Pre-conceptual Care……It Matters!

blueberries and coconut

One of the many reasons for pre-conception detox is that it could help provide a ‘healthier environment’ in which to fall pregnant but also it may help to reduce morning sickness. Some suggest morning sickness is the body’s way of protecting the growing baby from potentially harmful toxins, particularly in the first trimester when the fetus is most vulnerable. Hormonal imbalance may also exacerbate morning sickness. No one has the definite answer as to why one person has morning sickness and the next person saiis through pregnancy without any issues. However Sarah can work with you before you fall pregnant in order to promote a healthier well-being, which in turn may help the process in falling pregnant. This could also help create a healthier environment in which your baby can grow.
Depending on lifestyle and overall level of health, Sarah generally suggests a 6 to 12 week pre-conception detox period, before attempting natural conception or any form of Assisted Reproduction. What does it mean by detox? It certainly does not mean you need to travel to a retreat or spend hundreds of pounds on many of the “cleansing kits” you may have seen on the market. In fact the more seamlessly you can incorporate cleansing or a healthier way of living into your daily, weekly, or monthly routine, the more likely it becomes a lifelong habit.
Taking steps toward gradually strengthening the organs of digestion and elimination before attempting a pre-conception detox is really important. Sarah believes that getting the digestion right, is important for steps towards good health, under any health circumstances. If we assault the organs of elimination (liver, bowel, kidneys) without strengthening them first, they may not be able to handle the heavy workload and we’ll end up doing more harm than good.
During a Nutritional Therapy consultation, Sarah will take a detailed case history to assess where there are areas of your health that need particular attention. Plus listen to your health aims and incorporate these into your programme. Functional testing may be suggested if it is felt necessary. In most cases Sarah does not need to see you weekly, her aim is to instead to give you the tools to start you on a journey to achieving your goals.
If you would like to know more about how Sarah could support you and/or your partner towards promoting fertility or any other health concerns you may have, please do get in touch.

The Stone Age Diet

Are you looking for a way to:

1. Gain more energy?

2. Control hypoglycaemia? (blood sugar regulation)

3. Lose weight?

4. Combat chronic illness and reduce inflammation?

5. Improve cardiovascular health?

6. Improve gastrointestinal health? (digestion)

You may have heard about The Paleo diet in the press or a friend who is eating this way?
If you have not heard about it yet….. the idea is that our genes and physiology evolved through the process of natural selection and are most adapted to be nourished with the food that we evolved around. Some of the foods that we started eating in large quantity since the beginning of the agricultural revolution about 10,000 years ago are completely alien to our genes and metabolisms and wreak havoc in our body, often causing what we call the metabolic syndrome or diseases of civilization. That includes obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, auto-immune diseases, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and a host of other conditions that were unknown to our ancestors.

The Paleo diet is not just another ‘diet’ or one that you follow for some time to achieve a specific goal. It is a lifestyle; a change in the way you eat and live.

Perhaps you find changing the way you are eating difficult? It does not have to be. Sarah can coach you and help you understand the benefits of Paleo eating.

Going Paleo does not mean you have to eat this way 100% of the time. Sarah can show you how to incorporate certain ways of eating Paleo into your lifestyle, without going the whole hog!

Zen

1. Do one thing at a time

2. Do it slowly

3. Complete the task

4. Do less, take time out

5. Put space between things (take ‘me’ time)

6. Develop rituals

7. Devote time to sitting and just ‘being’

8. Smile and serve others

9. Notice the sky and trees as you walk, don’t look down

10. Think about what is really necessary

11. Live simply

Ahhhhhhh Zen!

‘Peanut’ or ‘Almond’ Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

¼ cup or 2oz butter warmed to be able to ‘cream’
¼ cup or 2oz almond butter
1 egg, room temperature
2 tbs honey
2 tbs palm sugar or coconut sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
¾ tsp lemon juice
2 tbs + 2 teaspoons coconut flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
¼ cup or 2oz dark chocolate pieces
¼ cup or 2oz dark chocolate chips (leave this out if you prefer)
* can omit the lemon juice if you prefer.
You will find some of these ingredients in a health shop such as WholeFoods or Holland and Barrett

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the shortening, sunbutter, and egg for 1 minute on medium-high.
Add the honey, palm sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Mix again until combined.
Add the coconut flour and baking soda. Mix on medium for 30 seconds. Let the dough sit for 5 minutes to allow the coconut flour to soak up some of the moisture.
Scrape down the sides and mix again for 30 seconds until fully incorporated.
Stir the chocolate in by hand.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Satay Dipping Sauce

A healthy version of the classic satay sauce with lots of nutrients for the immune system.

  • 2 tbsp natural probiotic yogurt
  • 2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter (choose a sugar free brand like Whole Earth) Replace peanut with cashew, almond or brazil nut butter if you like.
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger (peeled and grated) or use lazy ginger (see image)
  • 1 tsp mild red chilli chopped, or use lazy chilli (see image)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 spring onion finely sliced

Mix all the ingredients together. For ease, you can buy lazy chilli and lazy ginger jars at the supermarket.