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

Spring harvest - what's in season?
This is my favourite time of year for British produce. The first sighting of English asparagus in the shops tells me that summer is on the way.
Jersey royals
purple-sprouting broccoli
spring greens

See the vegetables and fruit section on my Nutri Natters blog for more ideas on how to boost your veg and fruit intake. Dishes include  spicy roasted cauliflower, courgette tagliatelle and Ritatouille, my version of the classic French summer stew.

Metabolic Balance®: health on a plate
"I do feel SO much better than I have in a long time and know I can happily do this forever. It’s the best advice and support I’ve ever received for a healthy and content future!"  comment from a Metabolic Balance® client
 Metabolic Balance® is the ultimate health plan to nurture your whole body and achieve a healthy weight. Foods are matched to your individual body chemistry, including a wide variety of vegetables and some fruit to impart the benefits of those protective plant chemicals.

Out go processed and “dead” foods, in come foods bursting with life and nutrients. Mealtimes will be satisfying; cravings and hunger subside.  You’ll rediscover the taste of real food as you change your eating habits for the better.

Book a Metabolic Balance® diagnostic consultation with me to find out more.
Genetic testing is here
Learn more about your genetic profile with a simple mouth swab test. What you eat influences how your genes express themselves. Take advantage of a spring offer on the myDNAhealth Comprehensive Panel and let me guide you through this fascinating area of personalised healthcare. Contact me for  more information on this offer.



Eat a rainbow to protect your health 

You've just got used to the idea of 5-a-day then they go and double it! Many people struggle to eat more fruit and veg, even though they know it's good for them.  In this newsletter I explain the benefits of "eating a rainbow" and how to work towards your 10-a-day (even if you can't quite make it).
What's so great about vegetables and fruit?
It's not just the vitamins, minerals and fibre in your veg that are important. Chemical compounds produced by plants known as polyphenols and carotenoids confer major health benefits.  By eating these compounds we protect ourselves from inflammation -  a driver of heart-disease, strokes, Alzheimer's and diabetes. Furthermore, our DNA is shielded from damage, thus reducing cancer risk. 
A study in the Journal of Nutrition reports that people who consume high levels of polyphenols can reduce their risk of total mortality by 31%!
Easy ways to pack in the veg
  • Dark-coloured berries, including blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, contain some of the most potent fruit polyphenols. Add to my granola recipe for breakfast, or swirl into plain, live yoghurt for a refreshing dessert
  • Frozen vegetables and fruit are so handy- I've always got a bag of spinach in the freezer. Add a few handfuls  to soups and casseroles for a big helping of cancer-protective plant chemicals. Broccoli is another great freezer stand-by 
  • Onions and leeks contain polyphenols known to reduce blood pressure by improving the flexibility of the artery wall. They also feed the beneficial microbes in your gut 
  • Green leafy vegetables and orange-coloured vegetables
  • Orange-coloured and green leafy vegetables contain beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A for a strong immune system and to protect eyesight. Mash sweet potato and mix in some spinach leaves (they'll wilt in the heat) for a double dose of beta-carotene. Sweet potatoes make delicious chunky oven chips (cook in olive or coconut oil with a few sprigs of rosemary)
  • Garlic is easy to add to most dishes - I recommend adding it at the end of cooking to preserve the potency of the active ingredients. Garlic is also heart-protective and has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties
  • Add a big handful of herbs to every dish - parsley, rosemary, oregano, coriander, basil  - to boost your intake of polyphenols
  • Don't throw that stock down the sink! Save the water from cooking vegetables  use in soups and casseroles; it is enriched with precious vitamins.
Invest in a healthy future
 A personalised  nutritional therapy plan is the best investment you can make for a healthy future: protect yourself against chronic diseases, enhance your brainpower, increase your energy, have glowing skin and optimise digestive function.

Take the first step towards your personalised  healthy-eating plan by filling in the health questionnaire and food diary 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,


Rita Carmichael, registered nutritional therapist

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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