The People’s Supermarket

I watched a documentary on TV last week called “The People’s Supermarket”. The documentary was based on a new type of supermarket based on connecting the community, reducing food wastage and providing an alternative way of food buying rather than going to big chain supermarkets. The People’s Supermarket is based in London and the documentary followed the challenges and successes in starting The People’s Supermarket. Continue reading The People’s Supermarket

Top Ten Reasons To Shop At Farmers’ Markets

I started going to my local Farmer’s markets last year and food shopping is now no longer a chore, it’s an enjoyable experience that I look forward to. I am fortunate to live on the Sunshine Coast where there is access to a few farmers markets in the local area.

Here are my top ten reasons why I like to shop at Farmer’s markets:

 Outdoor shopping experience: Shopping in the fresh air is a more pleasurable experience than trying to navigate the aisles of a supermarket with a trolley that seems to want to move in a diagonal direction when I’m trying to push it forward. It’s relaxing to do your shopping outdoors and you can make a social excursion of it! Continue reading Top Ten Reasons To Shop At Farmers’ Markets

Not Good Enough! Why The Perfectionism Of Diets Destroys Weight Loss Goals

One of the things I don’t like about dieting is that many dieting programs have unrealistic standards that must be met in order to be “successful”.  Having previously been on mainstream dieting programs (and some extreme ones as well!), where I was given “support” to help me achieve some goal weight, I have personally experienced the unrealistic standards that dieters are confronted with. Continue reading Not Good Enough! Why The Perfectionism Of Diets Destroys Weight Loss Goals

How To Make New Years Health Resolutions That Work

2012 is here and many people have enthusiastically set goals to change habits. Unfortunately many resolutions, although made with good intentions, may not progress past the first week. Previously I have made resolutions to do radical detoxes after too much indulgence in food at Christmas and by January 2nd my plan has typically come to an abrupt halt when I’ve realized I’m starving. Weight loss is one of the most common resolutions that people make at the start of the year. So how can we make sure that the resolution sticks and does not fall by the wayside?

Here are a few ideas that might help you obtain your goals:

Is the goal realistic? Ask yourself if the resolution you are making is realistic for your lifestyle and current life circumstances? If weight loss is the goal, and dieting is the solution, consider the fact that mainstream dieting to lose weight generally doesn’t work. Chasing the carrot to an elusive goal weight can sometimes end up in more frustration, guilt and a sense of failure. A simple goal to improve health such as drinking more water, or eating more fruits and vegetable, is much easier to follow through with than a diet. Continue reading How To Make New Years Health Resolutions That Work

Suzanne’s Real Food Goals for 2012

Happy New Year to all! Every year I like to make new resolutions to challenge myself throughout the year.  In 2012 I have decided to embrace the following three goals:

My real food goals for 2012 include:

Any food purchases will be made at local shops and markets rather than big chain supermarkets for the next 365 days.

I will only eat food that is prepared at home (unless I’m going out socially!).

I will not diet, try to lose weight or weigh myself for the next 365 days.

Happy New Year from Food, Mood and Attitude!

Just wanting to wish all a safe and happy New Year! Thank you to all who have supported me in 2011.

Thanks to all who have subscribed, made comments, read my posts and liked my facebook page.

I’m really looking forward to 2012 and writing more posts on everything to do with food, mood and attitude!

I will be revealing some exciting plans for Food, Mood and Attitude tomorrow so stay tuned…..

Doctors Attack Complementary Therapies

I read with astonishment today that a group of prominent doctors, medical researchers and scientists in Australia have written a letter to the Central Queensland University to oppose a new chiropractic course. Apparently their reasoning is that this course and other complementary therapies are potentially harmful to the public and based on pseudo-science. In my experience, the same could be argued about the practice of many medical professionals. Continue reading Doctors Attack Complementary Therapies

The Right Way To Achieve Your Dreams

I was inspired to write this post after seeing the documentary ‘Night Rider’, which is about Mark Visser, a Sunshine Coast big wave surfer who achieved an amazing, never-been-done before feat of surfing massive waves off Hawaii at night. In the documentary, Mark spoke about the obstacles (of which there were many!) that came before him and how he maintained his passion to achieve his goal. I found myself comparing the documentary with another ‘documentary’ of sorts on achieving goals, called ‘The Secret’. Continue reading The Right Way To Achieve Your Dreams

Boost Your Mood With Colour


I love this photo I took of a rainbow lorikeet in my garden. They are such colourful birds and it reminds me that a colourful life is a vibrant and vital life. Colour is often symbolic and associated with life values and needs. For example, red is often associated with passion, pink with love, blue with peace or purple with magic and meditation. What colour means and brings to your life is different for everyone. Continue reading Boost Your Mood With Colour

End The Fat Talk

I found this thought provoking video online which I thought I’d share. Do you find yourself using fat talk? Fat talk can mean different things to each person.

To me, fat talk can vary from the obvious self-esteem reducing self talk to much more subtle fat talk. Typical examples of fat talk questions or statements are:

“Does my bum look big in this?”

“I’ll do _____________ (fill in the blank) once I’ve lost weight”.

“Have you lost weight?”

If you find yourself making comments such as these, it’s a good idea to ask yourself whether that sort of talk is really going to promote wellbeing or is it going to keep you trapped in a diet mentality.

Enjoy the video!