How long do I have access to the courses?
You have access for 12 weeks in total for Happy Gut and 8 week in total for Happy Heart.
We put a limited time on it so as to motivate people to take action NOW as it is very easy to put something like this on the long finger. If you need more time, send us an email and we can more than likely give you some extra time.
What ingredients do I need and will they be difficult to find?
Shopping lists are provided on our courses and you will be able to purchase most of the ingredients in your local supermarket, health food shop or online.
Is it ok if I don’t start on day 1?
Yes, this it is fine. Our courses are self-led, once they begin, so you can access the course content at any point in time.
This means that you can do it when it suits you. You also have an additional 4/6 weeks of access to your chosen course after it ends, so you should have plenty of time to complete it.
How much time will the courses take each week and do I have to follow along live?
The cooking, depending on what meal plan you choose and how many you are cooking for, can take anything from 3 hours for the whole week, or an hour or so every day. The course notes can be accessed at whatever time suits you and it is a self-led course, so you do not need to follow along live.
Can I join your courses from anywhere in the world?
Yes, all the course content is online, so it can be accessed from anywhere in the world at any time you like!
Can I access my course on my mobile phone?
Yes, your course can be accessed on both a mobile phone and laptop/ computer.
I don’t use Facebook, can I still take part in a course?
Yes, you can still do our courses. You will not be able to take part in the live Q&As and ask questions live but the Q&A recordings are uploaded to the site after they are finished, so you won’t miss anything!
We would recommend if you want the full experience, that you make a Facebook account just for the course. As this gives you an opportunity to interact with others on the course which we find can help you keep on track.
If you don’t have a Facebook account and don’t want to create one, simply email in your questions and we will answer them during the live Q&A.
Is ok to drink coffee and tea on your courses?
Caffeine is great for sharpening your focus and helping you with certain daily tasks that might need your sustained concentration. So, moderate caffeine intake is absolutely fine.
We recommend you limit your caffeine intake on our courses to either 1-2 cups of coffee per day OR 2-3 cups of breakfast or green tea per day, changing all other teas to herbal tea or warm water. Use your favourite non-dairy milk as needed.
For our Happy Gut Course, certain types of tea can be high in FODMAP content. Chai, camomile, dandelion, fennel and oolong teas should all be avoided during the course. Please also avoid ‘sugar-free’ drinks. The artificial sweeteners can cause bloating and are not good for your gut microbiome health!
Is it ok to have alcohol on your courses?
We generally advise anyone going to the effort of doing our courses, tries to eliminate alcohol but it's not the be all and end all. If alcohol makes you eat more veg then the odd glass of Rioja is fine by us!
Just be mindful of the foods you’re craving the day after alcohol intake. Keep them whole-food and plant-based, and you’ll be grand. For our Happy Gut Course, two exceptions are rum and dessert wines. These are both high in FODMAPs, so best avoided during the course.
Are your courses suitable if I have coeliac disease?
Gluten containing foods present on the Happy Heart course can be replaced with gluten-free options or omitted completely.
All of the recipes on the Happy Gut course are gluten-free. Some meals do include oats, if you have coeliac disease please only use oats that are labelled “gluten-free”.
During week 6 of the course, gluten does appear in the form of wholewheat pancakes and wholegrain bread. If you have coeliac disease, please do not include these items.
Can I do your courses if I am breastfeeding?
Multiple professional organisations, including the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the British Dietetic Association, agree that a plant-based diet is safe in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Eating a healthy diet during your pregnancy and during your infant’s early life is crucial. It is important that all mums and mums-to-be are meeting all their nutritional needs.
The Vegan Society has produced a wonderful online resource on pregnancy and breastfeeding, which you can access for free by clicking here.
Do I need to take supplements?
Like everybody aiming for optimal digestive and overall health, those eating a plant-based diet do need to ensure that they are getting a few key nutrients and may even need to take some supplements
To ensure that you get the maximum benefit from your healthy diet, we do recommend that you supplemental vitamin B12 and vitamin D.You may choose to purchase individual supplements, but in our opinion, the easiest way to achieve this by far is by taking a supplement called “VEG-1”. VEG-1 is a single daily pill which contains the recommended doses of vitamin b12, vitamin D, iodine and other important nutrients. It is available with global delivery from www.vegansociety.com.
Will I lose weight on your courses?
While we cannot guarantee that our Happy Hear course will help you to lose weight, many people report this as a side-effect of having taken part.
Our Happy Gut Course is not designed to be a weight-loss programme. There is no counting calories. Alongside the meal plans, we have provided a list of recommended snacks that you can tuck into any time.
Are there subtitles on the videos?
The content is delivered both though written word and videos.
Who is the course NOT suitable for?
Happy Gut: Our meal plans provide at least 1800kcals per day, plus more if you include the recommended snacks and picnics. As a healthy whole food plant-based diet often leads to weight loss, this course may not be suitable for you if you are underweight or have recently gotten be through a period of weight loss.
If you have Crohn’s disease with known strictures or narrowed sections in your gut, or if you have had significant sections of your bowel removed by operation for any reason, you may not tolerate the higher fibre content of the Happy Gut recipes. Similarly, individuals with stomas may find that the higher fibre nature of the meal plan results in excess stoma output.
Happy Heart: If you are taking the Happy Heart course specifically to help with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, being overweight, or with Type 2 diabetes, you are on the right track. The evidence from decades of research indicates that you are likely to see some significant positive effects during the next four weeks. If you are on medication for one of these conditions, or any long-term medication, we’d really like you to work with your own doctor during and after the Happy Heart Course.
If you have any long-term health conditions or any specific health concerns, we advise you to speak with your own healthcare professional before signing up to any of our courses.