Our family holiday to Phuket and Singapore

My sister-in-law (who lives in Israel) invited us to join her family (my brother-in-law, their two adult sons and two teenage daughters) in Phuket for a family holiday in October 2016. We travelled around New Zealand with them in September 2015, and we all had a fantastic time travelling together, so this was a wonderful opportunity to […] more…

Bone broth

I have finally found the time and enthusiasm to make a bone broth at home (you can read my chicken broth blog here). We bought the bones from Feather and Bone in Marrickville. Here is the recipe that I used. It is from Pete Evan’s book Going Paleo. BEEF BONE BROTH about 2 kg beef knuckle […] more…

Helping Bubba G with teasing

Bubba G is three and over the school holidays she went to vacation care at preschool with her peers and with older children from her preschool. She has had a fantastic time and there have been many positives about her playing with the older children. One day she asked me “what does teasing mean Mummy”? So I […] more…

Yummy whole food marshmallows

I have finally mastered thermomix marshmallows. They worked on my 5th attempt – woo hoo. I realised that they were collapsing back into jellies when I added natural food colourings. Without the colouring, they work fabulously. Here is the recipe: MARSHMALLOWS WITH GRASS-FED GELATIN by Stirring Change 2 half cups of filtered water 3 tbsp gelatin (I […] more…

Basic jelly recipe (plus the health benefits of gelatin)

Jelly can be a delicious and nutritious dessert or snack if you make it from scratch. I purchase Great Lakes Gelatine from iherb to use in my jelly recipes. Here is the foundation recipe from the Great Lakes website, which you can experiment with. FOUNDATION RECIPE 1 tablespoon Great Lakes Gelatin 1/2 cup cold liquid 1 1/2 […] more…

Introducing Zooey (and her tongue tie story)

Our first daughter (Bubba G) was born on St Valentine’s day – the day of love; and our second daughter was born on the day of laughter – April Fool’s day (1/4/15). Both of their birthdays are special to us, and pretty easy to remember for our extended family. When our second child was in utero, Bubba G […] more…

Lemon and honey jelly lollies

We have discovered another delicious jelly lolly recipe. My wonderful thermomix consultant shared it on her Facebook page Lynda’s Thermie Journey. INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1-3 tbsp honey (to taste) 1 1/2 tbsp gelatine (I purchase the Great Lakes one with the red label from iherb). METHOD Mix ingredients together in a saucepan (or in […] more…

Optimising your baby’s development – By Dr Shalom and Helene Drimer

Optimising your baby’s development – first published in Nuture Parenting Magazine Autumn 2015 As humans we have evolved to perform tasks that are unmatched by any other species in the animal kingdom. We talk, write, dance, sing and perform many other activities. We often take these skills for granted, even though they are incredibly complex […] more…

Bubba G’s healthy jelly lollies

These jelly lollies are nutritious and Bubba G absolutely loves them. I make them with Great Lakes Gelatin (the unflavoured beef gelatin in the orange container). I found this recipe on Thank your body. Homemade Healthy Fruit Snacks Inspired by this recipe from Mommypotamus. Ingredients 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice or fresh orange juice. 2/3 cup […] more…

Thumb-sucking: An Aware Parenting Approach. Guest post by Dr Marion Rose

Thumb-sucking – An Aware Parenting Approach by Dr Marion Rose. There are many different perspectives on thumb-sucking, and I’d love to share an Aware Parenting way of looking at it with you. Before I start, I’d like to include a preface – that I long for deep self-acceptance for all of us parents. It is […] more…

Natural Remedies for Peridontal Disease

SYMPTOMS OF PERIDONTAL DISEASE Symptoms of periodontal disease include red, swollen and receding gums, loose teeth and bad breath. Risk factors include certain illnesses (such as diabetes), older age and smoking. If you have periodontal disease, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist (a dentist who specialises in treating this condition). Without proper treatment, […] more…

Managing seasonal and perennial allergies – Nurture Magazine

Managing seasonal and perennial allergies – first published in Nurture Parenting Magazine Spring 2014 Do you rub your itchy eyes or blow your nose more that usual in spring? If you do, you may be suffering from allergic rhinitis (commonly called hay fever). Seasonal increases in tree, grass, and weed pollens can trigger seasonal allergic […] more…

The ins and outs of thumb sucking – Guest Post By Orofacial Myologist Rochelle McPherson

THE INS AND OUTS OF THUMB SUCKING – By Orofacial Myologist Rochelle McPherson Thumb sucking may seem like a harmless habit and some people have described it as cute however thumb sucking is not harmless or cute. Thumb sucking can lead to dental, social and psychological problems. Prolonged and vigorous sucking can affect the normal growth and […] more…

Steamed fish, vegetables and coconut rice (Thermomix recipe)

I am blogging some of my favourite recipes so that I can quickly find them again when I need them. This is a new favourite (I have only just started using the varoma on my thermomix). I am continuing to make efforts to make more nutritious meals at home (this can be a struggle with […] more…

Babywearing: A Chiropractic Perspective – first published in Nurture Parenting Magazine

Here is an article that Shalom and I wrote together. It was first published in the Winter 2014 issue of Nurture Parenting Magazine. A huge thank you to our colleague Dr Vanessa Barry (chiropractor and babywearing consultant) for her help with this article. Babywearing is a beautiful way to bond with your child. There are […] more…

Natural relief from colds and flu – first published in Nurture Parenting Magazine

I haven’t had a chance to blog for a while, so I am excited to be back and sharing this article that has just been published in Nurture Parenting Magazine. Here is a description of the magazine from their website: Nurture ~ Australia’s Natural Parenting Magazine is your destination for thought-provoking, evidence-based articles on the […] more…

Chocolate bliss ball heaven

I love bliss balls. They satisfy a sweet craving and are packed with nutritious ingredients. I was looking for cacao butter (for homemade organic chocolates) and my organic shop had run out, so I bought some cocoa mass instead. It has been sitting in my fridge for ages because I haven’t gotten around to seeing […] more…

Loving Oobi and fond memories of childhood

On our first trip to Perth, I found the most divine little dresses made out of hand-printed apple and cherry fabric. This was my introduction to the gorgeousness of Oobi. I bought a couple of the dresses on sale (Bubba G is yet to grow into them) because they reminded me of my favourite dresses from […] more…

Our night weaning journey – finding clarity out of the confusion

Bubba G is now two and in the last month or so, she has started waking up multiple times at night to breastfeed (one night she woke up 8 times in 6 hours). I am really needing to start sleeping through the night after two years of waking at night to breastfeed her. Good sleep […] more…

Sweet potato and lentil soup

I needed to find a simple recipe with ingredients that I had at home for lunch today; and I wanted to use my newly made chicken broth as well. This is what I found (it is a thermomix recipe, but could easily be made in a pot on the stove): Sweet potato and lentil soup INGREDIENTS 1 […] more…

Chicken soup for Shalom (made with love)

My husband and I have been pescetarian for more than 10 years (i.e. we eat a lacto-ovo diet plus seafood). We made the decision to eliminate meat and poultry from our diets for ethical, environmental, spiritual and health reasons. However, I recently attended a nutritional seminar by the brilliant Rachel Arthur. In it she referred to […] more…

My homebirth transfer story – published in Birthings Magazine

Today I received my copy of ‘Birthings – A home birth access Sydney quarterly publication‘, Autumn 2014, Issue 121. I was excited to see it because it includes Bubba G’s birth and breastfeeding stories, which I wrote for the ‘planned home birth > hospital transfer’ edition. Here is our story. I hope that it may […] more…

Food Detective – IgG Food Intolerance Test

Food Detective is a food intolerance test that I do in-clinic for my patients. The test has contributed to some life-changing improvements to their health (please see one case study below). Have you every wondered if you have any intolerances to specific foods? Do you have any of the following symptoms? Anxiety (acute or chronic) Arthritis […] more…

Gluten Free Roasted Vegetable Lasagne

This has been one of my favourite recipes for years. It is delicious and lasts for quite a few meals. I found this recipe on Exclusively Foods and I have modified it to make it gluten free. I made it for dinner last night and as I was making it, Bubba G asked for some snacks. I […] more…

Quirky Cooking Almond and Sunflower Milk

Quirky Cooking is a brilliant blog by Jo Whitton. This lady is a genius! This is from her home page: My mum taught me to cook from a very young age, using basic, fresh ingredients, and cooking ‘from scratch’. I developed an interest in healthy eating as I grew up, and when I got married […] more…