... and other myths about food and health

Pixie Turner

When?
Tuesday, August 20 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

38 West Street
Chichester
PO19 1RP

Tel: 01243 783185
Email: info@chichesterinn.co.uk
Website: www.chichesterinn.co.uk

Who?
Pixie Turner

What's the talk about?

Despite a wealth of information at our fingertips, there are still so many things we get wrong about our health. With a new diet book out every other day, it’s no wonder people are confused. What should we be eating? When? How often? Just how important is food when it comes to our overall health?

Pixie will unpack why diet and nutrition misinformation is so problematic. Expect some myth busting, diet rants, and lots of fully-referenced evidence-based science.

Pixie Turner studied biochemistry and is a nutritionist, food blogger, science communicator and author. She is the brains behind the 'Pixie Nutrition' social media accounts, which aim to infiltrate the wellness movement and debunk nutrition misinformation online. 
 
£5 entrance on the door.  Everyone welcome. This is a not-for-profit event.
 
Summary of talk
 
Pixie introduced herself as a registered nutritionist (3 year biochemistry degree, masters in nutrition, 3 years of practice) in contrast to non-registered nutritionists who might have only completed a 3 month course.

She began by considering how we c
an be partly defined by the diets we follow, with negative consequences.

Pixie drew on research to explain why diets only work for around 20% of people, long term, covering yo-yo dieting, dieting drugs, negative consequences and weight stigma (instead of targeting overweight people, the government should focus on health-promoting behaviours).

She criticised the moralising of dieting, identifying dieting with health and beauty.

And then she went to town on the quacks and charlatans who promote diets that are unsupported by the evidence and which can cause harm. These are often promoted using online social media and the press.

After considering various diets such as paleo, vegan, low carb, etc., she gives some simple advice: eat a wide range of foods in moderation.

Pixie ended her talk with some pointers to a healthy approach to food and dieting.

After the break, Pixie answered numerous questions, including:

What does she think about Veganism?
Who can we trust?
Should we eat organic food?
Who are your clients?
Are artificial sweeteners harmful?
Give us three pieces of advice.

We thanked Pixie for a professional entertaining talk. A raffle was held for one of her books.

You can read more about her work and buy her books by visiting:
http://www.plantbased-pixie.com/