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    Why I became a Holistic Nutritionist

    My own health journey started when I was very ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. For years I was living in a heavily stressful unhappy relationship, and working in a stressful job that I desperately wanted to leave. My diet was completely void of nutrition (heavily processed and high in sugar etc) and my immune system was so compromised that I ended up getting the Epstein Barr virus which completely wiped out my immune system – and I just didn’t recover. I didn’t bounce back like you usually would after a cold or flu. I just got sicker and sicker until I had what was later termed as “chronic fatigue syndrome”. …

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    7 ways to reduce your sugar intake

    7 ways to reduce your sugar intake 1. Shop the outer aisles. Most processed foods high in refined sugar lurk within the centre aisles of your grocery store. While there are a few exceptions like raw nuts, you’ll find most lower-sugar, nutrient-rich options in the outside of your grocery store. 2. Know where sugar hides. About 74 percent of packaged products contain added sugar! Read ingredients. Anything ending in “-ose” is sugar. Sugar is is hiding not in all the obvous products like ice cream, biscuits and cakes. But it is also in sauces (tomato sauce is one of the worst), pickles and preserves, juices that initially appear to look…

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    Why change to a sugar-free diet?

    Why cut out out the sugar? I’m always talking about reducing sugar intake and substituting white sugar and other refined sugars for healthier alternatives. But why? Lets start with the biggest one as it influences most of the other areas in your body ; . Sugar lowers your immune system and destroys healthy gut bacteria Refined sugar reduces how white blood cells perform and increases inflammation in the body. The fewer the white blood cells, the more reduced capability our body has to fight infection. Additionally, around 80% of our immunity is located in the gut and consuming sugar wipes out the beneficial bacteria that lives in our gut, that…

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    A basic guide to gluten free flours

    A basic guide to gluten free flours Working out the amounts and which flour to use when doing gluten free baking can be a little tricky when your new to eating gluten free so I’ve put together this quick guide to make things a little easier. I don’t usually use a combination with the harder to find flours like sorghum, tapioca etc but they do make a difference if you’re making something like pastry or scones – which require a bit more of the binding quality. Gluten (found in wheat, barely and rye) has this quality and gives gluten flours its elasticity, which is the reason standard wheat flour doesn’t…

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    What is a Holistic Health Practitioner?

    When you hear the word naturopath or holistic nutritionist what thoughts pop into your head? What kind of things do Naturopaths/ Holistic practitioners know or use as part of their approach compared to a GP? There are a range of health conditions that GP’s overlook, or simply don’t have the knowledge on. Lets start with the use of herbs (herbal medicine) – These powerful little helpers have been around since the dawn of time. Natures way of helping heal and support health long before pharmaceuticals came into existence. From powerful and potent, to healing, soothing, anti-inflammatory and adaptogenic. Herbs have their place in functional medicine because THEY WORK. Also, unlike…

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    The gut brain connection

    What we eat affects our mind in many ways One of the things we know about the gut-brain connection is that around 80% of the serotonin in our body (the neurotransmitter in our brain that leads us to feel happy, calm and content) is made in the gut. Which means, if gut health is compromised, serotonin production may also be altered. Serotonin, our happy, calm, and content hormone. When we don’t have sufficient serotonin – or the sensitive environment of our gut is frequently disrupted by the food we eat – this can lead to a list of unpleasant side effects. The good news is, the power to change our…

  • Blog,  Minerals

    The importance of magnesium

    I’m forever going on about magnesium, and this is why!… 🌟 Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and it is necessary in over 300 reactions within the body. 🌟 Every single cell in the human body demands adequate magnesium to function, or it will perish. NOW do you see why magnesium is SO important. It is VITAL to our health! 🌟Balanced hormones, a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system, well-functioning detoxification pathways and much more depend upon cellular magnesium sufficiency. 🌟Proper magnesium ratios are important for the body to correctly use calcium in the cells. Magnesium deficiency also manifests itself with symptoms like heart trouble, migraine headaches, muscle…

  • Blog,  Recipes

    A guide to sugars and sweeteners

    The following is a list of common sugars and sweeteners. Their glycemic index is in brackets – which is how quickly or slowly they raise your blood sugar levels. The lowest number being the slowest and the most gentle on your body, and the other factors to consider when choosing them. Artificial Sweeteners (0) (Aspartame, Sucralose, EQUAL, SPLENDA etc) – All artificial sweeteners are toxic, and ironically, the consumption of these sweeteners has shown significant increases in body weight, even when food intake remained the same. When choosing sweeteners, look to stevia, xylitol and rice malt syrup first (especially if you suffer from candida), and coconut sugar or coconut nectar…