10 things I sometimes enjoy that aren’t ‘Wholefood Organic’ and why I’m not a fan of 80/20 thinking

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I've never loved the whole 80/20 vibe or undertone. It seems to imply to me that 80% is the non fun part, and 20% is where you get to 'have fun', enjoy and and not care at all about what you're eating. It seems to slow down the 'get on the real food train' speed by implying we have to be 'good' ie not really enjoy ourselves 80% of the time. I feel like this stops us from looking at the big picture and seeing that there is loads of delicious fun to be had in the world of real healthy food. Plus, … [Read more...]

Creamy dairy free digestif cocktail

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It might surprise you to know that I was creating drinks recipes long before food ones. I used to be a cocktail bartender and ran an amazing little cocktail bar in Sydney's Potts Point, since closed - what a way to make one feel a little old, right? I went on to write lists for others, including my amazing friend Christine Manfield, one of Australia's most celebrated chefs and the beautiful Gourmet Traveller magazine. Fun times. BUT, what can I say? The work I have chosen to do in its place - … [Read more...]

Going LOW TOX in the context of reproductive health

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This week, we're talking reproduction.  I welcome biomedical scientist Martin Mayer back to discuss why infertility is on the rise, along with a very interesting case study of a woman with a peculiar long term reproductive 'region' illness. The thing that will strike you hopefully too here, is that the problem isn't a difficult one to articulate. The solution isn't either. That's the scary part. Why is this sort of thing not front page news? This post is not in any way designed to offend or … [Read more...]

Zinc – Is it an issue for you or your kids?

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I love doctors. Because I have a natural, preventative focused blog it might seem I don't, but a good doctor is one to have in your wellness help tool kit, no doubt. I sat in Dr Annabel Stuckey's office last year discussing my son's poo - as you do! He had minor behavioral issues that had crept up at the same time as the poo was getting out of control, and so, we were there to fix it all because I just knew they were linked. Dr Stuckey is a doctor on the Mindd Foundation registry. She asked a … [Read more...]

Silky smooth cauliflower puree

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I had to write an emergency blog. This cauliflower puree was so, so very smooth and I just wanted to share exactly what I did.   What you'll need (serves 4-5) 1 medium head of cauliflower 1/3 cup coconut cream (or whole cream if you eat it) salt optional: add a tablespoon butter   What to do Thermomix: Set your timer to 18 minutes, temperature Varoma, an inch or two of water in the bottom, steamer basket in place. Once it's going, cut all your cauliflower into small … [Read more...]

When cold and flu isn’t what’s really wrong

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Are you or is someone you know always getting a cold or flu? It's great if yes, that you might be trying to treat them naturally, build your immune system and get stronger, but what if you're physically doomed to get repeatedly sick? What if the real issue wasn't the cold or flu but something deeper. I used to get sick all the time in my 20s and that also happened to co-incide with when my PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) was at its most severe in terms of symptom manifestation. How are the … [Read more...]

Vanilla Bean Short Bread biscuits

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I'd made a chocolate short crust pastry for chocolate custard tart recipe I blogged exclusively for subscribers - Don't worry if you aren't one yet. Sign up and you'll receive it in the next couple of newsletters if you missed out! Anyway, not one to waste a dirty thermomix bowl, I wondered about another quick thing I could mix up to save a bowl washing. These biscuits were thus born. Now, you absolutely don't need a thermomix for these. Some beaters, a food processor or even the old school … [Read more...]

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...]