Changed My Life – FOREVER

So I sat down this afternoon thinking ok – I need to write a newsletter in the next 30mins, before the kids are finished school ? this might be a quick & mediocre one!!

But then (Thankyou Thankyou!!) I opened my inbox, & behold!! Something infinitely better than anything I could write (even if I had been ahead of schedule)! This customer is an inspiration to everyone – with or without gut issues, & has even shared some awesome tips for the gut-conscious travellers & sports people.

Sometimes it takes trial & error to figure out exactly what works for you, but the effort pays off big-time when you do figure it out ?


the email…

We arrived back home in Australia after five wonderful weeks holidaying around Europe. WOW it was amazing.

Every night for 35 days I would make up a small batch of Blend 11 for the next morning, which I would have with or without yogurt, because I could not read the French or Italian labelled yoghurts as most would have a lot of sugar in them and maybe I would add some fruit as an extra, if I had remembered to buy it. I forgot to take it for just 1 day and I knew about it the next.  

Let me explain, I have had Crohn’s disease for 35 years, 3 surgeries later and 1.5metres less of small intestine. I constantly have to deal with diarrhoea and the urgency to go no matter where you are, even on a European holiday.

Just four years ago on the 29th of July my intestine perforated, and this event changed my life forever. I had taken for 15 years autoimmune suppressant medication and my body was a mess, it just wasn’t healing as fast as the Doctors would have liked. After 10 long days in hospital and a stoma bag attached, I went home almost 10 kilos lighter and also my muscles had wasted because I just wasn’t able to move out of bed for 7 days.

That was hard, I have a selfie to remind me what I don’t want in my life anymore.

After 18 months of being extremely cautious due to major surgery and following medical advice to a T, I still had mild diarrhoea. Bugger. I start exercising at the local gym lifting light weights and absolutely hated it, but I knew I had to do things differently this time as my next hospital visit in the long term future possibly meant a lifelong stoma bag attached. That was ok as Blake Beckford became my online mentor, note photo insert below. If Blake could turn his life around and become the first male model in the UK with a stoma bag, I could do it? Check blakes website out and read his story.

Photo credit: http://www.blakebeckford.co.uk

My Personal Trainer was fantastic and listened to me, he suggested that I start running. Just 10 weeks before the Bridge to Brisbane and a team of 10 gym members I did it. As I ran I still suffered mild diarrhoea but I loved the freedom of running, it was refreshing, exhausting  and energising all in one.  Over the course of 4 months I met a friend that recommended Blend 11 for constipation, I think he had never heard of Crohn’s Disease.  Another friend introduced me to some material on the Low Carb High Fat Diet, and another to Intermittent Dieting. I tried it all and everything worked, yep even the Blend11. I tested over 3 months cracking the combination of what would work and what would not.  All variations had some benefits, but ultimately together Blend11, running, LCHF Diet and Intermittent Dieting I had found after 35 years something that has changed my life. FOREVER.

I’ve run 10k maybe 100 times now even 21.1k around 10 times now.  I’m currently training for my first Marathon and I have my goal set on a 100k in the Blue Mountains in 2018. During my holidays, I discovered a town called Chamonix in France, it is famous for Mt Blanc some 4810 metres above sea level, yes snow on top. But the town is in a valley and absolutely filled with golden rays of warmth. But why I mention this is they hold every year many different trail running distance events on one of the most beautiful mountains on earth. I plan to run it over the next couple of years with a solid training plan and of course I will take my Blend11 the day before.

To the team at Goodmix and their Blend11 thank you, I couldn’t live without it now.

Dino B

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I just loved hearing this! If you have a story to share – please do (especially on Wednesday afternoons)!

Jeanie Xx

jeanie@goodmix.com.au

Superfoods you can share with your furry buddy!

Dog Smoothie Bowls…Yes. I know. They’re dogs…dogs eat meaty bones, not smoothie bowls??

While meaty bones are absolutely classified as superfoods (full of collagen & minerals, the building blocks of both dog & human bodies), & my dogs definitely get them too – our furry friends can also really  benefit from some phyto-nutrients (planty-good-bits).

Here’s a simple list of some things you may already use yourself, that you can give to your furry best mates as well! (Always run any new dietary additions by your vet if unsure if this type of food is ok for your pet specifically, this is just some awesome but general info – from my own research & from my fantastic local vet clinic).

Turmeric: a great antioxidant, liver tonic & anti-inflammatory. Great for older dogs, & any who suffer with arthritis, skin issues, diabetes or are on a lot of medications.

Coconut oil: beautiful for the coat, the brain, the gut, & as an energy pickup…the oil can help keep them regular, so great if constipation is an issue. Also if you have a really weak / skinny / rescue dog that needs some quickly digested calories.

Barley grass: vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants, liver support, anti-inflammatory – great to combine with turmeric for the same issues…ever notice your dog chewing on grass instinctively when they feel a bit crook?

Flaxseed: always use pre-soaked & blended flaxseed for dogs, not dry whole seeds – this will be similar to them eating the partially digested, seedy contents of a herbivores stomach, which would happen for wolves / dingoes / wild dogs. One of the best natural things for frequently constipated dogs, & amazing for the skin & coat.

Fish oil: anti-inflammatory & nourishing support for the brain, skin,  gut, joints, heart. You can buy very cheap canned mackerel / sardines in any supermarket, or use capsules. 

Probiotics: essential to help rebalance the gut after a course of antibiotics, or for dogs with constipation, skin issues & stinky breath. You can use capsules, or add small amounts of sauerkraut / kefir to their dinner.

Kefir: same benefits as probiotics, better if your dog prefers to lick than take capsules!

Beetroot: a good vegetable to blend up & add to food, great for fibre, vitamins, minerals & also good support for the liver & muscles. 

Parsley: fibre, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants.

Celery tops: fibre, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants.

Raw eggs: (shell included) calcium & other minerals, 

So why go to all this trouble & expense to keep your dog so darn healthy?? 

Me getting some doggy-licky probiotics

As a thankyou of course! Most people now know that dog owners are generally happier, less stressed & even less likely die from heart disease – that is old news. However – some newer research actually suggests that your dog may be one of your best probiotics! Apparently, over time – we come to share many of the same gut bacteria as our canine companions!  Kids raised in homes with a dog, are less likely to develop immune issues like asthma & allergies. They say that the likely immune benefit is due to ‘dog associated house-dust!’ So I will learn to love my immune-boosting messy floor, with its constant layer of  ‘dog-associated house-dust’…the latest must-have healthy home accessory. Unfortunately my house has gloss white tiles throughout :(

Do my dogs get to share my Blend11?  No – they would love to, & they often ask me – but no.

Here’s why…

Never give a dog anything with cacao in it (Ie Blend11). One of the plant chemicals (theobromine) in cacao can actually be lethal to dogs – the reason you’ll often hear people say ‘chocolate is poison for dogs’. It really is, they cannot metabolise theobromine like we humans can, & it builds up to levels which can become toxic. Dark chocolate & pure cacao are much more toxic (more theobromine) than milk chocolate, so be careful if you have these in your home, keep well out of reach of dogs. Small dogs need less chocolate to get sick / die than larger animals…so don’t leave your cute lil puppy at home alone with the Easter eggs. 

Superfood Smoothie Recipe for your Furry Buddy: 

  • Coconut yoghurt – 2 TBsp (avoid any brands with xylitol, this is toxic to dogs)
  • Soaked Flaxseed – 1 TBsp (soak in enough water so the seeds are nice & soft, keep refrigerated up to 3 days)
  • Beetroot – thumb-sized knob (I use the end bits that would normally get composted / chucked)
  • Celery tops or parsley – 2 small handfuls
  • Turmeric – 2 flat teaspoons of powder or a small knob of fresh (1 tsp per medium dog)
  • Barley grass – 2 flat TBsp (1 per medium dog)
  • Sauerkraut – 2 tsp
  • Kefir – 2 tbsp
  • Enough water to make it blend nicely
  • Serve with some canned sardines or mackerel (these are a bit to stinky to put into the blender!!)

Serves 1 x large dog (30-50kg) or 2 x medium (20-30kg)

Love to hear what you give to your puppy dogs, leave a comment below or send me an email!

Jeanie X

jeanie@goodmix.com.au

A Day In The Life of a goodMix Patchy…

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3.30am – 4.30am

Alarm goes off – Rise & Shine!

You’re up before the sun, bleary-eyed & packing the esky with your cold tasters (prepared the night before) & coconut yoghurt, loading it into the car (where your market kit is already packed from the day before. The early commute at least has no traffic – you grab some ice on the way & the petrol station guy knows you from the time before, & the time before.

4.15am-5:00am

Arrive at markets.

You drive in, unload everything from the vehicle in the almost dark & start the set up process. Gazebo, tables, cloths, stock, signs…getting everything into place & looking pretty…in approx 40mins, you have yourself a fully functional, temporary ‘shop’ with sampling station. Dawn is breaking – phew. It’s coffee time!!

5.30am

The earliest shoppers are starting to wander in, empty trolleys dragging behind them. You walk back to your stall, sipping your locally roasted coffee, chatting to your fellow stallholders along the way & maybe grabbing breakfast & a few bits n pieces as you go, before the rush hits.

It’s slow for another half hour or so –  just a few regulars…these shoppers know what they want & they stock up & get out quickly – you’re lucky if you’re on their list.

6.15am

The early crowd is upon you, you greet the familiar faces, catch up on their week & exchange goods for cash.

7:00am-12:00pm

It builds from here until the sun is high above you, your till is overflowing with notes, & your tables & esky are almost empty. That’s on a good day. A bad day might mean – your till looks exactly the same as when you arrived, your tent is soaked, some of your stock is ruined, your shoes, socks & even your undies are soggy…but you’re still having a laugh with your neighbours, you’ve got your weekly fresh groceries (cheaper & fresher than you could buy anywhere else), & you are thankful that you can at least pack your bags at the end of the day & bring your stock back to sell at the next market. Some aren’t so lucky – the fresh produce has to go. You feel sorry for the farmers & buy heaps. Smoothies, pesto, guacamole, freeze things, cook things…give some away…can’t miss the rainy day specials!

12:00pm

Pack up time!

Organise the fresh purchases, pack them away carefully into your half empty stock boxes, cold things into the esky & start dismantling the temporary shop, loading the vehicle with everything, much less neatly than it was before – in your rush to get home. You get home, & the day is not done yet – the stock goes away, counted & ready for next market, the groceries into the fridge, the till counted & recorded. You did ok…a days work done, made a profit, got your shopping done, stocked the fridge…& it’s still only lunchtime.

1:00pm

…finally, relax – time to have a rest!

Or clean the house, take the kids to footy, do the mowing, catch up with a mate, lie in the sun, go for a swim…the day is only half done! You feel kinda like a zombie…but you can catch up on sleep later!

 

Does this sound like you? The market gig is definitely not for everyone, you need to be just a teensy bit crazy – & pretty tough to do it long term. We have some patchies who’ve been doing it for more than 3 years now, rain hail or shine – but we also have some ‘gaps in the market’…so get in contact if you think you might like to fill one for a little while…or maybe even a long while!

Happy to have a chat anytime – see more info at the link below.

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7 Natural Skin Care Tips for the Winter

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  1. Avoid long hot baths & showers. These will strip away the oil from the skin, leaving it dry & more prone to eczema, cracking & rashes. Think about the difference between doing the washing up in cool water vs hot – the hotter the soapy sink water is, the better the oil comes off the dishes. Works on the skin too, but it’s harsh, irritating & unbalancing!
  2. Use soap sparingly. Soap is a good thing, don’t get me wrong – it saves countless infections & stops us all from smelling & looking grubby. We have however, taken this good thing a bit too far – if used to excess soap will really compromise our skin function (sensitive folks know this already, but even the rest of us can be affected in winter with long hot soapy showers stripping away every bit of our lubricating, protective skin oils & good skin bacteria). If your skin tends to play up in winter, just bathe when you really need it – it won’t hurt to miss a day or 2, a quick wipe or a sponge with a soap-free pH balanced cleanser to the face, armpits, privates / bottom & feet (try to keep it in that order lol) will suffice & allow your skin to settle down & re-establish it’s natural balance of oil & good bacteria.
  3. Moisturise! Nourish your skin quickly from the outside after a shower or bath by rubbing in some good oils immediately after, just get dry & massage in some coconut, sweet almond, apricot kernel, jojoba oil or add some to your bath with some relaxing essential oils like lavender, ylang-ylang or geranium. For dry heels, hands & elbows – vegetable glycerine is awesome (& inexpensive) to soften & heal cracks & rough patches almost overnight!
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  4. Eat your oils! If your skin is dry, you must moisturise from the inside too, by making sure you’re getting enough good oils – in your food or in a supplement. Fish, flax, chia, coconut, macadamia, olive…eat these & avoid the cheap & nasty ‘vegetable oils’ found in most processed foods.
  5. Stay hydrated! We often forget to drink when it’s cold – but dry winter skin can result. Keep your fluid intake up with hot herbal teas, warm stewed fruit & steamy, nourishing soups.
  6. Look after your gut – it’s health is strongly linked to the skin, & any gut imbalance will be reflected through the skin. Winter is a great time of year for making / using bone broth as a soup or base of other recipes (very healing & supportive to the gut). Herbal teas like dandelion, peppermint, ginger & chamomile all have gut & digestive tonic properties.
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  7. Get some rays! Yes, yes, the sun can hurt your skin if you get too much of it, but if you’re getting too little you’ll be low in vitamin D, which is absolutely vital for smooth glowing skin & healthy hair as well as specifically for it’s wound-healing & anti-inflammatory actions. Aim for getting small doses regularly, all over your body if possible – a strategically placed day bed, old couch, cushion, yoga mat, rolled up beach towel…find a sunny nook & get into the habit of stripping off – or at the very least head outdoors on your lunch break & roll up your sleeves!

 

7 natural skin care tips by:

Jeanie McClymont

Organic vs Chemicals

Organics vs chemicals – don’t be alarmed by the critters, live food supports & attracts life!

During past hot & very humid summer, you may have noticed a few pantry moths (aka Indian Meal Moths) getting into your lovely organics – this is what they look like, be on guard next summer!

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Unfortunately this is just part of the territory when working with / buying organic food products. Those of us using Organics will be more likely to run into insect trouble as our food cannot be sprayed / misted / fumigated the way conventionally grown & stored products of the same nature are.

Initially on finding a moth / bug / living creature in your food – you may be taken aback or a bit ‘grossed out’ – we Aussies aren’t really big on eating insects! The upside is worth considering though – if a mummy moth wanting the safest haven to raise her babies has chosen our food in which to lay her eggs, it’s a great confirmation that our food is uncontaminated by chemical pesticides. These chemical ‘hidden nasties” are scary on a whole different level than finding the odd live critter in your food. After being a keen veggie gardener in the past, I love it when I find a live caterpillar or creature in my fresh market produce, as I then know it’s likely to be fresh produce that ‘supports life’, & was grown in a balanced & diverse real ecosystem – complete with live bugs & bacteria, not just chemically grown ‘perfect’ produce that looks the part but does not really support any life as it is laced with so many poisons!

Pests are relatively easy to deal with at home, freezing for 7 days is a good way to kill off any insect eggs which may be lurking inside a pack of organic seeds / grains / legumes / flour etc, & will not be too nutritionally detrimental. This can be done on returning home with your new purchases, or with anything you may find in the pantry that has a few ‘guests’ already inside! Instead of wasting your food & your money, it’s fine to just remove what you can see, freeze the product (well sealed to keep out moisture) for a good 5-7 days & then return it to the pantry. If you are a Bear Grylls fan then you’d know that insects are a great source of protein & highly nourishing anyway (fast forward a few years & they’ll be available powdered for your shakes!) To be safe, & ensure your pantry stays uninfested, any potentially risky products should be stored in tightly sealed containers or jars, as many hungry little munchers can easily eat through plastic / paper bags to get to a preferred food source. From Bunnings / online you can purchase sticky pantry moth traps – they attract the male moths with irresistible pretend pheromones, causing them to land & become stuck, so unable to breed. Summer is when this type of control is most important, as these moths (& most other bugs) love warmth & humidity to breed & grow – in winter time there is much less action, though products my still harbour dormant eggs.

The little creatures will always be a part of eating & working with clean food – ask anyone in the health food / organic industry! As long as we all realise & know that the alternative is chemicals – then it’s not a huge drama. If the bugs are intolerable, there’s always the bug-free chemical version available!

What are anti-nutrients

 

What are ‘anti-nutrients’, what foods are they in & how do they affect my health? Should these foods be avoided? Can they still be part of a healthy diet?

By definition, anti-nutrients are ‘natural or synthetic compounds that interfere with nutrient absorption’ – ie they stop us from absorbing beneficial nutrients from food…so can be a problem if there’s lots of them in our diet.

There are loads of synthetic anti-nutrients (ie many drugs, medications, preservatives etc) but let’s just discuss the sneaky ones that may be lurking inside our beautiful, natural, healthy foods – they’ve been getting a lot of press lately with the popularity of the Paleo diet (which excludes most grains, dairy, & legumes as well as sugar & processed / junk food & maximises nutrient intake).

You may have heard of some of these anti nutrients: phytates, lignans, saponins, oxalates, glucosinolates…there are many & it’s difficult to remember which foods they’re found in, what they do & what preparation methods to use that can minimise their effects.

These natural anti-nutrients are just plant chemicals (found in high concentration naturally in nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, & to a lesser extent in some fruits & veggies). Their function is to ensure the continuation of the plant species (either through making the plant product indigestible or unpalletable to animals or ensuring that they can survive in a dormant state through harsh conditions & for long periods of time without ‘going off’ or germinating at an inappropriate time. THIS IS WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO ACTIVATE Blend 11 (& other nuts, seeds, grains & legumes you’re eating regularly!) If it’s dormant, it’s protected – you want to give it a trigger & some time to ‘wake up’ before you eat it!

What happens when we don’t activate? When we eat these dormant ‘plant embryos’ unprocessed, some will be highly resistant to our digestive processes, and we’ll get little benefit from eating them, and possibly even feel unwell (in the case of legumes & beans) or maybe just a bit heavy and bloated after consuming them in their natural dormant state. The compounds in these foods can also bind with minerals & inhibit their absorption from our digestive tract. And we need our minerals so badly – they’re crucial to good health & already pretty scarce in much of the food we eat, grown in the deficient soils of today.

Our ancestors figured this out long ago, probably through a combination of trial and error, watching animals & just observing their own ‘gut reactions’ to the things they were eating over time. There are many cultures (even still today) who have special traditional ways to prepare nuts, seeds, grains & legumes before eating. These methods may seem strange to us with our modern ‘microwave’ culture, but when we take a look at the science it becomes clear that keeping in touch with this ancient food preparation wisdom is key to staying healthy and feeling good whilst eating a large variety of natural foods.

Traditional methods that you can use to ensure proper digestion include food combining, soaking, fermenting, sprouting, cooking, grinding etc. (Not all food ‘processing’ is detrimental to it’s nutritional value, the right kind of processing can actually improve the availability of vitamins, minerals, essential fats & amino acids).

There are also a few factors which can influence our individual sensitivity to these anti nutrient compounds, for example:
-Gut bacterial balance  (our bacteria help us breakdown what we consume)
-Liver function
-Immune function
-Combinations of food we eat

So should we just avoid foods with anti-nutrients, and eat safe, easily digested foods? There are some people who will definitely feel much better after cutting some of these foods from their diet, due to immune system dysfunction, poor gut bacterial balance & leaky gut syndrome etc. Most natural health practitioners will recommend an ‘elimination diet’ to help patients discover which foods are causing undesirable effects for them (everyone is different). This involves eliminating all of the foods people react to commonly for a month or so and eating a very basic diet, similar to one you might feed to a baby who’s being introduced to solids. Then the other foods are reintroduced one at a time & any reactions are noted & recorded. After finding out exactly what’s not working for you, it becomes much easier to eat freely, knowing what you can & can’t tolerate.

Above all though, it’s important to remember that a healthy human diet can vary immensely from place to place, person to person & that different ‘lifestages’ will have different requirements. There are many different variations of “a healthy diet”, and what works for one person may be completely wrong for another. The ideal diet for a baby, toddler, child, teenager, adult, elderly person, pregnant or lactating woman, sick / injured/ recovering person, elite athlete, sedentary person, cold climate, hot climate, etc, will vary and the whole person should always be taken into account.

Don’t stress too much about it though – stress (which causes over-activity of the sympathetic nervous system) acts as one of the biggest anti-nutrients & has a profound effect on our ability to get the goodness from our plate into our cells! Just eat as clean as you can, look after your gut bacteria & look to the way our ancestors prepared their food, rather than the guide on the microwave oven!

Feeling Guilty About Takeaway Night

Takeaway night!

Please tell me there’s not more than one of these a week – takeaway food should be just a special treat / last resort, not a regular occurrence. Getting the family hooked on takeaway food might save you some time & energy in the short term, but the downside can be pretty sad. Even though the pizza might have a few veggies on it, the burger has some lettuce & tomato, the fish is fresh from the trawler, the chips are made of potatoes and the lovely Chinese / Thai / Indian family cooked it using grandma’s recipe…

…it’s all going to be swimming in cheap vegetable oil & heavily laced with sugar / MSG / unseen additives.

The takeaway joint needs to make a profit, & you just can’t if you’re selling $9.95 pizzas made with extra virgin olive oil instead of cheap & nasty ‘vegetable oil’. The fish & chip shop ain’t frying in coconut oil either. You may think ‘oh it’s ok – we grew up on fried food as kids’ – it was different fat that was used back then though. The fat that’s used now is the number one dietary cause of heart disease & the ideal daily intake is zero. Not once or twice a week – ZERO!

 

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in 2011 Australians were set to spend 37 billion $$$ on takeaway and growing at an alarming 4 billion a year – what is it today?

 

No wonder our kids are getting so fat, it’s because their parents are too darn busy to spend the necessary time in the supermarket/kitchen!

…so what to do on those ‘I simply cannot cook tonight’ nights (they happen in healthy homes too!).

Here’s a few ideas:

  1. Omelettes (use the blender for speed)
  2. Smoothies
  3. Toast & avocado / beans / tuna /hommous
  4. Something frozen from a leftover dinner, a platter (or a pile) to pick from including things like olives, celery, carrots, capsicum, beans, cucumber, snow peas, boiled eggs
  5. Cold leftover meat…dinner doesn’t always have to be cooked…
  6. If you need something warming – a quick bowl of ‘instant’ miso soup with a handful of baby spinach, cabbage, broccoli or other greens thrown in is great – & maybe even a can of tuna / salmon if you’re a bit more hungry.
  7. Even porridge with some yoghurt, nuts & berries, some Blend11…it’s not really dinner but it’s nutritionally much better than a giant pile of trans fat & a few token veggies.

Think of the savings, the health benefits and the guilt factor !!!

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How Clean is Your Kitchen…

My kitchen seems to be in a constant state of mess – the creation of a fresh meal from scratch tends to leave so much more mess than the ready made, stick it in the oven / microwave kind of affair or a takeaway. But I’d rather a bit of mess you can see than a whole list of additives you can’t, so while my kitchen might seem messier than most – I think it’s pretty clean by ‘clean eating’ standards!

What exactly do they (those crossfit-going, farmer’s market-shopping, green-smoothie-chugging, yoga-practicing, Lorna Jane-outfit-wearing types) mean by ‘Clean Eating?’ Here’s a few definitions I found – all valid & worthy of consideration when placing a food item into your trolley / bag / pot / mouth.

– being mindful of the food’s pathway between its origin & your plate
– focuses on whole, healthy, unprocessed foods
– not a diet, it’s a happy & healthy lifestyle
– eating whole foods, or ‘real foods’, those that are un- or minimally processed, refined & handled, as close to their natural form as possible. Low H.I foods (Low Human Intervention).
-what eating was always about
– real food not encumbered with things that compromise health
– a way of eating that lets you eat until you’re full & satisfied, & the side benefit is weightloss
– it’s an investment in your future health

….ok sold, it sounds pretty good – but where to start? If you’ve never really explored clean eating further than scrubbing your potatoes, here’s where to start – the kitchen (your pantry & fridge is where this battle needs to take place)! Bring the wheelie bin round to the front door – or better still to avoid wastage, throw your last ‘dirty eating’ party, & eat all the bad stuff you still have left (maybe just invite people you don’t like much / don’t need to impress). Or better yet, donate what you can to a charity organisation – homeless & hungry folks will appreciate your unwanted processed food – clean or unclean!

Here’s a rough guide to help you sort through the shelves:

1) LOOK AT THE LABEL

Throw out anything from the fridge or pantry that has a looong ingredients list with numbers & weird chemical names  – ie looks like this:

 

 

Compared to this:

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2) SAUCES 

Get rid of all your cheap crappy sauces, salad dressings, mayonnaise, spreads etc – these can be a really sneaky way to absolutely ruin an otherwise great clean meal. The ingredients list will make it obvious.

Invest in a food processor you can use to quickly whip up your own – easy once you’ve experimented a bit with olive & macadamia oils, herbs, spices, garlic, ginger, natural yoghurt etc. Or you can find some better quality gourmet things like pesto, hommous, aoli, tamari etc in health stores & farmer’s markets – check ingredients though – watch for cheap ‘vegetable oil’ & canola oil, these ruin many otherwise good products.

3) EMPTY CARBS

White is out – white flour, white bread, white sugar, pastry, pasta, crackers, biscuits, etc. Out. Even if you seem fine with wheat & gluten, & have no obvious symptoms, when you look at the vast quantities we consume of highly processed products made mostly from wheat flour, it makes sense to cut back & make room for some foods with more to offer nutritionally than some quick carbs! Instead of the cheap ‘light & white’ pre-sliced loaf, opt for a heavier, seedy sourdough loaf with organic rye or spelt – made with passion & some quality not-too-refined ingredients. Use seaweed or rice-paper wraps, lettuce or kale leaves as wraps. Or just eat your sandwich filling on a plate, much better without the giant serve of bread. Use veggie sticks for dipping, or make your own crackers using quality non-flour ingredients. Use spiralled zucchini as noodles / pasta, the machines are cheap & homemade pesto tastes amazing on these. Try out all the options for sweetening food – many of the sugar alternatives are still very much ‘sometimes foods’, but at least they have some nutrient value – things like molasses, coconut sugar, rapadura sugar, maple syrup, raw honey – there are at least some useful bits in amongst the sweetness!

4) BREAKFAST CEREALS

Don’t be fooled by their ridiculous marketing! Iron men don’t eat them. Aussie kids are fatter than ever. They’ll eat it by the boxful cos its full of addictive sugar. They are too heavy on sugar, too light on nutrition, just not right at all. That red skirt & heels will eventually become a tent dress & diabetic-friendly support shoes. Chocolate milkshakes are not for breakfast, crunchy or not. Snap crackle pop go bones with no minerals in them…this could get out of control, but I think we all know that while the marketing is powerful, the box is less harmful for us to eat.
Some cleaner breakfast options include smoothies, porridge (use organic whole oats – throw them in a pot at night, add a sprinkle of cinnamon, vanilla essence & pour the kettle over the lot & leave on the stove covered overnight. In the morning just heat gently & eat with some nuts / Blend 11 / yoghurt / fruit / smoothie). Quality free range eggs & free range, nitrate free bacon with greens & buttery mushrooms, a vege omelette (blend eggs, herbs, salt & pepper & pour over tomatoes, mushrooms & spinach in your pan). Make a few Blend 11 parfaits in advance & keep them in jars in the fridge, ready to go for those rushy mornings! Packaged cereal is now sounding decidedly boring!

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5) SUGARY DRINKS

Juices, soft drinks, cordials, flavoured teas, sweet chocolate drink powders…ya gotta be made of water. (Sorry one more). Man marketing gets stuck in your head – goodMix needs a jingle ASAP! To change up your liquids drink fresh veggie juices with a bit of fruit to sweeten, sparkling mineral water with a squeeze of lemon or lime, Kombucha & Kefir-type fermented ‘soft drinks’ (still watch the sugar here), real herbal teas, real cacao hot chocolate….Or just good old H2O!

6) TAKEAWAY NIGHT

Please tell me there’s not more than one of these a week – takeaway food should be just a special treat / last resort, not a regular occurrence. Getting the family hooked on takeaway food might save you some time & energy in the short term, but the downside can be pretty sad. Even though the pizza might have a few veggies on it, the burger has some lettuce & tomato, the fish is fresh from the trawler, the chips are made of potatoes, the lovely Chinese / Thai / Indian family cooked it using grandma’s recipe…it’s all going to be swimming in cheap vegetable oil & heavily laced with sugar / MSG / unseen additives. The takeaway joint needs to make a profit, & you just can’t if you’re selling $9.95 pizzas made with extra virgin olive oil instead of cheap & nasty ‘vegetable oil’. And I’ll  bet the fish & chip shop ain’t frying in coconut oil either. You may think ‘oh it’s ok – we grew up on fried food as kids’ – it was different fat that was used back then. The fat that’s used now is the number one dietary cause of heart disease & the ideal daily intake is zero. Not once or twice a week – ZERO! No wonder our kids are getting so fat, it’s because their parents are too darn busy to spend the necessary time in the supermarket & kitchen! So what to do on those ‘I simply cannot cook tonight’ nights (they happen in healthy homes too!). Here’s a few ideas – Omelettes (use the blender for speed) smoothies, toast & avocado / beans / tuna /hommous, something frozen from a leftover dinner, a platter (or a pile) to pick from including things like olives, celery, carrots, capsicum, cherry tomatoes, beans, cucumber, snow peas, boiled eggs, cold leftover meat…dinner doesn’t always have to be cooked… Although in the winter, or if you need something warming – a quick bowl of ‘instant’ miso soup with a handful of baby spinach, cabbage, broccoli or other greens thrown in is great – & maybe even a can of tuna / salmon if you’re a bit more hungry. Even porridge with some yoghurt, nuts & berries, some Blend 11…it’s not really gourmet dinner but it’s nutritionally much better than a giant pile of trans fat with a few token veggies.

7) SWEET TREATS

Lollies, cakes, ice-creams, flavoured & sweetened yoghurt, sugar free yoghurt with artificial sweeteners, yoghurt’ desserts (?) The term yoghurt is pretty loose nowadays…eg those weird pots with cartoon characters on the packaging that little kids get in their lunch boxes which bear no resemblance to actual yoghurt). Choose instead nutritious ‘raw desserts’, homemade raw chocolate (so easy), bliss/ energy/protein balls, homemade smoothie ‘icecream’ & natural yoghurt with fruit – just google or check out Pinterest for endless amazing recipes, sweet treats can be clean too! Many on trend Cafe’s will have some healthy options available now too.

8) PROCESSED MEATS

ie poor quality sausages & ham, salami…there’s good stuff to be found in the Farmer’s markets, just avoid the mass produced, cheap & nasty stuff, those ‘fresh food people’ have giant warehouses to store months & years worth of stock.

9) READY TO EAT

Frozen, ready to eat meals – often full of nasties, but once again you can find the odd ‘diamond in the rough’ – check the ingredients list. If you happen to be time poor but $ ok , there are also some local companies that will deliver fresh, clean meals to your house ready to heat, in most major Australian cities – google or ask around at local gyms /enquire with local personal trainers.

10) BAD OILS

Top of this list is margarine (throw it out, butter is fine), followed by canola oil, & any ‘non-specific’ (means the cheapest nastiest we can find) vegetable oil’. Some great clean fats & oils are as follows: Coconut oil, olive oil, macadamia nut oil, butter & ghee. Add these in moderation & always opt for organic, cold pressed, grass-fed versions where you can! Avoid anything manufactured, even if it says ‘clinically proven to lower cholesterol’. The heart foundation tick looks all nice & official, but ignore it – it’s based on dodgy disproven ‘facts’.

…ok, now that your kitchen overhaul is complete – get ready for the mess! A good kitchen should generate some mess, it shows you’re using some raw ingredients, & taking the time to create something nourishing from real ingredients – rather than just opening up a jar & a packet. A suspiciously clean kitchen is the sign of a lazy, dirty eater, I say! Go mess up your kitchen & get some good, clean food happening!

A Guide to Valentine’s Day for those who’ve recently started dating a health freak: 10 things you shouldn’t do:

1) Do not buy them regular chocolates – they’ll just start thinking about the weight gain & pimples, plus you’ll set off all of their ‘almost under control’ cravings.

2) Do not take them out to a romantic Italian restaurant – they’re a minefield of gluten and excess carbs and dairy, there’s nothing Paleo friendly, vegan, raw, fermented or sprouted on the menu, and the candles are even toxic too.

3) Do not suggest a romantic movie night and a bottle of wine – sitting / lying still for so long whilst drinking more liquid calories than your liver can process in one hit is just a recipe for bloating, bags under the eyes and waking up 3 kg heavier, too late to hit the gym or go for a run before work.

4) Flowers…are much happier in fields than in vases, cut ones are just a tragic reminder of the human race’s exploitation of ‘less significant’ forms of life.

5) A romantic drive in the mountains or forest is out – polluting our pristine wild spaces with car exhaust unnecessarily is totally environmentally irresponsible.

6) Cooking a nice dinner with a fancy dessert would be perfect – except you have no idea what has lectins in it and why they are so evil, or how to go about ‘cooking’ a raw cheesecake (when did cashews become cheese?)

7) Expensive perfume / aftershave? Nope, it’s full of carcinogenic or endocrine disrupting chemicals and a major skin and respiratory irritant.

8) Jewellery – Nope, it might interrupt the smooth flow of electromagnetic energy around the body.

9) Underwear? Only if it’s made from organic, sustainable bamboo or hemp fibre, thank you!

10) A spa treatment? No – like the perfume, too many nasties in the products – and your skin just soaks it all in!

So what’s left????

Well – there’s not many options left for the new partner of a health freak, but you just can’t ignore VDay anymore with all the media hype! Don’t be disheartened though –  we just might have the perfect solution…get your sweetheart some ballBags!

They’re:
– Nutritious & full of superfoods including Maca – well known for its libido boosting properties, & raw cacao, the only food you can eat that will give your brain those feel good ‘I’m in love’ bliss chemicals.  Who knows – you might even get some lovin’ ;)
– Delicious – fully capable of satisfying even the most hardcore sweet / chocolate cravings, without any nasties!
– And you’ll be making them – don’t worry, it’s really hard to mess up, you just add coconut oil & if you want a little extra twist of flavour we have plenty of ideas. They can be used for all kinds of things other than balls too – raw healthy desserts, slices, smoothies etc. Get creative & you’re sure to impress (you have our permission to throw away the bag & pretend you made the whole thing from scratch)!

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P.s. for the Blend11 lovers we are running a special until the 15/02/15  check it out HERE

Reflect, Relax and get Gut Healthy

Was 2014 a tough year for your gut?

So 2015 is almost upon us, & the start of a new year is always a good time to have a little rest & do a bit of a clean up! It is only when we slow down a bit & take some time out from our crazy schedules that we can see clearly what needs doing / changing / fixing / cleaning / sorting out around us.

 

Clean up the house, the cupboards, the yard, the digestive tract….WHAT??  Yes, the digestive tract! It’s the most overworked & overlooked part of us (especially at this time of year) & we just expect it to work well with no rest or maintenance, under constant pressure & with new challenges on a daily basis.  Having a healthy gut is the cornerstone of being generally healthy – our skin, our immune system, our liver, our hormonal balance, cardiovascular health & even our mental / emotional state are all strongly influenced by what’s going on inside our gut.  Inflammatory conditions, auto-immune diseases, obesity, eczema, psoriasis…the list of (seemingly unrelated) symptoms that can improve significantly or even vanish once the gut is functioning properly is truly endless.  For most of us, our gut seems to be able to handle pretty much whatever we can throw at it when we’re young, but it all just starts to catch up as we age!  If only it could take just a little break now & then, just a few days off to rejuvenate & repair.

 

Enter the ‘detox’ – you may have heard the term or know someone who swears by doing one regularly.  If you’ve never tried one personally, do yourself a big favour & give your gut some space to ‘rest & reset’ this Summer.  Summer is a great time to detox as there’s such a focus on cold, raw foods which are not so great in the colder months, & many of us can have a little break or at least be a bit less busy to allow some time to focus on cleansing the system for a few days.

 

There are loads of different ones to choose from, some great & some not so, but here’s one which is pretty easy & works really well for most people.

 

Click the GREEN button to learn more

Detox Plan

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Note: (Always get the nod from your healthcare professional before embarking upon any detox programme, particularly if you are taking any medications or have any pre-existing health issues).

Nanango Country Markets

Nanango Country Markets

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Well goodMix headed west for the first time last weekend – out to the Nanango markets (home of the freshest, crispiest apples we’ve ever tasted, the biggest local garlic bulbs, the cheapest and best-smelling early season mangoes & now goodMix), thanks to the lovely Kingaroy family team of Julie, Dean, Alyssa & Renee Chesterton.

 

Together the Chestertons run Health Foods Australia, a market-based business bringing healthy essentials to Kingaroy and the surrounding district.

 

We were pleasantly surprised by the sizeable crowd and the huge number and diversity of stalls at Nanango, and we loved the comparative ‘spaciousness’ of this market – no cramping together of stalls here, the Showgrounds are huge!

 

It was well worth the drive, Julie and the girls had a fantastic market and lots of seeds will be soaking this week! Our only regret was not being able to explore the entire market – give yourself a good few hours to fossick through this one properly!

Julie and Dean
Julie and Dean

Julie and Dean, are the most recent Patchies and have started by acquiring a modest 7 markets and looking for more with their two daughters Renee and Alyssa. “We have found goodMix products to be excellent, well presented, popular and healthful. Even though we have only done 3 markets with goodMix it is amazing how much interest there is in the product and how much product you can turnover. Over the past 26 years we have successfully run businesses in the building & construction industry and personal care industry. We have been in a franchise before but must say that the way Brad and Jeanie run their goodMix Patch business is very professional and extremely helpful. They came and gave us a run down on how to sell their products in our own area which was very beneficial. We have found the goodMix Patch excellent value for money and would highly recommend goodMix as a market business.

Find out how you can start your own Patch in a markets near you here

 MORE PATCH INFO

15 Good Foundations….a Basic Care Guide for us Human Beings.

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1) Sleep, get what you need in order to wake up naturally feeling recharged & ready to go. Prioritise it, or it won’t happen. Set a bedtime alarm if you have to.

2) Diet, place high importance on it. Eat natural, eat for nutrient value, eat unrefined, eat organic, eat food you feel good on, not food the latest diet craze recommends, eat variety, eat when you’re hungry (not when you’re emotional / bored / feel you’re supposed to), eat mindfully and moderately.

3) Downtime, schedule it in, book it – or it won’t happen. Adjust your work life balance if you feel it needs it, set yourself a sustainable pace that is right for you, remembering everyone is different. Learn and practice meditation / yoga, find a special peaceful spot to ‘escape to’ regularly, give your mind some rest, get a massage often. Incorporate some kind of stress management into your weekly routine.

4) Move, get that blood flowing! Exercise often, and remember variety is essential. Brisk cardio movement for at least 20 minutes daily, some deep stretching, strength training (it’s not just for the young guys, it’s also really good for women and the elderly)…and cut down your immobile hrs (ie driving, TV, computer work).

5) Get some fresh air. Open your house up, go for a walk, ride a bike, move out of the city or away from busy roads, go for a trip to the sea.

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6) Don’t be scared of sunshine, make a point of getting plenty – don’t get burnt, but do expose your skin often.

7)Have some confidence in and respect for your body’s efforts to heal itself – get out of its way with those unnecessary medications. If you develop a symptom, don’t just go get a pill to take it away, try to figure out what has caused it to appear and do some work on that instead. There will always be a new symptom, and any medication which is capable of removing it is also likely to cause some undesirable changes in other body systems (everything is linked, you can’t effect one part in isolation). You won’t generally die from a headache, cough or a fever, you just have to rest for a bit and put up with some discomfort while your body rights itself again, patience! When you burn or cut yourself, the healing process is amazing – trust that if you just look after yourself well generally, your body will do what it needs to do under specific conditions.

8) Incorporate some food supplements, they can give you a real boost and help compensate for dietary lapses on your not-so-good days (or months or years)! Think greens, superfoods, herbs, minerals, fermented foods, prebiotics, quality fats, protein and fibre. Your fuel energises you, and food can really be medicine.

9) Stay connected. To your children, parents, friends, extended family, colleagues…you will find support, fun, laughter, a sense of community. Don’t be too wrapped up in your own world, make the effort to connect and be there.

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10) Make small contributions to society and the planet daily. Support a good cause, take a fundraising ticket, share inspirational stories instead of talking about the doom and gloom news, spend a bit extra and buy products from companies who make an effort, pick up that plastic on the beach, walk or cycle where you can, turn off the unnecessary appliances and lights, refuse the unnecessary packaging, buy the earth friendly options, say thankyou, be grateful…lots of small actions from lots of us will add up and help lots!

11) Toxic relationships – will make you sick slowly but surely. You may need to make some changes yourself, get help from a counsellor to work together, or remove yourself, at least for a while.

12) Cut down environmental pollutants and stressors, ie , chemical skincare, garden and cleaning products, cigarette smoke, plastics, unfiltered water, climates that don’t suit you, irritating noise and clutter, mould, dust, pesticides etc. They just add to the workload of your liver, immune & lymphatic system (which are probably struggling already).

13) Be aware of your genetic / constitutional tendencies or weaknesses & be proactive to avoid the traps. If your mum & dad died from diabetes and heart disease for example, research these conditions (or whatever it is you have lurking in your genetic pool) and make sure you’re not making the same mistakes, eliminate any of the risk factors you can. Take a different path.

14) Be flexible. Stuff happens, plans change, people change, the world changes. Be open to change, your current existence might be comfortable but what if it disappears? Could you cope? Don’t hang on for dear life to what isn’t working / available to you anymore. You can always reinvent yourself, and who knows what’s around the next corner! You can probably handle a lot more than you imagine, if you can just be flexible and open to change.

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15) Be aware of your weaknesses & avoid aggravating them / prop yourself up where needed. Hereditary things, old injuries or lingering issues from past illness, constitutional tendencies, personality traits, lifestyle choices….if you are aware of the things which can flare-up / reoccur and derail you, give yourself a break around these areas, maintain your awareness and incorporate some ongoing treatment and realise that everyone has their weaknesses – work within your limits