“I’m Gonna Get Healthy This Year’! Yeah Yeah…

“I’m gonna get healthy this year’! Yeah yeah, you say that every January!

You start out all gung-ho, but the new year motivation – a result of your Christmas overindulgence – only lasts until around Australia Day, or maybe Easter if you’re lucky!

So many diet plans are annoyingly complex & unsustainable, meaning you get results for a few weeks (IF you can figure out the system & incorporate it into your lifestyle), but then eventually it becomes all too hard & you chuck in the towel – deciding that ‘healthy is way too hard, the benefits aren’t worth the time, effort & sacrifices’.

This year – just keep it simple, & keep it up!

Remember the 4 easy pointers below (post-it note to yourself on the mirror) & stick to them for the entire year! The key to making healthy changes is being really consistent with something sustainable. You won’t suddenly get healthy from doing a hardcore, 2 week new year’s detox. It is a great kick-start, but it’s ultimately the little everyday things, repeated consistently that will shape your health over the year & for the rest of your life.

  1. Eat Clean: Decrease your processed food intake. (Ie additives, artificials, crappy fats & refined sugar & carbs).
  2. More Green: Add in 1 green drink daily & increase your green veggies. (Even the best of us could use a top up, & for the worst of us this could literally be life or death)!
  3. Less Screen: Decrease your screen time. (Sedentary = not sexy, cancel your social accounts for a while if you have to!)
  4. Be Keen: Get involved with others, join a class, take some lessons! Hang out with healthy folks – make getting healthy fun, not a chore! Think martial arts, dance, yoga, Pilates, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, skateboarding, cycling, kayaking, running, rock climbing, walking, gardening, bushwalking…there are sooo many things you could try! Just sign up for one & get into it!

…if you follow these 4 simple pointers in 2018, you’ll see awesome results…but for those needing a bit of a kickstart…

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How I Got my Kids (& Myself) to Drink Greens

I remember the first time someone tried to give me a ‘ Greens drink ’. The schooner-sized glass was dark green, frothy & had lumpy looking bits clinging to the sides. It smelled like lawn clippings, but more pungent, kinda like ‘off’ lawn clippings.

My flatmate in second-year naturopathy was much more ‘experienced’ with superfoods than I – she’d  worked in a smoothie bar / vego cafe, so knew her way around things like spirulina, guarana, tofu, lentils, wheat & barley grass…all very foreign to me as I was fresh off the family farm, where grass was for the cows.

She was taking it to fix an outbreak of vaginal thrush – something which we were all (my fellow naturopath students & party girls) a bit prone to from our fruit-heavy diets & alcohol-heavy weekends! We were 19 & conducting some informal studies on ‘detoxification’ on top of our naturopathy lectures. For the record, my party days ended not long after my naturopath course did – when I was 22, & we did discover some great natural hangover cures – but that’s another blog. 

So back to the drink – I held my nose as advised, raised the murky glass to my lips, & embarrassingly could only manage one slimy gulp. YYYUCCCKKK!!!! Quick, rinse & spit!! There was NO WAY I could finish one of those, I said she could have her disgusting barley grass & I reached for the natural yoghurt (no fruit) & vowed to party less.

But then it seemed that everyone who was drinking variations of this vile green stuff at college was raving about it – not the taste, they hated that only slightly less than me – but the effects. Skin clearing, digestion improving, energy increasing…those are BIG. The people who were into greens were glowing (& not itching).

Months went by & I had to try it again. This time, baby steps. 1/4 of a teaspoon, mixed not just into water, but with some ice & a dash of orange juice as well (to desensitise the tastebuds & mask the grassiness). I still held my nose & tried to down it fast, & I think I managed half a glass before leaving it ‘for later’.

I continued with this method for a week or 2, gradually increasing my green powder & decreasing the juice until eventually I was able to down 1 heaped tsp of barley grass easily with just water & ice. The ice was key – greens are way less gross when they are cold! And shaken, not stirred is definitely the go (no lumpy bits). I found that protein drink shakers were perfect.

I tried spirulina & chlorella but they were a whole different level to the barley grass – greener, slimier, & stinkier – plus more expensive! I stuck to the grass, it was awesome – & my skin, energy & digestion told me if ever I got slack, it was true – this green barley stuff was magic! I was a greens convert.

Fast forward a few years to my first pregnancy, all the grasses were easy & I swore I would master spirulina. I bought the best value 1kg tub which cost me I think $90, at wholesale pricing! I was going to glow, my baby was going to glow…& I’d got a bargain, life was great! Unfortunately, I hadn’t taken into account the extra squeamishness of pregnancy / morning sickness, & I ended up composting most of that tub, barely able to finish my usual grass drinks on most days.

A healthy (if not glowing) baby was born, fed well & was pretty good with solids by 7 months. I still had the spirulina on the shelf when he was 1, so decided if it was ok in a banana smoothie, he could have some in his mashed banana (I had no blender, don’t know how I survived back then). He wasn’t a fan though & I didn’t blame him, so compost / chooks / dogs got the rest :(

…a cutie sampling Pondy at the markets!

My second baby actually seemed to like the spirulina / banana mash – she guzzled it down! (I had more by this time as I could now stomach a half teaspoon mixed into my barley grass).

I went back to working in health stores / pharmacies when that baby was old enough, & greens were one of the products that pretty much everyone I spoke to walked out with! I always warned them about the taste, said to start slowly, use a shaker bottle & ice, & make sure they mask the flavour if squeamish. Sure enough, most of them came back very happy with the results – skin, energy & digestion were the most common improvements.

I know as a naturopath that when you can see skin results, good things are happening with the gut & liver too – skin is just the organ you can actually see from the outside, often a great reflection of what is going on with the internal organs. And energy – that is one of your main indicators of health & vitality, so skin, gut & energy improvements = overall good news.

Fast forward to 2015 when goodMix launched PondWater – I was so much of a green fan that I had to make my own! I knew that almost nobody really gets enough greens, & that everybody looks & feels better when they add more in…but I’d also seen some great gut results with Aloe Vera & read about some trials with type 2 diabetics / metabolic syndrome. So I thought, given that we have so many ‘gut’ customers, many who are insulin resistant / needing some metabolism & blood sugar support, a greens plus aloe powder was a good idea to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

PondWater, as a 2-in-1 ‘greens plus aloe’ was going to support gut, liver, circulation & skin like a regular greens powder – but it would also have some metabolic support provided by aloe vera, a little help to get the glucose out of the bloodstream & into the muscles for burning as energy. Add in the immune benefits, the different nutrients & gut soothing benefits – & we would have a winner!

My babies are now teens – & they both take Pondy willingly with just lemon & ice, or in a green smoothie, as they know it keeps their skin nice & clear (use the fear of acne to motivate your teens) & it provides awesome nutrition & energy to help with their sports. It wasn’t always the case, & I did get some very vocal objections at first! But I got around those using some of the below methods:

A few easy ways to get your kids (& yourself) used to taking a yucky green powder! It may not be easy at first, but it is sooo worth persevering!

Cordial & water. 

Just use a small amount of the most natural one you can find, & use it ONLY to help get used to the greens initially, cordial is NOT something I’d normally recommend buying, but useful if it can help get you through the green powder ’yuck’ barrier! I know that ‘Ribena’ & some of the Lime ones work well for most, but use whatever you think will work for your family. Short term!

Kombucha

Another yummy sweet option, with a bit of fizz & the added benefits of probiotics. You can call this brew ‘Frobscottle’ (from the BFG book / movie) for kids! Use whatever flavour they like most, & add small amounts to begin with.

Pineapple juice & water with ice

Half / half cheap pineapple juice & water – freshly juiced is obviously best, but use whatever works to start you off, & this is easy, esp if you’re trying to get multiple kids onto it & there may be wastage! Once again, use only for the greens, juice is not something I’d normally recommend you buy! 

Coconut water

Just gives a mild taste & a little sweetness, plus a few extra minerals.

Fresh juices

Fruit & vegetables juiced, just add a tsp of Pondy & ice. Celery, cucumber, mint, lemon, lime, etc to keep it green & sugar free, but still a bit flavoured. Or you can add in some yummier things if you need, like banana / kiwi / pineapple.

Squeeze of lemon 

2 wedges or 1 half a lemon, squeezed into the shaker bottle & then throw the peel in as well. Rinse your teeth after lemony drinks & juices to protect your enamel.

Lime (same as lemon)

Mashed banana

With a fork, mash 1/2 a banana in a bowl with approx 1/6 to 1/4 of a tsp of greens (good way to get greens into bubs if you don’t have a blender)!

Green smoothies 

Loads of recipes online (banana, mango or pineapple really hide green powders well, & then add some green leafy veggies like baby spinach, celery tops, kale, mint etc). Check out all these smoothie recipes 

Balls 

Add a couple of teaspoons to your protein ball mix when making them. Test to get the amount right – you don’t wanna ruin the entire batch by going overboard with greens!

Stir some into a not-too-hot meal

Works with a meal that has a strong masking flavour (this will only work in the dark or for little people unconcerned by the colour of their meal!)

A Few Things That Extra Greens Can Help With…

 

*Always ask your health professional first before trying, everyone is different & this is very general & just based on my own observations.

  1. Eczema, psoriasis, acne, boils, rashes, dry skin…pretty much any skin complaint responds well to extra greens.
  2. Blood circulation (which helps everything else, a healthy, well-functioning body depends on healthy blood cells & good circulation).
  3. Fatigue. So many nutrients, so easy to digest & a nice helping hand for your gut & liver too (overloaded liver & gut are often the problem with fatigue).
  4. Balanced Immunity – good gut = good immunity. Anything that helps the gut will also help your immune system. Not too reactive, but reactive enough is how we want it! Plus it has some great antioxidants & nutrients.
  5. Aches & Pains – Arthritis & fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue – all kinds of aches & pains seem to respond well to extra greens. It makes sense as anything you can do to decrease systemic inflammation (i.e. look after your gut flora & gut lining) will help with these. Also the immune-system-balancing effect of having a healthy gut.
  6. Mood – When your gut is happier, your brain feels happier too! They talk to each other, you cannot really seperate the gut & brain as they work so closely together. If one is out of whack, the other will be too.  Plus – there is a certain ‘I’m so healthy’! It’s almost the same feeling you get after a good exercise session…the ‘I’m being good to my body’ buzz doesn’t get much better than downing a big ugly green drink!

Love to hear your stories of how you get greens into the kids (or yourself)! Please leave a comment below or send me an email.

Jeanie Xx
jeanie@goodmix.com.au

DOES MY BODY NEED A DETOX? TAKE THE QUIZ

28 key signs that your body needs a detox

Big weekends, the kids, bad diets, the kids, crazy work hours, the kids, and everything in between. You might not have had time to realize, but there is a good chance your body is just screaming out for a little detox.

So, we’ve made it super-easy. Go through this list & if you answer yes to any of these, you could benefit from our easy detox programme.

The more you say yes, the more your body needs help!

Take the Quiz!

Q1. You’re tired on waking. After a decent night’s sleep, would you rather roll over and sleep some more?

Q2. You have a poor morning appetite and are unable to eat breakfast straight after waking. Does the thought of eating food early make you feel queasy?

Q3. Rashes, acne, blotchiness, bumps, cysts, accesses, itching. Are these skin problems you experience?

Q4. Do you often suffer from vaginal thrush/yeast infections, or fungal nail, skin or scalp issues?

Q5. Feeling Bleh. Do you often feel bloated, swollen, ‘fluidy’ or puffy?

Q6. Poo time. Do you generally move your bowels less than twice daily, are constipated frequently, or have IBS, diarrhoea or irregular bowel habits?

Q7. Are you are really sensitive to chemicals, perfumes, strong smells and or alcohol?

Q8. Do you strongly crave sugar, sweets, carbohydrates, alcohol and just cannot go without them?

Q9. Do you often feel sleepy during the day, especially after meals?

Q10. Do you experience a lot of ‘brain fog’ (inability to think clearly / concentrate, fuzziness in your brain, poor memory)?

Q11. Do you have eczema, asthma, allergies, and/or hay fever?

Q12. Can you not tolerate alcohol like you used to, and get really bad hangovers?

Q13. Do you have frequent or constant aches and pains in your muscles and joints?

Q14. Are you carrying excess fat, especially abdominal fat, a pot belly, or a ‘beer gut’?

Q15. Are you moody, irritable, don’t cope well with stress, or suffer with depression or anxiety?

Q16. Do you have an autoimmune disease?

Q17. Do you have gallbladder problems or have had it removed due to previous problems?

Q18. Do you have trouble with your hormones? Such as PMS, bad fluid retention, irregular periods, skin breakouts?

Q19. Do you have bad breath and/or a coated tongue?

Q20. Can you not function properly without your morning coffee?

Q21. Can you not function properly without beer, wine, alcohol, prescription or recreational drugs?

Q22. Do you always have bad body odour?

Q23. Do you get frequent headaches?

Q24. Do you suffer with sinus congestion?

Q25. Do you frequently get heartburn or indigestion?

Q26. Are your triglycerides & cholesterol too high or out of balance?

Q27. Is your immunity poor? Do you seem to catch everything going around or get the most severe version?

Q28. Do you have puffiness or dark circles under your eyes?

How’d you go?

Are you some sort of super human and had all no? Or did you fall out of your chair at about question 18 thinking you may as well change your middle name to be tox!

If you finished with plenty of yes’s, or received none at all and wish to continue living the clean, green life; be sure to check out our detox bundle which includes a copy of our FREE rest and reset detox plan.

5 Best Exercises During a Detox

Your liver, bowel, lungs, kidneys, skin and lymphatic system are the main parts involved in keeping our bodies clean every day. Movement is absolutely critical to keeping these channels flowing – as it results in deeper breathing, more regular digestion, improved oxygenation & lymphatic circulation. So movement is a very important part of keeping ourselves ‘clean’ on a daily basis, & it’s also crucial to keep moving during a detox – we just need to ensure that the movement is supportive, & not excessively draining.

Most detox plans involve eating a lot less food than you’re used to & feeling somewhat depleted, meaning that your regular exercise schedule can be a bit tough to stick to, & adjustment is needed. Detox time is definitely NOT the time to be smashing yourself in the gym, entering sporting competitions or running marathons. BUT, staying active & moving gently is absolutely imperative to successful detox as it ensures your respiratory, circulatory, digestive & lymphatic systems are all powering along.

So – what to do?

# 1: YOGA

This would have to be number one best detox exercise. Not only will you be ‘squeezing all the rubbish out of yourself’ with the stretching / holding of positions – you will also be detoxing your mind with the meditation & relaxation benefits (most classes will include a brief meditation / relaxation component). Choose a gentle yoga if you aren’t a regular yogi, & if you are – just ensure you peg it back a notch & go easy on yourself. Imagine yourself as a dirty old sponge, getting a good old wring out! (Make sure you are really well hydrated before, during & after class to assist the wringing process – ever tried wringing out a dry sponge?!) No yoga classes near you? Check out some online instructors, or even just lay out a folded up thick blanket & do some of your own ‘ intuitive stretching’ – just feel which parts of your body feel really stiff, stagnant or achy & find ways to stretch / move them so it feels good.

# 2: OCEAN SWIMMING

My number 2. Not in cold weather, but definitely in the hotter months (which I much prefer for detoxing anyway due to all the ‘cold’ nature food / drink etc). Just ‘swim’ really gently, more bathing than actual swimming – you can soak up a dose of healing, energising vitamin D while you’re there – DO NOT BURN. The back & forwards from cool ocean to warm sand = awesome stimulation for your circulation & the sea minerals & fresh air are great too. Don’t miss the chance to give yourself a sandy whole-body exfoliation scrub too. If you don’t live close to the beach, find a natural rock pool / dam / lake / river & make it a mud pack!

# 3: TRAMPOLINING

jump-detox

Awesome fun & the BEST way to get your lymphatic system (the garbage disposal system) really moving. Probably not much fun if suffering from a caffeine withdrawal headache, but go for it after that passes! You can use one of those small rebounders, or hijack the kids / neighbours big one. Remember be hydrated & don’t attempt the crazy tricks you did as a child – just the standard up & down jumping is plenty for lymphatic support!

# 4: BUSHWALKING

No long treks or uphill hiking adventures – just a cruisey walk through your favourite park / forest in the fresh air. Just do 10-30 mins once or twice daily, depending on your energy levels / food intake & baseline fitness, do some deep breathing & stretches along the way, & be sure to take your water / juice / herb tea in a bottle with you.

# 5: MASSAGE

detox-massage

Not really exercise, but the perfect way to get things moving, especially if you’re feeling really tired or you have an illness / injury preventing even gentle exercise. Also perfect as it can switch your nervous system into the restorative ‘parasympathetic’ mode (most of us spend our days racing around in sympathetic (fight or flight / stress mode, which doesn’t support detoxification & repair). Choose any type of massage, a relaxing swedish or lymphatic drainage, stimulating reflexology or Thai, kahuna, hot stone…

…hmmm I think I need to start a detox! 

Jeanie X

25 foods to help you detox on a daily basis

 

1. Coriander

fresh herb & spice – use in cooking & salads. Helps detox heavy metals & a great kidney tonic.

2. Beetroot

Use in juices & freshly grated into salads. Liver tonic & blood cleanser.

3. Turmeric

Use in curries etc & juice or grate the fresh root. Liver tonic (speeds phase 2 liver detox) digestive tonic, antioxidant & anti inflammatory.

4. Whey protein

Use in smoothies, protein shakes. Great source of the amino acids needed to make glutathione (our body’s own most powerful antioxidant).

5. Chlorella

Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon to green drinks & smoothies. Helps us detoxify heavy metals & strongly alkalising.

6. Barley Grass

Add 1tsp to 1tbsp daily to water, fresh juices or green smoothies. Great source of superoxide dismutase (awesome antioxidant) & strongly alkalising.

7. Green Tea

drink several cups daily, or take in a concentrated tablet. Boosts metabolism & full of antioxidants.

8. Dandelion tea / coffee / greens

Just drink like normal herbal tea (plain hot water) or add the fresh greens to salads / juices. Powerful liver & kidney tonic.

9. Bitter salad greens

Add to salads, juices. Any bitter greens are good – the bitter taste stimulates the liver.

10. Aloe Vera juice

Drink the bottled juice, add a fresh fillet to your smoothies (strictly avoid the skin & yellowy bit just under the skin – use only the clear inner pulp). Heals the gut & great for immune system support, anti-inflammatory.

11. Linseed

Add a tablespoon or two of fresh ground or soaked overnight seeds to smoothies, breakfast, or raw balls etc. Cleans & heals the bowel, provides food for good bacteria & full of good fats.

12. Chia

Same as flax.

13. Pau D’ Arco (aka Taheebo) Tea

Use the bark as a tea, drink several cups daily. Strong antifungal so helps reduce candida / fungal overgrowth in the gut, which stops a lot of ‘auto toxicity’.

14. Pawpaw

Eat chopped up fresh or add to green smoothies. Rich in the enzyme papain to help digestion & assist with breaking down mucous.

15. Lemon

Squeeze 1/2 lemon into hot water first thing in the morning, or add to sparkling mineral water. Strongly alkalising & a great liver cleanser.

17. Apple Cider Vinegar

Take a tablespoon or 2 before meals, or add to salad dressings. Helps alkalise your body & improves stomach digestion.

18. Asparagus

Lightly steam, eat raw in salads, or juice. A diuretic & kidney tonic, one of the best sources of glutathione.

19. Brassica veg

i.e. cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale. Eat lightly steamed or in stir fries, or raw in salads. Help detoxify excess oestrogen & great for the liver.

20. Fermented foods

i.e. sourkrout, kimchi, kombucha, kefir, yoghurt etc. Eat as a side or drink Kombucha. Introduces good bacteria to our gut, aiding with it’s function & efficiency, which helps everything else work better.

21. Water

Kinda obvious, & not technically food but so important in detox & neglected by many! Drink (filtered) in herb teas, make fruit slushies with ice, sparkling or just plain. Fruit & veg contain lots too, so juice / smoothie them up! Our lifeblood, every aspect of detox depends on it!

22. Watermelon

Eat or juice in summer – add some ginger if eating in cooler months. Great for hydration & for it’s diuretic & bowel-cleansing properties.

23. Chilli

Use fresh, dried, infused in oil or in juices. Boosts metabolism, improves circulation & a great digestive tonic.

24. Ginger

Slice or grate & use in herbal teas, or a put knob through the juicer. Circulatory & digestive stimulant, promotes sweating & anti inflammatory.

25. Coconut oil

Use for frying, baking, in raw treats, smoothies, porridge etc. Anti-fungal so great to keep candida in the gut under control, also provides easy to digest & burn fats for non-carbohydrate based energy!

 

If you would like to accelerate the cleaner you – the Rest and Rest Detox Plan is a great step by step guide designed by Jeanie (our Naturopath) and its free on its own or in the bundle pack.

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Four Simple Ways to Get Healthier Through Food

As a naturopath and mother of 2 kids, I use a huge amount of time and energy trying to create nourishing, healthy food which actually gets eaten, (and hopefully enjoyed)!

Years working with and observing sick (and healthy) people in healthfood shops and pharmacies has taught me a lot. Food plays a MASSIVE role in how we feel, our energy levels, what sicknesses we get, our general quality of life and how our kids grow and develop. If you look around the average classroom today, most of our kids are fatter and sicker than ever before and when you look inside their lunchboxes it’s pretty obvious why that is…then add computer games into the equation as the main recreational activity, and duh! We are all too busy to cook and provide what they really need (real, natural, nourishing food) and heaps of outdoor play / physical activity. Even some of our parents were too busy when we were kids, so we just never learnt how to use a kitchen properly, how to shop properly and what a wholesome daily household menu should look like. The pantry cupboard of today looks completely different to those just 2 generations back, and unfortunately we’ve gone backwards in the ‘nourishment’ department. Blame food companies and advertising all you want, but seriously guys – the information is out there now for everyone, all over the mainstream media and internet – we KNOW this crap is killing us and our families – and for the sake of convenience? Well it’s pretty inconvenient having your family suffer major, preventable illnesses which develop as a direct result of eating out of convenience too, yeah?

So what are we going to do about this – how can we get healthier through food? We can’t slow down the pace of our world or ban dodgy food producers from stocking our supermarkets, but here are some simple ideas that can make a world of difference.

1. Get educated

Do a short online course, work with a personal trainer or natural healthcare provider, buy a couple of good books or get some from the library, subscribe to a healthy eating / fitness magazine, pick the brains of a ‘health-freak’ friend, relative or acquaintance, listen to podcasts while driving, like healthy companies on Facebook to get the tips – whatever it takes, whatever works best for you – this is NEED TO KNOW stuff! No-one else is going to save you or your family, and there is no valid “but we didn’t know” excuse anymore. Your kids might hate you a bit during the transition period if they can’t eat all their old favourites every day, but they’ll probably hate you more if you just let them become obese, pimply, unhealthy teenagers / adults through your own poor habits, ignorance and laziness!

2. Shop smart

Be careful in the supermarket – a lot of the shelves really are chock full of absolute garbage in disguise as proper food. When you go there, your trolley should be mostly vegetables, fruit, some quality protein (eggs, fish, meat, nuts, beans, legumes, seeds, quinoa, chia, natural yoghurt etc), some good oil / fats (macadamia, olive and coconut oil, butter, ghee). Pick up some tamari, a few tins of tomatoes, some herbal teas, natural nut butter; herbs and spices for flavour, sauces and seasoning; maybe some plain rolled oats, unsulphured dried fruit, a tub of good quality hommus (check for vegetable oil and preservatives) and that’s about it. Grab some toilet paper and whatever laundry / dishwashing needs, then GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE, leaving behind all the pre-packaged, preserved, flavoured, sweetened, coloured, modified, hydrogenated, processed, extruded, shaped, individually-wrapped serves of ‘food’ in the middle aisles.

3. Learn how to read a food label

Before something goes in your trolley / mouth, you want to know what it’s made of. If your kids can’t read, you need to be in charge here. Basically, look at the first few ingredients, and if they are all things you know your nanna would have had on the table, its probably ok (just watch sweeteners though, sugar and many sweeteners are natural and also pretty poisonous in large quantities). If the list of ingredients starts to look like a chemistry textbook or mathematical problem, back on the shelf with it – numbers and big words are generally bad news (with a few exceptions – but the ‘chemical maze’ app or booklet to help decipher numbers and chemicals).

4. Consider the environment and the creatures we share it with

Choose products with minimal packaging, companies who use responsible / sustainable / organic / local ingredients, animal products should be kept fairly minimal and all be free-range, grass-fed and organic wherever possible. The best way to gather food that’s good for you, the planet and the community is to find a local farmer’s market in your area – usually the produce is heaps fresher, grown more naturally and cared for in a way that mass-producers just can’t, and you’ll get to ask questions about where things come from, how they’re produced, how to prepare them, what nutritional value they have etc. Also a fantastic learning experience for kids – milk doesn’t just come from cartons!