Nutritional Therapy: Support for those diagnosed or at risk of Type 2 Diabetes

As Theresa May becomes our new Prime Minister many people have said that we don’t know that much about her. But one thing which we do know is that she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2012. This type of diabetes is rarer than Type 2 especially when diagnosed later in life. However, let’s hope that she brings some attention to diabetes overall. Type 2 is a significant health issue and is on the rise, increasing by 65 per cent over the past decade. There are also thought to be 549,000 people with un-diagnosed Type 2 diabetes. It costs the NHS £10 billion a year and this is set to rise. This cost is incurred mainly in dealing with the complications of the condition such as amputations, blindness, kidney failure and stroke. However this is nothing to the human cost in suffering that these complications bring. As the number of people living with Type 2 diabetes escalates, Diabetes UK is warning that the need for the NHS to commit to providing adequate care and diabetes education across the UK is more urgent than ever. Until this happens – and the National Audit Office recently criticised the often poor standard of care – large numbers of people will end up experiencing potentially preventable diabetes-related complications. At the moment, more than 24,000 people a year with diabetes die before their time, which is because: Only 60 per cent of people with diabetes are getting the eight NICE recommended checks [2], which are key to identifying any problems early enough to prevent complications. Diabetes education courses are not being commissioned for... read more

What our clients say about us…..

Ceri and Ann have gone above and beyond my expectations as nutritionists and weight loss consultants.They are always on hand with new ideas and recipes to encourage me to follow a healthier eating plan rather than ‘always on or off a diet’. With their support and guidance and Prodimed products – I am finally in a position where I feel in control of my weight loss. CF Surrey I have been seeing Ceri for one to one sessions for the last 4 years. She is very thorough and efficient in what she does. I have generally followed her food and vitamin recommendations to keep myself healthy post menopause. Her vegetarian recipes are delicious and fun to prepare. I would definitely recommend Ceri for any nutritional advice without hesitation! KB Surrey I have felt invigorated, motivated and feel healthier and fitter as a result of being on the Lose Weight for Good programme. I would highly recommend it to anyone. JW Teddington I would like to say thank you for the nutrition and weight loss programme that I did with you. During the 8 weeks I found the weekly meetings very informative and really enjoyed the different ‘taster’ foods which you brought along each time. The recipes were also very good and easy to follow. Your advice was individually tailored and helped me to lose the weight I wanted within the 8 weeks!! I will definitely recommend your programme to my friends. GM Esher I found the hormone balancing talk very useful. I have followed the advice and I now have lots more energy, especially in the afternoon, which used to... read more
SIXTY PERCENT OF UK POPULATION IS OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE – SMALL CHANGES CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

SIXTY PERCENT OF UK POPULATION IS OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE – SMALL CHANGES CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Sixty per cent of the population in the UK are now overweight or obese. It is not rocket science but experiments have shown that if people are overweight it is because energy in to the body has exceeded energy expended. The main issue is the unbalanced situation between our metabolism which has evolved to deal with an ancient lifestyle and our modern way of life. Our bodies are designed to function healthily in a situation where food is scarce and the energy required to obtain it is high. However, we now expend relatively little energy and food is plentiful, fast energy releasing and rich in calories. This sets up a situation where only the most active and strong-willed person finds it easy to maintain a healthy weight. Excess fat is not just about how you look and feel but it increases the risk of diseases that are less visible such as Type II diabetes, heart disease, cancer, joint problems and psychological issues. Susan Jebb from Oxford University has done research that has shown that even a modest amount of weight loss (3-4kg) is helpful and 4kg can halve your risk of developing Type II diabetes. So to succeed in weight management it can be quite hard to take on and stick to radical changes in your diet. you are much more likely to succeed if you take conscious control of many small changes which altogether amount to a significant number of calories. This is where food diaries can play a really useful role because they don’t let you get away with lots of little items of consumption which will add up... read more
EAT TO SUPPORT YOUR ARTHRITIS AND SPICE UP YOUR DIET

EAT TO SUPPORT YOUR ARTHRITIS AND SPICE UP YOUR DIET

Arthritis is an inflammatory condition.  It is this inflammation that causes pain, stiffness and loss of movement. The food you eat can really affect the inflammation that you experience.  Some foods increase inflammation and some foods are anti-inflammatory and help to reduce it. Foods that cause inflammation in most people are red meat and dairy. It is a good idea to limit these foods to sensible levels.  Other foods can be problematic in certain people but are fine for the majority.  One client was able to completely rid himself from his arthritic symptoms by removing yeast from his diet. Other possible trigger foods are citrus fruits, wheat, chocolate and the nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and tobacco).  If you suspect food intolerance, it is possible to test for this. An anti-inflammatory diet is one that is rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and oily fish.  Pineapples, Papaya, Onions, Tuna and Mackerel are all great choices. One of the best ways of reducing inflammation is to include lots of spices in your food.  In addition to their anti-inflammatory properties, spices are a great way of adding flavour without using too much saturated fat, salt and sugar.  Spices also contain a range of powerful phytonutrients that have a range of other health benefits. Ginger: This is anti-inflammatory and has antiviral and painkilling properties. It is also warming as it helps improve your circulation. Try adding ginger to stir-fries or drinking hot water with lemon and ginger. Chillies are a good source of capsaicin which is anti-inflammatory.  They also help release endorphins, which are the feel good chemicals.  Chillies can help... read more
CAN EATING THE RIGHT FOODS HELP REDUCE ALZHEIMER’S RISK?

CAN EATING THE RIGHT FOODS HELP REDUCE ALZHEIMER’S RISK?

There has been a great deal in the media recently to raise awareness of advances in the treatment of dementia and in particular Alzheimer’s. However, there is very little targeted advice on how to prevent the onset of this disease or to help slow down its progression if diagnosed in the early stages. Reports have pointed out that a healthy diet and exercise can help reduce risk but there are some very specific elements of your diet on which you can focus. As with other conditions like heart disease or Type 2 diabetes, where a healthy diet reduces risk, what you eat has a significant impact on your likelihood of developing dementia. Your brain consumes 40% of the calories you eat but even more importantly it is hungry for nutrients to maintain a good state of health and protect against disease. A healthy brain needs 3 key ingredients:  A good flow of oxygen A steady supply of energy in the form of glucose A plentiful supply of key nutrients You also need to ensure that you limit your exposure to substances which will impede brain function or use up vital nutrients to process them (these include alcohol, high sugar foods, carbon monoxide and some metals e.g. cadmium, lead, mercury and copper).  For your brain to work properly you need to be able to make new brain cells and to make the chemicals your brain needs to function properly. Both of these activities rely on a biochemical process called methylation, which happens a billion times a second. For methylation to take place some important vitamins and minerals need to be... read more
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