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Oct 15

A Nutritional Therapist Shares Everything He Eats In A Day

A lot of you have seen the Business Insider article on what a Dietician eats through the day. Social Media was peppered with comments suggesting product placement and wondered how this Dietician could manage her energy levels with the amount of cr@p she was consuming on a daily basis.

What about seeing how a Nutritional Therapist eats. Well here is a sample of what I eat through the day. I’m not suggesting the below is a perfect diet; there is no such thing. This is the beauty of Nutritional Therapy because it is focused on the individual to address health concerns and promote wellbeing.

I’m thirsty when I wake up but instead of reaching for a glass of sugary juice, I have hot water with lemon. This helps me wake up naturally.

Hot Lemon Tea


I try to get my workout done in the morning and after I enjoy my protein-rich breakfast (scrambled egg in aroma-free coconut oil, avocado & lamb lettuce) and if i’m not feeling stressed then I’ll have a black coffee (no sugar, sweetener or fake cocoa powder).

Eggs Breakfast

I listen to my body and eat when i’m hungry. Generally i’m not a snack person so I go through till lunch on air and water. Some people do well on 3 meals per day, some need snacks in between.

I have lunch about 1pm and it generally is something easy: protein & vegetables. Here is white fish with samphire and I had a pear after as well.

I keep the carbs to a minimum as I don’t need many but don’t exclude them. I like to get my carbs from vegetables rather than starch.

White Fish & Samphire

Other times, I’ll have a sweet potato with fish or meat or a healthy salad if i’m out from an eatery.

As my lunch was balanced, I do not get hungry 1 hour later so no need to make microwave popcorn or a handful of carrots – more pure carbohydrate.

Bodhimaya Gingerbread Smoothie

At about 4pm, i’m feeling a little peckish so I make a Bodhimaya Gingerbread Smoothie…. I’m addicted to them (Pumpkin Puree, 1/2 Banana, Ginger, Cinnamon, Maca, Hemp Protein, Almond Milk)

I was dealing with a bit of work pressure so the protein powder in this helped, much better than empty chewing gum with artificial sweeteners!

This kept me going till dinner and I didn’t even think about peanut M&M’s.

Turkey Burgers


Dinner was homemade turkey burgers with beetroot, spinach, sprouts and avocado.

I drink water throughout the day and don’t even think about it which is why it’s not documented here. As a rule of thumb, I advise my client’s to consume 35ml per kg of body weight. You can also try herbal teas of bone broth like this:

Bone Broth

Bone broth is rich in collagen so good for connective tissue, skin and gut healing.

As I said before, we are not perfect and now and then I like to enjoy a glass of champagne or wine but keep it limited.


I avoid gluten because it doesn’t agree with me and sensitive to it. I don’t tell my clients to avoid foods unless there is a reason to. What I eat may not suit everyone so work with a Nutritional Therapist to find out what’s right for you.

If you’re just starting out learning about healthy eating then perhaps consider the BANT Wellbeing Guidelines as a starting point.

BANT Wellbeing Guidelines

Daniel O’Shaughnessy Dip ION FdSc mBANT CNHC is a Registered Nutritional Therapist.  For more information, please visit:

Jul 14

Bodhimaya – The Team Behind Rebecca Adlington’s Weight Loss Transformation

We had the pleasure of hosting Rebecca Adlington and her friend Kathryn on the Bodhimaya retreat this summer. Our team are delighted to have helped Rebecca optimise her health and enhance her wellbeing in preparation for her upcoming wedding.

Rebecca Adlington Weight Loss Transformation

Rebecca Adlington & friend Kathryn Wyld, with the Bodhimaya Team

Rebecca kindly offered to do a short video testimonial of experience at Bodhimaya.

Click here to see Rebecca’s video testimonial of her experience:

We are delighted that Rebecca is so pleased with the results of her individualised wellbeing programme.

Daniel O’Shaughnessy Dip ION FdSc mBANT CNHC is a qualified Nutritional Therapist.  A specialist in detoxification, rejuvenative nutrition, stress, gastrointestinal health and weight management, he has clinics across London. With his brother Cornelius, he runs Bodhimaya and holds transformative, educational and rejuvenating retreats in the South of France and around the world. 

Mar 14

Review of our Detox Retreats

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to share with you some great news about the retreats I run. We were given some really good reviews by some great magazines. Have a look for yourself below:


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Detox Retreat Review - Bodhimaya


Our dates for the Bodhimaya retreats are:

May 1st – 7th                              An Intensive Detox Retreat
June 1st – 7th                             An Intensive Detox Retreat
July 6th – 12th                              Functional Food Retreat
September 21st – 27th                 Functional Food Retreat

Prices from £2095 all inclusive. For booking and enquires please visit or email


Daniel O’Shaughnessy Dip ION FdSc mBANT CNHC is a qualified Nutritional Therapist & Metabolic Balance coach.  A specialist in stress and gastrointestinal health and weight management, he has clinics across London. He is also the cofounder of Bodhimaya and holds transformative, educational and rejuvenating retreats in the UK and around the world. For more information please visit

Feb 14

Dairy Free Carbonara

Dairy Free Carbonara

When people discover that they have a dairy intolerance thought immediately goes to how are they going to live without yoghurt, milk and cheese. The first two have some pretty good alternatives but it is really hard to find a dairy free cheese that doesn’t resemble plastic and have more additives than a Twinkie bar.

I set it my goal to make a cheesy carbonara sauce that was dairy free and it turned out delicious.


Serves 2 Time: Soaking time: 24 hours + 15 minutes cooking


– 100g of cashew nuts
– 2 pinches of sea salt
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
– 1 garlic clove
– 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast flakes
– Water till desired texture

– Place the nuts in a bowl and fill with water and a pinch of sea salt and soak overnight
– In the morning drain and rinse the cashews well then add to the food processor
– Add the remaining ingredients and process on high
– Next add water slowly until the cream reaches the desired texture for your meal


For the dish:

– 1 portion of Soba Noodles (you can use spiralised courgette if you are grain free)
– 5 rashers of free Range Bacon
– 200g of chopped mushrooms
– 1 chopped Onion
– Mixed herbs

- Heat a large pan on high and add a teaspoon of oil to the pan (coconut or olive oil)
– Add the chopped onion and bacon to the pan and cook with the bacon
– Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 3 minutes
– Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the soba noodles and cook as per instruction
– Once the soba noodles are nearly cooked then add the cream to the pan and mixed herbs and heat.


Daniel O’Shaughnessy Dip ION FdSc mBANT CNHC is a qualified Nutritional Therapist & Metabolic Balance coach.  A specialist in stress and gastrointestinal health and weight management, he has clinics across London. He is also the cofounder of Bodhimaya and holds transformative, educational and rejuvenating retreats in the UK and around the world. For more information please visit or call 0207 293 0939.

Dec 13

Metabolic Balance Success Story – Weight Loss & T2 Diabetes

Tony came to see me with his wife for weight loss support. After testing I had to refer Tony to the GP as his results showed high glucose, cholesterol and high triglycerides. He was later diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. 5 months of commitment and hard work Tony now looks like this and his diabetic markers have all normalised (even the HbA1c – the marker of glucose over time). He feels the best he has ever felt, finds the diet easy to follow and still enjoys a pint and pub grub now and then.

Metabolic Balance Success

Tony followed the Metabolic Balance diet. Metabolic Balance® is a programme that is unique to your body chemistry. Weight loss is achieved by metabolism adjustment and improving health. Metabolic Balance® is not a fad diet. It is a diet for live, delivering a nutritional programme that is specific for your body. No plan is the same!

Each plan is generated through blood test results and your health information. It is a 4 phase plan with no food groups omitted and based on 3 meals a day with 5 hours gaps in between.

Metabolic Balance® has had success with those having issues with: Type 2 Diabetes, Rheumatism, Migraines, Insulin resistance, High blood pressure, Fatigue, High cholesterol, Osteoporosis, Menopause and related symptoms, Allergies & PCOS.

For more information on Metabolic Balance and getting a plan generated for yourself, please visit

Nov 13

A Simple But Potent Superfood Salad

Hazelnut, Feta and Pomegranate Salad

Feta, Pomegranate Salad

 Throw these ingredients in a bowl, toss and serve to get a potent antioxidant rich salad, keeping you feeling and looking younger.

Serves 1

1/2 pomegranate (deseed this in water as easier)

Why: Among the numerous health benefits of pomegranate, the seeds can act to keep blood platelets sticking together and forming blood clots therefore can stop the ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol from oxidising.

Handful of spinach

Why: Spinach is full of antioxidants including two of the carotenoids,  lutein and zeaxanthin — yielding benefits to eye health.

1/2 block of feta finely chopped

Why: Feta is protein rich so will assist in keeping you fuller for longer but also is rich in calcium and B2

1/2 medium fennel bulb

Why: Fennel is an excellent source of vitamin C, a water soluble antioxidant that helps neutralise free radicals in the body.

10 crushed hazelnuts 

Why: Not only does it give the salad a crunch, Hazelnuts contain phytochemicals, including proanthocyanidins, quercetin and kaempherol to support circulation and brain health.

Chopped coriander 

Why: Not only rich in phytonutrients, flavonoids, and active phenolic compounds, coriander can act to detoxify heavy metals in the body.

1 tablespoon sesame seed oil

Why: Purely for taste but also had good levels of copper, magnesium and the antioxidant vitamin E.


Following the Metabolic Balance diet? Simply replace the sesame oil with olive oil & apple cider vinegar, remove the nuts and make necessary adjustments for the foods listed on your plan.


Daniel O’Shaughnessy Dip ION FdSc mBANT CNHC is a qualified Nutritional Therapist & Metabolic Balance coach.  A specialist in stress and gastrointestinal health and weight management, he has clinics across London. He is also the cofounder of Bodhimaya and holds transformative, educational and rejuvenating retreats in the UK and around the world. For more information please visit or call 0208 1234 135.






Sep 13

Bodhimaya -The Detox Retreat

It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog post. This is because I have been on retreat in the South of France with Bodhimaya. An intense week but also one of the most amazing and transformative weeks for both the clients of the retreat and also the staff.

60 juices, 36 functional food dishes, 25 massages, 5 nutrition workshops, 18 nutrition consultations, 24 yoga classes, 12 meditation classes and more.

Bodhimaya isn’t just the run of the mill retreat company. From the moment you book with Bodhimaya your journey begins and this journey is like no other. Bodhimaya provides a luxury retreat experience that has been designed to cover every aspect of your health and wellbeing. Our aim is to bring your mind and body back into a state of balance through the use of yoga, meditation and a highly individualised detoxification programme. Our detox retreat programmes are effective, purely science based and tailored to the exact needs of your body, we are the only detox retreat that uses this highly individualised approach to detoxification and rejuvenation.

Why A Detox Needs to Be Individual

detox juices

Individualised Juices

Detoxification is a process that affects all the systems of the body. At Bodhimaya we believe detox is a key part of anyone’s functional medicine health programme. Our world is becoming an increasingly toxic environment and the process of getting rid of these toxins places significant demand on the body.

A detox should not only focus on the elimination of waste products from the environment but  also should include removal of hormones no longer needed, neurotransmitters and by-products of the immune system.

A functional detox and a completely individualised detox retreat experience, enhancing specific pathways in the body is key to improving health.

The dietary management of a detox programme is a complex issue. As a client of Bodhimaya, your current sign and symptoms, medical conditions, digestive health, lifestyle and motivation all play a role in the design of your detox retreat. We simply cannot throw standardised juices at you as this can greatly upset the detoxifing ability of the body.

The detox programme consists of:

The right balance of protein to ensure you will have the right balance of amino acids (the building blocks).

Exclusion of gluten for efficient detoxification and ensuring digestive health is functioning optimally.

Fruit and vegetables as they are rich in fibre to support detoxification.

Green leafy vegetables are fundamental as they support detox. You will be encouraged to chew these thoroughly as this action activates a specific detox process. Vegetables will also be presented lightly steamed or raw as cooking can reduce the detoxification ability.

The type of fat is important on a detox retreat. Polyunsaturated fats will be provided in supplement form as this can influence the body’s detox potential at cell level. No hydrogenated or trans fats will be provided as they are directly toxic to the body. Monounsaturated fat will be part of the detox as they can play a role in stimulating bile flow therefore encouraging elimination.

Herbs and spices shall be used to offer antioxidant protection and detoxification enhancement.

Fermented Food Workshop

Guests will learn about fermented food and it’s role in digestive health

Meditation Class

Early morning yoga and meditation in the beautiful castle grounds.


At Bodhimaya we encourage the use of fasting to promote detoxification and elimination. Traditionally this has been associate with detoxification and liver rejuvenation. Fasting can assist in the promotion of clearance of metabolic products, reduce the burden of toxins in the body and give your body a chance to rest. Fasting will be prescribed depending on the individual but may be something simple as a gap from dinner to breakfast.

Bodhimaya delivers supplement regimes bases on the individual to support detoxification on retreat. This will be to correct nutritional deficiencies, correct imbalances in detox pathways and to promote optimum health and wellbeing. This will be discussed with you when you join us on retreat.

We encourage the use of yoga as part of a detox retreat therefore we provide yoga classes and 1-1 yoga therapy. This encourages detoxification by promoting elimination through the skin, lungs, kidney and intestinal tract, through increased blood flow and circulation.


Bodhimaya Retreat Guests

The Bodhimaya Team & Guests September 2013


We currently have one date left this year (October 6-12th 2013) in the South of France. Our dates for next year are:

1st – morning of the 7th June 2014

6th – morning of the 12th July 2014

21st – morning of the 27th September 2014

If you would like to book or enquire about your health and detox goals, please email or call 0208 1234 135.


Daniel O’Shaughnessy Dip ION FdSc mBANT CNHC is a fully-qualified Nutritional Therapist & Metabolic Balance coach.  A specialist in stress and gastrointestinal health and weight management, he has clinics across London. He is also the cofounder of Bodhimaya and holds transformative, educational and rejuvenating retreats in the UK and around the world. For more information please visit or call 0208 1234 135.



Aug 13

There’s A New Water In Town.

Until recently I was under the impression that a bottle of water was a bottle of water. I understood the importance of drinking filtered water and bottled water but did not stop to think about the quality of water in bottles…..that was until I was introduced to SNO™ Iceland Glacier Water.

SNO Water Nitrate Free

SNO™ is marketed as the only Nitrate free water on the market making it the highest rating for purity and I can say myself that you can taste the purity.

What are Nitrates?
Nitrates are nitrogen-oxygen chemical units that combine with various organic and inorganic compounds. They are normally used in fertiliser and this fertiliser runs from farmland into underground aquifers, which causes the increasing nitrate levels in the mineral waters coming from these underground aquifers. With SNO™, instead of coming from the ground like spring water, the water comes from an Icelandic glacier on top of a mantle of volcanic lava rock where it can’t be contaminated by fertiliser.

The Downside to Nitrates
There is evidence that high nitrates in infants can be deadly and may cause what’s known as Blue Baby Syndrome(1). Additionally there is evidence to show that nitrates may play a role in Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)(2) and therefore any client that comes to see me for reflux in clinic, amongst other recommendations, I recommend a nitrate-free diet including water.

It’s virtually impossible to go through life without consuming nitrates but it is possible to limit your intake of them. High nitrates foods can be either vegetables or meats including beets, carrots, green beans, spinach, and collard greens, hot dogs, cured ham, bacon, bologna, and salami. By choosing a water free of nitrates and opting for organic unprocessed foods where possible, you can help to limit the nitrate intake.

In the UK SNO™ is available from WholeFoods, selected Tesco stores, Amazon, Harrods. For more information visit


Knobeloch L, Salna B, Hogan A, Postle J, Anderson H (2000) Blue Babies and Nitrate-Contaminated Well Water. Environmental Health Perspectives, 108:7.

Nasseri-Moghaddam S, Mofid A, Razjouyan H (2011) Dietary Nitrate may have A Role in Development of GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease, Archives of Iranian Medicine,14:5.

Jul 13

Omega-3 Linked to Prostate Cancer. Really?

The nutrition world was taken by storm last week when a research paper was published suggesting omega-3 intake may be linked to prostate cancer. Something that is often recommended to increase intake of, suddenly is being that it could possibly be detrimental to health.


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Omega-3 has been the subject of a huge amount of research and numerous studies have shown positive effects on cardiovascular function, skin health, joints, brain function and also contributing to supporting the body in ill health in many other ways.

The study in question was carried out by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre and was a sub trial of SELECT (Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial). Using this studies data, researchers selected 834 participants diagnosed with prostate cancer and a randomly selected group of 1393 of 35,500 participants. Researchers found that men with high levels of Omega-3 in their blood were 43% greater risk of prostate cancer than those with low levels of Omega-3 in blood.

This study has been criticised heavily by top nutritionists stating that the study only shows a correlation and so does not equal causation, plus the study does not show whether the omega-3 intake was supplement or food based and pointing out the researchers jump to blaming supplementation. Marylin Glenville commented “It’s like saying that if the majority of men with prostate cancer played tennis compared to healthy controls then tennis could trigger prostate cancer”.

Dr Michèle Sadler, Scientific Adviser to Health Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA), said: “This new study from Ohio State University was not designed to investigate the role of omega-3 intake and prostate cancer, rather to test the effects of selenium and vitamin E on cancer prevention and hence no firm conclusions can be drawn. This type of evidence can indicate an association, but does not demonstrate cause and effect.”

In 2010, a large-scale analysis of 31 studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that high levels of fish consumption did not increase the risk of prostate cancer diagnosis. In addition, in the same meta-analysis, data from four studies found a 63% decrease in risk of death from prostate cancer for high fish consumption.

Nutri Advanced, a supplement company have issued a statement confirming the study shows no  evidence of causation in relation to Omega-3 fatty acids supplements and prostate cancer risk and would encourage people to continue supplementing with Omega-3 fatty acids until further research has been carried out.

Omega 3 prostate cancer

The verdict:  It’s important to use your head and question research. If your diet doesn’t include oily fish in it then I would recommend a supplement aiming for at least 770mg EPA and 510mg DHA per day. The supplement should also be free from nasties such as metals and other contaminants. A particular favourite is Eskimo 3  which has been tested for quality over and over again. Stay clear of supermarket versions as these are known to be the highest toxicity around.


Daniel O’Shaughnessy Dip ION FdSc mBANT CNHC is a qualified Nutritional Therapist & Metabolic Balance coach.  A specialist in stress and gastrointestinal health and weight management, he has clinics across London. He is also the cofounder of Bodhimaya and holds transformative, educational and rejuvenating retreats in the UK and around the world. For more information please visit or call 0208 1234 135.



Brasky T, Darke A, Song X, Tangen C, Goodman P, Thompson I, Meyskens F, Goodman G, Minasian L, Parnes H, Klein E, Kristal (2013)  Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk in the SELECT Trial. Journal Natl Cancer Inst. Jul 10. [Epub ahead of print]. Accessed:

Szymanski KM, Wheeler DC, Mucci LA (2010) Fish consumption and prostate cancer risk: a review and meta-analysis. Am J Clin Nutr. 92:1223-1233.


Note: Opinions are all my own and there is no financial gain for Hello! or The Naked Nutritionist.

Jul 13

Pure Taste Pop Up Restaurant Review

When you think about going out to dinner there is an assumption that it is going to be unhealthy or that the healthy choice is going to be bland and the last thing you feel like ordering. Last week I had the pleasure of dining at a place that can only be described as heaven and has completely reprogrammed this thought process.

A group of fellow nutritional therapists and I visited Pure Taste, a monthly pop-up restaurant in Sussex that specialises in gourmet gluten-free and paleo-friendly food (that’s dishes that are free from gluten, dairy, grains, legumes and refined sugar!). Serving up a smorgasbord of devilishly delicious dishes, Pure Taste’s food is designed to make you feel as good as it tastes, creating a unique dining experience that can be enjoyed by everyone.

The Naked Nutritionist dinner

Pure Taste is the ingenious work of Holly Taylor, a nutritional therapist, freelance chef and chemistry graduate. Since discovering the benefits of a gluten free diet two years ago, her kitchen has been a non-stop hive of experimentation. Motivated by a passion for seriously delicious food, Holly’s mission is to change the way people see free-from food – from an uninspiring dietary restriction to a mouth-watering way of eating that leaves you feeling less bloated and more energised.

I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. In groups going out for dinner there is always someone with intolerances or someone on a certain diets but Pure Taste caters for all.

When booking a deposit is taken and the menu is sent to you to decide your choices before the event. Naturally I wanted everything so we shared some of the choices. Words can only describe the food so much so I have added the gallery for you to enjoy below.

avocadoalmondbread puretaste

Almond and avocado bread (GF, DF, P, V)

Cuminbread puretaste

Salted cumin bread sticks (GF,DF, V)

Raw Beetroot Ravoli

Raw Beetroot Ravioli

pork meatballs paleo

Spicy pork meatballs in gem lettuce boats with courgette noodles and an oriental dipping sauce (GF, DF, P)


Pan fried halibut served with a poached egg, watercress hollandaise, asparagus, sugar snap peas and samphire (GF, DF, P)

Coconut Creme Brulee

Coconut Creme Brûlée (Yes we were celebrating a birthday)

Greengage tart

Greengage and almond tart with cardamon and cashew nut ice cream (GF, DF, P, V)


Pure taste is a monthly pop up at Jeremy’s Restaurant in Haywards Health, UK. For more information, please visit Trains run from London Victoria (journey time 45 mins approx). 3 courses with coffee and petits fours for £30 per head excluding wine.


Daniel O’Shaughnessy Dip ION FdSc mBANT CNHC is a qualified Nutritional Therapist & Metabolic Balance coach.  A specialist in stress and gastrointestinal health and weight management, he has clinics across London. He is also the cofounder of Bodhimaya and holds transformative, educational and rejuvenating retreats in the UK and around the world. For more information please visit or call 0208 1234 135.

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