Why Gratitude Is The Right Attitude This Christmas

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As we rush through the final weekend before Christmas, thinking about all of the shopping we are yet to do and all of the Christmas food preparation still in front of us, is it any wonder we often feel frazzled and exhausted come Christmas Day.  Yet, being your best self for those you love on…

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The Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Family This Xmas

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Christmas is my favourite time of the year. When it comes to Christmas my family doesn’t have a lot of traditions, but one thing we all look forward to is travelling far and wide to share a meal and spend the day together.   Our Christmas planning started in November, when the yearly ritual of allocating “who is…

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Meal Planning Tips for Wellbeing

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Meal planning is one of the simplest things you can do when it comes to sticking to a healthy way of life.  It’s quick and easy to grab some takeaway when you are leading busy lives (and this is perfectly fine every now and then), however with just a little planning you can have a…

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Meal Planning For Haemochromatosis Health

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I don’t know about you, but has the world started spinning faster lately? Life has certainly been quite busy around here, however one thing I have always done (and am quite good at if I don’t say so myself) is meal planning to get me through the busy times. Long before I was formerly involved in…

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Why Massage Should Be Part of Your Wellness Plan

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We all know that a massage is a wonderfully relaxing treat, but did you also know regular massage can be beneficial in managing haemochromatosis? Regular massage relaxes our nervous system, opens our heart and helps our circulatory system provide fresh oxygen and energy to all parts of our body whilst simultaneously flushing wastes and impurities.…

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My Blood Type Is….Coffee!

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Did you know that drinking coffee can slow the absorption of iron by our body? As a “two cup a day” girl, and someone with haemochromatosis, this is overwhelmingly great news! Drinking coffee is a daily ritual for most Australians, and, here in Melbourne, we take our coffee very seriously. With the average Australian drinking…

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What’s In My Haemochromatosis Friendly Pantry?

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One of the questions I have been constantly asked since starting Iron-ic Wellbeing is “What’s in your pantry?”.  Well, aside from a bit of a mess at the moment (I’m a Virgo and I dream of neat little rows of Mason Jars neatly organised by alphabetical order, however the reality is far different), there are…

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Haemochromatosis – How You Can Raise Awareness

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This week I became a Volunteer Advocate with Haemochromatosis Australia, a role I take very seriously given the valuable work this not for profit organisation does to promote awareness in the community about haemochromatosis in the face of very little government funding. One of the key “take homes” for me arising from my inaugural Volunteer…

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Four Reasons To Add Turmeric To Your Diet

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Much has been written about the health benefits of turmeric, but did you also know turmeric can reduce oxidative stress and liver damage caused by haemochromatosis? Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma Longa plant (part of the ginger family) and, with its bright orange flesh, has long been used in eastern medicine as…

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Fluffy Greek Yoghurt Blueberry Pancakes

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Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dad’s out there, including mine! While my dad is more of a bacon and eggs type of guy, I think even he would have to try these fluffy, healthy-ish Greek yoghurt and blueberry pancakes – they are so delicious and the sweet vanilla aroma which encompasses the kitchen…

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Why You Should Try Chai

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Those of us with haemochromatosis are well aware of the virtues of drinking tannin rich black tea to inhibit iron absorption, but did you also know combining tea with chai spices can further enhance your overall health and wellbeing? I love nothing more than the meditative allure of sipping a strong cup of tea (black,…

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Ten New Facts About Haemochromatosis

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This week was Haemochromatosis Awareness Week in Australia – a time to raise awareness of haemochromatosis for those yet to be diagnosed and to focus attention on ongoing research for those of us who are living with this disease.  And what a successful week it was!  Despite haemochromatosis affecting almost one in every 200 people,…

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Do You Have an Angry Liver?

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The liver is one of the hardest working organs in our body,  playing a vital role in converting the food we eat into essential nutrients, aiding the digestive system, neutralising harmful toxins and helping to boost immunity.  When our liver is not working as it should, however, toxins in the body can be pushed back…

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Why Afternoon Tea Is Good For You

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I’ve been thinking a lot about rituals lately.  It tends to happen when I have a visit to my home town looming and I cannot help but get sentimental about how much that local community means to me. I’ve just returned from a weekend back “home” and have had such a lovely few days. Saturday involved…

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8 Venesection Recovery Tips

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For those of us with haemochromatosis, adhering to a regular venesection regime is a “must do” to reduce iron levels, however this simple procedure can also leave us feeling a little out of sorts. So, how do we give ourselves the best chance of recovery? Well, it all comes down to the planning! But first,…

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5 Ways To Incorporate More Vegetables Into Your Diet

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 We all know we should eat more vegetables, but what does this really mean for those of us diagnosed with haemochromatosis?  With new diets seemingly presenting themselves weekly, and conflicting studies just as quickly supporting or discrediting the new kid on the block,  the benefits of eating a broad variety of vegetables daily continues to…

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Why You Should Know About Heme and Non Heme Iron

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Aside from the long and almost unpronounceable name, one of the things I found most confusing when diagnosed with haemochromatosis was understanding the various technical terms that jumped out from every website I scoured about this disease – autosomal recessive inherited HFE, C282Y mutation (what, I’m not perfect?), H63D gene fault, transferrin saturation, serum ferritin,…

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Hasty Tasty Chicken Dinner 3 Ways

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Who doesn’t love chicken! Chicken is absolutely one of my favourite foods for its versatility, and of course it’s the perfect lean muscle building protein for those of us with haemochromatosis, with an average breast (100g) containing around 0.7mg iron (noting the daily intake for most adults should be between 10-15mg dependent on gender and age).…

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Haemochromatosis Awareness Week 2015

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Each year in August, Haemochromatosis Australia coordinates Haemochromatosis Awareness Week. The week is an opportunity to focus attention on haemochromatosis and the risk of inherited iron overload through the media, displays and other activities. This year the week will be observed from 10 – 16 August. In Melbourne, Haemochromatosis Australia will host a free public…

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Are You Ignoring Your Haemochromatosis?

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Being diagnosed with any disease can be overwhelming, but ignoring it won’t make it go away and can even be life threatening. Now, I was no poster child when it came to accepting my diagnosis of haemochromatosis.  In fact, it took me five or six years to take my diagnosis seriously. It was only when…

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Say Cheese For Haemochromatosis

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As many of you will know, we have recently arrived home from the most amazing few weeks in Switzerland.  Ahhhh, Switzerland  – home to the Red Cross, cuckoo clocks, watches, rösti, fondue, alpine trains, serene natural beauty, cows with bells, chocolate, and of course CHEESE! Switzerland really is my ultimate holiday destination, as it’s where…

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Got Haemochromatosis? Spice It Up.

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Have you noticed the change?  The crispness in the morning air. Umbrellas in full flight. A bevy of scarves, coats and boots.  The bareness of your garden.  Winter is here, and for me the tell tale sign is always a craving for soul warming, nourishing and satiating comfort foods. I’ve been cooking up a storm…

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Haemochromatosis – A Fresh Perspective

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Can you believe Iron-ic Wellbeing has been up and running for almost 2 months now?  Since that time we’ve built a great little on-line community and made many new friends, both locally and overseas, as we collectively try and spread the word about haemochromatosis, why it’s important to be diagnosed early (it’s just a blood…

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16 Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Haemochromatosis

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I cannot tell you how incredibly humbled I am that Iron-ic Wellbeing has attracted such a fabulously loyal group of readers in only a few months  – thank you all for making this journey so transformative.  Recently I received feedback from a reader that I had helped her to “join the dots” and she had…

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3 Ingredient Hydration Boosting Smoothie

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For those who have been following Iron-ic Wellbeing on social media over the last few weeks, you will be aware that we’ve been holidaying in stunning Switzerland. What a spectacular location for nature and adventure lovers alike – snow tipped mountains, glorious waterfalls, fabulous alpine hikes, locally produced cheese and chocolate (well, we were on…

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The Egg Factor and Haemochromatosis

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I love eggs! I mean, I really love eggs – as an omelette, scrambled, poached, boiled or fried sunny side up. No weekend in our house would be complete without a breakfast of eggs on wholegrain toast, whilst reading the paper and sipping on freshly made coffee. Life is good! Imagine my absolute delight, therefore,…

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When Good Enough Is Just Right

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It wouldn’t be a visit to my parent’s home in rural Victoria without returning with a boot load of goodies, and a recent trip did not disappoint – home grown grapes, pears, apples, fig jam, tomato chutney and cucumber pickles.  A foodie’s heaven! Upon being presented with an abundance of glorious home grown granny smith…

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Five Tips For Surviving a Long Haul Flight With Haemochromatosis

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Tomorrow we set off on an overseas holiday, which when you live in Australia invariably means a long haul flight or two.  Aching legs, swollen feet, poor quality sleep and limited food choices are just a few of the many challenges faced on a long haul flight.  Whilst jet setting around the world is not…

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A Tribute To Oats and ANZACS

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One of the best ways to lower the absorption of iron in the body is to eat foods which inhibit the amount of iron first getting into your blood stream. Foods containing phytates, an antioxidant compound found in whole grains, walnuts, almonds, cashews, sesame, dried beans, lentils and peas, do just this – they are…

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Haemochromatosis – Ten Things Everyone Should Know

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Haemochromatosis, an inherited disease which results in iron overload, is incredibly common, yet many people know little or nothing about this disorder. Personally I’m not surprised about this, as until recently I also didn’t talk a lot about having this disease, even though it is a significant part of my life and has been for…

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