{5 minutes with…} A Clinical Nutritionist

Recently I was lucky enough to spend some time with Rachel Murray of Total Nutrition. Rachel is based in Bathurst and offers a service that I personally believe more people should be utilising.

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So, I asked Rachel some questions:

What does a clinical nutritionist do?

I works with clients with various health conditions and health goals and use nutritional principles to assist them on their individual health journey. I have been practicing in Bathurst for just over a year.

What do you like most about your job?

I am really passionate about nutrition and love being able to share this with my clients. I also really enjoy being able to empower individuals to make their own choices regarding food, while listening to their own bodies

So, why should people see a clinical nutritionist?

Individuals may choose to see a clinical nutritionist for a number of reasons. Some clients come to me for guidance on what foods to eat, recipe ideas and food allergy/intolerance substitutes, while other see me for specific health conditions from IBS to hypertension to weight loss. And many other conditions in between. At the end of the day, the foods we consume can have an extensive impact on many facets of our health.

What is one tip you could give people for improving their health?

I really believe that reducing processed foods and preparing foods in advance help with overall health (Sorry that’s two tips!)

Why is good gut health so important?

Gut health is a highly researched topic in natural medicine and the findings are continually linking gut health to a range of health conditions from mental health to reproductive health, immunology, dermatology and many more. In fact, a large portion of the body’s immune system is location within the GI tract and hence, there is no surprise that by optimising digestive health, simultaneously we are facilitating our body’s ability to fight off disease.

What’s a simple way to get started with good gut health?

* Firstly reducing processed foods and foods high in refined sugars.

* Consuming natural probiotics such as those found in plain yoghurt and fermented foods

* Consuming prebiotic containing foods such as garlic, onion, carrots, tomato, chia seeds, flax seeds etc.

What are some tips for the best diet for little ones to keep them healthy throughout winter

Vitamin C: A lot of people have heard about the importance of Vitamin C when it comes to the immune system. Vitamin C can help to reduce the severity and duration of colds, and help to reduce the severity of upper respiratory tract infections. Foods to include: Oranges, broccoli, strawberries, red capsicum.

Zinc: Zinc is an essential mineral that has immune boosting properties and something to consider to help get through the winter months. Foods to include: meat, fish, poultry, legumes and dairy

Gut health: As mentioned above, gut health has been linked with the immune system

Is a nutritionist the best person to see if you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes?

Clinical Nutritionists can assist individuals with diabetes by educating them on stabilising blood sugar levels through nutritional intake. This would be done alongside the individuals GP and the medications that may be prescribed.

Do you recommend taking multivitamins?

Yes and No… I always say that supplements such as multivitamins should supplement a healthy lifestyle and nutritious intake of foods and not be used to replace nutritious foods. There are also situations where individuals may need additional nutritional support through supplementation such as high stress environments, athletes, health conditions.

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Please note: As everyone is different, nutritional needs will vary from person to person. What works for one person may not work for the next. You should speak to Rachel directly for a one-on-one program designed for your personal circumstances.

You can contact Rachel at Total Nutrition:

VISIT: 125 William Street, Bathurst

PHONE: 02 6331 3535

FACEBOOK: @tnrmbathurst

WEBSITE: www.totalnutritionbyrachelmurray.com.au

{Mother’s Day} Gift guide 2018

It’s only a couple of weeks away until the best day of the year… that is YOU-HAVE-TO-BE-MUMS-SLAVE-DAY otherwise known by Hallmark as Mother’s Day!

I have taken the time to find some goodies so that all you have to do is share this post with your nearest and dearest so they know what to get you.

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If you’re like me – I am more likely to just buy what you want then wrap it and tell the bambinos to pass it to me mother’s day morning.

Here are our top Mother’s Day ideas:

Gift Voucher from Pop-Up Succulent Shop

Renelle from Pop-Up Succulent Shop is an absolute delight and any mum who loves a little gardening would love a voucher (or gift) for some succulent goodies! I have recently been to a Kokedama workshop class and it was amazing (you can read about it here -> The Central Nest Succulent Workshop).

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How To Cook Everything A3 Print from Hard To Find.

This is a great print for a mama in your life who likes to cook (or eat). It would also be a great gift for someone who you might not know quite as well, such as the mother-in-law.

It’s funky, informative and pretty as a picture!

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Spa Voucher from Macquarie Medi Spa

My absolute favourite indulgence is to have a facial. It’s not only relaxing but also you can literally see results straight away.

Good skin care really do care!

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Robert Gordon Hug Me Mug & Saucer from Bake, Table & Tea

These gorgeous mugs are exactly what an sleep deprived mamabear desperately needs. What’s more to love than a cuppa who you can hug?

We will take one if each colour please!

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A Photography voucher from Jennifer Stocks Photography or Aimee Cook Photography

There is nothing truer than the fact that photos steal moments in time and paying for a professional photographer to capture your special moments is the most wonderful thing you can do.

A pic on the Iphone does not even compare to the moments captured through the lens of a talented photographer.

If you’re interested in outdoor, fun, fresh photography then look no further than Jennifer Stocks Photography. She has an eye for detail that is unparalleled.

For studio shots we cannot recommend Aimee Cook Photography highly enough, she is fantastic at seeking out those moments-between-the-moments.

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IMAGE: Jennifer Stocks Photography

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Earrings from Plastic Cactus

If the mum in your life likes a pop of colour you need to have a look at Plastic Cactus! Funky, show stopping fun. I personally love the ‘rad’ ones and the wooden fruit varieties! SO bloody cute.

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A bunch of glorious blooms from Ivory Rose Botanicals

If all else fails I don’t know a mama that doesn’t love flowers. Ivory Rose is next level and will help build you that something special to show your mum just how much you adore her.
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Whatever your gift, make sure you add a handwritten note and your mama’s heart will be filled. At the end of the day – just let your mama know she is loved.

Happy mother’s day to all the mamas xx

 

{Locally found} Autumnfest 2018

One of my most favourite things about this time of year is just how beautiful our area is. The leaves are starting to change, there is a crispness to the mornings but the days still envelope you with warmness. walk

A little while ago we were lucky enough to attend Autumnfest at Mayfield Garden.

You all know my love affair with Mayfield Garden and it is honestly because we are yet to attend the garden and not have a wonderful day filled with love, adventure and laughter.

You can explore the garden including the grotto waterfall (kids’ highlight) as well as the garden nursery (my favourite) and the cafe (hubs’ favourite!).

The kids spend the day interacting with nature, there are animals everywhere (including a very friendly peacock!) and there are secret tunnels, winding paths and breathtaking views.
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Autumnfest is a day where the garden is transformed and great local bands set up stage in front of the beautiful water feature and the day is spend snacking on beautiful food, listening to music while being surrounded by family and friends.

There are stalls and free face painting for the kids. There was a giant leaf pit and even the chance to meet the musicians.
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The best part – we take the kids every year and it’s something we all equally enjoy. There really is something for everyone.

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We love the garden and the whole family eagerly marks the calendar as soon as we hear about the next event.

Get your family, friends and even the pet dog and explore one of our areas greatest wonderlands. Mayfield Garden is open just about every single day of the year.

If you want more information about Mayfield Garden then check out the following:

| Website: www.mayfieldgarden.com.au |

| Facebook: @mayfieldgarden |

| Phone: 02 6336 3131 |

We hope to see you there!

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*This is a sponsored post and I was gifted my ticket. All opinions are based on my own personal experience*

{Locally Found} White Party got it right

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Mayfield Garden White Party.

I went last year and had a fabulous time (even though I was pregnant and had tonsillitis!) so this year I had high hopes!

I recruited a crew and off we went.

Mayfield Garden is located about 40 minutes from Bathurst and about  10 minutes from Oberon, and because they want you to be able to have a good time and not worry about the car they even arrange a bus to take you from Bathurst for these types of events (cheers, thanks much!)

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So we loaded up on a bus with a VERY friendly bus driver and headed off.

Once we arrived at Mayfield Garden we were led down this wonderfully, secretive path and arrived at the chapel. The chapel doors were closed but the views were breathtaking. Mayfield White Party 18 (14 of 105)

After a couple of short moments engulfed by the view, the doors to the chapel were released and we were immediately transported to a secret world. The chapel was filled with smoke and mystery. Waiters holding wines and not wearing many clothes were an eye-opening experience. It was like we had been transported to a medieval Adam & Eve exclusive party. Mayfield White Party 18 (26 of 105)

Set in the middle of the chapel was the most generously glorious food spread I have ever seen, in the event that I am ever offered a last meal I choose this. There were figs and cheese, tarts and prosciutto. Olives and breads. It was honestly some of the most spectacular food I have ever eaten. You could immediately tell how much time and care had been given by the chefs of Mayfield to create not only a spread, but really an edible piece of art. Mayfield White Party 18 (10 of 105)

After a few drinks, some scrumptious food and a multitude of selfies overlooking the magnificent views we were directed back to the bus. We were then transported back down the hill and into the nursery gallery.

The nursery gallery is this beautifully, organic feeling barn that is set just behind the wood fire garden. The moment you walk through the wood fire garden with its lights and fire you feel like you have immediately stepped into some exclusive event surrounded by your friends. Mayfield White Party 18 (82 of 105)

The best way I could describe my night was the feeling that I was at someone’s wedding where there were no strangers only friends I had yet to meet.

The food was phenomenal, the staff friendly and the location unsurpassed.  Mayfield White Party 18 (90 of 105)

I can’t recommend enough that you should collect your friends and attend the next event at Mayfield Garden.

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*This is a sponsored post and I was gifted my ticket. All opinions are based on my own personal experience*

 

{Locally Found} Succulent Love

Recently I was invited to my very first succulent workshop with the beautiful Renelle at Pop-Up Succulent Shop to say I had a brilliant afternoon would be such an understatement.

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Upon arriving you are met with a glass of bubbles and a delicious cheese & fruit platter (she won me over right there!). Before long I forgot I was in a class and it felt much more like I was in my friend’s lounge room having a few drinks and learning some new things about gardening.

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Renelle was patient and explained perfectly what we had to do. She answered ALL my probably ridiculous questions and even helped me when I realised things for my kokedama were not quite going according to plan!

My mum came with me and quickly we made friends with the other people at the workshop, that’s the thing you see it was relaxed and friendly. There were no strangers just friends we were yet to meet.  4

Renelle supplies everything you need to make two kokedamas and she even gives some good hints on how to wrap other plants you buy to make great gifts or house plants.

I am far from a good gardener but bloody hell I was proud when I came home and showed the hubs and kids what I had made. I now very proudly have two kokedamas in my kitchen and each and every time I look at them I get all warm and fuzzy and remember the great afternoon I had.

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Make sure you grab a pal and check out one of the workshops offered by Renelle at  Pop-Up Succulent Shop. She holds a range of workshops including kokedamas, wreath and general potting classes.

You can also have a chat to Renelle at many markets and events she attends around our area.

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Contact:

| Phone: 0410 476 445 |

|Facebook: @popupsucculentshop |

*This is a sponsored post and I was gifted the workshop fee. All opinions are based on my own personal experience*

 

{The Nest Hearts Clothes} Diversity Fashion

Over the last few years of running the blog I have come across some very brilliant businesses, especially brilliant are the local ones I have discovered.

One such diamond is Diversity Fashion!

Diversity Fashion is run by mother/daughter team Jean and Amelia. They are friendly, approachable and fashionable.

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The Evelyn Black Tunic is my new fave Diversity piece

Diversity makes fashion that is designed to embrace a woman’s curves and make her feel beautiful. They embrace a body positive outlook and design pieces that are easy-fit, high quality and on-trend.

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The flower detail on the neckline take this black tunic to the next level of pretty

Diversity  has recently launched their online presence and your can now shop from the comfort of your own home at www.diversityfashion.com.au. I can say from personal experience that their delivery is second to none. I ordered the gorgeous Evelyn Tunic online and had it delivered the very next day! How’s that for customer service?

The girls at Diversity are proud of their style and want to help you discover the best and most comfortable version of you.

Contact Diversity today on:

| VISIT: 55 Keppel Street, Bathurst |

| CALL: 0423 065 988 |

| EMAIL: contact@diversityfashion.com.au |

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*This is a sponsored post and I was gifted the Evelyn tunic. All opinions are based on my own personal experience*

 

{LOCAL LOVING} Dressed for School with success

Hands up if you like back to school shopping…

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Yeah. I thought as much.

Now hands up if you like shopping for your school uniforms while in your pyjamas, glass of wine in hand and sitting in the comfort of your own home.

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That’s exactly what you can with Dressed For School26221239_1784968354847375_977663032137088106_o

You can now order your children’s school uniforms online and have them delivered straight to you, or your work, or grandma’s. Whatever suits you that’s the beauty!

No more fights with irate 3 year olds who run around uniform shops causing mischief and mayhem while you try and find the right size for your school aged child.

It’s a winner for sure!

Make sure you contact  Dressed For School today:

| W: www.dressedforschool.com.au |

| F: @dressedforschool |

| E: admin@dressedforschool.com.au |