From my heart to yours on International Women’s Day


Putting cherries on her cake at mid-life is what every woman should be doing… especially on International Women’s Day.

Midlife is our time to SHINE! Each and every one of us has a responsibility to take the gift of life with both hands and to make the rest of our life, the BEST of our life.

Our midlife is a pivotal and the start of a journey of new discoveries about who we are and how we want to live. For women, it's absolutely the time to embrace our wisdom, share our gifts with confidence and to step forward with optimism and courage.

I believe that our femergy - our energy, vitality, health and happiness - is our birth-right and that we can reclaim our health at any age.

I believe our body is much wiser than we are: we must learn its whispers, before we hear it scream.

I believe that mind and body are one: a healthy body is host to a healthy mind. It cannot be otherwise.

I believe that our food is our first and best medicine: what we eat will make - or break - our health. Traditional foods - wholesome, nutritious and delicious, cleanly farmed and grown on a healthy planet - are not a privilege. They’re everybody’s birth-right.

But food isn’t our only medicine: our metabolism and digestion; the quality of our sleep; how we move our bodies; how we manage stress and nurture our inner and outer ‘connectedness’; and how we look after our nest and our environment are all essential for true health.

We are much more than the sum of our parts: femergy and true health means living a ‘whole’ life.


I believe that each and every one of us is unique - no one-size ‘diet’ fits all, nor can fix all. I believe that to lose weight, we need to get healthy first and that there are no ‘good’ foods or ‘bad’ foods - just foods our body can or cannot deal with.

Good food is more than just fuel: it’s fundamental information for our body AND it is Mother Nature’s delicious gift to be enjoyed.

I believe that each of us is responsible our own health and happiness: information, inspiration and support open the door to self-knowledge - and to better choices, better decisions and a better life for ourselves and for our children.

I believe that optimum energy, vitality, health and happiness isn’t a destination - it’s a 24/7 journey. For life.

And I believe women MATTER - really matter.

In our roles as Queen, Mother, Wise Woman, Lover, we are all things to all people. We hold our partner, our children, our family, our community and the world in the palms of our caring hands. And it's a heavy responsibility.

At the Vancouver Peace summit in 2009, the Dalai Lama said something that rocked the globe:

“The world will be saved by the Western woman.”

Fazle Hasan Abed’s organisation BRAC (with an annual budget in excess of $1 billion) delivers education, health care and microfinance to millions of people in Asia and Africa. BRAC has given $6 billion in small loans to women and Abed believes that women are the key to solving some of its most pressing challenges.

Girls and women represent the greatest untapped resources of the developing world. That's quite some plate to step up to! But, when fatigue and the feeling we need to do more, be more and care more overwhelms us and we haven't made room to hold ourselves in the palm of that hand, our ability to hold everything else together suffers.

And so does our health and happiness. Women matter – because if not us, then who?

Building resilience is every woman’s priority

But we are all unique - no ‘one-size’ fits all. Each one of us is different.

We’re not just the product of what we eat - we're much, much more than a highly evolved ‘eating machine’ which only needs to eat healthy to be healthy. If only it were that simple!

Quick-fixes never work

Just as it can take years to ‘break’, it can take a little time to mend… especially at midlife and beyond. However much they promise, quick fixes don’t work. They leave us trapped in a cage where the wheel of life goes around and around and around... but nothing changes.

Because only the symptoms - and not the root cause - of our disease has been addressed.

Do the work and YOU WILL BE THE CHANGE

“If we always do what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always got.”

Anthony Robbins and before him Albert Einstein, Henry Ford (and even Mark Twain) have all been credited with uttering this profound (but obvious) wisdom. What matters is the point it makes: we can consciously commit to creating a future that gives us the chance to live the best life we can, or, we can remain passive participants in a future that just ‘happens’ to us and live a life we haven’t consciously chosen.

How easy is to settle for (but come to regret) the wasted potential?

But you need to ACT...

“If it is to be, it’s up to me.”

This is a simple, but profound, wisdom. If we want something badly enough to commit to it, it’s up to US to take responsibility, take charge and stop waiting for someone else to do the job.

Here’s the thing: it's got to be you who makes the decision to make the changes that bring energy, vitality and health and it’s up to you to take that first step, however small, and walk consistently towards your goal.

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Do you need a little help with the cherries?

Consider a health coach. The right health coach can also be your mentor and your ally and will make the difference between wishing life was better and creating a much better life.

A coach can help you to get clear on your health goals and priorities; support you with information, inspiration and the motivation to take small, actionable steps for the wins - the diet and lifestyle changes that get you into the driving seat and put the pedal to the metal for more energy, vitality and control.

A mentor will help you to understand why food is medicine and why education comes before medication. And a mentor will teach you how to put the nutrient-dense, traditional foods that kept generations of our grandparents fit, lean and free from chronic diseases, back onto your table.cherry ice cream with rosewater

An on-your-side ally will encourage you to believe in yourself and gain the confidence to manage your own health.

If you do nothing else on International Women’s Day, do these two things...

  1. Put on your own oxygen mask first. Then, help others to put on theirs.
  2. Make this stunning Cherry Rose and Dark Chocolate Ice-Cream by Donna Crous of Eighty 20 Nutrition

Izabella Natrins

I'm here to inspire and support women at midlife and beyond to re-ignite purpose and meaning to take back control of their health and create the radical, resilient heath they want and deserve. As a whole-health expert with over 30 years experience in the field, a qualified Health and Wellness Coach and Ballymaloe-trained nutritional chef, my real food nutrition and lifestyle medicine programmes support women fighting fatigue, struggling with overwhelm, weight gain, sleep, energy and niggling or multiple diagnosed health issues. As an advocate for real food nutrition, regenerative agriculture and whole-health, my book 'The Real Food Solution' is an evidence-based treasury wisdom for energy, vitality and better health for people and planet and a call to action to change the way we grown, source and cook our food. As the CEO at The UK Health Coaches Association, I'm proud to continue the task of leading the first professional association for Health and Wellness Coaches in the world and the gold standard for the UK and Ireland.

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