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Keep it Local


We are proud of our status as not just a sustainable, but also an ethical caterer. Wherever possible we use small, independent businesses much like ourselves and believe it is vitally important to support one another, especially in the current economy.

This month we would like to introduce you to Alice Yeates from Help me Healthy, an amazing Health & Wellbeing Coach who is working with us at fifty seven running all sorts of exciting workshops!

Help me Healthy

Website: helpmehealthy.org

Email: info@helpmehealthy.org

1) Tell us about your business?

I am a health and wellbeing coach based in East Dulwich. I help people to make simple changes to their diet and lifestyle that ensure better long term health. This could be people suffering from diabetes, thyroid issues, menopause, or other chronic health problems. I believe anyone can benefit from advice in this area!  I offer 1 to 1 counselling and also run workshops which anyone is welcome to attend. I prefer to see people face to face at least once but I am happy to do Skype/Facetime consultations after that.

 

2) How long have you been doing this?

I qualified as a Nutritional Therapist in 2017 after completing a 3 year Diploma.

 

3) It is such an interesting career, what led you to it?

Originally I trained as a nurse, specialising in diabetes, which was my passion. I stopped nursing after I had my two sons.

I got ill 7 years ago and wasn't responding to conventional treatment, so I looked into alternative ideas which led me to nutrition. It's had such a positive impact on me that I am really keen to support others in making any improvements they can.


4) What makes you different from other nutritionists?

With me it's about the whole person. In a consultation we will discover what the client really wants to achieve. I work with them to get rid of those annoying symptoms by using changes they are happy to implement within their daily routine.

For example - it's not the high blood sugar that will be frustrating to a pre-diabetic client, it could be feeling shaky when in need of food, constant tiredness, always being thirsty and therefore repeated trips to the bathroom.

 

Not everyone will have these symptoms but anxiety about the long term effects of diabetes will be common to most people and I would imagine they will want to do what they can to get their blood sugar back to normal.

So that’s what we work on, together, in a way that they can manage.


5) So if someone requires help how would this usually work - would it be a one off session or ongoing?

I prefer to book at least two appointments - an initial consultation and then a follow up and I will give support in between. It helps people to take action. They need to be able to report back and ask me questions. It's much easier to achieve results that way.


6) What is the most common mistake people make when it comes to diet?

Not drinking enough water. Water, not squash, or tea, or coffee, or any other form of liquid. Dehydration is the cause of so many problems.


7) What is your favourite healthy eating tip?

Protein for breakfast - this sets you up for the day and helps keep your blood sugar stable, preventing the reach for the biscuits or other sweet treats in the afternoon - sound familiar?


8) Just for fun. Do you have any local 'food heroes’? We love to know about chefs, restaurants or even takeaways (is there such a thing as a healthy takeaway) that you adore?!

I love Spinach on Lordship Lane for a pre cinema visit. I have been trying to replicate several of their recipes (with great success) because they are so good. They are so friendly in there and the atmosphere is just great.

I'd always go for an Indian for a take-away, I love Dulwich Tandoori. I'm not vegetarian but I love veggie curries. I've also found that if I don't eat rice I enjoy the curry much more and I don't get that overfull feeling afterwards.

Most curry houses use Ghee which is better quality fat than oil, good news for cholesterol and if you go veggie you also miss out on the inflammatory fats in the meat!

And I had the best salads at fifty seven recently when I went to a workshop there - they were fab!


9) SJ Dessert Island Discs (Just for fun) - What 3 puddings would you take with you to your island?!!!

My chocolate mousse every time.

Berries, berries and more berries, that berry jelly that Suzanne James makes!

My fruit crumble made with ground almonds and topped with flaked almonds - rhubarb or plum by choice.

10) Anything else you would like to tell us about your business?

I am really passionate about what I do. I believe that people can take more responsibility for their own wellbeing and I really want to help them to make simple changes towards better long term health.  If you have an issue you'd like to discuss with me please do get in touch for a no obligation chat!

Help me Healthy

Website: helpmehealthy.org

Email: info@helpmehealthy.org