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About Julia

Julia is a qualified naturopath, nutritionist and personal trainer. After completing a BSc in Commerce at the University of London, Julia went on to complete a Certificate III & IV in Personal Training which has seen her working as a Personal Trainer since 2009. To further her capacity to optimise the health of her patients, Julia has since completed a BHSc in Naturopathy from Laureate University and is a registered naturopathic practitioner with the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association.

Underpinning Julia’s practice is the basic understanding that all illness must have a cause and for health to be restored and optimised the cause or causes of the illness must be identified and removed. This requires an appreciation of the intricate interplay of physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social, familial and occupational factors that can contribute to disease. Julia views the body as an interconnected whole and appreciates that its connections are essential in treating and preventing disease.

Julia firmly upholds the importance of empowering her patients to take responsibility for their own health. She seeks to educate her patients and actively involve them in their own health decisions, ultimately paving the way for sustainable health improvements. Through guiding, supporting, listening to and working with her patients, Julia develops effective treatment plans that address the underlying cause of health problems. This allows for complete resolution of health conditions and maximises long-term health outcomes.

Julia is committed to the successful integration of natural and conventional medicines to maximise patient outcomes. She works in collaboration with a network of doctors, Chinese Medicine Practitioners, psychologists, osteopaths, myotherapists, physiotherapists, kinesiologists and midwives to ensure optimal patient care.

Julia now also works with Company’s throughout Melbourne to implement Corporate Wellness Programs. Her programs are guided by naturopathic principles to ensure all aspects of health are optimised for participants.
Click here if you would like to learn more about Julia’s Corporate Wellness offerings.
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  • Keep it Simple
One of the most common misconceptions about eating a wholesome diet is that you have to slave away in the kitchen for hours on end to get everything prepared. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.
So many of my patients get caught up trying to make fancy recipes with a million and one different ingredients, ultimately leading to feelings of overwhelm and an inability to keep up with meal prepping. 
My solution: KEEP IT SIMPLE! 
Save those recipes that take hours to prepare for the weekends or when you have more time and instead focus on fast, fresh and delicious.
These overnight chia oats are the perfect example of meal prep made easy. Simply soak 1/2 cup rolled oats and 2 tsp of chia seeds in a mixture of 3/4 cup home-made almond milk, 1/2 cup @impressedlife almond milk yogurt and 1 tsp matcha powder (add a small amount of sweetener if desired). Leave to soak overnight in the fridge and top with fresh fruit and nuts in the morning. You can even double or triple the recipe to have breakfast prepared for days in advance. 
It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Know Your Protein Powder Part 3
Protein powders are one of the most commonly used food-based supplements. Whilst they claim to be beneficial for your health, many protein powders contain ingredients that are in fact harmful for your health. Continued from my last two posts, here’s my final 3 ingredients you DON’T want in your protein powder:
7. Synthetic Vitamins. Vitamins are healthy, right? Unfortunately ,the vitamins used in protein powders and other fortified foods are lab-created and often made from a variety of sources like coal tar, petroleum or GMOs. These vitamins differ from their natural counterparts and aren’t believed to be absorbed by your body as well as naturally produced vitamins or those that you get from whole food. Want vitamins in your shake? Blend in some leafy greens and berries. Real food is always best.
8. BPA. Most protein powders are packaged in plastic tubs that contain toxins like bisphenol A (BPA) which can leach into the food. This was evidenced in recent tests that found BPA in 55% of protein powders. BPA is linked to birth defects, cancers, hormonal disruption and neurological disorders. What kind of packaging does your protein powder have?
9. Pesticides. Many protein powders on the market are not CERTIFIED organic. That means they likely contain GMO ingredients and most definitely are tainted with synthetic pesticides that are potentially toxic with long-term exposure. Pesticides used on conventional farms are strongly linked to many diseases and health issues such as cancer, obesity, insulin resistance, neurological diseases, mental health disorders, behavioural disorders, endocrine disruption and infertility. The only way to avoid the detrimental effects that these toxins can have on your health is to make sure you choose a certified organic protein powder.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Know Your Protein Powder Part 2
Does your protein powder contain ingredients that could be harming your health? Continued from my last post, here’s part 2 of my list of ingredients you DON’T want in your protein powder:
4. Refined Sugar. Refined sugar is addictive & associated with endless health consequences including weight gain, insulin resistance, oxidative stress, accelerated ageing & weakened immunity. It’s added to protein powders in many different forms such as corn syrup, fructose, glucose, maltodextrin & dextrose. Whilst many bodybuilders and athletes swear by certain refined sugars to give them a hit of energy before a workout & replenish their glycogen stores after a workout, there are far healthier and less health-damaging ways to achieve these aims. You don’t need sugar to make a protein drink taste sweet. Real food does the trick too! 
5. Artificial Sweeteners. Although they have no calories, artificial sweeteners have been shown to contribute to weight gain by increasing appetite & encouraging sugar cravings. Artificial sweeteners have also been linked to cancer, blood sugar dysregulation & disruption of the gut microbiome. Examples of artificial sweeteners include aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose & neotame.
6. Sugar Alcohols. Whilst sugar alcohols (e.g. xylitol, erythritol) are not associated with as many negative effects as artificial sweeteners, they will still stimulate your appetite & increase sugar cravings, potentially leading to weight gain. Sugar alcohols are also commonly associated with digestive complaints such as diarrhoea, stomach pain & bloating. Rather than using refined sugar, artificial sweeteners or natural sweeteners to sweeten your protein shake, opt instead for using whole foods such as fruit.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Know Your Protein Powder Part 1
Almost everyone has a tub of protein powder in their house. Marketed and commonly seen as a healthful addition to your diet, protein powders are surely nothing to be worried about right? Unfortunately, many protein powders contain ingredients that you don’t want to be putting into your body. Here’s part 1 of my list of what to watch out for:
1. Soy Protein Concentrate or Isolate. Over 90% of the soy produced in this country is GMO and contaminated with Roundup herbicide. If that’s not bad enough, there’s another reason why you should avoid it: soy protein powder is a highly processed form of soy. Isolating soy to just its protein state produces toxic compounds such as nitrates (a carcinogen) and a toxin called lysinoalanine. Soy also contains an abundance of phytic acid which binds to vital minerals and prevents their absorption. Instead of soy, opt for other forms of plant-based protein such as pea or hemp.
2. Artificial Flavours. Artificial flavours are chemical mixtures made with synthetic (not natural) ingredients in a lab. They’re produced by fractional distillation and chemical manipulation of various chemicals like crude oil or coal tar. Artificial vanilla flavour can be made from wood pulp! That’s certainly not something you want to be putting into your body.
3. Natural Flavours. Natural Flavour is essentially the exact same thing as Artificial Flavour. The only difference is that it’s derived from substances found in nature (plants, animals, etc). Natural Flavours typically contain preservatives, emulsifiers, solvents and other “incidental additives” which can make up 80% or so of the formulation. None of these additions are required to be disclosed on the ingredient list. This is a big one to look out for because many of those protein powders that are believed to be the healthiest or cleanest options contain ‘Natural Flavour’. Stay tuned for Part 2 to find out the next three ingredients to watch out for.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Glycaemic Variability Part 4
Continued from my last three posts (don’t forget to check them out if you haven’t yet), here are my last 2 tips for lowering your glycaemic variability to ensure optimal blood sugar regulation:
5. Mastication (aka chewing your food). Mastication is the first step in the process of food metabolism in the body. Chewing food particles breaks down complex carbohydrates, proteins and lipids into simpler molecules of glucose, amino acids, fatty acids. This process, through activating taste cells and receptors on the tongue instigates the first phase insulin response and results in an increased secretion of insulin independent of the rise in blood glucose levels. 
Indeed, research has revealed that chewing your food properly (between 20-30 times) reduces post-prandial blood glucose levels in comparison to decreased chewing or rushed eating. Surely the simple act of chewing your food properly is worth implementing for the massive payoff of improved glycaemic variability!
6. Magnesium Supplementation. Amongst its various other benefits, magnesium is essential for normal activity of the insulin receptor and thus for the action of insulin.
Magnesium also acts as a calcium antagonist. In this way it can reduce intracellular free calcium levels which would otherwise compromise insulin sensitivity in adipocyte and skeletal muscle cells. As a result, magnesium supplementation can optimise the action of insulin, thereby reducing glycaemic variability. 
If you do think magnesium might be beneficial for you, make sure you work with a health practitioner to ensure you are taking a safe and effective dose and form.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Glycaemic Variability Part 3
Continued from my last two posts (don’t forget to check them out if you haven’t yet), here are my next 2 tips on how to lower your glycaemic variability for optimal blood sugar regulation:
3. Strength Training. Research has shown that when you strength train, your body’s sugar transporters become upregulated and your ability to drive glucose into muscle tissue is enhanced. This allows for greater insulin sensitivity and thus improved long-term control of blood sugar levels. Surprisingly, these benefits are attainable when lifting weights that are just 30% of your 1RM. Whilst you can get enhanced and additional benefits from lifting heavier, this goes to show that even bodyweight or light weight resistance training can benefit your glycaemic variability.
4. Post-Prandial Walks. Various studies have shown that just 20 minutes of walking after a meal facilitates the entry of glucose into cells without the presence of insulin whilst also upregulating insulin-mediated entry of glucose into cells. Walking after meals thus provides two mechanisms through which you can lower your glycaemic variability and it is therefore a very worthy addition to your daily routine.
Julia 💚 xxx
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Special Interests

Julia’s special areas of interest include:

  • Digestive complaints
  • Weight management
  • Hormonal imbalances and conditions including PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids and menopause
  • Stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders
  • Skin conditions including acne, eczema and psoriasis
  • Pre-conception and post-natal care
  • Paediatric health
  • Corporate Wellness

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Julia Michelle

55 Gardner Street,
Richmond,
VIC 3121

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