Skincare; making you beautiful or toxic?

Posted in Animal Welfare / Products on February 28, 2014

I know I, as most of us do, love my potions and lotions. They leave me feeling fresh and smelling nice. However there is also the risk that they could leave you being contaminated with toxic chemicals, harm animals from testing and destroy our environment. I realise it sounds a little extreme but the skin is the bodies largest organ and it absorbs what we put on it, animal-testing is still common, often barbaric and unnecessary and we all know that chemicals and the environment do not mix. When considering personal […]

Chatting with Emma Hurst- Head of Campaigns, Animal Liberation NSW

Posted in People on February 27, 2014

In my last blog I looked into the duck industry and spoke about the informative report and campaign put together by Animal Liberation NSW. The woman behind it all, is Head of Campaigns, Emma Hurst. Dedicating her time and energy to increasing awareness and sharing information that allows us, as consumers, to have clear knowledge of what is actually going on behind closed doors. Today she has shares some of her journey with us. Animal Liberation is your work (and no doubt your passion), can you share with me your personal […]

‘Like a Duck out of water.’

Posted in Animal Welfare / Food on February 24, 2014

Ducks are social creatures and are fantastic swimmers and fliers, travelling hundreds of kilometres per year for migrations. If you’re a parent, then it is highly likely you have spent many hours watching ducks in ponds, as young children seem to be fascinated by them! Around the world, including Australia, duck meat is becoming increasingly popular, especially within the Chinese community. Over 8 million ducks are killed each year in Australia, mostly raised on factory farms. There are two intensive producers that dominate the industry – Pepes Ducks and Luv-a-duck. […]

Snacking without packets.

Posted in Food on February 22, 2014

Following on cleaning up my children’s diets after the school holidays, this blog looks at our standard nutritious snacks. Healthy, convenient snacks for children are so important as you never know when a child is going to decide they are hungry and it can be easy to just reach for what ever is at hand, that is not always going to nourish our growing ones.  Grabbing something at the nearest coffee shop or convenience store 99% of the time is not going to be a wholefood that will provide the […]

Organic on the West Side

Posted in Food on February 19, 2014

I am lucky enough to of lived in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney and love all cities for different qualities:) They all have great suppliers of organic produce if you know where to find them. Below is a list of places to buy your organic food on the West Side to help make it easy to get the good stuff! Ill add the next cities over the next couple of weeks. I also have to share that one of my absolute favourite places to eat in Perth is the organic cafe, […]

Have you ever had a ‘Meat Free Week’?

Posted in Food / Lifestyle / People on February 18, 2014

If you like to set yourself challenges (think triathlons, juice cleanses, charity bike rides, the 40 hour famine etc), or simply trying new foods and educating yourself in a fun way, then MEAT FREE WEEK will be perfect for you. I love the concept. Meat Free Week is a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of how much meat Australians eat and the impact this has on our health, both individually and as a nation.  Participants sign up for the challenge of giving up meat for seven days and raise money […]

Buying sustainable seafood.

Posted in Animal Welfare / Food on February 17, 2014

If you enjoy eating marine life, it is possible to do so with a level of consciousness. There is now supportive information that can be easily accessed to help you to choose seafood that is more sustainable, to avoid supporting fisheries with destructive fishing practises and from consuming overfished seafood that is under great threat. My recommendations are; Ask Questions. Do not be afraid to ask your fish supplier or restaurant owner what fish it is (they are often sold under different names!), if it was wild or farmed, where they […]

Sources of Calcium

Posted in Food on February 12, 2014

Calcium is one of the most abundant minerals in our body and is mostly found in our bones. It is important for our bone health, especially after menopause in woman, nerve transmissions, muscle contractions and cardiovascular health.  The recommended amount to consume a day is approximately 1000mg. A common misconception, that is widely marketed, is that we must have lots of dairy to achieve this. However there are many plant-based foods that are also high in calcium and are easily absorbed by the body. Caffeine, tannins( in tea) phosphates ( […]

Delicious Dips

Posted in Food on February 11, 2014

We eat a lot of raw vegetable sticks and wraps in our house. A great way to add flavour and nutrients is to add dips. They are so easy to make and can store in the fridge in an airtight container for later. These are two of our favourite. PUREED BEETROOT Beetroot is a great blood cleansing food.  They are high in Vitamin A, C and B vitamins and taste great! Ingredients 900g beetroots 2 garlic gloves 1 small red chilli 1 tbsp date syrup 2 tbsp of olive oil […]

All the Fish in the Ocean

Posted in Animal Welfare / Food on February 10, 2014

Photo from Meat Free Week  My transition to cutting out animal products was a gradual one that unravelled as I made each new discovery of the craziness of food production in our world today and the suffering that animals experience. Earlier on I found it harder to relate to “seafood”, marine life, than I did to land animals or mammals. I know that many other people also feel this due to the common adverse reaction over the slaughter of dolphins or whales while having no problem eating a crab or fish. Is it […]

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