Enough

I used to be a make-and-stick-to-a-schedule kind of gal and I let my work define my life. Then I had my little girl. Sure, my 5-year old led me to my boundaries at times, but I listened to those people who said, ‘You have to make your children fit with your lifestyle!’ and I resisted…

How to eat a whole plant.

Depending on the plant, it’s not that hard to eat the whole thing. But it does look impressive when the plant is nearly as tall as your five year-old. When I started composting my food scraps, I began to realise just how wasteful we can be when it comes to food preparation. Incredibly, an estimated…

I just want happy food

Is that too much to ask? I want to know that when a food says that’s what it is, then that’s exactly what it is. Not kind of, pretty much there, or round-about. I want truth in labelling, whether an ingredient is ‘compound’ or under a certain percentage of the final product. I want to…

The food world is full of dichotomies

The more I research into food, the more blurred I find the line between what is “good” vs “bad” for us. So much of what is truth in food relies not only upon the food itself, but also on its source, extraction and preparation methods – and, of course, whether or not that thing is…

Year 4 begins

Ah, it brings a tear to my eye as I realise that my baby’s growing up. Image: Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net My little blog has just about graduated from toddlerdom: 21 January marked a very foodly diary‘s 3rd birthday. While still very much about my adventures in food, the content has changed as my mindful…

What I want from 2012

Image courtesy of Naypong / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Happy New Year! I hope your New Year’s Eve celebrations were excellent and that you have some awesome plans for 2012. With its many fascinating twists and challenges, my 2011 was a brilliant learning curve – and, if I’m honest with myself, that is exactly as I wanted it….

10 ways to combat cravings…if you really want to

This post has taken me a long time to write because it is a topic that is very personal. It’s been a long process of learning and acceptance and a surprising lack of answers. Everyone seems to be an expert on this topic, every expert has an opinion, and there are many and varied opinions…

Cereal fillers

When I read words like “enriched” and “added iron/calcium/etc” on a packet, I can’t help but wonder where the added nutrients come from. How are they produced, and are they the best things for my body? A recent e-newsletter from Raw Pleasure featured this YouTube clip about how to establish the fact that there are…

Why bread is so bad

I don’t get it. Why is bread given such a bad rap these days? It used to be a family staple. What changed? Is bread actually good or bad for us to eat? I thought I would attempt to answer these questions by looking into bread’s basic ingredients: the yeast; the salt; and the wheat….

How I fell off the wagon and got back on again

Over the last few weeks, I allowed my day job to consume me. By this I mean late nights and early mornings, little time for others and self, no time for food preparation, no exercise, insufficient water, lots of coffee. For me, this leads to low raw consumption and cravings for high fat / high…

Touching base

It’s been a while between posts; life has been busy in a very good way! I have been catching up on exercise, immersing myself in my day job, planning for future catering and public uncooking classes through A Foodly Affair, and spending time with my son and my self. I have also been thinking through…

New resolutions

Happy new year! I have a good feeling about 2011 already, and I wish you happiness, clarity and prosperity for the year ahead. I don’t know about you, but the project manager within me needs to recap on achievements at key milestones and year end is an excellent time to revisit goals. 2010 really did…

10 things you can do with food (besides eat it)

It’s been a while since my last ’10 things’ post, so I thought I would share my list of 10 uses for food other than fuel for the body. 1. Skin care My skin was so bad a couple of months ago that I couldn’t put any premade preparation onto it without sharp pain and…

The 4-week 100%-raw challenge comes to an end…

…or does it? I have endured exactly 3 cooked meals since the official end to my 100% raw challenge on 3 September. While most definitely tasty, each has left me feeling icky and gucky on the inside. So I have reached a conclusion: it’s just not worth it. I think I will be raw for…

One liners & mutterings: 7 recent learnings

I know at least some of you have had an experience, either personally or via loved ones, where a crisis has prompted you into a major life change. This has certainly been the case for me: over more than a year, bouts of constant colds and flus, a lasting feeling of not being quite well…

To coffee

“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh Impatient fingers enwrap the ceremonial vessel: a paper cup. Inside, a perfect dose of just what the doctor ordered. Miraculous broth at my lips. Inhale. Hints of cigar box, vanilla; tug at my senses with the…

Laughter is so incredibly good for your health

I like to know how people have stumbled onto a very foodly diary. The search terms are often surprising and some of them are downright funny: accidentally inhaling raw beef (24/11/2009) [what tha-?]; I have way too many chocolate truffles (30/11/2009) [and how is that a problem, exactly?]. raspberry curry cheesecake (8/12/2009) [yum, yum…]. I…

Australia & the raw milk cheese debate

This well worn debate re-enters the public consciousness every so often. Not so long ago, I wondered what all the fuss was about. Now I see it as a struggle over freedom of choice, as well as the right to make and access particular foods in a country of increasingly sophisticated palates. Food Standards Australia…

Smell memory

I won’t speculate as to why men are most aroused by smells of food [refer: Hirsch’s 1997 study, also cited in Turner, J. (2004) Spice, pp 256-257] or why chicken soup seems to do as much for broken spirits as illness, but I suspect it is all related to smell memory. We are exposed to…

21 days

Dedicated to Vincent who told me, “You should blog about that”, in reference to the 21 days. So I have, and here it is. The New Year’s me is: happy & energised. Overflowing with ideas and inspiration; still a little rounder than I was on 24 December 2009 – I’m working on the fact that…

My Year of Living Voraciously

Happy New Year! I have a good feeling about 2010 and I hope it is a prosperous year for you. There will be no new year’s resolutions for me. Unless past resolutions have referred to vices for which I share no love, I haven’t kept them so I figure I am better off without those…

Mindful eating

Image courtesy of Graeme Weatherston, via http://www.freedigitalphotos.net I have been questioning my motivation on all things lately – inclusive of food and eating. When I stumbled onto the book Mindless Eating, I couldn’t help but smile. I like to think that I savour most mouthfuls individually, but just reading the precis got me to thinking:…