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Mount Athos: Chickpea Patties

This is one of the simple dishes regularly prepared by the monks from Mount Athos in Greece. The Greek Orthodox monks here are considered among the healthiest people in the world and have astonishingly low rates of cancers, heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.


300g tinned chickpeas
3 cloves garlic
1 chopped onion
1 handful chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 tsp ground cumin seeds
100g flour
one beaten egg
olive oil for frying


Although the monks do this by hand,

September 5th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

WIN! (perimenopause or healthy ageing book)

I’d love you to help me to help you.

We all have overflowing inboxes (and lives) so I want to make sure my newsletter/blog and social media is as helpful to you as possible.

So here’s the deal… Let me know your TOP THREE health and lifestyle challenges i.e. the things you’d love to change that would most help you manage your perimenopause symptoms and/or prepare for healthy, vibrant ageing (it could

August 24th, 2015|

Get SMART about wellness

Last week we looked at creating your wellness vision – getting crystal clear on what you’d feel like, look like and be doing at your optimal level of health and wellbeing, why it’s important to you, where you are now in terms of achieving it, what obstacles could get in your way, and what strengths and resources you can use to help you reach your vision.

This week – the action

August 24th, 2015|Tags: , |

Inspiration & motivation – your wellness vision

Did you make New Year resolutions way back in January to do more exercise? Eat more healthily? Drink less? Manage your stress? Make more time for yourself?

If you’ve kept up with them – congratulations. But if not, don’t be hard on yourself. One study from the US found that only 8 percent of us actually stick with resolutions!

There are many reasons our goals fall by the wayside. One of them

August 17th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Special offer: a happier, healthier, balanced YOU!

Would you like to eat more healthily, exercise more consistently, have more energy, get better sleep, manage your stress, lose weight?  Feel happier, healthier and more balanced?

If you said “YES!” to any (or all) of these, wellness coaching can help you get from where you are now to where you want to be.

The change of season – which we’re fast approaching – is a great time to make some healthy

August 11th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |

Get the information you need for perimenopause

One of the many things that can be difficult about perimenopause is finding the information you want and need – trustworthy, easy to understand and friendly.

The sheer volume of information out there is overwhelming: where do you start? who do you ask? Friends can be a great source of information and support but for some women there’s still an element of discomfort in talking about perimenopause and menopause.

So this week

August 5th, 2015|Tags: , |

What the #@*! is perimenopause?

Still not sure what perimenopause is? You’re not alone. I certainly had no idea when I started getting symptoms in my early forties. I just figured it was way too early for “that menopause thing” no-one talked about, when you suddenly become old, undesirable and past-your-use-by-date. (Hopefully we’ve moved on from that outdated thinking!)

Perimenopause is a fairly new term which “describes symptoms caused by normal hormonal fluctuations that occur as

July 29th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Is your anxiety worse? (Part 2)

Last week I mentioned that anxiety is one of the first – and also one of the most common – symptoms of perimenopause. Many women find their anxiety gets worse as they hit this time of life… which is bad news because anxiety can worsen other perimenopause symptoms like hot flushes.

Fortunately, lifestyle changes help many women manage (if not alleviate) their anxiety. In this week’s newsletter I’ve got a few

July 21st, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Is your anxiety worse? (Part 1)

Are you between your late 30s and your 50s and feeling more anxious – or anxious more often?

Anxiety is one of the most commonly reported – and often one of the first – symptoms of perimenopause (the years leading up to menopause). Many women with chronic low-level anxiety find it worsens around this time of life, while others who’ve never had anxiety issues suddenly find themselves struggling to cope with

July 14th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |

Are you getting enough (exercise)?

Physical activity seems to be a hot topic lately on many of the blogs, newsletters and groups I follow.

It’s great for managing mood swings, stress and anxiety because it increases endorphins, our feel-good hormones, helps keep cortisol, the stress hormone, under control, and can improve sleep. It also helps us retain muscle mass and manage weight gain as we get older.

Plus, if you exercise with your partner, family or friends

July 6th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |