What to eat this winter
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If the colder weather has you thinking non-stop about food, why not focus on the seasonal foods that are actually good for you, instead of reaching for unhealthy choices? Below, Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella talks about her tips and winter-food winners, explaining how they can help you through the colder months and how to get more of these ingredients … Read More

Recipe (food containing bromelain & papain): Tropical (digestive) smoothie
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Serves 1   1 cup pineapple, diced 1 cup papaya, diced 1 banana, chopped 1 cup coconut milk ice if desired   Put all ingredients (except ice) into the blender and blend. Add ice if desired.   Serve & enjoy!   Note: check your supermarket freezer for pineapple & papaya when they are not in season.  

All About Digestive Enzymes
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  Not everyone should be taking digestive enzyme supplements; and not all of them are created equal.   As a practitioner, I find that many people with digestive issues want to jump straight into using a supplement. And many times I would rather try other strategies first. Not to mention, that some supplements can be harmful if used inappropriately.   … Read More

Recipe (Protein and Fibre): Vegetable Egg Muffins
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  Makes 12 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 red pepper (diced) 2 cups baby spinach (chopped) 1 cup mushrooms (chopped) 2 cloves garlic (minced) 6 eggs 1 tablespoon flax/linseed (ground)   Preheat oven to 180C.   Grease or line a 12 serving muffin tin. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add oil and saute diced pepper until tender … Read More

The Optimal Foods to Eat For Breakfast When You’re in Menopause
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During menopause women tend to gain weight.  While this isn’t great it’s pretty common and there are many reasons why. Two reasons why women gain weight during menopause…   Reason #1 Reduced muscle mass.  Muscle mass uses energy (burns calories) so when we have less of it the body burns less energy overall, leading to weight gain.  Unfortunately, this weight … Read More

Foods to Reduce Night Time Hot Flashes
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  Do you get hot flashes? Are they mostly at night? Do they set the bed on fire (but not in that way)? Let’s get you some solutions!   Before we do that, just some quick info on why hot flashes occur so we can try to effect the root cause of these hormonal symptoms.   What causes hot flashes? … Read More

Haven’t Changed Anything in Your Diet But Getting Fatter?
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You are positive that you’re not eating more food or “junkier” food but you’re still gaining weight. Is this possible? Yes! You are NOT crazy! And here’s why. We both know that the whole “calories in, calories out” argument is an overly simplistic view of weight. There’s definitely more to the story than just what you’re eating, right? A lot … Read More

Recipe (Tummy Soothing Tea): Ginger Tea
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  Serves 1 Fresh ginger root (about 2”) Hot water Lemon slices (optional) Honey (optional)   Pour the water into a saucepan and heat it on the stove. Grate the ginger root into the saucepan.  Let it come to a boil, and then simmer for 3-5 minutes. Strain the tea into a cup with a fine mesh strainer and add … Read More

5 Reasons You Bloat More After Age 45
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Bloating is generally the result of not being able to properly digest foods.  These not-so-digested foods feel like they’re just sitting around causing discomfort and a general feeling of being full and “gassy”. It can happen at any age but if it seems to be more frequent as you’re getting older it can very well be because of your stomach’s … Read More

Recipe (Vitamin D, Magnesium & Omega-3s): Salmon Quinoa Buddha Bowl
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Serves 2   4 cups baby spinach 1 cup quinoa (cooked) 1 can salmon 2 tablespoons sesame seeds ½ red onion (diced) (optional) 2 tablespoons sesame oil 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 tablespoon lemon juice dash salt and pepper   Split spinach, quinoa, salmon, sesame seeds, and onion (if using) between two bowls.   Mix sesame oil, rice vinegar, and … Read More

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