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Self-care is not selfish! 
This week as we are in the month of love and close to valentines day I wanted to remind you self-care is not selfish and that we need to take time to look after ourselves and not just others. 
Each day this week i will be talking to a different health and well-being expert to find out more about what they do, recommendations on how to look after their health and wellness and what they like to do to take timeout. 
Today I have been speaking with Janine McGee from Mindful Nutrition who is a Nutritional Therapist and loves to help others feel better by making small changes to their Nutrition. 
Tell me a little bit about yourself..... 
My name is Janine and I'm a nutritional therapist, wife and mother. My main area of expertise in helping women balance their hormones, predominantly for fertility, pregnancy and postpartum support. 
How did you become a Mindful nutritionist? 
I studied at The College of Naturopathic Medicine and graduated in 2018, whilst 8 months pregnant with my son. I first turned to nutritional therapy after battling for years with gut issues, serious PMS and agonising periods (I passed out at work once!)... And anxiety so bad that I needed prescription medication.... Unfortunately none of the medication I took made a huge difference (and I was fed up of rattling!) so I looked into alternative options... I stumbled across nutritional therapy and it made such a difference to my health that I knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life... I wanted to help other women who were battling the symptoms that I was. 
How can Mindful Nutrition help our well-being or share a top tip? 
I'm a huge advocate using vitamins and minerals to support how we are feeling... Stress is playing a huge part in all of our lives at this time and one of the best nutrients out there to support stress is magnesium... Making sure you include magnesium rich food in at least 2 meals a day can make a difference.. Adding things like oats, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, beans and pulses can make a big difference... Meals don't need to be complicated either.... 
Breakfast - porridge oats made with almond milk, a tablespoon of almond butter, a drizzle of maple syrup and topped with some seeds for a bit of crunch. 
Lunch - salmon on a bed of rocket, watercress and avocado. 
Dinner - homemade chicken curry with brown rice. Add in some spinach just before serving. 
Snacks - oat cakes with hummus 
What do you not recommend doing during this time? 
I love nothing more than an epsom salt (also rich in magnesium) bath with my favourite products... Every Friday evening I'll do a top to toe pamper session and it just sets me up to enjoy a stress free weekend. If I can have more than one bath a week then I will... But its non negotiable that at least once I week I have that time. I also work out 2-3 times per week to get some proper head-space. 
Tell us one interesting or fun fact about you? 
(I might need to come back to you on that one... I'm useless at stuff like this lol) 
Thank you so much for sharing with us what you do i can't wait to try your meal ideas. 
To find out more about Janie please visit her website or find her on Facebook or Instagram 
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