Inspiration for a healthy lifestyle


Are you on a New Year pledge to get fit and healthy? Look no further for inspiration than Carol and Andrew West, who not only found a failsafe route to health personally but created a successful business from it.

The couple decided to address their weight eight years ago after Andrew was diagnosed as high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. At the time Carole had fatty liver disease that was linked to her being very overweight. Their busy lifestyles – Andrew was a policeman and Carol a nursery nurse – meant their diet had suffered.

Numerous diets had failed to shift the pounds until Andrew found a book promoting the benefits of a plant-based diet. Their conversion to a vegan lifestyle – with juices at the heart of their eating plan – not only signalled a return to good health but kick-started their business ventures Obsidian Wellness and Obsidian Juices.

Their 5-star retreat, moving this week to the Marriott La Sella Golf Resort & Spa in Denia, Costa Blanca provides guests with a four-point plan to wellness, through a combination of diet, exercise, education and mindset. They have helped over 6,000 people there, and this work has evolved into a juice programme, which anyone can take advantage of at home.

As I assist the couple to develop their business further, I too am benefiting from the Obsidian approach, using their juice programmes to help me through some of the more hectic times of my calendar.

Carol and Andrew’s life-changing health programme has coincided with increasing consumer awareness of health and nutrition.
What I like about the Obsidian approach is that they are helping to make it even easier for the time-poor among us by delivering ready-made fresh frozen juices to save you all the bother at home.

January can be more than healthy, it can be time saving too.

What health/diet plan are you doing this month? Tell me in the box below.

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Let Me Introduce You To Francis Gimblett, author of the Gimblett's Guide to The Best of British Cheese, and Co-Owner of Taste of the Vine, an Interactive Food and Drink Events Business. ,
byJane Milton

Let Me Introduce You to Francis Gimblett, Author of Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses, and co Owner of Taste of the Vine, an interactive food and drink event company.

Francis and I met in Spring 2021 when I joined one of his monthly Friday evening meet the cheesemaker tasting sessions. I learned so much and loved meeting the cheesemakers. I told other people and very quickly was joined on screen by 10-12 friends each month ….

My copy of Francis book , Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses has become very well thumbed and through it i have tracked down cheesemakers around the UK and even found a cheesemaking course in Tottenham, London inspired by him.

He is a great story teller so i know you will enjoy hearing about :

  • his journey in food and drink
  • people who have inspired or encouraged him
  • his French mother’s cooking and how that added to his food journey
  • how he has for many years, resisted repitition and always desired change, t learn or to reinvent things BUT
  • how possibly now after almost 2 years of constant change, he my just be happy for a little more predictability for a while
  • we talk about work life balance and partnering in business with his wife
  • about the importance of understanding your P&L and planning for your business right from Day 1
  • we also get a hint or two about his next taste adventure….

I cannot wait

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