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

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 »

Early bird tickets available until May 26th. Limited places.

Terms and conditions: all bookings are final and non-refundable. If you are unable to attend for unavoidable reasons, it may be possible to attend a later event if there is space.

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….


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.” ‘

Healthify! Cook with your kids – faves with a healthy twist!

Price is per adult and one accompanying child – for other options, check below.

Cracking cookery for kids, big and small! Come along with your munchkins, ready to munch and and spend an educational, fun-packed and delicious afternoon learning how to create healthy versions of favourite foods that can all too often be less than good for us.

I’ll be showing you how, then you’ll get stuck in, making pizza, chicken nuggets, delicious cake and cookies from scratch. Go home laden with goodies, plus the knowledge you need to cook the dishes at home or healthify other favourites. Cookery isn’t just creative fun, it’s a necessary life skill, and getting the best nutrition is essential for growing bodies and brains as well as maintaining health and avoiding disease, for life.

The price is per adult and one accompanying child. To attend without children, or to add a second child, please email me to adapt the order via Paypal link.

Solo adult price: £35
Second child: £5

Limited spaces, book early! BOOK HERE.


All ingredients provided, plus packaging to take your masterpieces home! Includes recipes and information.

Please note – booking CLOSES on October 15th two weeks before this event to allow for ingredient purchase, resource 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.


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….

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 Body and Soul Club

So, do you want to reach your happy weight and improve your health, for good? Then join the best club for weight loss in Plymouth… 

Your weight is a reflection of yourself, your life and your relationship with food. We all have a ‘happy’ weight, a natural shape that we are born to be, and which we naturally find when eating the way we are designed to eat. Factors such as stress, lifestyle, self-esteem, lack of time, food choices, nutritional status, and even medications, can affect our weight.

There IS a better way! The Body and Soul Club – changing minds, not just bodies!

Have you got a clear goal, wanting to:

  • feel better,
  • be healthier,
  • have more energy,
  • feel more body-confident,
  • keep up with the kids or grandchildren,
  • feel good in the latest fashions?

The Body and Soul Club is about real food for real people living real life, not fads, rules, denial, replacing meals, and sky high expectations.

The meetings are based around a no-diet diet, rebooting your system physically, tackling mental and emotional causes of weight gain, and coaching you to regain, and keep, the best shape you can be. It’s a result of over a decade of research, and the successful permanent weight loss of  my previous clients, some losing as much as a stone in the first month. It’s designed to:

  • make abundant, delicious food a daily habit as natural as brushing your teeth;
  • show you how our bodies work, what we should eat, and why;
  • fit in with the realities of busy lives;
  • give you an eating plan, a wide range of recipes, and practical tips and tricks;
  • encompass the physical, mental and emotional aspects of a healthy relationship with food;
  • provide the guidance and community you need to coach you through the process of reaching your happy weight;
  • include guest experts and demos on essential aspects of successful weight loss, such as exercise, relaxation and positive thinking;
  • and break through the body, mind and spirit roadblocks sabotaging you!
  • weighing is optional and private, but everyone is accountable for putting the knowledge into action….

There are limited spaces available to ensure I can give everyone the input they need – email me to enquire about available courses or spaces in the first instance, or join the waiting list. I ask a 6 month commitment – we’re changing minds and bodies!

PLEASE NOTE: the commitment is for the full 6 month term of the programme – all subscriptions are due regardless of attendance.

Current courses:

3 June-18 November 2015- meetings run fortnightly on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 7.30-8.30 pm, with the personal coaching Q+A from 8.30-9.00 pm.

Joining fee – £25 with a session fee of £7.50, billed as a monthly £15 payment.

Other day and evening courses coming soon – email to be informed first of the next available club sessions.

Come and reach your happy weight with us!


Boost your brain with a smoothie!

Whizz up this Brain Boost Smoothie for breakfast if you have a busy, mentally demanding day ahead – the protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins will keep blood sugar release steady, brain function sharp, and concentration focused.

Just one of the smoothies in the smoothie and juice mini-book I’m currently writing – taking the fruit acid, calorie and fibre considerations into account, there are ways to utilise the real supercharging value of smoothies and juices as part of broad and balanced daily eating. 

This is also what I’ll be teaching in the morning masterclass at the Nourish Retreats weekend with The Barefoot Doctor in April (you can check it out and book here – http://www.nourishretreats.co.uk/…/nourish-renewal-at-shar…/

So, go ahead and boost those brains! Enjoy!

Brain Boost Smoothie

250 ml organic milk or substitute (or more if you want your smoothie thinner)
125 ml probiotic yogurt
1 banana
frozen blueberries (or berries/mixed fruit of your choice)
a handful of flaxseeds/milled flax and chia seeds
2 spoonfuls of almond/cashew/pumpkin seed butter
cinnamon to taste

Chuck in a blender/smoothie maker, whizz and enjoy!

Serves 2

Bring mind and body together for natural weight loss….

Are you overwhelmed by the thousands of ‘proven diets’ out there and do not know what you should be eating?
Do you tend to reach out for food when you’re stressed, angry or sad?
Are you feeling sluggish, low of energy and unhappy with your weight?
Are you fed up and frustrated that you keep failing in your efforts to be healthier or achieve the weight loss you want?
Do you feel uncomfortable in your own skin and wish you could be more confident?

Many people are, and it’s not at all surprising. There’s so much conflicting (and downright bad) information out there, especially regarding weight loss. I call it your happy weight, because we all have a weight we were born to be. With natural, nutrient-rich food, allied to the right portion sizes and a balanced outlook, you’ll reach that happy weight.

There IS one more aspect though – how you think. Our mind and emotions have such a huge impact on our food choices and eating habits, impacting directly on our weight, health and our confidence. This is why the psychology of eating is a must-have element of how i help people wanting to lose weight and change their lives, health and body image into the bargain.

A friend of mine, Marion (who is a wonderful proponent of sophrology) and I have collaborated to run workshops on this very subject – we formed the Mind Body Connection, uniting nutrition and sophrology to tackle health, weight, stress and anxiety via workshop days, fast tracking participants by arming them with the tools to really get to grips with what’s holding them back in mind, body and spirit.

Revolutionary approach, but entirely common sense! Check out the events page if you live in Devon to attend one of the days in June and July. We’ll hit London with it too later in the year. Maybe a webinar or download would be interesting for those not near Devon or London. If you’d like to see it, let us know!

Want to put the foundation of health in place in your life? Take a look at the plans, foods, starter packs and events that do just that!