Author Archive | Andrea

Thankful

Giving thanks – the benefit of gratitude

The Thanksgiving Holiday in the USA started as a time to give thanks for survival and a good harvest. So, November is timely to consider how we can all contemplate this concept of giving thanks in our modern life. It’s the perfect time to consider the mental health benefits of gratitude. Plus how to enhance […]

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Zeus

Grief comes in many forms…

We share the saddest news – our beloved Zeus passed away on Sunday, 6th October. He was such a loving soul & we miss him terribly! After a short battle with an aggressive tumour, he passed away peacefully at home cradled in my arms. It all happened so quickly! I am still in shock and […]

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soda drinks

Artificial Sugars vs Gut Health

I’m a big believer in how our gut health affects our wellbeing. And we’ve blogged previously about what foods to avoid to keep a healthy microbiome (See ‘What should I eat for a healthy gut?’) This mentions to stay away from sugar as it feeds the bad bacteria in our digestive system. But what about […]

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lying in the sun

What makes a good sunscreen? – part 1

With summer here and holidays in the sun planned, we turn to buying sunscreens and the question arises: What is a good sunscreen? In my research into this question, I realise that this is not a simple question! My quest for an answer takes me through the following journey: Why do we use sunscreen? We […]

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yoga outside under the sun

Be Healthy with Vitamin D

It’s now officially summer here in the UK. This brings the longer, sunnier days and the desire to soak up some sunshine and warmth. Which brings us back to the question: Is it healthy to be out in the sun? The answer – YES! Sunshine has great health benefits, including that it’s the best way […]

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raw chocolate brownies

Healthy Chocolate for you…

With Easter just gone and International Mother’s Day this weekend, it’s an easy time to over-load on chocolate!  We’re not against a bit of indulging but how many of us feel the negative effects of too much chocolate? The problem is not the actual ‘chocolate’ because that’s got a lot of good beneficial things in […]

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healthy eating

Eat well to live well…

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates. I have been blogging about healthy eating and the impact of food choices on our wellbeing for 10 years now. For most of that time, I seem to have been at odds with mainstream thoughts on statins, low-fat diets & sugar. I’ve also […]

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green juice detox

Top tips for starting juicing…

Spring is definitely on its way so our retreat guests are asking about refreshing ways to eat well. The question of smoothies versus juicing usually arises and I’ve answered that on my blog here: Juice or Smoothie – which is best? As I recommend a green juice is great for reviving when the afternoon energy […]

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Detox juice

Which juicer is best?

It’s that time of year when we want to be healthy again and our retreat guests always ask about tips for a healthier lifestyle. As such, the question of smoothies versus juicing often arises and I’ve answered that on my blog: Juice or Smoothie – which is best? This then leads to asking: What are […]

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