My Paleo Inside-Out Bread recipe

Posted on March 12th, 2014

My new book I Quit Sugar For Life has been out for about ten days now. And going by the feedback on social media it seems the Paleo Inside-Out Bread is a little bit popular. And more than a little idiot-proof (not one imperfect shot so far!)

Paleo Inside-Out Bread. Photos (clockwise from top right) by @therealfoodie, @jarkakunova, @sherri78 and @foodnjunk.

Paleo Inside-Out Bread. Photos (clockwise from top right) by @therealfoodie, @jarkakunova, @sherri78 and @foodnjunk.

If you haven’t bought the book yet, I figured I’d give you a little taste of things and share the Paleo bread recipe with you. The concept is simple – it sees outside sandwich toppers embedded in the bread. A meal-in-one in every slice merely requiring a smear of butter or some cream cheese smoothed over the top.

Remember: please do share your cooking results from the book…use #IQSforlife so I can find it and regram it! Oh, and if you’re wanting to buy the book, you can do so directly here…

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Paleo Inside-Out Bread

Makes 1 loaf

  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 3/4 cups arrowroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley Read more

The Healthy Foodie’s Guide to Auckland

Posted on March 11th, 2014

Whenever I travel I like to check out and then share great low-carb, sugar-free places to eat. As well as accommodation that doesn’t have a heaving ecological footprint and are… quiet and tranquil, suitable for thyroidy types. You can catch up on my New York, Byron Bay, Sardinia and Provence guides here.


A dish from Ortolana restaurant

I was in Auckland, New Zealand recently to speak at two conferences, Fizz and Low Carb NZ, and did a bit of research, calling out on social media and consulting a few like-minded Kiwis for tips. Here’s a cut ‘n’ paste rundown should you be heading over the Tasman soon.

1. Gather and Hunt – A good website, sort of the “Broadsheet” of Auckland, with lots of suggestions for eateries on the mindful end of the spectrum.

2. The Braemar Bed and Breakfast. I came across this place via the Googles (I search “environmental eco accommodation”). It’s in the middle of the city, but in a very quiet little pocket near some great jogging/walking parks. There’s only four rooms, host John is an absolute and wonderfully eccentric delight with a map and helpful directions and tips ready to go, and a cooked breakfast (mushroom, poached eggs and spinach) is included, along with brewed coffee, the papers and the company of the other guests (who seem to be regulars). Very much a home-away-from-home. Ask for the room with the massive claw-foot bath in it.

2. Wilder and Hunt. This is a Paleo cafe located in St Heliers. Funnily, I’d heard about it and was impressed with their focus on nutrient-dense, no grain, no sugar food. Then, at the low-carb conference, the two young women who started it approached me and very humbly told me they’d opened the cafe after doing my 8-Week Program. I didn’t have time to check it out, but wished I had.

3. Ortolana. A lovely indoor-outdoor restaurant in the Britomart complex in the city. The focus is on garden-to-table dining and they even have a natural wine produced on the owner’s property. Fresh food based around vegetables and herbs picked that day. Love it.

4. Little Bird Organics. A raw food cafe in Kingsland and Ponsonby areas. I’m not always a raw food  fan, especially when travelling (raw food can aggravate Vata and raw food cafes can be a bit grain and legume-heavy), but sometimes it’s a good way to get veggies into the mix. I noticed they offer grain-free and sprouted grain stuff.

The next few recommendations came from Mikki Williden, a nutritionist and senior lecturer at AUT University.

5. The Commons on Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna. You can request a Paleo degustation menu. Read more

here’s how to boost your immunity this winter

Posted on July 19th, 2013

It’s been a cold few weeks. Our friends over in Tassie had their coldest day on record at minus 12, and I’ve been shivering in my ugg boots at home. It’s around about now, each year, that that I head overseas. Bound for warmer climes. Stay tuned on this front…

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

I struggle in the winter. I have to work hard to keep my immunity up because of my autoimmune disease. You can catch up on that here. And I write regularly about how I try to keep things on track. Not by pushing too hard, but by experimenting and working at daily habits to build real wellness. And I’m constantly on the lookout for little things that keep me keeping on…

So here’s one that’s come across my radar a few times now – olive leaf extract, a natural product that can be taken all year round (but particularly in winter) to boost your immunity and manage viral infections, especially when fever is present. In Australia, Olive Leaf Australia is widely available in leading health food stores, or online.

And just so you know, this is a sponsored post, but opinions are all my own and I researched the topic and came to these conclusions myself. You’ll find my position on sponsored posts and advertising here.

I asked Jo to look into this one a little more. This is what she came back with…

1. The Mediterranean diet factor:

If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you’ll know Sarah’s done lots of work looking into this diet, in particular, spending six weeks with National Geographic’s Blue Zone team in Ikaria last year investigating it in detail. You’ll be Read more