Hazel Wallace aka The Food Medic will be joining the Health Bloggers Community on 19th May for our annual summit as part of a panel we’re calling Doctor’s With Influence. Intrigued? Find out more about the Summit and get your tickets to join us here.

Ahead of the Summit we asked Hazel some questions about her new book, The Food Medic for Life, to find out what ‘life’ looks like for a busy blogging doctor gal.

In your new book you explore the idea that food is so much more than just ‘fuel.’ Tell us what food is to you.

Food is a source of energy or fuel, but it’s so much more than that. Food is what brings families together, food celebrates culture and diversity, food is a source of comfort, and a language that we all speak.

Of course we need to eat in order to thrive and survive but food, and particularly the act of sharing food, goes well beyond our biological need for nourishment. However in today’s diet obsessed culture, we have lost our deep connection with food.

We over-think what we eat, we argue over it, we restrict it, we over-indulge in it, we analyse and dissect it. But in the same breath we don’t give enough attention to what we eat.

I hope that my book helps people to not only think about what they eat but how they eat, and who they share that with.

Fuel up – tell us about your life on the go and what inspired this section of your book.

To reflect the pattern of our busy lives, this book is split into two sections; fuel up and power down. The first section is designed to suit the hectic, busy days in your life where you need quick and easy recipes that will give you the fuel that you need to power through the working week, without spending hours in the kitchen.

This recipe section was inspired by my own life, I rarely have time to spend hours in the kitchen so I’ve picked up my own time saving hacks when it comes to eating well when you’re busy and I want to pass on that advice through this book. Recipes for breakfast on-the-go, fork-free lunches, and 30 minute dinners are what you will find in here.

 

Power down – how do you power down and switch off when your work life is so hectic? What tips do you share on your blog and in your book for great rest?

I start my day with 10 minutes of mediation to ensure I’m starting my day as chilled as I possibly could be! I also book out 4 non-negotiable days off in my diary per month where I take a step back from work and social media to reconnect with myself. This might be through travel, visiting my family, or simply having a day to pamper myself a home.

In the second half of my book “power down” I share with you some easy ways to incorporate calm into your life with tips on how to be more mindful, how to mediate, and how to improve the quality of your sleep.

 

Tell us about your staples and let us in on one of your food heros!

I think most of us can relate to coming home from work after a long day, totally exhausted and absolutely ravenous. No matter how great of a cook you are, if there isn’t food in the house and it’s been a long day, you (and all of us) are way more likely to have a ready meal or order a take out.

No one wants to go to the supermarket after work, during rush hour, buy ingredients, come home and cook. So having food in the house gives youn a HUGE head start. So I’ve picked out 5 of my favourites which I use time and time again, especially when I’m tight on time and lacking inspiration, and show you ten different ways to cook with them.

You can find these ingredients in any supermarket and they fit within anyone’s budget. One of them is the humble chickpea! I can find a use for it at any time of the day, and in sweet or savoury dishes.

What are you looking forward to most at the HBC Summit?

I attended the HBC summit last year and loved it! But this year I’m particularly  looking forward to sitting on the ‘Doctors With Influence’ panel and having some healthy discussion around that topic – plus I’m obviously excited to go back for all the snacks and samples on offer 😉

 

Find out more about the Summit and get your tickets to join Hazel here.

Hazel’s book The Food Medic For Life launches on 19th April. You can find out more here.