There’s your protein shake!

Did you know that if you mix chickpeas and rice milk together you have a complete protein? No more having to resort to processed protein powders with their potential for serious damage to your liver and kidneys.

Protein shake chickpeas rice milk

Thanks to one of those quirky bits of science, if you mix the humble chickpea with rice you get a resulting mixture that is a complete protein. It might be a bit hard to drink like that but by substituting rice milk we get a liquid result that can rightly be called a “protein shake”. Admittedly it’s not very tasty as is so Molly brings it to life with the addition of other goodies like bananas, frozen berries, yoghurt etc.

What is a complete protein? From Wikipedia :

complete protein (or whole protein) is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of humans. 

You can find more information on chickpeas in Molly’s earlier post, “Chickpeas Champion of Champions“.

Try Molly’s Protein Shake, I think you will be pleasantly surprised, I was.

Molly's Protein Shake


  • 100g chickpeas. (We use a 400g can between the two of us. Yes, a 400g can will only yield about 200g of chickpeas.)
  • 300ml rice milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1 heaped teaspoon LSA mix
  • 1 heaped teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 heaped teaspoon flax seed meal
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon yoghurt


  • Place all ingredients in a blender, mix, pour into a glass and drink. We get good results just using a stick blender with the ingredients in a jug.

All measurements are per person.
The only required ingredients are the chickpeas and the rice milk, all the other ingredients can be varied in both content and quantity as you like. Experiment to get your own favourite mix.
LSA mix is ground linseeds, sunflower kernels and almonds. Readily available at supermarkets and health food shops.
We have suggested canned chickpeas as being a readily available source but you could of course prepare your own chickpeas from raw in bulk and freeze individual portions.

Tissue salts for you

I love adding Tissue Salts to my repertoire of herbs and vitamins for healing remedies I give to my patients.

This is a simple way of treating many ailments, and the remedies are easily available. You can take them with any of my herbal remedies, and also with most allopathic medications.

If you would like to learn how to prescribe tissue salts for yourself and your family, click here.

This is a course being run by a colleague of mine, Robyn Barraclough, and you can do the course online. It is a fantastic course, full of information and it will give you the ability to self-prescribe for you and your family.

I highly recommend it.

Mike’s Tomato Marinade

This marinade mix is absolutely beautiful and can be used with any proteins, or on a sandwich.

Mike's Tomato Marinade


  • 3 tablspoons of Lemon infused Olive oil, or use plain olive oil and grate 1 teaspoon lemon zest into the mix
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic
  • 1 tspn fructose
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 clove garlic – crushed
  • 1 tspn Smoky paprika
  • ½ tspn chilli powder or chilli sauce or tobasco or use a fresh cayenne pepper.


  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a simmer, stirring often.
  • Cool.
  • Can be used immediately, or stored in fridge for several days.


Meditation Direction

All of us who meditate regularly develop our own little quirks and idiosyncrasies in our practice. I haven’t tested this personal theory but here is an example of one of mine and I would appreciate any comments you might have about your practice.

As I have stated before, I do open eye meditation from the Zen school of Buddhism. That is, I keep my eyes open throughout the meditation and keep my gaze fixed on a single spot in front of me, usually an image in my iPhone meditation timer which I place in front of me. However, most people in our Western communities learn meditation in the traditional method with eyes closed. This choice to use the open eye method is however not one of my individual idiosyncrasies. But it does lead into one that I do have and that is, that I usually like to face east when I have a choice of direction, at least at home.

Why east?

Well, I was amazed when I was made aware of how fast the earth rotates. At the equator, the earth is spinning at about 1,675 kilometres per hour!  That speed decreases, of course, the further north or south you get from the equator but it is still a mind-boggling rate. The direction of rotation means that we are always heading east at 465 metres per second.

So here I am, sitting perfectly still in meditation, on my cushion, eyes gazing fixedly at a point in front of me, and for the 20 minutes that I sit there in that fixed position, I have traveled 558 kilometres toward the east! And I don’t feel I have moved even one centimetre!

When I realised that I was heading east regardless of how still I was sitting I thought, what does that represent? East seems to me to represent the future, what is coming and that is the direction I am heading anyway. Conversely, if I was to face west then I would be continually looking at the past, out the back window as it were of the vehicle in which I ride. Personally, I would rather look forward to the future with eagerness than to the past with regrets.

This choice of facing east,  however, presented me with a little dilemma recently when I needed to change the location within our house to meditate. If I was to face east in this new location I would be looking at my own reflection in the mirrors on the wardrobe doors.  Comfortable as I may be with my own image I did think it might be a little distracting. I am not a perfect meditator yet, it is called practice after all.

So not west then, how about the median way, north or south? North toward the sun traversing the sky, for us in the southern hemisphere at least? Perfect I thought because north could represent the now, the exact moment I am in at any point in the course of the meditation, and the moment we are all striving to live a mindful life in. So north it is, or at least till I can start facing east in comfort again.

What meditation quirks do you have?

Germs on the loose!

This week in my clinic I have seen so many patients that are so ill with coughs and flu symptoms, that I thought it timely, despite winter being officially over, to revisit the natural remedies that are effective in healing this current outbreak.

Whooping cough, influenza A, the common cold, all three winter woes are still doing the rounds and knocking people right off their perch for a couple of weeks. Not only that, these bugs know when they are onto a good thing and they don’t want to leave so they are boomeranging right back to jump on board again. Just when you thought it was safe to go out, bang, here it is back to make your day, and you are coughing and spluttering all over again.

Doctors are not giving antibiotics unless vital, and recommending that you let a temperature be and don’t take any panadol or neurofen, which is  a really good and health promoting move by the medical profession, however sending someone home when they are obviously ill, with just the message ‘you have a virus, or lets see how it goes’ is hardly very reassuring.  Read More

Opening hours

From the 30th August 2016, Molly will be available for appointments during the following hours:

  • Monday to Friday  9am to 5pm
  • Saturdays 9am to 3pm

Molly may, at her discretion, agree to appointments outside of these hours but would appreciate your cooperation in trying to fit appointments within these hours wherever possible.

Please note that appointments can now be requested online by clicking “Make an Appointment” and selecting your preferred date. We will then confirm or amend your appointment by phone or email.

You can also simply email or phone Molly or Mike directly, see our contact page for details.

Cayenne, A Herb To Love

One of my favourite herbs is Cayenne Chilli Pepper.

We mostly know it as a spice but it is also considered as a powerful healing herbal remedy. We always have a bush growing in the garden, and as nature will always provide, it is a prolific fruiter. We literally get hundreds of chilli’s off one little bush. So many that we have to freeze them or give them away.

What are the benefits of Cayenne?

  • It supports better circulation
  • Helps to regulate blood pressure
  • Topical pain relief for arthritis and joint pain
  • Relieves headaches and helps to prevent migraines developing
  • Relieves pain of shingles
  • Helps to thin the blood
  • Can stop a heart attack – a famous herbalist Dr Christopher says he always used cayenne for heart problems and never lost a patient from heart attack, when he could give them a cup of hot water with cayenne.
  • Can stop a nosebleed
  • Can heal stomach ulcers
  • Can heal deep wounds

This is a herbal remedy that I use in a lot of my formulations. It can be very hot so needs to be used with great respect! Read More

Treat your TOOTSIES well

Remember those things down there that are attached to your legs?

Right!  Your FEET. Neglected and forgotten most of the time, yet there they remain, faithful and ever-ready, still there and performing a very important job. Holding you up and giving you a point of balance amongst other functions.  So let’s love our feet and show them that we care!

Give your feet a regular massage. Using both hands, rub and use a little pressure with your thumbs. Focus a little longer on spots that feel a bit tender. Your feet have points that relate to every area of your body. If you can’t reach your feet, as some of us can’t, then buy a wooden foot massager and have it under your desk or by your lounge chair and run your feet over it each day. Read More

Stimulate or suppress?

Finally the powers that be are seeing the light!

While watching ABC morning news last week, I saw an item they did on pain relief where they were suggesting that parents NOT give children Panadol for instance when the child has a fever. ‘Just ride it out’

WOW what a turn around! This is something that natural health practitioners have been saying for years, well decades really!

So what does this mean? It means don’t panic if your child becomes unwell.  Fever is a good thing. As the body is working to kill off any bugs that shouldn’t be there, the body heats up. It’s a natural body process. When you give your child Panadol you are aborting the ‘kill off’ process. One of the functions of the body is to develop the immune system, which is not fully developed in children until around puberty. Getting childhood illnesses is normal, natural and important, and fever is always a part of any illness. Read More

Has your bowel gone CRAZY?!

There you are living a great life, all cozy and comfortable and happy when one day it hits you. That sudden urgent call of the loo!

You have to run to find the nearest loo. Not a problem if you are at home, but when  you are out and about it can become the race of your life.

I know you know what I mean!

Then this urgency settles and you figure it was a once only event. Until next time, then it reoccurs over several days, and disappears as suddenly as it started. So you relax again but a small part of your mind stays on alert. Waiting. And there it is, a few days or maybe a few weeks later that urgency hits you, but this time it’s not only a few days of serious urgent bowel situations, it lasts for a week or two, and to top it off you then become constipated and can’t go to the loo at all.  So its off to the doctor to see what is happening.

A barrage of tests later, and all the results are fine, you are a picture of health. Nothing nasty anywhere, nothing wrong at all. So what has happened to your bowel? Read More