Now based in Fife, Scotland, Carina Norris began a career in science and the media after studying for a degree in biology at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London. Later she gained an MSc with distinction in Public Health Nutrition at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, followed by a PhD looking at the diets of school children, the findings of which were widely reported in the media, including the Sunday Times and the Scotsman newspaper.
After a spell as press officer on New Scientist, during which her articles and book reviews were published in the magazine as well as other national newspapers and magazines, Carina decided to branch out as a freelance science and health writer.
Over the following years she established herself as a journalist and consultant and edited a range of national magazines in the UK. She was launch editor on a number of national magazines both in Britain and Australia, and has also been published in print magazines in America and South Africa, and websites worldwide.
More recently, Carina has concentrated her work in the field of human nutrition. When food and health are in the news, Carina is called on to give interviews on national television and radio.
Carina also works as a consultant to the media, food companies and other organisations, providing nutritional analysis and comment, as well as dossiers and features. She was the Nutritionist for the Channel 4 TV series Turn Back Your Body Clock (aired Spring 06) and wrote the book to accompany the series. She has now written 11 books on nutrition and healthy living, devised diet plans for computer games including 'Get Fit With Mel B' and helped to put together an online course on healthy living for the Institute of Physique Management.
With a passion for healthy living, Carina specialises in making scientific and complex concepts exciting, easily understandable - and practical for everyone.
You Are What You Eat: The meal planner that will change your life
The easy-to-follow plan to keep you slim and healthy all year round and for the rest of your life.
You are what you eat: The meal planner that will change your life will help you make good food choices for the whole of your life. It contains easy-to-follow nutritional plans which provide a constructive and simple way to help you and your family avoid making poor food choices. It also tackles a whole range of health issues and provides straightforward action points to steer you towards a healthier lifestyle.
This book will give you all the advice and information you need to look and feel great, increase your energy levels, improve your mood, get better skin, nails and hair and look forward to gradual healthy weight loss.
(Virgin books, published 2006. Official tie-in to the TV series)Buy at Amazon Close
Lorraine Kelly’s Junk Free Children’s Eating Plan with Carina Norris
Change your child’s eating habits in six weeks and for life
Lorraine Kelly’s Junk Free Children’s Eating Plan is a way of steering your children away from unhealthy choices and towards more nutritious foods. It’s not a diet, but an easy-to-follow six-week eating plan, based on simple nutritional principles, to improve your children’s eating habits and get them to choose healthier foods all the time.
There are loads of tasty and easy-to-prepare recipes and snack suggestions, which will not only take the stress out of mealtimes but also give your children all the nutrients they need. And the flexibility of the plan – your children are involved in choosing their meals – will allow them to take an interest in the food they are eating.
Six weeks is all it takes to turn your children’s diet around and set them on the road to healthy living.
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Turn Back Your Body Clock
The guide to changing your life and living longer
How long you live can be influenced by what you eat, what you drink, the exercise you take and the everyday lifestyle choices you make.
Bad lifestyle choices – a poor diet, excessive alcohol and a couch-potato outlook – can knock years off your life.
You don’t feel a thing…Yet. But don’t let your calendar age or your visual age fool you. It’s how old you are on the inside that counts.
Whether you're a thirty-something who wants to feel full of energy again, or a sixty year old who'd like to keep up with the grandchildren, by following the advice in this book you too can add years to your life expectancy.
Including the diet and exercise plans, and all the recipes used by the participants in the TV programmes.
(Headline, published 2006. Official tie-in to the Channel Four series)Buy at Amazon Close
The Food Manual: Your Guide to Nutrition and Healthy Eating
One of Haynes’ iconic ‘Manual’ series, The Food Manual explains the principles of good nutrition and how to achieve them in the 21st Century - even when time and money may be short. Written with a positive approach, it includes information on all types of food, intolerances, allergies, weight issues, age-related food considerations, shopping tips and storing food. It will encourage readers to look at the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet and take more care about what they and their family eat.
- Body fuel – the nutrients we need, and why.
- The nuts and bolts of a healthy diet – an introduction to the food we should eat.
- Key nutritional ‘must haves’ for the different stages of life, from children to the elderly, and including pregnancy.
- Food and health – eating for energy, food and stress, eating for good digestion, and how nutrition can fight disease.
- Why we put on weight, and how to lose it. Cravings explained, and how to snack healthily. No fad diets, just advice you can use.
- Practical ways to a healthy diet, including meal ideas, smart store cupboards, supermarket intelligence (including how to read the labels) and healthy eating out and about.
(Haynes, published 2009 in hardback, reprinted in paperback in 2011 as Haynes’ Healthy Eating )
Get Fit With Mel B (for XBox 360, Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 Carina was the nutritionist behind the diet plans and nutrition advice in this popular product.