Monthly Archives: November 2016

The Power of Natural Food

The above is the subject of a talk we enjoy giving because we’re increasingly seeing that ‘getting it right’ works not just for the individual, but goes much further. Right, by the way, as far as we’re concerned does not mean following a diet sheet, or any other kind of list or set of rules, instead, it’s awareness of, and love for food that really nourishes the human body. If this sounds exclusively beneficial to the individual and thus largely selfish, well the initial intention may indeed be self-serving, but the wider positive impacts are likely to play out anyway. What might it mean for the NHS if more of us ate food that truly suited our bodies? Would our environment, our natural world experience any change? We think it would, and in a variety of ways.

Some people start with the macro, spurred on by compassion, ethics and a desire for something better; the rest of us, however, are more likely to get the impetus at the micro, personal level when poor health takes hold or weight seems unmanageable. This was our experience. For Graham it was a weight issue (with some corresponding health-related consequences) which started even before he became an adult and which continued long into his adult life, despite his attempts to take on board the best offerings of the diet industry. Perhaps the very fact that this industry exists and on the scale that it does, tells us something? In my case it was a health matter in my 30s which eventually persuaded me to find another way. I had already undergone major surgery along with some unpleasant synthetic hormone treatments and I was heading for a repeat performance – endometriosis, the condition I had, is chronic. I didn’t find an immediate and direct route to food largely because, despite truly marvellous care, none of the highly trained medics I came into contact with made even the slightest of references to food having any relevance to my health and recovery from this disease. I didn’t realise then that they couldn’t have told me because they simply didn’t know. When I did overhaul my diet with the help of a superb book, I realised I was no longer feeling unwell, and in fact, I never returned to see any medical professional for this condition. Ever. I realise I was more than a little fortunate to be open to these changes (I was later to experience ‘mind blocks’ and severe resistance in respect of learning meditation!) and I continued to eat in the ‘new way’, happy with my health, but not entirely excited about my meals. It was also fortunate that Graham was sufficiently easy-going to accommodate my eating habits and make many of them his own. This paid off immensely for him. His weight started to decrease, and kept on doing so until he reached a plateau  – still overweight, but no longer obese. It was the move to a high raw way of eating that really started to make sense for us; Graham lost the rest of the excess weight he was carrying and we both got very excited about our meals, and still do!

natural-foodNoticing that eating natural food makes so much sense, not just to us as individuals, but also in a wider context is like realising that the bonus is every bit as good as the first prize. It may not be surprising then, that we love to share our enthusiasm for eating natural food with anyone curious enough to know more. We do this in the full knowledge that there is often much more to a health or weight issue … I know from first hand experience that anxiety and stress can cause physical illness, and this is why the Art of Calm Detoxing makes room for whatever may arise in clearing blocks and moving towards a happier and healthier life.

The Art of Calm Detoxing program is an individual tailored program over the course of 10 weeks and includes regular contact with us during that entire period. The Art of Calm Detoxing course also runs over 10 weeks, starting in January, and offers the benefit of a shared experience comprising a small group of participants in a class situation once a week for the first 3 weeks. Please note the venue for this course, starting Saturday January 28th, will be at Breathing Space in Harrogate. This ammendment to the original publication.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions. We know that embarking on a program or course like this is not a small undertaking.

Graham and I wish you a very Happy Christmas. May your New Year go from strength to strength, inner strength and happiness, that is.

~ Annette Henry

Gift Ideas

Anyone familiar with us and what we do is aware that we give priority to health, happiness and wellbeing and that what we typically offer involves us spending time with those who choose us to support them as they prioritise aspects of their own wellbeing. This post for November, however, is all about a couple of tangible purchases, otherwise known as Christmas Gift Ideas and a little bit about why they’re special.

The Gift of Calm InSight
The Gift of Calm InSight

The first is the book of poems by Annette which has already proven to be a popular gift purchase. The poems are mostly a reminder to value ourselves, to ease back from worrying thoughts and live more in the here and now. We’ve noted with some interest that there’s been a spike in sales in recent months and wonder if this is in response to the somewhat challenging times we’re living in? Our one retail outlet for the book is the Earth Spirit Bookshop in Hebden Bridge; perhaps the extra sales there have been in support of them and other businesses in the town as they rebuild after the Boxing Day floods last year? We would like to think so. 

We’re making the book available inclusive of postage and packing with an option to receive it gift wrapped for Christmas at no additional charge. Please click here or on the photo above if you are interested.

The second is a voucher for a 3 course lunch with us. During the last couple of years, we’ve been more than a little encouraged by the enthusiasm with which our lunches have been received. The reasons our guests have come have been as varied as they are, from health reasons, to the pure enjoyment of a way of eating that doesn’t conform to mainstream offerings. It’s also been suggested on a few occasions that we consider increasing the price of these meals to better reflect what’s on offer from the varied dishes made with organic ingredients to the potential inspiration for new ideas along with information to support the experience. We’ve slowly come to the conclusion that this does make sense, and we will increase our lunch prices in the New Year. The current price of the voucher is £25 and will be valid until the end of 2017 irrespective of any changes to our pricing. imag1216

Please see our Raw Food Lunches page to get an idea of what a lunch with us is all about, and who it might be most suitable for.

And here is the link to the voucher.

And finally, we hope these do prove to be useful gift ideas for friends and relatives at Christmas, but equally, they may suit you and we would be delighted to send you either or both of these, whether they’re for you, or to offer as a gift to someone else.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Annette & Graham Henry