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Real Life Medicine

How can we help you?

We are Dr Mary Barson and Dr Lucy Burns. We are passionate about helping you improve your health through holistic weight loss strategies that make it easy, so you can achieve long-lasting weight loss. 

So if you have tried every diet under the sun - including the cabbage diet, the soup diet, Weight Watchers and Noom, (we know, we tried them too! 🙈) then we can help you with long lasting weight loss- done the healthy way. 


Real Health

Our Food

We promote a whole food, low carbohydrate way of eating. This has been scientifically proven to reduce weight, improve inflammation, and reverse many cases of diabetes. The food is delicious and we can guarantee, you won't be hungry! We also get into the guts of gut health, an emerging area that is clearly important to our health.

Our Mind

Weight loss psychology is so important! We empower you to harness your mind - the most powerful tool in the quest for good health. We get to the heart of emotional eating. Imagine if you no longer fell victim to emotional eating. We teach you how to change your mindset, your habits, and offer you the ultimate reward of food freedom!

Our Environment

In this fast-paced world of pressure and deadlines, our bodies and brains are suffering.
Sleep, sunshine and social connection all affect our health and wellbeing. We explain the science behind this, and help you reconnect to the things that are important to optimise your health. Understanding cortisol is the key to long term sustainable weight loss.

Disaster Looming

There is a tsunami of chronic disease heading our way that threatens our health, our lives, and our community. We are experiencing record numbers of obesity, diabetes and chronic inflammation. We are flooded with depression, anxiety, stress and poor self-worth. We are tired, hungry and over-wrought. We are surviving but not thriving. This deluge of long term chronic health conditions will bankrupt our health system, but more importantly hurt us, our families and our friends. Something has to change!

Real Change is Possible

The exciting thing is that we have the ability to change our health path. 
At Real Life Medicine, as holistic weight loss doctors, we are here to help guide you. We will empower you to reclaim your health and live your life on your terms.
We offer real solutions to tackle weight loss and chronic metabolic health conditions. 
We address the physiological drive to eat using a real food low carbohydrate approach. Then we tackle the psychological drivers and get to the root cause of overwhelm. We do this with kindness, compassion and support. You can lose weight and reclaim your health!

About Us

Dr Mary Barson

Doctor, Biochemist, Mindset Coach, Hypnotherapist 

Dr Mary Barson has an honours degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in addition to being a doctor. She has extensive knowledge of body systems! She is also qualified in clinical hypnosis and has extensive experience in compassion-based therapy. Dr Mary also walks the walk, having addressed her own metabolic health following a diagnosis of PCOS, by adopting a low carbohydrate real food lifestyle. 

Dr Lucy Burns

Doctor, Lifestyle Medicine Physician, Mindset Coach, Hypnotherapist 

Dr Lucy Burns is passionate about helping women lose weight and reclaim their health. She was overweight and an "expert yo-yo dieter", until it all stopped "working". Addressing her mindset was the key to changing her lifestyle and making healthy habits permanent. She has extensive training in this area and her analogies are well known!

Free Resources

The Doctors' Guide to Understanding Weight Loss

Imagine everything you were told about weight loss was wrong! Our free e-book is your first step on the path to stopping yo-yo dieting and achieving sustainable weight loss. It explains why and how metabolic hormones are driving fat storage, what macronutrients are, what you need to eat to lose weight, and why food is medicine.


Nourish yourself well. A Free Downloadable Hypnosis Session

Dr Lucy and Dr Mary are both trained in hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is a powerful tool to unlock some of your subconscious blocks. It's a beautifully relaxing process that has wonderful health benefits aside from the actual hypnotic suggestions. Get your free hypnosis recording... and no we won't have you quacking like a duck!


How to Stop After Dinner Snacking.

This e-book was written by popular request. So many people have trouble with snacking after dinner. Their only tool is to berate themselves and try again the next day..or the next week... or sometimes the next month. This book explains the reasons behind after dinner snacking and gives you some tools to manage it, so you don't undo all the hard work you did in the day.


The Real Health and Weight Loss Podcast

The Real Health and Weight Loss Podcast gives you real advice from real doctors to help you lose weight and revolutionise your health.

Real health and weight loss is a journey and we, your hosts Dr Mary Barson and Dr Lucy Burns from Real Life Medicine, are here with you every step of the way.

We are here to bust through some myths and give you actionable advice.

You can change your future starting now!


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Cooking, Coaching & Conversations

Cooking, Coaching & Conversations with Dr Lucy Burns is live on Facebook each Tuesday night at 6pm (AET). Dr Lucy whips up quick and easy low carb food that the whole family will love. See Dr Lucy's latest creations below.

Non-Apple Crumble

Dr Lucy shows how easy it is to make a sweet, nutritious gooey winter dessert that is low carb. The kids will love this! You will love this! A delicious finale to any meal!


Low Carb Pancakes

Thanks to Thermo Foodie & the Chef for this easy, delicious, low carb recipe! Why not have these with a couple of eggs for breakfast? You'll be ready to take on the day! This is also a fabulous recipe for parents and grandparents wanting to move away from sugary processed "treats" for the kids.


Mince Beef Stroganoff

Join Dr Lucy for a really easy twist on the classic beef stroganoff. You'll love how this recipe shows that even when you are tired and time-poor, cooking an evening meal doesn't have to be a complicated ordeal. This recipe is a classic for making the helpful thing easy!


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