We’re no strangers to giving out dietary advice here in Only Natural and we do tend to practice what we preach for the most part! Nichola has been talking about the benefits of a Paleo diet for a while now so decided she needed to stop preaching and start practicing! Have a read below to find out how she’s getting on.
As this month is all about Digestion we thought it would be a good idea to show that if you improve digestive issues it can have a knock on effect on other symptoms too.
The below case study has been provided by Nichola Forrest, one of our in-house Nutritional Therapists and this month’s Therapist of the Month:
I find that if you fix the gut first by improving the diet and using appropriate supplements often other symptoms can disappear too. The following case study might highlight this further:
Sarah was a 35 year old mother of two who came to me complaining of IBS symptoms including bloating, cramping and constipation as well as recurrent sinusitis and ongoing fatigue. Over a few months we removed dairy (milk, yoghurts and chocolate were her favourites!) and supported her digestion with some digestive enzymes and probiotics. We found that she could tolerate brown bread but that yeasty, white sliced pan aggravated the IBS symptoms. She was fortunate in that her sinus problems disappeared when she cut her dairy intake right down but the constipation and fatigue continued. Once we introduced a magnesium supplement in the evenings both of these symptoms improved considerably.
We’ve already given you some info on Only Natural’s newest recruit Chloé who impressed me mightily with some deliciously decadent yet healthy treats that she made up and brought in for us to sample. They are the perfect example of when a little indulgence doesn’t have to be at the cost of health and, with Christmas just round the corner, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share the recipes with you all to impress your friends and family. I really urge you to try them as they are so easy to make and delicious
1 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
4 tbsp tahini
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
1 small handful dried cranberries
1 tsp orange zest
Sesame seeds ( for rolling )
Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another. Add dry to wet ingredients and mix well. Roll into small balls and roll them in sesame seeds.
Store in the fridge.
Hazelnut Chocolate Balls
A little more effort is required here but imagine a healthy Ferrero Rocher!
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 heaped tbsp hazelnut butter
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 cup ground almonds
1 1/2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
1/2 tbsp carob powder
1 heaped tbsp desiccated coconut
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
A pinch of fine sea salt
75g dark chocolate
1 tsp coconut oil
2 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
Mix coconut oil, hazelnut butter and maple syrup in one bowl.
Mix all the dry ingredients in another bowl, then slowly add to the wet mix, stirring thoroughly until well combined.
Roll into small balls ( it should make about 18 )
Put aside in the fridge to set.
Now make the chocolate coating by melting dark chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl over a saucepan of gently boiling water ( but not touching the water ! ). Add the hazelnuts to this.
Roll each ball in the melted chocolate one by one to coat them evenly.
Put them back in the fridge to let them set.
This month as part of our Winter Health Awareness Weekend we’re offering free mini consultations with our Nutritionist Nichola Forrest , whom you’ve probably heard on South East Radio ( if not click here to listen to some of Nichola’s previous interviews). This is an ideal opportunity for you to sit down with Nichola to discuss how your unique lifestyle and circumstances might need some positive adjustment as we move into the winter season. Consultations will be available in 15 minute slots all day on Friday the 7th and from 9am to 3pm on Saturday the 8th of November. To avail of this offer, bookings can be made on 053 9123236.
In our last featured therapist blog post Anna Skrine discussed her story with us. She has also provided the following case studies which may have some resonance for you or someone you know. We think it makes for some very interesting reading. We hope you agree – feel free to comment below.