Why Home Birth?

Why Homebirth?

 

“So which hospital do you think you want to go to to have the baby?” he said.

“Erm I think I want a homebirth” – husband faints on the floor (only joking he knows me too well by now he was probably fully expecting this) but I can’t say he was fully on board to begin with, well who would be it’s not exactly the norm…

We think home birth we may think hippy, we think unsafe we think WHY??!! Just go to hospital where the doctors and nurses and midwives are.

Even before I was pregnant, if I ever had a baby I always fancied the idea of a homebirth. It’s no surprise around here I have had a chronic illness since being 8 years old so I have had my fair share of hospitals and doctors. I just knew I didn’t want to bring my baby into that environment which to me and my memories is a negative space. I feel it’s a very personal choice on where you decide to birth your baby. I have a lot of negative connotations with hospitals from over the years and I just felt I would be much calmer at home.

The theory goes, a womans waters break, she’s doing nicely and progressing well, then she calls up the hospital and they say “yes come in” so her partner takes her in and suddenly she stops progressing, the labour halts and things drastically slow down. She’s gone into a foreign environment, loud and bright lights with lots of people examining her, in a space she doesn’t know… talk about fight or flight, all of her autonomic nervous system is heightened and the last thing her body wants to do is birth a baby.

Whereas at home, it’s your space, you know it, you’re familiar with it and you can watch Friends on Netflix, drink cups of tea and when the time comes jump in the pool to birth.

Now I am absolutely not disregarding hospitals at all for birthing, as I say it is such an individual choice. We now also have two birthing centres near where we live and I was abit tempted, they are in hospitals but there are no doctors if you need them, you would have to be transferred to the delivery ward and there are no drugs but it is in a hospital setting, but I still clung onto my idea of a homebirth.

 

So needless to say, there will be no drugs available to me at home (maybe a paracetamol) but that’s where hypnobirthing comes in (stay tunes folks). I will have a midwife with me and I will be their only priority. But to be honest when you do hypnobirthing it will me my husband and I who birth the baby not the midwives, we have decided to go for as little intervention as possible (unless in an emergency obviously). Every midwife I mention hypnobirthing and home birth to they love it, to them it is pure midwifery, a woman birthing her baby in her natural environment.

We are obviously not being naïve about this, in an emergency we will be going straight to hospital but for now I’ve been given the OK by two consultants that I am low risk and a homebirth should be absolutely fine.

My husband now just needs to collect the pool, practice filling it up in record time, get those protein snacks at the ready and candles, diffuser with lavender and wait for this little one to make an appearance.

We really are praying we get the birth we are hoping for, to be able to give birth then go and get in my own bed with my baby sounds like pure bliss.

I will be speaking about this more in the coming couple of months, I am tempted to post my birth plan on here once I’ve finished it, let me know if you would be interested, it is quite different to usual.

The way I view with my pregnancy, birth and once the baby is here is to stay close to nature, that’s always been my ethos. If my dog had puppies she would go off into a quiet corner and get on with it like every other animal, when did we make birth so clinical? We are women who can grow babies so of course we can birth them it’s simple nature. I might eat my words but for now that’s what we are aiming for fingers crossed we get it.

 

What to eat when your growing a human…

Hello everyone,

I thought a small blog post on what to eat during pregnancy would be helpful for people, with some ideas for mummies to be, or even if your currently trying to get pregnant. If you’re growing a human surely this is the time to have the best nutrition of your life? To really jump on the band wagon and eat the best you can for yourself and for your little one.

Eating well can help with fatigue, morning sickness, headaches, skin, sleep and the list goes on and on and eating well will keep that little baby growing healthy and strong.

If you want your baby to eat well once it’s born, the theory goes feed it well now whilst in the womb, apparently it can taste the flavours which we as mums eat. So if your a sugar head, chances are your baby will love sugar, if you eat bowls of broccoli, chances are you will get a baby who loves his/her veg… can anyone vouch for this?

That little baby is there is a miracle, and we as mums are solely responsible for feeding it and nurturing it and I strongly believe what we eat as mums makes a difference. For example, the baby needs lots of healthy fats and fish to build its neurons in its brain (we all want brainy kids). The fast rate of cell turnover is unbelievable so common sense says that needs alot of nutrients to reach full potential.

Here are my guidelines which I am following during pregnancy, now don’t get me wrong, I eat the odd bar of chocolate and I have the odd takeaway… I’m pregnant give us a break but for the most part I am really committed to growing this tiny human.

 

  • 3 litres of water per day – filtered or bottled if possible
  • 8 veggies per day – salads, soups, smoothies, 1/2 a plate of veggies with your tea – broccoli, kale, carrots etc.
  • Fats everyday (good fat doesn’t make you fat bad fat does!) – avocado, salmon, seabass, mackerel, sardines, olive oil on salads, Kerrygold butter on my veg and to cook with, eggs (boiled or scrambled), coconut oil to cook with
  • Protein with every meal to keep your blood sugar balance and energy balanced – eggs, meats, lentils, hummus, fish, nuts and seeds
  • Snacks – protein balls from Madeline Shaw or Deliciously Ella, flapjacks (see recipe), avocado mashed with chilli flakes and oat cakes, boiled eggs, hummus and cucumber and carrot sticks, smoothie, juices

         

Above – butternut squash soup |  carrot, orange, beetroot and ginger juice | boiled eggs, asparagus with butter on top, oat cakes and mashed avocado with chilli flakes with a lemon and ginger with hot water. 

I don’t believe in the whole ‘eating for two’ its the size of a plum… but I personally do feel more hungry but as long as it’s all the good stuff I think thats fine.

That’s a really rough idea of the direction to go in. I don’t think the current guidelines are good enough of cereals, breads etc. surely this is the time to eat very nutrient dense foods?

I am putting together some more in depth Nutrition Workshops soon tailored to pregnancy so keep your eyes peeled.

SURPRISE: We’re having a baby!

Well that was a surprise wasn’t it… A baby. A real life human baby.

I wanted to blog this journey and give people another approach to pregnancy and birth. I plan to blog about nutrition for pregnancy, supplements which can be helpful, all things hypnobirthing and home birthing (yep), emotions, books and how to have the most natural, healthy pregnancy (hopefully) you can have for both you and baby.

This is our story: We got married on September 2nd and went off on honeymoon and lived in a bubble of marital bliss for a few weeks. I began to get some warning signs (5 weeks late and horrendous sore boobs – sorry for the overshare but it is a pregnancy post) but I honestly thought it was fine – yes I am stupid and no I know nothing of pregnancy. I had changed my thyroid medication and I assumed my body was dealing with that and my metabolism had changed. Anyway I was down at London Clinic of Nutrition and I was in the middle of my first consult of the day and I felt such an overwhelming feeling of nausea and I thought, OK I am pregnant but I had to carry on and I finished the day feeling awful. I got the train back north and decided to take a test the following morning.

Positive. No questions asked it was a very very strong line. I called my sister in a mad panic (she’s 8 weeks pregnant ahead of me!)

We have decided to be very honest with this journey. This wasn’t part of the plan. Let me tell you friends, these things happen, any contraception is only 99% accurate.

I blame a few things, I’ve never been on the pill so my hormones are pretty balanced, I am healthy and I married a young fertile 22 year old and at the end of the day, we believe God has a plan for us.

I personally was very concerned with how my body would cope with Lyme. I was happy but very worried. Will I pass it on? Will I be able to maintain the pregnancy? How will my health be? Questions galore which nobody can answer. I felt very guilty. The irony is I had begun my own journey to become 100% well so that in maybe a few years I would be in tip top shape to carry a baby.

We had alot of anxiety, alot of worry, we had no idea how pregnant we were but when we saw that baby on the screen on the first scan it was unreal. A baby with a heart beat.

We just had our 20 week scan last week and it’s crazy, it has little arms and legs and fingers and toes and a heart beat and a spine. It’s unbelievable. We decided we didn’t want to know the gender, having a healthy baby is our only concern.

I have mentally struggled alot with the whole thing, which is tough because I feel in society this isn’t spoken about. I feel so overwhelmingly grateful to be pregnant but I don’t feel how everyone tells me I should. Not everyone has the excitement or the positive experience you dream of. But me being me I just threw myself into my diet and preparation for birth and the house. But I do think this needs to be spoken about more, there isn’t a ‘right way’ to feel about this. Mental health is a crazy business and as a newly wed couple we planned a very different next few years. Being selfish, enjoying each other and enjoying married life. We still will have adventures and we still will enjoy married life (I hope!) but we will have a little person with us, a little mini me (or mini Joe).

We are now 24 weeks pregnant and we are so happy to say we are now so thrilled, so happy and really looking forward to this next chapter. We have Hypnobirthing classes next month and we are slowly getting our nursery ready and I have started to wind down for work.

I am so lucky, I have not had any sickness (apart from that one day – weird), no headaches or huge fatigue. I’ve done very well really, as I say I have struggled more mentally. I had some really really black days and I would just cry and cry (let me know if you want a blog post on this it’s hard to know how much detail to go into).

I have a big bump now and a whole new wardrobe, Fudge is thinking I look weird and Joe is busy looking after his team members ready for our new member to arrive on 5th July. See you soon little one. Can’t wait to welcome you home.

Stay tuned…

The Day We Got Married

The Day We Got Married

It happened, the day I NEVER EVER thought would happen happened.

He’s awesome, the day was amazing, everything looked beautiful – take that chronic illness.

Try telling the teenage version of me I would ever get married, that would be kind of a joke. I was written off by the medical establishment, even being in a wheelchair and told to ‘learn to live with it’ well learning to live with it would never have resulted in me getting married or even finding Joe. I’m so glad I looked into Nutrition and the root cause.

Anyway, loads of super kind people and clients have asked about the day so I thought I would do a blog post with some pics (because thats what people really want to see right).

I got ready with my 4 bridesmaids which was super cute and special, my 4 girls who have stood by me and never let me down. We drank champagne and had our hair and make up done.

We had a 3pm wedding at our church which was super special, it was full of family and friends and church family, all the children we teach at church each week came down all dressed up and we had our vicar do the service which was such a special touch because he is so dear to both of us. We then had a close friend do the talk, he was great, and we had friends sing with the band. We have alot of very talented friends. (I became a Christian 7 year ago – you will have to scroll back in blogs to find that story). The day before(!!) we decided Fudge probably shouldn’t walk me down the isle, I mean, what if she did decide to have toilet time half way down the isle, not a high chance but not a chance I want to take when she has anxiety problems, with 200 people in a church, a full band and an organ… yeah anything could have happened. So I put together a video montage which nobody knew about. It began the night before the wedding and Fudge going to bed, then she got up, ran into the shower, ran downstairs, got in the car, ran to the church and then it said “here comes mummy” not to blow my own trumpet but it was really really cute. They played that for the congregation before I walked down the isle, it went down well.

 

We had Prosecco and cake (gluten free) on the church lawn with photos in the sunshine.

Later on in the day we all (100 of us) went to the Barn at Scorton and had our venue there, it was perfect. It’s a barn conversion/extension which is done in a modern, old wood kind of way with huge chandeliers. The weather was amazing (we haven’t had another day like it since the sun shined all day). The venue is really relaxed which we wanted and everyone enjoyed it. We had a serve yourself kind of meal (with a side of avocado… no seriously we did).

 

Then comes the party, it was so much fun to have all our friends and family in one room drinking way too much gin from the gin bar. We had the big doors open to the outside space and gorgeous views.

We feel so blessed it’s crazy. When we spoke afterwards, neither of us were nervous, my bridesmaids and dad were so nervous before we walked down the isle but I was as cool as a cucumber it just felt so right.

We have since moved in together and set up home and that is really special aswell. To start our lives together properly with little Fudge is an adventure everyday.

 

And no, no babies for a long time, we plan to enjoy life and travel before we even THINK about that.

We are happy and healthy and that is such a blessing, I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

5 healthier options to Easter Eggs

How many different easter eggs do the supermarkets stock! There is so much choice it sends my head spinning, but this year I wanted to give some lovely different ideas you could give to those you love rather than a chocolate hollow egg, or alternatively things you could alternatively ask for.

I am aware a lot of my readers/clients struggle with chronic illness so I wanted to give some other options to be able to avoid  sugar this easter. Sit your family/friends down and explain your trying to stay away from sugar to aid your recovery and you would appreciate their help to not buy you any sugar and maybe to think of some alternatives…

I love Easter eggs by the way but its the sheer amount we buy, why do I need 5-6 easter eggs? I don’t. I love the Greens and Blacks dark chocolate easter egg, that is my egg of choice but there are loads of alternatives especially when you are committed to your  recovery and health.

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  1. Flowers – tulips are so beautiful in spring, I would be thrilled if someone bought me a bunch of tulips rather than a chocolate egg which will give me bad side effects and make me feel lame. I would love to buy someone a bunch of flowers. Knowing that I am bringing them joy and not inhibiting their health.
  2. Deliciously Ella ball – I am loving the almond and cacao one. Dream.
  3. A tub of coconut oil – well thats always an amazing gift right?
  4. A new book or cook book
  5. Some beautiful beauty care – Origins, Neals Yard I love, as well as Burts Bees lip sticks

 

Let me know what you think, otherwise enjoy this Easter time.

Enjoy family time, Easter is so much more than eating our body weight in chocolate right.

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The Day I Gave Up on the NHS

I have found myself having a lot of conversations with my parents recently about when I first became ill. I don’t remember most of it, I think it was such a horrible time my brain has wiped a lot of the information and memories. But I feel naturally alot of our conversations have drifted into why they chose to go down an alternative route and how they made those difficult decisions, how it felt to have a very poorly child and how they dealt with that.

For those who don’t know I became very very poorly aged 13 – up until then I was a pretty normal child, I was very bright, sociable and ‘normal’ I guess. Until I got a virus and basically never got better, a once happy child was confined to bed most of the day, in a wheelchair for part of the time and couldn’t attend school, my dad had to carry me up and down stairs and I couldn’t even dress myself.

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*By the way of a disclaimer I want to note here, I think the NHS is great* – But the problem is it was set up for broken bones and to have babies, the NHS wasn’t set up to deal with the complex illnesses a lot of people in the UK now suffer with in the 21st century. Alot of which I believe is down to our lifestyle and environments (but thats for another day).

In the beginning of my illness the NHS did all the necessary testing obviously they eradicated any more sinister problems for my symptoms and pulled me into hospital, sent me to a psychologist (was I just faking it), a pyhsio (was I really as weak as I was saying I was), ‘hospital school’ (was I able to study), they sent me to multiple specialists in the North West, but they just could not figure out what was wrong with me. After 6 months of this (which is pretty standard protocol) they labelled me with ME/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).

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Now here is the big point… what is CFS? Seriously? Diabetes is a problem (in an incredibly simplistic form) with blood sugar and insulin. Heart disease is a heart issue but chronic fatigue? It is merely a label. It doesn’t mean anything. Because what is the cause of the fatigue? Why has a 13 year olds body just shut down? What is the root cause? And unfortunately the NHS does not have the funding to get to the root cause of this issue and they can’t help everyone.

Currently the protocol on the NHS is, if someone has CFS he/she is offered graded exercise (GET) or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – both good options which are really helpful but they aren’t going to do that much if your root cause is your digestion and you aren’t absorbing any food. Or your adrenals are exhausted so you have no stress hormones or adrenaline, or your body is so toxic it can’t function optimally. Do you see where this is going?

I remember in my teens going every 6 months to the CFS clinic, I used to beg my mum to not send me because every time they would say “keep doing what your doing and come back in 6 months” – what was I doing? Nothing. I wasn’t doing anything to help because I didn’t know what could help. I was lying on a sofa in my house, not at school, crying most of the day, a very very lonely, sad teenage girl. With no answers.

My parents did a lot of soul searching and decided to find someone who can help in an alternative way. They had to pay. But they decided they would do what it took to get me better even if it meant paying with their own money. Yes the NHS is free at the point of access and yes it is amazing and yes they save lives but… they can’t help everyone. And when you have a complex illness we sometimes have to look elsewhere for answers if we are determined and committed to recovery.

When I started working on my health outside of the NHS I started to find the root cause, I had a lot a lot alot of different things going on. But I also had Lyme Disease, an infection in my blood. Boom... that was the main root cause. You see someone can have severe fatigue but why? We have to ask why… and when you work on that then there is no reason why we can’t fully recover.

There is a financial cost but even now, I will go without other things to make sure I can pay for my supplements and to ensure I have a lifestyle where I stay well. I eat good food, I do spend alot on food but it keeps me well. I have adapted my lifestyle to spend less on other things and I spend alot on the things I know help me and keep me well.

I really don’t want this to be a post on being negative about our NHS, as I said they are amazing. They save lives and we are so fortunate to have the NHS in this country. What I am saying is if you are suffering with chronic illness, maybe it is time to look elsewhere if you are passionate to get better. Do your research, there is alot of free information out there. Do some soul searching. Ask for help. Acknowledge they can’t help everyone but you are going to recover and take control and today is day one…

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Read:

The China Study by Colin Campbell

Why Cant I Get Better by Richard Horowitz

http://www.drmyhill.co.uk 

Weddings, Spring + Self Employment

It’s spring yay. I love it, I absolute love the lighter nights (as does Fudge, we love our 6pm strolls) and I just love how happier I feel people are. Soon the clocks will be going forwards, then its Easter, then it’s summer which I love and then whats happening? Oh yes… I’m getting married.

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I’ve not blogged about this or featured it on my social media all that much to be honest but it’s such a huge part of my life right now I thought I would do a nice little update for you all.

The wedding date is 2nd September (less than 6 months) and wow time is just going so quickly. I have always been worried for when it came to planning a wedding, I would always say to my mum “Well how will I do that, the stress will obviously make me ill” and here we are in the throws of wedding planning. OK so I did have a dip when we first got engaged I was so overwhelmed and we were venue shopping and budgeting and we had an engagement party plus it was a super busy time at work and I just got my new job with CNM and arghh it all came at once, which is always the way right. But we made a decision to plan the simplest wedding ever. Which, well… has kind of happened, apart from my one bridesmaid turning into four. Oops. But seriously, we have kept it simple. I’m trying to keep the stress to an absolute minimum because for Joe and I it isn’t about the wedding, or our ‘one perfect day’ it is about our lives together, the marriage itself

We are also Christians, so it’s not just the wedding to look forward to, we are also looking for a home to move into after the wedding and furniture and registering for gifts (I cannot wait to go around John Lewis with the beeper thing – hello best day ever) and then moving in together, oh and did I mention my fiancé is finishing his degree. Yeah, we don’t do things by halves.

The dress is chosen (absolutely in love) the bridesmaids have chosen their dresses, the venue is sorted, church is booked, photographer and videographer booked, honeymoon sorted, it’s all going well. Next up, invites, flowers and bridal shower (nobody was keen on my yoga, healthy eating, food demo idea – I clearly need new friends).

I have days of feeling completely overwhelmed – I am abit of a worrier and I try to avoid stress at all costs because I know what it does to me, but most days I’m OK. This is a huge thing for me, I’ve never done anything as big as this and my health can’t always be relied on… but thankfully I know what to do to stay on track and I have amazing people to keep me grounded.

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The biggest question… Fudge the flower girl?

I just can’t believe it really. Often I will ask him are you sure about this. I’m not offering him any guarantees. I could relapse anytime (there shouldn’t be a reason why I would but you never know with Lyme Disease). Surely he wants to marry a girl who doesn’t make him eat kale everyday (for detox benefits – which he doesn’t appreciate my fun facts) and who’s idea of fun is sitting in watching Netflix food documentaries with a herbal tea and my Cockapoo?

I really never ever thought I’d ever be planning a wedding. Ever. I never thought I would find someone who would want me for life. I feel very very blessed.

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I’m feeling super grateful at the moment aswell to be self employed, I am loving work. I have such lovely clients, I enjoy my days off at the moment and being able to go on holiday when I want. No day is ever the same, today I went to the city to meet with a prospective student for CNM, did lots of client protocols in a coffee shop, enjoyed the sunshine in the garden and took Fudge for a walk.

At the moment in the background I am going through a rebranding and a new website with loads of great useful content for you all, I am binge listening to the Minimalist podcasts, spring cleaning all my stuff to move out, trying to find new funky retreat venues as well as finding a breakfast club venue, whilst also debating youtube? Cringe? And looking forward to the Paris ILADS conference. It’s all go over here. I need a team. Seriously, who wants to work for me…

Thats it for now folks, lots happening. Counting my blessings everyday.

Keep doing what you doing to be the best version of you everyday.

Go grab a glass of water

Make double your evening meal for lunch tomorrow

Eat an avocado… seriously. Well why not?

Amchara – Retreat Review

Last week I was lucky enough to go over to Gozo to Amchara’s juicing retreat. They very kindly invited me to spend the week with them and to do some education for their clients, I was thrilled to accept (and I dragged my mum along for a small girls holiday and a week of healing).

I was really keen to go obviously and work with them but also for my own health. I have been very open with the fact I have Lyme Disease and I wondered how a full detox would help me, and plus it’s also great to do a detox 2x per year anyway so I was very excited. And hello… it’s Malta.

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The Retreat

Amchara have a retreat over here down in Somerset but there also have a retreat over in Gozo, which is an island just off Malta.

We arrived in Malta and one of their drivers picked us up and drove us to the shore where we hopped on a quick ferry ride (45mins) to Gozo. Gozo is just beautiful, it is a tiny island, and I loved it because it is a very slow way of life over there. I cannot tell you how many Brits we came into contact with on Gozo, they all seem to be moving there for the calmness and slower pace of life – very tempting.

Amchara is like a hotel, they own it all and they have people coming in and going all through the week. It isn’t a retreat where they hire it for one week and you have to go for that one week, it’s a dip in and out kind of place.

They have a purpose built yoga studio (with yoga space on the roof with amazing views) and a health centre with a spa. They have an outside pool with sea water, a jacuzzi, an infra red sauna, steam room, fire pit for the summer nights, cinema room, talk room, it is all absolutely gorgeous.

A typical day would be:

8am: Yoga

9am: Juice

11am: Walk for an hour

12pm: Juice

12:30pm: Talk of the day

3pm: Juice and sometimes a food demo

4pm: Yoga

5pm: Meditation

6pm: Soup
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 There are breaks in the day where you can go off and explore but to be honest I was really boring and I sat by the pool and relaxed and read my book and my mum had some treatments in the spa. At the end of the day some of the guests went and watched films in the movie room but I love sleep, I was in bed every night at 8:30 (I told you I was boring).

Education

The education part was my realm, I am so passionate about teaching people the ‘why’s’… why should we eat well, how does it really impact our digestion and our brain, why do you feel sluggish, why can’t you sleep at night etc etc. and people loved it, a lot came to me and said thank you and have emailed me since. Finally they understand the ‘WHY’S’ and I think when we understand exactly why and how, we can then be motivated to stay away from that food. A small example is 4pm tiredness, if you have regular snacks though the day which have protein in them you can avoid that 4pm slump, no energy, cravings, headaches etc. it is actually incredibly simple, when you have the education behind it.

Your Retreat

Honestly, stress doesn’t exist at Amchara. I spoke to some of the guests who had been to other juicing retreats all over the world and they agreed Amchara was definitely the best for full relaxation and the care you receive. Everyone is very calm, there is no shouting and hustle and bustle, it’s all very laid back. When I was there, there was only about 10 people, so it was a nice number to be able to chat to people and share your health experiences.

When you arrive at the retreat you have for a health consultation and thats to discuss your health conditions and how you want the detox to go, they formulate you a plan, take your weight, blood pressure etc. and then throughout the week they are always asking how you are doing, you can check in with the staff members and they were all so lovely.

In the kitchen we had juice 3x per day and soup in an evening but into the detox on day 3 I began to feel very very poorly (which is normal it happens to everyone and you come out the other side, usually it is fatigue and migraines etc) however I was working on the retreat so I couldn’t be too ill! So again, the staff checked in with me and I went onto raw food and oh
wow! Oh wow is all I can say, absolutely beautiful raw food. Chia pudding, courgette with tomato sauce and cashew cream sauce (dairy free), sushi veggie rolls it was amazing! I swear there are little Deliciously Ella chefs in that kitchen. Beautiful beautiful food, all natural, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free AKA REAL FOOD.

Even though I was working through the week I fully amerced myself in the detox experience and get involved with the other clients there and it was brilliant.

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Why should I go to Amchara?

If you want to switch off, unwind, gain some perspective, shut off the world for a week, heal your body, learn about health, swim, have spa treatments, explore, sleep, relax, be looked after – Amchara is the place.

I felt different coming home, I really felt relaxed and ready to face the world and life and it’s very inevitable stressors. I felt equipped. I personally wanted to come home and do more yoga and I have, and I wanted to eat a vegetarian diet and I have. Doing a detox really has kicked me into being motivated and equipped.

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One negative… turned into a positive

My only feedback to them was the aftercare, I think they would benefit from having some type of aftercare already in place for people when they return to the UK. For example, you go on a detox, you feel amazing after a week, your skin has cleared up you have more energy, digestion has calmed down, your stress levels have reduced, your concentration is better but then… you go back home, everyone thinks your abit odd for drinking juice all week and doing yoga all week, you go back to work and your old diet. People were abit worried about returning to the ‘real world’ and how they would feel.

But… that is where people like me step in. Lets be honest unless we educate ourselves or invest in getting help it is hard to ‘go on a diet’ or ‘eat healthy’ and even harder when we have no clue what that actually is or what it looks like. ‘Diet starts on Monday’ – why? Why is this Monday any different? Investing in a fully trained Nutritional Therapist is money well spend if you are serious about achieving those goals, they help you, support you, tailor a plan to you which is realistic to your life right now, they give you recipes, meal ideas etc. and support. I think thats the main thing people need right?

So here is the opportunity to work with both myself and Amchara, if you book to go to Amchara in Gozo (which by the way you absolutely should) I can offer you the before and after care.

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Initial consultation and one follow up appointment 20% off 

FREE TREATMENT AT AMCHARA 

Book your Nutritional Consultation before you fly off for when you get home to stay motivated and achieve your long-term goals.

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From start to finish they really looked after us, it’s the small details, we even got a little goody bag to go home with to avoid rubbish airport food (kale chips, crudités, homemade humous, raw brownies and fruit) – I never recommend brands or companies I don’t completely love or believe in or agree with and I love Amchara. Their ethos is the same as mine, their approach is the same as mine. Thank you for creating such a gorgeous space and experience, I’ll be back soon.

A big thank you to Nay, Kirstie, Rhiannon, David, Emily, Victoria and last but not least Danielle who made me fall in love with yoga (twice a day) and now I can do it back in the UK and have some ‘me time’ everyday.

www.amchara.com

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January Favourites

 Hello lovelies, I have decided to start to do a monthly favourites blog because I am always finding new recipes and new products and beauty products which I love to share with people and I thought well this seems like the perfect obvious platform!

January is such a dark gloomy month, I really struggle with January I am made to live in warmth not dark nights and cold days. However, my favourites have made it better and have pulled me through. (Also if you have a SAD lamp please let me know if they work on not I am wondering if to get one).

 

Book: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

I love to read and this book is so amazing I couldn’t put it down. I joined *cough* co-founded *cough* a book club with some friends last year and I LOVE it. We meet on the first weekend of the month for breakfast and chat about life and the book we read and share recommendations. It has really opened my mind to different authors and genres so yes def join a book club or def join your local library. There is something I love about an actual book rather than a kindle, to hold and book, tea and a book – perfection.

This one is about a woman who keeps reliving her life from birth, thats all I will say I don’t want to ruin it. A perfect book if you like to not know how it will end.

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Beauty: Origins

So Origins was recommended to me ages ago by a family member but it took me ages to trust a new brand (I stick to what I know don’t know about you). But I was hearing more and more people LOVING their products and this range especially so I got it for a Christmas present and I love every single product. My self conscious area is definitely my skin, I struggled with acne a lot in the past and this is so brilliant for my skin. This set has a moisturiser, a serum, a light exfoliated and a face mask (wearing whilst typing). Definitely my new favourite skin brand, my whole wish list is full – hello charcoal mask.

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Podcast: Modern Love

I found Modern Love a while ago but January I have just binge listened to them all (consciously trying to watch less TV) and I love it. They are all short stories written by people on lots of different topics around love def go and check it out. I love to have it on in the background as I get ready in a morning.

Modern Love – iTunes

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Food: Deliciously Ella Balls

I have been eating these since literally the first week they hit Waitrose but I am getting more and more obsessed. I love Ellas whole ethos, it is def something we share. The fact there are great healthy products on the market and in our supermarket is something which makes me jump around. I was shopping in Topshop recently and so starving and thought ohhh no what to eat… went to Starbucks and yay there was a DE ball (well done Starbucks) *happy dance happy dance*. They come in 3 different flavours, I’m obsessed with the almond and cacao one right now.

Naturally gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. Perfect for the handbag for a snack attack.

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Results Are In

So if you follow me on social media I have been slightly absent in recent months and abit sporadic and not really around much and there has been a reason.

I started to feel a dip in my health in about November but carried on and put it down to stress but it has only gotten worse so I decided to put my NT hat on do some testing (yes I also do the lovely stool testing I ask my clients to do).

I pretty much knew what it was going to say but the results are in, I have a candida infection in my gut which I am pretty gutted about.

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What is Candida?

Candida is a fungal infection which can grow in our gut and cause symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, poor concentration, acne, bloating etc.

It can be caused by a low immune system, sugar, alcohol, mould in the environment and high use of antibiotics.

 

I was gutted because I have known my Lyme Disease symptoms have been creeping in since November and obviously it has pulled my immune system down so much it has allowed this infection to grow.

 

Whats the answer?

So the answer is a strict anti-candida diet so no chocolate or prosecco (even as a cheat) and to be really strict with myself. Ensuring my home is free from any type of damp so I have invested in a de-humidifying which I am loving (it is amazing how much moisture is in the air which can then grow as dampness in the home).

Focusing on fueling myself with the absolute best I can.

No sugar at all even in the form of fruit and dates (goodbye protein balls).

I have begun some strong anti fungal supplements.

CoYo is my new best friend again (coconut is amazing as an anti fungal) and tons of coconut oil.

I’m also working behind the scenes on optimising my immune system, it will always be an issue but there are things to improve it.

Lots of self care and minimising stress and I’m back on making myself the priority.

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I see the good and the bad, I have Lyme disease. Thats bad. But I am educated to know what to do about it, which is a huge huge blessing which I am so thankful for so I know what steps to take before it has time to take it hold over me.

My main priority is to be a healthy bride, I have been very low in energy over the last few months and looking very pale, which lets be honest who wants to see a NT who doesn’t look well. But I think it is also about being honest. I’m not perfect. I have a condition which is life long which I am bound to struggle with but I never ever take for granted where I came from or the journey I am on.

I will continue to keep you all in the loop and monitor my progress.

Rebecca