Enjoy Winter: A Time For Calm Reflection


I really liked these words of wisdom about Winter ‘blues’ from Deepak Chopra today so thought you might like them too. If you feel low in Winter, have a read and why not follow his suggestions for turning the bad thoughts about Winter to nicer ones? Personally, I love winter – although admit I’d rather have the cold, bright days than the cloudy, wet ones! But, I know a lot of you do struggle with the darker months, not least because your serotonin level drops along with the Vitamin D levels, so do read Deepak’s wise words here; they might help:


New Allergy Regulations Now In

New labelling and catering allergy laws came in on 13th December, which should help people with allergies to see if their pre-packed or foods in restaurants, bars and cafes are safe for them to eat. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here as our friends at Foodsmatter have covered it all. But do start here by reading how people reacted horribly to our friend and colleague Ruth from What Allergy when she was interviewed about the new regulations and what they would mean for her – an anaphylactic – on BBC Breakfast. I was staggered by some of the uncaring and ignorant comments!:

Unacceptable Attitudes To Allergies

For more on the new regs themselves, start here:

Restaurants and Pre-Packed Food

Allergen Labelling – how what you see on labels will look from now on.

Note that the top 14 allergens that have to be listed have not changed. But, they now have to be labelled in a consistent fashion and all catered/prepared meals must now list which, if any allergens they contain and if there is a risk of cross-contamination in their kitchens for any of them.

About flippin time!

Free 8 Week Happiness Course

Just saw this and thought of you. (I sound like a Royal Mail advert ;)). Deepak Chopra, my fave as you know by now. Might be worth signing up if you are following the healing series with me..

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Week 4    Detoxify Your Life
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Hope it helps..

13 Healthy Reasons to Eat More Walnuts.

13 Healthy Reasons to Eat More Walnuts. Get munching on all those shelled walnuts around at this time of year! |http://ow.ly/FBv5A

Honey Roasted Peaches with Thyme and Cashew Vanilla Cream

Yum yum. Here’s a nice lighter treat for your festive fare from Nutri enews this morning. I would change the butter to coconut oil myself to make it even nicer and dairy free.

Honey-Roasted Peaches with Fresh Thyme & Cashew Vanilla Bean Cream
The supermarkets may well be bursting at the seams with mini stollen bites and mince pies galore, but surely we can be a bit more adventurous than that! Why not challenge yourself to come up with some delectable Christmas treats this year that leave you feeling refreshed and nourished rather than tired and bloated!

Here’s a lovely recipe that will deliver exactly that.  The natural sweetness of fresh ripe peaches combined with a dash of honey, fragrant thyme and home-made cashew cream packs a powerful health punch and is a real treat for your taste buds too.  If time’s a bit short, you can substitute the cashew cream for natural yoghurt or use coconut cream instead.

Serves 4

You will need:

•    4 large, ripe peaches, halved and pitted
•    ¼ cup local or manuka honey
•    1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
•    ½ teaspoon lemon zest
•    ½ tablespoon unsalted butter (melted) or preferably coconut oil, Ed
•    1 cup plain cashew nuts (organic)
•    ½ cup water
•    ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, honey, lemon zest and thyme leaves
  3. Place peach halves cut side down in a baking tray.  Pour the honey mixture over the peaches.  Bake in preheated oven until soft to the touch, about 10 – 20 minutes (depending on how ripe the peaches are).
  4. To make your cashew cream – place cashew nuts, water & vanilla bean paste in food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
  5. Serve peaches hot from the oven, drizzled with honey mixture & cashew cream (or your chosen alternative).
  6. Enjoy!

Healing Series: Getting More Connected

support iconThe next in the Healing Series from the TGF blog for you is out now, if you are following that. How to feel more connected and get a deep sense of support beneath you if you feel alone with your illness or just generally. Do the free meditation I’ve linked to; it’s very powerful! Enjoy :)

Getting More Connected


Tests Over Christmas: No Samples After 17th December

test iconThe labs are sending me their ‘last dates for Christmas’ emails currently. To be safe, if you are planning to do any testing, please order asap and make sure you send any samples back to arrive at the labs no later than Weds 17th December. That should ensure your samples are viable and processed before the Christmas break. The labs definitely will not accept anything after the 19th. They then tend to shut until after New Year. This year that probably means Monday 5th January.

Please bear that in mind when ordering this month, thanks.