She does WHAT?

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So there's this girl I know... She microwaves popcorn and eats the whole thing in one sitting. It kind of seems to make her cough. She doesn't seem to wonder about that, though. Her idea of a quick meal, is the kind where you pour the contents of a sachet into a bowl, add milk and microwave for 3 minutes 50 on high and add some chopped zucchini for the last minute. She smokes a lot. Nearly a pack a day. She 'really enjoys it' so she's not quitting any time soon although she promised her … [Read more...]

My 5 simple tricks to get through sweet cravings

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So I'm 10 days through my '30 days clean' challenge I do at the fitness studio I go to, Flow Athletic in Sydney. We give up chocolate, coffee, alcohol, anything processed, any processed carbs or sugars, cakes, biscuits and we ensure we move our body a variety of ways 5 times a week and do 10K walking every day. We're allowed all real, unprocessed foods and what works best for us in that realm... There's no 'diet' other than the real food way. Being a rather healthy person I still find it hard … [Read more...]

Lifting the lid on sea salt hair sprays… And a chemical free DIY salt hair spray recipe

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There was a time I too used to buy a salt texture spray for my hair. It's awesome stuff for wavey hair to help it look 'done' rather than lazily 'let go'. That was a time before I realised what crazy stuff went into personal care products. The hair category is by no means exempt from the craziness. I thought I'd head back and look at the spray I used to use and run it through the chemical maze app (download the full version for $10 odd AUD, to help you shop more safely. it's awesome) I … [Read more...]

Plastic Free July – Do it! It’s time.

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Plastic free July. This is not about egos or being too busy to 'take on new stuff'. It's not about 'oh but my beloved glad wrap or zip locks'... It's about taking a month to explore a new way that quite literally means we hand down our planet in better shape than it is, to our kids. Who doesn't want to be a part of that incredibly positive collective action step. I never really considered myself 'an activist' because I didn't feel comfortable with the stereotype - the guy hanging off a … [Read more...]

Going the half hog with your healthy business?

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There I was... Trying out a trendy new wholefoods destination nearby. Gorgeous presentation, Great bulk bins to buy little bits of this and that without plastic packaging - so far so good! So I thought I'd sample their vegan beetroot brownie and get a piccolo decaf - my daggy coffee order, hopefully redeemed by the 'piccolo' chicness? Maybe? It all looked divine and I so wanted a delicious little reflection spot to work on a number of ideas that had been swimming around in my head of … [Read more...]

My 5 favourite bicarb uses

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There are so many things bicarb is good for when it comes to cleaning. You can learn all about what bicarb actually is, HERE. Here are my current 5 favourites ways to use this magical stuff. 1. Makes a paste for a 'pre wash whitening', for arm pits and collars of white clothes.  Mix 2 tbsp bicarb and 4 -6 tbsp water and scrub collars and arm pits with a tooth brush and the paste. Then leave for an hour and wash as normal. I have a white dress that I have done this with twice now and it works … [Read more...]

Really? The ‘worst’ fad diets are Paleo and I quit Sugar?

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The noise about food on the interwebs can get so loud sometimes. Eat this, don't eat that, do this don't do that... But today, when I read that the British Dietician's Association rated Paleo and quitting sugar among the worst extreme diets, well, I just had to laugh. Read the article here. The fact that these ways of eating are on a list that included the 'drink your own urine' diet is craziness. Why are all the packets of weirdness on the shelves not targeted as 'extreme' and 'crazy' … [Read more...]

Lifting the lid on Teflon in your child’s uniform

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Yesterday was the discovery of Teflon technology where I never expected it to turn up, when excitedly picking up my little man's very first school uniform. If you've read my post on Teflon (READ HERE TO GET UP TO SPEED about everywhere teflon makes it's way into) then you'll also know that DuPont the company who produces the technology have been forced to get it out of their non stick coatings by 2015. While the material replacing it is still frought with doubt by environmental schientists, it … [Read more...]