From tree to tea – meet my new friend Mel
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From tree to tea – meet my new friend Mel

For thousands of years Australian Aborigines have utilised the Broad-leaf Paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia) or Coastal Paperbark as a food, medicine and daily domestic item. She (‘Mel’) grows into a tall (to 25m) tree in areas of eastern Australia where there is plenty of water to keep her roots moist. These species grow northwards from Sydney…

Walnuts help ADD (and psychological maturation! wow, really??) in teens
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Walnuts help ADD (and psychological maturation! wow, really??) in teens

Healthy food helps your whole self, not just your body, as this research on the benefits of walnuts for ADD in teenagers shows. Who would have thought!!!! Every clinician should recommend a handful of walnuts 3 times a week for every teenager to boost their Omega-3 levels. It’s a small, no-side-effects dosage to get a…

Meeting the ‘more vegetables’ challenge
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Meeting the ‘more vegetables’ challenge

Everyone knows that vegetables are good for them – but it’s surprising how many people think they’re doing OK – until they start to count! Food intake is one of those areas where what we think we’re doing and what we’re actually doing are two different things. Check your real intake So keep a food…

Holiday hints to stay healthy
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Holiday hints to stay healthy

The festive season has arrived – and along with lots of fun and reconnection, it also brings temptation, stress and challenges to our best intentions. The challenges of food A few bubbles – and lots of water Go for moderation rather than deprivation – you’ll be more successful. Rather than declare “no alcohol”, declare “lots…

Four simple strategies for avoiding that extra Christmas half-kilo

Four simple strategies for avoiding that extra Christmas half-kilo

Festive season weight gain in the November – January festive season can be anything up to half a kilogram. Over-indulgence, holiday slow down and high-calorie foods are common contributing factors. The news isn’t all bad, though. There are four simple strategies you can use to minimise your holiday weight gain. In summary, these are: There’s…