I’m an Australian media personality, journalist and blogger with an integrated voice across television, radio, magazines, newspapers and online. For more information, go here.
these are the main things I talk about:
this is how you get stuff to me…
- snail mail
PO Box 1728
Potts Point NSW 2011
- But just a little request: please respect my desire not to clutter my life with “stuff” before you send me your wonderful product/press release.
- management enquiries
- My position on sponsored posts and advertising can be found here.
And a few frequently asked questions from my readers:
so, about autoimmune disease…
I have hashimoto’s disease (a type of autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid). I have blogged about my story here.
how do you cope?
As a general approach, I keep to morning routines. Routines are good. They create a firm launch pad and determine the tone of the day.
I also do some regular maintenance stuff. An athlete gets regular physio. TV stars get blowdries. A rally car driver gets their car serviced. I get regular treatments to keep me well and open and energised.
I rotate the various therapies, according to what continues to keep me open and intimate with life. I’m also a little challenged by the idea of taking good care of myself (I forget and burn out very easily) and so some of these healings are about getting into that space. Being intimate. This is important. I don’t buy nail polish or magazines or shoes or throw cushions. I prefer to do this kind of thing.
my daily practice:
Exercise. I move every morning – a mixture of walking, jogging (I’ve taken to barefoot running), yoga, ocean swimming and home weights. I also ride a singlespeed bike. My thing is this: I set out to move every day for 20 minutes minimum. It’s the “every day” bit that matters to me, and my aim is to simply get blood flowing and to feel fresh and to get into the outdoors. I don’t focus on “getting fit” or losing weight. It’s also about flow and agility and feeling vibrant.
I do the vinyasa style of yoga. When in Byron, I got to Ananta yoga.
Chinese Medicine. I swear by Traditional Chinese Medicine, especially for anything to do with fertility and periods. It works miracles. I go to Lily Lui in Surry Hills. She also has hashimotos and gets the whole AI caper. I’ve also consulted Nat Kringoudis at The Pagoda Tree in Melbourne. She KNOWS her stuff and draws in naturopathic thinking, too.
Naturopathy. Find a naturopath who’s had the same issues as you. I see Angela at Tonic.
Acupuncture. It works. For most things. I’ve been going to Daniel at the Pain Relief Clinic for years. It cured my Grave’s disease in my eye. It can fix constipation in one session and recalibrate my energy when I’m having a bad thyroid time of it. It’s probably my favourite treatment for keeping me on track.
in times of need:
Massage. Sometimes I just need to be touched, especially on thyroidy days. I need blood to move. I’ll go to one of those cheap Chinese or Thai places – I like the lack of elegance, the lack of expectation. In Byron I go to a great local woman who works from home: Rachel: 02 6685 4466.
On thyroidy/crappy days, I have a swag of tips/tricks I haul out. At the moment what’s really working is finding a sauna to sit in. For some reason it completely recalibrates things – the heavy, still silence and the sweating of toxins seems to be what it’s about. When I’m travelling I make sure I set aside time to use the hotel’s sauna (late at night is good…no one around). When in Sydney, I go to the one at Icebergs.
Osteopathy. I write all day and it stuffs my posture. My neck gets thrown and so I have to go and get cracked back into place. Not ideal. But you do what you have to do. In Byron I go toPeter. He’s a kooky surfer who knows a lot!
When I travel, I’ve had to learn ways to make it work for me. I’ve written about that here.
I also consult a psychic. Sounds far more woo-woo than it actually is. I speak with the very sharp Kristine Fry a few times a year when I need help with clarifying my thoughts. She does readings over Skype. She’s astounding for life direction stuff and serves as life coach with DEEP intuition. A great deal of my smart, business-minded friends also see her for this kind of life coaching stuff.
I’ve also recently chatted to a chick called Caroline Anna who I would very much speak to again. She does skype readings from the UK.
are you still not eating sugar?!
who helped you with your ebooks
The lovely chicks at Seathru Studio did the design for my original IQS ebook, and I was inspired/hand-held/motivated by an amazing web markting guru. His ebook is a boon for bloggers wanting to go to the next level.For the IQS Cookbook, the wonderful Lisa Valuyskaya did everything. You can read more about ‘how to publish an ebook’ here!
you’re also gluten-free, so what DO you eat?
I love my food! I’ve devoted a day a week(Tuesday Eats) on my blog to food tips and tricks, and they’re all stored here.
what about keeping fit?
what beauty products do you use?
I’m glad you asked! I often have an extended period of wearing a shit-load of VERY toxic makeup and other beautifying guff for work… it’s a challenge. I’ve been investigating toxin-free cosmetics for months now, and recently wrote about my findings in a Sunday Life column. I’ve also posted some lists of great toxin-free cosmetics here and here.
you reckon I should ride a bike?
Yes, I think you should ride a bike!
“You experience more of life on a bike. You feel it, you smell it, you are totally engaged with the day and your surroundings. You have to be, to remain safe. So you notice great stuff – the expressions on people’s faces, the smell of jasmine as evening approaches, great shop signage…”
The first of my ‘campaign to ride a bike’ posts lives here, and you can catch up on the rest here. I have also posted on how to dress to ride a bike. Hopefully that helps for those not wanting to don the lycra.
should I wear a bike helmet?
Ahh, the controversial bike question we see the most. This post is helpful in terms of laws/research and where things are up to, and this one has a fabulous discussion through the comments section regarding helmets. Jump right in.
I’d like to be a writer, can you help me?
I’ve just recently blogged on this. You can catch up here, and I’ll be writing more on the topic soon.
are you really a health coach? what does that mean?
I studied nutrition through the Institute of Integrated Nutrition, in NYC. You can check out the info here and here. I’m now a qualified health coach. Like a personal trainer, or life coach, but dealing with food. The course suited me because it was by correspondence, the info delivered via an ipod (so I could study while driving to shoots etc). I think it’s best for people who already have qualifications (as a nutritionist, yoga teacher, osteo) and want to build on their skills. Or even a journalist, chef or business developer wanting to specialize in the health area.
what blogs do you follow?
Food and health and thyroid
Inspiring and business
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