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Foodie Spotlight: Toral from The Urban Kitchen

I am a nutritional scientist and chef, specialising in cancer prevention via nutrition and lifestyle. I have a good grounding of all aspects of medicine and physiology with a BSc in Cell Biology from UCL (I ย originally started Medical school) and an MSc in Nutritional Medicine from University of Surrey.

Iโ€™m passionate about people living healthy and happy lives by optimising their nutrition and lifestyle. Eating healthily is all about balance and I believe in a strong 80/20 approach with eating healthily 80% of the time and enjoying treats 20% of the time. I donโ€™t believe in cutting out food groups unless you have an intolerance to the food, but prefer to include a wide range of different ingredients to ensure that you get a wide range of micro-nutrients.

Most of my food is veg-centric with small amounts of good quality fish and meat, including at least two or more portions of fruit and vegetables at each meal. I am currently writing my first book explaining the science behind cancer preventing foods and illustrating this with some of my healthy yet delicious recipes.

My dietary lifestyle

I don’t pigeonhole myself and would say that I am a healthy eater 80% of the time. I don’t eat much bread or gluten – not because I am gluten intolerant but because I like to vary my nutrient intake. I only eat bread that has been proved in a traditional way, as I find this is easier to digest. I prefer to eat seasonally as the nutrient levels are higher in seasonal food.

My favourite recipeโ€ฆ

That’s a tough one as I am constantly creating new recipes! My current favourite is poke taco which was fast and full of seasonal flavours.