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Beyoncé diet plan ‘could be dangerous’

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A diet endorsed by US pop singer Beyoncé “could be dangerous,” the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine has told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.

Subscribers to the 22-day plan pay $14 (£11.50) to access plant-based recipes.

But nutritionist Daniel O’Shaughnessy says the diet could lead to “nutritional deficiencies”.

Beyoncé’s trainer Marco Borges said the singer was “mindful of the importance of proper nutrition and exercise”.

‘I’m hungry’

The original diet was created in 2013 but the singer is now promoting Beyoncé’s Kitchen, the plan she followed in preparation for her comeback performance at the 2018 Coachella festival after having twins.

A promotional video released on her YouTube channel last month opens with a clip from her Homecoming film, showing her stepping on to some scales and saying her weight is “every woman’s worst nightmare”.

The video has been viewed 1.7 million times.

Beyoncé also says to reach her goals she must limit herself to “no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol… and I’m hungry”. She followed the plan for 44 days.

‘Vegg sandwich’

Her plan was devised by 22 Days Nutrition founder Borges, whom she describes as her “friend, trainer, exercise physiologist and New York Times bestselling author”.

Mr O’Shaughnessy questioned its stated nutritional values.

For example, one of the recipes, a “vegg sandwich” containing 36g (1oz) of protein, actually contained just 24g, he said.

While another, a green smoothie, contained eight teaspoons of sugar.

Animal products

The NHS recommends men consume 2,500 calories a day and women 2,000 – but the diet supplies just 1,400.

“This is quite low for anyone, users will feel tired and exhausted particularly when adding in the exercise,” Mr O’Shaughnessy said.

“It could be dangerous for the average person to follow without a team of nutritionists and trainers like Beyoncé has.”

Excluding all animal products without any information on what nutritional issues the dieter may need to consider, such as replacing vitamin B12, iron or protein intake, was also problematic, Mr O’Shaughnessy said.

‘Easily susceptible’

And celebrities should be encouraging women to be comfortable with their bodies.

“Beyoncé is selling a dream,” Mr O’Shaughnessy said.

“This is worrying as she has a number of teenage followers who are easily susceptible.

“She is a gateway to millions of people.”

Beyoncé did not responded to a request for comment.

In a statement, Mr Borges, said: “Beyoncé used a combination of a whole food plant-based diet and daily exercise as part of her discipline and hard work in order to reach her personal goals in preparation for her Coachella performance…

“She achieved her goals successfully and was able to show up and give 100% for a performance which required nothing less.

“She continues to be mindful of the importance of proper nutrition and exercise as part of a healthy and happy lifestyle.

“We applaud her and are humbled by her courage to share her journey with others.”

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Radio 1 DJ: ‘I’m fighting now so other women won’t have to’

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Radio 1’s Tiffany Calver says she is constantly dealing with a feeling of “anxiety that comes from just trying to do my job”.

The 25-year-old became the first female DJ to host The Rap Show on Radio 1 and 1Xtra in January 2019.

Tiffany’s spoken out on social media over comments that she says suggest women in the music industry still aren’t seen as equals and get jobs by “being groupies” or sleeping with someone in power.

She adds: “I really hope we all grow up and evolve.”

“I’m learning to be ok with the ignorance and that’s not ok. We shouldn’t be accepting it,” she wrote.

Tiffany Calver became the first woman to host the prestigious Saturday night slot when she took over from Charlie Sloth 10 months ago.

She didn’t give details of the type of criticism she had faced but claimed it had been happening for some time, which is why she decided to address the issue publicly.

“I’m getting thicker skin, promise,” she wrote. “But I saw one comment too many today and I am starting to realise that by playing things down, saying nothing, and quietly trying to prove myself more because of insecurities that my male peers will never have to think about, is helping nobody.”

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Tiffany follows in the footsteps of Tim Westwood and Charlie Sloth in hosting The Rap Show

As well as presenting The Rap Show, Tiffany Calver has also been the official tour DJ for artists including Drake and Fredo.

She added that the situation has improved.

“Things are much better than they once were. But there are still many ways in which women feel that they are not given a fair crack of the whip.”

Gender equality researcher, Dr Jill Armstrong, agrees.

“It’s tougher for women both in terms of the criticism and the barriers they face to getting into whatever career they choose to do.”

She says women often feel they have to work harder than their male counterparts in order to be accepted. But she adds that the same pre-conceptions apply when the roles are reversed, referring to male nurses and primary school teachers as examples of that.

“It’s not a men versus women thing. It’s what we all do.

“When men are in a role that people normally associate with women, you get those same kinds of judgments.

“Unconscious bias is something that both women and men practice. It’s just about the attitudes we have and the way that we’ve been brought up.”

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Cambridge’s ‘Pink Floyd’ pub Flying Pig saved from demolition

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David Gilmour (right) joined Pink Floyd in 1968, when founding member Syd Barrett (in glasses) briefly remained the lead singer of the band

A city pub famous for its links with rock band Pink Floyd has been saved from demolition – after developers bowed to public pressure.

The Flying Pig in Cambridge had been under threat for more than a decade and is a popular live music venue.

Developers Pace Investments adjusted their plans for the surrounding area after almost 14,000 people signed a petition to keep the pub intact.

Landlord Matt Hatfield told the BBC: “We work hard and we love this place.”

There has been a pub on the Hills Road site since the 1840s, and original Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett is said to have met then future Floyd guitarist David Gilmour there, in the 1950s.

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There has been a pub on the site of the Flying Pig since the 1840s.

The pub – next to the Botanic Gardens and close to Cambridge station – was in line to be torn down under plans for a “mixed-use scheme”, including offices.

A public consultation in June led to a petition that raised 13,638 signatures.

Managing director of Pace Investments, Jonathan Vincent, admitted that public pressure had “played its part”.

“We’ve changed our plans, listened to what people said and we’ve now designed around it,” he said.

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Justine Hatfield has been running the Flying Pig pub with her husband Matt for 21 years

He said the rear of the building will be modernised and rebuilt, with the “bar and interior maintained and preserved.”

However, journalist and musician Nick Barraclough, who wrote a book about the Flying Pig, said developers “made a clever move” – because the changes still mean removing the landlord accommodation upstairs.

“The fact that the people who run it live upstairs is a terribly important part of it,” he said.

“No pub is just a bar. They are still going to take the heart out of the place.”

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Campaigners are fighting to prevent the Flying Pig from being swallowed up by surrounding office development

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Mr Hatfield, who has managed the pub with his wife Justine for 21 years, said the few remaining independent pubs are “part of the fabric of Cambridge”.

“The city is changing so much,” he said. “But we are part of the community here. We work hard.”

A consultation on the amended plans begins on 5 December.



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Grammys 2020: Nominee Yola’s mum thought music ‘too risky’

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As a teenager Yola had to sneak out to perform in gigs because her mother disapproved

A British musician who is tipped for four Grammys has spoken of how her mother tried to ban her from music because it was “too risky”.

Yola used to sneak out of the house she grew up in, in Portishead near Bristol, to play gigs while she was a teenager and ended up homeless in London.

Now she could win the likes of Best New Artist at the 62nd Grammys, in the US.

Yola’s mum thought music was “unacceptable” and wanted her to be a doctor, lawyer or engineer, she said.

“We grew up on the breadline, so it’s not as if music was seen as a realistic option,” she said. “The probability is always with you that it won’t go well.”

‘Literally risked everything’

“I discovered that the hard way earlier in my musical development when I wound up on the streets,” she explained.

“So it wasn’t that [my mum] was exactly wrong – it’s just that her approach was very absolute and I had to circumnavigate it with a whole lot of sneaking.”

Yola became homeless in London after using up all her finances to further her music career and struggling with stress-induced voice loss.

“It’s very validating to get something like this when you’ve literally risked everything you own,” she said.

She launched a successful career in writing and performing on pop hits, and briefly joined British band Massive Attack, before launching her solo career and becoming a breakout star in the US.

‘Already a win’

Yola, who has been solo for less than a year, has also been nominated for Best Americana Album for her debut album “Walk Through Fire” and for Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song for album track “Faraway Look”.

“I had no expectation of any of this,” she continued.

“I’ve been doing loads of other things on a small label and been sessioning for years. But as for being an artist in my own right, it’s only ten months.

“So for me this is already a win as far as I’m concerned.”

The Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on, 26 January 2020.



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