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Fertility Friday

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Introducing… Fertility Friday!

Fertility is not just about making babies, but rather a deeper reflection of
optimal health, nutrition,balance & vitality. Whilst there are infinite variations
on ‘normal’, for the ladies at least , it means experiencing a balanced
menstrual cycle, free of debilitating pain, mood-swings, skin breakouts,
weight fluctuations, and without drive to overeat.

Here at awaken your health, we love nothing more than
harmonised hormones and are dedicated to helping you achieve just that!
Each Friday, we will post recipes, tips,give examples of common
clinical presentations and the latest research
that will help you nurture your hormones and promote optimum fertility.

So, to kick off our first Fertility Friday and to celebrate the
last weeks of summer we are starting with our super simple and delicious

Balance-Banana Ice-Cream

If you haven’t tried making banana ice-cream before, then you are in for a treat!
This recipe is not only gluten, dairy and sugar-free but also contains
essential nutrients & ingredients that help balance hormones and
promote fertility including:

Maca– this South American root vegetable has been used for centuries to boost fertility.
It is a hormone balancing, libido & stamina enhancing superfood that is also
nutrient-rich.
Coconut butter– A rich source of mct saturated fat, which provides the building
blocks needed for hormone synthesis. Not enough fat in our diets can lead to
poor hormone production and hormonal disturbance.
Cinnamon– This super spice is fantastic for improving insulin sensitivity
and balancing blood sugar levels. It also promotes blood flow to the
reproductive organs. Balanced blood sugar levels are essential for
regular ovulation and healthy ormonal balance.
Banana– High in tryptophan, which converts to serotonin or our ‘happiness hormone’
and helps ward off postnatal depression. Bananas are also high in potassium,
an essential nutrient for regulating blood pressure and preventing pre-eclampsia.

Ingredients:
2x frozen bananas (peel, chop & freeze)
1tsp maca powder
1 tbs coconut butter or oil
¾ tsp ground cinnamon

Optional: chopped nuts or seeds of choice – pepitas or cashews are excellent
for their generous Zinc content.

Method
Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until
smooth and creamy. If bananas are too frozen, add 1 tablespoon of water.
Add chopped seeds or nuts!

Fertility Friday
Enjoy!

Wishing you all peace & happiness. 
Yours in good health,
Tabitha x

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Autumn 2012 Newsletter

The awakenyourhealth Autumn 2012 newsletter is now available featuring:

Greenpeace Sustainable Seafood Guide
Tabitha’s iPhone/iPad app recommendations
In Season Fruits and Vegetables
Recipe: Spinach and Goats Cheese Pie

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Spring 2011 Newsletter

The awaken your health Spring 2011 newsletter is available now featuring:

Announcement: Refreshed awaken your health website
Find Me On Facebook
Recipe: Broccoli Quinoa Salad
Annual Leave Dates

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Winter 2011 Newsletter

The Winter 2011 awaken your health newsletter is available now featuring:

Interview: Donna Macmullen
How Can I Make My Life Less Toxic
Recipe – Winter Minestrone

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May Newsletter

The May 2009 awaken your health newsletter is available now featuring:

Do I really need a supplement?
Top ten reasons you may need a Nutritional supplement
Recipe: Tab’s Tahini balls

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March Newsletter

The March 2009 awaken your health newsletter is available now featuring:

Useful tips for boosting your metabolism
Recipe: Delicious Seasonal Green Veggies with fresh herbs

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February Newsletter

The February 2009 awaken your health newsletter is available now featuring:

Announcement: Payment by card now accepted
Eating an Antioxidant-rich diet
Recipe: Mixed Berry Smoothie Ice Blocks

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January Newsletter

The January 2009 awaken your health newsletter is available now featuring:

Announcement: Payment by card now accepted
Why should I consider a detox?
Recipe: Super Summer Breakfast in a Glass

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December Newsletter

The December 2008 awaken your health newsletter is available now featuring:

Announcement: The arrival of baby Max
Christmas Special: Gift Vouchers
Choosing a Sunscreen this summer
Absolutely Delicious Stuffing Recipe for Christmas Turkey

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October Newsletter

The October 2008 awaken your health newsletter is available now featuring:

Reminder of Dates for practice in November and December
Focus on Weight: 6 Simple steps to awaken your summer body
Recipe -Lemon and Ginger Salmon

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September Newsletter

The September 2008 awaken your health newsletter is available now featuring:

Announcement:Introduction Of Phone Consultations
Reminder Of Dates For Practice Before The New Year
The Deal With Pesticides

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Food for Thought

Food is one of life’s greatest sources of pleasure, and eating the right kind of foods and preparing them in the healthiest possible way is essential to wellbeing. It is all too easy to resort to heavily processed, nutrient poor, calorie dense ‘convenience’ foods within our hectic lifestyles. These foods are often loaded with unhealthy fats, added sugars and salt, and an array of other unwanted substances.

As health professionals become more aware of scientifically proven links between diet and disease, it is becoming increasingly imperative that we consider the quality of the foods we are ingesting: if you have a well-nourished body, you will not only cope better with all aspects of daily life, but will improve your resistance to disease and automatically reduce your stress levels.

Improving the quality of fuels we put into our system is all about getting back to basics and eating food as close to how nature intended, ie. The less wrapping, the better! It’s about eating fresh, minimally processed foods with an abundance of colourful fruit and veggies, whole grains, legumes, and small servings of raw nuts and seeds, small deep-sea fish and lean, organic red meat, with a focus on variety for maximal nutrient and phytochemical intake.

Nutrient content aside, please consider the vitality in the foods we ingest, and how this life force may be passed onto us when we choose live foods such as fresh and raw fruit and veggies, sprouts and fresh culinary herbs! Including a weekly organic F&V shop or delivery has the triple advantage of minimizing pesticide exposure, improving mineral content of foods from richer soils, and supporting earth-aware, sustainable farming methods. In addition to this, most people can taste the richer flavours, and organic foods offer increased vitality and energy to us.

Simpler cooking methods such as lightly steaming or a quick stir-fry are optimal cooing methods, so as not to overcook or destroy water soluble vitamins, enzymes & phytochemicals in the foods. Including good quality fats (omega 3 & omega 6’s) and minimizing saturated fats and trans-fatty-acids from animal products and pastries/cakes/biscuits is also a key factor in improving the quality of our food intakes.

The perfect balance in diet is unique for each person. To find balance, it is important to know ones own individual needs, the properties of foods, the best preparation methods, and to choose a broad range of high quality foods. When a good attitude and ample exercise are combined, one finds no limit to total health: healthy body, healthy mind and healthy spirit.

It is recommended that roughly 30% of our total energy intake comes from fat: which on average translates to 55-85g/day. More importantly than amount of fat, however, is the type of fat we ingest. Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids (polyunsaturated fats) are known as Essential Fatty Acids because they are essential to the health of every cell in our body.

Omega 3’s are found in oily fish such as sardines, mackerel, salmon and trout; in flaxseed oil and meal, & in walnuts. Omega 6’s are found in nuts and seeds and their oils. Monounsaturated Fatty acids such as in olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds are always best raw, and extra-virgin olive oil is great for cooking due to it’s stability.

Other types of fats such as Saturated fats from animal sources should be minimized, including fats from red meat, poultry, full cream milk & yoghurt, cheese, butter, cream etc. Trans Fatty Acids should be avoided where possible, ie from cakes, pastries, biscuits, croissants.

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