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Good Health and Post Workout Recovery

Nuffield Health’s Nutritional Therapist Shirley Ward explains why good fibre levels, slow release energy and easily digestible protein sources aid good health and post-workout recovery.

As Nuffield Health’s on-site Nutritional Therapist at Crawley, I provide expert guidance to members and non-members alike, whether it’s general dietary advice, supporting bone and joint health, supporting hormonal balance, heart health, weight management, digestive issues or nutrition advice to improve fitness goals.  I also enjoy running various corporate nutrition events and seminars for Nuffield’s clients.

I work at Nuffield Health’s Fitness & Wellbeing centre in Crawley, where I hold regular nutrition-based events for members.  My latest event focused on summer health, with Pulsin’s range of protein bars and protein powders available to try at the event – I was keen to include these so I could explain to members the nutritional benefits of their natural ingredients.  The “vanilla choc chip protein booster” bars proved particularly popular – these were a good choice as their easily digestible pea protein would aid muscle recovery post-workout and keep them fuller for longer.

Many of my client’s diets are low in fibre and good quality protein, so these bars and protein powders are good additions to a well-balanced diet.  Good fibre levels are needed to achieve good health – fibre aids food transit through the digestive tract by adding “bulk” so is crucial for digestive health.  Fibre is also evidenced for aiding removal of toxins and excess cholesterol.  It also moderates energy release so supports blood sugar balance, thereby avoiding toxic blood sugar spikes and blood sugar lows, when sugar cravings and low mood can occur.

I regularly see clients with a range of digestive issues – consuming high fibre foods and easily digestible protein sources, is a good start.  We’ve recently started stocking these bars in our café and they’ve proved popular.  It’s good to find a brand who endorse key nutritional values of no added sugar or artificial flavours/preservatives and they taste great.

I provide nutritional consultations to both members and non-members at Nuffield Health Crawley and can be contacted at