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Monday, December 19, 2005

Festive Breakfasts

There are lots of bits and pieces of nutritional advice floating around in the media at this time of year. Usually things like bizarre hangover cures made with worcester sauce!

However, if I could give one piece of advice for the Festive Season, it would be to make sure you have a good breakfast. And at this time of year, porridge is the ideal breakfast. At all times of the year I recommend a hearty breakfast, but at this time of year it is especially important. Porridge in particular is a good start to the day, and will release energy slowly throughout the morning helping to balance your blood sugar levels. This will help keep you feeling full and can help you not to over-eat at the wrong times. Oats too can help eliminate excess cholesterol from the body.

A common mistake people make is to skip breakfast believing that it will enable them to eat more calories later in the day. Blood sugar levels then fall and one can then be prone to craving foods and subsequent bingeing. When blood sugar levels start to rise again, the body stores more of this sugar as fat because of the wild fluctuations in food intake. Your body cannot rely on a steady supply of energy, so it stores energy as fat in case it does not get fed again!

And of course porridge oats are an excellent source of fibre, which is very important to help the digestive system to work properly.

So, don't forget your porridge on the cold winter mornings!!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Flu Epidemic

There has been a lot of news about a pending flu epidemic, with worries about supplies of vaccines and antiviral drugs running out.

Nutritional Therapy has many weapons in its armoury to boost the immune system, most notably high doses of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has antiviral properties, and whenever I can feel myself getting a sore throat or a cold I always make sure I take regular doses to help fight it off. And it works, too. As well as supplements, there are lots of dietary measures that help keep the body and immune system in top condition.

I always feel it's such a shame that millions of people rely on drugs and vaccines when they are ill, when there is so much we can do to prevent illness in the first place. And of course, unlike nutritional measures, drugs and vaccines place an added burden on an already stressed body.

Keep yourself healthy this winter!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Talks and pies

I often give talks to local groups about the benefits of nutritional therapy, and what I do. I find this is a really good way to let people know that foods and nutritional supplements can improve health, rather than having to rely on pharmaceuticals. I usually have a long question and answer session at the end of the talk to make it more interactive, and this works well.

A friend of mine recently was giving a talk to a local rotary group, and she ended up sitting next to a pie maker - I wonder if she offered to help him develop a nutritionally balanced pie!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Bookings in January 2006

Just to let you know that I am taking bookings for appointments in January. Many people have already made their appointments before the usual new year rush, so be quick!

At the moment, I have appointments available at a Saturday clinic on 7th January, and at a Sunday clinic on 29th January. Apart from those times, do get in touch and I will let you know the other slots I have free.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Welcome to my blog

Hi there

This is the first posting on my blog. I have decided to write it so that people who are interested in Nutritional Therapy can find out a bit more about me and the sort of things I do in my practice. It is also a good opportunity for me to convey latest news about the practice, suppliers and any other bits of information I feel are relevant.

Hope you find it interesting!

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