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...]

Vague symptoms and endless searching?

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This week I invite Martin Mayer, Biomedical scientist of Concept Holistic Health, to dig up a case study of 'vagueness'. I hear so many of you who have made all the changes away from industrial foods, more veggies, good physical activity, and sometimes, it just isn't enough to get to the heart of the matter. You are absolutely not alone. I have been there myself and I cannot stress enough, the importance of learning more about your own biochemistry. Food is medicine but if there is an … [Read more...]

Ultra Crunchy Gluten free Biscuits – or cookies

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These are super crunchy biscuits or cookies depending on where you are in the world. Crunch is something you often miss as a gluten free person but there's absolutely no need if you get a couple of cracker and biscuit recipes up your sleeve to fill the void. I hope you enjoy them. NOTE: If your batter looks too liquidy, just add a 1/4 cup of nut meal or dessicated coconut to thicken it up a bit.   What you'll need 1 cup tapioca flour 1/2 cup softened butter (or coconut oil) … [Read more...]

Chocolate Custard

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Custard is such an easy thing to get happening at a moment's notice and chocolate custard is always a winner. We were off to friends' tonight for dinner and our arrangement is 'we bring cocktails and dessert' and you do mains and sides. Problem was, I had so little time between a yoga class, a birthday party my little man was invited to, and then the BBQ... What was a girl to do? I came up with a new dessert to fit the time poor factor. If you're really time poor just do the custard and serve … [Read more...]

Chill Out

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This morning I came a cross a new "can" of drink called XYZ with "Chill Out" something or other as the tag line. I agree. It is so important to chill out. We do not do it nearly enough and being 'busy' is a modern epidemic we need to turn around just as much as obesity or heart disease. Well, this drink had 26g of sugar per can. I can guarantee you that your body will NOT be able to chill out with 4.5 tsp of sugar poured into it in a 5 minute time frame. So, let's review ways to actually chill … [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...]

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...]