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Water

Water was the first method of healing utilised by the Māori and many other indigenous cultures. Our bodies are approximately 50-75% water. It is a lot higher in infants and can be very low in those who are considered obese. Hence water intake can have quite remarkable effects on our

Macronutrients – A Balanced Diet

By eating a meal that includes all three macronutrients we are able to better balance our blood sugar levels (BSL).⠀

These macronutrients are: carbohydrates, proteins and fats.⠀

If our BSL are out of balance we can experience fatigue, sugar cravings, a tendency to overeat, brain fog and mood swings amongst other symptoms;

Turmeric & Ginger Latte

Turmeric is a warming and versatile spice with a long list of benefits. From being anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and an antioxidant. It has been used traditionally in ayurvedic medicine to treat poor liver function and digestion, menstrual and skin complaints. It is thought to aid in stabilising blood sugar levels and

Sleep

Issues with sleep are all too common for a lot of people and can be an underlying driver to many health complaints. Some nutrients and herbs can be just what the naturopath ordered however it is vital to make some lifestyle changes commonly termed ‘sleep hygiene’ to aid healthy sleep.⠀

😴Unplug:

Phytoestrogenioc Flaxseeds & Flaxseed Dessert

Flaxseeds are phytoestrogenic and maybe beneficial in modulating oestrogen. Which is one of the main female reproductive hormones involved in the menstrual cycle. Often it is suggested that high oestrogen levels or an imbalance between oestrogen and progesterone may be driving factors in heavy periods, PMS, painful periods and other

Legumes – the ‘how to’ of cooking and eating them

Legumes include beans and lentils and are high in protein, carbohydrates and fibre. They are also high in a number of minerals such as potassium, calcium and iron.

Most dried beans, except black-eyed beans, split peas and lentils, need to be soaked overnight in plenty of water before cooking.  By bringing

Gluten

Gluten is a protein found in several grain crops. Barley, Rye, Oats, Wheat & Spelt (I use the acronym B.R.O.W.S to remember these grains). ⠀

The gluten protein is what makes these flours sticky/gluey; This is why these grains are often used to make breads and other baked goods.⠀

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Vegan Broth

The benefits of a bone broth can be replicated in a vegan broth equivalent that utilises vegetables and other plant materials to provide similar nutrients and has its own wealth of benefits. As with a bone broth the nutrient quality and density of your broth will depend upon the quality

Protein

Regular protein intake (eaten at every meal) is something I recommend often. Protein helps to stabilise blood sugar levels, which aids in the balance of all our hormones, mood and energy levels. Protein provides the building blocks for every single part of our body from our skin, hair and nails

FODMAP

What are FODMAP foods and are they an issue?

The FODMAP diet can be beneficial in relieving a number of digestive problems. Many people experience bloating, digestive discomfort, issues with bowel motions and regularity. The FODMAP diet is commonly recommended to remedy these situations.

FODMAP is an acronym for:

  • Fermentable – the

Downtime is Imperitive

It can often feel like we have an exhaustive ‘to do’ list, a list where the bottom is never in sight. As one thing is crossed off, another two are added.  ⠀

Putting that list of tasks aside and taking time out is often viewed as being lazy, non-productive and indolent.

Cravings

Uncontrollable and what can seem unexplainable cravings can be a regular experience and there are many causes behind why we may encounter these. One common cause is an imbalance of macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) and/or not eating regular meals. When we fail to do so, we may find ourselves

Bone Broth Recipes

Chicken Broth

1 whole chicken carcass or the bones from previous meals and other chicken parts such as necks, backs and wings.
2-4 chicken feet (optional)
Cold filtered water to cover ingredients
1 stick of kombu (for added minerals)
1 piece of turmeric
2 T apple cider vinegar/lemon juice
several large cups of green leafies (silverbeet, chard,

Benefits of Bone Broth

Bone broths are described as soothing, nutrient-dense additions to our diet. Bone Broths are said to be rich in collagen and gelatine; These provide the amino acids glycine, glutamine, proline, lysine and arginine. Bone broth also contains trace amounts of minerals like calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. The nutrient quality and

What is the Best Diet?

There are so many different diets touted as being best; the diet that will help you lose weight, the diet that will cure all disease, the diet that will eliminate all digestive discomfort…….it’s hard to know where to turn.

So what is the golden miracle of all diets????⠀

What if the best

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