Food is one of the best medicines we have available. For any kind of therapy and treatment to be truly effective, an assessment of one’s diet, habits (drink, food, drugs) and environmental variables (e.g. esmog) are essential.
Many medical practitioners in the past, such as Dr. Max Bircher Benner of Switzerland, demonstrated the connection between optimal health and the food/drink we consume. They understood how food plays an essential role in health, as both the cause of disease and the medicine used to heal it.
Food is fuel and the type of fuel we choose influences how well our body, mind and spirit function. Food is not only digested and absorbed by the body, but it is central in eliminating the build up of waste out of the body and maintaining overall homeostasis.
Supporting the body’s self-healing process requires patience, time, discipline and knowledge. There is definitely a right and a wrong way of modifying one’s habits, or transitioning to the kind of diet that we would like to have, no matter how healthy that diet may appear.
Introducing clean food into our diet or starting an extreme regime when our inner physical environment is out of balance, can trigger a major cleansing response - often with unpleasant results. While this kind of reaction is normal, people who experience it can often give up thinking the diet or therapy was unsuccessful. But this may not be the case.
A soft and gradual nutritional therapy approach is often far more effective and kinder to the body. It can take months or even years for the internal condition (e.g. waste in our tissues, organs, bones, cells, etc.) that contributes to our state of health, to be altered and changed. Each set of circumstances, approach, response and outcome is highly individual.
The first steps in nutritional therapy are to carefully consider:
- Our state of health
- How long has this state existed?
- Where is the congestion/pain/deficiency/excess focused?
- What have we done before to change this state?
- Which foods, drinks, medication, drugs, etc., are we consuming (or not consuming) that lie at the root?
- How weak and serious is our condition?
A realistic and natural food plan can be determined based on the above evaluation, so that the transition to a wholefood diet (e.g. 100% plant based) or variation of one, is a successful and positive one.
The type of nutritional therapy that I offer combines and employs knowledge of raw vegan food, slow food, fermented food, natural unadulterated wholefood, wild food, and Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine dietary principles.
Please read more about nutritional therapy in my three articles:
I offer advice and assistance with:
- Natural wholefood concepts and dietary alternatives
- Using food as medicine to heal the body and restore optimal health
- Good intestinal health (considered our second brain) with proper food combination, eating choices and habits
- Understanding deficiencies, cravings and hormones (changes through the lifespan)
- Making your own gluten free, dairy free, fermented and raw alternatives
- Foraging for wild edibles and medicinal plants
- Juicing and fasting principles
- Oil swilling and natural brushing for oral health
- Use of raw honey and apple cider vinegar as external and internal medicine
- Easing the transition into and out of menopause
- Hourly rate AUD$45
- Discounts apply for multiple sessions over a long term period. Obligation-free quotes can be sent out after a preliminary meeting to discuss your specific needs and situation
- Online and email counselling and coaching are possible and attract a lower fee
None of the prices above include travel. I charge 0.50 cm per km. As I am in different locations on different days, please contact me to find out when I am in your area and how much a travel fee will cost.
Info for clients
- Transition to a plant-based diet is based on a 28-day program.
- Raw food transition can take up to 100 days and greatly depends on where you live and how easily you can access fresh local organic produce.
- I’m familiar with research methods and combine a lot of schools of thought. I don’t focus on nutrition at a strictly molecular level or take a reductionist view of medicine. I look at the big picture and at your specific case. One of the most under appreciated and overlooked methods is listening to your own body and its reactions. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to nutrition. Each body and set of circumstances are unique.
- Please read my response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Any questions, please feel welcome to contact me on +61 (0)448 381 306 or by email.
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