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

Our Fourth Trimester Experience

It's midday here as I attempt to multi-task to find the words for this post, watch over my baby girl sleep in her rocker, while I glance up to capture the highlights of the Ellen show.  Oh how life has changed! I am twelve weeks into motherhood and my days (and nights) are now full of breastfeeding, burping, reading baby books and of course, loads of cuddles. I have to admit, it's been the most challenging but rewarding and joyous experience.

As Amelia is past the new born phase and our 'Fourth Trimester' is over, I wanted to share with you how we filled up our precious twelve weeks post birth (if you missed it, read our birth story here). Why? With all the attention surrounding baby, the health and wellbeing of Mumma is overlooked during this phase, often contributing to future exhaustion and illness.

After reading books 'First Forty Days' and 'The Fourth Trimester', I understood the importance to nourish my temple during these initial weeks post birth, so I could best provide...

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Chocolate Delights

Chocolate Delights

Try my satiating dairy and grain free Chocolate Delights as a guilt-free way to satisfy your chocolate cravings!

CHOCOLATE DELIGHTS

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup almonds, macadamias or hazelnuts, activated and chopped
  • ¼ cup walnuts, activated and chopped
  • ¼ cup tahini (hulled)
  • 2 tbsp raw honey, or rice malt syrup (optional)
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tsp coconut oil / MCT oil
  • ¼ tsp vanilla paste
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • 3-5 drops peppermint, or wild orange essential oil

What you’ll need to do:

  • Add all ingredients together into a food processor.
  • Blend until well combined.
  • Remove a heaped teaspoon of the mixture at a time.
  • Roll the mixture into into small balls.
  • Place onto a plate to serve, or put in the freezer for a treat later on.

Healthy chocolate delights, ready to enjoy when you next get your sweet craving!

You can find more healthy meal ideas over here.

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How To Support Your Liver When Celebrating

How To Support Your Liver When Celebrating

It’s that time of year where your calendar is full with social outings and celebrations over fine food and often an abundance of alcoholic bevvies. Christmas is a time to relax and be merry and this may mean letting your hair down…a little too far and consequently upsetting your liver health.

Your liver plays an important role in metabolising your hormones to allow excess levels to be safely removed from your body. If the detoxification processes in the liver (Phase 1 and Phase 2) are overwhelmed with filtering toxins (such as alcohol), your hormone health metabolism may be compromised.

Along with staying hydrated, here are my top ways to use foods to promote a healthy and happy liver and support your hormone health through the silly season.

THE GUT: LIVER CONNECTION

If your digestion is in tip top condition, this will help out your liver. The liver is the filter of...

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Naturopath Approved Party Foods For Kids (+ Adults)

Naturopath Approved Party Foods For Kids (+ Adults)

 

Wheat, gluten, sugar and then dreaded additives (colours and preservatives) are frequent occurrences at most kids parties. In clinic, I hear time and time again from upset mothers who take their children to child care, parties, visits to the grandparents (the list goes on)…and back they come with signs and symptoms of junk food overload. This can include behavioral issues, skin conditions (such as eczema), digestive disturbances and a struggling immune system for days following.

We all love to be able to spoil our little ones, with loads of hugs and kisses, presents and yes, the sweet treats. Its ok for kids to have some sweet surprises, but you can do this without exposing them to unnecessary nasties. I challenge you to try whipping up my Naturopath approved kids treats instead!

FUN WITH FRUIT:

 JOLLY JELLY

Makes 8 servings

What you’ll need:

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A Healthy Treat To Satisfy Your Sweet Cravings

A Healthy Treat To Satisfy Your Sweet Cravings

One of the most common symptoms that presents to me in Naturopath clinic are the struggle with constant sweet cravings. Although I will always endeavour to find the underlying cause, whether it’s investigating for imbalanced micro biome, testing for hormone imbalances and /or overcoming nutritional deficiencies, it’s helpful to have healthy options to offer in place of that sugar-filled block of chocolate or packet of lollies.

Introducing my Lemon Gummies- perfect for overcoming your choccie cravings by changing that taste in your mouth after meals, providing vitamin C for your immune system and gelatin for supporting your gut health. Plus they’re yummy enough to please even the little people in your home!

LEMON GUMMIES

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1 1/2 cups fresh lemon or apple juice

3.5 tbsp gelatine (I use this organic brand)

½ tbsp raw honey (optional)

4 drops doTERRA Lime Essential Oil

Shaped ice...

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My Grain & Nut Free Brownies Recipe

My Grain & Nut Free Brownies Recipe

I hear you! It can be tough to please all the members of your household when there are intolerances, allergies and nut free school requests. Now you can still give everyone a choccie fix without the refined sugar, grains (therefore gluten), dairy and nuts. This recipe ticks all the boxes and can be adapted further to create a lower fructose option.

Along with the refreshing essential oil aroma and taste, there is one secret ‘filler’ ingredient that not even my sister could detect (who is very well versed with grain free cooking). Nope, it not nut meal, seed meal, tapioca or sweet potato… it’s black beans! Sounds a bit strange, but trust me, they create a moist brownie that will please everyone’s chocolate cravings (yep even a pregnant woman ). If you missed me talking about my pregnancy choccie craving, you can read more about my second tri experience over here.

This delish recipe was...

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Naturopath Approved Lemon Vanilla Panna Cotta

Naturopath Approved Lemon Vanilla Panna Cotta

I have many patients who are struggling with food intolerances. When they are reacting to eggs, nuts, dairy and grains, meal ideas can pose a challenge.

My Lemon Vanilla Panna Cotta was created with these patients in mind. Focusing on including good fats from coconut, gut healing gelatin, together with refreshing lemon, and flavoursome accompanying spices, this recipe is a just as nutritious as it is delicious!

This one is perfect for a sustaining brekkie, enjoyed as a snack and presented as a healthy desert (they won’t know any different). The good fats will help to keep your blood sugars stable, the inflammation producing insulin down, and gives you a steady release of energy throughout the day.

Ok, enough waiting! Here it is…

LEMON VANILLA PANNA COTTA

What you’ll need:

400mls coconut cream (I use Global organics)

Zest of 1 lemon

4 cardamon pods

1 tbsp grass fed gelatine (I use this...

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The Fertility Challenges Often Overlooked

The Fertility Challenges Often Overlooked

What a beautiful gift and miracle of life- an opportunity to create another human being and give them unconditional love as their parent.

Unfortunately for many couples, this gift comes wrapped with a number of challenges, heightened stress levels and the emotional roller coaster which follows. According to the World Health Organisation report published in 2012, one in four couples in developing nations have been affected by infertility. The Australian Bureau of Statistics from 2009, stated that one in six Australian couples reported to have fertility issues.

Heartbreaking to hear, 20-25% of these cases are diagnosed as unexplained infertility. (1) What does that mean? Those patients have been delivered inconclusive results from basic fertility related testing, they don’t fit into medically accepted fertility or endocrine related diagnosis, and/or the structure and function of reproductive...

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Natural Ways To Prevent Period Pain

Natural Ways To Prevent Period Pain

Long term debilitating period pain is unfortunately something that presents to me in my private Naturopath practise far too regularly.  Discomfort in the lower abdomen, back and stomach, aching down the legs, even nausea, headaches, loose bowels and in the chronic cases, vomiting.

Also referred to a dysmenorrhoea, period pain can be caused by the contraction of your uterine muscles during menstruation, but is also a major symptom of conditions with abnormal tissue growth and inflammation, such as endometriosis and fibroids. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in 2012, endometriosis may be a contributing factor in more than 20% of women with chronic pelvic pain. (1)

Does that time of month roll around and cause you to retreat and dose yourself up on pain relief? Read on to see if you can introduce some natural (and dare I say unconventional) ways to prevent your dreaded period pain...

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Optimise This Mineral For Optimal Energy Levels.

Optimise This Mineral For Optimal Energy Levels

As a Naturopath, I often request patients to have functional testing, plus regular blood tests. This is to accurately determine imbalances in the body and where to therefore focus treatment.

One of the most common imbalances which present is related to iron levels in the body. When iron and the carrier molecule of iron, called ferritin, become too high, this can contribute to metabolic problems such as insulin resistance and more chronic issues with organ damage. On the other hand, when iron levels hit rock bottom, complications of low oxygen occur.

It is important to know where your iron levels sit, to know what individualised dietary changes can support you back to optimal health.

WHY IS IRON IMPORTANT

Iron is required for proteins in the body.  Haemoglobin is the iron-containing protein in red blood cells, responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs, to the body tissues. Here the oxygen is exchanged for Carbon...

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