If you're going to eat treats, go top shelf

You are going to do it anyway and if you hold back so tight on yourself because you've bought into being healthy in terms of what fun you can't have, then this site is definitely not for you.

Because as far as I can determine, and I thankfully have the back up of some outstanding teachers,  the point of life is about enjoyment. The point of healthcare is about being able to enjoy life without too much fallout AND having the intelligence and education and self-awareness not to veer TOO FAR one way or another.

Which is why we do NOT focus on the ingredients of food as much as we focus on increasing the digestive fire in an individual. A strong digestive fire can eat all life has to offer and spit out what it doesn't need. 

So it's coming up to the holidays and you most probably will take in a few sweets and such in various forms, so here are some ideas to make sure you "middle road" it - 



this plus a chai makes me happy and MY FIRE IS STILL STRONG FOR LUNCH.

this plus a chai makes me happy and MY FIRE IS STILL STRONG FOR LUNCH.


Right here, I'm going to do a shout out to my most favourite morning treat which is the croissants at Johnny Baker's here in Castlemaine. I asked Johnny what makes then so good and he said it was the top shelf Belgian butter they use. You can tell! I came from a family of pastry cooks (continental style from Europe) and it is on par. I have not had any digestive discomfort or any repercussions from the occasional croissants.

So here's my point - if you're going to do it, really enjoy it and get the best of whatever it is you crave. I honestly think bad quality ingredients have bad quality feelings associated with them. As part of our idea in Ayurveda about food sadhana (spiritual practise of food), we consider the good vibes that go into the growing and preparation of the food add to the good vibes you naturally receive from it's end product, which is about making your mind and body functioning well. This has become my most important test on a restaurant or any kind of interaction - the post digestive effect of the experience.

Sincerely, I would rather eat an excellent croissant cooked with love using the best ingredients than a salad pulled out of the ground by folks that at were having a bad day (as an example). Of course, I am suggesting this is a TREAT to illustrate a different perspective and to consider the total experience of eating as opposed to the Vitamin Alphabet.


There is this idea that if we indulge, say in the afternoon, that we should eat dinner so we get some nutrients in us. I would say absolutely not. If you have no appetite, it doesn't matter if the food you ate was the best sourced organic super food item, it just turned to a metabolic toxic mess. If you did happen to indulge, leave it at that. Have a cup of tea, allow the item the best possible chance to move through your system. Miss dinner and therefore create a mini fast. This is having your cake and eating it too.


Sugar is made up from earth and water. So counter that will pungent and bitter items. If I do have a drink I might take aloe vera before bed. If I do have ice cream I will counter with sipping hot water to scrape the coldness away. If I have a dense cake I might take some digestive pills to help boost my digestive fire to help break it down. If you do play up, try and make it as early as possible too. When you give your system time before going to bed to break it down, you will feel much better in the morning. Also taking some Triphala or Amla (depending on body type) will help give your colon a cleanse at night. This is something we do regularly anyways, as practitioners, because it is one of the best formulas to tone the bowels we believe is out there. And we're big fans of keep the good stuff and getting rid of the bad as quickly as possible. Alongside a strong digestion is a healthy elimination. We knew this WAY before the bowel cancer tests coming out these days. I'm so pleased it's becoming topical because it's really important to eliminate well.

Enjoy your holidays. Try and moderate daily rather than at the end of the good time. Be the last one standing. As far as I'm concerned, I intend to have a good time for a really long time. I hope you will too. :)

I am open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10-12 if you need to supplement your festive time with any of the protocol mentioned above. 




Sandra Radja

Established in 2012 The She Oak aims to provide healing through diet and lifestyle counselling as well as educational programs. I believe in teaching others to not only know their inherent constitutions that will best serve them but also how to help themselves should they mis-align with their true nature. Ayurveda treats the individual not the disease.