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How to ease your body into Peri-Menopause and beyond

Peri-menopause refers to the transition of time between the reproductive years up to and beyond the last episode of menstrual bleeding, which is defined as menopause (1). For many women, there is a great struggle to embrace this big change in there life, resulting in exacerbation of the situation. The changes in estrogen levels and a decline in other hormone levels such as progesterone can have a great impact on our emotional health due to changes in neurotransmitter levels and ultimately bringing about poor tolerance of stressful situations and mood swings (1). Vis versa, anxiety can also cause a fluctuation of hormonal levels as our levels are compromised when we are stressed to further li

3 Steps to Reducing Hot Flushes

Let me be frank.....being a woman can sometimes suck. Puberty comes and we get greeted with a friend (or foe in many cases) that visits every month. And for the next 20-40 years we put up with pain, emotional rollercoasters every month or at the very least a couple of days of feeling just 'a bit off'. And then comes menopause, some may call it sweet relief, but for others it can open up a whole new can of worms in terms of symptoms. Anxiety, insomnia and HOT FLUSHES. From a Naturopathic persepctive hot flushes can occur from the changes in hormone elvels (in particular oestrogen) as the body transitions into menopause, but it can also have to do with how your liver is able to balance these

Monday Night Greens Stir-Fry

I love having this after a big weekend of indulging. It contains may green bitter vegetables which are fabulous liver detoxifiers! Ingredients A variety of your facourite greens. I used: 1 Zucchini Broccolini Chard Cabbage Onion (diced) 1 small eggplant chopped 1 chili (diced) ¼ cup of oyster sauce ¼ cup tamari 1 cup of brown rice or quinoa Directions Heat up a wok on medium heat Cook brown rice as you usually would in your rice cooker or on the saucepan Place onion with chili into the wok with 1 tbsp coconut oil and cook until transparent Add zucchini, broccolini, eggplant and cabbage to the wok and cook until soft (approx. 10 min) Add chard, tamari, oyster sauce and cook until the chard ha

ROAST PUMPKIN & SWEET POTATO SOUP WITH HOMEMADE VEGGIE STOCK

(For the Veggie stock) Ingredients • 2 brown onions • 4 carrots • 4-5 stalks of celery • 1 leek • 5 cloves of garlic • 4-5 bay leaves • Salt and Pepper • Small handful parsley • Small handful thyme • Optional – rosemary Method 1. Wash vegetables and chop everything with the skin on (except the bay leaves). Include the green part of the leek and the leaves of the celery, which are high in magnesium. 2. Oil the pot before sautéing the garlic and onions. Then add the celery, leek, and carrot. Cook on low for 10 minutes with the lid on. 3. Add enough water to cover the vegetables, and then add the herbs. Cook on high heat until water boils, then reduce heat

Foods to nourish your menstrual cycle

As women, there are specific macro and micronutrients we require to sustain a healthy menstrual cycle. There may be some nutrients that you're not including in your diet that can be contributing to the hormonal imbalances manifesting in the symptoms such as a lack of a period, general pain, fibroids and heavy periods. Try creating health hormones by including the following foods as apart of your regular diet: Wholegrain – Brown rice, wholegrain bread, quinoa, oats, buckwheat, barley Wholegrain derived from complex carbohydrates contain starch which has many benefits for your period! Starchy, low carbohydrates provide fibre to feed a healthy microbiome and promote healthy metabolism of estrog

Stuffed Zucchinis

Now that summer is in full peak; Zucchinis are in abundance at the moment! If you are growing your zucchini, there are many things you can do with them including:- Stuffed Zucchini- Zucchini pasta - Zucchini Lasagna - Zucchini fritters- BBQ zucchini- Taziki dip​ Ingredients 1 or 2 large zucchinis cut in half Parmesan cheese 500g mince of choice 6 cloves of garlic diced 1 onion diced Salt & pepper Generous handful of chopped herbs (whatever is in season – right now it's basil, parsley or oregano) ½ red capsicum 2 cans of chopped tomatoes Method Split zucchinis lengthways Scoop out flesh with spoon and roughly chop Add onion, garlic, mince, salt & pepper and zucchini flesh to a fry pan with ol

Seasonal eating and how to achieve it wherever you are living!

For those lucky enough to have the resources to grow their own food, excitement fills the air as trees begin to start fruiting, indicating the coming of another new month, and that it is time to plant different seeds in the ground for the season to come. In the summertime, we crave the vibrant foods rich in antioxidants, such as stone fruits and refreshing vegetables, and come wintertime we crave heavier foods to provide us warmth and nourishment. With the changing of seasons comes also the changing of a new wave of gorgeous new produce and an opportunity to recreate delicious old recipes. Our bodies are primed with the alternating nourishment that nature has to offer, with the changing of t

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