1-day food demo  |  Back by popular demand


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Do you want to learn how to improve digestive health?

This interactive course will give you strategies and expert tips, including simple and nutritious meals suitable for a novice cook. 

 It provides a general overview of the properties of certain foods and how these can be used to support digestive health through home cooking with nutritious and fresh ingredients. You will sample some delicious drinks, snacks and dishes and a few novel ingredients and products. The day focuses on how to support the body’s systems to function well rather than focusing on specific conditions.



What will I learn?

This day aims to give lots of practical ideas and advice.  By the end of the course participants will have: 

  • Gained a greater appreciation of how dietary factors and the environment influence digestive health; which foods or food groups are beneficial and why, and why this might differ between people 
  • Gained tools and information to help you think through which foods might be more appropriate for you or others and which might be less so 
  • Sampled a variety of home cooked foods that use nutritious and fresh ingredients as well a few novel ingredients and products 
  • Appreciated how different methods of food preparation affect the properties of foods and considered which might be most suitable for you/others 
  • Gained a collection of imaginative and creative recipes to easily enable you to include more supportive foods into your repertoire. 
  • Discussed real life examples to embed understanding where appropriate 
  • Gained answers to your questions from a highly experienced home cook and nutritional therapist 
Full course programme



Who is this course for?

  • Members of the public wanting more information about supporting digestive health for themselves or their friends and family 
  • All health care and other practitioners who want to be able to give some basic nutrition pointers to their clients 
  • Nutritional therapists, nutritionists, dieticians and students who want more ideas regarding how they can help their clients incorporate supportive foods 



What's included?

  • Presentation materials 
  • Drinks and light refreshments 
  • Time-saving tips and resources  
  • Easy and delicious recipes that can be made with minimal cooking skills and adapted to provide a range of healthy meals 
  • Opportunity to taste some of the recipes 
  • The chance to interact with highly experienced speaker and gain answers and ideas pertinent to your work 
  • An opportunity to network with other nutrition and complementary medicine practitioners interested in nutrition and digestive health and make useful contacts. An opportunity to network and make contact with like-minded people 



Who will teach?

Belinda Blake is an experienced nutritional therapist and lecturer with a passion for food and a creative approach to teaching. She has long been fascinated by the traditions behind the use of foods for healing and so her workshops not only embrace the science that helps us to understand their properties, but also their rich anecdotal histories. 

Belinda has a special interest in working with children and teenagers in her clinic and in local schools, running workshops, combining nutrition and mindfulness, to help support stress management during the exam period. 



How will I be taught?

The day will include short talks from Belinda interspersed with practical food preparation demonstrations, discussions and real life examples. This is not a cooking day, but you will taste-test many of the foods and products.  Technical language may be used at times.  

Space is limited to 26 participants. You will be provided with handouts, recipes and references/ a bibliography. 

Materials will be provided electronically approximately two weeks before the course. In order to reduce our global footprint, hard copies of materials will not be provided on the day. Delegates are welcome to bring the materials on electronic devices; print and bring the materials or take notes and refer to the electronic versions at a later date. Please note if you book less than 14 working days before the course you may have to wait a few days to receive the link to materials. If you book less than 5 working days before the course or on the day, we cannot guarantee that you will receive the link until after the course.

PLEASE NOTE: Education research demonstrates that participants learn most when they focus on the speaker and write their own short personalised notes rather than writing on the materials provided. We therefore encourage participants to use any longer materials provided eg powerpoints as reference materials when home and there is no need to print them all for the day. We encourage participants to think in advance about the key questions you would like answered by the day and for you to tailor your learning, questioning and note taking to address these.



Good to know

  • Registration starts at 9:30AM
  • Please check you have read ION’s FAQs including our cancellation and refund policy before booking
  • If registering as a student, ID proof will be required on the day. Failure to bring proof will result in the full price of the event being invoiced
  • Price includes drink and light refreshments throughout the day. Lunch is not provided but there is a fantastic selection of cafes and restaurants within a 5 minute walk as well as a range of independent and high street shops and attractive outdoor spaces, including a section along the River Thames.
  • Use of public transport is advised. There is no free parking in the immediate area. For full parking details visit the Richmond Council website
  • An electronic link to course materials/handouts (if any) will be provided approximately two weeks in advance
  • If you have an issue making a booking please email us [email protected]


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Ticket Quantity Price

Digestive health 2019 - Practitioner/Member of public

Decrease Increase £140.00

Digestive health 2019 - Student

Decrease Increase £120.00

Digestive health 2019 - ION Alumni

Decrease Increase £120.00