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Reflux revisited


I recently met a lovely lady called Emma who had 6 week old baby twin girls who were utterly adorable! Emma had been told that one of the twin girls has reflux and a milk protein intolerance (which means no dairy or soya), which is not an easy task for a new mummy who is breastfeeding. I had to stop eating dairy and soya when breastfeeding Charlotte ( for 14. Months) so thought I would use the opportunity to revisit and share the information I have learned over the years. Charlotte still has bad reflux at 3; however this is controlled by medication and a change in our eating habits and timings.


The following recommendations may be helpful in reducing symptoms:

1. Avoid hard candy (and chewing gum) They increase the amount of swallowed air which, in turn, leads to belching and reflux.

2. Do not lie down immediately after eating. Avoid late evening snacks.

3. Avoid tight clothing and bending over after eating.

4. Eat small, frequent portions of food and snack if needed.

5. Elevate the head of the bed six to eight inches to prevent reflux when sleeping. Extra pillows, by themselves, are not very helpful.

6. The following foods aggravate acid reflux, and should be avoided:

  • fatty or fried foods
  • peppermint and spearmint
  • whole milk
  • oils
  • chocolate
  • creamed foods or soups
  • most fast foods

7. The following foods irritate an inflamed lower esophagus and may need to be limited or avoided:

  • citrus fruits and juices (grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tomato)
  • coffee (regular and decaffeinated)
  • caffeinated soft drinks
  • tea
  • other caffeinated beverages

8.  Spicy or acidic foods may not be tolerated by some individuals.


NB: for Adults it is also recommended that you stop using tobacco in all forms. Nicotine weakens the lower esophageal muscle and Lose weight if overweight. Obesity leads to increased reflux.

These are the links to two articles I shared in the early days..


Reflux Continued


I hope these tips help Emma!

I will share some more dairy-free tips soon.

Love Michelle x


Quick & easy spicy lentil soup

Abeille UK

Oliver is at home this week with a virus and I need a pick me up after a few bad nights sleep, this is my go to recipe for a healthy delicious lunch. It's quick, easy and if you have a hand blender to chop the vegetables it can be prepared in less then five minutes


Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes


Serves 2-4



400g can chopped tomatoes

25g split red lentils

1 vegetable stock cube

1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs

1 small onion

1 small red or green pepper

1 teaspoon of Tabasco or 1/3 of a fresh chilli deseeded

600ml of water


Chop the onion, pepper and chilli

Place all of the ingredients into a saucepan

Bring to the boil

Simmer for 35 minutes


Don't forget to let me know how you enjoy this soup and please share with your friends...



Michelle x

Chocolate Pavlova



Chocolate Pavlova: This Nigella Lawson recipe for Chocolate pavlova has to be one of my all time favourites & is often requested by my girlfriends if they are coming for dinner, it's truly is divine! Although I advise you to make a few small meringues out of the mixture so you can nibble on them as the smell is intoxicating when baked & it's SO hard not to eat...Chocolate meringue base 6 large egg whites 300 grams caster sugar 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (sieved) 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (or red wine vinegar) 50 grams dark chocolate (finely chopped)


The topping 500 ml double cream 500 grams raspberries or strawberries 3 tablespoons dark chocolate, coarsely grated (I use dairy free) Method Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4/350ºF & line a baking tray with baking parchment Beat the egg whites until satiny peaks form & then beat in the sugar a spoonful at a time until the meringue is stiff & shiny Sprinkle over the cocoa & vinegar, & the chopped chocolate Then gently fold everything until the cocoa is thoroughly mixed in Mound on to a baking sheet on top of parchment paper in a fat circle approximately 23cm / 9 inches in diameter, smoothing the sides & top (I use a plate to stencil the circle on the underside of parchment paper) Place in the oven, then immediately turn the temperature down to 150°C/gas mark 2/300ºF & cook for about one to one & a quarter hours When it's ready it should look crisp around the edges & on the sides & be dry on top, but when you prod the centre you should feel the promise of squidginess beneath your fingers Turn off the oven & open the door slightly, & let the chocolate meringue disc cool completely

When you're ready to serve, invert on to a big, flat-bottomed plate Whisk the cream till thick but still soft & pile it on top of the meringue, then scatter over the berries Coarsely grate the chocolate so that you get curls rather than rubble, as you don't want the berries' luscious colour & form to be obscured, & sprinkle haphazardly over the top, letting some fall, as it will, on the plate's rim.

Tip: If your strawberries are out of season prepare them in advance by sprinkling with a teaspoon of sugar & cover in cling film. When you go to use them your strawberries will be juicy & delicious

For the dairy free option I make a few small mini meringues (borrowed from the recipe amount) which I pop on the shelf under the large one & have them just with room temperature berries, no cream & I slightly reduce the cooking time by circa 15 minutes. Enjoy! Michelle X


Energy balls addict



Energy balls addict I LOVE energy balls. If you have a sweet tooth and are trying to curb the sweet counter in your local supermarket then make yourself a batch of these! I have made a few varieties and these ones were delicious. I basically got out all the dried fruit and nuts that I had in my cupboard and whizzed them together, coated half in cocoa and half in desiccated coconut. I chopped up:- A small bag of dates hanful of apricots A small bag of cranberries A small bag of brazil nuts Then added:- 1 tbsp tahini 1 tbsp honey 1 tbsp coconut oil


I put all of the ingredients into the blender and whizzed until all of the nuts and berries were coated. The ingredients should be like a fudge. Using a teaspoon I dived in, one scoop makes the perfect size for your ball. I then rolled it using my hands, covered it in cocoa and put it on the plate. I used half coconut half cocoa but you can use anything you like, even more nuts! Once I had used up all of my mixture and all the balls were made and covered I placed them in the fridge to set. Florence absolutely adores them and recently I replaced the tahini for peanut butter and they were a real winner! She even likes making them with me which is a really fun activity for a toddler. They are perfect for out and about and will impress your friends and family. They are so easy to make yet taste amazing! Use literally any nuts or dried fruit and see what you end up with. Enjoy! Daisy x


A hot date with my boy


A hot date with my boy: A hot date with my boy, this means Mummy & Oliver time, a special treat for Oliver (usually a cake or biscuit) & some time for us to have a proper chat out of the house. Yesterday Charlotte had a meeting with the dietician & I knew this would involve lots of patience from Oliver in hospital so promised him a very special milkshake afterwards. 20140718-212216-76936265.jpg We found Shakeaway in the Brighton lanes & to Oliver's absolute joy they made a Freddo milkshake, I have to admit I would never normally let him have a milkshake, trust me when I say he's naturally full of beans & does not need any additional energy bursts but he had been exceptionally fabulous so a very special treat was needed.

20140718-212217-76937010.jpg Oliver was in absolute heaven with his Freddo milkshake, he sat very quietly with a huge grin on his face the entire time. Shakeaway was very clean & the wonderful staff were very helpful, friendly & kept us entertained with great music & the odd little jig. The staff were happy to heat up Charlottes lunch & I have to admit I will be returning, they even have soya milk for those of you that are dairy free.

20140718-212219-76939103.jpg Oliver's was SO happy & his smile was worth the additional burst of energy, it kept us scooting along through the lanes whilst mummy nipped into infinity foods for some dairy free treats. We finished off the day meeting up with Daddy after work for fish & chips on the beach & a paddle in the water, perfect! Michelle X