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The importance of sleep for our health

  DEEP SLEEP BUILDS EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE “More resilient people are able to ‘roll with the punches’ and adapt to adversity without lasting difficulties; less resilient people have a harder time with stress and life changes, both major and minor. It’s […]

Confused about supplements?

  You may have watched the recent Horizon programme that investigated whether supplements are unnecessary or even dangerous. In fact, there’s plenty of evidence to the contrary that very much supports the use of supplements. However, supplements can potentially be unsafe if […]

Thinking of going vegan?

Ethical and environmental considerations aside, I think a vegan diet can also be beneficial from a health perspective, provided you know what you’re doing. However, it doesn’t suit everyone and you need to be clued up so that you get […]

Not Chicken Soup – Anna Jones

I love this recipe from The Modern Cooks Year by Anna Jones and I make it a lot. It always feels comforting and restorative and is particularly great if you’re under the weather, had a bad day or fighting off […]

Depression and what could help

As a Nutritional Therapist and Wellbeing Coach, I would estimate around 60% of the people I see have, or have had in the past, some degree of depression. Over the years I have been practicing, I would say this figure […]

Stressed and in need of a break?

If you ever feel the need to recharge your batteries and escape from the stresses of every day life, I can highly recommend Witherdens Hall. As a wellbeing coach, I always suggest putting your own wellbeing above all else, so […]

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Lifestyle medicine seems to be the new buzzword, mainly due to Dr Rangnan Chattergee and his TV series and his book ‘The 4 Pillar Plan’. Lifestyle Medicine is defined as: “prevention and treatment of disorders caused by lifestyle factors such […]

Wellbeing Coaching

Wellbeing Coaching As some of you will know, I’ve been working hard recently to complete my ILM Accredited Wellbeing Coaching training and I’m very pleased to say that not only am I now qualified but I was given 95%, which is apparently […]

Realistic Nutrition

Realistic nutrition should mean a diet of delicious and nutritious food, containing ingredients that you actually enjoy eating! Realistic nutrition is achievable nutrition. Everyone’s version of ‘realistic nutrition’ and how they achieve it will be different – some people are […]

The Sensitivity Gene

(and its link to ME, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromylgia) It has been discovered that a newly identified gene predisposes 15-20% of the population to fatigue related conditions due to a heightened reaction to stress. Elaine Wilkins from The Chrysalis Effect, […]

Warming Winter Turmeric Latte

On a recent visit to Deliciously Ella’s cafe, The Mae Deli, I tried the most delicious Turmeric Latte. It ticked so many boxes – it was warming, comforting, reviving and healthy too. Known as the ‘Queen of Spices’, turmeric has […]

Could you have an undiagnosed thyroid condition?

Amongst the various medical issues on the rise, thyroid conditions are amongst the top few.  One cause could be a lack of good nutrition, sometimes due to lack of nutrients in the soil. It’s now thought as many as one […]

The Benefits of Keeping a Food Diary

COULD KEEPING A FOOD JOURNAL HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT? Does this sound unlikely? Perhaps too time consuming or a waste of time? Well, think again because several studies have now shown that people who keep a food diary are more […]

Can you beat the common cold?

So, can you beat the common cold? Well, maybe not, however, there is much we can do to prevent ourselves from getting one in the first place. If nevertheless we do catch one, then there are definitely ways to reduce […]

Do we really need supplements?

Apparently 27 million adults take supplements, so clearly many people feel they are important and effective for improving health. However, the consumption of additional nutrients in the form of supplements is often dismissed as a waste of money by doctors […]

Why choose natural skincare

As a Nutritional Therapist, I often find there is more awareness regarding the benefits of a natural and organic diet than there is of the benefits of natural and organic skincare. Most people know that food in its natural state, […]

Why do we feel hungrier in Winter?

It’s very common to feel hungrier at this time of year and there are very good reasons as to why. The colder weather leads to a drop in our body temperature, which means our appetites get stimulated as a result. […]

Food to eat for S.A.D

This content by Vanessa May was included in Natural Health Magazine, December 2014   • Complex carbohydrates Interestingly, people with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) apparently process sugar differently in winter compared with summer. Cravings for refined carbs, such as bread, […]