• Does quitting carbs cause thyroid issues? Alright, this is a controversial one. Anything Paleo-orientated generally is. But let’s wade in. I have a number of reasons for distancing myself from the Paleo movement. I agree with many of the dietary principles inherent, just not the faddishness, the fanaticism and the insistence on basing it on a meta-theory of how we ate more
  • 10 reasons why coffee might not be great if you have autoimmune disease Coffee is good for us, yes? I reckon there’s a fair bit of evidence now saying it’s so. But what about if you have an autoimmune disease? (New here? I have Hashimotos and I often write from this particular POV.) Me, I drink coffee – about 2-3 cups per week. But I’ve been starting to more
  • 300 “typical” thyroid symptoms (yep, that many!) As many of you know, I have thyroid disease. I’ve been meaning to compile a list of various symptoms linked to thyroid issues for a while, in part to highlight just how multifaceted, unpredictable and nebulous the disease is. It’s worth remembering that every cell in our body has thyroid receptors (the only other substance with more
  • five things to do with apple cider vinegar I traveled recently. You might have noticed. I traveled with some truly odd things. One of the oddest was a bottle of apple cider vinegar. To qualify for a spot in my pack, an item had to have a dual purpose. As a minimum requirement. Well, ACV certainly passed the test. Read here about what more
  • chatting wing women with Agony Aunts Have you caught Agony Aunts on ABC yet (Wednesdays 9.30pm…or iview if you missed the first ep). It’s a lovely show. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6YLnuYqbJE[/youtube] The producer Adam Zwar(he made Wilfred) and I met about 10 years ago when we both wrote a relationship-ish column in the Sunday Herald Sun. Funny to come full circle. He’s an ace more
  • how to heal autoimmune disease: remember you’re no Robinson Crusoe Hands down the biggest comfort to anyone with AI is to know the crazy-weird stuff they’re experiencing… isn’t so crazy-weird. Or at least, other people on the planet are going through the same crazy-weirdness. The whys and how comes of AI remain, largely and bloody frustratingly, a mystery. But ask anyone with the condition and more
  • what’s with all the gluten intolerances?? let me explain… You might have read a column by a former colleague of mine Mia Freedman recently where she questioned people’s food intolerances, specifically gluten, and avoidance of certain foods, specifically sugar. Funnily, I’m both intolerant to gluten and had to quit sugar due to an autoimmune disease. I was asked during Monday’s webinar for my thoughts. more
  • how to heal autoimmune disease: an update OK, it’s been a while since I’ve done an auto-immune post (for those new here, you can find the backlog of AI posts here). But I’m going to start up a bit of a series again. For reasons I feel it’s worth explaining. NOTE: For anyone who DOESN’T have an AI… 1. be damn glad more
  • healing autoimmune disease #10 (a podcast) I posted my interview with Nora Gedgaudas last week that detailed the whole paleo diet thing. I’m two weeks in and am noticing amazing differences – which I’ll report back on. Anyway, I know a lot of readers on this site have an auto-immune disease of some sort. Nora very kindly talked me through her 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
  • how to heal autoimmune disease…another post on inflammation I haven’t done a AI post for a while (and if you’re new to this blog you might want to catch up on some previous posts here). Which is not to say that I’m traveling swimmingly with my particular version of the disease. Nope, it’s up and down. via pinterest.com I’m still learning what flares more
  • how to make easier decisions I love this article on why easy decisions are so hard by the ludicrously young and authentic Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide and Proust was a Neuroscientist. I’ve mentioned it here on this blog a lot…that I struggle to make the simplest of decisions, like what toothpaste to buy. And other such”first-world problems”. more
  • Question: how do you exercise? Reader Amy recently asked what I do for exercise. This is a really good question. Because I’ve shifted the way I do things in the past six months or so. Dramatically so. And I think what I’ve learned (the hard way…always the hard way with me) works. For everyone. It’s not that complicated…and it’s kind. more
  • when you’re sick… “writing is a godsend” I thought I’d share this interview with you. As you know, I was sick for quite a while. Getting better now. But it’s been a struggle to do what nourishes me – being creative – during this time. At the same time, it’s what’s kept me going. It’s been the grist to my mill. This more
  • tuesday eats: the raw food diet and a podcast with crazy kid David Wolfe It’s a movement that hasn’t really struck here in Australia. I’m seeing signs. In LA and New York it’s huge. *This blog post has been updated on February 5, 2016 and now reflects my current stance on eating raw foods. I’m talking raw. And it’s very much a movement. When I was in New York more
  • I quit sugar #2 (first step is to start eating more fat…yes!) I posted on Monday to say I’m quitting sugar. Well, it’s been three days. And I’m going great. Although you have to be so careful…I ordered a chai tea at a shoot on Tuesday and it came with honey already in it. So far, no withdrawals… because I’ve been upping my fat intake. I shall more
  • whatever gets you through the night, s’alright I have a theory. You do your best. And then sometimes things go to shit. In such cases, you do what you can to get through. Too often, we push and push to eat right, exercise right etc etc and it’s all pushing and punishment. But we don’t allow ourselves to collapse in a heap more
  • Check this sh*t out: the scary reason I have to move out of my apartment A little while back I had building biologist Nicole Bijlsma do a run-through of my flat to see if it was toxic, and making me sick. It was. Although my initial Sunday Life column didn’t outline the full extent of things. It was a bit too controversial for the magazine… plus, I hadn’t really digested more
  • my remedy kit (for thyroidy/crappy days) So, below is my insta-fix for my thyroidy days. But, really, it’s a remedy for crap days in general – if you’re premenstrual, toxic, hungover, over-worked or got another type of auto-immune disease or illness I reckon it will be of use, too. HAPPILY, after three years of trying EVERY trick in the book, I’ve more
  • Tuesday eats: a guide to grains (and my good news!) A few weeks back I got some tests back saying my immune antibodies have chilled out and are back to normal after three years of being off-the-scale-crazy. My body is no longer eating itself…and is slowly repairing! The doctor was impressed. How did I do it? It was a bunch of things, most of which more
  • Tuesday eats: why i don’t drink soy milk I used to drink the stuff a bit. I got sucked in by the health messages. Then I got told it’s a no-go for anyone with thyroid issues. Then I learned it’s really a no-go for everyone. I know soooo many of you drink it in your coffee or tea.. Perhaps you’d like to reconsider more
  • Tuesday eats: a gluten free recipe from Cannelle et Vanille Know this, Cannelle et Vanille is one of the most beautiful food blogs out there. Not just visually, but….spiritually, too (Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan, too). You can feel the love and care and whimsy from the pages of her blog. And Aran Goyoaga, a Basque food stylist now based in the US…well, she’s become more
  • Tuesday eats: turmeric (the healthiest food on the planet?) It’s ugly and lumpy and mostly people don’t know what it is when they see it at the shops. But I love turmeric. Even if it does stain every device in my kitchen a bright yellow. Know this: more and more studies are showing it beats inflammation. And fights cancer. I eat it as often more
  • how bad is flouride, really? A few weeks back I posted about why I don’t drink bottled water. Happily it inspired a stack of people to reconsider their habits. If you’re not yet convinced, watch this Story of Stuff video (it’s a little long, but fascinating) below. And then scroll down to some info on the effects of flouride, especially more
  • healing auto immune disease #8 (a guest post by Claire Hooper!!) Many of you who read this blog have auto-immune disease. Or know someone who has one of its gnarly manifestations (arthritis, Crohn’s, Lyme’s)…but as I’ve said since I posted my experience with hashimotos, the advice shared on this blog applies to everyone. Kids with AI are the canary down the mineshaft. We’re here to show more
  • healing auto-immune disease #7 (some anti-inflammatory eating tips) Perhaps you thought I’d dropped this series? Nope. Just taken a spell. But I just came across this rundown of tips for eating for auto-immune disease from Melbourne naturopath Gill Stannard. Definitely worth a bit of a share. I’ve cut out the salient bits: * The “Mediterranean Diet” is a good model to eat by. more
  • guest post: healing auto-immune disease #6 Another week, another installment. A month or so ago I posted my musings on my not-so-amusing journey with hashimoto’s. This week, I’ve invited Melbourne personal trainer, BioSignature practitioner and blogger Kat Eden to give her comic – or otherwise  – input. I came across Kat on the site Dumb Little Men and loved her tips more
  • Guest post: how to heal auto-immune disease (anti-inflammatory foods) #4 If you’ve got auto-immune disease, you probably have some bloody annoying issues with inflammation  – swollen feet or hands, skin breakouts, sore joints etc. I do (see the rest of my rundown on my crazy wrestling with Hashimoto’s here). I put up with it for ages. Actually, I whinged about it. But did nothing. Only more
  • guest post: how to heal auto-immune disease (the soy debate) #3 Confused about soy? A number of you have asked about soy products, and how they affect thyroid issues, especially in the wake of the whole Bonsoy debacle. And especially because everyone seems to have an opinion on it these days. Naturopath Angela Hywood from Tonic (you can read her first contribution here) posted the below more
  • guest post: healing auto-immune disease, by someone who’s been there #2 So, a few days ago I gave my account of coping with thyroid disease . Now I’ve asked some experts who I’ve encountered along the way to share their experience. And some advice. It’s certainly helped me… But before I do – just quickly – a random thyroid factoid someone once presented to me: Most more
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