Launch of Ridgeway Nutrition!

You could be forgiven for being confused by the massive array of diet options available at the moment – there’s keto, paleo, GI and the juice diet to name just a handful.

It can be hard to know where to start and which nutrition plan is best for you. To guide people through the maze, Flick Lucas, a West Ilsley-based mother-of-two, has set up a new specialist nutrition consultancy called Ridgeway Nutrition for anyone wanting to get help and guidance on being healthier.

Passionate about good food and healthy eating, Flick is a Diet and Nutrition Adviser registered with the International Association of Holistic Therapists and the Complementary Medicine Association. She knows all about being too busy to find the time to cook, let alone to prepare healthy meals. With a career in IT that meant an early commute to London, returning late at night, she realised that her health was suffering.

When her two children were born, she decided not to return to her demanding job and looked to her passion for food as a career option.

Flick is able to provide a range of services for anyone who wants to overhaul their eating habits, whether that’s embracing veganism, giving up refined sugar or even avoiding Palm Oil. Her specialist plans include a nutrition ‘reboot’ programme, dietary guidance for toddlers and young children; three-month weight management programmes and nutrition tune-up packages and cookery classes.

She also can help new mothers and mothers-to-be who she says can be ‘bombarded’ with conflicting information about what to eat.

She said “I realised that healthy eating doesn’t have to mean denying yourself and I can show you how to reach your goals in a balanced, healthy way. Whether this is losing weight, adjusting to a new diet due to medical reasons or allergies, or just being more mindful about the food you eat. Eating healthily doesn’t mean your food has to be bland!”

Flick, who wants to spread the message of healthy eating, has already approached her local school and offers healthy cooking as part of an after-school club.

She said: “I can also help with animal welfare concerns and give advice and guidance on how to eat more sustainably or if you want to pick a more specialised diet such as pescatarian.

“On some diets, it’s often difficult to find a source of nutrients such as protein I can advise on making things that contain these nutrients, as sometimes people will hear from the doctor that they need to lower their cholesterol, that they’re actually intolerant to dairy or have an iron deficiency. It may be even as simple as someone wanting to reduce the cost of their weekly shop, yet stay healthy.

Potential clients can book an initial nutritional assessment costing £50 where Flick can assess BMI and basal metabolic rate. Clients complete a seven-day food diary to get the complete picture of what their intake of calories, protein, carbohydrate, fat, fibre, caffeine, alcohol, and all vitamins and mineral looks like so that Flick can personalise a three-month plan.

She added: “For a small extra charge I can come and guide you through preparing healthy meals in your kitchen and support you staying on track. I can work closely with clients to not only give them a personalised plan but show them how to cook the meals without breaking the bank or taking up loads of time.  What works for one person may not necessarily work for another.”

 

For more information, click onto www.ridgewaynutrition.co.uk/

 

“I’ve been articulated!” – review of Some Mothers Do Ave Em at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

2. Joe Pasquale as Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do 'Av 'Em, credit Scott Rylander.jpg

Frank Spencer impressions were all the rage across school playgrounds in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Even though you could hardly move for small children shouting “ooh Betty” and “the cat done a whoopsie” in homage to Some Mothers Do Ave Em, it’s still difficult to imagine anyone but Michael Crawford in one of comedy’s most iconic roles.

A brave decision then to bring it to the stage for a UK tour which started its run last week with a stint the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon.

Fortunately, unlike Frank himself, the production did not put a foot wrong. Joe Pasquale in the role of Spencer (FW) is an inspired choice thanks to his distinctive voice and underdog appeal. He did a brilliant job of recreating Frank’s mannerisms effectively and believably without being a bad tribute act, and in fact was cast without audition for the show after breaking a fan in true Spencer-style in front of the writer of the show, Guy Unsworth.

Obviously the scale of the show avoided the larger set pieces such as steering a car into the sea or flying through the church roof, but Pasquale did get “articulated” in a splendid recreation of one of the original stunts involving a staircase.

The story is very closely based on the TV series and feels very much like a whistle-stop tour of Frank’s adventures, originally written by Raymond Allen, packing plenty into the show including the iconic beret and trench coat.

There were DIY disasters aplenty, and an ingenious set design that captured the aesthetic of the sitcom while pleasingly falling apart and exploding at just the right moments.

The story centres on two original storylines – that of Betty trying to tell Frank that she is expecting and the BBC visit to film Frank’s DIY.  Although the small ‘twist’ didn’t quite make sense, the story managed to pack in lots of fan favourites and cleverly meshed together Frank’s famous mispronunciations, jokes and lines from the three original series.

The six-person cast captured the essence of the original series perfectly with Sarah Earnshaw as a fantastic Betty, ably capturing the horror of being married to someone so accident prone. I actually thought Susie Blake as Frank’s mother-in-law was better than the original TV cast member and there was tremendous support too from Moray Treadwell, David Shaw-Parker and Chris Kiely who combined very physical comedy with lines from the original show that have been enhanced and updated.

The show is touring the UK and whether you’re a fan of Some Mothers or new to the world of Frank Spencer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

To see what’s coming up at the Wyvern Theatre, visit http://www.swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/whats-on-wyvern-theatre

Photos by Scott Rylander