Ultra-processed foods: what exactly are they?

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You can’t escape the topic of ultra-processed foods at the moment and for once I’m glad that the media is making noise about a serious food issue. 56% of the energy intake of adults in the UK is in the form of Ultra- Processed Food (UPF) and worryingly it is estimated that this figure is Continue reading »

Are your New Year goals too much?

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It’s hard to resist the temptation to start the New Year by punishing ourselves  – everyone is talking about New Year’s goals– how much weight they are going to lose (by starving themselves!), how they are going to work out every day, all the things they are NOT going to do. It’s all a bit Continue reading »

Healthy Gift guide: Stocking fillers and more

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I’m sure that the organised amongst you have already got Christmas wrapped up, but if like me you are more of a last-minute person, I thought you might appreciate my healthy gift guide for stocking fillers and higher-cost gifts that could positively impact the recipient’s health. Kiki Health Organic Mushroom Cacao Powder Organic Mushroom Cacao Continue reading »

Self-care – Are you making time for it?

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Self-care is something that many of us struggle to commit to. We are all so busy, rushing from one appointment to another, looking after others ahead of ourselves, that we leave little time for rest and recuperation. This long-term, low-level stress can be very depleting for the body and can make us more susceptible to Continue reading »

Nutrigenomics: Are you curious?

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I’ve recently completed a 10 week Nutrigenomics Practitioner training programme with Lifecode Gx, one of the leading suppliers of genomic reports, and I’m proud to say that I am now a certified provider of their tests.   What is Nutrigenomics? Nutrigenomics is the practice of using nutritional and lifestyle strategies tailored to an individual’s unique Continue reading »

Long Covid: Are you affected?

Long COVID how can nutrition help?

I was drawn to an article on the front page of the Guardian on Saturday “Long Covid study finds abnormality in lungs that could explain breathlessness” as this is one of the main symptoms that I have. I had COVID in late October 2021 and since then I have been breathless. It’s slowly getting better Continue reading »

Are punishing goals really an effective way of starting the year?

gentle goals journal

It’s almost half- way through January as I write this and I wonder how you are getting on with your goals? The last 2 years have been tough for all of us as we’ve had to navigate ever-changing rules and regulations, uncertainty, isolation and for many, illness. That’s why I’m encouraging you to make BE Continue reading »

Dopamine and the monotony of homeworking

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As we come approach the fifth month of homeworking for many, conversations have started around comfort eating and weight gain, and the monotony of the new normal. And these things are all connected by dopamine What is dopamine? Dopamine is a neurotransmitter (or chemical signal) that is released when we experience something pleasurable and satisfying Continue reading »