Out and about
February has been a huge month already with three cancer ‘consumer in research’ meetings, working with three very different teams of dedicated scientists, epidemiologists and researchers. I will share more about this new voluntary role in future updates. But for now, I’ll just say, what a privilege it is to be part of cancer research in one small way (and how much fun it can be getting my Geek Girl on!).
I’ve also delivered my first of four webinars for Health Masters Live, sharing clinical and business expertise with the practitioner community, begun shaping my upcoming workshop at the NHAA international conference next month and had a digital detox camping in a beautiful and little-known NSW national park.
When it’s too hot to cook
It’s the sticky end of summer. If like me, you’re struggling with cooking on these hot nights, “fridge fixings’ may be the answer. Kiwi cook Annabel Langbein coined this phrase for dishes you can cook ahead, to help create quick meals on days like these or when you’re in a hurry. These standbys certainly help put food on the table when the heat and humidity is too high to turn the stove on. Do you have any favourite fixings in your fridge?
Every week I come across a client or friend who is following a ‘no carb’ diet.
Almost all the fridge fixings are plant-based, which helps me keep on track with the “forty food challenge”. A happy gut is central to a healthy body. But in an era of carb phobia, some people are mistakenly avoiding these fibre-rich foods.
New research has confirmed what naturopaths have known all along. These complex carbohydrates are often packed with fibre, which does so much more than keeping our bowels regular. The type of fibre found in these plant foods can protect us from many potential lifestyle diseases. But the studies also show most people aren’t eating anywhere near enough fibre to get this kind of protection. Are low carb and paleo diets compounding this?
Before you throw all carbs out of your diet, read my take on the research.
What’s in season?
It’s twelve months since I began a regular feature on seasonal produce. With the cycle complete, I’ve compiled a month by month guide to the fruits and vegetables in season in the eastern states.
You can check what’s freshest, any month of the year in this year-long seasonal eating guide.
Summer colds are doing the rounds, which is a good reminder to thoroughly wash your hands more frequently and take good care of your immune system.
With a return to normal routines after school holidays, if stress levels are rising and are you’re not feeling your best, it’s an appropriate time to check in with a consultation.
Am loving all the new year planning sessions, with a fantastic bunch of amazing practitioners. I’ve been mentoring for over twenty years and this side of my work grows by the year. Being your own boss, and often running a solo business, can be an isolating and lonely experience at times, professional mentoring and supervision can help your connect with not only a mentor but a whole new tribe of practitioners.
Get in touch if you’d like to know more about how I help health professionals grow a business you love.
Charmaine and I are super excited about our next practitioner intensive in Bali. There are a couple of spots left, so grab your spot now before it’s too late.