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How’s Your Thyroid???

Thyroid imbalances are one of the key hormone imbalances which I see regularly in my clinic…..particularly in women. Often your doctor will only do the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) blood test & often reports back that all is in range & honky dory.

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Just because your TSH is in range, doesn’t mean your thyroid is balanced & “A OK”.  As a naturopath I like look furthter at the freeT3 & freeT4 results…& possibly various antibodies & reverse T3 to ensure all is good.

There are many symptoms of hyper/hypothyroid…here are a few listed below, but seeing a naturopath to help identify what is really going on is soo important. Many health concerns can look similar…that’s why we take a full history to put the pieces together:

  • unexplained weight gain/loss
  • heart palpitations, trembling
  • shortness of breath
  • sensitive to cold or  heat
  • infertility
  • fatigue
  • muscle weakness or tenderness
  • changes in bowel motions
  • depression
  • poor concentration & memory
  • insomnia
  • and the list goes on…….

There can be many drivers to throwing out thyroid hormone balance such as:

  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Increased cortisol due to stress
  • Low carbohydrate &/or restrictive diet
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Acid-alkaline imbalance
  • Exposure to toxins, heavy metals
  • Some Medications ie beta blockers, chemotherapy, phenytoin (anti-seizure meds) etc
  • Co-Infections often present ie Epstein-Barr Virus, Candida, Hepatitis C etc

Understanding your own circumstances & pathway is important in your healing & returning your body to ‘real balance’  to get you back on track quicker.

I use diet & lifestyle advice to suit your personal case…along with herbs & extra nutritional support where needed. Not all cases are the same & extra support may only be needed for a few months to get you into balance. It all depends on your own case.

If you’d like to get your thyroid under control & back to feeling like your ‘old self’. then give me a call on 0411 378 997 or BOOK NOW

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Egg White Omelette….yum!

This omelette is sooo easy & really healthy too!! Mix & match your fillings to whatever you like….I’m sure you’ll create a masterpiece!  😉

Ingredients:

  • olive oil spray (or coconut oil)
  •  2 green/spring onions, sliced
  •  50g baby spinach
  • tomato, chopped
  • mushrooms, chopped
  •  1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or any herbs you love
  •  sea salt & cracked black pepper
  •  3 egg whites

Method:

  • Lightly spray a non-stick frying pan with olive oil spray. Add green/spring onion, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes & dill, & cook over medium heat until spinach is wilted. Remove from pan & season with sea salt & cracked black pepper.
  • Lightly spray pan again with a little oil. In a bowl, whisk egg whites with electric beaters until soft peaks form.
  • Add egg whites to the pan & cook over medium heat for 2 minutes or until nearly set. Sprinkle spinach filling over half the omelette & cook for further 3 minutes or until the base is golden.
  • Carefully fold over omelette to enclose filling. Serve immediately.

Enjoy….even as a light dinner choice!!

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New Clients Needed….Katherine??!!

As you all probably know….I’ve been travelling to Katherine once a month for well over 18mths now. I started doing this as I had several locals had tried my certified organic herbal teas at Malak Marketplace & asked if I could come to town to support their health.

I truly love going down there each month to assist this beautiful community….but it needs to be sustainable for me to continue. Yes…I’ve helped many people, hence why they no longer need my help!! From stress, gut concerns, persistent colds/flu’s, hormone balancing, pain relief, children’s health & emotional support. This is an amazing feeling & this is why I do what I do…to see positive results after people taking control of the lives & health again. I definitely plan to be finishing out the year in Katherine…..but will need to see how things go in the New Year.

So if you know anyone who is open to natural therapies in Katherine & who would benefit from herbal & nutritional support or Flower Essences for their health & wellbeing, please pass on my details.

Thank You for Your Support…..Love & Light, Kristy x

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Need a New Smoothie Combo??

Berry & Beet Smoothie

Our lifestyle today has seen an increase in heart disease & heart attacks in women – yes…we need to take care of ourselves. Try this combo to boost your antioxidant & vitamin C intake, plus support your cardiovascular & nervous systems.

  • 1C frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2C orange juice/coconut water
  • 1/3C diced cooked beetroot
  • 1/4C Greek yoghurt
  • 2Tbs oats
  • 1tsp honey
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Throw all the ingredients into a blender/food processor, & blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass & serve immediately. For an NT tropical twist…..use frozen mango or pineapple!

 

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Tamari-Lime Tofu with Noodles

Looking for a tasty midweek meal this week???

This vegetarian meal can be switched to replace the tofu with chicken/turkey/prawns if you prefer….& even the noodles can be of your choice…or even brown rice or quinoa if you’d prefer. Add any veggies in the fridge to pack them in there.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4C tamari
  • 2-3 red chilies, finely chopped
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2cm ginger, finely grated
  • 1Tbs honey
  • 3Tbs lime juice
  • finely grated zest of 1 lime
  • handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 300g medium tofu
  • 1/3C coconut oil
  • 150g snowpeas, diagonally sliced
  • 1 bunch broccolini, sliced
  • 3 spring onions, diagonally sliced
  • 1/2 red capsicum, sliced
  • pkt rice noodles

Method:

  1. Combine tamari, honey, lime juice, chili, garlic, ginger & ring into jug & whisk together. Drain tofu, halve & cut into into 1.5cm thick slices.
  2. Heat 2Tbs oil in frypan over medium heat. Cook tofu for 2-3mins on each side or until golden. Pour half of the sauce mixture over tofu &simmer for 1-2mins, till sauce thickens.
  3. Prepare noodles as per packet. Heat remaining oil in wok. Add snowpeas, broccolini, capsicum & spring onions & stirfry for 1min. Add remaining sauce & cook for further 2mins.
  4. Stir through drained noodles with veggies until heated.
  5. Divide noodles & veggies into serving bowls. Top with tofu, coriander & sauce.

ENJOY!!

 

 

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FREE Healthy Eating Workshop….

Did you sign up for Activate this year???

Great!!!

Lucky you….You really have spent the best $40 on your health.  😉

Did you realise you’re also able to join Louise (nutritionist from Healthy Eating Australia) & myself at one of our three Healthy Eating Workshops for FREE!!!??

Please let me know if you’d like to join us at our workshops….as places are limited!!!

Saturday 13th May 10-12noon

Sunday 28th May 1-3pm

Saturday 10th June 10-12noon

All held at The Heights, Durack Community Centre.

Not only will I be encouraging you on my FB page to keep Activated….I also I will be letting you know how I’m going (since I’ve committed myself to 3-4 classes a week for the 8 weeks).

If you’d like to join us for Activate….you can still sign up today ~100 places left!!

Book online

Get ACTIVATED!!!!

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Try an Asian Inspired Fish Parcel for Dinner

I LOVE fish…..& I think I will definitely try this with the next Barra hubby catches…..or I think I have some Blue Nosed Salmon in the freezer!!??

Fish is high in omega-3 oils, plus full of vitamins A & D, B vitamins, calcium, potassium, selenium,  & chromium….great for your heart, skin, weight loss & your mental health. Enjoy!!!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4C miso paste
  • 1Tbsp mirin seasoning
  • 1Tbsp tamari
  • 2tsp sesame oil
  • 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks or spiralised
  • 4cm ginger, cut into matchsticks
  • 4 spring onions, cut into matchsticks
  • 500g skinless white firm fish – enough for 4 serves (or any you like really?!)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC. Combine miso paste, mirin, tamari, & oil into small bowl.
  2. Combine the carrot, ginger & 3/4 spring onions in another bowl.
  3. Cut x4 30cm squares of baking paper. Onto this place half carrot mixture.
  4. Top carrot with fish & remaining carrot mixture. Drizzle with miso mixture.
  5. Bring the long sides of paper together & fold to seal. Enclose the ends & place on the baking tray.
  6. Bake for 12-15mins or until fish is cooked through. Set aside for 2mins, top with remaining spring onions, then serve with brown jasmine rice & baby pak choy.
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High BP??? High Cholesterol???

Cardiovascular disease kills one Australian every 12mins.

It affects 1 in 6 Australians.

Wow….such preventable diseases – stroke, heart attack, blood vessel diseases.

Try the recipes in this months newsletter….full of nutrients to support your heart. Plus, smoking & obesity are the biggest contributors to heart disease. You can prevent it happening to YOU!! 

Quit Smoking

Decrease Alcohol

Do Regular Exercise

Limit Saturated Fats & Increase Good Fats!

Reduce Salt Intake

Drink More Water

Increase Dietary Fibre

Decrease Stress – Time Out For You!

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If you have any form of heart disease & need some extra support in making these changes, I can support you with quality herbs & supplements….make your appointment TODAY!

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Get Activated Now!

Yes it’s that time again…..Activate!!!

Activate 2016

Once again “we” (I’m on the organising committee!!)….have put together an amazing exercise timetable that should suit most peoples tastes.

The idea is that you can try a range of activities everyday of the week for $40 (or $20 concession) for 8 weeks!! You can’t get cheaper than that!! There is no limit to how many classes you can do…get back in shape now & try something new  😉

Take the challenge & get not only your body back into shape….but also your mind & soul.

De- stress & sleep better.

Oasis Shopping Centre 23rd April or the Palmerston Council Office to sign up.

 Be QUICK…..there are only 500 places available!!!

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A Smoothie rich in Anthocyanins…

Plum & Chia Smoothie

The purple pigment in the plums & blueberries are rich in anthocyanins & antioxidants which may help lower cholesterol, cleanse the blood, whilst being rich in vitamin C & beta-carotene.

Boosted with the protein, essential fatty acids & minerals from the chia seeds – this smoothie has it all!

3 plums, pitted & cut into chunks

1/4C coconut water

1/4C blueberries

1tsp chia seeds

1/2tsp cinnamon

Handful ice cubes

Mix all in a blender until smooth & serve immediately.

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