book review: clean living fast food

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Clean Living Fast Food by Luke and Scott

The lowdown:

A simply illustrated, easy-to-follow cookbook full of comfort food and much-loved favorites given the Paleo (free of wheat, sugar, dairy, grains, yeast and gluten) makeover.

Recipes include pizza, ice-cream, various desserts (lots of chocolate ones), doughnuts, burritos and fish & chips. Highly appealing for the time-poor but healthy cook. Not a book to be left for display on your coffee table as there’s so much do-able (not just for show) healthy food inspiration, and recipes can be tweaked to suit your needs.

On the downside, not a lot of cuisines represented here, and there are only several breakfast ideas. Still, a great book if you’re not a devoted Paleo follower, or haven’t even heard of Paleo for that matter!

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what is spiritual nutrition?

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It might seem a little strange linking food to spirituality. Perhaps it’s even a totally foreign concept to you; food is often reduced to the nutrients they contain, or seen as fuel for the body. Hey, you probably just eat for your taste buds! I was that person, too – until a few health issues made me re-evaluate what I was putting into my body.

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the paleo way, sydney: highlights

A few weeks ago I was a guest at The Paleo Way talk held by Earth Events. Not only was I fortunate enough to meet healthy chef and Paleo advocate Pete Evans and author of Primal Body, Primal Mind Nora Gedgaudas, but I was left feeling more passionate about spreading the benefits of living a Paleo lifestyle (which I’ve touched on briefly in my food philosophy post). Continue reading

dear stress, let’s break up

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Image via Pinterest

I love this quote. It sums up exactly what I need to say to myself when I get too wound up. And because stress is the major focus of week 3 on Kate Troup’s W8less program (a holistic program which I have written about here and here), it’s made me realise how important it is to manage it – to consciously carve out some time to reset my body when it goes into overdrive (as it easily can in our modern, fast paced lifestyles).

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w8less challenge review: week one

Leftover baked fish with greens, parsley and lemon!

Leftover baked fish with greens, parsley and lemon!

As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been given the opportunity to do the W8less holistic health challenge by Sydney-based naturopath and nutritionist of 20 years Kate Troup.

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five healthy food tips that will change your life

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There are a few handy tips and tricks of the culinary trade I’ve picked up since working in health magazine land. They’re from chefs and nutritionists I’ve come across who’ve saved me so much time in the kitchen. And have made food a lot easier to prepare. Hope you find them useful!

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finding out my ayurvedic body type

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Last weekend I went to the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre in Bondi for an Ayurvedic consultation.

It was like a having a check up with a GP except that instead of the doctor trying to find out what might be wrong with you, an Ayurvedic doctor wants to determine your ‘dosha’ or body type, which helps them understand why you may be experiencing certain types of symptoms or imbalances.

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how I deal with being a hashi’s kid

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This post is a little bit about the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (or Hashi’s for short – it’s cuter) and how it’s changed my life.

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my healthy food philosophy

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I thought I’d write a post about my food philosophy since the subject of food forms a large part of this blog and why I’m studying nutrition.

I don’t follow a particular “diet” or “eating plan”, but I do enjoy most Paleo-style recipes because they naturally tend toward using nutrient-rich, minimally processed foods. In short, the Paleo way of eating avoids gluten-containing and other inflammatory, difficult-to-digest ingredients. So grains, refined/added sugar (which increases the risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and more) and dairy are out.

As Paleo advocate and chef Pete Evans sums up nicely: “The Paleo Way promotes the minimisation of sugary and starchy foods, the MODERATION of protein intake (something most other approaches fail to recognise the importance of), the liberal consumption of fibrous vegetables and greens (raw, lightly cooked and/or fermented/cultured), nuts, seeds, eggs (if tolerated) and AS MUCH DIETARY NATURAL FAT as is needed to satisfy the appetite and support the healthiest brain and nervous system. An occasional very small amount of seasonal fruit is purely optional. The diet totally avoids grains, legumes, conventional dairy products, conventionally raised meats, non-organic produce, GMO’s and processed foods.”

A great approach to food, don’t you think? I couldn’t agree more.

Image credit: Facebook/@ChefPeteEvans

Image credit: Facebook/@ChefPeteEvans

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