It takes guts to stay looking young and healthy..


To help your gut return to a healthy state, you will need to look at your prebiotic and probiotic food intake!!


A friend of mine said to me the other day “I would like to look young and be slim and vibrantly healthy, but I do not want to live like a zealot so I will put up with being over weight, looking older than my years and put up with being unwell”.

Living like a zealot is not a happy state of mind, so in actual fact, it too is ageing. Finding balance in your life – a balance which works for you, will become your fountain of youth. The following information is only a guideline, that is, for you to pick and choose, and make it what you will.

Eat for health

Eating hard to digest food puts a huge of strain on your digestion, gut and liver. This stress wrecks havoc with your immune system thus causing you to age. Listen to your body when you eat. If you are gluten intolerant per say, a healthy crusty seeded slice of sunflower and linseed bread, could be more harmful to your body than a bag of hot chips!

You will know if your body is happy when eating something or not. As in happy, I am saying, feeling comfortable with the food. For example; You drink a cup of green, peppermint or other herbal tea with honey. Your stomach feels warm and calm. If you are not a herbal tea fan, your taste buds may not be satiated though, so you drink a cup of normal tea with a teaspoon of sugar and milk. If you find that your stomach feels exactly the same, then the normal tea with milk and sugar is fine. If you feel a little discomfort, you know there could be a issue with the caffeine, the milk or the sugar.

You may then decide to eat a bowl of salad greens, carrots, beetroot, and sauerkraut, with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar – flavour may seem average – but the stomach feels fine. Add a tomato, all still ok? Or do you burp, or feel ill at ease? You add a avocado – yum! Or do you feel heavy.

Simply what I am saying is that you need to listen to your digestion when you eat. I find I have to eat a pile of vegetables before eating anything else – my body likes the prebiotic effect. Find what works for you. Once you learn to listen to your body, you will enjoy your food more, you will feel less tired, less bloated, loose weight and improve your immune system beyond measure.

There are certain foods you just need to avoid, like it or not, or only eat them in minimal quantities;

  • Fatty foods – take away foods such as fatty burgers, fried chicken, hot chips, ice cream sundaes, chips, hot dogs etc.
  • Processed foods – processed meats, packaged foods full of fillers and sugars, processed cheese, instant soup packs, tinned meals and pre cooked prepared instant meals (read the back of the pack, some are fine).
  • Sugar laden foods – packaged foods, breakfast cereals (again read the back of the packet), ice-cream – you would be surprised at what is actually in many so called ice-creams, some contain pretty well everything except milk or cream!
  • Chemical laden foods – read the back of every thing you buy, you will be amazed at what those so called healthy foods often contain. If it has a number on the back – don’t eat it! Also be aware that the vegetables you buy in the shops are all sprayed with pesticides – these pesticides build up in your body and wreak havoc with your immune system. There are now more and more links between these ‘safe’ chemical spays and cancer. ( This does not include organic vegetables, but why they need to pack these in plastic????)

Listen to your body and it will tell you what works for it and what does not. Do you crave sugars and processed foods and fats? This could mean you have a gut flora issue. When your gut does not have enough healthy flora and is toxic, it will demand more toxic foods to maintain its unhealthy state!

To help your gut return to a healthy state, you will have to look at your prebiotic and probiotic food intake – for more information on how to do this click on this link remember all health starts from a healthy gut, all ill health starts there too!

From a blog post FEBRUARY, 2016

The search goes on for the fountain of youth…how fast are you ageing?

Source: In search of the fountain of youth 2


In my last blog post I discussed that the reason we aged was not about the candles on our cake, but how healthy our immune system was. Saying that we must keep our immune systems strong is all fine – but how do we go about this?

But before we go there – we must first ask; How fast are you ageing?

The following will effect how well or badly you are ageing;

Are you within your healthy weight range, or are you 4 or more kilos overweight?

Carrying around extra weight is stressful, not just on your back or joints, but on your immune system as well. This is even so for young women and men, what you eat or do not in your youth, will come back to haunt you in your later years. As a menopausal, pre menopausal (from 37 years onwards) or post menopausal woman, keeping the weight off unless you by nature are a naturally slim woman who looses weight as her muscle mass decreases, becomes a major challenge. This unfortunately must be addressed by changing the way you exercise as well as what you eat. Strangely enough it is not just the cakes and biscuits which will pack on the pounds, it is also the large meals, and indigestible foods which will cause you to gain weight. For men, this starts in your 60s as you go through andropause, and find that your digestion cannot cope with what you used to get away with in youth…

Read more – In search of the fountain of youth 2

Mold – When Things Get Ugly

Fermenting food for good health is one thing, growing a nice selection of colourful moulds is another…

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Mold on sauerkraut3Fermentation is fun. There are only a few strict rules to follow, and the rest is the matter of the will to experiment and to be open to unexpected results that are nice more often than not.  Nothing can go seriously wrong unless

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Did you know that caffeine stays in your system for up to 12 hours!?

A good old fashioned cuppa is not much better…

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In today’s society, sleep disorders have reached epidemic proportions, and one of the culprits is caffeine.

Enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend or work colleague, or grabbing another cup in the afternoon to get you through the load of work you have to finish before you head home, have become very much part of most peoples every day lives.

A standard cup of coffee, 100 gm contains 40mg of coffee. Remember as you upsize your cup of coffee you upsize your caffeine!

Energy drinks have also become very popular, many non coffee and tea drinkers choose to drink these fizzy concoctions to give them the same burst of energy tea and coffee drinkers enjoy. A Red Bull contains 30 mg of caffeine, 10 mg less than a standard cup of coffee.

Tea, although it is officially much lower in caffeine than coffee – is in fact not, when you brew your tea for…

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Walking together. Eating together.

What a fantastic book – a must read!!!!

John Newton Writes


“This is a book about Australian food. Not the food that European Australians cooked from ingredients they brought with them, but the unique flora and fauna that nourished the Aboriginal peoples of this land for over 50,000 years. It was to try and understand why European Australians have almost entirely rejected these foods for over 200 years that I wrote this book.”

We celebrate cultural and culinary diversity, yet shun the foods that grew here before white settlers arrived. We love ‘superfoods’ from remote, exotic locations, yet reject those that grow in our own land. We say we revere sustainable local produce, yet ignore Australian native plants and animals that are better for the land than those from Europe.

In this, the most important of his books, John Newton boils down these paradoxes by arguing that we need to eat the foods that will help attune us to this land…

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Probiotic, Prebiotic – please explain!?

Such a great article, I couldn’t have made it any clearer myself….

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Two of todays health buzz words are Probiotics and Prebiotics – but what are they? Why do you need them? And in what way do they differ?

The digestive system is basically the work horse of the body. Everybody knows that  it is responsible for removing waste, but what most people don’t know, is that is is also responsible for  breaking down foods into glucose and nutrients the body needs for energy and nourishment.

The digestive system also constitutes 70 percent of the body’s immune system, meaning, that it performs a important role in defending the body against harmful bacteria and viruses.

Basically a healthy digestive system is paramount for general health and wellbeing. Poor digestion with affect every part of the body – the brain, nervous system, hormonal balance, reproductive system and the liver’s ability to properly detoxify.


Probiotics are live microorganisms found in bacteria, yeast or fungi, and when…

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