When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong

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The title is a line from Dirty Dancing... The Dad at the end...  Anyone?  Jokes aside... This post has me a little nervous, a little angry at my slip on the detective front and a little excited all at once, helping me get clear on exactly what I believe in and my commitment to being transparent about what I recommend and what I know about what I recommend. Today I was reminded of something I'm often reminded of, and that is that you never stop learning. There is always something new. I'm … [Read more...]

Banoffee Pie – Gluten free, Dairy Free

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A healthy banoffee pie. Is it possible? One without condensed milk or gram crackers or brown sugar? Yes. Yes, it is. It's even possible to be completely dairy free and low fructose. If you know from my facebook community, every now and then I put a call out for a naughty processed / refined recipe that people would love to healthify. This time, Banoffee Pie came out on top of the 140 answers! I hope you love it. Once the components are made, it's super simple to put together. The whole … [Read more...]

Boycott the Tick

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So... The Heart Foundation Tick. One of the first things I looked at when 'detoxing my food' for the first time about 10 years ago now, was my mayonnaise in the fridge. My low fat mayonnaise to be precise. Oh. My. God. What is IN that stuff? Mayonnaise is made from eggs, olive oil, a little vinegar / lemon juice and some salt. That's what's in mayo. If you want to see what's in stuff that sits on a supermarket shelf, then look no further than this fabulously dry, digging post by 'real food … [Read more...]

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...]