Ahh… Christmas. The time of the year when we let our hair down, indulge in (too many) mince pies, cakes and alcohol, and sing those same-old crazy Christmas songs. If you know which foods trigger your symptoms, then you may just survive the Christmas period with your health intact. But what if you don’t know?
What if eating the wrong foods could be leaving you feeling bloated, gassy, and fatigued?
Anxiety is never fun, but even worse at this time of year when there are so many social events to attend. What if changing your diet could improve that anxiety?
What if those headaches and/or migraines are because you can’t break down alcohol or gluten? Would you rather take medication, or improve your diet to prevent the migraines?
Treat yourself to a healthy Christmas – a food intolerance test with one of our nutritionists could help you to uncover the answers. And for December only, we are offering £10 off appointments in our London clinic when you use the code XMAS10 when booking online.
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It’s been a long winter, but spring is almost here! To celebrate the new season, we are offering all new clients £15 offthe price of their initial appointment using the coupon code SPRING15
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So if you are feeling less than 100% right now, then why not take advantage of our offer to put a SPRING in YOUR stepand book an appointment with us.
Whether it’s headaches, eczema, digestive discomfort, fatigue, or something else, our test could help YOU to find your trigger foods and our therapists will work with you to improve your overall health through diet, lifestyle and supplements.
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As therapists at The Allergy and Health Test Clinic, Katherine and I always follow our own advice. As nutrition is not a one-diet-fits-all business, we both follow different diets for different reasons.
I follow a paleolithic style diet. This diet focuses on good quality vegetables, meats, fish, and healthy fats such as flaxseed and olive oil, together with some fruits, nuts and seeds. Carbohyrdates are not restricted, but instead are sourced from starchy vegetables rather than wheat, corn, rice etc. There are no processed foods or sugars, and no dairy (although I do have live yoghurt once a day). The benefits of this diet are weight regulation without counting calories or weighing foods, increased satiety from meals (meaning less snacking between meals – something I’m prone to!), lowered inflammation, and most importantly for me: support for my overworked adrenal glands.
I’m not a great or adventurous cook, so a typical day for me might be:
6.30am – mixed green salad, grated beetroot, avocado, peppers, tomatoes, steamed fillet of salmon, pumpkin seeds, furikake (sea vegetables with sesame seeds), 2 tablespoons flaxseed oil.
1pm – mixed green salad wrapped into parcels with parma ham, served with steamed veggies
5pm – A quick snack of leftover steamed veggies from children’s tea
7pm – stir fry with olive oil, vegetables (e.g. pak choi, onion, peppers, cabbage, carrot, butternut squash etc) and meat, sprinkled with furikake, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.
Dessert of live yoghurt with flaxseed oil, sprinkled with seeds and nuts (e.g. cashew and brazil)
I’ve been following this style of eating for a year now, having been almost vegan previously. For ethical reasons, as well as for nutrient value, I always look for organic and grass-fed meat, and wild fish wherever possible. I also aim to eat at least 10 types of organic vegetables per day although as you can see, I don’t do smoothies or juices – I just like to eat my food too much!
If you are interested in eating a paleolithic diet too, you may like to take a look at Sarah Ballantyne’s website The Paleo Mom or book an appointment with me in London and we can discuss whether the diet would suit you.
PS. Yes, I did cheat a little over Christmas. It was chocolate cake and it just looked too good….
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