Belief can Change Biology

You’ve been diagnosed with coeliac disease or you have been advised to do an elimination diet by a nutritionist or dietician. What do you do?

Gluten Free tips

Let’s Talk Gluten Free

You’ve been diagnosed with coeliac disease or you have been advised to do an elimination diet by a nutritionist or dietician. What do you do?

Power Salad Recipe

Power Salad Recipe

We should be getting five to seven servings a day of vegetables. One serving is about the size of your palm. Even as a nutritionist, I have to work hard at ensuring that I have a good intake of these nutrient dense foods every day.

Healing Naturally Sleep Advice

Are you Sleeping Enough?

Research has shown that lack of sleep is a key lifestyle factor that will determine whether you will get Alzheimer’s or not. Going without sleep for a week would affect your blood sugars to such an extent that you would be classified as pre-diabetic.

Hawea Reiki - Hazel Thomas

What are the Benefits of Reiki

To heal, the body needs be in a parasympathetic dominant state, which is our rest and digest mode. Reiki helps us switch to this mode, which facilitates the healing process.

Intermittent Fasting

Is Intermittent Fasting Good for Us?

Fasting is an ancient tradition that has been around for eons and the amount of research into the benefits of fasting has increased vastly. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself, if we allow it too. Generally we eat too much and too often and we choose the wrong foods.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Are You Suffering from IBS?

Are the days of a settled, flat tummy without pain a distant memory? We all experience digestive upsets occasionally, but if it’s not the norm, this may indicate that you have something called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is believed that between 15 to 20% of New Zealanders suffer from this condition.

Wanaka and Hawea Counselling

Can Counselling/Coaching Change your LIfe?

Reaching out to a qualified counsellor/coach can be helpful during these challenging life events. A trained professional is not connected to your life in anyway and is able to listen without judgement or bias.

Chai seed berry blast recipe

Chai Seed Berry Blast

My go-to recipe for a quick nutritious dessert. Chia Seed Berry Blast – packed with good fats, vitamins, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, antioxidants and fibre.

Chronic Fatigue

Still Fatigued After Your Holiday?

We all feel tired from time to time, that’s a normal part of life. However, ongoing fatigue can be an insidious beast and over time it can become the norm for many people. If you are one of those people that find themselves drowsy during the day, having difficulty concentrating, experiencing brain fog or wanting to lay down, then perhaps you should be digging a bit deeper and finding out why.

How to survive christmas

How to Survive Christmas and Thrive

Are we trying to live up to unrealistic expectations of creating a ‘perfect’ Christmas? Should we rather be keeping things simple and enjoying our time with our family and friends? Are we being sucked in by all those ‘fabulous’ marketing campaigns? Christmas is a tradition that is religious for some. For others it may be the time to have a well-deserved holiday.

Infused water

Naturally Infused Water Recipe Ideas

This is a great way of staying hydrated and still enjoying a libation during the holiday period, particularly since many people don’t like the taste of plain water. Infused water is really easy to make and is a much better option than sugary fruit juices, sodas or artificial sweetened beverages.

Self Caring

Are You in Need of Self-Care

Self-care should be at the top of our list, yet for many of us it’s at the bottom of the pile. Self-care is not being selfish. Rather it’s about attending to your needs so that you are able to support those that you love.

Food Intolerances

Do you Have a Food Allergy, Food Intolerance or Food Sensitivity

When I was growing up, I don’t remember many of my friends or their family members being allergic, intolerant or sensitive to different types of food. Fast forward 40 years and you are likely to hear about people with allergies, intolerances and food sensitivities or you may have them yourselves.

Sugar and Nutrition in Wanaka

Sugar… Friend or Foe

As a nutritionist, I was taught that sugar’s nutritional value is zero, so the question needs to be raised. Why do we eat so much of it?

Kombucha

Is kombucha a good choice for everyone?

Kombucha is a fermented drink that is likely to have originated in China and is still enjoyed there today. It is also popular in Eastern Europe, particularly Russia, Japan and Korea. Is it good for us?

Can Reiki Help with Sleep

Can Reiki Help with Sleep

A study in 2004 looked at whether Reiki could reduce insomnia and improve sleep patterns. It found that Reiki was a beneficial therapy for sleep problems since it decreased episodes of insomnia and improved sleep patterns. Reiki also had a positive effect on the parasympathetic nervous system, which is associated with relaxation.