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?

Roasted Pumpkin and Cauliflower Soup

Since this is a blog about all things to do with food I thought it’s time to share a recipe about some of the foods I enjoy. I love cooking, experimenting with recipes and preparing yummy foods. I am grateful to my Father for instilling in me a great respect for food and cooking with fresh, real ingredients. I did not grow up eating meals such as curries or pasta sauces full of artificial ingredients bought from the supermarket out of jars or tins.   Continue reading Roasted Pumpkin and Cauliflower Soup

How Much Time Is Wasted By Dieting?

Almost two decades of my life was spent going on never-ending diets in search of the Holy Grail of weight loss so I could acquire the body of a supermodel and live life happily ever after. I finally stopped this insane cycle after realizing the damage it was causing and decided I did not want to spend the rest of my life being obsessed with weight loss and being a certain size and shape. In the process of breaking free from the dieting trap, I have wondered how much time I have wasted thinking about diets, food, my body and weight loss and what I could have done differently with my time. Continue reading How Much Time Is Wasted By Dieting?

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

Is Diet Deprivation All In Our Heads?

Deprivation is a key factor why diets don’t work. Abruptly taking away foods that you love, can lead to obsessive thoughts about the food and eventually those thoughts lead to action  and madly devouring the beloved food in a frenzied attack. In my history of dieting, I have started many diets that left me so hungry and absolutely craving something I loved to eat  because I told myself it was banned for good. It was on the ‘do not have’ list of food items or was one of those foods that you must ‘eliminate’ or ‘avoid’, if you were to succeed. Being  somewhat a perfectionist, I took that to literally mean forever and if I strayed I would of course, blame myself for failing to have the willpower to manage the diet and generally felt  very frustrated and demotivated. Thus, one diet ended and after a period of time this would eventually be followed by another diet with the misguided hope that this time I would  finally succeed in my weight loss endeavours. Continue reading Is Diet Deprivation All In Our Heads?

The Agony of Diet Deprivation

The following video is highly amusing but it does highlight what happens when you restrict your favourite foods……you spend the rest of your day in mental torture trying to convince yourself to either have your favourite food or not to have it. It’s no wonder diets rarely work! If you tell yourself you can’t have your favourite food, it automatically becomes more appealing. That’s why I ate more chocolate when on a diet than off a diet!