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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.

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  • Glycaemic Variability Part 1
It’s relatively common knowledge now that having chronically elevated blood glucose levels can predispose you to developing Type 2 Diabetes & various other chronic diseases. However, did you know that having high levels of Glycaemic Variability (GV) is more damaging to the body than chronically elevated blood glucose?
GV refers to blood glucose oscillations that occur throughout the day, including hypoglycaemic periods & postprandial (after a meal) increases, as well as blood glucose fluctuations that occur at the same time on different days. In comparison to chronic hyperglycaemia, excessive glucose excursions cause more oxidative stress & are associated with as many consequences in terms of cardiovascular risks & risks of other diseases such as neurodegenerative diseases & obesity.
An individual’s degree of GV is directly related to what is called the First-Phase Insulin Response (FPIR). The FPIR occurs a couple of minutes after food is consumed & it’s when the body releases its pre-formed or reserves of insulin from the pancreas (as opposed to the Second-Phase Insulin response where the pancreas is required to make insulin on demand as a result of ongoing intake of food). Whilst insulin has several roles, one of its main roles is to shuttle glucose out of the blood & into certain cells for storage or use as energy. This lowers blood glucose levels & prevents the complications that can occur with elevated blood glucose levels.
If someone lacks or has a suboptimal FPIR, their blood glucose levels will dramatically rise after a meal, resulting in high GV. Their blood glucose levels will drop as the Second-Phase Insulin Response kicks in & may be stable for the rest of the day. For this reason, traditional monitoring techniques for blood sugar such as fasting blood glucose and HbA1c are poor indicators of an individual’s GV. This is worrisome given the complications that are associated with high GV as well as the fact that GV is now believed to be one of the earliest predictors of Type 2 Diabetes.
What can you do to lower your GV? Stay tuned for Part 2 where I will discuss the best ways to lower your GV naturally.
Julia 💚 xxx
  • Reishi Cacao Ice Creams
If you’re looking for a delicious way to increase your intake of medicinal mushrooms, this is it. The combination of raw cacao and Reishi powders not only makes these ice creams taste amazing, but it also takes their nutritional status to a whole new level.
Reishi has been used for thousands of years to reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, increase energy and promote longevity. With issues like stress, fatigue and immune dysfunction so prominent today, we could surely all do with a little more Reishi in our lives.
Here’s the recipe if you want to give them a try:
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Ingredients:
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup cashews
6 Medjool dates
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2-1 teaspoon @teelixir Reishi powder
1 pinch salt
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Method:
Place all ingredients in a high powdered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds and insert the popsicle stick in the centre.
Freeze for at least 24 hours.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Enhancing Longevity Part 3
To finish up from my last 2 posts, here’s my final 2 tips to give you the basis for living a long & healthy life:
7. Fasting & Calorie Restriction. Fasting & caloric restriction is something that human beings have practiced throughout history. Countless studies have shown that periods of fasting garner endless health benefits including improved insulin sensitivity, blood lipid levels, mitochondrial health & an increased lifespan. Intermittent fasting is currently the most popular way to implement a fasting protocol but there are many other ways such as alternate day fasting, fasting mimicking diet & multiple day fasts. It’s important to note that fasting should not result in malnourishment & there are certain cases where it’s inappropriate such as in those with hormonal deficiencies, fatigue, anxiety, depression or poor exercise tolerance.
8. Possess a Strong Life Purpose. An 11 year study that assessed the correlation between having a sense of purpose & its effect on longevity showed that those who expressed having a clear life purpose lived longer & stayed immersed in activities that allowed them to be involved in fulfilling that purpose. Knowing your life purpose & having a clear reason to get out of bed each morning clearly does wonders for your health & longevity. I can’t recommend enough knowing your life purpose & being able to name it in one sentence. My purpose in life: to empower people to live a happier, healthier & longer life. What’s yours?
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Enhancing Longevity Part 2
Continuing from my last post, here’s my next 3 easily implementable tips to give you the basis for living a long & healthy life.
4. Move more. If you look at members of the blue zones, whilst they don’t necessarily do ‘dedicated’ exercise, their days involve large amounts of low to moderate intensity physical activity (e.g. gardening, walking, farming). Surely if we exercise in the morning or evening, our movement for the day is done & we can justify being sedentary for the rest of the day? Unfortunately not. A large US study found that individuals who sat for more than 6 hrs a day had up to a 40 percent greater risk of death over the next 15 years than those who sat for less than 3 hours a day, regardless of whether the participants exercised or not. Make sure you move around for at least 5 minutes every hour to satisfy your body’s movement needs.
5. Manage Your Stress. Whilst centenarians in the blue zones don’t avoid all sources of stress, they have built-in mechanisms to manage this stress. Whether that be nature walks, spiritual practices or community gatherings, every community has their own specific practice(s) & these undoubtedly play a huge part in their long & healthy lifespans. In this day & age where stress is an unavoidable part of our lives, finding a stress management practice that works for you & implementing it every day is essential if you want to live a long & healthy life.
6. Prioritise Social Engagement. Compared to our westernised digital societies where the importance of social connection is increasingly becoming lost, social engagement is engrained in all the blue zones. Social events, family gatherings & activities with friends are a daily occurrence in the blue zones & this will be greatly enhancing their quality & quantity of life. Did you know that social isolation has been proven to be a greater risk for an early death than smoking 15 cigarettes a day? Being social needs to be at the forefront of your day if you want to enhance your longevity.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Enhancing Longevity Part 1
Anti-ageing is big business with biohacks ranging from photobiomodulation to stem cell injections & supplementation. Whilst these therapies are exciting, without the basic behavioural & lifestyle characteristics in place, buying into them is a waste of time.
Before considering these therapies, first look at those characteristics that members of the blue zones - with their high rate of centenarians - share. If you want simple changes that’ll give you the basis for a long, fulfilled & healthy life, here’s part 1 of my list:
1. Eat wild plants. Whilst most centenarians aren’t vegetarians or vegans, they tend to follow a predominantly plant-based diet. Wild plants possess a natural in-built defence mechanism that exposes the body to a mild amount of stress known as xeno-hormetic stress. This allows your body to mount & build its own internal antioxidant defence system. Wild plants also contain trace elements such as antioxidants, anthocyanidins & resveratrol, all of which confer endless health benefits.
2. Avoid processed & packaged foods. This may seem straightforward but I’m not only talking about the obvious offenders - I’m also talking about the seemingly innocent packaged ‘health’ foods such as vegetable chips or raw food bars. If you look at the label on a lot of these products, the top ingredients are some sort of sweetener such as agave syrup & a vegetable oil such as sunflower or soybean oil. These two groups of ingredients trigger glycaemic variability & inflammation, both of which have been proven to shorten the lifespan.
3. Consume lentils & legumes. If you look at all the blue zones, lentils or legumes (e.g. black beans, lentils, chickpeas) are included as part of their diets. Provided your lentils/legumes are soaked & sprouted - hence removing the gastric irritants, phytates & lectins - they provide a nourishing source of non-meat protein & amino acids, vitamins, minerals, gut-supporting fibre & slow-burning carbohydrates that don’t cause a large amount of glycaemic variability.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Berry Swirl Ice Creams
The perfect snack for long summer days. These not only taste amazing, but they’re also simple to make and can be prepped in less than 10 minutes. And just in case that’s not enough, they’re dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan and paleo friendly.
The base is made with @impressedjuices almond milk yoghurt which gives them the most beautifully creamy taste and silky smooth texture.
I recommend making a double batch because these won’t last long!
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Ingredients -
400g @impressedjuices almond milk yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla powder
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1-2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
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Method -
In a small bowl, mix together the yoghurt and vanilla powder.
Add the berries (and maple) to a food processor or blender and pulse until they’ve been ‘smashed’ but not fully blended.
Place alternating spoonfuls of the yogurt mixture and berry mixture into 6 ice cream moulds. Once all the mixture is used up, lightly swirl the two mixtures together.
Place the ice creams in the freezer for thirty minutes. After 30 minutes, insert the popsicle sticks and continue to freeze for 4 hours, until firm.
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

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Julia Michelle

55 Gardner Street,
Richmond,
VIC 3121

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