Nutritionist Kirsten Shanks On How To Stay Healthy On a Plant-Based Diet

Posted in Food / Health / People on July 19, 2016

I love Kirsten and everything she stands for, including her stunning Sydney business, Orchard St. She founded Orchard St early 2013 and is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist. A love of nature, a passion for healing and a strong belief in the use of food as medicine inspired her to develop Orchard St. Raised between the jungles of Borneo and rural New Zealand in a culinary family, an exotic variety of lovingly made food has always been at the centre of her life. After witnessing family illnesses remedied with […]




Why It Is Vital You – And Your Children – Are Getting Enough Zinc.

Posted in Health on July 12, 2016

This year my son started school, which resulted in his immune system having to work overtime while being exposed to the general all-sorts of germs that go around in classrooms. Unfortunately, even though I consider us to be a healthy family, he suffered from cold after cough after cold; even with me feeding him all my normally effective herbal and nutrition concoctions! Treating our own children is almost like treating ourselves; sometimes we don’t see what is right in front of us! So all it took was the wonderfully clever […]




The Unsustainable Cycle of Upgrading; Are You Playing A Part?

Posted in Lifestyle on June 06, 2016

I drive a ten-year old, slightly banged up, Toyota Prius – as does my husband. We bought them together ten years ago as a conscious environmental choice, (I realise there are some debates about the energy it takes to make and dispose of the battery but we still thought they were the best option) and for what they stand for. This was a big move for my husband who is a sports-car lover! Each time over the years we have thought about changing cars and “up-grading” we continuously come back […]




What We Can Learn From Animals; Jeffrey Masson

Posted in Animal Welfare / People on May 31, 2016

Jeffrey Masson is an author of over twenty-nine books, (wowsers) nine of them on animal emotions, which I encourage you to check out. Jeff has a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Harvard University and was Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Toronto. He is a Council member of Voiceless and a huge inspiration to me. We share the love of salsa dancing, the Spanish language and his wife Leila is a vegan paediatrician, which means he is on the same page when regarding a healthy, cruelty-free lifestyle – something I […]




Kangaroo Meat – an Ecological Solution or Disaster?

Posted in Animal Welfare / Food on May 02, 2016

You may have heard that eating kangaroo meat is the best option for the environment; after all kangaroos aren’t farmed, they are shot in the wild in their own environment and, as they are native animals, they don’t cause any negative impact for planet earth like raising other animals for their meat does. In theory it sounds wonderful. In reality it doesn’t stack up. First and foremost, industry estimates put the average amount of meat derived from a single roo at around 12 kilograms, enough to provide 48 people with […]




Food Empowerment Project with Lauren Ornelas

Posted in Animal Welfare / Food / People on April 28, 2016

Lauren Ornelas is Food Empowerment Project’s founder and serves as the group’s executive director. She is also the former executive director of Viva!USA, a national nonprofit vegan advocacy organization. lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for more than 20 years. After spending four years as national campaign coordinator for In Defense of Animals, lauren was asked by Viva!UK to start and run Viva!USA in 1999. In cooperation with activists across the country, she worked and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, and Pier 1 […]




Health Benefits of Fermented Vegetables and Demonstration How to Make

Posted in Food / Health on April 25, 2016

Naturopathic health treatments often focus on making sure our digestive tract health is optimum, not only for our digestive functions, but because it also affects our moods and immune system. One easy way to help increase the health of your GIT is to included fermented foods in your diet. Fermented foods are rich in live bacteria that replenish the micro biome, helping it maintain the right proportion of friendly bacteria for optimal health, examples include sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and kefir. They also can increases micronutrients as some bacteria can increase […]




Treating Fungal Infections Naturally and Effectively

Posted in Health on March 15, 2016

There is something icky about the thought of a fungus living on you – even the word fungus conjures up a range of uncomfortable images and sensations. Dandruff, white spots on our skin, athletes foot, jock itch… none of them pretty, yet all are relatively common and all can be caused by form of fungi, either of tinea or candida. They can cause itching, cracking, white spots on our skin, rashes between crevices and other unsightly symptoms, and while none are endangering our health, they are better to be addressed […]




Satiating Our Appetite with Intelligent Beings – The Octopus

Posted in Animal Welfare on March 02, 2016

Octopus have got my little family in a whirl. I am normally the one who gets in a tizzy about the injustices and inconsistencies with the way society and people treat animals, but the topic of the octopus, was fittingly brought up by my husband. He was visiting a work colleague who had recently accidentally caught an octopus in a lobster trap and now has him locked in a small aquarium in his office. My husband asks dozens of questions when something gets his attention – it can feel like […]




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