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Rawtastic or Rawful? Is raw food right for your body?

18
March
2014
Rawtastic or Rawful? Is raw food right for your body?

It is a commonly held belief in the “health world” that eating our food, live and raw is the best way to get all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes we need.

The raw food movement is at the forefront of great nutritional discoveries and is leading the way in challenging the standard western diet. The food can be amazing - we have some incredible recipes by Rebecca Kane on our site - however, I (and most kinesiologist’s) would argue that it is far from the healthiest diet if used exclusively.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good raw fast and my diet is now packed with loads of lovely raw organic fruit and veg, but wind the clock back seven years when I had horrific Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms and the very foods I thought were helping my health were actually hindering it.

In fact,...

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Got any acid? – Is an alkalising diet right for you?

10
February
2014
Got any acid? – Is an alkalising diet right for you?

As a nutritionist, I have been strictly following a clean, organic, wholefood and alkaline diet for the past few years - lots of vegetables, chlorophyll and leafy greens. We know that disease forms in acidic environments and most people’s internal environments are very acidic.

This acidity comes from a variety of sources - including food, outlook and chemical load - but reducing the consumption of acid forming foods and alkalising the body is all the rage, and I reiterate, in many cases very, very important.

But interestingly not in my case. It turns out that my internal environment is too alkaline and it’s been causing me some big problems.

The teachings of Systematic Kinesiology often differ from other therapies. That’s usually because we are looking at the body and its systems in a...

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Can women have it all? Introducing the third metric

12
September
2013
Can women have it all? Introducing the third metric

Arianna Huffington has called for a third women’s revolution. Women need to reclaim their lives because burn out is no longer an option and success is no longer just about the money and power, it now includes wellbeing too.

As an alternative health expert, the wellbeing thing I know about - I work with it, I teach it and I believe I am pretty hot on walking the walk as well as talking the talk. But here’s the problem: a year ago my business partner Laura and I expanded our business. We franchised out our brand and are in the process of opening a wellness centre so time has been a luxury I haven’t had for the past 12 months and I have literally run myself ragged.

Sure, structures have been put into place, I’ve chosen the right food, I’ve supplemented and I’ve exercised, but things like...

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A Merry Christmas Log Blog

18
December
2012
A Merry Christmas Log Blog

As a trainee Kinesiologist you quickly get used to discussing bowel movements. It becomes a standard topic of conversation, frequency, style, colour, texture.

These are all hot topics in the life of a practitioner. We aren’t quite at the Gillian McKeith stage of actually examining a clients stools but we do like talking about poo.

IBS is now so common according to the IBS Network it affects up to 20% of the population. There is a known link between bowels and hormones and we see it regularly in the clinic as well as having personal experience. A good Kinesiology practitioner will therefore be looking at getting hormones back in balance as well as your bowels.

Medically there has been research into the anti inflammatory properties of Omega 3 oils. This is unsurprising, the clue is in the...

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Feed your soul

21
August
2012
Feed your soul

I’m having a really good day. Actually, I’m having a really good few weeks. We all have highs and then of course we all have lows, but I’m pretty certain my good mood isn’t just a cyclical thing. I have recently rediscovered some soul enriching activities that are really helping me align to my core truth.

I’ve just got back from two gorgeous weeks in Majorca in a lovely villa with a pool. We’ve been here a few times in the past few years but this year the difference is that I don’t have any of my chronic fatigue symptoms anymore, having finally killed off that demon last year.

Instead of just floating about on a li-lo and having a load of siestas, I bought some new swimming goggles and vowed I would swim 100 lengths a day. This initially was to stop the inevitable holiday muffin top...

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Why is 2012 important? The dawning of Aquarius

08
August
2012
Why is 2012 important? The dawning of Aquarius

The hippies have been singing about it since the 60s, but so many people are still asking me what 2012 is all about, so here we go. On December 21, 2012, The Mayan calendar comes to an end and astrologically we move into the Age of Aquarius.

Many people are talking about is as being the end of days; it is the end of the world as we know it but that’s not the end of the world.  You may not believe in any of this stuff but most of us are aware that something is happening in “the field”. As Yoda would say, we can “feel a great disturbance in the force”.

This year feels hard and from my work I know I’m not the only one. Time is flying by so fast,  everything is an effort, and many people are experiencing difficulties such as relationship break ups and redundancies that are unexpected. I know...

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Coming home – the problem of the overstimulation situation

22
June
2012
Coming home – the problem of the overstimulation situation

I’ve had blogger’s block. In fact both Laura and I have. How wonderful for both of us to have it at the same time. It’s not just a small case of “I don’t have time to write and don’t know what to write about,” I mean full-on, absolute, non-inspired totality of nothingness. This is an unusual situation for me as anyone who knows me will tell you, I can talk for Britain and have an opinion on everything - but I have a block.

There have been many good ideas just nothing that I’ve been motivated enough to write about. Then the other day I had a realisation. Back in April I got into twitter. Since then I have happily been tweeting with celebrities, laughing at comedians and radio presenters and gawping at photos of actors at the gym. All the while I have been networking and generally “doing...

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Just say no – how clear boundaries can change your life

25
April
2012
Just say no – how clear boundaries can change your life

No. It’s a tiny word with huge meaning. It can be the key to your liberation, it can improve your health, transform your sex life, revitalise relationships and help you regain control in your life. All this from two little letters. And yet we struggle to use it.

There is a school of thought that saying ‘no’ blocks opportunities and that to truly embrace life we need to say ‘yes’ and all that saying ‘yes’ brings, but saying ‘yes’ regardless of the outcome is imbalanced and just as consciously closed as having ‘no’ as your default answer.

An unconscious default ‘yes’ or ‘no’ usually stems from fear. The default ‘no’ offers safety from being vulnerable, allowing people in and is a place to hide low self worth and the not being good enough feelings. The default ‘yes’ on the other hand is...

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Don't scream for sun cream

11
April
2012
Don't scream for sun cream

I was verbally attacked by a woman at my Bootcamp class. The reason for this tirade of insult and anger is because I don’t wear sun cream. She felt that because I lecture about health it was hypocritical of me not to wear sun cream.

There are many reasons for this choice. Firstly I am fifth generation Indian and am blessed with skin that goes brown just by looking at the sun – of course I would burn if I was to lie out in it but I learnt my lesson a long time ago after a particularly nasty incident when I was 15 involving baby oil and a really hot day followed by sunstroke and needing to sit on a cold slide in a kids play park just to cope with the searing agony on the backs of my thighs. So these days I listen to my body, I sunbathe in 10 minute slots and alternate between sitting under...

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Desperately seeking normal - the search for real women

14
March
2012
Desperately seeking normal - the search for real women

In 1986, Morrissey wisely professed: 'some girls are bigger than others, some girls mothers are bigger than other girls mothers'. Sounds obvious, but we seem to have forgotten this fact.

You may have noticed that I’m interested by society's stereotyping of how women (and men) 'should' be. This is mostly because I (like millions of others) will never fit the parameters of what is considered 'gorgeous' by the media. At my healthiest, I am a size 14, but for the majority of my life I was a 16/18 or sometimes even a 20.

This exclusion has caused me serious pain throughout my life and the journey to loving myself unconditionally, despite society's perceptions, has been, and will continue to be, a long one.

It’s ridiculous that I am judged on the size of my bum or the perkiness of my boobs....

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Let's talk about sex - the increase of sexless relationships

13
February
2012
Let's talk about sex - the increase of sexless relationships

There is a phenomenon sweeping through society. It's affecting thousands of people (that’s a conservative estimate), but it’s unlikely you will hear about it - because in general we are still stuck in the dark age of 'keeping up appearances'.

This phenomenon is that people aren’t having sex. I’m not talking about people in 25 year marriages or single people - I’m talking about 30+ year olds in committed relationships, or newlyweds not being sexually active with their partner for months or even years.

There are many possible reasons for this. The extreme view from one of my friends is that it's a natural wave of evolution, a way of limiting over-population. Not sure if Darwin would agree - but according to spiritual sexuality author David Deida, men and women have three stages of...

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Veg out - the importance of a really good vegetable

01
February
2012
Veg out - the importance of a really good vegetable

I have a favourite morning. It’s every first and third Friday of the month. I do the school run and then spend a blissful hour walking around my local farmers market. I love it - whatever the weather, I’m there, because I believe it’s truly the best way to buy food.

Farmers market food is fresh, it's local and it tastes delicious. I now know the stall holders and have a chat with them whilst buying the bream they caught yesterday or the tomatoes picked today and discussing all the things you can do with artichokes (ooh err). Yes you pay a little bit more, but it’s sustainable for the people putting in the extreme hard work.

The food available means we are eating seasonally which is so much better for health. Asparagus doesn’t grow here in February, so it’s not a good idea to eat it. We...

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Resolution or revolution?

16
January
2012
Resolution or revolution?

It’s January and I really want to start the New Year feeling good, so for 60 days my husband and I are doing a totally holistic cleanse. I like to do the odd fast and cleanse, from juice fasts at the Spring Equinox to eating mung beans for 40 days on yoga teacher training - so this is nothing new for me, but my motives are.

My plan involves the following: no gluten, dairy, wheat, sugar, starchy carbs, alcohol, caffeine or tap water. I’m then having hot water and lemon every morning and doing at least 10 minutes a day of meditation, manifesting, affirmations, shakti dancing or rebounding. Plus a bit of pampering, at least twice a month.

This wasn’t a dodgy New Year’s resolution to lose weight or diet (because news flash – diets don’t work) but actually a resolution to spend more time...

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Away in a 3 day labour

22
December
2011
Away in a 3 day labour

My daughter turns 8 in January.

Like millions of other parents, I am dutifully arranging her party and making sure she feels special on her birthday whilst trying not to spend the GDP of a small country in the process. This year is different, however - this year I’m excited about the day and I’m also sad, because I cannot believe how quickly my beautiful little girl is growing up. This sounds really normal and you are probably wondering why I’d bother blogging about it, except for me, it’s not. It’s a brand new feeling. The last seven years have passed in a blur of ‘going through the motions’ and plastering a big fake smile on my face as I carry in her cake.

This time eight years ago, I was thirty eight weeks pregnant and had that slightly desperate and fed up look of a woman about to...

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Fake it to make it?

07
December
2011
Fake it to make it?

Laura and I were in a shoe shop (we are women with killer shoe collections) and a teenage girl entered the shop with her boyfriend. We smelled her before we saw her. She smelled of fake strawberries and other sweet childish stuff. She was actually orange and had obvious hair extensions, fake nails and more make-up than Madame Jojo’s and it got us thinking. Is this what sexy is now?

I asked husband for his opinion. Always an interesting place to start. He blames low grade mainstream porn mags like Nuts and Zoo magazine for telling guys that’s what’s sexy. But these guys are missing a trick too. It takes courage to stand out and say 'that’s not what I want' when society deems it to be beautiful and that without that on your arm you are apparently a loser. We are being told what’s sexy, but...

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80:20

22
November
2011
80:20

The highlight of my week: 'I can put my knickers on easily', says my client, whilst standing up and doing me a demo.

It was funny, but it actually made me cry with joy.

This client is called Claire and is a pretty, bubbly, lovely young woman who was recently diagnosed with MS - not the one that comes and goes but the one that doesn’t stop until it’s taken everything you hold dear in your life and ravaged your body. I trained in physical disability so know only too well the effects this condition can cause.

When Claire contacted me, it wasn’t for an ‘out there’ cure for MS, she wanted some food sensitivity testing as she had put herself on a radical diet that can possibly halt the progression of the disease. I explained that the work I do could also support her body nutritionally and...

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The bush years

21
November
2011
The bush years

My friend recently returned from travelling the world. He popped over for a chat and mentioned he is seeing a new woman, who apparently I’ll love because she does 'fillers and laser hair removal'. I laughed and told him he had been away a long, long time and things had changed in the world.

For a while, modern grooming hadn’t been making sense to me. Waxing was really painful, shaving left me prickly and with spotty ingrown hairs and Immac (sorry, Veet if you are under 30) stopped being on my shopping list when John Major was PM, so it became obvious that I needed to find another way. And then I found her. An absolute goddess I met on a retreat. Sexy, funny, wise, talented. And hairy. Oh the fullness of her lady garden and armpit hair were quite inspiring and her courage and confidence...

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The vaccine debate

07
November
2011
The vaccine debate

‘A single vaccine given to a six-pound newborn is the equivalent of giving a 180-pound adult 30 vaccinations on the same day.’ – Dr Boyd Hayley, Professor and Chair, Dept of Chemistry, University of Kentucky (2001).

Yesterday I started a Facebook war. It was an accident. All I did was share the quote above but it seemed to trigger responses from a lot of people.

It seems we are really divided on the subject of vaccines.

Very often it seems that people have them because they are told to or because it’s the ‘done’ thing or even worse because your child won’t get into their chosen school without them.

We are becoming obsessed. I’ve heard of perfectly healthy 30 year olds having the flu jab or giving kids chicken pox vaccine. When my daughter was little we used to arrange chicken pox...

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Antibiotics - heal or hell?

24
October
2011
Antibiotics - heal or hell?

Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet ingesting her non-whey protein shake. Along came a spider and bit her on the boob.

I am Miss Muffet and this is my story…

So apparently we have biting spiders in the UK. They are stowing away on bananas and grapes from far off isles and then falling in love with our English spiders and making mean, biting, love child baby spiders with poor dental hygiene.

In August I unfortunately got bitten by said spider and ended up with a septic walnut sized abscess and flu like symptoms. I dealt with it the same way any sane hardcore 'natural medicine' guru would and went running to the doctors for some nuclear strength antibiotics to stop my boob going gangrenous.

Two types of strong antibiotics and a few weeks later my abscess had gone and I was filled with...

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An apron dream

21
October
2011
An apron dream

I know what kind of parent I’m going to be. I have it all planned out. I will be one of those idyllic mothers who sings in the kitchen, wears aprons even when she’s not baking, is never too busy to play with Lego and reads stories like they do on CBeebies. And most of all, I will feed my children healthy, nutritious food, full of multi coloured vegetables, homemade soups and steamed fish. Sigh. I have not let the fact that I am an incredibly busy self-employed woman who can’t sing for toffee and doesn’t even own an apron get in the way of this wondrous image I have created.

Until today.

Today I have spent the afternoon watching the tortured face of my friend as she tried to feed lunch to her very gorgeous, very wilful 18 month old girl. She starts with meat balls. These are picked up,...

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Tis the season to sneeze

20
October
2011
Tis the season to sneeze

I’m car-less at the moment. This is a personal disaster on many levels. I get stranded at houses and need frequent rescuing. I’m relying on the kindness of friends and family to give me lifts, making me feel like an inconvenient teenager. But worst of all, I’m back on public transport.

I say ‘back’ because for 5 years I was a London dweller and train timetables, tube maps and standing in peoples armpits were part of my daily routine. I didn’t mind, I was in my 20s, I had other things to worry about such as how i was going to afford yet another new dress from Oliver Bonas. But I haven’t been on public transport in 18 months and I’m all out of practice.

As I sit on the Clapham Junction platform freezing my pants off thinking how do people do this I become very aware of the coughing and...

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The supplementation deliberation!

18
February
2010
The supplementation deliberation!

So as a kinesiologist I spend a preposterous amount of my time around nutritional supplements, literally I’m surrounded by bottles and jars of different coloured and sized pills.
I haven’t always been fascinated by them. Up until I was 30 the most I’d ever taken was one of those delicious fizzy orange things that are supposed to be good for a hangover, but now they are a big part of my life.

So the big question I get asked a lot is why do we need them? Well here’s the thing, since we started intensively farming in the 80’s many trace minerals have been depleted from the soil meaning that basically our food isn’t as packed full of the good stuff anymore. This has created what we kinesiologists call “nutritional gaps.
So come on be honest, hands up who eats:


5 a day?
10 a...

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Will pesticides damage my health?

21
December
2009
Will pesticides damage my health?

Organic food. The posh looking food in the supermarket with a higher price tag. And as the recession has hit more and more people have opted out of buying organic.

Actually organic is so much more than a posh label. Organic food is produced without artificial chemicals or genetic modification, and with respect for animal welfare and the environment. And importantly, studies show pesticides are damaging to our health.

Some chemicals and pesticides initiate cancer by causing genetic alterations that lead to a cancerous tumour. Examples of chemicals in food that cause cancer in humans are

vinyl chloride, which causes liver sarcomas
arsenic, which causes skin and lung cancer
benzene, which causes leukaemia


Developmental toxicants cause low birth weight, physiological, behavioural,...

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To cure or to heal?

13
May
2009
To cure or to heal?

As someone who makes her living as a “healer” I’ve always been a bit negative about the word “cure”. When I mentioned this to my friend she replied “Why don’t you like the concept of curing? Surely if you are healed you are cured, the objectives are the same.” Well this got me to thinking so I thought I’d do some digging.

Given that I am a self confessed geek I am always interested in the dictionary definitions of words so I checked them out and interestingly enough where both the words “healing” and “cure” are obviously nouns the word “cure” is also a verb. It’s a doing word whereas the word “healing” is an adjective, a description.

Whilst very subtle that for me really sums up the difference between healing and curing. Cure tends to make me think of surgery and procedures. Things...

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A spoonful of sugar helps the healthiness.... go down

09
March
2009
A spoonful of sugar helps the healthiness.... go down

Hi my name is Claire and I'm a sugarholic. I've been (almost) clean for about three years but every day is a new battle.

I've eliminated a lot of different foods in my life but sugar was (and continues to be) the hardest. Surely something that tastes this good can't be that bad for you? Even the word feels good when you roll it around in your mouth!

So why is it so hard? Firstly there is the unavoidable fact that beating a sugar addiction is not too dissimilar an experience to coming off of hard drugs but there is also the problem that it goes by so many different names: glucose, fructose, sucrose, maltodextrin, lactose, the list is endless! But above and beyond all of that is the emotional connection we have to it. Sugar is used to celebrate all the good things that happen in our lives...

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You are what you wheat!

30
January
2009
You are what you wheat!

News about wheat being bad for you is everywhere. These days all the big supermarkets stock wheat free this and gluten that, but the truth is that most of us mere mortals aren’t sure why it’s so bad or what to eat instead.

So here are a few facts;
I often hear “people didn’t have these problems years ago” that’s true, here’s why - Prior to the 1970’s wheat was grown in relatively small amounts, local to the place you bought it from. When you ate it, it was nice and fresh and had a much smaller level of gluten in it. Once intensive farming became the norm, wheat was genetically modified to fit the combine harvesters more easily, it became a uniform height and shape to make it easier to process. This increased the gluten content of it dramatically!

In the last 20 years it has become...

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Claire is a Wellness Practitioner and the owner and manager of the Balanced Wellness Centre in Havant near Portsmouth. She has been practising since 1994 and is passionate about wellness!

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