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Why is the book called ‘The Creator’s Diet?’
The title aptly covers the fact that the publication is one grounded in nutritional science and Biblical truth.

What is the key message of ‘The Creator’s Diet?’
That we each have a responsibility to care for our own health through personal study and the application of healthy eating principles.

Is the book only for Christians?
No way. In fact, I know that non-Christians with an interest in health are currently purchasing it, which is fantastic. Obviously the book is written with an overriding Biblical theme but it’s also for anyone with a genuine interest in healthy eating.

What inspired you to write ‘The Creator’s Diet?’
A combination of factors but primarily because a large majority of churches are not addressing the healthy eating issue even though experiencing diet-related illnesses, many of which could be prevented with simple lifestyle changes.

How can I purchase a copy, or copies of ‘The Creator’s Diet?’
You can purchase copies of The Creator’s Diet on the Buy Online Now page. Simply click the Buy Now button and follow the simple instructions.

Do you provide personal nutrition consultations?
Yes. There is an online nutrition consultation facility on the site. Click on the link to find out more.

How can I boost my immune system?
One way to help boost your immunity is to ensure you eat a diet rich in a variety of fruit and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of a important vitamins and minerals including those needed for the immunity. Bright and deep coloured fruits and vegetables in particular are also great sources of antioxidants which can help to boost your immunity, so top up on fruits and vegetables such as berries, blackcurrants, beetroot, carrots, pumpkin, oranges, kiwis, red grapes, strawberries, sweet potatoes and watermelons.

I am having trouble losing excess tummy fat. Do you have any tips?
As well as eating healthily, it’s important to be active for health. Eating healthily and being active are key to weight maintenance and/or weight loss. Specific tummy exercises are useful and can help tone your tummy area. Gyms often have toning classes, or there is the more cost effective option of DVDs to help you on your way. The key thing is to take things slowly, and be patient.

Is it usual to feel lethargic after my evening meal?
Feeling tired after an evening meal is not uncommon. Typical reasons for this include the size of the meal and also the content of the meal. A large meal high in refined carbohydrates e.g. white rice, white pasta, white bread, potatoes can cause you to feel sleepy. Try increasing the ratio of lean protein to refined carbohydrates. You may also need to reduce the size of your meal.

I want to become a nutritionist. What would you advise?
The first thing would be to get yourself on an undergraduate or postgraduate course that The Association for Nutrition has accredited. Once qualified, The Association for Nutrition holds a register of Nutritionists that you should aim to get yourself on – not least because many employers prefer to recruit staff who are on the Register. While applying for jobs, it can be helpful to get some voluntary experience as this can help when competing with other applicants. For further details and guidance on this topic, Google ‘The Association for Nutrition’.

What can I do to help reduce my cholesterol levels?
Too much cholesterol in the blood can increase your risk of coronary heart disease and diseases of the arteries. If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol levels a good first step in helping to reduce your levels is to review your diet, in particular the amount and type of fat you are eating. Eating foods lower in saturated fats and trans fats e.g. savoury meat pies, pastries and patties, coconut cream, palm oil and replacing them with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Foods like wholegrain oats, oily fish, beans, pulses and garlic can also help reduce cholesterol levels as can regular activity.

Occasionally, high cholesterol levels are due to an inherited problem rather than a dietary one. It’s important that you speak with your GP if you are concerned about your cholesterol levels.

I suffer from high blood pressure. What can I do to help control it?
High blood pressure increases your risk of stroke and heart disease. Fortunately, there are a variety of lifestyle factors that help reduce blood pressure levels including:
- eating a healthy balanced and varied diet rich in fruit and vegetables, that is low in fat
- limiting your intake of salt and salty foods such as pies, bacon, pickles, stock cubes and some ready meals,
- limiting your alcohol intake
- taking up regular activity to help you maintain a healthy weight or lose weight if you are overweight.

Speak with your GP if you are concerned about your blood pressure.

I have diabetes. Is there a specific diet I should be eating to help control my blood sugar levels?
Diabetes UK do not recommend a special diet for people with diabetes. They advise that people with diabetes should eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables containing starchy carbohydrates (wholegrain varieties where possible), moderate amounts of milk and dairy foods, and moderate amounts of protein foods. The diet should be low in fat, salt and sugar and regular activity should be a part of your everyday lifestyle to ensure you maintain a healthy weight.