Special Interests

Fat Loss

I am so passionate about healthy weight loss because it's just SO important to get it right. Weight loss diets are often so badly done they can at worst be downright dangerous done and at best a total waste of money

Healthy weight can be difficult to achieve and maintain with such a complex array of possible causes such as PMS, high blood sugar, stress, just not knowing what and how to eat, emotional eating and nutritional starvation.

Add to that the constant bombarding of junk food advertising, the irresistible (but lethal) combinations of fat, salt and sugar, time and financial pressures; the list goes on and the struggle just gets harder.

My approach to weight loss acknowledges and addresses all these factors at play. I pride myself on modelling a healthy, sustainable eating plan that is tasty, meets your nutritional needs and keeps you in a healthy weight range, optimising your vitality and longevity. 

Coupled with my Health Coach approach I will support you in making small changes that "stick" ultimately becoming life changing over time.

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Gut Health, Gastrointestinal Disease and the Microbiome

Mainstream science is finally catching up to the Naturopathic view that gut health and the microbiome are fundamental to our overall well being and contribute to our health not just in but beyond the gut as well.

As a naturopathic expert in gut health I have, and continue to support people with IBS, IBD, Coeliac's disease, FODMAP intolerance, lactose intolerance, liver and gall bladder digestive issues, GORD/GERD/ Reflux, colitis, parasitic and other microbial infections; such as candida, giardia & SIBO. I treat individuals with Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut), food allergies as well as food intolerances, and amine and salicylate sensitivities.

Guts getting you down?

Our gut is an amazing system made up of many layers that might all need treating to fix gut health. First (and probably) foremost there is diet- the interaction between our gut and the outside world, meaning the food that we eat! 

We then need a good supply of enzymes and digestive secretions if we are to breakdown and digest food well. The bacteria in our gut are super important- they help with nutrient assimilation, tolerance to foods, gut wall health, inflammation, detoxification and mood regulation.

Over 80% of our immune system is located in the gastrointestinal tract so gut health directly relates to our immune system- so we're not just talking about protection from infections but proper immune regulation and the prevention of autoimmune diseases.

Excuse me, where is the loo?

Helping people make sense of foods that best suit them and more importantly restore good gut and bowel function is incredibly rewarding as a practitioner and is what drives my passion for being a gut health practitioner.

Having had personal experience of  post infectious IBS, gut parasites and intestinal permeability I know how having an unhappy gut can affect your quality of life everyday. The fear of not knowing where the nearest toilet is can become all consuming and really impact on the things we do and how we socialise.

Mythbusting Microbial Mysteries

The science of the microbiome is rapidly expanding and there currently plenty of misinformation in the blogosphere.  

Maintaining gut health is about so much more than taking probiotics and fermented foods. Whilst these products definitely have roles to play- they are in fact NOT the superstars of gut health.

I aim to educate my patients, so they can make better informed choices around the types of probiotic foods and supplements they choose. Because there are so many different strains and species all with different affects, my job is to help identify and match you with the best probiotic, the best diet and the best lifestyle for your good gut health.

So if your concern is allergy or constipation or depression, just like you wouldn't move a piano with a motorbike, when it comes to gut health you'll get a better result when you match the right bug to your specific needs.

Using a combination of different testing options (only when necessary) and finding the clues in your symptoms, systematically we address all the layers of the gut- enzymes, gut wall integrity, immune regulation and microbial health so that you can enjoy good gut health, so much so that you don't even notice it!

Female Hormonal Health- Restoring Balance

Now that I am a menopausal woman I can wholeheartedly say I have experienced all three phases of the female reproductive experience.

I can clearly recall the early days, the premenstrual pimples, the mood swings, crampy period pains and the general unpredictability of my hormonal state.

The middle years of menstruation were more reliable, sure I would have the occasional teary (or annoyed) moment and fairly regular ovulation pain and sometimes breast tenderness but by and large the use of gentle herbal and nutritional treatment would soon have my hormones balanced again.

My menstrual life was interrupted by three pregnancies, breastfeeding and all the trials and tribulations motherhood brings along- in fact the trials and tribulations persist well beyond my menstrual cycle.

I know first hand how female hormones can impact on quality of life, whether it be debilitating period pain, severe mood swings, infertility or the depression associated with menopause; I have also had the privilege to support women through the different stages of their hormonal cycles and seen better quality of life, pregnancies, clearer skin and good mood result from natural treatment strategies.

What I love most about working with women and women's hormones is 1) working with women because they are awesome and 2) it is so satisfying to be able to bring balance to and normalise a woman's cycle so that she can experience pain free periods, have babies if desired and remain positive and vital before, during and after menopause. 

If you have any hormonal associated conditions like...

period pain
irregular periods
heavy periods
breast pain
premenstrual tension
hot flushes....

in as little as two months you could be feeling like a new woman. 

Can you imagine a life without period pain, irrational mood swings and heavy periods?

Would you like to experience a regular, predictable menstrual cycle, understand when your most fertile times are, enjoy having your periods?

If yes, click here to book online now or call me on 0449 569 064

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Naturopathic Nutrition

Naturopathic Nutrition is a branch of nutritional therapy that puts your unique needs at the centre of your therapeutic food plan. It involves a ‘food as medicine’ approach that goes beyond just proteins, carbohydrates, fats and nutrients. By offering individualised dietary prescriptions, Naturopathic Nutrition enhances the success of your treatment.

Naturopathic Nutrition incorporates all these elements:

  • Macronutrient Balance – Fats, Carbohydrates  & Protein .
  • Low Glycaemic Index – With a focus on wholefoods and fibre.
  • Micro-nutrient Density – Careful food selection for maximal micronutrient intake.
  • Functional Foods – Based on your individual needs, the selection of foods that have a function beyond calorie or nutrients, specific to your condition.
  • Quality of Foods – For example, local, wild, organic. Learning how to select healthy fats.
  • Personal Eating Behaviour – Looking at emotional and situational eating habits as a way to avoid overeating.
  • Cultivation of healthy eating habits – Food nourishes more than the physical body. For example, kids who consume family meals at the table have lower rates of diabetes

Pyrrole Disorder 

Pyrroles were first detected in the urine of schizophrenic patients in 1958. It was noted that when a patient’s schizophrenia symptoms improved, pyrrole molecules disappeared from their urine. It is now understood to be a genetic condition, affecting a persons level of B6 and Zinc and is not restricted just to those with schizophrenia, it is thought that approximately 10% of the population carry the gene. High urinary levels of pyrroles have been reported in cases of alcoholism, psychosis, anxiety/depression and is frequently linked with cognitive, behavioural and mood disorders. Many of the psychological symptoms occur due to excessive production of neurotoxins, as a result of impaired B6 and zinc metabolism.

A non-invasive urine test best determines pyrrole status and in the event of a positive result, can be effectively managed with nutritional supplementation.

Importantly, pyrroles can also be generated by intestinal permeability issues so it's important to ascertain the source of pyrroles in order to treat effectively.