Hi I’m Hannah – a girl on a health mission and I want to take the world with me! I write articles and present videos about healthy food and nutrition based on scientific research and the latest food trends. I am also a cookery tutor and host workshops on nutrition and healthy eating across Manchester and north west England.
So what makes me qualified to talk about healthy living I hear you ask? I have an MSc in Nutrition and Health (from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK), I’m a certified yoga instructor and a nutrition ambassador for Honestly Healthy. My philosophy is simple – to celebrate life and make it healthy – and now I want to spread that message to help others enjoy their lives as much as I do mine!
I have literally been around the world in search of ways to make healthy foods more delicious and even more healthier. India was one of my first stops, where vegetarian food is a way of life … and Australia, where I discovered more about the great outdoors, healthy living and fantastic raw food. I’ve had an obsession with cacao (or cocoa) for a long time so I decided to visit Peru to find out more about it and now I’m a bit of an expert on raw chocolate, if I do say so myself. I even carried out a research project where I analysed raw and non raw chocolate in a laboratory to uncover any significant differences in polyphenol content between different types.
I have spent time training with raw food chefs and working in health bars to gain experience of how to create perfect healthy recipes which include vegan and raw dishes, juices, smoothies, salads, snacks and healthy treats. My diet mainly consists of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Although I have been vegan before (and there is evidence that the vegan diet can decrease risk of disease), my body responds better to a balanced approach, which includes eating fish and eggs. I avoid dairy products however.
I am a big advocate of a healthy balanced diet, illustrated by The Eatwell Guide, which is based on scientific evidence and includes all the food groups. I urge you to eat lots of veggies and fruit and cut down on processed food. Physical activity is also hugely important for maintaining a healthy weight and reducing risk of disease.