My name is Suzanne Sparrow. I'm a qualified Nutritionist, Naturopath & Kinesiologist, and am also carrying out further study in Kinesiology and the Australian Bush Flower Essences. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions here in Victoria, I am practising exclusively online for now (but watch this space for changes to that).
I live on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. I'm passionate about good food, great coffee, the beauty of nature, and spending time with my family and friends. I'm married with two beautiful kids (and two rescue Red Heelers, one rescue cat, and half a dozen chickens). I enjoy bush walking, swimming, soaking up the sun, watching the AFL footy (go Bombers!!), and movie marathons with the family. And I LOVE learning - I'm a perpetual student, always enrolling in a new course, watching a webinar, listening to a podcast, or having a 1-on-1 mentoring session from one of my Naturopathic colleagues.
My main focus is to use food as medicine, and work with my clients to help them incorporate practical and sustainable nutritional and lifestyle changes into their everyday lives to achieve optimal health and well-being. I use my case-taking skills and biofeedback (also known as muscle testing) to determine the priority areas of my clients' health to work on, and which nutritional and lifestyle changes, supplements and energetic "tools" will achieve the greatest results. I love incorporating energetic healing modalities into my clients' treatment plans, particularly kinesiology balances and Australian bush flower essences. I find that by shifting the underlying emotional and mental causes associated with illness, while we work on the physical presentation of dis-ease, I achieve far quicker and greater improvements in clients' health and well-being.
I understand that life is busy and that it's there to be enjoyed, so the changes I encourage my clients to make are always realistic, practical, achievable and sustainable, and are designed to improve energy, mood, sleep and overall health.
I am particularly interested in the connection between the gut and the brain (known as the gut-brain axis), and as a result, my client consultations are largely focused on mood and mental health (eg. chronic stress, anxiety and depression), digestive health (eg. IBS-type symptoms, gut dysbiosis and leaky gut), and hormones (eg. stress and anxiety levels, menstrual cycles, blood sugar dysregulation and optimising thyroid health). With my clients, I explore the link between the gut and the brain, and how their health and functionality relates to what they eat and drink, how they move, their mindset, and the relationships they form with themselves and others.
Acute and chronic stress have a wide range of impacts, not just on mood and mental health, but on energy levels, sleep patterns, appetite, blood sugar regulation, hormones... the list goes on! By calming the central nervous system and supporting the adrenals, and making some simple but important lifestyle modifications, clients' stress re
Acute and chronic stress have a wide range of impacts, not just on mood and mental health, but on energy levels, sleep patterns, appetite, blood sugar regulation, hormones... the list goes on! By calming the central nervous system and supporting the adrenals, and making some simple but important lifestyle modifications, clients' stress response can be improved dramatically, leaving them feeling more resilient and in control.
Without the right "fuel", the beneficial bacteria in our gut can't thrive, and often become reduced in numbers due to overgrowth of pathogenic ("bad") bacteria, resulting in digestive symptoms, mood imbalances, skin rashes and more. Creating a healthy gut environment can reduce such symptoms, and lead to improved energy, mood, vitality and weight management.
From teenage years right through to post-menopause, girls and women can experience imbalances in reproductive hormones, resulting in irregular, heavy or painful periods, acne breakouts, menstrual migraines, fatigue, low libido and fertility issues. Supporting the relevant hormonal and detoxification pathways can see major improvements in all those areas.