all I want for christmas is a good nights sleep
Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory, makes you more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and the flu. It lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested? Human beings are the only species that deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain. A modern theme I constantly see in clinic is a lack of quality, restorative sleep. Worse still, a...
Christmas rituals handmade cake
When my dear Aunty Ruth died in the UK a few years ago, aside from my immediate grief was the realisation I wouldn’t be receiving my annual Christmas card and cheque from her. Every year for (birthdays and) Christmas she would send a newsy card and include a cheque so I could buy something I’d like. It wasn’t the money that was special but the connection of receiving her kindness, stories and presence, knowing she had sat down in her cosy lounge room and thought about me. The man at the bank asked me about a decade ago if she...
Saying no
Saying No, so your Yes shows up. At this time of year, we tend to over commit. We tend to say yes for fear of missing out or for fear of letting the other person down.  Every time you say no, an energy is set in motion.  You are sending a message out to the universe saying, this is how I am choosing to spend my time.  When you say no to those commitments that may push you, or your time, or your commitments, a space appears. A space where new energy can flood in of those things you wish to have in your world.  When our life is full...
Red chinese dates for digestion
The holidays are approaching and we know what that means: decadent food and treats. The holiday season is filled with temptations, from chocolates to alcohol to gluten- and dairy-laden cookies, cakes, and breads. Indigestion or heartburn tends to show up if you’ve overindulged in rich, heavy foods or after you’ve eaten too much. The symptoms include bloating, gas, belching, burning sensation, or abdominal pain and nausea.  Recently, the Therapeutic Goods Administration recalled the popular drug Zantac, also known by its generic name ranitidine, after regulators in other countries found the pharmaceutical had been contaminated with the probable carcinogen NDMA.  Instead of ...
embrace the sweat
It’s that time of year in Australia when the temperature starts to soar; we’ve unfortunately had a hot, dry spring and we are definitely in for a long, hot summer. During these warm months of the year, many of us spend a significant amount of our days indoors with the air conditioner on and avoid being out in the heat as much as we can. And, of course while this is often necessary in the heat of an Australian summer, don’t forget the importance of a healthy (well-hydrated) sweat session! Perspiring is important and beneficial for good health, and whilst...