Join our FREE Summer Solstice Cacao Ceremony

Join our Soul Tribe Circle for a FREE online Cacao Ceremony and Meditation with Sound on Wednesday 22 June 8.30 – 9.30pm (UK) as we celebrate the Summer Solstice. Come and enjoy this special connection with Ali Hutchinson, Cacao Carrier and Gut Health Coach as she guides us through an intuitive journey with ceremonial grade cacao for a heart opening ceremony that celebrates the summer solstice. ...

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Do body cleanses really work?

Do you use your car every day of the week? How often do you service it or book an MOT? You’re in your body with the engine running 24 hours every single day of the week and yet you never think to hit reset, give it a little down time or an annual service. The body is constantly cleansing itself of toxins from the foods we eat and drink and the environment we live in but sometimes it needs a ...

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4 things that can help your gut

If you're experincing difficulties with your gut health, be it bloating and constipation, stomach cramps, diarrhoea or just general discomfort, it can cause havoc in many areas of our life. These four simple things can help support your gut health leading to better overall health, a boosted immune system and greater mental health. 1. Stay hydrated Drinking plenty of water has been shown to have a ...

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Help and support to grow your future dreams

I’m super excited to have just received the final draft of the piece I’ve been writing for a co-authored book being published alongside plant medicine woman Lynette Allen later this year. For me journalling is a cathartic process. Whether it's writing my daily list of the actions I want to accomplish, creating a meal plan or shopping list or drafting a blog, it allows me to put my ideas into a ...

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Celebrate International Women's Day

As we celebrate International Women's Day today, Tuesday 8 March, I’d love to invite you to celebrate you. Celebrate what you’ve achieved in life, the journey you’ve had and the amazing woman you are today. I know you might not be where you want to be, but each step is a movement and even when we feel like we are making no headway or falling back we are still exactly where we are meant to be. So ...

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Journaling Prompts for the March Full Moon

This year, March's full Moon on March 18 occurs before the spring equinox which takes place on March 20, thus making the March Full Moon what is known as a Lenten Moon . It falls in what is traditionally known in the Christian calendar as Lent. April's full Moon (April 16, 2022) will be the first full Moon to occur after the spring equinox , and will therefore determine the date of Easter this ...

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Roast Butternut Squash with Gnocchi

I’d love to say I make my own gnocchi for this delicious recipe but I don’t. For me it’s so much easier to opt for a gluten free premade gnocchi that I can have on stand by for anytime I need a quick supper. Gnocchi is so versatile and combines with so many delicious sauces. We’ve made this with and without the sausages and using vegetarian and chicken sausages Not eating pork I can’t say how it ...

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Easy Salmon Parcels

If you're fed up with the mess that cooking salmon on top of the stove can wreak then you'll love this super simple recipe that encloses it in a lovely little parcel. Designed to keep all the nutritonets, flavours and smells inside it's super simple to cook salmon in this way and super tasty too. You can substitute the vegetables for whatever ou ave int eh frdge adjusting the size you cut them or ...

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Maple and Mustard Chicken Tray bake

I'm a real foodie but I slightly resent the amout of time it can take to prepare and cook a meal when it's all eaten in 10 minutes! Anyone with me? That's why I love a simple supper recipe that tatses delicious and is super easy to prepare. And if it all fits into one pan even better. Let's face it simple one pan suppers are the real deal here! This tasty simple chicken supper dish is so easy to ...

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How can I tap into the New Moon energy in March 2022

If you’ve been feeling the pull of empathy, loving thoughts and dreamy intentions then you’re attuned with the lunar energy that’s surrounding us right now. The new moon that births on Wednesday 2nd March falls in pisces season. Celebrating this new moon is a perfect way to kickstart another month and the spring season. Falling in the dreamy Pisces season it embodies your inner voice so tune into ...

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How to support Your own Growth

Are you wondering what the next part of 2020 entails and trying to work out how you care for yourself, your family, your career and what makes your heart sing? I spent 2021 working on self love and coming to terms with past hurts and how they had defined me and the choices I’d made. I realised that many women are the same and often put self care on the back burner while they take care of everyone ...

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Ali on the BBC - January 2022

I love making an appearance on the BBC to talk all things gut health, health in general and weight loss and weight management. This week i'm with Rupal Rajani sharing my top tips for good gut helth alongside a cheeky aside on flares, the collective noun for foxes and how to be a bit more Roy! Listen here

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Sweet Potato Hash

If you're after a quick snack or simple supper that you can jazz up with added protein in the form of eggs, sausges or chicken this is prfect. It pretty much uses up kitchen cupboard staples and is super tasty too. 2 Servings Ingredients 2 teaspoons rapeseed oil 2 medium onions, chopped 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice 2 large cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapeno pepper, ...

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3 Things you can do for your gut health

The topic of gut health is a major item in the news right now and rghtly so. Our gut health can impact our overall health, our immune system and out mental health. We've probaly all seen or read an article in the last week about things we can purchase to support our gut but what about the everyday actions we can take to help ourselves to feel healthier, happier and gutsy (excuse the pun)! 1. ...

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7 signs of an Unhealthy Gut

The incredible complexity of the gut and its importance to our overall health is a topic gaining increasing research right now. Numerous studies in the past two decades have demonstrated links between gut health and the immune system, mood, mental health, autoimmune diseases, endocrine disorders, skin conditions, and cancer. ( gut bacteria in health and disease ) Each of us can have between 300 ...

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Guided Meditation for the January Full Moon 2022

The first Full Moon in Jan 2022 allows for release and intention setting. Use this guided meditation to allow you to energetically let go of anything that has been holding you back. Whether you are starting your day with a positive mindset or ending it that way encouraging positivity, reminding yourself of what you have to be grateful for and letting go is a fabulous practice to help ground you ...

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Setting your intentions for release in Jan 2022

I can hardly believe we are already witnessing a full moon at the start of 2022. The year is already running away with us and so many of us are yet to set intentions for the year or are still holding onto past beliefs, hurts or limited thinking that is really not helpful in a year that is resonating with love. It’s time to let go and release all that is no longer serving you and a full moon is a ...

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Ali on the BBC Jan 2022

I really enjoy sharing my nutrition, health and wellness knowledge each month on the BBC. It's always a pleasure to speak with Ady Dayman of the BBC afternoon show. This week i'm joined by Paul Cashmore of Channel 4's Hunted. Listen below to our chat. Listen here to the You Tube Recording

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Nourishing Women in 2022

My cross roads have been plentiful over the years. I left corporate life after having my daughter in the early 2000’s then started my own business when I realised motherhood alone wasn’t enough for me but that corporate life wouldn’t accommodate my needs, or hers. I went into business with my husband and in my 40s retrained and reinvented myself as a nutritionist, wellness and menopause coach. I ...

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Keeping you cosy this Winter Solstice

The Winter solstice is here and today we celebrate the shortest day. From tonight the days will start to lengthen as we head towards spring and summer, new birth, new beginnings, and the idea that we can bring anything we want to fruition. This is the perfect time of year to plant seeds of intention for the year ahead. It’s a wonderful time to gather with friends and create together too, setting ...

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Why using cacao as part of meditation practice is good

Cacao ceremonies have been part of our culture for centuries. A ritual seen as the ultimate heart-opener. In addition to being packed full of vitamins and minerals and neuro-transmitters that support dopamine and serotonin – our feel good hormones-, cacao increases blood flow to the brain which can help you to strengthen your awareness and focus, taking your meditation practice to another level. ...

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Should I be eating fermented foods

So you’ve heard that you should be eating fermented foods to boost your gut or stop you getting bloated. But you’re now wondering where to begin! I hear you. When I first started eating fermented foods I added far to many and far too quickly and the results weren’t quite what I hoped for! Here’s my super quick quide to fermented foods. For a more in depth dive into your own gut health book a FREE ...

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Nourish the women

I went through a phase when I was always saying ‘yes’ to things even those things I didn’t want to do, or knew I couldn’t fit in! It left me stressed, anxious and overwhelmed and yet I continued to say ‘yes’ feeling that I needed to please those around me and that saying NO would … well what would it do? I was worried it would make me appear less to them? But what it left me feeling about myself ...

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Nourish the women Programme 2022

A special invitation to find your voice, to create your compelling future and celebrate the woman you are today An opportunity to remind yourself of your strengths and talents A chance to remember and celebrate your past successes The space to take the time to be grateful for all you have in your life The ritual of drinking ceremonial cacao, meditating, journaling and affirmations Many of us have ...

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Listen to Ali on the BBC - Nov 2021

I love appearing as a guest on the Ady Dayman afternoon show on BBC Radio Leicester. Like me he is a real foodie but it turns out we have more than that in common. Listen to to find out how our pasts are similar in other ways too.

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What can I do post the COP26 Summit?

From a commitment to fostering more forests and preserving peat lands, cleaning up pollution in our inner cities and lowering land use stress, the COP26 Summit hosted in Glasgow this month has created a masterplan that governments around the world are signing up to. Climate talks dominated the last day of the summit, as you might expect of a climate change conference, but with leaders struggling ...

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Is stress affecting my Gut?

If you’re reading this it’s probably because you have frustrating or embarrassing symptoms affecting your gut. These could be anything from bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhoea or reflux, or a combination of several of these are various times. All these things can be really stressful and can be bought on by food sensitivities or intolerances, gut health issues or stress itself. While poor gut ...

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New year resolutions to support your Gut

If you’re setting yourself some healthy new year’s resolutions that are more than the cliché ‘I’m going to eat better’ or ‘I’ll join a gym’, healing your gut might be the best place to start. With a growing list of chronic conditions linked to the health of your gut, getting it sorted this year could pay off for years to come. But where to start? From elimination diets and exercise, to ...

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Menopause and Bone Health

This week has seen us supporting World Menopause Day the theme of which was Bone Health. We all experience menopause differently but there are some common physiological things that happen to us all as we approach menopause. Before menopause, the body’s production of new bone happens more than the removal of old bone. The opposite happens after menopause when our ovaries stop the production of the ...

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Ali on the BBC

Standing in for the usual BBC Radio Leicester presenter last week was Jo Bostock. She spoke to Ali about all thinsg food (as well as movies) and even got into a conversation about the merits of jacket poatatoes! Why you may ask? It came up following the announcemnt of celebrity chef James Martin taking over the Spud U Like franchise of fast food stores. How high does the humble baked potato ...

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Date and Walnut Overnight Oats

If you've seen the photos from our recent house move into our current rental proeprty ( follow me on FB if not) you'll have seen the huge box of unshelled walnuts we moved with us! Our last house had two majestic walnut trees in the garden so I was always thinking of recipes to use these delicious nuts in. This breakfast recipe is great. It combines the earthyness of the walnuts with sweet ...

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How to stop tummy bloat

Have you ever chosen clothes knowing that if you’re having an off day and your tummy is bloated they’ll never fit? Or put a beautiful dress back on the shelf knowing that it’s destined to be one of these items that will languish at the back of your wardrobe because you’ll never know if your tummy is going to show up as a bloated mess or not. This used to be me. I had a wardrobe full of clothes ...

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Is there any solution to my IBS

Do you suffer from IBS and want to know what you can do to relieve IBS symptoms? These tips and advice may help to ease your IBS. If you're one of the estimated 20% of the UK population to be affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) you'll know that at best it's an inconvenience and at worst, it's life-changing, stressful and debilitating. Around twice as many women as men experience IBS and I ...

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Listen to Ali on the BBC

I love chatting all things health and wellness with Ady Dayman on the BBC. Perhaps that's why I booked to go on the show on my wedding anniversary when we were holidaying and house hunting in Somerset! If you didn't manage to catch the show live have a listen here and for more info on how you can work with me read on ....

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How to Create a Full Moon Ritual for Letting Go

The September Full Moon is a loving, healing and nurturing full moon. Each full moon is given a specific name and because this is generally seen as the month of harvest this September full moon is called a harvest moon. Here in the UK we’re experiencing the changes in the season with the leaves starting to colour and fall and the growing season beginning to shorten as the dark nights draw in. It’ ...

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How using face masks can eliminate blackheads

I’m sure most of us have used a blackhead mask in the past especially as a teenager. But even if you’re well past your teen years (ummmm I’m raising my hand here), I know that blackheads can still rear their ugly heads. As a health and menopause coach, I chat with plenty of people who are experiencing acne well into their 30s, 40s, and beyond. And menopause is no certainty that you’ll escape the ...

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How to beat Brain Fog

We all know that feeling of mental fog – not being able to make sense of our thoughts, string a cohesive sentence together or just generally feeling a bit foggy. It can be caused by a number of different factors but one of the first things to check is how hydrated you are. Dehydration is a major cause of mental fog and if this is what’s affecting you it can be easily remedied. Our brain is ...

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Be a deodorant detective

Deodorant, do you know what’s in yours and the effects it has on your body. I touched on this as part of my Live on FaceBook on Monday - listen here if you'd like to know more or read on for more details. Really, it’s important to think about what you’re actually spraying under your arms every morning (and sometimes every evening too) in the name of smelling good? It might make you smell divine, ...

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Setting your intention with the Full Moon

Last night’s cacao ceremony and meditation was gorgeous – that’s what one of the ladies wrote to me this morning. I love how working with cacao has opened me up to this totally new tribe of soul seeking women who are looking for personal growth. I hear they all slept really well and had much more clarity this morning too! I am starting to do both in person ceremonies at a gorgeous wellness centre ...

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Ceremonial Cacao - what you need to know

When I first discovered ceremonial cacao I was at a loss as to understand the difference between it and the organic powdered cacao I had in the kitchen pantry. A lot of research, a not insignificant amount of tasting!, a lot of soul searching, and an immense amount of reading up on the history, tribes and regions where cacao grows, led me to many revelations. Let me share a few. What is Cacao? ...

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Work with Ali online or in person

I have a number of coaching options and ways that we can work together. Online coaching When the world came to a stop in 2020 I didn’t! I was already set up to confidentially coach clients online and this has continued with zoom being my online platform of choice. I provide 1:1 cacao ceremonies on-line. I will direct you where to buy ceremonial cacao, in whatever country you are in, and send you ...

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Menopause - It’s OK not to be OK

As we go through perimenopause and into menopause we experience some profound changes and so often we find it hard to cope, yet putting on a brave face is what we’ve been conditioned to do. Sometimes we have to admit we’re not OK as that’s when the healing starts. The last year has been exceptionally tough. You’ve seen less of the people you love and can’t do a lot of the things that make you ...

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Menopause Article as featured in Rutland Pride July 2021

One of the biggest things that Davina McCalls’s appearance on Channel 4 talking about Menopause has had is to open up a dialogue to enable women to talk about what’s normal. One of the most common questions I hear when working with perimenopause and menopausal clients is “Am I going mad?” It’s safe to say you’re not. As we go through perimenopause and into menopause we experience profound changes ...

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Silver Sisterhood – Women’s Circles – Finding your Voice

A special invitation to find your voice, to create your compelling future and celebrate the woman you are today. An opportunity to remind yourself of your strengths and talents A chance to remember and celebrate your past successes The space to take the time to be grateful for all you have in your life The ritual of meditation, journaling and affirmations The last 18 months have seen a lot of ...

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So you've found Cacao, what next?

Have you ever thought I’m good, I’m all sorted and then life has thrown you a curved ball? For many of us the pandemic was like that. It hit our lives, our businesses, our careers in many different ways. Coming out of 2020 I really thought “I’m all good. I have my business back in balance and I know where I’m going” and then life threw me a curved ball in the shape of chocolate! Not literally in ...

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Ten ways to fight your fears

We all have times when our fears seem insurmountable but whatever it is that scares you, these 10 techniques will help you cope with those day-to-day fears and anxieties. 1. Take time out It's impossible to think clearly when you're flooded with fear or anxiety. The first thing to do is take time out so you can physically calm down. Distract yourself from the worry for 15 minutes by going for a ...

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Blue Monday - think i'll give it a miss

Today is classed as Blue Monday - it’s officially the ‘most depressing day of the year!’

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Join our Cookery Class for Kids – Baked Beans with a Twist

When you’re home alone with the kids and need food that’s nutritious, filling, cheap and easy to prepare this is it. Get the kids to put on their aprns at 5pm this Friday 3rd April and help make tea. This great ‘baked bean’ dish is so versatile. Don’t have butter beans? Use any other tinned or dried beans, which you’ve pre-cooked, or chickpeas. You could even try it with lentils. Add any greens ...

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Innocent Marble Cake Millionaire Shortbread

It’s an amazing feeling when you get a really good millionaire shortbread, and this is one of those recipes that induces that feeling. I’ve made the most of the limited edition plant based protein that Arbonne launched as a special flavour in 2019. You could substitute with other proteins but I honestly think this gives an amazing flavour to the base, and is delicious in a shake too. Make sure ...

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Spiced cauliflower Soup

I recently saw a cry go up on the Riverford Tribe FB page (where I get my organic fruits and veg) asking for ideas for what to do with a glut of cauliflower. There’s rarely a glut in our house! When they’re in season, we usually have my Moroccan spiced cauliflower steaks every week! And I love cauliflower rice and Cauliflower couscous. But I thought it was about time I came up with a hearty, ...

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The Power Of Touch

The power of touch is underrated. Here's why. It’s not a gimmick, and now more than ever seems so important. What am I talking about? Hugs of course. Many studies have demonstrated that human touch has incredible qualities to calm the nervous system, decrease the heart rate, lower the respiratory rate and steady the mind. It is even thought to improve our immune function as well as induce the ...

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What cold showers do

I first heard about people taking cold showers or even fully immersing themselves in cold water when I was listening to a Tony Robbins Podcast. A couple of years ago when visiting Japan we fully immersed ourselves in their Onsen culture. These amazingly beautiful Japanese Hot Spring also have an element of cold about them with plunge baths and iced water on tap! Lately I’ve heard Chris Evans on ...

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Sundried Tomato and Coconut Chickpea Stew

I love recipes that simply rely on essentials readily available in the pantry. This dish was inspired by a recipe my daughter sent home form Uni after her first term. We’re a really foodie family and she often sends me pictures of what she’s cooking and I do the same to her. Ingredients For the flatbreads 40ml olive oil 60g coconut flour 15g powdered psyllium husk 1 tea spoon baking powder ½ tea ...

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What Your Poo Is Telling You About Your Body

You have to get over yourself to be a health coach, not only in terms of putting your own ideas aside for the good of the client but also so that you’re open to talking about topics that one wouldn’t ordinarily raise in company. One of the big ones is Poo. Or more importantly, what your Poo is telling you about your body. The Greeks and Romans understood all these thousands of years ago – the ...

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Vegan Breakfast Cookies

I know, cookies for breakfast? Well sometimes you just need an extra treat and these are definitely that. They’re firm on the outside and oh so soft and squishy within. They’re perfect warm from the oven, I love them alongside a protein smoothie too, but they’re equally good cold and last 4 or 5 days in an airtight tin (but not in our house!) Makes about 20 cookies Ingredients 2oog gluten free ...

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Are you living with IBS?

We’ve all heard the old adage ‘you are what you eat’ but there is new evidence appearing almost daily identifying that what’s inside us, the quality of our microbiome, can affect everything from our immune system to our mental health. Over 2000 years ago Hippocrates said, ‘All disease begins in the gut,’ yet it’s taken us over 2,000 years to really get to grips with this. There’s new scientific ...

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How to eat during exams

When it comes to exam stress and nutrition you can be treading on very uneven ground. I’d love to say that as a health coach I practice what I preach but with a teenager in the house, it’s not always the case. We went through GCSE’s a couple of years ago and are about to hit the A level mocks so I fully understand the pressure on parents. It’s so easy to reach for the easy option and allow them ...

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What's holding you back from creating a healthy lifestyle?

I talk a lot about mindset and health and how the two are intrinsically linked. I believe courage plays a major role in whether you’ll be successful in creating lifestyle change and in sticking to it long term. So how do courage, lifestyle change and weight loss come together? Firstly I believe you have to have the courage to adjust your priorities . So often we put all those around us first, ...

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Ginger and Quince Upside-Down Gluten Free Dessert

I spotted some lovely organic quince at the farm shop and just couldn’t resist them. I knew I had a gluten and dairy free pudding to make for a charity dinner party I was attending and the quince became the centre piece for me. I love the smell of quince as they ripen on the kitchen windowsill. You don’t see them too often so if you do, snap them up, this really is worth making. The ginger here ...

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SPICY STUFFED ROASTED SWEET POTATOES

We love sweet potatoes in our house so anything that makes a quick supper and uses them is usually a hit. This is so simple and you can prepare everything in advance and then reheat it when you want it making it a really quick supper for a busy evening when work and the kids activities take precedent. Ingredients 500g organic turkey mince 2 onions 4-6 medium/large sweet potatoes 1 tbs Taco ...

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Bars

So these tasty little bars have turned out to be a big hit. I don’t think Mr H had ever eaten peanut better until he met me but some 20 years later, while his obsession with the stuff isn’t quite as big as mine, he does still love it! These are a tasty treat and packed with healthy fats, protein and vitamins. Enjoy Ingredients For the biscuit base ½ cup Arbonne vanilla protein powder ½ cup ...

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Healthy Homemade Hazelnut Spread - Vegan, gluten free

When I first posted the negative side of the kids favourite spread Nutella I had mums clamouring for me to devise an alternative recipe. Well months later,and tasting after tasting I can honestly say I have cracked it (excuse the pun!). My own daughter has been the guinea pig for my batch testing and when I gave her the jar with a spoonful of this on it she beamed and exclaimed – mummy you’ve ...

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Hazelnut Truffles - Vegan, gluten free and raw

These Vegan, Gluten Free, and Raw Hazelnut Truffles first fell into my lap when I was surfing Instagram and my friend Patrycja from the blissful plate had just posted a batch she’d made earlier that day. They looked so delicious that I just had to get busy and start making them. Having been cutting back on my sugar for nearly 4 years I had a play with the quantities as I no longer have the sweet ...

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Chocolate banana bread

Inspired by a friend’s chocolate banana bread she posted on FaceBook recently I have created my own vegan, gluten and refined sugar free version which pulls together inspiration from a couple of recipes I’ve been playing with over the last few months. If you’re anything like us, you’ll always have the odd over ripe banana in the fruit bowl. I freeze them into chunks and add them to cakes like ...

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2 favourite Red Cabbage Recipes

I’ve always loved red cabbage and fresh home-made coleslaw. I think it is a throw back to spending time with my Auntie Tede (my grandmother’s sister) who married a country man and lived in what I thought of as the depths of the country side when I was growing up. She had coal fires and a doll’s chest which I remember was as big as I was. We were allowed to explore upstairs and bring a perfectly ...

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Spiced Roast Beetroot Hummus

You know how much hummus we go through in the Hutchinson household. So much in fact that I’m always looking for new ways to spice up a batch so when I saw Dr Rupy’s spiced beetroot side dish I felt the need to experiment with it and create hummus from it too. Here’s my take on it. You can eat the beetroot as a side dish once it’s cooked so if you have more than 300g beetroot and want to make ...

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Ali's Lemon and Poppy Seed Protein Biscuits

I was off to a business network yesterday and wanted to take a sweet treat which was almost sugar free to show just how delicious eating sugar free can be. I’ve been eating what I call ‘clean’ – mostly plant based and wholefoods - for almost 4 years and it has quite literally changed my life. I no longer have the debilitating headaches I used to suffer with, my brain fog and lethargy have lifted ...

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Hot Chocolate Oats

You ’ ve probably all worked out that we all love oats in this house. Being gluten intolerant I ’ ve found it important to create interesting breakfasts to keep me away from pining for toaste and crappy cereal. This month has been all about oats as it ’ s cold on a Saturday morning when Miss H takes to the rowing lake and getting something warm inside her (and me if I ’ m using the time she ’ s ...

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SPICED LIME CAULIFLOWER AND SWEET POTATO BAKE WITH PRAWNS

This was a delicious experiment when we had some unexpectedly huge prawns delivered in our fish box from Fish For Thought . We love the ethos of this company and get pretty much all our fish delivered fresh from them. Use friends and family at the till for a discount. Although made with prawns this dish will work just as well with white fish cut into bite size chunks, monkfish is particularly ...

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Ali's Almond Joy Energy Balls

You know how it is. You have a favourite recipe that you make week in and week out for months and then something changes and you forget all about it. Well that’s what happened to these delicious energy balls. I simply stopped making them – no idea why as I love them, I’d just forgotten all about them. I remembered them this morning and cooked up a batch (technically there’s no real cooking ...

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Chilli and rosemary seedy crackers (Vegan)

We love these tasty seedy crackers straight from the tin but they are equally nice with a spicy topping. You can experiment with the flavours but I’ve found the sweetness of the molasses and the fiery nature of the chilli work really well. Ingredients 125g quinoa flakes 50ml rapeseed oil 250g pumpkin seeds 130g sunflower seeds 50g linseeds 3-4 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary ¼ tsp salt 1 – 4 ...

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Vegan Chickpea Wraps

Vegan Chickpea Wraps These versatile Chickpea wraps are perfect as an accompaniment to curries or stews but work equally well as a salad wrap or with fajitas. I got the inspiration from the wraps they make on the Italian coast of Liguria. Here they are cooked on a super hot griddle often to great proportions and cut into triangles to serve along side fresh fish and salads. They are delicious on ...

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Magical Matcha Energy Protein Balls

I got into Matcha last year after discovering Matcha Latte (made with almond or coconut milk). It made a refreshing change from peppermint tea when I wanted a warm drink that felt more indulgent than a herbal tea. Having given up caffeine 4 years ago I don’t miss the taste or the ritual of it (or the headaches I used to suffer) but I do sometimes miss the warmth of a creamy drink. These protein ...

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Three Classic Overnight Oats Recipes for a Winter Treat

I’ve been experimenting with overnight oats for a while but I think it’s important to get the flavours right and add some texture too or all you end up with is a mushy goo. If that’s been your experience too, give these three delicious flavours a try – they have become staples in our household. The brilliant things about Overnight Oats is that they’re so easy to make, all you need to do is throw ...

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6 surprising ways divorce can affect your health

While the number of couples divorcing in the UK appears to be in decline according to The Office of National Statistics, it’s effects on our health can still wreak havoc. So what are the main things to look out for and how can you mitigate against them. Insomnia Lack of sleep at any time in your life can have a big impact on your mood, your relationships and your health. Planning a new family ...

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Ali's Favourite Mixed Vegetable Soup

What do you do with all those unused root vegetables at the end of the week? My favourite option is to turn them into nutritious soup. This is one of my favourites. You can add pretty much anything you have to hand but I have a tied and tested recipe which seems to work well with a few tweaks here and there is we have a glut of spinach or chard etc Give it a go and let me know your favourite ...

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Chickpea stuffed chicken roast

Sometimes a good old Sunday Roast is just what you fancy. This was an experiment which was a huge success. Expect to see the chickpea stuffing coming up in many guises as I experiment with stuffing chicken breasts with a meditarean version too. I love roast vegetables and while Miss H has been reticent of late this was a real hit - possbly because there wasn't a roasted courgette in sight! You ...

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Coconut Cacao Carob Granola

I love a home made granola where I know what’s gone into it and how much healthier it is than the shop brought stuff. This is the king of Granolas. It’s gluten free and made with coconut so is great for those who are oat intolerant too. Coconut is a fantastic source of good fat and helps you metabolise bad fat. Cocao, the purest form of chocolate without any added sugars is packed with anti- ...

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Post New Year Fitness Blues

New Year is the time that many wannabe fitness enthusiasts get their gym shoes on and take out a gym subscription only to fall by the way side by mid-month. But for the hardened gym fanatic it’s sometimes just as difficult to get going post New Year. You know the feeling; your leggings feel a little tighter round your waist and thighs (and you thought lycra was forgiving); when your heart races a ...

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15 common mistakes that prevent weight loss and how to avoid them

I know from first hand experience that losing weight can seem very tough. It often feels like you’re doing everything right, yet still not getting the results you desire. I’ve found that you’re often preventing your own progress by following old, often misguided advice, Here are the 15 most common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight. 1. Only focusing on what the scales say It’s very ...

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Ali’s Soy and Ginger Butterfly Chicken

I love what I do. One of my clients recently said to me "It's like I've been transformed, just like a butterfly, and am emerging into the light. I've grown wings and am about to fly. I feel so different and it's all thanks to you". Who wouldn't love what they did when they got to work with people on major transformations which had them feeling this good. I love working with clients and ...

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Ali’s Super Green Juice

I love a green juice mid-morning or mid-afternoon if I’m feeling like I need a break in the office or am just back from a dog walk. They seem to pick me up and provide a spring to my step. All that green goodness is a real energy boost. Although I’ve added so many greens I like to get a scoop of the Arbonne Greens Balance in there too as it has a broad spectrum of fruits and veg in it so you’re ...

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Coconut Protein Pancakes you won’t believe are Gluten Free

I’ve been experimenting with gluten free American style pancakes for ages. The mixture was either too thick to cook all the way through or so runny it became a flat pancake rather than a fluffy American style. These are pretty much perfect in every way. Packed with protein, vitamins and minerals, due to the addition of a plant based protein powder, they are super delicious. They make a perfect ...

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Sweet Potato Pea Fritters

When I first suggested these as a brunch snack Mr H looked a little perplexed. I don’t know what he was expecting but they turned out much better than either of us anticipated. They are little dollops of yummy-ness on a plate. I like to serve them with a green salad, salad leaves or watercress, when in season. Half a sliced avocado and a poached egg on top really complete the dish. You could of ...

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Roast pumpkin seeds with fennel and chilli

It’s that time of year. I am scanning the US sites with envy as I see all the amazing halloween displays and goodies to buy. Here in the UK we’re a little late to join the Halloween party but I’ve been carving pumpkins for years and love the buzz of trick or treating on a cold October night, though I do struggle to give trick or treaters all that sugar as I see it as the enemy on so many levels. ...

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Ali’s Beetroot Hummus

I love beetroot but no one else in the Hutchinson house will touch it. I’ve tried adding it to smoothies, chocolate brownies, soups but they still detect it so I’ve now given up and have to eat a whole bunch to myself. Shame! This beetroot hummus recipe came out of necessity. I had cooked some beetroot that had arrived in our organic box but had far more than I needed so was wondering what to do ...

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Ali's chia puddings

I love Chia Pudding. It’s amazing how it soaks up liquid to become a gloopy, sticky mess. You need to get the consistency right or it can be a bit frogspawn-ish! So do experiment. Chia seeds are super hydrating, and are bursting with four times more iron than spinach! You can add any fruits that are in season to create a breakfast bowl or supper dessert. I like to add coconut flakes and seeds and ...

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Ali’s vanilla Fudge Protein bars

Oh these little bars of heaven are oh so good. When I first made them they were devoured within minutes so if I want to keep them for more than a few days I have to double the batch ingredients (which fits in my tin better too) and pop them in the freezer, ideally with a label no one can read but me! They are super easy to make and because they are 'no bake' you could even get your kids making ...

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Ali’s Superfood Protein Bars

I love a refined sugar free protein bar that is also gluten free and these are just one of my best inventions. Not only are they packed with protein and super foods but they are super tasty – they’ll keep for a week in an airtight container (if you’re lucky) – they never last that long in our house! Give them a try and let me know what you think. Ingredients ½ cup quinoa flakes ½ cup gluten free ...

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How to get legs beach ready fast

Last week it felt like the British summer had been and gone but this week it's back with a vengence and the temperatures are rising daily. If you’re heading abroad for sun, sea and sand, or just having a staycation, you’ll still want to get your legs out. Or maybe you’re just feeling the chill and sticking with short skirts and sandals anyway – after all you only get one chance to wear your ...

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Ali’s Gluten Free Flour blend

I use this gluten free flour recipe for everything from thickening gravies and sauces to home baking. It’s a perfect combination which I love and it seems to work just like normal flour in almost all of my recipes. Ingredients 125g Brown rice flour 125g Sweet white sorghum flour 175g Tapioca flour 175g Cornflour 175g Potato starch 75g buckwheat flour Directions Mix all the flours together and ...

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Hummingbird Café Inspired Carrot and Pineapple Tray Bake with Coconut Lime Frosting

Sometimes you need cake that really feels indulgent. I've loved watching The Great British Bake Off over the years but i'm mostly left feeling hungry and disappointed that so many of the gluten free alterntives to traditional cakes are so dense, tasteless or packed with refined sugar. This was a superb exeriement that i undertook after I had a can of pineapple pieces left over from a birthday ...

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Best Banana Bread with Ginger Frosting (gluten, refined sugar and dairy free)

I’m a great one for saving ingredients then doing nothing with them so when I spotted 3 unripe bananas in the fruit bowl and I already had a freezer full of frozen banana pieces ready to make smoothies I thought I’d better use them up immediately or they’d be making compost in the wormery by next week. I have to say I’ve triumphed with this recipe. It is a beautiful, light, moist cake which you’d ...

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Post Holiday Exercise Blues - How to get back into it

Ever had that sinking feeling when you put your trainers on post holiday and head back to the gym? You know the feeling; when your leggings feel a little tighter round your waist and thighs (and you thought lycra was super stretchy); when your heart races a little faster at just the thought of the stair master and you haven’t actually chosen a programme yet; when hovering at the vending machine ...

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Ali’s super soulfood pancakes

Pancakes always give a breakfast the feeling of having a treat but now you can feel good about it too. Packed with energy, these chia and flaxseed super soulfood pancakes really pack a punch. They are filled with healthy omega 3, fibre and protein. It’s quite literally rocket fuel for a plantpowered diet. Ingredients For the flaxseed egg 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed 6 tablespoons filtered water ...

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Ali’s Lemon and Lavender Protein Balls

I came back from 10 days of glorious sunshine in Italy to a wet and cold UK summer! Burr… where did the beautiful weather I left behind go too. I even lit the wood burner on Monday evening it was so chilly! I also returned home to a lavender hedge which is nearly over but for a few fresh flowers. Not wanting my lavender to go to waste I’ve been cooking up some treats in the form of these luscious ...

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Ever felt like a bad mother?

Ever felt like a terrible mother? That was me two weeks ago as I put Miss H on the school bus which was taking her to the airport and a 10 hour flight to Sri Lanka for a hockey tour. I know what you’re thinking, how lucky is she? And yes she is, so why did I feel so bad? She had everything she needed for the trip, new bikini’s, tour kit, hockey stick, my favourite mineral suncream and tonsillitis ...

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7 favourite yoga stretches this travel season

Staying fit and healthy when I’m traveling is a must so I make sure I travel with essential nutrition and stretch as I go so I don’t arrive stiff and jaded. Here are my favourite stretches which you can do at the airport, on the plane, in the arrivals hall and by the pool. These are great for anybody and at any time but especially when you’re on a long haul flight. Make sure you keep moving on ...

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Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine with herby Quinoa

Ingredients 2 tbsp coconut oil 2 onions, chopped ½ tsp each ground cinnamon, coriander and cumin 2 large courgettes, cut into chunks about 2cm 2 large tomatoes chopped ·400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 4 tbsp raisins 425ml vegetable stock 300g frozen peas chopped coriander, to serve ​For quinoa 100g quinoa 300ml hot vegetable tock Handful of fresh herbs chopped - i love to use corriander, ...

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Ali's favourite Summertime Smoothies

I just love a plant based smoothie for breakfast or lunch. They fill me up, satisfy my hunger for hours and are packed with plant based protein, vitamins, minerals and probiotics. For me a smoothie used to be fruit and veggies alone but I was always starving a couple of hours later. Then I discovered Arbonne Protein powder and i've never looked back. I use a combination of their flavoured protein ...

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How to Survive a Long Haul Flight

I love travelling, it’s one of the reasons working for myself is so great. I really do get to plan my diary and take off when and where I like. When Miss H first started at a private school I was so shocked by the length of the school holidays and wondered how anyone with a ‘proper job’ would ever cope. For me working from home and being able to be there for her into her teens has been so ...

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Could this boost your happiness?

I guess we’ve all tried to create different things to make us happy. For me i’ve tried detoxing from social media, having a 40 day challenge to do something different, adventurous or positive every day, given up alcohol etc but does any of it work. One of the key trends that is doing the rounds at the moment is list writing. No i’m not talking the Wunderlust app that allows you to do your ‘to do’ ...

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Healthy Lunches in a Hurry or on the GO

When it comes to eating healthy lunches when I’m busy my ‘Go To’ is a favourite shake. I love the way a Vegan protein shake fills me up, satisfies my hunger and helps me stay energised all afternoon and into the evening. But I sometimes feel that talking about healthy shakes isn’t for everyone. For those of you who still want a healthy lunch and who prefer to have a breakfast shake here’s a few ...

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6 Fats That Don't Make You Fat

For decades we’ve believed that it is Fat that makes us Fat. Not so, we’re coming to understand that not all fats are equal and many of the healthy fats are essential to our wellbeing. Many of us have clamoured for the latest health fad or ‘revolutionary new diet’ in the hopes of dropping pounds and feeling great. One of the biggest misconceptions is that fat makes you fat. Our society is ...

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It’s National Smile Month – Make your Smile Healthy and Happy.

As it’s Smile Month I’ve asked my lovely neighbour, and National President of the British Association of Dental Therapists, Amanda, to share her top tips for keeping our teeth and mouth healthy. She’s a great advocate for dental health and is always keen to raise awareness of Oral health especially in the great month of Smile Month 2017. It’s an initiative which has been going for 25 years! ...

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Why I believe in eating plant based protein powder

When I first had a stab at being vegetarian in my 20s it was a disaster. I ended up anaemic, under nourished and ill. I was advised to return to eating poultry by my doctor, who, to be honest probably had no nutritional facts to back up his suggestion that poultry was the answer, but I duly did it. I tried it again some years late with better results having educated myself on all things nutrition ...

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Five Spice Salmon Burgers

When it calls for a really super quick supper I can prep before I go out of the door In the morning, or even the night before, and have on the table in less than 10 minutes these are my go to favourites. We all love Salmon in our house and it’s so good for you too. It’s a high source of protein, one of the body’s building blocks, is packed with omega 3 fatty acids as well as being full of ...

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Pan-fried gurnard with broad bean, spinach and mint stew

Pan-fried gurnard with broad bean, spinach and mint stew Many moons ago, before we adopted a healthy wholefoods lifestyle, we used to have a similar dish to this from a top UK chef which called for a whole pack of butter and mashed potato. It was delicious but not something we ate often as we knew, even then, that it wasn’t really doing us any good. We’re real foodies in our house so the supper ...

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Is Gluten Free for you?

Are you curious about what the gluten in your diet is doing to you or worried that you may be gluten intolerant? It's believed that 50% of the population has some level of gluten intolerance. I’m currently reading a book called Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis. It’s fascinating and explains just how different modern wheat is from the wheat we consumed in the 1930’s let alone in the 18th century or ...

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My 3 favourite Energy Snacks

Do you ever get that 3pm slump when you need a little boost and a simple Energy Fizz Stick alone won't do? I love to have some healthy treats in the fridge for just such emergencies. Homemade Energy Balls are a great snack to have on the go, pre a workout or in my desk draw. They keep me going and ensure I dont reach for the really unhealthy stuff that's in the vending machine. Raw Dried Cherry ...

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Healthy Breakfasts On the Go

When Breakfast needs to be ‘on the go’ these are my 'go to' Jars! Sometimes there simply isn’t time to sit down with the family for breakfast and that’s when a healthy wholefoods diet is key to success, well it is for me anyway. I can simply mix a quick and nutritious shake and drink it on the go. But how about when you need more than that? That’s when my latest invention is perfect. The ...

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What are superfoods?

We’re all bombarded with healthy claims about the latest ‘super food’ but what are these so called superfoods and are they so super? I say ‘so-called’ because there is no official definition of a "superfood" and the EU has banned health claims on packaging unless supported by scientific evidence. But as we all know, that hasn't stopped many food brands from funding academics to research the ...

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Want to eat a more Plant based diet?

Want to eat a more Plant based diet? Here’s a few great ways to start. Plant-based foods are becoming more and more popular in people's diets today. More and more individuals are looking for ways they can include aspects of the plant-based lifestyle in their own everyday lives, even if they don’t want to go completely vegan. This is certainly true for me and my family. I eat a pretty much vegan ...

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Healthy snack bars for fuel on the go

I have a new healthy treat in my lunch box this week! I’m always looking for healthy, low or no sugar snacks which I can eat when I feel the need for a quick pick me when out and about or on the go. Sometimes a homemade bar wrapped in foil or in a plastic container just doesn’t cut it and you need a more portable bar. If you do have the time to make your own, here’s my go-to recipe for protein ...

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How to stay healthy at the office

Counteract office life and sitting at a desk with these health tips Staying healthy at the office can be a challenge for everyone. There’s always something to tempt you to fall out of your healthy eating routine from Friday cakes, to sweet treats at the coffee machine and Birthday celebrations. That’s before all those beige foods at catered lunches and meetings too. Staying healthy in the office ...

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Is dairy free for you?

Have you ever considered cutting down dairy or going totally dairy free? I'm not entirely dairy free but I've pretty much cut it out of my diet with the exception of the occasional piece of cheese. I know cheese is my downfall and after I've indulged I often wake up the next morning with a sore throat and feeling all mucus’ey’. Often, going dairy free starts as an infant milk allergy but there ...

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How to fight allergies naturally

Discover how you may be able to treat allergies with natural remedies and lifestyle changes. It’s the time of year when allergies are a favourite topic of conversation in homes and offices but over-the-counter products aren't your only option for treating allergies. Here’s my take on some common alternatives which have been seen to have great results. Supplement with ‘friendly bacteria’ Adding a ...

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Spring back into fitness

It’s time to get fit and active this Spring! If you broke your ‘Go to the Gym’ resolution back in January, don’t fret. Spring is the perfect time to set a new goal and get fit and healthy before the summer season. I generally work out five times a week and if I’m not at the gym or in a class I’m walking the dog or on the cross trainer or trampette – my latest crazy fad! But I haven’t always been ...

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What can you do about IBS?

Do you suffer from IBS and want to know what you can do to relieve IBS symptoms? These tips and advice may help to ease your IBS. If you're one of the estimated 20% of the UK population to be affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) you'll know that at best it's an inconvenience and at worst, it's life-changing, stressful and debilitating. Around twice as many women as men experience IBS and I ...

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How to sleep better and why it’s so important!

Can’t sleep, struggle to get to sleep, or just want a better night’s sleep? After the birth of Miss H I recall saying “sleep deprivation, it’s a form of torture in some countries!” While that might not be true for what you’re suffering from, lack of sleep can significantly affect our overall lives. Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being and getting enough quality sleep at the ...

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Healthy Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes

Show how much you care with these Healthy mother’s Day breakfast recipes to get the day started right! Mother’s day is fast approaching so if you’re planning a day of treats why not start with a healthy Mother’s Day breakfast tray. Here’s my favourite breakfast recipes to kick start her day and ensure she is energised for all the fabulous activities you have planned for her. BUCKWHEAT CREPES ...

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Do you have enough protein in your diet?

Are you getting enough protein in your diet? Most of us in the West eat far too much carbohydrate and not nearly enough protein according to health authorities. Manufacturers have become rich on the back of high carb, high sugar products and we’ve become fat on them! So how do you get the right amount of protein? When I was a vegetarian in my 20s and 30s I had no idea of the value of protein and ...

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Healthy snack ideas to keep you satisfied

Easy to make nutritious snacks ideas to keep your healthy eating on track! One of the things that has kept me on track with my new ‘healthy’ way of eating is to have plenty of healthy snacks at the ready when I feel the munchies coming on. I always concentrate on the things I can eat rather than fixating about the things I can’t. There are far more positives to eating a healthy wholefoods diet ...

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How I quit sugar – 10 tips from a former sugar addict

Giving up sugar is one of the greatest things that I have done to improve my health. Quitting sugar was also one of the most difficult things I have done. Not just personally but for people around me too. There’s a sugar conspiracy in the UK. When I first started to say I didn’t eat refined sugar people tutted at me. It’s was as if not eating sugar made me less fun! Yet they don’t react in the ...

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Pucker up your pelvic floor

Pucker up your pelvic floor this Valentine’s Day It’s true, I did almost spill my herbal tea when Diane, one of my lovely Arbonne team and a physiotherapist started chatting with me about puckering up my pelvic floor for Valentine’s day. Really! Was I actually having this conversation in a public space? But when you think about it, this is exactly the sort of conversation what we, as modern women ...

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How to start a sugar free diet

Keen on reducing sugar intake and having a sugar free diet? Keep reading… Are you tempted to join BBC Radio 2 Presenter Chris Evans on his ‘sugar free February’ but worried about where to start when it comes to a sugar free diet? Here’s my top tips and guide to going sugar free. I quit sugar over three years ago and have never looked back. For me it has been a life changing journey of rediscovery ...

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Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Close your eyes and you really do think you’re eating cheesecake! This Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie is the most delicious thing, you might not quite believe it counts as a clean eating breakfast and it’s so filling there’s never any need to snack before lunch! Ingredients 5-6 ice cubes 1 serving Arbonne Essentials Vanilla Protein powder 1 scoop Arbonne Fibre plus 3/4 – 1 cup unsweetened almond ...

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How to bounce back in January

Want to feel less tired and increase your energy levels? Most people feel a lack on energy as we head into winter and light levels fade. I’ve found that changing a few simple things in my life can really make the difference between feeling tired and lethargic, or full of life. If you want to find out how you can get more energy, keep reading. Fuel yourself for success I nearly put petrol in my ...

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My New Year Fitness Tips

People have been making New Year resolutions for over 4,000 years. While many of us will pledge to get fitter or lose weight, by 15th January, chance are that many of us will have returned to our old habits. We may start with the best of intentions but we can’t always get to the gym five times a week and the last of the Christmas Chocolate still needs eating up! Sound familiar? It’s time to start ...

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How to go sugar free

I’ve been refined sugar free for nearly four years and it has completely changed my health. If you think your sugar addiction has got out of hand, and want to know how to quit, for good, then read on. My problem with sugar came to a head when I was on holiday in France a few years ago and suffered from really bad night sweats. I thought I was going through an early menopause and did a bit of ...

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Why I eat organic

There’s nothing better than good home cooking made with fresh, organic ingredients. I’ve been buying as much as possible of my fresh produce and meat from organic sources for years. I know it has often been labelled as a fad and people say it doesn’t taste any different, I have to disagree. Other people say eating organic food isn’t any more nutritious, I’d disagree again there too. For me, ...

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Guilt free snacking ideas

If you’re just starting out on a wholefoods, clean eating programme there’s a vast amount of information out there and you’re probably super confused. It really can seem like a minefield. It’s simpler than it looks though, especially when you discover guilt free snacking! I know what you’re thinking. This is going to be one of those posts filled with ingredients you’ve never heard of from unknown ...

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How I keep hydrated

Hydration is so important for maintaining your energy levels. I stay hydrated by drinking two plus litres of filtered water through the day. I find I often reach for a snack thinking I’m hungry when I feel tired but I’m actually dehydrated so it’s good to make sure you’re drinking enough to stop yourself from eating when you don’t need to. I’ve noticed that I can often reduce the onset of a ...

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Clean eating breakfast ideas

When you start trying to eat clean or stick to a wholefoods programme, it can initially be tricky when you’re looking for foods that you enjoy eating and will still keep you full up until lunch time. Especially when you’re in a rush to get to work or drop the kids of at school, breakfast can take a back seat. Throughout my four year journey of clean eating, I’ve developed some delicious breakfast ...

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My guide to clean eating

So you’re interested in eating clean. It seems to be a new buzz word and about time too. When we see food as medicine, rather than simply fuel for our bodies, then our whole attitude to eating changes and with it our health, our sleep patterns, our energy levels and our weight! How do I know all this? Because I’ve been on quite a transformational journey to better health myself over the last few ...

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