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How to break a bad habit (and make a new one) and get what you want.

How to break a bad habit (and make a new one) and get what you want. It’s January. The holidays are over, there are no more Christmas leftovers in the fridge (including my famous pudding – thank goodness, I was starting to look like one!) and we have welcomed in the new year with friends or family and possibly a few too many alcoholic beverages (no judgement here). For many of us we are back to work and school is…

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What stress is actually doing to your body

What stress is actually doing to your body. I have three patients who have been on my mind a lot lately. All three have quite different stories, experiences and symptoms, but they all share one common thread that is impacting on their ability to really thrive – and that common denominator is STRESS. Let’s face it, 2020 has been stressful. I saw a Facebook post recently that said “2020 is what happens when you mix your tarot deck with cards…

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Weight issues: a heavy burden to bear (pun intended)

Weight issues: a heavy burden to bear (pun intended) Are you carrying a bit (or maybe a lot) of extra weight that you just can’t shift? Perhaps you used to lose weight easily before with dieting and exercise, but that isn’t working for you now? My story. I have struggled with weight issues since I was child, so I know what it’s like.  I have probably tried every ‘diet’ you can think of and have lost weight and then regained…

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Understanding Endometriosis

Understanding Endometriosis I am seeing more and more women with endometriosis in clinic. Statistically it is thought to affect 1 in 10 women, however many of those women remain undiagnosed (read my blog on living with an invisible illness here). Diagnosis can be challenging. Firstly, because doctors don’t always understand the degree of pain that women experience. Sadly I see many of my patients dismissed from the doctor’s office, leaving them feeling deflated, misunderstood and unheard. A diagnosis can only…

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Putting Your Health On Hold.

Putting Your Health On Hold. Across the entire health care sector, we are currently seeing many patients deferring treatment, including seeing their GP for regular check ups and monitoring of chronic health conditions. It makes sense though doesn’t it? Nobody wants to leave the house at the moment. Nobody wants to place any unnecessary burdens on our already overwhelmed health care system either. So they are putting off getting those blood tests, getting their blood sugar or blood pressure checked,…

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Choline Under The Spotlight.

Choline Under The Spotlight. Almost as famous (nutritionally) as the lesser known Hemsworth brother. (If you were about to Google it I’ll save you the trouble – his name is Luke). Choline has recently stepped forward from the shadows and into the spotlight. It has become the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle for many of my complex cases and when I talk about choline with my patients, I usually get blank stares in return. So this blog post is…

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Is It Getting Hot In Here?

Welcome to peri-menopause. For most women, they won’t even really know they are going into peri-menopause. Peri-menopause is roughly the 2-10 years leading up to menopause (and menopause is said to have occurred 12 months after your period stops). For many women though, the symptoms are significant. Common symptoms of peri-menopause include: Anxiety Insomnia Weight gain Night sweats Low libido, vaginal dryness Heavy periods Fatigue Reduced ability to cope with stress Most people assume that oestrogen is to blame, however…

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OH MY GORD…Are you taking medication for reflux or heartburn? Then you need to read this.

Today I want to tell you a story. It’s actually the reason I eventually became a Naturopath. When I was a teenager, I was terribly unhealthy. I was a heavy smoker, I liked to drink, I ate crap and lived on coke. It’s not really a surprise to learn that I was grossly overweight and suffered from depression and anxiety at the time. At age 19, I moved to Bendigo to start university. I took this opportunity to quit smoking,…

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The BEST Christmas Pudding Recipe (No, seriously)

Christmas can mean many things to people, but for myself and my family it’s all about the food.  Both of my grandmothers used to lovingly make their puddings the old-fashioned way – from scratch – and when they passed away, our tradition was gone.  Sadly my mum missed out on the cooking gene (she will admit this herself) and was never interested in making them (honestly it was probably for the best that she never tried).  Enter: pre-made supermarket-bought puddings…

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Fibre – why you want more of this in your life

FIBRE & YOUR HEALTH Yes I know, it’s a boring topic BUT I am constantly talking about fibre to patients so I thought I’d write a blog post and share a few of my ‘top tips’ with you. Low fibre intake has been associated with numerous health conditions including inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disease and cancer. It is also implicated in hormonal imbalance (heavy and painful periods anyone?), high cholesterol and diabetes. And yet in Australia, our standard diet is…

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