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How to make a natural room spray

How to make a natural room spray is a subject I’ve been researching lately. So many of the room sprays and candles available contain some nasty chemicals which aren’t great for us to inhale and can add to the levels […]

Breakfast Chia Pudding

I’m always being asked for healthy breakfast ideas and this breakfast chia pudding ticks all the boxes. It’s quick, easy and you can add so many things to it to make it both delicious and nutrient rich. I add a […]

The difference between a nutritional therapist and a dietician

What’s the difference between a nutritional therapist and a dietician? Quite a lot actually – but most people don’t realise that there’s a difference. I’ll sometimes get an enquiry from someone saying they’re looking for help from a dietician, assuming […]

Looking after yourself if you’re grieving this Christmas

Looking after yourself if you’re grieving this Christmas is a subject close to my heart. Last Christmas I wrote a blog post called ‘How to cope with grief at Christmas’ which you can read here. It offers ideas for supporting your […]

Healthy 3 ingredient chocolate bars

These healthy 3 ingredient chocolate bars are currently my favourite go-to treat. Not only do they take minutes to make but they taste so much better than anything similar you might find in the shops. The dates are soft and […]

5 simple tips to reduce stress

Here I offer 5 simple tips to reduce stress. However, it’s really important to bear in mind that the underlying causes of stress can be complex and what one person considers stressful may not be stressful for another. Genes may […]

What to expect in your first session with me

What to expect in your first session with me depends on what you need my help with. I offer 3 services: However, depending on your reasons for seeking my support, we may combine 2 or 3 of these. Below, I […]

Easy summer berry and lemon cake

This easy summer berry and lemon cake is light and lower in sugar than most cakes. The topping is just fruit and yogurt and you can make it dairy free by using coconut butter and coconut yogurt; and gluten-free by […]

7 items a nutritional therapist has in their basket

I’ve been a nutritional therapist for over 16 years now and I always emphasise that variety is very much key to a healthy diet. That said, there are 7 items I almost always add to my shopping basket.

Healthy Vegan Fajita Bowl with Cashew Cream

This healthy fajita bowl with cashew cream is one of my favourite recipes and you don’t need to be vegan to enjoy it! It’s adapted from a Deliciously Ella recipe and is packed with nutrients and loaded with flavour. There’s […]

What type of grief support do you need?

  What type of grief support do you need? Everyone’s experience of grief is different and its depth and intensity will depend on many complex factors. So the question ‘what kind of grief support do you need?’ may initially feel […]

Baked feta with ras el hanout and broccoli

This baked feta with ras el hanout and broccoli recipe is based on one from Melissa Hemsley’s book ‘Eat Green’. I love it so much that I now make on a regular basis! The ras el hanout can be found […]

Have grief and loss affected your health?

Have grief and loss affected your health? If you’ve ever been through the loss of someone close to you, then you may find yourself taken by surprise at some of the physical symptoms you experience, such as brain fog, fatigue, […]

5 Tips for Better Sleep

5 tips for better sleep may sound too good to be true – after all, we all know how important sleep is and also, for some of us, just how elusive it can sometimes be. I see a lot of […]

Easy Harissa Falafel Recipe

This easy harissa falafel recipe makes a speedy supper that’s packed with nutrients and flavour. Chickpeas are a good vegetarian source of protein and red cabbage, in comparison to green cabbage, contains 10 times more vitamins, cancer-fighting flavonoids and antioxidants, which […]

How to cope with grief at Christmas

How to cope with grief at Christmas is undoubtedly a challenging topic. Because sadly for some people, this is definitely not “the most wonderful time of the year”. Whilst everyone around celebrates and obsesses over the preparations, those who are […]

Can stress lead to chronic fatigue?

Can stress lead to chronic fatigue? It now seems to be an accepted part of modern life that we feel stressed, often on a regular and long term basis. The majority of people I see in my practice will tell […]

Vibrant and healthy veggie nachos

‘Vibrant and healthy veggie nachos’ is my version of a Jamie Oliver recipe. It’s quick and easy, looks fresh and vibrant and tastes delicious! It provides 4 of your 5-a-day; healthy fat from the avocado; protein from the feta and […]

How a certified grief educator can help you

I have recently qualified as a certified grief educator, under the guidance of world renowned grief expert, David Kessler. So, if you’re bereaved, how can I help you as a grief educator? Well, I hope this training will enrich and […]

Herby garlic mushrooms with butter bean mash

This recipe for herby garlic mushrooms with butter bean mash is from Deliciously Ella’s new book ‘How to go plant-based’. Although, as a nutritional therapist, I don’t necessarily advocate a totally vegan or plant-based diet, this is a way of […]

Tips for wellbeing and nutrition after loss

In this post I aim to provide a few tips for wellbeing and nutrition after loss. Looking after yourself may not feel like much of a priority after you’ve lost someone important. Your loss may have left you with little […]

What is the gut-brain connection?

What exactly is the gut-brain connection? The gut-brain axis refers to the millions of physical and chemical connections between the gut and brain. The state of the gut can be affected by poor diet, stress and lifestyle factors. These issues can […]

Peach and Chickpea Curry Recipe

This delicious Peach and Chickpea Curry recipe is from ‘A Girl Called Jack’ by Jack Monroe. I love that it mainly uses store cupboard ingredients, making it perfect for days when you think you have nothing to make a meal […]

How to address low mood with nutritional therapy and coaching

How to address low mood with nutritional therapy and coaching. I have seen the prevalence of low mood rise in my practice over the past few years, so I’ve chosen to specialise in this important area. I also specialise in […]

5 ways you can support blood sugar balance

Before we look at 5 ways you can support blood sugar balance, let’s look at why most people could benefit from improving their awareness of blood sugar balance in order to reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes […]

Finding hope during the grieving process

Finding hope during the grieving process can be a challenge when we’re deep in the pit of despair having lost someone so important to us. Yet finding something to propel us forward can keep us going through the darkest days […]

Aubergine and Tamarind Vegan Curry

This aubergine and tamarind vegan curry is a lovely comforting dish, perfect for a cold winter evening. I’ve adapted it from an Anna Jones recipe. I’ve added brown basmati and wild rice for their B vitamins, magnesium, fibre and because […]

How trauma impacts mind, body and spirit

Trauma, whether it happened during childhood or more recently, can significantly impact mind, body and spirit. In the course of writing my books, I’ve read a lot about trauma associated with grief and loss. This, and my own personal experience […]

Salmon & pea salad with a creamy dill dressing

I’ve adapted this version of a salmon & pea salad with a creamy dill dressing from a Waitrose recipe. It’s basically the much loved combination of fish, potatoes and peas, with a twist. Most of you will be aware how […]

5 Ways to Manage Anxiety

5 ways to manage anxiety perhaps sounds rather simplistic. But we now live in a world where anxiety is widespread and so managing our own health and wellbeing is essential. Anxiety is one of the issues I see most in […]

What to expect from holistic grief coaching

What to expect from holistic grief coaching sessions: Holistic grief coaching is a little different to conventional bereavement counselling in that it considers all aspects of the grieving process and how bereavement can affect the mind, body and spirit – […]

Pea, Lemon and Asparagus Pasta

This pea, lemon and asparagus pasta recipe makes the most of the tail end of the asparagus season. I have slightly adapted this recipe from Anna Jones, making it wheat free. I like to use red lentil pasta (available from […]

Could journaling be good for your mental health?

Could journaling be good for your mental health? There are quite a lot of benefits, according to recent research, because one of the ways to deal with any overwhelming emotion is to find a healthy way to express yourself – […]

Easy sweet potato and pea dosa

This delicious sweet potato and pea dosa is a delicious pancake made with chickpea flour that’s easy to make and packed with nutrients 🙂 (Adapted from an Anna Jones recipe) 2/3 sweet potatoes 200g petit pois peas, defrosted Large red […]

How being organised can reduce stress

Being organised can reduce stress, so it’s definitely a quality worth cultivating if you find yourself frequently feeling overwhelmed. Getting organised gives us a sense of satisfaction that perhaps we can, after all, manage all the plates we’re juggling. Feeling […]

Looking for bereavement support? How I can help

Are you looking for bereavement support that can provide you with a safe space to express your grief? Where you will never feel judged, encouraged to ‘move on’ or told ‘your loved one would want you to be happy’? Have […]

Delicious guilt-free chocolate mousse

We all need a treat right now and a delicious and guilt-free chocolate mousse ticks all the boxes. This nutrient packed dessert will give you a little energy and mood boost, which many of us need at the moment. It […]

My grief coaching and mentoring interview

I wanted to share a segment of the ‘In Practice’ article written about me in the January 2021 edition of IHCAN magazine. (IHCAN stands for Integrative Healthcare and Applied Nutrition.) In the interview, I explain my reasons for developing my […]

Buckwheat burritos with jackfruit

I really like using jackfruit in recipes as it takes on whatever flavour you choose to give it and this recipe for buckwheat burritos with jackfruit is one of my favourites.

Are you a highly sensitive person?

  Many people consider themselves to be sensitive to some degree but being HIGHLY sensitive is something that is true of only 15 – 20% of the population. Highly sensitive people – or HSP’s – can find life more challenging. […]

Holding Space

You may have heard this phrase before but perhaps not quite understood what it really means. It maybe sounds a bit vague or something a therapist might say. In fact, we can all ‘hold space’ for someone and probably do […]

My Top Five Cookbooks

I love buying a new book that inspires me to try new recipes. I’m always on the lookout for books that I can recommend to my nutritional therapy clients who will invariably be trying to eat in a healthier way […]

Sesame noodle bowl

This is my version of an Anna Jones recipe and it’s such a lovely summer dish It’s vegan, healthy and very delicious! SERVES 4. 200g rice noodles (I use brown rice noodles).100g unsalted cashews.4 tablespoons sesame seeds.4 tablespoons unsweetened desiccated […]

Delicious Cherry and Strawberry Jam

      . This cherry and strawberry chia jam is so easy to make. It’s perfect if you’ve got a lot of fruit that’s just about to go slightly soft and it’s SO much healthier than normal jam, plus […]

My Top Five Health and Wellbeing Books

  Having seen many clients over the years, I have found that it’s rare for anyone to maintain long term improvement without addressing their health in a holistic manner. Of course, much can be gained from looking at the physical […]

Roast veg, halloumi, pecans and beans in a honey dressing

A great mid week recipe which contains four portions of veg and good sources of protein from the beans, nuts and halloumi. Any leftovers are great cold for lunch the next day. An easy healthy vegetarian recipe. Place 4-5 carrots […]

How the pandemic affects grief and bereavement

The world is in crisis. However, the bereaved have already experienced their own individual crisis. Their lives have already been turned upside down. For them, some of what others are now experiencing is very familiar – they know only too […]

How to look after yourself during lock down

In these unprecedented times, we not only need to look after our physical health but our emotional and mental health too. Finding a structure to our days is important whilst we are in lock down. This keeps us from becoming […]

Simple healthy pizza

This is my healthy take on pizza… Super simple and quick to make! Serves 4 150g chickpea flour 250ml water Tin of tomatoes 2 red onions 2 cloves garlic 2 red peppers Rocket Optional: Goats cheese or feta Slice the […]

Mango, avocado, feta and chickpea super salad

This is my winter super salad – we need a little vibrancy and freshness at this time of year though, of course, this would be equally good as a summer salad. It’s very easy to make which makes it perfect […]

What feeds your soul?

In the depths of Winter, what can we do to lift our spirits and ‘feed our soul’ ? And what does the expression ‘feed your soul’ even mean? Well, it can probably mean anything you want it to mean but […]

The best “healthy” hot chocolate

Could this be the best healthy hot chocolate ever? This drink is a nutrient packed treat… Raw organic cacao apparently has 40 times the antioxidants that blueberries do! It’s also a good source magnesium, calcium and iron and can even […]

Lilys Cauliflower and Apricot Dahl

As the nights draw in and it gets colder, this easy to make dahl is both comforting and very nutritious. Cauliflower is high in B vitamins, antioxidants and fibre and dried apricots are a good source of calcium and magnesium. […]

Health and wellbeing during bereavement

When someone you love dies, your whole world can be turned upside down and you may even question everything you formerly believed in. What seemed important before your loss may no longer feel like a priority. This may include looking […]

Compassion – is it missing in medicine?

The provision of compassionate care in all clinical scenarios is well understood to add various benefits including patient satisfaction, improvement in compliance, less complaints, improved practitioner wellbeing and professional satisfaction. Studies have shown that the degree of compassion expressed by […]

Tips for dealing with stress during winter

Dealing With Stress The Hygge Way You’ve probably come across Hygge in recent years, thanks to the numerous magazine articles and books written on the subject. Maybe it isn’t too surprising that this Danish phenomenon has captured our imagination, as […]

Why goal setting works better than new year resolutions

Although this post Christmas period is sometimes considered a gloomy time of year, I like to view it as a time for reflection and for planning all I want to do in the coming year. Even before I became a […]

9 food cravings and what they say about your emotions

The following article by Dr Deena Minich on the Mind Body Green website presents an interesting view… Rather than expressing our emotions, we sometimes stuff them down with food which our bodies translate as comfort and fulfillment. Scientific research shows […]

How exposure to EMF’s affects you

THE DANGERS OF EXPOSURE TO EMF’S (Electro Magnetic Frequencies) There are now thousands of peer-reviewed studies showing multiple concerns, links to cancer, and more. And, it’s especially concerning for children because the bone marrow of a child’s head absorbs 10 […]

What you need to know about methylation

What is methylation? Although it sounds complex, it’s actually a simple but essential chemical process that is happening constantly in your body. Methylation involves adding a ‘methyl group’ onto other chemical compounds which then allows the body to do most […]

Natural remedy for sore throats, colds and coughs

There will no doubt be plenty of coughs and colds going around over the next few months but new research says there is little in over-the-counter remedies that really help to alleviate the problem. One option to soothe a sore throat […]

How our emotions affect our body

Did you know that every feeling you have can affect some part of your body? While positive emotions such as gratitude have been scientifically linked to a number of beneficial health effects, negative emotions and stress can have a detrimental […]

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, […]