October 2014 - new website, vampires and a spring clean
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Springing into health and happiness


Spring has well and truly sprung in this part of the world. After my European sojourn, it’s wonderful to be ‘home’. Sydney is looking magnificent in full bloom.
As most of you know it’s been a huge year for me, so I’m overjoyed to share with you that the new website is finally live. The new business is officially up and running! I’m really pleased with the calm and beautiful design that Mark, my graphic designer, has created. Take a look at it and let me know what you think.
With the new look, comes a slight change in how I work. To clarify, I’m not a ‘lifestyle coach’ - just an experienced naturopath using the best of traditional naturopathy in a coaching format. If you’d like to know more about why I now call myself a health & happiness coach/naturopath and what that means – my FAQ  will answer your questions.
I caught up with a friend recently, who said a colleague had paid $300 for a three day ‘juice detox’ and what did I think? From the archives this month I’m featuring some suggestions for a traditional ‘spring clean’. Unlike an expensive juice regime, it’s not a crash diet. If you feel like you’d like to refresh your mind as well as your body, give it a go.

Also in this newsletter is a suitably spring-like detox recipe and the best of the web.
I hope you have and healthy and happy month,


Gill Stanard has distilled more than two decades of clinical practice as a naturopath to develop a unique coaching framework. It’s a customised approach that supports you to set and achieve your wellbeing goal,s so you can live your healthiest and happiest life.

You can work with Gill from anywhere in the world via phone or Skype.




To detox or not to detox?

Have you seen the wonderfully rich and insightful Jim Jarmusch film Only lovers Left Alive? Although I'm not a fan of the vampire genre,  their superhuman status was used to good effect to comment on the environment. Jarmusch mused that human blood would be so contaminated, it can slay a vampire.
"Researchers have estimated that as many as 2 in 3 cases of cancer (67%) are linked to some type of environmental factor, including use, or abuse, of tobacco, alcohol, and food, as well as exposures to radiation, infectious agents, and substances in the air, water, and soil."
National Cancer Institute (USA) 

There is no evidence that doing a traditional detox will clear any of these poisons from your body, the jury is still out on that one, so let’s concentrate on how you can feel at the end of a well curated ‘spring clean’.
For me, one of the first things I notice is that colours appear brighter. This heightening of the senses is an unexpected but delightful ‘side effect’. As food is reintroduced, the flavour is also more intense. When returning to ‘normal’ eating the saltiness or sweetness of a restaurant meal is almost unbearable. If nothing else, having a spring clean aids the practice of mindfulness and appreciation of ‘clean’ food.
Are you ready for a spring clean?


Recipe: spring salad in Cos leaves

Whether you’re embarking on a spring clean or not, for lunch or a light meal this is a virtuous and tasty option. The individual salad portions are neatly contained in their own, edible vessel. Feel free to vary the ingredients but keep texture (crunchy raw vegetables and smooth avocado), acidity and variety in mind. I enjoy the sweetness of pistachios but a drizzle of tahini can also provide ‘mouth feel’.
Spring salad in Cos leaves
Avocado, diced
Celery, diced
Spring onion, thinly sliced
Parsley, chopped
Carrot, grated
Alfalfa sprouts
Raw pistachio nuts, shelled
Lemon juice
Cos (or similar boat-shaped) lettuce leaves, washed
Combine the above ingredients, dressing to taste with fresh lemon juice.
Place about 1 tablespoon of salad in the centre of each Cos lettuce leaves. This is a bit like an open sandwich but the sides can be closed or rolled to make a wrap if preferred.

The recipe is vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free.

You can find more recipes in the resources tab on the website.

Best of the web

What's better for back pain - pain killers or reassurance? 
What really rules your mind (and why naturopaths have always been obsessed about your bowels).
A swag of great millet recipes from My Darling Lemon Thyme. 
A tension-busting relaxation audio.

Creative and therapeutic, write yourself a letter.

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