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A taste of Mexico – paleo beef nachos with guacamole

A day trip to Mexico recently inspired this delectable recipe – which was actually inspired by a friend of a friend who contributed a photo of her version of nachos to my local Paleo Pot Luck Facebook group. You can’t beat the flavours real food has to offer! Read more

Food tips for air travel – what to eat on the plane

I’m a bit of an oddball when I travel, and that’s OK with me. I’m the one who carries five notepads in her handbag, preferring to write than watch the in-flight entertainment; who Instagrams every meal, even a handful of activated nuts; and who takes her own food on board the aircraft, asking only for cutlery and a cup of hot water for her organic green tea bag. Yes, I am one of those. But it was only recently when I became unapologetic about it. Read more

Yoga at work – benefits of a happy, healthy workforce

Yoga is often dismissed as nothing more than prolonged stretching, deep breathing, and perhaps a little “hoo-do-voodoo”. I know I used to think so. Once upon a time I would have berated myself for opting for something as serene as yoga over a run, a pole session, or a HIIT workout. But yo’ better believe that yoga has a place in everyone’s lives, and more so now than ever before. Read more

20 tips to become a Hay House-published author

I’ve been soaking up opportunities and experiences this year. It is my year of abundance – a marriage, a house, a new job, a holiday (or two, or three!), and two awesome opportunities to meet with publishers, with authors, and with equally inspired writers and wannabe authors. Read more

How to make chicken stock

If you only do one thing this weekend, you’d better be making chicken stock. It’s so simple, so fresh, so tasty, and takes the pressure off meal planning and prepping during the week. Read more

Perfectionism isn’t self-abuse – don’t deny it, embrace it

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”
―Ann Landers

I’ve been fighting perfectionism for many years. It started when others branded me with that label, and not in a nice way. I was probably 10 or 12 when the teasing started and girls at school would scribble all my work because it was “too neat”. They’d dare me to purposefully answer a question incorrectly in tests and they’d shun me when I’d get 100%. Read more

Veggie pancakes – turn leftovers into a nutrient-dense, sustaining breakfast

If you, like me, need an internal wake up call to steer you back onto the path of health and wellness, when better than at the start of the day with an injection of nutrients during breakfast. Read more

How meeting the Wellness Warrior – Jess Ainscough – inspired me

I believe that everyone we meet has something to teach us. I just didn’t know how pivotal my brief encounter with Jess Ainscough, a.k.a the Wellness Warrior, would be. Read more

Anti-bullying song stirs emotions, brings tears, inspires hope

Last night, after a challenging day, I caught a glimpse of Britain’s Got Talent and saw the Bars and Melody audition: two young boys – one of whom suffered at the whim of “Mr Bully” – with a microphone and a rap, and a powerful message of hope.  Whether you are/have been bullied, or are just having a bad day, their song and its lyrics will either bring a tear to your eye or empower you to take a stand – or, in my case, both! Read more

Bacon, leek, and sweet potato soup – delicious and nourishing

A simple soup of bacon, leek, and sweet potato is anything but ordinary. The intensity of the flavours, the beefiness of the bacon, and the filling sweet potato ensures this humble yet hearty soup is a winner among even the fussiest of eaters. It’s also an economical meal packed full of nutrients, particularly if you use homemade stock. Enjoy! Read more

Scones with jam and cream – a sugar-free recipe

Light and fluffy basic scones topped with fruity jam and a good dollop of thickened cream – the country classics don’t get much better than this. I remember weekends on the farm when mum and I would bake scones and take them to my dad and brothers who were either fencing along the scrub line, rounding up cattle, or driving tractors in the paddock. This weekend, a sense of nostalgia for the small bread cake came over me. Read more

The Dream Festival’s Seven in Seven fine dining experiences

Food, people and culture – three of my favourite ingredients for a memorable occasion. Rarely can one experience a variety of all three as frequently as one would like – and could afford. Except in Dubbo during May through November, when the Dream Festival joins forces with local chefs to host its annual “Seven in Seven” fine dining dinners. The once-a-month formal dining evenings deliver an experience of the cuisine, decor and dress of a selected country from one of  each of the seven continents – without the need for a passport!

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