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Training and finding nutritional therapists:

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists and the best place to search to find a fully qualified and insured practitioner in your area. It helps assure standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests, nutritional therapy and the Nutritional Therapist.  www.bant.org.uk

The Institute for Optimum Nutrition – the premier UK nutritional therapy training college with resources that include practitioner directory, magazine and home learning courses. http://www.ion.ac.uk/

Craig Coaching – functional sports nutrition, triathlon & cycling programmes online, Cape Town, London & beyond. http://www.craigcoaching.com/

Nutritional Research and information:

Functional Medicine Institute – the US based institution that has informed modern nutritional therapy and naturopathy with its natural medicine model. http://www.functionalmedicine.org/

Nutri-Link Clinical Education – great research and training resource for nutritional therapists and those with a keen interest in nutritional science; including online course materials.
http://www.nleducation.co.uk/

British Nutrition Foundation – the main UK nutritional and dietary information resource, a charity supplying evidence-based information on food and nutritional science to health professionals.
http://www.nutrition.org.uk/

Nutrition Data – useful database showing key information on nutritional analyses of food and food products, presented in highly accessible pictorial forms; also articles, discussions etc on nutritional and health subjects.
http://nutritiondata.self.com/

World’s Healthiest Foods – directory of the key research findings into the benefits of natural foods, in an accessible and interesting form; good overview of each food. 
http://whfoods.com/

Paleo Diet – the website of the original hunter-gatherer/ Stone Age diet book by Dr Loren Cordain with discussions, information and published research.
http://thepaleodiet.com/
http://thepaleodiet.com/published-research

Weston A. Price Foundation – the website of the charitable foundation that follows the work of the early twentieth century nutrition pioneer, who observed traditional cultures to understand the health implications of modern living. 
http://www.westonaprice.org/

Natural health and environmental organisations:

Alliance for Natural Health – the internationally active non-governmental organisation working towards protecting and promoting natural approaches to healthcare. ANH-Intl campaigns across a wide range of fields, including for freedom of choice and the use of micronutrients and herbal products in healthcare. http://www.anh-europe.org/

Soil Association – the membership charity campaigning for planet-friendly food and farming and championing the connection between soil, food, the health of people and the health of the planet. 
http://www.soilassociation.org/
Includes their Organic On A Budget guide: http://www.soilassociation.org/buyorganic/organiconabudget

Greenpeace – this section of the environmental campaigning charity is dedicated to eliminating toxics – both for us personally and for the planet http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/toxics

Environmental Working Group – the mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. The site gives practical information to protect home and family from toxins and pollutants in food and the environment. 
http://www.ewg.org/
Includes the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/

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Sports and fitness information:

NSCA – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international non-profit educational association founded in 1978. Evolving from a membership of 76, the association now serves nearly 30,000 members in 52 countries. Drawing upon its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings.
http://www.nsca-lift.org/

Exercise and body professionals:

Register of Exercise Professionals UK – The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) has been set up to help safeguard and to promote the health and interests of people who are using the services of exercise and fitness instructors, teachers and trainers. The Register uses a process of self-regulation that recognises industry-based qualifications, practical competency, and requires exercise professionals to work within a Code of Ethical Practice. Members of the Register are given a card and registration certificate to prove their qualification and membership. http://www.exerciseregister.org/

Physio at Work – Physio at Work provides injury management for people wanting fast, effective help to return to their full activities. They aim to provide the best care in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal pain based on current best practice. Ergonomic workplace assessments available as well. http://www.physioatwork.co.uk/

Craig Coaching – functional sport nutrition, triathlon & cycling programmes online, Cape Town, London & beyond. http://www.craigcoaching.com/

Natural outdoor movement:

Walking World – On Walking World you can find over 5500 routes, contributed by more than 400 walkers from all round Great Britain. This huge library of carefully prepared guides means you can find a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the country. The walks come in a unique format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map. http://www.walkingworld.com/

Green Gym – this is the local clearing and gardening of green public spaces run by the charity BCTV throughout the UK in group settings. A warning: it’s strenuous but excellent fun. http://www2.btcv.org.uk/display/greengym_join

Dance:

Zumba – this dance craze is hugely popular at the moment, which people ditching the gym and dancing their way to fitness instead.
http://www.zumbafitness.co.uk
dancing their way to fitness instead. http://www.zumbafitness.co.uk

Nia Dance – the other current popular dance craze, showing how connecting with our natural, primal movement really does help move those built-up tensions. http://niadance.co.uk/

Belly Dancing – said to date back to ancient Goddess-worshipping cultures, this form of dance accentuates moving around the belly, releasing the spine and hips in all kinds of beneficial ways.
http://www.bellydance.org.uk/classes

Sports equipment:

Cotswold Outdoor Ltd – Cotswold Outdoor started life in 1974 as Cotswold Camping. The company premises consisted of a small outbuilding in the Cotswolds, from which the founders sold a range of basic camping accessories. Now they are a multi-award winning retailer with numerous thriving stores located nationwide, an award winning website and a highly successful mail order service, with one of the most comprehensive ranges of outdoor clothing and equipment in the UK. http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/index.cfm

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Exercise clothing:

Lululemon athletic: yoga-inspired apparel for healthy living – our favourite all-round exercise clothing company, lululemon makes technical clothing for yoga, dancing, running and most other sweaty pursuits. They create components for people to live longer, healthier, more fun lives.
http://shop.lululemon.com/home.jsp

Asquith London – sells the finest quality organic cotton and bamboo yoga clothing, a good investment to use for easy movement and clean lines that help you with alignment in yoga postures and workouts. http://www.asquith-yoga-clothing.co.uk

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Information – magazine and websites:

Yoga Journal – the best known yoga magazine with a website that is an invaluable resource for teachers and students alike.  http://www.yogajournal.com/

Swami J website – we love this website for its adherence to the true meaning of yoga, its inspirational wisdom and podcasts. http://swamij.com/

Yoga and Health Magazine – Europe’s biggest and longest-running yoga magazine with a host of in-depth and accessible material. http://www.yogaandhealthmag.co.uk/

Bandha Yoga – fast becoming the most popular yoga anatomy resource for teachers and students wanting to understand their bodies in more depth. Fabulously illustrated books and a great free newsletter. http://www.bandhayoga.com/

Training and finding teachers – yoga organisations and schools:

Yoga Alliance – the biggest international professional yoga body, to help you find fully trained and qualified teachers, events and training. http://www.yogaalliance.co.uk/

Vajrasati Yoga – the Brighton School of yoga where Charlotte Watts trained as a teacher – classes, workshops and holidays with Vajrasati teachers. http://vajrasatiyoga.co.uk/

British Wheel of Yoga – the main UK professional yoga body, to help you find fully trained and qualified teachers, events and training.http://www.bwy.org.uk/

Yoga Matters – the UK’s one-stop shop for all things yoga; equipment, books, DVDs, CDs and a great resource for articles, info and classes and workshops nationwide. http://yogamatters.com/pages/default.aspx

Yoga Campus – the London-based centre of UK yoga teacher training and workshops to deepen the practice of the enthusiastic and the qualified; with great visiting international teachers. http://www.yogacampus.com/

Brighton Natural Health Centre – Brighton’s biggest yoga studio, where Charlotte Watts hold weekly drop-in yoga classes, healing yoga courses and monthly De-Stress workshops. http://bnhc.co.uk/

Yoga Explorers – yoga holiday company founded by Jim Tarran, also founder of the Vajrasati School of Yoga; with an emphasis on beautiful locations, extra activities like whale-watching and yoga with a smile. http://www.yogaexplorers.com/

Free Spirit Travel – the original yoga holiday company with a huge choice of great venues, teachers prices, including UK weekends. http://www.freespirituk.com/

Destination Yoga – beautiful yoga holidays with inspirational teachers, including our favourites Jean Hall, Liz Lark, Kate Harrell and Katrina Repka. http://www.destinationyoga.co.uk/

Yoga clothing:

Asquith London – sells the finest quality organic cotton and bamboo yoga clothing, a good investment to use for easy movement and clean lines that help you with alignment in yoga postures and workouts. http://www.asquith-yoga-clothing.co.uk

Lululemon athletic: yoga-inspired apparel for healthy living – our favourite all-round exercise clothing company, lululemon makes technical clothing for yoga, dancing, running and most other sweaty pursuits. They create components for people to live longer, healthier, more fun lives.
http://shop.lululemon.com/home.jsp

Yoga equipment:

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Nurture – De-Stress Yoga Resources to add separately as a page in Nurture section too

Talking therapy and mental health help:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – gives you practical mental tools to stop the negative thought patterns making you stressed. Find a private therapist at the website for the British Association of Counselling and Therapy’s website www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk or www.bacp.org.uk   Cost is about £40 per session but lower costs are available.

On line CBT – You can also access an online course of CBT (eight 50 minute sessions) proven effective for mild to moderate depression at It’s available free on the NHS (talk to your GP) or you can purchase it for $229.95US (£146.15) call 0845 600 2866 or log on to www.beatingtheblues.co.uk  for more information.

Psychotherapy – If there is past trauma or your relationships repeat destructive patterns and psychodynamic or interpersonal can help in within six months to one year of weekly / fortnightly sessions.  Find a therapist at www.bap-psychotherapy.org

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) – Can help you identify and ‘feel’ the emotions and is proven in helping alleviate stress. Find courses, CDs or therapy at www.mbct.co.uk

Psychoanalysis  – Works on difficulties rooted in what happened to you in childhood and can mean up to six years in therapy.  This is far longer process than psychotherapy (which takes about six months to a year and doesn’t always look so closely at your childhood). Find a therapist at www.psychoanalytic-council.org

Solution Focused Brief Therapy – Can work in one to five sessions through a series of questions, answers and goal-setting and 80 per cent of patients report lasting improvement, great for stress patterns.  See www.brief.org.uk

Hypnotherapy –  A hypnotherapist can help you break patterns of though and behaviour that are keeping your stressed and help specifically with food, addiction, temper or sleep problems.  Find a therapist at the Hypnotherapy Association www.thehypnotherapyassociation.co.uk or The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis www.bsch.org.uk 

The SANE helpline 0845 767 8000 – A support phone service manned by trained counsellors everyday 6pm and 11pm. Counsellors can also support people who may feel isolated and vulnerable with texts or calls at set times for a period.

Rethink Advice Line 0300 5000 927 – Provides practical advice about therapy and other services around the country available to people having mental health problems like depression to help make a plan for recovery.

Alternative help:

Acupuncture  – Can help with back pain, addiction problems and energy management.  Find a therapist at The Acupuncture Council  http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/

Osteopathy –  For joint and back issues, can help identify the movement patterns that are causing pains and help correct them.  Find an osteopath at the General Osteopathic Council http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/

Hormones:

Pre-menstrual problems National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome – Can provide support and guidance for getting help for PMS and other hormonal problems.  www.pms.org.uk

Gardening therapy:

Thrive – is a charity that uses gardening to help alleviate stress and nervous problems.  You can get information and help and order a booklet about using gardening for its emotional benefits at www.thrive.org.uk

Back pain:

Physiotherapy –For support and information on treatments for back pain or sports injury find an accredited physiotherapist at www.physiofirst.org.uk

Osteopathy  – Using physical manipulation, stretching and massage to restore balance 
between the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues to relieve pain.   Find a practitioner at The General Osteopathic Council 0207 357 6655 www.osteopathy.org.uk

Chiropracty  – In addition to offering lifestyle advice, chiropractors use their hands to perform 
skilled, precise manipulation to help the bones, joints, muscles, nerves and spine. Find a practitioner at British Chiropractic Association www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk

Alexander Technique  – A discipline rather than a treatment that teaches patients how to use their bodies in new back-friendly ways, emphasising correct posture and movement in everyday life.  Studies have shown it’s effective for chronic back pain. Find a practitioner at The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique www.stat.org.uk or call 0207 482 5135.