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Fighting the family worm disaster with Diatomaceous Earth

Written by lee on . Posted in Blog, gut healing, gut health, Heal Your Gut Powder, Heal Your Gut Powder, healthy gut. digestive health, Healthy Home, Herbal Medicine, Kids, Learn, Spotlight On

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Worms. I’m sorry, this isn’t the most enjoyable subject material, but if you’re a mum or dad with  school aged children, you may already be familiar with this unsavoury situation. If you haven’t experienced it in your family yet, it’s time to get informed so that when the problem rears its ugly head you know exactly how to tackle it. I also have some great news on a natural way you can rid your body of these pesky critters before resorting to drugs.

Pinworms, also known as threadworms are the a parasitic worm and the most common worm infection in Australia, the UK and the USA.  Kids are more likely to pick up an infection than an adult, probably because of children’s tendency to put their fingers in their mouths, and you may notice worms emerging in your family when your littlies begin day care and school. An annoying truth of the childhood worms experience is that once a child is infected, other members of their household are also likely to get pinworms unless strict hygiene practices are observed.

Threadworms are spread by children scratching their bottom and carrying the worm eggs back to their mouth with their hands. They can also be spread indirectly through food and dust. The eggs can survive up to two weeks outside the body, and once these eggs are swallowed, they hatch in the small intestine and travel down.

Despite the ugly reputation, a pinworm infection is relatively harmless and can be easily treated.

What to look out for

Signs of a pinworm in children include

  • Tiredness, or generally feeling “out of sorts”
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Lowered appetite
  • Itchy bottom, especially at night
  • Small white worms appearing around the anus
  • White worms in stools

Home care practices

When you notice an infection of worms, you can help reduce the spread to family members through

  • Discouraging scratching the bottom
  • Keeping everyone’s fingernails trimmed and clean. A nail scrubber is a good option.
  • Washing hands with warm soapy water after the toilet
  • Laundering bedding in hot water
  • Vacuuming the house often to remove eggs

Ridding the body of worms naturally

Diatomaceous Earth is a brilliant first step alternative to over the counter drugs and is something that I personally consume regularly to rid my body of parasites, especially during travel overseas or if I suspect an infection. It’s been very effective in gently cleansing my digestive system. And a clean digestive system is the starting point for overall body and mind health. It’s also a beautiful all-rounder for family gut health and cleansing and because it is a food not a supplement, it's safe for adults and children.

Diatomaceous earth is one of the best natural, food based anti-parasitic medications. It works by attracting bacteria, fungi, viruses, pesticides, drug residues etc to absorb them. The hollow cylinder structure allows pathogenic bacteria to become trapped and passed through the body. Larger parasites found in the stomach are actually cut up and killed by the Diatomaceous Earth particles!

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My naturopathic grade, Diatomaceous Earth, also known as organic fossil shell flour or as I like to call it Dinosaur powder, also contains 15 minerals that are beneficial to your overall health and wellbeing. With its detoxifying properties, you and your children will be able to absorb these minerals much more effectively!  Being high in silica it has the added benefits of better hair, skin and nails too.

One tablespoon of diatomaceous earth taken by an adult, once a day for seven days, can be extremely effective for killing parasites. When used on children, bear in mind that height is a better indicator of the size of their G.I. tracts than their weights. Thus, a child who is 4 feet tall should take 2 teaspoons, and a child who is 2 feet tall should take 1 teaspoon.

You can simply add your appropriate dose to water or juice twice a day, preferably before meals. You can even add it to smoothies or sprinkle it on top of your children’s cereal as it’s completely free of additives, fillers, sugars, artificial sweeteners or preservatives!

Heal Your Gut, Diatomaceous Earth is a safe food grade product and of the highest D Earth grade. When using it, be sure to drink plenty of fluids and always consult your health care practitioner when treating children.

Find out more about my Heal Your Gut Powder here.

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A guide to batch cooking

Written by lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Healthy Home, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Summer, Supercharged Food Menu, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

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I’m such a fan of kitchen organisation. I really believe that just about anyone can live out a healthy lifestyle full of vibrant, nourishing meals made from quality ingredients. You don’t have to outsource your food preparation, no matter how time poor you are. It’s all about priorities and time management.

One of my favourite ways to ensure I’m set up to thrive with beautiful food in a chaotic week is to batch cook. I cover this in my eBook The Renewable Table which is a loaves and fishes” philosophy and centres around the concept of ‘continuum cooking’, a resourceful and environmentally friendly way to cook that reimagines your original meals into two, three or even four more, delicious dishes.  You can read more about the eBook here.

There are so many different ways to incorporate batch cooking into your life that will free up time and energy in the kitchen so you can focus on other priorities. Rather than cooking dinner every night, you might like to make two dinners that will give you the next night off. Or you may like to go hard and cook up an entire weeks’ worth of meals in one day.

Here are some tips to help you take up this liberating system in your home.

Equipment and storage

Firstly you’ll need a freezer with enough room to store the amount of meals you want to make. If you have a deep freezer you’ll be able to batch cook for more meals; potentially a month or even more! A deep freezer is also a great investment for buying bulk organic foods like meat, dairy, nuts and grains.

A freezer section of your fridge is also fine but you will just have to work with the space you have. I often clean my freezer out regularly to make space for more meals.

You’ll also need all of your regular cooking equipment, but if you have two saucepans instead of one, you’ll be able to have more meals cooking at once.

Lastly you'll need storage containers of your preferred size. If you’re just feeding yourself you'll need smaller potions, or larger containers for family meals. I often use glass jars in the freezer too. Just remember not to fill them too high or you'll break the glass!

Build a menu

Plan the period of meals you'd like to cook for. Is it just dinner? Or lunches too? Do you want to have snacks on hand for yourself or the kids? I often eat leftovers for lunch the next day so focus on making large dinners and I also throw a few snack, dip and smoothie recipes in the mix.

Look at your schedule and get out some recipe books or blog recipes that you love. Meals with some liquid in it; soups, stews, casseroles, lentil dishes and curries are my favourites to freeze. Muffins, cakes and slices can also freeze well.

List the recipes you’ll be cooking including the page numbers or website and remember to double or triple recipe quantities if needed. Write a corresponding shopping list for everything you need.

Have a cooking day

Here’s the fun part. Choose a free day in your week, tie your hair back, get your kitchen ready, and put on some music—it’s time to party! Cook all your meals, as many as you can cook at once.

I like to do all my food prep first- all the organisation of ingredients including the peeling and chopping. Then get cooking. You might have a stew in the slow cooker, one casserole in the oven, a curry plus a soup on the stovetop, and while they’re bubbling away you might be making almond milk, smoothies, pesto or other staples in your blender.

Preparation Tips

If preparation is where you feel most challenged, clear off the counter tops and get ready for some fun and interesting  meal preparation ideas.

Chop up or spiralize raw vegetables such as carrots, celery, zucchini and capsicum into strips, batons and sticks and store in the refrigerator.  Then all you need to do is whip up a quick dip for a healthy snack.

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When roasting batches of vegetables on high heat to bring out the sweetness, find perfect partners with the same cooking times. Fast cooking vegetables are asparagus, capsicum, broccoli, leeks, mushrooms, tomatoes and zucchini and slow roasting vegetables include celeriac, parsnips, potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, rutabaga, daikon, butternut squash and onions.  If you require a mixture of fast and slow, cook slower vegetables on the stovetop first and then add to the baking dish.

Smoothies can be made in advance and placed in muffin trays in the freezer. When morning comes, take three out and simply place them into blender to whizz and refresh.

Cook up skewered kebabs and save some for ready meals for the oncoming days.

When cooking a renewable dish such as chicken, cook two at the same time but with a couple of different variations, one could be lemon and rose- mary and the other could be Moroccan spices with yoghurt.

Eggs can be hard boiled in muffin pans in the oven allowing you to cook a few batches of twelve at a time.  Just preheat oven to 350°F (175°C), place the egg in the muffin pan and bake for 30 minutes.

Make a tray of frittatas in muffin tins, which can be stored in the fridge for up to five days. You wont lose interest if you make them in different flavours.

Preassemble glass jars of soup ingredients, salads or layered gluten free oatmeal, buckwheat, coconut milk and berries. Using glass jars help the ingredients from getting tarnished, carry dressings separately or place at the bottom of the jar, layering sturdier vegetables such as capsicum and carrots then top with leafy greens. Use a section of paper towel at the top, this will absorb moisture and enable you to store your soups and salad jars for 3-5 days.

Snap frozen vegetables such as peas and green beans are easy to use and convenient if you don’t have fresh, they're great added to soups and stews.

Label and store

I’m a self-confessed label nerd. Your day will be so much easier when you can look in the freezer and see exactly what meals are in there.

Buy some stickers, write your meals on them and place them on your containers of food so you are never stuck rummaging through the freezer trying to work out what mystery meals you have before you.

Remember when freezing leftovers, be sure to freeze appropriate portions that you’ll know you’ll eat when it’s time to re-heat. For example, don’t freeze a whole tray of lasagne; rather split it into portions you know you want to eat – or even more importantly, you know are good for you to eat. This provides fantastic support for portion control.

Enjoy the bliss of free time, and knowing that you're looking after yourself through busy seasons.

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Eat Right for your Shape

Written by lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Blog Snacks, Candida Friendly, Christmas, Dairy Free, Dehydrating Food, Dessert, drinks, Gluten Free, Heal Your Gut, Healthy Home, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Sauces, Seasonal, Shopping List, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Supercharged Food Menu, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

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I’m so excited to share the happy news that my sixth cookbook in the Supercharged Food series, Eat Right for Your Shape is available for pre-order here.

Eat Right for Your Shape takes a fresh look at the ancient healing system of Ayurveda and applies it to the way we eat and live. This book has been cooked up in the Ayurvedic kitchens of Kerala, where I spent time last year studying Ayurvedic nutrition and cooking.

Originating in India, Ayurveda presents a holistic approach to feeling well and living in harmony with yourself and your surroundings. It is a union of the mind, body, senses and soul.

Through nutrition, yoga and meditation, it focuses on treating the individual as a whole rather than a specific issue or disease, so that you can achieve balance and good health, not only in your physical body, but also in your mind and spirit.

Immersing myself in Ayurveda and its philosophies inspired me write a practical based book with an emphasis on balance and self care.

In this book, I’ll show you how to apply Ayurvedic principles to your life. I cover eating habits, digestion, daily routines, yoga and meditation.

One of the starting points 
is establishing your own particular dosha or constitution to enable you to tailor the principles and recipes to suit you. There’s a comprehensive questionnaire in the book to help you do this.

Following that is a chapter on basic yoga poses and breathing exercises unique to you to help pacify your dosha or shape, and I’ve included over one hundred and twenty delicious and nourishing recipes that correct your doshic imbalance, in order to create harmony, weight management and health.

In the book I offer a wealth of practical advice to eat right for your own dosha or shape.

I believe that this is more than just a book about losing weight and eating right for your shape. It has been the hardest book I've ever written but it’s the one I’m most proud of.  

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The Renewable Table e-Book

Written by lee on . Posted in All, Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Blog Snacks, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Healthy Home, Kids, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Supercharged Food Menu, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

The Renewable Table Cover

Welcome to my brand new eBook The Renewable Table. I’m so excited to officially launch this book today.

The Renewable Table is a "loaves and fishes" philosophy that reimagines your original meals into two, three or even four more, delicious dishes.

I’ve been working on the recipes in the book over the past twelve months and I’m happy to report from the front line that the dishes are a far cry from reusing any old leftovers that you simply re-heat and then take to work in a container, although you certainly can do that if you want to.  

In this book I share exactly how to prepare creative dishes and reimagined meals in a fraction of the time.  For many people, cooking home cooked meals that are also nutritious can be time consuming and expensive and that’s where I come in.  

I've been at my most industrious in the kitchen, creating a series of hardworking and versatile dishes or "Stepford wife" meals that’ll enable you to save time and money without compromising on taste or quality. These are my absolutely delicious and hearty marathon meals that last the distance for you and your family.

The reason I wrote the book is to provide you with the perfect solution to the common problem of time, money and inspiration, which I’ve found over the years, is often a stumbling block to healthy eating.  

I present beautiful recipes and tips that I’m hoping will become your family’s greatest kitchen collaborator and ones that will reduce your shopping bills considerably. Hallelujah I hear you cry!

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The recipes are not only good for you, they’re also stress free and concocted with my favourite ingredients; simplicity, taste, affordability, sustainability and will make your time in the kitchen effortless.

Through my own experience as a busy full-time working mum, in the book I share efficient and practical ways to prepare mother-ship meals that can be reclaimed and renewed to continue on for another meal or four!

The book centres around the concept of ‘continuum cooking’, which I find is the most resourceful and environmentally friendly way to cook, and I can happily report that it’s a positive response to the ever-increasing problem of food wastage.

Continuum cooking saves energy, time and money and ensures you’ll always have a hearty meal at your finger tips, freeing you up to spend more time with and on the things that you love and enjoy. The whole purpose of The Renewable Table is for me to inspire and nurse families through how to begin a Renewable Kitchen and how to create their own continuum cooking routine with pantry and cooking needs sorted.  

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Throughout the book I chaperone you with tips about how to buy in bulk and provide shopping lists to have on hand for store visits.  I show you how easy it is to cook a delicious meal with just the right amount of ingredients so that there’ll be enough on hand to renew the mother-ship recipe for your next breakfast, lunch, dinner and beyond.  I also unearth vital secrets for turning that next meal into new creations with different textures and flavours, herbs and spices.

What I've sought to do throughout the book is to do all of the thinking for you, and give you ways to make meal planning and recipe creating a breeze. I’m so thrilled to have been able to pilot a money-saving program which includes some fantastic dessert recipes to please people with a sweet tooth and savoury lovers too. The renewable meals also satisfy children and their lunchboxes as well as friends or guests at your next sustainable gathering.  

Over the years, I’ve come to learn which dishes are best for continuum cooking. I call these ‘renewable meals’ because family and friends rarely believe they’ve been created from a prior meal.  

I’m giving you a few examples of some of the kinds of recipes that you’ll discover in the book. There’s a breakfast and morning tea sequence that takes you from a scrumptious Apricot and Macadamia Granola and then breakfast is repurposed into a tray of yummy Apricot Muesli Bars
for the kids and then a nutritious Breakfast Smoothie Bowl the following day.

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 1.02.45 pmFor chicken lovers there’s a perfect weeknight TV dinner sequence that carries onto lunch the next day and dinner the next night. You’ll begin with gluten-free Chicken Schnitzels with Parsnip Mash and crisp Garden Salad then this dish is reinvented into a wholesome Chicken, Broccoli and Mixed Leaf Salad, followed by a Chicken Schnitzel Wrap with Lemon and Parsnip Spread.

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These are the kind of recipes that will bring families joy and nourishment and ones that will become an integral part of weekly meal plans. 

I hope you‘ll love the book just as much as I do.

Click here to purchase a copy.

Lee x

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Heal Your Gut Book

Written by lee on . Posted in anti-inflammatory, Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Blog Snacks, Candida Friendly, Christmas, Dairy Free, Dehydrating Food, Dessert, Gluten Free, Heal Your Gut, Healthy Home, Kids, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Sauces, Seasonal, Shopping List, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Supercharged Food Menu, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

Heal Your Gut Print Book

I'm excited to share my brand new print book with you, on my very favourite topic, the gut! 

Gut problems are at the forefront of many people's health concerns: bloating, constipation, indigestion and food intolerances.

Importantly, the causes and symptoms of these sorts of digestive problems can be helped without resorting to a truckload of pharmaceuticals.

Research is also linking an unhealthy gut to serious medical concerns such as IBD, IBS, Crohn’s disease, coeliac disease, thyroid problems and diabetes amongst many others.

In my new book Heal Your Gut, I like to think of the gut as a garden that can only thrive when the soil is healthy. Healthy soil requires healthy foods and nutrients that will allow the ‘good guys’ to flourish. By feeding our bodies all-natural, easily digestible foods, we can help our gut to function optimally, without the need to resort to dietary supplements.

Heal Your Gut is especially designed to help restore inner gut health, including a four phase treatment program, supported by 90 delicious, anti-inflammatory recipes to heal and nourish your gut.

Recipes include warming drinks, teas, juices and tisanes; broths and stock; soups; and dessert. It also covers fermented foods for when your gut is strong.

The book is suitable for non-vegetarians and vegetarians and also people following a FODMAP diet and will help to alleviate many of the symptoms of an unhappy gut.

You can preorder the Heal Your Gut print book here, for delivery at the end of August.

Say hello to delicious recipes and a happy and healthy digestive system! Are you ready?

Lee x

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My Top Ten Sit-Down Family Meals

Written by lee on . Posted in Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Dairy Free, Dessert, Healthy Home, Kids, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

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Nowadays, after school sport, play dates, working overtime, activities, and a range of other scheduling conflicts mean family meal times are being squeezed out as we spend huge lumps of time in the car and less time at the family dinner table. 

It’s not unusual for a child to be given a high sugar breakfast snack in the car during the mad rush morning commute. On the way home from a long day at work, it’s just so convenient to jump in a line at your nearest drive thru and secure a fast food meal instead of cooking.

Even when all family members are at home, research shows that more than a third of Australian families eat their meals on the sofa while watching TV rather than sitting together at the dinner table.

The problem with sitting down and eating in front of the TV is that it can lead to mindlessness eating. We’re blissfully unaware of not only what we are consuming, but also how much. We are autopilot eating.

Instead of cherishing our meals, we are distracted by technology, be it TV, mobile phones, games, and because of that, we are not fully appreciating and enjoying the food we are consuming.

Now I’m not saying we have to inspect everything we eat and have a “Sherlock Holmes” approach to food, but simple enjoyment and time spent with others whilst eating is joyful and nourishing. When you’re not distracted by technology you can take time to truly taste your meal and experience each bite from start to finish.

As juggling work and domestic commitments becomes increasingly hectic, time-strapped parents are reporting they simply don’t have the energy to prepare a home-cooked meal. However, when looking at the research, the benefits of having regular family dinner times are just too big to ignore.

Studies show that children who eat dinner with their families are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables, even when given the option in their parent’s absence, and less likely to pig out on soda and fast foods. Impressionable children are also more likely to choose wholesome foods when family dinners allow for discussions about nutrition and the provision of healthy foods.

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Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian

Written by lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Blog Snacks, Candida Friendly, Christmas, Dairy Free, Dehydrating Food, Dessert, Gluten Free, Healthy Home, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Sauces, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Supercharged Food Menu, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

Supercharged Veg_CVR_lo It is easy being green... and you don't need to wear horsetail braids, love kale or do yoga to be a vegetarian. When I first thought about the next book that I wanted to write after Eat Yourself Beautiful, one of the books that was missing on my recipe book shelf was a complete guide to vegetarian cooking.  I feel like vegetables are the complete package and because they're really high in nutrients and fibre and keep all of the important parts of your body working optimally I wanted to make them the star of the dinner table by placing them front and centre.
In the run up to writing my third print book, Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian, I'd been stalked on Instagram, asked by a large number of people to include more vegetarian recipes in my books and I began to think that perhaps I was actually losing my Veg-inity somewhat, with all of the slow cooked lamb dishes I was serving up!
The truth is, I consider myself a flexitarian and someone who has a high plant based diet but I don't follow any strict rules when it comes to one diet or another.  I like to listen to my body for clues about what to eat and use real food from nature where I can, remembering to eat in a mindful and balanced way.
It became evident, that the next book I wanted to create was one where every recipe was plant based, but not just your average hockey puck veggie patties or nut roasts that you often see in vegetarian books.  I don't believe that you need to live on boring beans and rice dishes to enjoy a vegetarian diet and my veg dishes sparkle with freshness and the kind of flavour that hails directly out of the veg plot.  They're also all gluten and sugar free and have minimal dairy.
I needed to go beyond meatless Mondays and devise a menu where any day could begin with a vegan edible smoothie, a verdant green breakfast bowl or comforting Amaranth, Walnut and Pumpkin Porridge.
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I've included hearty meals such as beautiful beetroot bourguignon and French roasted ratatouille and ones that can be eaten in-season such as winter vegetable korma or summer lettuce leaf tacos.  Because I consider myself a bit of a soup devotee I've incorporated a creamy mushroom with red quinoa chowder, a wonderfully filling pea soup for the soul and an aromatically curried parsnip pottage.
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Healthy vego snacks if you’re feeling peckish and in the mood for a light indulgence, come in the way of celeriac fries, red onion bahjis with minted raita, mini chive pancakes or sweet spiced nuts- I’m letting you in on my secret weapon for handbags!
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Supercharged Food, Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian is rounded off with some lip smacking plant based desserts so you never have to skip dessert again.  Think triple mint slices made with beauty boosting spinach! Fresh blueberry fudge which is perfect for lunchboxes or to take to high tea, cheeky spinach ice cream, and you heard it here first, a cauliflower and raspberry cheesecake, yes I said cauliflower and cheesecake in the same sentence!  I know that you'll be surprised at how absolutely delicious it tastes too.  And I’m not sure if I mentioned my ultimate gooey chocolate cake? Pretty hard to believe it's actually good for you.
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Really there’s no reason not to nosh like a nutritionist when you have all of these healthy veg options. After my extensive research into the area of vegetarian food, I was very surprised to discover how extremely unhealthy a vegetarian diet can be if you make bad food choices.
Supermarket options lack essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed for health and I couldn't step far enough away from the processed soy, meat and dairy alternatives on show in local shops. Unfortunately, I discovered plot loads of vegetarian products screaming with GM soy. In particular soy protein, soybean oil and soy lecithin which is an emulsifier that’s added to many processed foods.
Soy derivatives have become a toxic additive in our food products and act as a protein and nutrient absorption blocker causing abdominal distress in some people.  I'm yet to find a vegetarian based mayonnaise and salad dressing without soy bean oil and another ingredient, textured vegetable protein, or TVP as it is commonly known which contains the flavour enhancer MSG, can bring on unpleasant reactions in some people, and it was rife across instant vegetarian fare.
I'm hoping that my new vegetarian recipes will alleviate the need to buy processed vegetarian options, especially as my recipes are so easy to recreate at home and are infused with healthy ingredients.
I haven't left out vegans either with each recipe having options to veganise.  If you’re a long standing vegan or going vegan cold turkey, I'm not just talking about convenient alterations, I've included and sign-posted nutritious alternatives that will really boost your health and well-being.
Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian, you’ll be able to simply and easily swap out ingredients depending upon your individual preferences and eating guidelines and enjoy recipes that really benefit your health and your waistline.
No one likes to open the fridge only to find withering, limp and sad faced vegetables, so I've included a "Storing Your Vegetables" food chart which will help you to understand how to properly preserve nutrients, freshness and keep your beautiful veg edible longer.
The book contains useful seasonal guides so you can see what is in season and there’s a section on how to source the best veg at affordable prices.   Vegetables have enzymes that both make and destroy vitamins and after your produce has been picked, vitamin production stops, but degradation continues so I've also included wonderful methods to store and cook your vegetables to ensure optimum nutrition from your meals.  
This really is the ultimate Vegetarian guide with delicious and inspiring recipes and I hope you love it as much as I do and that you and your family gets years of enjoyment from the recipes.  
Supercharged Food, Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian will hit the shelves on 1st January 2015 and it's now available for pre-order here.
When you pre-order it, your copy will be sent to you on the 27th December right on track for post Xmas healthy meal planning.  Plus I’m going to give you a free copy of my Supercharged Food for Kids eBook with every pre-order because it's Christmas time!  
To receive your free copy send me an email with your email address and I'll zoom one over to you ASAP!.
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Happy Cooking 🙂
Lee xo      

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Selfies, Shelfies and Still Lifes

Written by lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Blog Snacks, Candida Friendly, Christmas, Dairy Free, Dehydrating Food, Dessert, Gluten Free, Healthy Home, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Sauces, Seasonal, Shopping List, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Supercharged Food Menu, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

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Raphaelle Peale Still Life With Orange

Every now and then bloggers get slammed for the disproportionate amount of foodie pictures they carpet bomb across the webosphere.  Photography is one of the main artistic forms that bloggers use to capture their creations.  You’ll find overhead kaleidoscopic stacks of vegetables drizzled with glistening extra virgin olive oil, arranged and seated on a clean white plate.  There’s a sprig of strategically positioned micro herbs, and perhaps a carefully placed napkin, I think you know the shots I’m talking about.

When you think about modern art and art throughout history you may think about the great masters at work. The Renaissance oil painter absorbed in their figurative composition or the impressionist creating his visible brush strokes with natural depiction of light. Art has been used throughout the years to commemorate our very existence, to honour our achievements, disappointments and celebrations, to freeze frame personal memories and to document what we love and what we eat.

What was relevant back in the day and revered is still relevant now in the era of contemporary art although we just use another form to capture it.  Looking at it objectively, our aesthetic hasn’t changed but the tools and technology we use to objectify the moment has.  A still life, is still a still life, a selfie once known as the self-portrait is no different and our holiday snaps are our depictions of a landscape painting.  The only difference today is that we capture them on our smart phones or with the help of a digital camera.

In honour of modern art and our creativity I want to share some of the beautiful artful compositions from our wonderful community that are worthy of being hung in the national gallery.

Here’s to modern art and shaping history our way and long may it continue!

@kiaraible Sweet Pistachio Chicken

@kiaraible Sweet Pistachio Chicken

@niteskye Tapioca Pancakes

@niteskye Tapioca Pancakes

@drinkbalance Supercharged Breakfast Bars

@drinkbalance Supercharged Breakfast Bars

@hellogreathealth Buckwheat Risotto

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Heal Your Gut

Written by lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Blog Snacks, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Healthy Home, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Sauces, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Supercharged Food Menu, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

Heal-Your-Gut-3d-coverSo excited to be finally launching my new eBook Heal Your Gut!

I hope that you'll enjoy the book, it's a culmination of my personal quest for healing and everything I have learnt along the way to bring my health back into balance.

It's an informative, uncomplicated and achievable gut healing protocol which will inspire, motivate and bring about true healing to your body minus the expensive supplements and faddish diet trends.

The natural four week protocol is not scary and honors the body as a whole.  The healing program is divided into four phases for you to follow one step at a time, and in your own time.  What I think you'll embrace about this book is that it's not dictatorial and takes you into account as an individual on your own healing pathway. 

My Healing Manifesto

Heal Your Gut encourages you to work with your natural gut flora in a positive and supportive way, and not fight against it as an unwelcome and unruly opponent.  It provides step by step guidance on how to bring your gut flora into balance with food to achieve optimum and enduring health.

Heal Your Gut features over fifty sweet and savoury recipe inspirations, drawing on whole foods and a kaleidoscopic rainbow of healing ingredients.  There are simple solutions for blood sugar, energy maintenance and gut healing and it covers breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.  There are also delicious snacks and beverages to indulge in.

The eBook includes step by step guidelines on how to heal your gut, and gives information on self-love and living with flexibility and not rigidity. It features personalised anecdotes to bring healing closer to home, and demonstrates that healing is truly possible.

The book also connects with the emotional, stress and brain related aspects of gut health.  Recognising the activity of cortisol in the body, meeting the Vegus Nerve, and really learning to belly breathe through fears and worries is just one crucial part to healing from within.

There are chapters covering the gut and immune system connection and the two-way interdependent relationship between the gut and the brain.  The book also covers lifestyle factors which contribute to gut health such as such as cleaning products and beauty products.

This isn’t a book to just read, I urge you to interact with it, print it out and make notes in the margins, scribble on it and make it your own wellness plan. This is your book and I have written it for you.  Read more and purchase the eBook here.

Here's a peek at some of the healing recipes to enjoy...

Supergreen Soup

cauli mash

Turnip and Cauliflower

Find out more about the book here.

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Happy Cooking!

Lee xo

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Kale and Lemon Rind Omelette

Written by lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Lunch, Blog Snacks, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Healthy Home, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Supercharged Food Menu, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

kale and lemon rind omelette

Wake up with a zing with a mouthwatering omelette.  

I love to create recipes that taste like they came straight out of a vegetable patch. So vibrant and earthy and this comes straight out of my new book Eat Yourself Beautiful.

It's great for the nutritional balancing act too. The biotin found in eggs is fantastic for promoting luscious shiny hair, while the coconut oil and lemon will help your body absorb beneficial iron from the kale.  Which by the way is a fantastic anti-inflammatory food,  one cup being filled with 10% of the recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids!

Here's how to make it. 

Serves One

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 leaves Tuscan kale, washed, stems removed and shredded
  • 3 organic eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh
  • coriander, plus extra, to serve (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to season

 Method

  • Preheat the oven grill (broiler) to high.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a medium frying pan over a medium heat and sauté the kale for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the water and lemon rind to the eggs, beat again and pour the egg mixture over the kale, giving the pan a swirl so the base is evenly coated.
  • Reduce the heat and scatter the coriander over the egg mixture. Cook for a minute or so, until the omelette is firm enough on the underside to be folded over.
  • Tilt the pan away from you and use a spatula to gently lift and fold a third of the omelette on itself.
  • Transfer the omelette to the oven and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, transfer to a plate and top with a squeeze of lemon juice and the extra coriander leaves (if using) and serve.

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Hungry for Change

Written by lee on . Posted in Blog, Books, Healthy Home, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Reviews, Supercharged Food Menu

hfc-dvd-cover-180x241A few years ago I was at a major turning point in my life and hungry for change.  I was lying in a hospital bed staring at the ceiling one night and I asked myself a simple question which at the time had no idea would have such a profound effect on my future. 

The question that was swirling around in my head seemed to make perfect sense to me but others around me weren’t so convinced by what I was contemplating; I’d always been quite interested in nutrition but this time I wanted to know even more about the food I was eating and whether certain kinds of foods could not only provide me with nourishment but actually become my medicine to eventually restore and heal my body. 

After being diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, when I was faced with the prospect of a dull and overcast life on steroids, anti-inflammatories and antibiotics, this teeny idea that had begun  blossoming in my mind like a flower in springtime, was slowly becoming a much bigger part of how I wanted my future to look.   I envisaged a future which would allow me to live freely and naturally and one that would see me healing my body with certain foods, and wean myself off the cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs I was having difficulty swallowing daily.

At the time there wasn’t a whole lot of information that I could find on the subject and I was starting to discover that there was a great deal of conflicting advice, especially on the internet.  Fortunately for me, it just so happened that a friend of mine named Cleo sent me a link to the Food Matters DVD which really opened my eyes to the concept of using food as medicine. As I watched the eye opening DVD, there was a moment that became a huge turning point for me.  Something in the DVD really resonated with me and it made me cry.  It was scary to think that I wanted to go against convention and try a different healing path.  I remember feeling really concerned about being criticised and made to look reckless and irresponsible because my choices were unconventional. But something inside me was convincing me that this was the right path for me even though most of the people around me disagreed.

It was from that point onwards that I was truly convinced I was going to try and discover as much information as I could and become my own “Food Is Medicine” experiment to see whether I really could heal myself without the use of prescribed drugs.

Over the next few years my health improved dramatically with food and nutrition being one of the major components of my recovery.  I also found that healing my gut, lowering inflammation in my body, taking up gentle exercise and doing a daily meditation played an important role in my overall health too.

When Food Matters asked me to be a part of their affiliate program I was really excited because James Colquhoun actually wrote the forward in my first recipe book Supercharged Food, and I was such a big fan of he and Laurentine because of the profound effect they had on opening my eyes to a new way of life. 

Hungry for Change is the next book and DVD from the makers of Food Matters and it unravels the clever marketing ploys that the diet, weight-loss and food industries use to keep us coming back for more.  It shows us how we are made to think we are eating ‘healthy’ and ‘nutritious’ food when really what we are being offered is disguised food with minimal to no nutritional value at all. Nutrients from real food – vegetables, fruits and good fats are what enable us to heal from the inside out. These nutrients can’t be obtained from processed foods on a supermarket shelf but from real food grown with no chemicals and pesticides, in our own gardens, absorbing the shine of the sun, raindrops and the minerals from clean soil.

If you’re interested in finding more out about Hungry for Change which will really have you questioning the nutritional values of every packet you pick up off a supermarket shelf, every advertisement you see on TV or in a magazine then you can watch the Hungry for Change DVD here or read the Hungry for Change recipe book here.

Nourish your body with real food and your body will nourish you.

Thank you for reading my story, you can read my books by visiting my bookshelf here.

Happy cooking,

Lee xo

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Healthy Cookware for Your Real Food Kitchen

Written by lee on . Posted in Blog, Healthy Home

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As more and more people come around to the benefits of eating healthily and from the source, it struck me recently that there’s little information surrounding the benefits of choosing the correct and healthiest cookware on the market today.

We all know that somewhere lurking in our kitchen is at least one old saucepan that perhaps had its heyday in the 90’s and is hanging in there, just by the skin of its teeth.

Although for many of us it can be a struggle to say goodbye to what is a reminder of a delicious meal created with a special person or a trusty rusty pan that has seen many a day, for a lot of us the time has now come for cookware update.  

Not only do old cooking pots and pans often look battered and bruised, they can also be a source of leeching chemicals which infiltrate our food and negate the benefits of all of the wonderfully fresh, organic and healthy produce we are purchasing.

When choosing new cookware it’s important to look at a number of factors, the usability, the price and most importantly, the materials used. 

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