Healthy Chocolate Christmas Balls

I love this recipe, it is a great snack for when I am craving something sweet and since it is sugar free it is great for my health. I also find that they fill me up, so I don’t have to eat heaps of them to satisfy that craving.

I make these for family and friends as Christmas gifts and after all the indulgent food they have eaten, they are thankful for something healthy and yummy at the same time. They look fantastic inside a small colourful bowl, wrapped in cellophane and tied with Christmas ribbon. I usually double the recipe so there is enough for everyone. Makes about 30 small balls.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups (225g) Whole Almonds (and or Walnuts, Cashews – whatever nuts you have handy!)
  • 15 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Cacao Powder/Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • Zest of 1 Orange

Method:

  1. Place the nuts into a food processor and blend until they are finely ground.
  2. Add the dates, chia seeds, cocoa powder, coconut oil and orange zest and blend until the mixture is completely combined and holds together when you press a chunk together.
  3. Roll into large teaspoon sized balls using your hands, then place in the fridge to cool for 30 mins-1 hour.

I store these in the fridge in an airtight container and they last for a week or so.

Walnuts are great for the kidneys and if you are trying to conceive, they are especially beneficial for men!

 

Written by:

Dr Kate Howden

Acupuncturist

Dr. Kate Howden is an empathetic and caring practitioner, with over a decade of nursing experience, in both general and psychiatric nursing. And now years of experience as a Chinese Medicine practitioner. She takes a holistic approach to client care and loves seeing people feel better about themselves.

Kate has a particular passion for women’s health. She is a mother with her own children and stepchildren and understands the many challenges women face. Kate also has experience in treating withdrawal from drug and alcohol addiction.

She enjoys regular games of netball and long walks with her partner.

Acupressure for Labour Induction

How to do Acupressure:

  • Use deep firm pressure to massage every point.
  • Usually acupressure points are more sensitive than surrounding area.
  • The points are bilateral (the same on both sides of body).
  • Apply the acupressure for as little or as long as you like.
  • You do not need to massage all active points included below. Some active points produce stronger effect than others. You may choose to limit the exercise to massaging these high potency points only.
  • You can repeat active points massage as often as you want. There is no limit on number of exercises per day.
  • When applying deep pressure the active point is expected hurt initially. In this case reduce the pressure to a “comfortably” painful level and persist with massaging the active point. Increase the pressure as the initial painful sensation begins to subside. Continue the massage until a feeling is produced
  • When massaging acupressure points sit comfortably or lie down, close your eyes and breath deeply.
  • It is not necessary to massage points on your own, you can ask somebody else to massage your active points.

 

Which Acupressure points to Induce Labour?:

Colon 4

Point Colon 4 is located between thumb and index finger, in the centre of fleshy part of webbing. Apply firm deep pressure. It’s usually tender.

 

 

 

Spleen 6

Located 3 finger-breadths up from inner ankle bone, as indicated in the picture..

 

 

Gall Bladder 21

 

Located at mid-point on top of shoulder muscle:

 

 

 

 

Urinary Bladder 31 & 32     

Urinary Bladder points 31 and 32 are found in the

 

1st & 2nd depression in sacrum (bony plate at base of spine)

 

 

 

Strawberry Balls

A perfect healthy snack

Ingredients

• 200g ripe strawberries

• 1 cup desiccated coconut
• 3/4 cup traditional oats
• 2 tablespoons white chia seeds
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil
• 2 teaspoons acai powder (optional)
• 2 1/2 tablespoons desiccated coconut, extra, to coat

Method

1. Process strawberries until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and process until finely chopped and mixture comes together.

2. Roll 1 level tablespoon into balls.

3. Place extra coconut in a shallow plate. Roll balls in coconut to coat.

Esoteric & Advanced Energy Healing

Esoteric means something that is not readily known, as a mystery or hidden. The energy fields of the body can be referred to as Esoteric.

Esoteric & Advanced Energy Healing can raise the vibration of our state of being. It can help to quiet the mind, to develop Inner Stillness, and to strengthen your Higher Heart Centre.

This ancient healing method emphasizes the awakening and expansion of our spiritual centre (not the same as religions).

Esoteric & Advanced Energy Healing enables the understanding of the vibrational frequencies of all that we do, think, feel and ingest becomes and shapes our multiple energy fields. It is important to discern the higher vibrations around us.

In traditional Meridian Therapy there is an understanding y that “Shen” is stored in the heart. The “Shen” of the heart lead to the pathways of various stages of awakening. To address the most fundamental level of imbalance, we go to the Heart. “Shen” can be translated as both Mind and Spirit. By aligning the various levels of the Heart, we will be strengthening the Spiritual Centre which assists in various levels of Awakening.

Esoteric Advanced Energy Healing is a technique of introducing our consciousness through spin or acupuncture points a New Encoding Pattern of sequenced sacred geometric patterns that allow, if the timing is right, the recipient to strengthen and access higher frequencies of expanded consciousness.

Esoteric Advanced Energy Healing
emphasizes Wellness versus merely addressing disease or physical imbalances.

Your Truth is not deduced from your Logic
Your Truth,
Your Knowing,
Is Felt in the Heart

Written by Sue Wellwood

Sue Wellwood uses a number of healing techniques that help bring balance and calmness to the body.

• Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies
• Remedial Massage
• Advanced Energy Healing
• Reiki
• Esoteric Healing
• Chi Nei Tsang (stomach massage)
• Cupping and Moxibustion
• Bach flower Remedies
• Essential Oil Energy Balancing
• Chakra Cleansing

Sue is available:

Wednesdays
Call (03) 9486 5966

 

References

Dr. Mikio Sankey www.esotericacupuncture.com
Barbara Brennan www.barbarabrennan.com

Health Check Quiz

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Why bother BBT charting?

Taking your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) can be used to detect ovulation¹. In Chinese Medicine practice there are many more uses and interpretations for this info. Which may help in your fertility journey ..

.. With or without other test results. Your BBT chart can give a picture of what needs to be improved; what acupuncture points to use, the supplements to recommend and the Chinese Herbs to potentially prescribe for you.

Your BBT chart shows me the quality of the menstrual cycle, allows me to assess your overall reproductive health, and identify any hormonal imbalances or other issues in the menstrual cycle.

The apps (Fertility Friend is the best!) used to record the temperatures are often inaccurate in their guess at ovulation timing². For me, there is more to it than which day did you ovulate? More importantly, whether you ovulated and if not, why not³.

The Follicular and Luteal Phase length and temperature can tell me if there is something else going on. Why this woman is struggling to ovulate and how can I help? Does she need a boost of energy so that her body can release the egg easily and maintain a pregnancy? Is there an underlying infection? Is the thyroid failing to communicate with the ovaries? Is there a hormonal imbalance that needs to be corrected? Does she appear to have polycystic ovaries? Why isn’t she falling pregnant? I can get all this from your temperature charts³.

The process of taking your temperature can take a while to get used to. However, the data gathered can assist your fertility journey.

It is important to take your temperature every day, at the same time, before moving, after a minimum of 4 hours solid sleep and recording this.

Need help taking or interpreting your BBT chart? Drop me a line, give me a call or book in for a face to face thorough session; I’d be happy to assist you.

Written by Dr. Kate Howden

Dr Kate Howden  Acupuncturist

Dr. Kate Howden is an empathetic and caring practitioner, with over a decade of nursing experience integrated into her Chinese Medicine knowledge and practice.  She takes a holistic approach to client care with dietary and lifestyle advice incorporated into her sessions and loves seeing people feeling better and embracing life.

Kate has a passion for women’s health including supporting women through their fertility journey, pregnancy, labour, and motherhood. She is a mother with her own children and stepchildren and understands the many challenges women face.

Kate has lots of fun playing netball regularly, loves bush walking and having a good laugh.

 

References

1 Su, H-W, Yi, Y-C, Wei, T-Y, Chang, T-C & Cheng, C-M 2017, ‘Detection of ovulation, a review of currently available methods’, Bioengineering & Translational Medicine, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 238-246.

2 Johnson, S, Marriott, L & Zinaman, M 2018, ‘Can apps and calendar methods predict ovulation with accuracy?’, Current Medical Research and Opinion, Vol. 34, No. 9, pp. 1587-1594.

3 Wolfe, K 2014, ‘The Fertile Life Method. The Fertile Life: Fertility is Your Natural State’, Dr Kirsten Wolfe.

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Dr. E’s Top 11 Breastfeeding Tips

Most of you may have heard that exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months of your baby’s life. That breastfeeding reduces the chance of SIDS. That it promotes long lasting health affects in mother and baby..

However, most of us Mums aren’t achieving this 6 month breastfeeding milestone. Not usually through lack of effort. Lack of information and support more likely.  It’s OK of course if you choose not to..

.. Whatever the reason, here are the top 11 things I found most helpful in my breastfeeding journey.. (emphasis here on my journey. Based on my experience. Many other mothers have different experiences and advice).

1. Learn how. Study the dance steps before you try to dance. Read about breastfeeding while you’re pregnant. I found the Australian Breastfeeding Association to be a great resource. Easy to understand info. Most early breastfeeding issues stem from incorrect position. Of mother and baby. So study and practice those positions. Make sure that you’re in a comfortable position before you start feeding.

2. Understand that your baby then needs to learn the dance steps and how to do the dance with you. Be patient. Have faith that it’ll come together. 

3. If it isn’t working out for either of you, reach out to a lactation consultant. They are the best qualified to help you. Some midwifes and maternal health nurses will give you good advice, but some will not. And it can be difficult to sort the conflicting advice, especially when you’re tired or fragile. Talk to the most qualified re breastfeeding. And trust your instincts.

4. Don’t believe the breastfeeding hurts mantra. Yes in the first few weeks there can be tenderness for a moment at the start of each feed. Apart from that, If position is correct, latching is correct, then breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt. I bought nipple cream as recommended but never needed to use it. Nipple biting can hurt, sure, but that usually comes later 😉 In my experience 95% of the time, breastfeeding doesn’t hurt.

 

5. Learn about the amazing feedback loop your baby & your breasts are in. Learn about the benefits of breastfeeding. Educate your support people so that they can better support you.

6. Have support. Take it when it’s offered. Ask for it. Especially in the first few months when your establishing your milk supply. As much as possible focus on looking after & feeding your baby. Ask your partner or friends to bring you food & water, to fetch you a cushion, to help you be comfortable feeding.

 

7. Co-sleep or bed share if safe & possible. Yes I know clinicians & government departments don’t recommend bed sharing in this country these days. But if you read the research, like I did, (links below) you’ll see that if done safely, bed sharing can actually benefit the health of both mother and child. Safe bed sharing is also linked with higher rates of breastfeeding. Which alone reduces the incidence of SIDS.

“One Australian study found that 80% of babies spent some time co-sleeping in the first 6 months of life.8 We simply don’t talk about it. The fact is that new “babies need to be fed during the night and many new mothers fall asleep while feeding their baby. Co-sleeping helps to minimise disruption to sleep for both a mother and her baby.

Breastfeeding and co-sleeping mutually support each other. The convenience of co-sleeping for breastfeeding at night is the reason parents most commonly give for choosing to co-sleep.9 Mothers who bed-share with their baby tend to breastfeed longer and maintain exclusive breastfeeding longer than those who do not co-sleep.10–12

I didn’t plan to bed share BTW. I bought one of those co-sleepers that you can attach to the side of your bed. Set it all up before the birth. Our daughter however, had other ideas. Even in the hospital, she would not settle to sleep unless she was right bedside me, skin to skin. So in the bed she came. It makes night feeds a breeze. Neither of us needs to fully wake up for her to feed. And waking up to a smiling baby is a lovely experience:).

8. Learn to hand express

Super handy for expressing colostrum, or milk. Boosting milk supply. Working out a blocked milk duct. Here’s a how to video. There are quite a few other videos on Youtube also.

Express colostrum. Otherwise known as liquid gold for your baby. Nutritional and medicinal.
I started at week 36 as recommended by my midwife. Within minutes I had uterine contractions. Freaked out and stopped as I didn’t want the baby to arrive early! So I waited until I was ready, about 39 weeks. And expressed every day until she arrived, finally at 41w+6 ! Here’s some more info about Antenatal expression of colostrum.

 

9. If you plan on going back to work in the first 6 months or would like your baby to be able to take a bottle of expressed breastmilk, which can be a great thing, then get a double electric breast pump. And a hands-free bra like the Arden bra. Makes it heaps easier!

And teach them to take a bottle in the first 4 months, ideally soon after you’ve both mastered breastfeeding. But not before that mastery.

10. Don’t give up. There are bound to be breastfeeding hurdles to overcome. Ask for advice. Do what you can. Persevere. In the first 6 months of my baby’s life, I’ve had to move house & had a parent diagnosed with a terminal illness. Both reduced my milk supply. So I had to prioritise breastfeeding; expressing, resting & working to build it back up.

11. Keep going if possible, even if you need to supplement with formula, which I’ve had to do at times. Every drop of breast milk benefits your baby. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Breastfeed as much as you can manage.

Written by Dr Elaine Hickman
B.H.Sc.TCM (Acupuncture), Cert.Cl.Ac. (Beijing)

Elaine has trained and worked in various settings, both in Australia and China.  She has over 20 years experience in treating many health problems.  Elaine loves to provide a health care experience for people that is respectful, effective, empowering and enjoyable.  Elaine has particular expertise in Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Family Medicine and Wellness promotion. She brings extra understanding and knowledge to the table having been through infertility herself.

Dr. Elaine Hickman consults at Freedom Chinese Medicine on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays.

Call 03 9486 5966 or click to book online.

 

References

https://rednose.org.au/downloads/Breastfeeding-Safe_Sleeping-Information_Statement_Nov_2017_WEB.pdf

https://cosleeping.nd.edu/

https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/breastfeeding-and-co-sleeping

Ball, H.L 2003, Breastfeeding, bed sharing and infant sleep. Birth. 30(3): 181-188.

Blair, P.S., Heron, J., Fleming, P.H 2010, Relationship between bed sharing and breastfeeding: Longitudinal, population-based analysis Pediatrics 126(5): e1119-e1126.

McCoy, R.C., Hunt, C.E., Lesko, S.M., Vezina, R., Corwin, M.J., Willinger, M., Hoffman, H.J., Mitchell, A.A 2004, Frequency of bed sharing and its relationship to breastfeeding Dev Behav Pediatr. 2004, 25(3),141-114.

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