blissful babe - nat kringoudis

If you've been reading The Whole Housewife for a while, you might recognise this series. I retired it at the end of last year, but when given the opportunity to chat with Nat, I couldn't pass it up. And so, we're here for an encore! 

Nat encapsulates everything I believe to be true about healing fertility and hormonal issues, I especially know this because everything she offers, is what I have used to heal myself. Although she lives two states away from me, I've learnt a bunch of goodness through her blog, and am obsessed with her beautiful book 'Well & Good'. Go here to grab a copy. 

I know you'll fall in love with Nat, just like so many others. Grab a herbal tea, and enjoy!


Tell us a little bit about who you are.

I’m a Dr of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist, Author and Speaker.  I’m also the owner of The Pagoda Tree, a hub for all things wellness, women’s hormone health, natural fertility and pregnancy support. 

How did you get here? Was there a moment where everything changed? 

There was a definite turning point.  Initially I had an influx of women into my clinic, wanting fertility support. I embraced the challenge and said to myself, I would be the best I could be in being able to integrate western and eastern approaches to natural fertility.  But it extended beyond this and after the launch of my first book, Fertilise Yourself I recognised that I didn’t need to convince couples wanting to conceive to be the best version of themselves ready to make a new life, I actually needed to take it a step back and reach out to young women when they were being diagnosed with hormone issues like PCOS or Endometriosis and guide them through their own path of fixing the issues rather than masking them – to lead women collectively to improving hormone health long term.  Sadly nowadays, we may find ourselves in the habit of looking for a quick fix when it comes to healing the body.  The only true way of long-term wellness is to treat the core treatment, not the symptoms.

What does a regular day looks like for you?

First and foremost, I’m a mum.  So my day starts with usually waking to a 3 year old yelling out my name and my 6 year old not too far behind!  We get dressed and fed and out the door and I arrive in the office by 9am on a work day.  I try and balance this – I work 3 days from the office and the remainder of the week I play mum.  My day in the office depends, I’m either in treatments with patients or with my team nutting out fun things like events, new concepts, books and so on.  It’s very obvious – I love my job and I LOVE my family and my team. 

What are your favourite ways to get active?

I play netball once a week – it’s my ‘forced’ me active time.  Juggling everything, it’s a little difficult to really schedule in active time, at least until both kids are at school.  I tend to do Pilates at least once if not twice a week.  I love incidental exercise too – walking to the shops and so on.

What are the three most important things that you do each day?

Laugh.  I laugh a lot.

Pray.  It’s so important to be thankful.

Nourish.  Food is medicine – we really must come back to basics and see it that way!

In your eyes what does a Whole Housewife look like?

The Whole Housewife has it all covered.  She’s the super star of the household, and got it all going on.  Nourishing her family with good food, great thoughts and attitude and most of all spilling out love to her loved ones!  But and there is a big but, she also needs to nourish herself first and foremost.  If she, at the head of the house is depleted, the rest of the family will be too.

It’s my dream to …

Set up my office part time from Greece and part time from Australia!  Imagine!!  We’re working on it…

I believe that…

Life is about grabbing opportunities and throwing your all at them.  Waiting around for ‘stuff’ to happen or get done is completely counter productive.  Nobody can get stuff done for YOU like you…

Today I’m grateful for…

My team.  I’d be very unproductive without them!

For a better tomorrow we must …

Learn to live in the moment and let the past go.  Carrying baggage isn’t useful.

What is your favourite meal of the day?

Eggs!  I’m an eggs woman.  I’ll start each day with 2 eggs.  It’s a must.  I snack on hummus and carrots a lot.  I LOVE hummus.  I’m also a tea freak and I do love a cup of coffee.  For me, enjoying what I love about food comes down to choice. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world but not everybody loves peaches.

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Be sure to give this crowd favourite of Nat's a go, and let Nat know what you think! 

5 minute super-fertile maca slice

This didn’t last 5 minutes in my house! Whilst it isn’t fructose free, it is free from refined sugars – so as a special treat, I made this for the family this week. It is super easy and you can add in whatever you like! And of course just because it’s called my super-fertility maca slice doesn’t mean you’ll be busting babies all about the place – it does guarantee however you will be one healthy human – because fertility doesn’t necessarily equal babies.

Before we get into it – some of you have asked me just how much Maca you should be having. I say 1/2 – 1tsp daily but I advise many women to take it just for the second half of the cycle. In any case, give it a go – it’s a winner!

You will need 

  • 2 cups of medjool dates
  • 1 cup of loving earth buckinis
  • 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1 tbs maca

For the topping 

  • The darkest rawest chocolate you can find. I love the blackout variety.

In a food processor or thermomix, combine dates and coconut. Once combined, add in buckinis and only blitz a few times to mix through. The base is best rough.
Press into a small baking dish or loaf tin lined with baking paper and allow to set in the fridge.
Melt the chocolate using a double boiler until runny.
Pour over the top of the slice and allow to set.

Slice up, boil the kettle and take 5!

+ you might like to switch-a-roo the base. You could use cacao, chia seeds, cacao butter, acai berries – whatever you desire really!

This didn’t last 5 minutes in my house! Whilst it isn’t fructose free, it is free from refined sugars – so as a special treat, I made this for the family this week. It is super easy and you can add in whatever you like! And of course just because it’s called my super-fertility maca slice doesn’t mean you’ll be busting babies all about the place – it does guarantee however you will be one healthy human – because fertility doesn’t necessarily equal babies.

Before we get into it – some of you have asked me just how much Maca you should be having. I say 1/2 – 1tsp daily but I advise many women to take it just for the second half of the cycle. In any case, give it a go – it’s a winner!

You will need 

  • 2 cups of medjool dates
  • 1 cup of loving earth buckinis
  • 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1 tbs maca

For the topping 

  • The darkest rawest chocolate you can find. I love the blackout variety.

In a food processor or thermomix, combine dates and coconut. Once combined, add in buckinis and only blitz a few times to mix through. The base is best rough.
Press into a small baking dish or loaf tin lined with baking paper and allow to set in the fridge.
Melt the chocolate using a double boiler until runny.
Pour over the top of the slice and allow to set.

Slice up, boil the kettle and take 5!

+ you might like to switch-a-roo the base. You could use cacao, chia seeds, cacao butter, acai berries – whatever you desire really!