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Swine Flu

September 1, 2009

Swine Flu Hygiene Reminder

Though not so heavily in the headlines Swine Flu prevention measures should remain in our consciousness, particularly as all our children are about to be back in the classroom coughing and sneezing all over each other!

Here is the advice from the World Health Organisation:

Hygiene Recommendations

In areas with confirmed human cases of novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infection, the risk for infection can be reduced through a combination of actions. No single action will provide complete protection, but an approach combining the following steps can help decrease the likelihood of transmission. These recommended actions are:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand cleaner when soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • People who are sick with an influenza-like illness (ILI) (fever plus at least cough or sore throat and possibly other symptoms like runny nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhoea) should stay home and minimise contact with others, including avoiding travel, for 7 days after their symptoms begin or until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer.
  • Avoid close contact (i.e. being within about 6 feet) with persons with ILI.

Do contact one of the team at The Nutrition Coach for diet advice about achieving optimum immune health for you and your family.

Contact us to make an appointment for a consultation at one of our London nutrition clinics.


Children and Teenagers – Sport and Concentration

September 1, 2009

I’ve said it before – I really am in awe of all that our children achieve in their working days and weeks.  But I feel we have to be careful to make sure that it doesn’t come at a price.

If you’re like me you will be seeing the land of routine and deadlines looming large on the horizon.  The eternal juggling of ferrying various children to rugby training, football training, tennis coaching, piano lessons, drum lessons, karate and swimming to name but a few.  Let alone just getting them to school each day!  I’m all for children experiencing every opportunity possible BUT do they become so tired and overwhelmed that basic home family together time becomes fraught with the tension of unfinished homework and snatched food here and there to fill in the gaps?  Let’s not forget that they are also still growing and developing!  With this level of activity it’s all too easy to fall into the habit of cereals, sandwiches, toast and pasta.  All easy to prepare at short notice – (especially when all their mates descend as well!) but it can become a quick carb fix that gives them a short term energy boost followed by low blood sugar and fatigue.

Most children of this age group that I see are not eating anywhere near enough protein so the ONE recommendation I can make here as a starting point for the good health of your ‘youth’ to get that protein going.  Eggs for breakfast – scrambled eggs has to be the fastest food going.  If it needs to be pasta with tomato sauce – fine but add a grilled chicken breast or salmon fillet on top with a large side salad.

Do contact one of The Nutrition Coach team for the next most important  FIVE  recommendations on how to help your ever growing family have the best of health for all they wish to achieve.

Good luck with that juggling and remember to look after your own nutrition so you have the energy to pick up the pieces!

Contact us to make an appointment for a consultation at one of our London nutrition clinics.


The healthy way to weight loss

August 31, 2009

It is estimated that two thirds of men and over half of women in the UK are either obese or overweight.  It is therefore not surprising that many clients coming to our London nutrition clinics are desperately looking to drop the extra pounds.  Most have tried numerous diets, but achieved no sustainable weight loss, and have left them confused about what the right food choices really are.  There is also a growing interest in fat-busting pills, such as the weight-loss pill Alli, but these pills fail to address the cause of weight gain (i.e. metabolic imbalances and poor eating habits) and may even be detrimental to health.  Only last week, for example, it was reported that the weight loss pill Alli had been implicated in serious liver damage in 32 people.

At The Nutrition Coach we have helped numerous clients to lose weight through changing their approach to food for life with out ‘Dump the Diet’ course, which gives clients the tools to manage their weight loss healthily with easy and practical suggestions of how to incorporate the dietary changes into every day life.  We also appreciate that excess weight may be due to other imbalances such as excess toxicity and poor elimination, poor adrenal or thyroid health, poor sugar handling and insulin resistance.  These imbalances can be fully explored in a one-to-one consultation and a complete dietary programme put together that is tailored to individual needs.

Find out more about our Dump the Diet programme and contact us to make an appointment for a consultation at one of our London nutrition clinics.


What is IBS?

August 29, 2009

Lots of people contact us desperate to sort out their IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms -  The first thing to do if you suspect you have IBS is to pay a visit to your GP as he is the best person to refer you to any specialist if he suspects that your symptoms are serious.  Once these expert medical practitioners have determined that there is nothing they can to help you, and that your symptoms are what they diagnose as IBS – then please come and see us  – we have a good track record of sorting out guts (check out our testimonials).  For almost 10 years we have been sorting out guts and loving it.  What is IBS?  A collection of gut symptoms ranging from constipation to bloating,  gut pain to diarrhoea and sometimes apparent food intolerances.

When someone comes to see us the first thing we might do is to get them to fill in a questionnaire that they bring in at their first appointment.  We ask loads of questions to try and get to the bottom of what might be affecting their health.  We might determine that a gut test is needed (comprehensive digestive stool analysis)
At the first appointment we would most likely make some changes to diet and lifestyle that could immediately help the symptoms.  Changes in diet will, for the most part, only really address the symptom rather than the cause.  Doing the gut test looks at trying to get the bottom of what has been affecting you much more specifically.

We would normally then see you again after about four weeks once we have the results back – We would first see how the dietary changes went and make any changes to that strategy.  At The Nutrition Coach we are trying to be practical and make small consistent changes that you can do long term.  Radically changing the diet from the word go, is a recipe for disaster as you will not be able to keep this up long term and will soon slip back into old habits and the symptoms will re-emerge.

At the second appointment we would normally have the gut test back – and from this we would devise the strategy.  The route cause could be parasites, and as unpleasant as this might sound, it is amazingly common.  The other causes can be inherent food intolerances, or low gut immunity,  lack of digestive enzymes, inflammation, bacterial or yeast infections,  disbiosis (that is the friendly and unfriendly bacteria in the gut not being in balance)

Once we know the cause we can get working on trying to restore balance – this is generally something that we cant guess that is why, although pricey, we pretty much have to do the gut test.  Getting back the balance is a matter of determination and patience – but good results can be seen in about three months but you need to keep going with the strategy for sometime after this and before you say, “Gut symptoms?  What gut symptoms?”

Find out more about  IBS and contact us to make an appointment at one of our London nutrition clinics.


What’s the best way to beat bloating?

August 28, 2009

One of the most frequently asked questions I come across in my practice is ‘Can you please test me for food intolerances?’.  Funnily enough, one of the tests I use the most infrequently is the food intolerance test.  Let me explain why.

It is often the case that food intolerances are not the cause of the health problems the client come to see me for, but in fact the symptom.  Food intolerances can often develop as a result of underlying digestive disturbances.  Perhaps the easiest way to explain this is to look at the link between digestion and the immune system.  The immune system is the ‘gate keeper’ that vets everything we ingest and determines what is safe to allow in the body.  If your digestion is not working well, the immune system may not recognise the larger undigested food particles that it is now presented with and goes on the defensive.  As a result, you may experience diarrhoea, bloating, stomach cramps, skin problems and a whole host of other symptoms.

In other words, the inability to properly digest any foods can cause your body to treat them as ‘foreign’ and you will start experiencing unpleasant symptoms every time you eat those foods.  It is perhaps then no surprise that wheat gluten and dairy proteins, both of which are relatively hard work for the digestion, are the two foods most people report to be intolerant to.

So when I see clients with food intolerances, the most frequent test I suggest is not an intolerance test, but a comprehensive digestive stool analysis.  This gives me a detailed view of the state of the digestive system.  I find that many times, once the digestion is back into working optimally the food intolerance symptoms are also a thing of the past.

Find out more about food intolerance and contact us to make an appointment at one of our London nutrition clinics.


Worried about the signs of ageing?

August 26, 2009


Everyone it seems these days is on a quest to stay looking young and beautiful, and to defy the signs of ageing! There are now thousands of beauty products which we apply daily with the hope of banishing wrinkles. Cosmetic surgery is growing enormously in popularity with celebrities at the forefront, many of whom regularly get a botox fix. There are also hundreds of anti-ageing supplements now on the market which claim to help keep wrinkles and degenerative diseases at bay.

Like many people, I would prefer to grow old gracefully and don’t like the idea of going under the knife, not to mention spending huge amounts of money on surgery. Many of us are more interested in staying youthful and healthy the natural way through a healthy diet, lifestyle and supplements.

Yet, how do we know what is good for slowing down the ageing process? Hardly a day goes by without media coverage on what is good or bad for us. But much of this press coverage can be confusing – one day goji berries are the new anti-ageing superfood, the next it’s broccoli, one day red wine is good for longevity, the next it is bad. So who are we supposed to believe? And how can we stay looking youthful without spending a fortune on anti-ageing creams and cosmetic surgery?

The Nutrition Coach has developed an exciting and inspirational course – Eat Yourself Young. The aim of the Eat Yourself Young course is to teach the key principles to holding back the years through food to keep you looking and feeling young. It also covers the best anti-ageing supplements, skincare for youthful skin, and how your lifestyle can affect the rate at which you age.

Find out more about our Eat Yourself Young course and contact us to make an appointment at one of our London nutrition clinics.


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