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...]

Epic salad

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I've had a busy week of workshops and have decided to run with the theme of making the absolute most out of beautiful, natural ingredients by showing just how satisfying and 'epic' a salad can be. We humans crave the "new". I've been thinking of late it's because we used to be nomads and there was always a new plant to explore, or animal to catch... Food marketers of course give us 'new' stuff all the time, but their playing on our desire to be continually excited by food, leads us down a … [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...]

And the award for the MOST unsustainable packaged product goes to…

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I often go into supermarkets. They help me see what the advertisers are saying 'we need' and then help me formulate the arguement against. Synchronicity on today's curious little mission as I received this in my inbox from Danielle LaPorte today. Indeed. Those days are over! There is no arguement easier than the one I make today. Today, I saw this... That tiny, thin sachet of plastic with 'fresh herbs' already 'conveniently' chopped? $2.98 Better still - or tragically … [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...]

Buy Nothing New Curry – Vegetarian / Vegan

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I love that I'm writing this up on world vegetarian day! No matter what style of diet or nutritional 'box' you might put yourself in, we could all make more room for veggies! This got dubbed the 'buy nothing new curry' because the veggies used for it resembled bits and pieces fit for the compost bin. BUT, I like to push the envelop and reduce waste wherever and whenever possible, so I decided, on a night when my boys were out for dinner, that I'd make the curry for myself and test it. Oh how my … [Read more...]

5 lessons from my eco adventure to the Fraser Coast

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I cannot believe it's been a month since I saw this incredible sight below, on my eco adventure in Queensland. I was invited by the wonderful Tourism Queensland team, following on from the problogger conference on the Gold Coast. I initially thought to myself "I'm not a travel writer, what on earth am I going to write about?" I certainly didn't want to write something that you guys would find out of context. Then as you do at 3 in the morning, one night, the clarity came: I was reminded of a few … [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...]