Does pigging out stretch my stomach?

Your stomach is very stretchy and can handle the occasional large meal. However do this regularly and it will remain out of shape and hamper digestion. Grazers rather than gorgers live longer and have less digestive problems!

Should I drink milk before alcohol to line my stomach?

Milk is the number one allergen (and many of us are not aware of our intolerances) so it could make you feel worse. Instead, eat some healthy carbs before going out. If you are running late eat a large banana. Drink lots of water before and after every glass of alcohol and drink slowly. To prevent a hangover also take 2g of vitamin C and a heaped teaspoonful of glutamine powder before bed. Do the same on rising and take B complex vitamins (ideally in a liquid form) with a nutritious breakfast.

If I eat all my chocolate in one sitting will I put on less weight?

There is an element of truth in this as you will gain less weight from one day of overdoing it to a steady stream of excess. You might not feel so good though…

Is a water fast the quickest way to detox after the holidays?

Certainly quick but probably painful and potentially dangerous. Instead, as well as drinking plenty of water try eating a healthy diet with plenty of raw fruit and vegetables for a safe and gentle detox.


Michelle is a practicing nutritionist. Michelle’s specialities include fertility treatments,weight loss, skin problems and supporting patients with cancer through their chemotherapy, radiation and any hormone treatment plus optimising their diet and lifestyle going forward to prevent reoccurence. She can be contacted at

Michelle Toocaram

Michelle Toocaram

Michelle Toocaram has been a natural therapist for over 20 years. She has a life long interest in health and natural medicine and has trained extensively in both the UK and Australia. She graduated from the Dorothy Hall College of Herbal Medicine with distinction. Dorothy Hall is Australia's most well known herbalist with over 40 years of professional practice and teaching and the author of many leading books on the subject. She also founded the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, which regulates natural therapists.

Michelle studied in the UK with both the School of Phytotherapy and the Self Heal School. She also had a Diploma in Iridology from the Independent School of Iridology.

Michelle also studied Journey Therapy with Brandon Bays and is an accredited Journey Practitioner.

Advanced Diploma (Dorothy Hall) Classical Herbal Medicine

Diploma of Iridology

Diploma of Anatomy & Physiology

Accredited Journey Practitioner

Diploma of Remedial Massage

Member Australian Traditional Medicine Society

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