Penelope Silver


Time To Change?

Posted on 19 May, 2017 at 15:50 Comments comments (0)

This week I am thrilled to share my very first guest blog from the fabulous Fanny's Real Food.

I suffered for years with digestive problems, due to previous work related stress.

I have experimented with different healthy eating plans and recently came across the Fodmap plan, which is how I connected with Fanny.

I also believe what we put into our bodies greatly affects our moods and how our bodies assimilate them.

Here she shares her advice and tips on to stay healthy even with a busy schedule, which most of us have is this now frantic world.


2017 for most of us is a world of non-stop, never ending merry-go-round of rushing from job to job, chore to chore; rushing to work, sitting in traffic, rushing home to tend to the kids or the partner or the sick relative or even just the house.

Perhaps madly trying to squeeze in some exercise and somehow managing to find time to gobble down a reasonable healthy, cobbled together meal.

Many of us have very little time to spend thinking about ourselves, to take time out to improve our lifestyle, our diet or our health, despite being very aware that really we should.

As a personal trainer and nutrition coach, one of the biggest obstacles my clients claim that stops them making the changes they need to their diet or exercise regime to get the results they want is TIME!!

And I agree, if you need to make changes to your life, it does take time and thought and planning.

However, I also know that once you have put in that little bit of initial effort you can maintain these behaviours with very little effort.

PLUS I also know that it’s worth it! It really is possible to make small changes to your life that will add up to create big results.

So, here are my top tips for improving your diet and fitness.

1. Make your health your priority. Make a decision to create change, because until you do, nothing will happen. Decide to input a little bit of extra effort to reaching your goals and then make it happen!!

2. Plan your weekly meals. Start by thinking about where you are going to be through the week ahead and plan your meals based around this.

Once you have decided what you are going to be eating, do your shopping and make what you can ahead of time.

Poor food choices are often made out of habit, or when we are hungry and reach for the closest thing to hand, so put a stop to unconscious eating and plan to succeed!

Front loading your effort to once a week will mean that you have to spend less time thinking about and preparing meals at every breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In the long run you will save yourself a lot of dithering time and running round looking for missing ingredients!!

3. Batch cook and create a store of healthy, homemade meals in your freezer.

My favourite time saver – whenever you’re cooking a meal or snack that will keep or freeze well, always make double.

This way you will start to build a stock pile of healthy, homemade ready meals and snacks for NO EXTRA EFFORT!!!!

4. Plan your weekly exercise. If you’re looking to build exercise into your life, don’t just expect it to happen or for the free time to magically present itself to you – book it in!!!

Just as with your food, look at the week ahead and decide when you are going to fit in your exercise.

Even write it in your diary and treat it like any other appointment – don’t let other things get in the way.

5. Increase your incidental activity levels whenever you can.

Walk to work or to the shops or even just park the car further away. Take regular breaks from your desk.

Take the stairs instead of the lift. This is FREE EXERCISE(!) and all of these things will add up to increase your daily and weekly calorie expenditure with very little extra effort or calls on your time.

If you would like help improving your diet, fitness or health or reaching your body or performance goals, get in touch for nutrition coaching and/or personal training.

You can also visit my food blog for access to hundreds of healthy recipes and top tips.

Fanny x

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Do you have a fear of flying? EFT can help give you your freedom back.

Posted on 25 March, 2017 at 6:00 Comments comments (0)

I have noticed an increase in the percentage of people who fear travelling on a plane. Mainly, to me to overcome their fear of being out of control, trapped or the plane being unsafe.


At one end of the scale, for some this fear is so real, they avoid travelling, and even talking about it can produce physical reactions, sweating, stomachache, nausea and headaches.


At the other end of the scale, people will travel by plane, although the experience is very unpleasant and merely a means to an end to get to their destination.



One of my favourite therapies I offer, at Blossom Wellbeing Cheshire is EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique. It is a non-invasive, mind/body tool that may remove physical and emotional blocks from your energy system with nothing more than your fingers and intention to feel better.


It may be the simplest, fastest ways to heal from almost any kind of trauma, whether it happened yesterday or 50 years ago.


EFT is so easy to learn and apply, gentle, forgiving and non-judgemental. It can be adapted to any situation and can be taught to children and adults alike.


I love seeing a client, who arrived at the beginning of their session very stressed, leaving relaxed with a smile on their face.


While results can sometimes take time with EFT, it is possible to get immediate and long-lasting relief from phobias, anxiety, stress, physical pain and allergies. It is best described as "acupuncture without needles."


I have treated clients where in just a couple of sessions the fear of flying is tapped away, leaving them free to enjoy their travels.


We have all experienced past events, a trauma of some sort and these can lead to anxiety and intense feelings which we carry through our whole lives. However, I can help you let go of this.


What to expect from your first EFT session:


We begin with a free consultation, which can be carried out face to face, over the phone or via Skype.


This consultation covers your general health and wellbeing, your primary concerns, any symptoms you may experience, any areas you would like improvement in and also what you would like to accomplish with this treatment.


I will then fully explain how EFT can help you.


We will perform some breathing techniques and visualisation to centre you and make you feel safe.


As we begin, you may feel your anxiety is high, as you safely imagine flying. We will then tap through this trauma until you are able comfortably to imagine taking a whole flight without feeling stressed.


I will also teach you how to tap yourself should the need arise before, during of after taking a flight. (e.g. if any turbulence occurs in-flight you can tap yourself).



I recently volunteered in a charity fashion show. I had no fears at all until I was about to go on stage. My heart started pounding, I was shaking, and my adrenaline was pumping.

As I waited to go up the steps, I tapped myself on the side of my hand, my stress levels dropped, and I was free to enjoy taking part in the show, and it was great fun!