The Easiest and Healthiest Breakfast ever

Easter was originally considered an ancient pagan festival. The word Easter originates from Eastra, which is Saxon for the goddess of spring who was honoured at this turn of seasons. Though we now are surrounded by bountiful chocolate bunnies and eggs, Easter reminds me to once again embrace the humble goodness of the chicken egg. … Continue reading The Easiest and Healthiest Breakfast ever

Seasonal foods for late Summer in Melbourne

Just as the romantic, balmyĀ evenings wane and summer romance ends, so does the beautiful produce that graces our tables. Before you resign yourself to the winter that ensues; remember to savour the last of late summer produce that tends to be sweet and juicy to moisten our bodies in preparation for autumn šŸ‚. Autumn is … Continue reading Seasonal foods for late Summer in Melbourne

Butter is a superfood herošŸ’«

I seriously can't believe how many people still think butter is bad for you!!! They say it is fattening or unhealthy. Butter is SO delicious and nutritious it should be in everyone's fridge for good health. My favourite butter and the best I believe available in Melbourne is made by the biodynamic cows of Paris … Continue reading Butter is a superfood herošŸ’«

Gut health & immunity: kefir, curd & benefits

The weather is often hot then cold in Melbourne and many people are consequently suffering from cold, flu and poor immunity at the moment as I'm sure you're aware! Enter kefir or fermented milk as super probiotic to replenish your gut bacteria and restore immunity. The theory is that if you are getting sick all … Continue reading Gut health & immunity: kefir, curd & benefits

Self-priority: Carving out time for you

It's the weekend! How many of us run around like headless chickens meeting friends, family, attending engagements, doing thing for others but not ourselves? Astrolgically this the year of the Rooster and a recurrent theme is health this year. Some people will be more prone to health problems particularly the skin. This is your year … Continue reading Self-priority: Carving out time for you

Natural teeth care during IVF, pregnancy, post-partum & menopause: part II

Now on to the fun stuff, so what do we do to prevent gum and tooth problems in these changed hormonal states? First of all, you need a good dentist and hygienist. Having your teeth cleaned and removed of calculus every six months will prevent tooth decay and gum irritation and recession. Getting adequate rest … Continue reading Natural teeth care during IVF, pregnancy, post-partum & menopause: part II

Keeping cool in the Melbourne heatwave with Chinese medicine

Hot. Boiling. Overwhelmed. It's 37 degrees today, humid and clear. Before you go to sit on your back porch with a cold beer or vino perhaps I can impart some useful knowledge of taking care of yourself in the stifling heat? Just because it is super hot doesn't mean you can start chugging down glasses … Continue reading Keeping cool in the Melbourne heatwave with Chinese medicine

Dairy: is it good or bad for you during pregnancy and fertility?

Health conscious people these days often avoid dairy products. Is dairy bad for you? Ideally the best dairy will be obtained from happy, grass-fed cows that is raw and unpasteurised. Legislation in Australia prevents the selling of raw dairy. However you can sometimes source select, raw European cheeses from specialist Melbourne delis, and let me … Continue reading Dairy: is it good or bad for you during pregnancy and fertility?

Let them eat cake: enjoying sugar in moderation

Sugar! Ah so addictive! Tastes so good but creates havoc so bad. My mum had my sister and I on a sugar-freeĀ diet as kids so we were very robust and healthy kids. However this meant we had no idea how to eat sweets in moderation. Being so extreme as to never eat some sweet food … Continue reading Let them eat cake: enjoying sugar in moderation

Black ginger tea: for phlegm & cough

Yesterday I had a terribly phlegmy cough and during a busy day in clinic was struggling to get my words out. A patient kindly reminded me of an Ayurvedic home remedy for cough: black ginger tea. Black tea is beneficial for the body as it has phytochemicals and poly phenols. It also contains small amounts … Continue reading Black ginger tea: for phlegm & cough