Baby, it's cold outside! While the weather rages above us, you'll be forgiven for feeling a little blue. But winter can be a wonderfully restorative time of year, so cherish the season for the opportunities it brings. Relax, take time out and replenish energy levels with nutritious food and early nights. Best of all, embrace the elements; there is nothing more exhilarating and energizing than a blustery walk to get the body working.
It's St Valentine's Day tomorrow and time to celebrate L-O-V-E. I am, as many will know, a champion of self-love: self-care; nourishment; rest; sleep; exercise; laughter; and calm breathing. To treat oneself with kindness and respect is vital. Extreme dieting, hunger, deprivation (and the likes) is harmful to us physically, mentally and spiritually. A healthy body and mind equals harmony, strength and resilience - this is especially relevant at this time of year.
As well as St Valentine's Day, I am celebrating an event of a different kind. Cue the drum roll - I am thrilled and enormously proud to announce that my first book is in production. Da-dah! Thanks to the support and great encouragement of clients, colleagues and friends over the past few years and a wonderful team at Harper Collins UK, I am well on the way to achieving a life long ambition. My first book will be released in January 2015 and I can't wait!
That said, 2015 is a while away, so to whet your appetite (pun absolutely intended!), I am launching four seasonal eShorts to satisfy the many of you asking for guidance and recipes. Each eShort will be accompanied by six exclusive and delicious recipes celebrating seasonal produce. I hope to inspire you to shun unseasonal offerings in the supermarket aisles and opt instead for a nutritionally rich diet in tune with what nature prescribes us, season by season. Nature delivers what we need, when we need it, in beautiful technicolour packaging - fruit & veg! I will celebrate this.
My first eShort, entitled 'SPRING', is available for download today. In addition to recipes, each guide will provide snippets of practical guidance to steer you through the challenges of each season with the gentle persuasion that there is no such thing as a quick fix: a healthy life is a life-time commitment. The advice is diet fad free, with long-term optimal health in mind, appetite in sync and taste buds happily satisfied.. At just 99p (available via Amazon for Kindle or iTunes for iBook) it is also fantastic value!
'Spring' is available for download now, followed by three more - Summer, Autumn and Winter - to be released later this year. So stay tuned - join me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for further info. I'd love your feedback, so do get in touch.
Publication is in digital format only - visit Amazon for Kindle and iTunes for iBook or visit freernutrition/books. Formats: iBook for iOS 4.2/MAC OS X 10.9 or Kindle Edition
I wish you health and happiness in abundance.