Monday, November 23, 2015

WIN: That Sugar Book by Damon Gameau

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This book is for anyone who means business about their health. Not only is it very educational it clearly walks you down a path of what kinds of sugar there are in the world BUT also the health community is eating... The so called "healthy" snacks we all think we are doing so well with-in our kids lunch boxes and snacks. Things like fruit juices and health bars etc... I mean they are healthy aren't they???  Well surprise surprise we may not be that healthy after all.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Gluten-Free NOT so healthy RANT!

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I love to find gluten-free recipes on the internet but just lately Ive been more and more shocked when I see that even though the gluten has been swapped out in the recipe for other flours the sugar is still there and sometimes its even MORE than before to mask some of the different tasting flour alternatives!
We often love to believe that when we are gluten-free we are soooo healthy! I mean we know that gluten can be bad for some of us and wreak havoc in our bodies ... but don't be fooled that just because you made a gluten-free cake you can eat if for breakfast, lunch and supper - I means its gluten-free so it must be healthy right ;) ... I just wanted to point a little finger at sugar and other nasties that could be in your baking or food that is just as bad for your digestion. I know we all want to be the best and healthiest version of ourselves - YAY! So lets strive for less sugar and more natural ways to baking and cooking. (here's looking at you gluten-free biscuits in the shops- they sneak in lots of other junk!)

Please note in this little rant I know I'm not perfect but Im trying to remember that my body is worth beautiful food and support so that it feels nourished. So this post is as much for me as it is for any one else wanting a happy body... minus the the inflammation (hint: sugar can cause inflammation)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

HOW TO GET THE CHANGE YOU SO BADLY DESIRE (its not what you think)

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You know when you need change so bad you would do anything for it?
I experienced that last year. I would have moved cities or even countries for some change just to feel different inside! I would have tried almost anything, the desire inside was so great! I couldn't stop thinking about what I could do - move, get some different friends, try a new sport, buy new clothes, change something.... Anything!!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Maca Bowls

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This is what we are eating for desert at the moment - And if there is any left over in the back of the fridge (read I hid some from my family) then I have a small bowl for breakfast.
It is cool and smooth with a little bit of chia texture. I find it comforting and sweet (cause we don't eat refined sugars and our taste buds have adjusted) - yay. small victories right?

Friday, September 11, 2015


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Not only is this a beautiful cookbook but it is also designed to point you in the right direction if you need to cook for a particular part of your body. For instance the book has key symbols for each area

Friday, August 14, 2015

Taking Gluten-Free to the next level

Its not to difficult now days to get gluten-free alternatives to the things you love. You can buy cookies, breads and pastas that are all gluten-free. The problem is that you are simply swopping one processed food for another. Yes you aren't consuming the gluten - which is better for you but you aren't consuming nourishing foods either - think about a gluten-free cookie. Just because its gluten-free doesn't mean its healthy (it still will spike your blood sugar and may even have nasty alternatives in it) and just cause its gluten-free you feel that you can now eat the whole box! (we've all been there)

If you are just starting out on your gluten-free journey by all means buy some gluten-free pasta and

Friday, July 31, 2015


On the weekend a magical letter arrived in the post. The kind of letter that makes you go weak at the knees and brings tears to your eyes. It took me by surprise even though I knew it had to arrive

Friday, July 24, 2015


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This is a review of TWO different cookbooks both are by Anjum Anand.
1) Anjums Quick and Easy Indian (Fast, effortless food for any time and place)
2) Anjums Indian Vegetarian Feast

Monday, June 29, 2015


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Im excited to share that I am in the July issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine SA.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


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In the past I bought sprouts at the store/shop in the salad section and added them to my salads, randomly and when I felt like buying them. Since then I have tasted some really delicious take-out raw food dishes which seemed to contain A LOT of different  kinds of sprouts with all kinds of delicious patties and salads. While chatting my husband asked "why don't we sprout?" and from then on I was hooked on the idea....Why hadn't I considered it before?

I read advice online and started with 3 jars and some mesh/tuille fabric. I also drove my husband crazy because our drying-up rack for our dishes became the home for the jars of busy sprouting seeds thus causing chaos in the washing and drying of our dishes and trying to keep the kitchen clean.. (hehehe.) - causing chaos in the kitchen seems to be my special something.
So after several days of searching for a second drying rack - I wanted a fold away one, which is currently impossible to find in any stores where I live we went straight to the source and just bought a kind of expensive (but so worth it) sprouting rack. Its perfect and our sprouting journey continues full throttle.

The enzymes in sprouts is much higher than in other uncooked, raw foods because the sprouts are alive.
  • The vitamin content in sprouts is higher - yay more vitamins!

Friday, May 22, 2015


So browsing the internet for amazing food you don't expect to find this! eeeek!
Clearly Im not the super adventurous type when it comes to food.... Are you?

Thursday, April 23, 2015


With the crazy busyness of studying plus work and family life I haven't been able to get to cook and photograph many things in the day time. Hence the lack of recipe posts -sorry. I think about it often and check in here and on facebook to say hi and answer comments etc...

I will be back - one day ;) kidding , Im still here just lurking in the background.
Studying is going well and Im getting close to the end, about 5 - 6 weeks and Im finished -Eeek!
I will be studying 2 other short courses after that but much less work load so life will ease up a little - yay!
I have LOVED studying, I never thought I would like it that much but now Im sad to finish. Life always has ways of flipping things on its head and surprising us.

Thursday, April 2, 2015


It's official choc-mint smoothie for the WIN! I think I'm addicted to these. And they're dairy-free, and refined sugar free. So they're healthy and delicious - what not to love?!

The flax helps the smoothie thicken and has fiber which is great for your digestive system. Plus the green veggies are great for vitamins and anti-oxidants. The avocado makes it silky smooth and you won't even taste it- PROMISE! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Love the Change

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Life has this way of changing and growing - if you let it.
Often we are stubborn and fight it all the way. We don't want to give up the sugar or the dairy or we simply blame the other person for our anger - cause it was definitely their fault for causing us to lash out! But whether they instigated it or not we still need to take responsibility for our actions or behavior. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Studying and a Survey

So studying is fun, interesting and a little scary.

Scary because parts of my course push me past my current boundaries... to do things like... make an on camera video eek! Of the many things Im learning in the business section of my course I have

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Energy Oat Bars

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So creating the life you want starts with making positive choices everyday. One of them being what you chose to put into your mouth (pep talk to myself here too). These aren't THE perfect health bar ever created but they are a great alternative to many other sugar laden sweets that you can buy in the store. If my kid or husband wants to munch on sweets I feel better having a batch of these in the

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


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I can't believe that its almost Christmas -  2 sleeps and it'll be here. As much as I love Christmas (and I really love it!!!) I can't wait to put my feet up and have some time with my family.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Im not perfect (but Im willing to try)

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So as you may or may not know Im studying health and nutrition. Its been an eye opener.
I thought I knew so much about health and what are good foods and what are bad foods etc...
but it turns out that if you go right down to the basics, like the very core of food, it's structure as a plant etc I realized that there are NO GOOD FOODS OR BAD FOODS!

There are ONLY foods that nourish your body and foods that don't.

And yes it really can be that simple!

As I go down this journey and discover things I thought there may be others like me who would like to make themselves healthier. Im really not perfect and I definitely don't know it all BUT Im willing to learn.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


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I've never had pumpkin pie before in my life so I'm really not sure if what I created is anything close to what its supposed to be like. I really wanted to try and make it... so I read loads of recipes and the common thread was pumpkin, sugar, eggs and milk plus cinnamon, spices and a pie crust (duh)!---BUT I wanted it to be minus the dairy and mounds of sugar And I really like butternut so I subbed that for pumpkin. So in the end I think I really created a vegan, dairy free variation of "a kind of pumpkin pie?"...  I suppose it could maybe be called South African Butternut "thanks giving" pie

Friday, November 14, 2014

This one time I gave up coffee and dairy --- Going Dairy Free

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Recently I have given up dairy and caffeine- crazy right!
If you've looked through my blog or followed my tweets or instagram you will know how strongly I LOVE coffee! and dairy! So here is why the change....

Some Background
In 2007 I was diagnosed with PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) And although I was told by the doctor it was cysts on my ovaries affecting my hormones etc... I wasn't told much about how to look after my body regarding food and lifestyle. I was told there were some medicines I could take like metformin because I could be pre-diabetic and another medicine that I can't remember now. But that
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