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Why You Shouldn’t Count Calories

Do you count calories? Do you know instinctively that your apple is about 60 calories? Or half that pizza is about 500 calories? Let me tell you a story (as an old celebrity once said...can't remember who though!) My first qualification in the health industry was as a...

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Why Protein for Breakfast?

One of my favourite breakfasts today...Avocado with poached egg over saute greens. šŸ’™ You may think this is a weird thing to have for breakfast. Especially if you are a cereal breakfast eater. But...(and don't you hate buts??) if you feel hungry a couple of hours...

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Visualise your Weight Loss

It would be great if we had a magic wand to wave away that excess weight. But that's not going to happen It took time to put the weight on...it didn't happen overnight. ...and bad habits need to be broken, that's often the hard part. Visualisation is a powerful tool....

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We’re washing our face with WHAT?!?!

I love using natural and organic body care products and as I am about to put my order in for the face cream I always use (20% off today!!) I thought I would do a quick post to you about how some chemicals manufacturers put into shampoos, face and body creams etc...

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Medicine acts quickly…but at what cost?

It's easy to be impatient when we don't feel we're getting anywhere with our health. We have a choice of taking prescription medication, many with side effects which are are given another prescription for...which have yet more side effects...and the cycle continues....

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Desert for Breakfast?

Most breakfast cereals contain as much sugar as cookies or biscuits. Muffins are usually just cupcakes without the icing! Flavoured yogurts can have more sugar than most ice cream does! These breakfast options may be easy, but the problem with them is this: Starting...

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Tempted?

What do you do when you're faced with temptation? Ā  Most of the time you know it's ahead...for example; Ā  you're visiting your mother and she will have cake or biscuits ready to tempt you with you know Monday morning that people at work will bring in 'left-over'...

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World Sleep Day? Yes please šŸ˜“

Today is 'World Sleep Day' Ā  Shouldn't that be 'World Sleep Night'? šŸ˜“ Ā  Do you celebration when you manage to get a good night's sleep? Ā  Reflecting on sleep...or lack of...and the connection between - Sleep and womenā€™s Health How interesting is thisā€¦so the female...

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Pancakes Shrek would enjoy (you will too!)

When we think of pancakes we often think of over indulging, guilty treats... or PANCAKE DAY! When we forget about calories and choose to overindulge!! But wait! Pancakes can be healthy and they can also be a better option than sugary breakfast cereals often opted for...

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Sparkle? or Health, Hormones & Weight-Loss?

I loved the name of my support group for women on Facebook...Get Your Sparkle Back. But decided I needed to change the name to something which would automatically tell women what the group wasĀ about. So the new name is....drum role please... Health, Hormones &...

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Hopefully only an annual event?

You think you've got away with and then BAM!! The dreaded lurgy!! Deep dry cough, maybe a head cold? For me I lost my voice - not great when your teaching 4 evening classes and 4 daytime events! Sign language and demonstration isĀ the best substitute!! So what can you...

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Noodles Nutrients & Stir Fries

I went shopping last week and on offer were loads of different types of noodles! Ā  Oh of courseā€¦Chinese New Year!! Ā  One of my favourite very quick mealsā€¦ which also serves me loads of rainbow antioxidant veg and contributes to my 5-10 a day isā€¦ a stir fry. Ā  The...

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Do This Before Your Muscles Tell You To

Pilates, I feel, is more functional and can help with daily movement mechanics; Ā  When done regularly, Pilates can help to correct imbalances. Ā  So don't wait until your body gets stiff or your back starts complainingĀ due to excess sitting and a sedentary life. Ā  It...

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Can Pilates Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor?

Pilates classes focus on control and precision with the main emphasis is on core strength. Where or what is your core? Our core is far more than just our belly muscles. The core includes all the structures that make up the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex. But muscles in our...

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The Biggest Cause of Menopause Symptoms

One of the biggest drivers of menopausal symptoms is stress and fluctuating cortisol levels. When the ovaries stop producing estrodiol, the adrenal glands have to step up and produce estrone. A combination of many things - past and future - can impact on our...

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Pilates Breathing Can Help Your Sleep

Both yoga and Pilates concentrate on stretching, strengthening, flexibility, muscle toning... ...and both concentrate on the breath. Yoga breathing is inhale through the nose and exhale through the nose. There are various different breathing practices you may have...

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Estrogen and Bone Health

How Do You Prepare Your Body for Menopause? This is a big subject! ...and something we should consider long before we think weĀ should. When we hit menopause (and I'm sure many women have felt like 'hitting' menopause!!), estrogen levels drop and this depletion has...

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Skin and Heart Health in Menopause

What has your skin and cardiovascular health have in common? They are both affected by menopause. Skin health and CVD risk - both can be due to estrogen depletion. So what can we do to to help ourselves? ā€¢ Eat a healthy diet and if needed lose weight to decrease our...

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Pilates or Yoga?

So what's the difference between Pilates and Yoga? Even though there are some similarities (they are both mind-body-fitness modalities) they are different practices. ā€¦and what does 'mind-body-fitness mean? It's about being body aware while we move so we are conscious...

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Ask The Practitioner

When women find out what I do they often follow up with a question... Questions I've been asked this week... #GarlicĀ - is it good for cold relief? #SugarCravingsĀ - how do I stop my sugar cravings? #PerimenopauseĀ - what can I do to prepare for the menopause? #PilatesĀ -...

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Garlic for Cold Relief?

Can eating garlic be a natural remedy for cold relief? Yes - Garlic contains compounds that help the immune system fight germs. Brilliant I hear you cry, whereā€™s the garlic bread! I love garlic breadā€¦ or what I really love is loads of salty butter and garlic melted...

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Toxins and Your Body Care Products

Have you ever looked at the ingredients listed on the label of your face cream or shampoo and wondered what they are? Itā€™s difficult to even pronounce some of them let alone know what they are! This is one of the reasons I like to use organic natural products and...

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Golden Latte Recipe

At this time of year there are a lot of bugs thriving in the cold weather...and testing our immune system. This wonderful warming drink is a turmeric milk drink with added spices to boost your immune system even further. For a copy to print off or save to your recipe...

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Sleep

When was the last time you woke up completely refreshed? Can you even remember when that was? I hosted a health & wellbeing day a few ago and remember thinking, ā€˜WOWā€¦thereā€™s an awful lot of women having sleep problemsā€™! I often 'look' like I'm asleep, but ask me in...

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Add A Spoonful To Your Fruit Smoothie

WHAT'S IN LEAN GREENS? Lean Greens is a superfood powder which dilutes in water in order to create a neutral flavoured greens drink cocktail absolutely brimming with the following uber-nutritious ingredients: Wheat Grass, Barley Grass, Alfalfa, Spirulina and...

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Footsteps in the snow

This was my walk to the station to get the train for my day of lectures at Birkbeck uni for my Naturopathic Nutrition course. I was happy to see I was not the only person walking in the snow early on a Sunday morning!! I left home at 7.30 in the morning and one of my...

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Your skinā€™s need for nutrients

I recently spent the day at the Health Show in London and sat in on a presentation about the skin and how nutrition can help. Good timing considering I had just attended a lecture on the integumentary system and its pathologies at my naturopathic nutrition course at...

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