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Good Food/ Good Health

Why we filter our water

Last night, I can’t even remember how it all started, but I ended up in a heated argument at the dinner table with my father-in-law.  I do love and greatly respect my father-in-law but as similar as we are, we have very, VERY different views on some things.  This particular disagreement was about our differing views on the fluoridation of water.  He, the scientist and a devout believer in the…

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Good Food

Seedy crackers

After many gentle reminders, here is a recipe I’ve been promising to friends for ages!  Everyone who tries these crackers loves them, whether they’re accompanied by my homemade hummus or some creamy Castello cheese (a dairy product our mostly dairy-free family just can’t resist!).  Almost as important as the flavour and texture are the ingredients – these crackers contain only seeds, salt, psyllium husk, and water.  No flour! I would…

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Good Food/ Good Health

Mrs Goodness’ gluten-free sourdough bread

Late last year I decided to switch to a gluten-free lifestyle to see if I could improve my health through my diet.  Well actually, it was more about eschewing wheat in particular, rather than about me believing I’m an undiagnosed coeliac or thinking that I have a gluten intolerance.  It seems to me that wheat is starting to stand out as a real irritant for lots of people – and interestingly,…

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Good Health

On being a woman, period.

Before I launch into writing this post, I will just warn you that I’m about to write about my period and how it has affected (and been affected by) my overall health.  I’m only doing this because I think that some people feel squeamish and uncomfortable talking or reading about bodily functions that are managed in the toilet, and I’ll admit that I was one of them until I decided…

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Good Food

Lacto-fermented porridge

We have the same breakfast without fail every single morning.  There have been a couple of times when we’ve tried to jazz things up and eat something different like toast and eggs for breakfast, but pretty much the next day we would always go back to eating our firm family favourite: lacto-fermented porridge!  And then we’d just look at each other and say, like Goldilocks, “Mmm, this is just right.…

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Good Living/ Good Thoughts

Responsible consumerism

It’s an unfortunate fact of life for all creatures great and small, that there are ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’.  And although there are some weeks when I don’t know where our next mortgage payment is coming from, I’m pretty sure that as far as 99% of the world’s population is concerned, I’m a ‘have’.  Why? Because I have a loving, happy, and healthy family who is safe each night in our…

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Good Thoughts

On doing what you can and feeling good about it

A few weekends ago I took the first step towards realising my New Year’s resolution for 2017 by attending a beginners’ workshop in Ashtanga yoga. I had such an amazing time, and when I came home on Sunday afternoon I was fully resolved to practise my new moves every day.  I envisaged a year of physical and mental transformation as I master some of the basic poses through dedicated, daily practice…

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Good Food/ Good Health

Why we quit milk

I’ve been meaning to write about dairy for months, but my original intention was to write about why we were prepared to spend more on organic dairy.  Well, now we don’t drink milk anymore and we’ve cut out all dairy except for milk kefir and cultured butter from our family’s diet!  The old me wouldn’t have believed it possible, as I have been a full-cream dairy lover since before I can…

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Fructose and flatulence

Hmm, the title of this blog post sounds a little bit like one of Jane Austen’s novels, doesn’t it?  Unfortunately, my story is far less civilised and subtle than anything she would have written! In fact, I doubt Ms. Austen’s heroines ever farted, much less talked about it.  Well I am about to do both, and I will wear the shame of it in the hope that sharing my own…

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Good Health

New year, new resolutions

In the weeks leading up to Christmas last year, I did two crazy things: I quit coffee, and then I quit sugar.  Neither of which were premeditated at all!  The decision to quit coffee came first, sometime in November, when a prolific blogger I occasionally follow published a blog post about coffee.  The article wasn’t particularly for or against coffee, but there was one little line which kind of got…

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