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Food Matters Live

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So excited to let you know that I’ll be hitting the road with the founders of Food Matters James and Laurentine and Jon Gabriel for Food Matters Live!

The Food Matters film was the catalyst for a health revolution in my own life, I wrote about it in a previous blog post and now I'm fortunate enough to be joining the team for this healthy and transformative roadshow.

We'll be stopping by in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to share stories, some home-cooked wisdom, Supercharged recipes and tips on how you can live a healthy and happy life.

I’ll be doing some cooking with James and I'm going to pull it all back to simple and Supercharged Foods for the whole family to enjoy. We'll be demonstrating easy kitchen tricks and foods that taste great. We all believe that food really does matter and solutions to health problems don't involve fad diets, medication and strict exercise regimes.

It's a full day program and you'll discover;

  • How to take control and live your healthiest life yet.
  • Quick and easy nutrition and superfood cooking demonstrations.
  • Modern day stress reduction for busy people.
  • How the power of our mind and thoughts effect our health.
  • How to boost energy and break free from the diet trap and processed food addictions and cravings forever.
  • The latest up-to-the-minute tips for detoxing and natural weight loss.
  • Myth debunking: That eating healthy is expensive. Practical and affordable solutions.
  • The secrets and confusion of the multibillion dollar diet industry and uncover the truth behind “diet” “sugar-free” and “fat-free” products.

Come and watch us demonstrating kitchen tips, tricks and foods that taste great, and recipes which are simple and easy to bring to the table and made with everyday ingredients.

If you’d like more information and want to join in on an action-packed and inspirational day visit here

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The Vitality Show is Coming!

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image Vitality is a fresh new experience coming to Sydney this spring. A haven from the hustle and bustle of the city and a place to indulge yourself in a spot of retail therapy, pampering, hair styling, fitness classes, education and much more.
Come and take part in my gentle Hatha Yoga classes at Vitality on 11 October at 2.30pm and Sunday 12 October at 4.00pm. Plus bring along a girlfriend for free with my special ticket offer!
Simply enter in promo code ‘SUPER’ when purchasing your tickets and receive 2 for $20.
Visit www.vitalityshow.com.au for more details.
WHAT’S ON AT THE SHOW?

Over 80 brands

  • Dermalogica Treatment Zone
  • ghd styling bar
  • Vitality Nail & Pamper Bar
  • The Canon Main Stage
  • Empowerment Stage
  • Fitness & Yoga Zone
  • Sexual Health & Wellness Zone
  • Cooking & Nutrition Stage
With over 90 demonstrations and presentations across 3 days, make sure you purchase your ticket to Vitality and glow inside and out!

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Curtis Stone and his new Pizza Stone!

Written by lee on . Posted in Cookware & Appliances, News, Reviews

CurtisThis week I chatted to the lovely Curtis Stone who is back in Australia to launch his cooking range into Coles stores.  One of the really exciting new cookware tools he has developed is a handy pizza stone, which is the perfect platform for making healthy gluten free pizzas. 

What’s interesting about using the stone is that it prevents you from getting a doughy result underneath and because you heat it up in the oven before-hand, it crisps up the base of the pizza by holding in and then dispersing the heat, making it crunchy on the bottom and giving you a melt in the mouth softness on top. It’s affordable too and for just over $20 you can make your own healthy wood-burning-oven like pizza without breaking the bank. 

pizzaSo how does it work?

-the pizza stone is pre-heated in the oven
-the dough gets a jolt of heat when it hits the stone
-the heat of the base helps the pizza cook quicker and cooks the dough through
-to get a crisp crust without a stone you need to cook the pizza longer, which usually means hard crust and overcooked toppings
-Pizza stones are also great for making homemade breads, heating up flatbreads and preparing pita!

I asked Curtis a few questions about what he’s been up to since he was last in Australia. 

How's your trip back to Oz been?

Fun so far, I’ve just spent the last couple of days acclimatizing my wife Lindsay and baby boy Hudson to the weather and the culture here.  It’s been so fantastic to be able to spend time with cousins and grandma! They’ve all been having such a great time getting to know each other.

What do you miss about being home?

I really miss my family and I also miss our Aussie sense of humour.  Sometimes in America I tell a joke and they don’t really get it or they think I’m being a bit strange, we’re used to a ribbing kind of humour in Oz and I like it so it’s great to be back and get a sense of that and have a laugh and a joke. 

What made you decide to become a chef?

From a really early age I‘ve always loved to eat and food is on my priority list. Ok so the truth is sometimes I like to eat off other peoples plates! That’s how much I love food. I feel so fortunate and lucky to have been able to follow my passion and work with food.

What’s the healthiest dish you like to cook?

Depends on the season really but at the moment we are in summer, so raw ingredients such as salad, kale, asparagus, grilled veggies, avocados with a bit of sherry vinaigrette is filling my plate right now.  The addition of avocado makes the dressing so creamy if you mush it up.  Granted it’s not the prettiest salad but it tastes amazing.

I’ve just released a kid’s recipe book and I know you have a little boy, do you make all of Hudson's food and what does he like to eat?

Lindsay and I both cook for him and he just loves seafood, he really enjoys eating proteins so when I watch him eat he likes to eat his salmon first and then he’ll eat his veggies afterwards.  It’s been a really interesting journey becoming a parent and trying to figure out his taste buds.

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What's the best thing about being a dad?

Watching the development of Hudson has been incredible.  I also enjoy seeing Lindsay interact with him too.

I read that you were instrumental in getting more ethical products onto the shelves in Coles, such as sow stall free pork and no added hormone beef  tell us a little bit about that and has it been a hard process?

Yes it has been a very big food project that I’m very passionate about and have been working with Coles for a long period of time to make positive changes.  We are working on continuing to have locally sourced seasonal fruit and vegetables in store and as much Australian produce as possible. Coles currently source 96% of their fruit and vegetables from Australian farmers.   We are also trying to educate consumers to eat and shop seasonally so for example there isn’t a demand for cherries out of season whereby they would need to be purchased from overseas.  The ethical and sustainable meat products that we have introduced has involved a massive restructure of the whole industry and we are working together to bring about big scale change.  It involves talking to farmers about different ways that they can build their infrastructure and put an animal’s welfare as a priority, but as you know, major change does take time to implement. 

So tell me a bit about your new pizza stone, why did you decide to create it?

I really want to empower people to cook at home and make it easy for them to do so.  I am also working with Coles to bring a new product each month into stores, there’s going to be a wok soon and a roasting dish which is easy to use and affordable.

What's your favourite pizza recipe and do you have a healthy version?

My favourite pizza is a homemade one which would have artichokes, olives, Portobello mushrooms, I made one this morning with ingredients that were on their last legs seasonally, may as well use them up whilst they are there!

The Curtis Stone Everyday Pizza Stone is available at Coles stores from September 18th, 2013 for $21.70.

For a deliciously healthy gluten free pizza try this one with a cauliflower crust.

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Lee xo

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8 simple ways to improve digestion and absorption

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I have a new theory.  You are NOT what you eat.  I know that sounds a bit random, but essentially, you are NOT what you eat, you are what you digest and absorb.

Have you ever eaten food which is perfectly healthy and nutrient rich only to discover the after affects of pain and bloating and wishing that particular food had never been on the guest list?

If you suffer from any kind of digestion stress and feel sleepy and sluggish after meals, you may need a digestive tune-up.

Follow these tips to get yourself on the right road to maintaining a healthy digestion. 

Use more coconut products

Coconut oil contains lauric acid - a proven antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal agent that is easily digested and absorbed.  The anti-fungal aspect helps kill candida in the gut, which is a common problem for people with digestive stress. Plus, coconut  helps absorb beneficial nutrients from our food.

Take probiotics

Probiotics are a live microorganism that improve the balance of flora in the digestive system. For a healthy digestion these friendly bacteria are essential. They help prevent the overgrowth of bad bacteria and are often depleted if you've been taking antibiotics or if you've had gastro. Probiotics can be found in some yogurts or taken as supplements.

Soak your nuts and grains

When you soak your nuts and grains you are reducing toxic substances and inhibitors that occur naturally within the grain.  For example, phytic acid which is found in most nuts, seeds and grains, will combine with minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium and prevent them from being absorbed during digestion. Soaking neutralises this natural inhibitor.

Do an elimination diet

If you find you experience adverse affects after eating a particular food, it might be worthwhile trying an elimination diet. Remove the suspected food or food group from your diet for anywhere between two weeks and a month and see if symptoms resolve.

Try bone broth

Your digestive lining is supposed to be permeable to absorb nutrients. But for some people it can become too porous and let too much "leak" through without absorbing it properly. When this happens, your body can react, attacking the foods you eat. This can create IBS and other gut problems, even some autoimmune disorders. Bone broth contains gelatin which helps reinforce the lining of the gut and soothe digestive distress.

Drink less with meals

Drinking a lot of fluid (even water) while you eat can dilute the level of hydrochloric acid (HCL) in your stomach. This acid is needed to help kill bacteria and digest your foods. It's best to minimise the fluid you drink while eat and for at least an hour after you finish your meal.

Drink warm water and lemon

Along with a delicious breakfast, it's a good idea to get into the habit of starting the day with a cup of warm water with lemon. This alkaline drink will help jump start your metabolism and get your digestion moving.

Chew your food

If you're a mum, you probably tell your kids this all the time: chew your food! Chewing is the first step in food digestion. Try not to rush through your meal, but allow yourself plenty of time to chew, chew, chew before you swallow. 

Let me know how you go with these tips.

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How to Identify Candida

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Taryn Hall-Smith who is the Director of The Contented Body www.thecontentedbody.com talks more about Candida this month and 12 ways to avoid it.

12 Ways to Avoid Candida

There are a number of factors that can disrupt the balance of organisms in our intestines and lead to the overgrowth of Candida. Yeast infections have opportunities to take hold when our body systems become imbalanced. Understanding the importance of these imbalances allows you to be proactive in preventing this pathogenic organism taking over your digestive tract and damaging your health.

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Weight Loss and Gut Flora Imbalance

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Taryn Hall-Smith who is the Director of The Contented Body www.thecontentedbody.com talks about the body's gut flora this month and how imbalances can lead to the inability to lose weight.

Could your efforts to lose weight be due to your body’s gut flora imbalance? The digestive system is home to trillions of micro organisms colonising the gut making an amazing ecosystem called the gut flora. A healthy adult has about 2kg of these bacteria in the gut. All these bacteria live in a highly organised micro-world with certain species predominating and controlling others. They play a number of vital roles in the body and without them we probably would not survive. It is absolutely essential that we take care of our gut flora, as an abnormal or damaged gut flora is one of the main root cause of many diseases including heart disease, auto immune diseases like Lupus and Arthritis, allergies, food intolerances and even cancer.

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Weight Loss and Food Intoleraces

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Could your inability to lose weight be due to an undetected food intolerance?

Are you overweight and frustrated that when you try reduced calorie diets you only have limited success? Or do you feel that although you are very physically active you still lose very little weight? Or do you experience really strong cravings for a particular food and then break your diet because you just can’t resist these cravings? It is possible that you could be suffering from food intolerances which can have a huge impact on weight management.

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Exercise and Detoxification

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Taryn Hall-Smith who is the Director of The Contented Body www.thecontentedbody.com talks about the benefits of exercise and detoxification this month.

Exercise and Detoxification

We are all exposed to numerous toxins and harmful chemicals on a daily basis – in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and in the beauty and household products we all use! These substances enter our bodies and are slowly broken down and eliminated, although some do remain lodged in our fat cells for a very long time. Although it is possible to reduce our exposure to and intake of toxins it is practically impossible to avoid them altogether, which is why detoxification or detox measures should be an important consideration for all of us.

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Superfood Grains

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Hi and welcome to week 4 of our Superfoods News with an article by Carole from Energy Superfoods.

The following selected grains are particular favourites of mine from a nutritional as well as fuel perspective, all of which I use to support increased energy, weight control, alkalising and fitness training efforts.

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Super Fruits

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Super Fruits!  Absolutely amazing, nutritious and mostly delicious! The all time top superfruit and one of the top superfoods world-wide, is the powerful antioxidant fruit Acai Berry. It's an incredible, power packed berry from the Amazon.  Cultivated in a completely natural environment it can boast never having so much as seen or heard of pesticides or herbicides, making it one of the purest forms of a naturally grown organic super fruits on the planet.

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Nuts and Seeds

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We are please to bring you week 2 of our superfood articles. We hope you enjoyed last weeks article on cruciferous vegetables and their amazing health benefits, as well as the nutrition available from broccoli sprouts and hope you enjoy this article just as much. This week we are looking at Nuts and Seeds. 

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