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Problems of the pill

Problems of the pill

For many women, taking the small oral contraceptive pill is very convenient. It so called ‘regulates’ cycles, protects against unwanted pregnancy and allows for a sporadic sex life. But is it worth it?

Although the information of contraceptive pill side effect use is well known in the medical industry, it is not diligently communicated to the public.  This information can be accessed if you read the fine print, warnings are included with prescriptions. However, time and time again I see friends, family and patients who are blissfully unaware of the potential dangers of their daily pill. Many tell me their doctor never mentioned the risks involved!

I went down this same path (you can read about ‘My Personal Journey’ here), starting on the pill in my mid teens, which lead to a roller coaster of health challenges.  Luckily, down the track I became well educated through my Naturopathic studies about the dangers this small...

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Stewed Fruit Crumble

Stewed Fruit Crumble

This one is perfect for a summer day of entertaining, when you want to fill up a few mouths, use up an abundance of seasonal fruit, or offer a sweet dessert, without any added sugar, trans-fats, grains or pasteurised dairy.

This recipe is paleo friendly, but still has a naturally high sugar content from the fruit, so enjoy as a treat!

Stewed Fruit Crumble

Serves at least 8
3 -4 cups stewed fruit of choice (apple, apricot, nectarine, peach)
2 cups almond meal
3/4 cup shredded coconut + extra for garnish
1/2 cup macadamia and/ or cashew nuts
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp raw honey
3 tbsp coconut oil
coconut cream or yoghurt, for serving

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees C.
  • Add stewed fruit to a baking pie dish.
  • Mix all other ingredients in a bowl and add as a topping to the fruit.
  • Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
  • Add extra shredded coconut to garnish and serve with a dollop coconut cream or yoghurt.
  • Note: it’s somewhat sloppy, but its tastes good

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Healthy Anzac Biscuits

Healthy Anzac Biscuits

It’s the time of year, to stop and reflect on Australia’s history. To show gratitude for the men and women who have bravely served to protect our country. To appreciate the freedom we live in today because of the battles that were bravely fought so many years ago and the ongoing work from today’s defence force. To celebrate and be proud of the Aussie in you.

One of the traditional ways to celebrate commemorative Anzac Day, is to bake and enjoy a batch of Anzac Biscuits. Are you after a grain free, sugar free option? Try my Healthy Anzac Biscuits this Anzac Day!

HEALTHY ANZAC BISCUITS

Makes 12-14 biscuits
What you will need:
 
1 cup almond or other nut meal
1 cup flaked almonds or chopped macadamia nuts
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup rice malt syrup or raw honey
1⁄4 cup coconut oil or butter
1⁄2 tsp bicarb soda
1 tbsp water
 
 
 
How to make your Biscuits:
  • Preheat oven to...
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How to Keep Vegetables Fresher for Longer

How to Keep Vegetables Fresher for Longer

You arrive home, proud of your recent fresh vegetable and fruit purchase and happy that you’ve stocked up for the week.  A few days later, you want to make my Coconut Chicken soup and go to grab your cauliflower… only to find it’s lost all it’s crispness and started growing mould. What a waste  

If this happens to you regularly and you want to get the most out of your shop but also consider your health as well, keep your vegetable purchases as fresh as possible by following these handy storage guidelines.

AVOID USING:

  • Alfoil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic container use

Note: If plastic wrap is required, avoid the food touching the wrap. Placing a brown paper bag between the food and the plastic is an option.

REPLACE WITH:

  • Glass containers
  • Ceramic containers and bowls
  • Stainless steel containers and bowls
  • Brown paper bags
  • Tea towels

WASHING YOUR PRODUCE

Always wash your vegetables before...

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No-Tox Cleaning Options For Your Family

No-tox Cleaning Options For Your Family

Practising as a Naturopath, it is evident the dangerous ways toxins are contributing to chronic disease states. The environment you expose your body to has the potential to express genes (for the better or worst). A nourishing diet full of organic foods is a solid foundation for your health, as is a stress free lifestyle, regular healthy movement and minimising toxins in your home.

Reducing toxins in body care products plays an important role in promoting balanced hormone health (among much more). Seeking out and using toxin-free cleaning products around the home has an equally important value to the health of you and your loved ones.

Just as I recommend with body care products, it is important to understand what your cleaning products contain. Watch out for these nasties on labels:

  • Abbreviations: PEG, PPG, MEA, DEA, TEA, BHA, BHT, DMDM, D&C, FD&C
  • ‘eth’ ingredients: oleth, cateareth, laureate, steareth
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Why I don’t wear Sunscreen

Why I don’t wear Sunscreen

With every opportunity I have you will find me outside embracing the sunshine. When the sun pops out from behind a cloud I’ll race out to catch it, or if Im driving I’ll wind down the window to feel the energising rays on my skin.

As spring rolls around and the sun starts to appear (we’re still waiting!!) I receive many queries from concerned patients and readers wanting to know how I protect myself from sunburn. I am naturally blessed with a darker skin tone and don’t burn easily, but even in long periods in the sun you will never catch me applying sunscreen and I will rarely wear a pair of sunnies. Why you ask? Here goes…

THE BENEFITS OF SUNSHINE

It may come as a shock in our sunscreen-happy society, but you’re skin was naturally designed to be exposed and nourished by the sun. Sunshine works as a major player in optimal health by enhancing your production of vitamin D. Technically a...

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Creamy Hot Chocolate

Creamy Hot Chocolate

Creamy Hot Chocolate… sounds naughty right? Not this recipe!

Firstly, this one is made using quality raw cacao powder (as oppose to refined and sugar filled chocolate powder) and it passes on the usual additions of pasteurised milk and sugar.

What you will find is gut healing gelatine as the ‘creaming agent’, blood sugar stabalising ghee (or butter) and energy enhancing Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) oil. When you add MCT oil (along with other good fats) into your diet, your body uses them (ketones) as a source of energy for the brain, which can be easily drawn upon and lasts for much longer than fast burning glucose energy sources.

If you have a sweet tooth, you have the option of adding raw honey or fructose free stevia liquid and enhancing the flavour sensation with a drop of high quality essential oils.

Get all of this in my Creamy Hot Chocolate recipe & enjoy the increased energy and brain power, stronger immune and...

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Cleansing Zesty Lemon Curd

Zesty Lemon Curd

Are you looking for new & nutritious ideas for your brekkie or snacks? Try one of my favourites, refreshing Zesty Lemon Curd. Yes, it’s gluten free, grain free and sugar free…nope, not even any natural sweeteners in this one!

 

ZESTY LEMON CURD

Serves 2

What you’ll need:

1/2 tablespoon lemon rind

4 eggs

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste

1 tbsp ghee, butter or cacao butter

 

What you’ll need to do:

Whisk eggs and lemon zest in a small saucepan, for 1 minute over low heat.

Add in lemon juice, coconut oil, vanilla & butter/ghee/ cacao butter. Whisk continuously over medium heat, until mixture thickens. And you’re done!

Option to serve warm or chilled with coconut yoghurt and nut butter, or nuts and seeds of choice.

Enjoy for your first meal of the day, or a smaller portion as a nutritious snack. 

 

 

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How to Create a Healthy Emotional Connection with Food

How to Create a Healthy Emotional Connection with Food

Over the weekend I made a Banana Cake (a healthy version of course) and I returned to my youth. Joyous memories flooded back- running around in the shearing shed, playing in the wool bales and stopping for smoko with the smelly shearers. I smiled.

Food is a powerful trigger for certain thoughts, memories and feelings- happy, sad, content, nervous, excited, jealous, anxious, depressed and even confidence. The connection of emotions, moods and feelings affecting the types and amounts of foods we reach for, is just as strong.

As emotions have a profound impact on digestive health, it is important to become aware of any underlying thoughts you have around foods. Acknowledge these emotional connections to overcome any negative effects they may be having on your overall health, aiming to create a healthy mindset around your daily diet.

As I listen to my patients, the most common negative emotional connections to food, include:...

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How to Achieve a Restful Sleep

How to Achieve a Restful Sleep

Stress and sleeplessness used to be my enemy.

I was a perfectionist with an overactive mind, always worrying about what people think. This would cause me to lie awake for hours on end at night…mulling over the day that was. The conversations I had with people, how I could have performed  better (yes, that perfectionism was always creeping back in) and worrying about the ‘to-do’s’ for the following day.

Also moving from a quiet farm life, to living on the corner of a noisy roundabout in the big smoke (Adelaide), contributed to my case of insomnia. I remember waking zombie like, after getting in just a few measly early morning hours, before it was time to face the day. This is how I operated- tired, but very wired.

Now, as a Naturopath I am seeing the same picture in many of my patients. The physical, mental and emotional daily stress contribute to a state of overwhelm for many. You push through the day,...

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