With the sound of cicadas still ringing in my ears, I’m back in the clinic after a short holiday in New Zealand.
2019 marks my 28th year in practice. Wow!
What a privilege it is to continue to share my naturopathic journey with you.
A new year
Like last year I’ve embraced the concept of “gentle January”. Not the hashtag version, but the essence of the word. Being gentle is about being kind or tender with our self and others.
My gentle January is about easing back into the year, in a similar vein to the way I ended it. Work-wise, I’m focusing on consultations and not starting any new mentoring projects until February. Gentle is prioritising time to tend my vegetable garden, eating a simple dinner outside at night, having a spacious calendar and being fully present when catching up with friends. It’s about leisurely walks and ocean swims, nature, cat cuddles and reading.
How are you being “gentle” with yourself?
I love pottering in the kitchen at this time of year. When it’s not been too hot to cook, I’ve pickled home grown cucumbers, zucchini and chard stems.
According to the forecasters, root to flower eating is the hot food trend of 2019. Think of it as the plant-based version of nose to tail dining. So often we use just the leaves or roots of a plant, when in most cases all parts are edible.
Exploring this concept, I’ve made chard (silverbeet) stem pickles, which turns out to be an easy way to use more of this under-rated plant.
You can combine the stems with other discarded vegetable parts, like a thinly sliced fennel core. Take a look at the fruit and vegetables in season this month, for inspiration.
Currently I’m eying off a pineapple, to pickle the core and make wild soda from the fleshy skin off-cuts. What’s more, there’s the fruit to eat! If I’m feeling fancy, I like to dip slices of tropical fruit in some chili salt, before eating.
Putting healthy intentions into action
Before life gets back to warp speed, it’s an ideal time to get your health on track. Feeling better is so much easier with the help of an expert. My approach, is gentle and insightful, rooted in decades of experience.
I have limited consultations available in Melbourne throughout the year, where I see new and returning naturopathic and mentoring clients. If you’d like to be notified of upcoming appointments, please email me as consultations are strictly limited.
Wouldn’t you like to feel better? It’s so much easier when we work together.