11 September 2015

Sustainable farming

Sustainable faming certainly gives us higher quality produce and is better for us.

11 August 2015

Fish lowers cancer risk

This is a great reason to add more fish to your diet.
Take a look at this article on natural news.  It is reputed that "Vegetarians who eat fish have lower cancer risk"

29 July 2015

Skype Consultations

A holistic consultation with me utilises all my skills rather than just one aspect of my qualifications. Clients find this very beneficial.

I am available for skype consultations.  Certainly in the first instance this is very practical, and we can cover a lot of ground.  I am offering a package of 4 consultations for a reduced rate.  For more information please email me at
purewholeness@gmail.com or call me
on +44 (0) 7816189906

For international clients this can be further reduced as it will be purely advice and consultative based. 

I look forward to working with you to restore your health naturally.

VTCT Level 3 Dip (Anatomy & Physiology) - Distinction
S.N.H.S Dip (Allergy Testing and Iridology) - Distinction

10 July 2015

Cure your arthritis naturally

Did you know that there are over 200 types of arthritis?  One in five adults in the UK suffers from some form of arthritis!  This sadly is more the case for women than for men.

These are foods that should be avoided where possible:-

Avoid foods from the “deadly night shade group”.  These include potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines and red peppers, chillies.  In my own case, I have found this to be very helpful.  It is advisable to have an allergy test to know what foods your body is rejecting and what is beneficial.
Reduce your intake of coffee, alcohol, fizzy drinks, shop bought-cakes, pies, pastries, bread and pastas that are made with refined white flour and white sugar.  These are all highly acid forming.
Gluten is also a problem for many arthritis sufferers and can be found in wheat, rye and barley.
Oranges and orange juice can make symptoms worse for some individuals, this is due to the high acid content which your body may be rejecting.
It is advisable to greatly reduce cow’s milk, red meat, high fat cheeses (especially stilton), fried foods, sausages, meat pies and chocolate (these are also highly acid forming).
Avoid all white and malt vinegars which are also highly acid forming.
Purine foods such as red meats, alcohol, lentils, shellfish, anchovies, mackerel, herrings, sardines and organ meats are not good either, as they break down in the body to uric acid and this can cause inflammation in the small joints which will aggravate your condition.

Now that we have covered foods to avoid, here are some positive foods to indulge in:-

Cherries, plums and blackberries.  Apples are also very good for you!
Pineapple contains Bromelain which has high anti-inflammatory properties.
Sweet potatoes, pumpkin, apricots, papaya, and carrots are high in carotenes and fibre and sweet potatoes are a good alternative to ordinary potatoes.
Buy or ask your bakery for gluten free alternatives to bread or bake your own, this is a very rewarding past-time.
Eat a lot of fresh green vegetables to re-alkalize your system.  Fresh root ginger can be made into a wonderful pain relieving tea.  Blackstrap molasses is rich in calcium, potassium and magnesium which is very good for your joints.
Buy organic honey and preferably locally produced.  The more unrefined the better too!
Use unrefined organic olive oil as a salad dressing.
Nuts and seeds are a great way to nourish the joints.  Nuts and seeds such as hazelnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, almonds and walnuts.  A handful as a snack mid morning or afternoon will be a sufficient daily dose.
Try herbal teas such as devils claw (a natural painkiller), nettle (a great detox and blood cleansing herb) or dandelion coffee.  These can all be found at your local health food store, or sourced from your local master herbalist.
Add more turmeric and cayenne pepper to your cooking, these both help to reduce inflammation.
Eat more oily fish – a good source of omega is good for you.  Salmon is one great example.
A more vegan orientated diet has been shown to help many people suffering from arthritis.
Eat plenty of garlic, use brown basmati rice instead of potatoes.
Goat’s milk is a great alternative to cow’s milk and is the closest thing to mother’s milk, this was highly recommended to me when my daughter was projectile vomiting as a baby, and we have never looked back!
Under careful professional guidance, juice fasts can also be very beneficial.

If you are overweight, it is always advisable to try and reduce your food intake and to lose a bit of weight as this only places more stress on your joints.  I have done this effectively through XanGo's Favao weight management and lifestyle program.  It is a powerful detox and a lifestyle program that teaches you invaluable tools that are long lasting.  I have lost 10kg, which is just under 2 stone and have maintained this weight over a two and half year period.  I feel better, look better and am able to be more active than I was previously.
Last but not least, our joints need water to function properly.  Please ensure you drink at least 6 – 8 glasses of filtered water daily.  This will help you to eliminate uric acid which is detrimental to this condition.
A good organic and pure / completely natural and additive free multi-vitamin is highly advisable to be taken on a daily basis.

For more information, an informal chat or a consultation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Catherine. 

16 June 2015

Holistic Therapists are your best friend

Holistic Therapists are, or certainly can be your best friend.  Often it is well worth chatting to someone who you know to be a skilled holistic therapist. Even if they can't help you they are sure to be able to refer you to someone who is just as skilled, and will be able to resolve your problem. All it takes is an informal chat, it could change your life and the health challenges you face!
You are welcome to get in touch with me for an informal 30 minute evaluation, this will not cost you.  I will then be able to guide you in the right direction or book and appointment to consult you.  Either way, you will be on the right track to restored health naturally.

5 May 2015

Lemons to start your day!

Lemons are a great way to start your day. They boost your immune system and strengthen your liver and colon. A great aid in weight loss and reduces nausea. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning aids in digestion and helps to eliminate any waste your body might be storing, flushing out toxins. It dissolves uric acid therefore reducing pain and inflammation in your joints. They are high in potassium and help to nourish your brain and nerve cells. Lemons also have great benefits to the skin and aid in the prevention of wrinkles and acne. Lastly, after a strenuous workout, lemon juice helps to replenish the body’s salts.

14 April 2015

Tips for weight management

The first rule is never to skip a meal – this is not good for your metabolism.
Eat sensibly and as healthily as possible.  Wholesome natural or organic produce is best.  Processed food or ready-made meals are options that should be avoided.
Drink plenty of filtered water throughout the day 6 – 8 glasses is the recommended.  This also helps to purify and hydrate our skin.
Don’t forget to exercise – in order to burn fat we need to exercise in some form each day for 20 minutes at least 5 days a week.  This will help to increase your metabolism.

7 February 2015

Get through Menopause naturally.

Menopause can be a trying time, but natural help is available.  Hot flushes may be corrected by proper diet, exercise and Vitamin E supplements.  Try eating legumes such as lentils, peas and beans are beneficial (try organic or fresh as these are better for you.)  As a snack, seeds and nuts (especially sunflower seeds).  Foods that contain Vitamin B Complex, Iodine, Iron and calcium are good as is lecithin and seaweed.  Your diet should exclude caffeine, refined sugar, alcohol (greatly reduce), spicy foods, animal foods and deep water fish.

Vitamin supplements recommended:-  Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin B5 (anti-stress), Vitamin B6 (reduces oedema), Vitamin C 1000mg, Vitamin E 400 i.u. Calcium twice daily and Magnesium.
Mineral supplements -:  Zinc, PBA
Other useful supplements: - Evening Primrose Oil, Probiotics (helps with hormonal balance), Kelp (contains iodine), lecithin before meals, and garlic.  Oats is a good nervine sedative.
Botanicals: - Lady’s Slipper (for anxiety and insomnia).  Sage (relieves hot flushes and is anti-hydrotic), fennel, chamomile (calmative), catnip, pulsatilla and valerian.

It is important to cleanse your liver, get plenty of exercise, drink plenty of clear fluids, minimise stress, get enough quality sleep, swim in the sea when you can, breathe deeply in fresh air, meditate daily, play soft music before you go to sleep and hot foot baths are good as this draws blood away from the head.  Warm baths – ensure they are not too hot, and relax for awhile in the warm water.

Relax into the situation and enjoy each day as it comes

10 January 2015

Hungover effect from incorrect eating!

Did you know that eating the wrong type of food can also cause the same effects as a hangover? Having that nasty feeling does not mean you have necessarily consumed alcohol. A good way to get back on track, and feel better within 24 hours is to consume 3 - 4 cups of nettle tea throughout the day. A great blood purifier and cleansing herb.