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Self Sabotage and Just Showing up!!

Sometimes all you have to do is show up! dj kirsty Do you ever self sabotage?

Today I almost did just that!

I was recently offered a my own Radio show on a local radio station (Oystermouth radio)- Yes you've got that right a chance for me to have my own show,I mean how blinking amazing is that? However I spent the whole day trying to think of a way to get out of going to the meeting!


Yes all day, it was as if fear was being pumped through my body, so I had to have a serious word with myself.

What are you scared of? Is the first question I asked myself.

Well firstly I am what is known as technologically challenged, I set alarms off in shops, get electric shocks of thing and generally anything electric goes a bit crazy around me.

Shes electric has a whole different meaning where I am concerned.So I was worried I wouldn't be able to work the computers.

However that was just the superficial worries, I guess my biggest concern if I am being totally honest is what will people think? I mean who exactly do I think I am to have a radio show?

I guess this is just my crazy ego trying to trip me up and me trying to self sabotage myself!

I'm a qualified nutritionist I help people feed their minds, nourish their bodies and fuel their in day out -that's who I am!

After I had this chat with myself examining my fears I realised that this is me being pushed out of my comfort zone and we all know that the zone of growth is where the magic happens right? So I had to suck it up, feel the fear and do it anyway!

Is there something you want to do but stop yourself out of fear of what people may think?

Are you blocking your own success?

Once we have identifies how we get in our own way, we can challenge our view and our perception and put things in place to get out of our own way!

So I sent a text to guys at the Radio show telling them I was feeling really nervous about learning how the equipment worked and my nerves were put at ease and I was told I would have support every step of the way!

There is a Famous poem by Marianne Williamson in which she says ''Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people wont feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine.''

It was this that made me realise that I was trying to shrink myself out of fear, fear of what people would say, fear of not being able to use the equipment etc. I realised that I was playing small and me playing small wasnt going to help anyone!

So I got dressed and showed up!

The best part? I had the most amazing time!

So I am please to Announce that Tuesday the 21 of April 2015 at 7pm My first radio show The Food Remedy will be on air!!! Feed your mind, Nourish your body and Fuel your soul.

To listen click here Tuesday 21 of April 2015 at 7 pm UK time!






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The Food Remedy meets Jools Oliver

Jools Oliver, is not just a pretty face, the former model more commonly know as Jamie Olivers other half. Is a published author and children’s fashion designer, Jools is a down to earth, friendly, hands on mum to her brood of four adorable children Poppy, Daisy, Petal and Buddy.

Kirsten - Hi  Jools thank you so much for taking the time out to talk with me today.

With so much going on in your life how important is it to you that your children eat healthy foods?

Jools - It’s very important that our children eat healthy.  I was very strict in the beginning. When I first had poppy I am not sure she even knew what a chocolate digestive was till she was about 8! I have now managed to strike what I believe is a good balance they always have to have at least 2 sorts of veg a day and always must have fruit before they have a pudding . I think they all eat brilliantly my next step is to get them eating a little bit more exotically!

Kirsten – very sensible!  what’s your favourite meal, what would be your last supper?

Jools - My favourite meal is a dish with plenty of veg especially green brown rice and roasted butternut squash it’s normally my Monday night meal I am obsessed with cloves and they taste amazing cooked in the rice with plenty of natural yogurt.

Kirsten – Yum that sounds really delicious! Do you take any supplements?

Jools - I do take supplements always an omega and I have just started taking a probiotic formula as I think it’s really important to keep the digestive system in good order!!

Kirsten – You are absolutely correct 80% of your immunity is located in your gut too!! I see a lovely vegetable patch in your garden What’s your favourite vegetable?

My favourite veg is a real dark green one like cavalo nero or spinach

Yum good choices, Cavolo nero is a great source of lutein, vitamins K, A and C as well as significant amounts of manganese, copper, fibre, calcium, iron, the B vitamins and spinach Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.

Do you eat organic food?

I do try to or the next best thing of locally produced.  But our ultimate is picking it from our very own veg garden nothing on earth tastes better

I always have preferred healthy clean food as opposed to the opposite I just don’t like the taste of junk food. I do work out a lot so I am very conscious that I eat enough to sustain my energy levels to get through the day but I would love to  eat less chocolate and puds but frankly that’s my only vice so why not!!!!

Turns out jools is not only the mum I one day aspire to be but a woman after my own heart chocolate for pudding yes please!! Thanks Jools.jools little bird

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what a professional rugby player eats

Ever wondered Liam Williams eats? Well I caught up with Liam Williams a Wales international who is currently playing for the Scarlets. To find out!

Hi Liam thanks for having a chat with me today, as a professional rugby player how important is your diet?

It is pretty important to have a healthy diet being a professional sports man. It helps me to stay in shape, keep my weight up and work harder in the gym.

Has being a rugby player influenced your diet in anyway?

It has influenced a little, i ate pretty well when i wasn't a rugby player but now that its my job I work hard to eat well and stay in shape.

Whats a typical days food like for you?

Breakfast - Scrambled egg on 2 toast, ham and beans. protein shake. ( At training Meal 1 )

( Meal 2 )  roast beef with lots of veg.

Tea would have another full meal after i get home from training something like a home made lasagna and vegetables.

I’d also probably have poached egg on toast before bed too.

What’s your Favorite food?

 To be honest its pretty hard to pick my favorite food, I like abit of everything. If i 'had' to choose i would pick fajita's.

Do you take any supplements?

 Take a supplement called PAS at scarlets training.


Liam has a great range of healthy whole foods in his diet, life as a professional player is physically demanding. During training their body is pushed beyond normal limits. Nutrition is a key foundation upon which sports performance is built, without a clean nutrient rich diet they won’t be getting maximum results on the pitch.




Our veiw on The Food Hospital shown on Channel four on November 1st

I was really excited about watching The Food Hospital that was on Channel 4 last night. The food Hospital examined the science behind using food as medicine. I think it is brilliant that the media is exposing and educating people of the therapeutic uses of food, and how through making changed to your diet you can help your body heal itself.

This theory is however nothing new, Hippocrates is considered the father of Western Medicine and lived from 460 BC to 377 BC. Some of his sage advice included, "Let food be thy medicine & let thy medicine be food."

Yet all too often we simply want as easy fix, we want to pop a pill for our ailment without giving our bodies a chance to correct the issue through proper diet and exercise.

Here are my thought on the programme,

Twenty-four year old Lauren suffers from PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a disease caused partly by high testosterone, which leads to cysts on the ovary, weight gain (Lauren was 19 stone at the start of the experiment), bad acne and hairiness. Lauren told The Food Hospital “I don’t feel very feminine having to shave my face”, who hadn’t been to the doctor for six years. Laura stated that she hardly ever went out, suffered from bulling in school and believed that people stare at her in the street.

The Food Hospital prescribed a 12-week diet of fruit and vegetables, pulses (chickpeas, kidney beans etc) and wholegrain rice, bread and pasta. After the 12 weeks she had lost 10 kgs which is 22lbs, her confidence had improved dramatically and she felt confident enough to go swimming which was a complete turnaround from not wanting to go out at all. I thought they handled this case really well and although at the end of the twelve weeks she still had high levels of testosterone which needed further tests.

Next The Food Hospital treated a Chris a 44 year old, who weighed in at 21-stone and was suffering from Type 2 diabetes. The diabetes had already caused him to be circumcised, but not even the surgery had been reason enough for him to change his dietary patterns or behaviour.

Prior to attending The Food Hospital he was consume up to 8,000 calories a day. The Food Hospital deemed his case so urgent they put him on three meal replacements a day (800 calories in total) to get his weight down as quickly as possible. He lost two and a half stone in six weeks and high blood sugar went from 8.5 to an acceptable 3.9.

I was disappointed that ‘The FOOD Hospital’ didn’t prescribe FOOD, a low glycemic load diet could have had him achieving fantastic results whilst eating real foods. The key to the success of this diet is in my belief down to the fact that it is extremely low GL (glycemic load). Meal replacement diets are not sustainable long term, and for someone who needed to overhall there lifestyle not just for the six weeks he was filmed but for life, I think it would have been more beneficial to educate him on the glycemic load diet and example of this would be zest4life or the Holdford diet. This type of diet is sustainable long term and is proven to stabilise blood sugar. I believe that The Food Hospital were irresponsible to document meal replacement diet in such a positive manner. I would have liked to have heard what the dietician thought about this.

Third up was 25 year old twin Kristin and Maren. Kristin was diagnosed with breast cancer, unfortunately the cancer had already spread to her spine by time she had her diagnosis. Kristin had chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a mastectomy and had also been done her own research in to how food affects breast cancer.

The Food Hospital studied the sisters’ diet and looked the items they’d removed such as dairy and meat, and adding in soya. Lucy the Dietician stated there’s currently no scientific evidence linking dairy to breast cancer.

However research continually shows the less dairy a country consumes the less is the incidence of cancer, of course this is not scientific enough for conventional western medicine, and they are keen to point out that correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation. However when presented with such an illness would you be prepared to experiment with something that could promote or feed cancer? They also didn’t discuss the research on soya milk, Soya also falls into a category of foods known as goitrogens – these are foods that promote formation of goiter -- an enlarged thyroid. Soya can slow thyroid function, and in some cases, trigger thyroid disease I found it disappointing that this wasn’t mentioned and found they didn’t really advise her either way.

The last case study was Harvey was seven years old and had been suffering for migraines for three years; he has been prescribed medication which had become less effective in dealing with the migraines. Children often find it hard to articulate their feelings at The Food Hospital they looked at pictures Harvey has been drawing which showed pictures of him with his head chopped off, which highlighted the distress he seemed to be feeling.

He was put on an ‘amine’ free diet which meant excluding milk, citrus fruit or dried fruit, peanuts, chocolate, processed meat, also his diet was to be free from chemical additives. He was also given supplements of B2, magnesium and CoQ10. The media often state that supplements are a waste of money and you can get all the nutrients you need from a well-balanced diet. However no-one has yet come up with a weekly diet that hits all the required nutrients needed for optimal health, I could talk about this for an age so perhaps I better do a separate blog on supplements!! Research has shown positive results regarding supplementation of B2 in relation to migraines, ‘therapeutic’ doses which is considerably above what you could consume from food on a daily basis. Research also shows that B3, niacin, and 5-HTP could help migraine sufferers.

The dietary changes were made over the summer holidays and interesting after the school holidays were over, he went back to school and had school meals the migraines returned, however when Harvey went back to the plan they disappeared again.

Harvey’s story was a clear example of how food can be medicinal. The results with medication were not as successful as dietary influences. In my clinical experience dairy intolerances or in extreme cases allergies often go undiagnosed and this is an extremely common cause of migraines.

Overall I believe The Food Hospital is a step in the right direction. There is a lot of scepticism about treating particular illnesses with and through diet manipulation, especially among health professionals. I honestly hope that the series will help dispel some myths and open up people’s eyes and minds about the incredible power of food.