Give Yourself The Gift of Time

Good morning on this rainy Saturday

This morning's topic is coming to in real time as I am currently experiencing this as I write.  I have had a really hectic few weeks - lots of wonderful things happening - but really time demeaning. None of it I wanted to avoid, reschedule, cut short or not turn up to - except towards this past week when I started to feel some pressure on what I was not getting attention on.

As we move closer towards the end of the year, this is the time where pre season burnout leading into Christmas season apathy is a very real possibility.  There is a lot to do, much to wind up and finish, many last minute annual decisions to make, events to attend and other people's stuff to deal with.  Its exhausting!

I was just in a quandary as to whether or not to attend a reiki and meditation workshop tomorrow or choose to stay at home for the 5 hours I would have taken out and get myself caught up after what has been a really demanding 8 weeks.  I know I would thoroughly enjoy the day, benefit from it greatly and come away feeling amazing...I would love to attend.  After all I recommend this very practice to my patients all the time so you can imagine the professional and personal guilt I could let myself experience today!

However, what is uppermost to my needs right now in this moment is to gift myself time in my home (that I have not been in and around much of late at all).   My business, family and extra curricular demands have seen me frequently run in and out with barely the time to clean up as I go, attend to important paperwork with my head in focus and pace my movements in a relaxed and languid way to remind me about the benefits of not rushing.

Even though I know meditation will buy me some deep relaxation, I know I have this thing mounting in front of me in the form of unattended home and admin jobs - that I know I would revert straight back to rushing to make up for the lost time.  Or would it?

Meditation is still part of my needs this weekend - and I will still afford myself some time to meditate over the next two days.  However, the gift to allow myself the time I was going to lose means I have already started to relax and I know I will set myself up to end the year in a way to enjoy the break coming up.  It is my burnout prevention process.

Remember - the next time you say yes to something, if you feel a little voice say a tiny 'not this time' - be honest, first with yourself and then whoever you need to share it with - and give yourself the gift of guilt free time to regroup, reconnect and ground yourself.  You'll be glad you did!


Next Sunday I am hosting a Vision Board Workshop where you will get an opportunity to get clear on what you want to do with your life and put it into a beautiful poster board where you get to see it daily and allow your brain to start the process of manifesting your goals.  

Who else uses vision boards? Oprah, Ellen and Katy Perry - just to name a few!  This is a great opportunity for you to take some time to clear the way towards a rocking 2018!  Feel free to bring a friend!  Bookings:

Planning Ahead Without the Anxiety

Good morning!

It is that time of the year where we can start to feel the end of the year just about upon us - knowing that like every other month, this one is about to slip past us in no time.  I don't know about you but I can sometimes recognise that little feeling of discomfort knowing that I have a new 12 months to get rolling into just as soon as the Christmas tree gets packed away.

Depending on how you look at it, planning ahead can be either an exciting prospect or a terrifying reality when it comes to facing the year to come.  Whichever way you see it, the fact remains that if you leave things to the last minute, you most likely will consistently feel a level of anxiety from the pressure of cramming a lot into a small amount of time.

Nothing good ever comes from rushing - and when I say good I mean where the end result leaves everyone in tact, well nourished and reasonably relaxed from attending to the task at hand.  Sure, you may just scrape it in and meet the minimal requirements - but was that how you envisaged getting the job done?  We can often impose our 'last minutes' onto others when we haven't successfully planned ahead ourselves and this can contribute to a cascading domino effect of anxiously busy people within and around us.

This is simply not sustainable work or life practice.

An obvious solution to this is to take some time out to put into action a planning day or few hours so that you get to really see the way you would like to have things unfold in your life and even get a head start on building some of the infrastructure and in roads on getting there by the end of the following year.  How good would it feel if you got to the end of 2018 and on reflection, had a year where things mostly flowed well and resulted in a close match to your intended outcome?  I know how I feel when this happens and it makes me want more! Of course, life will still throw some curve balls but when you give yourself some time to embed a clear picture, even a sudden adverse event won't throw your dream off course for too long.

I have recently completed Advanced Clinical Emotional Freedom Technique or Tapping and have found this is a very powerful tool to use when dispelling doubt that you can achieve your dreams and goals.  When used well, this is a gentle and powerful way to return yourself to peace - and in goal setting a game changer when it comes to shifting blocks to your success.

With this in mind, I am hosting a workshop on 26th November on the Gold Coast where you get to build your plan onto canvass (no artistic expertise required) and design exactly the picture (s) of what your 2018 would look like if it came to life before your very eyes.  The tapping will be used to guide you around your road blocks to success, and the location will inspire you to dream in expansive terms - and we will use this as a tool too.

It promises to be a wonderful day where you get to reserve some time to plan ahead without anxiety - in fact whilst dispelling anxiety - as you set your intention in motion. This is perfect for all ages - and especially great when you, your team or your children are going to be experiencing milestone changes.

Come and join us and get a head start on your 2018!  Families, singles and teams welcome.




How To Become a Vision of Health

Good glorious Saturday to you!

Wow what a week, what a weekly! I’ve had all kinds of interesting things come across my field of thought and vision this week but the most exciting one for me is the knowing that this weekend I am devoting Friday to Sunday in learning a new/old skill to help patients with emotional challenges like cravings, phobias, OCD, anxiety, depression and so much more!

It is a real gift when you stumble across the best fit of education for the betterment of yourself and others AND that the education is delivered by a pioneer in their field - a real game changer - Dr Peta Stapleton. Her teachings on Emotional Freedom Technique or Tapping (also known as Psychological Acupuncture) are exciting and life enhancing - and that’s putting it mildly! I resonate so deeply with this work so I will be offering it as a stand alone session to you in the clinic very soon. More on that later...

Becoming a vision of health is a solid statement of affirmation that you not only feel healthier within yourself - other people can see it too!

You would know that we can see by looking at you how your internal body is coping with your lifestyle and it’s many nuances. An iron deficient person can look pale, exhausted and sometimes a little blue on the lips. A hungover person probably looks similar with some shades of green mixed in there.

Nonetheless your presentation can give away how your body is feeling and if vanity is your thing- no amount of makeup and hairspray is going to completely conceal a dull eye, runny nose, worn out and overwhelmed shoulders, the pain of a toxic headache or sleep deprivation.  You actually have to check in with yourself and plan for a different approach to what you’re doing in order to look vibrant, healthy, vital, energetic, youthful and happy. You can’t fake that stuff at all.

Conversely when you are running around in a healthy body- EVERYBODY notices it! You can’t hide that either! How wonderful to have a consistent state of health that people around you notice in a positive way!

So to become a vision of health here are my top tips:

1. Get plenty of good quality sleep and aim for consistency here. If you’re not - make that a new priority for the rest of this year or next. This is at number 1 for a very good reason.

2. Embark on a week eating just plant foods - vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, sprouts, legumes, fermented, raw, steamed and grated.

3. Spend a week treating your skin to daily sand scrubs followed by a quick dip in the sea to wash off. Super glowing benefits there!

4.  Check in on your breathing - is it slow and full or short, shallow and rapid? Your dull hue could be a lack of good circulating oxygen.

5. Avoid alcohol for the 5 days you are doing the plant foods. What’s 5 days in the scheme of things?

6. Plan something to do or somewhere to go that you will really look forward to. Get excited about something!

7. Come along to my Vision Boards for 2018 workshop (see link) and spend a few hours in a beautiful and inspiring setting to build a goal solidifying canvass for a bright and vibrant 2018! I will be incorporating a tapping technique for goals in this along with various small Meditations to get your intentions flowing!


SEE you there!

5 Ways to Lose Weight Without Exercising

Good wet Saturday morning!

In the spirit of Spring despite the current weather I offer you my quick 5 on how to lose some extra baggage without even putting your runners on. Here it goes...

  1.  Reduce your meal portions by 20% - aim to eat from a small bowl, side plate or with a taps approach. Eat slowly and avoid the meal rush - you won’t get to feel hungry by your calorie intake will definitely favour weight loss.
  2. Make sure your daily bowel habits are actually daily at the least. When you skip a day your toxic load increases which slows your metabolism so anything that maintains your colonic output will help. Water soluble fibre and probiotic strains are most beneficial here.
  3. Hydrotherapy can literally shiver the stores calories away whilst having a toxin relieving effect so it is a double whammy! This does mean turning the hot shower to cold for a flash every now and then.
  4. Master the sugar craving, minimise insulin resistance and get your eating into a ketogenci pattern. Foods that burn include capsicum, cocoa, cacao, cinnamon and chilli to name a few! They also help with glucose metabolism.
  5. Get your breathing right - a slower and complete breath in and out will deliver waste which used to be weight! Stress is the enemy of a slow breath so get in and make that breath happen and your stress response will also improve! Win win!

These tips ups are my go to for my patients who can’t get an exercise mojo going but in my opinion - regular movement is the cream on the top!


Enjoy! Pedometer

Rewiring A Hardwired Addiction

Good Morning!

I trust you are gearing up for a lovely weekend - in Australia its a Grand Final weekend.  This commonly means that the 2 day period - where men and women all over our country literally bunker down into a preemptive cataclysmic hollering mess of mostly yellow food and beverages (with some brown and clear variations in both) - is upon us.

Its not easy to swing against the tide on these and similar spectator sporting weekends but if we don't swing away between them, these weekends can merge into months, years, solid habits, rituals and harshly protected sacred projects.  These become the fabric of our lifestyles, which sometimes become tricky to break from the older we get.

Unbeknownst to many of us, the habits we form also change the way our brains wire itself to adapt to the external and internal environment it is being exposed to.  If our habits are destructive, so to will the outcome in the brain structure and function.  Most of your sudden mood swings and fluctuations in appetite, sleep, thirst and concentration will be governed by the chemistry in our brains, stemming from your lifestyle choices and habits.  Of most important to note is dopamine - a neurotransmitter that speaks to your reward centre, that keeps you calm, out of anxiety's clutches and feeling good about life.

A lifetime of regular and frequent alcohol, recreational drug and unnatural food chemistry exposure can create a life defining change in the shape and density of your brain which will affect you in ways you aren't knowingly aware of.  Most of us will admit to having a vice, or even NEEDING one.  Whilst that is partially true, our reward centre does seek a chemical hit of something to trigger the good feels - we often confuse ourselves to think we need alcohol or need some sugar to feel better about ourselves, but a little exercise, a visit to the seaside, massage or aromatherapy oils will effect the same changes.

Fortunately - your brain is neuroplastic - meaning it can change it's shape and dimensions in response to positive changes as well as negative ones.  The first task at hand is to take an inventory of your day to day, hour to hour habits, own that they exist and then move towards replacing those with better, health supporting habits. If you struggle to do this, get support - its not initially easy to do this health shift, but it does get easier!

Whilst this sounds like a simplistic truth, the truth is - it takes a simple decision to change to get the ball rolling.  The chemistry will fight against you for a little while (which is remedied over time by a blend of carefully prescribed nutrients and herbal medicine to shift gears smoothly) - that is normal and expected.

Remember - what once was a fresh and optimistic healthy brain can once again experience the greatness of being habit free or a better managed one.

For more information on how you can effect better habit changes in your lifestyle, support your transitions away from lifestyle choices or simply feel better flow of your moods, contact us by reply to this blog for a tailored program suited to you.

If You’re Not Laughing, You’re Not Healthy

Good Morning to you!

Today marks the day I step out of my comfort zone and into my bucket list as I explore the world of stand up comedy...and me in it!  I have had this on my life's to do list for some time now and as the universe would have it, when you put it out there as an intention, it finds you!  I have always been a bit of a class clown - call it a cry for attention or a need to please - either way I have cracked a few people up along the way but there have been a handful here and there that really didn't get the joke and that's ok...or is it?

As I have journeyed further into the psychology of health, one thing stood out like the proverbial you know what and that is that even in the early stages of a chronic illness - the patient was not a happy camper.  In fact, I will go so far as to say that a drop in an otherwise positive and joyous state of mind may be the first sign the body is in distress.  From that point forward it could be years before pathology or scanning picks up a serious health aberration so this could be a great way to check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Use this example for...well an example...

You go to sit down to watch a funny movie with someone and you find the humour in all the right places, but your popcorn partner thinks its silly, trivial, ridiculous, incredulous, becomes annoyed and restless and only one of you is needing a back massage from all the guffawing you're doing.  Regardless of whether or not the theme of the movie is funny or not - wouldn't you still find a giggle at the antics of the 'lounge room laugher' instead?  I know I would.  Empathy allows us that skill - to tune into someones else's emotional journey and join them somewhere on it - regardless of your own.

If your cellular health is low and hormonal signalling is disjointed due to poor insulin levels, low iron, deficient magnesium, high acidity, high toxicity, dehydration, lack of regular movement, poor dietary choices and you're suffering with pain, fatigue, low libido, headaches, agitation, anxiety and insomnia - this makes it very difficult indeed to sit down and enjoy a comedic attempt on anyone's behalf.

So, as a voice for us budding funny buggers and try hard comedians - go get your health back and sit down (or stand up) and have a good hearty belly laugh at SOMETHING!  I promise - it won't hurt you...

PS- If you're in Brisbane at 6pm at the Sit Down Comedy Club on Tuesday 3rd October because someone has invited you to the graduation show - tell them I sent you!


How to Become Offensively Healthy

Good Morning!

Its a windy and sunny Saturday morning here on the Gold Coast, I've been up since 5am and tending to my active mind on my projects.  Its a busy head in there but it got me thinking about how people with habits they want to kick seem to detest those who have (or have never formed them in the first place).  More often than not, the vocabulary from the seemingly unhealthy one about the healthy one is offensive.  They actually sound offended by their counterpart's health.  I have even heard people say - "You can be too healthy you know"...yeah I laughed too.

Seriously though, when you reach a certain level of health you do have the energy and vitality to (by osmosis it would appear) - tick people off by your infectious giggling, high energy movements and big voices.  It can be off putting to those who are in a lowered state of vitality - however I would have also thought it would be inspiring or at the very least - thought provoking for those with habitual health detracting practices.  Unfortunately, this is the exception and not the rule.

Well, for those of you who seek a higher level of pizazz and functionality - even productivity - in your life, I say go get offensively healthy!  Be a detective on how to achieve an even higher state of health than the one you operate on currently. Be annoyingly vital and love doing it!

Here are my 5 tips on how to become offensively healthy:


  1. Find a new health tip a week and give it a go for a week (as long as it is safe to do so - for example don't do enemas for a week!)
  2. Explore your fasting options and safety and give that a one day a week permission slip for a month.
  3. Research new markets to visit and find an exotic fruit or vegetable and learn how to prepare it, what is health properties are and put the food to good use!
  4. Master the art of deep stillness in your body and your breath
  5. Think of a new creative outlet that you have always wanted to do - even an adventure sport is a creative outlet if you let your mind think it is!

Remember - if you offend anyone along the way, its a good sign you are getting healthier!  Enjoy!

Things May Be Looking Up

Good morning and welcome to another weekend!


I have had a couple of weeks off writing as I prepare for the final stages of Wellness In The Golden Years and now that I am less than a week away - and organisation of the event is at the point where I can breathe again - I am back to the keyboard doing what I love to do - write.

These next few months will be bringing about some new changes to the clinic and the format of my appointments with my patients - more so new ones - however you may all experience some new things happening in your follow ups too from time to time.  More on that later.  For now let's talk about a part of the body us Naturopaths love to explore - your eyes!iridology-chart

As you can see, I have included a chart mapping out the parts of your body as it relates to signs in your iris - the coloured part of your eyes.  For many years this tool of investigation has been used by practitioners to give insight into weaknesses, traits, potential under and over activity of certain parts of the body and in some cases have been able to predict more serious health concerns.  The limitations are there however as well so it is never used as a be all diagnostic tool - more a confirmation on what is happening or possibly coming up.

Iris recordings originally noted by medical practitioners in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries are said to be the earliest depicting iridology referencing.  A Hungarian Doctor - Ignatz von Peczely - is famed for his account as a young boy when he accidentally broke the leg of an owl and soon after noticed a dark spot in the bird's iris which changed in shape and depth of shading over the healing period.  Dr Peczely later went on to study medicine and in particular iris changes in his patients and developed the first chart of iris markings as it relates to the human body in 1880.

In today's patients iris markings carry many generations of health information and the interpretation of those markings can hold important flags for health changes.  Whilst it cannot be used as a definitive diagnostic tool it can give you a direction to start looking in.

I do include iridology checks for my new patients so if you haven't had one for a while or at all - let's get together and see what your eyes reveal to me.  It can be quite illuminating!

Finally and while we are on the subject of eyes - here are some foods and nutrients that could be beneficial in general eye and visual health:

Betacarotene rich foods - carrots (goes without saying), citrus, sweet potato, rockmelon, citrus.

Leafy greens - full of antioxidants that protect the fragile nervous system that is involved in vision - and macular degeneration.

Eggs - packed with lutein, zeaxanthin (also in leafy greens) and zinc - all protection for macular degeneration.

Berries - again a high antioxidant food that prevents cataract damage and reduces the risk of developing macular degeneration.

Almonds - filled with eye enriching vitamin E (notice the E reference?) - vitamin E for Eyes is important for again, prevention and management of macular degeneration one the worlds leading causes of visual problems.

Fatty fish - like tuna and salmon - have been also found to provide necessary lipids for dry eye syndrome.  All nerve endings have a fatty layer to help with nerve conduction.

Finally - the Chinese medicinal approach also says the liver opens to the eyes on the meridian charts so taking care of your liver can also make headways towards eye care.

I'll see you in the clinic soon! (see what I did there?) (and there?)

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Top 5 Healthy Ageing Must Have’s

Good windy Saturday!

We are sliding into the last few weeks leading up to the third Wellness In The Golden Years FREE event for seniors and retirees, so today's post is devoted to reminding you that the ageing process is happening now in your body and that depending on your choices, and outside of unavoidable accidents - you are the master of your body and brain ages.

I often hear people handing over their health to a quick fix pill without adjusting some basic lifestyle choices in the hope that the health issue is soon out of sight/out of mind.  The reality is that most medications/drugs will have a side effect in your body, over tax your liver and kidneys and rob your system of vital nutrients that in many cases such as high blood pressure, are required by your body to manage this condition.

In exchange for a little extra attention, planning, initial adaptation time and self discipline you stand to benefit greatly by implementing some lifestyle changes to protect your ageing body.  So what should you focus your time and efforts on that will make the most impact and have the greatest outcome for your health.

After over 20 years in the health industry and following thousands of consultations - here are my top 5 must have's for a long healthy and chronic disease free life:

  1.  Manage your inflammation well - any pain, heat or discomfort on the inside or outside of your body spells potentially cell and tissue damaging outcomes.  Inflammation lie at the bottom of all chronic disease including Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Cancer, Depression, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Arthritis and many more.  TIP: If you choose to take some medication for these, adopt an anti inflammatory program alongside it for better outcomes. (
  2. Manage your bacterial balance (also known as your microbiome) - science tells us from recent discovery that our human DNA cells are outnumbered 10 to 1 by bacterial cells so it pays to take care of the bugs in your life!  Dental research shows oral bacterial health impacts on a number of areas in your health - especially your cardiovascular health.  Cardio surgeons have lab tested arterial plaque removed from patients to find oral bacteria within this substance.  TIP:  Incorporate sugar free pre and probiotic foods and formulas in your daily intake such as kefir, yoghurts, fermented vegetables like kim chee or saurkraut, coconut oil, water soluble fibres like psyllium and guar gum and plenty of vegetable matter.
  3. Manage your stress response - regardless of your age, you are the master of your emotional responses to what goes on around you and becoming a master is a massive step towards reducing the inflammatory effects the stress hormones have on your system.  Whether you over commit, ruminate on worries, wallow in the past or knee jerk to nit pickiness - you are in the control seat for all of this.  TIP: Find some of the numerous classes, professionals and techniques available to you to soften your stress.  There would have been something you remember doing when you were younger that you loved to do that also calmed your mind - go find and do it again!  If you are struggling with turning it around, there are some key herbs and nutrients that literally rewire your brain to help get you there.  Let's talk about a tailored program for you!
  4. Manage your chemical load - toxins and oxidative stress from these in your body quickly turns a healthy cell into an erratic and unhealthy one.  Chemical load comes in many forms - some from within the body and some from outside.  Whilst we can't see these chemicals, our body tells us when it is encumbered in the form of joint pain, headaches, skin conditions, sluggishness and mind fog.  Once you start reducing the load and improving the removal of toxins, you will emerge out of this uncomfortable cloud with a spring in your step. A sluggish or too fast bowel for example is a sign your system is backing up literally in toxic matter and it becomes a healthy ageing priority.  TIP: Toxins to focus on include by products of alcohol and smoking, food preservatives, sunscreens (there are many effective and natural ones), cosmetics, deodorants and fragrances and plastics in food and water containers.
  5. Manage your movement - as you age your body doesn't need less movement, it needs different forms of movement.  If you are pushing too hard you can create more inflammatory outcomes, but if you don't move enough you will create the same from a build up in toxic load.  The balance is vital and what works best is a cross section between light cardio, weight bearing and flexibility (especially flexibility) with a degree of frequency that would be no less than 3 times a week.  TIP:  Make sure if you are working with a personal trainer they know how to SLOW TRAIN you during times of injury or deeper recovery from an earlier heavy session or a particularly taxing time with work and personal events.  Sometimes a beach walk and a good stretch is just what the doctor ordered!

Remember - you are the master of your ageing processes, the decider when it comes to medications or supplements and the implementer of your diet and exercise lifestyle choices right up till the end!  Let's get you there as late as possible with as much life in your body as manageable!


Magnesium Takes You Places

Good Morning - what a glorious day to move your body!

I am busting out this piece quite quickly as I am off to see a couple of patients this Saturday morning - a rarity for me but sometimes you have to stretch yourself to help another in the name of being on point with your purpose in life.  It reminds me that some minerals do better than others when it comes to needing a stretch!  Enter stage left - Magnesium.

Without this wonderful mineral, we would be as stiff as an ironing board, depressed, 'hormonally' challenged, in aching pain, fatigued to the point of sleeping at the wheel, hunting down sugar like it was the last food on earth available to keep the species going, your blood pressure and calcium levels would soar and your Vitamin D levels would plummet along with a number of other nutrients.  You see magnesium will go to places in your body that you probably didn't even know existed!  It is the adventurer of the minerals but it needs some help to get around to all the places it likes to visit to keep you going.

When you choose a magnesium supplement here are few things to consider when at the supermarket or health food store:

Magnesium either absorbs well or aggravates its surroundings depending on what it is bound to (citrate, phosphate, sulfate, oxide, amino acid chelate, bis-glycinate).  The most effective form is the last one - the bis-glycinate as it transports the magnesium into the cell successfully because the body thinks it is part of an amino acid - glycine - which is used widely in the body for a number of functions.

Magnesium changes its activity depending on the other ingredients it shares space with in your powder, capsule or tablet.  For example - a magnesium with glutamine in it will also help repair the gut wall, calm the nervous system and is well tolerated at night.  A magnesium with tyrosine and iodine will fire up your energy and is great for fatigue.  A formula that contains potassium citrate and certain herbs will work wonders for pain and acidity in the muscles and so on. One that also contains B6, zinc and broccoli sprouts will assist with hormonal functions. It is important to match your magnesium to your highest needs!

Magnesium powders work faster than capsules and tablets, capsules are faster than tablets and tablets are the slowest - with hard surfaces to break down - your body has to get through that adn the binding agents before the active ingredients are accessed.

Magnesium works well when in a warmer solution.

Magnesium can aggravate the tummy if taken on an empty stomach and too high a dose will simply create a loose bowel.

So remember - your magnesium is a fantastic ally when you are out and about doing what you do to stay on point with your purpose - throw some into a glass and get on your way!