Food Sustainability

Food Sustainability: A discussion of the EAT-Lancet report

I was really interested to read the EAT-Lancet Commission’s ‘Planetary Health Diet’ paper published in January 2019. It led to a 3-part mini-series on my Instagram account, and I was very grateful for the thoughtful comments and discussion that followed. However, I felt that the topic deserved a slightly deeper-dive than is possible through InstagramContinue 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 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

Gut Health, Part 1: Why we should focus on the health of our gut 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

Alcohol: How much is too much

Alcohol: How much is too much?

With Christmas soon upon us and the swing of festive parties and celebrations underway, champagne corks will be a-popping and cocktail shakers to the ready. I, like many, really do love a glass or two, especially at times of celebration, but I’m so often asked for guidance about how much is too much? There is a general consensusContinue reading

Spotlight on Exercise, Amelia Freer

Spotlight on Exercise, Part 3: Finding a moderate balance of exercise

If you are suffering from any condition that may affect your ability to safely exercise, do seek the advice of your GP before attempting any of the advice discussed. As always, what is written here is no substitute for individual medical, fitness or lifestyle advice. Please do take a look at Part 1, The benefitsContinue reading

Spotlight on Exercise, Part 1: The benefits of movement

I am not a fitness professional. However, I do understand the importance of movement for a healthy mind and body. This 3-part series has been written in collaboration with Richard Hannam, an experienced health and wellbeing physiologist and personal trainer, who has kindly shared his wealth of expertise and knowledge throughout this feature. If youContinue reading

The pitfalls of over exercise

Spotlight on Exercise, Part 2: The potential pitfalls of over-exercise

If you are suffering from any condition that may affect your ability to safely exercise, do seek the advice of your GP before attempting any of the advice discussed. As always, what is written here is no substitute for individual medical, fitness or lifestyle advice. Please do take a look at Part 1, The benefitsContinue reading

Deliciously Ella Podcast

Podcast: In Conversation with Deliciously Ella

Navigating the world of health and wellness with Ella & Matt Mills I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to join Ella and Matt Mills as the first guest on their new podcast series. We discuss the concept of positive nutrition, how to find balance in the way we eat, and how to navigate the bombardmentContinue reading

Functional Medicine Optimiisation

Functional Weight Optimisation

This month I want to focus on Functional Medicine, which I hope may be able to offer you a little ‘food for thought’ amongst the maelstrom of New Year, New You fads, detoxes and diets that seem to bombard us all at this time of year. For a more comprehensive dive into the differences between conventionalContinue reading

Healthy Homes, Amelia Freer

Tips for a healthy home this winter

Little can beat a glorious summer’s day, but there is something equally wonderful about an evening spent snugly indoors, cossetted from the battering wind and driving rain: long baths, log fires and bowls of warming stew. Winter is the yin to summer’s yang, a familiar rhythm of the months and years that makes me appreciateContinue reading

Tap Water, Amelia Freer

The lowdown on tap water

We are all aware of the importance of drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day to hydrate our bodies, boost our energy, and enable our minds to focus and concentrate. Indeed, we have to stay hydrated to stay alive. But how often do we stop for a moment to consider where our water is comingContinue reading

Oily Fish

Oily Fish

Disclaimer: Please discuss this topic with your doctor or nutrition professional (visit my FAQ page for info) if you are interested in finding more information, or considering taking supplements. There are certain instances where increasing your intake of omega-3 fats is not advisable. As with all articles on ameliafreer.com, this is no substitution for individual medicalContinue reading

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

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 we move into deep autumn, my thoughts turn toward preparing both myself and my larder for the cold months ahead. 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. There is somethingContinue 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

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

Supermarket Local Alternatives

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