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Menopause is that time in a women's life when a series of hormonal changes brings the menstrual cycle to a conclusion. Ovulation no longer occurs and menstrual periods cease. There is a permanent shift from cyclic fertility to constant infertility.Click here to read more...
Sally has joined forces with Happy Hormones!
Sally James is very excited to be the new advisor for the Happy Hormones Facebook group and will also be releasing eBooks for them in the coming months. Happy Hormones is an 8 week program formulated to balance woman's hormones and endocrine system. The Happy Hormones Facebook group is for women to share their experiences, symptoms and successes with other like minded ladies. Check out the website here...www.happyhormones.com.au
Do Naturopaths recommend Super Greens?
I'm so grateful to have discovered the Nutra Organics brand of super foods. Not only do they make the best kids health bar called Berry Choc Chunk but recently I’ve been using the Nutra Organics Super Greens + Reds powder too. At first you may think, hmm a super powder with super ingredients to make me feel super on the inside just like all the other super brands out there. This one had me stopping and questioning what it is that makes a powder so super. So many brands have the same basic ingredients and thats a good place to start. Nutra Organics then add the alkalising ingredients Spirulina, Barley Grass and Wheat Grass, some tasty fruit juice powders, immune and liver support herbs and my personal favourite, fermented probiotics and plant based protein. With this combo it really becomes an action packed little package of joy!
So I've spent a little time in the kitchen this week mixing and playing and creating and devouring goodies using this powder. Now I admit there were a few disasters such as coconut oil, charcoal and Super Greens & Reds toothpaste, yuk, gasp, nup. Luckily I didn't let the small disasters ruin the experience for me because I hit gold when I created this next recipe. Love Oreo biscuits? Well maybe you did in a former life before we all jumped on board a healthy living choo choo train of detoxifying and alkalising goodness. Well check out this healthy version of an Oreo biscuit.
This family owned business is run by a family who are clearly passionate about what they do. I love it that they use the term 'wholefoods’ and being a Naturopath, I feel that they have earned the right to label their products 'wholefoods’. It may be their fine tuned woman’s intuition blending flavours that compliment and have my kids basically snatching anything I have sneakily tried to taste test, off me mid-bite.
Quick, easy and nourishing - give Nutra Organics products a road test in your own life and feel the difference!
You will need the following for the "Raweo" recipe:
1/2 cup The Wholefood Pantry Raw Almonds (soaked for 2 hours)
1 cup rolled oats or quinoa flakes
6 fresh Medjool dates, pitted
1 tsp vanilla powder
1 tbsp water (if needed)
2 tbsp The Wholefood Pantry Raw Cacao Powder
1 cup The Wholefood Pantry Raw Cashews (soaked for 2 hours)
1 tbsp The Wholefood Pantry Maple Syrup
1 tbsp The Wholefood Pantry Coconut Oil, melted
1 frozen banana
2 tbsp Super Greens Reds
For the biscuits:
Add all biscuit ingredients into blender, except water and pulse it until into forms a sticky dough (add the water if mixture is too dry). Place the dough on a sheet of baking powder and cover with another sheet of baking paper. Gently roll the dough out until it is about 1/2cm thick. Using a circular cookie cutter, cut the dough into the biscuit shapes and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Make about 16 biscuit shapes, size approximately 5cm diameter. Place the tray in the fridge for 1 hour.
For the filling:
Add all the filling ingredients into a blender and mix until it is thick and creamy
To assemble the biscuits take 1 of the biscuit bases and spoon about 1 tsp of filling onto it and then gently press another biscuit on top to create a creamy biscuit. Continue until you have made about 8 biscuits. Place in the fridge in an air tight container and enjoy with a cup of tea or super juice!
Jack n' Jill brushed their teeth:)
Jack N' Jill is a natural kids toothpaste which has been made by the same family for over 20 years in Australia. And thanks to these guys teeth brushing time in our family is a breeze.
It was a great moment when we discovered our kids loved the taste of this 100% Natural and safe toothpaste. And Jack n Jill have been sitting on our vanity for years since and they're welcome to stay there. Alongside the toothpaste they also make biodegradable and recyclable toothbrushes that are made from Non GMO cornstarch. And if your really stuck convincing them too brush than you can also resort to the Jack n Jill toothbrush that sings a song. But careful the tune can stick in your head.
Green "HULK" Juice
21 April 2016
Cleanse from the inside out.....
This ultimate green drink will have you feeling as strong as the Hulk!
- 1 pineapple
- 3 red or green apples
- 1 Lebanese cucumber
- 1 large knob of Turmeric
- 3 Kale leaves (stems removed)
- 1 lemon (peeled)
- 1 large knob of Ginger root
- Cut all ingredients into small pieces
- Juice all ingredients
Nutty Pumpkin Miso DipApril 7, 2016
Because we love good food so much we are going to start posting more super tasty and nutritious recipes here.
To start with, try this yummy dip for after workout, afternoon or after school.
- 1 cup steamed, mashed pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon miso paste
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 cup soaked nuts (peanuts, pinenuts, cashews or walnuts)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Coriander or Parsley to garnish (optional)
- Cut pumpkin into small chunks and add to steamer
- Let steam for 10 minutes or u til softened
- Drain pumpkin and add to blender
- Add nuts, water, garlic and miso paste to blender
- Pulse blender until all ingredients are mixed to a smooth paste
- Enjoy warm or chilled with corn chips, crackers or vegetable sticks (carrot, celery, cauliflower or cucumber)
Sore, tense or tired?
July 7, 2015
Whether they're the result of your exercise routine or your day-to-day stress levels, muscle symptoms such as cramps, spasms, weakness and tension suggest that you may benefit from additional magnesium.
Magnesium is essential for normal energy production and healthy muscle and nervous system function, but is often depleted during times of stress, tension, and physical exertion. In addition to causing muscle spasms and tension, this can sometimes lead to fatigue, reduced stamina and declines in exercise performance and recovery. Read more...
Lemon Water Can Really Improve Your Morning (And Day)Check out the Huffington Post article we're referenced on about Lemon Water…
We're all always looking for easy tricks to improve our lives, and time and again, one keeps coming up — the completely wonderful health benefits of drinking lemon water. Read more...
How to brew Water Kefir
According to legend...The Ancient Tribe of David called it 'Manna' as it fell from the sky during their march across the desert. Check out our latest article on Water Kefir here.
Christina Giorgio, Creative Consultancies
She's from the Byron area and she's a creative dynamo! Christina is the owner of Creative Consultancies an arts and creativity consultancy business. And now she's taking her passion to Bali for two week long retreats in July. Sally caught up with Christina recently to find out what these retreats will be offering. And for all the mums out there one of the retreats is designed especially for you!
First of all please tell us about the new retreats you are holding in Bali this July..
The retreats are in Ubud, Bali which is a healing and foodie haven so nurturing the body and spirit is central to everything we do. They are designed for women aiming to revitalise their creative energies, connect with like minded people and be inspired! The creative pursuits include supported journalling and group sessions and an immersion into a range of local arts activities including silversmithing, batik, drumming and painting.
Check out…. Fusion Health's Latest ProductHighly bioavailable muscle recovery powder with coconut water to support natural hydration.
An easily absorbed, gentle-on-the-stomach magnesium powder to relieve muscle cramps and enhance muscle recovery after exercise.
We recently spent a wonderful afternoon exploring the gardens of Seed Savers founders Michel and Jude Fanton. Jude and Michel started “The Seed Savers' Network” almost thirty years ago to preserve the sovereignty of our food sources and that afternoon we discovered that the seed is just the beginning. What has grown from this movement is a philosophy and lifestyle that embraces the diversity of bio culture and a living connection with the earth, food and community. Read more...
Naughty Naturopath Mum
Alisha Lynch is the Naughty Naturopath Mum. As the name suggests Alisha is a Naturopath & Essence Practitioner and now works from home in order to look after her two kids. Alisha blends Australian Bush Flower essences for online orders through her popular blog which provides information to help us keep a healthy mind, body and soul. Doesn't sound too naughty so far does it. However one of Alisha's moto's is the 80/20 rule... "Make the healthiest choices 80% of the time and then 20% of the time you can be naughty, indulge and make mistakes as that's what we humans do!"
Posted: Dec 10th 2013
Soul Pancake demonstrates one the keys to happiness:)
Creative Yogi's Colouring Book
Karen Wightman has released a childrens colouring book for Creative little Yogi's. We reckon this book is a great way to fire up your kids imagination and introduce them to the wonders of Yoga in full colour. After immersing themselves in the activity of colouring the simple yoga symbols and depictions in the book, the kids then become more familiar with the poses and little yogi's are born. Karens has began her yoga studies in Thailand almost twenty years ago and her latest project 'The Creative Yogi Colouring Book' is the culmination of over five years teaching yoga to children. Karen founded Creative Yogi's in 2007 and since then has dedicated her time to teaching children Art and Yoga...Go to the Creative Yogi's website
Organic Zinc Glycinate for superior absorption and utilisation, plus 1000mg of Vitamin C.
Common problems affecting immune, skin, reproductive, prostate, eye and bone health can result from low levels of zinc in the body. Organic Zinc Advanced contains highly absorbable Zinc Glycinate supported by Vitamin B6 and a high dose of Vitamin C to help address these problems and provide antioxidant benefits.Research shows that Zinc Glycinate* is better utilised and tolerated than other forms of zinc, ensuring optimum absorption within your body.
$24.95 each inc. gst
Yoga in Bali
While in Bali Sally checked out a few Yoga studios she had dreamt of visiting! What a great idea for you to do if you have some time off, honor yourself and stretch yourself!The Yoga Barn
- is in a quiet part of Ubud, the run teacher trainings as well as retreats. This is a lovely place amongst rice paddies and close to the action of Ubud (the cultural centre of Bali) in the hills. The have a spa and healing centre and teach Ayurvedic philosophy. Not sure if accomodation is here or elsewhere.http://www.theyogabarn.com/Desa Seni
- this is close to Seminyak (the funky touristy part of Bali) and the beach. It is quite expensive but so gorgeous. This is where we had Reubens traditional Balinese birthday ceremony. Good food, glorious pool, friendly. You can either stay on site or choose some accomodation close by. http://www.desaseni.com/Rachel Zinman
- travels the world running workshops and retreats. I plan to study with her one day as her philosophy is very grounded and honest. http://www.rachelzinmanyoga.com/
Radiance Retreats - run by Jessie Chapman from Byron Bay, a more exclusively run retreat, very structured and a little expensive but she is very professional and experienced. http://www.radianceretreats.com/
posted 22nd April 2013
Featured Therapist - Tammy Guest
Tammy is the founder of the Inspirational Health Naturopathic clinic in Newcastle. Tammy is a naturopath and nutritionist with a background in medical science. We recently interviewed Tammy to find out how she got involved in the natural Therapies, what drives her to help others optimise their health and wellbeing and her passion for empowering others to educate themselves and take control of their own health...
To read interview click here...
posted 22nd April 2013
We caught up with good friend and caring spirit Sasha Wakefield the other day. Sasha is about to return to Bhutan to continue her work at the Phajoding Monastery assisting Khenpo Chimi Dorji (the Principal of Phajoding) and Lopen Namgay Tenzin (the head teacher) to provide a refuge within the monastery for orphaned and disadvantaged boys. For more information on the project click here...
GSG Free Northern Rivers held a pop up concert last weekend near a protest site west of Byron Bay. Musicians such as Xavier Rudd and Ash Grunwald gave their time to spread a very important message about an industry that threatens the future of our ability to live in a country with clean water and quality agricultural land.
Coal Seam Gas mining involves a technique called Fracking. Fracking involves drilling using high pressure fluid to fracture shale rock layers in order to release gas in coal seams or other reserves. The Fluid used in this process contains around 45 chemicals which many claim are toxic and lacking proper scientific studies to guarantee their environmental safety.
Visit the website Dangers of Fracking to learn more - http://www.dangersoffracking.com/
Jason Roebig - Academy Director of Axis Jiu Jitsu Academy
Jason Roebig has been involved in the field of Martial Arts for over twenty tears and is the Australian representative for Axis Jiu-Jitsu Academy Japan, 4 time All Japan Champions and representatives of Rickson Gracie International Jiu-Jitsu Association. Jason also coaches the Gold Coast Titans in grappling techniques.
Professor Roebig is one of those individuals who radiates strength and is renowned world wide. Nick recently interviewed him to gain an insight in what it takes to reach this level of excellence.
To read the interview click here...
Congratulations Joel 'Parko' Parkinson, 2012 ASP World Champ!
Parko has been a great supporter of the Six Sense Organic nutritional range we developed over the past year and we are so stoked with his acheivements.
Since it's inception in early 2012 we worked with Parko to create a vegan protein powder formulated specifically for the demands of professional surfing called 'Rise Pea Protein with Acai.
See the full range of Six Sense Organic products in our Online Store....
Lola Berry's new book out now!
Our mate Lola has a new book out called The 20/20 Diet and it looks very interesting.
Fusion Health's World Champ!
Congratulations to Deb, Fusion Health's Accounts Manager, and to her Dragon Boat team. They came 1st in both the 200 & 500 metres events at the Club Crew World Championships on the Hong Kong harbour over 5 days from the 4th - 8th of July.Deb and her team mates took Fusion Health Magnesium Advanced and Fusion Health Tienchi Ginseng for reducing muscle fatigue, optimising recovery and tissue repair, plus Fusion Health Energy Multi Advanced to give them energy to power on! Like Dragon Boat Racing, Tienchi Ginseng, is steeped in Chinese history, being considered by Chinese emperors to be more valuable than gold for its physical benefits. All Deb’s hard work and training certainly paid off, with some added benefits from Fusion Health products.
Louise O'Connor - Naturopath and Wellness Coach
Louise O'Connor is a highly regarded Australian Naturopath and founder of Wellnessworks®. Louise is a specialist in Thyroid health and produces a thyroid health formula that provides nutrients that may assist healthy production of thyroid hormones and improvements in general wellbeing.
Sally recently interviewed Louise. Read more...
Don Tolman's Seven ancient principles of Vitality.
Sally and I went to see Don Tolman talk on the Gold Coast recently. It was great to see Don's passion for good food and natural living. Don is an advocate of the traditional ways to self-care, self-education and taking responsibilty for your own health and well being.
Don's Seven ancient principles of Vitality.
- Sleep - Get enough sleep. Don recommends dividing the day into 3 x 8 hr periods. 8 hours for working at what you love, 8 hours to be spent with family, loved ones and solitude time, 8 hours for lying down and resting.
- Air - fresh air is important for vitality. Don recommends to never sleep in a closed room and say's fans are great for circulating the air and reducing stagnation and fatigue.
- Clean water - the greatest gift of life.
- Sunshine - adequate amounts of sunshine help to prevent depression and improves immunity and metabolism.
- Walking - regular exercise helps prevent cardio vascular disease and improves energy and fitness.
- Wholefoods - Implement healthy and nutritious foods into your diet to ensure health and longevity.
- Non-toxic relationships - Don says if you've been in a toxic relationship for longer than 6 months, then you've got 24 hours to get out of it!
For more information visit Don's website - http://www.dontolmaninternational.com/
Autumn message from Fusion Health
Your mum was right when she told you to rug up, eat warm soup and get an early night!
A cold, flu, running nose and sore throat are the outcomes of a battle lost between our immune system and a potential pathogen. Who wins depends on a number of factors. On the infection’s side is the potential virulence of the pathogen. High virulence increases the potential for an infection. On the immune system’s side is our immune history. Previous exposure to the pathogen gives us an immune memory, ready to fight back. Infections also have a head start when the immune system is low.
Factors that deplete the immune system include exposure to cold, poor nutrition, poor sleep quality and stress. Herbal medicines are fantastic tools in giving your immune system a better chance in the fight. Many of the herbs in the Fusion Health Astra 8 formula are immune ‘trophorestoratives’. They work to strengthen and tone immune functions before a cold gets to chip the amour. It is the perfect time to prepare your body for the winter to come, and Astra 8 is the cardigan your mum told you to wear. Enjoy the cold snap :-)
Natural Health in the mining industry.
It looks like Abundance Health is proving the efficacy of Natural Therapies in the high finance world of mining and other corporate organisations. Naomi Gillespie and her team at Abundance Health have recently established a full time practise in the major mining centre of Karratha, Western australia. Abundance has lectured for Neways, Wenatex and Woodside Mining. Healthier employees results in higher work productivity, fewer accidents, fewer claims on insurances due to less injuries and quicker recovery times.
Abundance Health is a wellness practice that specialises in motivational health lectures to the corporate, sporting and business sector. Their philosophy is to teach how to be healthy using a range of easy to follow steps. Naomi Gillespie is the owner of Abundance Health Body and Lifestyle. Naomi is an experienced and qualified Naturopath and Acupuncturist also specialising in Remedial Massage and Muscle Manipulation. Naomi and her team work with professional sports people and corporate groups.
Christos 'Dorje' WalkerWell known Australian meditation teacher, Qi Gong practitioner and Somatic Psychotherapist Christos 'Dorje' Walker, known by many as 'Dorje' (a name given to him by a buddhist monk for his display of strength during practise) has recently returned from a three month sojourn through Asia, including a month retreat in Bhutan. Sally and I love hearing about Dorje's travels so we asked him to write about his experiences and his plans now he has returned home to Bondi...
Growing up as a surfer on the sunburnt beaches of the Gold Coast in Australia was a long way from where I would end up spending much of my adult life (in India and the Himalayas) studying various forms of meditation and spirituality. Read more...
HEAD, HEART AND HANDS HOLISTIC HEALING
David Ackerman - B.Sc, Master of Chiropractic
An expertise in Chiropractic, Craniosacral balancing and NeuroEmotional Techniques allows David to utilise the “Breath of Life” or Craniosacral Rhythm to help restore healthy function within the central nervous system. David's intuitive, gentle and hands on approach incorporates Chiropractic techniques, Muscle Release/Massage, Craniosacral Balancing, NET (Neuro Emotional Technique) and Lifestyle advice. David has also been achieving great results through NeuroCranial Restructuring (NCR) Read more....
Phone: (02) 6688 4136
Tienchi Ginseng by Paul Keogh
Check out this Tienchi Ginseng article Fusion Health's technical director Paul Keogh wrote for Wellbeing magazine.
Tienchi ginseng's cardio-protective benefits are achieved progressively over weeks or months. Therefore, tienchi ginseng must not be viewed as an immediate substitute for conventional medication; rather it is an excellent complementary medicine for people working with their practitioner to improve long-term health outcomes and reduce their need for conventional medication.
Medicinal properties Apart from its anti-inflammatory, anti-haemorrhagic, anti-contusive, analgesic, anti-arrhythmic, anti-hypertensive (lowers blood pressure), cardio-protective (protects the heart), anti-lipaemic (lowers high cholesterol and triglycerides), hepato-protective (protects the liver), hypoglycaemic (lowers high blood sugar levels in non-insulin-dependant type 2 diabetes), metabolic enhancing (enhances cellular energy metabolism), adaptogenic (improves resistance to stress), mild anabolic and androgenic (stimulates protein synthesis and muscle development), antioxidant, chemo- and radiation-protective properties, tienchi ginseng also demonstrates anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal effects in vitro.
Herbal energetics In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), tienchi ginseng is considered to have an affinity for the liver, stomach and large intestine meridian systems. Its energetic qualities, or therapeutic properties, are said to enter the body via these channels. It is therefore not surprising that recent experiments show that where the portal vein is cut before oral ingestion, tienchi ginseng loses its effectiveness as a haemostatic (ability to stop bleeding).
Tienchi ginseng is sweet, astringent, bitter, dry, restoring and relaxing with a warm energy. Cooked tienchi ginseng does not have the blood-regulating action of raw tienchi ginseng and is considered a blood (xuè) tonic and yin tonic. Blood tonics provide substantial energy and nutritive forces to restore the blood, strengthen the body and improve its nutrition. Yin tonics are said to nourish, nurture and moisten the material aspects of the body.
Active Kids Books
Another ripping book from Active Kids Books has just come out!
Author Chad Kolze is a mad keen surfer/skater and ex pro snowboarder who writes books for kids that I wish someone had written when I was a grommet. The latest adventure for the rad bunch of rodents is called 'Surf Safari"