Daily Archives: January 31, 2016


Last winter, my snow pea plants popped up raring to go, and there's nothing like fresh snow peas straight from the garden to beat store-bought any day. My kids often help themselves to the fresh peas when they are outside - as does my dog!  :-)   Snow peas are […]

Grow Snow Peas


Time to think about what kind of food storage containers and drink bottles you are using in your home. Do you use plastic?   Hormone disrupting chemicals found in many plastics can interfere with your body's natural hormone balance. In the last 40 years we have seen a significant increase […]

Ditch the Plastic Storage Containers


If you have a child who is a fussy eater, they may be low in zinc. Low zinc levels, in turn, affect the sense of taste and smell, which can then create further problems with appetite.   Zinc is an essential mineral that is involved in the function of every […]

Is Your Child A Fussy Eater?



Who gets sick of eating salads? I admit, I struggle with it too, and while soups or steamed vegies a great way to get your daily dose of the good stuff, occasionally I feel like something a bit different. These easy vegie fritters are a simple way to bump up […]

Easy Vegetable Fritters


I think I may have been a little too heavy-handed with my seed-sprinkling efforts when I planted these - there are certainly quite a lot of lettuce, chervil and rocket plants in this little group, and I think I may even see a rogue beetroot plant in the bottom left-hand […]

Grow Green Leafies


Often, there is a perception that it is too expensive to eat healthy food.   Here are some interesting facts and figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, who performed a survey on household expenditure in 2009/10:   The average Australian household spends more on junk food than fruit and […]

Too Expensive To Eat Nutritious Food?



Think eggs are bad for your cholesterol levels? Actually, no. Eggs have been vindicated! A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition compared the effects of a high intake of eggs (one group of people ate 2 eggs per day, 6 days a week) and a low-egg diet […]

Eggs & Cholesterol


Are you taking pharmaceutical medications (including over-the-counter products such as paracetamol or aspirin)?   Are you aware that many medications deplete certain nutrients your body needs? And this is if you are getting enough of them in your food/absorbing them well enough to begin with.   For instance, the oral […]

Minimising Nutrient Depletion from Medications


Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)   One of the oldest herbs that has been used both as a flavouring and a remedy, Peppermint is also easy to grow at home. It has been used for centuries, but became popular in the 18th Century, mostly for treatment of digestive discomfort such as […]

Peppermint



PMS? Painful, heavy or long periods?   As women, we are often told that these symptoms are ‘normal’, or something we ‘just have to put up with’.   From a naturopathic viewpoint, these are valuable signs that something is out of balance, and in particular, that oestrogen levels are too […]

Achieving Hormonal Balance


One of my favourite quick and easy snacks is some raw macadamias – is there anything more delicious?   Macadamia nuts are packed with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and they are a great snack to fill you up in between meals. They are also perfectly fine to […]

Macadamias Rule!


Have you had the flu or an infection recently, and did you need to take antibiotics or painkillers? Whilst necessary in certain situations, both antibiotics and painkillers are harsh on the digestive tract, and can trigger imbalances in the health of your gut. Antibiotics kill bad bacteria, but they also […]

A Healthy Gut Flora



Passionflower may help relieve anxiety and insomnia. The common pharmaceutical treatment for anxiety and sleeplessness is a drug known as benzodiazepines (the most well-known of these would be Valium).  However, these drugs are well-known for their risks of side effects, including the potential for developing a dependence or addiction, as well […]

Passionflower for Anxiety and Insomnia


How 'tough' are your cells?   One of the theories on why as a species we are experiencing such a burden of disease and ill health is that we have become far too used to 'the good life' that we are living here in the 21st Century. We don't go […]

What Is Hormesis?