By Tina Deubert
Welcome to my first newsletter. You are receiving it because at some point you signed up to receive emails from me or because you have expressed interest in my work. Please do let me know if you aren’t interested, and accept my apologies if you have accidentally received the newsletter despite telling me you don’t want it.
BUT I hope you’ll find it interesting. My aim is to give you food for thought about nutrition and health news.
I will also be telling you about any projects or offers I am running, and other therapies or therapists you may find interesting.
Without further ado, here goes:
Topical Tips – Safe Sun
You may have heard that the UK population is almost universally low or deficient in Vitamin D. This vitamin is showing itself to be incredibly important to health, and as time goes on more and more conditions and bodily functions are being shown to benefit from adequate Vitamin D levels in the body. Some of these are:
- Bone health
- Cancer prevention
- Insulin control
- Blood pressure regulation
We have been given many messages in recent years about avoiding the sun, covering up, slapping on the sunscreen and so on, and one theory about our current Vitamin D deficiency is that we have gone too far with sun avoidance.
Compare these two current public health recommendations:
UK – spend time in the shade 11am-3pm; cover up; use factor 15+ sunscreen
US – 5-30 minutes of sun exposure to legs, arms, face or back, 2 times a week WITHOUT sunscreen
The UK recommendation, arguably, is out of date, and if followed can block up to 90% of vitamin D manufacture in the body.
Obviously, we still have to avoid burning, so all of us will have a different length of time we can safely stay in the sun without burning.
However, a few minutes, depending on your skin, each day, can produce lots of vitamin D, so it’s important we don’t avoid the sun completely.
So the message here is to enjoy the sun, soak it up but make sure you don’t burn.
Weight Loss Group and Courses
In the Spring I ran a weight loss group, called Lose Weight – Feel Great! It consisted of 5 classes designed to provide sound nutritional advice to enable people to lose and manage their weight with a healthy diet which can be continued without feeling deprived. The idea is to learn how to feed yourself properly so that your weight finds a healthy level and stays there – once you are eating appropriately this is what should happen.
The group is still running, with slow but steady loss of weight and centimetres, as a support group. We’ve covered other topics related to weight gain and loss, and we also had a session where we cooked and ate a meal together.
Making food in a small group and eating it together showed everyone how easy it can be to put together a nutritious, well balanced meal in a very short time, with readily available ingredients and relative low cost.
As a result I now plan to run other nutrition based courses on a regular basis.
All courses and workshops include:
- Practical sessions – cookery demos and/or workshops
- Printed material to take away
- ‘Shop’ with recommended foods and supplements where appropriate
- Eating well to support good health – a 5 week course designed to give you the tools to eat well every day, supporting good health and enjoyment of food. (Dates and times to be arranged)
- Lose Weight – Feel Great! – Tuesdays 6-8pm in Lewes. A 5 week course to equip you to eat well, feel better, lose weight and keep it off, without feeling deprived.
- Off to Uni? – A one day workshop for young people leaving home. Practical, informative workshop outlining what you need to stay healthy and keep your brain working on a budget. Includes lunch and recipe ideas. (Dates and times to be arranged)
- Learn to love your Gut – Mondays 2-4pm, October, Hove. The importance of digestion and what you can do to support it.
- Cooking for the family – making sure children are well nourished, encouraging healthy eating habits and distinguishing real food from ‘food’ with negligible or negative benefits. (Dates and times to be arranged)
- Other food and health related topics, as requested
A course can be a good way of putting the foundation of healthy eating into place, and may help reduce a variety of difficult to resolve symptoms like:
- Low energy
- Mood swings
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Skin problems
- Brain fog
- Digestive difficulties
Participants are eligible for a discounted individual Nutritional Therapy consultation once they have completed a course, allowing an individual, targeted nutrition programme for more chronic, deep seated problems.
5 week courses cost £80
3 week gut course £50
1 day workshop £60 to include lunch
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT – Any bookings before 10th August SAVE £10
Branching Out – I am now a registered as a food business with Lewes District Council, which means I can pursue a related passion, cooking for people. This is an embryonic branch of foodworks4u and I’m happy to let it grow according to demand. At the moment I am offering:
- Wide Awake Lunches! – Instead of sandwiches making everyone sleepy and ineffective in the afternoon, I provide appetising and tasty salads with good quality protein.
- Dishes for Dinners – it might be a special dish for a vegetarian or gluten-free guest at a dinner party you are preparing or a starter, main course and/or pudding.
- Gluten free cakes – special occasion or day to day (cafes and restaurants also supplied)
Thank you for reading this far. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think may be interested, and do contact me if you have any questions or would like to make a booking.
Here’s hoping for a sunny August!
Tina Deubert, Nutritional Therapist, Bowen Therapist, Teacher
Definition of Nutritional Therapy from the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT): “The application of nutrition science in the promotion of health and peak performance. Nutritional Therapy can identify potential nutritional imbalances and how these contribute to symptoms. This approach allows the nutritional therapist to work with people on many levels by addressing nutritional imbalances and supporting the body towards maintaining health.”