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Common Diet Mistakes & Small Changes For Better Health – Online Class + live Q+A

Early Bird price of £10 valid until November 25th!

Hit the seasonal madness running and start 2018 off with the best, most achievable and most lasting resolutions you’ll have made in years!

Diet has become one of most over-complicated, faddy, and for some, confusing parts of everyday life that should, in essence, be easy. Food is the foundation of our physical and mental health, energy, mood and daily function, so what could (and should) be simpler than nourishing ourselves properly every day?

In truth, it IS simple, particularly when you understand a few key pieces of information about the body and brain, and stop making the top 3 mistakes that make you feel stressed, struggling and in a sleepy slump come mid-afternoon! The small changes you can make as soon as you have finished listening to this 45 minute online session will have immediate effects and create a ripple of improvement in how you feel, function and achieve.

This class is one that I ran internationally online: the event comprises access to the class recording followed by a live Q+A for you to ask any questions you have about the content or how you are applying it to your own daily health and eating. Are there any other bits of advice you need? The live session will be a great chance to get those sorted.

You’ll be sent a link and password to access the class as soon as you purchase, so you can listen as many times as you like before the live Q+A session that I’ll be holding in December.

The Q+A will be recorded and sent to those who can’t attend live, so you miss nothing. You’ll also have access to my private Facebook group where you’ll be able to ask questions not covered in the Q+A.

Treat yourself to the best of health for the winter season, and in 2018! It’s easier than you think! Eat better, feel better, do more….


Seaweed sandwich, anyone?

If your consumption of sea vegetables thus far on your culinary journey has been limited to a bit of sushi from the supermarket, then you’re missing out. Whether it’s for flavour or health, seaweed is a fantastic food to add to your diet, and best of all, it doesn’t have to be from imported sources at the health food shop or oriental market. Our shores are teeming with varieties of seaweed that are not just edible, but absolutely delicious too.

Even more surprisingly, those of you who are currently thinking that seaweed is the last thing that you would want to eat may change your minds when you taste dulse, one of our most commonly found varieties – it tastes like bacon when it’s cooked. Maybe not as convincing as a bacon sandwich, but still, not exactly what you might expect.

So, what is it, and how do we make the most of this natural harvest right on our doorstep? Dulse is part of a large family of edible saltwater plants and algae that also include more readily known varieties like nori and kelp. Like all edible seaweed, dulse provides a wealth of nutrients, fibre and protein, rich in vitamins, trace minerals, healthy fatty acids, and antioxidants.

It’s easy to buy dried dulse, and as its nutritional value doesn’t degrade after it’s converted into powder or flakes, having some on hand to sprinkle into salads, soups and stews is convenient. Store it in a dry and dark place and it’ll last for at least two years, making it truly a go-to health booster to use in all kinds of ways.

The assumption that seaweed will taste a bit too, well, seaweedy, has doubtless put many people off trying it at all, but with the accessibility, sustainability, and variety of uses, surely it’s something that we need to consider as conscious consumers. The big bonus is in the health benefits – while all natural foods have distinct and purposeful nutrient profiles, seaweed is a truly exceptional all rounder. Just some of the health benefits of dulse include its ability to protect vision, boost the immune system, build bone health, optimise the function of the thyroid gland, increase growth and repair, support the gastrointestinal tract, lower blood pressure, strengthen the brain and nervous system, and boost circulation.

A fantastic food, and a great focus for your next beach visit! To achieve that bacon-like effect, pan-fry some dried whole-leaf dulse with oil over medium-high heat until crisp, then make up your dish or sandwich. Delicious!

Another way to use dulse, or any other seaweed that you have chosen, is to cut strips from a sheet, or take some larger flakes, and allow them to float gently in this lovely broth. Health in a bowl!

Miso Broth

miso paste (authentic paste from an oriental market)
pak choi, each leaf sliced in half lengthwise
sliced greens or cabbage
red pepper, thinly sliced
garlic, very thinly slivered
ginger, very thinly slivered
good quality bone broth or stock of your choice
seaweed strips
chicken, fish, beef or tofu pieces

Pour the required amount of bone broth or stock into a pan, bring to a gentle simmer, and add a teaspoon or two of miso paste, stirring to dissolve. Add the garlic, ginger, meat/fish/tofu, and sliced veg and simmer very gently for a few minutes until the veg is just tender and the meat is cooked through. Add the seaweed and turn off the heat, allowing the seaweed to steep for a couple of minutes. Serve up in big bowls and enjoy!

Cook Vegan – How to Eat Vegan for Health – Feb

THIS CLASS IS NOW SOLD OUT – the next class is on May 6th, so please see that event or booking page.

Vegan eating is gaining popularity and ground as a diet that’s better for our bodies and the planet. A plant-based diet can be very nutritious IF it’s done properly. Too often becoming vegan can result in simply cutting out meat, dairy, and animal products without considering what unique macro and micro nutrients need to be substituted in other ways. Removing significant sources of essential nutrition can result in health issues, defeating the object of changing our diet to be healthier!

So, if you’d like to try a vegan diet, want to ensure that your diet is giving you everything you need, or just want to see what the possibilities are and add more animal-free meals to your diet, this class is for you.

You’ll learn exactly what and how to eat for blooming, plant-based health, cook a selection of delicious vegan meals, and take away the information and recipes you need to carry on cooking at home.

BOOK HERE. This is a very popular class so book early to ensure a place!

Early bird price of £40 applies if booked by December 31st, subject to availability. Full price of £50 after this date.

Please note, booking closes on January 21st to allow for ingredient purchase, information production, and staffing.

Please note: bookings for events are non-refundable, but attendance can be transferred to another event or a later date at my discretion if I’m informed a week or more prior to the event, or two weeks prior for a cookery class.

4 Weeks to Fabulous!

Feeling in need of a boost as the seasons change? Improve your health and lose weight in time for the holidays in the 4 Weeks to Fabulous group mastermind for serious results and high accountability!

The summer is here, and we’re half way through the year! As we head towards the holidays, plan to feel your best with my mid-year mini-bootcamp. Join the 4 Weeks to Fabulous review and reboot mastermind group for a fast track to boosting health all round as well as positively impacting weight, water retention, hormones, stress levels, and mood, and all over a period of 4 weeks.

I’ll give you a sample eating plan, shopping list and store cupboard staples rundown, plus recipes, advice, daily motivation, support, and weekly live Q+A sessions within the group on its Facebook page.

You give me daily feedback on the motivation thread, pictures of your delicious, healthier, happier meals, and your wins, challenges and questions.

The cost? £28/$41 (that’s only £1/$1.50 a day!)

The result?

Less weight & water retention
Increased energy
Improved stress resilience
Balanced hormones
Boosted mood & motivation


The 4 Weeks to Fabulous secret Facebook group.

No fuss, no emails, just the tools, advice, professional support, and likeminded community you need to boost your health!

We start on July 2nd. So what are you waiting for?

Join here!

Take your foodie health to a new level with The Functional Foodie hub!

You love good food and great health. You live life to the full, and want the energy and joie de vivre to squeeze everything out of every day. So, how do you do that, with all the demands of modern living? Keeping up to date with the latest news, information and advice on health and food is an essential part of protecting yourself and your loved ones.

Recipes, health information, wellbeing motivation, and the most accurate advice – that is what the hub is all about.

We all have health concerns, or have loved ones who do. What would it be like to be able to access the professional input of an experienced functional nutritionist without having to spends hours, and a fortune, in consultations? Get the latest, researched knowledge and advice every month, with a different issue, condition or niggle under the spotlight each time.

Members can access my advice round up on the focus issue, a targeted recipe and demo video for that issue. Our private Functional Foodies closed Facebook group is yet another benefit of joining us.

Food is the ultimate healer – it’s our fuel, our nourishment, our daily foundation for energy and existence. What could be better than knowing exactly what foods can do to heal and protect, with recipes right there for you to use?

Each month members have access to recipes targeted at healing the health focus for that month. As the months go by, the scope of professional advice and healing recipes broadens and builds. Your personal health library and cooking bible, all in one place.

Get the inside track on foodie health from me every month, with videos, targeted recipes, your questions answered, and a private Facebook community, plus an extra recipe hub and exclusive resources. Daily healthcare made easy!


Here’s a peek at the Foodie Focuses for the next few months:

In January we had Real Food for Real Life: What IS the ideal diet?

In February I talked about The Omega Question: The essentials about fats.

In March I gave members the inside track on Supercharging: Easily boost the nutrients in your daily diet.

In April I’ll let Foodies in on Beating the Bloat: The causes and how to beat it.

May will be about Gluten: Hard to stomach?

In June we’ll examine The S Word: Conquering the sugar monster.

And so it continues every month!

There is so much confusing information out there, often contradictory, and it can be hard to know who and what to trust. This is a place where my members’ questions and concerns are addressed, where information can be relied upon, and where you’ll get the inside track on health and how to use food as daily healthcare. The professional input of an experienced functional nutritionist at your fingertips – what’s not to like?

The price for full annual Foodie membership will rise monthly this year as the content keeps on going and keeps on growing, so joining earlier locks in a year of amazing value for an incredible price – in April it’s only £55 (approx $78 USD). Awesome value!

Check out this blog post on how to influence your mood with food – it’s the essence of functional food. Check out the hub and membership here.

Keep calm with duck….

Getting the real food recipes out….

What a whirlwind life has been since Christmas! Besides being offered a twice monthly radio show (more details soon!), I’ve been busy loading fabulous recipes, health advice and resources onto the Functional Foodie membership, course and recipe hub website in preparation for launch later this month/early February.

Here’s my new logo, looking amazing on an apron that my brother and sister-in-law (coincidentally also my designers and tech wizard, David Jarvis and Tamsyn Jarvis at Skim New Media Ltd) had made for me for Christmas. Such a thoughtful gift – it means my videos are Functional Foodie to the max too!

So, if being health conscious and eating deliciously are your thing, keep a lookout for the launch – with a free membership option, and the full Foodie membership for even more targeted advice, monthly health bundles, resources and recipes, plus a building choice of dedicated courses and programmes to put your health back in your hands, my aim is to make this a one stop shop for delicious, actionable health and happiness!

What is it that you want to know, or want access to as a member? Let me know – the more I know about the information and advice that makes achieving health easier for you, the better I’m able to provide it.

To get a fantastic introductory Foodie membership offer, join the Foodie waiting list here: http://eepurl.com/VNBjz

Have a happy, healthy week!

The recipe for delicious healthy eating…

Everyone who knows me and what I do will tell you that my passion lies in helping others use real food to live real life to the full, and attain real health via delicious, easy healthy eating – busy women especially, who so often put themselves last on the list because they are trying to give to others. But you are the ones who need to put self care top of the list, and daily eating has to be at the top of every serious self care list!

How do I know this? Because I did too much for too long and paid the price – three severe brushes with serious ill health. More on my story another time. This post is about you and your food!

Eating the right way to fuel body and brain is easy (when you know how, of course!) The balance between good carbs, quality protein and healthy fat, taking micronutrients and fibre into account, getting in proper servings of fruit and veg; sounds complex, but it’s really not that hard.

I’ve put together this resource so you have a day of delicious eating to fire you up, calm you down, and generally have you rocketing through your to do list with energy to spare. Perfect!

Grab your copy here, and enjoy!

By the way, until November 8th, there are huge pre-launch discounts on my new online programme, the Real Food Reboot. I’ve ploughed all my knowledge, experience, passion and love of gorgeous food into creating a programme with 3 levels of support that can deliver a calmer, slimmer, bouncier, happier, healthier you with delicious ease in only 12 weeks!

To find out more, check out the details here.

The (chicken) recipe for energy….

A luscious chicken recipe from the energy recipe resource I’m developing to inspire you into the kitchen, and boost your energy levels for a weekend of fun, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing.

Simple Parmesan Chicken

2 large chicken breasts
2 tsp chopped garlic
50 mls/1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
75g/3/4 cup approx panko breadcrumbs
50g/1/2 cup approx fresh grated parmesan cheese
black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 200C/400F degrees. Dredge each chicken breast in extra virgin olive oil. Make thin slices into the top of each chicken breast and stuff with garlic. Mix panko and parmesan together in a shallow dish. Dip each chicken breast into the panko/parmesan mixture then place them into a baking dish (use baking paper if it’s non-stick or grease it if it’s a glass or ceramic baking dish). Top with a sprinkle of black pepper. Bake for 30 minutes then check; cook in additional 5 minute increments until juices run clear.


Eating for Awesome Energy Levels – Take the Challenge!

What an amazing lunar eclipse on Sunday night! It happened at 3 am here in the UK, so I set my alarm, and spent a rather eerie time watching the moon turn red, sitting in my back garden, in total silence. I must admit to being tired on Monday though – extra attention was paid to what I ate to boost my energy levels and enable me to achieve everything I needed to, even after a disturbed night.

Very appropriate then that this week I’m launching a free 5 day challenge to share my secrets, with busy people the prime focus.

How’s your energy? Morning brain fog? Afternoon sleepy slumps? Evening super-snacking? Desperately waiting for wine o’clock?

The energy we need to accomplish everything on our daily to do lists can vary as wildly as our energy levels themselves. The important thing is that we have the necessary resilience to deal with everything that life throws our way, including the things we want to do, not just have to do.

Too exhausted by work and responsibilities to play football with the kids, go on that night out, or have friends over for dinner? Plagued by headaches? Feeling irritable or stressed? Then something is missing, and the first place to look is your diet.

What and how you eat has a huge impact on your energy levels, mood, and all round health. Will that affect your productivity? Absolutely! Does it have to be hard to turn around? Not at all.

The first step is to get a bird’s eye view of what’s going on (and I’m the bird to do it!)

Sign up, receive a booklet to record your food and feelings, and at the end of the 5 days, share your results in either the dedicated challenge Facebook group or by email. Simple.

The best news? You get my professional input on your results and reflections, absolutely free.

Hop on over and sign up for my free 5 day Eating for Energy Challenge here: I’m ready for more energy!

With nearly 20 years experience as a holistic functional nutritionist, and a demanding family life, I can beam in on core issues like a hawk, while understanding the demands of being focused at work, with a life outside business.

Implement my recommendations for small, achievable changes, and you’ll be able to see results quickly and easily.

Do you want to feel better, be better, and do more? Let’s rocket your health, energy and productivity skyward together…..

Life is hectic, but we don’t need to feel frazzled. I’m looking forward to helping you work out how to go from OK to awesome!