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The Alchemy Retreat

I’m very excited to announce our first Alchemy Retreat is now set for April 13-15th 2018, at the beautiful Tilton House nestled within the South Downs National Park in Bloomsbury country.  I’m looking forward to revitalising 12 special guests over the course of this weekend through the power of plants and sharing some of my knowledge on how food can be your medicine.  I’ll also be introducing you to some of my friends I’ve met along the way to help nourish the body and s.....

To detox or not to detox?

Let’s not forget that we are detoxifying now!  It is a natural process that is happening all of the time. At the start of the year there are so many fad diets around and extreme detoxes in the media. Many of them are unsustainable in the real world!  In addition to not being the best time to detox – Spring is naturopathically much better – a quick juice detox, although helping to flood the body with micronutrients and give our digestive systems a break, won&.....

Plant based boosters for your January Training

Discover how plant based nutrition can power your New Year fitness sessions.  Words by registered nutritional therapist and Alchemy founder Karen Newby. Plant vs whey protein There are lots of advantages to opting for vegan protein powder over whey.  Whey protein can often cause symptoms such as bloating, zapping us of our energy.  As a dairy based food, it’s also pro-inflammatory containing arachidonic acid. Inflammation is the scourge of every athlete .....

Foods to help our mind

Words by Karen Newby, BSc Nutritional Medicine and Alchemy founder   In Ayurveda the mind is very much treated as part of the body; with the knowledge that it has a huge effect on it, and vice versa. In Western medicine mental health is often seen as something completely separate to the physical. We can see this through diet – if the brain isn’t nourished, like all organs in the body, it starts to become out of balance......

Combat pollution with antioxidants

  Did you know that we breathe up to 8L of air per minute? Although breathing practices such as pranayama can be hugely advantageous to us, it’s also a well known fact that breathing in often high levels of pollutants in our cities increases the amount of detoxification our bodies have to deal with. Here are our top 5 ways to boost your antioxidants to help support detoxification: 1. Add our Beauty Elixir to your morning smoothie R.....

6 desk bound healthful snacks

I work from home a lot and know only too well the temptation of the snack cupboard!  Office working too can also place a strain on our snack intake due to boredom or tea making rituals or birthday cakes being brought in!  Here are my simple ways to optimise those snacks to help curb our hunger and help keep us energised for longer: 1.  Swap biscuits for protein based snacks such as falafel – minimising sugar helps keep those blood sugar rollercoasters at bay. .....

Transforming Beetroot, Carrot and Ginger

Simple healthy food swaps that can last past January

Words by Alchemy founder and nutritional therapist Karen Newby Getting through January is hard enough, so no need to add to it with diets and extreme goal setting in my opinion!  Simple changes can make a difference in often subtle ways – boosting our energy levels so we’re more likely to go to the gym or feel more refreshed on waking so we feel happier on those dark grey mornings on our way to work.   Here are my 7 easy and sustainable ways to boo.....

5 ways to combat stress

The fight or flight stress response is the primary response for both women and men but behaviorally the female response follows the pattern of ‘tend and befriend’. Meaning that women are more likely to promote safety, reducing distress and the creation and maintenance of social networks to aid that process.  I wanted to share some tips on how best to nourish ourselves during times of stress and with Christmas coming too! 1.  Keep blood sugar balanced &#.....

Tired all the time?

Take this simple test to see if you are you showing signs of having out of balance cortisol levels: Do you feel tired on waking? Do you suffer from weight gain round the middle? Do you feel tired in the afternoon? Is early evening one of the most productive times of the day for you? Do you have problems falling asleep? Do you wake up in the night and find it difficult to get back to sleep? Do you crave sugar or caffeine or.....

A little note on fat gain round the middle by Karen Newby

Menopause: How to get rid of weight gain round the middle

Often gradual weight gain round the middle can be a sign of internal stress in your body.  It’s also  interesting to note that the word stress was only used as an engineering term up until the late 1930s – no such thing as ‘stress’ beforehand! The stress response is necessary – but many of us are dealing with an adaptive stage of stress – the on-going stress response on a daily basis.  Fat around the middle being a sign of this. So what is increasing t.....