May 2016 update from Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic
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In this issue:

*Mother's Day gift ideas
*Mother's Day recipe idea - Zucchini and Ricotta Toasts
*Spinal Health Week
*May Product Specials
Sunday 8th May 2016

Our mums are amazing! Sometimes we don't remind them of this enough, luckily there is a day to do so! Mother's Day is an opportunity to say thank you to the special ladies in our lives (some who may not be our mother however they still have a positive influence on us).

We have gifts available at the clinic including Mukti organic skin care, teas, organic chocolates and massage vouchers!!

Another great idea is to cook for them - look below for a delicious brunch idea!
As May comes around again so does the day dedicated to celebrate our amazing mothers. While each family may have different traditions – they all involve showing our mums how special they are and how much they mean to us. What better way is there to shower your Mum with love and appreciation than treating her to a home-made meal.

This simple but super tasty recipe is sure to impress when it is served up for breakfast, brunch or lunch – alongside a beautiful bunch of flowers…. of course!

Zucchini and Ricotta Toasts

by Alex Fox

Zucchini is one of my favourite vegetables. They are so versatile as they can be eaten raw or cooked, added to salads, roasted or steamed with other veggies and added (AKA hidden) into most dishes to amp up the green veg factor. Zucchinis have a high water content, are low in carbohydrates and low in kilojoules. They are also a good source of dietary fibre and provide the body with essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, C, B’s, magnesium and folate just to name a few.
This recipe serves 4-6
500g fresh zucchini
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
Flaked mineral salt and fresh cracked pepper
1 lemon, zest removed and juiced
1 lime, cut into wedges  
250g ricotta, good quality from the deli is preferable.  
A hand full of fresh dill, chopped
Fresh crusty bread – multigrain sourdough, rye, sprouted grain loaf are all great options
Smoked salmon (optional)
In a small bowl mix together the ricotta, lemon zest and juice, chopped dill, and salt and pepper to taste. A whisk works well to achieve a smooth and creamy consistency.
Using a mandolin or veggie peeler, slice the zucchini into ribbons length ways. Add the zucchini to a medium bowl and combine with garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
Heat a grill pan or bbq grill plate to a medium heat. Lay zucchini slices in a single layer and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. You just want to achieve light grill marks on each side and to slightly soften the zucchini slices.
While the zucchini is cooking, toast the bread. Spread each bread slice with the ricotta mixture and add the cooked zucchini. Top with the smoked salmon (if using) and serve alongside a lime wedge.
*Instead of salmon try - poached eggs, bacon or even fresh pancetta are other great alternatives take this dish to the next level.
Dietary Requirements
GF – substitute the bread for a gluten-free bread or omit altogether
DF – change the traditional ricotta for tofu or cashew ricotta or creamed cauliflower puree
VG – omit the salmon and ricotta (for one of the DF options)
Low FODMAPS – omit the garlic, reduce the amount of ricotta, and select a gluten-free or traditional sourdough bread

Alex has been part of the MNMC team for just over 3-years now. While her primary role has been Clinic Manager, she is incredibly excited to be completing her Naturopathy degree at the end of the year and transitioning into a practitioner role at the North Melbourne clinic.
A passionate problem solver is how Alex likes to describe herself. Her focus will be on helping her clients achieve their health goals by utilising a natural approach including diet & nutrition, traditional herbal medicine techniques, improving lifestyle & environmental factors, and utilising trusted clinical investigations and treatment methods.  

Keep an eye on our website for Alex’s upcoming clinic availability at the end of the year.
Spinal Health WeekTM 2016
MNMC would like to remind everyone that you don’t have to be sporting professionals to achieve peak performance. Back your Inner Athlete by performing and living better through good spinal function, reducing pain, maintaining healthy posture and taking care of your health.

With the Olympics around the corner and over 10,500 athletes from 206 countries who are currently in intensive training, Chiropractic care assists them to perform at their optimum. Chiropractors are here for you as well, not just sports athletes, and can support your spine function, overall health and performance levels.

Physical Inactivity: A Global Public Health Problem
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), ‘globally, around 31% of adults aged 15 and over were insufficiently active in 2008 (men 28% and women 34%). Approximately 3.2 million deaths each year are attributable to insufficient physical activity’1.

The WHO has attributed overall physical inactivity partly due to ‘insufficient participation in physical activity during leisure time and an increase in sedentary behaviour during occupational and domestic activities. Likewise, an increase in the use of "passive" modes of transport has also been associated with declining physical activity levels. Increased urbanisation has resulted in several environmental factors which may discourage physical activity’ 2.

Through the ‘Back Your Inner Athlete’ campaign, MNMC would like to support the initiative of the WHO Member States to achieve ‘a voluntary global NCD target for a reduction of 10% in physical inactivity by 2025’ 3.

Through these three P’s, chiropractic care can help support you to Back Your Inner Athlete:
  • Reduce Pain – ‘De-stressing Your Spine’ - Chiropractors are spine health care experts and can help de-stress one’s spine.  
  • Improve Posture – Use chiropractic care to understand how to manage and improve posture.  
  • Activate Performance – By placing importance on good spinal health and function, alleviating pain, improving posture and mobility, and living a healthy lifestyle, one can improve performance in life.
MNMC Chiropractor, Dr Kate Adler, has over 7 years experience working as a Chiropractor, both nationally and internationally. She has a particular interest in working with athletes and sporting injuries through preventative and gentle health care to help reduce symptoms and finding the underlying cause to prevent re occurrence.
Call reception on (03) 9686 2566 to book in for an appointment today!
May Product Specials

New - Coconut roll-on deodorant

*Only natural and organic ingredients
*No aluminium and no parabens
*Convenient roll-on bottle
*Suitable for the whole family

MediHerb Enhance - Vanilla Protein Powder (Whey Protein)

Now only $40
(save $20)


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