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Watermelon Cucumber Juice

25 January 2019

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup watermelon
  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ bunch of mint
  • ½ cup chilled coconut water
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon

Method:

Blend and serve in a long glass over ice.

Summer Chicken & Nectarine Salad

14 January 2019

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Serves: 4
Preparation time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 x chicken breast, sliced
  • 4 x yellow nectarines, cut into wedges
  • 2 x bunches asparagus, woody ends removed
  • Mixed salad leaves
  • Watercress (sprigs picked)
  • Olive oil for cooking

Marinade

  • 1/4 – ½ cup of coconut yogurt
  • ½ smashed avocado
  • Glove of garlic, crushed (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

Green Goddess Dressing

  • 1-2 lemons, juiced
  • Fresh ginger, grated

Preparation

Prepare and marinate chicken and the nectarines for about 30 mins.

  1. Grate the ginger, mix with the juice of 1-2 lemons
  2. Place the marinade into two separate portions
  3. Place the chicken breast into a bowl, cover with one of the portions of the marinade
  4. Place nectarine wedges into the remaining marinade

Prepare the green goddess dressing by combining all the ingredients in a jug

Method

  1. Heat barbeque grill
  2. Cook chicken breast until cooked through, transfer to plate and cover, let rest for about 5 mins.
  3. Cook the asparagus using the grill, turning once for about 2 mins or until tender
  4. Lightly grill the nectarine wedges for about 2 mins
  5. Toss the salad leaves and the asparagus; lay the sliced chicken breast on top of the salad leaves with the nectarine wedges
  6. Serve with a drizzle of green goddess dressing

Do you have enough of your remedies?

8 December 2018

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During the festive season, it is more important than ever to proceed with your wellness program. It may be a holiday version of your program but still keeping relatively on track is really important for your health and wellbeing. Please check your remedy levels and pop into the clinic, call the clinic on 9545 2992 or email us on info@ssnc.com.au to organise the remedies to see you through the Christmas break.

Lisa and Jen can do the counting for you to ensure that you have enough of each remedy needed for the Christmas and New Year period. If you have trouble getting to the clinic, we can express post them to you for just the cost of the postage.

Christmas & New Year Closure Period

The clinic will close on

Monday, 24 December 2018 at 1pm

and will reopen on

Monday, 7 January 2019 at 12pm

Pfeiffer’s Law

26 November 2018

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Hay fever again?

19 November 2018

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Many of us look forward to spring, but unfortunately for a lot of people it is a time when the irritating symptoms of hay fever and aggravated asthma first appear.

Hay fever is very common when the plants of spring release their pollen.

Some of us feel like we get hay fever all year round. If this happens, it can mean our bodies are not only reacting to the different pollen and air borne allergens, but could also be the effects of food intolerances, which appear hay fever like. Symptoms are many and may include a tight chest, coughing and irritating lung symptoms.

Breathing in the pollens can set our bodies into a cascade of symptoms including itchy eyes, nose and ears, runny noses, inflammation in the sinuses causing pressure in our face, headaches from this pressure, a tight chest, increased coughing, itchy skin and a myriad of other symptoms all of which cause us grief and discomfort.

Anti-histamine treatment is not a healthy long term solution.

One effective thing you can do to help with your symptoms is sinus rinsing.

I use the NeilMed sinus rinse bottle with saline sachets but there are several brands available. Fill the bottle with a sachet and warm water and whilst in the shower, rinse your sinuses by squirting the warm water up your nostrils then moving your head around to get the water well distributed.

This works in two ways:

  • It hydrates your membranes which enables stubborn mucous to come away
  • It removes any pollens and other foreign substances that may be setting off your histamine response and causing allergic symptoms

When in this state of heightened reactivity it is wise to keep away from dairy and perhaps gluten or anything that you know your body is not that happy about. This enables your body to be less reactive and may assist with your symptoms.

At the clinic, reactions to airborne substances and foods are one of the most frequent things we address. If you are eating in a way that upsets your body, it will increase your reactivity and may cause your pollen reaction to be more aggravated than if you were eating in a way that does not upset your body.

We have some wonderful strategies to relieve the symptoms and discomfort of hay fever. It is just a matter of making an appointment with Tracie or Deb to guide you back to a calm and clear nose and fabulous wellbeing.

Succeeding with your health goals this spring!

5 November 2018

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Making change of any kind can at times be challenging. Here are our ten top tips to help take the stress out of things as you get more familiar with your unique naturopathic program.

  1. Start today to work towards your health goals.
  2. Small steps are crucial to our success; they can make change possible. Choose one aspect of your plan or a habit that you would like to change. Keep it simple, introduce one change into your daily routine. With each day the new behaviours will become easier and with time will be automatic.
  3. Planning ahead takes the stress out. Plan your meals in advance, this helps to keep you on track. Plan meals 4–5 days ahead. Planning can save you money as well.
  4. Eating seasonally means we are getting the maximum nutrient value from foods. Eating what’s locally available supports the environment and save us money.
  5. Enjoy a mixed varied diet, choosing foods of all the different colours. This ensures you are receiving vitamins and nutrients you need for optimal health. Also eat slowly and savour every mouthful.
  6. Keep hydrated, every cell in our body needs water. Aim to drink approximately 8 glasses of water daily, preferably filtered, and when exercising or on hot humid days remember to drink water regularly.
  7. Endeavour not to consume drinks with meals. Try to keep your fluid consumption to no less then ½ hour before and 1 hour after meals. Sips are okay.
  8. Exercise is good for you. Regular 40-45 mins sessions 3 times per week improves your physical and emotional health, improves sleep and mood.
  9. Look for success, talk with us about what you can expect, set small realistic goals that are measurable for example get back into exercising three times per week.
  10. Seek support if things feel overwhelming or if you have any concerns please talk with us. We are here to support you; we work with you to ensure you reach your health goals and feel fabulous!

Spring’s Super Juice

22 October 2018

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With the spring feel in the air, it is an ideal time to clean your body gently with one of our favourite spring juices.

For a refreshing, tasty and healthy juice combine the following:

  • Beetroot
  • Kale
  • Apple
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Ginger
  • Blueberries

Beetroot is a powerful antioxidant and helps the liver. Studies have shown Beetroot juice can help those with cardiovascular disease, by lowering blood pressure and improving cardiac function.

Kale is loaded with nutrients ideal for wellbeing. Just some of the nutrients include calcium, vitamins A, C and K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

Apple is high in a fibre known as pectin which aids digestion and can assist with bowel function and elevated cholesterol. It is high in many vitamins including vitamin C.

Cucumber is high in vitamins, is very cooling to the body, can be a good diuretic and may assist with aches and pains.

Ginger is one of the world’s super herbs. It is wonderful to break up mucous in our respiratory system, is great to warm our digestion that is often under functioning in the cooler months. It is also a great anti-inflammatory.

Celery is full of nutrition and is one of the best vegetables to assist with joint aches and pains. It is very alkalising and can clear acid wastes from the body beautifully. It is also high in Silica making it excellent for our skin, nails and hair.

Blueberries – A well known super food. They are low GI, very tasty and can assist with micro circulation ensuring healthy blood supply to eyes, kidneys and the smaller vessels in our body that often under function.

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