FOOD & COOKYOURLIFE
DO I NEED TO USE ORGANIC PRODUCE?
Whenever possible I always recommend using organic products. Failing that, use local or pesticide-free food.
Every year, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) provides a Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen list of fresh fruit and vegetables which should always be organic.
I'M A NUT ALLERGIC - CAN I FOLLOW YOUR RECIPES?
All these recipes work equally well with or without nuts! Usually I don’t use a nuts a lot in my cooking and they can simply be omitted from the recipes with the same delicious results.
I'M A GLUTEN INTOLERANT - CAN I FOLLOW YOUR RECIPES?
A lot of the recipes avoid gluten as much as possible anyway, however, it’s always a good idea to check the ingredients list before you start cooking. Gluten-free options are always highlighted in the ingredient list and instructions.
DO YOU USE MEAT IN YOUR COOKING?
When I make my recipes, I often include a ‘protein source’, which can be either meat, fish or vegan, plant-based protein. The choice is yours…
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CAN I COLLABORATE WITH COOKYOURLIFE IN A WORKING PARTNERSHIP?
In the past CYL has worked in successful collaborations with a range of partners. We’re always happy to hear from you – follow the links in our contact page. Link here.
WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS?
I am qualified and registered as a certified nutritionist. I graduated from the College of Naturopathic Medicine (www.cnm.org), the largest naturopathic schools in the UK. I completed a 4 years of studies covering a wide range of modules such as Nutritional Pharmacology, Detoxification and Immune System Health. During graduation, I specialised in Gastrointestinal Health, Stress & Fatigue and Cardiovascular Health.
WHAT ARE THE PRINCIPLES BEHIND YOUR NUTRITIONAL ADVICE?
I believe in food as medicine and the best food is local, seasonal and organic. The body is an incredible machine which is designed to achieve its own homeostatic balance, however much of the food we take in, plus some aspect of our modern lifestyle works against this. When it comes to food, it’s quality, not quantity that counts!
People how eat 3 square meals a day can be physiologically starving, because their food is not providing them with the nutrients they need. Working with me to discover your own unique dietary and nutrient requirements gives your body the best possible change to achieve balance. It’s the greatest gift you can give yourself!
DO I NEED TO HAVE AN INDIVIADUAL NUTRITIONAL CONSULTATION?
Not everyone will want or need an individual consultation – however there is no better way to understand your own body’s nutritional needs and the connection to your overall life, health and happiness.
As a professional nutritionist, I am skilled in opening a trusting dialogue with clients to identify the causes of illness and offer comprehensive advice and support to promote optimal health for your body and mind. Every year medical research makes stronger and stronger links between poor nutrition and chronic illness. Yet despite this, most GPs will receive minimal training in nutrition throughout their entire career! Consultations offer a holistic, safe and effective way to address these issues….and the results can be amazing!
WHO ARE THE PLANS AND GUIDES FOR? HOW WILL THEY HELP ME?
The plans and guides are for anyone and everyone who wants to take control of their life, food and eating!
Plans are formulated specifically for individual clients as part of a nutritional consultation. By knowing your body’s unique nutritional needs, these plans take you meal by meal, week by week, to optimal health with the support of follow-up sessions, menus and nutritional information.
For people who don’t want a consultation, a range of plans to support healthy living and eating are available, containing exemplar meals, recipes, shopping lists and advice.
WHAT SUPPLEMENTS DO YOU RECOMMEND?
I myself take a range of supplements from The Beauty Chef as well as omega 3 and a skin elixir from botanycl. However our bodies are unique and what works for me might not be right for you. Supplements can definitely help you achieve your health goals, especially if you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. During a one to one nutritional consultation, you will find out exactly which supplements best support your body.
HOW DID A LEARN TO COOK? HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN NUTRITION?
I was born in Asturias, a region famed throughout Spain for its gastronomy. My parents owned a restaurant and I grew up watching them, learning how to select fresh ingredients as the basis of simple, delicious food. Later we moved to the Mediterranean coast and started to include new elements into our cooking.
By the age of 15 though, I weighed 102Kg and was diagnosed with morbid obesity and bulimia. I knew something had to change and started to investigate alternative ways of eating, exercising and living – which led me on a journey across 4 continents.
On my travels I saw how other cultures cook, eat, live and laugh and started to experiment. Training as a nutritional therapist and encouraging others to move forward on their paths was the natural progression for me.
WHY DID YOU START YOUR WEBSITE?
Even before I started my nutritionist training, people would often ask my advice about food: recipes, where to source good quality food, family secrets (don’t worry, I never gave them away!). Then when I started my studies, I saw how a holistic, scientific and natural approach to food could have such a positive effect on so many peoples’ lives and wellbeing – so I started a small blog.
Living in a youthful, exciting city like Bristol has certainly helped, because within a year we had started the CookYourLife community, a group exploring ways of using technology to spread the positive message of healthy body and mind. With this new website, I’m super exciting about taking the message out into the wider world, ‘cos we all need love and help sometimes!