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A 7-day programme to kick-start glowing skin and radiant health.
Use the following combinations to marinade fish, poultry, meats, cooked pulses and/or tofu.
I am definitely not an expert when it comes to gardening, but I find following the methods below increases my germination success rate when it comes to sowing annual seeds (either flowers or vegetables). But with that in mind, here are the two main methods I use, plus a list of some of my favourite seeds to grow.
If you are new, or relatively new to growing-your-own flowers or food, then the prospect can seem a little daunting. It certainly was to me as I started out.
Let’s be honest – for many, toast reaches places that other foods can’t as it’s possibly the most comforting of foods. But it is also a brilliant blank canvas to pile on flavours and goodness. Here are a few of my chosen ideas for delicious and nutritious toppings that can be enjoyed for a leisurely breakfast, speedy lunch or a light supper, too.
Is there a more comforting way to start the day than with a warming, filling bowl of porridge?
Nature has always been my primary source of solace and escapism. There’s such deep reassurance to be found in the rhythms and patterns of plants, animals and the seasons. Just five minutes with my hands in the soil, or looking up at the sky, and I feel better. Here's a little peak inside my garden.
Some of my favourite books around gardening, happy reading!
Discover some of my favourite plant-based books.
Six easy recipes for good-mood food, and how the nutrition they contain may have benefit mood.
I wholeheartedly believe that a good meal is one of life’s greatest pleasures, while also being one of the most powerful tools we have for supporting health. These two benefits of food ...
Finding time to exercise consistently can be so hard when we’re busy, already exhausted and feeling like we are juggling a million-and-one things already. I hear you, I really do.
From sticking to a routine, to what not to do before bed, here are 10 simple ideas for a better night's sleep.
Here's a few strategies here that might just help nourish us through these autumn and winter months. I’ve broken them down by category - as I find this is a good way to think through self-care systematically and ensure we offer each key area a little TLC.
Cooking from scratch can be a time-consuming process. But I absolutely know it doesn’t have to be, and spending hours in the kitchen is certainly not a prerequisite for eating a nourishing and filling diet.
Cookbooks often focus on saving time, yet it also needs to be a consideration in vegetable growing. We may delight in growing our own, but have no more than 10 minutes a week to indulge our hobby.
Question: I’m eating in the way you recommend but I find it so expensive. How can I make it cheaper?
With a little planning, I think we can still enjoy our food, and eat a good enough diet, and hopefully also cut costs a bit. Here are a few ideas that might be worth considering.
Question: I’ve started eating like you recommend in your books and online, but I haven’t lost any weight yet. How long will that take?
I am going to start by saying that this is the million dollar question, and one that I’m afraid really doesn’t have a simple answer. We are all beautifully unique individuals, with totally different life contexts, physiology, psychology, habits, metabolisms, genetics and microbiomes. But here are some of my thoughts...
Prepare your larder and yourself for a healthy, happy autumn with these tips, covering immune function, fatigue and seasonal autumnal food.
Summer recipe inspiration, seasonal summer ingredients, tips on coping with hay fever and seasonal allergies and safe sun exposure.
Low energy or fatigue is one of the most common concerns of my clients. I think the key is to try to work out what is zapping our energy, as there are all sorts of different causes. Once we target the root cause (or causes), energy generally starts to improve.
Question: I just don’t seem to have enough time to cook from scratch. How can I eat healthy food if I am very busy?
I am not saying it is easy. But I am saying that good nutrition is worth your time – not least because if we are fuelled correctly, managing everything else can become a whole lot simpler.
Prepare to eat well, advice on spring cleaning, supporting relaxation, seasonal spring food and produce. Plus lots of spring recipe ideas.
If frozen vegetables are significantly more convenient (and for many of us, they are), then it’s likely that we’ll eat more vegetables overall if we buy them frozen. And that is definitely a good thing.
As wellness & nutrition professionals, we are generally very good at making recommendations about practices and habits that are beneficial to health.
Wrap up warm and embrace a healthy winter home, eating well in winter and delicious seasonal food and recipes.
Diana Henry said that ‘autumn cooking is not about instant flavours and assemblies of startling contrasts, it’s about layering and waiting’.
What do we mean by the gut? What is a healthy gut? How might gut health affect weight?
Tips, recipes and simple advice to support gut health everyday.
What are probiotics? What are prebiotics? Which recipes are good for gut health? You'll find the answers
Learn about the key supplements I take as a Nutritional Therapist, and the ones I don't. Plus why they might not be right for you.
Do you want to know what intermittent fasting is? What the potential benefits and risks of fasting are? And who should not fast? Find out here.
Never be stuck for healthy breakfast ideas or recipes again! From healthy, low-sugar smoothies to eggs, fruit breakfasts, toast, nutritious pancakes, oats and more.
12 of my favourite storecupboard staple ingredients to make cooking healthy food from scratch easier and quicker.
What does it mean to ‘listen to your body’? How can we hear what it is trying to say? And why does it matter? Read more here.
10 tips to help you feel in control of snacking, and where necessary, to enjoy it in a healthy and nourishing way.
These are my favourite go-to salad & vegetable dressings that can transform the simplest of dishes in next to no time.
Download a free printable of my 6 favourite healthy salad dressings to transform the simplest of vegetable dishes.
Download my free 7-day glowing skin meal plan, complete with recipes and my favourite skincare tips. In collaboration with Sarah Chapman Skinesis.
Learn all about my everyday skincare routine and the beauty products I love.
Six simple sauces to try with this free downloadable cheat sheet!
If you have any of these extra flavour boosters to hand, too adding a little into your dishes.
Healthy food should never taste bland. Check out these free downloads for Quick & Healthy marinades, quick flavour boosts and simple healthy sauces
Learn how small, incremental lifestyle or nutrition changes can add up to significant health benefits over time.
Over 100 plant-based or vegan healthy breakfast, lunch and supper ideas. Plus a little something sweet!
Learn about making conscious budget choices, 7 tips for shopping & cooking healthy food on a budget & 1 week healthy meal plan.
My favourite pre-prepared, quick and convenient ingredients for making healthy meals on busy days.
Learn about the benefits of radically shifting our mindset around food and embracing the power of positive nutrition.
Learn how I shop for fresh produce, dairy, cupboard staples, home & personal care and more.
Are you confused about whether caffeine, tea or coffee is good for you? Read this article to learn more and help you make an informed choice.
Find out why should we be aiming to 'eat the rainbow'? Plus lots of tips on how to eat a more colourful diet and list of rainbow foods
9 of the most-effective and simple sleep tips to help you to get the best possible sleep each and every night, including 5 key disruptors and how to minimise them.
How to find the joy in living well, eating nourishing food and practicing healthy habits, and why it is so important.
Learn about the importance of vitamin D, where it comes from, who is at risk of vitamin D deficiency and UK guidelines on vitamin D supplementation.
With so many of us now cooking all our meals at home and perhaps taking lockdown as an opportunity to finally clear out the back of our kitchen cupboards and have a bit of a spring clean, I thought I’d share my all-time favourite kitchen kit with you.
Tips and advice on cooking healthy meals for one, including a weekly shopping list with low-waste meal ideas.
Are you confused about whether cows milk dairy can be part of a healthy diet? Read this article to help you make an informed and balanced choice.
Food is about far more than its purely nutritional value. It’s about love, celebration, connection, and so much more. That’s why I consistently say that we need to develop healthy eating patterns for not only our physical health, but also for our social and emotional health too.
Understand 9 important nutrients to be aware of if you choose to consume a plant-based diet, including protein, calcium, vitamin B12 and iron.
Is eating a vegan or plant-based diet right for me? Is it healthy? Read this article to help make an informed and balanced decision.
Self-compassion can be very helpful for improving our relationship to food, eating and other aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Find out how to do it here.
A symptom diary or journal can be really useful to help understand your body. Feel free to make notes beyond food & drink though – it’s a worthwhile exercise to consider the wider aspects of your lifestyle too.
Free downloadable meal planner and shopping list, to help you get organised each week.
14 meal planning tips for a cheaper, simpler and more nutritious diet. Free meal planner and shopping list PDF download.
Learn the simplest way to put together a nutritionally balanced meal from scratch using fresh ingredients by 'building' a healthy plate.
Explore this helpful way to take stock of our everyday eating and drinking habits and start to tune into how our body is feeling. Free printable weekly diary.
Read this list of suggestions to nourish, celebrate and comfort ourselves with strategies that go beyond food or drink.
What's a protein food? What's a carbohydrate food? What foods contain healthy fats? Learn the answers in this list of basic food group categories.
Learn about the benefits of radically shifting our mindset around healthy food and eating through positive nutrition.
Fibre is a key component of a healthy diet, yet most of us don't eat enough. Find out why fibre matters, and 6 ways to increase your fibre intake here.
Is drinking alcohol healthy? How much is too much, and what is the healthiest way to drink? Learn more in this article.
Tips and ideas to help you find your optimal amount of exercise intensity and frequency, and create a healthy exercise habit.
Not too little, not too much. How do we find just the right amount of exercise for ourselves and what are the consequences of over-exercise? Read more for the answers.
What do we mean by the gut? What is a healthy gut? How might gut health affect weight?
Are you confused about whether fish is healthy? Or need some top tips, recipes or ideas for cooking with fish? Read more here.
Are you thinking about a career change into Nutritional Therapy, or want to know what life is like as a Nutritional Therapist? Read more here.
Explore the causes, symptoms and self-help solutions to living with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) here.
Are you confised about whether dietary fats are healthy? And if so, which ones, and how much is the right amount? Read this article to help you make an informed and balanced choice.
What is body image, and how can we create a more positive opinion of ourselves? Plus plenty of tips to support a more positive body image.
Are you confused about whether oily fish is healthy, and want to know more about its potential benefits and risks? Read this article to help you make an informed choice.
This article explores commonly raised questions and queries about the safety of UK tap water for drinking, and shares plenty of further resources.
In a nutshell, Positive Nutrition is an approach to eating that focuses on getting the ‘good’ stuff into our bodies, rather than worrying too much about excluding or cutting out the so-called ‘treats’.