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...

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 po...

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, heal...

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...

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 b...

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 choos...

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 ...

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 thr...

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 diffe...

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? W...

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...

The best alternatives to coffee

On the 30 day cleanse which I am currently running I invite participants to choose one thing they are going to give it up and consider a healthier alternative to substitute with it. The one habit that I have chosen to change across the 30 days is coffee. Although I love coffee I have now gone 1 week without it and have been pleasantly surprised how easy ...

Natural remedies for hay fever

Hay fever SUCKS !! I started getting hay fever when I was 10 and it’s rubbish! Hayfever is an auto-immune response. The body overreacts to the pollen believing that it's something to get out of the body. The body produces histamine which causes symptoms such as itchy eyes and runny nose. The body isn't doing ...

Healthy Vegan Chunky Chocolate-Chip Cookies

HEALTHY VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES These chocolate chip cookies were a vegan and gluten free baking triumph! Vegan baking doesn't always go quite to plan, so I was thrilled when these not only tasted delicious but also held together and had awesome chunky cookie texture. You know those days when you just know you need a cer...

How To Be A Healthy Vegan

I have been vegetarian since the age of 15, (let's just say that's now more than a few decades ago!) but my desire to be plant-based started long before my teenage years. I remember as a child not feeling comfortable with eating meat (except bacon!) and feeling funny about consuming another animals' blood. My parents weren't of the same mindset as I was...

How to help yourself sleep well

Sleep is the best drug on the planet, the secret sauce. Everything in our body and mind works better with proper quality sleep. Whilst we are all individual, most people do well with a minimum of 7-8 hours uninterrupted sleep. Not getting enough sleep increases your risk for chronic diseases such as; type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, memory ...

How to make healthy chocolate

HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY CHOCOLATE Yes such a thing does exist, in fact cocoa is super high in many nutrients, including: antioxidants, magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper and vitamin C!! This is great news for chocolate lovers like me! The bad news is that most chocolate is not at all healthy. As cocoa is super bitter the food manu...

Creating The Health You Want

There are only a few weeks left of 2019 and the New Year is fast approaching! Have you ever made a new year's resolution and not stuck to it? If you said yes, it's not just you! It's you and just above EVERYONE else. New Year's resolutions tend to be BIG and often far fetched goals. I often see clients who have failed because they have incorrectly ...

The benefits of using essential oils

The benefits of using essential oils Back in September I found myself in the US surrounded by 40 000 strangers wondering what on earth am I doing here? I was thousands of miles away from my girls … In Salt lake city, which, let’s just say is not a destination top of my list … Jet lagged and spending hundreds of ££...