Posts made in August, 2013

Apple & Cinnamon Buckwheat Pancakes

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in Adonai, Recipes | 0 comments

Apple & Cinnamon Buckwheat Pancakes

These pancakes are a delicious treat and a healthier option than traditional pancake recipes. Buckwheat flour is gluten free and has a rich, nutty flavour. This recipe can easily be made dairy free as well for those who are trying to avoid dairy. The addition of protein powder means they are higher in protein and more satisfying.   1/4 cup buckwheat flour 1 heaped tbsp vanilla protein powder (use a rice or pea based protein powder if avoiding dairy) 1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder 1 egg 1/2 cup of milk (I usually use almond milk, but rice, oat, soy or cow’s milk will also work) 1/2 an apple, grated 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon   Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the egg, then the milk. Whisk until well combined. Add the grated apple and combine well. If the mixture seems a little thick you can add more milk to get it to the consistency you like. Heat a non-stick frying pan (use a little coconut oil if you do not have a non-stick pan.) and ladle 1 scoop of mixture on to the pan when it is hot. Gently jiggle the pan to thin out the mixture a little so the pancake is not too thick. This will give you a lighter pancake. Wait until you see air bubbles forming on the top side of the pancake, about 4 minutes, then carefully flip and cook for another minute on the other side. Repeat process until all mixture is gone. Serve with fresh fruit, a dollop of ricotta or natural yoghurt and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.* *Make sure you use pure maple syrup and not the fake stuff which consists of high fructose corn syrup, maple flavour and colours. Real mape syrup is just that, maple syrup,  and has a lower GI and some naturally occurring minerals. You should be able to determine this by checking the ingredients list on the bottle. Alternatively if it cost you $2, it’s probably not the real...

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Hayfever: Are you ready for spring?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Adonai, Articles | 0 comments

Hayfever: Are you ready for spring?

Most of us are looking forward to the sunshine and warmer weather of spring, but many are awaiting the onslaught of the dreaded Hay Fever season. Seasonal allergies can vary from annoying sniffles to seriously interfering with everyday life. The good news is that there is a lot that nutrition and herbal medicine can offer to reduce symptoms and address the cause of allergies. Eating a balanced diet rich in omega 3 and fresh fruit and vegetables, drinking plenty of water and getting adequate sunshine to support vitamin D levels are good foundational strategies to start with.  Avoiding the allergen as best as possible is also critical, of course. Some medicinal herbs that may help with Hay Fever and sinusitis can be easily utilised by adding them as a regular part of your diet. Ginger and Fenugreek tea can be drunk twice a day and garlic and horseradish can be added to meals. Follow the link to our delicious Tuna tabouli recipe to help you get your serve of garlic. Nutrients such as vitamin C, Quercetin and zinc can offer some relief by supporting the immune system and reducing inflammation.  There are also a number of herbs that have been shown to help reduce mucous production and sinus pain through various actions. Don’t suffer this spring! Start putting up your defences now and have a fantastic spring!   About the author: Kelli Kieselbach is the Naturopath and owner at Adonai Natural Health Clinic in the North East suburbs of Adelaide, SA. Kelli is passionate about restoring health and preventing disease using nutrition and herbal medicines. As a Naturopath, Kelli uses her skills clinically to empower clients of all ages to achieve better health and quality of life. To request an appointment with Kelli or to make an enquiry, please click on the links below or contact the clinic on 08 8396 7500. REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT                                         MAKE AN...

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Benefits of Ginger

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Adonai, Articles | 0 comments

Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is a fantastic spice that is easily incorporated into the daily diet. As well as adding a beautiful fragrant aroma to curries and stir-fries, it has many therapeutic properties.  Not only can Ginger be used as an ingredient in cooking it can also be made up as a tea using the dry herb or the fresh grated root. Tablet and capsule forms can be found when higher doses are required for therapeutic effect. Below are some of the things that Ginger can be used for. Nausea – Ginger helps to reduce vomiting and nausea, including motion sickness and morning sickness during pregnancy. Digestive aid – Ginger can assist with improving digestive discomfort by increasing saliva and bile flow to help with the digestion of food. Gastric Ulcers – Ginger has some anti-ulcer activity and may inhibit Helicobacter Pylori, a bacteria associated with gastric ulcers. Muscle and joint pain – Ginger can be used to help reduce inflammation and pain. Internal and topical preparations can be used. A concentrated ginger tea swilled or held in the mouth can be used for a toothache. High cholesterol – Ginger helps to lower LDL “bad” cholesterol Anti-oxidant – It helps decrease free-radical activity and amps up our body’s production of it’s own anti-oxidant compounds. Parasites and infections – Ginger has anti-microbial & anti-parasitic properties.   This information is for educational purposes only. As always if using herbs therapeutically be sure to check with your practitioner to make sure it is suitable for you. About the author: Kelli Kieselbach is the Naturopath and owner at Adonai Natural Health Clinic in the North East suburbs of Adelaide, SA. Kelli is passionate about restoring health and preventing disease using nutrition and herbal medicines. As a Naturopath, Kelli uses her skills clinically to empower clients of all ages to achieve better health and quality of life. To request an appointment with Kelli or to make an enquiry, please click on the links below or contact the clinic on 08 8396 7500. REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT                                 MAKE AN...

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Lifestyle Tips for Weight Management

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Adonai, Articles | 0 comments

Lifestyle Tips for Weight Management

Weight management is not only about what you eat and how much you eat. It is also about how you eat and your lifestyle habits. Here is a list of suggestions that can help you not just to achieve weight Loss, but also maintain a healthy weight long term. Of course this is a long list and not all of these tips will apply to everyone, but it is a good exercise to highlight the points that are most useful for you and set about implementing them one by one. Include regular relaxation activities in your life and take the time to learn some   techniques that may help you in coping with daily stress. Counselling is a helpful tool if there are emotional or psychological blocks stopping you reaching your weight loss goal and maintaining it. Quality sleep has been shown to be very important in weight management.  Try to have a regular sleep pattern and get 8 hours a night.  Research shows sleep quality is best between 10 pm and 2 am at night. Find exercise regimes that you enjoy, it will help keep you motivated. Find friends or family who can encourage you and help keep you motivated to reach your goals. Exercising with other people whether it is in a class, with a personal trainer or with a friend. This helps keep you accountable and often makes the time pass quicker. Setting goals is important.  Make your goals achievable and set realistic time frames to reach those goals.  Celebrate goals achieved no matter how small and then set a new goal. Eliminate “white” foods eg white bread, white pasta, white rice, pastries, potatoes and white flour. Reduce or eliminate wheat intake as it can impede weight loss for some people. Avoid using commercial cereals which are often laden with sugar and are overly processed. Make your own pasta and stir-fry sauces as much as possible.  Most bought sauces and marinades are full of sugar and salt. When dining out choose healthier options and cuisines.  Avoid buffet restaurants and skip the garlic bread.  Sushimi, Thai foods, salads without cream dressing, baked chicken dishes and fish dishes are all good options. Enjoy a glass of wine or champagne only socially and decide before you go out how many drinks you will have and what you will have.  If you find this hard, leave your card at home and only take enough cash to cover what you have decided to consume. Don’t add sugar to things or consume foods high in sugar eg lollies, chocolate bars, cakes, biscuits, muesli bars, soft drinks and sports drink. Avoid artificial sweeteners as the effects on the body may be toxic and detrimental to weight loss in large doses.  Stevia and xylitol are two natural alternatives as sweeteners that are safe and have a very low glycaemic index. When eating meat or chicken be aware of portion size.  1 serving should be no larger than the width and circumference of the palm of your hand. Be wary of “low fat” products as they are often full of sugar to compensate for the removed fat. Keep your favourite healthy meal ideas and recipes on hand for last minute meals. Keep a few healthy meals in the freezer to avoid getting takeaway. Snack on fresh fruit and veg or enjoy a herbal tea or soda water with lemon instead of a snack. Adequate water consumption is important.  Usually between 1.5L – 2.5L per day. Try to include good quality protein with each meal eg tuna, fish, egg, lean chicken, lean meat, nuts and seeds, lentils,...

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Do you have a food sensitivity?

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Adonai, Articles | 0 comments

Do you have a food sensitivity?

Do you suspect you might be reacting to a particular food or group of foods? Food reactions are a common problem now days with an estimated 45% of the population being affected. Whilst not life-threatening, food sensitivities can have a negative impact on the sufferers quality of life. Reactions to foods can be obvious and occur immediately after the ingestion of the food substance. However in many cases the reaction is far less obvious as it may build up over several hours or days causing non-specific symptoms. This is why many people are living with food sensitivities without realising it. When struggling to identify other causes of symptoms, it may be the result of a food sensitivity creating havoc in your body. Symptoms of food sensitivities include, but are not limited to; bloating & indigestion diarrhoea & constipation Irritable Bowel syndrome anxiety unexplained coughing Skin conditions migraines & headaches sleep disturbances fatigue weight control problems foggy thinking While food sensitivity symptoms are caused by your immune system reacting to a food substance, the health of your digestive system is a key component in developing sensitivities of this nature. It’s for this reason that it is important to address both the immune system and repair digestive function before resolution of the sensitivity can occur. There are two ways that a food sensitivity can be determined. A carefully constructed elimination diet, or a test that measures your immune reaction to a selection of foods that are most likely to cause this type of reaction. Both of these options have their advantages which is why we offer both options at the Adonai Natural Health clinic. It is important to note that a food allergy and a food intolerance are different to a sensitivity. These terms often get misused and can cause confusion in some instances. About the author: Kelli Kieselbach is the Naturopath and owner at Adonai Natural Health Clinic in the North East suburbs of Adelaide, SA. Kelli is passionate about restoring health and preventing disease using nutrition and herbal medicines. As a Naturopath, Kelli uses her skills clinically to empower clients of all ages to achieve better health and quality of life. To request an appointment with Kelli or to make an enquiry, please click on the links below or contact the clinic on 08 8396 7500. REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT                                                   MAKE AN...

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