• Declutter,  Lifestyle,  Minimalism,  Recycling,  Simply Less,  Zero Waste

    Simplicity

    It’s an overwhelming task to reduce what we use, own and consume. One of my big simple living goals is to reduce my waste to minimal levels. I’m not sure ill ever get down to zero waste (although I highly commend those who take the notion to heart), there simply will always be some waste being a carbon based organism living on a carbon based planet. And living in itself will always create waste products. But I do believe we have a moral requirement to actively choose to consume and waste less. We live in a society where everything down to the last straw are disposable. Technology changes daily, and…

  • Minimalism,  Simply Less,  Zero Waste

    Space

    Recently iv’e been struggling with the concept of purpose in my life. I think it coincides with my new found love for living a more simple life, by taking away the stuff and junk out of my life, I am left with the bareness of both my house and my mind. As a society we are not used to having less, we live in a consumer driven world where the constant stream of new stuff is filling any void where you may be missing something in life. So by taking away some of the stuff out of my life (I’ve started with clothes-I’m down to around 50 items!) I feel…

  • Food,  Lunchbox,  Snacks

    20 Low GI snack Ideas

    Having plenty of small, low GI snacks foods is a great way to stabilize your blood sugar levels throughout the day. A healthy snack consists of some low GI carbohydrates, good quality protein and a little bit of the healthy fats. To prepare a healthy low glycemic snack, start by choosing your carbohydrates. Raw or lightly steamed veggies; fruits, such as apple, pear, peach, or banana, and fresh or frozen berries make the perfect base. Quinoa, brown rice or flax seed crackers are also a good choice, if you are ok with gluten, wholegrain crackers can be ok too. For a healthy protein choose unsalted nuts, for example, almonds, pecans, cashews,…

  • Debunking,  Education,  health,  Nutrition,  Science

    What on earth should I eat?

    We all get super duper confused around what actually constitutes a healthy diet. It seems that its an arbitrary thing that somebody decides is the “right” food to eat for health, or is decided by the most famous “nutrition celebrity”. Wrong. Its actually been VERY well researched, and perfectly outlined by the Department of Health (they used 55,000 research articles to get to the guidelines we have today). The problem is, we just don’t listen. If we all were eating what the guidelines tell us too, we would all be pretty darn healthy. Sadly, we snack on junk, eat far too much sugar, fat and processed foods, and its causing a whole load…

  • Debunking,  Education,  Food Trends,  Nutrition,  Research,  Science

    A simply glossary of milk

      I’m a huge fan of milk, despite various websites/blogs/media outlets telling us that milk is bad and causes inflammation/gas/bloating. While it is true that there are some individuals who cannot digest milk (they simply haven’t got enough of the enzymes) the rest of us have adapted to be able to successful digest, absorb and utilize the components of milk, without too much of an issue.  A recent study released by the CSIRO noted that “one in six adult Australians are choosing to avoid milk and dairy foods, the majority without a medical diagnosis, leading to public health concerns for women in particular”. This is an alarming fact, considering the…

  • Education,  Healthy food,  Nutrition,  Uncategorized,  Vegetables

    5 things I LOVE about sweet potatoes

    If you asked me what my favourite vegetable is, I would have a pretty tough time trying to decide-I love almost all of them. But the one I always come back to, and have very fond feelings for, is the humble sweet potato. It’s so versatile, flavoursome and nutritious. What isn’t to love! As the slightly more exciting cousin of the potato, there is a whole lot of great stuff you can say about sweet potatoes, and here are my 5 favourite things about the beautiful orange veggie.  Sweet potatoes are full of Beta-Carotene (A red-orange pigment found in plants) which is a precursor to vitamin A, and therefore leads…

  • Education,  Nutrition,  Science

    Nutrition hacks: Food pairing

    We often think of putting food together because they taste awesome together: bread and butter, tomato and basil, cheese and crackers, peanut butter and jam, coconut and cacao (I put that last one in there for the superfood fans :p). But there is another way…what if I told you by putting some foods together you get MORE NUTRITION! Thats right, simply by putting foods together you can get more bang for your (nutrition) buck.  So i’ve put together a few easy examples on how you can get more out of what you eat!  Iron and vitamin C This is one of the most popular food combos, and the first one…

  • Education,  health,  Nutrition

    Vegetarian and Vegan diets

      It’s so fantastic that so many people are adopting a more plant-based style of eating, and some even go the extra mile to announce that they are fully vegetarian or vegan. I 100% applaud anyone who decided to stop eating meat or animal products, there are a bunch of great benefits not only for health, but for the environment as well. There are so many reasons that one decides to go full-vego, and whatever that reason is, is all good. Making a commitment to a way of eating and for some a lifestyle shows a huge amount of respect, dedication and personal value. However, many people who go vego don’t…

  • Back to basics,  health,  Science,  Wellness

    How much H2O?

    The age old question “how much water should I drink?” is not an easily answered one, there are so many factors that contribute to water loss and retention, but considering our bodies are largely made up of the stuff, we really should make sure we drink enough. Most of the time we hear that 8 glasses of water is the target, however this really doesn’t account for body weight, mass, exercise levels, disease states and amount of water consumed from our diets. So lets delve a little deeper… Water in our bodies: Water is the most vital component of our bodies, with every single one of our cells needing it…

  • Debunking,  How to,  Nutrition

    Be at PEACE with your food

    So often, I get asked…Should I eat this? What about this? I heard _____ is bad for me. It makes me terribly sad to hear people demonising particular foods. Then there are all the fad diets that get you to cut out various groups of food, creating more fear behind what we are eating. If you listen to everything you hear online and in the media about food, there is almost nothing that we “should” be eating. There is alway something bad about every food. For example, lettuce, seems pretty standard-what can be wrong with lettuce? And cue the arguments about GMO’s, organic, pesticides….what do we think about lettuce now?…