Preparing for my 1st Big Cleanse/Detox

I’m so excited to be preparing for the biggest cleanse/detox of my life!

I’ve tested out a new product and within 48 hrs I dropped 3 lbs!

I had the best energy and mental alertness of my life and I slept like a baby!
Not bad for someone with ‘Chronic Fatigue’, ‘Brain Fog’ and who is normally kept up at night due to mis-regulated adrenaline production from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Now a super cleanse and a months worth of the product is due any day – Eek!!

As you know I believe it is of paramount importance to ensure that we all (people and pets) get sufficient, bio-available, quantities of all 90 essential nutrients daily.  This is something I’m highly passionate about and will never be swayed otherwise on, but what about energy and fat loss?

I seem to have discovered the answer…

Most people have heard of a ‘Ketogenic Diet’ and upon further investigation discovered that it can be highly complex, can take months to achieve ‘ketogensis’ (natural fat burning), that there’s something really horrible called ‘Keto Flu’ that everyone goes through and that you’ve only got to look at your ‘favorite foods’ to get kicked out of Ketosis and have to start again.

That’s what I discovered last year.  I tried it (well a lazy version) again and again and failed over and over.  I only reached ‘natural ketosis’ once in all that time, I cheated most weekends and eventually daily.  I found it incredibly hard, although I knew it was what is best for me, I simply couldn’t resist those carbs.

On the plus side, I did go down a jeans size, which is quite amazing when you think about it, but honestly I was going to bed at the same time as my toddler as I was completely exhausted and my energy for the day was pretty much completely gone by 3 pm.

Well I’m happy to say, that is no longer the case.

Following a simple routine of a ‘Protein Shake’ in the morning with my full days nutritional supplementation, a balanced lunch (ketogenic), a delay long enough to let that go down and then a drink that contains ‘the magic formula’, followed by fasting until the next morning I can satiate my hunger, easily get into ketosis without feeling the need to snack, skip ‘Keto Flu’ and not have any carb cravings!

I’ve also had to start adding a belt to those jeans that I bought last year.


Can’t wait for the full Reboot: looking forward to seeing my fat drop, whilst maintaining muscle, and watching energy levels, clarity of mind and sleep soar!



What’s in your Supplements

Were you aware that the familiar RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) has now been changed to NRV (Nutrient Reference Values), and that this occurred in 2014?

No, me either!

OK, so are they the same?


But what do they mean anyway?

As of May 2016 the daily NRVs are:

13 Vitamins:

Vitamin A 800 µg / 2664 IU
Vitamin D 5 µg / 200 IU
Vitamin E 12 mg / 17.9 IU
Vitamin K 75 µg
Vitamin C 80mg
Thiamin 1.1 mg
Riboflavin 1.4 mg
Niacin 16 mg
Vitamin B6 1.4 mg
Folacin/Folic Acid 200 µg
Vitamin B12 2.5 µg
Biotin 50 µg
Pantothenic Acid 6 mg

14 Minerals

Potassium 2000 mg
Chloride 800 mg
Calcium 800 mg
Phosphorus 700 mg
Magnesium 375mg
Iron 14 mg
Zinc 10 mg
Copper 1 mg
Manganese 2 mg
Fluoride 3.5 mg
Selenium 55 µg
Chromium 40 µg
Molybdenum  50 µg
Iodine 150 µg

NRV covers 27 nutrients

The Office of Dietary Supplements recommends between 75 & 90 mg of vitamin C a day to prevent scurvy in an adult and a minimum of 40mg per day in a newborn, however the NIH proposes 200mg per day.  Further research suggests that due to absorption rates 2000 – 3000 mg should actually be minimum intake and 30,000 – 200,000 mg when ill.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 400 iu per day of Vitamin D to prevent rickets, the Vitamin D Council recommends 1000 iu per day in children, per 25kg of body weight, other information says 125-250 iu per lb of body weight.

Taking Selenium at a rate of 400 mcg per day has been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of a number of cancers.

So how does the supplement you take/give measure up?

Well, unfortunately it’s not that easy.

Some products claim 100% NRV, but are using synthetic vitamins that are not absorbed properly. Some use natural ones, but do not include the co-factors necessary for the body to utilize them.

Some ‘Children’s Multi-Vitamins’ only contain 25% of the NRV for a newborn and are recommended for children aged 3-12.

On top of this the average absorption of supplements is around 12%!

So many products don’t have any where near the variety of nutrients required by the body to function, and they also contain insufficient amounts of the nutrients they do contain, that’s if they are bio-available and not synthetic.

One supplement deficiency can lead to multiple diseases e.g. a calcium deficiency can lead to 147 different diseases.

Further, billions of dollars worth of research has found that we require, 90 essential nutrients (essential meaning we cannot produce them ourselves), including:

  • 60 Mineral
  • 16 Vitamins
  • 12 Amino Acids
  • 2-3 EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids)

So what do I do?

I refer to Naturopathy, and go to the gentleman who did the billions of dollars worth of research and produced the supplements that contain all #90forlife at amounts that benefit my body that are often well in excess of RDA/NRV :

e.g. some of the nutrients in BTT 2.0 Tablets

  • Vitamin A 200%
  • Vitamin C 2083% (plus I take more on top)
  • Vitamin D3 250% (plus I take more on top)
  • Vitamin E 200%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2000%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1765%
  • Niacin 200%
  • Vitamin B6 1500%
  • Vitamin B12 16,667%
  • Pantothenic Acid 1500%

they also contain all the necessary co-factors and a 90-98% absorption rate and list the ORAC value (amount of anti-oxidants), it is recommended that you take 100,000 ORAC per day, you can get some from your food, but it’s a challenge to get that many:

  • Cranberries 9,090
  • Blackcurrants 7,957
  • Plums 6,100
  • Blackberries 5,905
  • Red Raspberries 5,065
  • Blueberries 4,669
  • Strawberries 4,032
  • Broccoli (Raw) 3,086
  • Apples 3,049

(ORAC per 100 grams)

the BTT 2.0 tablet example above, which contains all 90 essential nutrients, have an ORAC value of 160,000.

I also eat/feed a diet that eliminates the ’12 Bad Foods’ which would prevent absorption even from the quality of supplements that we take.

If you’d like to know more and learn how Nutritional Competence can help you,

please feel free to get in touch

Healing is Easy

I absolutely love this 1 hr talk from Dr. Peter Glidden

Your body needs 90 Essential Nutrients a Day to be healthy, and if you’re not healthy, you’re missing some.
He describes how Naturopaths don’t cure anything, they just give the body what it needs, cut out the foods that are holding you back, and give the body a chance to do what it does best…

Here are the ‘Healthy Body Paks‘ he’s talking about.




The Healthy Lifestyle Dichotomy

There is a huge diversity of what people consider to be healthy eating, healthy living and a healthy lifestyle in general. My personal choices have been redefined and reinvented many many times, based on both research and experience, but what suits one, may not suit another and what someone thinks suits them, may not actually be doing them any good at all.

A Facebook memory came up today, of me eating a low fat yogurt and the background noise quite clearly indicated I was watching ‘Quantum Leap’. Well a Quantum Leap is what has been made from that day to this.

Back then I believed what the government and big food manufacturers and even general medical practitioners told me was healthy food, was true:

  • I ate a ‘healthy’ cereal for breakfast (have come to realise there is no such thing)
  • A ‘balanced’ lunch – often consisting of a sandwich, packet of crisps (chips) and skipped the chocolate bar, that I usually had with lunch up until around 2002, but instead went for the ‘healthier’ carrot cake. (All standard ‘Meal Deal’ options in the shop)
  • For dinner  I ate ‘low fat’ prepackaged meals, often ones that were simple and quick to get ready via the microwave, and perhaps a ‘low fat’ yogurt for dessert.

I ignored the fact that the bowl of fruit always went off and needed to be thrown out, and I ignored the amount of snacking I generally did, which was biscuits, chocolate, crisps and pastries.

And in general I thought I ate better than others – I’d swapped out sugar for honey in my drinks and stopped drinking carbonated anything, so hey, I was pretty aware right – OK I wasn’t eating organic, but who can afford that?

I was a UK dress size 10 (US 8) and as I wasn’t able to exercise (still can’t) due to my disability I thought I was doing great….


However, my misinterpretation of what was healthy – whilst sitting watching hours of television and stuffing myself with starch, sugar, aspartame and the ‘chemical shit storm’ required to make ‘low fat’ anything taste remotely good, was then, and is now, still what many people perceive as healthy. This of course is not helped by ‘government advice’ and the ‘food industry’ in general.

Bear in mind that my diet then, was after almost a decade of researching into canine nutrition and being really strict with ensuring that my animals did not eat starch or sugar, whilst at University studying animal health in depth and after teaching hundreds of others to raw feed their pets.

How on Earth did I not make the connection?

It’s difficult! It’s difficult when we are surrounded by misinformation. I’ve even seen the previous First Lady promoting ‘low fat’ milk to children on Sesame Street! She had evidently been misinformed too, as we know now that ‘low fat’ milk actually promotes weight gain, as does ‘low fat’ practically anything and that actually a diet high in natural fats and low in starch is much more ‘species appropriate’, and yes I use that term on purpose.

After years of a vegetarian lifestyle and spending much time with vegan friends, I found that I would often get sick but a bite or two of meat would soon sort me out. Once I discovered I was pregnant, not being a certified nutritionist at the time (I’m working on that), I didn’t want to risk my inutero child missing out on essential fatty acids for growth and brain health, so I went back to an omnivorous diet.
After a while I was unable to face breakfast or any food at all in the mornings and turned to shakes, with whole organic milk, at least 1 organic banana, and I’d add supplements, spices and coconut oil.

When my son was born we had a huge breastfeeding malfunction and I had to feed formula. The products I was given in the hospital ended up leading to him having a very negative reaction to pasteurised milk, which took quite a while to diagnose. Once home I found an Organic Goats Milk Formula, based on whole milk and his tiny tiny body (born 5lb 5oz, but under 5lbs by the time we left the hospital), began to thrive.

Once it was time for solids, I was determined to keep him to organic, and could not see the logic in cooking fruits before feeding them; so I put organic apples, pears and carrots etc. through the juicer, mixed the both parts together and fed him raw puree. Having found that pretty much all ‘baby rice’ contained arsenic, I studiously avoided it, but when the time came I must admit I did feed toast and bread, organic, but none-the-less starch.

At Eighteen months I got a rebate through which enabled me to send off for MTHFR gene testing for him and the results were frightening!

I often see people in chat forums worried that they have 1 MTHFR mutation, my son has 74!

Having gone through only a few of them I’ve found he is at risk for a whole multitude of horrifying conditions, not limited to, but including, alzhemiers, type 2 diabetes, a number of cancers, multiple heart issues, unable to deal with detox from almost anything, including pharmaceuticals, a lowered immune system and even Huntingtons.

Thankfully, I studied genetics and epigenetics whilst I was taking my Masters in Cambridge, and as I do not know the expression status of any of these mutations, and as I’ve found them early, I can do all I can to mitigate the risks.

Talen has not been vaccinated, he did not have a pharmaceutical form of Vitamin K (I took an organic form and he got it through colostrum), I do not have pharmaceuticals products, other than ‘sodium ascorbate’ (Vitamin C) in the house, and use natural methods to treat anything needed, including herbs, foods, supplements and homeopathy. There is no fluoride in his homemade toothpaste, no SLS, parabens, phalates or other nasties in any cleaning products, or toiletries in the house.

We are now on an almost starch free diet, Paleo/Keto is how I refer to it, with ‘intermittent fasting’. Our dairy products, eggs, fruit and veg are all organic, even my coffee is organic decaf (and not decaffinated via chemical means), and we will move to free range organic meat as soon as humanly possible. As far as ‘but how can you afford to feed/eat organic’, I actually spend around £50 a week on our food, which we get delivered, and that often includes non-toxic biodegradable nappies and wipes.

We have home made smoothies and shakes courtesy of our nutri-bullet on a daily basis and whereas I used to struggle to get my ‘5 a day’, there’s now no risk that we won’t smash it, especially as I now add Super Greens.

I don’t have bread, pasta, rice or biscuits (cookies) in the house – they used to be a staple, we don’t eat legumes, have drastically reduced our nightshade intake, and thankfully I’ve never been interested in forms of squash, the only root veg we have is carrots and we never eat those cooked (cooking alters the Glycemic Index (GI) from low to very high).

I have an entire cupboard full of the cleanest source of vitamins and minerals I can find (our favourite comes in a really tasty drink form) and Talen gets Superfoods, D3 & C daily.

For my weight management I use a pre-made ketogenic system with built in regular detoxes, that is, in my opinion, far superior to all others out there both nutritionally and for quality, and I’m feeling healthier and am much happier that we are both on the right path.

Of course happiness is also integral to a healthy lifestyle, and we enjoy starting and ending the day with giggles, as well as many bouts in between. Stress can also effect health negatively so I’m working on that too. If I can do it, you can do it… x