Is a plant diet really better for the environment?

The reports about global warming over the last couple of weeks have been scary and horrific and yes, we need to do something about it. All of us. The one thing that has made me think and question is not the reports that we need...

Why your weight is important to your health

As always, I am going to start with a caveat of not being ‘perfect’ with my diet, not being a ‘clean eater’ or restricting what I eat in terms of conforming to a specific diet.  I eat well, mainly homemade organic/wild/sustainable food and when I...

Why I Cook From Scratch

If you have read my previous blog posts on subjects like ‘healthier alternatives’ and ‘sugar-free’ options etc you will know that I am not a fan of highly processed foods. This is not to say that I don’t on occasion eat them. I am not...

‘Healthy Alternatives’ Or Are They…?

When out and about I have noticed more and more ‘healthy’ food and drink alternatives being handed out by companies with ‘no artificial sweeteners or ‘high protein low sugar’ as the selling point.  These words might make you think this is a better option. But...

It’s ‘sugar free’, so it’s healthy!

I keep on reading articles and social media posts about ‘sugar-free’ recipes and getting angry, so I thought I would tone down the rage and write to hopefully inform and educate without getting ranty.  I would also like to state at this point that I...

Processed Foods – Do You Know What’s In Them?

There has been a lot in the press recently about processed foods and what goes into them. It’s really great that the media and people are beginning to take an interest in what actually goes into their foods and the impact it can have on your...

Sleep – Are You Getting Enough?

Do you get less than 7 hours sleep? Do you think it doesn’t matter because you are full of energy?  I’m afraid to say that you aren’t actually full of energy, but in a constant state of high stress and running on empty. Recent research has shown...

Organic – is it really better for you?

There is quite a lot of controversy around organic food and if it is scientifically better for you or not.  I would like to state at this point, that my belief is that eating organically is better for you. I don’t see how food that...

Do you count calories? Might be time for a change of habit.

The government and MacDonald’s both have radio adverts at the moment focusing on low calories and a low-calorie meal/snack being a ‘better’ option.  This is not necessarily the case. There is too much focus on the number of calories, rather than where the calories are...

Time to Ditch that Diet?

Following on from my last post about why it's best to do a juice fast/detox in spring I thought I would write about dieting and why it doesn't really work.  The minute you put yourself on a diet or decide to start it on Monday, is also the minute...

Essential Oils – Can They Harm You?

A Naturopath’s first principle is to do no harm, which is paramount when you are dealing with people and their health.  There is a HUGE misconception in this country that because something is natural it can’t do any harm.  Well, arsenic is natural and it...

Detox in Spring, Not Winter

Detoxing in January and February is ‘the done thing to do’ and there’s even a sense of guilt if you don’t.  If you are thinking of doing it in January or February this year, please take a moment to read this before fully making up...

How I Eat

My Instagram feed is mainly made up of meals and food that I make for myself.  Recently I have been getting a lot of positive feedback, so I thought I would explain how I eat and more importantly, what I eat. First and foremost, I don’t...

Dieting in All it’s Forms

Dieting Dieting whether it’s calorie counting, restricting foods or eliminating foods completely, is something I have been meaning to write about for a while; even more so since a patient brought in a list of foods that are ok to eat with Slimming World.  It...

Your Baby and Essential Oils

Essential oils are a really magical thing to use for your baby/child.  The impact they have at a biochemical level is amazing and can help with all sorts of common problems young babies have.  Another brilliant thing about them is that they will also have...

Antibiotic Resistance

A phrase we hear frequently alongside superbugs.  Does this worry you? Do you take regular antibiotics and wonder if they will stop being effective? Well don't worry as there are many things you can do for yourself to help fight infection before you might need...

Fat. Will it Kill Me?

Fat.  Is it good for me?  Will it kill me? Will it make me lose weight?  Do eat coconut oil?  Don’t eat coconut oil?  Eat margarine and use vegetable oil to cook with?  Low fat is better for you.  Butter is your friend. Red meat...

Hay Fever Tips

Hay fever seems to be very prevalent at the moment so I thought it might be useful to explain a little bit about it and what’s going on in the body. Hay fever makes itself known with all sorts of symptoms including a blocked/runny nose, a...

Please Cuddle Your Baby and/or Child

We spend the first 9 (ish) months of our lives encased in the womb surrounded by fluid. We are constantly being touched by it.  We hear our mother’s heartbeat and feel the vibrations ripple down through the amniotic fluid to our body as it gently...

Cooking/Planing for the week

London and life are hectic so I thought I would write about how I cook for the week.  I understand it won’t suit everyone due to family preferences or dietary restrictions.  Hopefully, you might pick up something useful that you can implement to make planning...

Juicing

I have a bit of an internal argument about how I view juicing, specifically when people decide to do a juice detox for a few days unsupported from a therapist. With my Naturopathy hat on I believe a juicing detox is a brilliant thing to do...

The Wonders of Reflexology for You and Your Family

Reflexology is a magical therapy.  With me, it’s gentle, non-invasive and a brilliant way to give your whole body, including organs and hormone glands a boost.  Not only brilliant for adults, I can also teach you how to give your baby or child reflexology to...

Sleep

Do you regularly get less than 7 hours sleep? Are you often in bed after midnight? Do you feel sleepy on the sofa so go to bed and then look at your phone/tablet/laptop etc? Do you feel full of energy, can’t wait to get out of bed and...

Babies and Buggies

When I began my baby massage instructor course I started to read clinical research around the impact of touch on babies and adults.  I have also read around baby/child psychology including parenting styles and theories and how they have changed through time with the introduction...

Clean Eating

I don’t like the phrase ‘clean eating’ on many levels.  Mainly because it insinuates that if you don’t follow a ‘clean eating diet’, you are making poor food choices that impact negatively on your body. It also makes you feel guilty for the choices you...

Naturopath Specialising In The Family

Do you know what a Naturopath is?  Or wonder how one might be able to support you and your baby during pregnancy and beyond? Whilst looking after you, as a Naturopathic Physician, I follow a set of principles to firstly keep you and your baby safe,...

The Benefits of Baby Massage for Mother, Father and Baby

Baby massage is a wonderful thing to learn and implement daily for many reasons. The first and most importantly is that it helps create and strengthen the bond between mother, and so essentially, father and baby.  This is because when we are touched and massaged...

Cough & Cold Busting Tips

Skin Brushing stimulates the lymph system which is where the immune cells lives. The lymph System is like the blood system made up of vessels that are all over the body. Unlike blood system which has a heart to keep the blood moving around the body...