Nutrition and Health

The Human Body:  One of the most intricate & smartest things on earth. It is both a Simple & yet astoundingly Complex machine. No matter how it's treated, it will do its utmost to take good care of itself. As with any machine, however, it needs the right fuel to run properly. Sooner or later therefore, bad food habits & lifestyle choices will have some impact. It's impossible to predict the kind of impact, as this will vary from person to person. Whilst it's not always possible to prevent health problems, you can give yourself the best chance of remaining healthy by taking good care of yourself & making smarter choices.

So what are the smarter choices?  Undoubtedly, it is to eat a Mediterranean style diet. Mfl takes this approach in the overall planning of our menus. Why? Because we believe that taking an overall approach is much more helpful in terms of shaping our habits & future choices than getting hung up on individual nutrients. We have just made sure you will eat less sugar, salt, red & processed meat, unhealthy fats & processed foods & more fish, fruit & vegetables, wholegrains, pulses, healthy fats & unprocessed foods. We hope we have also shown that it is possible to adopt this style of eating whilst still keeping some of our most loved meals & without making massive changes to our usual everyday meal planning.

Of course its difficult to think about potential future health consequences when you can't see any immediate consequences from the lifestyle choices you make now. Long-term incentives therefore aren't always enough motivation to make changes. If this is something you struggle with, focus on some of the many short-term benefits as you can see much more tangible results in the short-term.

Short - Medium Term Benefits of a Mediterranean Style Diet


    • Reduced risk of Dementia & Alzheimer's disease
    • Reduced risk of Depression & Anxiety
    • Reduced risk of Osteoporosis & Arthritis
    • Reduced risk of serious & chronic diseases such as Heart disease, Stroke, Heart attack, Cancer & Type 2 Diabetes
    • More chance of a longer life


    The statistics below will hopefully help you to MAKE YOUR MIND UP!
    ( Cancer statistics on the Nutrition & Health- Cancer page ).
    • Yo-Yo dieting can double the risk of death from heart disease
    • If you are overweight in midlife you are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease; if you are obese, you are 3 times as likely
    • 80% of adults with Diabetes have the type triggered by diet
    • A Mediterranean style diet can help keep your brain healthy, reducing the risk of Alzheimer's or Dementia, or delaying its onset
    • Around 33,000 lives a year could be saved if everyone in the UK followed dietary recommendations
    • As many as 15,000 lives could be saved in the UK each year if we all ate at least 5 portions of fruit & vegetables a day
    • Around 7,000 deaths could be prevented in the UK each year by sticking to dietary recommendations on fat intake and 7,500 by reducing salt
    • Heart disease & Type 2 Diabetes are largely preventable through changes in lifestyle

So don't wait any longer. Cut your own risk. It's never too late   Do It Now!!

Even if you've already got one of these conditions, having a healthy diet can be of benefit and help protect from further problems. It can also make it easier to manage your condition and keep symptoms in check.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Individuals with specific health problems or in various life stages can have unique nutritional considerations & should therefore seek further nutritional advice about your own particular situation and needs from a suitably qualified health professional.