Justine PhilipponJustine PhilipponJuly 28, 2017


We have asked our experts for other ways that we, ourselves, can support our health in the workplace…

1. Does the shoe fit?
You could spend less time sitting in traffic, or being cramped on a tube, by swapping public transport for your feet (or at least for part of the way), which can also help to up your step count. However, make sure your footwear fits properly to avoid discomfort. “Sore feet after even a short walk? This is a common occurrence for those of us who do not have correct fitting shoes, and this can put us off walking altogether. Be sure your foot has enough room in the toe box. There should be a thumbnails width (or about a half inch) between your toes and the end of the shoe. The shoe should be wide enough in the toe that your toes can move freely. Your heel should not slip, and the shoe should not pinch or bind, especially across the arch or ball of your foot,” explains Carnation Footcare Podiatrist Dave Wain (

2. Opt for a packed lunch
Are you a regular at the local lunch hot spots near your work? Skip the lunch queues and start by making your own lunches; not only can this be much cheaper but you also know exactly what is going into your meals, rather than thinking the salad you purchased is healthy, before learning how calorific the dressing is.
“Making your own lunch gives you full control over what you eat and how much of each food group you consume, which can help especially when looking for lower calorie options. You can prepare sandwiches or salad bases over the weekend if you struggle to find time in the mornings,” suggests Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns.
If you’re not sure what to add to your lunchbox to make a nutritious and filling meal, try the general rule of having the size of your clenched fist as your carbs and the size of the palm of your hand as your protein.

3. Curb your sugar cravings
If you’ve had a stressful meeting, have had to deal with a difficult customer or are struggling to get through your emails try to avoid the feeling that you ‘deserve’ a high calorie treat each time. Identifying your emotions and finding alternative ways to deal with them, as opposed to powering your way through the likes of endless crisp packets, can help you take back control of your eating habits. “This may take effort and time, as we often hang on to what is familiar, but if you stick to it, you will soon be reaping the rewards for a little thoughtful decision-making, retraining and application of willpower – with a little help from your Slissie friend,” explains Psychologist, Corinne Sweet.

Slissie (from £24.99, is the first of its kind as it delivers curb-craving flavourings that instantly help you resist the temptation of sugary, calorific snacks. Once the flavours that contain aromas are detected by your tastebuds and olfactory receptors, messages are sent to the appetite control centres of the brain leaving users feeling their appetite has been satisfied. At the press of a button you can taste flavours such as, chocolate, vanilla and mint, making your brain think you’ve had that sweet treat without any nasty sugars being involved!

4. Don’t become a desk potato
Feeling snowed under at work? Make sure you still take a break and stretch your legs to help combat against stress. “Exercise is a great stress reliever. Take a brisk walk to stimulate anti-anxiety effects, this helps to clear your thoughts and feel more relaxed upon returning to the office,” suggests Cassandra.

5. Set an alarm
“If you’re a bit of a desk jockey, set a reminder to make sure you have a brief walk around the office to get yourself moving,” advises Dave.

6. Replace your Americano for a green tea
Green tea is an excellent healthy mood booster. “It contains some caffeine, which gives you a bit of a lift, but also contains the amino acid theanine. Theanine which can have a relaxing effect and may help to relieve anxiety and mental stress, potentially by increasing your levels of serotonin, dopamine (responsible for reward and pleasure), and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA, which has a relaxant effect),” explains Cassandra.

7. Learn to say no
“If you feel the symptoms of stress coming on, learn to get your priorities right. There is nothing in your life right now more important than your health. Learn to say no if you feel that you have taken on too much. Being assertive is invigorating and empowering. It also helps to make lists of what is, or is not a priority, and to tackle the priority tasks first. This will help give you a sense of control over your life,” says Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist, author of Natural Solutions for Dementia and Alzheimer’s (

8. Get your veggies
Does your lunch lack vegetables? This can be a significant way of you adding calories to your diet, by filling your plate with other food groups, such as carbs. “Soups are a fantastic way of boosting your veg intake and using any odds and ends of vegetables in the fridge, especially those that are starting to look a bit limp and sad! Gently steam all vegetables, add lots of garlic, onions and herbs such as rosemary, caraway and thyme. Then blend in a food mixer or liquidiser. Serve hot or cold!” says Cassandra.

9. Make time for breakfast
“The old saying says that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ and when you have breakfast you are literally ‘breaking the fast’, this supports the idea that you shouldn’t skip breakfast. Sleeping causes your metabolism (fat burning capability) to slow right down and nothing gets it going faster than breakfast,” explains Marilyn.
“But always remember that just as important as having breakfast itself, it’s also vital to choose healthy breakfast options such as wholegrain cereals like porridge, organic ‘live’ natural dairy products like yogurt, organic eggs and fruit. Sugar-laden cereals will cause your blood sugar to rise sharply and drop quite quickly, making you feel more hungry quickly – you need something that will sustain you and keep you feeling fuller for longer,” adds Marilyn.

10. Spring clean your desk
It may not come as a shock to you that the technology you use every day is often swarming with germs. Your computer keyboard is 20,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat and your mouse is 45,670 times dirtier than a toilet handle.

Justine PhilipponJustine PhilipponJuly 12, 2017


Now, that we finally have a bit of sunshine in the UK, it is important to curate our diet accordingly…
First tip – fresh fruits and vegetables. Why? Well, not only do fruits have amazing healthy components but the vitamins are much more activated for better results during the summer.

Find our little list of the primordial summer healthy food options:


With its vitamins, the watermelon is one of the best healthy fruit. In fact, citrus fruits have been known to participate to the cancer prevention according to many medical journals. The watermelon has also the capacity to reduce the cholesterol level.


If you love your summer barbecues, then you can never go wrong with some shrimps. The perfect healthy food, also great for anyone who is weight conscious. In fact, the shrimp is rich in protein and poor in fat. It has an excellent nutritional value.


Corn is not just a tasty summer addition to any menu but is also very rich in vitamins and minerals, and has the property to reduce the risk of cancer or heart disease, like the most of our recommended food on this list.


One of the low-calorie food, the celery is full of essential nutrients. It can also help you to loose some weight, facilitate your digestion, protect you from many diseases, strengthen the brain… There are so many advantages associated with Celery…You’ve just got to love it!


Many compounds have been identified in mushrooms that show potential for boosting immunity. The mushroom is the only vegetable which produces Vitamin D thanks to the sun. This is why it is not just perfect but an important addition to your summer healthy diet.


The apricot is recognized for its benefits on the skin. I recommend it for those into sports and pregnant women. 100 grams of fresh apricots gives you 12% of vitamin C, 12% of vitamin A, and 6% of potassium required for the body.

Johana BaldellaJohana BaldellaApril 19, 2017


Are you eating your lunch at your desk, yet again, whilst planning your next meeting and at the same time trying to stay on top of emails? You’re not alone with 3 out of 5 workers admitting to being chained to their desk and not escaping the workplace for lunch. Sitting at your desk all day, staring at the screen, can severely impact your health.

Our experts share their top tips to give your wellbeing a boost, especially when you don’t have the chance to take a full lunch break.


1. Make a packed lunch

To save time in your working day skip buying lunch from the high street and bring something pre-made from home. “Not only will you be saving big bucks, but you also have the chance to wave good-bye to salt and sugar ladened high street lunches. Packed lunches give you full control over the quantities of each food group that you add to your plate as well as the calorie content, which is a massive plus point. 

“High street lunches rarely provide you with enough veg, fibre and good quality protein to keep hunger at bay and blood sugar levels stable throughout the afternoon. A great blood-sugar balancing lunch is essential for preventing that post-afternoon energy slump as well as keeping hunger at bay,” explains Lily Soutter, Nutritionist at 


2. Avoid the ‘cake culture’

If you’re yet to head out for a break from the delicious wafting smells reaching your desk, perhaps chocolate cookies from the office’s ‘weekend baker’ or ‘congratulation’ doughnuts from the boss, then you may be more likely to cave into eating calorific snacks. A table of sugary treats is commonplace in many offices and research from the Royal College of Surgeons suggests that this cake culture is fuelling obesity and dental problems.

To help you resist joining your peers delving into naughty snacks reach for your Slissie. Slissie (from £39.99,, is the first of its kind as it helps to curb cravings with flavourings that instantly help you resist snack temptation. Slissie releases tasty, appetite-suppressing flavours, from vanilla to chocolate, which can help you resist eating things you know you really shouldn’t.

“Temptation will always present itself. You have to be prepared, and be aware, ahead of time, that when you go somewhere, visit someone, go out for a meal, that temptation will be right there, in front of you. You have to plan a course of action to curb your vulnerability to being seduced by something you know will trigger your need to snack. This may take effort and time, as we often hang on to what is familiar, but if you stick to it, you will soon be reaping the rewards for a little thoughtful decision-making, retraining and application of willpower – with a little help from your Slissie friend,” explains Psychologist, Corinne Sweet. Top up your vitamin D levels

Spending short periods of time in the sunshine is a great way to top up your vitamin D levels, but for those who are unable to venture outside on their lunch break it is important to look at other ways of getting the sunshine vitamin. “You can
get some vitamin D from foods such as butter and oily fish, but it’s not really enough. The best way to get vitamin D is from spending lots of time in the sun, but if this is not an try taking a supplement, such as Vega Vitamins Everyday-D 10g (from £5.95, which is available in a tasty orange spray, or as blackcurrant chewable tablets (100s and 500s),” says Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns.




 4. Stay hydrated

Even if you’re swamped with work, remember to drink plenty of water. “Focusing on our water intake is absolutely essential for health.  We should be aiming for 2 litres of water per day. Herbal teas count towards this however caffeinated drinks, fruit juice and fizzy drinks do not. Keeping hydrated is important for many processes in the body, including brain function.  When we are dehydrated we often get headaches and feel tired. Severe dehydration can lead to becoming confused and even having hallucinations.  Another sign that you are dehydrated is dark urine.  Keeping an eye on this throughout the day, and making sure it’s a light straw colour is a good way to check if your water intake is adequate,” explains Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at, the online shopping destination for all things health and wellbeing.

5. Up your daily steps

When possible, take a walk out at lunch to stretch those legs and up your steps, but if you’re struggling to fit this in the odd day Podiatrist Dave Wain, at Carnation Footcare has some suggestions; “Change your route to work. Even by adding an extra 5 minutes, you’ll up your step count. I’d also suggest if you’re a bit of a desk jockey, set a reminder to make sure you have a brief walk around the office to get yourself moving and always opt to take the stairs.”


6. Take your eyes off the screen when eating 

“It is important for our digestive systems to sit up straight whilst eating and eat slowly. If you want to enjoy your food make sure you look at it whilst you are eating and take the time to savour the flavours. Eating slowly will also give your body time to release something called cholecystokinin (CCG). This is also known as the “full up” signal. Once your body receives this signal, you should realise that you are full up and stop eating. It is thought to take at least 20 minutes to be released though so eating slowly is important,” says Shona. 


7. De-stress by writing a to-do list

Don’t have the time to clear your head on your lunch break? Help yourself feel more calm and collected by writing a to-do list. “If you feel the symptoms of stress coming on, learn to get your priorities right. There is nothing in your life right now more important than your health. Learn to say no if you feel that you have taken on too much. Being assertive is invigorating and empowering. It also helps to make lists of what is, or is not a priority, and to tackle the priority tasks first. This will help give you a sense of control over your life,” says Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist ( and author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar. 


8. Don’t eat when you’re stressed 

Had a stressful meeting? Avoid heading for the biscuit tin, or speeding your way through your lunch straight away. “Never eat when you are stressed, feeling emotional or in a rush. Take time to sit down at the table and eat slowly and calmly. Try to avoid being over-talkative at lunch. By focusing on conversation rather than the eating, this may interfere with the digestive process. It’s also important to chew properly, at least 30 times each mouthful,” says Shona.


9. Have a spring clean

Desks have been known to harbor 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat, which is stomach churning – especially for those who eat at their desks! Try to spare five minutes a day to give your des a tidy and a clean. For the hours many spend at their desk it deserves some TLC. “To give your immunity an extra boost in fighting off any office lurgies try Quest’s Immune Biotix (from £13.45,”, Cassandra recommends. 






10. Embrace fidgeting

Are you naturally someone who feels like they constantly have to move, whether that’s simply tapping your foot, or swinging on your chair? This could actually help you burn calories, according to research, so even with a busy schedule you could be exercising without even realising! 


Caitlin OsbornCaitlin OsbornJuly 25, 2012


By Caitlin Osborn

Today in the UK 1 in 6 couples have difficulty getting pregnant.  Many have tried IVF but with a success rate of 25%, very few are getting the results they have wished for.  This leaves many couples to deal with the emotional heartache following an unsuccessful treatment as well as financial strain.  With such a low success rate of IVF, it leaves many wondering why is there such a huge problem with IVF and what can couples do to increase their chances of having children.

Dr Marilyn Glenville whose program has been successful in helping couples achieve their dream answered some of these questions in an exclusive interview with Chelsea Monthly.


Chelsea Monthly: In your opinion, what are some of the reasons for there being such a high infertility rate in the UK today?

Dr Glenville:

The usual statistic quoted for couples seeking medical help for infertility is one in six but a National Fertility Survey, published in September 2007 suggests that fertility problems are more than twice as common as previously thought, with up to a third of couples struggling to conceive and many of these couples do not seek the help or advice they need. Also one in four women will experience a miscarriage.

Infertility is multi-factorial and there can be a number of reasons for the high infertility rate.  Women are waiting longer to get pregnant because of following their career path or meeting the right man.  And fertility declines for women more dramatically after the age of 35. We also know now that fertility decreases for men as they get older.

Age, however, isn’t the only factor. Human fertility is extremely complex and other factors can include diet, lifestyle, medical problems, stress, anxiety and also environmental and occupational toxins.  Also almost 30% of fertility problems can be attributable to the man so it is important for the man to look at all these factors too.

Interestingly, the most common cause of infertility is ‘unexplained’, which means that following thorough investigations, doctors can find no identifiable medical problem.  That is why it is so important to look at all aspects of health for both the man and the woman and not just focus on the medical.


Chelsea Monthly: Why is the success rate of IVF (which is 25%) so low in the UK?

Dr Glenville:

The success of an IVF depends on many factors and unfortunately it can fail at different stages of the IVF treatment cycle.  So there is a lot that can wrong.  The woman may not respond to the fertility drugs, this can be down to her age but there may be other reasons.  So some women are not going to produce any eggs or very few.  When the eggs are removed some are not going to get fertilised, this can be down to the quality of the eggs but also the quality of the sperm.   And unfortunately 90% of embryos which are transferred back do not survive.   And a percentage of those that do survive can be lost through miscarriage.    And of course if the quality and quantity of the sperm are not good then this can also affect the IVF success rate.

Also we know that what a woman eats and drinks can make a significant difference to the success of an IVF treatment cycle.  Recent research presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology shows that having a diet which includes avocados, nuts and olive oil providing ‘good’ fats may triple the chance of an IVF working.  But a woman who is drinking too much coffee, more than five cups a day, is more than half as likely to get pregnant as those women who don’t get drink coffee.  The researchers went as far to say that drinking this amount of coffee was as bad as smoking for IVF success rates.

A high intake of saturated fats from butter, cheese, red meat can also lower the number of eggs produced in an IVF cycle.


Chelsea Monthly: Why did you decide to start this Support Programme? And what are some of the methods you introduce to couples through your programme?

Dr Glenville:

I wanted to run this programme because after working in this field now for over 30 years I know how much heartache and decisions women and their partners go through along their fertility journey.  1 in 3 couples have difficulty getting pregnant and because IVF only has a 25% success rate, which means that 75% of the cycles are failing, which is not only emotionally but also financially traumatic.

Women and their partners need to know that there is important information hidden away in the medical journals that shows how effective dietary, supplement and lifestyle changes can have on either conceiving naturally or boosting the success rate of IVF.

Simple nutrients like antioxidants have been shown to significantly boost male fertility and also help women improve their chances during IVF.  Correct deficiencies of certain nutrients like vitamin D can have an enormous benefit for fertility both for men and women. But the women and their partners don’t often hear about all this information, practical tips they can use, simple lifestyle changes that can make the difference between getting pregnant and not getting pregnant.

The natural approach to fertility is and has been enormously successful, largely because fertility is multi-factorial. A study conducted by the University of Surrey showed that couples with a previous history of infertility who made changes in their lifestyle, diet and took nutritional supplements had an 80 percent success rate.   Given that the success rate for IVF is around 25 percent, it’s worth considering these options.

This programme is so valuable for women and their partners because it shows you how an integrated approach to getting and staying pregnant gives you the best of both worlds through a combination of conventional and nutritional medicine. It is important to know that you are taking all the right steps and in the right order and this programme takes you logically through those steps.


I know from my years of working with women and couples that they wanted to be guided through their fertility journey, to know that they have ticked off all the boxes for tests, both medically and nutritionally, that they are making the right decisions at the right time and more importantly not wasting time, especially for women over the age of 35.


My aim for this programme is to able to take that woman’s hand and guide her through her fertility journey covering every aspect that she would like to know and 12 weeks is the optimum period of time.  Because 12 weeks is the recommended period of time for pre-conception care because it takes approximately that long for the follicles on a woman’s ovaries to develop before one is mature enough to release an egg at ovulation.


Most women are born with about 2 million egg follicles; by puberty there are about 750,000, and by the age of around 45, as few as 10,000 may be left. So although you cannot change the number of eggs you have, you can certainly change their quality and this is the important point. By improving the quality of your eggs, you are increasing your chances of conceiving naturally or improving the success rate of IVF and also reducing the risk of a miscarriage.


Many women I see in the clinic are told that they have ‘old’ eggs and that there is nothing wrong with the IVF technology, the problem is with them.  That is devastating terminology and it is true that the eggs in a woman of 35 are older than when she was 20 but as long as she is ovulating it is possible to change the quality of those eggs to either give her the chance of conceiving naturally or achieving success on an IVF cycle with her own eggs.

Also many women have high FSH or low AMH levels (indicating lower ovarian reserve) and this makes it difficult for their bodies to respond to the IVF drugs but it does not stop them conceiving naturally.

With men, it also takes at least three months for a new batch of sperm cells to mature, ready to be ejaculated. Men produce sperm all their lives so it is always possible not only to improve the quality but also the quantity with lifestyle and nutritional changes.


In addition, it can take from six weeks to three months to eliminate certain toxins from your system properly, and to raise the level of crucial fertility-boosting nutrients in your bloodstream. Research spearheaded by European doctors, suggests that a good three-month programme of healthy living and eating will maximise your chances of conception.

My aim in putting together this programme together is to give women and their partners control back over their fertility.


Chelsea Monthly: What are some of the ways couples not in your programme can increase their chances of conception?

Dr Glenville:

It is important that couples look at their diet to see how they can both be eating healthier and to eliminate some foods or drinks like coffee and alcohol that may be affect conception.   Also to take certain nutrients in supplement form like zinc and selenium that we know can increase fertility and also to assess their lifestyle as stress can have a negative impact on trying to conceive.


Chelsea Monthly: What do you tell couples that have tried IVF serveral times unseccessfully to encourage them for one more try, as it is hard for many to want to try again with so many failures?

Dr Glenville:

I tell couples to make sure that they are doing something different this time around.  Give themselves three months to work on boosting their fertility so that when they do the IVF again, both the eggs and sperm are a different quality and with the sperm it is also possible to increase the quantity.


Chelsea Monthly: How can couples with infertility problems get involved in your programme?

Dr Glenville:

They can go either come into one of my clinics in London (Kensington and St John’s Wood), Kent or Dublin for personalised individual fertility help or there is an online video series where they can choose one or more of up to 12 videos and select those topics that are most important to them (they also get the fertility supplements I use in the clinic included with the videos).  The videos cover advice on diet, hormone balance, assisted conception techniques and male infertility


Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD is the UK’s leading nutritionist specialising in women’s health. She is the Former President of the Food and Health Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine and a registered nutritionist. She has written a number of internationally bestselling books including ‘Getting Pregnant Faster’, ‘The Natural Health Bible for Women,’ and ‘Fat around the Middle’. For more in depth information look on Marilyn’s website


For more information about Marilyn’s Programme or to watch video’s visit


If you are interested in a consultation you can contact Dr Glenville’s clinic on 0870 5329244 or by email:


Caitlin OsbornCaitlin OsbornJune 25, 2012


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ShairahshairahDecember 19, 2011


Hosted by The Prince of Wales at Clarence House on Thursday 15 December, fourteen hospitals from around the country have been congratulated for the excellent work they have done to improve the food in their hospitals, as identified by the Soil Association.

The event celebrated the best of British hospital food with fourteen of the UK’s highest achieving hospital trusts in attendance, including guests from the Royal Brompton Hospital and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Working in support with the Soil Association, HRH The Prince of Wales has had a long and active involvement in the drive towards better hospital food. Speaking yesterday Prince Charles talked about his hope for hospital food to aid and not work against fighting for well being, “We need food that helps, not hinders, patient recovery.”

The Prince highlighted that food doesn’t need to be of top cuisine nature to be nourishing, “A well-executed bangers and mash will do far more good than a fancy signature dish with too much fat.”

‘First aid for hospital food’ exposed the often shocking state of hospital food in Britain today. It showed that hospital food’s rotten reputation is often richly deserved and that every independent survey of hospital food since 1963 has concluded that NHS food is neither appetising nor nutritious.

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