You've spent years going back and forth to the doctor about your tummy troubles - bloating, gas, diarrhoea, acid reflux, or constipation - only to be fobbed off with a one-size-fits-all “IBS” diagnosis. Working with a nutritionist 1-2-1 isn’t financially manageable just yet, but you know there’s more going on with your body than meets the eye. You want to get to the bottom of it all. So what can you do? Buy another elimination diet cookbook?
Hold your horses. Step away from the “free from” fodmap book shelf! I’ve created a group programme especially for you.
“Ease your gut, beat the bloat” is my brand new five week online group programme that will help you identify what is at the heart of your gut issues. I want you to help you find the freedom to love life again.
So why is this group programme better than any other? Read on!
What is “Ease your gut, beat the bloat”?
This is a 5 week nutritional mastermind for people struggling with gut health. We spend the 5 weeks exploring and identifying your triggers and figuring out the underlying issues. Then we look at ways to support you to feel better. We study foods that help your gut lining stay healthy, that stimulate digestive secretions you might be lacking, look at links between the brain and gut, and you’ll learn practical tips every step of the way.
Live sessions with me each week.
Unlike other group programmes on the market, I am here on the journey with you. Each weekly masterclass is delivered live and you’ll have opportunities to ask me questions live, as well as interaction in the dedicated private Facebook group.
This is a truly interactive experience, where you will feel seen and heard by me and others on the programme. It's an opportunity to really connect and understand your nutritional needs, learning how to look after your gut health and get feedback along the way.
Plus, I've got some exclusive guest experts lined up too!
This is the best part of any group programme! Feeling run down and embarrassed by your health problems can be totally isolating, so meeting other people who feel the same is incredibly refreshing and a huge relief! You’re not alone.
There’s an old adage about “a problem shared is a problem halved” and it’s so true! Talking through your issues and hearing other people’s stories really does help, and it gives us strength and resilience to tackle our problems together.
You can chat live after the Masterclasses, in the private Facebook group and share resources you find, solutions you’ve discovered, or recipes that you’ve found soothing. My group programme will connect you with other lovely people who’ve been through similar struggles in the tummy department.
Practical tools to fit busy lives
I’m not in the nutritional world to make people’s lives miserable! I got into this business to make a difference and help people like you. Stellar Health came to fruition after years of my own struggles, and wanting to find solutions. But I understand that not everyone has time to study for years to learn about nutrition like I did!
I get it! You’re busy, even in these bizarre times of coronavirus. You need practical tools that’ll help you rebuild your gut health. And I’ve designed this 5 week group programme to do exactly that.
We’ll be doing a live cook-a-long in Week 3 and throughout the programme I’ll share sensible and delicious recipes you can cook and adapt easily (ones that don’t involve weird and wonderful ingredients that you can only buy in that one random shop in London!).
Gentler ways of eating
This is not 5 weeks where we stop eating everything in order to work out where your problem stems from. Ease your gut, beat the bloat is all about developing gut health through nourishment, and taking the time to understand what’s really going on inside you.
Elimination diets work for some people, but in my experience it's listening to our bodies that gets results. And it's hard to listen properly when we're tired, hungry and cranky, unable to enjoy food right?! Which is why I don't follow that path with my clients.
Working with me—an experienced and well-qualified nutritional therapist—on a 1-2-1 basis isn’t an option for everyone financially and I only work with those clients over 90 days, but not everyone has that time spare. So joining my group programme is a brilliant way of accelerating and optimising your gut health while accessing my wisdom at a lower price.
On a logical level, think of the money you’ve saved from not going to eat out for the last few months. For less than the cost of a pub dinner for two each week, you can instead learn how to nourish your body with the things it truly needs. You’ll get a toolkit of resources and a new network of support to help you on your journey to food freedom.
So you'll finally stop feeling worried about whether you should go for that night out (because where is the nearest toilet?!) and instead - when lockdown’s over - you’ll be able to confidently head out with your friends and make food choices you know won’t make you feel grim.
(Plus you'll save a tonne of money on pointless supplements that won't alleviate symptoms or help your gut! Hurrah! If you do need supplements, I will give you guidance on what will truly support you, based on evidence, rather than expensive second-guessing.)
But you've tried everything?
Quite often, I am a last resort for clients who are at the end of their tether. You've tried the GP, you've exhausted the library of healthy eating cookbooks and have watched every food health programme on TV. And now I'm suggesting that a 5 week programme could be what you need? I know it sounds mad.
But I haven't spent the last 7 years helping people just like you to work out what's really going on inside their digestive system to make them feel so unwell, just to fob you off with a programme that doesn't work! I know that by nourishing your gut with the right foods, rebuilding the gut lining, and teaching you how to choose foods that will work for your body and your lifestyle, we can work together to make a real difference to your well-being.
So what have you got to lose? Ease your gut, beat the bloat starts 5th March 2021. Find out more here and book your spot on the group programme today!
What if I told you that it can take just 5 weeks to start feeling like a better you? No need to sign up for a 3 month 1-2-1 package with me or another nutritional therapist, or buy hundreds of books, or hire a personal chef, just a simple 5 step group programme that gives you the toolkit you need to make positive changes.
I have spent over 7 years working with hundreds of clients to help them feel better. They’ve gone from gassy and sluggish to comfortable and energised. Some have been able to sleep better than they have for decades. Clients no longer have to research every outing thoroughly for toilet arrangements before they can enjoy themselves…
And it’s all down to these simple steps!
Ready to discover what your journey to a healthy gut could look like? Read on...
1. Identifying your triggers & the underlying issues
When you’re chronically ill or in pain with no explanation, it can often feel like no one is listening to you. Like there’s no one who cares enough to find out what’s really going on with your body. I felt like that too once upon a time. It’s why I became a nutritional therapist.
In the first of the 5 weeks of “Ease your gut, beat the bloat” we play detective, and I help you uncover what’s happening inside your body, and to notice what is triggering the reactions. We start to explore anti-inflammatory foods and begin rethinking what we put on our plates to ensure they’re helping not hindering our progress.
2. Learn how to improve gut health and about foods that help the lining
Next it’s all about exploring foods which support digestive enzyme secretion and balance your stomach acidity.
Because the health of your digestive system decides whether nutrients will be absorbed or rejected, your digestion is key to your overall health! It is connected to everything that happens in your body. Your gut also makes decisions about which toxins, allergens, and microbes aren’t assimilated into the body. So keeping your digestive system healthy is vital!
We work through which foods aid gut health - probiotics, prebiotics and fibre among others! - and I teach you how you can eat these foods and incorporate them into your everyday routines and diet.
3. Understanding the link between your gut and your brain
This is an important step. Not many people are aware that there’s actually a deep connection between your gut and your brain. But it’s been shown in much research that there is a two-way communication between our brain and the nervous system in our gut.
This means that there’s a link between mood and food, and how different foods can make us feel. The health of our gut and the variety of our gut microbes influence how we think and how we feel.
4. New connections with people who understand what you’re going through
Opening up to people about the pain you’re suffering and sharing embarrassing moments can be like medicine in itself. And it’s a huge benefit of being on a group programme. You are learning on this gut health journey together!
Knowing you’re not alone, and being able to lean on each other for motivation and encouragement, is massively underestimated. You cannot get this on a video course. Live human interaction and experiencing transformation together is quite literally life-changing.
Meeting online every week with friends to learn and cheer you on is quite simply brilliant. Asking each other questions and giving each other respectful and reciprocal support in the group sessions, but also in a private community, is invaluable.
5. Hone your culinary skills!
It’s all very well learning the theory of it all and listening to an expert harp on about fermentation and “good” bacteria...but how do “normal” people put all this into practise? I hear you! And this is why the 5th step is rooted in practical skills.
You need tips and tricks for making life easier, not harder! And I will give you recipes and ideas for adapting menus to fit with your needs, as well as demonstrating how to cook some delicious food on our cook-a-long!
After 5 weeks of working with me and finding new friends along the way, you’ll be feeling better and equipped to totally change your life. No more dashing to the loo. No more worrying about another unfortunate “downward dog” incident. Bid farewell to migraines. You'll be well on your way to feeling like the real you again!
Want to know more about my brand new 5 week programme “Ease your gut, beat the bloat”? You can find out more here on this post, and here on the programme page itself. If you have any questions about the programme and how it works, feel free to email me.
Supporting your gut health is key to transforming your overall health and wellbeing. Good gut health is linked to everything from supporting your immunity and better skin health, to better mood and, of course, combatting niggling gut symptoms.
Five reasons why it’s important to look after your gut:
Digestive symptoms including gas, bloating, diarrhoea, acid reflux, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome are common but, in excess, are not normal or something you have to live with. And popping a pill will only mask annoying symptoms temporarily.
As a nutritionist, I apply the 5R protocol (based on Functional Medicine) in my online clinic to determine what might be causing your symptoms.
This takes you on a clear 5-step gut healing journey where we: rethink, replace, repair, replenish and rebalance your gut.
To find out more, check out my upcoming 5-week online group programme: “Ease your Gut: Beat the Bloat”, starting on 5th March.
Prefer to get to the heart of the issue straight away? You'll find out more about my 90-Day 1-2-1 Gut Health Programme here.
2. Female intimate health
The vagina and bladder have their own distinct bacteria and yeasts. Imbalances in these can cause issues such as thrush, bacterial vaginosis, and general itching and discomfort in the vagina, and increase the risk of issues such as recurring urinary tract infections or cystitis, an overactive bladder, and interstitial cystitis in the bladder.
When considering bladder and vaginal health, it is particularly important to consider cross-contamination by our gut bacteria, especially if we have digestive symptoms or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
If you experience recurring vaginal or bladder symptoms despite getting the all clear from your doctor, supporting your gut health could be an important step in resolving these issues.
3. Inflammation and pain
Poor gut health could lead to systemic inflammation due to “leaky gut” or “gut permeability”. This may affect people differently: for some this could be achy, inflamed joints, for others it could be brain fog and an inability to think clearly.
A huge chunk of our immune system resides in the gut (approximately 80%!). Ensuring a healthy digestive system helps support the immune system and reduces our risk of food sensitivities.
Poor gut-immune health can also increase the risk of skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, hives and acne due to a “leaky gut” and inflammation.
Making certain dietary changes to support a healthy gut lining reduces the risk of “leaky gut” and supports a balanced immune system. This is one of the key areas we cover in detail on my Ease your Gut, Beat the Bloat online group programme.
5. Mood and mental wellbeing
Our gut bacteria help make neurotransmitters, chemical messengers that regulate our mood. High stress interferes with our body’s ability to process food properly and interferes with this gut-brain communication.
During my 5-week online group programme, I share my top tips on how to support this gut-brain communication and introduce you to diet and lifestyle tips that will reduce the negative impact of stress on your gut.
Find out more about the Ease your Gut, Beat the Bloat online programme here. We're kicking things off on Friday 5th March.
People often ask me how to get more probiotic rich foods into their diet? Despite the best of intentions, many people struggle to find easy ways to eat fermented probiotic rich foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi on a regular basis. And I totally understand, it can be a bit alien at first!
If you struggle to eat fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut regularly you're going to love my probiotic rich soup, it's my interpretation of Ribollita.
Ribollita’s depth of flavour is largely thanks to the rind of parmesan chucked in to add a unique moreish flavour. Not only does this bring amazing umami, the soup is served with a glorious grating of probiotic rich parmesan cheese.
Did you know, eating Parmesan cheese can be a simple and effective way to bring probiotic bacteria into your diet, even surviving stomach acid?!! These friendly probiotic bacteria influence our emotions and our brain chemistry as well as supporting our gut health.
This probiotic benefit doesn’t apply to all cheese however. Most cheese we see in the supermarket is pasteurised which means the bacteria have been killed off during the processing.
Parmesan cheese is made from unpasteurised milk so the “good” bacteria from the cow are preserved as they pass all the way through the food chain reaching our table as parmesan cheese. It’s crazy but it’s true! If you’re interested in finding out more about the probiotic content (and bacterial journey) of parmesan, check out this cool study.
The researchers in this study suggest eating Parmesan cheese weekly to support the optimal levels of the bacteria in the gut. Here are a few ways to eat probiotic parmesan:
Can you think of any others?
But isn’t dairy bad for you?
Too much dairy can be pro-inflammatory but small amounts of dairy including fermented dairy such as kefir and parmesan have shown to have many health benefits. For instance, the EPIC study shows that the calcium in dairy products specifically may be protective to the gut in colorectal cancer.
This study on traditionally made kefir, is a great introduction to the health benefits of kefir.
If you eat dairy, I recommend choosing fermented dairy products where possible so you experience the added benefits of probiotics. This includes:
Interested in making your own fermented foods? Check out the videos in my Facebook Group, The Gut Health Club. You’ll find them saved under “units”.
Get the recipe for my probiotic ribollita soup here.
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