About Me

Hello my name is Michelle Carter, I am currently working as a Research Dietitian/Fellow in the Nutritional Epidemiology Group at the University of Leeds, UK.  I decided to write a blog whilst on maternity leave with my son Noah.  As a new mom I spent night after night breastfeeding and desperately googling questions like “when will my baby sleep?”, “how can I help my baby to sleep?”, “how long can a person physically survive without sleep!!??”.  I stumbled upon all these blogs created by mums with wonderful intelligent advice and saw that these were the most helpful and comforting sources of information.  I liked the idea of writing a parenting blog but realised that I will never be an expert in that (!) so I am playing to my strengths and writing a nutrition research blog.

I am lucky enough to work in an office full of lovely bright nutrition researchers and I hope to write about some of the research activities in the group and my own personal opinions.  Nutrition has a bad reputation, there is a lot of junk advice out there passing itself off as science.  I am a Registered Dietitian and a scientist (I have a degree from Oxford in Biology and a PhD in food science and nutrition) so I aim to write critically about the evidence but also in a way that hopefully might be interesting or dare I say it…useful.

Thank you for stopping by, would love to hear feedback or ideas for blog posts if anybody stumbles across me, Michelle :)

Me and Noah


Carter M C, Burley V J, Cade J E. Development of ‘My Meal Mate’ (MMM) – A smartphone intervention for weight loss. Nutrition Bulletin 2013, 38: 80-84.

Carter M C, Burley V J, Nykjaer C, Cade J E. ‘My Meal Mate’ (MMM): Validation of the diet measures captured on a smartphone application for weight loss. British Journal of Nutrition 2012, May 3:1-8

Carter M C, Burley V J, Nykjaer C, Cade J E. Adherence to a Smartphone Application for Weight Loss Compared to Website and Paper Diary: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. J Med Internet Res 2013,15(4):e32

Carter M C, Burley V J, Cade J E. Handheld electronic technology for weight loss in overweight/obese adults. Current Obesity Reports. 2014, 3: 307-315.

Carter M C, Alwan N A, Burley V J et al. Use of information and communication technology to improve dietary assessment and tackle obesity. The Lancet. 2013, 380, Page S29