Hi Health Food Lovers,

This is a bit of a mixed-bag of a post, but here goes! Here are some updates, a recipe and some information on my upcoming Ebook which I’m very excited to tell you about.

I’m now a qualified Naturopath! After studying for quite a few years, I’ve now completed my Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) and am a now a qualified Naturopath! Please stay tuned for more information on when I’m practicing and where.

India & my visit to Jagran Jan Vikas Samiti: In January I had an awesome experience learning at Jagran Jan Vikas Samiti, which is an Indian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. I, along with a group of qualified Naturopaths and student Naturopaths/Nutritionists were introduced to some of Jagran’s programs including one where they support the traditional medicine healers, the Gunis. They help the Gunis to work at the health camps where they can look after their people using a range of therapies including myotherapy (originally taught to them by an Australian myotherapist) and herbal medicine. Here are some photos of the Gunis and the health camps we visited:

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It was really a great experience and we learnt a lot. I you would like to learn more you can contact Jagran, in the link above.

Ebook & Updates

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I’m now in the process of writing my Health Food Lover Ebook. I would love to know what you would want to see in it, so please have a look at this short survey and tell me what you would like to see. Alternatively you can just let me know what you think in the comments below. Take The Health Food Lover Ebook Survey Now  Thank you! You can also sign up for an exclusive newsletter for information on my Ebook.  Click here to sign up.

Recipe: Indian Ginger Chai

Indian Chai

While I was in India, we had a few Ayurveda cooking classes and I tried to find out the recipes for as meals and drinks as I could learn, from the lovely people who prepared our meals. The chai was a recipe I found was essential for me to write down. We enjoyed chai every day and multiple times a day. It was so delicious, this is definitely a recipe you’ll want to try!

Ingredients:

  • Water, about a cup per person
  • 1/2. – 1 tsp. per person of loose leaf black tea – At Jagran, they used a brand called Bajaj. Here in Australia I’ve just used a loose leaf Assam chai that I bought from an Indian shop.
  • ~ 1/2 – 1 C. Full cream milk (full cream, rather than low fat milk makes it taste best), or an alternative milk of your choice
  • Sugar – In India they used plain white sugar. When I’ve made it myself I’ve used Rapadura sugar but you could use honey instead or just leave the sugar out. When using sugar, I try to add just enough to sweeten, usually 1/2 tsp. to 1 tsp. of sugar.
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, sliced

How to:

  1. In a pot, add the water, put the pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add the loose leaf black tea.
  3. Add the sugar and milk and keep boiling.
  4. While that’s boiling, take the piece of ginger, and roll it with a rolling pin to crush it. Then add the ginger to the boiling tea. Keep an eye on it as it can boil over quickly. When your chai has a nice colour (like in the picture above) turn the heat off.
  5. Then strain the mixture and enjoy your chai.

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Let’s do a little quiz, how many of you would answer yes to one or more of the questions below:

  • Do you suffer from recurrent colds and find that you’re always getting sick?
  • Do you have issues with your digestion?
  • Would you like radiant and clear skin?
  • Want to eliminate menstrual issues?
  • Are you feeling wired & tired and want more energy?
  • Do you want to supercharge your memory and recall?
  • Want to improve athletic performance and recovery?
  • Would you like refreshing, sound sleep?
  • Do you want to take control of your hay fever symptoms and/or allergies?
  • Want to change the way you feel about your body and your relationship with food?
  • OR INSERT YOUR HEALTH COMPLAINT HERE.

Then it’s time to see a Naturopath! Michelle is now seeing clients for AFFORDABLE Naturopathy consults at the Melbourne Wellnation Clinic, at the fully supervised student clinic. Michelle has a person-centered approach that helps clients optimise their health and well-being and improves their understanding of how holistic health care can improve their lives. Michelle is passionate about whole, real and traditional foods and the role they have in helping clients to become nutritionally replete and balanced.

What is Naturopathy? Click here to read more about Naturopathic medicine on the Wellnation Clinic website (click “Naturopathy”).

What Naturopathy can assist with: As well the health issues and conditions mentioned in the questions above, in Naturopathic medicine we can also:

  • Educate you on what foods to eat in order to suit your health needs
  • Dietary planning & analysis
  • Analyze your Iris signs & constitution
  • Bio Impedance testing
  • Assist with pre-conception care and pregnancy planning
  • Formulate individuised herbal medicine mixtures
  • Recommend the best practitioner-only products
  • Help improve your digestion, absorption and elimination
  • Improve your stress management and tolerance

Not sure if Naturopathy can help your particular problem or issue? Send me an email for more information at michelle@healthfoodlover.com

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Michelle’s session times:

  • Monday from 8am to 11am.
  • Wednesday from 8am to 11am.
  • Friday from 8am to 11am.
  • Saturday from 9am to 12pm.
  • Saturday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.

Consultation costs:

  • First consult (goes for 90 minutes): $10.
  • Subsequent consults (goes for an hour): $8.

Book now! Appointments get filled quickly so make sure to book soon to avoid disappointment. 

To book call the Wellnation Clinic on (03) 9662 4856 and state that you would like to be booked in with Michelle and the session time you would like to be booked in (as mentioned above). You can also book online at your convenience.

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Above: Coconut and almond tart shell baked, chilled and brushed with coconut oil. Making this tart crust/shell is pretty easy: just mix the ingredients (as per instructions below), grease the tray, press ingredients in tin and then bake! Recipe: Coconut Almond Tart Shell {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free} Makes: 1 tart shell (for tart shell that is 24 […]

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Recipe: Dark Chocolate and Banana Lava Cakes (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free) Makes: 2 mini chocolate lava cakes. Ingredients: 2 dessertspoons cacao powder 2 dessertspoons carob powder 1 tbsp. boiling water 1.5 heaped dessertspoon coconut oil stevia powder, to sweeten 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 ripe banana, mashed well 2 squares of dark chocolate How to: Preheat […]

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