For those of us living in the southern hemisphere we are over half way through Autumn. Living in the subtropics, as my family does, means we don’t experience major seasonal changes. No matter where we live though, the change towards cooler weather and shorter days leads to an increase in the circulation of cold and flu viruses. Oh joy of joys! Whilst we can’t eliminate our exposure to these viruses, there are a number of simple things we can do to strengthen our immune system so our bodies are healthy and more capable of fighting off these viruses. Continue reading “TIS SOON TO BE THE SEASON OF THE DREADED COLD AND FLU…”


Helping Our Kids to Build a Healthy Relationship with Food …

As a Mum, and a health practitioner, I am pretty passionate about health and helping my family and patients be the healthiest versions of themselves (both in mind and body). Something I observe regularly is that we humans spend a lot of time comparing ourselves to others, often to our own detriment. All of the physical comparisons we make can shift our focus away from doing things to be healthy, towards doing things that we think will make us ‘look’ or ‘feel’ a certain way. We live in a world where we are bombarded with social media images which are so often edited and not depicting ‘real’ or ‘normal’. Continue reading “Helping Our Kids to Build a Healthy Relationship with Food …”

Home-made Muesli Bars

Muesli bars are a great between-meal snack. Their combination of oats, nuts, seeds and fruit means that they are a great source of energy and nutrition, and tend to satisfy our hunger for longer. There are many muesli bar varieties available on the supermarket shelves and some are better than others (the sugar and salt content of some well-known brands is pretty high). For this reason, I love to make my own. They are quick, easy and versatile. Continue reading “Home-made Muesli Bars”

Small changes for a New Year …

And so, another year begins. Another 365 days of life. There will be moments of happiness, sadness, frustration, anxiety, boredom, nothingness, excitement, jealously and all the other feelings we feel from day-to-day. Whilst navigating these day-to-day feelings, many of us are trying to achieve greater ‘satisfaction’, ‘happiness’ and ‘success’ in a world that is rather topsy-turvy.

At the start of the New Year, many people dedicate some time to think about what they hope the following year will bring.

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Pumpkin-Halloumi Fritters & Salad Wraps

It has been a while since my last blog entry. Other things have taken priority over the last so long. Namely, painting the exterior of our house (fun-fun!), acupuncture patients to treat, weekends away with friends … and so on. Continue reading “Pumpkin-Halloumi Fritters & Salad Wraps”

The Importance of Physical Activity in Achieving Good Health …

Being ‘healthy’ is so much more than how much we weigh and how we look. Chinese Medicine promotes nourishing our bodies through; eating well; moving our bodies; and taking good care of our emotional health. But given over 60% of Australian adults and 25% of children are considered to be overweight/obese this blog is focusing on the physical side of things … namely … Continue reading “The Importance of Physical Activity in Achieving Good Health …”