In this article we are going to explore how the mind-body connection is an important component of the menstrual cycle, and how this understanding of your body can support healthier, happier periods. To know what our body, mind and heart need, first we need to learn how to listen, interpret what is being said, and strip back the mufflers and buffers and walls we have set up to dilute these messages. And then we need to learn how to honour those messages. The body can speak in many different languages - from pain, to cravings, to gut feelings, to what you see or find or experience in meditative states - and I am going to set you on the path of learning how to hear them, and then how to respond.Read More
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Your Menstrual Cycle is so much more than basic evidence of fertility. I’m also going to let you in on a strangely well kept secret - it is NOT normal to have painful, uncomfortable, erratic, too much/not enough blood flow, terribly symptomatic cycles that affect every organ of your body, from your skin, to your gut and back again. Not even a little bit normal. Read on for an introduction to this 5 part series on how to heal your menstrual cycle through the physical, psychosomatic, emotional, spiritual and environmental levels.Read More
What is it that draws us to a deeper understanding of ourselves? What is the deep longing that whispers in our hearts and minds, when we are slow or ‘within’ enough to make it out, that fuels the desire to be in nature, or to believe in the sacred and the magic and the beautiful? The Call of the Feminine is within us all, and for each of us, she beckons differently. She calls us to a path of the deep unknown, and yet she offers us the tools with which to untangle ourselves, and find the deeper meaning and purpose we are craving.Read More
The term 'Wholefood' relates to food that is in its original, natural state, as found in nature. The more whole a food is, the more compatible it is with our body and digestive processes. Processing our food damages its original beneficial nutrients, and most processed foods will have added chemicals such as preservatives to counteract the foods natural deterioration process.Read More
What isn't regularly addressed in relationship to what we eat is our food habits, how we eat, and thought patterns around food, and there is a lot wrong with the way we tend to approach our diets in our busy, convenience modelled world. You could be eating the most amazing, fresh produce, all organic, have a great range of macro and micro nutrients, maybe even be taking supplements, only to still feel tired, uncomfortable and fed-up. But the great thing about Naturopathic medicine, is that we know that we are more than the sum of what we eat! Here are some important factors and tools to consider implementing into your food lifestyle to help you get the most out of your food, and therefore your body.Read More
I don’t think I have ever felt the way I thought I should. I’ve been unable to embody a wholeness, which I have always assumed to be something everyone else managed effortlessly, leaving me an awkward, scattered bystander; a woman missing some vital part of herself.
So, what's going on here? What is it that makes a woman feel that they don’t know themselves, can’t heal themselves, or aren’t enough simply as themselves? And how does this effect our boys and men, and the feminine aspects that reside within them?
I believe that there is one key pattern in all women, that when ignored, misunderstood or avoided, drives these sensations with a vengeance – and that is a disassociation with our feminine aspect, and in particular, the psychological and emotional underpinning of the menstrual process.Read More
Optimizing your health and overall wellness before conception can support your body’s natural fertility, assist in rectifying reproductive challenges, and facilitate a healthy pregnancy. Making changes and having tests done early on can help you identify potential obstacles sooner rather than later. The following checklist is a guideline to the types of things you may consider before trying to conceive – some will be more important than others depending on your individual health concerns and goals.Read More
Optimising your health and overall wellness before conception can support your body’s natural fertility, assist in rectifying reproductive challenges, and facilitate a healthy pregnancy. Making changes and having tests done early on can help you identify potential obstacles sooner rather than later. The following checklist is a guideline to the types of things you may consider before trying to conceive – some will be more important than others depending on your individual health concerns and goals.Read More
The Glycaemic Index is a representation of how quickly the carbohydrate content of food is broken down and absorbed into the blood stream, elevating the glucose levels in the blood. One way to manage optimal blood sugar is by following a low GI diet. A slower, steadier release of glucose into the blood blunts the excessive reactions that occur with high GI foods, offering more sustainable energy, and reducing the effects of constant surges of insulin. This means more energy released over a longer period of time, helping you to feel vital and energised throughout the day, without that 3pm crash.Read More
Adaptogenic herbs are by far my favourite class of Phyto-therapeutic remedies. Nearly all of my clients walk out of their first consultation with at least one adaptogen under their belt, ready to fight off the harmful effects of the stress response in its many different incantations. And I want to share with you the how's and why's of these herbs and what they do, so you too can experience their efforts!Read More