my simple home: five ways to feng shui your joint in five minutes

Posted on June 13th, 2013

If you’ve been following the My Simple Home series, you’ll know I’m on a mission to create the cleanest, most eco, minimal home possible and sharing each step, figuring you might like to learn from the process, too. I’ve shared on hazards you should avoid and how to detox your kitchen, and you can catch up on the full series here. I should add: it’s a very slow process. I’ve been so busy that, well, I haven’t even bought a couch yet. I know, I know…I’m sure many of you have much to say on this (um, commitment issues?). My friends certainly do.

But I digress.

This post I’ve got building biologist and feng shui expert Nicole Bijlsma sharing her top five tips for getting the energy in my place sorted. It’s a snappy three minute video, if you’ve got the time. Otherwise, I’ve shared the highlights below.

1. Get rid of clutter.

Clutter represents the past. Hanging on to stuff? You’re hanging on to old stuff. Figuratively and literally.

2. Watch for the highs and lows.

Hidden clutter under the bed has an impact on you as you sleep. It stores in your body, and can make you sluggish. And clutter up high suggests the feeling of having things rain down on you. Remove the highs and lows.

3. Sit with a solid wall behind you.

Furniture placement is important. In a room where you spend lots of time – sitting at a work desk, or on a couch – make Read more

Hello! A Sydney I Quit Sugar book signing!

Posted on January 18th, 2013

Just a quick note for a Friday. I’m chatting all things IQS and signing copies of my I Quit Sugar book at aboutlife Monday February 4, as part of their biggest ever community detox week…which you might just like to sign up to.


I visited aboutlife Bondi Junction at the weekend, only to find that I was already there. Everywhere!

Let’s cut to the proverbial chase:

Where: aboutlife, 605 Darling St, Rozelle

Date: Monday February 4

Time: 6:30pm

Cost: $40*

* Forty bucks includes a copy of my brand new I Quit Sugar print edition book (valued at $34.99), and samples of some my I Quit Sugar recipes, prepared by the aboutlife kitchen for the night. I’ll also be sharing some of my top sugar-quitting tips and tricks. And just milling about having a nice time. Read more

how to quit sugar in the New Year

Posted on December 31st, 2012

Perhaps you’re playing with the idea of quitting sugar for 2013. To get well. And bright. And happy. Yes?


Some of the treats I invite you to eat when you quit sugar. Clockwise from top left: bacon and egg cupcakes, avocado and coconut water popsicles, almond butter bark, crunchy nut cheesecake, berry pie, coco nutty granola.

Look, I’m not one to to sell in things with fanfare. I will simply say: quitting sugar works. And then I will gently invite you: to try it for yourself. How does it work? What will it take? How do you do it?

1. Eat fat. And wine.

Yes, my I Quit Sugar program requires you to eat more haloumi cheese and meat (if you’re not vegan or vego), macadamia nuts, homemade chocolate, coconut, and avocado popsicles. And, yes, you can still drink wine and beer and some spirits (in case you’re worried).

2. Don’t diet.

I hate diets. Quitting sugar is not a diet. It’s not miserable, you eat more, you eat without guilt. And it’s not a fad; I don’t do fads either.

It’s about cutting out processed food and eating like our grandmother’s used to. Simple. Non-faddish.

3. Know that you will lose weight.

Some people lose 2kg. Some lose 55kg. By eating more. Weight loss is not the focus, though. Because watching your weight Read more