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Mushroom pork burgers – a grain-free alternative with a tasty twist

There’s nothing quite like a burger. It suits a vast array of meal purposes – from casual weeknight dining to Friday night footy food and entertaining with friends on weekends. They’re also quick, easy and really filling. However, I like to keep my carbohydrate intake in check and this grain-free alternative is just the ticket! Read more

Travelling through time: exploring similarities of grandmother’s travel journal and my own

My grandmother always encouraged me to travel and see the world. I remember sitting up late and listening to her extraordinary tales of sea voyages, presentations to queens, and passes from exotic hopefuls. I was in awe of her confidence, independence and curiosity in the ways of the world. I told her I would travel, just as she had. I booked my ticket just before she had the stroke. Read more

How I started blogging and why I write for me first

Ask anyone who knows me and most will tell you I’m a glass half-full kind of person. So working as a journalist at a daily newspaper was never really going to be a perfect fit. Then again, I guess successfully applying for said job says a bit about my generally optimistic, “I-can-do-anything-I-set-my-mind-to” kind of attitude. But the longer I worked as a newspaper journalist, the greater sense of duty I felt to look for things that were wrong in the world. This just isn’t me. Read more

Fish and chips goes seasonal – a healthy winter variation

Fish and chips or fish and salad are hard combinations to deter from, but when you’re looking for a healthy option come winter, fish and vegetables can definitely work. This is a very British influenced variation, with an Asian flavour that brings warmth and flavour which make this winter dish sing! Healthy, seasonal eating doesn’t get much better than this. Read more

Five quick, simple, healthy variations of bacon and eggs

Bacon and eggs don’t have to be reserved for Sunday brunch. They are quick and easy to cook, are loaded with protein to get your body going and help you feel fuller for longer, and partner brilliantly with several vegetables to offer a nutritional injection at the start of the day. If you’re looking for some sugar-free breakfast alternatives, or just some simple variations of the good old bacon and eggs, then I have five to share with you. Read more

A lesson in acceptance and how simple it really is

“Love is the absence of judgement.”
Dalai Lama

Acceptance. It’s a hard pill to swallow. Whether it’s others, our circumstances, or ourselves; all forms of acceptance can be tough. I believe the hardest form of acceptance is self-acceptance, especially when you feel judged for nothing other than being who you are. As the U.S becomes the 21st country to legalise gay marriage, I wonder how long it will be before we look back at this basic human rights issue the same way we do about African-American and Aboriginal rights. To me, it’s as simple as the exercise my teacher had our class do in Year 1. Read more

The myth about balance and how to get it back

Life just gets busier and busier, doesn’t it? You’d think that the longer we spend on Earth the more efficient we’d become with our time. It seems that with each stage of life there’s something new that comes into the mix and soaks up any time we once had spare. Only we didn’t realise we had any “spare” time to begin with. That’s because we don’t. There are 24 hours in the day and, every day, you use them up. So how can we ever achieve balance? Well, it will help if we recognise the single greatest myth about balance… Read more

Finding opportunity in three common excuses that hold you back

One day. Two words that separate you from where you are and where you want to be. One day. Two words loaded with more explanation than any other combination could convey as succinctly. Yet, we all know what they mean. One day is no day of the week. “One day” ignites no urgency to plan or take action that will “one day” get you there. So what’s really holding you back? If it’s one of these three common excuses, then I have some good news for you. Read more

Why there is no such thing as failure (and it’s actually good for you)

Failure is not a word you often associate with success, but it is referred to by many successful people as part of the reason for some of their greatest achievements. Rarely do you see the trials and tribulations that successful people go through and the challenges they overcome to reach the heights they do. However, the road to success is never as straightforward as you think and failure is often a necessary part of the journey. There are three celebrities who come to mind who have proven that there is no such thing as failure and why “failing” can be good for you. Read more

Chocolate beetroot fudge bites – an indulgent tower of raw-some goodness

The recipe for these blissfully creamy and delicious chocolate beetroot fudge bites was created purely by accident. It was a Saturday afternoon. I was heading to see That Sugar Film at 6pm. I wanted a sugar-free snack. I had a bunch of beetroot and intended to make Teresa Cutter’s (aka The Healthy Chef) Red Velvet Cupcakes (I’ve made them before – they are divine!) but had no eggs. Then I thought, chocolate beetroot brownies! Again, no eggs. So I looked in my pantry, grabbed what indulgent (and relatively healthy) ingredients I had, and went with the flow. The result? A wonderful tower of chocolate fudge heaven! It’s also raw, paleo and, of course, sugar free. Don’t let the purple colour from the beetroot fool you – this fudge is as chocolately as it gets! Read more

Three reasons to escape reality and take an adventure

Have you ever wanted to take an adventure; to just fly the coop and escape reality? If you answered ‘yes’, but haven’t already, then what’s been holding you back? Do you, like most people, think it’s impossible or irresponsible to escape reality? Then that’s all the more reason to go for it. In fact, I’ll give you three reasons why you can and should “escape reality” and take an adventure now. Read more

Real chocolate after dinner mints – something sweet, sugar free and paleo to finish

Some things are better in winter, like curling up on the couch in the early evening after an even earlier dinner with a good book, notepad, cup of tea and a sweet treat. You can just picture it now, can’t you? For those kinds of evenings, when a full-on dessert is not necessary but something sweet would be nice to finish, what better fits the bill than chocolate after dinner mints? And when only real chocolate will do, you can’t go past these homemade mouth-watering chocolate after dinner mints. Coincidentally, they’re also sugar free and paleo! Read more

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