, you only get an angle on the story. Epidemiological studies like this can never claim cause and effect and there are many complex factors working together in producing the findings. For instance, vegetarians eat more vegetables. Actually everyone would benefit from eating some vegetables but many people eat hardly any at all.


So is it healthier? In terms of metabolic typing I would always say, “it depends”. I know a couple of vegetarians who are thriving on their diet. I know many others who have a whole host of health problems. If you are at the carbohydrate end of the spectrum, you could fare very well without meat. You’ll need a good variety of food types to make sure you get all the protein you need because vegetables don’t provide complete protein. If you are at the protein and fat end of the spectrum, going vegetarian could do you damage. When I ate very little meat or fat, I was overweight, tired all the time, moody and often ill.

Omega 3 is another factor; vegetable sources contain only the mother fat. Modern eating habits (particularly the excessive consumption of vegetable oil which is mostly omega 6) can compromise the ability of the body to make the family of omega 3 fats that you need for good health. Fish eaters benefit from the long-chain omega 3 fatty acids present in oily fish; vegetarians can be short of these essential fats.



Top tip – remember to consider your nutritional needs when deciding how to eat.

You can also read this and lots of other interesting articles in The Cockermouth Post (April issue) .