Are you interested in changing your diet and getting some tips on healthy eating? Need advice on what to eat? Changing your diet can help with conditions such as eczema, diabetes, weight loss, allergies, etc as well as promoting vitality and wellness.
I’m in my final year of a Nutrition diploma at the College of Naturopathic Medicine. We are trained to design individual nutrition plans including ideas for foods and supplements to support your particular health journey.
We’re looking for clients for two sessions with third year students for £40 (includes a 90 minute consultation and a follow up appointment). The sessions are on Sat / Sun near Aztec West in Bristol.
If you are interested please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org
Breakfast is an important meal, don’t skip it. If you miss breakfast you’re more likely to overeat later in the day. Cereals are all very processed, even the ‘healthy ones’ and most are laden with added sugar. When you start the day with lots of sugar, a sugar peak will be followed by a sugar crash which can impact on your metabolism, mood and can cause weight gain. Remember a glass of fruit juice, and sweetened cereal can crash your blood sugar, leaving you tired shortly afterwards, reaching for more food to boost you back up.
Think ‘whole foods’ and challenge yourself to get some vegetables into breakfast if you can.
Here are some ideas for you to try.
- Porridge is a really easy way to start the day. It’s cheap, filling and nutritious. Add some seeds on top for extra protein.
- If you don’t fancy hot porridge, try some almond milk on top of a bowl of oats, cinnamon and sunflower seeds with a small handful of raisins on top. You can even make this the night before and leave in the fridge to save time.
- Scrambled or poached egg on wholemeal toast. Add spinach, fried tomatoes or mushrooms.
- Smoothie – try a mixture of vegetables and fruit, you can also add a handful of oats or natural yogurt. What about using almond, or soya milk and adding:
Banana, avocado, cocoa powder
Spinach, pear, berries (frozen ones are good)
Spinach, mint, cucumber and orange
Recipe – Banana pancakes
Let us know if you try this, our family loves it. Cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar levels, and turmeric is a great anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, eggs are a great source of protein, whilst bananas gives a natural sweetness.
|No grain Banana Pancakes (makes 4 medium sized) Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Veggie
|· 5 free range eggs· 2 ripe bananas (green ones won’t work)· 1 tsp cinnamon
· 1 tsp turmeric
· Coconut oil for frying
You can grind up flaxseeds in a coffee bean grinder and add two tablespoons of that, or if you have coconut flour you can also add one tablespoon.
|1. Mash up bananas with a fork
2. Mix in spices, (flaxseeds or coconut flour if using) and then eggs one at a time.
3. Heat small amount of coconut oil in frying pan until it melts (do not let it smoke, this is too hot).
4. Ladle out spoonful of mixture into pan, not too big or it won’t flip over.
5. Cook for a few minutes on medium heat until you can get a spatula underneath to turn pancake over.
6. Fry for a few more minutes on other side, then serve.
Adding blueberries or raspberries into the mixture before cooking is a very tasty way to get your antioxidants in first thing in the morning!
There have been some disturbing reports in the news this week about videos of abuse of babies which has been termed ‘Baby Yoga’. We were very upset to read about this, and it’s a world away from our Baby Yoga classes which are fun, gentle and relaxing for baby and you. We include lots of rhymes and songs and some gentle stretches for you both. We finish with a relaxation and chance to connect with your baby.
It’s so awful to think a baby was subjected to that practice in the name of baby yoga. Our baby yoga classes are all about Rhymes and Relaxation, it’s very gentle and nurturing. It’s about having fun with your baby through songs and movement, and we encourage a playful interaction between parent and baby.
Baby Yoga is becoming more popular in the UK, most classes are based on ancient Yoga poses from over 2000 years ago, with the aim of supporting a baby’s physical and cognitive development, as well as encouraging bonding.
The weekly classes are a time with no distractions when parents can concentrate on baby alone, and just relax together which is more and more important in our busy lives today. Many parents find that Baby Yoga will improve baby’s digestion through body movement and positioning. During the classes parents will work on strengthening and massaging the baby’s delicate intestines to help give relief from gas, colic and constipation
If you’ve never done yoga yourself before this is a perfect class, the emphasis is on relaxation and fun. We know your body can store tension and can take a great strain looking after babies so we use simple stretches and restful balances to release tension throughout the body. Our classes are very welcoming and friendly.
We have Baby Yoga classes in Bristol starting on 1st July in Fishponds, and a free taster event on 17th June at the Fishponds Play Cafe. To book on the taster just email us at email@example.com or book the five week course starting on 1st July online.
Head down to KudaCan (just off Gloucester Rd) to get a 10% discount card you can use against our Baby Massage class there in July. You can pick one up if you pop in this week, before they all go!
Baby Massage can help with bonding during the early months of parenthood. When you massage your baby you’ll be releasing oxytocin (the ‘love hormone’) which benefit both baby and parent.
Years ago parents were told not to pick up their babies because they would ‘spoil them’, but now we know gentle nurturing touch signifies, love, protection, shelter and warmth. Touch is the first of the senses to develop and it’s known to be the baby’s first ‘language’.
Come and find out more about what Baby Massage can offer you and your little one in a friendly class. We include lots of time for discussion and getting to know the other parents at the class.
You can always call or email us if you need any advice before booking – firstname.lastname@example.org
When you’re looking after a young family, especially a baby, your priorities are not often on what you eat. Understandably so, but it’s important to look after yourself during this period. As mums ourselves we know how hard it is to find time to create nutritious meals that sustain you without reaching for the biscuits! Parents at our baby massage class often say they don’t have time to eat lunch so we’ve put together some simple tips and ideas to help you out.
Firstly, it’s really important to eat lots of healthy protein, think about how you can get protein into every meal and snack. Add a handful of nuts to a mid-morning fruit snack. Try to avoid too much bread – it’s very easy to grab toast, but you will not be getting a good range of nutrients from toast alone! Oily fish is very good for you, see if you can add to your meals three times a week.
You can try to make more dinner and then have left overs for lunch the next day. Here are some other ideas for you to try – let us know how you get on and if you’ve got any ideas to add:
Lunches you can prepare mid-morning to grab later – can be eaten straight away or cold as a salad:
- Roasted sweet potato wedges and a salad, tomatoes, peppers, a tin of sardines. You could try adding humus, green beans, eggs, some pumpkin seeds
- Cook brown rice, near the end of cooking throw in some kale. Drain. Grate some carrot and any other salad items, add chick peas. Create a quick sauces by mixing tamari (or soy sauce) and tahini as a dressing
- Roasted butternut squash with quinoa, tomatoes and a green salad.
- Scrambled or poached egg with avocado on wholemeal toast. Add spinach, fried tomatoes or a green salad
- Omelette with spinach, pepper, mushrooms and tomatoes
- Oatcakes with hummus
- Soups – try Covent Garden soups for lots of veggies
- Miso soup – you can get sachets of soup to which you just need to add in some noodles and broccoli to make a meal.
Stay away from crisps, processed food, cakes high in sugar. It’s hard to think ahead and plan meals in advance, but if you can make a nutritious lunch packed with vegetables for yourself even 2 or 3 times a week it will help your energy levels and mood.
Look out for our easy, healthy snacks blog coming soon!
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We have a fantastic new Mother’s Day gift offer, the perfect for a new parent. Help a post natal mother relax and unwind for an hour with our amazing therapist Emily. Then attend our four week baby massage class and learn techniques to support baby’s digestion, improve symptoms of colic and deepen your bond with your baby.
You could give someone a relaxing and rejuvenating holistic massage, as well as a place on our four week baby massage course for only £56 (Would normally cost £76). This is a thoughtful gift that will be remembered for years to come.
Baby Massage Course And A Massage For Mum
Email us now for more details – email@example.com
We’re running a special offer* for November and December at our Baby Yoga classes – if you bring a friend to one of our classes you only pay £3.25 each (normally £6.50 each). So come and try out our classes for this reduced rate for both of you, or you could treat a friend to a class.
Baby Yoga has benefits for you and your baby – you don’t need any previous experience of yoga to enjoy the sessions. We work with the babies’ natural flexibility during some gentle stretches and movements which improve their motor-sensory development and co-ordination. Some gentle stretches and balances are included for you, all adapted to involve your baby.
Classes are suitable for babies who are not yet crawling. We engage them with lots of rhymes and songs
Just email us to reserve your place and pay cash on the day.
Classes are held every Wednesday at 1pm at KudaCan (Dongola Rd, BS7 9HG). If you’d like more information about the classes please contact Anna on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07812010412.
*Offer valid during November & December 2014 for one class only (unless you bring another friend next time!)
We’re running a free baby massage taster session on 17th September 11-12pm at All Saints Church, Grove Rd, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2BW. This is part of the Fishponds annual community festival Fishfest
The session will run from 11am for around 45 minutes and share with you some of the benefits of massaging your little one, as well as teaching you a short routine you can practice at home to see how you get on.
The session is suitable for parents and carers of babies up to around 6 months (or non movers if older). We are qualified infant massage instructors and have lots of experience running sessions for parents in Bristol.
If you’re interested in booking a place please get in touch email@example.com or call Anna on 07812010412.
We are very excited to announce we are running a Pregnancy and Baby Fair on 20th September 2014. The event will bring together everything you will need for your bump, newborn babies and toddler in Bristol under one roof. The fair will be held at The Vassall Centre in Fishponds (10-30-14.30)
There are a number of ‘nearly new’ sales across Bristol but nothing that brings together all the classes, products and support you can access for your young family. Whether you’re starting your family, or have few small ones already, your journey as a parent is a big part of your life. The Gentle Touch understands how wonderful but also how difficult the early days of parenthood can be. We are bringing together like minded businesses in Bristol who support gentle parenting and nurture parent and child.
The first 100 people through the door on the day will receive a giveaway bag full of offers, discounts and information so make sure you arrive early! There will be lunch available as well as tea and cake, and somewhere to sit down and play with your little ones provided by the wonderful The Bubbahub.
There will be opportunities for you to test some of the baby classes in Bristol you may have heard about by coming to one of the many taster sessions we’ll have on offer. A full timetable of tasters will be available in advance of the day –‘like’ our Facebook page and Twitter account we’ll keep you up to date.
For trader enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 07724984854 (Emma) or 07812010412 (Anna)
We are running FREE introductory sessions for baby massage in Fishponds and Southville. Come and learn more about the benefits of baby massage and learn some gentle strokes to see how you get on. There is no obligation to sign up to one of our four week baby massage courses, just come and find out more about baby massage.
To attend the session we’re asking for a donation to Cots for Tots charity if you can because they supported the baby of a good friend of ours who was in the special care baby unit at St Michael’s hospital for 4 months. This is optional.
There are four sessions running, all are open to parents of babies (up to approx 6 months old) who are interested in learning more about the wonderful benefits of baby massage. We are qualified infant massage instructors and have lots of experience running baby massage classes in Bristol. The sessions will run:
- Wednesday 28th May, 2-3pm All Saints Church, Grove Rd, Fishponds BS16 2BW
- Wednesday 4th June, 2-3pm The Elephant House, 1 Dean Street, Southville, BS3 1BG
- Wednesday 11th June, 2-3pm All Saints Church, Grove Rd, Fishponds BS16 2BW
- Monday 30th June , 12-1pm The Elephant House, 1 Dean Street, Southville, BS3 1BG
Places are limited so please contact Emma and Anna on email@example.com or call on 07724984854 for booking.