Aug
26
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My unconventional + easy 5-minute meal planning method

Last week, I described how I create nutritionally balanced meals. I use the same formula to create a meal plan in minutes. What’s unconventional about it is that I do it backwards: shopping for the ingredients first, and then coming up with ideas on how I want to use them (with the help of what’s…

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Aug
19
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My easy formula for nutritionally balanced meals

Getting right to it, my easy formula for nutritionally balanced meals is: all macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fats) veggies(for fibre, antioxidants, vitamins + minerals) deliciousness (such as herbs, spices, and textures that your palate enjoys) The details Here’s a very basic grouping of wholefoods for each part of the formula. A mindful note: Not all foods…

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Aug
12
Here's how NOT to overdo chocolate

How NOT to overdo the chocolate

A few years ago, whenever I wanted a little break in the afternoon, I’d sit on the couch with a cup of tea, a good book and two pieces of dark chocolate. After reading a page or so, I’d notice that I’d finished eating the chocolate. But I couldn’t remember that I had. So I’d…

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Aug
5
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Choc-banana ‘mousse’ — it’s all in the name

I’ve seen a few renditions of chocolate mousse made with avocado. And while the traditional version is not necessarily ‘bad’, especially if it’s enjoyed occasionally, and is (home) made with real ingredients — like pastured eggs, unhomogenised organic dairy and good quality dark chocolate — it won’t be suitable for those with certain dietary restrictions or…

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Jul
29
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How to eat healthily in social situations

Kate writes: I went to a friend’s place last night, and they cooked a lovely pasta dish, with seafood and lots of oil. Perhaps because I hadn’t had pasta for a while, and also because I was very hungry, I didn’t stop and think, and over the course of the night I had two glasses…

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Jul
22
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Demystifying food: Some tips from my workshop

Last Saturday I ran a small-group workshop on demystifying food. Answering questions The all-important afternoon tea made by yours truly I had a tonne of fun, and I could tell that the participants did too, given the number of awesome questions asked and examples shared. I talked about the need for become choosy with our…

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Jul
11
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Balinese-style peanut sauce

A few weeks ago, I stayed at the Satyananda Yoga Ashram for 3 days. The life at an ashram is simple and community-based, with 4 hours of karma yoga — a selfless service of doing set tasks {e.g. cleaning, washing, gardening, cooking etc} around the ashram, daily. What I particularly loved about the ashram was the wholesome food. We had…

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Jul
8
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How to choose low tox cosmetic, skincare & cleaning products

In a recent post, a reader commented: It’s not foods alone. I have recently realized that my wife’s hygiene and makeup products are affecting both of our brains, which is causing poor sleep, brain fogginess, lower body temperatures and low energy. I have to do something about this situation, which means finding safe substitutions.
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Jul
1
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Food & Money

Some people say they can’t afford to eat real, wholesome food. In the developed world, however, I’d say that for many of us this dilemma has more to do with our money spending habits, and losing sight of our priorities {which is easily done when we’re bombarded with millions of marketing messages daily, selling us…

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Jun
24
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Answering 2 sugar-related questions — on stevia & sugar-spikes

Photo credit Kate, a subscriber, has asked me about my thoughts on stevia, so here they are: There’s much in the media about giving up the white stuff, and using fructose-free stevia as a ‘healthy’ substitute. But do we need to replace all sugar with stevia? That depends — on your food philosophy and why…

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