The one thing you need to change about your eating habits

Stephanie Gobbo, Naturopath and Nutritionist extraordinaire, spoke at my recent retreat in Melbourne and her insight into nutrition is both holistic and incredible. I spoke to Steph about the most valuable mid-year resolutions you can make, superfood smoothies and the one thing you need to know to help you stay 'well.'

1. What is the most common mid year resolution you hear from your clients?

Definitely weight loss or detoxing.

2. What is the mid year resolution you'd love everyone to try instead?

I would like all my clients to try practicing self care, instead of focusing on dieting. Whether that means putting more effort into fitness, cooking clean food, getting extra sleep, drinking more water, having a massage or doing something nurturing for their mental health. This all leads to weight loss and a healthier body and liver anyway!

3. What is the number one food people can try at this time of year to supercharge their health?

Berries aren't in season, but you can always buy them frozen. They are filled with anti-oxidants which help reduce free radicals in the body. They're a great thing to incorporate into your diet.

How to stick to new years resolutions

4. What are your top 5 favourite superfoods?

"My favourite superfoods that come from nature are: Blueberries, green tea, turmeric, chia seeds, acai berry"

5. What is the most common digestion-related issue you see? What is your one top tip for managing this? 

The number 1 digestive symptom I see in clinic is bloating. The best advice I can give to work out why you are bloating and how to treat it is to investigate if it is because of these things:

1. something you're consistently eating that you’re intolerant to, 

2. the way you’re digesting and breaking down your food or 

3. because of dysbiosis of your gut microbiome

6. What is your favourite smoothie recipe?

best mid year smoothie recipe

My favourite smoothie recipe is filled with greens and mango:

1 mango cheek

1/2 frozen banana 

1 handful of baby spinach 

5-10 mint leaves 

1/2 cucumber chopped

1 small knob of ginger 

1 cup of coconut water 

Blend well and serve. 

7. What is your favourite indulgence?

My favourite indulgence is without a doubt a cheese platter and glass of red wine


8. If you had to give one piece of nutritional advice you wish everyone knew, what would it be?

 From Steph's instagram @steph.naturopath

From Steph's instagram @steph.naturopath

"My number one piece of nutritional advice is to ensure your diet has variety."

This is imperative to feeding the gut microbiome and keeping it healthy along with ensuring your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs to function optimally.

"So many of us get set in our ways with eating the same things over and over. Trying to include new foods each day is really beneficial. Eating the colour of the rainbow each day is an old saying but definitely true."

9. What are some cooking tips to help us heading into the cooler Autumn and Winter months?

Now that the weather has cooled down it is best to steer away from raw foods/salad/smoothies and start to include more warming foods such as soups, curries, casseroles, herbal teas and warming herbs and spices in cooking. Using bone broth as a base for your winter hot dishes is a fantastic way to heal your gut day to day. 

10. What foods help our immunity?

Ginger, Garlic, Turmeric, Onion, Shiitake mushrooms, Manuka honey, Bone broth, Oranges, Kiwis, Capsicum 

 From Steph's instagram @steph.naturopath

From Steph's instagram @steph.naturopath

Now you know all these handy hints for navigating Autumn and Winter, what will you change about your eating habits?

About Steph:

Naturopath & Nutritionist. Stephanie is a Naturopath and Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science Degree majoring in Naturopathy. She practices out of the stunning Luxton Clinic in Armadale, Melbourne, Australia.

Top 5 reasons you’re not getting enough sleep

In modern society, we’re sleeping less than ever before with almost one in two people surviving on six hours or less sleep a night. In 1942 that number was less than 8% of the population. Why are we sleeping less than ever before?

 Stunning bedrooms at Wellness Retreat Svarga Loka, Bali 

Stunning bedrooms at Wellness Retreat Svarga Loka, Bali 

1. Longer commutes

Housing prices and urban sprawl mean people are commuting for longer than ever. Rather than skip a cup of tea with their partners though, most people are foregoing sleep to maintain the same amount of interaction with their families.

5 reasons you can't sleep

2. Screen time past lights out

If you relish an end of the day catch up on your favourite Instagram accounts when your head is on the pillow, you’re starving your body of melatonin. Melatonin is the snazzy hormone that says ‘time to sleep’ and inducts your body into its sleep-ready state.

3. Saying “I’m busy” is a new trend

If you’re really busy, you’re probably not sleeping very much. Sadly, ‘being busy’ has become a badge of honour. In 2018 you’re far more likely to hear the man on the train next to you saying “I’m just so busy this week’ instead of ‘I had the best, longest sleep last night.’

Check out this story of how a Kiwi woman transitioned from busyness to calm here.

top reasons you're not sleeping enough

4. Caffeine is part of our daily routine

Coffee is delicious, but it stimulates the sympathetic nervous system which triggers the ‘fight or flight’ part of the brain, instead of the ‘rest and digest’ system that helps relax us. If you’re constantly ready to fight off a bear thanks to caffeine-induced adrenaline, you’re unlikely to be sleeping well.

Learn more about how too much caffeine can cause you to be 'Accidentally Anxious' below:

5. We’re always available thanks to tech

When your boss sends an urgent email at 9pm, you can’t really ignore it in this day and age. Luckily for most people, urgent late-night emails aren’t a reality, however most of us voluntarily check work emails and documents after leaving the office. By always being available, we’re less able to switch off our brains from ‘problem solving work mode’ to rest and relaxation mode that helps prepare us for sleep. 

Here's the good news

By making a small change to your lifestyle and any of the things above, you can make a huge change to your sleep and energy levels.

Learn what small changes can make the greatest difference below:

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What do you think makes it hard for you to sleep?