• my summer vegetable anti-anxiety soup I was born anxious. I’ve fretted for as long as I remember. I worried for one and all. Some days it cripples me and I have to disappear for a while. Others, I am able to accept it as part of my character. These days, though, I manage it better. I know what works. What more
  • cooking sugar-free with xylitol As many of you who follow the I Quit Sugar journey know, my preferred sweetener is rice malt syrup and stevia for a number of reasons, which you can catch up on here. But I’ve also mentioned before that xylitol is one of the very few safe sugar alcohols and works a treat for baking. more
  • how to quit sugar in the New Year Perhaps you’re playing with the idea of quitting sugar for 2013. To get well. And bright. And happy. Yes? 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 more
  • friday offer: $50 naked wines voucher (and a clever wine investment opportunity!) Ah, look. I love wine. I started out my career in journalism off wine. My boyfriend and I won a six-week wine trip around the world with some of the top wine tasters in Australia. I was 21. I did vertical Rjoca tastings in Spain at 1o in the morning. We went to Champagne, Cognac, more
  • sit on a small wooden bench with yourself This is a meditation trick I learned years ago. It’s simple and sweet. And I revert to it often. You might like it in these noisy, frenetic times we’re having just now. I’ve mentioned before how much I struggle with meditation. But every day I sit down and do it. Twice a day. For three more
  • another (surprising) reason to exercise I don’t exercise to get fit or lose weight. I do it to get clear and clean in the head. And I do it every day, because I want to be clear and clean every day. As it’s a simple, do-able goal with an immediate outcome (I feel clearer and cleaner instantly, but I don’t more
  • how to eat to fall pregnant: a Chris Kresser ebook I know many of you have asked, what’s the best way to eat when trying to get pregnant. I’ve since found an amazing resource…which follows the same principles I adhere to. I did a podcast with Dr Chris Kresser, a practitioner of integrative medicine and creator of The Healthy Skeptic blog, last year, and discovered that Chris more
  • 13 lush eco beauty tricks I have a troubled past with makeup. When I worked in magazines I was beholden to the beauty industry, forced to get excited about skin whiteners and lash extenders. It killed me. Well, it wore me down, one blush stroke at a time (previous to editing Cosmo, I’d never worn makeup, never had a blowdry, more
  • try this: two commitment weekends Far too many of us get our weekends wrong. We don’t rest. We try to catch up. Catch up on emails, chores, with people. As I’ve said soooo many times before, the biggest challenge we face now is pushing back commitments. Life used to be about chasing and finding and accumulating information and ideas and more
  • try this: be innocent, faint and effortless If your life is feeling a little like you’re forcing shit up hill right now (and I think some of us have so far this year),  you might like to reflect on this: Sukshma. In Sanskrit it means “subtle”. Actually, it means more than that…it’s to touch life “innocently, faintly and effortlessly”. It softens. It more
  • 3 killer recipes to alkalise your body Heard of the alkalising diet? It’s not really a diet… it’s a way of eating. It entails leaning towards foods that help to alkalise your body. I like to lean. As opposed to doing a violent about-face with my eating. Essentially, diseases – like cancer and AI – can’t exist in a fully alkalised system. more
  • The 10 things you must do now to fix your fertility So, so, so many people around me have hormone issues and fertility challenges. It breaks my heart. The sense of loss is palpable. I recently read stats from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare that at least 1 in 4 (and it’s getting closer to 3) women in Australia will not have kids…this is more
  • what is the paleo diet? (plus how I’m doing it) Paleo is the new Atkins. I don’t actually think this. But it’s what everyone likes to say. It certainly is a way of eating that’s attracting a lot of attention…and with it some terribly hysterical mis-information. Wondering what the hell I’m talking about? How about I give a bit of a Paleo 101 rundown…with some more
  • Want to learn more about the Paleo diet? This is for you… There’s much buzz at the moment about the Paleo diet. Some of it painfully pious. Some of it fascinatingly valid. I’ve written a little about it here and shared some Paleo recipes here. I keep getting asked to share my thoughts, and am often asked by recent sugar-free converts, “should I be quitting all carbs?” more
  • what do your dreams mean? we asked an interpreter… Our own dreams are the most fascinating things ever. Other people’s dreams? Hmmm, not so much. For this post, I asked Jo to interview a dream interpreter. I’ve written about dreams before (and how you can use them to train yourself for tough decisions)…scroll to the bottom for a special reader offer. But, now, over more
  • How to make bone broth (and why you should) I’ve mentioned on twitter that I’ve been making bone broth and some of you asked for the details. And so I oblige!  I’ve become a big fan for a bunch of overwhelming reasons I’ll outline below. Sally Fallon introduced me to the stuff in Nourishing Traditions and since then I’ve followed a community of people more
  • “happiness comes from living close to our hearts, not at odds with it” From time to time I come across humans who just astound me with their whimsy. They do something a bit off-beat. A bit you’re-not-meant-to-do-that. I’ve noticed there’s usually One Thing that prompted them, or motivates them, or keeps them happy and therefore whimsical. I’m always busting to tap them on the shoulder and ask, “What’s more
  • the art of actively doing less (+ a Women’s Weekly shoot) Shall I share some sweet irony with you? Or perhaps you’ll call it muddled, unfocused hypocrisy? Recently I flew to Sydney to appear in this Australian Women’s Weekly Christmas shoot below. Myself and a bunch of other (too?) oft-photographed ladies were asked “what’s the perfect gift that money can’t buy”. I said: “rest”. As usual, more
  • five books: cookbooks and nutrition guides I eat by I’m starting an occasional series where I share a couple of my favourite books. First up, cookbooks and nutrition guides I live by. I’ve put nifty links to Amazon if you’re busting to get your hands on them…. Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions Sally is the co-founder and president of the Weston A Price Foundation, and more
  • Friday giveaway: free institute of integrative nutrition course worth $4500 It’s Friday. And I’d like to give a lovely reader: free tuition with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition worth more than $4000   when they buy a copy of the  I Quit Sugar ebook between now and Monday EST 5pm. As you might know, the INN course saw me qualify as a Health Coach last more
  • my chat with Nora Gedgaudas on paleo eating (a podcast) On Friday I had the indescribable joy of chatting to Nora Gedgaudas on Skype. Nora wrote the paleo living bible Primal Body, Primal Mind and is a gem of a woman. In a nutshell, the premise of her thinking is this: * our genealogy hasn’t changed since Paleolithic times when we ate fat, protein and more
  • 27 ideas that make today better A while back I asked what technique or course or mantra or philosophy or book or practice or sport or “thing” you’re engaging in that’s making life richer and deeper for you, and facilitating a deeper connection to what matters. You sent through the most mad responses and ideas. Thank you thank you thank you!! more
  • Is your lifestyle “terminally jangled”? here! some Hunter S Thompson advice… I could stare at that photo below for an inappropriately long time. It’s evocative and in-someone-else’s-moment-ish and makes me want to meet a man in trunks. Mornings. Spent writing. Calmly. Alone. In sun. Yep. I came across this rundown by Hunter S Thompson of his morning routine. Morning routine’s are key to life, I’ve come more
  • Tuesday Eats: a green detox for spring It’s almost spring. Which, for all kinds of reasons, is a good time to get fresh with our foods and clean things up a bit.  Our bodies respond so well at this time of year to a “cleanse” – it shakes us from the winter heaviness and gets us digesting light and breezily ready for more
  • Question: how do you travel and not fall apart, health-wise Every now and then I answer a question that crops up a lot from you lot. This week: how do I travel so much and not fall apart at the seams? I do travel a lot. I fly from Byron Bay to Sydney or Melbourne every week or so. Sometimes it’s a day trip. Sometimes more
  • Tuesday eats: breakfast…sans grains and sugar! As readers of this blog might know, I can’t do gluten or sugar, which makes breakfast tricky. If not toast or porridge or muesli or fruit, then what? Eggs. And more eggs. zucchini ricotta cheesecake, via 101cookbooks Not a sad predicament, but variety is required. Lately I’ve also been experimenting with cutting back on grains more
  • are you ready to meditate? The best thing I ever did was to learn to meditate. As in properly meditate. For years I flim-flammed around trying different techniques. They gave me the shits. I never “got” it. I then bit a bullet and tried Vedic meditation. I’ve talked about this style before here and here. When I first met Tim more
  • my interview on huffington post. ace! Huffington Post was the first blog I read. Laura Cococcia was one of the first readers of my blog to start posting comments. This week Laura, editor and publisher of The Journal of Cultural Conversation, interviewed me for Huffington Post. A lovely full circle. Here’s the interview as it ran yesterday on the site. It more
  • the best toxin-free cosmetics: a listicle (part ll) OK. Everyone loved the list of toxin-free cosmetics I posted recently. Since then, I’ve come across more experts with tried and tested suggestions and some of you guys have shared, too. So, a listicle Part ll. And just a shower thought I had: I really want to emphasise that making the switch to safer and more
  • Gala Darling: “radical self love…it’s a soul salve” Continuing with the One Thing series… From time to time I come across humans who just astound me with their whimsy. They do something a bit you’re-not-meant-to-do-that. I’ve noticed there’s usually One Thing that prompted them, or motivates them, or keeps them happy and therefore whimsical. I’m always busting to tap them on the shoulder more
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