• Nutrition

    Magnesium and it’s role in women’s health

    Did you know that magnesium is an essential nutrient needed for over 300 biochemical reactions within the body including supporting heart health, energy production, muscle relaxation, helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with clarity and focus, and support blood sugar balance. Magnesium is also essential for the production of steroid hormones such as Testosterone, DHEA, Progesterone and oestrogen. It has been shown to enhance glutathione production, prevent telomere shortening and reduce oxidative stress – slowing down the aging process. Magnesium helps to convert an amino acid called tryptophan into the important mood-boosting hormone serotonin. Serotonin also makes melatonin, which is needed for good quality sleep. Magnesium…

  • Breakfast,  Nutrition

    The perfect smoothie bowl

    Even in winter I love a smoothie bowl but did you know that many are loaded with sugar and can spike blood sugar levels resulting in energy slumps and those mid morning cravings, so how do you get around it! You see with smoothie bowls many people load them with fruit when in actual fact, this is the best time to add in some amazing veggies which should make up 80% of the bowl…think broccoli, spinach, kale, courgette, beetroot, carrot and cauliflower giving you an amazing array of phytonutrients to support your health… What about helping to stabilise those blood sugar levels, well that’s where protein and complex carbs come…

  • Nutrition,  Savoury

    Butternut Squash Wellington

    “I’m dreaming of a plant based Christmas!” Christmas is traditionally all about the turkey but why not make the veggies the star of the show!!! There are so many fun ways to enjoy Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, butternut squash and all the other wonderful veggies that can not only taste amazing but are packed full of wonderful nutrients and antioxidants to support our health.Christmas is the time that we may indulge slightly but adding in those all important vegetables and fruit can really help to boost those important nutrients and maintain our health and immune system. Here’s my take on the traditional Wellington….Butternut Wellington with a mushroom, tempeh and chestnut filling!…

  • Nutrition

    What to eat in Autumn!

    Autumn is upon us which means that the colder days and darker nights will soon creep in and with the change in seasons, does this mean our diets will need to change? Eating cold salads on a cold day isn’t going to be that appealing, but eating for the season is not only great for the environment but also for our health. You see seasonal vegetables and fruit contain higher concentrated amounts of nutrients and can actually help to support our health and wellbeing by providing the nutrients our body needs during different times of the year.  As the temperate drops and there’s the increase in risk of colds and…

  • Nutrition

    Sleep and Night Waking

    Night Waking, Why it happens, How to break the cycle NIGHT WAKING: Over 50% of my clients complain of waking up between 3am-5am and finding themselves frustratingly wide awake causing long term disturbed sleep patterns (and leading to issues with appetite and weight). I also see this time and time again with friends in general. Chances are you will have many friends with the same problem. There is a reason for it. And it is hormonal. And there are 10 things you can do about it. The adrenal stress hormone Cortisol. When environmental stress becomes a long term issue your Cortisol levels rise as a survival mechanism (Cortisol has a…

  • Nutrition

    Maple & Walnut Tahini Brownies

    Maple & Walnut Tahini Brownies 2 bananas mashed 1/4 cup coconut sugar 100g vegan butter (I use naturli) 1/4 cup tahini (I use belazu) 2 tbsp Maple Syrup 50g 90% dark chocolate  1/4 cup Cacao powder 1/2 cup oat flour 1/3 cup Walnuts In a bowl add the mashed banana, maple syrup and coconut sugar and mix together. In a heat proof bowl, melt the vegan butter and dark chocolate. Add the Cacao powder to the mashed banana and sugar mixture and mix together. Pour in the melted butter and chocolate and pour in the tahini (make sure it is fairly runny tahini)  Begin the stir and then add in…

  • Nutrition

    Why is Gut Health so important?!

    The health of our gut has become increasingly important with increasing research showing links between the gut, immune system, hormonal health, mental health, endocrine system, autoimmunity, skin conditions and even cancer. The human gut is more complex than previously thought. Our gut microbiome refers to the microorganisms living in your intestines. We have around 300 to 500 different species of bacteria in their digestive tract, approximately 100 trillion bacteria…give or take! While some of these microorganisms are harmful to our health, many are extremely beneficial to our health and wellbeing and necessary for important functions within the human body. Many studies have shown the importance of certain bacteria strains. Having…

  • Nutrition

    Plant based Hot Dogs

    Tempeh Hot Dogs 1 pack Plant Power Tempeh  100g chestnut mushrooms 1 1/2 tsp paprika 2 tsp mustard powder 1/4 tsp nutmeg  1 small onion 1 garlic clove 1/4 cup oat flour (more if needed) In a pan add the chopped mushrooms and onion along with some salt and cook until almost softened. In a blender add the tempeh broken into bits, mushrooms, paprika, mustard powder, nutmeg, onion and garlic clove and the oat flour and blend until the mixture comes together, you may need to add more oat flour if needed. Shape the mixture into long sausage shapes and place on a baking tray Pop into the oven at…

  • Nutrition

    Ageing…Can we really do something about it?

    Ageing is inevitable and as I am less than a month away from turning the dreaded 40 I am more aware of the pitfalls of ageing. That’s not to say I’m old and decrepid just yet, but let’s say that the greys hairs, wrinkles, the not so tight taut skin is becoming more visible. But can we reverse ageing or can we do anything to slow it down. Well in actual fact we can, and nutrition and lifestyle plays a major factor in the agEing process so what we eat, drink and how we live our lives can either support and reduce the ageing signs or it can actually speed…

  • Nutrition

    My daily routine…food!!

    Okay so my daily routine is somewhat different than it was 8 weeks ago, that’s for sure but I really wanted to give you an insight into what I eat, when and my normal exercise routine. you see many people have the impression that to be slim or toned that you need to skip meals, eat tonnes of protein, eat a restrictive diet and ultimately not enjoy food. Like most women I have suffered from body image issues in the past, especially when everyday in magazines and the media, a women’s body is portrayed as slim and tall, or curvy and big chested and to be honest I’m neither of…