About Claire Snowdon-Darling

<p><p>Claire is the visionary founder of Balanced Wellness. She is a Senior Practitioner and her practice is based at the head office clinic in Havant, Hampshire. </p><br /> <p>Having been involved in alternative health since 1993 Claire is an expert with a vast amount of knowledge and experience and has helped literally thousands of people to achieve their goals.</p><br /> <p>Claire's work is unique. She offers cutting edge hormone and digestive protocols that bring together the modern advances in nutritional science with highly effective, effective,specialist Kinesiology techniques. </p><br /> <p>The clients who benefit the most from seeing Claire are those with complicated and difficult cases who have struggled to find the solutions to their conditions both physically and emotionally, specifically when imbalances in these areas are causing symptoms such as: hormone issues (including menopause), weight gain, adrenal fatigue, digestive disorders and allergies.</p><br /> <p>She is renowned for her clarity and wisdom which allows her to pinpoint issues and support her clients to transform their lives both physically and emotionally.</p><br /> <p>Claire offers clinic sessions in her private practice, and remote skype consultations and packages. Pricing given on request.</p><br /> <p>Having taught Kinesiology from foundation to advanced levels since 2009, Claire is a Senior Lecturer at Balanced Wellness and is the creator of "Functional Kinesiology", a four phased approach to working with clients utilising trademarked protocols and methodologies which are now taught to practitioners. </p><br /> <p>Claire is an inspirational speaker and often gives talks on nutrition, emotion and health, both in the UK and Internationally. These dynamic and fascinating talks are highly informative, providing the attendees with tips and techniques they can easily add in to their lives and they are punctuated with both her maverick humour and her deep wisdom and experience.</p><br /> <p>Both her popular blog for The Huffington Post and the podcast "Consciously Healthy" that she co-hosts with Laura Knowles on iTunes and YouTube are regarded by many as thought provoking and entertaining.</p><br /> <p>Claire works from the Havant clinic on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She also offers remote support by Skype </p><br /> <p>46 Langstone Road, Havant, PO9 1RF</p><br /> <p>T: 07964 976563<br /><br /> E: claire@balancedwellness.co.uk</p></p>

How we work with menopause and peri-menopause

Menopause is a natural process where a womans menstrual cycle stops. The hormonal fall out of this “change” is far reaching, especially in todays society where women are stressed and exhausted going into peri-menopause.  Symptoms of Peri Menopause can start mildly up to ten years before the menopause itself happens.  Premature [...]

August 5th, 2019|My Blog|0 Comments

How we work with weight instability

Many people find they struggle to lose weight. As such obesity has become a major cause of diabetes and is reaching epidemic proportions Underlying causes Food Intolerance Unstable blood sugars creating an excess of insulin which promotes fat storage not glycogen which promotes fat burning. Poor diet Lack of digestive acid or enzymes [...]

August 5th, 2019|My Blog|0 Comments

It’s Our Birthday – PLUS Win £100 Worth Of Organic Toiletries

Competition details are at the end of this post!  Balanced Wellness is 7 years old today. We wouldn’t be here without you so thank you to all our customers for all your support over the last 7 years. In numerology the number 7 is a biggy. According to numerology.com It is the number of the [...]

August 1st, 2015|Wellness|0 Comments

Tired All The Time? It’s Important To Feed Your Body Properly

I know this only too well I have a condition which causes me to feel fatigued most of the time. If you experience chronic fatigue or low energy issues its so important to be really hot on feeding your body right. Reaching for the quick fixes cause more instability and leads to feeling really low [...]

July 15th, 2015|My Blog, Wellness|0 Comments

My journey with Chronic Fatigue and Hormone Imbalances.

I have recently been given a "probable diagnosis" of a a rare condition called Sheehan's Syndrome It is "probable" because the actual tests for it are so awful I'm choosing not to put my body through the mill to have them, what I can say is that after 11 years of feeling mostly like I've [...]

May 12th, 2015|My Blog|0 Comments

What does Wellness really mean? How The Third Metric requires courage

It's scary in that dark cave! In 2013 Ariana Huffington called for an additional Third Metric of wellness to be added to the existing metrics of money and power as a means to measure success. As a health practitioner I applauded this bold campaign and was so excited I wrote a blog about [...]

January 30th, 2015|My Blog, Wellness|0 Comments

Yuletide Blessings

 At Balanced Wellness we are reclaiming the original festivals of our ancestors, the ancient rites and rituals where our forbears were so dependant on the gifts of Mother Nature that the worshipping of the cycles of the Goddess of Nature was a logical and practical path. Within this Goddess Cycle we are now entering the [...]

December 18th, 2014|Wellness|0 Comments

What makes balanced wellness unique?

Balanced Wellness are not just health experts. Our clients experience profound and deep transformation supported by our exceptional practitioners. Our clients are women who are ready to change their lives, their relationships, their health and their future. Our practitioners guide, support and encourage their clients to make deep lasting and profound change.At the core of what [...]

December 4th, 2014|My Blog|0 Comments

IBS. The secret bitter pill that drugs won’t sweeten

IBS. It is a big problem with a little name, and it is hideous. I know, I had first hand experience of this horrendous condition for over 20 years and I’m far from being alone. The current NHS statistics tell us that 1 in 5 people in the UK experience it at some point in [...]

May 8th, 2014|My Blog|0 Comments

Rawtastic or Rawful? Is raw food right for your body?

is this good for you? It is a commonly held belief in the “health world” that eating our food, live and raw is the best way to get all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes we need. The raw food movement is at the forefront of great nutritional discoveries and is leading the way [...]

March 10th, 2014|My Blog|0 Comments

Got any acid? – Is an alkalising diet right for you?

As a nutritionist I have been strictly following a clean, organic, wholefood and alkaline diet for the past few years, lots of vegetables, chlorophyll and leafy greens. We know after all that dis-ease forms in acidic environments and most people’s internal environments are very acidic. This is due to a variety of sources from food, to outlook, to chemical load but reducing acid forming foods and alkalising the body is all the rage, and I reiterate, in many cases very, very important. But interestingly not in my case. It turns out that my internal environment is too alkaline and it’s been causing me some big problems. […]

November 26th, 2013|My Blog|0 Comments

12 Reasons Why a Career in Kinesiology is the Best!

A career in Kinesiology can make you do this “Do you enjoy what you do? If not just stop, don’t stand there and rot! ” Ah the enlightened lyrics of Wham! For the next six days I get to be immersed in my favourite subject whilst teaching a Kinesiology intensive course with The Academy of Systematic Kinesiology. I am incredibly honoured to have the opportunity to teach this incredible therapy at the highest level and often need to pinch myself that this is my career. […]

October 29th, 2013|My Blog|0 Comments

Can Women Have It All? Introducing the Third Metric

who am I again? Arianna Huffington has called for a 3rd women’s revolution. Women need to reclaim their lives because burn out is no longer an option. Success is no longer just about the money and power, it now includes wellbeing to As an alternative health expert the wellbeing thing I know about, I work with it, I teach it, and I believe I am pretty hot on walking my talk. But here’s the problem. A year ago my business partner Laura and I expanded our business. We franchised out our brand and are in the process of opening a wellness centre so time has been a luxury I haven’t had for the past 12 months and I have literally run myself ragged. […]

July 31st, 2013|My Blog|0 Comments

Headaches, IBS and Kinesiology

Here is the case of a woman with IBS and headaches and how I used Kinesiology to support her. How many sessions: 6 over a 6 month period What I did in the clinic: The work has mostly been around reducing stress in her digestion and using Kinesiology techniques for rebalancing the intestinal system. I have also been supporting the endocrine system for the headaches to reduce the stress response in the body. We have also explored areas she “gut reacts” to. […]

June 27th, 2013|My Blog|0 Comments

IBS and Kinesiology

Here is a case of a man with IBS and how we used Kinesiology to support him. How many sessions: 8 over a 2 year period What I did in the clinic: I have always worked on supporting his digestive system and utilizing Kinesiology techniques for the Ileo Caecal Valve. I have also supported his glandular system to minimize the impact of stress in his life. What he did at home: Cut out wheat and milk and changed his diet. He incorporated a protein and fibre shake into his diet also. This worked almost instantly and he felt much better. If he integrates too much wheat in his diet he becomes aware that his digestion needs further support and work. […]

April 29th, 2013|My Blog|0 Comments

High Cholesterol / High Blood Pressure and Kinesiology

Here is a case of a woman with high cholesterol / high blood pressure and how we used Kinesiology to support her. How many sessions: 4 over a 5 month period What we did in the clinic: I worked on rebalancing her endocrine and blood chemistry using various Kinesiology techniques. I also used therapeutic grade magnets for blood pressure rebalancing.  After 3 months her cholesterol had dropped considerably and BP had normalized. I also worked on balancing her liver meridian and we explored relevant emotions. What she/did at home: added gentle exercise into her lifestyle by swimming twice a week, she increased fat soluble fibre in her diet. […]

April 17th, 2013|My Blog|0 Comments

Raw Tomato Soup

Ingredients 2 large tomatoes (carb) 1 desert spoon sun dried tomatoes (fat) Handful basil, coriander or parsley (whichever is your favourite) Pinch of Himalayan pink salt 2 soaked dates (carb) Pinch of cumin Handful of cashews (fat) A mugful of water Blend all the above in a powerful food blender - add more water if it [...]

April 12th, 2013|PFC Protein Fats Carbs, Recipes|0 Comments

The Cuddle Drink

This is such a tasty warming drink. Get a big mug to put in for maximum cuddling. Ingredients Almond Milk Vanilla Pod Raw Agave Nectar or Honey Cinnamon or Nutmeg Warm some almond milk and a vanilla pod in a pan with a Add in either raw agave nectar or raw honey once temp has [...]

April 12th, 2013|Drinks, Recipes|0 Comments

Raw Kale Chips

Crunch away at these delicious posh crisp alternatives guilt free! Ingredients 1 bag of kale well washed (carb) 1.5 cups cashews (fat) Juice of half lemon (carb) Large pinch Himalayan salt Desert spoon of nutritional yeast In a food processor mix the yeast, salt, lemon juice and cashews until it makes a paste - add a [...]

April 12th, 2013|Healthy Snacks, Recipes|0 Comments

Menstrually Yours – Women Can Map Periods as a Path to Self-Awareness

summer is coming and I shall be busy! I have become obsessed with my menstrual cycle. Not just in that usual way where we log the dates in our diary and maybe check the consistency (which lets be honest is enough). I mean totally, deeply and utterly engrossed in it. Clearly my interest was piqued a year ago when I wrote about difficult periods but this interest has deepened to become a way of really identifying with myself. […]

April 4th, 2013|My Blog|0 Comments

“Its all about poo” A Merry Christmas Log Blog

Merry Christmas with a good log As a trainee Kinesiologist you quickly get used to discussing poo. It becomes a standard topic of conversation, frequency, style  colour, texture. These are all hot topics in the life of a practitioner. We aren’t quite at the Gillian McKeith stage of actually examining a clients stools but we do like talking about a good loggy poo. […]

December 16th, 2012|My Blog|0 Comments

Go Get It – How To Thrive When Busy

When busy ensure you have a good outfit There is a famous adage “if you want something doing, ask a busy person”. That’s me, busy and always doing stuff. I’m a doer – always have been, always will be, I’ve always got a stack of projects on the go and a few more waiting on the sideline Not everyone is this way. I had a friend who had to stop her dance class when she was buying a house because it was too overwhelming. I’m the opposite. A while ago we knocked down our house and I project managed the rebuild whilst running my clinic. At the same time I was teaching, participating in a a massive self development course, kept my network marketing business moving forward, fitted in 3 holidays and a nutrition diploma and found time for my family and a bit of retail therapy. This is not to say “I’m better than my friend – actually it’s taken an awful lot of work for me to realise that my body has an overwhelm level and I have to listen carefully to it to make sure I’m not going to crash. What I want to do with this blog is give some guidelines to help those who don’t stop. […]

October 29th, 2012|My Blog|0 Comments

Life By Chocolate Cake

Could this be the best chocolate cake ever? We think so. Dark, moist and delicious with no wheat or dairy. Ingredients 2 Aubergines 300g Dark Organic Chocolate 50g Cocoa Powder 60g Ground Almonds 200g Clear Honey 2tsp Baking Powder 1/4 tsp Salt 3 Eggs Method Boil aubergines for 5 minutes, skin them and puree Add [...]

October 22nd, 2012|Desserts, Recipes|0 Comments

Hormone Shake

This incredible shake is perfect to women suffering with low oestrogen thanks to the mix of protein, soya and omega oils. If you are suffering with period problems, fertility issues or menopause difficulty that is specifically linked with low oestrogen, give this a go for 3 months, you will be amazed at the results. Start [...]

September 3rd, 2012|Recipes|0 Comments

Dairy and Sugar Free Chocolate Mousse

This is SO delicious and simple to make! one pack of soft silken tofu 6 tbspns of xylitol 1/2 cup of carob powder 1/2 cup of cocoa powder (use raw cacao if you have it for extra goodness) 1/2 cup soya milk Blend all the ingredients together, put in a bowl and chill.. thats IT [...]

September 3rd, 2012|Desserts, Recipes|0 Comments

Green Veg Soup with Homemade Pesto

We LOVE this, its like a gorgeous comforting veg stew mmmm For the soup: – please note this is the basic recipe you can add in ANY extra green veg that you fancy. Be creative and seasonal! 1 courgette cut in half lengthways and sliced into semi circles (carb) 1 leek cut in half lengthways and [...]

September 3rd, 2012|IBS Diet, PFC Protein Fats Carbs, Recipes|0 Comments

Summer Juice

Really easy! 2 apples 1 carrot Handful strawberries 1 orange Add this to a blender with a handful of strawberries and blend to your preference of smoothness and enjoy!

September 3rd, 2012|Drinks, Recipes|0 Comments

Spelt Pizza Bases

Makes 3 pizza’s 640gs Spelt flour 435mls water (warm) 6s Salt 6s Dried yeast Pinch of Sugar 60gs Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 pinches Oregano Method Dissolve dried yeast in a little of the warm water, add all the sugar and a small amount of the spelt flour until it resembles a wet batter. Cover [...]

September 3rd, 2012|Recipes|0 Comments

Free From Mince Pies

These are DELICIOUS, you will not know they are free from 140g/5oz cold butter or Pure vegan spread, diced 225g/8oz plain spelt flour 50g/2oz ground almonds 50g/2oz golden caster sugar 1 orange, zest only pinch of salt 1 egg yolk 1-2 tsp cold water 280g/10oz good quality mincemeat (suet free if you are veggie) 1 [...]

September 3rd, 2012|Christmas, Recipes|0 Comments

Free From Gingerbread

This is the recipe for our famous “wheat, dairy and syrup but NOT taste free vegan gingerbread”. They are delicious and make GREAT gifts! Preparation time : 20 minutes Cooking time : 10 minutes Total time : 30 minutes Makes: 25 gingerbread people Ingredients 125g butter (or soya spread if you are vegan) 100g dark [...]

August 30th, 2012|Christmas, Healthy Snacks, Recipes|0 Comments

Feed Your Soul – Doing What Makes You Happy

I’m having a really good day, actually I’m having a really good few weeks. We all have highs and then of course we all have lows but I’m pretty certain my good mood isn’t just a cyclical thing. I have recently rediscovered some soul enriching activities that are really helping me align to my core truth. […]

August 21st, 2012|My Blog|0 Comments

Why is 2012 Important? The Dawning of Aquarius

Its the end of the world as we know it but with less CGI “When the moon is in the 7th house and Jupiter aligns with mars. This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius” The hippies been singing about it since the 60’s but so many people are still asking me what 2012 is all about so here we go.. On December 21 2012 The Mayan Calendar comes to an end and astrologically we move into the Age of Aquarius. […]

August 7th, 2012|My Blog|3 Comments

Coming Home – The Problem of the Overstimulation Situation

Home is not where the computer is I’ve had bloggers block. In fact both Laura and I have. How wonderful for both of us to have it at the same time. Its not just a small case of “I don’t have time to write and don’t know what to write about” I mean full on, absolute non inspired totality of nothingness. This is an unusual situation for me as anyone who knows me will tell you I can talk for Britain and have an opionion about everything. But a block I have had. There have been many good ideas just nothing that I’ve been motivated enough to write about. […]

June 21st, 2012|My Blog|1 Comment

Follow Your Bliss

Led Zeppelin serving humanity Husband is changing career. For too long now his response to my daily question “how was your day dear?” was “boring”. He is an IT manager so his regular hours and nice income have served us well particularly as being self employed my income can be sporadic. He loved his job, we used to say his pc should be the best man at our wedding so great was the bond between them, but after thirteen years his skills need updating and he realised his heart wasn’t in it anymore. As my business took off and I got busier following my passion, his boredom became more obvious. […]

May 14th, 2012|My Blog|0 Comments

Just Say No – How Clear Boundaries Can Change Your Life

The Grange Hill cast knew how to say no No. It’s a tiny word with huge meaning.  It can be the key to your liberation, it can improve your health, transform your sex life, revitalise relationships and help you regain control in your life. All this from two little letters. And yet we struggle to use it. […]

April 23rd, 2012|My Blog|0 Comments

Don’t Scream for Sun Cream

Wham knew it. Fun and sunshine, enough for everyone I was verbally attacked by a woman at my Bootcamp class. The reason for this tirade of insult and anger is because I don’t wear sun cream. She felt that because I lecture about health it was hypocritical of me not to wear sun cream. There are many reasons for this choice. Firstly I am fifth generation Indian and am blessed with skin that goes brown just by looking at the sun – of course I would burn if I was to lie out in it but I learnt my lesson a long time ago after a particularly nasty incident when I was 15 involving baby oil and a really hot day followed by sunstroke and needing to sit on a cold slide in a kids play park just to cope with the searing agony on the backs of my thighs. So these days I listen to my body, I sunbathe in 10 minute slots and alternate between sitting under parasols and having a nice siesta during a hot afternoon. Another reason is that I loathe, loathe, loathe most sun creams. If I use normal ones I end up with horrific prickly heat as my poor skin can’t breathe under all that petroleum and paraffin. They use chemicals to stop the sun and as you may have heard me go on about before, chemicals cause us alot of problems. The Daily Mail actually ran an exposé about how sun creams are causing cancers because of the Endocrine disruptor chemicals in them. […]

April 9th, 2012|My Blog|5 Comments

Period Drama – Connection To Our Menstrual Cycle

Clearly experiencing a period drama Period Drama. No I’m not talking Downton Abbey or Upstairs Downstairs. Im talking about downstairs downstairs. Periods, menses, on the blob, having the decorators in, moon cycle. It has many names and usually causes the same reaction in us – that “here we go again” feeling. […]

March 26th, 2012|My Blog|4 Comments

Desperately Seeking Normal – The Search For Real Women

Beauty in the good old days In 1986 Morrissey wisely professed “some girls are bigger than others, some girls mothers are bigger than other girls mothers”. Sounds obvious but we seem to have forgotten this fact. You may have noticed I’m interested by society stereotyping of how women (and men) “should” be. This is mostly because I (like millions of others) will never fit the parameters of what is considered “gorgeous” by the media. At my healthiest  I am a size 14, but for the majority of my life I was a 16/18 or sometimes even a 20. […]

March 14th, 2012|My Blog|0 Comments

Lets Talk About Sex – The Increase Of Sexless Relationships

Opening the door to communication will open the door to the bedroom There is a phenomenon sweeping through society, its affecting thousands of people (that’s a conservative estimate) but it’s unlikely you will hear about it because in general we are still stuck in the dark age of “keeping up appearances”. This phenomenon is that people aren’t having sex. I’m not talking about people in 25 year marriages or single people I’m talking about 30+ year olds in committed relationships or newly weds not being sexually active with their partner for months or even years. There are many possible reasons for this. The extreme view from one of my friend’s is that its a natural wave of evolution, a way of limiting over population. Not sure if Darwin would agree but according to spiritual sexuality author David Deida men and women have three stages of evolution. […]

February 12th, 2012|My Blog|3 Comments

Veg Out – The Importance of a Really Good Vegetable

Oh I simply LOVE the farmers market! I have a favourite morning. It’s every first and third Friday of the month. I do the school run and then spend a blissful hour walking around my local farmers market. I love it, whatever the weather I’m there because I believe it’s truly the best way to buy food. Farmers market food is fresh, its local and it tastes delicious. I now know the stall holders and have a chat with them whilst buying the Bream they caught yesterday or the tomatoes picked today and discussing all the things you can do with artichokes (ooh err). Yes you pay a little bit more but it’s sustainable for the people putting in the extreme hard work. The food available means we are eating seasonally which is so much better for health. Asparagus doesn’t grow here in February so it’s not a good idea to eat it. We have lots of beetroot and squashes around, combined with dark leafy greens which means the large amount of folates, iron and beta carotene that’s naturally occurring is what we need through the cold winter. […]

January 30th, 2012|My Blog|0 Comments

Resolution or Revolution? Detoxing New Years Resolutions

seeing differently It’s January and I really want to start the New Year feeling good so for 60 days husband and I are doing a totally holistic cleanse. I like to do the odd fast and cleanse from juice fasts at the spring equinox to eating mung beans for 40 days on the yoga teacher training so this is nothing new for me but my motives are. […]

January 16th, 2012|My Blog|1 Comment

Away in a 3 Day Labour – a Journey through Postnatal Depression

My daughter turns 8 in January. Like millions of other parents I am dutifully arranging her party and making sure she feels special on her birthday whilst trying not to spend the GDP of a small country in the process. This year is different however, this year I’m excited about the day and I’m also sad because I cannot believe how quickly my beautiful little girl is growing up. This sounds really normal and you are probably wondering why I’d bother blogging about it except for me it’s not. It’s a brand new feeling. The last seven years have passed in a blur of “going through the motions” and plastering a big fake smile on my face as I carry in her cake. This time eight years ago I was thirty eight weeks pregnant and had that slightly desperate and fed up look of a woman about to give birth. I’d sailed through pregnancy which is an appropriate phrase as I was the size of an ocean liner but I was excited and ready for the big event. When my labour finally started I was two weeks overdue and I thought I was ready but nothing could prepare me for what lay ahead. […]

December 19th, 2011|My Blog|2 Comments

Fake it to Make it? – The Need for Natural Skincare

Laura and I were in a shoe shop (we are natural women with killer shoe collections) and a teenage girl entered the shop with her boyfriend. We smelt her before we saw her. She smelt of fake strawberries and other sweet childish stuff. She was actually orange and had obvious hair extensions, fake nails and more make-up than Madame Jojo’s and it got us thinking. Is this what sexy is now? I asked husband for his opinion. Always an interesting place to start. He blames low grade mainstream porn mags like Nuts and Zoo magazine for telling guys that’s what’s sexy. But these guys are missing a trick too. It takes courage to stand out and say “that’s not what I want” when society deems it to beautiful and without that on your arm you are apparently a loser. We are being told what’s sexy but actually sex appeal is a transient often intangible force combined of many different qualities. I’ve done my research and it seems to be a combination of talent, personality, presence, style, poise, intelligence, humour and lifestyle choices not just body shape or facial attributes. Certainly no one mentioned fake tan and nails. […]

December 6th, 2011|My Blog|2 Comments

80:20 – Winning the Battle with Multiple Sclerosis

Claire fighting her MS beast in really good knickers The highlight of my week: “I can put my knickers on easily” says my client whilst standing up and doing me a demo. It was funny, but it actually made me cry with joy. This client is called Claire and is a pretty, bubbly, lovely young woman who was recently diagnosed with MS, not the one that comes and goes but the one that doesn’t stop until it’s taken everything you hold dear in your life and ravaged your body. I trained in physical disability so know only too well the effects this condition can cause. When Claire contacted me, it wasn’t for an “out there” cure for MS, she wanted some food sensitivity testing as she had put herself on a radical diet that can possibly halt the progression of the disease. I explained that the work I do could also support her body nutritionally and emotionally and give her body the tools it needs to fight back and give the disease no reason to progress. This of course comes with no guarantee but it’s better than waiting for the inevitable. Claire had a leg that was dragging a bit and stopped her running. It would have probably gone undiagnosed had a brilliant Physio not spotted it. By the time I met her she couldn’t run, had some instability in the leg, tingly arms and a diagnosis. But she decided that wasn’t going to define her. She is throwing herself into the jaws of the beast, determined to keep her life. Claire radically altered her life, she researched and requested an almost unknown drug, she works on positive thought programming, she is eating food which supports her body not depleting it, she is taking a lot of nutrition to give her poor nervous system the tools it needs to repair itself and more importantly we are working together as a team. […]

November 22nd, 2011|My Blog|3 Comments

The Bush Years – Should Women Grow their Body Hair?

nice bush you have there My friend recently returned from travelling the world. He pops over for a chat and mentions he is seeing a new woman who apparently I’ll love because she does “fillers and laser hair removal”. I laughed and told him he had been away a long long time and things had changed in the world. For a while modern grooming hadn’t been making sense to me. Waxing was really painful, shaving left me prickly and with spotty ingrown hairs and Immac  (sorry Veet if you are under 30) stopped being on my shopping list when John Major was PM so it became obvious that I needed to find another way. And then I found her. An absolute goddess I met on a retreat. Sexy, funny, wise, talented. And hairy. Oh the fullness of her lady garden and armpit hair were quite inspiring and her courage and confidence was staggering. I wanted to be her and as a bonus think of all the money I’d save on grooming. […]

November 14th, 2011|My Blog|7 Comments

The Vaccine Debate – does vaccination protect children?

Yesterday I started a Facebook war. It was an accident. All I did was share the photo above but it seemed to trigger responses from a lot of people. It seems we are really divided on the subject of vaccines. […]

November 7th, 2011|My Blog|0 Comments

Antibiotic – heal or hell? – Does medication heal or harm the body?

oh my, you’re bigger than my head! Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet ingesting her non-whey protein shake. Along came a spider and bit her on the boob. I am Miss Muffet and this is my story… So apparently we have biting spiders in the UK. They are stowing away on bananas and grapes from far off isles and then falling in love with our English spiders and making mean biting love child baby spiders with poor dental hygiene. In August I unfortunately got bitten by said spider and ended up with a septic walnut sized abscess and flu like symptoms. I dealt with it the same way any sane hardcore “natural medicine” guru would and went running to the doctors for some nuclear strength antibiotics to stop my boob going gangrenous. Two types of strong antibiotics and a few weeks later my abscess had gone and I was filled with joy but quickly noticed I wasn’t feeling much better. I haven’t had antibiotics for 4 years so I had taken necessary precautions I’d taken zinc, vitamin C, bifidophilus and antioxidants combined with green juicing but the Hiroshima-style effect of the drugs was far reaching. My stomach and small intestine have been in knots ever since and I’ve had headaches, low energy, poor immunity and felt rundown. […]

October 24th, 2011|My Blog|0 Comments

The Supplementation Deliberation – should I take Vitamins?

So as a kinesiologist I spend a preposterous amount of my time around nutritional supplements, literally I’m surrounded by bottles and jars of different coloured and sized pills. I haven’t always been fascinated by them. Up until I was 30 the most I’d ever taken was one of those delicious fizzy orange things that are supposed to be good for a hangover, but now they are a big part of my life So the big question I get asked a lot is why do we need them? Well here’s the thing, since we started intensively farming in the 80’s many trace minerals have been depleted from the soil meaning that basically our food isn’t as packed full of the good stuff anymore. This has created what we kinesiologist’s call “nutritional gaps So come on be honest,  hands up who eats: 5 a day? 10 a day? Organic 10 a day? Eats fast food or pre prepared food? Has central heating or carpets in their house […]

February 18th, 2010|My Blog|1 Comment

Will Pesticides Damage my Health? – Importance of Organic Eating

Organic food. The posh looking food in the supermarket with a higher price tag. And as the recession has hit more and more people have opted out of buying organic. Actually organic is so much more than a posh label. Organic food is produced without artificial chemicals or genetic modification, and with respect for animal welfare and the environment. And importantly, studies show pesticides are damaging to our health. […]

October 7th, 2009|My Blog|0 Comments

Diets don’t work!

A friend of mine sent me an email this morning "have you seen Kerry Katona in Heat magazine, she has put on so much weight!" I, like the rest of Britain, have been following the chaotic soap opera that is the ex-Atomic Kittens life and I logged on to take a look. Six months ago [...]

July 1st, 2009|My Blog|1 Comment

To cure or to heal? – The difference between curing and healing

As someone who makes her living as a "healer" I've always been  a bit negative about the word "cure". When I mentioned this to my friend she replied "why don't you like the concept of curing? Surely if you are healed you are cured, the objectives are the same." Well this got me to thinking [...]

May 6th, 2009|My Blog|0 Comments

A spoonful of sugar helps the healthiness go down.

Hi my name is Claire and I’m a sugarholic. I’ve been (almost) clean for about three years but  every day is a new battle. I’ve eliminated a lot of different foods in my life but sugar was (and continues to be) the hardest. Surely something that tastes this good can’t be that bad for you? Even the word feels good when you roll it around in your mouth! So why is it so hard? Firstly there is the unavoidable fact that beating a sugar addiction is not too disimilar an experience to coming off of hard drugs but there is also the problem that it goes by so many different names: glucose, fructose,sucrose, maltodextrin, lactose, the list is endless! But above and beyond all of that is the emotional connection we have to it. Sugar is used to celebrate all the good things that happen in our lives we have birthday cakes, big tins of choccies at Christmas, Easter eggs, ice creams on a sunny day, wedding cakes and christening cakes not to mention when we were little and fell over we were given the odd bit of chocolate or sweeties to make it all better. […]

March 6th, 2009|My Blog|4 Comments

You are what you Wheat – Wheat Alternatives

News about wheat being bad for you is everywhere. These days all the big supermarkets stock wheat free this and gluten that but the truth is that most of us mere mortals aren't sure why it's so bad or what to eat instead. So here is a few facts. I often hear "people didn't have [...]

January 30th, 2009|My Blog|1 Comment