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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.....

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! .....

Hot Chocolate Beauty Porridge

1 cup oats (or quinoa / buckwheat if you prefer 3 cups mylk (we like to use unsweetened almond or if you prefer a creamier porridge use coconut milk) 1tbsp Beauty Elixir 1 tbsp cacao powder pinch pink Himalayan salt 1 tsp maca powder 1 tbsp acai powder or a piece of frozen acai 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp almond butt.....

Autumn Eating

The change in season can place greater demands on our immune system as the temperature changes and we head back to work and our children go back to school.  We tend to shift away from a more relaxed summer holiday state to being more stressed as work and school pressures increase. Alchemy founder and nutritional therapist Karen Newby shares her top 5 tips to eat yourself well this Autumn:  .....

Why Eat Organic?

By Karen Newby, BSc Nutritional Medicine and Alchemy founder “The health of soil, plant, animal and man is one and indivisible.” Lady Eve Balfour, Soil Association founder In preparation for my talk at the Soil Association event next Tuesday I’ve been putting together some thoughts about why organic is so important to me. Whenever I can, I buy organic for a number of reasons.  The products taste be.....

5 reasons to get your 10 a day

Recent research has shown that we should be aiming for 10 portions of veg and fruit per day.  As a nutritional therapist, an essential part of any programme is a bedrock of plants…here are my top 5 reasons why: 1. Mineral and vitamin rich – they are nature’s multi-Vit 2. Phytonutrient rich – ‘phyto’ is the Greek word for plant – 1000s of natural chemicals which help to protect plants from germs, fungi and other threats and help us t.....