Are you feeling out of sorts, drained of energy, stuck in a rut, suffering with headaches or digestive grumbles and don’t know how to feel better? Are you also feeling confused and overwhelmed about all the different options?
Believe me, I get it. I can relate to this both through personal experience of fatigue and IBS, and also through my years of experience as a kinesiologist and nutritionist. Clients come to me all the time trying out the latest thing or with bags full of nutritional supplements but not sure what’s actually working.
THINGS CAN BE BETTER! Imagine waking up every day with your energy tank restored, knowing your body is being fuelled correctly with the correct balance of vitamins and minerals to help you cope with your busy life.
I want to help you feel better LONG TERM. I am not offering you a quick fix but a simple, easy plan to start following with an initial 30 days. You will see the results both mental and physical.
We are looking at educating you, building healthier daily eating habits, understanding your body and what it’s trying to tell you.
This simple reset in 30 days can improve so many areas of your health:
- Increased energy and vitality
- A happier gut and a digestive system working better
- Radiant skin
- Improved quality sleep
- A better understanding of using food as healthy fuel
- Many people also experience weight loss
I have completed this programme twice now, once because I was feeling out of sorts and a bit sluggish and overweight, and the second time because my body and hormones had been messed around by IVF drugs. Many of my clients have also enjoyed this programme, Sandra shared this with me:
“It was so simple to follow and I can’t belive how much more energised I felt. I also lost some of the weight which had been bothering me!”
The 30 day programme (full name “30 Days To Healthy Living”) is an amazing programme to help you kick start your health journey. You will received daily recipes, knowledge and inspiration to keep you on track alongside meal plans and digestion boosting products.
Our 30 day kit supports balanced nutrition with:
- Plant based protein for smoothies
- Fibre boost
- Herbal tea
- Energy fizzy sticks (caffeine free energy boosts with B vitamins, ginseng and guarana)
- Digestion enzymes for healthy gut (enzymes & probiotics)
- Body cleanse (detox support for the liver)
- Plus you have access to me all the time (well except when I’m sleeping!) to ask advice.
The next group starts on Mon 3rd Feb and new groups start every other Monday (although you can join at any time).
This week is prep-week so you will be guided to order you customised 30DTHL pack this week and start checking in with me about how to prepare and stock your fridge.
There is an online Facebook page packed full of info which I’m happy for you to have a look around before joining, just ask me and I’ll add you so you can check it out.
RRP £384 but Preferred Client rate £230. This PC rate is available via an annual registration fee (usually £25 but reduced to just £10 in January) so 100% worth joining in January to save an additional £150!
Want to know more or have any questions? Just email me and we can chat further.
Hands up if you like using Bach Flower Remedies? They are simple FABULOUS at helping us manage our emotions. Over the next few days, I’ll post about the most commonly used remedies and how they can help you.
Bach flower remedies show up as helping in the majority of sessions and I thought it would be helpful to share the most popular ones. Read below to see which fits with how you’re feeling and give them a try.
Each of the 38 remedies discovered by Dr Bach is directed at a particular characteristic or emotional state. They are not necessarily a personality test answer but do help with how you’re feeling at a particular moment.
How to use:
Suitable for use with babies and children as well as us grown-ups, you can squeeze 3-4 drops under your tongue or pop in a glass of water. Adding them to a bottle of water you drink throughout the day will be a great way to provide ongoing support.
Want to sleep better, wake up refreshed and get a bit of sunlight in the winter darkness?
If you struggle to wake up in the mornings, hit the snooze alarm a few times and it feels an effort to get up, or if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the good news is that thhere are LOTS of things that can HELP YOU.
The Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500 might just be the helping hand you need as a natural, light and aromatherapy alarm clock. Shorter days, darker mornings and a lack of sunlight can directly impact our body’s endocrine glands and result in feeling tired, lacklustre and experiencing a low mood. The endocrine glands are the master glands of your body controlling your hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal & adrenal glands to name a few, essentially they are in charge of sending messages to the brain and controlling our hormone levels and body functions.
Serotonin and melatonin are the ones you will hear of frequently. Serotonin levels affect our mood, sleep and memory as well as impacting on our behaviour, while melatonin relates to the pineal gland the body’s natural circadium rhythm (natural body clock) which helps us distinguish light and dark, day and night and helps us want to sleep at night.
When these are out of balance through stress, mental tension, travelling or anything to upset our natural body clock, we can struggle to fall asleep or indeed to stay awake.
As a kinesiologist, I work to help improve the symptoms of SAD, by focussing on balancing the endocrine, nervous and digestive systems (serotonin is also produced in the gut). A treatment plan would cover many areas including structural and cranial balances, nutritional guidance and emotional support.
Alongside this, the Lumie Bodyclock Diffuser might be able to help. It’s a gorgeous little light therapy, aromatherapy diffuser natural alarm clock. Wow! The Lumie is designed to support your natural body clock, allow you to gently wake up through the REM, deep and light sleep cycles, and help you slowly switch off at night. The sunrise and sunset light settings plus two aromatherapy diffuser chambers allow you to control your wake up and relaxation cycles. The Lumie has two separate chambers to make it easy to automatically switch from morning to evening essential oil blends.
I bought one of these for myself in the last 20% off Neal’s Yard Remedies sale and can honestly say I absolutely LOVE it! Those who know me know I’m not exactly a morning person despite trying to lead a healthy lifestyle so I was looking for an extra helping hand in the winter. Using the sunrise light setting you can gently wake up to the light increasing and the subconscious smell of a revitalising essential oil from 15-60 minutes and you’ll find yourself waking up refreshed and raring to go BEFORE the alarm even goes off. It really has made such a difference to my mornings. No more snooze button!
EXTRA TIPS AND THINGS TO TRY TO HELP YOU SWITCH OFF AND UNWIND:
Recently, life has been getting busy again and I’ve been leaning on the sunset setting to help me wind down for bed. I try and have a Seaweed & Arnica bath most nights and then pop my NYR Beauty Sleep concentrate & body butter on and settle down next to the Lumie for a 45 minute sunset reading session. I choose 45 mins as I really love reading before bed as it helps take my mind elsewhere and switch off from the day.
By setting the sunset for 45 mins, the light gradually reduces and subconsciously instructs my body to get ready to sleep. With the relaxing oil (lavender, women’s balance or night time are favourites) sending a cloud of relaxation oil into the air, it’s a really effective way of gently unwinding.
Not just for people suffering with SAD, I would recommend this to anyone wanting to stabilise their body clock, boost their energy levels and allow themselves to fully relax in the evenings.
Essential oil suggestions:
Sunrise: Geranium, lemon, mandarin
Sunset: Night time, de-stress, lavender, calming
How to indulge without feeling ill
Tis the season to be jolly…and eat and drink to excess! Christmas is a wonderfully social time of year, a time for sharing and giving, meeting and eating, treats and temptation. I am definitely NOT here to tell you to avoid all the naughty treats, after all bucks fizz and croissants are a delightful way to start Christmas Day, but to save you entering the New Year feeling as if you need another holiday to recover, have a read of these festive tips.
Preparation and moderation are the words to repeat. Indulge but don’t overindulge. Our digestive system takes a bit of a battering at this time of year as we tend to eat larger quantities of rich food and ignore the full messages our stomach sends us. This can lead to bloating, gas and constipation – hardly gifts we want to receive!
Here are a few tips to help you look after your digestive health during the festive season:
- Line your stomach – let’s be realistic and start with alcohol. Drinking on an empty stomach irritates the stomach lining which can not only be uncomfortable but also means the alcohol is absorbed much quicker (sounds fun but you can soon feel liverish). Filling up on a protein rich breakfast, for example smoked salmon and eggs or porridge with blueberries will help.
- Hydration -consider starting the day with a hot water and lemon which is a lovely support for the large intestine in purging the effects of the day before. Alternate every alcoholic beverage with a glass of water, or at least try to have a glass of water every couple of hours. Embrace French style and have a glass of water with every caffeinated drink.
- Support your liver – milk thistle is a marvellous support for the liver which is breaking down toxins and packaging them up to be excreted from the body. Water, fresh air and fruit juice are great ways to soothe a hangover.
- Remember your fruit and vegetables – they are a great source of fibre and huge support to the elimination phase. Eating these will also provide much needed nutrients and antioxidants, help balance blood sugar levels and allow you to fill up on nutritious food, with space for snacks on top.
- Food triggers – cake, cream, croissants are not only delicious but also contain the most popular food triggers of sugar, dairy and wheat, how annoying. Pay attention to your gut and be aware of what irritates it. Wheat is a trigger for me having spent years with IBS so I avoid it where I can to reduce inflammatory markers so if I eat a small amount, e.g. in stuffing, it won’t have as big an impact as a bunch of mince pies.
- Digestive enzymes are a complete essential in my book. Taking 2 before my main meal helps my body prepare to break down the food more quickly and stops me feeling bloated.
- Cleanse Fibre Blend from Neal’s Yard Remedies is a lifesaver packed full of fibre to support the large intestine. Sprinkle onto porridge, cereal or whizz up in a smoothie to help keep things regular.
- Keep moving – exercise will stimulate the digestive and endocrine system, help regulate the bowels and soothe our minds. A short afternoon stroll while the lunch is cooking will suffice.
- Sleep – give in and switch off for restorative sleep. It is tempting to stay up all night watching Christmas films but remember to allow the body time to recover overnight and process the excess of the day.
- Emotional support – being with our families often sees us revert back into parent/child/squabbling sibling roles. Be mindful of this and try to allow some time (a walk perhaps) just with your partner or children away from the wider family to keep the balance.
Finally, relax and enjoy! Don’t panic if you’ve eaten one too many portions of Christmas pudding, just enjoy and remember that tomorrow is another day.
If it helps, pop Saturday 13th January in your diary for a Kickstart Your Health workshop of cleansing advice, smoothie making and goal setting.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy Christmas x
Diary dates: 13th January Kickstart Your Health workshop – more details on the events page