Organic or Conventional?

Market display of fruit and vegetablesHow important is it to buy organic fruit and vegetables? Organics often cost several times more than the equivalent conventional, but is the extra spend worth it?  Non-organic fruit and vegetables are regularly sprayed with potentially toxic chemicals. Do the safety regulations work?  How toxic is conventional food? Read on to find out. Why is organic
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Fear Not Fruit!

In recent years, there has been a fair amount of awareness developing about how bad processed sugar is for us. It has been realised by many health-seeking people that processed sugars are not our friend, and that insulin resistance, candida, raised triglycerides, obesity and even cancer may be associated with our culture’s high sugar diets. We have witnessed the rise of such successful books as Sarah
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Honey- Medicine and Magic

Honey- Medicine and Magic Some of you may know that we have a backyard bee hive and we love our bees. We can see the bees from the back sitting area and they are busy from dawn to dusk! We talk to them every day and I even sing to them. Well, they sing- or at least hum- to us too! :)In these days of superbugs and and antibiotic resistance, honey’s healing qualities are becoming more recognised
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Fire Cider

Prevention is a lot smarter when it comes to sickness- there are many things you can do to boost your immunity before the winter season sets in. Your good health helps your body fight off the germs that abound in the colder months. Start to think about changing your diet and your daily habits in tune with the cooler weather, and your body will thank you.This is a great recipe to prepare now, before
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Moroccan Preserved Lemons

 Moroccan Preserved LemonsDo you have an abundance of lemons at the moment? This recipe give you a wonderful condiment and flavour boost to many dishes, especially African dishes. I love to add my preserved lemons to rissoles along with cumin and other spices.Preserved lemon is a traditional North African condiment where its sour and salty flavour adds a distinct flavour to classic tagines,
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Fermentations and Easy Sauerkraut

 FermentationsIf you have Liked my Facebook Page  you may have noticed that I love to make fermented foods. These foods, used by traditional cultures all around the world to preserve food and for medicinal purposes, help heal our guts-  and our gut health is foundational to our immune system, our brain health and our whole wellbeing. Many people have found that by eating fermented
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The Benefits of Meditation

The Benefits of MeditationThe physical and psychological benefits have been known for thousands of years, and are even being scientifically shown to increase our immunity and health. A Harvard Medical School study has shown that those who practice meditation and relaxation have higher levels of disease fighting genes activated in their bodies.The experiment, which showed just how responsive genes are
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Germs for Health!

Fermented Vegies replace beneficial microbes back into our system

Restoring our microbial populations

For millions of years we have co-evolved with micro-organisms. In the last few decades we have found how to kill many disease causing microbes through the use of antibiotics. It has  been a huge step forward in one way....our life expectancy has gone from 60 in the 1930s when diseases like tuberculosis killed many of us-  to 79 or so now, some of which at least may be attributed to the use of antibiotics. However, at the same time, there are increasing epidemics of chronic diseases, causing much suffering and costing billions of dollars, that before were much less common.
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Superfoods- do you need them?

In today’s world, where people eat sub-optimal food daily, a superfood can be loosely described as a food that has high nutritional value- it packs more punch per mouthful of vital nutrients than, say, your average apple or slab of meat, let alone an Arnotts biscuit or bowl of noodles. Superfoods are being marketed strongly, and tend to be along the lines of “special” foods which can be marketed
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Raw Cacao Bliss Balls

Date-Almond-and-Cacao-balls

Here is my basic recipe for Raw Cacao Bliss Balls. There are endless variations on these. Sometimes we make a cacao- free version for when we have eaten too much cacao, or for in the evenings when we  don't want the cacao buzz.

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