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Okay amazing mamas and papas! Let’s get a nutrition session for toddlers underway! My disclaimer first and foremost. I am a foster mama, an aunty and god-parent, and I have had plenty of fussy kids stay with me. I’m speaking from both the view point of a professional who has been trained and educated in…

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Progesterone!   I’ve had heaps of questions around a post on insta regarding progesterone testing and fertility as I was checking my own blood levels of progesterone post-ovulation. I thought now is just as good a time as any to give you an overview on what you need to know about progesterone, why it’s important and…

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The more I work with pregnant mama’s, the more I understand that no pregnancy is the same. It’s an amazing and complicated set of biochemical miracles that allow a lazy sperm (yes I said it) and a fantastic egg to bind and grow into a fully functioning human being. I love that often I’m the first…

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Credit has to be given where it’s due and for the first time since they made free fruit bins available to kids, Countdown Supermarkets have another major positive I’m willing to support – their Macro range! It is made up of healthy whole foods in the green pack and organic options in the purple, and…

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So I make banana bread almost every couple of weeks. Usually it’s so we don’t waste the ripening banana bunch I always seem to have left over from our organic veg box, and also because my man absolutely loves it toasted up with butter for morning tea while working on the house. If you leave the…

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  Normally this article would be reserved for a personal blog or sharing with friends and whanau but since many of my regular clients have been both supportive and interested in this decision, I wanted to share this for those who have asked to know more. Before we move forward, this is only my opinion, based…

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The basic idea behind lactation cookies is to offer ingredients that will promote milk production and let down, called galactagogues. Oats, fennel, flaxseed and brewer’s yeast are all considered galactagogues so have been included in this recipe. If you wanted a completely gluten free option, you could swap the 3 cups of oats for 1…

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Spiced carrot and pumpkin soup Soup really does happen to be one of my favourite ways to include extra vegetables, add bone broth, and warm up on cold evenings. It’s forever been a soul food for me, and on nights where I want to just curl up and take a break, soup is the only…

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Bone broth is not a new and obscure super food, but instead an ancient tradition, that thanks to some “paleo-ers” and a few great whole food enthusiasts has made an epic come back. While you may have held off on making your own batch because it seemed complicated, this article and recipe will change your mind…

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To say it’s a confusing world for newbie or even not-so-newbie mums is an understatement. With Dr. Googling making everyone feel like they’re giving their child cancer, and with every well-intentioned mummy blog chiming in with their 2c, it can be overwhelming even to those who are fairly well-educated in maternal nutrition. So if you’re…

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Homemade cashew, coconut, and caramel cereal. If I walk down the breakfast aisle at the supermarket, it makes me feel sick. Let’s ignore for a moment the advertising nightmares of obesity, insulin resistance, and hyper-activity aimed at children that poor parents have to try and fight, and simply focus on the adult cereals. I want…

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Should you be supplementing your current diet? Supplements are a hot topic with the science and health worlds painfully divided. Some say that we can get everything we need from a whole food diet and supplements are a waste of money, and the others say that in our world now we must fill in the…

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7 simple ways to start making a difference I have so many clients who really do want to help make less of an environmental footprint but going full steam into growing their own vegetables, eating only organic, and biking to work as cool as those changes would be, just isn’t possible. Replacing everything in their…

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This super simple raw slice is my lazy way of making a healthy treat that I don’t have to roll into balls. I usually make this at the end of a week and store in the freezer for morning or afternoon tea throughout the coming days. I use Ark ‘tailored’ espresso beans and if you…

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I definitely agree with snacking! So many of my clients say to me that they enjoy stopping for a snack during their day, or that on the way to the gym they need to eat something so they don’t pass out, and I agree that this is a great time to snack. The old fashioned…

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Smoothie bowls, the newest hipster on the block. If a smoothie bowl is simply a smoothie… that has been poured into a bowl… then why do I like them more? When made correctly, I like smoothie bowls better because they force you to eat slower, they’re usually topped with things that require extra chewing, and…

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This gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy and egg free bread is absolutely delicious! Recipes sure can make their way around. I’ve taken a recipe I saw posted by the talented nutritionist Emily Hope, that she adapted from medical herbalist Julia Davidson, and now I have some delicious whole nut and seed bread in my freezer for…

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Protein bars are such a great idea in theory, but often in practice are just store-bought expensive ways to get sick. They do nothing for your health, and are simply a non-nourishing way to stay full for an hour longer. This is a home made version, and if you have to go and buy all the…

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Some top feeding tips for complementary feeding. It is important to note, that the guidelines are there for the safety and health of your baby. Don’t introduce solids prior to four months and no later than seven months. Make sure your baby is ready for starting solids within this time – they will show you they’re…

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Some people struggle to understand why fertility nutrition is so important. “Don’t you just pour a good glass of wine and shut the curtains?” In some cases, yes, but for many, it’s not enough. In an age where there is more and more legitimate debate about hormonal contraception use and the potential long term risks…

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Lift while you climb! I got asked to be involved in a small but important chance to give back to people who tirelessly put others first. This “good sort” giveaway was started by a hard working massage therapist (on her way to Osteopathy) as a small reminder that there are always people who prove there…

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I was asked by a year 12 student at Carmel College if she could shadow me for a day as part of a careers week, encouraging students to learn more about the career they may like to undertake when they complete their high school education. My first thoughts were “do not scare her away with…

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I know you’ve been seeing a lot of soup recipes pop up, and rightly so as Autumn makes a pretty nice arrival, but while there are still some kale plants in the backyard, and some herbs hanging around, let’s not throw your salad bowl in the back of the cupboard just yet. I live off salad, and…

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Genes I got from my Cook Island father… Height, yes! Full lips, yes! A sense of humour, sure! A Cook Island tan and that flawless complexion…. Um, no!! While it appears it took me some years to work out how to use fake tan, and then some years to work out how damaging fake tan…

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  You’d be surprised how many clients of mine ask me what I eat! I find it difficult to answer because I’m so spontaneous and sporadic when I cook and eat that it’s hard to offer normal meals or recipe options that are the norm. If it’s fresh and I can throw it together with…

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Vegetarians and vegans used to be considered a rare, hippie sort of people and were often made fun of. Now it is definitely in fashion to be a vego of some kind, and for good reason too I might add, with an abundance of amazing nutrients that literally rebuild your body, it is more important…

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In an age where reproductive cancers or reproductive issues like endometriosis and infertility in women (and men) are on the rise, it is so important to understand some of the processes behind the cause of these major health issues. Cervical, breast, and ovarian cancer; along with prostate and testicular cancers in men, are no joke….

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Many of my posts are driven by a desire to make a real point and to try and cut through some of the confusion online, but this is simply a few delicious recipes for cold winter evenings, so you can have some cake, and eat it without guilt. I dislike that every hand baked ‘treat’ in this…

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You hear very conflicting views on detoxing; what it is, why you should or shouldn’t do it, and what your liver is actually capable of. Often, professionals holding exactly the same qualifications are screaming differing things at each other, so how on earth are you supposed to know what is right and if the hype is worth…

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This is two posts in one really – I feel how excited you are already about this 2 for 1 deal. Firstly, it’s a quick review on ‘That Sugar Film’ and secondly, it’s a blog about why we have every right to be concerned that “health bloggers” are promoting unhealthy corporations and products. Firstly, That Sugar Film,…