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?

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



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.


Over January I went on the Whole30, a dietary program that seems to be part elimination diet and all nutritious diet. It was designed by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. And now, I’m going on it again!

What is the Whole30®?

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?

Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health. The most important reason to keep reading?

This will change your life.

-From the Whole 9 Life website

It is a program that gets you eating good, real food and excluding all processed and refined food, grains, dairy, legumes, potato, alcohol and sugar (even ‘natural’ sugars) and it is going to get you feeling pretty good, pretty soon! In a way, I like the constraints of this 30 day program as you I didn’t really have to think much what to cook/eat. And remember it is just for 30 days.

Click here to read the outline of the Whole30 program.


I’m not going to lie, however-  the Whole30 is pretty strict. And if you haven’t spent much time cooking your own real food (generally speaking) (read here about the benefits of cooking your own food) this could be a bit of a jump for you. But it doesn’t take long to get into the swing of things.

I think the stand out for me in this program, is that it aims to help you let go of the idea of certain junk foods.

For me, if there is one thing to remember while following the Whole30, it is that to not ‘re-create’ foods that make seem like ‘paleo’ versions of a junk food. And to avoid having dessert, which is hard I know. But remember it is only for 30 days!

How to prepare:

  • For me, one of the best things ever to do to prepare for the Whole30, was write a big list of potential foods I would like to eat and then at the start of each week I would choose what I wanted to cook that week and then I would turn the weeks menu into a shopping list and then get everything I needed for that week.
  • When you cook each nights dinner, cook a bit extra and keep that for your next day’s lunch.
  • Don’t buy anything that you will be avoiding on this 30 day program – it will just be making it too hard for yourself.
  • Prepare food on the weekend to give you more time in the week.

Meal ideas (these could be used for any meal):

Nb: Many of these ideas I had on my own whole30, others I’ve added as you may like to try them out. Many of these I need to write up recipes for – so stay tuned!

  • Eggs, lots of eggs! Eggs were my go-to breakfast and quick-to-make lunch for much of the Whole30.
  • ‘Sweet’ breakfast omelette.
  • ‘Sweet’ breakfast omelette with blueberries.
  • Scrambled eggs with fruit: This is something Dallas Hartwig suggested to me via Instragram (so I cannot take credit for the idea). I just beat two eggs, cook them in a bit of coconut oil or ghee and then mix in chopped peaches and stir until the eggs are scrambled. Top with basil leaves and pecans. This is actually really delicious!
  • Basil and Tomato Frittata
  • Cooked canned sardines.
  • Sweet potato and coconut soup.
  • Boerwors (South african sausage)/any good quality sausage will do.
  • Meat balls in tomato sauce.
  • Meat balls, spinach and bone broth soup.
  • Cleansing and delicious salad.
  • Cleansing and delicious salad version 2.
  • Homemade ‘Peri Peri’ chicken: chicken thighs or breasts marinated in lemon juice, jalapenos, garlic and salt & pepper and then baked in the oven until cooked.
  • Tuna/sardines on top of an avocado.
  • Bone broth soups. Such as my Grass-Fed Bone Broth Pho.
  • Apple, cucumber and basil salad with chicken: 1/2-1 green apple cored and chopped into cubes, 1/2 avocado cubed, 1 Lebanese cucumber cubed & a few basil leaves served with a piece of chicken.
  • Chilli & Lime Prawns with Jalapeno, Mango and Tomato Salsa.
  • Sesame-Crusted Sardine, Fennel and Sweet Potato Cakes.
  • Baked golden sweet potatoes topped with a tsp. of ghee & served with your protein source of choice.
  • Sweet potato cakes.
  • Meat/fish/poultry served with a colourful salad.
  • Meat and veggie nori wraps.
  • Purple cabbage, mango and cucumber salad: 1/2 purple cabbage finely sliced, 2 mangoes cubed and 1 cucumber chopped into cubes. Mix together.


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Recipe: Kale, Nectarine and Halloumi Salad

It’s stone fruit season! So what better way to celebrate the delicious time of year than with a delicious fresh salad! Recipe: Kale, Nectarine and Halloumi Salad Serves: 1 or 2 (as a side dish) Ingredients: a few leaves of curly kale 1 white fleshed nectarine, cut into slices and pitted 100g block of halloumi, cut into 2cm […]

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Recipe: Seafood & Sweet Potato Noodles Makes 2 -3 serves Ingredients: 1 medium gold sweet potato, peeled 2 teaspoons of butter 2 cloves garlic Roots and stems from coriander bunch (washed and chopped) 200g mussels, shelled (info on sustainability of mussels) 100g squid rings (info here on sustainability of squid & see Katie’s post here) 1 bunch fresh coriander/cilantro leaves, […]

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Recipe: Coconut Custard Tart Makes: 1 coconut custard tart Nb: This recipe fits in a tart shell that is 24 cm in diameter and 3.5 cm high. Ingredients: 1 baked coconut almond tart shell (or tart shell of your choosing) ~470 ml coconut milk 1.5 tbsp honey (or your favourite natural sweetener) 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 […]

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Recipe: Coconut Almond Tart Shell {gluten-free, dairy-free}

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)

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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Recipe: Dairy-Free Coconut Milk Custard

You guys asked for it, so here is my recipe for Coconut Milk Custard! Custard is one of my favourite desserts and it’s really so easy to make. The great thing about this version of custard, is that it is suitable for those who are sensitive to dairy milk/choose not to consume milk and coconut-lovers […]

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