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Detox: Fact or Fiction?

Detox: Fact or Fiction?

You’re probably getting quite fed-up by the bombardment of articles suggesting you ‘detox’: all those pieces that instruct you to drink only green juice for three days; give up all manner of supposedly ‘toxic’ foods; perform elaborate bath-time rituals to ‘draw the toxins out’; or more worrying, encourage the unlicensed use of laxatives or diuretics.1 Nowadays, there are evenContinue reading

Granola Aranamth

Celebrating Naturally Gluten-Free Grains

Whether you follow a gluten-free diet or not, there is a world (quite literally!) of amazing nutritious, versatile, naturally gluten-free (or low in gluten) grains to discover and enjoy. Many of these grains form the base of staple dishes of countries in Africa, South America and the Far East. How many of you have heard of amaranth (enjoyed by theContinue reading

Gut Health

Gut Health, Part 3: How to nourish your gut

For background info, please refer to Gut Health, Part 1: Why we should focus on the health of our gut this January and NOT our weight, and Gut Health, Part 2: Probiotics and Prebiotics. The suggestions below are not intended to replace any medical or nutritional opinion. Simple…. …or not! I do always encourage that you work with a qualified professionalContinue reading

Gut Health Part 2

Gut Health, Part 2: Probiotics and Prebiotics in gut health

For background info, please refer to Gut Health, Part 1: Why we should focus on the health of our gut this January and NOT our weight. Also, see Gut Health, Part 3: How to nourish your gut. In the second part of this gut health series, we are going to look at the role ofContinue reading

Gut Health

Gut Health, Part 1: Why we should focus on the health of our gut this January and NOT our weight

Please  also refer to Gut Health, Part 2: Probiotics and Prebiotics & Gut Health, Part 3: How to nourish your gut This topic is a real interest of mine. I often see clients who are struggling with all sorts of problems – ranging from skin disorders to obesity – which may stem from poor gut health, yet theyContinue reading

Martini

What Does ‘Indulgence’ Mean To Me At Christmas?

I love Christmas. It’s like a shining beacon in the long depths of winter; a punctuation mark of happiness to look forwards to and enjoy. Roaring fires, bracing walks, twinkling lights, pine-scented air, what’s not to love about a day dedicated to gratitude, family and delicious food? I am a fully-fledged member of the Christmas fanContinue reading

Autumnal Health

Gift Ideas to Nurture Body & Soul

I don’t know about you, but as much as I adore the run-up to Christmas and all its festive cheer, I find the endless gift buying a rather stressful task.  Whilst it’s lovely to receive a thoughtful and well considered gift, we so rarely need the things we are gifted at Christmas. My boyfriend has set a great example, choosing to bequeath time toContinue reading

Clean Eating

Why Clean Eating Needs a Side Order of Common Sense

Just like fashion, trends in dieting come and go. I’ve been an interested observer of these for well over a decade now, watching each new idea peak in popularity before fading away in readiness for the Next Big Thing. So the enormous rise and subsequent criticism against clean eating comes as no surprise to me.Continue reading

Minute Steak by Amelia Freer

Buying Meat: The Questions to Ask Yourself

We each approach life with a vastly different set of ideas, beliefs, concerns and expectations which guide our decisions. Respecting such differences in opinion is important in all walks of life, but I think it is particularly important when it comes to nutrition. What is right for one person may be wholly wrong for another. IContinue reading

Autumn Health

Autumnal Health

As the late, long summer days drift languidly into autumn, my thoughts turn towards preparing both myself and my larder for the colder months. This transition has never been something I dread – I adore the new flavours of the bountiful harvest season and the riotous display of turning leaves far too much for that.Continue reading

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Although we all feel like winter is a time to shut off the outside world and hunker down under a duvet to a certain degree, some people get this feeling to an extreme, which can start to affect their daily lives. Around 2-10% of Europeans and North Americans are affected by SAD (1), with threeContinue reading

Oils Inforgraphic

Infographic Low-down on Oils

I don’t know about you, but it seems like there is a huge amount of conflicting evidence out there about which oils and fats are safe to cook with and which really should ideally be enjoyed cold. So, I was delighted when I stumbled across this fantastic infographic, courtesy of David McCandless of Information isContinue reading

Day on A Plate

My Day On A Plate

I am often asked what I eat during a typical day. As you’ll know, I really do seize every opportunity to eat in season and I do LOVE food: I enjoy the whole process from dreaming up delicious things to eat, the prepping and cooking of food, and especially the eating! So I thought I’dContinue reading

The Fat Debate

Healthy Eating Movement, Fat Debate & Dr Mark Hyman

There have been hundreds of fad diets which drift in and out of favour, but one of the most recent fashions has finally been promoting a more balanced approach – a sort of food revolution that many people refer to as the healthy, or ‘clean’ eating movement. It has completely changed the way huge numbersContinue reading

Nuts and seeds

Understanding the ‘Fat Debate’

You may have read in the media or heard on the news that a new report published by the National Obesity Forum in association with Public Health Collaboration has been published. It states, rather topically, that low-fat foods have had ‘disastrous health consequences’ and the public health guidelines on consuming a low-fat, high carbohydrate diet should be reversed. ThisContinue reading

Body Image

What’s Your Body Image?

With today’s cultural and technological appetites, especially for social media, we have laid ourselves bare to the constant bombardment of staged and altered images of perceived beauty. For many, the relentless nature of it has become an assault on our rational minds. Selling the idea of physical perfection is now a multi billion-pound, 24/7 business. And we no longer serveContinue reading

Nutritional Therapist

Life as a Nutritional Therapist

One of the wonderful things about my profile as a nutritional therapist is that I get lots of budding nutritional therapists asking for advice. And of course I believe that there is plenty of room for more well-trained and enthusiastic nutritionists to help support a population which is suffering from an increasing number of diet-relatedContinue reading

How to avoid the supermarket

How To Swerve The Supermarket

Back in our grandparents’ day there were few supermarkets. Everything was brought locally, either from independent stores or directly from the producers. Most meals were cooked from scratch, and enjoyed together around a table without shiny-screened distractions. Perhaps I am painting a somewhat rose-tinted view of the past (which, of course, had its own significantContinue reading

Let's Talk About Milk

Let’s Talk About Milk

I don’t know about you, but I was brought up to believe wholeheartedly that milk (by which I mean cow, sheep or goat’s milk) is good for us, indeed, that we need milk in our diet for optimal health. We are told that it will help us grow, strengthen our bones, prevent fractures, and provide usefulContinue reading

Should I take supplements?

Should I Be Taking Supplements?

Probably one of the commonest questions I get asked is whether or not people should take supplements. The idea certainly seems appealing, that by taking these little pills, you can almost ‘insure’ yourself against perhaps a less-than-perfect lifestyle. On the opposite side of the argument, we are told that we don’t need to supplement asContinue reading

Functional Medicine

What is Functional Medicine?

You might have noticed in the bio that I have a qualification from the Institute of Functional Medicine. Not many people really understand exactly what Functional Medicine is, nor how it is different to conventional medicine. I therefore thought that it would be a good idea to do a sort of ‘Functional Medicine 101’ andContinue reading

Fish – which, why and how.

Fish: Which, Why & How?

Fish is such a nutritious, versatile and delicious ingredient. I love how simple it is to make into a super healthy and quick meal – just a few minutes baked in the oven or under the grill, a squeeze of lemon and some steamed vegetables on the side. Perfect.  So what are the healthiest typesContinue reading

Lotions & Potions

Lotions & Potions: How Safe Are They?

When I started to be more conscious of what I put in my body – carefully choosing the most nourishing, unprocessed, and often organic, foods – I also started to wonder about what I was putting on my body. However, as with so many things wellness, there was a lot of conflicting information and IContinue reading

Article: Organic Food

Is Organic Food Worth it?

Perhaps in an ideal world, all of our food would be organic, home-grown and eaten within a few hours of picking. But budget, availability, time, space, other commitments, and of course sustainability, remind us with a hefty dose of reality that this is unlikely to become more than an impossible dream for almost everyone. So,Continue reading

ITV This Morning Dairy-Free

Potential Health Benefits of a Dairy-free Diet (ITV’s This Morning)

  ITV This Morning: Here I explain to Phil and Holly the potential health benefits of going dairy-free and we have a taste of the different alternatives available in the supermarkets. Watch it here. Recipe links: Crunchy Nut & Seed Granola Hazelnut Milk  

Christmas Survival Guide

How To Survive Christmas With Your Health Intact

“Nourish your body. Feed the soul. Indulge those you love.” Christmas is the most challenging time of year food wise; it can be emotionally tough for many, too, which is hugely relevant when it comes to being kind to ourselves. I am a great advocate for feeding the soul with happiness and there is noContinue reading

Rainbow Chard

Guide: How to Eat the Rainbow

We all know to eat our greens, but what about our oranges, blues, reds and yellows? Greens, greens – we have all heard “eat your greens!” Since childhood, for generations, it’s been one of the most consistent nutritional messages. But what about our oranges, yellows, reds, purples and blues? Eating a rainbow of colour doesContinue reading

Beat the Bloat

Do You Often Feel Bloated?

Here’s the know-how you need to put a stop to bloating one and for all: We have all suffered from bloating at some point in our lives. That hideous feeling that our abdomen is about to burst open like a grisly scene from “Alien”. If, like most people, this is something that comes and goes, then looking atContinue reading

Nuts

Give Up Milk? Are You Going Nuts?

Our love of the white liquid produced by cows runs pretty deep with most, especially when heated, made frothy and mixed with some form of caffeine or something sweet.  I am immediately asked for the best alternative – the comprehension of not having warm, frothy white liquid seems unfathomable. The benefit of giving up milkContinue reading

Basics of Eating Well

The Basics of Eating Well

I strongly believe that one of the most important factors is preparation – how you prepare your kitchen, how you prepare your food and how you shop, are all essential to staying healthy. Good oils to use Amelia firmly places coconut oil in her top ten must-have ingredients, as it’s one of the most versatile fatsContinue reading