There's a lot of discussion these days about the importance of having a good balance of gut bacteria for general good health. It used to be that we thought of good bacteria as necessary for a healthy digestive and immune system. However nowadays research shows that a diversity of gut bacteria helps to reduce anxiety, improve cholesterol, encourage weight loss and generally help inflammatory conditions as they heal the gut. Therefore it's useful for us all to be looking to improve our gut health through diet and encouraging the bacteria to grow.Read More
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are settling into a bright and inspiring New Year! It can be very difficult at this time of year, with the anti climax after the party season, the weather being cold, windy and dismal. Not to mention the pressure of feeling like we must adhere to harsh and restrictive New Year Resolutions.
Personally I am not a big fan of New Year and like to start afresh as soon as possible on Jan 1st (I can't wait to take down the tired and sad decorations, why is it they always look so terrible after the festive season!) with vitality and positivity for the year ahead. Firstly, I plan something fun 3 weeks into the New Year so I can motivate myself when I get pulled in by the bleakness of the dark days. I also plan to eat some yummy foods - not viewing it all as a cleanse or a detox - but keeping the same principles of eating joyfully with more attention on what to include, less on what I need to avoid.Read More
I recently attended a 2-day Integrative Women's Health Summit run by Invivo Clinical. The speaker presentations were delivered by doctors experienced in functional nutritional medicine and they bring a wealth of nutritional knowledge and experience into their daily practice working with women at all stages of the hormonal spectrum.Read More
What are the benefits of Reiki?
Reiki works on different levels- the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual - enhancing everything in life. One of the greatest benefits of reiki is stress reduction and relaxation. Often the stress we face in life causes us to have blockages within the body which stops our flow of life-force energy. The mind really does affect the body. Reiki helps to release the blockages and allow the energy to flow freely again.
Physically we feel renewed whilst mentally we feel at peace. Mentally and emotionally, reiki helps us to go with the flow of life more easily, accepting that everything will work out if we trust in the universe, not always what we think we should happen, but for our higher good. The natural healing of the immune system is triggered, sleep improves and general health is achieved.
After a reiki session everyone always asks me how to maintain this feeling of peace within a busy life. It's lovely to have a treatment and even better to keep some of the benefits afterwards. Firstly I share Dr Usui's reiki principles as follows:Read More
How to cheat positively on a diet!
Do you constantly feel that you are either on or off a diet? Do you lose weight and then realise that you pile the weight back on very quickly when you stop dieting, and you end up weighing even more than you did at the start?
What if there was a way to cheat positively on a diet, to lose weight and keep it off for good whilst boosting energy levels and enjoying the food you love? Yes, believe me, there truly is a way to enjoy food and switch off from the worry about weight loss - for good!. Here are my top tips to switch off the dieting mode:
As exam season approaches, teenagers and their parents will no doubt experience some feelings of dread. This is a perfectly normal feeling to have as deadlines loom and pressure builds ups. It seems as if there's pressure coming from all angles.
However, with a bit of foresight and planning, we can make the exam season easier to bear and remove a lot of the stress, so it's not so overwhelming a time for our teenagers, as well as the whole household.
Here are some of my tried and tested nutrition and lifestyle tips for everyone involved to make this period as smooth as possible:Read More
I've always been interested in how food affects the human body and the mind. We often hear it said that 'we are what we eat' but I believe 'we are also what we digest and absorb'. Nutrition provides the raw materials for the many hormones that we produce to help the body to operate effectively and maintain good health.Read More
To help you improve your eating habits after the festive season, there's one thing you need to do first and I encourage you to make time for this stage - it's essential to CLEAR out all the leftover mince pies, chocolates and wine from your cupboards and fridge! With such temptation around it's impossible to focus on a healthy regime, never mind a detox! It really is a case of OUT of sight, OUT of mind!
The second stage is to PLAN the food you need to have to hand that is easy to prepare with plenty of diverse ingredients that you can rustle up a quick meal or snack - quicker than a ready meal!
Save time by......Read More
December 6, 2016
Without doubt, Christmas can challenge us all in the realm of healthy eating! With all the extra drinks and party invitations, it's very easy for us to mindlessly find ourselves eating all day long, over a period of a month until New Year arrives! However, you can still have fun and not worry too much about dieting, it's really our food and drink choices that we have to be mindful about, as well as not letting our activity slip during this time. My clients whohave achieved amazing results with their health and weight loss goals don't want Christmas temptations to spoil their progress. On my programmes we cover how to manage parties and holidays and maintain success over the festive season.
Here's some tips to keep your vitality and weight on track over the festive seasonRead More
Do you find your mood drops as soon as the clocks go back? Do you find yourself snapping unreasonably at family members or friends, feel lethargic, low or even depressed? Do you get out of control cravings for carbs, especially chocolate, cake, bread and pasta to raise low serotonin levels?
Trust me, You are not alone. Now we know why some animals hibernate in winter to get away from it all!
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is associated with the symptoms above and may be due to a variety of causes, such as:Read More