My name is Dr. Hazel Wallace, and I am the founder of The Food Medic.
The Food Medic is a product of who I am and what I do; I’m a practicing doctor with a special interest in nutrition and lifestyle medicine, and I am a qualified personal trainer.
I created The Food Medic blog in 2013, when I was at university, to help educate and inspire myself to become a healthier, and a stronger person. I soon realised that there was a lot more value in what I was doing than simply for myself, and if I could share my message and extend it to my patients, and those around me, I could help improve the health of many people, both inside and outside of the hospital.
I like to think of myself as one of the first of a new generation of doctors. I want to work with other doctors and encourage them to think outside the pill box when it comes to managing lifestyle related diseases such as; type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease – The largest killers and percentage of our workload here in the NHS and across the world!
What do all of these diseases have in common? They are all linked to how we live our lives – the food that we eat, how often we exercise, and even the stress that we experience. We have the opportunity to help people take control of their health through diet, physical activity, and stress management.
The benefits of eating well and exercising often extend far beyond looking and feeling great. With the right food, we can actually prevent and even reverse certain illnesses and disease – Yes reverse!
In my book, The Food Medic, I show you how to maximise your health through nutrition and exercise, and teach you, step-by-step, healthy habits for life!
The Food Medic isn’t simply a book with a collection of recipes that will just help shift a few stubborn pounds before a holiday; it is about health, confidence, happiness and feeling great for good.
This is not a diet book, this is the book that will stop you ever having to buy another diet book again! This book is about health, confidence, happiness, and feeling great for good.
Read more about The Food Medic books here
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I adapt my recipes to any allergy or preference?
I want everyone to be able to make my recipes, regardless of your dietary preferences, intolerances or allergies. So here are a list of some alternatives you can swap into my recipes, however, I can’t promise they will turn out 100% exactly as mine have but I urge you to be creative. The important thing is that you’re cooking from scratch and enjoying it!
Milk alternatives: Any plant-based milk alternative or water may be used may be substituted for dairy milk.
Sugar substitutes: Any sweetener or sugar may be substituted for another depending on preference or dietary requirements.
Dairy alternatives: Dairy yogurt may be substituted for non-dairy alternatives such as coconut or soya yogurt. I find coconut works as a good substitute for greek yogurt, and soya yogurt works as a good swap for natural yogurt, due to consistencies.
Nut and Nut butter substitutes: Nut butters can be swapped for another, although consistencies vary and may alter the final recipe. For those with nut allergies, tahini or other seed butters can be used in replacement.
Egg: For egg substitutions, swap for a chia egg or a flax egg, this involves mixing one tablespoon of ground chia or flax with 3 tablespoons of water. Whisk together the ground seeds and water until well combined, then set aside for 15 minutes.
Gluten: For gluten-free versions of my recipe simply swap all gluten-containing products, such as flour and bread, for gluten-free alternatives. If you are coeliac, ensure sure to check the ingredients list of the food product you are using to ensure it is gluten-free.
Are you be able to help with medical enquiries?
I am unable to respond to medical enquiries without a consultation. Please seek out the advice from your GP.
What are your qualifications?
I am a qualified doctor and personal trainer. I have a degree in Medical Sciences (Bsc) from the University of South Wales and a degree in Medicine (MBBCh) from Cardiff University. I studied my level 2 and level 3 personal training certification with ACTIVE IQ through The Fitness Factory Training Academy. I am currently undertaking a Masters in Clinical & Public Health Nutrition at University College London.
Do you take any PT clients?
I’m currently not taking on any clients for personal training, however, I have included a workout section in my book which shows you how to tailor make your own workouts. I also frequently share workouts on my social media channels.
Where can I get your books?
My books The Food Medic and The Food Medic For Life are available online on Amazon, WHSmith, and Waterstones, or can be purchased in most good bookstores.