Blogs

Welcome to my thoughts on nutrition and lifestyle, updates on what's going on in the world of nutrition and anything that I think you might enjoy reading when you're interested in optimising your health.

                                                  

Nutrition Confusion: you are not the only one

Jul 11, 2021

Every day we get inundated with the latest facts on nutrition and healthy living. Research is ongoing, and every month new studies are published that could change the way we eat and improve our health.

How many times have you read something about nutrition on social media that will make you scratch your head? “Gosh, I thought this was healthy”, “Oh dear, I have been eating something that is bad for me”, “Do I really have to give up XXXX?”  It is mine field to say the least.

And you're not the only one thinking that......

Getting the tissues out again?

Apr 26, 2021

Every winter we are looking forward to the first signs of spring, but there is one thing we are not looking forward to: seasonal allergies such as hay fever.

So now it is here, the season of runny noses, itchy eyes, and sneezes.
Why do you actually get these symptoms when there are pollen around? And why doesn’t everyone have the same reaction?

What are the best nuts?

Apr 25, 2021

Have you ever heard of activated nuts?
A must-try!  They taste less bitter and are much easier to digest!

Find out more about what activated nuts are and why going through the process of activation is making them healthier for us.

                                       

Hair-loss/hair-thinning in menopausal women - Looking further than just hormones…..

Feb 1, 2021

   

Hair-loss/thinning can be devastating to a person’s self-image and self-confidence.

Hence it is totally understandable that when menopausal/postmenopausal women start to notice hair-loss/thinning, they are often devastated and upset. But is it always the hormones that are causing this problem?

What are your plans for 2021?

Dec 29, 2020

This year more than ever, people will be, hopefully, planning to improve their health with a healthier diet, more exercise, sleep improvement and ways to deal with stress. I think if there is one lesson that COVID has taught us in 2020, it is “health is wealth”.

Over the next couple of days social media will will start inundating us with all sorts of crash-diets, detox programmes, miracle supplements etc. to help the New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and be healthier.
And this is where my worries start….

                       

No 'beef' with vegans

Nov 8, 2020

‘Should we all go vegan?’ 'Is a vegan diet better for our health and the planet?

                       

A very complicated and broad question, that could be answered from a nutritional, ethical or environmental point of view. I'm sticking to nutrition here, but if you are interested in the ethical or environmental side of this dilemma, please check organisations like the WWF, Soil Association, VIVA! etc. 


I know there will be readers that won't agree with what I have written, but that's ok, we are all free to decide what we eat and what lifestyle we have.

Horace Who? The importance of chewing

Oct 3, 2020

Who was Horace Fletcher and what has he got to do with chewing and mindful eating?

                              

Oxalate: a piece of the health puzzle

Jul 1, 2020

Spinach, blueberries, beetroot, kiwi, nuts, cocoa, tahini, turmeric, sweet potato..….  Healthy foods that many people consume on a daily basis.
But apart from being ‘healthy foods’ there is another common denominator: they are all very high in oxalates.


Find out what oxalates are and what they could do to your health.

 

Lockdown and The Vanishing Waistline

Apr 11, 2020

                                
A couple of thoughts for you, if you are worried about putting on too much weight during the lockdown.

LOCKDOWN KIDS & FOOD

Mar 29, 2020

How are you coping with your children at home?

Does the phrase “Mum/Dad, I’m hungry” seem to be on repeat? Has the house been invaded by ‘grazers’?

Here are some tips on snacking and other food related topics.

How to naturally support your immune system

Mar 9, 2020

A lot has been written lately about the Corona virus Covid-19 and many people are worried about contracting it.

Of course you should be concerned and take it seriously, but the last thing you should do is panic (stress affects the immune system!). 

So what can we do to help fight the virus? 

Mindful eating: a way to lose weight?

Jan 29, 2020

When you google the word ‘Mindfulness’ you will get about 211,000,000 results.

Is it a buzzword, a trend, or is it more than that? And what has it got to do with losing weight?
 

The Ketogenic Diet - What you need to know

Jan 10, 2020

Last year, one of the buzzwords in nutrition was 'ketogenic diet'. I get a lot of questions about this diet and I thought this time of year would be a good moment to share some information on this way of eating.

Sleep & Seasonal Sniffles

Sep 27, 2019

This time of the year, I’m often asked ”what can I do to make sure I won’t pick up every cold and bug going around?" Not talking much about nutrition and supplements this time, but the focus is on sleep!

 

Keto Buns - grain-free, gluten-free

Jun 9, 2019

Missing a nice, crusty bread roll when you're on the ketogenic diet?

Look no further. Easy to bake and yummy to eat.

Managing the big ‘M’ – a functional approach to supporting menopausal symptoms

Apr 3, 2019

Why do some women sail through the menopause and others are clearly suffering?

Is there anything women can do to help the transition go as smoothly as possible?

Absolutely!

Variety is the Spice of Life

Feb 1, 2019

                               
Do you do your grocery shopping online? And do you normally re-order the same products out of convenience? If the answer is yes, you’re at risk of having quite a restricted diet. And if you’re having a restricted diet, you’re at risk of becoming under-nourished.

Why do we need a varied diet?
 

A Healthy & Stress-Free FESTIVE SEASON

Dec 4, 2018

Already getting stressed before Christmas has even started? It is not uncommon.
Here are some tips to get through the festive season in a more relaxed and healthy way.

 

Get to know your gut - 10 interesting facts

Nov 15, 2018

The gut and its inhabitants, the gut flora or also called the gut microbiome, are a fascinating part of our bodies. We are learning more and more every day about the influence of the gut on how our body functions, and how a healthy gut can improve our physical and mental health and well-being.

TEENAGE NUTRITION - Why is it so important?

Apr 13, 2018

As the mother of a teenager, and having been one myself many moons ago, I know their eating behaviour well, but how important is good nutrition for a teenagers? Being a teenager is quite something. The body is changing and growing, but it is not just about hormones or getting taller. The brain is developing in a dramatic way. This big rollercoaster transition from child to adult needs optimal energy and nutrition.

SEAWEED - a necessary addition to your diet?

Mar 16, 2018

I recently had some female clients, who had symptoms that are often seen when the thyroid is not functioning properly. Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) is quite common. It affects 1 in 70 women and 1 in 1,000 men according to the NHS.

The thyroid cannot make enough hormones if there is not enough iodine. Sea vegetables such as seaweed and samphire are a great source of iodine.
 

Holistic Support for Endometriosis

Mar 1, 2018

According to Endometriosis UK 10% of the women of reproductive age in the UK suffer from endometriosis, one of the most common gynaecological conditions. Nutritional therapy is one of the complementary therapies that can support this condition.

What to do about PMS?

Feb 22, 2018

Flu Fighters

Oct 25, 2017