Consciously Healthy’s Claire and Laura are talking over the difficult topic of how to spot an abusive relationship. They share in today’s Podcast the differing types of abuse and how to become aware of patterns in our behaviour and how to change these without being confrontational....

In today's podcast Claire and Laura introduce us to Karpman’s drama triangle and explain how bringing awareness to our patterns of behaviour can help stop the drama in your life....

If you suffer from irregular or painful periods join Claire and Laura as they discuss the 4 stages share their tips on how to start loving your periods....

It was Ghandi who said " Be the change you want to see in the world". Claire and Laura talk about changing different aspects of our lives whether it be physical, emotional or even a change in our personal beliefs or behaviour.  ...

Step 9 - Claire and Laura introduce us to a hero's journey by Joseph Campbell. They talk us through how to learn to not need to be rescued and how this can be both liberating and empowering....

Step 8 - Do you find often yourself in relationships where things often go unsaid? Or you put someone else's happiness ahead of your own? In this Podcast Claire and Laura share with us how to create fulfilling relationships....

Step 6 - We all know that there are well documented reasons that moving your body is good for you. In this podcast Claire and Laura share a different perspective as Health Practitioners on how the type of exercise you choose is just as important....

Step 5 - Get Your Sexy Back with Claire and Laura as they discuss how women should be celebrating our sexuality to help achieve the possibility of personal growth....

Step 4 - Stop Distracting You- Do you find yourself using distraction as a numbing technique to avoid dealing with your feelings? Maybe through shopping, food, or addiction, rather than working through the emotion. Today Claire and Laura consider how to nourish ourselves in other ways....

Step 3 – How to love yourself deeply. Have you had your self-belief shaken recently or suffering from low self-esteem?  Claire and Laura discuss the absolute secret to reclaiming your life....

Step 2 to reclaiming your life involves more than detoxing with food. Claire and Laura share their tips on one of their favourite subjects....

Step 1 of a 10 part programme to enable living to your full potential. Claire and Laura talk about what  "Health" means in the modern age.  ...

Introduction Welcome to Consciously Healthy from Balanced Wellness. We are thrilled to be offering you regular tips and recommendations to support you on your journey to living a consciously healthy and fulfilled life....

Competition details are at the end of this post!  Balanced Wellness is 7 years old today. We wouldn’t be here without you so thank you to all our customers for all your support over the last 7 years. In numerology the number 7 is a biggy. According to numerology.com It is the number of the truth seeker it is always trying to understand the underlying, hidden truths. In the teachings of Kundalini Yoga...

Ingredients: 1tsp grated lemon rind 2tsb chopped fresh mint 2tsp dried rosemary leaves 1tsp extra virgin oil 2tbsp fresh lemon juice 2 -4 lamb chops Sauce: 2tsp extra virgin oliove oil ¼ cup lemon juice 1tsp grated lemon rind 1tbsp chopped fresh mint Preheat oven to 200 deg.  Put lemon rind, mint, rosemary leaves and extra virgin oil into a bowl and add enough lemon juice to bind together.  Pat mixture firmly along back of lamb cutlets.  Place lamb, herb side up,...

Ingredients 2 organic chicken breast 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil 3 fresh tarragon sprigs 2 onions, quartered 2tbsp water Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Place chicken breasts in a deep dish,  add tarragon, onion, extra virgin olive oil, add water to dish.  Cook approx. 45 minutes.  Serve with mushroom sauce.  NB chicken may be grilled Mushroom sauce 2 cups mushrooms (any kind or mix) finely sliced ½ bunch chives, chopped and 1tbsp fresh tarragon leaves 2tbsp Braggs or Tamari 1 clove...

Ingredients: 1 cup of cooked brown rice 2 large peppers 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic 4 medium tomatoes 1 tomato seeded and pureed 1tbsp chopped basil leaves 1tbsp fresh parsley 1tsp water 1 tuna steak, cut into bite size pieces Method Cut peppers in half lengthways, remove centres.  Put water, onion and garlic in a saucepan.  Cook until onion is soft.  Add tomatoes, tomato puree and basil and the other mixed herbs.  Boil together reduce and simmer uncovered for...

Ingredients: 1 rainbow trout, cleaned 1 onion sliced 2 carrots, sliced, quartered a few sprigs of coriander or parsley Juice of 2 lemons 1tbsp Tamari or Braggs 300ml of water Method Reheat the oven to 180 deg.  Rinse trout under cold water, pat dry, place in a shallow baking dish.  Sprinkle with lemon juice into the 300ml of water, add Tamari/Braggs then pour over the trout.  Bake for approx. 20 minutes, basting occasionally until cooked Serve with baby potatoes,...

Ingredients: Tail piece of salmon, bone removed 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1tbsp lemon or lime juice 1tbsp chopped parsley 1tbsp chopped dill Method Combine all ingredients and grill lightly for 5 minutes, serve with either rice, broccoli florets and green salad ...

I know this only too well I have a condition which causes me to feel fatigued most of the time. If you experience chronic fatigue or low energy issues its so important to be really hot on feeding your body right. Reaching for the quick fixes cause more instability and leads to feeling really low or depressed. It's all about the #emotionhealthconnection It's so easy to reach for caffeine or sugar...

Many women suffer with hormonal symptoms thanks to an imbalance in the primary female hormone 'Oestrogen'. Where the medical model will look to the Pill, HRT or painkillers to control oestrogen symptoms, the Naturopathic model looks to diet, lifestyle and supplements to balance the endocrine system. What is Oestrogen? The term "Oestrogen" is an umbrella term for three hormones - estradiol, estriol and estrone. Estradiol is the most commonly measured type of estrogen for...

Take two women who embark on an intense exercise regime together at a Crossfit gym for 3 months. One woman gets stronger, fitter and healthier. The other woman frequently injures herself, picks up colds she cannot shift, starts to experience sleep disturbances and nightmares and her body fat increases. Why such a difference in experiences? Current Health The response to exercise will depend on the health of the individual. If there is a chronic...

One of the first places IBS sufferers go to find relief from symptoms including symptoms including bloating, heartburn, digestive pain, wind, constipation and diarrhoea. is the FODMAP diet. What is a FODMAP diet? The FODMAP diet which was created in 1999 by Dr Sue Shepherd when she discovered through her PhD research that limiting FODMAP foods alleviated IBS symptoms in patients. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. In plain speaking, FODMAPs...

I have recently been given a "probable diagnosis" of a a rare condition called Sheehan's Syndrome It is "probable" because the actual tests for it are so awful I'm choosing not to put my body through the mill to have them, what I can say is that after 11 years of feeling mostly like I've been hit by a truck, this diagnosis really resonated and drew a painful line through everything...

[caption id="attachment_4502" align="aligncenter" width="461"] It's scary in that dark cave![/caption] In 2013 Ariana Huffington called for an additional Third Metric of wellness to be added to the existing metrics of money and power as a means to measure success. As a health practitioner I applauded this bold campaign and was so excited I wrote a blog about it.  As a business owner I know too well how easy it is to put...

Sweet potatoes are extremely nutritious and unlike white potatoes, they can be counted as part of your 7 a day. Their orange flesh is packed with beta-carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A, which helps support our immune system and maintain our vision and healthy skin. They also contain fibre, vitamin C, and potassium. They are incredibly versatile and can be steamed or roasted or used in soups, stews,...

I quite simply adore Thai food! And the good news is not only that Thai curry’s are surprisingly easy to make thanks to readymade curry pastes, they are also detox friendly! Once again I have made use of some of the fabulous seasonal produce to make an Autumnal curry. Serves: 4 #3 portions of vegetables per serving Ingredients: ½ tablespoon raw coconut oil (fat) 1 cup brown basmati rice (carb) 2 raw coconut...

Both the ruby red colour and rich flavour of this soup is quite simply stunning!   The acidity of the tomatoes contrast the sweetness of the beetroot. An excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of fibre, manganese and potassium, beetroot is also great for reducing blood pressure. Serves: 4 #3 portions vegetables per serving Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil (fat) 750gm beetroot (carb) 500gm vine tomatoes (carb) 4 shallots - peeled...

A great way to start the day during the Autumn, or any other day that you feel like a moreish smoothie for breakfast, delicately spiced with warming winter spices. Think of it as pumpkin pie in a glass! Serves: 2 Ingredients: 150gm roasted pumpkin 150ml coconut milk 200ml coconut water 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1-2 teaspoons nut butter 1 teaspoon raw honey ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence Ingredients for Pumpkin Pie Spice: 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon freshly...

I spend as much time as I able to each year visiting my parents who live in Spain. One of the things I love to do when there is go out for Sunday lunch and watch three generations of Spanish families gather around large tables to share enormous dishes of Paella. Think of it as the Spanish equivalent of a Sunday Roast! There are a number of varieties of Paella....

This soup provides a real blast on sunshine on a grey day! Serves: 4 #3 portions vegetables per serving Ingredients: 2 tablespoons raw coconut oil (fat) 2 small onions – finely chopped (carb) 2 cloves garlic (carb) 1” piece of turmeric root peeled & grated or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1” piece of fresh ginger – peeled and finely grated (carb) ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 650gm carrots – peeled and roughly chopped (carb) ...

I have to thank Skye Gyngell for the inspiration to this dish. These beautiful curried beans make a meal on their own. I have also found them to be a crowd pleaser amongst the carnivores in the house! Serves: 4 #2 portion of vegetables per serving 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds 4 cardamom pods, seeds removed (discard pods) 2 tablespoons coconut oil 2 onions, finely chopped 2 long red chillies, sliced...

Despite its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat and is in fact a gluten free power food! Also known as 'beech wheat' the name comes from its triangular seeds, which resemble the much larger seeds of the beech nut from the beech tree. Classified by macrobiotics as a yang food it is great for eating in the cold winter months. It contains protein, iron, calcium, B vitamins and antioxidants....

These burgers are insanely tasty and take only minutes to make. Serve with a large mixed salad of your choice (I love them with my Green Slaw with Mango Mayo) and perhaps a little tomato salsa. Serves: 4 Ingredients: 500g chicken (protein) 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped (carb) 1 small piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped 1/2 small bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped 1 onion, roughly chopped (carb) 1 small red chilli,...

Inspired by my recent trip to Spain, I am thrilled to share with you my latest experiment, which uses the almonds usually used in white gazpacho to replace the bread often used in the red gazpacho - genius! The result - absolutely delicious, even if I say so myself! Serves: 4 as a starter #2 portions of vegetables per serving Ingredients: 40g almonds (fat) 2 cloves garlic (carb) 200ml water 4 large ripe...

Serves: 4 #1 portions of vegetables per serving 1 cup quinoa, approx. 200g (carb) 1 ½ cups vegetable stock (approx. 375ml) 120g vine ripened cherry tomatoes, halved (carb) ½ cucumber, chopped (carb) 4 spring onions (carb) 1 small bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped ½ small bunch fresh mint, chopped ½ small bunch fresh coriander, chopped Optional: add your favourite white fish to include protein in the meal For the dressing; Juice 1 lemon (carb) 3...

This is to all intents and purposes a chocolate ‘milk’ shake that tastes so good it’s hard to believe it’s so good for you! A great way for the whole family to start their day, packed full of superfoods with their vitamins, minerals and omega oils. Serves: 2 Ingredients: 1 ripe avocado 250ml coconut water 250ml almond milk (unsweetened) 1 tbsp raw cacao powder 1 tbsp hemp powder or hemp seeds finely ground 2 tsp raw honey or...

This light, crisp and tangy green slaw with its light fruity and yet spicy dressing is quick and easy to make and goes beautifully with chicken or rice dishes, providing lots of lovely raw enzymes to aid your digestion. Serves: 4 Ingredients: ½ Savoy Cabbage 1 green pepper 1 green apple A few sprigs fresh mint A few sprigs fresh coriander Dressing: 4 tablespoons olive oil Juice and zest of 2 limes ½ mango ½ - 1 green chilli, deseeded and roughly...

My sprialiser is possibly my favourite kitchen gadget and a great way to get make fruit and vegetables more exciting for the whole family in just minutes. The pesto can be made in advance and kept in a sealed jar in the fridge for upto two weeks. Serves: 4 Ingredients: 4 large courgettes (carb) 2 large handfuls of fresh basil leaves (carb) 2 cloves garlic, crushed (carb) 75-100ml extra virgin cold pressed olive oil...

This is quite simply the best salad, ever, inspired by Peter Gordon. Capable of turning the most convicted of carnivores into vegetarians!   And yes, there is enough garlic in there to keep the vampires away! Serves: 4 #1 portion of vegetables per serving 450g cooked chick peas (2 x 450g tins precooked) - thoroughly rinsed 3 red onions - peeled and finely sliced 6 tbsp olive oil 1 or 2 red chillies - de-seeded and finely...

These amazing seeds pack one hell of a punch when it comes to nutritional content and most definitely worthy of the title of Superfood. Just one tablespoon has 7 grams of fibre (of your recommended 24g a day), 500 times more calcium than a glass of milk, more Omega-3s than Salmon and more antioxidants than blueberries. They contain four essential fatty acids, 30% protein, Vitamins A, B, E, and D,...

This breakfast recipe created by a Swiss physician in approximately 1900 Dr Maximilian Bircher-Brenner who used to give it to his patients in hospital. If only hospital food was this good now! Serves 4 100g oats (soaked to make them easier to digest) (carb) 100ml almond milk (or other non-dairy milk of your choice) (fat) 150ml pot natural live yoghurt (with live friendly gut bacteria), fat or protein 100ml apple juice (ideally...

Serves: 4 #3 portions of vegetables per serving Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa + 1 ½ cups water 300g mixed green leaves (I love spinach, watercress and rocket) ½ cucumber, chopped 1 avocado, chopped 1 bunch asparagus 1 red onion, finely chopped 100g shelled pistachios or hazelnuts , chopped (not suitable for Rejuvadetox) 3 tbsp chopped mint 3 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley For the dressing; Juice & grated rind of 1 lemon 4 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses (optional, not suitable for...

These fabulous small but nutritionally mighty lentils are another favourite of mine. Originating in France, they have a wonderful nutty flavour and when cooked with the addition of some stock and herbs they are absolutely delicious and can be used in a variety of ways. They also get the thumbs up on the fibre front containing approximately 40% insoluble dietary fibre.   The pomegranate molasses is now available in most supermarkets...

The combination of these fruits creates quite an explosion of textures and flavours in your mouth and is quite simply delicious! Serves: 2 #3 portions of fruit per serving Ingredients: 4 slices of pineapple 1 pomegranate 2 passion fruit Remove the skin from the pineapple and cut into bite size chunks and place in a bowl.  Cut the pomegranate in half, hold cut side down in the palm of your hand and with the other hand firmly...

These lovely little snacks are easy to make and highly nutritious.   Packed full of protein and fibre, they are great to help curb any sweet cravings you may have and keep you satisfied for longer.  Soaking the almonds overnight activates the enzymes in them. Soaking the almonds activates them, releasing enzyme inhibitors, making them more easily digested allowing for greater absorption of nutrients. Makes 18 100g almonds, soaked in water overnight 125g raisins 2 tablespoons...

 At Balanced Wellness we are reclaiming the original festivals of our ancestors, the ancient rites and rituals where our forbears were so dependant on the gifts of Mother Nature that the worshipping of the cycles of the Goddess of Nature was a logical and practical path. Within this Goddess Cycle we are now entering the time of the Midwinter Solstice, the shortest day where the dark is equal to the light....

This avocado based Mexican dip is quick and easy to make, either by hand or with the aid of a food processor. You can omit the chilli if you like things on the cooler side. Serve either on its own, or with tomato Salsa, with vegetable crudité either as a snack or light lunch with some oatcakes. Also makes a great healthy snack for kids! Serves 4 Ingredients 2 avocados, peeled, deseeded and...

‘Gluten Free’ tends to be over used as a marketing ploy these days.  Oats themselves are gluten free, however often they come into contact with gluten during either the growing or manufacturing process.   Unless you are a coeliac, in which case you would do well to avoid even the ones labelled ‘gluten free’ to be safe, you don’t need to go out of your way to find the ‘gluten free’...

Very much a meal in itself, this soup packs a punch on the flavour front, is most definitely good for mind, body and soul and great for boosting the immune system.  This should blast any potential threat of a cold clear! Serves: 2 Ingredients 200gm chicken or turkey breast 2 teaspoons olive 2 teaspoons sesame oil 2 cloves garlic – finely chopped 1 tsp grated fresh ginger 1 small red chilli – sliced into rounds (seeds removed) 4 spring...

This amazing smoothie makes a heavy duty snack or even a light lunch.  Feel free to add a whole avocado if you are having it as a lunch.  The avocado provides a perfectly balanced diet, containing all 6 nutritional needs; water, fat, protein, natural sugar, vitamins and minerals.   The carrot supports the cleansing of the liver and the basil adds a beautiful twist. Serves 1 2 portions of vegetables and 2 portions...

This is a Turkish family recipe that my college friend Aisha used to make for me when I visited her at home.  I love the zingy combination of the lemon and lentils and the addition of rice makes it a meal in itself. Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil (fat) 1 large onion – finely chopped (carb) 2 carrots – finely chopped (carb) 4 cloves garlic – finely sliced (carb) 200gm red lentils (carb) 100gm...

Balanced Wellness are not just health experts. Our clients experience profound and deep transformation supported by our exceptional practitioners. Our clients are women who are ready to change their lives, their relationships, their health and their future. Our practitioners guide, support and encourage their clients to make deep lasting and profound change.At the core of what we do is Kinesiology - a fusion of bodywork techniques, emotional support and nutritional recommendations that...

When I got my first patch of rough, dry, sore skin I didn’t think much of it. I was 20, the doctors said it was pretty normal after a tonsillectomy and sent me away with a tube of Dovebet steroid cream. Then the patches started to spread. They appeared on my torso, under my arms, on my back, in my hair, on my neck – and the worse bit – on...

This is so easy peasy! 1 ripe banana (carb) 1/4 cup of nuts - use almonds, hazlenuts, walnuts, pecans or cashews - whatever takes your fancy! (fat) Blend in a food processor, put in a suitable container and pop in the freezer. Delicious and healthy....

Feel free to play around with whatever vegetables are in season to your liking. You could for example replace the peas or beans with courgettes or mushrooms if you prefer. Serves: 4 #3 portions of veg per serving. Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil (fat) 2 tbsp coconut oil (fat) 1 large onion – finely chopped (carb) 2 sticks celery – finely chopped (carb) 2 cloves garlic - crushed (carb) 200g risotto rice (carb) 900ml chicken or...

SunshineHaving left London when I was 5 years old, I grew up in rural Suffolk, a child of the 70s with the heat wave in 1976 being the hottest summer on record.  TV was limited to Play School after school and Swap Shop on a Saturday morning, which allowed my parents to have a lie in. My brother, sister and I would spend most of our free time exploring and playing in the great outdoors that was our adventure playground.  Our nearest friends were a cycle ride away, the nearest shop, a farmyard tuck shop, was a 15 minute walk across the fields.  Visits to friend’s birthday parties were a rarity. We made dens with sun loungers, climbed trees, played badminton of sorts over a make shift net made of garden string, painted pictures outdoors, ran amuck amongst the bales of hay in neighboring fields, and squealed with delight as our gorgeous English Pointer of a dog would tow my younger brother, sister and I across the lawn on his blanket, gripping it between his teeth until his gums bled, such was his devotion to us.

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Sometimes all you need is a hug from the right person …

and all your stress will melt away.

For many secondary school and university students, May marks the beginning of a stressful time as exams begin. A racing heart, stomach cramps, headaches, migraines, forgetfulness, trouble sleeping, feeling irritable or tearful, loss of appetite or over eating are all symptoms of stress.  High levels of stress and anxiety before or during an exam can also reduce exam performance.  In addition to being prepared, the following can help to combat exam stress.

IBS. It is a big problem with a little name, and it is hideous. I know, I had first hand experience of this horrendous condition for over 20 years and I’m far from being alone. The current NHS statistics tell us that 1 in 5 people in the UK experience it at some point in their life with half that being diagnosed as “having IBS” That’s six million people. Despite the prevalence,...

My love of all things coconut continues with my discovery of coconut flour, which makes the perfect partnership with bananas in this gluten and dairy free bread. Try this as a healthy cake alternative at Easter. A great way to use up over ripe bananas. Serves: 12 Ingredients; 4 organic eggs 3 large ripe bananas, mashed 4 Mejool dates, pitted and chopped 50g walnuts, chopped 5 tablespoons raw organic coconut oil 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 100g...

Here is the case of a woman with what the Dr referred to as seasonal asthma and how Kinesiology helped her. The condition manifested with the client being very nasally, very congested with a blocked and runny nose. She was bored and frustrated with feeling lousy and wiping her nose constantly and her sense of smell was poor. She was also unhappy taking medication. How many sessions:  4 over a 6 month...

[caption id="attachment_4223" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Freefrom pancake using banana and egg instead of grains and milk - delicious![/caption] Can't believe this pancake is actually good for you! Dairy-free, sugar-free and grain-free, this is the perfect recipe for anyone who wants to ensure they are getting a good combination of fats, fruit and protein into their diet. 1 organic banana (carb) 2 organic free range eggs (protein) butter or oil for frying (fat) pinch...

[caption id="attachment_4156" align="aligncenter" width="400"]acid-indigestion feeling the burn[/caption] We shout at the TV a lot. Adverts drive us bonkers. If it’s not the Actimel adverts promoting friendly gut bacteria (that contain high levels of sugar which bad bacteria feeds from) it’s the cosmetic adverts promoting youth as if being a woman past 35 is something to be shameful of. And don’t get me started on the shaving adverts… But there is one advert that makes us fume above all others. And that’s the acid ingestion / heartburn adverts.

[caption id="attachment_4208" align="aligncenter" width="560"] is this good for you?[/caption] It is a commonly held belief in the “health world” that eating our food, live and raw is the best way to get all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes we need. The raw food movement is at the forefront of great nutritional discoveries and is leading the way in challenging the standard western diet. The food can be amazing, we have some incredible...

[caption id="attachment_4152" align="aligncenter" width="455"] shes on a quest to enlighten women about poo and pubes[/caption] In this wonderful piece of footage Cameron Diaz and the presenter are discussing what a healthy log needs to look like. Check it out. To help the medical profession understand our bowel movements better, the Bristol Stool Chart was developed. And we can borrow it to get up close and personal with our own poop to understand...

Indulge in this delightful delicately flavoured desert on Valentine’s Day (or any other special occasion for that matter), totally guilt free! Agar is a vegetarian gelling agent made from Japanese sea vegetables, available from most health food stores some online supermarkets. Serves: 4       Ingredients • 1 x 400ml can coconut milk • 200ml almond milk • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped • 8 cardamom pods, seeds removed and crushed • 1 teaspoon rose water (optional) • 3 tablespoons...

[caption id="attachment_4143" align="aligncenter" width="450"]rachel-frederickson-weight-loss the biggest loser?[/caption] This week Twitter has been a wash with concerns about the winner of the popular US show The Biggest Loser winner, Rachel Frederickson, and her extreme weight loss. Rachel began the show at 260 pounds (18st5) and this week at the finale she weighed in at a staggering 105 pounds (7st5)! At 5’4 this is seriously tiny. I do not like shows like the Biggest Loser. I do like what they represent. I do not like what they are telling us - that weight loss is everything and it doesn’t matter how you do it – whether its spending all day exercising, working out when you’re injured or dehydrating yourself before weigh ins – as long as you get skinny you will be successful.

Ingredients: Serves 1 1 wild salmon fillet (protein) 1 artichoke (carb) 4 large asparagus spears (carb) 100g spinach (carb) 100g quinoa or lentils (carb, avoid on the hypothalamus reset diet and IBS diet) Squeeze of fresh lemon (carb) Splash of olive oil (fat) Optional: sprinkle of nuts such as pine nuts (fat) Instructions: Prepare your ingredients by chopping the artichoke and asparagus in to bite size chunks and measuring out the correct amount of quinoa and spinach. ...

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I found myself dancing around my house this morning.  Not the early hours as some may think but actually first thing this cold wet Monday morning. 

I believe I owe my new found energy to the detox that I am currently on.  I am on day 7 of 28 and weird things are starting to happen. Having attempted many many (fad) diets over the years I never thought I could go on a detox programme as the only thing I have ever stuck to is my complete devotion and loyalty to chocolate!

These delicious truffles are the perfect way to end a celebratory meal or a fabulous alternative to those chocolates at Christmas! I have used the big fat juicy Medjool dates which I feel are appropriately luxurious for the festive season. The truffles are extremely nutritious containing protein, fibre, vitamins E & B complex, minerals, omega 3 oil and antioxidants. Soaking the almonds activates them, releasing enzyme inhibitors, making them more...

600px-Smiley_svgAs a nutritionist I have been strictly following a clean, organic, wholefood and alkaline diet for the past few years, lots of vegetables, chlorophyll and leafy greens. We know after all that dis-ease forms in acidic environments and most people’s internal environments are very acidic. This is due to a variety of sources from food, to outlook, to chemical load but reducing acid forming foods and alkalising the body is all the rage, and I reiterate, in many cases very, very important. But interestingly not in my case. It turns out that my internal environment is too alkaline and it’s been causing me some big problems.
Here is the case of a 5 year old boy with what we call ‘swinging bowels’ ie he would be constipated for upto a week at a time alternating with diarrhea that resulted in him having to wear nappies to school.  He had been referred to a paediatrician due to concerns over his size as he was both under height and underweight for his age.   He often refused to eat complaining of tummy ache, was pale in colour, had low energy levels and craved sugar all the time, trouble sleeping at night and getting up in the mornings, and was generally rather miserable.
  sorry I am learning that I'm becoming pretty good at some things. And there is one thing in particular that I'm really great at. Saying sorry. I'm not talking about the heart felt apology for something that has hurt or harmed another human-being or animal.  I'm talking about the unashamedly 'sorrys' that either begin or end almost every single sentence.
[caption id="attachment_3788" align="aligncenter" width="486"]stress can turn you into a real monster stress can turn you into a real monster[/caption] I remember the first time I experienced that nauseating, stomach churning, heart pounding, adrenaline rush for the first time, after stepping up into the big wide ‘glamorous’ world of the film industry.  It was my first job abroad and I had landed a nine month contract in the enchanting city of Prague.
[caption id="attachment_3633" align="alignleft" width="300"]A career in Kinesiology makes us this happy A career in Kinesiology can make you do this[/caption]
"Do you enjoy what you do? If not just stop, don't stand there and rot! " Ah the enlightened lyrics of Wham! For the next six days I get to be immersed in my favourite subject whilst teaching a Kinesiology intensive course with The Academy of Systematic Kinesiology. I am incredibly honoured to have the opportunity to teach this incredible therapy at the highest level and often need to pinch myself that this is my career.

The chia seeds provide 11gm fibre, 5gm Omega 3 and 4.4gm protein per serving! Serves 2 50g Chia seeds 250ml almond milk OR pomegranate juice (unsweetened) 200g strawberries OR raspberries or other berries of your choice 2tsp raw honey or agave syrup Place the seeds in a bowl and add the milk or pomegranate juice and leave to soak for 1 hour, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t go lumpy! They will swell up and...

Serves: 4 #3 portions of vegetables per serving • 1 cup quinoa + 1 ½ cups water • 300g mixed green leaves (I love spinach, watercress and rocket) • ½ cucumber, chopped • 1 avocado, chopped • 1 bunch asparagus • 1 red onion, finely chopped • 100g shelled pistachios or hazelnuts , chopped. • 3 tbsp chopped mint • 3 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley For the dressing; • Juice & grated rind of 1 lemon • 4 tbsp olive oil • 2...

Autumn Detox - Logo“Please will you do it with me?  I don’t think I can do it on my own – PLEASE?”
pleaded a woman when I suggested a cleanse to her.  How could I deny her this support?  That’s when the flash of inspiration hit me – how many people would be prepared to cleanse if we did it together?  I sent an email out inviting others to join me and was astounded when over 30 of them responded YES!  And so the concept of group detoxing was born. During this gentle 10 day programme participants avoid red meat, wheat, dairy, sugar, fried food, tea, coffee and possibly the most challenging for some, alcohol.  Added to this they increase their daily intake of water, fresh fruit and vegetables and take a course of herbal supplements which assist with cleansing the major organs in the body.

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I have decided to take a trip, a huge journey.  Not the holiday kind but one travelling to a place unknown and completely unexplored. The life affirming one.  Yes as cliche as it sounds I'm on a journey of self discovery.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] this test tube isn't helping our experiment[/caption] Calling all women for an experiment. What would your month be like if you rested on the first day of your period? Something strange happened to me this month. And it started 28 days ago. We are doing some serious DIY on our house and I spent the first day of my period doing manual labour in the garden. All day I was grouchy, short tempered and fed up. At the end of the day I was tired, delicate and tearful. And this pretty much describes the entire month that followed. What would have happened if I had rested up, sat in the sun, read a book, had a snooze? Would my month have been different?
[caption id="attachment_3414" align="alignleft" width="350"]saw its dangerous to look at cameras when using tools[/caption] I trap my middle finger in the spot light fitting that I am man handling down from the ceiling, scream out in pain and instantly burst into tears. It’s the umpteenth time I have hurt myself in the last month doing DIY. We are on a deadline to get our house up together so we can rent it out and it’s all hands on deck. I have cut, bruised, trapped, broken, knocked, blistered and landed on so many different parts of my body I’m starting to get the feeling I am not cut out for this kind of work. I stop loosening the ceiling spot lights and hold my throbbing finger. My partner likes a ‘bright’ room and has fitted 105 light fittings in this house. I have only loosened 12 of them.
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I was giddy with excitement at last nights Third Metric event hosted by the Huff Post and the rather fabulous Arianna Huffington. I'd been invited on the premise that it was something to do with health but I wasn't quite prepared for what I was about to hear.

[caption id="attachment_3392" align="alignleft" width="319"]women-labels who am I again?[/caption] Arianna Huffington has called for a 3rd women's revolution. Women need to reclaim their lives because burn out is no longer an option. Success is no longer just about the money and power, it now includes wellbeing to As an alternative health expert the wellbeing thing I know about, I work with it, I teach it, and I believe I am pretty hot on walking my talk. But here's the problem. A year ago my business partner Laura and I expanded our business. We franchised out our brand and are in the process of opening a wellness centre so time has been a luxury I haven't had for the past 12 months and I have literally run myself ragged.

We love this incredibly tasty and healthy RAW dessert by the wonderful Rebecca Kane at Shine on Raw Ingredients Base 1 ½ cups of ground almonds 3 Tbsp melted coconut oil ¼ cup agave syrup 1 Tbsp vanilla extract ½ teaspoon salt Topping 1 ½ cup cashew nuts – soaked for 4 hours ½ cup water ½ cup agave syrup 1 cup of fresh strawberries ½ cup of melted coconut oil 2 Tbsp vanilla extract Pinch of salt Equipment Food Processor Blender Directions Base Mix ingredients in a food processor Press into...

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="630"] smells like.... an apple?[/caption] One of the biggest things I go on about in my clinic is getting clients to eat more fruit and vegetables. And I always recommend organic. Unfortunately our intensively farmed, pesticide treated soils aren't what they used to be. Fruit and veg no longer contains the levels of the oh so important vitamins and minerals that we need to keep our bodies doing their thing and this is contributing to the increase in illness and disease that we are experiencing. I also hear its not always possible to eat a 100% organic lifestyle and so I read with interest the study by Americas Environmental Working Group (EWG) who buy a load of fruit and veg each year and analyse the pesticide content so identify the good, the bad and the ugly.
Here is the case of a woman with IBS and headaches and how I used Kinesiology to support her. How many sessions: 6 over a 6 month period What I did in the clinic: The work has mostly been around reducing stress in her digestion and using Kinesiology techniques for rebalancing the intestinal system. I have also been supporting the endocrine system for the headaches to reduce the stress response in the body. We have also explored areas she “gut reacts” to.
Here is the case of a female endurance runner with high stress and how I used Kinesiology to support her. She runs her own Personal Training business and is married with 3 children. She presented with irregular sleep patterns, exercise induced asthma, poor digestion, low energy levels and hormone imbalances. How many sessions: 5 sessions over a 4 month period
What I did in the clinic: For high stress we supported her endocrine system with regular 'Endocrine Boosting'. I used a technique to correct a hiatal hernia as her stomach was positioned too high and was restricting her lung capacity, this improved the asthma and digestion.  This also helped her irregular sleeping.
Here is a case of a woman with night terrors and how we used Kinesiology to support her. She suffered with regular panic attacks at night which would wake her up and she would spend an hour on the toilet vomiting and having diarrhea. This had been a problem she experienced for many years. How many sessions: 3 sessions over a 3 month period What I did in the clinic: I worked on supporting the endocrine system and nervous system with a Kinesiology technique called an Endocrine Boost.  The jaw was very tight and we worked on releasing the tension in each session. We also worked emotionally with her fear of losing control.
Here is a case of a man with IBS and how we used Kinesiology to support him. How many sessions: 8 over a 2 year period What I did in the clinic: I have always worked on supporting his digestive system and utilizing Kinesiology techniques for the Ileo Caecal Valve. I have also supported his glandular system to minimize the impact of stress in his life. What he did at home: Cut out wheat and milk and changed his diet. He incorporated a protein and fibre shake into his diet also. This worked almost instantly and he felt much better. If he integrates too much wheat in his diet he becomes aware that his digestion needs further support and work.

These raw chocolate brownies are just as sticky, chewy and delicious as the real thing, except these are guilt free (well almost). Best of all they only take around 10 minutes to make – what are you waiting for? Ingredients 1 ½ cups of walnuts 8 pitted medjool dates 1/3 cup of cacao or carob powder ½ tsp of vanilla extract Pinch of salt 2 tsp of water Equipment Food processor Directions Place the walnuts in the food processor and process...

This tastes like pesto pasta, honest! Ingredients For the Pasta 2 courgettes For the Pesto ¼  cup pumpkin seeds ¼ cup of pine nuts ½  cup olive oil 2 Tbsp lemon 2 cups lightly packed basil 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tsp salt Equipment Spiraliser or vegetable peeler Food processor Directions For the Pasta Spiralise the courgettes or use the vegetable peeler to peel strips of courgette so you end up with a ‘tagliatelle’ style pasta For the Pesto Blend the ingredients in a food processor Pour the pesto...

kinesiology_lauraSo what is Kinesiology? It is a good question. And we, as practitioners, get asked that question a lot especially as it’s relatively unknown in this country. Kinesiology literally translated means ‘the study or science of movement’. There are a few different types of Kinesiology out there just to make things nice and confusing – Systematic Kinesiology, Applied Kinesiology and Three in One Kinesiology to name a few. We specialise in Systematic Kinesiology which was born out of the work of Dr George Goodheart in the 1960's who originally developed Applied Kinesiology.