Can my thyroid cause stomach pain and bloating?

Can my thyroid cause stomach pain and bloating?

Christel started working with me because she experienced bloating, stomach pain and acid reflux. During the intake she shared that her GP told her recently that thyroid was on the borderline of working too slow. "Can my thyroid cause stomach pain and bloating?" she...

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An indulgent everything-free holiday treat

An indulgent everything-free holiday treat

Here's an indulgent everything-free holiday treat you can serve or bring along: no gluten, dairy or sugar! If you are like many of my clients you might not be sure how you can navigate these days. Christmas pudding, mince pies, stollen and iced cakes are delicious but...

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Recommended Healthy Recipe Books

Recommended Healthy Recipe Books

Eating healthily can feel overwhelming and can leave you with a feeling of deprivation. That's why I advise clients to start with adding in delicious and nutritious meals, so it's only a small step to eliminate things like gluten and dairy. Here's a list of...

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Building healthy habits: find out what works for you!

Building healthy habits: find out what works for you!

A big question in my practice is how I can support people best in building new and healthier habits. Author Gretchen Rubin wrote about it and identified four types of people when it comes to changing your habits. She also has an online quiz where you can find out...

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Make your own coconut yoghurt

Make your own coconut yoghurt

Many of my clients with tummy troubles need to avoid dairy. Is that you? Coconut yoghurt can then be a great alternative. It can also be rather pricey though. And have quite a lot of added ingredients. Good to know you can easily make your own coconut yoghurt at home....

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How to make a really nice soup

How to make a really nice soup

I love making soup. I feel it sustains me and warms me now it's getting colder and darker up here in Scotland - and that snuggly warmth is what I need right now. Over time I've learned how to make a really nice soup from scratch - without a recipe. So let me teach you...

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Lemon and olive oil dressing

Lemon and olive oil dressing

Let's talk dressings! So simple to make and so much nicer than the stuff you buy in the shops... I mean: who needs inflammatory oils, modified waxy corn starch, thickeners, glucose fructose syrup or flavourings on their salad? Thank you very much... You can make...

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What can I eat for stomach pain? 4 important tips

What can I eat for stomach pain? 4 important tips

Do you feel confused about what to eat and what you should and what not to eat when you have stomach pain? Maybe you read somewhere that you should follow a ketogenic diet, low sugar, high fiber, vegan and raw veggies... But you also heard low fat, cooked foods,...

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Stewed apples for a happy gut!

Stewed apples for a happy gut!

Something as simple as stewed apple can be super helpful if you need to heal your gut:   That is something dr Michael Ash, a UK based osteopath, naturopath and nutritionist found out!  He noticed with his patients that if they were eating stewed apples daily...

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Support your liver with dandelion root

Support your liver with dandelion root

Using herbs - or weeds - from your garden for your health is actually a lot easier than you think! A good example is using dandelion roots to support your liver. Now is the time to make your own herbal remedy and you can totally do this. We are in autumn and swiftly...

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How to get rid of pesky candida?

How to get rid of pesky candida?

Oral or vaginal thrush, athlete's foot, jock itch, fatigue, sinus issues, joint pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, fatigue... How to you get rid of candida? If this is you, an overgrowth of yeast in your gut might be causing these symptoms. Testing? How can you...

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Apple and cinnamon yoghurt bowl

Apple and cinnamon yoghurt bowl

It's fall and it's apple time! Nothing reminds me more of autumn than the scent of apples and cinnamon... I'm always so happy when the local apples are back! There are so many different kinds - much nicer than the always-the-same Gala's that have been shipped all over...

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Are cravings making you feel fat, tired and guilty?

Are cravings making you feel fat, tired and guilty?

Are you someone who wakes up every day promising yourself you will not eat the sugary or fatty foods you crave? Only to break that promise again and again? You're not alone. Cravings can be very strong. Do you want to stop feeling fat, tired and guilty? Here are some...

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An easier and quicker falafel receipe

An easier and quicker falafel receipe

Who likes falafels? I do! These deconstructed ones are much easier and quicker to make than the original ones and don’t need to be deep fried or oven baked. Your beneficial gut microbes will love the chickpeas, onion, garlic and cumin – this recipe has lots of fiber!...

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BPA free is good, right? No it isn’t…

BPA free is good, right? No it isn’t…

A couple of years ago I replaced all plastic bottles by BPA-free ones. I had heard that BPA is estrogenic, can disrupt your hormones and make you gain weight - yikes! So I thought BPA free plastic bottles were a safe option. Right? No they're probably not... BPA...

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A simple crunchy snack:  tamari roasted almonds

A simple crunchy snack: tamari roasted almonds

Today's recipe is a simple, gluten and dairy free snack with only 2 ingredients! These tamari roasted almonds are a healthy and delicious snack. They're crunchy and salty and keep your blood sugar balanced. They're also a great addition to your lunch or dinner!...

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Building your microbiome is like creating happy soil

Building your microbiome is like creating happy soil

Three years ago I started to make a lot of compost to add to my garden. And really started to notice how much better my vegetables were doing. I realised that it's the same for the microbiome in our gut: with the right foods you start growing healthy gut bacteria. And...

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A lovely coconut white fish dish

White fish, like cod, haddock or hake, is a great protein that is easy to digest for most people. This looks like a lovely recipe and I'm going to try it out tonight! I think I'll replace the orange juice by a few more tomatoes. I don't like orange in my food! (worst...

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Simple things to try first if you have bloating

Simple things to try first if you have bloating

Do you experience bloating? Do you feel full and heavy after eating? Have people asked you if you were pregnant (and you weren't...) ? Would you love to get rid of the bloat? If you have bloating, don’t immediately jump to medication, testing, supplements or...

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What can YOU do about hiatal hernia?

What can YOU do about hiatal hernia?

A hiatal hernia – aka hiatus hernia - is when part of your stomach moves up through the diaphragm into your chest. Your diaphragm is the big muscle that separates your chest and your abdominal area. It has a small opening (hiatus) through which your food tube...

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Is your tongue on fire?

Is your tongue on fire?

One of the symptoms I hear about from clients is burning tongue. They describe it as a burning or scalding sensation that affects their tongue, but it can also affect your lips, gums, palate, throat or whole mouth. For some it feels as if their mouth is dry and give...

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How to make kefir with nut milk

How to make kefir with nut milk

I've always loved making kefir and yoghurt with cow's milk and really missed it when I decided to go dairy free. I missed the taste as well as the tons of beneficial bacteria that help my gut flora. So I wanted to learn how to make kefir with nut milk. No idea what...

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Do you need to supplement with zinc?

Do you need to supplement with zinc?

Zinc is often mentioned as a good supplement to take when you want to protect yourself from viruses – quite useful at the moment! But do you really need to supplement with zinc? How do you know you need it? And if you do, how do you take it? For me, food always comes...

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Preventing colds and flu

Preventing colds and flu

Yes, it's that time of year again! It's cold and dark, we have not been eating too well during the holidays, we missed some sleep maybe... Our immune system could use a boost! In our community we hold hands very often. So we are often reminded that washing your hands...

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O no! There’s plastic in my tea!

O no! There’s plastic in my tea!

I make compost from food waste and years ago I started finding small lacy plastic bits in the compost. I found out that they come from teabags. What?! Yes, many teabags look like they're made from paper or silk. But these teabags actually contain plastic to make them...

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Green sauce – easy to make and full of goodness

It's the beginning of July now and the greens outside in my garden are thriving! At the moment I have an abundance of coriander, parsley and spring onions and I made them into a green sauce today. There is a lot of goodness in this sauce. Parsley is very high in...

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10 minute gut healing jam

I used to make tons of jam from the berries in my garden. I had a recipe that used only half the sugar. But that's still a lot of sugar. So I stopped doing that. And was looking for a way to make jam without a lot of sugar. Now I make small batches with any kind of...

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Nettle soup recipe!

Nettle soup recipe!

I'll be going out today to pick a basket full of nettles and make another pot of nettle soup. Nettles are one of the most useful plants. The young tops are delicious and nutritious, a natural mineral and vitamin supplement. Just what we need in spring! Nettle tops are...

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Are oats gluten free? Yes and no…

Are oats gluten free? Yes and no…

I noticed in my practice that there is some confusion about gluten free grains. Many people think that oats are gluten free. And that gluten free oats are more processed than normal oats. So let's look into the question: are oats gluten free? I often advise clients...

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Home made beet kvass, a probiotic drink

Home made beet kvass, a probiotic drink

A few weeks ago my husband Hugo had to rush himself into hospital because a tiny splinter in his thumb had caused an infection that quickly turned into sepsis. That was scary. Hallelujah for antibiotics! They probably saved his life. He was on an antibiotic drip for...

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Back to the dining table!

Back to the dining table!

We eat 60% of our meals in front of the TV, according to a survey in 2013. The telly - or Netflix - has become a daily companion at our meal times! But how does that affect your digestion? Last week I talked about how cooking your own meals can help your acid reflux...

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Date and tahini fudge

Date and tahini fudge

Here is a recipe for something sweet and delicious and satisfying that doesn't have any refined sugar, gluten or dairy. I found it in one of the great cookbooks by the sisters Hemsley and Hemsley Good and Simple and I often bring it to parties and potlucks - so I know...

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Stressed? Food can help!

Stressed? Food can help!

In this day and age, most of us are prone to feeling continuous stress. We worry about our jobs and children; we stress over finances, deadlines and relationships. And unfortunately we tend to reach for junk food. But high-calorie or sugary foods only trick us into...

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Recommended Kitchen Appliances for Healthy Cooking

Recommended Kitchen Appliances for Healthy Cooking

Some handy kitchen appliances For the sake of transparency: the links below are affiliate links. When you buy after clicking on them I get a small commission. Thank you for your support! A strong Hand blender with a metal foot and a little mill is a good start...

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Turmeric milk made my way

Turmeric milk made my way

Golden or turmeric milk is a cow's, nut or coconut milk, heated with a good amount of turmeric in it. I shouldn't be saying this as a nutrition and herb expert because of it's great properties, but... I didn't like to drink it! The reason was that I used turmeric...

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What is functional nutrition?

What is functional nutrition?

Functional nutrition wants to restore the well-functioning of the body through food, lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sounds common sense, right? So how do I do that? Root cause To start with I want to find the root cause(s) of your health conditions rather...

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A nice day for a warming lentil soup

A nice day for a warming lentil soup

Today is a really dark and rainy day. Perfect one for a warming and nourishing lentil soup! I created this recipe for a class I was doing about spices; that's why there are quite a few of them in this soup. Often people put in a pinch here and a dash there. But if you...

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A basic hummus recipe: easy, delicious and versatile

A basic hummus recipe: easy, delicious and versatile

Hummus is such a versatile and easy to make dish! I make this hummus recipe nearly every week because it's a great one to have in my fridge in case of a snack attack. Or when the lunch of dinner I made is a bit bland or low in protein and healthy fats. This one is...

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Healthy hot chocolate recipe

During the cold and dark winter months I have been enjoying a warming and nourishing drink: my healthy hot chocolate! And I'm happy to share my recipe. The inspiration came around at a time where I decided to stop drinking caffeinated coffee because I wasn't sleeping...

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Recipe: Oat and banana (or pumpkin. or sweet potato) bars

Recipe: Oat and banana (or pumpkin. or sweet potato) bars

Going gluten free meant we had to re-think our snacks. My husband Hugo works as a handyman and gets hungry very easily. If he doesn't take a good snack with him he will grab something that doesn't work for him and suffer later. These bars are free from gluten, dairy...

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Turmeric for depression and anxiety

Turmeric for depression and anxiety

Depression and anxiety are on the rise. In the UK we experience them ten times as often as in 1945. And many people use antidepressants like Prozac - antidepressants are high in the top ten most prescribed medications. Where is seems easy to solve the problem by...

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9 tips for  gluten-free shopping

9 tips for gluten-free shopping

Have you seen the gluten free shelves in the supermarket expanding? Many people are aware of their gluten sensitivity or even have coeliac disease. And the gluten-free food industry is eagerly stepping in. Which doesn't mean that gluten free products are necessarily...

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Recipes without refined sugar, dairy and gluten

Recipes without refined sugar, dairy and gluten

I'm collecting healthy recipes without refined sugar, dairy and gluten to help you get inspired about cooking your own delicious food from scratch. I also post a weekly recipe on my blog that you can download and print out. Breakfasts: What will I have for breakfast...

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Eat your weeds: chickweed pakoras

Because of the mild weather there's still lots of chickweed growing at the moment! It has been said that there is no part of the world where Chickweed is not to be found. It’s one of the first greens available in winter and the tenderest of wild greens. It’s available...

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