Diet? What diet?

2021 can be remembered as a year that has seen a huge shift in how diet and weight loss are perceived. Body image and acceptance have changed the dialogue of why we need to diet and how we have those conversations.

It’s left the term ‘diet’ with a more generic meaning – one that has in fact, always been there: “food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health.”

And really, that’s what good eating should be about. Will choosing the best quality foods with the greatest health benefits lead to weight loss? Of course it will, if previously you have been exceeding your daily calorie intake and making poor food choices.

Another shift in health perceptions is how we treat illness. Added pressure on the NHS has seen many people turn to alternative approaches to health. Functional medicine is a growing health philosophy that considers the root causes of health problems and treats those, rather than offering pills to mask the symptoms.

Diet is a great place to start for many people when treating chronic conditions and ongoing health problems – anything from hormonal imbalances, to allergies, to joint pain can all be treated by optimising nutrition and eating the foods that promote wellness.

Adio’s Dr Jess is a functional medicine practitioner (as well as a former NHS doctor and expert in Chinese and herbal medicine) who believes that many people can feel better by focusing on improving their gut health and reducing inflammation with a balanced and nutritious diet.

“I have been using my Refresh eating programme with patients in my Cheshire clinic for over 10 years now, and the results I see with them are just phenomenal,” she said.

Dr Jess’ Refresh programme focuses on a low-sugar, low-carb eating plan that patients follow for just 30 days. The programme contains recipes for each day of the plan plus detailed shopping and equipment lists to make the whole process as easy as possible. Patients are asked to complete a detailed health questionnaire both before starting and at the end of the plan so that they can fully quantify the massive changes that they experience with their health, simply by focusing on the foods that they eat and its nutritional benefits.

The Refresh programme explains in detail, with evidence-based research, the benefits of the food choices that people are making on the plan and shows people simple, small changes in the choices that they make that can transform how they feel. Adio members can enjoy and follow the Refresh programme online for free, while it is also available to non-members as an ebook for £99 (much less than the cost of an appointment with a functional medicine doctor).

Adio is the brainchild of two doctors and sisters, Jess Braid and Xandra Middleton who also run a busy clinic in Cheshire. Xandra is a doctor of chiropractic and Jess is a trained NHS doctor who specialises in treating people using alternative health approaches including nutrition, functional medicine, Chinese medicine and more.

For a small monthly subscription, Adio members get full access to a comprehensive set of resources, including webinars, toolkits, articles, recipes, classes and much more. Adio members can access the very best of conventional, traditional and alternative approaches to wellbeing with meticulously referenced and cited content all in one place. This approach gives people new options for how they take control of their healthcare, rather than assuming that one size fits all.

Adio breaks health down into nine different zones:

  • The Hub, where users will find a recipe bank, yoga, meditation and mindfulness classes and information on herbs and supplements. They can enrol for free in Adio’s ground-breaking courses – Dr Xandra’s posture programme, Realign and Refresh, a revolutionary 30-day “food as medicine” health reset programme from Dr Jess.
  • Brain function and mental health
  • Family life and pet health
  • Gut health and digestion
  • Hormones and sexual health
  • Immune and infection
  • Staying well and keeping fit
  • Structure and movement
  • Symptoms and diseases

Each zone contains a range of resources to help Adio users to make small, easy to implement and sustainable changes to their health, in a mission to prevent healthcare issues before they start and to tackle the root causes of illnesses, rather than simply treating symptoms.

Membership costs just £10 a month (cancel anytime) and goes towards not only improving people’s health, but to make the world a better place too. Adio is a privately funded venture, based on a sustainable business model, with the site hosted on a green server and Adio members earning coins for interacting with Adio (by completing lessons or participating in conversations), which they can donate to good causes on the site. This sense of doing good and helping others is why Adio is working towards becoming a charitable trust where all profits will be donated to good causes in the future.

For a free 7 day trial of Adio, please visit: