hay fever nutrition
Nutrition for hay fever

Nutrition for Hay Fever If you suffer from hay fever, the seasonal sounds of summer – chirping birds and next door’s lawnmower can mean the onslaught of sneezing, runny nose and watery or itchy eyes. Alongside your usual anti-histamines and hay fever remedies, nutrition could also have a role to play in helping to manage symptoms of […]

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Think Outside the Lunchbox!

If your kids are feeling the back-to-school blues, maybe a few new ideas for their lunchbox is just the thing to boost mood, help concentration and make sure their energy levels don’t flag come 2pm. Vital Nutrition’s School Lunch Box Checklist Make it colourful – a rainbow of colourful fruit and vegetables will ensure your […]

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Are your Kids Fussy Eaters?

Are your kids fussy eaters? A recent BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour was dedicated to the subject and is worth a listen if this is something that affects your family. In my work with children, it is a hot topic for discussion amongst parents. So, here are a few tried and tested tricks that might encourage them […]

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Healthy Eating Made Simple
Healthy Eating Made Simple

Healthy Eating Made Simple Are you the kind of person who welcomes the change of seasons with a spring in your step and determination to become a happier, healthier, better version of yourself, or do you want to cuddle under the duvet and forget winter is on the way? Whichever describes you, everyone can benefit […]

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getting your five a day
Getting Your Five a Day?

Getting Your Five a Day? Most of us know by now that the idea of eating at least five portions of fruit and veg every day is the bare minimum we need for optimum health but are you getting your five a day? If you are struggling to eat 5 portions, here’s a few ideas […]

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eat more fat
Eat More Fat!!!

Eat More Fat!!! Yes, you read that right! But I’ll say it again – eat more fat!!! Over the years most of us have succumbed to the enticing promises of a low fat diet. This has left us deficient in a nutrient that can help us to lower weight, balance cholesterol levels and promote healthy […]

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Healthy Eating on a Budget
Healthy Eating on a Budget

Healthy Eating on a Budget Good food does not have to break the bank, blow the budget and leave you out of pocket. There are plenty of economical ways to eat healthy even when money is tight. With just a little imagination and a few carefully selected ingredients, your store cupboard can contain all the […]

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Vital Nutrition's Top Ten Stress Busting Ideas
Vital Nutrition’s Top Ten Stress Busting Ideas

Vital Nutrition’s Top Ten Stress Busting Ideas Most of us live busy, hectic lifestyles, with little time to think about the impact this might have on our nutrition (or lack of it). Here’s Vital Nutrition’s top ten stress busting ideas… Drink green tea – a good source of l-theanine, to promote relaxing alpha wave brain […]

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Good Mood Foods
Good Mood Foods

Good Mood Foods Over the years I have worked with plenty of clients with mental health issues like anxiety and depression and in my experience, food is a vital part of the jigsaw for good mental health, and there is a bank of what I like to call ‘good mood foods’ to help you. Think […]

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Does diet affect cholesterol?
Does diet affect cholesterol?

Does diet affect cholesterol? In a recent BBC documentary, Michael Mosley went on a mission to find out how effective dietary changes could be in reducing cholesterol balance, trying to answer the regularly asked question, does diet affect cholesterol? For many people, statins are the last resort and I often see people in my clinic […]

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Kick the Sugar Habit…

If you are struggling with kicking the sugar habit, here’s a few ideas that might help… Allow yourself a treat once or twice a week – e.g. Friday evenings & Sunday afternoons. I find that if you know you are allowed whatever takes your fancy at those times, you are less likely to crave it […]

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Cleanse and Detox

Every now and then it is a good idea to give your diet a bit of a shake up and I think there is no better time that the change of seasons. So, I thought I’d share a wee taster of Vital Nutrition’s 10 day, cleansing, rejuvenating, low GI detox plan. Keep an eye on […]

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5:2 Diet, Vital Nutrition Style! Are you ready for a challenge?

There has been much buzz about the latest diet craze, the 5:2 diet. This diet has been researched since 1930 and was recently documented by Michael Mosley on BBC’s Horizon programme. So, we thought we’d give it a go – Vital Nutrition style. The idea is that for 2 days a week (which don’t have […]

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Stress less…

‘Slow down, take it easy now. You’ve come a long way now rest for a while.’ – wise words from one of my favourite local musicians, Malojian Most of us live a fast pace of life, doing our best to juggle work, rest and play. Over the last few years I have seen more and more […]

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Vitamin D Testing now available

Did you know that Vital Nutrition offers a pinprick test for vitamin D levels? This is a simple pinprick test that you can do it at home. Vitamin D, sometimes known as the sunshine vitamin, tends to be low for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere – and especially after the summer we’ve had! […]

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Let’s go sugar-free!

Anyone fancy joining me on a sugar clear out? Sugar (not fat!) is the number one reason why we are getting fatter. If you make one change to your diet, make it a good one – cut right back on your sugar intake. Sugar is empty calories – it provides a ready source of energy, […]

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Peas and Beans from my Allotment

Last year we acquired an allotment – one of the best things ever! We had a fantastic crop of peas and beans and I am hoping for a glut again this year. We have planted runner beans, peas, broad beans and, for the first time, some borlotti beans. I have learnt (the hard) way not […]

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Lose weight the easy way!

Lose 10lbs in 4 weeks, drop a dress size in 7 days, lose belly fat fast! These are some of the headlines that sell newspapers and magazines, but what is the real truth behind successful weight loss? Over the years, I have seen hundreds of clients who struggle with their weight, and there are usually […]

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Mediterranean diet for a healthy holiday

If you are jetting off to warmer climes of the Mediterranean this summer, eating like the locals could mean you come back from holiday healthier and happier than when you left. Research shows that that eating a varied, plant-based diet packed with fruit, vegetables, pulses, herbs, spices, nuts and seeds, with fish a few times […]

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Weekday workouts

If you exercise after work, some days you’ll need a wee bit more motivation than others. A nutrient packed snack about three hours before your session will get you motivated and raring to go. If you are planning on working out around 6 or 7pm, grab a bite when you’re feeling peckish around 3 or […]

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Intermittent Fasting and 5:2 diets – what’s the deal?

Intermittent Fasting – also known as the 5:2 diet, the 2 day diet, the overnight diet or the Fast Diet… As most of my clients know, I have always been very cautious about the idea of fasting, instead preferring the ‘eat little and often’ line of nutritional thought. But nutritional science is ever changing and […]

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Shock Headline – high protein diets as dangerous as smoking!

As usual, the Daily Mail is out to shock with the headline claiming: ‘Eating lots of meat and cheese in middle age is ‘as deadly as SMOKING’ We know that smoking is a prime cause of lung cancer and we shouldn’t do it, but let’s look behind the headline and see what the researchers found. […]

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Healthy snacks on the run

Healthy eating would be so easy if we had 100% control of what, when and how we ate, 100% of the time, but that’s just not realistic. So the key to eating better is being prepared. Taking food to work with you, having a few healthy snacks in the glove box of your car and […]

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Exam Survival Diet

If you are spending your days with your head stuck in books, revising for the impending summer exams, here is Vital Nutrition’s Exam Survival Toolkit  to help maximise your brain power. Break your fast! Always eat breakfast to maintain and sustain energy and concentration. Here are a few ideas for breakfasts to eat on the […]

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Unscrambling the egg myth!

Eggs and Easter – you can’t have one without the other, right? Instead of the sugary sweet chocolate eggs, the subject of this blog is the humble hen’s egg. Healthy folk used to love eggs. In the 1980’s we were told to ‘go to work on an egg’, then the cholesterol myth took hold and […]

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The food of love…

Chocolate, asparagus and oysters are all said to have aphrodisiac properties, but with chocolate being a contributing factor to obesity, asparagus out of season and oysters not to everyone’s taste, are there better alternatives for your Valentine? Here Jane gives us the low-down on how diet can help boost your sex drive and bring back […]

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Jane’s New Year’s Resolution (of sorts!)

So we all eat a little too much, drink a little more than normal and party a wee bit harder than we usually do in December (Nutritional Therapists included!), so by the time it gets to January, most of us are ready for more cleansing, nourishing foods. I wanted to start the year with a […]

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