Tami Tal NTP
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
Making a New Years resolution is a great idea! We can decide on a fresh start – this year
things will be better. By now we are probably experienced enough to know that we might
not follow through with some of them. Yes, we all want to be fit, healthy, achieve the right
weight and look great. We want to find a way to be more fulfilled and successful in our
personal and professional life.
When it comes to our health, diet and nutrition, it sometimes seem like an impossible
mission. Yes, I want to eat better, feel better and look better. But the information out there is
Fat is bad – no it’s good! Coffee is bad for you – but it has all these antioxidants that are so
good for you! You definitely have to cut down your sugar consumption – but dried fruits, for
example, are full of so many vitamins and minerals! Grains are hard to digest – but they have
all the important fibres!
Shall I go on? it seems that every day we hear about something that is good for us only to
read an article the next day about the dangers of that same thing. (Red wine anyone?)
Start the New Year with a new healthy eating plan!
So, where to start? The answer in one word is bio- individuality. We are all
biologically unique. Even two members of the same family can have a very different
experiences when it comes to food.
Still, certain rules can apply to us all: processed foods, refined sugars and
carbohydrates are harmful to the body.
WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR BODY WILL EITHER HELP OR HARM YOU.
And so we want to stick with properly prepared, nutrient dense whole foods that will strengthen the building blocks of our bodies.
Let’s discuss a few of the most common foods with the most contradictory information:
Are these 6 foods good or bad for you?
Coffee contains several important nutrients, including Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese,
Potassium, Magnesium, and Niacin. These are all beneficial to our body and can help keep us healthy and fight off disease. Coffee also has caffeine, that is a stimulant. Caffeine can feel good, especially in the morning, and give a boost to the body and brain to start the day. However, people that already have even mild stresses in their lives and also consume sugars and carbohydrates on a regular basis, people that suffer from high blood pressure, anxiety or are sensitive to caffeine might find even one cup of coffee is harmful.
Anthocyanin is an antioxidant found in grape skins used to make red wine. It is
known to prevent disease-causing cell damage. New research shows that white wine
may be as heart-healthy as red. Grape flesh — used to make both red and white wine
— contains antioxidants that are just as powerful as those in grape skins. We all know
the risks of drinking too much alcohol. But alcohol is a naturally occurring substance
that even animals consume sometimes in nature (Animals in Africa get drunk by
eating ripe Marula fruits – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50tlF3kGbT4).
However people with a compromised digestive system or blood sugar management
issues, which is the majority of us today, find alcohol to be yet another burden on the
system. For example, the liver is constantly at work assimilating all the nutrients we
consume and getting rid of toxins. One portion (unit or glass) of alcohol can set the
liver’s normal function back by 8 hours!
Wheat is rich in vitamin B6, niacin, thiamin, folate, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid.
Vitamin E and K are also present in smaller, but still significant amounts. That’s a lot
of great nutrients (we’re talking whole grain here of course). Grains in general are not
very easy to digest and traditionally they were properly prepared and soaked, as
fermentation partially digests the grain and helps our digestion of it. When freshly
ground and properly soaked and baked, wheat’s many nutrients can be beneficial to
people who are not grain or gluten (a protein in the grain) sensitive. Unfortunately,
due to so many years of eating processed, refined and chemically enhanced wheat
products, many people have developed wheat and gluten sensitivity and some don’t
even know it. Consuming foods that you’re sensitive to can greatly compromise your
health, especially the gut, immune system and brain function.
This is a subject of much debate and a lot of information is involved. To keep it short
– fat is one of the most important building blocks in our body. Most of the brain is
made of it and every cell membrane in the body. Consuming fat is essential. However
the quality of the fat is crucial! consuming processed fats – hydrogenated and trans
fats (most of our take away, crisps, ready made meals and a lot of home vegetable
cooking oils contains them) actually causes damage to the cell membranes in our
body. Consuming healthy, natural, traditional fats is essential to health: butter, lard,
goose fat as saturated fats, olive oil, avocado, and omega 3 rich vegetable oils like
hemp, flaxseed, walnut and fish oils. Oils go a long way in terms of quantity and a
small amount in every meal should suffice.
Fish are a great source of Omega-3s that can boost your mood and improve brain
function, help fight inflammation and have many other benefits. It is recommended to
eat two to three servings of fish a week. However here quality matters too. The
amount of toxins in the sea that are absorbed by the fish and sea foods, especially
mercury, is worrying. It is best to research where the fish comes from and try to stick
to fresh water and wild fish (like salmon).
Milk and dairy foods are healthy and considered nutrient-rich because they serve as
good sources of calcium and vitamin D as well as protein and other essential
nutrients. They provide phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, B12,
and riboflavin. People who are not sensitive to dairy (sometimes you don’t even
know that you are until you stop eating it for a while) can benefit from this great
super food. However, modern day pasteurisation and processes of making dairy low
in fat can take away the benefits of a lot of these nutrients. You should at least try to
eat full fat products, but we now know that consuming organic unpasteurised dairy is
easier to digest and full of good bacteria and good nutrients.
Do you see a pattern here?
Going back to more traditionally ways of cooking and eating can benefit our
We are all different and need to find our own individual way of eating that suits our
The good news is that food sensitivities and health conditions are not necessarily a
By healing the gut we can improve and sometimes reverse many allergies,
sensitivities and health conditions (even diabetes), and after a healing time, go back
to eating foods that we missed for a long time!
How Nutritional therapy works
We have great tools to assess what is going on with your body at the moment. We use
a special detailed questionnaire as well as a food journal assessment and a more
general questionnaire before the first meeting. In our first consultation that lasts about
2 hours, we also use a physical examination and use the innate intelligence of the
body to tell us in more details where the weaknesses are. We then provide a full
individually tailored program to suit your specific needs and adjust it on further
consultation according to progress and need.
Nutritional therapy may be able to help with conditions like acid reflux, IBS, Crohn’s/colitis, to
fatigue, diabetes, skin conditions, anxiety, depression and many other conditions that
were not alleviated simply by going to the doctor.
Prices: £75 per hour, 2 hours for the initial consultation. or a course of 5 hours for
reduced fee of £350
Special new year offer
Book your appointment before 1st February
£300 for 5 hours