natural products

Switching to natural products and chemical-free living

It’s been around a decade since I started looking for natural products and trying to eliminate as many chemicals from our home as I could. To begin with, it was about protecting the kids (isn’t that always the first motivation for women to make changes?) Later though, it became about my health as well – reducing risk factors that contribute …

Practicing gratitude when times are tough

Well, hello 2016. I’m glad to see you. Before we get too far into this new relationship though, I feel I need to mark a line in the sand where the last one has ended. I feel a need to close off what was, before I can look fully and optimistically to what will be. I wish I could say how wonderful 2015 …

Why every woman needs to know about her thyroid

Read a list of symptoms for hypothyroidism and you’d be forgiven for thinking it was simply a list any woman might have written at the end of another busy week. Fatigue, brain fog, feeling cold, weight gain or an inability to lose weight, mood changes, depression or anxiety, hair loss, dry skin – all symptoms women routinely dismiss as a …

Books you must read for more health and happiness in 2015

One of the greatest joys in life are books and the opportunity to absorb information, lessons and beauty from them. Call me old-fashioned, but I love the feel of real paper in my hands, and just cannot take to using an electronic device to read with. I always have a large pile of books on the go. My bedside table …

Easy quinoa recipe ideas

Every Sunday I put a saucepan of quinoa on the cook because I know it will save me having to think about half-a-dozen meals or so during the week. As it’s a complete protein, I use it instead of meat for dinners and lunches, and I often have it for breakfast as it’s already prepped and ready to go. It’s …

Five tips for when you’re too busy

If you’re waiting for life to slow down all by itself, with no intervention on your part, you’re going to be a busy lady for a long time. I know that feeling, when you keep spinning your wheels, telling yourself you’ll relax when it’s all done and dusted. That you’ll have a break soon, when things aren’t so busy. That …

No-cook, sugar-free jam

It’s been a long time since I bought jam, as we don’t eat it, but this sugar-free jam is a treat worth keeping in the fridge on the occasions you feel like it, or if you’re a jam fan. The supermarket varieties are just loaded with sugar, as are traditional home-made versions too, and if I’m going to opt for a …

Healthy vanilla biscuits (GF, SF)

Most Sundays I will be in the kitchen for an hour or so baking for the week ahead, and almost always there will be a batch of biscuits involved, like these little healthy vanilla biscuits. The kids take a baked good of some description to school every day, and hubby is partial to a bickie too just quietly, so they …

Aim for progress, not perfection

A former client sent me a lovely letter the other day, updating me on how she was going (she’s going great by the way. Bloody phenomenal actually!). She mentioned at the end of her note that she loved hearing that I sometimes slip up on my journey to healthier living – that it made her feel better to hear I was …

Real fastfood: Bone broth

Once upon a time, I thought home-made stocks were something that only chefs bothered with. I was under the impression they were time-consuming and tricky. Turns out that bone broth is the easiest thing in the world to make, and one of the best things you can have in your fridge or freezer for maintaining your immune system. Homemade bone broth, …