What is Dragon Fruit?

I was shopping at my local health food store and I came across a box of bright, almost fluorescent, pink fruit that beckoned to me to come closer. Naturally curious, I could not resist buying one so I could find out more about it. One of the great things about not shopping for food at mainstream supermarkets (one of my real food resolutions for 2012) is discovering new foods. So today’s blog post is to talk about one of the new foods I’ve discovered – dragon fruit. Continue reading What is Dragon Fruit?

Real Food Resolutions: Three Week Review

It’s about three weeks into 2012 and normally by this time most resolutions made at the start of a new year, although made in good faith, have fallen by the wayside. I heard recently that after three weeks into a new year the majority of people have abandoned their goals. I’m sure that most people are motivated and inspired to reach new goals for the first two weeks but by the third week the reality that some effort needs to be applied to achieve a goal might just be a bit much! The good news is that since today is the start of Chinese New Year, it offers another opportunity to revive those abandoned resolutions! Woo hoo! Continue reading Real Food Resolutions: Three Week Review

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

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.