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Trying a gluten free diet but don’t know what to eat?Do you have food intolerances and feel too limited with your meals?

I just wanted to let you know about an new, extremely helpful resource that I have to offer my clients and people who read my blogs. I have recently joined up with a company called Victus Nutrition that provides an online database of over 2000 recipes for nutritional and wholefood meals. This data base is tailored to each individual client by me applying filters specific to the diet I have prescribed to you as part of your treatment plan.,eg gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, GAPs, FODMAP’s, SCD ,gut healing, ,intolerances to nuts, tomatoes, citrus, etc. The feedback so far is that patients are loving the meals and the increased options it provides when you are trying to get your head around a new way of eating. It focuses on what you can have, not what you need to avoid. This is a valuable tool in helping you stay on track for healthy eating and achieving the health results you want quicker with less slip ups. I would like to offer all my present and past clients a free 2 week trial of the Victus Nutrition program to try the recipes and see how it helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle. There is a monthly subscription fee of $8.00 to access Victus Nutrition after this.That’s much less than a cup of coffee per week! If you would like to take up this opportunity please email me with a list of foods that you are avoiding, or a specific diet you are following and I can apply the appropriate filters to individualise your database of yummy... read more

MTHFR A little gene with a big responsibility

Is a mutant MTHFR gene causing your anxiety, migraines or fatigue and much more? Sally is a 27 year old female patient of mine who came to see me 6 months ago with increasing anxiety and she was starting to experience scary panic attacks. Her energy levels had plummeted and she was struggling to make it through the work day. Sally continued to drag herself to gym to try to shift the 6kg of weight she had put on despite eating a really clean diet. Her muscles ached and she was suffering headaches frequently. When I first met Sally I had been researching a gene mutation called MTHFR for my own health issues. I had been struggling with atypical migraines and despite being a naturopath for 26 years. I couldn’t seem to get a handle on them and I wasn’t responding to the usual natural medicines that I have used successfully on my patients. Then I came upon the MTHFR gene and its association with migraines and I decided to have myself tested. I was positive to the worst possible combination of MTHFR genes. More research may me realise that a lot of my longterm patients who I could never quite get to 100%(that kept coming back so I must have been helping them) had a lot of symptons indicating they may have problems with their MTHFR.I encouraged these patients to be tested too and all but 1 were positive to the gene. MTHFR affects the biochemistry of every cell in the body. It affects how we detoxify chemicals and heavy metals,the production of energy in the cells, healthy... read more

Are You Tired of Being Tired?

Do you stuggle to get out of bed in the morning and drag yourself around all day? Feel overwhelmed and unable to cope? Do you need coffee to keep you going in the mornings and get a second wind when you should be going to bed? Do you complain to your doctor of being tired but everything is normal on your blood tests? These are all signs that you may have adrenal fatigue. Your adrenal glands are responsible for excreting stress hormones. These help your body adapt and cope with stress. With todays relentless lifestyles our adrenal glands work on overdrive and eventually they can’t keep up anymore. That’s when we run out of energy. We have flattened our batteries and our adrenals just can’t respond to power us through the day. The adrenal glands also play a role in the immune system, the hormonal system and healthy thyroid activity. The effects of adrenal fatigue can be far reaching and signs of adrenal fatigue include: brain fog and lack of concentration insomnia and poor sleep, waking around 3am weight gain around the middle PMS and hormonal disturbances craving sugar or salt thyroid problems recurring colds and infections CFS and fibromyalgia depression and anxiety Thankfully, there is a lot we can do to nourish and restore our adrenal glands. A salivary adrenal hormone test can identify adrenal fatigue. Lifestyle and dietary choices can make a big difference. Destressing and slowing down,take a meditation or yoga class,walk your dog on the beach. Breath. Nourish your body with good food, less coffee, alcohol and sugar. As a naturopath I have long recognised... read more

Quinoa Porridge

SERVES 2 Ingredients ◊ 1 cup quinoa ◊ 1/2 tsp sea salt ◊ 1 tsp cinnamon ◊ 8 drops stevia liquid concentrate ◊ 1 TBS coconut oil or butter (if tolerated) ◊ Almond milk to serve Prep Time :15 minutes Steps 1. Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a wide saucepan. 2. Add quinoa, sea salt, cinnamon, stevia and butter/coconut oil. 3. Cover and reduce heat and simmer for 12 minutes. 4. Remove from heat and scoop into a bowl add almond milk and enjoy! This delicious recipe is from Lee Holmes fantastic book, Supercharged Food.  You can check out her blog with more great recipes at... read more

Hayfever, Hives, Headaches & Heartburn

is Histamine your problem? Do you get headaches from wine or too much cheese? Do you get hives from eating certain foods? Do you suffer hayfever or sinus congestion? Think you have allergies but also feel confused. Maybe you have histamine intolerance. As a naturopath I find that many people suffer from high histamine unknowingly.It can be tricky to diagnose as the symptons can vary so greatly. Histamine is a substance that occurs naturally in the body. It has many functions including roles in the immune response, digestion and neurotransmitters that send messages between our body and brain. Histamine levels can begin to rise in our bodies for numerous reasons. Think of it as a bucket that starts to fill up. Things that will increase the level in the “histamine bucket” include Allergies- food, airborn and environmental Hormones- stress and excess estrogen Nutritional deficiencies Histamine containing foods and histamine liberators. Reduced enzyme clearance of histamine by the enzymes DAO or HNMT: o   DAO enzyme inhibited by Gluten intolerance Leaky gut,SIBO Drugs- NSAIDs, aspirin, ibuprofen Alcohol, caffeine, black and green tea Genetic mutations o   HNMT enzyme inhibited by genetic mutations, MTHFR So rising histamine levels and a decreased ability to clear histamine causes the bucket to get dangerously full and overflows, that’s when symptoms arise. These will differ and can vary depending on which cells and tissues the histamine targets in the body. There are many but include: Skin- itchy, eczema, hives, redness and flushing Gut- heartburn, diarrhoea, leaky gut, nausea,cramps Blood vessels- low blood pressure, fainting, dizziness, tinnitus, headaches and migraines Respiratory-hayfever, runny nose, sinus congestion, asthma Brain- foggy head,... read more