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Monday, December 07, 2009

Alcohol Advice.....

I am often asked what is the 'healthiest' type of alcohol to drink, and this question is especially relevant in the festive season. So, I am passing on advice from Patrick Holford himself.

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As far as alcohol is concerned the trick is not to drink (too much) on an empty stomach. It’s far better to have some food in you with, or shortly after alcohol. Many people’s grogginess the next day are reactions to yeast, not alcohol. Champagne or champagne method is yeast free while wine, beer and lager are not. So, a marguerita made with fresh lime packed with vitamin C, or a rum cocktail with real juice and no added sugar, or a mojito made with xylitol instead of sugar are all good choices. f you drink wine get the good stuff, organic if possible. There are a lot of chemicals in cheap wine. Of course, red wine is particularly high in anti-ageing resveratrol. Merlot tends to have the most.

Always drink a glass of water with every glass of wine. Alcohol can be quite dehydrating and if you are neither thirsty nor hungry you are less likely to drink too much. If you do, the trick is to take 2 grams of vitamin C before bed, and a teaspoon of glutamine powder dissolved in water. If you need it, do the same again on waking. Glutamine, which you can buy as powder in health food shops, heals the gut from damage caused by excess alcohol.

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So there you have it.

Eat, drink and be merry!



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Friday, November 27, 2009

Why diets don't work...


There is mounting evidence to show that dieting does not produce lasting weight loss. 98% of people who go on a diet will have gained the weight back within 2 years. That's 98%!

The thing about going on a diet, is that is has an end. And then what do you do? Go back to how you were eating when you were gaining weight? Start to eat foods you like again? It's just not possible to restrict or modify your food intake for the rest of your life. And restricting food intake or cutting out certain foods usually leads to binges, cravings and falling off the wagon.

Many people always think that things will be different in the future; they'll have more willpower one day, their lives will be less busy, they'll stop liking biscuits etc. But the fact is, your life is now! And these foods are not going to go away.

So what to do? Finding peace with the foods you love, learning to listen to your body and trusting yourself to eat whatever you like is a new way of eating. And for those who have practised it, it's brought unimaginable freedom.

Contact me for more info.



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Monday, November 02, 2009

Mass Vaccination Programme :-(

I have been sent some worrying information about the proposed mass swine flu vaccination programme. Natural Health practitioners have always had concerns about all vaccines, viewing them as an unnatural assault on the immune system which possibly lead to allergies, autoimmune diseases, and autism. And with the proposed vaccination programme, these issues have come into the limelight again.

A very informative paper can be found here: http://www.foresight-preconception.org.uk/pdf/vaccine-may-be-more-dangerous-than-swine-flu.pdf detailing all the possible dangers of the swine flu vaccine.

One interesting point worth noting is that vets are trained never to vaccinate a pregnant animal, yet the vaccine is being offered to pregnant women.

Some pharmaceutical companies stand to make a lot of money from this vaccination programme, so it is vitally important that we can all make an informed decision, rather than being shepherded towards being vaccinated without question.

Please contact me if you would like further information.





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Friday, October 09, 2009

A note about Special K....


Food marketing is very powerful, and as such, many people believe that a breakfast of Special K is a pretty healthy choice, and may help you to lose weight. This is not my point of view at all, and I've been looking at the nutritional content of Special K and am surprised by what I have found. I was once told never to eat anything that you see advertised on television - I think this is sound advice!
For a start, Special K contains an extremely small amount of fibre per serving - 0.75g which is about the same amount as 1.5 slices of white bread. It is also devoid of calcium, magnesium and zinc. And it may be low in fat, but it is also low in protein, which means that the cereal is mainly carbohydrate which can quickly be digested into sugars. Personally, I can't see how a breakfast of Special K would keep you feeling full for longer than an hour or so! And it's not just Special K that's the culprit here, many other breakfast cereals are similar.
A much better bet is a breakfast based on oats. Oats are rich in fibre and minerals, and will keep you feeling fuller for longer. If you add some nuts or seeds to your oat-based breakfast (or choose a good quality muesli), this will add even more nutritional value. And remember, this kind of breakfast may have more calories than a bowl of Special K, but that's because Special K contains very little substance and may have you reaching for a snack come 10am. And it's often best to ignore the calorie content of food, because constantly choosing low calorie options can sometimes direct you to unhealthy 'diet' foods which just leave you feeling hungry and unsatisfied.
If you'd like any advice about what makes a good breakfast, do drop me a line.



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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Vitamin Water


This new range of soft drinks was recently launched in the UK, and you may well have seen them in the shops. They contain an acceptable amount of vitamins, but they also contain sugar; each 500ml bottle contains a quarter of the guideline daily amount of sugar that’s recommended.

I found a website called
www.sugarstacks.com that illustrates this nicely:
That said, it’s also important to bear in mind how much sugar fruit juice contains:
Fruit juice should always be used sparingly!



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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Does your company need a natural health expert?

Alongside my clinical work with individual clients, I also provide consultancy services to companies who need advice on all aspects of nutrition and natural healthcare. I have worked with catering companies, health food companies, design agencies and social networking sites (among others) to help them reach out to their health conscious customers. My new website for the consultancy side of my work has just been launched and you can take a look at it here.




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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Are you scared of flying?

As the summer arrives, many people are starting to look forward to their holidays. But for others, the thought of getting on a plane may fill them with dread, or even prevent them from going abroad. There are many ways to tackle fear of flying, including medication and hypnotherapy, but a less well known option is kinesiology. Treatment with kinesiology can help to remove fears and phobias about flying, leaving you free to travel calmly as often as you wish. In fact, removing fears is sometimes the basis of a lot of kinesiology treatment, even for physical symptoms. Drop me a line if you'd like any more information about this.


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Lose Weight by Chewing!


Many of you will know that I am a great believer in the importance of chewing properly and eating slowly, and now some research has been released to substantiate my advice! The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and involved 13 people who were randomly assigned to chew 55g of almonds, 10, 25 or 40 times. Results showed that chewing 40 times was found to suppress hunger and elevate the feeling of fullness more than 25 chews. Levels of appetite-suppressing hormones were significantly higher after 40 chews too, compared to 25 chews. So my advice continues to be 'Chew your food as much as you can!'.



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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Worried about Wine Flu?



Most of us at some time in our lives have suffered from Wine Flu, an unpleasant and debilitating 24 hour condition brought on by alcohol consumption. If you yourself have never suffered from wine flu, you probably know someone who has. Here are some tips to keep you safe:
Prevention is better than cure
Abstenance is the best way to avoid the illness, but moderation also works especially if you drink plenty of water during exposure. Keep yourself topped up with antioxidants like vitamin C, and also B vitamins on a regular basis to stay protected.

First aid
If you do become affected, have a teaspoon of glutamine powder in water before you go to bed to help equip your liver to do its work, and to repair any damage to your digestive system. On waking, take a sachet of Refresh to help give you energy for the day ahead. For breakfast stick to porridge and avoid the fry up at all costs - this will increase the work that your liver has to do. You will also need to drink plenty of water throughout the day to replace lost fluids.

Hope this helps. Of course if you have any concerns about Swine Flu, do get in touch as there are many natural ways you can keep yourself protected.



Wishing you the best of health




Melanie











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Monday, February 16, 2009

Allergies & Intolerances



As a kinesiologist and nutritional therapist, a lot of my work deals with allergies and intolerances, and I was asked to contribute to an article in Natural Health Magazine on this very subject.

The article is on my website, so do feel free to have a read! Click here to be taken to the page.








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Monday, January 12, 2009

Practical Parenting Magazine

I am featured in February's issue of Practical Parenting magazine, along with other experts, giving advice for new mum's to help them start feeling sexy again.


I've posted part of the article on my website so you can have a read there if interested!






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