Diana Hervé is a private nutritionist in Essex, specialising in digestive health, eating disorders and emotional eating
Help Yourself to Health promotes the message that if we increase and balance our nutrient intake, then not only can we improve the health of our gut, immune system and hormonal balance, but we can promote excess fat loss and be a healthy weight. I will mentor you on your personal journey; provide you with all the nutritional information you need to recognise that nutrients are your currency, and they can be consumed in the most delicious meals – I will even provide you with a recipe pack alongside a personalised programme. Your journey to optimum health and wellbeing begins as soon as you learn how to ‘eat yourself to wellness’!
It all starts with the shopping basket – by filling your shopping basket/fridge/cupboards with lots of raw ingredients and whole, fresh foods, then most meals can just be a concoction of these ingredients and a selection of any of these foods will yield a nutritious meal….we literally open the fridge door and ‘help ourselves to health’, because nutrients = health – the more we eat, the healthier we can be, and eventually we can learn to make positive associations between the nutrients in our diet and the health benefits we experience.
“I believe everyone can benefit from nutritional therapy in order to alleviate nutritional and lifestyle imbalances that may be causing chronic, long term health problems and debilitating symptoms such as fatigue, IBS, or disordered eating/digestive issues and weight gain. Understandably, these problems can affect a person’s enjoyment and quality of life.”
Although risotto is traditionally made with rice, I have started to swop the grain to barley as barley is high in beta-glucans so is excellent at balancing blood sugar levels as it improves insulin sensitivity. It is higher in fibre than risotto rice so will fill you up for longer. In addition it contains a fair amount of protein and Vit-B and magnesium. Magnesium is a good muscle relaxant and in studies barley has been shown to reduce blood pressure as well as LDL cholesterol.