Soul food: my dairy-free chocolate mud cream

We’re midway through a six-part guide to feeling good. Thus far, we’ve explored the importance of breathing, sleep, rest, pleasure, human connection and this week we’re focusing on ‘soul’ food.

Now, before we get into all the chocolatey details, I want to talk a little about the importance of soul food from my perspective.

Having spent a couple of decades in search of the best diet for humans and in the process, experimented with the bulk of the dietary and detox protocols out there, I can tell you firsthand that overly restrictive eating isn’t the best path to feeling good.

Naturally, eating well is important, however for some, it can be a slippery slope to becoming obsessive or fixated on compartmentalising foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

The importance of soul food

One thing I’ve come to know is that soul food, whether it’s homemade or even the processed store-bought variety (gasp!), is an extremely important...

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Breathing and Sleep: A Holistic Dentist's Perspective

children's health Feb 01, 2021

This week in our ‘guide to feeling good’ series, we’re talking to my good friend, holistic Dentist Dr Vijaya Molloy. She is the owner and Principal Dentist of Vitality Dental here on the Central Coast.

Vijaya has trained across many areas of Dentistry including Orthodontics, Implants, Sleep Apnoea, Acupuncture, Cosmetic Dentistry and Nutrition and is passionate about taking a whole-body approach to dental care.

Breathing and Sleep by Dr Vijaya Molloy

The pursuit of wellness is a common theme in many people’s lives.  I think we’d all agree our mental wellbeing is elevated when we have the physical and mental capacity to pursue our lives to the fullest, whatever that personal definition may be.

Within my practice I encounter a number of people that have spent many years battling with chronic exhaustion. In these patients, often their breathing and sleep have not been checked.   In my opinion the two go hand in hand. 

Breathing

One of...

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Why your vagus nerve is the key to wellbeing

Uncategorized Jan 18, 2021

This is part two in our ‘guide to feeling good’.

Essentially, we’re stepping outside of the reductionist ‘diet plus exercise equals health’ paradigm and focusing on left-of-centre hacks to alter our biochemistry, physiology, mood and outlook.

Last week we touched on the idea that there’s a whole range of fun pastimes that we can indulge in to help us achieve our health goals from a different angle. Things like rest, pleasure and human connection.

This week we’re exploring the role of the vagus nerve, why it’s central to feeling good and how understanding its structure and function opens up even more exciting ways to improve our health.

What is the vagus nerve?

The vagus nerve is one of the longest nerves in the body and is so named because it wanders like a vagabond from the brain, all over the body, wrapping around every organ along the way. It controls our parasympathetic nervous system and can be thought of as a major highway...

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A guide to feeling good

Why your nervous system is key 

Greetings Coasties. I do hope you’ve enjoyed a relaxing break at some point over Summer. Granted our suntans may not be on par with previous years, but it does seem that many folks, restricted in their movements and unable to indulge in regular holiday festivities, enjoyed a simpler and perhaps more mindful break this year.

These unusual times have me contemplating how deeply intertwined our health, happiness and mindset, really are. It’s more apparent than ever that our external circumstances are often entirely outside of our control. However, our physical health, along with our mood, outlook and state of mind, are predominantly an inside job. And there are ways we can continue to feel good – great, even – despite what’s happening around us.

Although my teachings generally centre around food and nutrition, one thing I’m constantly harping on about is that when it comes to health, food is only one small piece...

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Your guide to detox baths

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2020

Your guide to detox baths

As part of our Spring Cleansing and Self Care theme, we’ve been focusing on the benefits of detoxification.

This week we’re honing-in on one of my favourite strategies: detox baths. They might win the title of laziest health protocol in existence, but don’t worry. I’m here to share the convenient news that despite being inexpensive and relaxing, baths are an exceptionally effective tool when it comes to lightening the body’s toxic load.

Let’s be honest, the benefits of self-care and slowing down are often underrated in modern life, however many traditional cultures valued therapeutic baths for detoxification and health promotion. In fact, sauna and bath houses are still a widespread phenomenon in many parts of Europe & Asia.

I hinted last week about my reservations towards harsh detox protocols as they can result in depletion. The risk for ‘toxic’ folk (and that’s most of us) is that...

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Incorporating Spring Greens

Uncategorized Sep 24, 2020

Theme: Spring Cleansing & Self Care

Last week we heard from local Naturopath Kristy Plunkett about the importance of regularly – if not, constantly – prioritising lifestyle actions which support the body’s detoxification processes.

This week we’re building on that idea by exploring the concept of spring greens as a seasonal cleansing strategy.

I’ve always been an avid ‘cleanser’ and particularly love the yearly tradition of spring cleansing, which focuses on restoring vitality and coaxing our bodies back into balance after Winter.

I’m not a huge fan of regimented, harsh detoxes, however if you have your heart set on trying something a bit more radical, this is the only time of year I’d recommend it – our bodies are ready and equipped to cope with a bit of a reset.

When it comes to ‘detoxing’ we’re spoilt for choice with protocols to choose from – and, in the online...

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Time to detox

Uncategorized Sep 18, 2020

As we continue our Spring Cleansing and Self Care theme, we’re diving into the topic of detoxification and so I thought I’d draw on the expertise of my good friend Kristy Plunkett.

Kristy is from The Wholistic Life – a highly regarded local Naturopath with over 15 years clinical experience and senior lecturer at Torrens University.

Kristy’s passion is helping others restore the natural balance of health, through safe, natural, ethical and sustainable approaches.

Toxins

Every year, we create thousands more poisons, toxins and chemicals that are dangerous to the body.

Their purpose is to speed up the tasks of cleaning, cooking, travelling, producing food and communicating, but we are now eating, drinking, breathing and otherwise ingesting them at alarming levels.

In addition, every chemical process in the body – and we have tens of millions of them happening every minute – produces toxins that need to be effectively eliminated...

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Asparagus, potato and ham soup

Uncategorized Sep 10, 2020

Well, Spring is here. Without a doubt, my favourite season of the year.

Time to move on from our immunity series and dive straight into our next topic: Spring Cleansing and Self Care.

This week I thought I’d focus on one of my all-time favourite foods: asparagus.

Most of us think of asparagus as a delicious, Spring vegetable – one that’s sexy enough to grace every fine dining menu, come early Spring.

And if you’re like me, you may also


have some residual childhood trauma associated with the canned variety – it’s one vegetable that simply doesn’t lend itself to that particular preservation method.

Frankly, I think this should have been more obvious at the time, to whomever came up with the idea!


A prebiotic …

No doubt many of us consider asparagus to be a healthy choice as far as veggies go

If you run in health circles, you’ve probably seen it featured in every ‘top 10’ list of best prebiotic...

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Back to broth

Uncategorized Aug 30, 2020

This week in our immunity series we’re back in my favourite place to find solutions: the kitchen.

 And we’re talking the miracle that is soup… or broth.

Just so you know, I’m steering well-clear of the definition debate (FYI, there’s an all-out war between chefs and nutritionists regarding how they define broth and stock) – I’ve studied in both fields and can see both sides, so am resigned to the using the terms interchangeably.

Theme: Immunity series – Topic: Bone Broth

Meat and fish broths have both been prizedas a ‘cure all’ in traditional cultures. It’s no coincidence that they are central to almost every single regional cuisine. Traditional cultures always consumed the ‘whole’ animal – not just the muscle meat, but the organs and bones too.

Our great grandmothers also recognised the value of broth and how to nourish their families in sickness and in health. The fact...

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Laughter yoga

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2020

Part 2: Laughter Yoga

Last week’s cold shower technique is too commonly relegated to the too-hard basket by beginners.

They tend to underestimate the gain:pain ratio.

If you’re still on the fence, just know that I’m yet to meet someone who committed and had regrets!

This week’s strategy, laughter yoga, which for the uninitiated is the practice of laughing intentionally for no particular reason, draws resistance for the opposite reason.

People mistake its simplicity for inefficacy.

If the ‘no pain, no gain’ adage bears any truth, what could be the point of such silliness?

Why bother, exactly?

Well the current research is beginning to show that laughter, regardless of whether it’s genuine or forced, has some serious potential in terms of modulating the immune system, improving mood and reducing pain and stress.

What’s noteworthy, especially in the midst of flu season, is that laughter has been shown to up-regulate the...

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