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CONTENTS

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28 inside this issue... NEWS

4 Your Healthy Living Show – what you loved 5  Organic food takes a bashing – how the media missed the point 6 Getting passionate about hair colour 8 Health Store Heroes – natural products you’ll like 20 Take part in our magazine survey – and win cash!

LOOK

10  Wise Buys for Beauty 12 Be a 24/7 beauty with these au naturel skincare ingredients

FOOD

14  Starting out: Annabel Karmel’s top ideas for weaning and school lunch boxes 22 Gillian McKeith’s new foods and recipes

BODY

18 Supplementing your teen’s health 19 Wise Buys for kids 28 Allergy or intolerance? Get clear about the problem to realise the solution

THERAPY

32  Complementary Confidential: Four experts help a male reader’s anxiety

…to another issue of Your Healthy Living, the free magazine that brings you simple and inspiring ways to live a naturally healthy life. This issue we invite you to tell us what you think of Your Healthy Living in our first reader survey. We really value your feedback, and your comments will help us bring you even more of what you love to read about! Turn to page 20 and check out the £250 prize you could win for giving us 5 minutes of your time. In this issue also, Annabel Karmel has loads of creative ideas for you for school lunchboxes and healthy weaning, and our favourite natural health broadcaster Janey Lee Grace is taking a look at eco house cleaning. We also bring you 24/7 natural beauty tips and a look at allergies and teen health. Enjoy the read and look out for the November/December issue, free at your local independent health store.

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YOUR HEALTHY LIVING TEAM Editor: Tracy McLoughlin tracy@yourhealthyliving.co.uk Publisher: Carlota Hudgell carlota@yourhealthyliving.co.uk Advertising Sales Manager: Heidi Thoday heidi@yourhealthyliving.co.uk Production: Anthony Sihapanya ant@yourhealthyliving.co.uk Sub Editor: Tara Dee tara@yourhealthyliving.co.uk Managing Director: Stuart Jackson stuart@yourhealthyliving.co.uk To advertise in Your Healthy Living call the sales department on 01223 291105 Thanks to our contributors this issue:

Janey Lee Grace, Annabel Karmel, Jennifer Britt and Beth Wicks. Your Healthy Living, JHN Productions Ltd, 15 Burton End, West Wickham, Cambridgeshire CB21 4SD © 2009 Published by JHN Productions Ltd. Information in Your Healthy Living Magazine is for information only and no part of it is a substitute for health diagnosis, care or treatment. The publishers cannot accept any responsibility for the advertisements in this publication. Produced on environmentally friendly chlorine-free paper derived from sustained forests. Please recycle when you have finished with this magazine.

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LIFE

34  Eco home: From baby to big steps, Jennifer Britt gives us help to green the home 37  Keep it clean naturally with Radio 2’s Janey Lee Grace

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www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk Your Healthy Living brings you valuable health knowledge, guidance and inspiration on natural health foods, therapies and lifestyles. We’re here to help you make wise health choices – without compromising your values, your budget or the environment.

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NEWS

You loved Your Healthy Living Show Edinburgh Thousands of you went to Your Healthy Living Show in Edinburgh in July (18 & 19) and said how glad you were to have a consumer health show back in Scotland. You loved the marketplace atmosphere at Edinburgh's Assembly Rooms, the free talks by expert celebs such as Jan De Vries and BBC Radio’s Janey Lee Grace, and you especially enjoyed sampling and tasting the stallholders’ huge variety of local and organic food and natural beauty products. Masterchef Paul Da Costa Greaves demonstrated delicious and innovative recipes and the organic wine tastings from Vinceremos went down well too! Napiers of Edinburgh’s therapy centre was appreciated, with the free spinal health checks and shiatsu taster sessions very popular. For a full review of what happened visit the Your Healthy Living website www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk Watch out for the next Your Healthy Living Show in Edinburgh on 12 & 13 June 2010. If you want to be kept informed about Your Healthy Living Shows and have the chance to be sent free advance tickets, email your name and address to win@yourhealthyliving.co.uk with ‘Keep me in touch’ in the email subject box, or send a postcard to YHL, 15 Burton End, West Wickham, CB21 4SD.

Relief for restless legs It’s surprising how many people suffer with RLS – restless leg syndrome – the irresistible urge to move the legs – or arms in some cases – because of tingling, itchy, crawling, achy sensations beneath the skin. It’s especially annoying when you’ve just sat down to watch the tele or gone to bed, but when you’re not moving for a while is when it’s most likely to happen. You might know magnesium is good for stress but it’s also a help with RLS, and the most immediate relief seems to be from spraying on an oil form so it can directly relax the affected muscles and nerves. As a bonus, magnesium helps regulate melatonin, the sleep hormone, so you get a better night’s sleep. Excellent!

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NEWS Health Diary

Now’s the time to....… Take up dancing... ...to improve your heart, lungs, bones and agility. The government has recruited Strictly Come Dancing former judge Arlene Phillips to get us fit through dance – so look out for local classes and courses this autumn. Celebrate Organic Fortnight...

...from 5-20 September by inviting friends or family round for an ‘organic credit crunch dinner’. See www.dinner4good.com/ soilassociation for ideas.

Walk for charity... ...to mark World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September. Sign up for one of the Memory Walks, around England, Wales and Northern Ireland during September, to help fight dementia. www.memorywalk.org.uk Combine fresh air with nutritious and free food It’s the blackberry picking season. Enjoy with your muesli or straight from the bramble.

Learn about growing vegetables in containers...

...and in your ornamental borders, at the Organic Harvest on Sunday 4 October at Garden Organic Ryton near Coventry. www.gardenorganic.co.uk for details.

Discover The Flexitarian Diet A book of recipes for meat eaters rediscovering the joys of veg, or vegetarians who occasionally succumb to a piece of chicken. By Dawn Jackson Blatner, from Borders or Amazon. Check out nature's alternative to HRT...

...at your local health store. October 18 is World Menopause Day, a day for the 10 million women in the UK who are peri menopausal or menopausal.

Organics take a media bashing Organic food has been in the media firing line this summer, with headlines such as ‘Organic no healthier than ordinary food’, quoting an analysis study that showed similar levels of many nutrients in organic and conventional foods. Most newspapers seemed to miss the point, that organic is more about what’s NOT in the food, soil or animals, rather than vitamin content – which will also vary according to how the food is subsequently stored and cooked. There have been studies in the past that have found a higher nutritional content in some organic versus non-organic foods, and many people say they find organic veg and fruit in particular taste better, but these have been seen as side benefits. Hundreds of different pesticides are used on conventional foods. For example, a lettuce gets sprayed with 11 different chemical pesticides, and we still don’t know the cumulative effects of these pesticide residues when we and our children eat them. Organic farms don’t use chemical fertilisers and the livestock are not fed antibiotics as a matter of course, only if they are sick. So when we buy an organic item of food it’s the whole process of organic farming that we are supporting and benefiting from, and ultimately the whole planet that gains!

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Organic on a budget Could nasal douching and nutrients help combat swine flu?

Although the number of people contracting swine flu has dropped sharply, the health service is said to be gearing up for a renewal of cases and on a much bigger scale as the weather gets colder. So what should we do to help reduce the risk of catching swine or any other flu? In 1918 the News of the World reported the best way to avoid catching the virus that was going around then was to ‘Wash the inside of your nose with soap and water night and morning, force yourself to sneeze night and morning, then breath deeply. Do not wear a muffler and walk home from work.’ The gist of this remains true today. The idea of washing mucus away/douching your nose to stop viral germs taking hold and breeding in the nasal passages is more common in Asia, where a small ‘neti’ pot is often used for the purpose. (A plastic squeezy bottle will work too.) It's only useful as a preventative; if you already have flu or a cold it could make matters worse and slow down mucus drainage or drive the bacteria deeper. What about ‘walking home’? Dee Atkinson, owner of Napiers the Herbalist, says exercise is helpful as a preventative, along with washing your hands frequently, but she recommends we also build up our body’s natural defences with herbs and vitamins. “For adults, vitamin C (up to 1,000mg daily), zinc and echinacea tincture can be used to support your body, even if you are eating a healthy and all organic diet.” And garlic is a great flu fighter. Dee says: “I prefer using organic raw garlic chopped up finely and taken off a teaspoon before food.” Strong medicine! More advice is available from www.napiers.net.

We might hesitate when buying organic foods in the current economic climate, but the Soil Association says we can eat organic on a budget and still get to eat greattasting, additive-free food and drink. Here's how: ● Cook fresh fruit and veg from scratch and avoid over-packaged convenience foods. ● Forage for free wild food, with help from ‘wild man’ Fergus Drennan (pictured). See www.wildmanwildfood. com ● Keep your own chicken, for a new ‘house’ pet and fresh eggs every day. ● Write a shopping list. As a nation we throw away 6.7 million tonnes of food every year. Planning in advance and using leftovers could save you £50 a month. More money-saving tips from www.soilassociation.org

Forgaging for food is both economic and fun.

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Passionate about... hair colour Janine Carroll is naturally, gorgeously blond, but she still enjoys having colour in her hair. Hair colour is excellent when you need to cover grey but lots of younger women, like Janine, also love to experiment – just for fun.

Steel Blonde Agyness Chocolate Scarlett Ash blonde with a steel undertone is the hot look of the moment, with style icon Agyness Deyn leading the way. This works best when your natural colour is very light. (Naturtint Light Ash blonde 10A). The darker your hair the warmer blonde you’ll be.

Scarlett Johansson has coloured her hair to become a sultry, dark brunette. Steal her style of rich chocolate with natural undertones, but without warmth (Naturtint Dark Chestnut Brown 3N). Those with naturally brown hair will see the best results.

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Naturtint you just work the non-drip gel into your hair and leave for up to 40 minutes…” although Janine asks her hairdresser cousin for help with her highlights as they’re not so easy as doing an all-over colour on your own.

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Janine uses honey or dawn blonde highlights – mixed with ash to offset her tendency to reddish tones. “Without the ash it can be a bit brassy!” Alternative, low chemical hair colours are the natural choice for Janine, because she’s the founder and MD of Nature’s Dream, which distributes the Naturtint ranges in the UK and Ireland. The products are packed with nourishing plant ingredients, are vegan and of course are made without animal testing. These permanent colours are free from harsh skin irritants, ammonia and resorcinol, and very low levels (and none at all in the semi-permanent colour range) of two other widely used hair colour chemicals, PPDs and peroxide. “The only thing that would be more natural would be a pure henna but you do have to be careful to choose one that doesn’t contain any impurities. The other thing that perhaps people don’t think about when using henna based products is that mixing the powder with water can give unpredictable colour results as it’s not as stable as using a quality controlled colour and developer.” “The other downside of henna is its unpredictability with grey cover… and the mess! With a high quality home colour kit like


WISE BUYS

Magnesium Oil – the Bio-chemistry of Youth

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Heroes Masterchef Seaweed Sauces Did you know seaweed has the same high fibre as vegetables, more protein than meat and more calcium than milk? This natural nutritional condiment is also a super healthy ‘brain food’, providing us with omega 3+6, vitamins, magnesium and iron. It makes an excellent base for sauces and Masterchef Paul Da Costa Greaves has created five delicious and innovative sauces: Lavender & Seaweed Jelly, Seaweed & Lavender Pesto, Seaweed & Tomato Salsa di Ragu, Seaweed Thai Style Salsa and Seaweed Jiggy Jerky Jelly. They are all packed full of fresh seaweed and sea lettuce and have been blind taste tested against regular pestos, ragus, salsas and sauces and won industry awards. Available from selected health food stores and delis, and Feeding Your Imagination. Visit www.feeding-your-imagination.co.uk or call 0845 602 6862.

BetterYou™ Magnesium Oil relaxes blood vessels and provides comfort from aches, pains and nervous muscle spasms. Essential for calcium absorption, it promotes healthy teeth and bones. Used regularly it can help prevent and even help reverse joint and tissue calcification. Mined from European sea deposits over 250 million years old and one mile underground, the natural process of filtering and condensing has produced a pure and uncontaminated magnesium supply essential for brain health, skin integrity and muscle relaxation, and which helps blood health. Its natural salt structure provides the most absorbable source of elemental magnesium known. For more information visit www.betteryou.uk.com or call 0114 290 3679.

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The Versatile Raw Coconut Treat Essence of Eden Premium Raw Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is one of the most versatile natural health products for the health conscious. Apart from its well known culinary uses, you’ll find it works hard for your hair, skin, gut, toes, teeth and more. It is not a cold pressed, expeller pressed or copra oil, but centrifuged to produce the very finest in flavour, texture and quality. Truly delicious and a treat for the palate! Available from most independent health food stores or direct from www.essenceofeden.com Email info@essenceofeden.co.uk for your nearest stockist and quote YOUR HEALTHY LIVING magazine for a Free Audio Book by Dr Bruce Fife.

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Dr Stuart’s Tranquillity When things get on top of you, give yourself a breather and unwind over a cup of soothing Dr Stuart’s Tranquillity. Based on a preparation Dr Stuart once gave to people who were feeling a little overwhelmed by life, it’s made with calming herbs like lime flowers, hawthorn and yarrow to help restore you, whether you’ve been overdoing it or simply need a break. This comforting blend of Active Botanical herbs will soon relax you and leave you feeling revitalised and ready to face whatever life brings. It’s the perfect way to put a bit of tranquillity back. Visit www.drstuarts.com or email info@drstuarts.com

New vegan cocoa condoms Vegan, cruelty-free condoms have been invented! If you didn’t know it, condoms are usually made with latex, a milk protein, but Condomi uses cocoa powder instead and has been given the Vegan Society’s seal of approval. In Original, Strawberry, Chocolate and Banana flavours, Fusion Condoms are in sleek, environmentally friendly packaging and are good value for money. Visit fusioncondoms.com


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e know berries are good for us, but not all berries are equal in their health benefits – and the best is yet to come – Aronia berries, arriving in Britain soon from Juice of Life. Aronia is not just the new superfood, it’s the superfood that demands attention. A perfect blend of potent antioxidants, Aronia Juice is the ultimate anti-ageing and all-round health drink. Aronia or black chokeberries are small black berries, often found in UK hedges, so you may have some in your garden, with a small apple shape growing from lovely white-pink flowers. These berries grow in tough conditions, originating from Russia and eastern USA, and are naturally mould and frost resistant. They have developed high defences against UV sun radiation, and, guess what, they pass that defence on to us when we drink the juice. Aronia arrived in Europe in the 20th century and has become a household name in Poland, now world producers of these berries and where they are grown organically. With a rich, slightly creamy texture and dusky blueberry-like taste, Aronia lends itself well to being mixed with other juices, diluted or blended into a smoothie. It will be available in the UK soon and as a sweetened or unsweetened option. (The unsweetened one wont give you a typical juice head rush if you’re watching your blood sugar levels.)

Organic Aronia, coming to a health store near you…

Why and when to drink Aronia juice If you like reading about natural health, you will have heard about polyphenol antioxidant compounds such as anthocyanins and flavonols; these powerful compounds help protect us against ageing and many diseases. Aronia berries from Juice of Life contain more anthocyanins and total polyphenols than blueberries or bilberries, for example. In fact, Aronia berries have an ORAC value – that’s a measure of the quantity and potency of antioxidants – higher than any other fruit on the planet! These little berries also contain useful minerals and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, iron and manganese.

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anthocyanin pigments, Aronia may well be clinically proven in future to bring about the health benefits associated with antioxidants such as cardiovascular benefits and blood cholesterol health, reduced risk of neurodegenerative disease, help for urinary tract infections and age-related sight deterioration. So watch out for this new super super berry – and be first to try it. Juice of Life Aronia Juice is coming to your local health store soon.

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WISE BUYS Gorgeous, Affordable & Organic Skin Care

Gentle Grooming from Naturtint Natural Men From your ‘Average Joe’ to Brad Pitt and Sting, men are now unashamedly colouring hair, so get in on the action with Natural Men permanent colorants. Natural Men is the first hair colorant gel for men that is not only easy to use, but gentle too, as it’s free from ammonia, resorcinol, lead acetate and a-napthol. It’s quick to use, comes in 6 natural shades that cover grey discreetly and is specifically formulated for the unique properties of male hair. The colorants are also multi-application so with an RRP of £11.99 they’re economical too!

The new Skin Blossom Organic Bloom range certainly is a health store hero. With beautiful ingredients sourced from nature, the range offers effective skincare but at affordable prices. Prices range from just £4.75 to £6.95. Better still, it is certified by the Soil Association and registered with the Vegan Society. What more could you ask for! For more information visit www.skinblossom.co.uk or call 05600 533 049.

Visit www.naturesdream.co.uk or call 0845 601 8129 for more info and stockist details.

Health store heroes for

Beauty

Dr Stuart’s Skin Purify If everyday life has taken too much out of your complexion, give your skin a treat with this beautifying herbal infusion. Dr Stuart’s Skin Purify is a wonderfully cleansing herbal blend to help remove impurities and restore skin tone. It’s rich in herbs known for their gentle, purifying properties – red clover, nettle and dandelion leaves, plus chamomile and soothing lemon balm. And, like all Dr Stuart’s herbal teas, it’s made with Active Botanicals, the best quality herbs picked from the most prized parts of the plant for maximum flavour, aroma and health benefit. It’ll put back a healthy glow in an instant. Visit www.drstuarts.com or email info@drstuarts.com

Essential Skin Nutrients for Younger Skin Essential nutrition is important for the proper functioning of every organ in the body – and the skin is no exception; deficiencies of some vital vitamins and minerals are particularly detrimental to the skin and may result in skin disorder and/or accelerated ageing. HealthAid Radiance helps to provide essential nitrogen balancing amino acids along with vitamin C, which together may help to maintain and improve the skin’s elasticity and suppleness. A highly effective supplement for radiant, younger looking skin. Radiance retails at £19.99 for 60 tablets. Call 020 8426 3400 for purchase and stockist information or visit www.healthaid.co.uk

New Rawganic facial wipes Try these new Organic Facial Cleansing Wipes from popular organic skin care brand Rawganic – formerly known as Raw Organic. Designed to make cleansing, toning and moisturising easy, these wipes are tough enough to tackle everyday make-up but have the soothing properties of aloe vera and green tea. Dermatologically tested and made in the UK using biodegradable organic cotton from sustainable sources, they are colour and fragrance free and contain no chemical nasties. Plus they’re non-GM and not tested on animals. Retailing at £2.50 for 25 wipes, like all products in the Rawganic range, they’re approved by the Soil Association and the Vegetarian Society. www.marshallcurtis.com or call 01235 512211.

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Quash those Germs Quash is the UK’s first 100% natural hand sanitiser spray. It’s clinically proven to kill 99.99% of germs but without the alcohol that can strip the protective oils from your skin and leave hands feeling dry and cracked. Effective against the toughest of germs, Quash also contains vitamins and minerals to help moisturise and nourish your skin. Ingredients include medical grade Manuka Honey, Kimchi Root, White Willow Bark, Aloe Vera, Zinc and Liquid Vitamin C. For peace of mind that your hands are clean and healthy. Visit www.quashme.com or call 0870 224 5065.


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LOOK

You can transform your day and night beauty regime and protect your skin with gorgeous natural and organic products. Beth Wicks takes a look at what’s out there…

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ach day we slap on lotions and potions ready for the day ahead or big night out. Yet considering our skin absorbs around 60% of the synthetic chemicals found in many beauty products (that’s 2kg of chemicals every year on average), we have to ask ourselves why we would apply a 24/7 toxic load when there are so many fantastic natural and organic options for silky soft skin and a body beautiful.

Organic foundations benefit from replenishing natural seed and fruit oils, smoothing on easily with the help of ingredients such as olive oil and aloe vera. While mineral based powders provide an effortless, silky coverage without the usual chemical dyes and preservatives. Don’t forget your lips. Natural lip balms are subtly scented with moisturising oils, natural fruit or herb extracts, and often replenishing cocoa butter, to keep lips pucker throughout the day.

Beauty in the morning

Beauty at your leisure

Start the day as you mean to go on with a gentle skin-soothing cleanser and toner. Chamomile and calendula both have calming, anti-inflammatory qualities, perfect for cleansing and rehydrating the skin. Cucumber and lemon are also ideal for toning and tightening skin, as well as soothing irritations. For a moisturising treat, mix a few drops of essential oils of rose, durian or neroli with a natural skin cream to create a balanced and enriching blend with a delicate floral scent. Cocoa butter and sweet almond oil, packed with Ester-C vitamin C, are also ideal for rehydrating and replenishing the skin as well as reducing fine lines. Natural creams have become more sophisticated in recent years and many are light and work well under foundation. There’s no need to empty your make-up bag when you go au naturel. Simply swap your beauty essentials for organic or natural alternatives free from parabens, mineral oils, synthetic colours and synthetic fragrances. Your local independent health food store (many of which have online stores) will stock a comprehensive range that work as well or better than many mainstream brands. 12 | YOUR HEALTHY LIVING

After a hard day’s work, it’s time unwind in the tub and treat your skin to something special. Natural and organic soaps, bath oils and even bath bombs combine genuine fruit oils, moisturising and nourishing essential oils and delicate flower petals, ideal for calming your mind and leaving your skin blissfully soft. You can also have great fun mixing various ingredients to make a 100% natural and gorgeous facemask. Essential oils, fresh fruit full of vitamin C and AHAs, Manuka honey and some natural yogurt will combine to rejuvenate and replenish your skin. Or try a natural mineral laden mud mask for drawing out impurities. Soothe tired and puffy eyes with chamomile tea bags or slices of cucumber.

Beauty by night

You’re off to paint the town red, so time for a touch of glamour. Dynamic and vibrant mineral cosmetics have a natural iridescence, providing a fantastic shimmer to eye shadows and body blushers without the dyes and preservatives found in traditional cosmetics. For natural


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For the men… Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher adds leftover wine to the bathtub: “Wine is a natural skin softener and just makes you feel luxurious.” Okay, if it’s organic! eyeliners and mascaras look for ones with nourishing oils, such as jojoba oil, and shea butter, and beeswax. For a long-lasting shine and kissable lips, choose an organic lipstick or gloss made with ingredients such as berry extracts, vitamin E and soothing jojoba oil, for an intense natural colour, staying power and a delicious taste! For a fresh, subtle fragrance mix try sweet almond oil or evening primrose oil with a few drops of your favourite essential oil before dapping it lightly onto your pressure points. Or check out 100% natural perfumes – they do exist.

Beauty before bed

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When it comes to school lunch, most children want a quick snack to maximise play time. So how do you pack them a healthy lunch? Annabel Karmel has answers… Children are all different but by and large what they want is a quick fix – a packet of crisps and a chocolate biscuit that can be wolfed down in minutes saving maximum time for the playground. While parents want them to eat good food that will sustain them until tea time. So here are some ideas for a good lunchbox: Packed lunches can be prepared the night before to save time the next morning. You can prepare pasta salads, sandwich fillings, fruit compotes or include something from last night’s dinner like soup in a flask. However healthy food is, it won’t get eaten unless it’s tasty and appealing to your child. Simple touches can make all the difference, like cutting sandwiches into shapes using cookie cutters or threading fruit onto a straw to make a fresh fruit skewer. Try to avoid too many processed foods as these are the ones that tend to contain few nutrients and too much salt, sugar and fat. If your child likes crisps but you don’t

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want him/her to fill up by eating a whole bag, put some in a small bag and tie the top or wrap some crisps in foil. Instead of crisps try offering foods like lightly salted popcorn, rice cakes or wholegrain crackers with cheese and grapes. Salads make a nice change from sandwiches; try Chicken Caesar Salad or Chicken and Potato salad using a bought potato salad and mixing in some cherry tomatoes and spring onion. Sandwiches don’t need to be boring – there are so many different types of bread available. Try giving pitta pockets with tuna, sweetcorn and mayonnaise, tortilla wraps with cooked chicken, salad cream, shredded lettuce and tomato or mini baguettes with ham and cheese. When the colder weather sets in, a wide-mouthed mini thermos flask is ideal for serving up a delicious cup of homemade or good quality bought soup like tomato soup, which is both warming and nutritious. You could also put foods like baked beans or pasta shapes with tomato sauce in a flask.


FOOD

Makes 10 bars 80g butter 80g brown sugar 60g (3 tbsp) golden syrup Half tsp salt 130g porridge oats 35g chopped dried apple 35g chopped dried apricots 25g dried cranberries 25g pumpkin seeds 2 tbsp sunflower seeds 25g desiccated coconut

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To drink, give pure fruit juice or water. Pure fruit juices contain 100% juice but a fruit juice drink can contain as little as 5% juice and as much as 5 teaspoons of sugar in one individual carton – check the ingredients before buying. Fresh fruit smoothies, fruity milkshakes and probiotic mini yoghurt drinks are good too. It's important to include fresh fruit in your child’s lunchbox – children will avoid fruit that takes a lot of effort. You can cut up wedges of mango, melon, papaya and pineapple, give clementines already peeled and covered with plastic wrap or cut kiwi fruit in half and let them scoop out the flesh with a teaspoon. Children will eat raw vegetables like sticks of carrot, sweet pepper, cucumber, etc. You can wrap these in dampened kitchen paper to prevent them drying out and maybe include a tasty dip like cream cheese and chive or hoummus. And how about adding a personal touch to your child’s lunch; tuck in a note, stickers or joke or send a special treat labelled ‘share with a friend’. Pack fun napkins, decorate lunch bags with stickers or draw a face on a banana with a marker pen.

In a saucepan, melt together the butter, sugar, golden syrup and salt. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and stir in the butter and syrup mixture.  ine and grease a 20cm square L baking tin. Spoon the mixture into the tin and press down to level the surface using a potato masher.

This delicious Flapjack bar is quick and easy to prepare and packed full of nutritious ingredients. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of essential fatty acids, dried apricots are a good source of iron and the oats will give long lasting energy.

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Annabel’s tips on weaning

| Esince ven busy working mums can give their baby the best start in life foods like mashed banana, avocado or papaya make excellent no-cook baby purees.

| Spreserves teaming vegetables is one of the best ways to cook them as it their nutrients. Vegetables like butternut squash or sweet potato are also good baked in the oven.

| Aweaning, s a baby only eats tiny amounts, especially in the early stages of it saves time to make up larger quantities of puree and

freeze extra portions in ice-cube trays or small plastic freezer pots for future meals. Thus in a couple of hours you can prepare enough food for your baby for a month using weekly menu planners.

| Rpearoot arevegetables like carrot and sweet potato and fruits like apple and ideal for weaning as they are naturally sweet, easy to digest, unlikely to cause an allergy and puree to a smooth consistency.

| Ogrow nly 6-7% of babies suffer from a food allergy and many of these out of it by the age of 5. The commonest foods to cause a

food allergy are cows milk and dairy products, nuts and seeds, eggs, wheat-based products and fish, especially shellfish. If there is a history of allergy in the family, it’s best to exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months. Babies with eczema are more likely to suffer from a food allergy.

Spanish omelettes are delicious cold and make a nice change from sandwiches and you can eat the rest for lunch or supper. Cut into wedges and place in a plastic container with a lid. You can vary the vegetables inside. Sweet pepper, red onion and potatoes are another good combination. You could also add some chopped ham. Method 110g small new potatoes 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 courgette diced 2 tomatoes, skinned, de-seeded and roughly chopped 4 eggs 3 tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese Salt and freshly ground black pepper

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 eat the eggs together with the milk, parmesan cheese and a little B seasoning. Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables and cook over a medium heat for about 4 minutes or until the eggs are set underneath. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to high. Place the frying pan under the grill (if necessary wrap the handle with foil to prevent it from burning) and cook for about 3 minutes or until golden and set. When the omelette is cold, cut into wedges.

Recipes from Annabel Karmel’s Complete Family Meal Planner – 150 recipes for children and adults alike (Ebury Press, £14.99). Visit www.annabelkarmel.com

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| Fchicken, rom around 7 months it’s important to introduce foods like fish, red meat and cheese. Fruit and vegetables are low in

calories and babies need nutrient dense foods to fuel their rapid growth. They also need nutrients like iron and essential fatty acids which you find in meat and oily fish.

You may not have thought of giving your baby lentils but the lentil purees in my books are some of my most popular baby recipes. Lentils are an excellent source of protein and iron and they contain Fibre. If you plan to bring your child up on a vegetarian diet then lentil purees with a little added cheese will make a good alternative to meat. Suitable from 6 months Prep 10 minutes Cooking time 34 minutes Suitable for freezing

Makes 3 portions 1 small onion, peeled and chopped 1 medium carrot (75g) 25g red pepper cored, deseeded and chopped 1 tbsp sunflower oil 2 tbsp red lentils 200 ml boiling water or unsalted vegetable stock 50g grated cheddar cheese

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t’s never been easy being a parent of teenagers – but thanks to modern marketing, hours spent online and on the run, it’s harder than ever to get teens to look after their health. The consciousness of perspiration, skin eruptions and pressure to keep up with peers and media images make many teenagers insecure. By way of response, they tend to experiment with lots of products on their hair/skin/face/eyes/mouth, many of which are full of synthetic chemicals and empty promises. Teenage girls use around 16-20 different hair/skin/make-up/ hygiene products a day. That’s 20 times an average of say 7 different synthetic chemicals per product (as preservatives, colourings, fragrance and `bulking` agents). That’s 140 chemicals many teens’ young skin and hair is being exposed to, every day. Has anyone done research on the safety of the cumulative, long-term effect of this synthetic load on teens? In a word, no. There is evidence of the immediate effect of allergies and skin sensitivities; for example, synthetic perfumes found in low cost perfumes, toiletries and cosmetics (popular with teens) can trigger allergies and skin sensitivities. There are also concerns that some synthetic toiletry ingredients could be carcinogenic, according to some animal lab experiments. If you want to play it safe and help your teen use more naturally healthy skin/hair care options, how about:

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It is never easy to guide teenagers, who like to do things their way, and don’t too think much about future health. But helping them to switch to more natural beauty/skin and hair products is something they will (probably) thank you for in later life.

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Annabel Karmel Organic Pasta Range for Babies Annabel Karmel Organic Baby Pasta is the first of the new range of ingredients especially developed for mums who cook their own food for baby at home. The range consists of baby shells and baby alphabet shapes made with the finest organic durum wheat (RSP £1.19), or 100% corn and rice for our gluten free pasta stars (RSP £1.79). Today, children are more likely to be diagnosed with allergies by age one due to increased awareness and testing. Annabel Karmel products are made without additives, preservatives, artificial colours and available nationwide including Tesco and Waitrose stores. The pastas have delicious recipe ideas on pack – find out more at www.annabelkarmel.com and in Annabel’s best-selling book The Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner.

All-round nutrients for Well Kids Meeting the nutritional requirements of children can be a challenge and sometimes it’s difficult to ensure kids are getting all the nutrients they need every day. Vitabiotics WellKid Smart Multivitamins provide a comprehensive range of 21 essential nutrients to help safeguard dietary requirements and maintain all-round health in children aged 4-12 years. The great-tasting raspberry and lemon flavour chewable tablets provide a source of omega-3 fatty acids to help maintain brain function, together with essential vitamins such as A, C, D3 and E, minerals such as zinc and selenium, plus B-complex vitamins, which together may help to maintain healthy growth, immune system defence and energy release. Vitabiotics WellKid is priced at £6.80 for one month’s supply (30 tablets) and is available from health stores, Tesco, Waitrose, Boots and Superdrug and online at www.wellkid.co.uk

Oy! Teenage skin solutions Fresh skin with a clear complexion is the number one wish for most teenagers and young people. Green People’s new range, Organic Young - Oy! has six brilliant skin care products, with certified organic and fairly traded ingredients chosen for their punch in the fight for great skin. Antibac Face Wash and Cover & Clear are a must for spots and blemishes while Cleanse & Moisturise is a cleanser, moisturiser and make-up remover all in one tube. Protect teen skin from too much sun but get a safe tan with Soft Glow Gradual Tan. No gunk, no junk, no nasties. For more information visit www.organicyoung.com or call 01403 740350 for a free catalogue and sachet.

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HINTS, TIPS & RECIPES

Note from Gillian...

“I created a range of healthy good foods that are easy, delicious and affordable. Every kitchen cupboard should be stocked with these good food essentials.” MY PASSION

I’m passionate about good quality food. I know from my almost 20 years working in the field of Holistic Nutrition, and consulting with clients in private practice for more than a decade, that good food is essential for your body, your mood, your well being and your spirit.

MY PHILOSOPHY My Philosophy is that we can influence the energy of our physiology by the energy of the food that goes into the mouth.Good food delivers good energy to your body on all levels. I believe foods that are pure and free from chemicals are most in harmony with our body’s natural energy system. The closer we can eat foods directly from the Earth, the better, because we are then more in harmonic balance with our surroundings, our environment, the Universe.

MY AIM My aim is to make healthy living easy and affordable for everybody.

OUR MISSION Our Mission at McKeith Research Ltd is to empower you to improve your life through food, information and lifestyle.

THE SEAL OF APPROVAL

You can be assured that you are getting my absolute best when you see that my products are stamped with my Seal of Approval. The insignia is an ancient symbol representing Life, Earth and Cosmic Energy.

GILLIAN’S PRODUCT FACTS: ALL of my products are of the highest quality so you don’t need to worry about nasties being added, like sugar! All my good foods and nutrients are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. All ingredients are 100% pure and natural.

Wishing you Love & Light,

Healthy Living Made Easy and Affordable


BREAKFAST

Have breakfast with me... ORGANIC CEREALS & MUESLIS

It’s so important to jump-start your day with the right breakfast. My new breakfast flakes and mueslis are even perfect for that mid-day or late evening delicious snack. No guilt, no wheat, non-allergenic, no added sugar, low fat! • • • • •

Organic Quinoa Cereal Flakes Organic Buckwheat Cereal Flakes Organic Amaranth Cereal Flakes Organic Hemp & Nut Muesli Organic Fruit & Hemp Muesli

ORGANIC COFFEE ALTERNATIVES I’m not happy with the caffeine coffee fix because it robs your energy levels. My chicory and barley alternatives give you a revved up beverage at any time of the day. They taste great and they’re good for you. • Organic Instant Barley Natural Coffee Alternative • Organic Rich & Smooth Natural Coffee Alternative

ORGANIC JUICES & SMOOTHIES When you drink my organic juices and smoothies, they’ll quench your thirst and the taste will blow you away! The ingredients and revitalising herbs are so very good. • Organic Smoothie Veggie Vitality • Organic Peach Chi • Organic Smoothie Mango Mania • Organic Berry Chi • Organic Smoothie Groovy Guava • Organic Cherry Chi

GILLIAN’S TOP TIP

Please don’t skimp on breakfast. Your morning meal sets the tone for the rest of the day. Eat well at breakfast, and you’ll be powering ahead all day!

recipe ideas GILLIAN’S CACAO SMOOTHIE FOR TWO INGREDIENTS 3 bananas, a handful of soaked goji berries, 1 peeled soft avocado, 1 cup of rice milk, 4 tbsp Raw Cacao Bean Powder, 1 tbsp of Raw Cacao Bean Nibs, 1 tbsp of ground Flax Seeds. METHOD: Blend all together until smooth and creamy.

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GILLIAN’S MANGO MANIA INGREDIENTS 1 mango, peeled and chopped, 1 banana, peeled, 1 peach, peeled and chopped, 2 heaped tbsp Gillian McKeith’s Organic Energy Powder (optional). METHOD: Blend together until smooth. Serve over a handful of berries or pomegranate seeds.

Find Gillian’s products in health stores across the country – WWW.GILLIANMCKEITH.INFO


SNACKS

Have a snack with me... FOOD BARS & BITES

My baked bars contain a generous helping of RAW superfoods. After baking the base of the bar, we mix in the raw superfood at the end without heat to retain the optimum nutritional benefits. A little secret is that I can’t stop eating my Cacao Bars – I just love ‘em and they really fill you up! • Energy (bars and bites) • Hemp seeds • Goji berry (bars and bites) • Vitamin C • Love (bars and bites) • Cacao bean

GILLIAN’S TOP TIP

My healthy goodies have the right ingredients, so that you can eat as much as you want.

GOJI BERRIES My delicious sun dried goji berries ready to eat can be eaten as a snack or stirred into your favourite smoothie for a nice chewy texture. Soak for a few minutes to soften and plump the berries and then add to smoothies, fruit salad or yoghurt. Also, throw a handful in when cooking rice or quinoa.

CACAO NIBS & POWDER My cacao comes straight from the plant and has the rich smooth feel of chocolate without the milk, sugar and chemicals of regular chocolate. Enjoy the cacao nibs as an addition to fruit salad, muesli or your favourite breakfast cereal. For a real chocolate treat, try our cacao powder to make a delicious hot chocolate or a chocosmoothie topped with cacao nibs for a luxurious finish.

QUICK SNACKS • • • • •

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TIPS FOR YOUR KIDS • Choose different snacks each day and each time • Get your children involved in the cooking. Let them create their own pizza with healthy toppings in different shapes • Take the kids shopping and get them to choose healthy meals • Let them create names for their smoothies and trail mixes • Be creative and encourage your children to be so too

recipe ideas GILLIAN’S ADUKI BEANS WITH RED ONION & CORN SALSA This dish makes a great salad or a delicious healthy snack. It takes 2-3 minutes and serves 2. INGREDIENTS 1can 175g net weight of Aduki beans drained, 80g organic sweetcorn, 75g red onion finely chopped, 2 tbsp cider vinegar, handful parsley chopped, (1-2 tsp of hemp oil optional). METHOD: Mix all of the ingredients together and serve.

GILLIAN’S LEMON & CORIANDER HUMMOUS Makes 6 servings INGREDIENTS 410g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed, 3 tbsp light tahini, finely grated zest ½ small lemon, freshly squeezed juice 1 small lemon, 1 tsp organic vegetable bouillon (stock) powder, 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 4 tbsp cold water, 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves. METHOD: Put all the ingredients except the coriander in a food processor and blend until smooth – you may have to remove the lid and push the mixture down a couple of times with a rubber spatula until the right consistency is formed. Remove the blade and stir in the coriander – add a little more lemon juice to taste if liked. Spoon into a bowl and serve with plenty of fresh vegetable sticks for dipping.

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STORE CUPBOARD ESSENTIALS

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ORGANIC PASTAS

I find that so many people are sensitive to the conventional wheat-based pastas and other wheat foods. We eat too much wheat which can lead to all kinds of intolerance. My hemp pasta and spaghetti contain the right ratios of nutrients for weight management and digestion. Hemp is a perfect source of protein and essential fatty acids (the good fats).

ORGANIC BEANS If you have seen my TV show, You Are My Hemp What You Eat, then you know how pastas cook in 6 minutes! passionate I am about including beans in your daily diet to keep you healthy and regular, especially the Aduki Bean! My Beans are full of protein, fibre and good quality carbohydrates. They are also ideal for assisting blood sugar levels, which helps reduce cravings and stabilises your energy. • • • • • •

Haricot Beans • Red Kidney Beans Aduki Beans • Cannellini Beans Black Beans Mung Beans My Beans are Butter Beans ready to eat Chickpeas hot or cold, no soaking needed!

ORGANIC MISO SOUPS At breakfast, lunch, dinner or in between, miso soup is the best way to start your meal to spur digestion. Smooth savoury taste, high protein, no fat, low in cholesterol, no sugar, and ideal for internal body cleansing – it’s a perfect food.

ORGANIC HEMP ESSENTIALS Every kitchen cupboard should be well stocked with my hemp essentials, they’re rich in essential fatty acids omegas 3, 6 & 9. HEMP SEEDS, HEMP PANCAKE MIX, HEMP FLOUR – are all Gluten Free. HEMP BREAD MIX – Bake the perfect loaf of bread!

recipe idea GILLIAN’S HEMP SEED, ROCKET & AVOCADO SALAD INGREDIENTS 200g of rocket, 1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced, 3 small radishes, finely sliced, 3 tbsp of Hemp seeds, 1 cup of sprouted puy lentils, 3 tbsp of Hemp oil, 1 tbsp of lemon juice, ½ tsp of whole grain mustard. METHOD: Make the dressing by mixing the Hemp oil, lemon juice and mustard together. Combine the rocket, avocado and radishes. Sprinkle on the Hemp seeds and puy lentils. Drizzle on the dressing and serve.

HEMP OIL – Ideal for salad dressings and sauces. HEMP FLOUR – Ideal for baking bread, cookies, biscuits and cakes, and is also suitable for thickening soups and sauces.

GILLIAN’S TOP TIP

I always tell my clients that Hemp is my favourite ‘Thinny Seed’. It’s perfect in its ratio of essential fatty acids, which I call the ‘essential thinny acids’. An ideal part of weight management. Hemp is a source of protein and other key nutrients.

Find Gillian’s products in health stores across the country – WWW.GILLIANMCKEITH.INFO


NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

Let Gillian give your body the advantage My nutritional supplements are formulated with pure and simple whole foods from the Earth for maximum nutritional value, digestion and absorption. ORGANIC ENERGY POWDER The Organic Energy Powder is the perfect food for a healthy diet. It contains a wide range of high nutrient superfoods. Since they are food based, the nutrients are highly absorbable and all work in synergy to enhance the effectiveness of each other.

ORGANIC TURBO GREENS

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VITAMINS & MINERALS B Complex: Provides B Vitamins which play a role in the release of energy from food and in relieving fatigue. Multi Vitamin & Minerals: Food supplement to help safeguard dietary intake of micronutrients necessary for health and metabolism; acts as a good base line supplement for most dietary regimes. Probiotic: Provides probiotics which help support a positive balance of good bacteria in the gut.

TURBO LIQUID NUTRIENT SHOT Gillian’s Star Superfood: Wild Blue Green Algae. This Klamath Lake Algae with Bilberry & Cranberry is packed with minerals, proteins and phytonutrients from the earth. Rejuvenate and regenerate your cells.

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When your body reacts against food Allergy? Intolerance? Sensitivity? What’s going on? ore and more of us are finding we react to harmless foods. No-one quite knows why, although there are theories, such as our overeating certain foods, but even defining the problem is confusing. Is it an allergy, intolerance or sensitivity? If it’s a classic allergy, then when you eat, inhale, or sometimes only touch the allergen, the immune system produces an Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody. This releases chemicals such as histamine and symptoms are experienced according to where in the body the chemicals are released; into the intestines and we get cramps and diarrhoea; into the skin and we get itching and rashes. The allergy reaction can be immediate or take several hours to develop, with symptoms ranging from a mild headache to a rash, nausea, shortness of breath and even collapse. With anaphylaxis, IgE stimulated chemicals are released throughout the whole body, which can be life threatening. Although we can be allergic to any food, 9 in 10 people in Britain are allergic to cows milk, eggs, nuts, shellfish, soy or wheat. Only about 3% of the UK adult population have a classic food allergy. However, 6-8% of children do and these numbers are on the increase. The classic ‘treatment’ is to avoid the allergen as much as possible, a little easier these days with food labelling laws and special diet foods.

Food intolerance

Food intolerance is different. The body still reacts in adverse ways to a specific food but there’s no antibody involvement, so symptoms, such as migraines, joint pains, runny nose, diarrhoea and eczema, can happen hours or days later; at any time between when the food is first eaten and when it’s excreted. 28 | YOUR HEALTHY LIVING

Amazingly, one in 6 of us will at some time in our life have a food intolerance. Sometimes it will last a lifetime, as, for example, when the gut cannot tolerate the gluten in grains such as wheat, barley and rye, ie Coeliacs disease; the reduction in the ability to absorb nutrients if gluten is eaten can have serious long term health effects. Intolerance can also occur if you have a porous or ‘leaky’ gut wall, which means undigested particles of food pass straight into the bloodstream. This is often associated with candida, a yeast infection. Food intolerance can begin at any age, often starting imperceptibly, but developing into poor general health or coming on suddenly, for example after a viral infection. A major food intolerance for adults is modern durum wheat (wheat intolerant people can often eat ancient wheat varieties such as spelt and khorasan), while for children, dairy foods are often the culprit (many children can tolerate goat or sheeps milk). The symptoms of dairy intolerance include a blocked nose, frequent colds, indigestion, fatigue and earaches. This shouldn’t be confused with lactose intolerance, the lack of an enzyme necessary to digest lactose in milk and which is likely to cause a stomach upset when consumed. Food sensitivity is, strictly speaking, an overreaction to chemicals in foods. Examples are tyromine in cheese, chicken, chocolate and other foods; monosodium glutamate used a flavour enhancer in foods such as ready meals; sulphite and sodium benzoate flavour enhancers, causing reactions like migraine, urticaria, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Identify the culprit

If you suspect an allergy, intolerance or sensitivity, the most important step for your health is to correctly identify the food


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protein or chemical you are reacting to. GPs can organise blood/skin-prick tests to check for allergies. It’s also important to be sure you don’t have an underlying condition such as Coeliacs disease. You can also consult a qualified nutritionist for a professional diagnosis and some will offer tests to establish if the intolerance is caused by a leaky gut. Health food stores can be a useful resource for alternatives to wheat and dairy foods for example, and for supportive nutritional supplements. Store nutritional advisers might suggest improving your digestion by taking supplements such as essential fatty acids and probiotics. Some health stores offer allergy/intolerance testing, and there are companies online which supply home test kits. A good way to diagnose is an ‘elimination and challenge’ diet. Removing the likely suspects totally from the diet for 3-4 weeks and noting any changes in symptoms and mood. Keep a diary to record the foods eliminated, and any slips, as well as monitoring the symptoms and severity levels. Then reintroduce the foods one at a time in a controlled way, keeping a note of the effects. If you’ve got it right, complete elimination should give complete relief from symptoms, and reintroducing it, a reversal. If you don’t have an intuition about which foods are the problem ones, start with wheat and dairy. It’s helpful to do this under the guidance of health practitioner. The final and usually ongoing step is to avoid the problem foods! This can be challenging as changing our eating habits is a slow process for most people, but the biggest motivator has to be the carrot and stick of feeling better when you avoid the offending foods, and worse again when you don’t!

‘I was falling asleep at my desk!’ A few months ago, Trudy, 35, says she was always tired, falling asleep at her desk and overusing caffeine to keep her going. She also had a bloated abdomen, aching joints and mental fogginess. Her GP checked her for thyroid and diabetes and gave her the all clear. “This didn’t help in that I was still left with the symptoms!” Trudy says. “A friend suggested I try a local nutrition clinic and they tested me for food intolerances. It turns out I am wheat and dairy intolerant.” The nutritionist suggested an elimination diet. “It was really hard going at first. I was used to sandwiches at work every day and now I have to get up earlier to make something wheat and dairy free. But I feel a lot better.” “After about a month I accepted a meal of pasta one day when I was out and within an hour the symptoms were back. When it happened a second time I knew it wasn’t just in my mind.” In the last 3 months Trudy has started investigating wheat free breads for when the desire for a sandwich really hits. “I’ve already discovered wheat free pizza bases and I’m glad to know you can get wheat free scones too! My latest find is coconut flour. It’s great for home baking.” YOUR HEALTHY LIVING |

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THERAPy

The Hypnotherapist and Life Coach Hypnotherapy will give you a terrific boost. It will help you to relax completely and to change your anxious thought patterns, so that you feel more positive and in control. For some people hypnotherapy can be like turning on a light switch. They feel ‘fixed’ very quickly. For others, it can take slightly more time. Choose a therapist who really understands anxiety. They will explain everything to you and tell you how many sessions you’re likely to need. In the meantime though, avoid beating yourself up if you slip back into feeling overwhelmed and anxious. It’s ok – this can just take time. Caroline Carr has a practice in Harley Street and is author of How not to worry – how to stop anxiety spoiling your life and Living with Depression (White Ladder Press) www.carolinecarr.com

The Shiatsu Practitioner The issue of stress is common in today’s culture of excess. Shiatsu, as an energetic bodywork, is effective on various levels, and would be a good place to start. Treatments to tonify the Stomach and Spleen meridians to bring more stability are frequently helpful in stress/anxiety cases. A recent study has shown Shiatsu to be effective with psycho/emotional issues. I would also recommend changing your work and play patterns and fitting in more fun time. Go out to Tai Chi or Qi Gong classes; you will find plenty in London where you live. They have been found to help relax and focus the mind – with the added bonus of increasing your social circle! Richard Blair M.R.S.S.(T) is registered with the Shiatsu Society UK as a teacher and practitioner. He works from Napiers Clinic in Edinburgh. www.MrShiatsu.co.uk

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Gavin is aged 29, single and working full time as a charity fundraiser in London

The Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Like many of the mental states that trouble us, anxiety feeds on itself. A passing sensation or thought triggers a largely unconscious process that can spiral out of our control, carrying us with it. Trying to fight this unpleasant experience or deny that it’s happening usually makes it worse. Rather than directly trying to change our experience, mindfulness works by changing how we relate to our experience. Training in mindfulness you’ll learn ways of attending more clearly and more kindly to each moment of your life – the pleasant aspects as well as the painful. More awareness and acceptance – without judgement – of what is actually happening in the present moment can, over time, ‘de-fuse’ patterns of anxiety. Mark Bowden teaches Mindfulness around the Plymouth area and by distance learning. See www.mindbase.co.uk

He says “I have had lengthy periods off work with a combination of stress and anxiety over the past couple of years. As I have a clearer head at present, this would seem a good time to try and develop my ability to cope in a more positive way. Do you have any suggestions?” If you would like your health concern addressed by four natural health experts... Write a brief description of the problem and email along with your first name, age and a few work/lifestyle facts to editor@yourhealthyliving.co.uk with ‘Complementary Confidential’ in the subject box. OR write to Complementary Confidential, Healthy Living Magazine,15 Burton End, West Wickham, Cambridge, CB21 4SD.

Please be aware that we can’t answer your emails and letters individually and your health concern may be edited when published.

The Nutritionist When your body and/ or mind are stressed the adrenal glands have a greater need for B vitamins (particularly B5), magnesium and vitamin C. Look for foods that have good sources of B vitamins, such as oats and brown rice, along with dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds. Vitamin C rich foods include red peppers, strawberries, kiwi fruit, blackcurrants, parsley and watercress. Blood sugar balance is also an important factor in stabilising your mood. Avoid processed or refined foods and stimulants such as caffeinated drinks, which initially make you feel alert and energised but can be followed by a slump in energy and increased irritability. There are a number of supplements that you may find helpful. Rhodiola is one herb that may help the body adapt to various stressors and stabilise mood. Carmel McLoughlin is a nutritionist practising at the Nutri Centre in London. See www.nutricentre.com


LIFE

Greening your home Whether planning our dream eco dwelling or simply changing the loo cleaner, Jennifer Britt says we can all make home a greener space…

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o you remember seeing this ‘Hobbit House’, pictured above, featured on the Channel 4 series, Grand Designs? This substantial family home with its curvy, Tolkein-like wooden interiors, combines one-with-nature appeal with a featherweight carbon footprint to make it an eco dream home. Insulated with straw bales to keep in the heat and equipped with reed beds for cleaning domestic waste, its green credentials also include storage for rainwater collected from the roof to feed the washing machine and a wind turbine to make electricity. Only a few may be fortunate – or brave – enough to be able to start with such a blueprint for green living (it is for sale!) but lots of us can make the choice of adding value to their existing properties, not by building an extra bedroom or installing a new kitchen, but by making them more energy efficient and less wasteful of finite resources.

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That could mean generating your own renewable electricity and heating. On the other hand, installing solar water heating panels or a wind power generator may not be the best use of the earth’s resources – not if you have an ancient boiler or your roof, walls or floors are flimsily insulated. In which case top up your insulation and apply draftproofing as a first step, and look to replace inefficient old boilers before investing in one of the more exciting new green technologies. “Otherwise you will just be wasting all the energy that you are generating,” advises Alex Randall of the original green-living organisation, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).

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LIFE The Energy Saving Trust is urging us to rediscover the joys of thrift with its new Wartime Spirit campaign. Don’t panic, soothes the Trust’s chief executive Philip Sellwood, a return to rationing is not on the agenda. “However if we could adopt just a few of the practices used during the war, such as recycling bath water for watering plants, then it would go a long way towards saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint,” he says. In wasting water, we are also squandering power. The Waterwise organisation says each of us in the UK uses an average of 150 litres of water per day and it has worked out that pumping, treating and heating the water in the average family’s home produces as much carbon in a year as a return flight from London to New York. By thinking twice before leaving that tap running, you will reduce not only your water use but your gas and electricity bills as well.

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owners of the more typical three-bed British family home, including how to turn your conservatory into a fantastic energy-generating and heat-saving asset. Another source of practical advice on which type of renewable energy would work for you is the Energy Saving Trust. Fun and helpful interactive features at its website include a wind speed predictor to give a ballpark assessment of whether a wind turbine could be a good investment or a non-starter where you live.

Talking about water down the drain, that’s where the regiment of modern cleaning products and their synthetic chemical cocktails will end up – contaminating our rivers, oceans and groundwater. One of the biggest environmental villains are phosphates, used widely in detergents, which encourage excessive plant and algae growth, so squeezing out other plants. We can help protect thriving wildlife habitats by choosing greener cleaning products at home and using them sparingly. And we don’t have to limit ourselves to greener laundry and washing up. Household products made with plant-based ingredients range from loo cleaners to oven sprays, furniture polish to limescale busters, air fresheners to drain treatments. One of the best known eco-friendly brands even makes products for cleaning cars and boats.

Green economics

Even without the major expense of home improvements, there is also a huge amount that we can be doing to make our homes greener, simply by changing our behaviour to positively embrace energy saving:

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You can keep even more toxic chemicals out of your home by using natural paints made without producing any of the highly polluting compounds known as VOCs. “They are good for your health and good for your building,” according to Diane Moore from the company which makes the colourful Made-in-Devon Nutshell range. Another gentle green touch is bed and bath linen made with organic cotton. When you learn that 25% of the pesticides used in the world go into growing conventional cotton, you realise that buying organic textiles makes a huge environmental impact, as well as bringing a little luxury into your life. Abi Petit, of the fashion and textile company Gossypium, explains that the cotton she uses is not only produced from healthy organic plants, but her finished products are made to be cherished for a long time because they are densely threaded, rather than being treated with chemicals to give them the mere appearance of substance. “The result of all this is that they feel fabulous on your skin,” she says. “We had a postcard from a customer recently who said that she and her husband had enjoyed their best night’s sleep in 42 years of marriage with our organic cotton sheets.”

Green garden

Finally, remember that every green home deserves an organic vegetable patch, however tiny. It only takes a cleverly organised 4ft x 4ft space to bring in fresh produce for the kitchen all year round, according to Dr Gareth Davies of the gardening organisation Garden Organic. And even in a flat you can cultivate a productive window box. As Gareth says: “By growing your own supply of organic produce, your food will be fresher and won’t contain any harmful pesticides or chemicals, and you’ll be helping the environment by cutting down on food miles and growing your food sustainably.”

Green advice www.cat.org.uk Tel: 01654 705989 www.energysavingtrust.org.uk Tel: 0800 512 012 www.waterwise.org.uk Tel: 0207 344 1882 www.hdra.org.uk Tel: 024 7630 3517 www.soilassociation.org Tel: 0117 314 5000

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Wild and Edible Planting

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Imperfectly Natural with Janey Lee Grace

Top tips for an Naturally Clean Home 2

Cleaning and laundry products are a considerable proportion of the average person’s weekly shopping bill, yet this is one area where it’s easy to save money, your health and as a by-product save the environment too – by replacing your cleaning and laundry products with natural alternatives. No one bottle of detergent or laundry liquid will make you ill, but I believe that the cumulative effect of the masses of potentially toxic synthetic chemicals and pollutants that exist in our homes probably will over time, so let’s address it now and in the process do our bit for saving the planet.

Make your own air freshener by half-filling a plant spray bottle with water, add a few drops of essential oil – lemon or eucalyptus work well and perhaps a drop of vodka to preserve – and spritz around for a natural fragrance.

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Choose the right houseplants to help neutralise the effects of pollutants; have one plant for every bit of electrical equipment – Peace lilies and Spider plants work well.

Janey Lee Grace is the author of Imperfectly Natural Home – everything you need to know to create a healthy, natural home (Orion Books). She has a thriving website and forum at www.imperfectlynatural.com

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