Monthly Archives: October 2017

Student Bulletin

In this edition we’ve got a FINAL reminder for the BANT student webinar today at lunchtime!  A free seminar on gut health at various dates around the country and a healthy Halloween recipe.

BANT Student Webinar: Moving forward once you’ve qualified; exploring social media and digital marketing will begin TODAY!

Mon, Oct 30, 2017 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT

If you’re looking to run your own business in nutrition once you’ve qualified, digital marketing will be an important tool to increase your exposure and ultimately bring in new clients. This webinar will guide you and discuss May’s strategy and approach since she qualified with her MSc in 2014 from CNELM.
About May Simpkin
May is a BANT registered Nutritional Therapist with a Masters Science degree in Personalized Nutrition. She is an experienced clinician, practicing functional medicine from an evidence base, providing the latest research into nutrition. She is also Chair of the Continual Professional Committee at BANT, a role that allows her to stay up to date with the latest training providers.

She sees clients on a 121 basis in London/Surrey and runs cooking workshops from her home as well as a yoga health retreat in France twice a year. She has a website which she regularly updates with blogs, recipes and events and has built a mailing list of around 800, mainly clients or those subscribing for a free eBook. She has amassed over 16K Instagram followers in 2 years and is also active on Twitter and Facebook.

Instagram: maysimpkinnutrition
Twitter: @MaySimpkin
Facebook: May Simpkin Nutrition
To ask May any questions prior to the webinar, please go to www.linkedin.com/groups/BANT-Student-Members-Group-4061266 and add your questions to the webinar post.

BioCare: Gut Adaptation – with Alessandro Ferretti – FREE Seminar

Our biggest interface with our environment is our gut, and, even more interestingly, it hosts a huge biological community with which we have evolved and which plays a critical, co-operative part in facilitating health adaptation. In this seminar we will explore the key roles of digestion, motility, integrity and the microbiome and how they interact with all body systems. Join us for free, high quality education and the opportunity to network with your local colleagues!

This seminar is completely free!

The next couple of dates are:

Tues 7 Nov 10am-4.00pm The Hub, Coldean Lane, University of Brighton Sussex
Tues 14 Nov 10am-4.00pm Kings Manor, University of York York

Details on other dates around the country  can be found HERE

To book your place at one of BioCare UK seminars CLICK HERE, email Jacqui at education@biocare.co.uk or call 0121 433 8774.

Beetroot Brownie Bugs

This recipe was developed by recent ION graduate, Catherine Pohl. Catherine loves to make healthy snacks for her children, and has shared this one that sneaks beetroot into their brownies!  Beetroot is a great source of B vitamins, particularly folate (B9) and many minerals such as manganese, potassium, iron and magnesium which are all essential for good energy production. It also contains a good dose of vitamin C too, to supercharge the immune systems.  The recipe does include a reasonable portion of sugar, but not nearly as much as commercial bought cakes and combining it with the fibre in vegetables should slow down its release into the bloodstream and help avoid sharp spikes in blood sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 125ml coconut oil, melted
  • 150g sugar (I used coconut palm sugar, you could use any brown sugar such as demerara)
  • 1 egg
  • 100-200mls milk (I used almond milk, but any type is fine)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 250g wholemeal flour (I used spelt for extra nutrients, gluten free flour would also work well)
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 250g grated root veg or veg pulp* (I used beetroot and carrot)
  • *optional* 100g dark chocolate chips

*I used left over veg pulp from my juice here, but you could just grate the whole vegetables, in which case reduce the milk to 100 mls

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease (with a little oil) and line a 20x30cm baking tin or prepare trays for 12 cupcake cases.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla until well blended. At home I use my mixer to speed up the process, but when working with the children mixing by hand is fine (and significantly less stressful!)
  3. In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
  4. Stir the liquid mixture into the dry mixture until well combined, then add the veggies and chocolate chips (if using).
  5. Portion the mixture out into the cupcake cases or spread evenly into the prepared tin.
  6. Bake for approximately 25 minutes for the cupcakes, 30 minutes for the tin, until the cakes spring back when gently touched. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack.

I’ll be honest, I decorated these ones with some not-so-healthy buttercream, but the kids were only too happy to devour many of them straight from the baking rack before I had a chance to get to the icing stage!

More details can be found on Catherine’s Real Food Nutrition blog HERE

… don’t go yet – if you have any recipes, reviews, book recommendations or comments , or there’s something you’d like to see, please send it to studentsocialmedia@bant.org.uk or post it on our LinkedIn page (BANT Student Network). Or don’t forget twitter (@BANTonline) and our Facebook account (BANT Members Group). We’d love to hear from you!

OCTOBER BANT NEWS

Welcome to the October issue of BANT ENews, this month’s feature article focuses on nutrigenomics and the launch of the BANT Nutrigenomics Learning Zone Module. Alison Benbow, MSc.DipCNut. RNT, provides an outline of the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) and University of Worcester research project collaboration, whose aim was to understand qualified practitioner profiles. The PPC provides useful information on BANT practitioner obligations regarding clients with poor mental health.

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BANT News October Goes Live

Welcome to the October issue of BANT ENews, this month’s feature article focuses on nutrigenomics and the launch of the BANT Nutrigenomics Learning Zone Module. Alison Benbow, MSc.DipCNut. RNT, provides an outline of the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) and University of Worcester research project collaboration, whose aim was to understand qualified practitioner profiles. The PPC provides useful information on BANT practitioner obligations regarding clients with poor mental health. Access the BANT news here.

Student Bulletin

This issue looks at life after studying through the webinar on the use of social media once you qualified.  There’s also a conference review and resulting stress alleviating smoothie recipe.

BANT Student Network Free Webinar with May Simpkin: Moving forward once you’ve qualified; exploring social media and digital marketing

Monday 30th of October from 11am-12pm

The webinar is free and exclusive to BANT student members!

Click here to book your place or e-mail Alma at studentwebinars@bant.org.uk by Friday 27th October 2017.

If you’re looking to run your own business in nutrition once you’ve qualified, digital marketing will be an important tool to increase your exposure and ultimately bring in new clients. There will be so much to consider from the outset. Creating a website, engaging on the various social media platforms and writing digital content are all key in effectively doing your own PR and if you don’t have experience, this can be a difficult place to start. This webinar will guide you and discuss May’s strategy and approach since she qualified with her MSc in 2014 from CNELM.

About May Simpkin

May is a BANT registered Nutritional Therapist with a Masters Science degree in Personalized Nutrition. She is an experienced clinician, practicing functional medicine from an evidence base, providing the latest research into nutrition. She is also Chair of the Continual Professional Committee at BANT, a role that allows her to stay up to date with the latest training providers.

She sees clients on a 121 basis in London/Surrey and runs cooking workshops from her home as well as a yoga health retreat in France twice a year. She has a website which she regularly updates with blogs, recipes and events and has built a mailing list of around 800, mainly clients or those subscribing for a free eBook. She has amassed over 16K Instagram followers in 2 years and is also active on Twitter and Facebook.

Instagram: maysimpkinnutrition
Twitter: @MaySimpkin
Facebook: May Simpkin Nutrition

There will be a chance to ask questions at the end of the webinar. If you would like to ask May any questions prior to the webinar, please go to www.linkedin.com/groups/BANT-Student-Members-Group-4061266.

 

Review of Cytoplan: Making the best of stress

Last weekend I went to the London County Hall for the Cytoplan conference on stress. The day started well as I was greeted with my choice of gluten-free, dairy free breakfasts in the beautiful venue. There were a couple of fellow students from CNELM there as well as practitioners from other fields such as the 2 physiotherapist at the table. The morning presenter was Dr John Briffa, conventionally trained medical doctor who’s practice holistic medicine for the last 20 years and was a funny and engaging speaker. He focused primarily on the HPA axis, addressing areas such as sleep, diet and breathing as ways to improve symptoms of ‘adrenal fatigue’. Personally, I would have been happier if he’d discuss it as HPA axis dysregulation, but the outcomes are likely to be the same. He touched on supplementation with adaptogens including withania sommnifera (ashwagandha), vitamins including C and B-complex, minerals including magnesium and other nutrients.

Lunch was several delicious gluten-free options served with a variety of vegetable and salad options, collected in stylish bento boxes.

The afternoon speaker was BANT chairman Miguel Toribio-Mateas who focused on the pillars of brain health, which included quality sleep, a healthy diet, regular exercise and stress management. Another excellent, engaging speaker he was able to draw on his experience as a yoga teacher, experimentation with various diets, clinical experience and current research to substantiate his presentation and provide anecdotal examples. He also touched on supplementation with adaptogens including ashwagandha and the nootropic bacopa monnieri (brahmi), key nutrients for mitochondrial function (including vitamin C, magnesium, folate, vitamins B6 and B12) ideally from dietary sources and the importance of a wide variety of vegetables to provide fibre for optimal functioning of the gut-brain axis.  Both presenters discussed possible tests that could be used with pros and cons so plenty of food for thought for the future.

Overall it was a great day, full of excellent information and a fantastic opportunity to connect with other nutritional therapists that I’d previously met at BANT Local Network meetings and Functional Forum Meetups. One thing that was slightly annoying was that the presenter’s slides didn’t match delegate packs, but we were sent soft copies of the slides after. Also it would have been nice to have received a video recording of the event, as is provided after IHCAN conferences, there was so much information that I wasn’t able to note down. Having said that it was great value for money and thoroughly enjoyable so I’ll definitely be looking out for future Cytoplan conferences!

 

Stress Resilience Smoothie

Based on nuggets gleaned from the conference, what I had to hand and the fact it was national chocolate week last week I created the following creamy, chocolatey, minty, stress busting delicious smoothie. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have every day this week.

  • ½ an avocado – a source of folate and vitamin B6, may help reduce neurotoxic homocysteine levels, protect mitochondrial function, provide cofactors for serotonin synthesis and improve nutrient absorption
  • 2 prunes – for fibre to feed your microbiota
  • ¼ tsp brahmi – nootrophic, super antioxidant and detoxifier
  • (optional) ½ tsp ashwagandha – adaptogen and brain protector
  • 1 tsp turmeric with a grind of black pepper to aid absorption – may help protect brain against stress through its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-apoptosis mechanisms
  • 1 tbsp maca – adaptogen (although not one mentioned in the presentations), rich in nutrients including some B vitamins, may help regulate adrenal health and boost energy
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder – flavonoid rich, may help buffer adrenal stress by inhibiting cortisol biosynthesis, rich in mitochondrial supportive magnesium and may increase beneficial gut bacteria
  • Handful of fresh mint – rich in antioxidant β-carotene, contains vitamin C which may help support adrenal function, rich in iron and B vitamins which could help support energy production
  • 200ml milk of your choice

Blitz until smooth

For more of a meal and increased nutrient density add a handful of green leaves such as kale or a pak choi to the mix and serve with a couple of tablespoons of yoghurt of your choice and berries.

 

 

… don’t go yet – if you have any recipes, reviews, book recommendations or comments , or there’s something you’d like to see, please send it to studentsocialmedia@bant.org.uk or post it on our LinkedIn page (BANT Student Network). Or don’t forget twitter (@BANTonline) and our Facebook account (BANT Members Group). We’d love to hear from you!

Student Bulletin

The focus of this issue is thinking, something we probably spend our time doing as students!  Here we review a critical appraisal course, look at an option within BANT where we could practice our critical appraisal of research, touch on Alzheimer’s disease, the loss of thinking ability, there’s the option to listen again to Laura’s thought-provoking discussion of SIBO and some other nuggets.

RSM’s research methods and critical appraisal course

Last week one of the BANT student team and 2 other students went to the Royal society of mediçine for a day of learning how to critically appraise research, useful for keeping up to date with current research and finding strong evidence to support our future recommendations. Initially it was slightly intimidating being in a room full of doctors, registrars and medical students but nobody look down on us, we were all there to learn. We learnt a reliable approach to the evaluation and appraisal of published clinical research papers and to consider the principles that underlie randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and realise how they could be subverted by poor design and execution.

Everyone I spoke to found it and extremely useful day, definitely something that will be extremely useful for hr dissertations and future practice or whatever nutritional career we choose to go into. The next one is running Friday 24th November, details can be found here.

And while we’re  at the RSM,  did you see the functional forum that was broadcast from there on Tuesday? If not you can watch the recording here

BANT indexer opportunities

One thing that came up in the critical appraisal day was that the best way to hone your critical appraisal skills is to practice. B ant have volunteering opportunities available for indexers within the centre of excellence where you will contribute towards the nutritional evidence database. Volunteers will be required to  critically appraise reliability, accuracy and validity of research papers. More details and how to apply can be found here.

Nutrition, lifestyle and Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease, an inexorable decline of cognition, is an incurable condition of old age that many fear. However, you may have heard Dr Dale Bredesen talking about his research on Alzheimer’s disease. It has identified metabolic factors that may be imbalanced in Alzheimer’s disease and has developed a proven program of nutrition and lifestyle elements that could be followed with the help of a healthcare professional ( i e nutritional therapist) to improve cognitive health. A short interview can be seen with Dr Dale Bredesen here.

The ReCode program is outlined in his book, The end of Alzheimer’s. Post your thoughts, comments or reviews on the Dr Dale Bredesen thread on our LinkedIn page.

Catch up! BANT Student Network Webinar: ‘SIBO and Breath Testing’

If you’ve missed the student webinar this week it’s well worth a watch full stop Laura sterling gave a thought provoking insight based on current evidence and her clinical experience with small intestine bacterial overgrowth and the testing  options, interpretation guidelines and therapeutic options. You can view it here

Last chance! Cytoplan Conference: Making the Best of Stress

Saturday 7th October 2017 | 10am – 5pm

Riverside Building, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB

Students get a 20% discount off the normal price (£50), £40 for students.

Join one of the student network team to learn about stress resilience, a requirement for studying! In this conference on Saturday Dr John Briffa and Miguel Toribio-Mateas will explore evidence-based clinical nutrition and lifestyle approaches to manage stress, promote resilience and support neuroplasticity. This exciting education day has been designed with health practitioners in mind who follow a functional or whole-person approach and who provide their patients/clients with lifestyle and nutrition “prescriptions”.

A healthy lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Book your place here

… don’t go yet – if you have any recipes, reviews, book recommendations or comments , or there’s something you’d like to see, please send it to studentsocialmedia@bant.org.uk or post it on our LinkedIn page (BANT Student Network). Or don’t forget twitter (@BANTonline) and our Facebook account (BANT Members Group). We’d love to hear from you!