Summer is nearly here! And that means Christmas is fast approaching... While not everyone enjoys the really warm weather, here at MNMC we love that there is so much fresh produce around at the moment! Perfect to use in those morning smoothies and lunch time salads. Our favourite smoothie recipe this week is Ange's Detox Skin Smoothie
, courtesy of our own Naturopath, Angela Smith!
The best place to get your fruit and veggies is at your local market. Not only is everything super fresh, it's cheap and your grocer is knowledgeable about what is in season. If you go later in the day, you can also get some incredible bargains!
It is always best, where possible, to purchase organic produce. Since it is free from pesticides and other nasty chemicals, this helps with reducing the toxic load placed on our bodies. Organic produce is generally more expensive, so if you are on a budget leading up to Christmas, there are smarter ways to shop to ensure that you are getting more bang for your buck!
Certain fruits and vegetables are more contaminated with pesticides. These are known as the Dirty Dozen.
Pesticides are toxic by design, with some research suggesting that they are linked to a wide range of health conditions. Where possible, it is best to spend a few extra dollars on purchasing organic varieties of these fruits and vegetables. On the contrary, the Clean Fifteen
refers to produce that is least contaminated by pesticide use. So while organic produce is preferred, it is not as necessary for these particular foods. Check out our Facebook
page for further information.
Farmer's Markets have really increased in popularity in recent years. Not sure where your nearest Farmer's Market is? Click here
to search. Alternatively, next time you come in to the clinic for an appointment, why not visit Queen Victoria Market and pick up the freshest fruits and vegetables? The Produce section of the market is open Tuesdays & Thursdays (6am - 2pm), Fridays (6am - 5pm), Saturdays (6am - 3pm) and Sundays (9am - 4pm). Located only 3 blocks away from MNMC, it's a short stroll before/after your appointment. If driving, we'd suggest parking near the clinic as the roads closer to Queen Victoria Market can be quite busy. Just remember that you will need to carry everything back to the car though!
Appointments prior to Christmas
As the end of 2014 approaches, the Clinic is getting busy! To ensure that you are able to book an appointment and avoid disappointment, please contact the clinic on (03) 9686 2566. With upcoming holidays (for you and some of our practitioners) it's best to get in quick!
Do you need to update your contact details?
When moving house there are so many things to do - the one thing you may have forgotten to do is update your contact details with us! It's important that your practitioner has your current address, phone numbers and email address in case they need to contact you. Please email the clinic on email@example.com or contact Reception on (03) 9686 2566 and provide your new phone number/s, email address and postal address.