I love a woman who can openly and unadhamedly speak aloud about such topics as ovulation, periods, and how evil 'the pill' is.
Seriously, it takes guts to take a stand when there's so much fluff flying around us.
The work that Nat's doing in the world is seriously changing lives- I should know, a few of my clients swear by her.
She's empowering woman to become one again with their bodies, to embrace the rhythms and cycles of nature, and to trust in the flow of life ('scuse the pun).Ultimately- in my humble opinion- she's reminding women that it's safe and okay to be a woman in the world.
And she may not know this, but she's a fellow Chakra Two healer, and for that reason alone, I kinda dig her...
Sum up your mission in one sentence.
I'm on a crusade to educate all women about fertility and health. Last year I wrote my ebook Fertilise Yourself with the vision of helping couples become parents by putting the best, most fertile version of themselves forward. But something happened in the process - I realised I didn't need to convince these people that they needed to get healthy. I realised that it was the younger versions of themselves that needed to know how to lay the best foundation starting for their youngest years. This meant reaching out to young women and educating them on the effects of the pill, poor diet and lifestyle habits as well as helping them decode the messages their bodies were telling them. Fertility isn't about babies, it's about being reproductively healthy. It's been a wonderful ride - I've been buckled in all year! Oh... that was supposed to be one sentence! Hilarious.
Can you share with us one of your most vulnerable moments (and in hindsight, what made it so beautiful?).
Oh - thanks for making me stop are reflect! When my voice started being heard, I suddenly found myself trying to squeeze into the 'wellness' mould. It took me a while to realise, I just had to be me, not anybody else and that in doing so, I was going to be challenged, but that was ok. Because if what I wasn't saying didn't challenge people, I wasn't making my voice heard.
What turns you on?
Presenting fertility and wellness information and igniting peoples insides to become the best version of themselves.
What makes your blood boil?
The lack of truth delivered to us by medical bodies and the complete disconnection between health and wellness and how our bodies speak to us.
How do you define confidence?
Believing in yourself so much and knowing your purpose. Sure - it needs constant tweaking - but the foundation begins here.
When was the last time you experienced pure, unadulterated joy? Can you give us the juicy details?
My job is totally rewarding. But I think amazing joy last came with our last hospital visit for our son (who has cystic fibrosis) when the doctor looked at ask and told me 'this is how you son is Nat, you don't necessarily need to wait for him to be 'sick.' He is a child with CF who is very healthy." I can't tell you - I'd never thought of it this way. My son may have a genetic disorder but so what! He's healthy and that is all that matters. I stopped waiting for him to be sick (reality is, he rarely is). It was pretty amazing - I almost pee'd.
What makes you feel most ENLIVENED?
My love language is affirmations. My inbox enlivens me - people reaching out and sharing their stories. How lucky am I that I'm making a difference.Also sitting in front of a camera (say for healthtalks) ignites something in me because I realise I'm reaching out and talking about things people wouldn't necessarily have a chance to know about.
Combining my passions with a business I love makes me feel ...
complete. There is no other way I could see myself fulfilling my dream.
Few people know this about me, but I ...
don't like it when things match. I like irregularity.
I secretly wish I could ...
spend a day with the Richie family. (you know, Lionel, Nicole... I'm a little obsessed) We'd sit around the piano and sing and talk about dress up's. How fun!
To me, the words 'Such Different Skies' mean ...
I love this - I've been thinking about this title for a while because it has so many meanings. But for me it's a breath of fresh air - such a different journey to 'what it could have been.' Head up high - focusing on the vision of what you want, not what you don't. Love.
Natalie Kringoudis is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturist, Natural Fertility Educator and Author.Nat’s belief in the benefits of alternative therapies saw her establish her own Women’s Health and Natural Fertility in Melbourne, The Pagoda Tree, in 2003.The birth of Natalie's first child - daughter Olivia - further fuelled her love for natural health and home living and revealed to her an entirely new treatment perspective – integrating the western medical approach with alternative therapies, Chinese medicine and natural fertility methods.Natalie's expertise in fertility and natural medicine has been featured in many publications, including Marie Claire, Cosmo Health, Cosmo Pregnancy and Body + Soul, and she has appeared on The Morning Show as their Natural Health expert. She has now gone onto produce & co-host her own web series, healthtalks and written two books – and e-book, Fertilise Yourself and co-wrote Eat Fat, Be Thin.Natalie's passion is educating women on the use of alternative therapies and nutrition and provides her expert insight on her website, www.melbournenaturalfertility.com.au with up to the minute information on health and fertility, as well as recipes for healthy living and wellness.