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A recipe competition and more


Happy New Year! This February, I have a collection of cheering news for you.

First of all, I would like to open up a RECIPE COMPETITION to all my clients, past and present. I would like to hear your favourite health-giving recipe, why you like it, and how it has helped you to stay in health. Runners up, I will feature you in subsequent blogs with suitable fanfare – and for the winner, the PRIZE will be a free follow-up consultation worth £49!

Next, I wanted to share a few healthy ideas to help CHEER YOURSELF through the last of the wintry weeks …

  1. Take some Epsom Salt baths. As well as being a comforting and cosy experience – always welcome this month – the magnesium in the salts helps the body deal better with stress and is well-absorbed through the skin.
  1. Add greens to your smoothie. Even if you don’t like the typical ‘green vegetable smoothie’, you usually can usually add a handful of greens to a more fruit-based one without noticing. Or try greens plus berries. Fresh greens help your liver to eliminate toxins, which is helpful in the aftermath of Christmas and New Year parties. For supplemental nutrients and protein, you could add powders like Berry Powder or the cocoa-flavoured Nutri Superfood Plus.
  1. Do a ‘Julie & Julia’. In the film of this name, an intrepid girl cooks her way through a Julia Childs recipe book, one dish a day. My suggestion is to find a recipe book you like – filled with really healthy dishes of course – and simply work through it. I am not always a great recipe-follower, but sometimes it’s just nice to be told what to do! One book I often recommend is Against All Grain by Danielle Walker. While I’m not an advocate of vegan or high-fructose eating, I do love some of the vegetable-based meals in Deliciously Ella’s recipe book – which is a great place to start for improving plant-based foods in the diet.
  1. Read a story you loved as a child. Now that you can download old books to kindle, this is easier than ever. Sometimes our imaginations need a cheering break too.
  1. Soups. This is a great way of including chicken stock in your diet, as well as increasing the proportion of vegetables in your diet. See my blog post last month for how to make stock; and here is a wonderful soup recipe from Amelia Freer pictured above. It was orginally designed as a post-Christmas cook-up, but it’s also perfect for using up a Sunday roast!

My next piece of news is to let you know about two more BOOKS I’ve become interested in recently. Dr Xandria Williams writes on how to prevent, treat, and avoid the recurrence of cancer: Vital Signs for Cancer (2010) and Cancer Concerns (2011). I love these books because Dr Williams discusses cancer without the ‘inevitable death sentence’ attitude that so many convey.

Despite the very real reasons to be afraid, Williams encourages her readers that cancer need not in fact be a ‘feared disease’, given the huge amount that ordinary people can do to prevent and recover from it. So Williams concentrates on the vast amount that is possible and already known about cancer support. As far as I’m concerned, this is a must-read if you are concerned about cancer or are battling with it right now.

I’m reading Xandria Williams out of a long interest in working with cancer patients. In fact, this was one of my original motivations for becoming a Nutritional Therapist in the first place. In order to offer people the best support, however, I feel one ought to specialise in nutrition for cancer patients – which is something I’m considering for the future.

Finally, a couple of notices – I am away from 15th February until 3rd March, and in April my consultations will increase slightly by £5. See my website for further updates.

With best wishes,


Emma Maitland-Carew, Nutritional Therapist in Oxford and Bloxham, Oxfordshire

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