• How I stretch one organic chook to make 15 meals Some people watch Game of Thrones. Some play Ultimate Frisbee. Me, I get pleasure from finding novel ways to stretch a chicken further. For a whole bunch of reasons (that I outline in my book I Quit Sugar For Life), one should always try to invest in an organic chicken. You can read more on more
  • How to buy the most sustainable sofa (ever). As many readers of this blog know, it’s taken me 40 years to buy a sofa. Which, it so happens, is 32 years longer than it took Steve Jobs. I’ve previously found some comfort in the fact it took Jobs eight tortured years to find his perfect sofa and quietly repositioned my chronic couch commitment more
  • The Healthy Foodie’s Guide to Auckland 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. I was in more
  • 14 handy links for waste-free living I’m passionate about this stuff. Sustainability. No waste. So I was very happy to be involved in Sustainable Table’s Waste Deep documentary, which is a gentle way of easing people into the issues and what each of us can do about them. I make an appearance – or three – alongside gardening guru Costa, Tim Silverwood and incredibly passionate more
  • What’s wrong with this ad? Someone on Twitter pinged this satirical ad for a new line of American “Paleo-esque” snacks to me. It’s a very clever pisstake of the latest health fads, specifically the Paleo movement. Self-referring pisstakes are always the best. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPB8W1rEnAc[/youtube] I love it all, except for the punch line, which is a sell for a fad-free health more
  • How to host a sustainable dinner party I turned 40 recently. And I had a party. It was a dinner party for 40 of my closest friends and family – 40 for 40 – and it was as sustainable as I could possibly make it. I bought nothing new, used produce that was going to be thrown out and kept as many more
  • the most sustainable prawns to buy this christmas I’m not sure if you’re aware but prawns – or shrimp – are an ecological and ethical disaster waiting for a barbie to be thrown atop. I wasn’t…until recently. My uncle Pete was a trawler. We ate them every Christmas. And in fried rice when Mum made it for one of my brother’s birthdays most more
  • my sustainable christmas gift guide… plus a bevvy of giveaways for you! I personally don’t do Christmas gifts. It’s something our family agreed to a few years back (after trying Kris Kringles and giving each other World Vision goats). Instead we pitch in to get all the family together – plane tickets and rental houses to accommodate us all. But I do love the idea of mindful, more
  • 24 ways to have a sustainable christmas Allow me to climb upon my favourite soapbox once again. Food waste. It’s a terrible thing. Let me bullet it out… * Food wastage is the biggest environmental issue facing the planet today. * We consumers are responsible for 50 per cent of all food wastage. * The average Australian tosses out 20 per cent more
  • is it OK to kill cyclists? Apparently so. Did you happen to read about the recent cyclist killing in San Francisco where a woman was killed by a motorist, sparking a protest when the driver wasn’t prosecuted due to police not finding any surveillance footage of the incident? Phew. That was a sentence! And how the police officer in charge parked more
  • Sardines for World Food Day Happy World Food Day! I hope you celebrate by eating your leftovers, choosing a secondary cut of meat, getting smart with your food scraps and using up all your leftover herbs. Food sustainability is my number one passion right now. And, just to give you a sneaky head’s up (hopefully my publisher’s not reading this!) my more
  • Sneak peek: one-pan salmon ‘n’ super slaw from the I Quit Sugar meal plan Part of the reason I launched iquitsugar.com is so that this blog can return to being an exploration of broader life-bettering stuff. Not everyone here wants to quit sugar. I get that. More to follow on this soon. In the meantime, I know many of you are asking me about the new site and 8-Week Program… more
  • Slow cooked cinnamon beef cheeks with cauliflower cream Gradually, gradually I hope I’m getting you all used to cooking with secondary cuts of meat…yes? The secondary cuts are the ones that can often be discarded because they’re not as fashionable. Which is a waste. The dumb thing is, these secondary cuts – chuck, shanks, cheeks, offal, shin, blade, brisket – taste infinity better more
  • 10 beefy reads for vegans + meat lovers I want to get to a point straight up today. I’ve been travelling around learning about meat production and reading more and more on the subject. A few weeks back I shared how I eat my meat, which prompted debate and more questions. I’ve read some more…and more…and figured y’all might like to do the more
  • My Crispy Roast Chicken: 5 reasons why it’s the smartest way to eat a chook The past few weeks I’ve been digging around for the cleverest, tastiest most sustainable, healthiest and most economical way to eat chicken. You know, I get obsessed… I’m personally fatigued by the competing messages when it comes to weighing up the ethical v eco v health v hip pocket considerations and wanted to find a more
  • this makes me angry… Take a look at the shot below. That there, my dear blog land dwellers, is my mail collection from one day. You’ll note it’s mostly parcels sent in expensive overnight bags and courier boxes. What you can’t see is the amount of guff inside the parcels (I don’t wish to expose culprits): elaborately written press more
  • Why I visited an abattoir I think some of you noticed on my social media outpourings recently that I visited an abattoir in Tamworth. I want to explain why. And how. And what I came away with. For it was a deeply emotional and BIG LIFE thing to do on a sodden Friday afternoon. I hope I can fairly reflect more
  • what’s better for the planet: ebooks or print books? I try not to got holier than thou with environmental footprint prescriptives. I try. (Although, when it comes to bottled water, I’m rather unforgiving.) Mostly I prefer to advocate making better choices. And mostly there is a better choice. And small, everyday, mindful things we can all do. Problem is, there is so much misinformation more
  • slowcooked beef and coconut curry (plus 4 more cheap meat recipes) You’ll begin to notice, I reckon, that my food posts are going to take a certain tilt going forward. They’ve pretty much been leaning precariously that way for a while, right? My food journey is very much now geared away from fancy and will be aimed squarely at economical, sustainable, smart, ethical and nourishing. I’m more
  • 45 tips for saving $1036 Last week I chaired a food wastage forum – Whatever Happened to Waste Not Want Not – as part of the Sydney Festival. It was a joint initiative of Target100, a beef and lamb industry sustainability program, and EPA’s Love Food Hate Waste program (I’m the ambassador to both). The forum raised so many points, more
  • look who else rides a bike and doesn’t wear a helmet… How rad. David Byrne from Talking Heads is a big bike banger-on-erer. And he makes a good point. The New York Times just ran a video interview with him. [youtube]http://youtu.be/37IDIUOJA6s[/youtube] I’m a non-helmet wearer (I wear one on big rides or dangerous roads)…ditto Byrne for the same reason. Oh, people get arked up about it…for more
  • cycling in winter It’s not quite winter but it’s already getting chilly. Time to get set up on your bike. We asked Joyce from Cycle Style to give us some tips: The mornings and nights are getting darker, windier and colder – but that’s not a reason to hibernate with your bike. If Dottie can ride through the more
  • I love this idea: the plentitude economy This video from the Center for the New American Dream paints a picture of how I think we all want to live. Everyone talks about green economies, decluttering, recycling…which are good. To a point. But they’re still focused on consuming and growth. Right? The. Only. Way. To. Be. Sustainable. Which at the same time is more
  • 24 top tips for inner-city bike buying + riding My philosophy is this: when more people ride bikes in cities, the safer that city is for cyclists. Actually, it’s not my philosophy. It’s a fact. And the raison d’etre of my Campaign To Ride a Bike. via meetup.com But I know many of you get stuck on how to start out riding – how more
  • Tuesday eats: some healthy mish-mash meals One of my favourite things to do is to come up with a meal from… nothing. It’s a sport. And I find myself competing in it often because I travel almost weekly and have to empty my fridge of random ingredients. Oh the thrill of it!?! So I always have a few staples on hand more
  • more bike funs for a Friday Bikes are rad. Here are some more rad bike things… via pinterest.com I recently found this Brooklyn wedding on ‘A Cup of Jo’. The happy couple didn’t have a huge budget – so they got married in a park and then rode bikes to a bar for their reception (Pam wore cute denim shorts under more
  • Isabel Lucas and Angus Stone sing for the sea How’s this pretty song? Isabel Lucas and Angus Stone teamed up to make this. It’s World Ocean Day today… [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yosBVviI7Q [/youtube] It’s for the Protect our Coral Sea campaign and they’re asking we all sign this petition. (It’s very Dad’s Home Movie from the ’70s)
  • some pretty bike storage ideas Personally, my bike comes with me everywhere. It travelled with me into the Apple store in Sydney the other day. The security beef looked after it for me. I bath it. What more can I say… I’m often asked where I keep my bike at home. Most places I’ve lived, inside. Mostly for security. And more
  • “I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel!” Hmmmm, I wonder how much I love this angle: bikes free chicks! My favourite (dead-set) tweeter Maria Popova alerted me to National Geographic‘s new book Wheels of Change: How The Bicycle Empowered Women. The advent of the bike “radically redefined the normative conventions of femininity”. For a start it got women straddling something, and not more
  • my bike philosophy *plus* I’m giving away two nutcase helmets!! “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” – Albert Einstein: A rippa of a quote. I live by it. Keep up the momentum, have a flow. In life, as on a bike, you only have to a) have the good intention b) activate your cells in flow. And more
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