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Healthy Gut Experts Summit 2.0

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Guess what?

I’ve been invited to participate in an incredible virtual summit about all things gut health!

It’s a huge online event that’s coming up soon covering all things digestive healing – the natural way. I know, I know, you’re just as excited as I am!

I’ll be sharing some of my most important strategies for healing the gut through fasting, including my top tips and action steps.

The name of the Summit is The Healthy Gut Experts Summit 2.0. 

This Summit features over 35 top medical doctors, naturopaths, nutritionists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, researchers and health professionals who’ve been chosen because of their depth of knowledge, insights and success. We’re going to show you what you need to know about healing your digestion, living better, and feeling your absolute best in your body, every day.

You’ll learn proven, cutting-edge strategies to gain control of your health.

And since I’m one of the featured experts, I got you a free ticket. 

So why don’t you join me?

There are lots of gifted experts participating in the Health Gut Experts Summit and these FREE tickets are available for a limited time only. So, if you’re looking to learn more and attend, get all the details and reserve your spot here! 

Hope to see you there,

Lee xo

The Healthy Mommy Movement

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Are you wondering what could possibly be going on inside your body?

What are the underlying causes of the niggly health issues you're experiencing?

You know that once you know the reason, you'll be able to find the solutions and start feeling and living the life you and your child deserve?

Are you ready to learn what to eat, how to release stress, anxiety and have optimal health and energy?

Get ready to have full control over your health! Once you know what to do and have the tools to start building your health, you can apply the solutions to your life right away!

I am participating in The Healthy Mommy Movement Summit and am so excited to invite you to join for FREE here.

Through these interviews, you’ll learn all about:

  • Increasing your energy to enhance the health of your mind, body and soul
  • How to find optimal heal and wellness
  • Why we need our hormones and what they do for us
  • Household items that may be affecting you and your child's health
  • The underlying cause to almost every disease
  • More about IBS, SIBO, anxiety, and chronic conditions
  • How to find inner peace, relax, meditate and love
  • How to get the best from yourself in your parenting and all areas of life
  • What your poo says about you and how to heal your digestive tract
  • Unlocking the unlimited power within you, so you can release the struggle, heal easily and live a life you love!

And much, much more…

Just click here to claim your FREE spot in The Healthy Mommy Movement!

Got SIBO?

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If you’ve ever experienced IBS or SIBO then you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say you’re sick of feeling:

The bloating that never seems to go away…

The fear of eating something that makes you feel worse...

The embarrassing bathroom symptoms that you don’t even want to talk about...

Many people with IBS have an underlying condition called SIBO: Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. It causes bloating, poor digestion, and fatigue — and so many people don’t even know they have it!

Luckily for us, there are things you can be doing right now to lessen the blow (pun intended) and ease your symptoms. However, in order to do this properly, you need to know the right steps.

If you have IBS or SIBO (or think you may have it), you may want to check out my SIBO plan. It's a simple, useful and straightforward guide to help you get on top of your SIBO symptoms, have more energy and finally feel like yourself again.

My SIBO plan includes a therapeutic diet plan that uses a specific low FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols) approach to limit the side-effects of these bacterium and fungi, so you can start to fix-up your insides. Throughout the program, not only do you reduce fermentable starches and fibres to cause bacterium to die-off, you also rebuild the gut lining and improve digestion. You can read more about it here.

Speaking of SIBO resources, I've also found three amazing online SIBO courses and workshops that could help.

Meet Dr. Allison Siebecker. She is one of the most sought-after SIBO experts in the country.  

She’s teaching a FREE online class called 3 Key Points for SIBO Recovery and you can register by clicking this link here.

Dr. Siebecker will teach you the 3 Key Points for SIBO Recovery to reduce symptoms and eliminate mistakes that prolong your healing, so you can feel better fast. 

Next up, we have a wonderful SIBO SOS Masterclass and Q&A all about the Bi-Phasic Diet and Protocol with Dr. Nirala Jacobi, May 11th, 4-7 pm ET.

If you have SIBO or work with others who do, come learn about this innovative and easy way to reduce symptoms and ask Australia’s leading SIBO expert your questions!

You’ll learn:

  • Why it's often NOT recommended to start with antimicrobial therapies
  • How to confidently start the Bi-Phasic Diet and Treatment Protocol as a patient
  • How to deal with dietary restrictions
  • Die-off Management — what to do and what NOT to do
  • How to manage post-treatment to prevent relapse
  • How to confidently prescribe the Bi-Phasic Diet and Treatment Protocol to your patients who have SIBO or other functional digestive disorders
  • Which strain-specific probiotics are best for specific SIBO symptoms

Can’t make it live? 

Register and you can still submit your question ahead of time. You’ll get a recording and transcript of the Masterclass afterwards.

Click this link here for all the details. 

The final course I want to introduce you to is a Masterclass with the wonderful Dr. Michael Ruscio.

If you constantly ask a million questions before you eat anything and spend hours Googling like crazy — and your special diet still DOESN’T work, you’ve come to the right place.

Bring in: The Elemental Diet.

This Master Class will teach you how to do the Elemental Diet correctly. It’ll teach you the who, what & how for those who’ve written it off or for when nothing else has worked.

Dr. Michael Ruscio, is a brilliant functional doctor ready to share all his tips and tricks on the Elemental Diet with you. He’s won tremendous breakthroughs for his SIBO patients who’ve stopped their symptoms using the Elemental Diet. 

You’ll learn: 

  • Why the Elemental Diet might just be the magic bullet you’ve been looking for
  • How giving your digestive system a rest can provide short-term relief… and long-term results.
  • What specific tips will help you get the most out of the Elemental Diet (even if nothing else has worked!).

If you’re interested, please register here before it’s too late!

It’s on May 22nd, 2018. 

Can’t make it live?

Register, get your price locked in, and they’ll send you the recording. 

It’s normally $99 but if you register here within the next few days it’s only $59!

Let’s get rid of that SIBO for good!

Sleep-Enhancing Foods to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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Hey food fans! Now, there’s absolutely no point in me telling you that “you are what you eat”. You’re a fan of this website so I’m going to presume you already know that. What you might be surprised to learn is that what we eat can have a huge impact on how well we sleep.

For instance, having a 10oz steak just before bed isn’t exactly going to do wonders for your slumber. All that protein requires your digestive system to do a whole lot of work. And a churning gut is not really what you want when you’re heading to bed. When your head hits that pillow you want your body to be as relaxed as it can possibly be. The gut has its own rhythms that compete with your circadian rhythms that’s why I recommend eating earlier in the night. 

And skipping the  late night steak is sensible for sure. If you do get a little bit peckish before bed (which is perfectly natural), try picking something from our fabulous ‘sleep promoter’ menu below instead...

The humble Kiwi

New Zealand is an amazing country. Not only does it have some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, the best rugby teams on the planet and exotic wildlife found nowhere else (the Kea anyone?), it’s also home to the humble kiwi fruit.

Small, green and covered in fuzz, the kiwi fruit is not only delicious, it’s also incredible for your sleep.

Enjoying one, or better yet, two, of the hairy green fellas an hour before bed is scientifically proven to improve your slumber. Well at least according to a team of researchers from Taiwan. And I’ve no reason to doubt them!

Exactly why the kiwi is so useful for sleep is still not clear but it’s thought to be due to the high levels of serotonin and antioxidants present in the superfruit. Serotonin being one of the neurotransmitters that controls your mood, stress levels and sleep cycles. Thanks New Zealand!

Tasty turmeric

A stable of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, adding a pinch of turmeric to your diet is proven to have a host of health benefits. It boosts your immune system, helps digestion and can play a role in reducing blood-sugar levels. Three things that can get in the way of a good night’s rest.

In the Indian subcontinent a very popular pre-bed nightcap is so-called ‘Golden Milk’, this is a cup of hot milk topped up with a healthy does of tumeric and then seasoned with pinch of ginger or cinnamon, or both. Mmmm...sounds delightful doesn’t it? And a lot  healthier than a cup of hot chocolate. Have you tried my Anti-inflammatory Toddy recipe? It makes a beautiful night cap. 

Wonderful walnuts

Traditional healers have been making use of walnuts since time immemorial. The nutty little guys have been used to treat anything from skin conditions in adults to colic in babies. Now it seems that walnuts can also be used to enhance your sleep too.

Why are walnuts so good for sleep? Well it’s because they contain melatonin boosting agents. Melatonin being the essential hormone that dictates how well your sleep cycle works. The more melatonin in your blood stream the drowsier you get and the easier it is to fall asleep.

In a nutshell, that’s why walnuts are so wonderful! But a word of warning before you go knocking back a fistful of the nobbly chaps, take care if you haven’t tried them before, walnuts can be highly allergenic. So before you have supersized serving for your supper, maybe make sure you’re not allergic first.

For more on the risks and rewards of late night snacking have a quick look at this handy guide to eating before bed.

Delightful Dairy

Now I know there are many dairy fans out there but also a lot of you who are not into dairy. There are good reasons for both positions. What I’m going to say is that for some people taking a dose of dairy before bed can do great things for their sleep. Obviously for others this definitely wouldn't be the case.

Why is dairy good for sleep? Well, because dairy products are rich in calcium and a sleep promoting amino acid known as tryptophan. Studies indicate a calcium deficient may make it harder to drop off at night. So having a cheerful lump of cheese or yummy yogurt before could be a good move. Don’t worry that whole thing about cheese give you nightmares is just a myth.

Now, I’m not giving you free reign to start polishing off bowls after bowl of ice-cream. Sugar is about as far from a sleep promoter as you can get. And if you still want to get the calcium kick but don’t want to go down the dairy direction, try some other calcium crazy foods instead, such as dark leafy greens, broccoli or sardines for dinner.

Well, there you have it – four wonderful sleep enhancing foods that can play a very real role in improving how well you sleep tonight. Happy eating and sweet dreams!

Going Organic – Keeping the Price Down

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Picture this: you're in the supermarket alone. That's right, you're the only person in there (what a dream?!). It's just you and the fruit section. All of the other aisles are empty and not a person in sight. You look to the apples and think to yourself, "hmm... is it worth paying lots more for an organic apple? Will it make me healthier?". You look at the apples and the apples are almost glaring back at you. What to do?

Then you consider your bank balance and end up picking the generic, cheaper one. You feel a little bit guilty. "Did I pick the wrong one?"

Going organic is better for the environment, but there is a commonly held perception that switching to organic food is expensive. Is this really the case? Or, are we being brainwashed by supermarket chains into sticking with budget brands and mass-produced groceries?

Rising Demand for Organic Food

Back in 2008, consumer demand for organic food was growing, even though upmarket supermarket chains had stocked organic food for a quarter of a century. The rise of popular TV chefs such as Jamie Oliver, fuelled a market for healthy, environmentally-friendly fruit and vegetables. Shoppers were beginning to understand the value of purchasing food that was free from additives and pesticides and tasted better. Some would also argue eating organic foods is healthier, and some would also argue that there's very little scientific evidence to support this. 

To this day, the demand for organic food is still growing. It comes down to us wanting choice. We want to be able to choose what we eat and where it comes from. We want to know that with every purchase we make, we're not having a negative impact on the environment.  

Organic Fruit, Veggies, Dairy, and Other Groceries

As we all know, the demand for organic food is steadily increasing. Shoppers have decided that they don’t mind paying extra for organic fruit and veggies. In the U.K. Tesco sales of organic foods rose by 15% between 2016 and 2017 and Ocado reported a similar rise of 16%. It isn’t just organic fruit and vegetables that are hitting the mark. Today’s shoppers also want organic fish, dairy, and other types of groceries.

The Price Barrier

Ten years ago, buying organic foods cost an arm and a leg (and maybe a house... and an overseas trip...). It was the main barrier for shoppers. Organic food costs more to produce, so inevitably, shoppers have to pay more for the privilege of buying organic. Organic chickens cost around two and half times more than a regular chicken. Organic vegetables are also twice as expensive.

For a cash-strapped family, it is hard to justify paying twice as much for a weekly shop, even if the food tastes much nicer and is better for our health and the environment.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep your grocery bill down, even if you are feeding a large family. The average family spends 10% of its budget on food. If you switch to organic, this figure will rise. However, if you become a smart shopper, you can reduce your costs.

The best way to reduce the cost of organic food is to grow it yourself. Cultivating fruit and vegetables is not as difficult as you might think. All you need is a garden or planters and some time.

If you don’t have green fingers, try shopping locally. Local organic food producers often sell their produce at farmers markets and in farm shops. Since they are not paying high distribution costs, they can afford to sell at a more competitive price.

Also, try using the almighty internet to look for savings. We can make money online via currency trading, and we can find organic food delivery services that offer great deals. Subscribing to organic box deliveries can save you money and can be suited to fit your lifestyle. Subscription services are available at different price points, so pick the service you want and look forward to receiving fresh, organic produce weekly or monthly. It's like a little present to yourself! 

Obviously I'm not going to tell anyone that they need to buy everything organic! It's a personal choice. However, if you do want to give it a try, don’t let higher prices hold you back from living your organic dreams.

How to Change Your Lunchtime Eating Habits

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Changing a lifetime habit can seem difficult, but let me assure you, it is possible! Changing your lunchtime habits is an easy way to help you restore balance in your life and bring your life back into your own hands. 

While we all know life is all about balance, it's often easier said than done. There's so much we're trying to manage - our work, family, friends, health, social media feeds and our favourite book characters. However, almost a third of our lives are spent at work. Scary, huh? How can we possibly create a happy work-life balance when so much time is spent at work?  

Between trying to keep our bosses happy and our families smiling, it can sometimes feel as though we forget to look after ourselves. Whether that means skipping lunch or spending all day attached to a computer screen, the long-term effects are often more damaging than we realize.

It’s time for a change. I’ve compiled a list of easy ways to change up your eating habits so you can bring happiness and health back into your balanced life!

Sitting is Worse for You Than You Think

Almost 86% of America’s workforce sit whilst working. That’s a worrying figure, as a number of studies have shown that sitting too often can cause a whole load of diseases like musculoskeletal diseases and heart conditions.

While we’ve heard that kissing burns calories, sitting is an activity (or rather, inactivity), that does not. You actually burn more calories chewing gum than you do by sitting down! After sitting down all day working and then sitting down while eating, we’re not expending a lot of the calories we’re consuming, which can result in unnecessary and easily avoidable weight gain.

When it comes to lunchtime at work, we usually have a measly half an hour to sit and eat and so, spend most of that time just doing that. During that time, we may eat enough for three meals because we're so hungry by the time we eat or, in hopes that we'll keep our hunger at bay till dinner time. The only problem with this approach is that studies have shown that actually eating several smaller meals throughout the day is a better way to consume fewer calories.

Having a big lunch can leave you feeling a little drowsy. Eating a meal that’s full of sugars, fats, or unrefined carbohydrates causes the body to produce high levels of serotonin, the hormone responsible for making you feel sleepy. When this hormone is combined with a warm office, your poor eyelids don’t stand a chance.

Staring at a computer screen all day is bad for you in more ways than one. Continual exposure to electric lighting, such as a laptop screen, has been proven to interfere with the body’s circadian rhythm. This is the part of the body that regulates your sleeping schedule, energy levels, and appetite.

If you are choosing to eat out, you should be careful of where you choose to eat! We all go out for an unhealthy lunch every now and then, but indulging too often can lead to the early onset of heart disease. Fast foods, such as a fried chicken and french fries, contain lots of oxidized fats that can cause the arteries to become blocked.

What Can I do to Change Things?

1. Think twice before skipping breakfast

Skipping breakfast is one the most common causes of overeating throughout the day. It can also make it more difficult to focus and lead to sugar cravings, which is never good news!

2. Keep Healthy Snacks in Your Drawer

Sweet temptations are everywhere you look in an office setting. I recommend bringing in some healthy snacks to fend off hunger cravings.

Stack your drawer with items such as:

  • Nuts and seeds such as almonds and pumpkin seeds
  • Kale chips
  • Home-made bliss balls
  • Cut-up veggies

3. Leave Your Workspace During Your Lunch Break

Don’t let the weather put you off; spending just a few minutes outdoors can help to lower your blood pressure.

In fact, the relaxing qualities of nature are so powerful that even looking at a picture of the countryside can help to reverse the effects of mental fatigue.

4. Buy a Refillable Water Bottle and Keep it at Your Desk

Staying hydrated is crucial if you’re trying to maintain a healthy body and mind. Keep a reusable glass bottle, and keep sipping throughout the day to stay hydrated.

5. Search for Healthy Restaurants/Cafes Close to Your Workplace

Finding the time — and energy — to prepare a nutritious meal for your lunch break can be easy. In situations where you do turn up to work empty-handed, it’s always useful to have a pre-prepared list of some of the best local eateries at hand. This way, you’re less likely to end up in a fast food joint, and more likely to eat something that helps to fuel your body.

6. Cook Enough for Leftovers

Finally, one easy way around having to prepare your lunch every evening is to cook more food for your dinner. Any leftovers can then make their way into your lunchbox for the next day.

What do you do to change your workday lunchtime habits? Let me know in the comments section below.

Healthy Beet Recipes for Summer

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Though their usage and popularity has been relatively stable over time, this year has seen purple vegetables gaining fair momentum down under and in the UK. Clean eaters who’ve long embraced rainbow plant-based diets know the benefits of beets, but it's good to finally see friends and family getting wiser with their food choices.

Roasted, chopped, baked, powdered, pickled, juiced, boiled - there are several ways to consume this incredible summer vegetable. In terms of nutritional value, beets bring a kickass combination of antioxidants, potassium, Vitamin C, folate, and iron. The approval ratings for the modest tuber have never been so high, and menus across the country now list not just soups, sandwiches, stews featuring the vegetable, but even desserts and lattes!

On top of being beneficial for skin, brain, or just basic cellular health, beets help ‘healthify’ otherwise overindulgent treats with natural sugars, all while improving the overall texture and freshness of baked goods. Plant protein snack companies have also turned to the veggie for diversifying their product lines, as it contains nitrites and amino acids essential for physical activity - no wonder the Romans considered it an aphrodisiac.

The beet effect isn’t lost on industry players either - aggregators like Deliveroo contribute to the hype, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that its taste profile is rather sweet and mild, explaining why it pairs so well with chocolate.

Here are some fantastic healthy recipes to try out, especially if you’ve still unconvinced about the versatility and power of the beet. 

My Broccoli Bhajis + Chia Jam and Carrot and Beetroot Raita

If you're not familiar with the bite-sized Bhaji, it's a well-loved street food in India that's typically spicy. It's similar to a fritter- traditionally served on top of meals as a crunchy addition, but has also become appreciated on its own as a delicious snack enjoyed at Indian festivals, as a starter before meals, and as a comfort food. Enjoy these brilliant bhaji's warm as a light meal or snack served with my chia jam and carrot and beetroot raita.

Warm Beetroot, Carrot and Pear Salad 

If you're looking for that perfect in-between season salad, this is the one. It's a nourishing salad filled with herbs that make it sweetly satisfying and equally grounding.  The addition of pear adds a delicious crispness to this salad that everyone will go crazy for! 

Rainbow Salad with Tahini and Lemon Dressing 

Let me first start off by saying that this tahini and lemon dressing is next level, better than any pre-packaged dressing you could find at the grocery store. It so perfectly complements this fresh salad, filled with every colour of the rainbow, including of course, our star, the mighty beetroot. 

Beetroot Red Velvet Cupcakes 

Who needs red food colouring when you have beetroots? These red velvet cupcakes from I Quit Sugar taste as good as they sound! Soft, cakey cupcakes that don’t taste like vegetables? Check. A guarantee that you'll be able to remember portion control? Not applicable.

Living Well in W.A. *FREE Event*

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Hello Perth friends.

I'll be heading back West to be a part of the Living Well in WA festival.
 
It's a fun festival where you can view healthy chef cooking demonstrations and sample organic food (who doesn't love sampling food?!), experience a range of natural therapy treatments, mindfulness meditations and source clean green eco-friendly solutions for the home and garden. You can also register online FREE before 31st May 2017.
 
Kids will also have a fabulous time playing with clay and paints in the Earth Parenting corner.
 
A major focus is on reconnecting people with the natural environment through West Australian plants and food gardens. Exhibitors will also showcase  products and services for innovative enterprise and career opportunities, personal and professional development, parenting and children’s education, creative arts and design.
 
You can... 
  • Meet Exhibitors and Natural Health Practitioners

  • Attend Talks, Seminars and Workshops with bestselling authors (me, ha!)

  • Experience mindfulness meditation, music, laughter yoga and sound healing sessions 

  • Be inspired in the kitchen by Super Food demonstrations and get free samples 

  • Try allergy free and organic healthy food, juices and organic wine!

I'll be speaking at these times:
  • Saturday 3rd of June at 11:00 am where you can learn about Supercharged Food for Kids and cooking for kids.
  • Sunday 4th of June at 11:30am where you'll discover more about Supercharged Food and why Gut Health is so important.
  • Sunday 4th of June at 1pm to 2pm Q&A Food Panel – Eat Well Live Well a down to earth discussion that cuts through the hype surrounding diets and weight loss.  Come and join us and ask your questions.
If you're keen to join in you can find out more on their website and register for your free ticket before the 31st May here.
 
Can't wait to see you there!
 
Lee xx
PS: If you're looking for more fun events to go to, check out my tour and event dates here

What are Fake Naturals?

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In my life, I like to embrace nature in everything whenever and wherever possible. I enjoy my food clean and from the earth and I like the people I surround myself with to be real and honest. There’s no reason why I would want the beauty products I use be to be any different.

Unfortunately, many products that label themselves as natural are not as ‘natural’, ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘organic’ as they want you to believe.

As there is no governing standard in Australia that brands have to meet to call themselves natural, brands can do two things without breaching Consumer Laws. Firstly, companies can use words such as ‘naturally inspired’ to lead consumers into thinking that their products are natural when that is not the case.

They can also use words, like ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘botanical’ so that the consumer believes they are natural, when in fact they’re not. They can also include ingredients in products that aren’t truly natural – in a ‘fake natural’ product, it’s often you might see a natural oil listed next to a mineral oil.

This lack of governing standard means there’s lots of confusion amongst those seeking out truly natural products, and an even greater need to be vigilant to know what phrases and ingredients to look out for and which ones to avoid.

It’s unclear if this level of regulation is likely to change in the future, however if people continue to voice their concerns about misleading labels then hopefully we can see some change.

Often, companies will mask unnatural products by throwing them next to a natural one in the label so it can get really confusing when searching for truly natural skincare. It’s my mission to encourage and provide you with information about how to read a label and understand what is best to avoid so that you can be on your way to becoming a naturally glowing version of yourself.

Natural, to me, means both the product’s activities and its formulations are plant-derived ingredients. I define fake naturals as products that call themselves natural but aren’t truly natural. Products that contain fake naturals can cause serious skin issues such as allergic reactions, dermatitis, skin sensitivities and blocked pores.

While these may not seem so serious to the average person, what we put into our skin is absorbed into the blood and then the rest of our body! There’s never been a more important time to take care of your skin and be aware of what you’re applying onto it.

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

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!

Curtis Stone and his new Pizza Stone!

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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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