Health and nutrition

Check your vitamin D now!

Check your vitamin D now!

Here in Scotland the darker season is definitely upon us. So it's time to check your vitamin D now! My experience is that GP's don't do the test often. But you can do an at-home test. I'll tell you where and how below. I just ordered our own tests - we take them every...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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!...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...