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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.....

Welcome to Alchemy

As a nutritional therapist I’m a big believer in the transformative power of food – especially plants which most of us don’t get enough of in our diet!  They are an essential source of vitamins, minerals, fibre and even protein that our often stressed out body’s need on a daily basis! Alchemy provides a convenient plant and therefore nutrient boost for my time starved patients and customers.  It was important that they were FOOD not.....

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.....

Menopause: The Optimum Menopause Diet

Menopause is often connected with a ‘turning point’ in life – a sense that what now follows will be different from what went before. This is referred to by the Japanese as having an awareness of ‘fu shi me’, ie a defined mental outlook. In Asia, the menopause is regarded positively, rather than in the West were it’s often approached with dread. It has been reported that the incidence of hot flushes, the most common of the symptoms of the menopause, varies from 70–.....

Brain food

In Ayurveda the mind is very much treated as part of the body; with the knowledge that it has a huge effect on the body and vice versa.  In Western medicine it’s often seen as something 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. You only have to look at stress and what effect this has on brain function and how this manifests in the body to see how important .....

Energy porridge

In a pan, cook 1/2 cup buckwheat & 1/2 cup quinoa with 1 cup of organic coconut milk and filtered water (until desired consistency reached). Add ginger, vanilla powder, cinnamon & energy elixir and cook for 10-12 minutes. Top with berries, nut butter or coconut yogurt and devour! .....