Sabine Horner, Nutritionist, Ayurvedic Health Coach and Grief Yoga Therapist, York, UK

About Me

Hi! My name is Sabine and I specialise in helping bereaved partners who lack the energy, motivation or skills to look after themselves to take charge of their health so that, once they feel better, they can start to embrace life again with a new sense of positivity, passion and purpose.

My mission is to make it as easy as possible for you to take the first small steps towards regaining control. This will give you the momentum you need to make some more changes and break out of old habits and thinking patterns that may be holding you back. When you are overwhelmed and suffering from the physical symptoms of grief, you want clear and simple advice on what action to take to get yourself into a better place.

That’s where I can help - not only because I studied the health benefits of foods, herbs and spices; I can also speak from personal experience and share what has helped me going through trauma and bereavement.

I lost my husband Kevin to acute myeloid leukaemia several years ago. In fact, it was his cancer diagnosis that pushed me into pursuing my life-long interest in food as medicine. I strongly believe in our body’s own healing power and I was determined to address the root causes of his illness through the nutrient-dense food I learned to cook. I also learned to transfer my skills as a highly qualified linguist to reading and understanding scientific papers on treatment options, survival rates, cancer diets and the role of gut bacteria in our immune system.

From this, it was a small step to deciding to study Nutrition Science and learn to apply health coaching skills to help people address their individual imbalances. Later, I discovered the powerful techniques of Kundalini yoga and enrolled on a teacher training course to give Kevin the best support going through his stem cell transplant. Due to complications, he died four months after the treatment.

Studying nutrition and my yoga practice kept me going. I am now a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and registered with the Complementary & Healthcare Council (CNHC). On top of that, I am a fully qualified yoga therapist and Ayurvedic digestive health coach. Deep-diving into Ayurveda, the ancient healing system of India, has given me a whole treasure trove of simple remedies and practices to help myself and others without the need for medication.

Memberships

I passionately believe that the food we eat and how well we manage emotional stress have a huge impact on the way we navigate the ups and downs of grief. We can cope so much better with all the turmoil and chaos when we avoid blood sugar roller-coasters on top of emotional ones. I noticed that I was much more likely to feel anxious, irritable, depressed or generally unbalanced when I was not able to get the ‘happy’ food I normally eat or when I skipped a meal because I couldn’t be bothered.

Changing habits is challenging at the best of times. And even more so when you are grieving. I offer practical and emotional grief support to make it easier for you to get through each day and help you make sense of what is going on in your body. I know how hard it is to get back up when life throws you a massive curve ball, and together we can work out ways in which you can gradually transition to a new daily routine that is best suited to your body and circumstances. At your own pace. In your own time. With the least amount of effort, time or confusion about healthy eating.

Grieving can also be very lonely and I offer various ways in which you can connect with like-minded people. And as a ‘side-effect’, you may just fall in love with cooking again…. or meditation. Like me.

One small step can change your life

Are you ready to share your story with someone who truly listens and understands? Then book a ‘First Steps Grief Support’ session with me today to discuss how we can work together to get you from where you are now to where you would like to be.

I am here to help you find the energy and resilience you need to rebuild your life.

With love,

Sabine

I really enjoyed your teaching today. Got so much out of it. Your gentle reflective flow was perfect for 7am. Your knowledge is vast and I liked the holistic approach, lots of pranayama, breath awareness and use of mudras and band. Most of all I loved the time given generously to each practice. And time to reflect on the benefits afterwards.
Pauline
You are inspirational. I particularly enjoy hearing about food/spice effect on the body as I am suffering with arthritis currently. It’s so interesting learning what influences our wellbeing.
Sue
Hi Sabine, just wanted to say it was lovely to meet you, and thank you for all your information regarding nutrition. I’m going to try and do your stew tomorrow and I’m ordering some vitamin D. So it’s a start. Take care and speak soon x
Mandy
That was amazing. Thank you! I feel much calmer and grounded in my body. I am definitely interested to learn more.
Sarah
Hi Sabine! I just want to say thank you for your Facebook posts and videos. I always find the nutrition and meditation tips very helpful having become a widower after losing my wife Sue in traumatic circumstances. It is inspirational to see your positive messages with practical tips. They make a real difference.
Anthony
Thank you for always trying to support bereaved people with the very basic need of looking after ourselves .... something we don't always do!
Corinna
Lizzie and I are so grateful to have had Sabine's gentle guidance for the families we support, you can learn more here in a wonderful Podcast we did with her - https://www.buzzsprout.com/2244801/13776676. Sabine's knowledge is vast and with her gentle deliverance she is the perfect person to support anyone with self care during grief.
Stag Direct Cremations
Thank you for this. I lost my husband almost 6 months ago. I’m finding your videos so helpful even if I don’t always comment.
Caroline
After what you were telling me about the importance of nutrition I've made some changes to my diet and I've started taking vitamin D and magnesium supplements. I noticed improvements in myself immediately: the anxiety has gone, I have more energy and I've even started being able to exercise again. So, thank you for your guidance and advice; I feel that it has helped a great deal.
Helen
Message to WAY: Sabine wrote an article on Grief and its Impact on our Digestion - please pass on huge thanks for her knowledge on this subject - I’m not young but my husband died two years ago - a year later I suffered chronic constipation and brain fog (which I didn’t understand) and two CT scans and a colonoscopy later there was no answer. The good news is I’m getting better and Sabine’s article put all this into context and I can’t tell you how much better I felt having read her article - every doctor's practice should have a Sabine!
Elaine

I am also fully committed to these groups:

Ambassador & Blog Writer For AtaLoss

I am proud to serve as an ambassador for AtaLoss, an award-winning bereavement signposting charity, dedicated to providing timely, appropriate and effective support to bereaved people in the interests of their overall wellbeing. As one of their regular blog writers, I try to raise awareness of the many ways in which grief can impact our health, and share practical strategies for nurturing ourselves after a devastating loss.

AtaLoss.org is the UK's signposting and information website for bereaved people

Wellbeing Community For Grieving Partners

Navigating life after the loss of your partner? Join this community for a wealth of support, including easy self-care routines, stress management tips, impactful nutritional advice, coping strategies for meal planning, cooking, and grocery shopping, plus quick & tasty recipes, and inspirational cooking videos. My aim is to strengthen your resilience amidst turbulent emotions and improve your overall wellbeing. Together, we can do this!

Wellbeing Community For Grieving Partners | Facebook

Area Contact For York (Widowed & Young)

As area contact for WAY, a UK organisation supporting young widows and widowers, my aim is to create a close-knit community for bereaved partners in York and surrounding area. My role is to welcome new members, guide them towards WAY’s support systems and help organise local events where members can connect, form bonds and find new friends for life who get it. Join us today to share laughter and tears with us.

WAY Widowed and Young | Facebook