PERTH – Book a Nutritional Medicine appointment now

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In order to complete my studies I will be practicing out of the student clinic at Endeavour college of Natural Health in East Perth

Where: Endeavour College Perth Clinic East Perth – Level 1, 170 Wellington St, Perth WA 6004

When: Thursday (8am to 11.00am) and Friday (8am – 11am and  11.30am to 2.30pm) from end of July 2016 until October 2016.

As a student Nutritional Medicine practitioner I can guide you to health, using food and nutrients to bring your body back into balance. I am naturopathically trained to determine root cause for illness and treat the person, not the disease.

I can assist with any health concern, including but not limited to: digestive issues, irritable bowel disease, fatigue, PMS, auto immune disease, asthma, recurrent colds and flu, immune support, respiratory tract infections, UTI’s, anxiety, depression, MS, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, stress, PCOS, alopecia, eczema, arthritis, high blood pressure, cholesterol, anaemia, thyroid disease, weight loss, blood glucose control – the list goes on.

Consults are only $10 using the voucher below.

First appointments are typically 1 1/2 hours duration and follow up appointments are 1 hour.

To make an appointment with me, please click on the “contact me” form above or make contact via Taryn Rucci Nutrition on Facebook.

Would love to see you.

Taryn xx




Cake, Coeliac Disease, Dessert, Food, Fructose Free, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Muffins, Quitting Sugar, Snack, Uncategorized

Easy Gluten Free Almond and Chocolate muffins

Hmm. I need an easy muffin that is both nutritious and freezes well for my Coeliac daughter and the other kids. It also needs to “not taste healthy”! Argh! Kids! This fits the bill!

These are delicious and *just* sweet. No stevia? Add more Rice Malt Syrup. Change it up and make it work for you. If you are adding more liquid sweetener, you may need to reduce the quantity of milk.

The mixture is quite runny, but it does work. Trust me ;).


You need

120g melted butter

3 eggs

150g milk (your choice)

1/2 teaspoon of stevia

120g Rice Malt Syrup

200 g almond meal

100g arrowroot (or you could use gf plain flour)

2 tablespoons of baking powder

7 tablespoons of cacao

Do this:

Gently combine ingredients into a bowl and fold through. If you have a thermomix melt the butter and throw in the other ingredients combining on a low speed (speed two, three) for a few seconds until combined.

Place in a muffin tin lined with muffin cases. Cook in a moderate oven for about 10 minutes or until they bounce back when pressed gently.

Enjoy. Taryn x



The dangers of Round-up (Glyphosate)

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world and the main active ingredient in Roundup, a product manufactured by Monsanto. There is much evidence to suggest exposure to glyphosate can have significant adverse effects on human health, despite Monsanto’s continuing assurance that the product is safe.

Glyphosate (N-[phosphonomethyl]glycine), a phosphonoglycine, is sold in a concentrated formulation which is then diluted with water. It’s sprayed on crops to control weeds (Campbell 2014, p.9; Kwiatkowska et al. 2013, p.717). Glyphosate was originally created as a descaling agent to clean hot water systems. It was then later marketed as Roundup in the 1970’s as an agricultural chemical (Campbell 2014, p.9). In 2007, it’s annual global use exceeded 907,000 tonnes (Koller et al. 2012, p.805). After spraying, the product spreads through plants from the leaves to the roots. Crops will uptake any glyphosate present in the soil (Campbell 2014, p.9).

Most farmers and their families are directly exposed to the product, either by mixing, loading or applying it onto crops (Seak et al. 2011, p.892). We also must consider gardeners and groundskeepers who use glyphosate to keep weeds under control and the wider population who visit parks and areas which have been sprayed.

Residues of glyphosate are found in many foods in the diet and there is some evidence that glyphosate can be found in low concentrations within human blood (Kwiatkowska et al. 2013, p.717; Richard et al. 2005, p.716). Toxicity occurs in cellular systems within the human body, disrupting the biosynthesis on aromatic amino acids by gut bacteria and also reducing the transport of serum sulfate (Campbell 2014, p.9).

Roundup and Glyphosate have been the subject of many studies since it was first marketed. The product has been regarded as safe due to the long term studies performed on rodents (Koller et al. 2012, p.806). However, studies conducted within the last decade have determined that occupational exposures to this product can have increased cancer risks (Koller et al. 2012, p.805).

Koller et al. (2012, p.805) studied the effects of exposure to glyphosate by workers spraying the product. They saw evidence of membrane damage and impairment of mitochondrial function when exposed to concentrations of less than 40mg after 20 minutes. Inhalation was found to cause DNA damage in these individuals even after a relatively short exposure time and quantity used, thus creating cytotoxic and genotoxic effects (Koller et al. 2012, p.805). The author has witnessed groundskeepers at local parks around Perth actively spraying the product. This puts the community at risk of toxic exposure as we do not know how much has been sprayed or for what duration.

Richard et al. (2005, p.716) concluded that glyphosate and Roundup is toxic to human placental JEG3 cells within 18 hours of exposure, in lower concentrations than those found in agriculture. The degree of damage increased with exposure time and the concentration used. Such studies explain why many agricultural workers are unable to fall pregnant (Richard et al. 2005 p.717).

Testing Roundup at non-toxic concentrations (in concentrations 100 times lower than the recommended use in agriculture) can affect aromatase, the necessary enzyme needed for oestrogen synthesis (Richard et al. 2005 p.717). Glyphosate disrupts aromatase and mRNA levels. Roundup, not just glyphosate has endocrine and toxic effects (Richard et al. 2005, p.717).

Glyphosate is found in most foods of the normal western diet. Such residues can inhibit the workings of cytochrome P450 and it’s ability to detoxify xenobiotics (Samsel & Seneff 2013, p.1416). This negatively impacts the body over time, manifesting slowly, as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body (Samsel & Seneff 2013, p.1416). Consequences of minimal exposure through food can include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’ s disease (Samsel & Seneff 2013, p.1416).

If ingested in larger quantities, it is toxic due to the uncoupling of mitochondrial oxidative phosphylation and it can cause myocardial issues, depression and hypotension (Murray et al. 2011, p.236).

Ecologically, glyphosate stays in the soil, leaches into groundwater, rivers and can affect marine populations, thus further exposing the community (Richard et al. 2005, p.716).

Interestingly, GM technology is also a product of Monsanto. Monsanto have made their GM crops resistant to Roundup, so the farmer can successfully spray large quantities of glyphosate on his crops without destroying them. GM crops are thus more likely to have higher levels of glyphosate present in their produce, increasing toxic exposure for both the consumer and the agricultural worker (Campbell 2014, p.9).

I have carefully assessed all evidence used for this post; as many journal articles proposing health benefits of glyphosate had considerable conflicts of interest, with the authors being employed by or previously employed by Monsanto. The toxic effects of glyphosate is worrying especially when we acknowledge that most of the food we eat has been exposed to it. More investigation is needed to determine what the safe residue levels are, if any exist.

Reference List

Campbell, A 2014, ‘Glyphosate: Its effects on humans’, Alternative Therapies, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 9-10, viewed 13 March 2015, www.ebscohost.com.

Hokanson, R, Fudge, R, Chowdhary, R, Busbee, D 2007, ‘Alteration of estrogen-regulated gene expression in human cells induced by the agricultural and horticultural herbicide glyphosate’, Human and Experimental Toxicology, vol. 26, pp. 747-752, viewed 13 March 2015, www.ebscohost.com.

Koller, V, Furhacker, M, Nerseesyan, A, Misik, M, Eisenbauer, M, Snasmueller, S 2012, ‘Cytotoxic and DNA-damaging properties of glyphosate and Roundup in human-derived buccal epithelial cells’, Arch Toxicol, vol. 85, pp. 805-813, viewed 13 March 2015, www.ebscohost.com.

Kwiatkowska, M, Jarosiewicz, P, Bukowska, B 2013, ‘Glyphosate and its formulations – Toxicity, occupational and environmental exposure’ Medycyna Pracy, vol. 64, no. 4, pp. 717-729, viewed 13 March 2015, www.ebscohost.com.

Murray, L, Daly, F, Little, M, Cadogan, M 2011, Toxicology Handboook, 2edn, Elsevier, Australia.

Richard, S, Moslemi, S, Sipahutar, H, Benachour, N, Seralini, G 2005, Differential effects of glyphosate and Roundup on human placental cells and aromatase, Environmental Health Perspectives, vol. 113, no. 6, pp. 716-720, viewed 13 March 2015, www.ebscohost.com.

Samse, A, Seneff, S 2013, ‘Glyphosate’s suppression of the cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by gut microbiome: pathways to modern diseases’, Entropy, vol. 15, pp. 1416-1463, viewed 13 March 2015, www.ebscohost.com.

Seok, S, Park, J, Hong, J, Gil, H, Yang, J, Lee, E, Song, H, Hong, S 2011, Surfactant volume is an essential element in human toxicity in acute phyphosate herbicide intoxication, Clinical Toxicology, vol. 49, pp. 892-899, viewed 13 March 2015, www.ebscohost.com.

Biscuit, Cake, Dessert, Fructose Free, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Lunchbox, Recipes, Slice, Snack

Gluten free, Fructose free: Super Easy Cacao, Coconut and Buckwheat bars (with an update)

I am happy to announce that my baking mojo has made a comeback after a long hiatus!

The demands of family life coupled with study leave me with very little free time to find my funky in the kitchen! Likewise my Facebook page has become an information wasteland but worry not, I am here and I am alive!

My studies are going fantastically, I am currently tackling second year subjects and absolutely loving it and it’s showing in my grades.


Anyway, let me share with you a little recipe that I used to make when I was a gluten eating, sugar inhaling teenager. I loved making this recipe (as it was delicious). I had actually lost the recipe but remembered I had shared it with a friend back in the day. Low and behold she still had the recipe and we were reunited!

I have amended this recipe to make it 1. Easy. 2. Gluten Free. 3. Fructose free.

Gluten Free, Fructose Free: Super Easy Cacao, Coconut and Buckwheat Bars

A lovely moist slab of coconut, chocolatey deliciousness


125g melted butter

1/2 cup Rice Malt Syrup

1 cup of desiccated coconut. I buy the organic brands to avoid the preservative

2/3 cup buckwheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 heaped tablespoon of cacao

1 egg

Pinch of salt


1/4 cup Rice Malt Syrup

1 tablespoon of cacao

50g butter

Handful of coconut to decorate


Base: Mix ingredients together and press into a lined slice tin and cook in a moderate oven for 10-15 minutes until firm to the touch.

Thermomix: chuck butter in and melt for 1 minute Speed 4 at 100 degrees. Add rest of the ingredients and mix.

Icing: Place ingredients in a saucepan on low heat and melt until well combined. Ice the base after it has cooled down and top with coconut to decorate. Cut into slices and enjoy.

Thermomix: Chuck ingredients in and cook 2 minutes speed 4 100 degrees.


A toy teapot cured my sinus infection.

I’ve been showing off because no one in my family had actually gone to see the GP at all during 2014. Sure the kids had a few snuffles during that time and a few coughs, but we overcome them either by treating it with food or doing absolutely nothing.

So I guess it serves me right that I found myself in the worst possible predicament over Christmas. SICK.

I had somehow acquired the flu. Bizarre because I rarely get sick. The flu went and then I ended up with a sinus infection shortly thereafter.  The pain in my face was unbearable. My cheeks had begun to swell on my right side.

Oh dear God. Not antibiotics.

I upped my everything. I took therapeutic doses of Fermented Cod Liver oil (Blue Ice brand) in the hope it would go. I took Zinc. Bone broth. Stopped eating grains. Rested. Smashed the probiotics. Sat in the sun. Swam in the ocean. Ate sauerkraut by the bowl. Took Vitamin C. I was doing everything I could but it didn’t go.

I was into my 5th day when I realised I needed some help. I made a call to my homeopathic clinic and organised to visit the next day.

Meanwhile, I decided to do a quick Google search to see if there was anything I could do at home. I had heard of neti pots helping with sinus infections but I didn’t have one because sinus infections were not something I suffered from. I decided it was worth a shot.  I scoured my daughters toy kitchen for a teapot that I could fit up my nose to act like a neti pot. Success!

Teapot = Awesome

I filled this little ditty with warm water, a pinch of salt, a pinch of bicarb and two probiotic capsules. I then performed a “nasal irrigation”. I followed these instructions as per The Healthy Home Economist.

It was a little uncomfortable. Read: SNOT. But there was instant relief. The pressure on my face was gone instantly and the swelling began to dissipate. SINUS INFECTION 0. TARYN 1.

I am a big fan of natural remedies and preventative medicine. They work and this story is testament to that. Before you go racing to the doctors for antibiotics, consider that these might not be the best option for you. Sometimes some ingenuity and the ability to Google is really all we need. You’ll take pressure off the health system and save money! You don’t even have to leave the house! I didn’t need to visit the homeopathic clinic after all. Try it!


And a Happy New Year to you!

My oh my another year is here!

2014 presented many challenges and much sadness for my family so we were happy to begin a new year full of fresh hopes and dreams to conquer.

I may be guilty of “Missing Bloggers Syndrome” and my posts are few and far between but this is the reality of a mother of three who studies and runs a household and cooks. Boy do I cook!


I am about to begin my second year units and I am still loving it as much as I did when I first started. I am blessed beyond words to be able to follow my passion, it took me a good 35 odd years to work it out.

My biggest question on my Facebook page is “where do you study?”. I study at Endeavour College of Natural Health in Perth. I did the majority of the first year units all online, and now I am electing to do my units on campus as my youngest is starting kindy this year. I will still be part time, but being without a small child at home means that hopefully I can pick up a few more units as time passes.

The other question I get asked is “Do they teach the right stuff where you study?” as in, do they sing the merits of a low fat diet? Do they shake their heads at saturated fats? No, none of this. Everything I knew to be true is. I am where I need to be.


I have been 3 years sugar free last September. I cannot quite believe that I still live by that decision I made to quit sugar 3 years ago. I did it before it was even fashionable! I am probably not as strict as I was in those first few years, I do have the odd cocktail when I’m out with friends or when mum has made bread and butter pudding (she makes it real good and not very sweet!). I am happy to say that I have well and truly lost my sweet tooth and I don’t enjoy sweets because they are just “too sweet” for me now. Reading David Gillepsie’s books and quitting sugar set me on my road to natural health. Those books changed my life.


I have been fortunate enough to study Iridology with Toni Miller on two occasions in 2014. She came to Perth to teach her Iridology basics class and I flew to Sydney to take her Iridology Masterclass. Toni Miller is a very well known Iridologist and educator, Naturopath and herbalist. I have learnt so much from her and I have a new passion in Iridology. I have practiced on many of my friends (there is no shortage of them lining up I can tell you) and I am gobsmacked by how accurate it is. During the Masterclass with Toni, I unlocked many messages in my own iris and I will share these with you another time. There is much we can tell about digestion within the iris, making it a perfect fit to combine this with Nutrition when I am ready to practice.


Many may not know this but as a holistic nutritionist I can treat the same illnesses as a Naturopath can. The only difference lies in the treatment. As a nutritionist we use food as medicine, a naturopath can use herbs, flower essences and other protocols; as well as nutrition. I am concerned that the public really do not understand what this kind of nutritionist can do, which led me to think that studying naturopathy would be a better choice. Unfortunately herbs bore the crap out of me and  food is where the passion lies, so I will stick with where I am at and worry about all this later!


In other news I cut all my hair off. It’s so nice not to have to faff with it on a daily basis! Gives me more time to annoy my husband!

Toni Miller and I at her Masterclass in Sydney November 2014

Love to all following my journey



Strawberry Jam (Gluten Free and low fructose)

Strawberry Jam (Gluten Free and low fructose)

This is a delightful healthy jam which can be spread on your toast or mixed in with your yoghurt and granola. The chia seeds give it the wonderful jelly texture. This is a great way to use up half dead strawberries that you might find at the back of your fridge!



500g punnet strawberries
3 tablespoons chia seeds
Squeeze lemon juice
2 tablespoons Rice Malt Syrup

Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Put in the fridge overnight and it will set like a jelly by the morning. We love it mixed in with our full fat greek yoghurt and fresh strawberries! Yum