09 March 2018
Spoiler alert - this isn’t going to be an account of a sudden overnight miracle cure obtained by giving up wheat, dairy and booze
18 September 2017
At the time of year when we’re planning on donning cheap nylon and annoying our neighbours, the following things occur to me….
13 June 2017
The traffic light system has been devised by the Department of Health to help the consumer make healthier choices quickly and easily. It’s simple and most people don’t need to squint at the package to figure out what the colours are saying.
20 March 2017
Disrupted, broken and simply not-getting-enough sleep can be debilitating and is linked to a range of health conditions including depression, weight gain and Diabetes Mellitus. Although it might not seem obvious, making dietary changes really can help.
30 December 2016
For those that just want to get fit kickboxing is a brilliant stress-relieving way to incorporate cardiac exercise into your life.
22 December 2016
Ok, so we’ve all had a deservedly merry Christmas and now is the time to repent. To recover. To try to get back into our jeans...
11 November 2016
If we moderate portion sizes, Christmas doesn’t have to be heavy, and if you watch your mince pie intake it doesn’t have to be unhealthy either.
28 September 2016
I will be running a workshop with life coach Anke Exner for new mothers on Thursday 10th November at Great Hasely.
26 September 2016
Whilst nutrition can’t lessen your workload or responsibilities it can help you to better cope with them.
15 July 2016
Some buying advice on supplements that won't end up just passing straight through you.
10 June 2016
A new case study telling the story of a client trying to conceive using her husband’s frozen sperm via Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection.
24 May 2016
Gain control back over your health after a diabetes diagnosis by implementing a few dietary steps.
03 May 2016
As someone who’s always needed to watch my weight I love the quantity of vegetables you get for little calorie expenditure. All that nutrition, for little cost - Food as a Bargain.
12 April 2016
A case study about a client, diagnosed with PCOS, that has a happy ending!
24 March 2016
I recently had the opportunity to listen to a fascinating talk by Peter Cox that focused on male health and male vitality past 40.
16 March 2016
On the 21st May 2016, I’m very privileged to be joining with 4 other therapists to run a Mind, Body, Fertility Workshop in Thame, Oxfordshire.
08 February 2016
Ah it’s February, the days are finally lengthening, the daffodils and snow drops are out and thought
03 January 2016
Want achievable New Year Resolutions? Try these. Nope you won’t look like a Vogue model overnight but you’ll possibly have a bouncier spring in your step maybe and bound around like one instead.
17 November 2015
It's amazing the cobblers that you hear talked about Nutrition wherever you go. Here's some advice to help you tell it like it is.
22 July 2015
So ok, with age, sperm quality does decline (as with all things that are constantly replicated). Just as with women’s eggs, the more times sperm is produced the greater decline in the quality of the DNA it carries.
10 June 2015
Methylation is complicated but I’m not, so this is not going to be an in-depth article on methylation. Go somewhere else for one of those...
02 June 2015
Caffeine is generally considered a no-no when pregnant, and indeed when trying to get pregnant. If part of your daily routine is to stop off at Starbucks to get a Grande Americano then you’re over the limit.
26 May 2015
If you’re looking to get pregnant it can pay dividends to be nutritionally savvy from the offset, not just once your periods stop and the morning sickness starts.
15 May 2015
Our pancreas is a heroic little bit of anatomy, every time we throw a load of sugar down our throats and out into our blood stream the pancreas releases insulin to deal with the onslaught.
29 April 2015
Ok, so I had to do something with the chia seeds left over from the chia porridge experiment so I tried this cookie recipe from Deliciously Ella.
17 April 2015
So I had chia porridge for breakfast this morning because it’s my job to try out weird things like that.
And it was nice, fine, OK?.
23 March 2015
Our ovaries develop in our very own second trimester and the number of eggs we’ll have for the rest of our lives will be determined then. When those eggs run out is generally considered to be when the menopause occurs.
18 March 2015
One cannot deny the findings in this research (1), published in February, that excessive blood serum levels of vitamin D are as linked to cardiovascular disease as are levels that are too low.
05 March 2015
In an ideal world we’d manage to get from breakfast to lunch and from lunch to dinner without being tempted to snack. However there are times when, even in the best diet, blood sugar levels will fall and when that happens our bodies will demand food there and then.
27 February 2015
The liver is the body’s largest internal organ. About the size of a football it sits behind the ribs on the upper right-hand size and contains over 300 billion hard-working cells.
16 February 2015
Half-term is approaching, are you looking for inspiration? The weather in February doesn’t always lend itself to glorious days out so why not do something delicious, creative and healthy with the kids inside instead?
12 February 2015
Do you feel that your children are taking unusually long before growing their first teeth? Or that they’re holding onto their milk teeth long after their class mates have started pushing through their adult teeth?
When thinking of a traditional Valentines’ meal, ingredients such as oysters and asparagus often come to mind – a romantic association that has probably come about because of their high levels of zinc.
21 January 2015
Most people know that to reduce high blood pressure reducing sodium intake is a good place to start. However a paper published this month Daily Blueberry Consumption Improves Blood Pressure has shown that blueberries may also help.
16 January 2015
If you have concerns that your thyroid is not performing as efficiently as it should be (see Hypothyroid Symptoms) then the following test may help.
14 January 2015
I first came across spaghetti squash during the Thame Food Festival when Rosie Pearce (Nutrition By Rosie) and I were running children’s food workshops.
03 November 2014
If you regularly include minced beef in your diet consider mixing it with minced turkey.
Awwwh the honey monster is back. How cute! And he's very happy that they've got nutritional traffic lights on the front of the box.
English corn on the cob is still in season, coat liberally in butter (yes, you do have permission) to make the most of the fat-soluble antioxidant beta-carotenes.
When a McDonalds burger can cost the same as one banana it can be true that fast unhealthy food is more expensive than fast healthy food.
12 October 2014
Looks like there may well be a cure for Type I Diabetes. However the only cure for Type II is still prevention.
Another reason why artificial sweeteners may not be the answer to weight loss… A recent study has shown that sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin or sucralose upset intestinal bacteria.
10 October 2014
Flu season is approaching with all the GP’s now offering flu jabs for those that are more susceptible. For those who aren’t, you might want to consider raiding the hedgerows this weekend for elderberries.
15 September 2014
Met up with Rosie (Nutrition by Rosie) to discuss final arrangements for our stall at Thame Food Festival this morning (www.thamefoodfestival).
It's the irony I've always loved...
Is your child going up to secondary school this week? Then you should feel pleased that the government ensures schools have to adhere to decent food standards for their main school meal.
If you’ve been warned by your GP that your blood glucose levels are beginning to increase then it might make sense to look at a low carbohydrate diet.
After all the day trips out, ice-cream and chips by the beach and junk food by the motorway it's good to be able to get back into a good eating routine again.
06 August 2014
Rainbow Chard. So darn pretty it must be good for you. And it is, hugely rich in vitamin K for bone health and also vitamins C, E, beta-carotenes, manganese and zinc.
So standing up and not sitting all day is supposed to make you uber-fit? Theme parks must be better than gyms in that case then.
Ok, the study was only on mice but it appears that eating a high-fat diet (and not the good fats) can cause the nose to stop working,
Spent yesterday testing and eating superb raw food bars and delicious smoothies produced by fellow NTs Elizabeth Scott-Moncrieff and Rosie (Nutrition By Rosie).
So you think Nutritional Therapy isn’t for you because you’re not ill, run down or have man flu? But are you vain? If so, Nutritional Therapy can help you too.
Oh we do love to be beside the seaside…. That’s because of all the wonderful seafood. Shellfish are an excellent source of zinc.
If you find yourself taking more and more NSAIDs such as aspirin or ibuprofen to counter inflammation and pain consider food-based anti-inflammatories instead.
Because we're a happy cheerful lot here I thought I'd share this website with you all http://cvdrisk.nhlbi.nih.gov/calculator.asp.
Gout, caused by an overtaxed liver producing high levels of uric acid, is on the rise on the UK.
If you’re female and suffer from hypertension, have made all the dietary changes you think you possibly can and yet your blood pressure is still not dropping then you may need to consider if you have uterine fibroids.
If you're diabetic and already watching your sugar intake unfortunately you also need to be vigilant as regards your salt intake too.
If you're currently trying to conceive then it's important to remember the Government's guidelines on supplementing with folic acid to prevent spina bifida.
30 June 2014
We're holding a sweepstake! Not, unfortunately to win a fast car, champagne, date with the star of your dreams... Wish I could but it ain't in my power.
Following a gluten-free diet can be problematic and complicated. A new app, 'Gluten-free on the Move' , from Coeliac UK may help.
Do you love your cuppa? Can you not walk past a Costa without twitching? Then fret not, despite it’s unhealthy reputation caffeine can actually provide health benefits.
18 June 2014
I’ve been experimenting with bone broths recently, was off doing research on auto-immune issues and bone broths were being repeatedly recommended.
17 June 2014
Preparations for this years Thame Food Festival are underway and This Life Nutrition and Nutrition By Rosie are hoping again to hold nutrition workshops.
Have had an interesting enquiry from a client to see if I can provide any help to reduce their instances of sleepwalking.
Summer is on the way (no, honestly) which means hay fever for many people. As well as off-the-shelf remedies you can also increase your arsenal through diet.
Powered alcohol might just seem another alcopops gimmick but it has the same power as conventional alcohol to cause liver damage. If anything, the whole mixing to your own strength aspect may be even worse as it may be difficult to keep track of your intake. It might look like a sherbet dap but it isn't! If you like a drink then stick to traditional alcoholic beverages.
It's Friday! Yeaaahhh! Marvellous. Almost time to relax and enjoy. Or not ,for those of us who are surrounded by screaming yelling ankle biting things.
For some hard-working souls June means exam time and brains function better with better nutrition. Pay attention to: phospholipids and omega-3 fatty acids needed for healthy brain cell membranes.
Have just made this Almond Butter Bark from Sarah Wilsons I-Quit-Sugar website. Really really nice!
22 May 2014
There are many benefits to breakfast, better energy and concentration levels mean you’re less of a grumpy git and, without hunger pangs, you’re more likely to stick to an eating plan.
16 May 2014
It's Friday! Yeaaahhh! Marvellous. Almost time to relax and enjoy. Or not, for those of us who are surrounded by screaming yelling ankle biting things.
13 May 2014
Summer is on the way (no, honestly) which means hay fever for many people. As well as off-the-shelf remedies you can also increase your arsenal through diet.
Notably, foods containing quercetin and bromelain are believed to help
28 April 2014
Rhubarb to you too mate. And anthraquinones also. Field grown rhubarb is in season and it contains the nutrient anthraquinones which are believed to have anti-cancer properties and are also useful for good bowel health i.e. increases motility! Also darn low in calories at 22 per 100 grams.
24 April 2014
Going in this afternoon to try and teach a bunch of 7 year olds about good healthy nutrition. Will obviously bring up how beetroot turns poo purple but will also cover how food should be a rainbow of colours, if the plates all brown it's not good! Will also try to smuggle avocados and sweet potatoes down them without them knowing!
23 April 2014
Did you eat too many Easter Eggs?! Well don't, you'll raise insulin levels and may get spotty. Next year ask for socks instead.
After a successful collaboration in 2013 Brakenhale Secondary School in Bracknell has asked This Life Nutrition back to assist in the tendering process for a new caterer.
06 April 2014
Have recently been in discussion with the company K8Connect (http://www.k8connect.co.uk) to see where our areas of expertise overlap, and where This Life Nutrition can bring benefit.
The humble beetroot is possessed of wonderful antioxidants called betalains which may help to prevent alcohol related liver damage.
04 April 2014
Have been invited to give a talk to my 7 year old's school class. I think as long as I manage to link most of the talk back to poo I should be able to engage their interest! Hopefully it will help to educate them that eating healthily can be appetising and appealing
27 February 2014
Endometriosis is a painful condition which causes endometrial tissue to appear outside the womb, causing pain especially around menstruation. Generally managed by medication but there is evidence that diet can help.
31 January 2014
I would love to say that my children are of the crudite-crunching, seafood-slurping variety, but they're not. Like most other kids they would happily live on a diet of chicken nuggets and ice-cream and I have to find sneaky ways to get nutrition into them.
28 January 2014
After a return in January to the stressed lives we seem to live, I thought I’d write a few notes about insomnia as high levels of stress can impact sleep quality. Insomnia can be caused not only by a disruption to the circadian rhythm caused by stress, but also obesity and alcohol.
15 November 2013
As a follow-up to my last post I thought I ought to include a word of warning regarding Jerusalum Artichokes!
12 November 2013
I recently had the opportunity to visit a wonderful organic pig farm and thought it might be time to remind people of the health benefits of good quality organic pork meat.
03 October 2013
The hedgerows are abundant this year, blackberries are good for you, they’re free and you get exercise traipsing up and down the hedgerows, triple bonus!
30 September 2013
Had a fantastically busy day at the Thame Food Festival on Saturday. Rosie and myself managed to talk to over 60 children about the basics of the good nutrition.
11 September 2013
We will be running children's workshops encouraging them to try different fruit and vegetables from the myriad available called Eat A Rainbow.
03 July 2013
If someone can be at risk of Vitamin D deficiency near Toulouse which averages 2047 hours of sunshine annually then what must our UK levels of Vitamin D be like where we average just 1493 hours?