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Monday, January 30, 2006


On Saturday I travelled to South London to take part in a SHEIS meeting. SHEIS is a group for women to meet and exchange ideas. The theme of their meeting this month was 'nutrition'.

I gave the ladies an overview of what nutritional therapy is and what it does, and then talked in more detail about nutrition in relation to pregnancy. They then had a chance to ask more general questions about nutrition. People are often confused about conflicting information about food and nutrition, and I am always glad to clear up any misunderstandings!

Monday, January 23, 2006

How Healthy Are Nutritional Therapists?

Well, the short answer is 'very'! But I would say that. Though I can tell you that I never need to take prescription or over-the-counter medicines, and very rarely get ill.

I came across this article which is trying to show the efficacy of nutritional therapy, by surveying the health of nutritional therapists. The premise being that the therapists follow their own therapy.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Basic Soup Recipe

I always suggest that people try to make their own soups. Soup makes a very nutritious meal, and once you get the hang of it, very easy too. It is an excellent way of consuming plenty of vegetables, and a great way of using up left over veg at the end of the week.

So here is a basic (easy!) soup recipe…..

Lentil Soup (serves 1, quantities may be doubled for two people)

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes

Ingredients5ml / 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
50g / 4 tablespoons red lentils
450ml water
Chopped parsley to garnish (optional)
Pepper to season

Heat the oil in a saucepan.
Add the onion and carrot and fry on a low heat until softened, about 3 minutes.
Add all the other ingredients, put a lid on the pan and turn up the heat until the soup is boiling. Reduce heat and simmer gently for about 35 minutes or until the lentils are soft, stirring occasionally. Add a little more water if required.
For a smoother soup put in a blender or through a sieve.
Sprinkle with the chopped parsley and black pepper before .

This recipe can form the basis of any type of soup you want to make. Just add any extra vegetables or pulses (adding more water to get the desired consistency). You might not be used to cooking without salt, and at first this soup might taste bland. Use spices (especially garlic) to increase the flavour, but NO SALT!

The handblender I mentioned below is ideal for quick and easy soup making.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

I promise it's not scary

Visiting a therapist for the first time can be quite a daunting prospect, especially if you have not been to an alternative health practitioner before. Many of my patients have been apprehensive about what their appointment with me will entail. But I understand this, and my aim is to make my patients feel as comfortable as possible. It's important for me that you feel relaxed, and I will do by best to put you at ease.

Many people also think that I will recoil in horror, or be judgemental, when they divulge some of their eating habits. I can certainly assure you that this is not the case!! Remember, that my job entails listening to many people's accounts of what they eat, and I am genuinely interested. People come to see me to improve their eating habits, so we have to start somewhere!

And although some of our principles are the same, the harsh style of Gillian McKeith is not something I adopt either. So don't worry, no name calling and no tears.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A very useful piece of kit

One of the best Christmas presents I received this year was a hand blender ( Of course, the person buying it for me did have a pretty good idea that this was exactly what I wanted!

This blender makes it much easier to make soups as you can do everything in one saucepan, without the need to transfer everything into a liquidiser goblet. And the one I’ve got has also got a chopper attachment, which is absolutely fantastic for chopping nuts, seeds and dried fruit (perfect for making home made muesli). It is also ideal for grinding linseeds which are a very good bowel cleanser, as I mentioned below.

In short, this is a very useful addition to the kitchen of anyone interested in healthy eating.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Sorry, but it has to be said........time for detox!!!!

New Year is traditionally the time when people embark on detox programmes, and for good reason. Almost everyone over indulges at Christmas time, and the new year is a time to cleanse your body and give it a rest from too much food and too much drink.

Detox programmes come in many forms, and I would definitely advise steering clear of any products which claim to help you detox without making changes to your diet. I have even seen detox patches which claim to draw toxins from your body whilst you sleep! A good detox programme can cost you nothing, whilst also having a very powerful effect on the body.

The bowel is the body's main route for getting toxic material out of the body. So it would make sense to start by cleansing the bowel. Drinking plenty of plain water is very important here as it helps to keep the contents of the bowel soft and therefore easier to eliminate. Avoiding animal products is a good idea because these can cause the wrong types of bacteria to proliferate in the bowel, and they are also more work for the body to digest. Plenty of vegetable matter is the key. Something that is very good for the bowel is linseeds. They are soothing to the bowel wall, and they also swell up which helps the muscles in the bowel wall to work better.

When your bowel is working efficiently, the body has a chance to eliminate toxins easily. This affects every cell in the body.

More advanced detox programmes form the basis of many of the therapeutic programmes I devise for patients. And I have certainly seen the benefits.

Whatever you do, remember that detoxing can be done easily at home without the need for expensive products. Carol Vorderman's books are a good place to start if you want to try a healthy detox.

Happy Healthy New Year!
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