How to Survive the Winter Sickness Season

The Chef and I have been knocked to our knees with the dreaded flu. Chills, fever, aching muscles, coughing, sneezing, tired and cranky. So let’s talk about what you can do to recover quicker once you do get sick and … Continue reading

Choc Chia Pudding

This little beauty is very easy to make and super good for you. A little about chia Chia seeds are very high in fibre, protein and iron as well as antioxidants. So, they keep our bowel healthy, can lower our … Continue reading

Matt Preston Taught Me a Lesson

I’m small. Really small. To be exact, I’m 143 cm or 4 foot 9. Yep, not even 5 foot tall. People constantly tell me I look like I’m a child, children point and stare and I can never reach the … Continue reading

Almond Sesame Biscuits

This recipe was born after I had some left over base mixture from the Chocolate Coconut and Cashew Cream Tart. From this, I rolled the excess mixture into delightful little bites for lunchboxes and snacks and the rest into the crunchy … Continue reading

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Love creamy pasta sauces but don’t want the fat and calories? Try this easy and healthy way of making a delicious pasta sauce packed full of flavour The first step is to follow the recipe for making Baked Pumpkin here. … Continue reading

Simply Tasty Baked Pumpkin

Peel it, chop it and chuck it in the oven. It’s simple and something you can make a large batch of to last you over the next few days in the kitchen. Use on sandwiches, toss through salads, mash it, … Continue reading

Stress and rushing

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It happens. We all do it. We are busy and we are stressed.

Nowadays there seems to be use of the amount of stress, chaos and busyness one is under being a reflection on how good a person they are.

It’s almost like if we are asked how we are, it’s standard to rattle off how many things we have to do that day, how little sleep we have had and how many things we have to organise. Conversations are often trailed off with “Well I better keep moving I really have to rush, so many things to do! We’ll catch up soon when there is a moment spare.”

I ask you this – Do you feel like you aren’t doing enough if you aren’t stressed, sleep deprived or frantically busy? Do you feel strange if you haven’t filled your day with a thousands things to do? Do you feel like you aren’t a good parent, grandparent, boss, friend if you happen to have things under control and only have 20 things to do that day instead of 1000?

It happens. We fall into the trap because it is happening around us. We all have the ability to absorb stress from others as well as reflect stress onto others.

It’s not good for our health or happiness, nor the people around us.

It increases our blood pressure, causes tummy upsets, makes us a cranky pants and puts strain on our heart and hormones.

I challenge you to actively remove stress from your day and when someone asks how you are, feel calm and content in answering that things are ‘Great’ and you’re on your way to spend some time for yourself, see a friend or simply … whatever!

Try not to answer with all the millions of things you’ve been doing, how little time you have, how little sleep you have had or how many people are reliant upon you.

It is a vicious cycle and it will turn you inside out.

Why I’m not that into green smoothies, even though I’m a Nutritionist

Green smoothies are everywhere, I can’t escape them. My Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter news feed is full of them. I wake up, log into Facebook and see 10 posts in the space of 3 finger scrolls outlining the benefits … Continue reading

A Chat with Poh Ling Yeow – She Makes Me Smile

Many of you know may know Poh Ling Yeow from MasterChef Australia or her TV show Poh’s Kitchen on the ABC, where she whisked, baked and steamed her way through amazingly delicious recipes. Some of you may simply know her for that infectious smile, or … Continue reading

Pork with Crispy Crackling

Everything The Chef cooks is brilliant, though the one thing he excels at is the at-home classic roast. We don’t eat a lot of meat week to week, though we do enjoy a roast treat. Follow The Chef’s easy technique … Continue reading

Which Sugar Should You Choose?

I often get asked this one. There’s many on the market now and books about quitting it. Rapidura, coconut sugar, rice malt syrup, agave nectar, maple syrup, molasses. Honey, raw sugar, white sugar and brown sugar. Which should I choose? The answer … Continue reading

Fasting, detoxing, should you do it?

Recently a reader asked me what my thoughts on fasting and detoxing were. The lemon detox diet, a juice fast, a no food at all fast…they are all out there claiming to kick start the body, rid toxins, remove fat, … Continue reading

Sunflower, Sesame and Almond Bites

I like to have a snack for morning and afternoon tea. If I don’t, come lunch and dinner time I tend to over eat. So I always make sure I have healthy little snacks that will get me through the … Continue reading

Quitting smoking, goal setting, bad days and nutrition

We received a message from a Facebook Guru reader asking how they could use diet to help them quit smoking. I have shared it here because even if you don’t smoke my answer involves a central them of goal setting and … Continue reading

Time is ticking

If you knew the exact moment in time that your life on this earth would end, would you be doing things tomorrow in a different way? Would you get out there and try and accomplish all those things you have … Continue reading

Heavenly Healthy Spread

This week I am trying to squeeze more heart healthy monounsaturated fats into my diet by way of avocado’s and nuts. Why? Well I’d like to live a long, healthy and happy life and these nutrients are a proven effective … Continue reading

Chocolate and Sweet Potato Cake Gluten Free

I’m always told that I cook with strange ingredients and yes, it’s true. They never complain though once they try it, instantly converted into a ‘strange ingredient’ user as well. This Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake is gluten free and packs a … Continue reading

Easy and Nutritious Macadamia and Pistachio Biscuits

Biscuits, normally full of processed flour, sugar, fat and preservatives – making them a pretty empty way to stack on the kilograms. When we eat sweeties, we try to pack them full of the most nutritious ingredients that we can. … Continue reading

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The Nutrition Guru and the Chef

There’s one term that my eyeballs keep reading a million times a day. It’s all over blogs, TV, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and yes, Pinterest.

Superfood. This term hurts my eyeballs and my brain. I physically cringe every time I read it, and I’ll tell you why. It’s not the foods as such that hurt, but the hype surrounding them.

Top 10 Superfoods to turn you into a supermodel’

‘Superfoods for an overnight 6 pack’

‘Cleanse and detoxify with these new superfoods’

‘Cure your arthritis – buy this superfood’

Nutiva Hemp Protein Shake

Although the term Superfood is relatively new, the foods themselves are not. Foods such as pomegranate, quinoa, chia, honey and beetroot are all of a sudden amazingly wonderful and added to everyone’s diet for weight loss, energy and vitality along with raw cocoa, asian banana and paw paw to name a few.

I love anything which promotes good nutrition and there…

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The Healthiest Approach to Weight Loss

I often get asked the best way to lose weight. Nine times out of ten, the person will also state in that very same sentence, that they heard they should cut out gluten, stop eating dairy, go on a juice … Continue reading

Plum and Apple Crumble with Macadamia Nuts – Gluten Free

Difficulty level: Easy Preparation Time: 10 mins maximum We both have sweet tooths and let’s be realistic, there are some days when you just have to have a little treat. So when we make sweet treats, we find every way … Continue reading

Grilled Camembert Cheese, Thyme Infused Honey, Pistachio and Macadamia Nuts

This is simple, homely and delicious. Grilling the cheese creates a little disc of pure savoury deliciousness which oozes like lava when you slice into it with a knife. The honey creates sweetness to cut through the rich flavours of … Continue reading

Black Sesame and Coconut Icecream

This recipe was born after looking at my kitchen bench. For some unknown reason, there was a packet of black sesame seeds, a jar of palm sugar syrup, rice malt syrup and a can of coconut cream sitting on my bench that … Continue reading