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Eat to Beat Stress, Depression and Anxiety – Diet for Mental Health Workshop

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTED PRICE OF £25 AVAILABLE UNTIL CHRISTMAS  – FULL PRICE £35. LIMITED PLACES.

Mental health is as important as physical health, or at least, it should be! The brain is an incredible organ, controlling everything we do, whether we’re conscious of its workings or not. The causes of mental health disruption can be intricate, and can be causal, situational or a combination of both, but diet is a key part of getting, and staying, balanced.

Feeding your body and brain the right foods and nutrients to support mental health (and the function of the brain, adrenals and gut) is now recognised as one of the single most important steps everyone should take as a foundation for controlling anxiety, balancing mood, and protecting yourself from stress.

Knowing what other factors affect brain function, what to do (or not do!) and how to go about taking control for ourselves is essential too.

This session looks at the what, why and how you can ensure the best environment for optimum functioning, including wider factors and interventions. This is an interactive session, with the opportunity to ask questions, so you leave ready to eat to beat stress, depression and anxiety, and protect not just your own mental health, but your loved ones’ too!

You’ll be able to choose one of the three Happy Brain Series packs worth £10 as a complimentary gift to use after the event to carry on the good work!

Book your place HERE »

Terms and conditions: all bookings are final and non-refundable.

Deck the tree with (healthy) cookies!

The festive season means many things, but to me, on the inevitable taste and sensory level that I seem to have as a default mode, December means spices. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, oranges, all spice, and so much more. Jewelled colours, rich aromas, and warmth to counteract the wintry chill.

There are so many ways to incorporate this – strategically placed bowls of satsumas, a pot pourri made of dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and juniper berries, and of course, spiced biscuits!

I love making these gorgeous spiced biscuits that can be used as decorations for a few days before being eaten.

Although based around a gingerbread recipe, if you don’t like gingerbread, leave the ginger out and use other spices – all cooking should be adapted and a creative therapy in itself.

This is a lovely family activity, both creatively and food skills and health-wise. Spices are wonderful for health, as are herbs. Sprinkle around liberally, and add to everything!

Christmas Spiced Tree Cookies

175g dark muscovado sugar
85g golden syrup
100g butter
3 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 egg, lightly beaten

Heat the sugar, golden syrup and butter until melted. Mix the spices and flour in a large bowl. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in 1 tsp cold water. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the melted mixture, the egg and the bicarbonate of soda solution. Mix well. At this stage the mix will be soft but will become firmer as it cools in the fridge.

Cover the surface of the biscuit mix with cling film and leave to cool in the fridge for about 1 hr or until it is firm enough to roll out.

Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead to make a little more pliable. At this stage the dough can be wrapped and kept in the fridge for up to a week, or frozen. Roll out to around 2-3 mm thick. Cut into your favourite seasonal shapes, then transfer to baking trays, leaving room for them to spread. If you plan to hang the biscuits up as decorations, make a small hole in the top of each one using a skewer. Repeat until all the dough is used, or freeze any leftovers for later, to keep the decs going all Christmas – they will get eaten after all!

Bake for around 12-15 mins until they colour a little. If the holes you have made have closed over while baking, remake them while the biscuits are warm and soft using a skewer or knife. Cool for a few minutes on the baking tray, then transfer to a wire rack to cool and allow them harden up completely for decorating. Decorate with icing, edible glitter, or any other decorations you fancy.

If hung up on the tree or around the house, the biscuits will be edible for about a week, but will last a lot longer as decorations. Maybe make in the few days before Christmas for decs that last through the celebrations for some new year nibbles!

Do you need eating plans for your clients?

Do you need professionally designed, nutritionist formulated eating plans or resources with a proven track record of success for you to use with your clients?

Health professionals can white label my tried and tested eating plans and resource packs to reflect their own brand or business. 

All my Easy Start Eating Plans are available for white labelling via two levels of package, whether you would like my designer to design, brand and present your chosen plan or plans or use your own design professional. The end result will suit your business and reflect your area of practise.

The packages also include a licence to use the content as you wish for a year, after which you can renew annually for the basic licence cost only.

Altogether this is an effective way to bring professional nutritionist-standard eating plans and resources to your clients as part of your business model, and as a extra element in your work, helping your clients to improve their holistic health with real food solutions that address their bodies and brains on a multi-system level, repairing and re-establishing a functional food foundation for optimal health.

If you would like to discuss the available plans and their suitability in depth, please contact me to set up a call – I’d be happy to help.

To check out the available plans, and for full details, click the link below.

Eating Pans and Resources For Health Professionals

Eat For Life Nutrition Course – Groups in Plymouth or Online

Eating healthily, or the broader science of nutrition, have become an over-complicated, faddy, and for some, confusing part 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 some key jigsaw pieces of information about the body and brain, and how the jigsaw should be put together.

In this course, I take you through a foundational understanding of food, nutrition, health and daily diet for you or your whole family over six months, combining monthly meetings in Plymouth or via Zoom, with fortnightly lessons delivered via a building manual of information and video, and membership of a closed group for students. Ask questions in the group between our meetings where we’ll go into the content in depth (for intricate in between queries, I’ll answer with FB lives), and meet me and your fellow students in there as often as you like.

So, what are the foundations of nutrition knowledge for every day living and eating? This is what you will learn:

  • The Basics
  • Ideal Diet and Myth Busting
  • A Week’s Eating, Store Cupboards, Organisation and Prep for Busy People
  • Nutrient Lists and Recipe Development
  • Servings and Portions, Meal Combining and Family Feeding
  • Shopping, Storing, Nutrient Depletion and Nutrient Status
  • Blood Sugar, Energy, and Adrenals
  • Hormones and How to Balance Them
  • The Good Gut Guide
  • Happy Weight and Fat Burning
  • Mood, Food and Keeping Your Brain Balanced

Bonuses:

  • membership of the Functional Foodie recipe and resource hub for a year
  • a 50% discount on 1-2-1 assessments for the first 10 students to join
  • How To Eat Vegan For Health online cookery course free for the first 20 students to join

Optional Extra Classes for Plymouth Group students – practical cookery afternoons for up to 10 students in a teaching kitchen: £40 for one class, or £70 for two. These places will be offered to the Plymouth group once we have started.

  • Simple Suppers cookery class – 10 students
  • Clean Cakes cookery class  – 10 students

All students finishing the course will receive a certificate of achievement.

Dates listed here are for Plymouth monthly meetings on a Monday evening. Virtual conference room meetings will be on the Tuesday evenings.

Treat yourself and your loved ones to the best of health every day. It’s easier than you think! Eat better, feel better, do more….

BOOK YOUR PLACE IN PLYMOUTH HERE!

BOOK YOUR PLACE IN THE VIRTUAL GROUP HERE!

Payment plans also available, please contact me for details. Contact me to secure your place with a deposit.

This course is not suitable for professionals wishing to bring nutrition into their practice – you can train as a Functional Food Coach in Plymouth, London or in a virtual class by applying here: Become a Functional Food Coach for a truly holistic practice!

Terms and Conditions:

Those on payment plans will be expected to commit to making all payments, regardless of continuing to attend group sessions as space has to be paid for in advance.

Due to the nature of the material, no refunds will be given. If you have an queries about the course or content, please contact me to discuss them before joining.

How To Cook Vegan For Health – June 2018

EARLY BIRD PRICE OF £45 AVAILABLE UNTIL MARCH 31ST (subject to availability)

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 and sells out quickly, so book early to ensure a place!

Early bird price of £45 applies if booked by March 31st, subject to availability. Full price of £55 after this date. 

Please note, booking closes on May 26th to allow for ingredient purchase, information production, and staffing.

T&Cs: 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.

Prices will be increasing significantly for future classes to cover increased costs – to take advantage of this class at an amazing price, book one of the remaining spaces.

Also note that you will be added to an email list to be sent joining details and event information, plus any resources. Your data is kept safe and secure at all times on a dedicated email platform. You will not be sent marketing or other newsletters unless you create an account on the website or sign up via my Facebook page to receive my free resource.

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….

GET ACCESS HERE 

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!

The Walnut has landed!

After a few days of strange, unusual, and if I’m honest, chaotic events (culminating in nearly running over a suicidal seagull focused only on the lollipop clamped jealously in its beak, proving how dangerous junk food is!), I was thrilled to receive the inaugural copy of Walnut magazine – I was approached to write foodie health articles for it a while ago and completely forgot about it, so this is my first view of the finished mag and my mental health nutrition article.

If you’re in the Bristol area, you’ll be lucky enough to be able to grab a copy – beautifully designed and produced, and packed with wonderful information, advice and recipes. If you don’t live in the distribution area, you can purchase a copy of this hefty quarterly gem here: Walnut Magazine

Welcome to Walnut! Great stuff, Dermot!

Boost mood with food for better mental health…..

Great news! I was first switched on to the impact of food on mental health at an international conference nearly 15 years ago, and haven’t stopped studying it since. Evidence of those early pioneering theories has gradually grown as research was commissioned. The more research emerges, the more is commissioned, and so we begin to really join up the dots.

It’s really hard work making progress without a body of major scientific evidence, but it does look like a corner has been turned and the food-mental health link is now accepted enough for a real food for the brain message to be listened to. With mental health statistics and the numbers suffering reaching crisis point, it’s not a moment too soon.

See the full article here.

‘Director of Deakin’s Food and Mood Centre Professor Felice Jacka said the results of her team’s new study offered a possible new treatment approach to depression, one of the world’s most prevalent and costly medical disorders.

“We’ve known for some time that there is a clear association between the quality of people’s diets and their risk for depression,” Professor Jacka said.

“This is the case across countries, cultures and age groups, with healthy diets associated with reduced risk, and unhealthy diets associated with increased risk for depression.

“However, this is the first randomised controlled trial to directly test whether improving diet quality can actually treat clinical depression.” ‘

Cook Vegan – How to Eat Vegan for Health

THIS CLASS IS NOW SOLD OUT.  The next event is on February 4th 2017. Please see that event for booking details – http://www.trinityholistics.co.uk/event/cook-vegan-feb/

To be informed when the next event is running, drop me an email at jane@trinityholistics.co.uk.

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.

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.