Blog

Biggest Mistakes with New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions. We’re great at making them but we’re even better at breaking them! Let’s start with some of the most common New Year resolutions: – Lose weight – Cut down alcohol – Spend less / save more – Enjoy life – Get fit & healthy – Quit smoking These are all great resolutions…

Read More »

Conquering Constipation

I know, another one you won’t want to read over your breakfast! My last post triggered several enquiries from people that have some kind of digestive issue and constipation particularly, so this week I’m going to give you some basic information to ‘get you moving’ again! First let’s get clear on what a normal bowel…

Read More »

The Poop Test!

Okay guys, you might not want to be reading this over your breakfast but poop is serious business! I want to talk to you about your digestion. Many people suffer from digestive issues such as bloating, IBS, constipation, diarrhoea, gas, stomach cramps etc., and perhaps take medication to manage them. The problem is that these…

Read More »

Is it ‘all or nothing’ for you too?

When I think back a few years, I know I was most definitely an ‘all or nothing’ kind of person when it came to food and exercise. In fact the two went hand in hand – I either paid attention to both or neither. Does that sound familiar? In an ideal world we would automatically…

Read More »

Wake up 10 minutes earlier to improve your health!

10 minutes? Could that really make a difference? Yes it could! Think about your morning ritual, if it’s not a relaxed experience it could be setting the tone for the day, leaving you grumpy, stressed and craving poor food. I like to get up and be downstairs before anyone else in the house. I like…

Read More »

A friend said I was out of his league!

I had an interesting conversation recently with a friend which has prompted me to clear up a few things in this post. This friend would love to get healthier and fitter but is overwhelmed by where to start. He admitted that while he reads some of my posts he actually ignores most because he feels…

Read More »

I was lazy – I did nothing!

I’d like to tell you about my weekend before last which didn’t go according to plan! I had a list, (I always have a list) of things to be done – every single day. That’s how I operate, I need organisation and lists in my life to feel complete and productive. So my weekend was…

Read More »

Give yourself a break

So you’ve embarked on a new diet or exercise regime. All is going great, you’re feeling positive, you’re ready to do this, you’re seeing results and then….. WHAM…. life happens! You get delayed at work, you get invited out, you get up late, the kids are sick… you know, real life stuff! You spend the…

Read More »

How I discovered I have food sensitivities

Let me tell you a story… there’s an uncomfortable beginning (don’t read this while eating your breakfast), an enlightening middle and a happy ever after. I became vegetarian at the end of last year and until this time I had experienced no problems with digestion and without going into detail, let me just say my…

Read More »

Choose your Cheese!

Personally I choose to eat limited dairy products as I don’t believe my body needs too much to stay healthy. There are several health concerns* (a whole other subject) caused by dairy that I simply feel are not worth it… for me, but that’s not to say I never eat it (as I do enjoy goat and feta…

Read More »

It’s all about YOU!

Do you have ‘comparisonistis’? Do you try to copy what skinny friends or family eat and still can’t lose weight or improve your health? If you’ve been following me for a while you may recall me using the term ‘bio-individuality’. Bio-individuality™ refers to the fact that there is no one diet that works for everyone,…

Read More »

What is ‘Clean Eating’?

We often hear or read the phrase ‘Clean Eating’, but what does this actually mean? Well, to be honest, it means different things to different people and none of them are wrong. Here I’m going to talk about the fundamentals of clean eating, of which some may be more important to you than others. EATING WHOLE FOODS…

Read More »

Is Gluten-Free Healthy?

It wasn’t so long ago that most of us had never heard the phrase ‘gluten-free’ and yet now it’s become a buzz phrase in the world of weight loss and health. So what is gluten and why are people avoiding it? In a nutshell gluten is a mixture of two proteins found in wheat, barley…

Read More »

Is stress ‘weighing’ you down?

There are two types of stress, quite simply, good and bad stress! Examples of good stress are reactions to exciting events such as planning a wedding, landing your dream job, buying your first home or having a baby. Examples of bad stress are when you feel out of control, perhaps having lost your job, being…

Read More »

Love the skin you’re in

‘Love the skin you’re in!’ – I know this is the last phrase you want to hear when you’re at war with your body – it most probably winds you up (my most hated phrase is ‘you have to accept not being as fit and healthy as you get older’ …. grrrrrr) but anyway, please,…

Read More »

What do you think about larger mannequins?

Should models, adverts and mannequins depict the shape and size of ‘real’ women? I’m sure every one of you will have an opinion one way or the other. I haven’t researched it loads as I wanted this post to come from my heart, as a woman, not from a bunch of figures and statistics. The…

Read More »

Mindful eating. Are you doing it?

It sounds a bit silly I know! How can we be anything other than mindful when we eat? Obviously we know we are eating! But how much attention do you actually pay to what you’re eating, how much you’re eating, the sensations it evokes, the feelings you get from it? Eating mindlessly is contributing to…

Read More »

Glorious Greens

How many times have you heard you must ‘eat your greens’… what does that even mean? All the Quality Street chocolates with green wrappers? No! As delicious as that would be (right up until you make yourself sick), that’s not what healthy greens are all about. It would seem that whilst many of us are…

Read More »

You want it? Then make it happen!

Two friends are chatting about their diets. The first one says, “I want to be healthy and feel great.” The second one says, “I intend to be healthy and feel great.” Which one do you think is going to get healthy and feel great? Yep – the one who intends it. Wanting is simply wishing…

Read More »

It’s all about beans! (and cooking tips)

I was determined to know beans. – Henry David Thoreau, The Bean-Field How about you? How well do you know beans? Creamy cannellinis, meaty chickpeas, sweet adzuki, tender flageolet, and so many more – beans are one of the most powerful, nutrient-dense plant foods around. Consider this: Beans are packed with tons of fibre, as well…

Read More »

Is lack of sleep causing that fat?

Recently I’ve been working really late and starting really early as there’s just so much I want to cram into my day! A few years ago I wouldn’t have noticed the effects beyond feeling tired but since getting in tune with my own body I’m now aware of when my body is really telling me…

Read More »

A Positive Mindset

So it’s believed that we have approximately 70,000 thoughts every day…no wonder my brain hurts!! But did you know the pattern of your thoughts can hugely influence your behaviours? How? Stop and think for a moment. Are you a positive, upbeat kind of person, or are you negative and self-defeating? Glass half-full or glass half-empty?…

Read More »

Water is the Real Deal!

I’m starting this month with the statement ‘You must drink sufficient water to be healthy’ and I can see many of you in my mind’s eye, rolling your eyes, saying ‘I know that, this is nothing new’.   But how many of you are actually doing it?   Judging by the starting point of many…

Read More »

Get osteoarthritis under control!

Photo source via Photo Pin I’ve been working with a few clients lately that have osteoarthritis and whilst I’m fortunate enough to have not experienced it, I can certainly appreciate how debilitating it can be to live with. I’m learning directly from my clients the obstacles they face. To be quite honest, it’s a bloody…

Read More »

Coconut Crazy!

I’ve had a few conversations lately about coconut oil so it has prompted me to talk about this and other coconut products. Before you switch off because you don’t like the taste of coconut, hear me out… I REALLY do not like the horrible taste of coconut in a Bounty Bar and I don’t like…

Read More »

Menopausal hair loss – guest post

A slightly different topic this week….. I had a client this week who mentioned one of the many miseries of going through the menopause – hair loss and thinning hair. On doing some research it appears that this is little talked about but is a huge issue for women who are experiencing it! So I…

Read More »

How to eat chocolate and not feel guilty!

  Chocolate. I love it, love it, love it! If you’ve been avoiding it for fear of all the calories, read on…. I could just become your new BFF today! It’s comforting, creamy, delicious and I eat it every day! Which begs the question… Is chocolate good for you? The answer is both yes and…

Read More »

Caffeine Kick

For some of you, this topic will be of no concern, but for others, many others, this is going to be tough. You’re going to hate for me suggesting taking away something akin to your baby’s blankie…. Yes – I’m going to challenge some of you to try a caffeine free week or at the…

Read More »

Are you sick of feeling tired & rundown?

I bet there’s not one of you who hasn’t felt tired and rundown at some time in your life (even Superwoman has been known to lose her mojo). It happens to us all and it’s a fact of life that we get busy and have a lot to cope with. But what if it’s more than…

Read More »

Why I’m giving away free health coaching!

I’m in love! I’m in love with happy stories, I’m in love with good causes and I’m in love with the idea of a world where people are truly happy. Regardless of wealth or status, just truly happy in their own skin and in their own life. Triggered by some recent events I’ve been thinking…

Read More »

Go Nuts!

This week we’re going NUTS ! I’m willing to bet many of you don’t include nuts and seeds in your diet on a regular basis – if this is you, then it’s my job to teach you what you’re missing out on and how you can become nuts about nuts! Going back a few years, I…

Read More »

7 Tips to get you active

I admit I’m one of those freaky people that loves exercise and I’m often asked about my own exercise routine, so as it’s the start of the year and new year resolutions are still on your mind, I guess now would be a good time to share my own thoughts and tips. Before I get…

Read More »

Do it differently this year

Okay, I’m going to get straight to it. Hands up, who has made it a New Years Resolution to lose weight and get fit? And hands up, who has had it on their list for so many years that it has become a written ‘piece of the furniture’? If I could see your raised hands…

Read More »

What even is that?

Woohoo, it’s almost Christmas! Which means my last post for a couple of weeks – I’m sure you all have better things to be doing than reading them so I’ll give us all some time off! I’ve been busy preparing my recipe e-book which will be given to clients in my 1 Month Kickstart programme…

Read More »

The day I became a vegetarian plus guest interview

The next stage of my personal journey into good health and wellness is a bit of a controversial topic that can cause highly emotional debates… the subject of eating meat and becoming vegetarian. This is what my training focused on last week. The whole philosophy with IIN is that every person is unique and has…

Read More »

Protein Power!

This weeks’ module has focused largely on protein so I thought I’d share a simple overview as we’ve all heard about high protein diets but not many people really understand the significance of protein in terms of our health. Protein – a highly debated topic in the world of nutrition, with experts disagreeing on how…

Read More »

A spot of retail therapy!

Last week I had a date with my wonderful friend and cheerleader, Debra, to tour some of the bio (organic) shops of Limoges, about 45 minutes away, and the nearest city or town of any note when it comes to having choice. As many of you know, I live in a rural area so it’s not…

Read More »

Baby steps!

I’ve talked a lot lately about health issues and how diet plays a big part in these, but this week I want to get back to a few basics. I’ve immersed myself in this world of health and wellness for the last few years and it’s sometimes easy to forget how far I’ve come. It…

Read More »

Losing my stick!

After the seriousness of the last two posts, I thought I’d lighten it up a bit and tell you how I’ve been getting on with practicing ‘Health Histories’. I mentioned them a while back but for those that don’t know what one is, it’s a free consultation offered to a potential client, either in person,…

Read More »

Could you have Leaky Gut?

Another week of such intense learning has left me with a bit of brain ache if I’m quite honest, so I did plan on focusing this blog on something simple that wouldn’t take me days to research and get straight in my own mind… But then I watched a TedMed video by a lady called…

Read More »

Is your immune system letting you down?

As I head to the midway point of my training I’m getting really excited as I’ll be able to work with real clients, woohoo! So I’m super busy working on coaching programmes and useful handouts to get started after Christmas!! I genuinely can’t wait to help people – whether it’s to lose weight, eradicate or…

Read More »

My Biggest Lesson So Far

What I studied and learnt this week has probably been the most significant of the course so far. It was hugely emotional to the point I cried, a lot, listening to the lectures and reading and hearing people’s personal stories. American actress, Jennifer Esposito, shared her story about how she lived with an undiagnosed disease…

Read More »

Understanding calories

Okay, a simple guide to understanding calories. We’ve all heard of calories and we all know that to lose weight we must reduce our calorie intake. Calories ‘in’ must be less than calories ‘out’ right? Right. And you may have heard the phrase ‘All calories are created equal’. In a sense, yes, as a calorie…

Read More »

Bring on the sunshine!

Quite an exciting week for me! I spent a few days in the UK visiting friends and family, returned home on my birthday to celebrate with more friends, I completed and passed the first of four tests on my course and conducted the first of at least six ‘health histories’ that also count towards my…

Read More »

Don’t let chronic disease rule your life!

Unfortunately it can’t all be fun trips to Paris, meeting friends and dining out… time to get back down to some serious learning! A couple of weeks ago I talked about the way western and eastern approaches to medicine differ, how here in the west doctors are trained to fix the broken part of the machine…

Read More »

A day in Paris

A little different this time as I’d like to tell you about the highlight of last week, brought about by my studies. As some of you may already know from my Facbook post, I travelled to Paris to meet up with another IIN student, Gursharn. Let me tell you, my kids were not happy!  They…

Read More »

Let food be thy medicine

  “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates There can’t be many who haven’t heard this famous quote but how many people actually pay attention to it? We live in a society of convenient over-the-counter and prescription medicines, so it’s easy to forget these wise words. People accept that whole, natural foods…

Read More »

You are unique

I mentioned briefly a while ago how on my course we are taught the concept of bio-individuality™ and I want to expand on this a bit more. Bio-individuality™ refers to the fact that there is no one diet that works for everyone, so it’s really important to be able to let go of the idea…

Read More »

Nothing but the whole grain

I am very proud of how far I have come with food and health over the last few years and studying to become a Health Coach is strengthening that in ways I could never have imagined. Although it’s still early in the course I already feel different. It’s not like I didn’t like who I…

Read More »

Where are the vegetables?

We were away on a family holiday last week so I have spent the last 2 days catching up on coursework. I am honestly so excited to get back to it… school has never been so much fun! It makes such a difference when you are studying a subject you want to learn. At the…

Read More »

Sweet as sugar

If you want to lose weight or improve health, or even just have a better understanding of the impact of sugar in your body, this is a definite must see! It’s a film/documentary of one man’s journey to discover the truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a 2 month experiment to document the effects…

Read More »

You are not a failure!

This week incorporated achieving happiness and I watched a lecture by Gretchen Rubin, best known for her international bestseller The Happiness Project. On first listening I confess I got bored, I found it all a bit uninspiring, so I did what anyone else would – I simultaneously scrolled through Facebook, checking what all my friends were up…

Read More »

Good health is more than nutrition!

What springs to mind when you think ‘health’? Food and exercise right? Absolutely! But that’s definitely not the extent of it. With IIN® I am learning the concept of Primary Food and Secondary Food. Primary Food refers to healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career, and a spiritual practice – nourishment that you can’t eat…

Read More »

What is a health coach?

This week I’d like to explain a little bit more about what a Health Coach actually does as I’ve had a mix of reactions since telling people what I am training to be. Some think it’s exercise related, a fancy name for a personal trainer. Some think it’s purely about food and others have just…

Read More »

It’s okay to be different!

Welcome to my first blog post… woohoo! I can’t believe it, week one of my training with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)® is underway and I can’t tell you how excited I have been about starting! Connecting with other like-minded people, gaining knowledge to improve my own health and that of my family and…

Read More »