12 things to do with an avocado

Posted on October 30th, 2012

Avocados. They’re one of the best foods to stock up on while quitting sugar. And since so many of you are doing the Quit Sugar Dance just now, I thought I’d do a little post dedicated to these balls of goodness (and give you some recipe ideas). PS. It’s not too late to join the pre-Christmas IQS program. It’s free. And fun. And there are more than $4000 worth of giveaways circling about. Details here.

Chocolate peanut butter mud shake, recipe below

But back to avocados. There are over 70 varieties of avocado in Australia and you’ll pretty much always find one in season. These little gems are high in water (about 75 per cent), nutrient dense, and rich in fibre and monosaturated fats. They’re one of the richest sources of beta-sitosterol,  clinically proven to reduce levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol. They also have a strong antioxidant capacity, to help prevent the healthy fats going rancid too quickly. But enough of the ode…check out these ideas for eating them:

1. Add cubes to your scrambled eggs.

2. Spread over Vegemite on toast…with some chili flakes on top (a taste sensation I discovered at Cafe Gitane in New York).

3. Chop into cubes and eat with Tamari drizzled over the top.

4. Mix with leftover roast chook and some grated cheese and pop under the grill (on toast or flat bread). Read more

a book I’m involved in…

Posted on October 26th, 2012

A few months ago I was approached to be part of a book project – a collection of  60 essays on love, knowledge and freedom by web kids like Seth Godin, Danielle La Porte, Jonathan Fields and yours truly. All of the authors’ proceeds goes to the Not For Sale Campaign, an organisation fighting to abolish slavery.

Today is End Sex Trafficking day, and here’s the video clip for the book.
You can buy End Sex Trafficking here.


don’t work nervously

Posted on October 25th, 2012

I am a little obsessed by the work habits of writers. And I love Henry Miller. And I’m very grateful for these little work mantras Miller wrote for himself.

Mostly because it’s a reminder that everyone struggles to find the right mood, pace and approach to work, and the right way to balance work with our values and sense of well-being.

I work nervously, often. The nervousness stems from a fear I’m going too slow and that I have too much to do. But let’s break this down.

Too slow? For who? If it’s important stuff, then it’s worth doing mindfully. I have recently trained myself to stand back daily from my nervousness and remind myself that I do what I do because I chose it and it’s meaningful. So enjoy it, Sarah! Enjoy the slowness! Choose to enjoy it!!

Having too much to do? Again, it’s a choice of approach. I remind myself – again, daily – to choose to see that I have enough time. Sheer years on this planet tells me that everything gets done and that whether I have two hours or ten hours to do it, it will get done.

My work mantra just now is this: I refuse to get worked up. I repeat it daily. I simply refuse. It’s a choice in approach.

Do you have a work mantra?