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World Earth Day 2020, Zoom appointments and loads more!

22/04/2020

All consultation now taking place on Zoom!

 

 

 

 

Hello, hope you are staying well in these unusual times.

All consultations are now bookable using the links below and will take place on Zoom. I wanted to assure you all that Zoom consultations work very well and I have had some great results with my clients, it is not all about weighing and measuring, its about knowledge, support and correct advice.   It is the new normal.

New book your Zoom consultation here:

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Covid-19
Covid-19 is taking up a lot of space in our inboxes, TV and life.  I am a great believer in looking after our own health naturally, using diet, lifestyle, emotional support and where necessary dietary supplementation.   I am sharing some research I have carried out on supplementation and foods to support the immune system and help you take control of your health and life.

World Earth Day 2020
Bringing awareness of our actions, big or small to change our lives and our world, not just today but forever!  What will you change?  The theme this year is climate change, I am sure we have all noticed the amazing clear skies and freshness in the air since lockdown, the peace and quiet, the calm which is surrounding the pandemic and the buzz and fear that many are experiencing.   Environmentally the pandemic is a good news story.  But how do we find a balance with our mental health and economically, what can we as individuals do?  Check out the website

Good news story
Nutritional supplement sales have soared in the UK and Europe since the corona virus pandemic, it is reassuring that the public are taking control of their health using natural means to support their immune systems.  I thought this was a good opportunity to share my knowledge with you all, some of you have already benefited from a free 20mins chat to discuss immune support, but those who haven’t had an appointment recently.

Book a free 10mins chat to reconnect:
I am offering you all an opportunity to have a chat and reconnect, ask a few questions and to say hi.  Here’s my calendar if you fancy a cuppa

Purchasing supplements during lockdown www.naturaldispensary.co.uk is still open, they are operating a skeleton staff and often need to close the site whilst to they get the orders out, do bear with them they do re-open and deliveries are working.  Remember the discount code is JD15 to get the 15% off and free delivery on orders over £25.

Dietary sources recommended:

  • Vitamin D – easy get outside and expose your skin to the sun, even sitting at an open window can be beneficial.   Oily fish and eggs are a dietary source, but the sun exposure is the best, remember to get outside and expose your arms and legs daily whilst the sun is shining! Mushrooms also have vitamin D and you can leave them in the sun, and they produce their own vitamin D – amazing!
  • Vitamin A – True vitamin A is found in eggs, milk and liver (liver being the best source and availability). Beta carotene is found in colourful fruits and vegetables and can be converted to vitamin A.  However, it is thought that around 40-50% of us are not efficient at this due to genetics, eating more foods with true vitamin A is therefore recommended right now.  Liver pate is a good option
  • Vitamin C Broccoli, purple sprouting broccoli, kiwi fruit, papaya, berries, all fruit and veg has vitamin C!
  • Zinc is found in nuts, seeds, red meat and of course seafood especially oysters.
  • Selenium is really high in brazil nuts and maybe two per day is good enough
  • Potassium starting from the highest: potatoes with their skins on, lentils, sweet potato, beans, coconut water, yoghurt, salmon, cod, spinach and banana. Potassium is a potent anti-inflammatory and it is thought the covid-19 causes low potassium creating  or exacerbating the inflammatory storm in the lungs this has been discussed on the news recently when covid-19 becomes deadly.  As with all research, it is early days, but including potassium rich foods right now won’t hurt right!  Remember your dietary choices far out weigh taking supplements, you can do both, but just taking supplements and not changing your diet… I don’t recommend it.

Dietary changes to support immunity
When we are looking at dietary intervention to support our immunity, a reduction in fast or simple sugars from sweeties, desserts, added sugar and alcohol is the most helpful.  Ultra-processed foods are deficient in nutrients like zinc and selenium and vitamins and can leave us searching for more food to boost our mineral levels, often ending up with even more junk food in the diet, creating further depletions and cravings, it’s a cycle of poor health.

Sugar crashes the immune system, 150grams will create a window of approximately 5 hours allowing viruses and bacteria to take hold whilst your immune system is trying to reboot.

Including a balance and variety of vegetables from onions, garlic, ginger, sweet potatoes, brown rice, black rice, peas, courgettes, peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower.  Supporting a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut, plus including all the other foods mentioned above.  It’s easy, avoid food in boxes, plastic containers and packets.

Good news…stop peeling your roots!

The soil and bacteria on the outsides of your root vegetables are supportive of a healthy gut, so the good news is you don’t have to peel them.  I haven’t peeled a carrot for years.  This is a good news story!

Bonus recipe for lentil soup (good source of potassium!)

 

 

 

 

This is such a quick and easy soup with hardly any chopping!

1 onion chopped
1 clove of garlic minced
350g red lentils (rinsed)
2.5 pints of stock – you choose your favourite stock (I used chicken bone broth when I have it)
1 400ml of chopped tomatoes
1 carrot chopped not peeled
Celery finely chopped
Olive oil (two tablespoons)
Spices:

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon of chilli powder

Super easy, dice the onion and sweat for 5-10mins with the lid on no browning of the onion.  Add the spices and cook for a further 10mins.

Into the saucepan add the lentils and cook for another 10mins and add the carrots and celery, then add the tin of chopped tomatoes and simmer for a further 15mins.

When cooled blend until smooth and serve with coconut yoghurt or sour cream and toasted onions and a toasted wholemeal pitta bread with mango chutney and a tomato and cucumber salad with sliced spring onions.

BEING ALONE
These strange times of isolation is about learning to be alone but not lonely. This passage resonated with me, I thought I would share with you. (credit Deane Jade)  I will leave you with this.  Stay well.

Learning to be alone but not lonely. 

Some people seek out relationships to avoid or soothe the pain of being alone, they will stay in relationshipS that are not working as a way of avoiding this pain.  We all know that this creates a different kind of loneliness, or aloneness. Even in the best relationships, there always comes a time when our friends, family and partners may not be available, and we find we are alone.

What do you do when you feel alone?  Do you seek out relationships or stay in relationships because you can’t deal with being alone?  The time you are in fact alone can be unbearably painful.  The time you are with someone will be bittersweet because you will know on some level that you will be alone again soon.

Or perhaps you throw yourself into overeating, over exercise, drinking, recreational drugs or sex to numb your pain or to distance yourself from the loneliness you feel, for a while.

One of the markers for emotional maturing is learning to bear with and even thrive when alone.  Your successful ability to be alone is what allows you to have the best relationships of your life.

The successful ability to be alone can mean the ability to feel alone and lonely without the need to seek someone out to fill the void.  It can also mean being alone but not being lonely, with the void filled with creativity, self-expression or passion for pursuit of something that matters to you.

How can you be alone and have amazing relationships?

You can prefer to be alone than to be with someone who does not respect or honour you and take you for who you are rather than who they want you to be or how you want to look.

In times of trouble, you hand your partner, when appropriate, the responsibility of handling their feelings without trying to fix them, without giving in to the fear of being alone if you do not help them, you have already faced that fear.

If a relationship with a friend or partner is hurting you and the other person cannot or does not alter their behaviour to help make a difference, you have the power to walk away because you are unafraid even though you may feel sad or bereft at losing them.

You have leverage with your partner – often, your partner will change their behaviours rather than risk losing you.  And they listen to you because it must be so, because you have the good self-esteem and you have expressed your needs in an assertive manner without being angry or emotional.

Stay safe, stay home and eat well.

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