Interview with Claire Murray Naturopathy
First up, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Thanks for having me Alison!
Well, I was a dreamy lass who grew up in a small suburb on the Sunshine Coast (QLD, Australia) & spent my childhood lost in my big backyard running around with chickens or playing at the beach. Growing up surrounded by nature is something I’ll be eternally grateful for, as we humans find so much peace & energy from the natural world.
For many years growing up I wanted to be a doctor, my desire to help people heal was pretty strong even as a kid! But once I found the answers to my own health concerns via natural medicine as a teenager, I hastily swapped teams. I just knew that utilizing nature for healing made so much more sense to me, we are a part of the natural world & hence are much more attuned to natural forms of healing.
So I delved into study, and spent my early twenties up to my eyeballs in naturopathic textbooks, juicing carrots & fermenting yoghurt. It really was a whole new way of living (and I now publicly aplogise to all who had to taste my cooking experiments back then!).
I came to understand that the information I’d received on health & what to feed my body had mainly come from multinational companies who were maybe more concerned with their profit margin than my health. The food that filled the supermarket shelves was making me sick. My body couldn’t thrive on it & it surely was letting me know!
So, while I believe we’re all wonderfully different & complex creatures, I can resolutely say our bodies do not need 95% of the modern food that bombards us. We truly crave & thrive off all of the natural foods our bodies recognize!
Can you tell us a bit about Naturopathy and what it means to you?
To me, modern day Naturopathy is about viewing the body from a scientific perspective, but using a specific combination of herbal medicine, nutrition + diet + lifestyle considerations that’s right for you, compared to a pharmaceutical drug regime.
But beyond that, it’s about focusing on you as a whole and completely individual person. Quite often, disharmony in the physical body can be exacerbated or result from mental or emotional imbalances, so how can we not address these aspects of you also?
To me it’s all about holistic detective teamwork, nourishing every part of you & finding your unique combination of treatment in order to make lasting change. It’s potent & amazing!
What are your key rules for general health and optimal nutrition?
A really practical step is avoiding processed sugar + vegetable oils. These two substances are wreaking havoc on our bodies & play a huge role in the development of modern Western diseases. They create tissue damage & huge amounts of inflammation that our bodies struggle to combat.
Decreasing these harmful foods whilst also increasing anti-inflammatory foods is a sure fire way to not only start healing your body, but keep it optimally healthy and strong. Tipping the balance in your body from damaged cells to healthy ones will have you feeling fight fit whilst also aging beautifully.
What is The Fusion Consultation?
The Fusion Consult is a creation of mine ~ it's a unique approach to health consulting for women (and men!) who desire to make a lasting impact on their health.
On the surface it looks like 50% a naturopathic consultation, 50% health coaching.
But really, I’ve created these sessions as time spent examining our thought processes & emotions is just as imperative as examining our diet. While our society’s answer to many disorders is to simply pop a pill, you really can heal whatever health concern you’re struggling with if you’re willing to shed some light on every aspect of what makes you whole.
The nutritional & herbal tool kit I have can yield amazing results, but imagine the effect of these medicines in combination with us creating you some new habits, finding what needs some tweaking, examining your triggers + starting afresh. It’s potent stuff!!
The Fusion Consult is designed for people who want to start taking steps toward better health, but desire a devoted companion who will be your faithful ally, guide & biggest cheerleader. It's for people who are perhaps struggling with where to start or which direction to take, but want a bit of nutritional or herbal advice to boot.
It’s a one-stop shop for a mind-body makeover. So if you’re keen to know more, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are your tips to help with digestion and bloating?
Stimulating your appetite & digestive prowess with something bitter 10 or so minutes before you eat goes a long way in ensuring your food is being broken down where its meant to.
Eating when you’re stressed, not hungry, too fast or consuming refined foods seriously interrupts your stomachs efforts to digest your meal, meaning your intestines get lumped with the job. What does this create? Fermentation = bloating!
Apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or herbal bitters in water before meals will kick start this process and get things primed & prepped to digest efficiently.
But if bloating does come knocking, try my DIY Digestive Soother or the killer combination of a strongly brewed chamomile & peppermint tea to soothe upset digestion.
Can you tell us an example of an ideal day of healthy eating?
My ideal day of eating would involve:
A breakfast of protein, good fat & veggies such as:
Eggs, (maybe some grass-fed bacon on occasion), avocado, sautéed spinach, haloumi, blistered cherry tomato’s + Cajun grilled sweet potato chips. That may just be my favourite combo…
A green smoothie for morning / afternoon tea:
Including green superfood powder, cucumber, coconut oil, kiwi fruit, mint leaves, frozen berries + coconut water.
(Leave your greens like spinach + kale for cooking to yield all their amazing health benefits!)
Lunch & dinner:
Some grass-fed meat or seafood with greens + veggies
e.g. grilled fish w sweet potota mash + steamed greens, steak + veggies or slow cooked lamb in the winter!
Snacks & dessert of:
Hummus or tahini with carrot sticks, chia pudding, mini fritattas, gluten free muffins or some raw vegan blissballs using natural sweeteners.
These foods are all naturally low in all processed substances + refined carbohydrates but are rich in protein + good fats that’ll keep your energy constant (goodbye 3pm slump!).
Eating a wholefood diet that’s rich in veggies, greens + good fats is also very healing/ anti-inflammatory, so is great for anyone dealing with digestive upset, joint issues, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular problems or skin conditions.
Claire Murray is a qualified naturopath + creator of Claire’s Holistic Pursuits, an online space dedicated to uncovering wellness in all its forms. Claire is all about combining her specialised naturopathic knowledge with your innate wisdom of body + mind to create lasting wellness. She aims to make health practical + achievable through bringing tools + information for natural living. Check out her website to get your free copy of The Glowing Skin Elixir!
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