See a natur­opath and have your cof­fee/dairy/wheat too

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - REGIONAL EXTRA -

WHEN­EVER some­one finds out I am a natur­opath they are ei­ther re­ally in­trigued or re­ally skep­ti­cal.

Of­ten it gen­er­ates some kind of con­ver­sa­tion about the sup­ple­ments they take or their fear of see­ing a natur­opath in case they have to stop drink­ing cof­fee or eat­ing bread for the rest of their lives.

Whilst di­etary mod­i­fi­ca­tion and sup­ple­men­tal pre­scrip­tions are part of natur­o­pathic care, see­ing a natur­opath does not mean giv­ing up all your fa­vorite foods, eat­ing kale or tak­ing a shop­ping bag of sup­ple­ments.

A large part of my prac­tice fo­cuses on what foods you could add in, rather than take out.

There are so many won­der­ful ways to cook, jazz up ba­sic meals, im­prov­ing flavour, tex­ture and ul­ti­mately di­ges­tive com­pat­i­bil­ity for a per­son that can make a huge im­pact to how you feel.

I of­ten ask peo­ple to eat more of those foods, rather than forgo their favourite treats.

I would never dare ask a new mum to give up choco­late, or cof­fee.

In fact, pa­tients are of­ten sur­prised when I en­cour­age them to eat the choc coated al­monds guilt free ( just make sure it’s the good qual­ity dark choco­late ones!). Ev­ery­thing in mod­er­a­tion. I was taught that the dif­fer­ence be­tween medicine and poi­son is dose. This is true for food - and cof­fee. I was re­cently com­pli­mented on some muffins I made for a girls’ week­end.

The se­cret was that I fol­lowed the recipe - adding all of the su­gar.

If you are di­a­betic or have other is­sues with in­sulin re­sis­tance, eat less cake and jam, but that doesn’t mean ev­ery­one has to.

Be­lieve it or not, some peo­ple can’t di­gest kale very well.

Stud­ies have shown that if you drink one cup of cof­fee daily your con­cen­tra­tion im­proves. How­ever, more than one cof­fee daily can re­duce your abil­ity to ab­sorb nu­tri­ents and for many peo­ple will con­trib­ute to poor sleep, anx­i­ety and loose bow­els.

And ev­ery­one’s thresh­old is dif­fer­ent due to weight, me­tab­o­lism di­ges­tive strength etc.

Natur­o­pathic food pre­scrip­tions are all about work­ing out what helps or hin­ders your health, with sup­ple­ments be­ing the ic­ing on the cake.

If you are un­well, they can be a help­ing hand whilst you take time to mak­ing last­ing changes to your health, diet and cof­fee con­sump­tion.

with Natur­opaths Belinda McPher­son and Sophie Lor­back (BHSCI. NATUR­OPA­THY)

IN­DUL­GENCE: Treats like dark choco­late are fine in mod­er­a­tion.

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