Hi! My name is Nichola Whitehead (soon to be Nichola Ludlam-Raine!), but you can call me Nic. I’m a UK Specialist Registered Dietitian and I want to say a huge welcome to my blog!
I have a passion for promoting easy to understand nutrition and diet tips and started blogging in 2012 as a way of promoting healthy eating messages in a readable and accessible manner. My aim is to motivate and inspire YOU to lead a healthier and subsequently happier life, one step at a time through my nutrition and fitness related blog posts and healthy recipes.
I promote all foods to be eaten in moderation as a part of a healthy balanced diet and believe that variety is the spice of life. In my opinion there is no such thing as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods, just food and bad diets; diets here referring to EVERYTHING that you eat in an entire day, week, month and year!
I promote healthy lifestyles as a way of life, rather than fad/short-term diets and live by the 80:20 rule, where as long as you are eating mainly (80%) healthy nutrient dense foods, it’s ok to indulge for some (20%!) of them time. Life is about enjoyment and balance and for me my 20% is alcohol (I love a G&T!) & chocolate; although I buy dark chocolate most of the time if my fiancé buys Galaxy then I simply cannot resist!
This blog is a reflection of who I am personally and professionally and you can rest assured that I will only blog about products and services that I truly love. “Nic’s Nutrition” is my hobby and passion, and although it takes up a considerable amount of my ‘free time’ outside my day work as an NHS, freelance and private dietitian, I love it and I truly appreciate every single comment that you leave – it keeps me going! I read every single message and comment and I endeavour to reply to all of them.
Regarding my qualifications, I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in BSc Sport & Exercise Science from Loughborough University in 2007, and I then specialised in nutrition by gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics (Merit) from Leeds Metropolitan University to become a Registered Dietitian in 2009. Since qualifying, I have achieved an MSc in Health Science (Merit) and I am a certified diabetes educator.
I have a passion for understanding the latest nutritional and behavioural research, and I’m a published author in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
On social media I have over 64,000 followers (check out my social media links at the bottom of the page!) and I am one of the founding dietitians of the UK strand of RDs4Disclosure, promoting ethical and transparent social media messaging and blogging.
I was voted Best Individual Health Blog in the 2015 UK Blog Awards (hurray!!) and came Highly Commended for the Food & Drink Category. I was voted Blogger of the Year for the Health & Fitness Category in the Blogger’s Lounge Blog Awards 2014 and my blog was short-listed for the Cosmo Blog Awards 2013, 2014 and 2015 (Best Food Blog Category) out of over 43,000 entries. I came runner up for the ‘Nutrition Writer/Broadcaster of the Year Award’ at the Nutrition and Health Live Conference 2013, and was voted one of the Top 6 Health & Fitness Bloggers in 2015 by Collective Edge.
I regularly provide quotes to the media and amongst others have featured in the Mail Online, Sunday Express, The Sun, Healthy Magazine, Women and Home Magazine, Sainsbury’s Magazine, Women’s Running Magazine, Essentials Magazine, Fitness First, The Mirror Online, Stylist Magazine, the Independent and Business Insider.
I have collaborated previously with the Sorted Food YouTube Channel as well as Go Compare and have been quoted several times in Nell McAndew’s Guide to Running book (she’s a fellow Leeds Lass!). I currently provide articles to Healthy Magazine, and I was the the resident dietitian and nutritionist for Superfood Magazine.
Other brands that I have worked with include Holland & Barrett, Alpro, Fage UK, Clipper Tea & Protein Dynamix. I have also worked with the 2016 Breakfast Week Campaign. Please read my disclaimer page for more information about brand collaborations.
I currently specialise in Bariatric Surgery, Diabesity (Diabetes & Weight Loss) and Maternal Obesity and work both privately and for the NHS. I am passionate about behaviour change and I have completed the Behaviour Change Training course; I use these skills regularly in practice.
I have previously worked as a Lifestyle Leader for MoreLife (a children’s weight management club), as well as a Road-Show Wellbeing Adviser, involving helping employees to achieve a healthier lifestyle. I give regular motivational healthy eating talks and have spoken at the FitFluence events as well as the LNLY show in London.
I am also passionate about exercise and I am a qualified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer; I gained my certification with NASM in 2017.
Thank you for reading, I really hope that this website helps you!
And remember.. “It’s not about diets.. it’s about a way of life”
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