Most new mums will have heard about the ‘fourth trimester’ and will think of it as the time that their new baby is adjusting to life outside of the womb. Those first 3 months after your baby is born are equally a time of change and challenge for mums. Mothers need care and attention to enable health and recovery, in the same way that our babies are given time to adjust to life in the outside world. In our culture this time of caring for the mother’s health is often overlooked and we are expected to be back to our normal self within a few weeks of giving birth. However, mums need time to reach optimal health and recovery post birth and pregnancy so we can feel well and healthy to care for our bubs.
We really enjoy the taste of chocolate. The cocoa in chocolate gives it the antioxidant benefits and it is rich in magnesium (double bonus), however most chocolate contains refined sugar so if it is a 70% cocoa then it is going to have 30% sugar! Generally small amounts in moderation is a good rule of thumb, however for some trying to reduce sugar from their diet a dilemma exists on how to get the deliciousness of chocolate and the antioxidant benefits of cocoa without the added sugar. So to help in this we’ve dug deep into our recipe books to give you some chocolate yumminess this Easter
I love the onset of cooler weather, cold, crisp, clear mornings are a welcome respite from the long Aussie summer. But as temperatures plummet and we dig out the slippers, blankets and woolly jumpers, we also need to brace ourselves for cold and flu season. There’s a lot we can do to help protect ourselves from the viral onslaught.
By Karen Latter, naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist
I feel that this year with the bonus of a late Easter rolling into Anzac Day that there is genuine excitement from everyone, whether it is time to holiday, to be with friends and family, to rest or to simply slow down and take stock, Easter is certainly a welcome break. And as we slow, we allow room for mindfulness and an opportunity to lighten our cognitive load and gain the many health benefits. WHAT the heck is mindfulness?