Give Candida, UTIs or IBS a knock out punch

If you suffer from candida, UTIs or IBS or similar, listen up.

If you’ve never had such illnesses then you’ll want to know this when you do.

Bio-Kult is a vegetarian supplement range developed to boost our immune system through probiotics. So much so that a standard box of Bio-Kult contains 14 different probiotic strains.

That should be helpful if you suffer from travel sickness, diarrhoea, leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowels or eczema.

Advanced probiotic supplements

But there’s more…

Candida can be a life-changing illness when the bacteria gets out of hand – and, apparently, one third of us carry it. So, Bio-Kult have also developed a probiotic supplement called Candéa which includes powerful properties from garlic and grapefruit seed extract: these are believed to strengthen the body’s natural defences against the overgrowth of Candida.

A more common illness are Urinary Tract Infections which cause a lot of unpleasant experiences in the nether regions. Bio-Kult Pro-Cyan uses probiotics with with cranberry extract and Vitamin A to help your body to maintain a healthy urinary tract.

It’s also just recently won an award as the Best New Product from 2012 as voted for by CAM (Complimentary and Alternative Medicine) Lifestyle Magazine readers.

Win the Meals That Heal recipe book

There’s a new book out that looks as beautiful as it does wise.

It’s called ‘Meals That Heal – Anti Inflammatory Healthcare & Free From Cooking‘.

Meals That HealIt’s a beautiful compilation of over 100 recipes that are free from gluten, grains, dairy, soy and refined sugar. All those tempting photos of delicious meals are accompanied by easy-to-read lifestyle recommendations, practical shopping lists, menu plans and tips for healing your body.

Author, Karen Maidment, writes from her own experience as a health & nutrition specialist, personal cookery coach and author. If you have gone gluten-free and are still feeling ill, or maybe you are just looking to become more healthy in general, then this book may well be for you!

You can purchase the book through the Pure Body Balance website or you can enter our competition to win a copy for yourself.

To enter the prize draw, simply email me your name and address and we’ll pick a winner at the end of a week. (UK addresses only, competition closes 7 Feb 2012)

Announcing the winners of the Free From Food Awards 2012

Once again, Lesley Cutts, GoodnessDirect manager, had the privilege of helping to judge for the Free From Food Awards 2012. She really loves tasting new and innovative food – it’s in her job description!

Hot off the press, here are the awards – top ‘free from’ food and drink in a diverse range of categories. Well done to everyone who won recognition for all their hard work.

Full details of the judges’ verdicts can be found on the Freedom Food Awards website.

FAIR Trophy for the best free-from food 2012
Vegusto – Mild Aromatic Dairy-Free Cheese
Runner up: Anila’s Sauces – Goan Green Sauce
Runner up: Bob’s Red Mill – Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
Runner up: Daas – Ambre Beer
Runner up: Gluten Free Kitchen – Ovencrust Chicken & Bacon Pie
Runner up: inSpiral – Raw Dehydrated Kale Chips: Cheesie Purple Corn

Innovation Award
Winner: Bessant & Drury Fine Ice Cream Co. – Lemon
Highly Commended: Bessant & Drury Fine Ice Cream Co. – Chocolate
Highly Commended: CoYo – Coconut Yoghurt Natural
Highly Commended: Foodswild – Cornish Stingers Nettle Beer
Highly Commended: Tofutti – Ricotta Soya Cheese Alternative
Commended: The Foodamentalists – Brown Bread Mix
Commended: Provamel Botanicals – Alternative to Yoghurt Apple & Green Tea

Dairy and/or lactose free animal milk, butter and yogurt
– Sponsored by Swedish Glace
Winner: Woodlands Dairy – Gooseberry & Elderflower with Natural Sheep Milk Yoghurt
Highly commended: Delamere Dairy – Natural Goats Yoghurt
Commended: Delamere Dairy – Goats Butter

Plant (soya, rice,oat, nut) ‘milk’, spread and ‘cheese’
– Sponsored by Pure Dairy Free
Joint Winner: CoYo – Coconut Yoghurt Natural
Joint Winner: Vegusto – Mild Aromatic Dairy-Free Cheese
Highly commended: Kara Dairy Free – Alternative to Milk Original + Calcium
Highly commended: Vegusto – Melty Dairy-Free Cheese
Commended: Bessant & Drury Fine Ice Cream Co. – Chocolate
Commended: Bessant & Drury Fine Ice Cream Co. – Lemon
Commended: Higher Nature – Omega Excellence Organic Virgin Coconut Butter
Commended: Vegusto – Dairy-free cheese sauce

Breakfast cereals
– Sponsored by Fria Gluten Free
Winner: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Oaty Granola
Commended: Bob’s Red Mill – Pure Traditional Oats
Commended: Groovy Food Company – Choco Crispies
Commended: Juvela – Fibre Flakes

Breads and bread mixes
– Sponsored by Genius Gluten Free
Winner: Fria – Grova Dark Seeded Sliced Loaf
Highly commended: Finax – Oat Bread Mix
Highly commended: Fria – Grov Minibaguette Dark Seeded Roll

Pasta and pizza bases/mixes
– Sponsored by Tesco
Winner: Farabella – Acini di Pepe/Pasta Grains
Highly commended: Bob’s Red Mill – GF Wholegrain Pizza Crust Mix
Highly commended:
Co-operative Foods – FreeFrom Fusilli
Molino di Ferro – La Veneziane Penne

Foods manufactured for food service
– Sponsored by Livwell
Joint Winner: Red House Foods – Gluten Free Chicken Bites
Joint Winner: Sauces of Choice – Sauces for Kids Tikka Sauce
Highly commended: Costa Coffee – Gluten Free Fruit Cake
Highly commended: Doves Farm Foods – Gluten Free Plain White Flour Blend without Buckwheat
Highly commended: Foodamentalists – Golden Batter Mix
Doves Farm Foods – Organic Brown Rice Penne
Triano Brands – Tofutti Grated Mozzarella Soya Cheese Alternative

Ingredients: flour, stock, pastry, sauces
– Sponsored by Juvela
Joint Winner: Anila’s Sauces – Goan Green Sauce
Joint Winner: Bob’s Red Mill – Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
Highly commended:
Mesquite Company – Pure Mesquite Pod Flour
Clearspring – Kuzu Gluten Free Starch Thickener

Raw foods and superfoods
– Sponsored by Asda
Winner: inSpiral – Raw Dehydrated Kale Chips: Cheesie Purple Corn
Highly commended:
Mesquite Company – Pure Mesquite Pod Flour
Commended: Pulsin’ – Beond Organic Acai Berry Bar
Commended: James White Drinks – Beet It Organic Stamina Shot

Savoury pies, flans, pizzas  and ready meals
– Sponsored by Delamere Dairy

Meat-based meal centres:
Winner: Co-operative Foods – Truly Irresistible Minted Lamb Burgers
Highly commended: Black Farmer – Pork Meatballs
Commended: Co-operative Foods – Truly Irresistible Pork Sausages

Pies, flans, pizzas, one pot meals:
Winner: Gluten Free Kitchen – Ovencrust Chicken & Bacon Pie
Highly commended: Amy’s Kitchen – Gluten Free Vegetable Lasagne
Highly commended: DS-gluten free – Gluten Free Bonta d’Italia Margherita Pizza
Highly commended: The Food Resource – Fusilli al Funghi
Commended: Easy Bean – New Mexican Chilli Fairtrade Red Bean with Sweet Pepper One Pot Meal
Commended: Foodamentalists – Pork, Black Pudding & Caramelised Red Onion Pie
Commended: stewed! – Chickpea, Sweet Potato & Feta One Pot Meal

Savoury biscuits and snacks
– Sponsored by Genon Laboratories
Joint Winner: Darling Spuds – Tomato, Olive & Oregano Crisps
Joint Winner: Juvela – Crostini Bites
Highly commended: Conscious Foods – Millet Crackers with Rosemary
Highly commended: Darling Spuds – Sour Cream with a hint of Mexican Chilli

Scones, sweet tarts and brownies
– Sponsored by the Tesco
Joint Winner: Sugargrain – Almond, Apricot and Tahini Flapjack
Joint Winner: Sweetcheeks – Almondies
Highly commended:
Asda – Gluten-free All Butter Lemon Sicilian Shortbread
Highly commended:
Co-operative Foods – FreeFrom Triple Chocolate Cookies
Commended: Heavenly Cakes – Gluten & Wheat Free Millionaires
Commended: Molino di Ferro – La Veneziane Coconut Biscotti
Commended: Tesco – FreeFrom Ginger Cookies

Cakes and cake mixes
– Sponsored by Mrs Crimble’s
Joint Winner:
The Cake Crusader – Gluten, Wheat and Dairy Free Carrot Cake
Joint Winner: Sweetcheeks – Maple & Pecan Cupcakes
Highly commended:
Incognito Cakes – Choc Fudge Cake
Highly commended: The Cake Crusader– Rich Fruit Cake
Commended: Cakes Divine – Dairy & Gluten Free Carrot Cupcakes
Commended: Fria – Kladdkaka Chocolate Brownie Cake
Commended: Steph’s Free From Cakes – Lemon Drizzle Cake

Puddings, sweet pies, desserts and cheesecakes
– Sponsored by Hale & Hearty
Winner: Food Heaven – Sicilian Lemon Cheesecake
Highly commended: Mamma Cucina – Mango & Passionfruit Non-Dairy Cheesecake
Commended: Tideford Organics – Butterscotch Rice Pudding

Chocolate and sweet snacks
– Sponsored by Tesco
Winner: Booja Booja – Rum Sozzled Sultana Chocolate Truffles
Highly commended: Kinnerton – Dairy, Egg, Gluten and Nut Free Bar
Conscious Chocolates – Essential Orange
Eskal Foods – Gluten-free Chocolate Coated Pretzels
Commended: Tickety Boo Cakes – Roo’s Crunch

Christmas products
– Sponsored by Produced in Italy
Winner: Foodamentalists – Gluten, wheat and dairy-free Frangipane Mince Pies
Highly commended:
Christine’s Puddings – Gluten-free Rum and Ale Pudding
Highly commended:
Livwell – Iced Christmas cake
Highly commended:
Morrison’s – FreeFrom Christmas pudding
Conscious Chocolates – Cherry Christmas
Commended: Friendly Food and Drink – Xmas chutney
Commended: OK Foods – Freefrom mince pies
Commended: Pyman Pates – Chicken liver with port, brandy and cranberries

Gluten-free beer
– Sponsored by Asda
Winner: Daas – Ambre Beer
Highly commended: Daas – Blond Beer
Highly commended: Green’s – Bottle Refermented Dark Ale
Commended: Green’s – Bottle Refermented Blonde Ale
Commended: Green’s – Premium Golden Ale

Free tickets to The Allergy and Free From Show: 18-20 May 2012

Got an allergy? Is your diet Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Casein Free, Lactose Free, Wheat Free, Yeast Free?

The Allergy & Free From Show 2012 has teamed up with GoodnessDirect to give you unlimited FREE tickets (worth £10 each)!

Taking place from 18 – 20 May at London’s Olympia, this is Europe’s largest public event dedicated to delivering solutions for free from lives. If you suffer from asthma, eczema, sensitive skin, hay fever, chemical sensitivities, food intolerance, coeliac disease or other allergies or intolerances then this is for you.

Last year’s event was an enormous success…

This year there are more free from features and exhibitors than ever before:

  • Try and buy the latest free from foods, skincare and household products
  • Consultations, seminars and workshops with the UK’s top Allergists, Dieticians and other specialists
  • Free from cooking demonstrations
  • Charities, support groups and thousands of like-minded attendees

And a host of additional exciting content!

Come and see us there (Stand 135) for free…

Book unlimited free tickets for you, your friends, family and colleagues at

Thinking of going on an Elimination Diet?

If you’re trying to find out which food is upsetting you, causing IBS or possibly something worse than an Elimination Diet can help you discover what you need to avoid.

We have put together an Elimination Diet Starter Pack based on advice from Allergy Medical UK.

Food from the Elimination Diet Starter Pack
Food from the Elimination Diet Starter Pack

It is sensible to talk to a doctor or nutritionist about embarking on an Elimination Diet. You will need to avoid all but the least allergenic foods and it can take up to 2 weeks before you start reintroducing certain foods.

There can also be other challenges along the way such as withdrawal symptoms or more intense symptoms once the offending food has been reintroduced.

For more information visit the NHS’s guidance page on Elimination Diets or contact Allergy Medical UK (a private clinic devoted to treating allergies and immune conditions).

The purpose of the Elimination Diet box and other similar foods is to take some of the hassle out of the process.

We hope it helps.

Candida Can Be Fun! – Pork casserole with Broccoli & Mash recipe

A final recipe from the exciting cookbook ‘Candida Can Be Fun!’ by Rebecca Richardson.

“You cannot beat nashed potato for comfort food on a dark and cold winter’s evening. Obviously, don’t go overboard; just have a dollop as a treat with the casserole and bulk up on green vegetables.”

Serves 3 – 4

Candida Can Be Fun! with Pork Casserole
Candida Can Be Fun! with Pork Casserole

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
2 organic pork loin chops (cubed)
1 large clove of garlic (peeled and crushed)
1 medium onion (peeled and diced)
2 stalks of celery (trimmed and sliced)
2 small carrots (peeled and diced)
1 medium courgette (trimmed, sliced and halved)
1 red pepper  (cored, deseeded and chopped)
1 yellow pepper  (cored, deseeded and chopped)
4 fresh medium tomatoes (peeled, cored and chopped)
1 yeast-free vegetable stock cube
2 tablespoons of tomato purée
1 teaspoon of freshly chopped thyme
1 tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  1. In a large pan with a lid, heat the oil. Add the pork and fry on a medium heat for about 3 – 4 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and onion and stir in with the meat for a couple more minutes.
  3. Then stir in the celery, carrot, courgette, peppers and tomatoes.
  4. n a jug, make up the stock cube with 1 1/2 pints of boiling water (or you can use homemade stock).
  5. Add the stock, tomato purée and herbs. Stir thoroughly.
  6. Cover and simmer on a low heat for about 45 minutes until the meat falls apart.
  7. Serve with a small dollop of potato (mashed with some spread and soya milk) and steamed broccoli.

Until the 31st May the recipe book ‘Candida Can Be Fun!’ is on offer for £14.99 – that’s 25% less than the normal price, so buy now and take your chance to begin your fight back!

For more information on Candida, the author and how to purchase your copy of “Candida Can Be Fun!” please visit:

‘Candida Can Be Fun!’ – Greedy Guts Salad recipe

Here’s another recipe taken from the exciting cookbook ‘Candida Can Be Fun!’ by Rebecca Richardson.

“This is the ultimate salad to fill you up. It is also nicer if you eat this as soon as you have cooked the courgette and pepper, so that it is still warm.”

Serves 4

Lose Candida with a Greedy Guts Salad
Lose Candida with a Greedy Guts Salad

1 romaine lettuce (trimmed and chopped)
85g (3oz) of fresh watercress (washed)
8 cherry tomatoes (halved)
¼ cucumber (sliced and quartered)
4 spring onions (trimmed and chopped)
1 x 400g tin of chick peas (or 100g dried)
1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil
1 medium courgette (trimmed and sliced)
1 orange pepper  (cored, deseeded and sliced into rings)
1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil (or avocado oil)
1½ tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
5 teaspoons of tahini and 5 teaspoons of water
1 small clove of garlic (peeled and crushed)
1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  1. If using tinned chick peas, drain them in a colander and rinse thoroughly with cold water and set aside.
  2. If you are going to use dried peas, you will need less in weight as they expand in size as they rehydrate.
  3. You will need to prepare 100g of dried peas per 400g tinned peas and soak them for the required time.
  4. Follow the relevant instructions for cooking the chick peas from dried. Tinned are so easy!
  5. In a large salad bowl, toss in the lettuce, watercress, tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions and chick peas.
  6. In a griddle pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil and heat. Lay the courgette slices in the pan.
  7. Fry on a medium heat for 2 minutes each side, without moving them, until both sides have golden stripes.
  8. Remove and add to salad, then fry the pepper rings on both sides until cooked. Add these to the salad also.
  9. In a salad dressing shaker, add the oil, lemon juice, tahini, water, garlic.
  10. Shake well until mixed. Taste a bit of the dressing to see if you need to add more of something.
  11. Drizzle the required amount of dressing over the salad and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

Until the 31st May the recipe book ‘Candida Can Be Fun!’ is on offer for £14.99 – that’s 25% less than the normal price, so buy now and take your chance to begin your fight back!

For more information on Candida, the author and how to purchase your copy of “Candida Can Be Fun!” please visit: