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Delicious dipping for endless energy!

One of the things that I end up talking about a lot, whether in classes or with clients, is the importance of keeping blood sugar balanced throughout the day.

Avoiding the late morning or mid afternoon slump that has us reaching for a quick fix is a key factor in sidestepping a number of niggles that you may not associate with plunging blood sugar levels. It’s not always the obvious symptoms like hunger that signify a need to fill the tanks.

Other symptoms might be things like fatigue, headache, dizziness, irritability, feeling slightly wobbly, or even feeling anxious without a real reason.

Resolve this by ensuring that you have a good breakfast with a major protein component (whether that be something like eggs, yogurt, or nuts and seeds), and have decent snacks prepared if there is a delay of longer than 3-4 hours between breakfast and lunch, and lunch and dinner.

The best snacks for maintaining blood sugar levels are protein based too – in fact, all meals and snacks should be a combo of protein and complex carbs with a bit of healthy fat for prime nutrition and fuelling.

Is it difficult to do in the everyday run of things? Not if you are prepared, and even that preparation is often just a chuck in and whizz exercise!

This is one of my two favourite dips – not only is it quick and easy, it’s full of all round fresh goodness, keeps well to last through the week, it’s easily transportable for going out and about, and absolutely delicious!

For all of us ladies over 40, edamame beans are obligatory for getting the best soya phyto-oestrogens in the most natural, healthy form. Stay away from the processed soya like meat replacements, milks and yogurts that are just frankenfoods, and eat this  Grab edamame beans from most supermarkets in the frozen section, or just pop into a Chinese supermarket.

Lovely and light, perfect for the return of the light as we hit spring and look forward to summer!

Edamame Energy Dip

250g edamame beans (thawed if from frozen)
3 cloves of garlic
50g baby spinach
20 mls white miso (from paste and water mixed)
50 mls coconut oil
50g tahini
lime juice to taste (1-2 limes)
sesame, poppy, pumpkin and/or sunflower seeds

In a food processor, whizz up all the ingredients except the lime juice and seasoning until the lumps have blended out. Add the lime juice and seasoning until you’ve reached your desired taste and consistency. Serve with the seeds scattered over the top, and dig in with veg crudités and wholegrain crackers.

Want to be able to talk to clients about nutrition?

The London Functional Food Coach course beginning in the autumn 2018 is now open for applications from medical, complementary, fitness and mental health professionals who want to add diet and lifestyle assessment and solutions to their practice for a truly holistic approach!
DATE TBC – October 27/28 with 3 further training weekends every 6 weeks or so, and subsequent assessment and certification day (dates tbc). Full details on case study requirements, assessment, and training via the syllabus – see the website link.
Health is holistic. As experts in our fields, we can go into all kinds of detail and great depth, supporting our clients in healing the particular issues that they have consulted us to address.
But what about the areas we know only a little about? The areas that we know they are struggling with, that are contributing to their problems, that would really help our clients to fast track their recovery, but that we are not qualified to deal with. Now the opportunity is here to add diet and lifestyle assessment and solutions to your own on boarding process.
My mission is to train mental health, complementary, medical and fitness professionals how to quickly and effectively assess their clients for food, specific nutrition and diet, encourage necessary changes in a nonintrusive way, and give clients the tools to easily make the changes they need to for optimal recovery and health.
You’ll learn how to assess how your client’s diet is contributing to their health issues, what other factors might be aggravating them, and how to suggest easily achievable changes. You’ll also learn how to recognise when a client does need further professional intervention to resolve root issues that will hold back their recovery or work with you.
You’ll train in physical and mental health targeted assessment and intervention to complement the arena that you practise in. Food, nutrition and diet are integral factors in both physical and mental health disruption, as evidenced in a growing body of research. It’s also common sense in its purest form – our bodies and brains, and all their processes and functions, are created and supported by what and how we eat.
This is the future of effective healthcare – a holistic approach, with our bodies’ nutritional needs and functional mechanics as the foundation that everything else is built on. It helps the body and brain to work and heal optimally, supporting physical, mental and psychological therapies by alleviating symptoms and niggles that act as roadblocks to full healing.
Being able to offer Functional Food Coaching is something that sets you apart from your peers, and truly gives you the ability to offer services that support the whole person.
With nearly 25 years of practice experience, a range of training, and specialist knowledge in mental health nutrition, weight management, food addictions, gut disorders, auto-immune conditions and cancer recovery, as well as being a qualified, experienced teacher, I’m uniquely placed to be able to train YOU in how to do what I do initially with clients.
This training will encompass:
– the components and mechanics of ideal food, nutrition and diet from clinical and functional nutrition perspectives;
– what an ideal day and week look like, and how to point to immediate, small, but significant, changes dependent on your client’s age, and other crucial factors;
– how to work with clients’ assessment forms and food diaries;
– how to address issues and changes in a non-intrusive way, motivate and encourage;
– what extra tweaks are required for common conditions or issues, such as menopause, IBS, intolerances, hormonal disruption, chronic fatigue, and weight gain for physical health, and stress, anxiety, and depression for mental health;
– and recognising when more serious disruption requires referral.
I will be available for support or queries for the full 12 months after certification, and for every year you continue as a Functional Food Coach.
The training comprises personal training sessions as well as the group training days, plus case study reviews and assessment before certification. The opportunity to become a Functional Food Coach is limited to small numbers in any one cohort, and only a couple of intakes annually.
Lauren, Life and Resilience Coach, Nutritional Therapist, Educator
“I was really keen to take this training due to my passion for a holistic approach to health. I wanted to know more about how what we ate could affect how we feel, sleep and act. I feel I’ve learnt so much about the crucial elements of nutrition in managing stress, anxiety and depression. The fact that we can control our hormones and neurotransmitters through the food we put in our body is absolutely mind-blowing, especially when you understand the science behind it all which Jane makes so easy.
The resources, yearly licence and Jane’s fantastic teaching skills have left me not only confident but EXCITED to start working with people and their diets. Knowing and, more importantly, understanding how nutrition affects our health, I can’t wait to get out and spread the word.
If you are looking for a more holistic approach that everyone can easily access I can not recommend this course enough.”
Annie, Psychotherapist, Counsellor, social prescribing advocate
“Jane’s passion as regards a holistic approach to mental health issues, together with her knowledge and experience around working with food and its benefits shone through in this really interesting and worthwhile course.. As a psychotherapist I will certainly be including what I have learned into my work with clients.”
To become a Functional Food Coach, you will need to apply via the website – this course does not qualify you as a nutritionist; it adds a certificated functional aspect to your own work and assessment processes, a postgraduate element.
The Functional Food Coach Academy is in the process of approved training school accreditation by the Complementary Medical Association.
Once the places are filled, entry closes until I choose to run it again. The future starts now!
Click here to go to the website to apply, contact me or ask for a syllabus, or send me a message via the contact form in Enquiries.