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How to thrive on a vegan or vegetarian diet.

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How to thrive of a vegan or vegetarian diet.

With the rise in popularity lately of veganism I thought it was time to discuss how to thrive on a vegan or vegetarian diet. If you have been living under a rock lately, maybe we should go back to the basics and explain what a vegan and vegetarian diet actually is and how to thrive on a vegan diet.

What is a vegan and vegetarian diet?

A vegan diet excludes all animal products – that includes meat, fish, dairy, eggs, gelatin and honey. Being a “vegan” means avoiding things made from animal products also i.e leather, wool, suede, fur, feathers and silk.

A vegetarian diet avoids meat, fish and poultry. It is less restrictive and includes dairy and sometimes eggs depending on the person’s own idea of vegetarianism.

Reasons why you would choose a vegan or vegetarian diet…

There are three main reasons why someone would choose a vegan lifestyle or a vegetarian diet.


It has been known that a plant based diet is very healthy for us and can offer many protective health benefits against common diseases like heart disease and cancer . Plants are a lot easier to digest than meat which can take several hours. A lot of vegans feel lighter and have more energy when not consuming animal products. A popular documentary that has just been released on Netflix called “The Game Changers” explains a lot of the health benefits of a vegan plant based diet. Some of the worlds greatest athletes have found that changing to a vegan diet has incredibly increased their performance.

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The Animals:

With such a huge population on earth right now (and predictions of another 2 billion people by 2050) the need to feed us all has put incredible strain on agriculture and farming practices. This has equated to factory farmed animals who live in horrendous conditions only to be inhumanely slaughtered for us to eat. The days of cows and sheep living happily in a pasture full of green grass is rarely the case anymore. Even though you may think that the animals here in Australia aren’t treated as badly as they are in other countries of the world unfortunately that is not the case.

Even in “humane” abattoir’s here in Australia animals are pushed into a room where they have to be electrocuted several times before dying! It’s frightening to see and hear and that’s why these slaughter houses never let footage of this into the mainstream media. It would make you think twice about eating meat again and the meat industry would suffer huge losses. If you need proof of this you can look up @JamesAspey and @joey_carbstrong on Instagram as they have footage of the suffering that these animals face in Australian slaughter houses before death.

The Environment:

Another big reason so many people are turning to a vegan diet/lifestyle right now is due to the dramatic impact we are all facing with climate change. There is no denying that climate change is real and we are all living with it. The endless bush fires we have been seeing here in Australia this year. The years of droughts, the floods Brisbane faced in 2011, the cyclones of tropical north Queensland are becoming more violent and destructive and we are even seeing mini tornadoes here in South East Queensland. Not to mention what is happening in the rest of the world with the polar ice caps melting and sea levels rising so much faster than we all anticipated.

You may be wondering what being vegan has got to do with the environment? When land is used to raise animals instead of crops, precious water and soil are lost, trees are cut down to make land for grazing or factory-farm sheds, and untreated animal waste pollutes rivers and streams. In fact, it has such a devastating effect on all aspects of our environment that Scientists are listing meat-eating as one of the biggest environmental hazards facing the Earth.

Globally, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all the world’s transportation systems combined. It takes 2500 litres of water to produce 3.5 liters of milk. It takes 9,000 litres of water to produce 1/2 a kilo of beef. And almost 20 times less land to feed someone on a plant-based (vegan) diet than it does to feed a meat-eater since the crops are consumed directly instead of being used to feed animals.

Now for some good news!

The benefits of a vegan / vegetarian diet are countless! It can help you lose excess weight, lower blood sugar levels (many diabetics have found they have gotten off medication that they have been taking for years once changing to a vegan diet). It can protect against certain cancers, it’s linked to a much lower risk of heart disease and can reduce pain from arthritis.

If after reading all this you feel like you would like to try out a vegan or vegetarian diet and reap the benefits of not only feeling healthy, having glowing skin and clear eyes, doing your part to end animal suffering and helping the environment at the same time, here’s what you need to know to thrive!

Where do you get your protein from?

On a vegan or vegetarian diet you may be asked repeatedly “But where do you get your protein from?” All protein comes from plants. The animals that we eat got there protein from plants. Think about the biggest animal in the jungle – elephants, gorillas, rhinos – they all eat plants!  The only thing that  you need to do on a vegan diet is eat a whole range of food so that your body can pull the correct amino acids out of each food to make a complete protein. So how do you do this? Eat at least one grain and one legume per meal or one nut and one grain per meal or one legume and one nut per meal. This will give your body a complete protein as you can see in the image below:

What about Iron?

Iron is an essential nutrient that plays an important role in many bodily functions.

A diet lacking in iron can result in low energy levels, shortness of breath, headaches, irritability, dizziness or anemia.

Some food sources loaded with iron include dark leafy greens, tofu, legumes, whole grain cereals and nuts especially cashews. Iron absorption is increased dramatically by eating foods containing Vitamin C along with foods containing Iron. Here at Capalaba Natural Health we have a very effective Iron supplement that is gentle on the stomach. It does not cause constipation and has a high absorption rate. If you are in need of an Iron supplement, pop into the Capalaba clinic and we can sort you out!

And B12?

Several studies show that while anyone can have low vitamin B12 levels, vegetarians and vegans have a higher risk of deficiency. This seems especially true for vegans who are not taking any supplements. So if you are planning on embarking on a vegan diet then supplementing with B12 is essential.

Vitamin B12 is important for many bodily processes, including protein metabolism and the formation of oxygen-transporting red blood cells. It also plays a crucial role in the health of your nervous system.

Too little vitamin B12 can lead to anemia and nervous system damage, as well as infertility, bone and heart disease. Ask Tony our award winning Naturopath about getting tested for B12 levels and the effective B12 supplement that we stock here at Capalaba Natural Health.

What about Calcium? Won’t you get osteoporosis?

For years we have been told by the dairy industry and media that we need to drink cow’s milk for calcium to keep our bones and teeth strong. The truth is that the calcium in cow’s milk is calcium carbonate which is a form of chalk. This may be a contributing reason why some woman who get to menopause age are all being diagnosed with osteoporosis. This type of calcium is a weaker version of the calcium our bones are made up of, therefore the bones become brittle. In a 12-year Harvard study of 78,000 women, those who drank milk three times a day actually broke more bones than women who rarely drank milk. Dairy is very acid forming and therefore the body uses calcium from the bones to help alkalize the blood … further depleting calcium stores in your bones.

The best form of calcium available comes from tahini … Sesame seeds. Other great sources are green leafy vegetables and legumes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, collards, kale, mustard greens, swiss chard. They are loaded with highly absorbable calcium and a host of other healthful nutrients plus are alkalyzing so protect bone calcium levels.

Beans are humble foods, and you might not know that they are loaded with calcium. There is more than 100 milligrams of calcium in a plate of baked beans. If you prefer chickpeas, tofu, or other bean or bean products, you will find plenty of calcium there, as well.

There is also the calcium fortified soy milks, orange juice and calcium set tofu. So really there is no need to drink cow’s milk. Leave it for the baby cows!

It’s so hard to be vegan though!

With the popularity of veganism there are many new cafes catering to this way of eating. Supermarkets are now stocking plant based meats and meals too. You can get vegan ice creams such as the dairy free Magnum or Cornetto. Aldi stock delicious coconut ice cream tubs that are reasonable priced. There are new vegan cook books being released every day with delicious recipes to make. So its a whole lot easier to be vegan now than it ever has been. Some amazing local cafes to try if you want to “try before you buy” include:

Do you think you could thrive on a vegan / vegetarian diet?

As you can see it’s really not that hard to thrive of a vegan or vegetarian diet! There are many benefits to a plant based diet. If you would like further information on how to move towards a plant based diet call the clinic on 38233103 and our Naturopath can help you.


Lose Weight … And start building your Summer body Now?

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Lose weight

Lose weight and feel great. Build your summer body now.

There is only 1 month to go before Summer is officially here and that means approximately 2 months until Christmas! Now is the time to lose weight and start building that Summer body of your dreams. Months of hiding behind leggings and sweaters, the warmer weather means you are suddenly thrust into shorts and t-shirts. Suddenly you notice that you may have put on a few kilos over the cooler months. You may have gained some cellulite on your legs and bum. You also realise that you may have to get into a bikini/swimsuit very soon.

Don’t freak out though! Tony the award winning Naturopath from Capalaba Natural Health is here to help! He has been helping people lose weight and building their dream bodies for the last 13 years with the HCG diet. Over 3,000 people have successfully completed the weight loss program and couldn’t be happier. Even people who are at their wits end with losing weight and have tried every other diet out there. They have said this is the one that actually worked for them and helped them lose weight and reach their weight loss goals. Tony will even teach strategies to help keep the weight off too.

The HCG diet is a low calorie diet with natural homeopathic weight loss drops to help suppress the appetite so that you are not feeling hungry. It is a wholefoods based diet and very easy to stick to. As part of the diet you receive the dietary protocol book explaining the diet in details including what foods to eat and what not to eat. A comprehensive recipe book and weight loss drops.

Not only do you get the benefits of losing weight but you also feel great. When you lose weight you will gain more energy, joint pain eases up as there is less pressure causing inflammation and cellulite significantly reduces.


Start Now and Lose 10kg before Xmas

Your summer body is created in October/November so that you are ready to get into that beautiful bikini by Christmas. Not only will you look great but will also be feeling great. You will have more energy to run around with the kids, swim in the ocean and look fantastic in that slinky dress at the work Christmas party.

If you would love to lose weight and feel lighter with a bunch more energy and less pain click on the link below to book in a free 30 minute weight loss consult at our Capalaba clinic. Our award winning Naturopath Tony will put you on the VLA machine to measure what is going on in your body, your fat content, muscle, hydration levels, inflammation etc … even your biological age and give you a base line for starting. He will also go through the diet plan in detail. This a no obligation consultation so what have you got to lose? … except maybe some weight.



Are Hot Flushes and night sweats driving you crazy?

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Menopause Hot Flushes

Would you love to know how to quickly get rid of Menopause Symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats using information most people don’t even know about. It’s almost like magic.

So often I get woman coming into our Capalaba clinic experiencing Menopause or Perimenopause symptoms. Hot Flushes, Night Sweats, Fatigue, Weight Gain and Mood changes are all so very common. I often hear that some women can get upwards of 20 flushes per night and that they are so tired and irritable from a lack of sleep.

The majority of these women have had these symptoms for many years. Recently I had one lady who had over 20 flushes per night for the last 5 years.

Can you imagine the smile on her face when I said that I was confident that I could cease most of her hot flushes within 1-2 months. And that I could also increase her energy levels simultaneously … And it happened. She’s now flush free and has 9/10 energy.

Lets break it down! What is menopause?

Menopause is experienced by all woman and is a natural part of the ageing process. It typically starts between the ages of 45 – 55. It occurs when a woman’s ovaries no longer release an egg and therefore menstruation ceases. Simultaneously the amount of estrogen produced by the ovaries diminishes significantly and it is this reduction in estrogen which can create the symptoms associated to menopause such as Hot Flushes, Night sweat, Weight Gain, Fatigue, Female Reproductive Dryness, Anxiety, Depression, Reduce Self Esteem and other Mood Changes.

Estrogen slowly diminishes over many years before her full menses stop. During this time a woman’s symptoms start to slowly arise.  This time is known as Perimenopause.

What you don’t know about menopause.

As estrogen produced in the ovaries declines the body asks the adrenal glands to produce small amounts of estrogen to compensate. This is critical for helping maintain hormonal equilibrium. If the adrenal glands are unable to produce this level of estrogen sufficiently then menopause symptoms increase.

The problem for most woman occurs in that they have had a stressful life working, raising children etc… and therefore by the age of 45 years old their adrenal glands are often tired or they may even be suffering from adrenal fatigue. When the adrenal glands are asked to do yet another job, and produce more estrogen, they can’t and the menopause symptoms are the result.


My magic treatment for menopause.

It is my belief that treating the adrenal glands is the most beneficial way of reducing menopause symptoms.

By nourishing and strengthening the adrenal glands we allow them to perform their natural function correctly and produce enough estrogen to alleviate the symptoms. Additionally, most woman will experience a considerable increase in their energy levels and their ability to cope with the everyday stresses of life. Improved adrenal function will also help reduce anxiety, depression, stress, improve sleep pattern and reduce aches & pains.

If you also suffer from vaginal dryness then try taking a teaspoon of flaxseed daily. These contain phyto-estrogens and have been shown to reduce dryness significantly.

Pretty cool hey … no flushes or sweats and more energy. Now that’s magic.

Written by Tony Daniel Award Winning Naturopath at Capalaba Natural Health.

If you are suffering from hot flushes, night sweats and menopausal symptoms why not book in a consultation today. Click on the link below:


Lose 8 KGS in 7 weeks

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So, we’ve all been there; looked at ourselves in the mirror and not liked what’s looking back at us. From our experience, the biggest factors to why people don’t lose weight is the impending dread to how long it will take to lose those extra kilos and the perceived effort it’s going to take.
We have assisted over 3,000 people lose weight quickly, safely and responsibly. More importantly, we’ve help people keep the weight off. In most cases, we’ve helped people attain their target weight very quickly.

Capalaba Natural Health specialises in weight loss solutions and our clients typically lose between 20kg and 30kg. People start their weight loss journey for wide and varied reasons. Maybe it’s to get healthier, for that upcoming wedding or maybe you’re looking to lose some post-pregnancy weight. We’ve seen many successful weight-loss journeys start with the hCG diet.

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The benefits of losing weight

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The benefits of losing weight

With convenience becoming more and more important in today’s busy environment it isn’t too much of a surprise to learn that Australia’s general health and wellbeing is seeing some concerning trends. Recent research suggests that the most commonly prescribed medications by your local Doctor are, in fact, for illnesses and conditions that have earned the moniker of “lifestyle diseases”. Before we explore the solution to this modern illness, we first need to explore what a lifestyle disease is.  Over the last couple of decades people have been experiencing illnesses that, until fairly recently, were fairly rare.

As we touched upon at the very start of this blog, people are relying more and more on convenience and due to work and family commitments are very time poor.  This, as we’ll discover is a very dangerous combination especially when you’re trying to lose weight. With rates of diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure on the rise it is really time for us to take a collective moment and reflect on the damage we’re doing to our bodies.

The Problem

Thirty years ago, when diets were more balanced, the answer to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle was to go and pound the pavement or join the masses and sign up for the new phenomena that were gyms. Fast forward thirty years and gyms are on every street corner but we’re still seeing increased levels of lifestyle illnesses and people struggling with weight loss.  The introduction of high fat, high sugar diets combined with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle has impacted just about everybody’s waistlines and general health.


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Weight Loss & Pregnancy

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Weight Loss & Pregnancy

In a world where there are more weight loss products, diet-programs and TV shows than you can shake a stick at, we are all becoming more and more aware of the importance of looking after ourselves, our health and our weight. There are many reasons why people are turning to weight loss products and diets such as Keto but there are some people who are looking to lose weight so they can increase their chances of hearing the pitta-patter of tiny feet reverberate around their homes! We all know the obvious health reasons to losing weight and getting fitter, but weight loss and pregnancy isn’t always talked about or discussed as a reason to lose those stubborn kilos. Recent studies in the United States and Australia have shown that losing as little as 5% of your body weight can increase your chances of conceiving.

Why Does Weight Loss Matter In Pregnancy?

For Women
Weight loss can increase your chances of becoming pregnant, but we really must explore why being over-weight can affect pregnancy and the chances of falling pregnant.
Losing fat makes you healthier, helps your liver detoxify your body and process hormones that need to be in perfect balance to fall pregnant. Losing weight and having a strong, healthy body creates a healthier environment for the baby to grow in and receive all the nutrients it needs, which in turn will help sustain pregnancy and create a healthier child. By helping clients lose weight and cleaning up their bodies we have helped many woman conceive who had previously been unable too.

For Men
Being a man is 50% of the process of creating a child. Strong, healthy sperm is needed to fertilise the egg and losing weight will help increase sperm counts, raise testosterone levels and lower estrogen levels. Zinc levels are important for good quality sperm along with other vitamins and minerals. Studies have suggested that for men to increase their chances of fathering children they should reach a healthier weight at least three months prior to conception. For men, reaching this target three months prior, is incredibly important as recent studies have determined it takes around three-months for sperm to develop and getting in shape assists with healthy sperm.

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Is Your Skin Condition Due To A Digestive Issue?

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Is Your Skin Condition Due To A Digestive Issue?

Have you ever stopped to wonder what is the cause of your skin condition? Eczema, psoriasis, Hives, dermatitis and more can all be due to poor digestion, food intolerances and gastrointestinal upsets. For instance, psoriasis is strongly linked to inflammatory bowel disease. By reducing inflammation in the body, you may be able to break free of chronic skin conditions…

The Link Between Food, Your Gut, and Your Skin

Many people underestimate the effects that poor digestion and bowels can have on their lifestyle, often causing boating, pain, discomfort, fatigue, but also playing a leading role in your skin’s health. At Capalaba Natural Health, we aim to identify the underlying drivers of the symptoms so we can implement a healthy eating plan and provide prescriptions or natural medicines to help improve skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema, starting with your gut.

The gastrointestinal region of the body includes organs such as the liver, pancreas, and gall bladder, pharynx, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and rectum, leaving you open to many types of digestive issues. Because skin is an elimination organ, anything that happens in your gut, such as the build-up of toxins, is sometimes cleared through your skin. However, if there’s no release through the skin, these toxins can affect your body and stay underneath the surface of your skin, resulting in chronic skin conditions.

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Do You Have IBS?

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Do You Have IBS? Or, Could it be a Food Intolerance?

Around the world, many people suffer from abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, constipation or diarrhoea. But what is the root cause of all this discomfort? Can it simply be put down to a poor diet, a food intolerance or perhaps even irritable bowel syndrome? From low energy levels to a poor immune system, all can be rectified by booking a consultation with your local naturopath at Capalaba Natural Health. Tony Daniel is an Award Winning Naturopath and is trained to help identify the underlying drivers of your health concerns and help rectify them using natural solutions.

So, do you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or is it just a food intolerance, perhaps even a dysregulated digestive system? Let’s explore.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Do you frequently endure abdominal pain, cramping or discomfort that is relieved by passing wind? Do you often find yourself experiencing an urgency to make a bowel movement or find yourself alternating between constipation and diarrhoea? Have you ever had the feeling of an ‘incomplete evacuation’?

People with IBS often rate these as the most common symptoms with some also experiencing chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, sinus, eczema, poor memory, joint pain and reduced immunity leading.

At Capalaba Natural Health, our naturopathic practitioners are experts in gut and digestive health, providing natural and organic solutions to ease your pain. Once we identify the trigger of your symptoms, we can help implement a health eating plan and provide natural medicines designed to reduce digestive inflammation, and repair your gut. After just a few days, you will already start to notice your energy levels increase and a better sense of well-being. With better gut health and adequate nutrition, your body will flourish increasing your energy levels, reducing stress and improving your quality of life.

Stress or anxiety, as common as they are, are two of the biggest drivers of IBS. However, at Capalaba Natural Health, we understand that many symptoms associated with IBS are actually due to a food intolerance. Therefore, our first step is to identify any food intolerances you may have that are irritating your digestive tract.

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HcG Diet Guide

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The HcG Diet Guide: Everything you need to know

Losing those extra kilos is one of the simplest ways to restore your vitality and improve your overall well-being. In addition to leading a happier life, you can significantly reduce the risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers for a healthier life. Weight loss has also been proven to lower your blood pressure, boost your good cholesterol levels while lowering your bad and even see decreased joint pain and improved mobility. But what weight loss routines and diets actually work?

The HcG diet is the primary diet used at Capalaba Natural Health for those looking to lose weight quickly, in a safe and healthy manner. Removing the need to exercise, the HcG diet suppresses your appetite, includes a low-calorie meal plan and results losing between 1 – 2kg of weight loss per week.  We have successfully put over 3000 people on this diet and therefore have complete confidence in it’s ability to help you reach your weight loss goals.

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Differences between Dairy Intolerance and Lactose Intolerance

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What’s the difference between Dairy Intolerance and Lactose Intolerance?

Have you ever been strolling through the aisles of your local supermarket during your weekly grocery shop, heading to grab some ice cream, milk or yoghurt only to be faced with a bunch of product labels you’ve never seen before? Lactose-free, dairy-free, non-dairy – what do they all mean, what’s the difference between them all? Well that’s what we’re here to uncover.

Dairy Intolerance

To completely understand what it means to be ‘dairy-free’ or to have a dairy intolerance, it’s important to understand what dairy actually means. The term ‘dairy’ refers to milk and any part of milk that comes from cows, meaning a dairy intolerant person can’t consume milk or any products that are derived from milk such as cream, butter, sour cream, yogurt, cheese or, chocolate. It also includes products which contain traces of milk products such milk solids, casein, lactose and whey.

A dairy intolerance is when a person reacts to not just the lactose (Milk sugar) but they also react to one or more of the other components of milk such as whey or casein (Milk protein). This means that the person would still feel unwell or get symptoms if they drink lactose free milk because they are also reacting to one of the other substances present – typically casein.

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