How I’m beating autoimmune arthritis with lifestyle medicine (3).

Lifestyle autoimmune arthritis

Autoimmune disease is a bummer. Autoimmune arthritis is a bummer. And psoriatic arthritis – a form of autoimmune arthritis with psoriasis – is no exception.  Left to its own devices, autoimmune diseases take no prisoners in their destructive progression and conventional approaches can only leave the sufferer reliant upon toxic and hideously debilitating medications. Believe me, it doesn’t HAVE to…

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Spring Foods Make Those Gut Critters Happy!

Spring Foods Seasonal Eating

‘Spring’ foods do a body good!  The ancient life-sciences and traditional societies knew that it does a body good to eat seasonally and modern science may just be catching up!  Our gut microbes are smart and demanding critters and we need to keep up!   Ever wondered why we call Nature’s regenerative season ‘Spring’?!   *This post was…

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How I’m Beating Arthritis with Food-as-Medicine (2): What I would have said to my younger self!

Izabella Younger self arthritis

Sadly, my younger self wasn’t able to piece together the complex medical and research jigsaw on arthritis and psoriasis that convinced me that food-as-medicine was the ONLY way of truly healing myself from a progressive autoimmune disease – psoriatic arthritis. IN THE FIRST POST in this series I shared how good it felt to know I was healing my psoriatic arthritis with…

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How I’m Beating Arthritis with Food-And-Lifestyle-Medicine (1)

spring blossom jigsaw

There’s NO doubt about it – I’m beating arthritis with food-and-lifestyle medicine.  Today, I took a break from writing, recipe testing and filming for my upcoming book to walk, painlessly, through a local park on this glorious early Spring day.  As I looked up and noticed the new blossom flowering against the clear blue sky,…

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Valentine’s Day ‘Self-Love’ 5 Ways!

Valentine's Day Self Love

Valentine’s Day traditions of romancing and honouring a lover with sensual foods (like chocolates!) hearts and flowers goes way back to the 18th-century.  Leaving aside the tacky media hype, I think it’s still a lovely way to recognise and be recognised by, a loved one.  For those without an ‘other half’, Valentine’s Day can leave us feeling pretty…

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My No-Stress Christmas Lunch Recipes!

Christmas roast pork shoulder

Family and friends are gathered around the table, chatting happily, their smiley eyes twinkling and mouths watering in anticipation of the feast before them. Picture a magnificent bone-in roast shoulder of pork sitting up proudly on its platter, snug in its cloak of crispy, fragrant crackling. Surrounding it are dishes of golden, crunchy roast potatoes; baked apples with…

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7 Hacks To Beat Your Post-Lunch Dip (#6 is best!)

post-lunch dip

Did you wolf down a ‘skinny’ breakfast (or none at all) and rush off to work dragging your desperate body (protesting “No, no NO!”) behind you?  We’ve all done it. And throughout the hectic morning do you plough on, with regular hits from coffee (black, no sugar) or energy-drinks? And come lunch-time, do you tuck into sandwiches/a baguette/a panini/pasta salad…

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Get Off Your Butt At Work And Take Your Mind For A Walk!

walk your mind

Walking, as opposed to sitting or standing, “will almost certainly result in increased feelings of pleasant energy. And that’s true whether you expect this to occur or not.” – Jeff Miller, Ph.D., Visiting Professor of Psychology,  Saint Xavier University. In a series of intriguing studies, Miller and coauthor Zlatan Krizan, Ph.D showed that, the very act of walking lifts our…

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7 Reasons To Use Ghee (Foodies will LOVE #7)


Do you use ghee?  Ghee’s a super delicious uber-fat, prized since ancient times.  If your fat of choice is coconut oil, then it’s a great choice: universal (i.e. vegan-friendly) and with a myriad of uses – from bullet-proofing coffee, to baking and frying, to hair and skin-conditioning, non-toxic sun protection and weight loss – coconut oil fully deserves its reputation as…

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Conversations About Health with the Fitness Explorer Darryl Edwards

We’re really pleased to welcome Darryl Edwards, The Fitness Explorer to our Conversations About Health. Darryl is an international speaker, certified personal trainer, nutritional therapist, and award-winning author of three books: 1. Paleo Fitness: Primal Training and Nutrition to Get Lean, Strong, and Healthy 2. Paleo from A – Z 3. 7 Day Introduction to…

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