This is a new quick and easy convenient finger prick blood test to find out your own personal levels of Omega 3/6 in the blood and how much you personally need to restore and maintain good health.
Omega 3, the anti inflammatory essential fat, found naturally in oily fish such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel, fresh tuna, salmon and trout and nuts and seeds is so important for our body in lots of different ways. It is needed for many skin conditions, heart health, hormone balance, digestive health, joints, musculoskeletal pain/inflammation and more. So many clients say to me they have been taking it in supplement form for years or have recently been recommended it by their doctor but are still unsure how much they need to take to combat deficiency or to provide therapeutic support for a clinical condition such as arthritis or high cholesterol etc. If you don't oily fish and nuts and seeds on a regular basis you simply may not be getting enough for your own bodies n...
Bees collect this 'powerhouse' substance from resin in trees and use it to protect the inside and outside of their hives from infection. It is antiviral, antibiotic and antifungal. Recognised as very beneficial supplement to support our immune system. Fantastic to take during the winter months it protective against colds , flu, coughs and sore throats and viruses.
2. Get your Vits!
Cranberries, clementine's, kiwi fruits, kale, red peppers, lemons and limes- you can't get too many vitamin C rich foods this time of year as they will keep your immune system strong. Add in a Vitamin C supplement alongside zinc for added support during the winter months.
3. Brussels Sprouts
Load your plate up with these super healthy veggies friends , rich in B Vitamins , and Vitamin C and they will really support your liver over the festive period as they help with liver detoxification!
4. Can't Sleep?
Did you know that as well as eating too much, we all fall asleep after Christmas dinn...
You can’t turn many a page in the health news these days without coming up against the amazing health benefits of Turmeric.
At last Turmeric,’ the wonder spice’ as it is now being referred to is receiving the press coverage it deserves in both scientific journals and the national press. The reason for this is that researchers around the world are starting to discover that this popular spice adds more than just a pretty colour to curries. It seems that a regular intake of turmeric may promote certain aspects of our health. The powerful orange spice, comes from the ginger family and is naturally found in South East Asian Countries. It has traditionally been used for flavouring food and in Ayurvedic medicine for its digestive properties and protecting against stomach and liver ailments. It is known as the ‘golden spice of life’ in India.
Curcumin is the main active
and therapeutic ingredient in Turmeric which gives it its vibrant colour and flavour and is known for it’s anti-inflammato...
chopped spring onion/crumbled feta ( optional-to serve)
Ground black pepper
Drain and rinse chickpeas and blitz in food processor until smooth, if necessary add a touch of water to get smooth consistency.
Heat oil and gently sweat onion with ginger for 5 minutes until softened
Stir in sweet potatoes and pour in vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the potato tastes soft not raw. Stir in the chickpeas half way through and lemon juice.
Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with chopped spring onion and crumbled feta (optional)
Another great soup for the Autumn rich in immune boosting betacarotene ( Vitamin A) and ginger which is warming and good for the and circulation and digestion. The ad...
Cooked quinoa, mint or coriander leaves, and lemon wedges, to serve
Place oil in casserole dish and add leek, garlic, celery for 2 minutes, add diced lamb and sauté until brown.
Add all spices, tomatoes, sweet potato , vegetables and apricots
Lower heat and put in oven for 1.5 hours covered.
Add kale in 10 minutes before the end.
Serve with quinoa and chopped fresh mint or coriander.
This is very hearty, nutritious and tasty autumn dish. This is also a great dish to boost the immune system this time of year, rich in betacarotene ( vitamin A) from the kale, apricots and sweet potato.
Now that the kids are back to school and holidays time is over, we are all starting to settle into the thought of that Autumn will soon be upon us with cooler days and darker nights . Dare I say it, but Christmas is only around the corner!
In our household this means warming , nutritious and yummy stews, homemade soups and casseroles and lots of batch cooking. This keeps the freezer stocked up for those dark nights when you have had a long day at work and want to come home to something warm and delicious without much effort in the kitchen.
This is particularly pertinent in our house at the moment as we are just starting work on a new kitchen extension which I am very excited about after a long wait, but shortly we will be without a workable kitchen for a few weeks so I am already starting to prep these meals now, as they will come in very handy!
The beauty of batch cooking is that you have a home cooked ‘ready meal’ with little effort when you get home after a long day, the nutrie...
Nutrigenetics is the study of the effects that our individual genetic variations have on our response to our diet , exercise and lifestyle. Understanding personal genetics is an exciting new development in personal health and fitness. There are now tests available to help us use this information to take steps towards living a healthier life.
Find out if you have certain genetic risk factors, so you can make better lifestyle choices and appropriately monitor your health. The truth is there is no 'one size fits all' plan of managing our health, so knowing more about your DNA could help you to make informed choices for the diet and lifestyle that works best for you.
The DNA test I work with, uses over 47 genes and focuses on 13 key markers to help you grasp more about how nutrition and exercise can affect your body.
Find out your ideal diet type?
How your body digests and responds to carbohydrates
This is the most delicious and ultra healthy salad full of Superfoods, a great lunch on its own or an accompaniment to fish , chicken or falafel to make a main meal. This is a twist on the Champneys Superfood Salad which we serve at the restaurant every lunchtime but with my own additions. I use 11 ingredients in this but in reality you can whatever you like to tailor it to your taste. It is also naturally gluten free.
120g of Red and white quinoa
1/2 roasted butternut squash
100g feta cheese ( optional)
1/2 head of broccoli - steamed
2 tbsp. of pumpkin seeds
50g frozen edamame beans
50g puy lentils
80g pomegranate seeds
80g crushed walnuts
large handful of chopped fresh mint
large handful of chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp. tamari or soy sauce
1/2 fresh lemon zest and juice
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Chop the butternut squash into small cubes and roast in oven at 180c in olive oil and balsamic vinegar for 40 minutes into cooked and soft. In meantime boil...
I am regularly suggesting to my clients to try and curb their Coffee ( and Tea) habits by actually trying to go ‘herbal’, not only to improve their energy levels and stabilise their blood sugar levels throughout the day but also for the amazing therapeutic benefits they offer.
There are so many fabulous blends on the market right now, and in the last decade it is noticeable how many more varieties and brands have appeared in the supermarkets, such as Teapigs, Pukka and Clipper. This makes it much more interesting and easier to find one that you like as well as using them to help your health , for everything from easing a cold and indigestion to helping you sleep and combatting nausea. In this blog, I shall outline my top 10 favourites , most of these are caffeine free and as hydrating as water.
My top 10 teas
This comes from the Camelia Sinensis plant is full of antioxidants, claimed to be great for weight loss as it speeds up the metabolism , beneficial for skin...