Do I need to supplement?

I often get asked: Do I need to supplement? Firstly, let me ask you how do you feel?  As well as statistics like weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels which can be an indication of health, simply stopping to notice how you feel can give you real time feedback and direction.  So from 1-10 (10 being great, 1 being room for improvement) Rate yourself on: y...

Vegan Mac 'n Cheese

Is anyone craving some serious Autumn comfort food? Want to breathe a sigh of relief?  You are not alone and it's completely normal. As the weather changes our bodies naturally want to prepare for the colder months ahead by eating more carbs, starches, and warm food. There's no need to fight it! Listen to your body, it has innate wisdom.   HOWEVER, we can b...

5 Healthy Habits to Survive and Thrive in Lockdown

5 Healthy Habits To Help You Survive Lockdown My heart is heavy. Yours might be too. What in the world is going on? I remind myself in situations, like this to remember: To have the serenity to accept the things I cannot change and the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. (The Serenity Prayer from AA). I have to remind ...

Vegan Snickers Bar

Healthy Snickers Bar T his recipe meets all my criteria, both as a health coach and busy working mum:  no-bake! easy to make delicious naturally gluten-free naturally dairy-free  vegan  contains healthy fats  contains protein  low-sugar  To make the filing you will need:  1/2 cup virgin coconut oil 1 cup organic creamy peanut butter (either crunchy or smooth...

The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

I don't eat until midday (almost) every day of the week. And no, it's not because I'm too busy (although I do appreciate that it saves me time not having to eat breakfast).  I t's because I practice Intermittent Fasting, or more specifically the 16/8 diet.  There are many benefits to intermittent fasting including: Regulating blood sugar Focus & energy Suppo...

Homemade Nut Milk

Is there anything more delicious than fresh creamy nut milk?  Well, maybe chocolate?  In which case, fresh almond/cashew milk hot cacao might just be my dream come true!   How to make Fresh Almond Milk:  Soak 100g organic raw almonds in a bowl of water for 12-24 hours.  Strain water from almonds after 12 + hours.  Blend 3 cups of filtered water with almonds....

Vegan Chocolate Fondants

Vegan Chocolate Fondants With Vanilla Cashew Cream Are you ready to make the BEST gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan pudding?  I'm not even exaggerating, this is truly the best healthy pudding I have ever made and it's so simple!  It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and just over 10 minutes in the oven. You are going to love them!   Ingredients to make 4 f...

Raw Cocao & Peanut butter breakfast smoothie

RAW COCAO AND PEANUT BUTTER BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE Have you ever made a smoothie and felt hungry an hour later?  You're not alone, many of my clients tell me they don't find smoothies satiating.  That is until I teach them how to make an energising and filling smoothie that easily takes them from breakfast to lunch.  The key is the right balance of macronutrient...

Essential Oils for Kids

Has anyone else's baby had eczema? Jasmine (my second daughter) had full-blown, all over her body, red itchy patches of skin.  It was horrific.  In a bleary-eyed postpartum new mum moment, I had gone to the doctor and started using a steroid cream.  It didn't work PLUS it kept me up at night as I hated the idea of using something so strong on her tiny littl...

Easy Gluten-Free Pancakes you can make the night before!

P A N C A K E S only for weekends? Not in our house! There are pancakes and then there are pancakes. Traditionally pancakes are filled with flour and butter and coated in a sweet syrup. They may taste delicious, but they aren't going to set you up for an awesome day. More like an instant crash.  If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen I posted our Sa...

Detox Quinoa Salad

DETOX QUINOA VEG-RICH SALAD  When I've over-indulged, which is what has happened this last week, (pancakes for breakfast, ice-cream after lunch, creamy pasta dishes and red wine) my body sends me pretty clear signals that it wants to get back to nourishing veg-rich foods. This is one of my fave go-to's when I'm looking to reset.  In my book, healthy food ne...

Gluten-Free Fudgey Brownies

I t's raining. The perfect baking weather, in my opinion. I like to bake when it's wet or cold, with music on, essential oils diffusing and the girls excited at the prospect of something delicious.  These gluten-free brownies have a rather surprising ingredient. Avocado! Avo helps to add good fat and creaminess to the brownie mixture. If you're hypersensitiv...

New Vegan Nut Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookies

When you get a new cookbook, what's the first recipe you rush to check out?  Mine is always something chocolate based.  So on receiving Deliciously Ella's new book Quick & Easy the first recipe I jumped on making was her Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies which have been so popular in our house that I have made 2 batches in 2 days! They are as the book promis...

Make time for Meditation to Change Your Life

WHY MAKING TIME FOR MEDITATION CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE  Meditation is a practice. No one is perfect at it, and no one can’t do it. You sit down every day to practice it and some days it goes better than others. There’s no right or wrong way.  All that matters is that you DO IT. Like the habit of drinking more water or eating more veggies, you can choose not to ...

DIETS DO NOT WORK. THIS DOES.

When I was studying nutrition at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition we were taught a really simple but incredibly effective tool to help ourselves and our clients.  It's called CROWDING OUT.   The theory is to focus on adding in as much nutrient-dense food as possible so that there is less space and desire for the crappier food choices which we can all b...

Are you stressed? Use this one simple technique

We all experience stress, whether it's because of the demands of our children, a never-ending to-do list, a house move, an important or life-changing event, or financial pressure. Some stress is normal - healthy even, it's when stress becomes chronic that it has negative effects. Stress is our body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When we...

How our immune system works and why washing your hands might be making you sick!

Our bodies are amazing! Seriously, they are miraculous. No computer could ever rival the innate wisdom of our bodies. I think the more we know about how our bodies work, the better equipped we are to defend ourselves from disease. After all, the health of our bodies is down to us, the choices we make and the care we take of it. It's not a car, we can't take ...

Gluten-free Healthy Kids Snacks

Healthy Gluten-Free Snacks for Kids (and their parents!)  If your kids are anything like mine they are currently constantly asking for snacks!  I'm not a massive fan of snacking. It's much better for our digestion to eat 2-3 proper meals a day but given that kids' bellies (especially younger ones) are much smaller than adult-sized bellies different rules app...

Managing stress and creating a balanced lifestyle

Managing stress and creating a balanced lifestyle  “We have reached a point in our collective evolution where our health is being outpaced by lifestyles  which are not aligned with how we are biologically made to live.” You and stress :  How stressed are you? (1 not 10 very)  How does your stress manifest?  What exacerbates the stress?  What lessens it?  The...

What's the best milk to drink?

If you opened this blog expecting to find out whether it's healthier to obtain your milk mustache from drinking skimmed or full-fat milk, I'm afraid I'm going to disappoint. This isn't an article about dairy milk, it's about the best plant-based options. But let's start at the beginning: Why I choose not to drink dairy milk, and why I do not believe it's the...