All posts filed under: Fertility

Why ‘organic’ isn’t always good for you; green washing 101

Recently I posted on detoxing from the outside in – if you missed it you can check it out here. Before I shared this post, I swept my house for nasty chemical-ridden products replacing suspicious looking items with supposed healthier, green versions. I checked the labels on each product I purchased and convinced myself that the extra coin was worth it because I was looking after my body (I still believe it is, but that’s another point). As far as I was concerned, post the purge I lived in a happy, healthy home free of most common household toxins. I’m here today to declare that I fell victim to green washing. Having done my research on the topic I thought I was armed with the knowledge I needed to make smart purchasing decisions. I decided that I would try and buy a mix of products from my local organic health food shop (which has a stellar beauty section) and my closet big chain supermarket. I guess you could say I was hopeful that I wouldn’t …

Detoxing your body from the outside in

I’ve been eating clean and organic for almost a full year now. While there’s no question that reducing your exposure to the pesticides that are found in and on foods is beneficial to good health, this isn’t the only way toxins enter our bodies. We live in a world flooded with dangerous chemicals. Today many of the common household products we use everyday (hand soap, toothpaste, make-up and cleaning products to name a few) are built using a mix of unpronounceable, unregulated or unknown chemicals. (Yes – unregulated – a significant portion of ingredients used in personal care items have not been tested for human safety.  In fact, many household items are full of antibiotics which are helping to build our resistance to bacteria – but that’s a separate debate for another day). Now before you start thinking I’ve truly gone past the point of no return into hippy land, I’m not suggesting that we should abandon modern life as we know it and crawl into a cave (as tempting as that may be some …

Buzzword bingo; what is ‘endo’ and why should you care

Yep, it’s time to play buzzword bingo, and ‘endo’ is the word of the day! Before we get down to business I want to let you know upfront that this post gets a little serious and personal. It’s also quite long and includes some gory details about girl stuff. If that’s not your thing I suggest you read one of my lighter posts. Here is a nice one about a holiday to Tasmania. If you haven’t heard or read the term ‘endometriosis’ (or endo) before, my guess is you’ve been living under a rock. Endo is a disease that affects roughly one in ten women and it appears to be a bit of a hot topic at the moment – hence the buzzword bingo reference (or maybe it’s just the circles I roll in…). Despite having heard of it, unless you actually have a valid reason to know more, most don’t have clue as to what endo really is. I’m about to help you solve the mystery. Women’s health and fertility expert Nat Kringoudis explains …

Lee Holmes’ book launch ‘Eat Clean, Green & Vegetarian’ + her heavenly Caramelised Onion Tart

With the wellness revolution booming there seems to be a new cookbook ready for testing every other week. I was fortunate enough to spend last Tuesday night with my good friend Mel (from The Well-Planned Wife) at the book launch of Lee Holmes’ fifth book ‘Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian’. I’ve found that health and wellness cookbooks can be placed into two categories; those that produce deliciously good food, and those that produce food that simply tastes healthy. Why the distinction? While healthy is important, healthy shouldn’t equal bland just because it lacks sugar, dairy or gluten. Lee’s books use nutrient rich ingredients and wholefoods to create delicious recipes designed to help our bodies perform at their best everyday; with a particular emphasis on the healing properties of clean, unprocessed foods on our guts. Having had the pleasure of first meeting Lee at last year’s Vitality conference, and then again through work this year, I can say she is a truly lovely person. She can also cook supercharged food like a MasterChef. Her ‘Eat Your …

Ditch the dirty and get clean

This past week I’ve spoken with several people about the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. This topic has always been on my need-to-cover list, and with summer now underway it’s become particularly relevant (and important) as we up our salad and fruit intake. If you’re into buying organics you’ve probably heard about these lists before, but if you haven’t or if you’re interested in organics but don’t know where to start – get ready to feel empowered! The Dirty Dozen is a list produced every year by US organisation, the Environmental Working Group. The group analyses the Department of Agriculture’s data to determine which fruit and vegetables have the most pesticide residue when they reach the consumer. On the flip-side, the Clean Fifteen uses the same data to rank which fruit and vegetables you can safely buy non-organic, as the levels of pesticide residue are incredibly low or in some cases non-existent. Why is this list important and fantastic? Today, there are many different types of pesticides that are used, each with a particular …

Oh hey there!

Oh hey there! Welcome to my first post on The Whole Life. Hooray! I’m so glad you’re here and reading this! This is an incredibly personal journey for me, and it took a lot of courage and confidence to take this site live. I hope you enjoy reading what I have to share just as much as I enjoy writing it for you. I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. As this post goes live, I’m currently at the tail end of a week’s recovery leave having just gone through my second laparoscopy to treat endometriosis. I’m incredibly fortunate  that my surgery went to plan and that my results are at the positive end of the spectrum (well as much as they can be given the circumstances). With that said, I’ve got a huge journey in front of me to continue my path to wellness, and I’m looking forward to putting in to action (even more so than before) the tips, tricks and life lessons I’ve learnt in the last year. One of the upsides to …