Time to detox

Uncategorized Sep 18, 2020

As we continue our Spring Cleansing and Self Care theme, we’re diving into the topic of detoxification and so I thought I’d draw on the expertise of my good friend Kristy Plunkett.

Kristy is from The Wholistic Life – a highly regarded local Naturopath with over 15 years clinical experience and senior lecturer at Torrens University.

Kristy’s passion is helping others restore the natural balance of health, through safe, natural, ethical and sustainable approaches.

Toxins

Every year, we create thousands more poisons, toxins and chemicals that are dangerous to the body.

Their purpose is to speed up the tasks of cleaning, cooking, travelling, producing food and communicating, but we are now eating, drinking, breathing and otherwise ingesting them at alarming levels.

In addition, every chemical process in the body – and we have tens of millions of them happening every minute – produces toxins that need to be effectively eliminated...

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Asparagus, potato and ham soup

Uncategorized Sep 10, 2020

Well, Spring is here. Without a doubt, my favourite season of the year.

Time to move on from our immunity series and dive straight into our next topic: Spring Cleansing and Self Care.

This week I thought I’d focus on one of my all-time favourite foods: asparagus.

Most of us think of asparagus as a delicious, Spring vegetable – one that’s sexy enough to grace every fine dining menu, come early Spring.

And if you’re like me, you may also


have some residual childhood trauma associated with the canned variety – it’s one vegetable that simply doesn’t lend itself to that particular preservation method.

Frankly, I think this should have been more obvious at the time, to whomever came up with the idea!


A prebiotic …

No doubt many of us consider asparagus to be a healthy choice as far as veggies go

If you run in health circles, you’ve probably seen it featured in every ‘top 10’ list of best prebiotic...

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Back to broth

Uncategorized Aug 30, 2020

This week in our immunity series we’re back in my favourite place to find solutions: the kitchen.

 And we’re talking the miracle that is soup… or broth.

Just so you know, I’m steering well-clear of the definition debate (FYI, there’s an all-out war between chefs and nutritionists regarding how they define broth and stock) – I’ve studied in both fields and can see both sides, so am resigned to the using the terms interchangeably.

Theme: Immunity series – Topic: Bone Broth

Meat and fish broths have both been prizedas a ‘cure all’ in traditional cultures. It’s no coincidence that they are central to almost every single regional cuisine. Traditional cultures always consumed the ‘whole’ animal – not just the muscle meat, but the organs and bones too.

Our great grandmothers also recognised the value of broth and how to nourish their families in sickness and in health. The fact...

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Laughter yoga

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2020

Part 2: Laughter Yoga

Last week’s cold shower technique is too commonly relegated to the too-hard basket by beginners.

They tend to underestimate the gain:pain ratio.

If you’re still on the fence, just know that I’m yet to meet someone who committed and had regrets!

This week’s strategy, laughter yoga, which for the uninitiated is the practice of laughing intentionally for no particular reason, draws resistance for the opposite reason.

People mistake its simplicity for inefficacy.

If the ‘no pain, no gain’ adage bears any truth, what could be the point of such silliness?

Why bother, exactly?

Well the current research is beginning to show that laughter, regardless of whether it’s genuine or forced, has some serious potential in terms of modulating the immune system, improving mood and reducing pain and stress.

What’s noteworthy, especially in the midst of flu season, is that laughter has been shown to up-regulate the...

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Cold Showers have more than one use

Uncategorized Aug 13, 2020

This week, as part of our immunity series, I thought I’d venture out of the kitchen and into the domain of simple, accessible, free and (mostly) enjoyable lifestyle hacks.

I’ve been searching for some of the most effective in terms of boosting overall health and immunity and especially those techniques supported by genuine research.

I’ve always found myself gravitating towards health strategies that are truly empowering.

One of the most frustrating things to witness in the health and wellbeing sector is the heavily marketed notion that the latest gadget, the most expensive test, or the most elaborate supplement regime or powdered superfood is a prerequisite for good health.

Obviously, these things have their place, however the pathway to good health doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.

Very often it’s simply a matter of adopting certain habits which, if practiced consistently over time, produce surprisingly impressive results.

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A little ray of sunshine

Uncategorized Aug 05, 2020

In this, the second part in our immunity theme, we’re discussing ways to optimise vitamin D levels.

In recent years, research has uncovered the central role that vitamin D plays in regulating our immune function.

Indeed, it’s one of the most important nutrients in this domain and deficiency is associated with an increased susceptibility to infection and autoimmunity.

Unsurprisingly, several studies have now highlighted associations between low vitamin D and increased risk of both COVID-19 infection and complications.

Theme: Immunity

Topic: Eating your Vitamin D

When we think of obtaining vitamin D, most of us think “sunshine”.

However, multiple factors can interfere with our skin’s ability to manufacture this nutrient and it’s important to know what they are if you’re relying predominantly on this source.

Unfortunately, the anti-sun campaign has resulted in the pendulum swinging the other way, with 1 in 4 Australians having...

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The humblest superfood

Uncategorized Jul 28, 2020

Greetings Coasties

If you watch our weekly [email protected] bulletin on Fridays, you may recognise me as the former news anchor. I was tempted to joke about being a woman of many talents, but then it dawned on me that it’s only ever been food, or talking, or some combination of the two.

In any case, I’m hoping this column will inspire you with regards to the former.

It’s been a lifelong obsession for me, food that is (not talking) and one that has had me traipsing around the world on many adventures.

I even have some credentials to speak of.

Firstly, I’m a clinically trained nutritionist and wholefoods chef.

Secondly, I’m a mum, which brings a dose of humility and realism to one’s health advice!

Yes, that’s right, I’ll be leading you in some “from-scratch” healthy cooking, among other things, but I promise to arm you with plenty of tips to make it achievable – and delicious.

Afterall, I’m a diehard foodie, at...

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Healthy Tiramisu: Wholefood bliss!

healthy sweets Jan 24, 2018

I’m sad to have finished the recipe testing for this one. Granted, it may have triggered a temporary relapse into coffee addiction. (After 15 years of virtual abstinence!) But we had such a nice little routine going in our house for several weeks there. Breakfast, a bit of work around the farm, then a mid-morning slice of healthy tiramisu. It was nourishing on many levels. Self-care for the soul. And I started to cherish and keenly anticipate the ritual. (Might have been the addiction talking.)

I finally worked out why this recipe is such a revelation.. it’s kind of show-stopping (you’ll see)! One idea that we explore in depth in my program, is that nutrient dense foods are actually the most flavourful. And that our taste buds are in fact, engineered to discern and savour nutritional complexity – at least, once we return to our intended diet of real food. Fresh veggies, from mineral-rich soils are worlds apart from the supermarket stuff, for example. Even...

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How to embrace seasonal eating: my tips from the road

Embracing seasonal eating isn’t just an attempt to reconnect with nature. It’s one of the simplest ways to radically improve the quality of your food. And by default, you’re reducing grocery bills, packaging and food miles, all whilst supporting local farmers. That’s because seasonal food is fresh, local food. The type that our grandparents, and indeed all our ancestors, thrived on.

This post is part of our Traditional food tour through Europe.
We’re still in Frankfurt, Germany.

Seasonal eating in Australia

Thanks to the dwindling food culture – the price of convenience for our parent’s generation, we’ve really lost touch with eating this way. Most Australians shop predominantly at their local supermarket instead of markets or farmgate stalls, as is the norm in Europe. There’s certainly more of an inherent understanding over here, that all foods, including meats, have a season.

Spargel berries
Beautiful fresh asparagus we found at a...
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Easy Rose Petal Vinegar: Your skin will drink it.

Two things sprung to mind when I spied the red roses growing outside our new country home. Rose petal jam. Rose petal vinegar. The latter won, as it turned out. It’s been far too long since I made a floral or herbal vinegar. And Spring seemed like the perfect time, with fresh salads stealing the lion’s share of the menu. Having a few novelty dressing additions on hand, never goes astray.

Flowers and fresh salads. I LOVE this time of year!

The wonderful thing about rose petal vinegar is that it’s equally at home in your bathroom cabinet and pantry. Well, to be honest, my entire beauty routine originates from the pantry anyway, so nothing special here.

Roses & vinegar: allies in beauty

As an ex-beauty therapist, I have a long-standing appreciation for roses. Their extensive list of active constituents and healing properties mean they have unparalleled scope when it comes to treating skin issues. You’ll see it recommended for dry skin, inflamed skin, acne...

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