Hi! My name is Nichola Whitehead (call me Nic!) and I’m a UK Specialist Registered Dietitian (RD). Welcome to my blog! I have a passion for promoting easy to understand nutrition and diet tips and started blogging in January 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 blogs, healthy lifestyle tips and recipes, and healthy product reviews.
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. Foods cannot be classed as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ in my eyes, and I promote healthy lifestyles as a way of life, rather than fad/short-term diets. 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, 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.
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. I have a background in Sport, having graduated with a First Class Honours degree in BSc Sport & Exercise Science from Loughborough University, and I specialised in nutrition with a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics (Merit) from Leeds Metropolitan University to become a RD in 2009. Since qualifying, I have achieved an MSc in Health Science (Merit) and I am a certified X-PERT diabetes educator.
On social media I have over 64,000 followers, including over 18,800 followers on Twitter and a growing following on YouTube (>17,400 followers), Instagram (>17,500 followers), Facebook (>8,900 followers) and Pinterest (> 1,400 followers). I am also one of the founding dietitians of the UK strand of RDs4Disclosure, promoting ethical and transparent blogging.
Regarding awards, 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 Blogging Edge (which makes me want to continue blogging for a long time to come!!).
I have collaborated previously with the Sorted Food YouTube Channel and have been quoted in various magazines and on-line publications including; Stylist Magazine, the Independent, the Mail Online; including [here] and [here], Sunday Express, The Sun, Healthy Magazine, Women and Home Magazine, Sainsbury’s Magazine, Women’s Running Magazine, Essentials Magazine, Fitness First and The Mirror Online (amongst others).
I provide nutrition guidance and produce recipes for numerous health focussed websites and have been quoted several times in Nell McAndew’s Guide to Running book (she’s a fellow Leeds Lass!!), write for Healthy Magazine, and am currently the resident dietitian and nutritionist for Superfood Magazine.
I have previously collaborated with Quorn to become an ambassador, and have worked with the 2016 Breakfast Week Campaign. I have also worked with Go Compare, Holland & Barrett, Alpro, Fage UK, Clipper Tea & Protein Dynamix. 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 most recently spoken at the FitFluence events.
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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