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...]

Park Hill Garlic

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Welcome to the 2013 Park Hill Garlic season. If you know this stuff of the gods then hop straight over to the order form. Or read on to learn the little story. Last year, my mother in law decided to make use of her beautiful bit of land in the Southern Highlands in New South Wales. It was time to add to the dogs, cat and chooks and grow a bit of produce for sale - my inner hippy got very excited at the prospect of this and pitched in to help make it happen as did the rest of the family and … [Read more...]

Mindful eating

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In the 45 minutes duration of my son's soccer lesson recently, I witnessed mini packets of shapes, rice wheels, grain waves, potato stix, biscuits with lollies stuck to them, cupcakes, juice poppers all being enjoyed by younger siblings. It was between 9.45am and 10.30am. No children asked for food at any point. All were offered it by parents incessantly. All went on to do other things while eating, such as scootering, running, climbing a tree, while eating the snacks. I therefore wanted to … [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 piece 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...]

35 Real Food & Low Tox Living Travel Tips

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I've spent 48.5 hours in the air in the past 2.5 weeks and 12 hours in waiting lounges, thus the real food & low tox travel tips. It was an amazing solo trip visiting family in NYC and Paris. How lucky to have such a good reason to make the trek and enjoy life on the other side of the world for a couple of weeks! It can be difficult to stay healthy through the airport lounges and up in the air, if you're not prepared and if you've got any food intolerances or allergies? Good luck! Even if … [Read more...]

Food Revolution Day 2013

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The Jamie Oliver Food Revolution day, while of course created by the awesome Jamie, is a symbol for so much more than one person's mission. It's a symbol for all the efforts, the many movements, initiatives, grants, education programs, farmers' markets and people making a difference when it comes to getting the essential message of Real Food out there in the world. It's a day for doing, not just thinking we should do something. There are still too many people going through life completely … [Read more...]

Fresh Coconuts vs Twisties… Debating the weirdness of snacks.

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It's happened many times that our choice of snack has been deemed weird at the park. A half avocado with sea salt and a spoon for scooping, carrot sticks, cucumber, cold roast sweet potato, a home made muffin or cake such as this ... Easy, simple and yummy bits to tide you over if it's a few hours between meals. It seems once your child is one, their snacks should come from packets. These days with an uber active nearly 4 year old, I often bring a coconut. It's so easy and inexpensive and you … [Read more...]