December 2014 update from the Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic team
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” 
- Bob Hope (1903 - 2003)

Tis the season to be Healthy and Jolly! 
As a wise man said to me “better to grow old than not at all”, my father has always lived his life to the fullest and Christmas is often a time we love to do that. I have a few rules to keep me in check for the indulgences over Christmas and the New Year…..and that is to EXERCISE!!! Daily exercise, it’s the perfect way to start the day and keep the weight at bay!

It’s no secret, it is tried and true! You get out of life what you put into it! It’s amazing how good it feels to burn those excess calories; the guilt just melts away because you have actually done something.
Once the celebrations are over why not consider a detox or our easy MNMC Fat loss program. Summer is the perfect season, as you naturally desire light food such as salads, fruit and protein.
We have just launched our Fat loss program ready to help you meet those New Year resolutions, click here to find out more.  

Our Naturopaths are here for you and we aim to get results!! Determination, good habits and support is the key!!

I would like to personally thank and acknowledge you all, for the commitment you have given to your personal health journey, we all know and understand that at times it's not easy but good things can happen!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2015. So come on make 2015 your year!!! 

With love,
Angela Smith
Director and Naturopath
When you think of naturopaths and a natural medicine clinic, you probably don't think of Christmas gifts... But that's where you are wrong! Here at Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic there are lots of things that you can purchase for your friends and family this Christmas:

- Gift Vouchers for naturopath, chiropractor, acupuncture, reflexology or massage appointments!
- Beautiful, organic skin care products from the Mukti range. The Pink Grapefruit Body Wash and Body Lotion are always a popular choice!
- Organic teas from the Love Chai Love Tea range
- Pana chocolate is useful as a stocking filler or Kris Kringle gift!
- Eco Tan's certified organic fake tan, exfoliant glove and natural coconut sunscreen smell divine.
- Lemongrass and Rose Geranium essential oils are handy to put with a nice oil burner.

We have some lovely gift packs already prepared, checkout our beautiful packages in the clinic during December.  

Or, why not bake something for your family and friends? See our Christmas Granola and Gluten-free Gingerbread recipes below for some inspiration! 
Operating hours over the Christmas period
Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic will be closed from Wednesday 24th December and will re-open 9am Monday 5th January 2015. 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!

Pre-Christmas supplement orders
Existing clients can contact Reception to place a supplement order up until approx. 3pm Tuesday 23rd December. We can courier or Express Post products to wherever you are for the holiday period!

You Can't Catch Me, I'm The Gingerbread Man...

Finding tasty, healthy, gluten-free treats is always challenging, particularly at Christmas time!

Having replaced the white flour with ground almonds, this gingerbread has a wonderful flavour and is slightly softer in texture than traditional versions. Almonds also increase the nutrient profile so each cookie is full of protein as well as being lower in refined sugar! 

To make them healthier for the heart, the butter has been replaced by cold pressed olive oil (which also acts as an anti-inflammatory). A combination of honey and molasses, with fresh soft pitted dates sweetens the cookie dough and adds a wonderful depth and richness to the gingerbread. 

*Keep in mind that this gluten-free mixture is only suitable for making cookies, not houses.

Makes 10 gingerbread men
*Recipe and photo courtesy of The Healthy Chef

280g (2 3/4 cups) almond meal (ground almonds)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
4 fresh soft pitted dates (60g)
50ml cold pressed olive oil, macadamia or coconut oil
40g (1 tablespoon) of honey, maple syrup, molasses or brown rice syrup 
1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract
1 egg white

*Combine almond meal, dates and spices in a food processor. Process until combined and mix is crumbly.
*Add olive oil, honey (or molasses), vanilla and egg white. Process again until a soft dough forms.
*Remove the dough and flatten down slightly between 2 pieces of baking paper (about 3mm thick).
*Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow the dough to firm up. 
*Cut out into shapes with cookie cutters and place cookies on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
*Bake at 150C for 30 minutes or until golden.
*Remove from oven and cool. Decorate as you like, melted white chocolate looks good!

*Recipe and photo courtesy of Green Kitchen Stories

This tasty granola is the perfect way to start the day! With the weather getting warmer, add a dollop of your favourite yoghurt and a handful of blueberries to really make this granola pop! It makes a great Christmas gift, presented in a glass jar with some red and white ribbon tied around it!

Dry ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups rye or buckwheat
1/2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup flaked coconut, unsweetened
1/4 raw unshelled sunflower seeds
1/4 flaxseeds

4 tablespoons of liquid honey, agave or maple syrup
4 tablespoons of water (or melted coconut oil)
1 teaspoon grounded cinnamon
1 teaspoon grounded vanilla

Soft ingredients, add after baking:
1 or 2 cups of dried fruit, coarsely chopped (apricots, cranberries, raisins, apples, goji, figs)

*Pre-heat the oven to 175C. 
*Line tray with baking paper. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients and evenly place onto baking paper.
*Drizzle with honey, water and spices. 
*Place in the oven for 15 - 25 minutes. Stir the mixture around a couple of times to keep it from getting burnt.
*Let the dry ingredients cool off before adding the dried fruit. Add some extra cinnamon if needed. 
*Store the muesli in a large glass jar.

Beautiful Inside and Out

Mukti Organics has
been re-born! 

Complete with stunning new packaging, most of your favourite Mukti products remain. Some products have been reformulated, updated or re-named.

The biggest change is the addition of a potent selection of 27 Australian extracts with incredible healing properties for skin. 

If you are needing to check which products are best for your skin, ask our friendly Reception staff next time you are in the clinic!

The 4 distinct collections are now colour coded as follows:

Age Defiance: Black
Normal/Dry skin: Dark Blue
Combination / Oily skin: Turquoise
All skin: Sky blue

As much as we all love summer, none of us love having to deal with insect bites! Those pesky little mosquitoes, although small, can inflict a lot of pain and suffering! But you don't want to go spraying yourself with horrible, toxic repellent either!

As the Dalai Lama said, "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito".

Mukti's Nature Balm is great, as the essential oils assist with repelling unwanted insects and it contains nothing yucky... It's a must have for camping holidays!

*Repels mosquitoes and other biting creatures
*Calms and soothes bites and itches
*Pleasant and uplifting aroma
*Chemical free
*Certified organic

Purchase in December
to receive

15% off

Nature Balm
(was $34.95 now $29.70)

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Pana Chocolate

We started stocking this scrumptious chocolate in the clinic a few months ago. Pana Chocolate is a raw, organic chocolate that is handmade here in Melbourne.

Being free from gluten, dairy, soy, low GI and containing no added sugar, it's a delicious treat! Not only is it suitable for people who are unable to eat normal chocolate, it's a healthier alternative for all of us. And it tastes divine!

It contains only natural ingredients such as raw organic nuts, organic goji berries and organic coconut flakes, and is available in a wide range of delicious flavours!
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