Saturday 29 October 2016

Two Easy Ways Towards That Elusive Flat Stomach

Nicki Edgell

There are alot of things we can do to get healthy or lose weight or improve our body shapes. But most of these involve alot of effort - an effort beyond what most of us can consistently muster, certainly in the long run.

However there are two simple pieces of equipment I use that contribute significantly towards keeping me trim around the middle. One is a weighted hula-hoop. The added weight actually makes it easier to use than a traditional hula-hoop so don't worry if this isn't a skill you think you have! I swing this around my waist in both directions for a total of about two minutes. The other item is a pull up bar which you can hang on a door frame. I use this occasionally when I walk past, doing ten pull-ups each time. On average once or twice a day spending no more than 20 seconds each time.

Both are easy to set up, easy to use, and can be bought for less than £20 ($25) at amazon or similar. But best of all is I both feel and notice a large effect on my midriff and tummy muscles - with only a couple minutes of effort each day!

The Power of 30 Day Challenges

Why not combine the use of these tools with a 30 Day Challenge, where you commit to doing something daily - in this case to use the hoop and pull up bar every day. Diarise your challenge with a start and end date, and make it public by telling family or friends, or making a facebook post. Setting yourself such targets is incredibly powerful in getting things done and achieving goals.

At the end set yourself a new challenge, or renew the same one for another 30 days. Multiples of 30 work well and are most commonly used. Studies have found that permanent changes in habit can be achieved after 60 days. Longer term challenges and targets can be set for 3 or 6 months ahead, broken down into 30 day (or 1 month) chunks.

You'll find that this simple process overcomes a key block in achieving goals, procrastination, by getting you started immediately. Then each day the task remains in the forefront of your mind with a midnightly deadline (if you miss a day you go back to day 1 but that is actually unlikely to happen because critically you won't forget the challenge and the target is achievable and motivational). Before you know it you have achieved your goal whether that be a flat stomach, or your debut novel! Why not give it a go today?

My family and I use both these items below and they are both easy, economic and effective:



Friday 28 October 2016

Best Practice in Email Marketing

Nicki Edgell

The following article extract is reproduced from the excellent Tips and Best Practices Guide at Mailchimp.

In email marketing, it’s important to remember that permission is key. Without permission, you could be reported for abuse whether or not you’re a legitimate marketer. The following tips can help you prevent spam complaints as you start sending email to subscribers:

  • Choose your opt-in method wisely. MailChimp’s standard signup forms, by default, use the double opt-in method. Double opt-in is valuable because you’ll know (and have proof) that each and every recipient gave you permission to send them emails. But, there are a number of other popular signup methods (API, integrations, etc) that allow for single opt-in, and we certainly are not discounting the validity of those, either. Ultimately, the most important thing is that your recipients give you permission to email them. You’ll need to consider your audience and the applicable legal requirements in your area to determine which opt-in method is right for you.
  • Don’t use purchased, rented, or scraped lists. Not only are they against our Terms of Use and notorious for providing bad addresses that lead to high bounce rates and blacklisting, they don’t actually help you grow your business. Sending to a list that hasn’t given you express permission can impact your ability to market your business, potentially damage your brand, and even result in legal ramifications. Instead, allow your list to grow organically.
  • Don’t assume that you have permission. Even if your intended recipients are already your customers (or your colleagues, or people you met at a trade show, etc), do not send promotional email without getting permission first. Add a signup form to your website. Give customers the option to sign up for your list when they make a purchase from your store. Offer incentives—like discounts, coupons, or free downloads, for example—to encourage your customers or colleagues to become list subscribers.
  • Set expectations when people join your list. If your subscribers think they’re signing up for monthly newsletters and you start sending them weekly promotions, they might not be subscribers for much longer. Tell people what you’ll be sending and how often you’ll be sending it. If you want to send out different content (monthly newsletters, weekly special offers, etc), consider setting up groups in your list so subscribers can choose what content they want to receive from you.
  • Don’t wait too long before contacting your subscribers. Every mailing list can go stale if it’s not used regularly, even if subscribers were originally collected via double opt-in. Lists with a lot of stale addresses can lead to high rates of bounces, spam complaints, and unsubscribes. In addition to keeping an up to date permission reminder in each campaign, consider setting up a process where new subscribers receive emails from you right away, perhaps through a welcome email sent with MailChimp’s Automation features. If you’re worried that your list has gone stale, we recommend removing the list and reconfirming outside of MailChimp.
  • Treat your email campaigns as an extension of your website, store, or brand. Your customers probably already have an idea of what type of content, imagery, and design elements to expect from you, so don’t stray too far and risk harming that recognition factor. If you have any questions about what content, designs, or subject lines your customers will respond to and engage with, don’t just leave it to chance—use MailChimp’s testing features to find out.
  • Don’t hide the unsubscribe/opt-out link in your campaigns. MailChimp (and the CAN-SPAM Act) requires that an unsubscribe link be present in every campaign that you send. When the link is prominent, people who no longer wish to receive your emails will be able to quickly and easily remove themselves from your mailing list. When the link is hard to find, the recipient might be more inclined to mark your message as spam, resulting in an abuse complaint within your MailChimp account.

A beginners account at Mailchimp is free and, once you find your way around the initially confusing layouts and menus, will provide all that most small businesses will need. Mailing lists I have set up for Newsletters and Blog Feeds here are managed by Mailchimp.

Thursday 27 October 2016

A Personal Message from Nikken Consultant Julie Tara

Nicki Edgell

Hi Everyone,
I'd like to give you a quick overview of my personal story, so far, with how and why I have chosen our wonderful company NIKKEN to build my professional career:
   My first career was in Professional Ballet, which I left due to a recurring back injury and the need to create more autonomy in my work life. I was tired of the intense competition and wanted to find something more co-creative rather than competitive. I also wanted to be more deeply involved in the humanities, helping alleviate suffering and uplifting our world in a more meaningful way.
   I launched into studying, then teaching, Energy Medicine, via the Japanese viewpoint of true health through the understanding and application of biophysics: how to use the energies of life through nature and organic foods etc, to affect positive change in the body/mind/spirit. This passion was born from witnessing my mother being very sick and never getting better with Western Medicine, only getting worse, through multiple surgeries and pharmaceutical drugs. My father and step-father were both high level Doctors, and couldn't seem to help my mother. Hence my quest into studying Asian viewpoints on wholistic health, that are safe and non-invasive.
   I found NIKKEN in 1995, after closing down my large Wholistic Healing Center in Colorado, and praying to be shown what was next in expanding my healing work. I was broke, despondent, and feeling very disempowered in life at that time. When I discovered the power of the NIKKEN principles through the 5 Pillars of Health, and the use of Nature's beneficent frequencies to keep living systems vibrant and thriving, I knew I'd found the answer to my prayer. I also had a profound result with the "Back Flex" (now "Mag Flex")  on my back injury, of 20 years, in only 10 minutes! That got my attention!! I started researching Earth's magnetic field application on life, and quickly realized I wanted to take this profound teaching out to the world at large, to help others. I also realized that I could heal my own financial issues through the power of building a network of passionate, like-hearted individuals, who also wanted to share the good news, and create wonderful income as a result!
   I borrowed a relatively small amount of money to invest in the technologies, and built my business the first year with 2 other jobs and 3 young children to tend to.  At that point I was making $8,000 a month and decided to give up my other jobs and just focus on mothering and NIKKEN, which I have done ever since.
   It is now 20 years later, I have been blessed to find many great team players, several of whom I've helped attain the NIKKEN Millionaires Club status. As of now, I've earned more than $6 million with NIKKEN, and yet I clearly know that we are all just at the beginning of an absolute tidal wave in business growth. The world is now truly ready for what we have: safe, highly effective, non-chemical, convenient, very affordable solutions to the massive health care challenges of today. And amazing solutions to the wealth challenges of today also! We have hardly begun, but now, with the new smart strategies of NIKKEN 2.0: joining e-commerce with NWM, we will dominate the One Stop Shop "Active Wellness" Health Care Revolution through both online retailing and building a powerful NWM team of business builders. Through this new hybrid model we are also amply protected with regards to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) guidelines that all NWM companies will be required to adhere to, now and into the future.
   With the ground breaking news that Ben Woodward is joining us in the field, as our upline, from February 1st. I have no doubt in my mind that we will absolutely soar to great heights this year and beyond. He has been my main mentor, along with Brendon Burchard, for the last year or so, and I have the absolute highest respect for his talents, creativity, smarts, and most of all, his immensely kind, loving heart. Timing is everything in business! If there was ever a time to run hard with this I am absolutely sure it is now. I know it, I see it, the explosion will be enormous! I suggest you don't miss the best NIKKEN wave that's beginning right now. I'm running … and I strongly encourage you to run fast with me! :)
Many Blessings,

Tuesday 25 October 2016

The Circle of Life - Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell - A Book That Should Have Been Unfilmable

Nicki Edgell

One thing about this book is that it engenders strong viewpoints. Readers seem to either love it or hate it. For me it is one of the cleverest, most original and ultimately satisfying books, I've ever read. The stories are arranged in a Russian Doll like structure with the opening story also being the last. This structure along with the chronological setting of each story gives the book, as a whole, a wonderful symmetry as we (the reader, and the human race) end where we begin.

The stories are loosely linked, but could stand alone as independent short stories. What is particularly remarkable is the authenticity and attention to detail displayed in the writing styles ranging from the 19th century journals of pacific seafarer Adam Ewing through to goat herder Zachry who phonetically narrates a vision of a post-apocalyptic society that has imploded leaving man once again scrabbling about in the dirt worshipping icons he does not understand, rather like the primitive monkeys in front of the obelisk in Arthur C Clarke's 2001. My favourite story is the preceding sci-fi tale which follows the adventures of a genetically modified fabricant, Somni, bred to work 21 hours a day in a fast food diner; a thinly disguised satire on McDonalds. Workers strive to earn the stars that will earn them a happy retirement to "xultation" in Hawaii (or in Somni's case to godlike status in the Zachry story!). A brilliant, thought provoking, vast novel - 5 McDonald stars for the author!

Monday 24 October 2016

Shiny Happy People - What Do They Have in Common?

Nicki Edgell

Wellbeing and life coaching is a massive industry these days. There is a wealth of self-help advice, blogs, newsletters, and books out there, all with their own theories on what it takes "to be happy". But is "happiness" even measurable? Is it relative? Is it something that can be learned or are you just born with it? Does it depend on our circumstances - is the concept of happiness still fair to someone living in terminal ill health, or in a war torn country, or so poor they do not have food, water or shelter?

On that last point it does seem a little conceited to talk of happiness when many in the world do not have the chance to ponder such an ideal. It puts me in mind of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs illustrated below:

Maslow's pyramid says that human needs must be met in order from bottom to top. You are only in a position to attain your "higher" psychological and self fulfillment needs (including arguably "happiness") after your basic needs of food, water, shelter, safety and security are secure.

Accepting those provisos and limitations, there are three websites I subscribe too which I find consistently offer great life insights and advice, to those seeking to meet their needs in the top half of the pyramid. I'm also pleased to say that having read quite a few articles on the subject there appears to be a degree of consensus forming about what it takes to achieve happiness, with the same subjects cropping up over and over.

The following list of characteristics of happy people came from one of the websites listed below:

  • They devote a great amount of time to their family and friends, nurturing and enjoying those relationships
  • They are comfortable expressing gratitude for all they have
  • They are often the first to offer helping hands to coworkers and passersby
  • They practice optimism when imagining their futures
  • They savour life's pleasures and try to live in the present moment
  • They make physical exercise a weekly or even daily habit
  • They are deeply committed to lifelong goals and ambitions (eg. fighting fraud, building cabinets, or teaching their children their deeply held values)
  • Last but not least, the happiest people do have their share of stresses, crises, and even tragedies - they may become just as distressed and emotional in such circumstances as you or I, but their secret weapon is the poise and strength they show in coping in the face of challenge
The last one in this list is often contested. For those of us who can take basic needs for granted, and are lucky enough not to have had serious crises or tragedies in our lives, can we credibly preach to those that have appeared to have had a hard or unlucky life and are justifiably able to say... "it's alright for you with your nice family and house living in your dream world of unicorns, but if you were in my situation and had experienced what I have...?"

However despite this oft repeated argument, studies have shown that the pattern of happiness (or unhappiness) is consistent throughout the list such that a happy person will usually display all of the above characteristics and will recover and maintain their core happiness even after life changing events (at least in the longer run). A fundamentally unhappy person is more likely to display the opposite characteristics and see the bad in everything and everyone, and furthermore blame outside influences for their woe.

You are what you think, you attract what you give out, and you notice what you choose to focus on whether that is the "good" or the "bad".

The three websites worth exploring and subscribing to are listed below:

You may also find my post on the negative effects of the news interesting:

Thursday 20 October 2016

Water Music from the African Rainforest - The Meeting Pool by Baka Beyond

Nicki Edgell

The much maligned term “world music” is entirely apt for Baka Beyond’s The Meeting Pool which records the coming together of a wealth of musical cultures. The group take their name from the Baka rainforest people of Cameroon with whom band leader Martin Cradick struck up a fruitful musical partnership following a visit to the region in 1992.

Field recordings provide much of the music’s African flavour (indeed the Baka people share writing credits and royalties are channelled into local development projects). With studio contributions from other African and European master musicians Cradick has created an intoxicating Afro-Celtic stew.

This multicultural infusion is most obvious on Meeting of Tribes; a traditional Cornish reel is played on Turkish and Arabic instruments, with African drumming and a didgeridoo drone! Its East meets West, North and South, modern and ancient; an organic melting pot of a dish that should taste overdone but is surprisingly delicious.

This wonderfully atmospheric album simply drips with water.

The understated but constantly hypnotic percussion and Cradick’s careful use of samples together with his circular guitar patterns preserve continuity throughout such myriad shifts in style. Furthermore unlike some less sincere world music dance projects that seem to do little more than paste some banging modern beats over traditional instruments The Meeting Pool is authentic and subtle (only in the final remix track are the traditional drums replaced with more electronic Western dance beats).

This wonderfully atmospheric album simply drips with water; from the lush green packaging to the ambient rainforest noises, the distant voices and laughter, the shakers and rain sticks, and the clatter of wooden percussion that permeates throughout each track. The upbeat opening Woosi hypnotises with an African guitar loop and Baka chanting. The gentle Ancestor’s Voice ebbs and flows before merging seamlessly into a tribute to the River Lupé via wonderfully evocative water slapping. Ohureo is a beautiful Gallic lullaby with Paddy Le Mercier’s violin soaring to the heights.  Despite the Irish influences his rootsy fiddle playing is far more Scarlet Rivera (as most celebrated on Bob Dylan’s classic Desire album) than Riverdance. On Journey the Frenchman also plays flute over another infectious groove laid down by Senegalese percussionist Sagar N’Gom.  The quiet Ndaweh’s Dream highlights yet another exotic instrument, this time a ngombi (forest harp), before the rousing finale Booma Lena.

Wednesday 19 October 2016

Brighton Wellness Event - Thank You to Customers and Consultants - Next Event Jan 2017

Nicki Edgell
Thank you to all who came along to make the Brighton Wellbeing Seminar last Saturday a great day for all. We had inspiring speakers and guests were able to see and experience some wonderful technologies that no one has heard of but everyone needs! If you are intrigued, get in touch.

Nicki Edgell
0044 7786 405366

Tuesday 18 October 2016

You Like to Post Useful External Links, But Want to Keep Readers on Your Blog?

Nicki Edgell

Steps to Open all External Links in New Tab :

  • Go to your blogger dashboard
  • Select your blog >> Template
  • Backup your template before editing
  • Click on “Edit HTML”
  • Find </head> tag in HTML
  • Add the following piece of code just above the </head> tag
  • Save your Template, you are all done !!
Note : Please don’t add the red code if you already have jQuery library source code installed on your blog.
 <script src='' type='text/javascript'></script>
 <script type='text/javascript'>
 $(document).ready(function() {
 if(this.href.indexOf(location.hostname) == -1) {
 $(this).attr('target', '_blank');
 if(this.href.indexOf(location.hostname) == -1) {
 $(this).attr('target', '_blank');


Please note that such scripts can sometimes yield unexpected results. If you do not have too many external links you can also set each individual one to open in a new tab via the link option available in your individual posts. This is actually what I have now done on this blog as I found that some internal links (specifically my featured posts and related posts also opened in new tabs using the above script when I didn't want them to). Before you know it you can have 6 tabs open which can be an annoyance.

Sunday 16 October 2016

Garlic Can Defeat Colds, Flu and Even Norovirus

Nicki Edgell

Forget the flu shot. A soup based on more than 50 cloves of garlic, onions, thyme and lemon will destroy almost any virus that enters its path including colds, flu and even norovirus.

As we sneeze and cough our way through the dark winter months of contagious nasties, garlic is being hailed for its powers to halt viruses in their tracks. It has gained its reputation as a virus buster thanks to one of its chemical constituents, allicin.

A recent and significant finding from Washington State University shows that garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting disease causing bacteria commonly responsible for foodborne illness.

When the garlic is crushed, alliin becomes allicin. Research shows that allicin helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure and also helps prevents blood clots. Garlic can also reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Compounds in this familiar bulb kill many organisms, including bacteria and viruses that cause earaches, flu and colds. Research indicates that garlic is also effective against digestive ailments and diarrhea. What’s more, further studies suggest that this common and familiar herb may help prevent the onset of cancers.

‘This chemical has been known for a long time for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal powers,’ says Helen Bond, a Derbyshire-based consultant dietitian and spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association.

‘Because of this, people assume it is going to boost their immune systems. Lots of people are simply mashing up garlic, mixing it with olive oil and spreading it on bread.

‘But how or whether it may actually work has still not been proven categorically.’

Indeed, scientists remain divided on garlic’s ability to combat colds and flu. Last March, a major investigation by the respected global research organisation, the Cochrane Database, found that increasing your garlic intake during winter can cut the duration of cold symptoms — from five-and-a-half days to four-and-a-half.

But the report, which amalgamated all previous scientific studies on garlic, said it could not draw solid conclusions because there is a lack of large-scale, authoritative research.

The problem is that pharmaceutical companies are not interested in running huge, expensive trials — as they would with promising new drug compounds — because there is nothing in garlic that they can patent, package and sell at a profit.


Modified Garlic Soup Recipe

Serves 4

26 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) organic butter (grass fed)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/2 cup fresh ginger
2 1/4 cups sliced onions
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
26 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 cup coconut milk
3 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
4 lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 350F. Place 26 garlic cloves in small glass baking dish. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and toss to coat. Cover baking dish tightly with foil and bake until garlic is golden brown and tender, about 45 minutes. Cool. Squeeze garlic between fingertips to release cloves. Transfer cloves to small bowl.

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, thyme, ginger and cayenne powder and cook until onions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add roasted garlic and 26 raw garlic cloves and cook 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth; cover and simmer until garlic is very tender, about 20 minutes. Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to saucepan; add coconut milk and bring to simmer. Season with sea salt and pepper for flavour.

Squeeze juice of 1 lemon wedge into each bowl and serve.

Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium heat, stirring occasionally.


If garlic were found to be a wonder drug, consumers could simply buy it in the supermarket for 30p a bulb or grow their own in the garden.

Nevertheless, garlic has a long and proud tradition as a medicine. The Ancient Egyptians recommended it for 22 ailments. In a papyrus dated 1500BC, the labourers who built the pyramids ate it to increase their stamina and keep them healthy.

The Ancient Greeks advocated garlic for everything from curing infections, and lung and blood disorders to healing insect bites and even treating leprosy.

The Romans fed it to soldiers and sailors to improve their endurance. Dioscorides, the personal physician to Emperor Nero, wrote a five-volume treatise extolling its virtues.

One of the most interesting of the recent findings is that garlic increases the overall antioxidant levels of the body. Scientifically known as Allium sativa, garlic has been famous throughout history for its ability to fight off viruses and bacteria. Louis Pasteur noted in 1858 that bacteria died when they were doused with garlic. From the Middle Ages on, garlic has been used to treat wounds, being ground or sliced and applied directly to wounds to inhibit the spread of infection. The Russians refer to garlic as Russian penicillin.

More recently, researchers have unearthed evidence to show garlic may help us to stay hale and hearty in a number of ways.

Last June, nutrition scientists at the University of Florida found eating garlic can boost the number of T-cells in the bloodstream. These play a vital role in strengthening our immune systems and fighting viruses.

And pharmacologists at the University of California found that allicin — the active ingredient in garlic that contributes to bad breath — is an infection-killer.

Allicin also makes our blood vessels dilate, improving blood flow and helping to tackle cardiovascular problems such as high cholesterol.

An Australian study of 80 patients published last week in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that diets high in garlic may reduce high blood pressure.

In 2007, dentists in Brazil found that gargling with garlic water (made by steeping crushed garlic cloves in warm, but not boiling, water) can kill the germs that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

But they hit a snag: the volunteers refused to continue the experiment, complaining that the garlic gargle made them feel sick. Looking at the garlic soup recipe certainly made me feel queasy. Still, it gave me an excuse to use up my ample supply of garlic.

Though last year’s awful weather caused crop failures on my allotment, I enjoyed a bumper harvest of garlic.

Among its many other virtues, garlic kills slugs and snails. Researchers from the University of Newcastle believe it contains oils that may cripple the nervous systems of these slimy creatures.

There are two schools of thought as to the best way of preparing garlic to make the most of its medicinal qualities.

Argentinian investigators found it releases its allicin-type compounds when you bake the cloves, while scientists at South Carolina Medical University believe peeling garlic and letting it sit uncovered for 15 minutes produces the highest levels of compounds to fight infection.

As for the soup’s cold-preventing powers, only time will tell. Regular bowlfuls may very well keep me free of winter ailments, thanks to the virus-killing compounds they contain.

Edited version reproduced from  via a repost by Dr. Mercola.

John Summerly is nutritionist, herbologist, and homeopathic practitioner. He is a leader in the natural health community and consults athletes, executives and most of all parents of children on the benefits of complementary therapies for health and prevention.

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Event Invitation - 15th Oct 10.30-1pm, at Jury's Inn (behind Brighton Station)

Nicki Edgell

You may know that I discovered an amazing Japanese healthcare company some years ago and began using their products myself, particularly their sleep system and they were truly life changing for me. Because of this I have organised this event to give you a chance to find out more and experience for yourself.

With stress, poor sleep, environmental issues all on the increase, Nikken's all natural solutions to staying healthy are really worth a look. It's a morning full of practical and inspiring content, professional endorsements and testimonials to Nikken's amazing technologies. You'll be able to try the pimag water, sit on a supportive magnetic seat, lie in the sleep system and try the nutritionals. You'll leave energised, inspired and with solutions to bring vitality and balance easily into your life.

It is a FREE event but places are limited so if you and friends/family would like to come let me know so I can put your names on the guest list.

You can either email me or use this link to book your seat
Event flyer and details on facebook -

Thursday 6 October 2016

The Enigma of Schrödinger and His Cat

Nicki Edgell
Perhaps the most famous cat in physics belonged, theoretically at least, to Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger who in 1935 devised a thought experiment involving placing his cat inside a box with a vial of poison. Interpretations of quantum mechanics at the time suggested that the concealed cat could be both dead and alive simultaneously and indeed the experiment has often been cited to illustrate the possibility of the co-existence of parallel universes or alternative realities.

However, ironically this was actually a common misunderstanding as Schrödinger was actually trying to demonstrate that such quantum superposition could not apply to objects larger than atoms. This famous experiment became known as The Schrödinger’s Cat Paradox albeit Schrödinger, perhaps frustrated by misintepretations, is rumoured to have said, later in life, that he wished he had never met the cat!

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Autumn Newsletter - My Top 5 tips for Autumnal Health

Nicki Edgell

My recent harvest.

With the days beginning to turn autumnal this is the moment to set your intentions for the next 3 months and make a few changes to support yourself and your health. Begin something new, make a commitment to yourself to make a small change to your lifestyle, food choices, exercise regime that would make the biggest difference.

Today is a great day to set those intentions.  Make an appointment with yourself to begin what you decide on.  Write it in your diary - the day and time you will begin!

Here are my top 5 tips for autumn health:

1) Food choices: move towards soups and stews to match the energy of the season.  Use bone broths as the base and add lots of root vegetables, dark green leafy veg, squashes, warming spices, turmeric, ginger, garlic and fresh herbs like parsley, corriander, rosemary.  This sort of food will nourish and support your immune system. Use berries and protein together to make delicious nutritious autumnal antioxidant breakfasts (recipe below).

2) Exercise: If you aren't allowing time in your busy life for classes then begin at home.  Get up from your computer if you use one a lot every 30-40 minutes and do 1 minute strength exercise (like wall pressups, squats, lunges, plank, steps).  And if you are getting plenty of aerobic exercise from walking then add in the strength exercises into your day.  You will know if you are doing strength exercise because it should be uncomfortable! You should feel the lactic acid at the end of the minute. Strength exercise can really help with building up your cellular energy.

3) Sleep: Begin to get to bed earlier and set a bedtime routine to prepare your body/mind for sleep.  Finish your meal at least 2 hours before bed, stop the stimulations of the day like the computer, a tablet, and even TV at least half an hour before bed.  Perhaps include an epsom salts bath 2-3 times a week before bed.  The key is to calm your stress system and mind so that you can get enough restorative hours regeneration overnight. I recommend the sleep products by Nikken cocooning you in nature's frequencies to get a really great night's sleep. I love my sleep system.  (Details of an event where you can experience what this feels like for yourself below.)

4) Hydration: Contrary to belief, being largely indoors over autumn/winter contributes to greater dehydration so support yourself with more water.  As you know I love, use and recommend the pimag water. ( for more info on this lifegiving water).

5) Start a new project, class, study.  Something that you would love to do. Something fun and uplifting for you.  Autumn is a great time for new beginnings and manifesting what you'd love to do with your time.

My advice is to look at each tip and see if there is 1 small thing you could do from each...

I am beginning a new exercise regime! What will you decide?

If you would like to see me for a consultaton please do get in touch. You can email on or call on 07786405366.

Wishing you a vibrant and energy filled autumn.
Best wishes

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Tuesday 4 October 2016

Autumn Recipe - Apple and Blackberry Crumble

Nicki Edgell
Absolutely gorgeous for a nourishing nutritious breakfast in Autumn.

Slice and stew apples with water and cinnamon then add a handful of blackberries (I keep mine in the freezer from when I picked them last month and they keep my crumbles going through the autumn).  If you like a little sweetener then add a spoon of raw honey or maple syrup.

For the crumble topping:
Crush or grind a large handful of walnuts, a large handful of macadamia nuts and a large handful of almonds to make a flour (you can use ground almonds or any nuts you like).
Add a tsp cinnamon
Add a spoon of protein powder (optional) - I use pea protein
Rub 1-2 spoons of coconut oil (if you like you can have half coconut oil and half unsalted organic butter) into the flour until you have a crumble mix.
Add a drizzle of honey and mix.

Place the fruit into an oven dish and sprinkle topping over.

Place in a heated oven 180C for 15 minutes.

Serve alone or if you tolerate yoghurt with a natural yoghurt.

Very filling and protein rich start to an autumnal day.  Enjoy!
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