• “Clean Eating is a Myth”…and 5 other things I got right Almost six years ago I quit sugar. I coped flack for this. Did I what. When it came around to publishing my first book I Quit Sugar I ran the below Arthur Schopenhauer quote upfront, by way of highlighting where I thought the whole debate just had to head. Eventually. Someone referred to this quote at more
  • Meet the new Julie and Julia… I’m pegging myself as something of a Julia Childs here. Forgive me for the lack of humility. I’ll explain. Quickly. And then we can move onto pretty pictures. A while back Jo invited readers to cook their way through my latest book, Simplicious. All 306 recipes. Which is quite the endeavour. A stack of keen more
  • Have an autoimmune disease? This Program will probably help. I quit sugar to manage my autoimmune disease. And after almost five years of being off the sweet stuff, I can say this: Quitting sugar had the biggest impact on my disease (Hashimotos) more so than any other medical “fix”. I have zero thyroid antibodies now, am on the minimum dosage of thyroxin and my hormone levels have more
  • My fructose-free kombucha recipe In my first kombucha recipe, one of the concerns some of you had was the use of sugar to feed the yeast and bacteria. As I pointed out, very little sugar is left behind. But if you’re drinking a few nips of the stuff per day, it can add up to several teaspoons. So I gave more
  • The second IQS chocolate cookbook is here! Life happens. Chocolate helps. And one sugar-free Chocolate Cookbook wasn’t enough for me and the I Quit Sugar Team…so we made another. And as of this minute, you can get hold of it! Yes, yes, yes, this is a gratuitous post to get you to buy the book. And truth be known I’ve chosen the more
  • Debating doing the 8-Week Program? Here’s how it’s helped others I get asked regularly about the benefits of quitting sugar. Personally, quitting sugar has helped me a tremendous amount with my autoimmune disease. While a lot of you ask regularly about the weight loss component – sugar does help you shift weight if you need to (I lost weight I’d put on as a result of more
  • How the 8-Week Program exceeds nutritional guidelines With the first I Quit Sugar online 8-Week Program for 2015 just around the corner, I’ve been fielding a few questions about the nutritional status of the meal plans. I figured I’d take the opportunity to tick off some of the things I keep in mind when I’m developing the meal plans for the 8-Week Program, more
  • My Paleo Inside-Out Bread recipe 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!) If you haven’t bought the book yet, I 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
  • here’s how to boost your immunity this winter 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… I struggle in the winter. I more
  • Our bargain Christmas in July I Quit Sugar Bundle Deal! Looking for inspiration for your Christmas in July celebrations with friends? Or wanting to kick start your Dry July and wondering how to do it all sugar free? I’ve put together the Ultimate Christmas in July I Quit Sugar bundle deal to help you do it all. Sans sugar. For this month, you’ll be able to more
  • Gwyneth Paltrow shares her favourite wintery recipes with us! Oh, today we’re in for a treat! Gwyneth Paltrow this week releases her latest cookbook It’s All Good in Australia and – hoorah for us – I’ve been very lucky to be granted a sneak peak and an extract. Gwyneth and I are very much on the same page with food and lifestyle stuff and more
  • Melinda lost 50kg doing my I Quit Sugar program… * This post has been updated. You can read more about this below… Meantime, over this New Year shutdown period, I’ve come across a few reads and things that you might be interested in if you’re thinking of quitting sugar. Momentum is building, more and more people are working out that sugar is the missing more
  • a slow food guide to iceland This is part three in my Iceland series. You can check out my Iceland style and Iceland hiking guide as well. But today…it’s all about food, the stuff that fuels all my travels. You can also peruse my Slow Food and Hiking Guide to Provence and my Slow Food and Hiking Guide to Andalucia. Food in Iceland more
  • Avocado + coconut water popsicles. With a video recipe! First. A big thank you to everyone who’s already bought my I Quit Sugar Cookbook, released last week. Loved getting instagram pics of the dishes you made from it over the weekend…keep them coming. I’ll re-insta them as they come in. Second. If you’re curious about what kind of recipes I share, I thought I’d more
  • How to make bacon + egg cupcakes Oooh, it’s so close! My I Quit Sugar Cookbook is almost here. And so I figure I might share this recipe from the book: bacon and egg cupcakes! Yes. Two ingredients + some clever assembling = fun breakfast. Astonishing stuff! You can watch the video below, which was shot by my good mate Faustina (you more
  • my sugar-free raspberry ripe! I made this a while back and shared the recipe with my friend Renee. In passing. It’s the kind of recipe I’m packing my forthcoming I Quit Sugar Cookbook with. Simple, moorish, minimal-ingredients-required “assemblages”, brimful of nutrients and wholesome sweetness. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some sneak peaks…on Instagram, my IQS Facebook page and more
  • some very clever sugar-free snacks (2 ingredients or less) Some might not call this cooking. Some, of course, might. Regardless, I do like to challenge myself to prepare food with the least number of steps and ingredients as possible, and using everyday things around the supermarket aisle. Life is smoother with less. And with ingenuity. I thought these might inspire you to come up more
  • 15 tips + recipes for a sugar-free Easter It seems kind of early to be doing an Easter post. But, hey, Woolworths got in months ago. Aaaannndddd, a stack of you have been asking for ideas and recipes and… So. Here you go. First, some chocolate thinkings… and some good news Since I’ve been asked this a lot, I’ll share where I’m at more
  • Valentine’s Treats: more sweet sugar-free recipes How good is this: people I’ve never met join me in quitting sugar via I Quit Sugar, and then get in touch to share some very pretty recipes that they’ve adapted or made up from scratch. Feeling the love much? I did. It’s V-day, so I’m paying it forward. Let me know if you get more
  • The I Quit Sugar program: week 7 Today I’m keeping it simple and just giving a bit of an update on things…and answering a few questions ahead of tonight’s webinar (where we can chat in more depth about all things sugar). So some news and housekeeping The IQS webinar is on tonight, at 6pm. Sign up here. Some of you have requested a more
  • Sugar free eating…for vegans (five fresh recipes) I’m not vegan. Nor vegetarian. But I eat a heavily plant-based diet. AND I get a lot of requests from vegos/vegans for non-dairy, non-meat, non-egg sugar-free eating. So it was that I noticed Maria at Scandi foodie had done a 21 day sugar free vegan challenge after doing my I Quit Sugar program a few more
  • the I quit sugar program: play with some sweetness (week #6) Six weeks in, some of you might have sugar out of your system. Some of you won’t, though. The cravings might still be there. What are you feeling? Are you feeling like you’d like to continue. To keep sugar out longer? Not in a draconian-I-must-be-vigilant way, but in a let’s just see how it goes more
  • friday giveaway: a month’s supply of organic acai powder Happy first-Friday-of-February! To continue our Friday giveaways, this week I’m giving away 5 x 150g bags (a month’s supply) of RioLife organic freeze dried acai Our last Acai giveaway proved very popular, and the generous RioLife team have offered to share a little more. Each serve of acai berries is equivalent in antioxidant levels to more
  • 10 (more) paleo breakfast ideas After my post about why the paleo diet works, and then my coconut flour post, one of the biggest requests I’ve had is: what can I eat for breakfast if I’m grain-free, sugar-free? You ask, I oblige…here’s a glorious host  of options for you to try from bloggers and tweeters and from my own archives. more
  • paleo coconut flour muffins – sugarfree, of course I’ve been asked a few times about coconut flour. Is it a grain? Is it starchy? Good for kids quitting sugar? I could’ve mouthed off based on a vague knowledge. But I dug around a bit… Erstwhile, my conclusions: There are six reasons to give coconut flour a crack. 1. It’s sweet tasting, but contains more
  • I Quit Sugar program: love that fat (week 2) All things cruising well, most of you are probably a good few days, if not a little longer, into this sugar quitting caper. I’ve loved following how you’re all going. First up, some little house keeping: * I have a new Facebook I Quit Sugar page: I’ll be updating it mostly daily with new helpful more
  • friday giveaway: 10 copies of the luscious “Supercharged Food” cookbook by Lee Holmes It’s Friday. It’s summer. Everyone seems to be on some sort of healthy switch-about. So a fitting giveaway! This week I’m giving away… 10 copies of ‘Supercharged Food’ From Lee’s book: sugarfree coconut icecream! See recipe below. Regular readers will have caught previous posts about Lee Holmes‘ cooking. Lee has an autoimmune disease and has more
  • a super pretty sugar free macaroon slice… I discovered a wonderful world out there the other day. A world I had been oblivious to (I’ve been oblivious to a lot of things recently). A world where some beautifully talented and curious and dedicated food bloggers have quit sugar and taken to experimenting with sugar-free recipes. I’ll be profiling a few here going more
  • my chocolate nut balls (healthy nuff for breakfast!) Over the weekend, my partner in “Sunday mornings on the deck eating eggs + reading the papers” crime Lizzie and I made nutballs. This is them… Three things you need to know: 1. These balls of goodness are so healthy and anti-oxidising that you can eat them for breakfast. And just to test the theory, more
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