R U OK? Day 13 September 2018 by Shannon Moule (Clinical Psychologist)

Christina ReynoldsPsychology, special events, Uncategorized

In 2016, 2,866 people died from suicide in Australia (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2017). It’s estimated that every day we lose 8 Australians to suicide and 30 people attempt to end their lives everyday (Lifeline, 2018). Rates of suicide are generally three times higher for males, rural and regional dwellers, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Mindframe National Media … Read More

Welcoming Naturopath, Carine Pieterse to our Zesty team

Ilze GroblerNaturopathy, Uncategorized

A warm welcome to Carine Pieterse, Naturopath / Clinical Nutritionist who will be joining the Zest Infusion team in June / July. Carine welcomes appointments on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Q. Tell us about yourself I am a passionate Natural Health professional with 17 years of clinical experience. As a qualified Naturopath, I have a special interest in providing holistic, natural care … Read More

10 ways to improve your heart health

Christina ReynoldsUncategorized

  This week is Heart Week and the focus this year is on the benefits of physical activity on heart health.  The Heart Foundation has a wealth of information on their website at www.heartfoundation.org.au/campaigns/heartweek. Changing your food intake can also help improve your heart health and reduce your risk of heart disease.  Here are my top 10 ways that you … Read More

Compassion Focused Therapy Explained – by Shannon Moule, Clinical Psychologist

Christina ReynoldsPsychology, Self-Compassion, Uncategorized

 The Dalai Lama often stresses that if you want others to be happy – focus on compassion; if you want to be happy yourself – focus on compassion (Dalai Lama 1995, 2001)   Around the same time last year I wrote an article on a therapeutic approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  In that article I focused on explaining … Read More

Art and music therapy are fun, creative ways to help your recovery – written by Michelle Peterson from Recovery Pride

Christina ReynoldsUncategorized

Michelle Peterson, who has been in recovery for several years, has approached us at Zest Infusion to help spread the word about how art therapy can help people suffering from addiction in their recovery process.  Michelle has started her own website RecoveryPride.org to help eliminate the stigma placed on those who struggle with addiction. Her site emphasizes that the journey to sobriety should … Read More

How’s your relationship with your emotions?

Christina ReynoldsAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), general, Mindfulness Meditation, Uncategorized

You may be thinking….this is a strange question to be asked; why would you be asking me this? I am hoping, by the time you finish reading this article, you will be thinking this isn’t so strange and it totally makes sense! Let’s take a look at your current relationship with your emotions by answering the following questions (please take … Read More

Mindfully Turning Towards Chronic Pain

Ilze GroblerUncategorized

One in five Australians are affected by chronic pain, which in turn increases the risk for depression. Our common reaction is to resist pain, yet mindfully turning towards pain offers the opportunity to transform suffering.   Chronic pain affects one in five Australians and is the most common reason people seek medical help. This prevalence rises to one in three … Read More

Happy Easter

Christina ReynoldsDietetics, Dietetics & Diabetes Education, special events, Uncategorized

Some holidays and special occasions can invoke really strong food memories, and many of us have our own family food traditions.  For me, hot cross buns are synonymous with Easter.  I love these not too sweet, spiced buns made with dried fruit and peel. And I know I am not the only one.  These delicious treats have stood the test … Read More