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Why ‘organic’ isn’t always good for you; green washing 101

Recently I posted on detoxing from the outside in – if you missed it you can check it out here. Before I shared this post, I swept my house for nasty chemical-ridden products replacing suspicious looking items with supposed healthier, green versions. I checked the labels on each product I purchased and convinced myself that the extra coin was worth it because I was looking after my body (I still believe it is, but that’s another point). As far as I was concerned, post the purge I lived in a happy, healthy home free of most common household toxins. I’m here today to declare that I fell victim to green washing. Having done my research on the topic I thought I was armed with the knowledge I needed to make smart purchasing decisions. I decided that I would try and buy a mix of products from my local organic health food shop (which has a stellar beauty section) and my closet big chain supermarket. I guess you could say I was hopeful that I wouldn’t …

Winter warmers: the humble berry nut crumble

Winter is in full force. So much so, even the thought of leaving the house without a big scarf and warm boots is enough to send shivers down my spine. Fortunately, with the frost also comes the excuse to eat hot, scrumptious desserts whenever a little warmth is needed (ahem, all the time). Our freezer is currently stocked full of organic frozen berries and as a result the humble berry nut crumble is quickly becoming a winter staple. The recipe for this warmer is incredibly simple. The below deconstructed version also keeps all week (crumble in an air-tight container, berries in the freezer) so if you can resist eating it all at once, it’s a handy one to have ready for lunchboxes. Other than being delicious, berries are also antioxidant powerhouses. Their superpowers include the ability to improve mental dexterity and heart health all while reducing the risk of cancer. Which is amazing! They’re also low in fructose and calories (if that’s your thing) so there’s no need to stress about eating too many. The …

Banana and cinnamon pancakes that will rock your world

It’s a tradition in our relationship to go out for breaky on Saturday mornings. Aaron and I usually jump between a few local cafes as a way to ease ourselves into the weekend. But with me back at  boot camp this week I accidentally threw our ritual into chaos. By the time I got home from my session Aaron was awake and happily resting on the couch watching a movie. But when I walked through the door I felt like I’d committed somewhat of a  cardinal sin; our Saturday morning vibe was out of joint. We were both pretty keen to stay at home and simply enjoy the morning. With this comfort came the question, what on earth were we going to eat? After a few minutes of searching through the pantry, I thought I might just have the ingredients to make some pancakes. I sensed checked my thinking in a few of my favourite cookbooks of late and wasn’t surprised when I found a stellar recipe in Lola Berry’s new cookbook ‘The Happy Cookbook’. …

Sweet cravings + berry and vanilla lunchbox muffins

When I was first told that I had to breakup with sugar I decided that one last rendezvous with the stuff was in order. Thinking it was the end of all sweetness in my life, I ate an entire box of rainbow paddle pops and a dozen donuts in one sitting,  almost sniveling (amongst serious sugar highs) as I finished the feast. Today despite that I avoid fructose, the want for sweetness is still loud and clear. Except now I simply look for ways to indulge that add to my health, rather than take away from it. My current favourite way to get that sweet fix? Go to your pantry and throw out that awful ‘milk’ chocolate or that crappy banana bread that resembles cardboard, and get excited about healthy baking (ah-yeah, you can bake awesome deliciousness without butter, white flour and sugar! Who would have guessed!?). I’m talking about moist nut based cakes that ooze flavour and chocolate that’s so rich but luxurious you only need one piece to satisfy all your cravings. I’m …

Detoxing your body from the outside in

I’ve been eating clean and organic for almost a full year now. While there’s no question that reducing your exposure to the pesticides that are found in and on foods is beneficial to good health, this isn’t the only way toxins enter our bodies. We live in a world flooded with dangerous chemicals. Today many of the common household products we use everyday (hand soap, toothpaste, make-up and cleaning products to name a few) are built using a mix of unpronounceable, unregulated or unknown chemicals. (Yes – unregulated – a significant portion of ingredients used in personal care items have not been tested for human safety.  In fact, many household items are full of antibiotics which are helping to build our resistance to bacteria – but that’s a separate debate for another day). Now before you start thinking I’ve truly gone past the point of no return into hippy land, I’m not suggesting that we should abandon modern life as we know it and crawl into a cave (as tempting as that may be some …

Gettin’ snacky with it + the best ever raw granola slice

Knowing what to snack on when you’re trying to be healthy is like avoiding a Krispy Kreme on an empty stomach – damn hard. While we’d all love to devour that raspberry and white chocolate muffin from the cafe across the road, the only goodness its going to give you is a sugar high for about 15 minutes. That said, try telling a hangry person that the muffin they’re eying off won’t solve all their problems. Avoiding snacking is setting yourself up for failure. Having a list of go to snacks that are easy are to prepare, reasonably inexpensive, handbag suitable, while also being super good for you is the healthy eating holy grail. It’s also the only way you’ll beat that inner monster who’s demanding you to eat all the chips, now. Of course, life is just that little bit sweeter when that list actually tastes pretty damn good too. Introducing to you the best ever raw granola slice you will ever eat. The first time I made this I consumed nearly the entire …

Getting healthy on the shimmery, shiny Gold Coast

Love it or hate it, I think almost every Aussie has visited the Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches and tourism hub, Surfers Paradise, at least once. Well known for its white sand, warm weather and friendly people, the area is a playground for tourists, schoolies, holiday makers, young families and now it appears, health and wellness enthusiasts. For me, the Golide has never really been my destination of choice (stay with me GC readers). I’ve always been more a fan of it’s neighbours Byron, Yamba and Noosa; most probably because I find the high-rise buildings, strip clubs and theme parks that crowd Surfers Paradise a little overwhelming. But despite this, this past Easter long weekend my man and I found our ourselves back near the strip seeking some sun, good food and a bit of R&R. And I’m super glad we did. Our holiday started as any good trip does – making the most of free flights! Aaron was working from Brisbane for the following week, so we thought we’d make the most of his journey …