And the award for the MOST unsustainable packaged product goes to…

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I often go into supermarkets. They help me see what the advertisers are saying 'we need' and then help me formulate the arguement against. Synchronicity on today's curious little mission as I received this in my inbox from Danielle LaPorte today. Indeed. Those days are over! There is no arguement easier than the one I make today. Today, I saw this... That tiny, thin sachet of plastic with 'fresh herbs' already 'conveniently' chopped? $2.98 Better still - or tragically … [Read more...]

Chill Out

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This morning I came a cross a new "can" of drink called XYZ with "Chill Out" something or other as the tag line. I agree. It is so important to chill out. We do not do it nearly enough and being 'busy' is a modern epidemic we need to turn around just as much as obesity or heart disease. Well, this drink had 26g of sugar per can. I can guarantee you that your body will NOT be able to chill out with 4.5 tsp of sugar poured into it in a 5 minute time frame. So, let's review ways to actually chill … [Read more...]

Do you fall for this food label catch phrase?

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There is many a catch phrase on food packaging. One of the most common is 'no artificial ingredients' or 'additive free'. Do not be fooled. This does not mean you can trust the product and skip reading the ingredients. Exhibit A is a product that had a big "No artificial ingredients or preservatives" on the front. It doesn't matter what the brand was. It's this sort of thing that is still catching well meaning people thinking they're making a better choice. The best choice you can make is to … [Read more...]

Meat Free Week? Consider this instead…

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Meat Free Week is actually based on excellent reasoning, for one part. We eat too much meat in this country. That's the part I love about the meat free week messaging. The bit I'm scared of however, is the bit where a bunch of well meaning people do a meat free week, pat themselves on the back, and then head straight back to the meat they usually buy, which in the case of chicken or pork for example, is 90% factory farmed. Success for treatment of animals? I think, not. Success for health? … [Read more...]

Fermenting Vegetables: The WHY and the HOW basics

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Fermented Vegetables. Cultured Veggies I prefer to say. Whatever it is that you DO call them, they are going crazy right now! Funny thing is they've been around for centuries and pre refrigeration and freezing, were the way to preserving vegetables well into the colder months. The thing about science is however, that we now know for a fact they're worth so much more to us than simply handy preservation. They're a health powerhouse. Know everything about them and want yummy recipes? Click here … [Read more...]

What is aspartame made from?

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What is aspartame actually made from? That question was finally answered recently, when the aspartame patent was made available online recently. Find a copy of itĀ here. After a quick scan you see that it certainly isn't something that is easy to understand or read and therefore there is no way it can be understood by our bodies - that's my rule. If you don't know what it is or understand it, then neither does your body. I was super excited to learn that the G8 was launching an enquiry … [Read more...]

Why organic matters. It’s bigger than you think.

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How on earth do we measure the impact of our daily food choices or just how much organic matters? It's hard to fathom the sheer power we have in shaping the world, because we're constantly told it's 'beyond us'. We are backed into corners of fear, we're bullied into thinking the people that care are 'extreme' or 'fringe'. You've heard me say it many a time, but we CAN do something. It's actually stupidly easy to do something to fix some seriously major global issues such as pesticide … [Read more...]

The Inconvenient Truth about most convenience foods

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There's an inconvenient truth about most convenience foods. It's that convenient often means the cost is elsewhere or down the line as Prince Charles, staunch slow food and ethical food advocate, said in this wonderful pieceĀ earlier this week. Sometimes the convenience is packaged as time, and sometimes as money. Take a look at this convenience item I found in the super market as the perfect example to illustrate this point - this one packaged as a time saver. I'm excluding brand as this is … [Read more...]