Should I eat cake on my birthday?

The BIG 4-7!Happy Birthday Cake

It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as the BIG 4-0 or 5-0, does it?!

Well, tomorrow I’m 47. I’m not saying it because I’m expecting a flood of cards through my letterbox. Or in fact, lots of presents and cake! Oh, go on then, just a small slice!

47 eh? I’m almost at half my life!!! Hey, I’m hoping they discover another super-super fruit that keeps you alive another 30 years!

So, what should you eat on your birthday?


Oh, I’m sure there will be Personal Trainers telling me off for suggesting eating cake but look, if you don’t enjoy your treats, you’ll be living in a very boring world.

Cake is fine – as long as you eat well 80-90% of the time. You know what I’m talking about – fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meat and fish, nuts and nut butters, seeds, spices, coconut oil/milk, Feta cheese, smoothies, vegetable juices, tomato-rich sauces, garlic and onions, eggs, cinnamon. There are lots more but that’s a good start.

I base my diet on those foods and when it comes to special occasions, like a birthday (it is special, right?), Christmas, Easter or whatever the occasion, you CAN have your cake and eat it.

If you’re on a calorie-restricted diet, stop now. There’s no need and it may actually be harming your health. You see, by totally limiting your calories (to something like 1,000 or less per day), your body will go into starvation mode and will HANG ON to body fat.

There’s simply no need to watch your calories like that. Sure, cut back a little and also start an effective exercise programme but eat nutritious foods and eat lots of them!

So, when it comes to your birthday, let me know and I’ll wish you well but most importantly, eat cake!!