Sauerkraut 

Sauerkraut is an affordable, easy and tasty way of introducing probiotics (good bacteria) into your diet. The fermentation process encourages essential bacteria such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria to flourish, aiding digestion as well as improving gut, brain and body health.  There are many different ways you can make sauerkraut and lots variations of ingredients, but … Continue reading Sauerkraut 

Vitamin D -The Sunshine Vitamin 🌞

I love the sun in October, it's low and is a sharp light that makes everything beautifully vivid.Vitamin D comes in two forms -D2 & D3. It is a fat-soluble (the liver mainly stores it in fat) pro-hormone which helps balance hormones in the body and supports our immune system. Top up your vitamin D3 levels … Continue reading Vitamin D -The Sunshine Vitamin 🌞

♫ Good, good, good, good bacteria ♫

A fantastic insight into bacteria; the good, the bad and the tasty!

Real Food Lover

A Kilner jar of sauerkraut made by Real Food LoverI wrote this long piece about good bacteria for the Sustainable Food Trust, which has given me permission to republish it here (slightly edited).

Thank you, Sustainable Food Trust.

♫ Good, good, good, good bacteria ♫

Recent research on the role of bacteria suggests we need a radical rethink about what makes us healthy.

Thanks to advances in genetic sequencing, scientists are starting to discover, categorise and understand the importance of the vast universe of microbial organisms that lives invisibly on, in and around us.

In May 2015, results from studies conducted by Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, showed that a ten-day diet of junk food caused the loss of 1,300 species of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

Professor Spector said: “Microbes get a bad press, but only a few of the millions of species are harmful, and many are crucial to our…

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Eating with the Seasons

  I don’t know about you, but when I think of seasonal produce my memory casts back to picking berries and sweet peas in a friend’s back garden when I was little. Each summer my family and I were tempted by the ‘pick-your-own’ strawberry sign on the roadside. And I also remember the annual Harvest … Continue reading Eating with the Seasons

Almond Milk

Here's a simple step-by-step guide to making your own delicious almond milk.  It makes roughly 500ml.   All you'll need is... 110g of almonds 2 medjool dates water blender jug or container for milk Step one of homemade almond milk; Soak 110g of almonds for 6 hours Step two; Take out the stones of two … Continue reading Almond Milk

Energy Balls 

Hello! Energy balls are becoming pretty popular, that's probably because they are sooo simple to make and a great snack -I'm not a big advocate of snacks because they can inhibit the proper digestion of your previous meal (see blog on this), but if you're needing a pick-me-up these are a great healthy option, packed … Continue reading Energy Balls 

Immune Support and You

          Feeling a little sniffy? Me too. I've accepted that I have a cold, I didn't want it (when do you ever?),  but I've tried to see it through as quick as I can, helped it to the door if you like, with a guiding hand, here's how I did it... … Continue reading Immune Support and You

A General Guide to Eating Habits

As a Nutritional Therapist I am commonly approached with many different ailments and questions about very specific health issues. My first step is to point to the basic principles of good eating. Food has an immediate effect on the body, the body's biochemistry changes within minutes of eating a meal. This can be affected by … Continue reading A General Guide to Eating Habits

A Twist on a Traditional Apple Crumble

Who likes apple crumble?! 🙋 I do! This season's apples having been dropping for a few weeks now, and we've still got a bit of time left to catch some more, so here's what you can do with them. I say it's a twist on a traditional apple crumble as it doesn't include refined sugar … Continue reading A Twist on a Traditional Apple Crumble