25% OFF Flourish Coaching Packages!

Hello lovely people,

I’m having a 25% OFF Flash Sale on Flourish coaching packages, including THE REBOOT and Go Gluten Free!

Offer ends on September 1st – so grab it quick!  

Don’t worry, you can start the coaching package at a time that suits you, just make sure you get it while its on offer!

“The Reboot was great, I feel so much better and I can revisit it at any time!”

The Reboot – This package is perfect if you want to take control of your health, get your eating habits back on track, lose a bit of weight, get your energy back or begin to deal with a chronic health problem, like IBS, Crohn’s, or a thyroid issue.

How it worksThe Reboot is a 4-week package that walks you through making sustainable change. You get to set the pace and decide what changes you want to make. The Reboot fits with YOUR unique lifestyle – that’s the beauty.

In the first week, Cleanse, you may decide to cut down on caffeine so switch your morning coffee for a cup of tea. You may decide to go all-out and cut out all processed food!  Each week you build on the changes and by the end you’ll feel amazing!

Don’t worry, the package walks you through it all and gives you ideas on how to achieve what you want!

Get it HERE NOW!

Go Gluten Free – This is a great package if you think you may have a problem with gluten but feel overwhelmed at the prospect of going gluten free, when you are already so busy.  It’s also a MUST for anyone with IBS, Crohn’s or a Thyroid issue, as gluten plays such a key role in these diseases.  Going Gluten free is the best way to test whether you can feel better on a Gluten-free diet. 

How it works – the Go Gluten Free package provides you with all the information you need to go gluten free in a safe and healthy way. It provides you will tools and ideas, such as a food swap list and recipe ideas, as well as an action plan for how you can cut gluten out of your life.

It’s a bargain at just £30!  Grab it NOW Click HERE

“The gluten free package took the hassle out of it for me, and now I know that gluten was affecting my health.”

Once you are enrolled on any Flourish Package, you can get One-2-One sessions about your package for Just £35!

Email me if you have any questions or would like some more info!

Grab a package and feel better soon!

With warmth,

Caroline xxx

Hypothyroidism and the Sun

I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I’m not sure exactly how long I’ve had it for, but I’m pretty sure it was at some point in my teens when it first set in. I’ve been managing my symptoms and helping others to do so using my immunology background and nutrition training.

Recently though, I’ve been marvelling at how well I felt while I was away on holiday in Costa Rica.

I’ve been feeling well overall for a long time now, but usually it is something that I have to constantly manage. If I slip up with my diet or get too little sleep, then I really pay the price – there isn’t much of a buffer.

But apparently this is not the case in the tropics!  I was able to manage jet lag (with two jet lagged children) and big dietary changes (from very high veg and low carb to high carb and low veg…) with no problem at all. I was even waking up refreshed after a very little sleep!

Amazing.

So what was going on?  I’ve always loved the tropics and I am convinced it’s the temperature, humidity and the sunshine that help my body work better. Even though I didn’t sun bathe – I was either in the shade with the kids, in my rash vest attempting to surf or walking around with suncream and a hat – I got a light tan and felt the difference.

Vitamin D plays a huge role in moderating our immune systems, and that it is really important (but usually deficient) in people with autoimmune conditions (like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis).

I can help you get your thyroid condition under control and to feel your best as soon as possible!  Email me now to book your Free Discovery Session EMAIL CAROLINE

Getting that extra bit of sunshine (carefully of course) definitely helps me.  I also acknowledge that getting away from it all and being on holiday undoubtably makes things better!

So what does this mean for those of us in temperate regions?  Interestingly autoimmune conditions are more prevalent in temperate zones.  I’d suggest getting out in that sunshine, or even daylight, as much as possible and in a safe way and keeping warm by layering up, especially when it’s breezy!

Have you been on holiday this summer? How did you feel?

Caroline xx

Don’t forget to check out my coaching HERE.  I can help you get your thyroid condition under control and to feel your best as soon as possible!  Email me now to book your Free Discovery Session EMAIL CAROLINE

Going chemical-free improved my health

It’s suspected that allergies, asthma, some cancers and reproductive disorders are increasing, in part, due to the use of chemicals in our homes and on our bodies. For 99% of common chemicals (i.e. those used in household and beauty products), there is too little information on their safety – we don’t know their effects on our health or on the environment.

When I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) I made big changes to my diet and to my lifestyle and I felt a lot better. But, it wasn’t until I switched to chemical-free living that I completely recovered.  I believe that was because my body could finally stop having to process and eliminate the various irritants and toxins I was inadvertently exposing myself to.

Also, I think going chemical-free helped settle my hormones. So many beauty products (including shampoos, conditioners and moisturisers) have hormone-disrupting chemicals in them.  This should be a HUGE red flag for everyone, but it should particularly concern people with hormone problems such as thyroid disorders and adrenal problems.

Cancer has also darkened our doors, so using chemicals when water and a special cloth with do the job just as well, if not better!

Also, any chemical you use in your home will go straight into the environment. So going chemical-free also helps the planet – win-win!

Going chemical-free is a bit of a lifestyle change, and can seem daunting – I know only too well. It’s hard to figure out how to clean your house without cleaners (right!?) and what about your body products?!

Here’s what I did, and it’s actually really quick and simple to make the switch – and TOTALLY WORTH IT!

I first made the switch when I was living in Australia, and there was a lovely local shop that made and sold their own plant-based beauty products, which was perfect. At that time I used a combination of traditional cleaning concoctions, like lemon, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. It was alright, but a bit of a pain and not quick and easy.

Now I live in the UK have discovered better ways to be chemicals-free. I use various brands of organic, chemical-free shampoo and conditioner. I use organic coconut oil, sesame oil or this cream to moisturise and I use a range of body cloths (microfibre so no need for soap!), organic soap and shower gel.  I find the Norwex make-up remover cloths to be fabulous – they remove all make-up with just water, and gently cleanses your face without stripping it, so great even if you don’t wear make-up. I use them everyday!

Chemical-Free_Badges_GreenFor my home, I exclusively use Norwex products because they are the best I have found and I like the company’s ethos. I haven’t looked back. Norwex has made the transition to chemical-free living so much easier, because cleaning with their products is so quick and easy! (No really, it’s almost addictive and I am not a compulsive cleaner!).

Since I switched to Norwex EnviroCloths (and stopped using chemical cleaners) and Norwex Washing Powder my health has improved, son’s persistent nighttime cough has gone and I’m not freaking out about giving my kids Cancer by using chemicals on and around them (I know that sounds dramatic, but when it’s that close to home, these fears are real).

I also wouldn’t do without the Blue Diamond Bathroom cleaner, which is a natural product that gives that extra clean to the areas that really need it!  You dilute it down so much that it lasts for ages.

I’ve also just had first hand experience of the amazing Odour Eliminator, as our cats used the cupboard under the stairs as a latrine while we were on holiday – nice.  I’ve cleaned it all without using chemicals, and there is no cat pee smell – amazing.

I haven’t come across anything that I can’t clean chemical-free.

Still have your doubts?  Get in touch if you have any questions!

Be healthy!

C_14Caroline xxx

caroline@flourishwellness.co.uk

Blood tests, hypothyroidism and vitamin D

I’ve recently got back from a fabulous holiday in Costa Rica, Central America. I am super lucky to be able to go there; I have amazing family and friends there, it’s beautiful, very biodiverse, the people are delightful and you can walk into a lab like a highstreet shop and order any blood test you like.

I know that this is quite a privileged thing to be able to do, and I wouldn’t advise that you do it unless you know how to interpret the results or have a doctor who can help you with it (I also saw an endocrinologist while I was there).

In the UK getting your own blood tests done isn’t possible. Here your GP has to order the blood tests, which means they first have to think that the tests are worth ordering and that the NHS should spend money on them. Even then, the lab tech running the tests can decide not to bother if they don’t think it’s relevant (I’m not kidding, this has happened twice with my Husband’s tumour markers!). It’s therefore quite uncommon for vitamin deficiency tests to be run, for example.  We also don’t get the full thyroid panel, or levels of antibodies. This lack of monitoring can make it hard to determine whether the changes you are making to your lifestyle and diet are having a positive effect on your hypothyroidism.

I can walk you through the diet and lifestyle changes you need to help your thyroid in a safe and systematic way, that’s unique for you! Click HERE

So I went with a plan. I wanted to know whether the vitamin supplements I have been taking are A) having an effect on my vitamin levels (i.e. being assimilated properly) and B) whether I should continue to take them.

I try not to take vitamins unless I really need to. In a lot of cases it’s unclear what a high dose of some vitamins can do, and there has been a fair amount of bad press out there. On the other hand, we know our bodies need certain vitamins, and for hypothyroid people, vitamin deficiencies are common and often undermine the health changes you’re making. For me Vitamin D is an important one – many hypothyroid people assimilate vitamin D poorly, yet it has such a huge role in moderation our immune systems. We don’t really get it from our food, and in the UK, getting it through sun exposure can be challenging.  Personally, I take a high dose Vitamin D3 supplement. In doing so, I need to watch my calcium levels as these can drop. SO I was curious to see what my test results showed.

Interestingly, despite this high dose supplement, my vitamin D levels were right on the boundary of being deficient. This means one of two things 1) that my VitD levels without the high dose supplements are ridiculously low or 2) that the supplement isn’t being assimilated. I don’t know which is the answer, though I do know that I start to feel tired, lethargic and brain-foggy when I skip my Vit D for a few days.

Luckily my blood work showed perfect Calcium levels, so no worries there.

Of course I had anti-thyroid antibodies, as you’d expect with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and my white blood cells were slightly low – again common with my thyroid condition.

So, I’m sticking with the Vitamin D supplements and continuing to eat right and be well!  I’ll be back on the calcium-rich bone broth ASAP!

Caroline x

Vegetable of the Month – Broccoli for August!

Eating with the seasons is the best way to nourish your body and to care for the environment. Fruits and vegetables bought out of season have usually traveled a long way and are may have less nutrients as they are picked before they are ripe. Many of us are familiar with the “ripen at home” range in supermarkets, which usually leads to produce going rotten before it ripens.

Solve this problem, support local growers and your health by eating seasonably!

Broccoli is a member of the Brassica family, along with cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and a lot more. It’s best from the end of July/August to October. Make sure your broccoli is crisp and firm and not yellowing.

Broccoli is best steamed – for 3-5 minutes – to retain as many nutrients as possible and to make it easier to digest than when its raw.

Broccoli is incredibly high in vitamin K, needed for Vitamin D production, vitamin C, vital for immune support (higher in broccoli than citrus fruits and without the sugar). vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy eye sight and B6 – used to produce seretonin and for nerve protection.

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Broccoli’s nutrient density and diversity make it a great vegetable for reducing oxidative stress (it’s high in antioxidants), inflammation and retention of toxins – three big contributors to chronic disease. Broccoli has cancer-preventative and even fighting components (e.g. the isothiocyanate  sulphoraphane and Indole-3-carbinol), which stimulate the immune system, reduce inflammation and stimulate liver enzymes (i.e. aid with detoxification). It also has a high fibre content – great for maintaining a healthy digestive tract.

Steamed Broccoli on the menu tonight!

Be well,

Caroline x