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What I learned from my hysterectomy

In this story, I’ve shared health-related details that are quite personal. I’ve decided to talk openly about this part of my health journey because I feel that there are many health issues that people are experiencing in isolation when there really is no need to.  If we can talk openly about our experiences, we can

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The Good, the Bad, and the What if?

The past 8 months have been a humbling time for me. If you’ve read my blog from the beginning you will know that a good chunk of the Mrs Goodness story has involved experimentation, research, questioning, all in search of answers to various niggling little health issues. Well, over the past few months I’ve finally

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How I fell in love with my Merkur safety razor

I’m sure I’m not alone when I confess that I bought my first double-edge safety razor (after extensive online research on the best safety razor for ladies, of course!), ooh-ed and aah-ed at its beauty and then posted a photo on Instagram, received lots of comments and admiration about how eco-friendly I am, and then

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On Christmas and presents

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting a genuinely lovely journalist from the NZ Herald to talk about how we do Christmas here in the Vreede family. He himself is beginning his own journey of low-waste living and asked me some very pertinent questions such as, “How do you reconcile your

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Life after Plastic-free July

So, Plastic-free July is over for another year.  I got the distinct impression over on social media that interest in the Plastic-free July movement is growing, yay! 😄  And no wonder, with more and more horrifying impressions of plastic pollution around the world being shared in the media.  I stumbled upon this mini-video on Instagram the

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Fermented buckwheat pancakes

Since sharing my recipe for fermented buckwheat bread (my last blog post), I’ve had really positive feedback from people who have tried it and love it – for all the same reasons that I do: it’s super easy, it’s affordable, it’s sensitive-gut-friendly, and most importantly, it’s yummy! So now I’m hoping that I’ll get a

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Fermented buckwheat bread

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might be surprised to learn that my gluten-free sourdough starter is now languishing in neglect at the back of my fridge since I discovered fermented buckwheat bread (poor thing!).  Since making my first experimental loaf, I have baked only buckwheat bread, because not only is

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Why I use salt on my skin

Much as I don’t like taking selfies or looking at close-ups of myself, I’ve decided that if I’m going to write a blog post about how amazing salt is for my skin, I need to accompany it with a good clear photo of my face as evidence! So here it is, a big portrait of

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Signs I’m on the right track to good health

Surely one of the most appealing qualities of pharmaceutical medicines is the speed with which they manage and/or suppress symptoms of discomfort.  If I have a headache and I take a couple of ibuprofen I feel some sort of measurable relief (usually pretty complete) within 15 to 20 minutes, and it’s pretty much guaranteed before

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Dairy-free lacto-fermented porridge

Now that daylight savings has ended and the mornings are getting cooler I think it’s a good time to write a post about porridge. We eat porridge most mornings for breakfast here regardless of the season, and that includes summer!  But I expect that’s not very normal and the rest of you sane people probably

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