Puy Lentils and Avocado Salad

These fabulous small but nutritionally mighty lentils are another favourite of mine. Originating in France, they have a wonderful nutty flavour and when cooked with the addition of some stock and herbs they are absolutely delicious and can be used in a variety of ways. They also get the thumbs up on the fibre front [...]

January 21st, 2015|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

Chicken Noodle Soup

Very much a meal in itself, this soup packs a punch on the flavour front, is most definitely good for mind, body and soul and great for boosting the immune system.  This should blast any potential threat of a cold clear! Serves: 2 Ingredients 200gm chicken or turkey breast 2 teaspoons olive 2 teaspoons sesame [...]

December 9th, 2014|Wellness|0 Comments

Turkish Lentil Soup

This is a Turkish family recipe that my college friend Aisha used to make for me when I visited her at home.  I love the zingy combination of the lemon and lentils and the addition of rice makes it a meal in itself. Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil (fat) 1 large onion – [...]

December 9th, 2014|IBS Diet, PFC Protein Fats Carbs, Wellness|0 Comments

Three Bean Risotto

Feel free to play around with whatever vegetables are in season to your liking. You could for example replace the peas or beans with courgettes or mushrooms if you prefer. Serves: 4 #3 portions of veg per serving. Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil (fat) 2 tbsp coconut oil (fat) 1 large onion – finely chopped (carb) [...]

June 21st, 2014|PFC Protein Fats Carbs, Wellness|0 Comments

The Joy of Detoxing

Detoxing on a Monday morning I found myself dancing around my house this morning.  Not the early hours as some may think but actually first thing this cold wet Monday morning.  I believe I owe my new found energy to the detox that I am currently on.  I am on day 7 of 28 and weird things are starting to happen. Having attempted many many (fad) diets over the years I never thought I could go on a detox programme as the only thing I have ever stuck to is my complete devotion and loyalty to chocolate! […]

February 2nd, 2014|Wellness|0 Comments

What is ‘Global Detoxing’?

“Please will you do it with me?  I don’t think I can do it on my own – PLEASE?” pleaded a woman when I suggested a cleanse to her.  How could I deny her this support?  That’s when the flash of inspiration hit me – how many people would be prepared to cleanse if we did it together?  I sent an email out inviting others to join me and was astounded when over 30 of them responded YES!  And so the concept of group detoxing was born. During this gentle 10 day programme participants avoid red meat, wheat, dairy, sugar, fried food, tea, coffee and possibly the most challenging for some, alcohol.  Added to this they increase their daily intake of water, fresh fruit and vegetables and take a course of herbal supplements which assist with cleansing the major organs in the body. […]

October 8th, 2013|Wellness|0 Comments

Bump In The Night – Overcoming Panic Attacks

Freedom from panic Written by Louise How many times have you heard of women going to the doctors with one of the following symptoms: IBS, headaches, depression, lethargy, pre-menstrual tension, post-menstrual tension, all month menstrual tension! Skin conditions, panic attacks and stress to name but a few?  These are common ailments that the modern day woman is cursed with. Have you ever been to the doctors and been told that you need to keep a record of what you eat to see if there are any “triggers” for the above symptoms or maybe you were sent away with a list of medication or even those wonderful antidepressants that are going to level out your hormones and make everything just perfect? (excuse my cynicism)! […]

October 16th, 2012|Wellness|0 Comments

Sexual Health – More Love Means More Condoms

Protected Sex as taught by ‘The Naked Gun’ Written by Louisa at Freedom451 author of The Husband Swap Shockingly for once in a blog, I’m not talking about my own preferences. Whether I do or don’t like condoms is neither here nor there since I have an IUD (two babies is enough, thank you very much). Nor – equally shockingly – am I talking about a man. We’ve all heard the excuses – ‘It doesn’t fit’. ‘It’s less sensitive’. ‘It ruins the moment’. and if he’s really – ahem – cocky, ”They haven’t made one big enough to fit me yet.’ No, I’m talking about a very good friend in her 30s, who is highly educated about the dos and don’ts of sex…but who isn’t using a condom. I’m talking about her and about us. Women. […]

October 8th, 2012|Wellness|0 Comments