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December 23, 2019

It’s the New Year and you’re committed to a healthy start. But those cravings keep on sending you awry. Is it all in your head or is your body trying to tell you something?

Some might dismiss a ‘wisdom of the body’ theory as quackery. However, if you think about the biological processes happening within your body and the factors affecting these, the argument to substantiate a link becomes more compelling. Here’s why.

Food is so much more than just calories. It’s information. The body is a wonderful machine, constantly sending you signs and signals about the information (or nutrients) it needs to function at its best. The trouble is, when you fall into unhealthy patterns, you unwittingly train your brain and body to think and crave certain foods. Often these foods give you a quick fix. You feel great for 30 minutes, yet an hour later your energy levels are on the floor and you need another hit to keep you going. Sound familiar?

This concept applies to everyone, not just women in pregnancy...

December 13, 2019

Makes 25

For the filling

1 large apple, like Braeburn, Gala 

75g raisins

75g golden sultanas

75g currants

65g dried, unsweetened cranberries

60g other dried fruit (sour cherries, blueberries, mango, apricots - dried but unsweetened)

Zest and juice of an orange

50g coconut palm sugar (or 2 tsp Stevia if you’d rather)

4 tbsp organic butter, cubed

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground ginger

1tbsp brandy

For the pastry

150g ground almonds

75g coconut flour

1 tbsp coconut palm sugar

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp sea salt

zest of an orange

115g butter, frozen. Plus a little extra for greasing

1 egg, lightly whisked

METHOD

Making the filling

Add all of the ingredients above (other than the brandy, if using) into a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir

When the butter is fully melted, turn the heat to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring often.

Take the saucepan off the heat and stir through a Tablespoon of brandy, and decant into sterilized glass jars.

Leave to cool with the lid slightly ajar, then secure ti...

December 13, 2019

There’s a lot to like about winter. I LOVE crispy winter mornings & log fires on those dark evenings.  I shan’t list all the things I don’t like about winter, but right up there must be catching a cold, and feeling a bit blue come January.  In this newsletter I’m going to explain why so much of that is down to your levels of vitamin D, which is sometimes called the ‘sunshine vitamin’ (and hence a lack of it in winter).   

We’ll look at all the stuff you really need to know about vitamin D and why it is vital for life. We’ll look at how you can tell if you might be a bit low, who should get tested, and where to have it done (and what to say to your doctor to have this done free of charge). Also how to boost your levels naturally through food, although food sources are will NEVER give you enough vitamin D in winter.

WHY YOU REALLY, REALLY NEED THE D

Vitamin D is a superstar vitamin. More correctly, it’s actually a hormone. If levels are too low, this is bad new...

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