Being bad…

I would hate for you to have the wrong idea. I know there are a lot of show reels online – people showing the best highlights of their life – so in the interests of keeping it real, I’ll happily confess I’m no saint. I’m no Mother of the Year, no gourmet super-foodie, no poster girl of health. I don’t …

A healthy chocolate dipping sauce

Sometimes you just need chocolate. Right? One of the worst misconceptions of healthy eating is that it’s boring and no fun. It’s anything but. By my reckoning, I’ve eaten more chocolate and treat food since switching to a wholefood diet than I ever did before then. The truth is, there are a gazillion sweet treats you can have that actually have …

Beauty, skin cancer and the food inbetween

My skin and I have had a difficult relationship. In that I have found it difficult to deal with. As a teenager and adult I suffered acne, and for the past 13 years, it’s been about skin cancer. And particularly the skin cancer that has sprouted over my face and required treatment, after treatment, after treatment. I’ve been cut, stitched, …

Minding your mind clutter

This is how I explain the headspace of mothers today: “If you want to know what’s going on inside my head, think of a computer with 236 internet tabs open all at the same time.” Next time you’re trying to explain your exhaustion to your husband or partner, feel free to use it. That is life as a mother these …

Fighting fatigue

Feeling tired has become a 21st century way of life, but we aren’t designed for it. Fatigue is not a ‘normal’ state to be in all the time. It has been normalised by the way we live, but it’s not natural. So it has a profound impact on our health and happiness. Mothers often put their fatigue down to just part …

Homemade natural toothpaste

For some time, I’ve been working on detoxing my bathroom. Slowly culling chemical-laden products and searching for natural alternatives that are effective and inexpensive. A few months ago, I ditched conventional toothpaste. I find it a little alarming that toothpaste comes with a warning not to swallow it. I’m not going to go on a hippy-green rant on you here about the …

Real fast food: a quick healthy soup

One of the best things about winter is soup. Nothing screams nurture and nourishment more than a big pot of simmering goodness on the stove. Years ago, I’d take some of those packet soups to work for lunch. Never liked them, but figured I was too busy to make something. They used to intrigue me a bit in that I wondered …

Chill out to beat winter flus

We’ve just had a cold snap hit here, so the past couple of days have been freezing. Well, freezing Gold Coast-style, which may not be arctic conditions, but it’s still cold enough to require jumpers, jackets and boots. The sun’s out again now, so it’s back to a t-shirt if you’re in the right spot, but the few days of …

The detox end that doesn’t end

My four week clean-eating detox is over, and yet, it’s not. Even though the official four weeks has past, I’m still pretty much maintaining the super healthy eating regime, bar a glass of wine with hubby on the weekend, the first one in five weeks. I still haven’t had a coffee, and haven’t felt like one either, despite having a …

Making it up as I go along (and a recipe)

One thing parenting has taught me is to improvise. Or make it up as I go along. It can be a disturbing way to go about life when you’re used to being organised or following the rule book, but it does help survive the day sometimes. I’ve adopted the attitude when it comes to pretty much everything, but especially in …