The latest views, news and research for people who like to eat well and be healthy

Brother Charles changes his habits
Nutritional therapy is for men too!  Read this case study of monk, Brother Charles, who decided he had to do something about his Friar Tuck girth.  He was medically obese at 98.1 kilos and potentially storing up serious health problems for the future, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

Oh Brother! Enough was enough.  Inspired by a friend’s progress on Metabolic Balance, he decided it was time for a change.

 As the weeks rolled by Brother Charles’s weight, waist and hip measurements and body fat percentage all decreased. By the end of his 3 months’ coaching period he had lost:
  • 15.8 kg in weight
  • 17 cms from his waist
  •  10 cms from his hips
  • 10.5% body fat
After eight months, 20 kilograms (3st 2lbs) and 16% body fat had melted away. As an added bonus, the psoriasis he had had since childhood cleared considerably and he no longer suffers with hay fever. Brother Charles's case demonstrates how the right nutrients influence health right down to the cellular level. 

Brother Charles has a healthy eating plan for life: he knows what foods to eat to enjoy abundant health and energy. His prayers were answered and he won’t be going back to his old habits!

I offer a Metabolic Balance diagnostic consultation to enable you to find out your accurate weight and body fat percentage - important information for your future health. 



Natural support for the menopause

The menopause is a natural phase of life experienced by every woman. It should be a time to enjoy life and look forward to new opportunities. For many women, however, the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flushes, insomnia, night sweats,  mood swings, declining libido, lack of energy, weight gain, vaginal irritation, bladder discomfort and painful joints are a daily scourge.
Put simply, the menopause occurs when ovarian function declines and the delicate balance of hormones changes, including a fall in oestrogen levels. 
To compensate for this change, oestrogen is produced by our adrenal (stress) glands and fat cells. That's why it's important to nurture the adrenals and it helps to carry a little extra fat as we get older. 

Nutrition and the menopause
I see many women in my clinic who want to take a natural approach to alleviating menopausal symptoms. Women taking HRT also benefit from healthy eating and lifestyle changes.
Here are a few healthy eating tips you can try straight away:
  • cut down on sugary and refined foods
  • increase your consumption of vegetables
  • eat more essential fats from fish, nuts and seeds
  • reduce alcohol consumption
  • drink water throughout the day. 
Hormone-balancing foods
Plant oestrogens (phytoestrogens) found in certain foods provide a mild hormone-balancing effect. I recommend that you eat some of these foods every day. Here is a selection of recipes from my Nutri Natters blog that contain some phyto-foods: Your personalised nutritional therapy plan
 A 3-month personalised nutritional therapy plan gives you time to make some beneficial dietary and lifestyle adjustments with the aim of restoring your body's natural rhythms. I'll also advise you on nutritional supplements and  functional testing, where appropriate,  for a snapshot of how your body is working. You can find out more about my "healthy hormones" package on the  Consultations page of my web site. Or, email me your phone number and I'll call you for a free no-obligation 10-minute chat. In three months' time you could be a different person!

Yours in good health,


I'm always pleased to hear from clients old and new. If you have a health concern you would like to discuss in confidence before making an appointment for a nutritional therapy consultation, please get in touch through my web site contact form or send me an email with your phone number,
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Rita Carmichael,Registered Nutritional Therapist DipION, FdSC, mBANT, CNHC
Clinics: Beeston, Bramcote, West Bridgford
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