Monday, December 21, 2009

Have yourself an Organic Christmas

An Organic Christmas is a wonderful starting place to plan your perfect seasonal celebration- healthy, environmentally friendly and delicious. Who could ask for more?

Support your planet, your community and your health with an organic, locally sourced Christmas dinner.

Organic farming typically uses 27 per cent less energy than non-organic agriculture. Organic farmers avoid using climate-boosting artificial fertilisers and pesticides, thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions, producing less dangerous wastes and protecting wildlife on farms. Instead, they use natural processes such as energy from the sun to fix nitrogen in the soil, crop and livestock rotations, using natural predators for pest control and focusing on animal welfare which reduces the need for drug treatment.

Research from the Soil Association shows that 68 per cent of people in the UK want to avoid food grown with pesticides (over 300 are routinely used in non-organic farming, compared to only four allowed under Soil Association organic standards). Eating an organic Christmas dinner means people can avoid consuming pesticide residues, GM ingredients or unnecessary food additives.

Eat meat with the highest levels of animal welfare.

Get to know your local turkey or goose farmer this Christmas. Organic turkeys are free-range and spend their lives running about in the open air, this is reflected in the quality of the meat. Try to make sure your ham is free-range too!

More carrot in your Christmas carrots

Organic brussel sprouts, carrots and other vegetables have higher levels of vitamin C, more minerals and cancer fighting antioxidants than non-organic varieties. There is considerable evidence that, on average, organic fruit and vegetables contain higher levels of primary and secondary nutrients than non-organic food. An independent review of the evidence in 2001 found that in general organic crops had significantly higher levels of all 21 nutrients analysed compared with conventional produce; including vitamin C (27% more), magnesium (29% more), iron (21% more) and phosphorous (14% more).

Artificial fertilisers used in non-organic farming increase the water content of vegetables, which dilutes their nutritional content. A warming lentil and tomato soup will provide great nutrition during the festive season and a University of California Davies study found 79-97 per cent higher levels of flavonoids in organic tomatoes; the researchers stated that these antioxidants have been linked to reduced rates of cardiovascular disease, some forms of cancer and dementia.

Eating delicious organic roast potatoes like the Sebago and Desiree varieties means you can avoid pesticide residues. In 2003, the government tested 144 potato samples for the residues of the pesticide aldicarb (used to kill worms and insects in non-organic farming; classified by the World Health Organisation as 'extremely hazardous'). Nearly two per cent had detectable levels, which suggests over 25,000 tonnes of potatoes may have been eaten containing pesticides.

From your roast potatoes and brussels to your cranberry sauce, make sure your Christmas dinner is loaded with all the right nutrients.

Christmas stuffing - read the ingredients on the label.

One of the key ingredients in Christmas stuffing is the egg so make it an organic one. More and more people are choosing organic eggs and the combined sales value of free range and organic eggs exceeded that of cage eggs for the first time last year. Animal welfare organisations recommend that organic eggs are the best alternative to intensively produced eggs. Compassion in World Farming Trust said, "Organically reared chickens must have plenty of space, space to run, to scratch and dust, to spread their wings, to enjoy the open air and the sun on their backs, and generally behave naturally. Organic standards guarantee all this and more for all organic eggs. This is why Compassion in World Farming Trust rightly says that organic eggs are the animal welfare-friendly alternative to battery eggs."

Only 32 of the 300 food additives approved for use across the EU are permitted in organic food. Controversial additives like aspartame, tartrazine and hydrogenated fats which have been linked to health problems such as heart disease, migraines and hyperactivity, are banned in organic food. Choosing organic ingredients means you can relax and enjoy your Christmas meal knowing you aren't harming your body with unwanted extra ingredients.

Getting into the Christmas spirit.

Indulge guilt-free with the huge range of organic wine, beers, ciders and spirits available, which are kinder to the planet and kinder to you. Organic wine is produced using a natural system of farming and limits the use of sulphur to control fungus. Organic regulations also limit sulphur dioxide which is added to wine as a preservative. On average organic producers use just one quarter of the legal maximum of sulphur dioxide allowed for non-organic wines, which appears to lessen the chances of a hangover.

Organic beer is made from organic malt and hops. The average non-organic farmer is estimated to spray hops up to 14 times each year with an average of 15 pesticides. Organic spirits are available through specialist suppliers and some supermarkets. The main difference lies in the use of organic raw materials, non-organic vodka is made from grain produced in systems usually reliant upon multiple applications of pesticides and artificial fertilisers

Where have your nuts been?

The globally sourced nut bowl appears on most people's coffee table at Christmas and they are certainly a healthy treat. Yet, pesticide residues were found on 29 out of 48 non-organic samples of nuts tested by the government's Pesticide Residues Committee in 2004. Residues from methyl bromide were found, which is banned from organic food and used to kill rats, mice and other pests while non-organic nuts are in storage.

To reduce your food mileage this year, why not choose nuts that are grown in Australia such as macadamias, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts

Gift giving

* Give a gift that makes a difference - and lead a planet friendly life style! Give your family and friends a child to sponsor from World Vision or perhaps buy someone in need a crop of vegies.

* Organic health and beauty products There are hundreds of health and beauty products available but look for the Organic Certification stamp of approval - currently health and beauty companies are not legally required to obtain organic certification to make organic claims!

* Local, organic box schemes Sign a friend up to an Organic Empire local organic box scheme for a few weeks in the New Year and help reduce food miles! Fresh, seasonal, locally grown organic food delivered to their door will provide all the nutrients they need to feel great in the New Year.

* Organic food hampers Introduce a friend to organic produce and buy them a luxury organic food hamper full of seasonal produce such as red cabbage, sprouts, cheese and vintage chutney. We will pack your gifts in re-usable hemp, jute or organic cotton carrier bags - think about all the plastic bags you'll save in the New Year.

* Organic chocolate Organic cocoa bushes are grown without the use of pesticides. Our certified organic chocolates tend to contain more cocoa solids than non-organic chocolate and does not contain hydrogenated fat, which is known to be harmful to health. Further more, the soya lecithin will never be made from genetically modified organisms. Give the gift of chocolate this Christmas, sans pesticides!


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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Food Inc

I have just watched the documentary, Food Inc. Apart from feeling quite nausea I feel equally empowered to spread the goodness of organics. This documentary opens the can of worms on the trade that is food processing, the mass production of the food that feed our kids. You may be able to seperate yourself from this because it is an american made documentary, but the truth is that we are not seperate from this. Most of the fast food trade that exists in Australia takes a leaf out of the American systems. This is a dangerous system and one that we should be aware of. Although I believe that the food systems in Australia are alot better in respect to food standards, the truth of the matter is that Genetically Modified Crops are infiltrating our amazing soils, animals are being treated inhumanely and food is being mass produced, full of chemicals, refined food stuffs. There are better ways to produce foods, better ways that dont need Genetic modification, animal cruelty and mass production. What we think is cheap food, ie fast food, packaged processed foods, is so much more expensive. It costs our us in doctors bills, the environment and ultimatley our health.

You see I am not one to talk doom and gloom, but perhaps sometimes its necessary to see where the problems are, talk about them and work towards a solution. There is always a solution to our problems, and there defintley is when it comes to food.

Eating well is an obligation to yourself, your family and the environment, we as a whole are a system that is we are not seperate from oneself. The formula is quite simple you see, healthy systems=healthy soils=healthy plants=healthy animals= healthy humans=healthy environments=healthy life.

We need to demand that our food is produced ethically, humanely, we need to learn to read labels, get educated about GM crops, oppose them, support local farmers, eat seasonally, learn about how your food can heal your body, if your a meat eater choose free range, choose fresh, chose organic! Vote with your dollar, your money is the most effective and persuasive tool we have at our disposal. Our dollars are the power that determine how things happen and if enough people choose healthy organic foods, fresh organic produce then change will happen. The large food conglomerates will see that's whats wanted

I hope that you become inspired to learn about your food, where does it come from, how is it made, if its meat, how is it produced. Contact us for more information on your food production.
To get more information on the documentary

Monday, December 14, 2009


The idea of eating Gingerbread at Christmas time comes from Germany, primarily because at one stage Germany was the centre of the spice trade market and ginger was in abundance, but more romantically because ginger was good for the body and the medieval women used to give it their knights as a sign of their love!

Now gingerbread has a place in the westernized world, hence these recipes today. One traditional, one wheat free and two RAW! Hope that you enjoy!!


  • 125g organic butter, at room temperature

  • 60ml (1/2 cup) organic honey/molasses

  • 2 tbs raw organic sugar

  • 300g (2 cups)Wholemeal organic plain flour, sifted

  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 1 tbs organic ground ginger

  • 1 tsp organic mixed spice

  • 1/4 tsp organic ground cloves

  • 1 free range egg white

  • 150g (1 cup) pure organic icing sugar

  • 2-3 tsp fresh organic lemon juice

  • Pure icing sugar, extra

  1. Use an electric beater to beat the butter, honey and sugar until pale and creamy. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, mixed spice and cloves, and stir until well combined. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth. Press into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 1 hour to rest.

  2. Preheat oven to 160°C. Line 3 large baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until 5mm thick. Use an 8cm-long bell-shaped biscuit cutter to cut bells from the dough. Place on the lined trays. Use a clean drinking straw to cut a hole from the top of each bell. Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

  3. Whisk the egg white in a bowl until foamy. Gradually whisk in the icing sugar until well combined. Gradually add the lemon juice, stirring until a smooth paste forms.

  4. Use a palette knife to spread half the icing over half the biscuits. Add enough extra icing sugar to the remaining icing mixture, stirring, until a firm paste forms. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a 2mm plain nozzle. Decorate the remaining bells with different designs, such as dots, stripes and snowflake patterns. Set aside until set.


½ cup brown rice flour ½ cup barley flour ¼ tsp bicarb soda ½ tsp cream of tartar ½-1 tsp organic ground ginger ½ cup pecans ground till oily 1 tbsp organic and raw honey 1 tbs organic maple syrup 2 tbs organic orange juice 2 tsps organic grated orange rind

Sift the dry ingredients. Rub in the ground nuts. Add honey, maple syrup, orange juice and orange rind. Knead lightly and divide in halves. Roll out thinly on a floured board. Cut into shapes. Place on a lightly greased tray and bake for 15-20 mins in a moderate ove. Makes 2 doz thinly rolled cookies or 5 x 13cm thick men.

This recipe is from Recipes to the Rescue,J Bonner, L Kingsmill and S Morrow


1 cup ORGANIC Coconut pulp or shredded coconut
1 cup Ground walnuts
10 organic Dates
1/2 cup Ground flax seeds
1/2 tsp. organic Vanilla
1/4 tsp. organic Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. organic Cloves
1 Tbs. organic Cinnamon
Pinch Salt
1 Tbs. organic Shredded Ginger

Puree all of this in the food processor. You may need to stop the machine and mash the mixture down and re-pulse it.
Then form your cookies onto the teflex sheets and dehydrate for around 10 hrs or so, maybe longer. This recipe

Or for raw to eat right now

1/4 c flax seeds & grind
1/4 c walnuts (or pecans)
1/3 c almond meal (or 1/3 c whole raw almonds that you grind)
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Ground Ginger (or fresh ginger if you have it)
1 Tsp Mixed Spice (a blend of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, lemon peel, & cardamom)
3 Tbsp Agave

Form dough into Balls & Refrigerate. The more days/time that elapses that the dough stays in the fridge, the dryer it will naturally become... YUM

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Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Do you jump out of bed every morning with a spring in your step? Or do you drag your body out of bed and struggle through your day? With our stressful, busy lives, many people are tired. However, for an increasing number of people, persistent unremitting tiredness is a major problem. If you have to drag yourself out of bed and struggle through your day, then you may benefit from some natural supplements to help give you an energy boost.

What causes fatigue?

Things that may lead to fatigue include

• Low iron levels

• Inflammation

• Infection

• Hormonal imbalances

• Digestion and liver issues

• Excess body fat

• Unstable blood sugars

• Stress and mood changes

As you can see, there are multiple reasons why you may feel fatigued. A common reason people get fatigued is poor energy production. To keep your energy levels up, you need to ensure that all your body systems are in balance and working effectively. You also need to make sure that the energy centres of every cell in your body, the mitochondria, are working effectively.

The energy "powerhouses" – the mitochondria

Every cell in your body contains energy centres known as the mitochondria, which require certain nutrients to work efficiently. No matter what else is going on in your body, if mitochondrial function is impaired, you will have reduced energy production. Support of healthy mitochondrial function is essential for optimising your energy levels. If you experience fatigue, improving mitochondrial function is an important first step toward improving your energy levels.

Would you like to know the key to unlocking the energy centres in your body?

Nutrients are the key to increasing energy in your body, as they are used to support the mitochondria. The important nutrients required include coenzyme Q10, N-Acetyl Carnitine, lipoic acid & magnesium. These nutrients are helpful in the management of fatigue as they enhance cellular energy production in one of the following ways: by transporting dietary fats directly into the mitochondria to be broken down and burnt as fuel for energy production, by crossing the blood brain barrier to assist with mental fatigue, by converting carbohydrates and proteins into energy whilst protecting the mitochondria from damage (as it is a potent antioxidant), by providing integrity and stability of the mitochondrial membrane in the body, by stimulating the growth and size of the mitochondria, along with helping to lower stress levels, which overall can contribute to higher energy levels.

Five key steps to get you bouncing out of bed

To get you bouncing out of bed, first and foremost, you need to ensure that you lead a healthy life. By following these five simple steps, you will be on your way to better energy, and a new lease on life.

1. Get adequate, regular and consistent amounts of sleep each night.

2. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, organic where possible and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

3. Exercise regularly.

4. Learn better ways to relax.

5. Avoid stimulants or excess alcohol.

Optimising energy levels can significantly improve your quality of life and help you regain your enthusiasm for living. If fatigue is affecting your life, come in and see me to help you to determine which diet, lifestyle and nutrient factors are letting your body down and causing your fatigue.

Marisa Camilleri - Naturopath
Melbourne Suite 15 / 12 Collins St 9663 5940
Williamstown 95 Douglas Parade 9397 7885

* Specialist in Fat Loss, Wellness & Preventative care * Naturopathy * Herbal Medicine * Homeopathy * Nutritional & dietary advice * Ear candling * Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA)

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tart 'n' round

I would love to introduce you all to a fantastic gluten , egg and dairy free cafe and manafacturer. The company is called Tart 'n'round and they are located at 839 High St, Thornbury. Call them on 9480 0818. Their range is unbelievable and Andrew the owner does an amazing job of preparing this food. Gluten free never tasted so good! They also have vegan cheese, vegan ice-cream and so many goodies. Try them out for lunch or dinner, they have such an extensive menu, it is a vegan/vegetarian delight....

The master of Raw food

For the first time ever, David Wolfe will be gracing the shores of Australia to talk raw foods and health. He is an educator, inspirer, he is a world authority on raw foods, natural healing, longeivity, acclaimed author and a health and well being expert. Will keep you posted on where he will be appearing in the meantime be sure to check him out…. EMPIRE, organic home delivery melbourne, local organic foods

What’s in season in Melbourne right now!



















Sugar snap peas


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Monday, December 7, 2009

Heir looming

'Heirloom' or 'heritage' fruit and vegetables are essentially old varieties that have stood the test of time; these varieties are not used in modern large scale agriculture. So these plants have been engineered by nature. They are living artifacts and living history exhibits

Before the industrialization of our fresh produce, an enormous variety of crops were grown for humans to eat. Through time and with the modern agriculture in the industrialized world, most crops that are grown conventionally use large monocultural plots, which is the practice of growing one variety of crop over the whole farm. This is great if you are a farmer, easier to tend to your soil, but growing the same crops year in year out in the same soil leads to soil deficiencies, and in conventional farming, increased fertilisers, and increased pests because of the deficiencies in the soil.

These varieties that are mass produced are generally chosen for the drought/frost tolerance, crop yields etc.

Heirloom varieties are enjoying a new resurgence in our society, being chosen for the taste, visual appearance, their adaptability to grow in different environments and increasing the genetic diversity of the plants that exist. These plants have adapted through time, and as such are often resistant to local pests, diseases and extremes of weather. Flavor is one of the key reasons people like to preserve heirloom seeds. Their flavor is exceptional

We have some amazing heirloom Italian variety of zucchini, these are delicious, grown locally, certified organic and simply support to biodiversity of nature. Stay tuned for the heirloom tomatoes that are about to become available, black Russians, yellow, purple....

If you would like to organic goodness contact us and we can deliver it to your door, or perhaps you would like some heirloom plants for yourself contact us.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Fattoush Salad

2 organic Lebanese cucumbers
3 - 4 organic tomatoes, cut in half and deseeded
1 organic bunch spring onions
1 bunch organic radish 1 Organic red capsicum
1/2 organic bunch parsley, washed and chopped
1/2 organic bunch mint, washed and chopped
1/4 organic bunch coriander, washed and chopped
100 mls Extra Virgin Cold Pressed olive oil
2 organic lemons, zest and juice
2 slices of wholemeal pita bread, torn up
Pinch of cracked black pepper and sea salt
Dice the cucumbers, red capsicum, radish and tomatoes into small cubes. Place both into a large salad bowl. Slice the spring onions into fine slices and add to the tomato and cucumber. Wash the parsley, coriander and mint, and then combine and chop the mix to a fine consistency. Add to the other ingredients.
Tear the pita bread into the required size and bake in the oven for around 5-10 minutes, till crispy. Put the pita bread to one side and add to the salad just prior to serving.
Season salad with a little salt and pepper; add the lemon zest and then toss all the ingredients together.

Make the dressing by combining the olive oil and the lemon juice and mix well, pour over the salad and add the fried pita bread. If your salad needs a little more volume, you can add some finely chopped iceberg lettuce to it.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Spelt out- Spelt and Kamut

Spelt is an ancient grain, one which has been around for thousands of years. It is naturally resistant to insect pests and diseases such as 'rust', which often attacks wheat crops (It has not been hybridized like wheat meaning that this is grain is solely as nature created….. but wait it gets even better…this amazing grain is more flavourful, more nutritious and easier to digest than wheat. It can be used wherever you would ordinarily use wheat. More nutrition bite for bite.

Kamut is also an ancient grain, originating in the Fertile Cresent of the Old World thousands of years ago. Kamut is also naturally resistant to insect pests and diseases. It has 20-40% more protein than wheat, high in Selenium , and has 30% more vitamin E than wheat. Kamut had an inherent sweetness, so no sugar is required to hide the subtle bitterness associated with most wheat and a delicious buttery flavour.

For those with wheat sensitivities, it is generally 70% more tolerable. This is not the same for those with gluten intolerances.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome

The fattest nation on Earth!

Australia is now officially the fattest nation in the world, with more than nine million adults classified as obese or overweight. Four million Australians are considered obese (26% of the adult population) and five million are considered overweight (33% of the adult population). Being obese or overweight is extremely unhealthy and has been shown to increase your risk of many chronic illnesses, including metabolic syndrome.

What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a condition often seen in people who are obese or overweight. This condition can affect your blood sugar control, your cholesterol levels, your blood pressure and long term can significantly increase your risk of developing heart disease and/or diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is now recognised as a major contributing factor behind the two major causes of death in our society: heart disease and cancer. In fact, if you have metabolic syndrome, this increases your risk of heart attack and stroke by around 500%!

1 in 4 Australian adults have metabolic syndrome – could this be you?

It is estimated that 19-29% of Australian adults aged 25 and above have metabolic syndrome. If you have been diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions, you may have metabolic syndrome:

• High blood pressure.

• Diabetes or at risk of diabetes.

• Problems with your triglycerides or cholesterol.

• Carrying extra weight around your waist.

What causes metabolic syndrome?

Many factors contribute to the development of metabolic syndrome, including:

• Lack of exercise.

• Poorly managed stress.

• A high calorie diet.

• A diet high in processed foods and sugar.

• Toxicity.

These factors can throw your body out of balance so you lose the ability to regulate the levels of fat and sugar in your blood. This can cause cardiovascular problems, like high blood pressure, and increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes – affecting your long-term health.

The "beer belly" is bad news

Keeping your weight under control is the first step to addressing metabolic syndrome. Being obese or overweight is a major risk factor for metabolic syndrome and where the fat is stored actually has a major influence on the risk of metabolic syndrome. Abdominal fat (i.e. fat around your mid-section) increases your risk far more than general body fat (i.e. fat on hips and thighs). The preferred waist measurement for men is below 94 cm, and for women it's below 80 cm. A measurement of above 102 cm for men or above 88 cm for women puts you at risk of developing

metabolic syndrome.

The good news…

If you think you may already have metabolic syndrome, it's not all bad news. Metabolic syndrome is largely caused by diet and lifestyle, so there is a lot that can be done to remedy the condition, providing you address it early enough. The bad news is that if you do not address the causes of metabolic syndrome, it can lead to irreversible damage to your heart and arteries, kidneys, liver and nervous system.

Take the first step today!

Along with a healthy lifestyle and diet, there are many nutritional and herbal supplements that have been shown to be very effective at addressing metabolic syndrome. If you suspect you may have metabolic syndrome, come in today and see me to help address this condition and get you on the way to wellness!

Marisa Camilleri - Naturopath
Melbourne Suite 15 / 12 Collins St 9663 5940
Williamstown 95 Douglas Parade 9397 7885

* Specialist in Fat Loss, Wellness & Preventative care * Naturopathy * Herbal Medicine * Homeopathy * Nutritional & dietary advice * Ear candling * Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA)

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Broad Bean and Feta Salad

Serves 2–3.
225g fresh organic broad beans, shelled weight
60 g Feta cheese, cubed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh organic mint
100g organic mixed salad
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
Salt and pepper

Put the beans in boiling water for 3–4 minutes until tender.(or alternatively, leave them raw, dress and leave to sit in the fridge for a couple of hours) Drain well and put into a bowl. Mix together the oil, vinegar and mint and stir into the hot beans. When the beans have cooled to room temperature, mix in the cubed Feta and salad mix and serve.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Need to eat out….what to eat

A lot of us face a conundrum when we want to eat out, or have to buy fresh produce that's not organic…what is better to eat…what has the least pesticides, herbicides. First and foremost, the fresher the produce the better it is for your body. Irrespective of the amount of pesticides, herbicides and insectides that are applied to the growing of conventional fruit and vegetables, there is also the absorption of the nasty chemical ferilisers that are applied to the soil of the growing plant. So when we talk about the least chemicals, this refers to the spraying of the plants, which plants are sprayed least, this changes seasonally though because different climatic conditions mean that there will be different insect infestations, funguses etc. (this is where we need to take our hats off to our organic farmers, who use traditional and scientific methods without the toxic chemicals to poison us). Did you know that eating conventional foods daily, that you eat a minimum 12 different pestidices that are absorbed into your body and play havoc with your health…not nice.

The rule of thumb is that if you not going to eat the skin, its not as bad to eat it conventional. But at the end of the day, I would suggest going organic whenever you can. In addition to these lists, I would not recommend eating any canola or soy products unless they are CERTIFIED ORGANIC. The introduction of Genetically Modified Crops means that unless these are from certified organic production, more than likely they will be Genetically Modified.YUK.




Potatoes (but generally a lot of commercial premises purchase their potatoes , pre peeled, dipped in Sulphur Dioxide, if this is the case –avoid)



Berries, strawberries, blueberries etc


Peaches, nectarines


Apples (can be sprayed with over 40 different chemicals, before it reaches your hand, also generally coated in a food grade wax…tasty)

Corn (its protective sheath, protects it somewhat from the chemical onslaught)


Pineapple (its tough skin means that not many insects can penetrate)

Leafy greens






Dark greens (Silverbeet, kale, etc)


GARLIC (90% of conventional garlic is imported and every single bulb is fumigated with one the world's most dangerous chemicals, Methyl Bromide.)

Do you best, eat as many fruits and vegetables daily where you can and GO ORGANIC!!!!!

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Monday, November 9, 2009


Nuts are a super nutritious protein source, a great snack food and come with a complimentary dose of healthy oils. What more could we ask for in a snack?

ALMONDS: Great source of Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, high in protein, glutamic acid, which helps with detoxification of the body and full of antioxidants.

BRAZIL NUTS: One of the best known sources of selenium, known to have protective qualities against cancer.

PISTACHIOS: High in Iron, Potassium, Magnesium

WALNUTS: Super high source of Omega 3's, this little nut looks just like the brain and is reputed to be good for 'brain health'.

PEANUTS: contain reverstrol, an antioxidant that has been proven to be beneficial in protection against heart disease. Just don't eat too much of these,

CASHEWS: High in magnesium, great for sleep promotion, high in copper, which aids in energy production.

PINENUTS: nature's only source of pinoleic acid, which stimulates hormones and helps diminish your appetite. Pine nuts have the highest concentration of oleic acid. That's a monounsaturated fat that aids the liver in eliminating harmful triglycerides from our body. That helps protect our heart

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Building a better brain

Building a better brain

Would you like to optimise your memory and cognitive function? Would you like to support your brain function? Maintaining a healthy mind and active brain throughout our entire life is something we all want. Fortunately, it is something that we can all achieve.

Many people's greatest fear is not death, but losing their mind.

Many of us fear losing our memory and our mental function. Tragically, a large number of us will experience this personally or through a close relative or partner. The incidence of dementia in the elderly is increasing rapidly due to a combination of increased stress, increased oxidative exposure and nutrient insufficiencies.

Brain health throughout life.

The health of the brain determines much of our experience of life, influencing our moods, our intelligence and our overall quality of life. Maintaining brain health throughout life should therefore be a top priority for all of us. You need to consider the constant changing requirements of your brain in order to achieve a life time of healthy mental function. In order to address all the challenges and changes your brain experiences throughout life, it is important to incorporate good dietary choices, key natural medicines and both physical and mental exercise. This will help to promote a healthy brain and mind.

Six keys to a healthy brain:

1. Strain the brain to train the brain.

The more you think, the smarter you become. Your brain is just like your body, the more you exercise it the more powerful it becomes. You can train your brain by choosing appealing and challenging leisure activities (e.g. crosswords, puzzles, learning a new language, etc) and by challenging yourself at work.

2. Eat your way to a better brain.

Take a healthy approach to your diet and lifestyle by eating the following each day (organic food preferably):

• Protein rich foods.

• A minimum of 3 cups of fresh vegetables.

• Two pieces of fresh fruit.

• A handful of nuts and seeds.

• Two tablespoons of good oils.

• Drinking at least 8 glasses of water.

• Enjoy regular exercise and fun.

By following a healthy diet and lifestyle program you can provide key nutrients for healthy brain function.

3. Exercise builds better brain health.

Sustained participation in physical exercise well into old age has been shown to:

• Enhance learning and memory.

• Reduce age and disease related mental decline.

• Protect against age-related degeneration of crucial areas of the brain associated with higher cognitive function. Not only does exercise help to reduce the risk factors for cognitive decline, such as cardiovascular risk, inflammation and energy metabolism, it also helps to enhance learning and memory.

4. When life becomes stressful, what do you do?

Do you relax, meditate and strive towards a healthy balance between work and leisure? Or do you keep pushing yourself and not give your body and brain a break? Many people put work and stress before their own health and wellbeing. Ensuring that you take time out to relax is extremely important for brain health, because excessive stress can impair memory and brain function.

5. Are you counting sheep in order to sleep?

The most common reason people have difficulty getting to sleep is that they are unable to shut off the anxieties and worries of the day and are preparing for tomorrow's problems. Sleep is important for repair of both body and mind. If you are having trouble sleeping, talk to us today about what natural options we can offer you for better sleep.

6. Nutrients to nourish the brain.

A good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement is the best way to provide vital nutrients for brain function. Vitamins and minerals improve energy, support metabolism and nervous system function and promote better brain function.

Omega 3 essential fatty acids from fish oil are also extremely important for your brain. Studies have shown that DHA, one of the major components of fish oil, improves cognitive function.

This component has also been shown to be very effective for protection against age-related mental decline. Finally, brain tissue is extremely vulnerable to damage by free radicals. Replenishing the brain with antioxidants is therefore a great idea to help reduce the damaging effects of oxidative stress and aid in the prevention of age-associated memory impairment. Great antioxidants to help support healthy brain function include resveratrol, vitamin C and vitamin E.

The health of our brain is so important to the quality of life that keeping our brain healthy is something we all need to focus on. With the six simple steps outlined here, you too can have optimal brain health for life! Come in today and let us help you to support your brain health so that you can maintain positive moods, healthy cognition and quality of life well into old age.

Marisa Camilleri - Naturopath
Melbourne Suite 15 / 12 Collins St 9663 5940
Williamstown 95 Douglas Parade 9397 7885

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

BEES- Honey please don’t GO

"Honey bees…are symbols of how fragile nature is; they are the canaries in the coal mine."—Connor Lanman.

Let's try for a minute to imagine a world without honey bees, take your time, what would it look like, smell like, and taste like. You see without the honey bees, we would have very little food on earth; they are responsible for pollinating most of the foods that we humans eat. So why are we imagining this, well it appears that the populations of honey bees are dwindling at an alarming rate, they are dying off. This is indicative of a lot of problems, but mainly they are thought to be dying because of the introduction of GM and poisoning by pesticides, the same pesticides that are used on conventional produce, fruit and vegetables. This represents the biggest threat to the food chain and stability that the documented world has ever seen.

The honey bee is one of the oldest insects in existence, that are imperative for the cross pollination of most of the plants on planet earth, experts have suggested if the bees were to become extinct, then humans would survive for only four years, I talk of this to stress the vital role that bees play in our existence.

Scientist's are claiming that the widespread use of Genetically Modified crops and pesticide use as the main determining factors. This is disgusting, and also scary. Firstly let's discuss the genetically modified crops, it is apparent that not enough studies were undertaken to substantiate the widespread cultivation of these crops. For example, one of the crops of modified maize, has pollen that is toxic to insects, they have created this plant by inserting a gene from the soil bacterium was inserted into the corn!!!This genetic modification of the flower pollen means that the pollen becomes sterile and the bee's potentially become malnourished die from illnesses that interrupt the digestion. Adding to this is the fact that these crops are genetically modified to withstand copious amount of herbicides and fertilisers that would otherwise kill a normal plant, how can a little bee withstand this kind of onslaught. One of the pesticides that is greatly affecting the bees is neonicotinoids, these pesticides are the most widely used insecticides worldwide and they are known to harm the honey bee's sensitive nervous and immune systems…(Wonder what it does to humans??????)

This is really serious, but we can still make change.

The truth of the matter is that organic farming remains relatively untouched in relation to the bee crisis. Through organic farming we have diversified system that functions as nature intended, and encourage diversity of wildlife and insect life, in a balanced and sustainable ecosystem. GM crops do not ensure food safety ORGANIC FOOD does. Growing crops organically can save the world, our farmers and indeed our existence. Vote and create change with your dollars, BUY ORGANIC

I urge you to sign the truefood petition which demands that the Australian governmentundertakes more stringent safety assessments of GM crops and Labeling of all GM foods.

Plant your own garden, a bee friendly garden, use natural methods of insecticides, like companion planting, or perhaps mulch the garden to prevent weeds rather than use insecticides , a great place to start is, or if you would like some certified organic seeds, drop us an email.

For more information on the bee crisis, check out:

This documentary on the vanishing bees released this year


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Monday, November 2, 2009

Investment of a lifetime

'Many people put more time into the maintenance of their cars than into their own body! Buy yourself organic vegetables and eat them. Invest in yourself. ... You can ask yourself, "What have I consumed today that will build high integrity blood, bone, and brain and body tissue? What have I done today that will add another day to my life?" Annie Paden

What if a friend told you about an investment that you could make that you couldn't lose out on? The rewards would be ten-fold, not only would they be financial but physical, spiritual the pay-off would be in every area of your life and not just today but for the rest of your life…You see the thing is that I am that friend and I am here to tell you that the investments that you make today, will pave the way for your future. Investing in your health is the single most important factor that you make at improving every other area of your life. When you have health you have possibilities. Possibilities to move your body, enjoy your family, make more money, see the world, drive your car, do what it is that you want, living a healthy life. . It is estimated that lifestyle and environment combine to create 75% of chronic illness and guess who is control of their lifestyle and their environment….YOU!!!

Just like a car if we look after the car, regularly service it, give it what it needs to run, don't overwork it, then it will run optimally. Humans are pretty much the same, we invest by feeding ourselves with the best organic foods, drinking water, taking rest, then we are ensuring that we can live optimally, and then we do get a knock, it's easier to get up…

You see the benefits are huge; you will look amazing, have more energy, feel more confident, be more productive in your endeavors and ultimately live a better life…..

So what does this mean, how do you invest in yourself? How about trying out these, you are worth it:

  1. Commit to yourself, realise that you are in control and that your decisions determine the outcomes

  2. Commit to having one organic salad a day, with as many greens as you can muster.

  3. Sign up for some organic goodness delivered to your door, every week . (When you eat organic foods, you give your body the purest form of food, unadulterated, free from pesticides, hormones, insecticides, healthy, fresh real food!)

  4. Take 20 minutes for yourself every day, go for a walk, and breathe in some fresh air.

  5. Replace all the oils in your home, with Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oils (talk about them next week!!!)

  6. Have one day a week where you don't consume anything that comes out of a packet

  7. Commit to eating at least 5 different vegetables a day

  8. Reduce your red meat consumption, change it for some fish in your week

  9. Think positively (Researchers have established the effect of happiness on lifespan is about as strong as not smoking)

  10. Get social (Research suggests that loneliness can increase the risk of high blood pressure, depression, and Alzheimer's disease, as well as lower immunity.)

Monday, October 26, 2009

'Take care of your body, it's

the only place you have to


Jim Rohn

A Healthy Digestive System

A Healthy Digestive System

The digestive system is the centre of health, so come in today and let me help you to achieve optimal wellness by restoring your digestive health.


Is your digestive system not feeling quite right?

Do you only pay attention to your digestive system when there is a problem? Maybe after you have eaten a large meal and feel bloated? Or perhaps you pay attention to your digestive system only when you have had changes in bowel movements, like diarrhoea or constipation? If this is the case, some digestive support in the form of a probiotic could be useful. Probiotics are "good bacteria" that help keep your digestive system in good condition. Digestive problems are often a sign that the bacteria in your digestive system are out of balance, and since your digestive system is the centre of health, it is extremely important that you keep it healthy!


Did you know?

Did you know that you have over 400 species of good bacteria inside your digestive system and they weigh up to 3kg? In fact, you have more bacteria living inside you than you have cells in your entire body! There are approximately 100 trillion bacteria in your digestive system, the vast majority of which live in your bowel. The balance of all these bacteria is essential for your health and wellbeing.


Good bacteria can protect you!

Your digestive system is in constant contact with the outside environment through the food that you eat. In your lifetime, you will eat approximately 22 tonnes of food. This food and the fluids you consume could be carrying potential pathogens that could make you sick. Good bacteria can protect you from getting sick from these potential pathogens.


Balance is essential for health…

It is essential for health and wellbeing that the bacteria, or flora, in your digestive system is kept in a healthy balance. An imbalance of flora within the digestive system can lead to many common symptoms including:


• Poor digestive function

• Diarrhoea

• Constipation

• Irritable bowel syndrome

• Bloating

• An increase in allergies and eczema

• Chronic disease


How do good bacteria keep you healthy?

Good bacteria aid in:

• Breaking down food and producing nutrients.

• Absorption of nutrients.

• Maintaining the motility of the digestive tract, ensuring good bowel motions.

• Inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria.

• Maintaining a healthy immune system.


Not all probiotics are created equal…

Different strains of good bacteria are clinically proven to have different benefits. Some help to prevent and repair damage to the wall of the digestive system due to pathogens in food, bad bacteria and some medicines. Other strains increase the density of the protective mucus in the digestive system and protect it bacterial damage, particularly from E.coli bacteria. Unlike some bacteria, some probiotics can survive the acidic conditions of the digestive system and are able to adhere to the intestinal wall, ensuring its effectiveness. Some probiotics can also boost the natural defence mechanisms of the body by promoting good health within the digestive system, encouraging the growth of beneficial bacteria and inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria which has been shown to decrease the risk of stomach upset, including diarrhoea, in both adults and children and can also shorten the duration of diarrhoea if you do get sick.


Is your baby at risk of developing eczema?

If you are pregnant and you, your partner or someone in your immediate family has eczema or allergies, then your baby may also be at risk of developing eczema. Fortunately, there is something you can do to reduce this risk. Research has shown particular probiotics during pregnancy and breastfeeding decreases the risk of your baby developing eczema! If your child already has eczema or allergies, giving them the correct probiotic may alleviate their allergic symptoms.


Which probiotic is suitable for you?

As you can see, maintaining good bowel flora is an important key in maintaining health and wellbeing. Good bowel flora can be achieved by taking probiotics. However, not all probiotics are the same and it is important to use the right probiotic for you. I will be able to prescribe the right probiotic for your health needs.


Marisa Camilleri - Naturopath
Melbourne             Suite 15 / 12 Collins St       9663 5940
Williamstown      95 Douglas Parade              9397 7885


* Specialist in Fat Loss, Wellness & Preventative care * Naturopathy * Herbal Medicine * Homeopathy * Nutritional & dietary advice * Ear candling * Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA)



Monday, October 19, 2009

Where to start, why organic?

Our health is our vitality, our energy, our lives. Without our health, we have nothing. So, it makes sense that in order to encourage our own health we must encourage the life that sustains us.

The plants and animals, the foods that we consume give us vitamins, minerals, nutrients, energy, protein and fats, which are the basic building blocks for sustainable and healthy living.

It’s no secret that fresh food is the most nourishing for our bodies, but what some people don’t realise is that conventional produce (grown with the use of pesticides) can have adverse effects on our health.

Specifically, it’s the highly toxic pesticides that leave residue in and on conventional produce. Once consumed these pesticides can wreak havoc on healthy vital organs and lead to long term damage.

In an alarming study conducted by the British Medical Society in 1995, they linked pesticide residues with possible neurobehavioural and neurotoxic effects, possible birth defects, carcinogenic (cancer causing) cells, and allergic and other immuno-regulatory disorders.

In 2005, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranked pesticide residues among the top three environmental cancer risks!

Most recently, a study published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences on children’s health and pesticide residues, revealed more unsettling facts about the effects of conventional produce. The study of 195 children aged between 6-7 years old found that 95% of those who ate conventional produce had alarmingly high levels of pesticide residue in their urine, some of which exceeded ‘safe’ levels as set by the government.

So it makes perfect sense to limit our exposure to foods that can have this impact on our bodies.

Enter organic foods…

Organic foods are untainted by artificial chemicals, herbicides, chemical pesticides, waxes, free from genetically modified organisms, they are real foods, and in turn they offer our bodies more nutrition and no toxic pesticides or chemical residues.

Organic foods offer increased vitamin and mineral content, study after study has concluded that fresh organic foods contain more vitamins, minerals, trace minerals and phytonutrients than conventionally grown crops. A report released this year by The Organic Centre, has confirmed across the board significant increases in the nutritional content of organic produce, some up to 88% higher.

What about the environment?

The current agricultural practices of conventional farming, the use of pesticides and artificial chemicals are contributing greatly to the erosion of our topsoil and pollution of our waterways. Going organic means that soil structure is enhanced, wildlife is encouraged, and less carbon is produced. Organic farming is sustainable farming. It supports the environment, instead of depleting it. Organic farming gives back what it takes. It protects our environment, our farmers, and us.

How do you ‘go organic’?

Organic farming is labour intensive, the growing is slower and generally there are smaller yields per hectare, hence the higher prices. It’s quite easy to make a positive impact both in terms of your diet and the world without radically increasing your cost of living.

Like anything in life if you make changes in small increments, you are most likely to sustain them. Try changing one product that you normally buy each week to an organic product. Then before you know it, your cupboard and fridge will be stocked organically! Start with a product that you use moderately, that your children enjoy.

Make a positive change; it only takes a decision to be more conscious of the foods we eat, take responsibility for what we support in terms of farming methods. Here’s to your continued good health.

Angela Gioffre
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Healthy Eating Etiquette-7 Rules to follow

Ok so you know which one is your salad fork, excellent, great start. There are some other healthy eating guidelines that you might find interesting, and I am not talking about which way to position your fork to your mouth (although very interesting, FYI the food should be on the back of the fork).

Healthy eating etiquette is about the appropriate use of food as fuel for the body, and
so the idea is to approach healthy eating with the same reverence as we would a fine dining experience. Oh perhaps through the use of healthy eating etiquette, every dining experience will be a fine one.

So try these out, time and time again, take note of how you feel adhering to these:


Even I indulge in over eating sometimes, and must admit that I like to lie on the couch and moan that I am so full that I can't move, also doubles as an excuse to get me out of doing the dishes. But pigging out distends the stomach and makes the digestive system work double time. This takes away energy that you would otherwise have to do as you choose. It slows down everything. The idea is to eat only what you can fit in your cupped hands x 2 at any one sitting.


If you hold off eating until you are ravenous, then everything will taste amazing, 6 packets of chips, 3 chocolate bars and a coke later you will remember why you must eat regularly. A way to stave of this desperation, is to keep snacks in your bag or car. Try some organic sultanas, organic cashews, organic goji berries, organic cacao nibs, organic pumpkin seeds mixed up. Great snack, healthy, full of vitamins, minerals and energy to keep you going


Wait until you body alerts you that its hungry, that is why we have this mechanism. Mealtimes become more of a habit than hunger. So if you are not hungry...don't eat. Eat it later when your body needs it, you body will be very grateful


I know that this easier said than done, and can often hear everyone telling me to sit down, relax, eat. Deadlines, so much to do all the time, but chances are the food that we are eating whilst we are running around will not get digested properly....meaning toxicity in the stomach.


Saliva is an amazing acid, the first part of the digestion process actually begins in the mouth, the action of saliva helps to begin the breaking down of food. Chewing on your food, around 30 chews allows the saliva to do its job and increases the bodies ability to absorb the nutrients. This one is two fold, because the more you chew the more inclined you are to feel satisfied sooner...meaning that you eat less.


Its amazing how many of us have become detached with our natural instincts and instead listen to the voice not in our head but the voice that streams out of the TV or Radio telling us that we need to have some Special K, or perhaps some Masterfoods creamy pasta. When you actually listen to your body and yourself, i am sure the voice will be calling for an organic apple, or perhaps some else that will nurture your body. Try listening to your needs.


Well my personal favourite is uncooking styles to be truthful. Raw, fresh organic foods in their most natural state, prepared in the most delicious ways.

Failing that, perhaps try steaming, with very little water, or stir frying.

Avoid frying at all costs- and you avoid the complimentary trans fatty acids, and boiling, just leeches alot of the nutrients into the water, so a no-no too.

So place, the napkin neatly over your legs, use your cutlery from the outside-in, sit up straight, dont hunch over your plate, chew with your mouth closed, avoid uncouth behaviour, such as nose picking, and relax, dine slowly and get healthy.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Are Toxins Affecting Your Health?

Toxins can make you feel sluggish, tired, irritable and generally unwell. To find out if your health is being affected by toxins, ask yourself these questions:
• Are you often tired or lethargic?
• Do you regularly suffer from bloating, diarrhoea, constipation or other digestive disturbances?
• Do you get recurrent headaches?
• Are you regularly suffering from muscle aches and pains?
• Do poor short-term memory and concentration affect your ability to function at work?
• Do you have allergies or sensitivities?
• Do you suffer from depression, anxiety and/or mood swings?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, your body may be overburdened by toxicity.

Staying Healthy in a Toxic World
In our busy modern world, toxins are commonly encountered. Environmental toxins include heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, food additives, drugs and pollutants, which are present in the air, water and food that we consume. Toxins do not only come from your external environment, they can also be generated internally by “unfriendly” bacteria, yeasts and parasites in your digestive system. Your body is an amazing machine which can eliminate all these toxins through many different pathways; however, excess toxic exposure can overburden this machine. If you are not feeling 100%, a detoxification program will help to reduce this toxic load from your body and put a spring back into your step. Ask us today about a safe and effective detoxification program which will help to remove the toxic load from your body.

It’s Time for a Spring Clean!
A natural detoxification program can be one of the most effective ways to rapidly improve the state of your health, as it will help clear toxins out of your body and leave you feeling healthy and energetic. However, detoxification is serious business and your safety and comfort during the process is important. Therefore, the best detox is a program done under the guidance and support of a qualified naturopath.

The Three Step Spring Clean
A good detox program should involve three major steps. First, you need to remove the “bad” bugs from your digestive system; and then replace the “bad” bugs with new “good” bugs (out with the old and in with the new)! Finally, you need to support and enhance your liver and kidneys capacity to remove waste from your body.

Dietary Tips
During your detox, it is really important to eat a healthy well balanced diet, preferably organic. Ask us today about the best diet for your individual requirements to ensure you are eating the right foods for your body in order to maximise the detoxification process.

Come in today and see us about a safe, gentle and effective detox program that will help clear your body of accumulated toxins. The natural supplements used in this program are designed to support your body, detoxification and repair systems to function efficiently, without causing any undesirable side effects. I will get you feeling great again!

MELBOURNE NATUROPATHIC WELLNESS Marisa Camilleri - NaturopathMelbourne Suite 15 / 12 Collins St 9663 5940 Williamstown 95 Douglas Parade 9397 7885

* Specialist in Fat Loss, Wellness & Preventative care * Naturopathy * Herbal Medicine * Homeopathy * Nutritional & dietary advice * Ear candling * Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA)