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Articles to inspire and support you through your hormone balancing, fertility, pregnancy and motherhood journey. 

Now Is The Time For YOU

Now Is The Time For YOU

You’ve almost reached the end of the week. Amongst the busyness each day brings, it is easy to ride the wave of life without truely experiencing and appreciating the little things. The things that warm your heart, fill up your happiness cup and allow you to glow from the inside out.

Don’t accept being run down, stressed, tired, or gaining those few extra kilos, just because life ‘gets in the way’. It’s time to return to your health and happiness goals. I have put together the simple reminders below specifically to help you take a step back, and make sure you are making daily contributions to help ground and nurture yourself, all year round!

MY 25 SIMPLE REMINDERS

  1. Let your loved ones know how special they are to you.
  2. Take an Epsom salt bath.
  3. Practise meditation and deep breathing.
  4. Ground yourself by walking barefoot on the grass or sand.
  5. Be proud of the little things.
  6. Plan ahead.
  7. Enjoy...
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5 Common Causes of Acne

5 Common Causes of Acne

When patients present to me with dreaded skin breakouts of acne, with the self confidence issues that stem from the condition, I can feel their misery. When I hit my teens, out popped the painful, red and angry looking pimples. There were times I would dread looking into the mirror, cringe at photos of myself and felt self conscious about my inflamed face.

I listened to adverts and followed regimens to cleanse, tone, and moisturise daily, using harsh chemical laden products that promised ‘clean & clear’ skin. It didn’t help.

Little did I know at the time, that it had nothing to do with what I was applying to my skin, but all to do with what was I was shovelling into my mouth… cereal & toast for brekkie, sandwhich for lunch, cheese on toast after school, malted milk drinks along with the packaged chips and biscuits for snacks. Not to mention the sugar laden alcoholic drinks I guzzled on-when I hit the party girl scene.

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How I Heal My Gut

How I Heal My Gut

 

By now, you you’ve heard me repeat the importance of good gut health for your overall health and happiness.

The gut houses around 70% of your immune system, controls your nervous system, allows adequate detoxing to occur and it needs to be in tip top shape for promoting balanced moods and hormone health.

When your body is exposed to factors such as stress, medications (particularly antibiotics), oral contraceptive pill and inflammatory food and drinks on a regular basis, a ‘leaky gut’ can develop. To paint a picture of what leaky gut is like, imagine a fly screen with holes in it. This is what your small intestinal lining would look like in a case of leaky gut- allowing undigested food particles and toxins into the bloodstream, creating an inflammatory cascade and subsequently will over work your liver (to clean up the mess).

Healing leaky gut is a complex process. The overall aim is to address and overcome the culprit cause,...

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Recipes To Entertain Healthily

Recipes To Entertain Healthily

Last weekend bubs and I were showered with love and (mostly) nourishing delights thanks to our beautiful friends and family. If you missed it, you can see a little piccie across on instagram.

I understand that times of celebrations and entertaining can pose a difficult task when aiming to create tasty dishes that won’t compromise your health, so here I have included some naturopath approved recipes to help with your next social gathering.

BEETROOT DIP

What you’ll need:

400gm fresh beetroot

2 litres water

500ml apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup boiling water

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 small red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp almond meal

Pinch Himalayan, Celtic or Peruvian Pink salt (I use one from here with added seaweed, for thyroid health)

What to do:

Boil the beetroot whole in water and vinegar for 30-40 minutes, or until easily pierced by a skewer

Leave to cool in the water...

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Our Second Trimester Experience

I sit in the warm morning sun, I am truly thankful for being provided with Vitamin D rich rays this far into the 2018 Autumn season. The Naturopath in me is smiling as I run through the long list of benefits the sunshine vitamin is having on my bubs, who is 29 weeks into his (or her) journey hanging out in the cosy comfort of my womb. Immunity (tick), neurodevelopment (tick), bone health (tick)….

Officially now in our third and final trimester, I wanted to share with you the highs and lows of my second tri experience, informed decisions we have made and ways that I have holistically supported my body for a healthy pregnancy and bubs to be. If you missed it, you can catch up on my first trimester over here.

Keeping It Real- My Second Tri Experience

Hallelujah, I started to feel normal again with the constant motion-sickness-like feeling eventually fading around 14 weeks. I was proud of myself for not splurging on refined carbs during the first trimester and now that I was...

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5 Tips For A Healthy Easter

5 Tips For A Healthy Easter

Easter is just around the corner! Before you assume your long weekend will be filled with sugary binges and consequently an addition to your waistline, try a few of my tips below. I challenge you to make it a healthy and happy one.

1. START YOUR DAY LIGHTLY:

If you are having a large Easter lunch or dinner, then there is no need to stuff yourself silly from when you first wake up. Some healthy options include a fresh vegetable juice or smoothie.

If you are still hungry 20 minutes later, try some protein rich eggs, nuts or seeds.

2. HELP OUT YOUR DIGESTION:

It is hard work breaking down large amounts and varieties of food over the day. Give your stomach a kick start, by starting each meal with juice ½ lemon, or 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, in warm water.

3. WORK IT OFF:

Keep active through the day, to help burn off any larger food portions consumed. Hiking, swimming, surfing, fishing, skiing and other water sports as...

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Our First Trimester Experience

It's been exciting time for hubby and I as we recently announced we will be welcoming a precious baby into the world this winter.

Pregnancy is such a magical time, growing & nurturing a little human inside. It's a special time full of joy and excitement, where the mumma-to-be is glowing. Of course, supporting many patients through their personal pregnancies, I was not naive to the contrary. Nausea, exhaustion and cravings are among common symptoms of the first tri, which pose a challenge to keep the special news a secret during the early stages.

I'm 15 weeks tomorrow and it's the best I've felt in the past 9! I was no stranger to the dreaded morning sickness (who am I kidding, it's all day sickness), among other symptoms and here I wish to share with you my highs and lows throughout this time.

What I Felt

Let's start with the baby brain. It IS a thing... already! Hence why I took a journal each day with some notes, as I knew I'd forget my main points to share my experience...

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Natural Hay Fever Remedies

Natural Hay Fever Remedies

Spring has sprung, the birds are chirping and flowers are blooming.  Isn’t it beautiful?

Not for some! It’s that time of year when many of my patients are miserably sneezing their way through my door, complaining of their dreaded hay fever symptoms.

I have been lucky enough to escape such symptoms over the years, but whenever I see a patient reach for the drugs to suppress their symptoms, I am determined to heal their hay fever  as nature intended.

If you or a loved one are already itchy and sneezing your way through spring, read on for safe and effective natural hay fever remedies to stop your hay fever in its tracks.

CAUSES OF HAY FEVER

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction to pollen from  grasses, weeds and trees.

The body of a hay fever sufferer believes pollen is an invader and exposure to pollen triggers the production of Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. Mold and dust are...

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Winter Warming Spices

Winter Warming Spices

I love summer. The warmth, sunshine, loads of daylight and not to mention an abundance of Vitamin D production. So when the winter season comes around, I do struggle to keep my usual happy face, longing for the spring change to break.

Over the years however, I’ve learnt some important diet tips and tricks to keep me warm and allow me to appreciate the chilly change.   Instead of moaning about the cold, wet and windy weather, I want to help you to embrace this seasonal change.

Introducing the winter warming spices!

Forget about bland, tasteless, boring cooking! Lets add some fire into your life, warm your heart and add some amazing flavours to your foods, with four of my favourite warming herbs and spices. You’ll see their health benefits go far beyond this…

CAYENNE

Yep, I’ve started out strong. This hot spice is going to get your blood pumping and get your metabolism going!

Also known as a tropical form of chilli, and in...

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How To Fight Off The Cold & Flu with Foods

How To Fight Off The Cold & Flu with Foods

Are you fearful of the cold and flu season? When life is busy, your stress levels are increased, or your food choices are not optimal, your body is more vulnerable. This is a perfect time for a virus like the common cold, to take hold and present symptoms within your body. 

BUT, it's time to stress-less and trust your body's innate healing process. Given the right tools through a nourishing diet, lifestyle practises and mindset choices, your body can build resilience towards viruses and prevent them from getting the better of you. 

To help nurture your body for cold and flu prevention, or for a swifter recovery, here’s some of my top diet and lifestyle tips.

  • INCREASE VITAMIN C RICH FOODS.

The highest food sources of vitamin C are sauerkraut (fermented cabbage), capsicums, green leafy’s such as kale and rocket, broccoli, strawberries, citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, rock-melon and...

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