Don’t let the fungi take over!

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Fungal infections… That oh so NOT sexy sounding thing that does however hit quite a few of us at some point in our lives. We’re tackling this topic in my new ‘geek out corner’ with many more interesting topics to come. It's no secret I'm a science nerd, nor is it a secret that I've had my fair share of health challenges in my time. I am delighted to have Martin Mayer, Biomedical scientist from Concept Holistic Health, shed a little light on these tiny things and why, if not kept in check, they … [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 it 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...]

My Fridge Exposed

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My hippy fridge - despite being an inner city apartment dweller - is most often packed to the rafter with hippy, home made goodness so here it is... for anyone who's curiosity is piqued by such things: I give you my fridge!   You've most probably heard me go on about stock now before. I live what I teach I tell you, as you can see by my dated jar stash in the fridge with chicken and fish stocks on the go at the moment! Read about stock here. Coconut cream - Couldn't get my AYAM … [Read more...]

Get REAL on body image

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REAL. Is it a word being over used these days? I don't think it's being used enough yet and possibly least of all when it comes to body image, never mind food and personal care products (for a change). Question at every turn: Is this REAL? If the answer is no, then ask Why am I buying it? Why am I trying to live up to it? Why do I really need *it* and how exactly is it making me happier? It makes no sense how we can be bitching about a photoshop image in a magazine one minute and then … [Read more...]

Lifting the lid on Green Washing

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There is a flood of "green" products coming out onto the market but the question is this: Is it really that much better for us and the environment OR is it "Green Wash" and are you being had? Some really are as green as the label suggests and some are cashing in on the movement, so we need to take our fine toothed combs into 'eco land' too, annoyingly! I forgot our BYO hippie shampoo for the little guy after swimming the other day and then saw "Organic / Eco Fresh" product range in the … [Read more...]

Make your own natural air freshener

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Today, I got into a taxi. It was a beautiful, clean and new taxi. An overwhelming smell of bubblegum air came over me as the door shut though and I was trapped. I asked if he had on of those 'plugged in' air freshener thingies on and he said no. It was like that when he picked it up for his shift and he couldn't find where the smell was coming from. I had to tell him why this was dangerous for him to be working in this environment for hours at a time with no fresh air. Pthalates are a very … [Read more...]

Natural Whipped Body Butter

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Natural whipped body butter. It's as awesome as it sounds. I haven't used a store bought body moisturiser for a good few years now. Hideously over priced, pthalates which disrupt our hormones hiding in the 'fragrance' ingredient, parabens, phenoxyethanol, unsustainable sulphates, petroleum based ingredients. I mean seriously. It's a beautiful day when you stop listening to the marketing and start looking at the facts  While there are some gorgeous toxic free body moisturisers out there, I … [Read more...]

It’s just a treat… or is it?

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Firstly, I'll say this is not an attack on Kidspot - a couple of their writers are great and some of the content... while I'm not a parent blog or family writer per say, the fact that I have a child and generally feel quite justice driven towards the next generation and future of our planet (who me?), then yes, I will write about parenting issues related to my topics of interest when it fits, of course. So when I see this recipe in a mainstream publication, I get sad. Have a quick look at … [Read more...]