Monday, February 28, 2011

breathing a NEW breath of fresh air

In...... and out..... For all those who joined me with the End of Summer Body Cleanse.... YOU'VE DONE IT! Well done to you. The emails have been flooding in of just how amazing you are all feeling. What's more, you have inspired a new week of cleansers - there is a big bout of cleansers starting today also. For the newbies, there is an entire weeks worth of recipes on the blog - so go back and check them out for inspiration, you won't be left hungry with these wonderful treats I have complied for you.

Cleansing is nothing short of a life changing process. Each and every time I cleanse I learn something new about myself. This time is no different - I've discovered a new level of clarity, and a real sense of calmness through my entire self. Many of you have been reporting this also, as well as a heightened sense of awareness not just within but for the things you are putting into your body. Be encourage to continue with good eating habits - we have been blessed with amazing and beautiful bodies - and in seriousness my heart does break when I see the way in which we can abuse and take ourselves for granted. Health isn't something we are simply given, it is something we need to work at and maintain.

Since substantial diet changes at the beginning of the month, I have been able to see a new perspective of just how important the fuel we put into our bodies is. The connection between fertility and food is even more evident to me right now. Poor food/lifestyle leads to poor gut function. The gut and the bowel are so closely related; the bowel and the uterus share the same nerve innervation; this sequence of events that occur inside us everyday must be oiled and greased correctly to work well.

Be encouraged by all of this, continue to eat well and respect your inner workings. There are some wonderful events coming up (like Sam's) that can show you new and exciting ways to prepare your food and deliver everything to your body that it needs! I will be joining the crowds next week at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival at some of their events - come along and learn something new too!

I'm so excited to be attending Sam's surf spa food event - come along with me - we might learn something new together!


SURF SPA FOOD EVENT Monday 7th March 2011. South Melbourne Market 6.30pm.

Surf RetreatsJoin therapeutic chef Samantha Gowing for a transformational journey into her world of Conscious Cuisine. Sam will share her proven methods of achieving optimal wellness in daily life. Discover the secrets of her global Surf Spa Food business and how you can create an amazing lifestyle in the hospitality wellness industry. A must for organic business and spa owners.

What: Surf Spa Food
When: 7 March
Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Where: South Melbourne Market, Corner Cecil and Coventry Streets, South Melbourne
Cost: $110.00
Bookings: 02 6685 5400 / 0411 852 387

Saturday, February 26, 2011

beans glorious beans!

Image from Hayley @ little pinwheel - who by the way since starting the cleanse has developed her very own 6 pack. You heard it here first.


This is the most delicious recipe - the first time I made this was for my birthday dinner (amongst other things) where I had a tapas style meal. It works perfectly as a side dish or as a main. You could add some brown rice if you wanted a bit more - I find it delicious on it's own. Definitely a household favourite.


beans braised in olive oil and tomato

olive oil
2 onions chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely or crushed
thyme sprigs
1 tin of canned tomato
300gm green beans, ends trimmed off
50ml red wine vinegar
3 teaspoons of coriander seeds

pre-heat oven 160 degrees
Place olive oil in an ovenproof saucepan over a high heat on the stove (of you do not have an ovenproof pan, you will need to use two separate dishes).
Add 2 tbs of oil, adding garlic and onion and sweat until translucent - approximately 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, thyme (10 sprigs) and cook for a few minutes before adding vinegar. Bring to a simmer.
Place baking paper over the pan and cover with foil.
Transfer to oven and roast for 1 - 1.5 hours (or as long as possible really - up to 4 hours)
Increase oven temperature and place beans into the baking dish. Sprinkle with coriander seeds. Recover with baking paper and foil and roast for a further 20 minutes or until beans are cooked.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Good Food Friday Treats :: cleansers apple crumble


Hayley was so excited to make and snap this one - she called seventy eleven times to tell me so! I don't blame her really...

Cleansers will welcome this one as it comes as a sweet treat for your weekend. Apples are starting to make their way into the grocers - they are delicious and are the all round wonder food being full of antioxidents, canter fighting properties, good for your heart and assist in weight loss. What are you waiting for? Just beware - Hayley will be over in an instant if you do whip it up tonight!

cleansers apple crumble
4 apples
2 peaches
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of crasins (or sultanas)
1/2 cup of walnuts/almonds (or nuts of your choice)
1/4 sunflower seeds

pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
Peel apples and cut into chunks.
Place in a saucepan with 1 cup of water and bring to the boil.
Once boiling, gently simmer for approx 15 - 20 minutes or until the apples are soft.
Remove from heat and set aside. Strain liquid but keep for later use.

In a bowl combine dry ingredients.
In a baking dish, place apples in the bottom to cover the dish. Sprinkle dry ingredients on top. Once done, pour 1/2 cup of the left over juice over the top of the dry ingredients and place in the oven - cook for 15-20 minutes, checking regularly or until the top is golden brown.

Enjoy!

*Those cleansing - If you're stuck for dinner tonight (because I've shared a dessert rather than a main) you can't go past a big tray of roast veggies - get in it whatever you can; pumpkin, potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, red peppers, onion. The list is endless!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

shiitake and barley soup

Since the weather has turned slightly cooler - so must the food. This will warm you good and proper!

I could look at these food images all day! Thank you Hayley.



shiitake and barley soup

8 dried shiitake mushrooms
1tbs oil/coconut oil
4 spring onions chopped
2 garlic cloves crushed
1 celery stick, diced
1 carrot, diced
250g fresh shiitake mushrooms chopped
2lt of veggie stock
200gm of pearl barley

Place dried mushrooms in a bowl with hot water. Soak for 30 minutes. Once soaked, squeeze out the liquid from the mushrooms and slice thinly.

Heat oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add spring onions, garlic, celery, carrot and fresh mushrooms. Cook for a few minutes, stirring, until softened. Add stock and barley and 125ml of water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and summer for about 40 minutes, until the barley is tender.

Plate up and enjoy!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

we quit sugar! talking with Jo Foster

THIS is the lovely Jo Foster positively glowing sans sugar!


I would be kidding if I didn't say it's been a huge month for me. Inspired by the lovely Sarah Wilson, I made the decision to quit sugar at the beginning of Febuary. I also started Feb fast. At the time I wasn't sure how I was going manage without dark chocolate, but now I couldn't be laughing at myself more. The month has been nothing short of wonderful! For me, the big shift was in my state of mental clarity – it has been amazing. My brain feels like it is working at a new level. In addition - my skin is really clear and I have lost a few kilo's along the way.

I asked Jo – who works with Sarah Wilson to share how she has been going since she gave sugar the boot. Here is our conversation:


Why quit sugar? I can tell you are a leader not a follower so what was your motivation?

I actually spent a lot of last year refining and tweaking my eating habits, and had been feeling for a few months that I needed to step it up another notch. Giving up sugar was "THE NOTCH", but I was really hesitant to take that leap.... Then the lovely Sarah Wilson declared that she was going to do the no sugar as well, and, well, I'm a girl, we like to do things with friends, so I figured if I was ever going to actually do it, I might as well do it with Sarah. Also, she forced me... ha :) I think I was about 85% convinced when I read David Gillespie's "Sweet Poison", and then that was it. I was on board. And I'm not one for doing anything half heartedly - once I'm in, I'M IN!


What changes have you noticed - are you hotter already? No seriously have you noticed changes in your body? Mind? Tastebuds?

Ha, yeah, I'm super hot now! No, I wish! I have noticed my taste buds changing, and my sense of smell! Our vanilla fridge wipe(which I used to love) smells sickly sweet to me now, as do some sauces that my friend's cook with. I am finding I am loving the taste of my natural yoghurt - which was really 'tart' a few weeks ago. I'm finding it quite sweet now that I'm not eating anything really sugary. I thought I was pretty sharp mentally(don't laugh!) but I feel really alert. There's a much brighter sense of clarity - I feel like all of my senses are heightened. I've been off sugar for three weeks(started Friday 28th Jan) and I've lost a kilo as well - which is a miracle, as I've been eating LOTS of cheese to curb my sugary cravings!


Will you go back? No! I feel really good. And I'm really aware of how bad sugar(fructose) is for me, so I couldn't possibly justify ranting on about it, only to embrace it all over again... I'm of the persuasion that once you know something, you're responsible for what you know(yeah, ouch!), and even if I don't like what I know about sugar, I know too much to let myself go sugar crazy again. Sigh, the responsibility of being a grown up hey.... Having said that, I'm sure there'll be days down the track where I take a slice of cake(ahhhh, CAKE!) offered at a birthday party, but I'm ever hopeful that I will only have a bite or two, and not want any more. (is that even possible!?) As I said, ever hopeful!


Advice to others thinking about quitting sugar - even if for a short period of time? Try it! What have you got to lose! Other than a crazy addiction you don't need! My advice - you've got to do it cold turkey. When we interviewed Gillespie, he said this, and it really impacted me. He said that a smoker doesn't make the effort to quit, and then just allow themselves a cigarette a day. That's not helpful to the process at all. I think the same applies here. If I'd been allowing myself a 'little' sugar every day, I'm never truly free of that addiction am I? And cold turkey will be quicker. And more intense, YES, but, it will be quicker!


Favorite food replacing sugar - At the moment I'm addicted to haloumi! And avocado. I keep driving to my favourite bookshop/cafe in Bondi, and ordering their smoked chicken salad, with EXTRA HALOUMI. It's delicious. And it completely satisfies. I have no sugary cravings if I have a bit of haloumi! Haloumi is the new Cadburys!


Last one - I think you're on feb fast? How did you feel combining the two? I am doing FebFast! I'm not actually a big drinker - maybe a couple of glasses of wine in a week... so it wasn't too bad. Although, once I stopped the sugar, there have been a few nights I've stared longingly at the bottles of wine in our kitchen! In hindsight, doing both at the same time has been really good. The no alcohol is probably also helping with the mental clarity!



Quitting sugar might not be at the top of your list of things to do for 2011 - but I hope you feel encouraged by seeing how wonderful both Jo and I feel without it. We have unfortunately become so 'addicted' to sugar, refined foods, caffeine and alcohol many of us panic at the idea of going without it – just like I did a month ago. For me the bottom line is that these things are ok in moderation - but they really aren't doing our body any favours. When we eat sugar, we want more. The cycle continues and we continue to attempt to fill up on sugar when really we would be better to fill up on whole foods.



Sugar fueled foods don't supply us with adequate nutrients - our body tells us we are dissatisfied, as it's nutritional needs haven't been met and so we eat more - more sugar. Swapping sugary foods for wholesome alternatives means that your body is getting all the vitamins and minerals it wants . In turn, you aren't left looking for more food because you feel satisfied.


Saying no to sugar has really shown me how strongly sugar impacts my well being – as a fertility expert, this has given me new insights. Your fertility relies strongly on good nutrition and choices so be encouraged to choose wisely.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

tomato and basil risotto

and as promised... another beauty! Enjoy.

another beautiful image by Hayley Blease

tomato and basil risotto

3 tomatoes
1 Lt veg stock
2 tbs oil
2 garlic cloves
1 leak trimmed and sliced
325g brown rice
handful of basil leaves
extra oil to drizzle

Cut tomatoes in half and remove the pulp. Dice and set asside.
Place stock into a saucepan and put over a low heat. In another pan, place in oil over a medium heat. Add garlic and leak and cook for a few minutes until soft. Add the rice and cook for a further minutes until coated.
Add 50-60 ml of the hot stock to the rice, stirring constantly until liquid has been absorbed. Continue doing this until all the stock is used.
Stir in the tomtatoes and basil.
Drizzle with oil and serve.

*cook brown rice partially before and freeze in fridge - in zip lock bags. When ready to use, it takes half the time to cook.

Cleansing Eats :: Coconut Dahl

I promise you with recipes this good - you won't ever feel like your missing out!

Awesomse image by Hayley Blease


Coconut Dahl

3 tbs coconut oil (or similar)
1 onions, diced.
1 deseeded green chilli chopped (optional)
1/4 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tomato chopped
225g red lentils split
250ml coconut milk
Basil leaves to serve

Heat oil in a saucepan and place over medium heat.
Add the diced onions and chilli and cook until softened.
Stur in tumeric and cumin and cook until aromatic (approx one minute)

Increase heat and add lentils, cocont milk, tomato and 750ml of water. Bring to bil and then reduce to a low simmer, stirring often. Cook for 25 - 30 minutes until lentils are soft and mushy. Season to taste.

Top with Basil and serve.


Just like I said - this is just one of many awesome recipes I'm sharing this week. This simple dahl can take the fuss out of cooking the family meal for us cleansers - just add some baked chicken and the whole tribe will be happy!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

D - Day. End of Summer Body Cleanse :: Nat's pumpkin curry


Today see's the first day of the End of Summer Cleanse. If you aren't familiar with this - it is a program that I have been chatting about here on the blog, which sets you up for a week of cleaning out every corner of your body.

As promised, over the next 7 days you will see many new recipes pop up on the blog for those participating. If you aren't joining in on the cleanse - these recipes can still make their way to your table! Be inspired by health food and clean vegan eating. It might not be your cup of tea but I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone, even if only for one day to see what you and your body is capable of. Watch how your body responds. Of course initially it takes a great dose of willpower, but as each day rolls on, it gets easier and easier. By day 7 - you're in a habit of it and I can bet my last dollar that a large handful of you won't be ready to finish cleansing. Cutting out specific foods that are literally toxic to our system does wonderful things to our inner workings - and of course increase fertility considerably.

Whatever reason you have stopped by the blog today, cleansing or not, this recipe is a mighty wonderful Monday night healthy treat. You've seen it on here before - it is a beauty!


*Cleansers note - today, day 1 is the hardest as your body adjusts and 'withdraws' from sugar, caffeine and refined foods. Keep up the water - drinking one glass hourly at minimum. You may experience headaches as your body detoxifies - know it's normal and not harmful. An early night may be on the cards tonight.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Good Food Friday Treats :: Gowings' Byron love cake




This week I've asked Sam Gowling - therapeutic chef (and some) to share her current favourite recipe for Good Food Friday Treats. Treat is an understatement with this recipe, but more on that in a tick. Sam will be here in a few weeks for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - details are at the bottom of the page. Sam knows a thing or two about the importance of good food and healthy eating. This recipe is a winner and in the week of Valentine's Day - this cake is a beauty!

"This gluten free indulgence has been such a crowd pleaser and each time it gets better and better. It's the perfect treat after a long day in the surf, or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Baker beware! It is very, very high in sugar so please enjoy sparingly. I'll be demonstrating this at my exclusive Surf Spa Food event in the forthcoming Melbourne Food and Wine Festival on March 7th."

Gowings' Byron love cake

360 gm (3 cups) almond meal
220 gm (1 cup) raw sugar
220 gm (1 cup) brown sugar
120 gm unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs, lightly beaten
250 gm Greek-style yoghurt, plus extra to serve
1 tbsp freshly grated nutmeg
45 gm (¼ cup) Pistachios

1 Preheat oven to 180C. Combine almond meal, sugars, butter and 1 tsp salt in a bowl, then rub with fingertips until coarse crumbs form. Spoon half the mixture into a lightly buttered and baking paper-lined 26cm-diameter springform pan, gently pressing to evenly cover base

2 Add egg, yoghurt and nutmeg to remaining crumble mixture and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth and creamy. Pour over prepared base, smooth top, scatter pistachios around edge and bake until golden (30-35 minutes.) Cool completely in pan on a wire rack to room temperature, then serve with extra yoghurt. The cake will keep in an airtight container for up to a week

Serves 8 - 10
Cooking Time Prep time 15 mins, cook 35 mins (plus cooling)


SURF SPA FOOD EVENT Monday 7th March 2011. South Melbourne Market 6.30pm.
Join me for a transformational journey into her world of Conscious Cuisine.
What: Surf Spa Food
When: 7 March
Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Where: South Melbourne Market, Corner Cecil and Coventry Streets, South Melbourne
Cost: $110.00
Bookings: 02 6685 5400 / 0411 852 387
Surf Spa Food Tickets sold here:
http://www.samanthagowing.com/category/surffood


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Why exactly alcohol affects your fertility

image here


In the spirit of feb fast, I want to talk more about alcohol and its effects on the body. Moderate alcohol consumption (more than two drinks per week) can reduce fertility by up to 50%.

To date, scientists have not been able to conclude as to how much alcohol is too much when it comes to affecting fertility. We know that alcohol and other drugs substantially affect normal body function. This means it poses a problem when it comes to the reproductive organs as well. The reason science hasn't been able to give us the answer as to how much is ok is because no two people are the same. Body weight, type, gender, age and metabolism all come into play when we talk the effects of alcohol - we see this purely by observation. One person may consume five drinks in 2.5 hours and not be over the driving limit of 0.05 - if that were me personally I would be snoring in a corner somewhere..


Why does alcohol affects your fertility?

Alcohol causes havoc with male hormones and alters the way testosterone is produced and released. Alcoholic beverages contain estrogen like compounds - these “fake” hormones set our real ones out of kilter. No wonder alcohol can mess up fertility! This can result in lower sperm count and poor motility - two vital elements necessary for conception. Alcohol also substantially lowers zinc absorption - this is bad news for semen. Lower zinc = less sperm = reduced chances.

It has a similar effect on women zapping hormones and affecting ovulation and menstruation - again due to these estrogen mimicking properties. (Gill, 2000; Eggert et al., 2004).


How much are we talking?

The guidelines set out by most fertility specialists are no more than two glasses per week. Some will say one glass, others will cross it off the list all together. Anything more than this is considered 'moderate' consumption. Moderate consumption has been proven to half your fertility potential.


What other effects?

There is still more. Moderate to high alcohol consumption has been linked with higher rates of miscarriage. This is again because of its affect on hormones which are necessary to support a pregnancy. Progesterone is very important in the later stage of the cycle with Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone - the two set about supporting the pregnancy. Without these, the pregnancy can not continue.


In clinical practice, I maintain there isn't one factor in sub-fertility. So many little pieces fit together to make up the puzzle for each couple. However, smoking and alcohol are two things we know that reduce health and fertility substantially. That said, I know that it is easy to become consumed by the daunting task of trying to conceive a baby. It can be very stressful. Adding a glass of wine to your table on a Saturday night may a help rather than a hinderance! On the positive side - a glass of wine with food is packed with far more nutritional benefits including anti-oxidients, than a glass of softdrink.

Monday, February 14, 2011

End of Summer Body Cleanse - 4 days left to jump onboard.



Many of you have registered your interest to participate in the End of Summer Body Cleanse. The response has been wonderful - and now we are getting to the business end of the month.
If you haven't received an email from me, it is because I can't access your information from when you replied to the initial Cleansing post. You will need to email me directly at natalie@thepagodatree.com.au so I can email you the relevant information and organise your cleansing shake.

The cleanse starts this coming Monday the 21st of February and goes for 1 week in total. In this time we are aiming to get your body to function as alkaline as possible (a state free from toxic build up) - encouraged by the shake, consumption of alkaline forming foods and a pro-biotic. I will post recipes for you and support you along the way.

So if an email didn't arrive yesterday - please email me and we can get things started. Of course you can start the cleanse at any time, it would be ideal however, if we do this together to ensure you are supported. Initially it can be daunting - but with my help we will have you on the road to better health and increased fertility by March!

Running for a cause - running for you!

I've spoken about exercise and fertility many times before and established the importance of getting the balance right. You can read more here. But today I have something else to share. How's this? Holistic Personal Fitness Training Services Melbourne. It's a tongue twister for a big load of personal training services with a difference. It's Hummingbird Health & Wellbeing.

Brooke from Hummingbird Health & Wellbeing contacted me last week. She was inspired by the post on Giving without expectation of reward - and so, in the spirit of community she
has invited team Pagoda Tree to participate in one of her running groups.

It's set to start 8am the 19th of February for girls to get together to do long runs - a free social session on a Saturday morning. Brooke says "the idea is to really encourage and motivate each other & encourage community spirit." I'm loving this.

Brook also has a group running on a Wednesday morning. This is a paid group which you are also more than welcome to join. You don't have to be running as part of Run for the Kids, although should you decide to join us there is still time!

Be sure to take a look at Hummingbirds services or drop Brooke an email with any questions you may have. Some supported training might just be the key to finding your balance. Remember, weight affects fertility so keeping it in check is a must for a happy and healthy woman (and man - nobody is exempt here).

Friday, February 11, 2011

Good Food Friday Treats :: it's a date



No kidding - not a date, date - but a date nonetheless. One of those juicy sweet squishy little numbers that I am oh so in love with at the moment. Of course, I want you to join me for a 'date' every week because you as a reader are very important to me, but for today we are talking about the fruit date.

Wiki tells me that the date palm is actually native to the middle east and (here is my fav part because it sounds oh so ancient) it was mentioned in the bible as the 'tree of life.' Date comes from the greek word, daktulos which means finger.

On my no refined sugar quest, dates have moved right back onto my menu. They have a wonderful sweetness, similar tasting to sugar and make a perfect substitute for sugar in many recipes. This Good Food Friday - I'm sharing the love.

Spiced Dates with Yoghurt
Ingredients:
1/2 cup of orange juice
1 cinnamon stick
3 cardamon pods bruised
500gm of pitted dates
500gm organic greek style yoghurt
1/4 cup of Slithered almonds

In a saucepan combine orange juice, cinnamon, cardamon and dates with 1/4 cup of water and bring to the boil, simmering for 5 - 7 minutes or until the it becomes thick. Remove and allow to cool.
Place date mixture into glasses, top with yoghurt, pour over left over date syrup and garnish with almonds. This one is good enough to serve at your next dinner party.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Top 10 - long, shiny hair SUPERFOODS

image here


Last week Bree at The Blog Stylist wrote that the the subject of hair is a hot topic right now. I have to agree. I love hair! I'm very particular about my hair and I am fortunate enough to have co-operative hair most of the time. Bree knows about these things. She was the beauty and website editor at Cosmo, during her career has tested and tried all kinds of products - many I'm sure were hair products. I have no doubt that to some degree most beauty products do something to the state of hair and skin, but I'm also here to tell you that you can slather, brush and comb products through your hair until the end of the day – but if you're not putting the right foods into your body - any result from product will only be short lived.


From a Chinese Medicine perspective – good hair is dependent on good blood flow to the scalp. This may not occur if a person is blood deficient or jing deficient (a term we use to describe our 'essence' or 'youth'). When we are deficient of these properties we can see poor quality hair, premature greying and dry, broken hair. So using foods that assist in supplementing this will work well - and probably iron our a few other creases along the way. What's more, this 'jing' that I speak off is also associated to our fertility - as we get older this diminishes and whilst for the purpose of this blog post it's all about hair, know that these same foods will also do wonders for a more fertile you.


With this all in mind - today I'm sharing my Top 10 shiny hair super foods.


1. Wild Salmon.

Salmon is hard to beat when it comes to a 'beauty superfood.' This is one food you can't go past for top condition hair. It's full of omega 3, fatty acids, high quality protein, B12 & iron. These essentials are great for a healthy scalp. Make sure your fish isn't farmed - farmed fish is nasty and substantially lacks nutrients. Fresh deep sea fish is always the best choice.


2. Dark Green Veg.

Full of anti oxidents, Vitamins C & A, dark green leafy veg is necessary to assist your hair follicles to produce sebum. It's said that sebum (hair oil) is the hair’s natural conditioner.


3. Oysters.

These decadent treats are a perfect package of nutrients and Zinc. Zinc is hair food.


4. Tomatoes.

They are in season and are oh-so-delicious at the moment. Tomatoes are packed of lycopene - a natural anti-aging anti-oxident. Cooking tomato actually heightens your body’s ability to absorb it.


5. Walnuts.

It is no secret that I love walnuts - a lot. Again - these are full of omega 3 essentials. They also contain Vitamin E - wonderful for healthy shiny hair.


6. Yoghurt.

Again – I am a huge fan. For me it must be greek yoghurt - they know how to make good yoghurt! High in calcium as well as a pro-biotics, yoghurt is good for strong healthy hair, nails and bones. For many of you who are lactose intolerant, yoghurt is something that can often be digested because of it's ability to work on the gut.


7. Eggs.

Eggs are high in protein and provide the body with essential vitamins including iron and zinc - both important for healthy, shiny hair as well as vitamin B & biotin.


8. Beans.

Again a veg that is high in protein and essential vitamins and mineral including zinc, iron and rare biotin – all important to assist in preventing split ends and dryness.


9. Brown Rice

Brown rice provides carbohydrates and is one of the best superfoods for your hair.


10. Water.

Where would our bodies be without water? We need water to be well hydrated which contributes to healthy, shiny hair. Hair which doesn't get oily quickly - oily hair can be a sign of toxic build up.


I get excited when I look at this list of foods because they are all super delicious, chocker block with nutrients foods - which will not only make your hair great but make all of your body ooze healthfulness!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bottle feeding teeth debate

I had the happy experience to be on the Morning Show with Larry Edmur and Kylie Gillies on Monday morning.

The hot topic of bottle feeding babies was on the lips of many parents this week, after a study conducted by Westmed hospital in Sydney found that leaving bottles in a baby’s mouth for long periods of time can lead to significant tooth decay. Babies as young as 12 months are having their teeth removed due to decay.

See what I have to say here:



Since then I have been asked my stance on bottle feeding and breastfeeding.

I am an advocate of breastfeeding when this is possible. That said, if for whatever reason (and I realise there are so many) a woman is unable to breastfeed there are certainly things you can do to help support your baby. I recently wrote two blogs for the practical parenting website on these topics.



As for the tooth decay? There are several things that can lead to tooth decay in small children. As Dr Richard Widmer mentioned in the segment, lactose (sugar) in milk is one contributing factor as are sugary drinks - including fruit juices.

Pharmaceuticals (including anti-biotics) can also lead to tooth erosion. It's a good idea to be mindful that if you or your child is taking medication, you can support the body with a good pro-biotic as well as other healing such as spinal care to maximise immunity and lessen side effects.

Supporting a formula fed baby with these things could also lessen infections.

 

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