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Welcome to Your Healthy Self!

I believe that if we all make small healthy changes to our daily habits they will eventually become second nature to us and we can work towards a healthier and happier future.
My suggestions are just that, suggestions, some may work for you, some may not, we are all different. But give them a shot and work with the ones that do!

A Nutritionists Way to Combat Heat Rash

So summer is well and truly here in the UK. Up and down the country we have all been enjoying plenty of blue skies and warming sun, which is fantastic. And there is more to come this week and next as far as I can see. Long may it continue!

I recently spent an amazing week in Northumberland with the kids. The weather was beautiful and I would highly recommend it, it has a stunning coastline and near empty beaches, perfect!

I love the ease of summer, no socks and boots, scarves and hats and comfort food. Just flip flops and skirts, sunhats and glasses, salads and al fresco dining. I don’t want it to stop!

Enter the Dreaded Heat Rash

Anyway I digress because the other day when I was out in the sun it suddenly dawned on me that I have not once suffered from Heat Rash this year, which is very unusual for me.

I don’t sun worship but equally I don’t shy away from it although usually whenever the heat is on it brings my skin out in an itchy and uncomfortable Heat Rash. It is not much fun at all and can blight a beautiful summer’s day.

I used to suffer every year with this. I would so look forward to summer, the warmth of the sun, just being outdoors and all that added beneficial Vitamin D but it was blighted every year by my awful Heat Rash.

Exit the Dreaded Heat Rash

It was actually whilst on holiday in Majorca a couple of years ago that I discovered what caused it. I had always assumed it was just my fair skin being extra sensitive to the heat and that it was something I would have to live with. Little did I know that, as with so many things, nutrition plays a huge role in this too. I should have known really.

The main culprit is believed to be a lack of Vitamin B, specifically B6, which is found in avocados, bananas, fish, meat, nuts, seeds and whole grains such as oats, brown rice, whole meal bread and pasta etc.

You may also be interested to know that Vitamin B6 is one of the nutrients not always included in the fortification process in bread and cereals and is almost completely lost in the refining process. So sticking to brown and not white where you can is so much better for you.

A Change of Diet

Since training to be a Naturopathic Nutritionist I have changed my diet quite a lot and as if by magic, I have not suffered with Heat Rash since! A miracle cure like so many that can be attained by eating well and getting a good balance of the right nutrients from your diet.

In addition to B Vitamins, antioxidants like Vitamin C and E can help as UV rays cause free radicals, which need combatting with plenty of antioxidants, see my previous blog, 2 Great Reasons to Eat More Fruit & Veg.

The Fabulous Buddha Bowl

The Fabulous Buddha Bowl

Hi there, it seems to have been a while since my last post and whilst I know you have not been waiting with baited breath I do like to try to be fairly consistent with them when I can, I am never short of a topic, only short of time usually.

So the reason for my tardiness this time (although anyone who knows me will know this is a trait of mine!) is that I have been busy writing eBooks (well 2 so far but more to follow.) I will be making them available to all my subscribers as soon as they are designed and ready to go. watch this space.

So onto today’s post. I have been quite excited about this one for a while now so am glad, on this sunny day, to have finally got round to putting it together, for lunch and for the post!

The Fabulous Buddha Bowl

If you have ever travelled to Asia, which I have been lucky enough to do a few times, you may have seen the Buddhists monks in their bright orange gowns, carrying their alms bowls and going round the town to gather food for the day.

The residents prepare an array of nutritious food, which the monks come to collect in their bowls very early each morning for the day ahead. It is a beautiful, peaceful and truly heartfelt tradition and one I absolutely loved to watch.

And it has given way to an amazingly healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner or even snack trend which is so versatile and so easy you should be trading in your boring sandwiches for a different buddha bowl every day.

The great thing about them is that there are no rules, you can literally add anything you want, but there are a few guidelines to keep it well balanced and nourishing.

Buddha Bowl Guidelines

Choose a Grain

Firstly you need a grain, preferably gluten free, Quinoa or Brown Rice work well. Oats (always soaked overnight) are perfect for breakfast bowls.

Add some Fruit

Fruit, this adds a delightful sweetness to the dish, any fruit goes, whatever is lingering in your fruit bowl at the time will work.

Include some Greens

Greens, I used pea shoots in this one but rocket, watercress, salad leaves, wilted spinach or crispy kale will all work equally well.

And Raw Veg too

Any other raw veg or salad item, chopped or grated such as radish, pepper, avocado, carrot, cucumber, tomato.

Or Cooked if you prefer

Cooked veg, like roasted peppers, courgettes or sweet potato cubes with a little added spice.

Finish it off with some Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds, this adds a lovely crunch to your bowl and an added nutritious bonus.

And a Dressing if you choose

Lastly add a dressing if you want. Mine was tasty enough without but if you prefer you could make up a simple balsamic vinegar and oil or a creamy yoghurt and garlic to put on the top. Hummus or tzatziki also work well.

And voila you have a Buddha Bowl.
Eat and enjoy.

The Best Ever Hayfever Cure

I posted this on my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago but never on my actual site so although I’m doing things a bit backwards I thought I would post it here too. After all hayfever season is still upon us, although thanks to the vitamin C, I have barely had a sniffle this year! Hopefully my wrinkles have dimissed a bit and I have fought off a virus or two aswell, who knows, all I do know is that it is good for lots of stuff. Here is the very short but sweet post.

Are you a HAYFEVER SUFFERER? Is it getting you down? Do you know that Vitamin C is a natural Anti-Histamine and far better for you than conventional medicine? Take a high dose, 1000mg a day from a reputable source like Higher Nature and see what difference it makes. Go on give it a whirl, Vitamin C is a strong Antioxidant, is great for your immune system and also helps if you’re feeling tired. What have you got to lose! I’m about to have mine right now!

Unlike other brands of Vitamin C, Higher Nature Fizzy C is not full of sugar and or unnatural sweeteners but it still tastes great.