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Nualtra: The Dietitian Cafe: S1E3: Alex Ballard

‘’NHS Community Dietitian, Alex Ballard, shares her journey to becoming a Registered Dietitian - from her initial interest in sports and nutrition whilst at school, through to university placements and her first NHS posting. She explores with us the rewards of working in the community - and how she and the team safeguard each other.’’

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NHD Magazine: 

Food banks and Covid-19: Is food always the answer? 

‘’With nearly five million experiencing food insecurity since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not surprising that the demand on UK-based food banks has drastically risen. But what needs to change to help ensure no one faces food poverty in the future? NHS Community Dietitian, Alex Ballard, investigates’’

Food poverty, malnutrition and food budgets

Many of us are aware of issues facing the western world, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. But I doubt most in the UK would place food poverty and malnutrition within that same mixing bowl.


Extra tips to help keep blood glucose levels in check  

Over the years, dietetic advice alters and trends fall in and out of fashion. However, one thing has always remained reliable and constant; diabetic control is multifactorial. This article explores the impact of stress, sleep and exercise.

Diabetes myths debunked 

Despite 3.9 million individuals living with a diagnosis of diabetes in the UK there is a whole lot of confusion and misconception about what it is, why it happens and what to do.


Keeping the glass half full whilst still following advice

The day that publicans locked their doors some of us converted our efforts from stock piling baked bean tins into beers cans. With alcohol aisles decimated; kitchen cupboards, garage fridges and alcohol cabinets were left bursting at the brim. So how can we enjoy alcohol responsibly?

Ironing out issues 

Iron is a multi-purpose mineral that our bodies depend upon for oxygen transportation and upholding a healthy immune system. A healthy and balanced diet can help make sure that your iron levels are kept in tip top condition.


Unbottling bone health

With every adult human body housing 206 precious bones, it’s important that we understand how to protect, support and nourish every single one from our head to our toes.

All the fabulousness of fibre 

What is the first thought that pops into mind when fibre is in the hot seat? A healthy, balanced diet? Feeling full up for longer? Let’s not be shy; it’s about keeping us regular!


Simple tips and tweaks for when appetites are low

Dietitians will often see patients that are struggling to consume enough; consequently falling short of nutritional requirements and increasing their risk of malnutrition. Luckily, there are many simple, tasty tips and tweaks to help ensure diets remain complete even if eating becomes a chore.

Enjoy your catch of the day in a tasty yet sustainable way

Fish has always played a large role in British food history, with classics including prawn cocktail, sardines on toast and, the public's favourite, fish and chips. But why do we need it, which types should we eat and how can we make environmentally friendly choices?


To salt, or not to salt?

With the options of sea salt, rock salt, garlic salt and pink Himalayan salt; how are we supposed to know what to use when filling up our mills? Or should we even be seasoning at all?

NHD Magazine: PCOS and symptom management

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders affecting approximately one in every 10 women of a reproductive age. Fortunately, lifestyle interventions can improve hormone imbalance, symptoms, overall health and quality of life. Advice around diet, exercise and behaviour change should be first line for individuals with PCOS.



Alex talks about her journey to becoming a specialised dietitian and her love for food, cooking and nutritious eating.

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