Articles, Beauty, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 10.02.2017

February is ‘National Heart Month’ which I’m sure by no accident falls in nicely with Valentines Day. Last week was National ‘Wear Red Day,’ which specifically raises awareness of, heart disease amongst women. And on Saturday it was World Cancer Day. So just as everyone’s healthy resolutions are flailing, and lets face it most of our resolutions are healthy ones, we are bombarded with national health awareness days, On top of that it’s February, the most depressing month of the year apparently. So why are we still seeing increases...

Articles, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 19.01.2017

This week marked the 97th anniversary of the start of prohibition* in the USA. It didn’t quite work out for them as they had hoped and ended up creating a crime wave so great that it rocked the nation, but 13 years is a long time for anyone to give up alcohol completely, even I would struggle with that! Dry January We now of course have the increasingly popular Dry January which is a much more manageable time frame and also is personal choice rather than a total ban, which...

Articles, Beauty, Food, General, Health, home-slider / 10.01.2017

When it comes to being healthy and making the right lifestyle choices, I find myself often saying, ‘It’s not Rocket Science!’ It certainly isn’t Rocket Science that if you eat doughnuts every day you will inevitably get fat. It is equally not Rocket Science that if you don’t eat any vegetables you will eventually become ill and it is undeniably not Rocket Science that if you smoke and drink too much your body will unquestionably suffer. But the more I think about it, it is much, much more than...

Articles, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 04.01.2017

Hi there and Happy New Year from ‘Your Healthy Self’   I have decided to go right back to the beginning and re-introduce myself, explain what I do and where I am going and see if I can help any of you on your path to a healthier you in 2017 End of a Cycle 2016 was a funny year, according to Numerologists it was the end of a 9 year cycle (2+0+1+6 =9) and many people seem glad to see the back of it, It has certainly been an interesting ride...

Articles, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 28.12.2016

You may or may not know but I absolutely hate waste and have often found that leftovers have become my most favourite meals. Avoiding waste also creates a culinary challenge which I love and has led me to conjure up many new and interesting combinations. Bone Broth is a perfect example of making something incredibly healthy out of something that would ordinarily be thrown in the bin. It is talked about in all the good recipe books these days and even has whole books dedicated to it. Making bone broth...

Articles, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 21.12.2016

Recently I was stood behind someone in the supermarket queue; he bought 4 loaves of white sliced bread plus 2 packs of indigestion tablets. I couldn’t help thinking to myself that maybe he ought to look at what he was buying and re-evaluate his diet. I stopped myself from butting in but felt quite saddened by it for some reason. I heard somewhere recently that if you take tablets it is like ‘telling your body to shut up!’ Whilst medicine can sometimes be life saving, popping pills for everyday...

Articles, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 19.12.2016

These perfect green bullets are right up there at the top of the list of amazing cruciferous vegetables, which is why I have decided to write a blog post about them, after all sprouts aren’t just for Christmas! I love Brussels sprouts but our family are divided as most families are, however I really can’t stress enough how important including greens, especially Brussels, into your diet is. Because they are so unbelievably healthy, I have found it my duty and a great challenge sneaking them into recipes and serving them...

Food, General, Health, home-slider / 09.12.2016

A few years ago my family and I decided to forego shop bought Christmas presents in favour of home made. Not for the kids of course, they may not have been so enamored with knitted socks and chutney but we were and for me it truly brought back the magic of Christmas and made us all really think about the gifts we were giving. Having a homemade gift made from the heart is so much more enjoyable than anything shop bought so why not give it a go this...

Food / 12.11.2016

‘Everything in moderation’ was my Grandma’s favourite motto and it still makes perfect sense today especially when it comes to our diet. Eating anything to excess is not good even if it is supposedly healthy, I saw a woman on ‘Secret Eaters’ once scoffing bags of sunflower seeds. She believed they were healthy, which of course they are, but only in small doses, there is a lot of oil in a sunflower seed! We all know that eating too much red meat is bad for our health and probably most...

Food / 12.11.2016

This is the perfect time of year to make use of some of nature’s amazing freebies. I am not an avid forager but there are a few things that I love to use from the great outdoors and they are usually at their best and in great abundance at this time of year. Nettles come top of my list, they are prolific in Spring and are so good for you, they are loaded with iron and are completely pesticide free! More importantly they lose their sting when they are...

Food / 12.11.2016

I love all the ‘alternative therapies’ we have available to us these days. We can have our backs tweaked and cracked by Osteopaths and Chiropractors, enjoy many different types of massage, find gentle healing through reiki and reflexology, have needles placed in our meridian lines by acupuncturists, discover amazingly effective remedies and cures from aromatherapists, homeopaths, herbalists, nutrionalists, hypnotherapists, the list is endless. But what I really don’t get is…..  these are not really ‘alternative’ are they? Some of these practices have been around for thousands of years, others...

Food / 12.11.2016

Dairy products are the mainstay of the British diet but is it really doing us any good? Apart from people with a definite (and very unpleasant) lactose intolerance, would we all be better off without it or a least consuming less of it? There is no other mammal in the universe that habitually drinks another animal’s milk and on top of that, mammals only drink milk as babies and not beyond into adulthood, so why is it we have this belief that milk is so good for us? I certainly...

Food / 12.11.2016

We all know how dangerous chemicals can be but do you really know how much exposure to them you are getting on a daily basis and how it is affecting your health, not just short term but long term too. There are chemicals everywhere, just in our own home you will find them in the food we choose to eat, the water we drink, cleaning products, skin creams, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, shower gel and perfume. We have sprays to keep bugs away, others to make our houses smell sweet,...

Food / 12.11.2016

You may or may not know this but I absolutely hate waste, especially food, which I love! We throw away so much food it’s criminal, but what about the bits we throw away that we don’t even think about like veg peelings and stems? I not only detest throwing fresh veg away I also try to use up as much of the actual veg as I can. I never peel a potato or a carrot! Apart from the fact that a lot of the goodness is situated just underneath the...

Food / 12.11.2016

I spend a lot of time in my kitchen and have all the usual gadgets to make my life easier but one of the most important and simplest has to be my steaming pans. Absolutely every kitchen should have one and definitely anyone who thinks they’re healthy should be using theirs regularly, there’s no excuse. Steaming vegetables is the healthiest way to cook them, as it results in the fewest nutrients being lost in the cooking process. In particular the all important Folic Acid and Vitamin C which are...

Food / 12.11.2016

If 50’s is the new 40’s and grey is the new black then extracting is definitely the new juicing! The beauty of extracting is that you get a load more for your money and your health. With juicing you use a stack of fruit and veg for a tiny glass of juice and then have to throw away all the pulp with half of the goodness. An extractor lets you have it all, what could be better than that? Basically an extractor is a super powerful liquidiser that pulps anything...

Food / 11.11.2016

I love any kind of veg, all the usual ones like carrots and broccoli etc plus all the other ones people love to hate, brussel sprouts, aubergines, beetroot, broad beans etc. My husband has never had quite the same love for veg that I have, he doesn’t like courgettes, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, mushrooms, he’s not mad on broccoli and cabbage (although he does eat them) and of course dislikes all those ‘love to hate’ veg above. So over the years I have had to become extra inventive with our...

Food / 11.11.2016

Having just spent an excellent week in the Med I have come back feeling even healthier than ever. I fully embraced the colourful Mediterranean diet, eating masses of delicious fruit and veg, fish, chicken, wholesome breads, plenty of olive oil, garlic and lemon juice plus an occasional glass of red wine! Perfecto! You certainly don’t need to be a Master Chef to make the most amazing meals for you and your family it’s all about buying the right, fresh ingredients. And if you truly want to be healthy and...

Food / 11.11.2016

Weekly meal planning is a wonderful thing and if you are organised and have the time, unlike me, then it is a great thing to do. You know exactly what you need to buy so shopping is much easier and it should, in theory, save you money as it stops you making impulse purchases which often end up just getting wasted. I HATE WASTE! Occasionally I set out with good intentions but if I’m honest, it is rare! Normally I look in the fridge in the morning to see...