Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What I actually look like when I run...

Top 5 Things I LOVED This Wk:

1. Having the patience to cook homemade chicken, leek, asparagus and thyme risotto. Always worth getting RSI in your wrists from 45 mins of stirring.
2. Catching an old nana bopping along to a Hilltop Hoods track on my Triple J ‘Like A Version’ cd.
3. The sweetness of an organic zucchini.
4. Breaking my personal record during my PT session for planking. I was silently cleansing my chakras.
5. Driving past a plant nursery and seeing the sign “Have a dirty weekend”.

Emma the Naturopath xx

PS. Have a beautiful long wkend everyone! I have been wondering this week how many of those mini Cadbury eggs I can eat before I lose my naturopathic accreditation ;)

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The truth: you can not and will not look like a Lorna Jane model if you’re working out properly.

Your face will be lobster red, you’ll be dripping sweat, looking pretty unco and unable to talk and breathe at the same time.

When I get home from my weekly person training session all I want is a bowl of porridge. 

This is my post-workout refuel:

In a small saucepan add ½ a cup of rolled oats and cover with filtered water and cook on the lowest heat for 10 mins. Then splash in your milk of choice (mine is malt-free soy milk) and stir till creamy.

Remove from heat and add 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 Tbsp chia seeds, ground cinnamon, a scattering of frozen blueberries, a swirl of coconut nectar. If there’s some leftover coconut cream in the fridge from a curry the night before I’ll put a slurp of that in as well. Loco for the coco!

Packed with magnesium, B vitamins, fibre, healthy oils, protein and complex carbs. Then I enjoy my endorphin high for the rest of the day!

So I made these little pups today. They are the perfect accompaniment to my pot of rosehip tea on this rainy Autumn afternoon.


1 cup raw cashews
1 cup dried figs
¾ cup desiccated coconut
Zest of one lime
Chia seeds to coat

1. Soak cashews for a few hours. Drain and rinse.
2. Cut figs into quarters and cover with water for 30 mins to soften them.
3. In a food processor combine all ingredients and whiz until combined.
4. Spoon out about a dessert spoon size amount of mixture at a time and roll into a ball with your hands. Pour some chia seeds into a bowl and roll the balls around to coat.

Store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Makes 24. Great for lunch boxes, road trips, pre-workout, morning tea, kiddies parties, something sweet after dinner.

Gluten free, dairy free, raw, vegan and I made sure all the ingredients were organic. Packed to the brim with magnesium and fibre!!

Emma the Naturopath xx

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Generous hearts

This week at work I have witnessed so much care given from others. My love today goes out to all the carers (paid and unpaid) who selflessly put other’s needs before their own simply to improve another person’s quality of life. Is there no greater gift?

Those people who work a 9-5 job and still visit their elderly parent in a nursing home every day, even just for 10 minutes.

Those who do everything in their power to help a family member battling a serious disease.

Those who work in hospitals who spend their days looking after people in their most vulnerable state where just a warm smile and small chat can make all the difference.

Those parents who miss a day’s wage to nurse their sick child back to health.

It warms my heart to know that there are so many beautiful people with such tremendously generous hearts in this world.

Top 5 Things I LOVED This Wk:

1. My dream last night: I dreamt that my heart was a cold stone with the word LOVE written on it. Then I got some soap and a scrubbing brush and said nice things to it as I cleaned it. When I finished with it my heart was pink, soft and glowing. I always have these sort of dreams when I take a flower essence...
2. Biting the bullet and finally “investing” in sensible work shoes with proper arch support. I may look like I’m off to second grade but my legs no longer kill by the end of the day!
3. How friendly chia seeds are. They just want to hang out with you all day in your teeth, the kitchen sponge, the bottom of the blender…
4. The way my left hip clicks back in to place during trikonasana (triangle pose in yoga).
5. Having a bath before breakfast every day this week. Just because.


1. Eat with chopsticks: it’ll stop you scoffing down your food and is a hell of a lot more hygienic than eating with your fingers. Plus it’s hilarious when you’re learning!

2. Add fermented foods/pickled vegies: encourages the production of your own digestive secretions and enhances the growth of friendly bacteria in your gut. Make your own to avoid preservatives.

3. Drink organic green tea: the flavonoids (antioxidants) protect your cells from free radical damage to slow the ageing process and protect fro cancer. Green tea also increases your metabolism, makes your skin glow and promotes detoxification.

4. Warm up with miso soup: such a nourishing little gem! It helps to recolonise your gut with the good bugs that boost your immunity. It’s a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals that support your nervous system. Add shitake mushies for an extra immunity boost!

You’ll be fighting like a Japanese ninja in no time!

I sacrificed my Wed night yoga class last night and went to a ridiculously informative business strategies seminar. Glad I did. 

One line the speaker said particularly stood out:

*A winner is a loser who never gave up*

Who overindulged over Easter…? Me too! Cakes, choccy, late nights, no routine, no exercise, wheat, dairy… but sooooo much FUN!!

Let’s start fresh again this week!!!

Here are 5 things I’ll be doing this week to get back on track:
1. Getting outside and moving to make the most of the last week of daylight savings!
2. Making fresh vegie juice such as carrot, apple, celery, ginger, parsley, apple and beetroot.
3. Putting 1 tsp of Synergy spirulina powder in my coconut water.
4. Drinking spiced dandelion tea.
5. Early to bed, early to rise.

Welcome to April everyone!!

Emma the Naturopath xx

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