Maternity Leave

Hello dear friends

I will be on maternity leave from 20th May 2017 until 4th September 2017.

Telephonic appointments can be arranged during or after this period of leave and payments will be managed via Paypal invoicing or BACS.

And obviously, appointments can be booked in advance through this period of leave ready for my return to work in September. Although allowances may have to be made for me to manage work and baby.

To book an appointment or to find more information, you can call me on 01364 388752 (leave a message if I am not available to take your call and I will get back to you as soon as possible) or text me on 07801 512869.

All the best

Your friend in nutrition

Corinne

For your diary

Here are details of our upcoming talk at the Jellyfish, Buckfastley.
THURSDAY April 20th 7.30-9.30
Clare Shippey
Herbal Home Remedies
An evening discussing home herbal remedies with medical herbalist Clare Shippey. We’ll look at how to use botanical remedies made from familiar kitchen herbs in the treatment of common ailments. The evening will include an ointment making demonstration and plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.
Clare Shippey is a qualified medical herbalist living and working in South Devon.
Talks cost £3.00 including refreshments.
Free for Seed Volunteers

Health through pregnancy

Dear readers

Getting pregnant takes two. And if your are trying to have a baby, it is important that both man and woman are healthy. So men don’t turn me off just yet thank you.

Fertility specialist say that when you plan to have a baby, you can start improving your health for 3 months before trying. It can be achieved by making positive changes to your lifestyle to limit stress, by being more careful to eat naturally nutrient rich food (fresh and processed as little as possible), by supplementing your diet with extra vitamins and minerals when necessary.

Then, when you have achieved these improvements and put the best chances on your side, do not let the fact that it may not work first time stress you. As a couple, although these times can be emotionally difficult, the intimacy is still precious. Try relax and enjoy it (no amount of pressure will help).

And when you have settled in your improving routine, there is no reason to stop. Feeling healthier and more energetic is a good thing to get used to so keep it up. When you do get pregnant, you can continue with it; but although it will be sufficient for dad to be, mum to be will have to review or increase her diet. No fear, baby will help him/herself  to develop and grow (unless diet is poor and unbalanced but it should have be helped by the above improvement), therefore leave mum lacking. Any lack or deficiency can cause a variety of issues including morning sickness,  fatigue, anaemia…. All are so common it is now considered normal to suffer them in pregnancy; it isn’t normal and doesn’t have to be endured.

In the same way, you can adjust your diet and supplements to prepare for labour and after baby is born to get your strength back and more to breastfeed and enjoy baby day (and night). And all this time, dad to be has kept his healthy diet going so he is still feeling good and even better so he (now dad) can help.

Through all the different stages, nutrition and/or herbalism can help and support you in your efforts to be healthy physically and emotionally. I will be happy to help you at any point before (fertility enhancement/treatment), during or after pregnancy.

 

Happy New Year

Wishing you all the best for 2017.

The sliding scale pricing system is now in place and I hope it will be helpful to many of you would have wanted to seek professional nutrition advice but were stopped by the price of consultations.

From now on You are what you eat allows you to decide and pay what you feel comfortable with on a sliding scale from £15 to £45 for an initial consultation which last an hour, and from £5 to £35 for any subsequent follow up consultations of half an hour.

For more information or to book your appointment, contact Corinne at the Haven Health Clinic on 01364 654954 or email me at corinne.c.cole@gmail.com

I look forward to helping you celebrate your health this year.

Your friend in nutrition – Corinne

Sliding scale for price

Hello everyone.
Ever heard of sliding scale pricing. A client mentioned it to me yesterday and I think it’s a fantastic idea. I had not heard of it before but I believe it could be the way to make nutritional therapy accessible to a lot more people, the answer to my prayers.
How does it work? Instead of asking for a fixed price per session, I would offer a range such as sliding scale between £15 and £45 for the initial consultation (typically one hour long) and sliding scale between £5 and £35 for further sessions (typically half hour long). Clients can relate to their own situation and pay what they are comfortable is suitable for my service and/or what they are happy they can afford within the offered range.
What do you think? Is that something you would be glad of? Would you like to be offered the opportunity of nutritional help this way?
I will be glad to help. Get in touch if you need more information or to book your appointment.

Nutrition at the price of a haircut

I have a dream that our health matters enough for us to want to learn how to feel better; to seek help and advice to find ways to use our food to combat illness.

But most of the time, although we aspire to use alternative medicine, it is often very expensive.

Now I would say the cost of a haircut for a lady is very expensive and I’m probably looking at a £25 bottom of the range treat. This is because, although I like my hair to look as healthy as the rest of me, I resent paying that much for a simple haircut. To me the way my hair makes me look doesn’t deserve as much attention as the way I feel (and I understand that sometime a haircut can make you feel better).

I don’t believe a hairdresser need to research anything before I come to my appointment. But as a nutritionist, I like to keep up to date on medical issues, as well as  researching details to make a treatment appropriate to you. On your appointment, I aim to gather as much relevant information as possible, so your treatment is made just for you.

So in an effort to help more people I am reducing my prices to £25 for an initial consultation which lasts an hour, and £15 for each further session of half an hour. This will not diminish my abilities or my level of service. But I firmly believe that anyone can learn how to use food towards better health and this should not be limited by the cost.

Even though people will always differ in their priorities, I can’t begin to imagine the number of things I wouldn’t be able to do if I lost my health, no matter how high these things might have been on my list of priorities. So maybe our health should come first any way, any day.

Take good care of yourself

Your friend in nutrition

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome or Tension (PMS or PMT)

PMS is the term used to describe a cluster of symptoms commonly experienced by women in the week leading up to menstruation.

Not every woman suffers from PMS but for those who do there seems to be no escape from its cyclical regularity. I’m talking about physical symptoms such as bloating, tiredness, swollen and tender breasts and headaches, lower back pain, abdominal cramps, water retention. These range from uncomfortable to extremely unpleasant.

For others, however, there are also emotional symptoms such as irritability, mood swings, anxiety, anger or violent outbursts, depression and even thoughts of suicide that the sufferer is unable to control, making her withdrawn and antisocial.

PMS questionnaire :

– Are your periods irregular?

– Do you crave chocolate before a period?

– Are you irritable, intolerant, or anxious prior to menstruation?

– Do you suffer from weight gain or water retention each month?

– Do you experience premenstrual cramps?

There are three main causes :

Glucose intolerance marked by a craving for sweet food and stimulants.

Oestrogen dominance and relative progesterone deficiency. These hormones control the monthly cycle and their changing levels affects women in as many ways as there are various symptoms.

Deficiency in essential fatty acids and vitamin B6, zinc and magnesium, which together create prostaglandins, which help to balance hormone levels.

Vitamin B6 is essential for all protein utilisation and it has been proved helpful in many conditions from PMS to carpal tunnel syndrome (strain condition affecting nerves in the wrist) and cardiovascular disease.

Magnesium is essential for many enzymes in the body. It works together with Vitamins B1 and B6, being involved in protein synthesis and therefore essential in the production of some hormones including prostaglandin of which higher level has beneficial effects on PMS.

Essential fatty acids are converted into prostaglandins with the help of Vitamins B3, B6, C and Biotin and minerals Magnesium and Zinc. So deficiency in any of these nutrients can also create the equivalent of hormonal imbalances.

Oestrogen dominance can be due to excess exposure to oestrogen substances, or lack of progesterone or a combination of both. But to help make sure it is not the earlier, it may be wise to eat less or avoid red meat and dairy products. Also, many pesticides, soft plastics used for wrapping and most birth control pill and HRT contain oestrogen and can participate in building up your oestrogen level and therefore making your PMS worse.

PMS symptoms can be eased by making changes to your diet and studies suggest that a diet high in carbohydrates and low in fat is helpful. Eat little and often before menstruation, snaking on fruit but avoiding sugary treats and stimulants (coffee, tea, chocolate). Ensure that your daily diet includes 1 tablespoon of cold press vegetable oil rich in both Omega3 and Omega6 fatty acids (or supplement with cod liver oil capsules).

Good eating habits coupled with supplements can often relieve symptoms of PMS all together. So to help keep your hormones in balance :

  • keep animal fats very low in your diet.
  • choose organic vegetables and meat wherever possible to reduce pesticide and hormone exposure.
  • Don’t eat fatty foods wrapped in non-PVC cling film.
  • Reduce the use of stimulants such as coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar and cigarette. If you are addicted to any of these you will need to break the habit.
  • Do not let stress become a habit in your life. Make changes to your lifestyle to limit stress and the way you react to it.
  • Make sure you are getting enough essential fats from seeds, their oils or supplements of primrose or borage oil (omega 6) or flax oil (omega 3).
  • make sure your supplement programme includes optimal levels of vitamins B3 and B6, biotin, magnesium and zinc.

Helpful foods :

Spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables for magnesium and vitamin B6

Wholemeal bread and whole grains (brown rice, oat) for complex carbohydrates, vitamins B3 and B6, calcium, zinc and magnesium

Eggs, avocado, nuts and cold press virgin olive oil for vitamin E.

Fish (salmon, sardine, mackerel, herring, tuna) for Vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium and essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6)

If you have PMS or menopausal symptoms, consider using herbs such as lemon balm, sage, vervain, black cohosh, or St John’s Wort. These can relieve tension in various parts of the body by relieving liver tension and improving blood circulation and cardiovascular tone. Many women like to drink lemon balm tea because it is good for menstrual problems and cramps. It can also be added to food for flavouring.

Do not use herbs without checking first with a professional as it could interfere with any other treatment you may be taking.

For your diary

Time to book your appointment for a therapeutic treat on Saturday 29th October 2016.

The Haven Health Clinic's photo.
The Haven Health Clinic's photo.
The Haven Health Clinic

Greetings!

The Haven will be hosting a Special Event, Saturday 29th October, from 11am until 7pm…. to raise money for Calais Kitchens who are feeding the Syrian refugees.

With refugee numbers continually on the rise and donations of food getting less, they really need all the help we can give them.

Our practitioners will be offering 30 minute Taster sessions on a donation basis (suggested minimum of £10).

To book now for The Calais Kitchen’s Fundraiser on Saturday 29th October – 11am until 7pm, please call 01364 654 954 Mon – Fri between 9-1 or leave a message and we’ll get back to you with confirmation.

(Bookings are by appointment only)

Therapies on offer:
Acupuncture
Aromatherapy Massage
Craniosacral Therapy
Crystal Healing Therapy
Deep Tissue Massage
Indian Head Massage
Kinesiology
Nutrition and Herbalism   (I will be available between 11am and 3pm)
Reflexology
Reiki Healing
Structural Rebalancing
Thai Yoga Massage
Trigger Point Therapy Massage
Vortex Energy Healing

#FreeSyria #CalaisKitchen #Fundraising

 

Looking forward to seeing you there. Don’t miss it.