Wheatgrass juice boost for energy slump

Wheatgrass juice is pure green power
After a month in Nepal eating rice, I returned to the UK and gorged on fresh baked bread.

Consequently, the gluten ground my digestive system to a halt and my energy levels, having been Himalayan high, stooped to all time low.

Scaravelli yoga for gentle strength

Scaravelli yoga is named after its founder, Vanda Scaravelli, a dancer who wanted to create a form of yoga designed to allow the body to gain movement without resistance.

There's a lot less stretching and it's suitable for all ages and fitness types as you are not required to be bendy, but be open to subtle structural  movements instead of the sweeping posture routines as in Ashtanga or Bikram yoga.

Does dairy free ice-cream taste good?

I scream for ice-cream
image by Michael Chambers
Dairy free foods are on the increase. Not just for vegans, but for those of us who experience acne, bloating, high cholesterol, hormone imbalances, are lactose intolerant and for those who wish for healthier foods.

But often, our real measure of food  is in the taste. So I put a few dairy free products to the test, because let's face it - who wants a life without ice-cream.

Stop smoking with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

kick tobacco with EFT
Many smokers will do anything to give up. But giving up requires willpower.

And, once again, I have been lured away from my healthy lifestyle by the desire to roll a cigarette. I don't smoke daily, I don't smoke often, but I do like rolling my own sometimes - however before I know it, one becomes two and then I'm hooked again.

Natural remedies for the menopause


the menopause can be a rediscovery of self
This transition from one stage of womanhood to another, brings a series of emotional and physical changes - largely hot flushes and night sweats. But for some women, the menopause is a time of celebration! A time to be free of cultural constraints!

5 minute meditation for quick de-stress

Meditation made Buddha smile -
it's a quick fix de-stress
Following a trip to Nepal and a brief stint in a Buddhist monastery, I've rediscovered the benefits of meditation.

Even if just for 5 minutes, slowing the mental cacaphony has a wonderful effect on my body and nerves and means I face present challenges and life projects with more clarity and focus.

St John's Wort - nature's mood booster

Pretty yellow flowers with a powerful effect, St John's Wort has been used as a mood enhancer from the ancient Greeks to modern doctors and was one one of the first (and few) herbs successfully licensed under the new EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD).

It is non-addictive and safer than prescriptive anti-depressants.