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Plant-Based Solutions for Naturally Glowing Skin

By |December 22nd, 2016|

 

Sagging. Wrinkles. Age spots. Dry and coarse skin. You’re not the only one who lives in fear of these tell-tale signs of aging! Is it possible that the answer to maintaining a beautiful, youthful, glowing complexion may be found in a plant-based diet?

(Yes! And I’ll tell you exactly how.)

We’ve heard it many times: our […]

Want to Lose Weight? Eat Smarter!

By |December 22nd, 2016|

Hey beauties!
We’ve probably all noticed that plant-based humans (vegans) tend to be slimmer and in better overall health than the average Aussie, and yet there continues to be this common misconception that veggie diets must somehow be lacking in needed nutrients.
Can we finally clear up that confusion, please? 
A simple study compared the diets and nutritional intake […]

The Milk Myth: Why Milk doesn’t Make Us Strong

By |December 22nd, 2016|

Hi, Wild Ones!
Got milk?
We’ve all been hearing that question for decades. Milk and strong bones are practically synonymous at this point! But is it true?
A review of the most intensive studies on milk consumption and hip fracture risk found…no link. So that’s one myth debunked already. What about milk and bone building in adolescents? That’s exactly […]

Protein Packed Ginger Chia Smoothie- Raw Vegan

By |December 21st, 2016|

Hi Wild One,

This smoothie packs in protein from chia seeds, almond milk, and kale. You may enjoy it as a pre or post workout.

Ginger Chia Smoothie Recipe

2 cups kale
2 bananas, frozen
2 fresh mangos
1/2-inch piece ginger, peeled
1 teaspoon chia seeds
2.5 cups pure almond milk or nondairy milk of choice

Blend […]

Wanna Go Paleo? Read This First

By |December 20th, 2016|

Hey, Wild Things!
Everyone is talking about the paleo diet these days, hey?
A big part of the argument for this low-carb, high-protein diet has to do with insulin. Carbohydrates, the reasoning goes, increase insulin, which is one of the worst things for our health.
Well…they got one thing right, I guess. Insulin spikes can be really dangerous […]

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    12 Minutes of This Each Day could Reverse Stress-Related Aging

12 Minutes of This Each Day could Reverse Stress-Related Aging

By |December 18th, 2016|

Hi Beauties!
Meditation is such a hot topic these days. We’re reading about it in the New York Times, our sister/brother/cousin/best friend is doing it, and it seems like a new study crops up every day to tell us about yet another amazing benefit. 
I’ve been meditating since age 8, when my dad taught me. Nowadays, […]

Ceasar Salad- Vegan Recipe

By |December 12th, 2016|

Hi Wildling,

How would you like to make a mouthwatering Caesar Salad from scratch? I know right, so good. Let’s do it. Here’s the dressing:

Ingredients: Caesar Salad

1/2 package organic tempeh
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon gluten-free tamari
1/2 teaspoon brown rice vinegar
2 romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup […]

Check Out Those Thighs! A Dietary Solution to Cellulite

By |August 7th, 2017|

Hey Sexy Ladies!
Today we’re going to talk about a problem most women worry about, but few now how to solve. Ready? Of course you are!
Cellulite…
I know, I know—just the word makes you shudder, hey?
Or we can call it by its scientific name, gynoid lipodystrophy—maybe that will be less scary.  Whatever name we use, we all […]

Does Dropping the Meat Mean Dropping the Muscle?

By |December 9th, 2016|

Hey Wild One,

Maybe you’re wondering about how to keep that sexy-strong body you’ve got on a fully plant-based diet. Or is it your gym-junkie beau, surfer dude boyfriend or triathlete hubby who doesn’t want to drop the muscle with the meat?

Let me just clear up a bit of the confusion around bodybuilding and veganism.

The […]

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    Your Kids/Job Aren’t/Isn’t Raising Your Blood Pressure—This Is.

Your Kids/Job Aren’t/Isn’t Raising Your Blood Pressure—This Is.

By |December 6th, 2016|

 

Hi Lovely!

I used to salt my food so heavily that all I tasted was salt—not ingredients.
Does this sound familiar? Do you (or someone in your family) drown your food in salt?
Well, it’s time to make a permanent change. I sure had to. The science is in: salt increases blood pressure (most likely).
Food manufacturers, however, […]

Raspberry Sensation- Smoothie

By |December 6th, 2016|

Hi Wild One,

If you’ve ever made a smoothie with raspberries before then you know how spectacular they look just about every time. Raspberries are gifted at tantalising guests and making them feel special. So why not make your next guest feel super special?

Here’s an easy, nourishing recipe:

 

2 cups kale
2 cup raspberries, frozen
2 […]

If Fructose is Bad for Me, Why is Fruit Okay?

By |December 5th, 2016|

Hi, Wild Heart!
I’m sure you’ve heard the hype about fructose by now. High fructose corn syrup! Fructose ruins your liver! Fructose—run!
“But, wait,” you wonder, “what about…fruit?”
Yep, fruit—nature’s beautiful, natural source of fructose—do we need to worry about that too? 
In short, no! And I’ll tell you why…
Studies have linked liver problems only to “industrial fructose” […]

The Smoothie Debate: Nutrient Thief or Health Superstar?

By |December 5th, 2016|

 

Hey Smoothie-Loving Mamas!

I know you’re as smart as you are sexy, so I’m sure it’s no surprise that fruit and vegetables are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.

Like many of you, I love smoothies! After learning about green smoothies just seven sweet years ago and incorporating them into my life (and […]

Organic: Is it Just a Phase? Or is it Actually Better?

By |December 4th, 2016|

Do you buy organic?
We’ve all heard the rumors that this organic thing is just a phase. A way for big businesses to squeeze even more money out of health-conscious consumers like us.
So, is it true? Is organic just a phase? Are we wasting our money on products with this trendy label? Or is it […]

Why Your Diet Didn’t Work

By |November 28th, 2016|

The last time I dieted I was 17. 
I had no idea what I was doing and no education at all on how to eat, even though I was just weeks from finishing 15 years of school and 15 years of dance training. 
No one told me how to be healthy—only how to be skinny. 
I despised […]

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    Losing Weight has Nothing to Do with Eating Less…And Everything to Do with Eating More of This.

Losing Weight has Nothing to Do with Eating Less…And Everything to Do with Eating More of This.

By |November 27th, 2016|

Hey Sexy!
Many of you know already that I love fruit. That’s where I get most of my calories. Same goes for my family.
And as you’ve seen in my before and after photos, all that fruit and all those extra calories are definitely not making me fat.
What’s going on? Science can tell us…
Researchers added three apples or pears to […]

Hey Good-Looking! Where’d You Get that Glow?

By |November 23rd, 2016|

On the left: Me at 21 years old. I didn’t keep any photo’s of me at my ‘worst’. But I was (many times) up to 13 kgs over my ideal weight, sick and uncomfortable and I sure didn’t glow.
On the right: Me and my daughter August 2016. I’m 35 years old, thriving and glowing […]

Toffee Apples – Raw Vegan Recipe

By |November 23rd, 2016|

Did you use to love toffee apples? They were so good! Here is a really yummy, fun and nourishing alternative that the whole family can enjoy together as a meal, a dessert or a snack. This is a really great activity to do with your kids.

Ingredients:

4 Organic Apples on skewers
1/2 cup dates   
3 Tb melted coconut […]

Curry Noodles- Raw Vegan

By |November 23rd, 2016|

 

Hey Healthy Hottie!

IKR. YUM! Are you ready for a new and life enhancing experience?

Here are the super simple ingredients:

1 cup coconut water
2 cups raw cashews
1/4 of a small avocado
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
3 medium zucchinis
chilli paste to taste

Super Simple Instructions:

1. Spiralize zucchinis to make the noodles.

2. In a […]

There’s a Good Kind of Sugar, and I Eat Tons of It!

By |November 20th, 2016|

Hey Wildlings!
As you all know, I love fruit—and so does my family. You probably know, too, that fruit is rich in fiber and antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties and may be linked to cancer prevention. 
So, is it possible to overdo it?
Let’s explore that.
Some medical and health professionals have expressed concerns about the sugar contained in […]

You Can Stop Climate Change! (Yes, You!)

By |November 19th, 2016|

Hi, Wild Heart!
I know you care about the environment. Every compassionate, caring person loves our Mother Earth, and every concerned citizen of this world is worried about the growing threat of climate change. 
Climate change is a menace to our planet, our animals and—you may not know—our bodies.
Chronic disease is the leading cause of death […]

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    The Solution to Menstrual Cramps is Crazy Simple (and Delicious!)

The Solution to Menstrual Cramps is Crazy Simple (and Delicious!)

By |November 16th, 2016|

Hey Gorgeous!
 Did you know that a solid half of all menstruating women experience cramps? (Dysmenorrhea, if you want to get medical.)
Since transitioning to a plant-based diet, however, I have not been one of them.

My period is three to four days long and totally pain free. While menstruating, I experience what I’d describe as a […]

Kale and Quinoa Salad- Vegan

By |November 16th, 2016|

 

Hey Wild One,

Are you not sure what to do with kale? How about quinoa? Here’s a super yummy and simple idea for you.

For the salad:

4 cups kale
1/2 cup butternut squash, chopped into small cubes
1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 cup chickpeas

For the dressing:

1 ripe avocado
1/4 tablespoon tamari
Squeeze of lime
Toasted […]

Skip the oats, skip the gluten, keep all the goodness!

By |November 11th, 2016|

 

Before realizing I was gluten-intolerant, I ate oats for breakfast every day for about eight years straight. I loved it! But it was ruining my body and my well-being.

You see, not only are oats manufactured usually on equipment with wheat products but oats can be cross-reactive for those who are gluten intolerant like myself, […]

15 minute Cheesy Kale Chip Recipe – Raw Vegan

By |November 9th, 2016|

Hey Mama,

Welcome back to my recipes page!

Have you tried Kale Chips yet? When done well they’re so good! And they’re as healthy as they are delicious.

I’ve added a super quick cooked version and a slower more nourishing raw version. Both Yummy, both plant-based, vegan.

Simple Ingredients:

2 bunches of kale
2 1/4 cups cashews, soaked for […]

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    The 3 Biggest Concerns about the Plant-Based Diet (& Why You Don’t Need to Worry about Them)

The 3 Biggest Concerns about the Plant-Based Diet (& Why You Don’t Need to Worry about Them)

By |November 9th, 2016|

Hi Cutie,
The information I’m about to share with you is the product of half a lifetime of learning. I hope it will bring you the same health, wellness and sexy body it brought me! 😉
I’ve been meat-free for 24 years and vegan for 14, and my daughter has been vegan since she was conceived, […]

98% of American Diets are Missing this Key Nutrient/Mineral

By |November 9th, 2016|

Hey Vibrant You!
Want to know what every single cell in your body is craving—every single day?
Want to know what humans used to get in abundance in their diets (we’re talking 10,000 milligrams daily) and now, with a modern Standard American Diet, are sorely lacking (3,000 milligrams daily, and that’s if you’re lucky)?
Want to know […]

Calcium Supplements: Safe and Natural, or Not So Much?

By |November 9th, 2016|

Hey Healthy Mama!
So listen. We tend to assume that anything that’s natural is safe, and that anything that can be found in food is automatically natural.
Case in point: calcium supplements.
I’d like bring your attention to a few flaws in that reasoning, and hopefully get you better informed on the true nature of these “natural” supplements…
In short, […]

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    How do you Like your Eggs? Don’t Read this if you Want to Keep it that Way

How do you Like your Eggs? Don’t Read this if you Want to Keep it that Way

By |November 6th, 2016|

Hey Lovely,
Eggs are a hot topic for vegan, plant-based or generally conscious mamas, so I want to take some time to weigh in on it today.
Are you on the fence about whether or not to keep eggs in your (and your family’s) diet? Wondering how the egg industry treats its laying hens? Trying to […]

An Ugly Truth about some Beautiful Animals

By |November 3rd, 2016|

Hey Wild One,
Take a seat—this is a tough topic today.
Ever heard of “wastage”?
According to the horse racing industry, this is a word for withdrawing horses prematurely from racing.
That definition is sugarcoating an ugly truth.
In reality, “wastage” refers to sending horses to slaughter once they stop making money for their owners.
“Only 300 in every 1000 […]

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    Eat Hot Chips and Lose Weight! Baked Hot Chips, EGGPLANT and Sauce – Vegan

Eat Hot Chips and Lose Weight! Baked Hot Chips, EGGPLANT and Sauce – Vegan

By |November 2nd, 2016|

 

Hey Wild One,

The last low fat, weight reducing hot chips recipe I posted was a massive hit so I wanted to share this healthier alternative to hot chips (fries) with you too. It’s made with eggplant and it’s really nice! Especially with this sauce. Yowsers! Yum!

Eggplants are low fat and nutrient dense, a great food […]

One Old-School Diet you Need to Know About

By |October 29th, 2016|

Hey Sexy Mama,
Ever heard of Dr. Kempner? No? Well remember that name, because more than 60 years ago he treated more than 18,000 patients with one simple diet.
He originally designed his dietary cure as a treatment for kidney failure and high blood pressure. (Remember, these diagnoses were far more serious in those days.) Patients […]

Roasted Cauliflower Recipe- Vegan

By |October 26th, 2016|

 

Hey Wild Heart,

I dined at an Indian restaurant in Far North Queensland a couple years ago with some family and friends, that was the first time I’d seen how awesome roasted cauliflower can look. Wow! It’s like a cruelty-free roast as a centerpiece for the table, it looked extravagant, super simple to make and so […]

Coconut & Vegetable Soup- Vegan

By |October 19th, 2016|

 

Hey Healthy Hottie,

How good is a nice warm soup?!

The ultimate nurturing food for warmth and comfort. I love it. I could eat soup every day in winter and be so happy.
Here is my current favourite soup recipe that I had regularly in my kitchen last winter.

Simple Ingredients:

8 medium size carrots, rinsed and sliced
4 […]

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    How I Dug Deep to make Space for Health—& How You Can do the Same.

How I Dug Deep to make Space for Health—& How You Can do the Same.

By |October 18th, 2016|

I used to see slim people and assume it meant they were lucky, blessed with a fast metabolism.
I thought the fact that I had an average, plump body must mean I was an average human. This is where my self-esteem was linked to my weight, and it trapped me.
I would listen to skinny friends […]

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    The Hardest part of Being Vegan (has nothing to do with food).

The Hardest part of Being Vegan (has nothing to do with food).

By |October 18th, 2016|

Hey gorgeous!
I know, for anyone who isn’t yet vegan, this lifestyle can seem out of reach. We’ve been raised to eat animal flesh, and most of us are addicted to it. We’re so used to it that changing our diet may seem impossible. 
But, being vegan is easy!
Trust me. After a few weeks of experimenting, […]

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    Want to Dip your Toes in the Vegan Pool? Here’s How to Start Eating One Vegan Meal a Day (you Won’t Want to Stop!)

Want to Dip your Toes in the Vegan Pool? Here’s How to Start Eating One Vegan Meal a Day (you Won’t Want to Stop!)

By |October 18th, 2016|

Are you trying to transition to eating healthier? Good for you, Mama!
I’m going to give you three easy and fun ways to incorporate healthier meals and snacks into your day. 
I’ll start by showing you some simple examples. All you have to do is pick which meal of the day you want to try to […]

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    How Children can enjoy Parties without all the Junk: 3 Tips for Healthy Mamas & Papas.

How Children can enjoy Parties without all the Junk: 3 Tips for Healthy Mamas & Papas.

By |October 13th, 2016|

 

 

I am so excited to see my article published in the amazing elephant journal. I’ve been following them for years so to be writing for them is a real compliment to my work. Thanks everyone for reading my posts and sharing your parenting experiences, without you I wouldn’t have had anyone to write for […]

Wild Mushroom Pho- Vegan

By |October 13th, 2016|

 

 

Hey Wild One,

Do you have any mushroom lovers in your family? I sure do. My daughter Ever really loves them raw, so she eats while I cook this. I love pho and I love mushrooms, especially wild ones, if you do too then you’re in for a real treat. A flavour sensation that is […]

Grilled Wraps- Vegan

By |October 7th, 2016|

 

 

Hey Lovely,

Welcome to another delicious, simple and nourishing meal that your whole family can make together, and enjoy together. This is a really great one to gets the kids participating in the creation process and they’ll more likely eat it because they made what they love, with love while connecting with who they love. […]