What is real food?

Happy Friday readers!

Earlier in the year I spoke at the Future of Food convention in Brisbane.  I discussed 3 main topics:

  • What is real food?
  • What is lurking in your food that isn’t REAL?
  • Voting with your wallet.

So…what is REAL FOOD?

REAL FOOD is food grown by nature maintaining its vitality and nutrition.  It does not contain chemicals like additives and preservatives – it NOURISHES your body.  Cooked or not, it does not come in a can or packet with bonus numbers attached.

It is ESSENTIAL that you consider where your food comes from for optimum health. When you move away from nature it impacts on your immune system, digestive system and mind.

In order to boost your immune system, digestive system and mind even more so, ensure you are hydratingmoving your body, taking deep breaths, getting out in the sun, enjoying quality sleep & doing something you love. But for today, let us get back to the topic of REAL FOOD.

Firstly, I have a couple of questions for you:

Is it ADHD or the amount of PRESERVATIVES, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURS, COLOURS AND SWEETENERS in my child’s food?   Is it PMS or is it the food choices I’m making?  Ponder these questions for a moment – are you and your children eating REAL food?  If not, perhaps conduct your own little experiment and monitor both you and your child’s mood and behaviour after certain foods like sugar, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, bread, sauces, packaged dried fruit, fruit juice, cured meat or cereal to name a few.

Food greatly impacts on mood and behaviour!  These days children are all too quickly medicated for disruptive behaviours without considering the foods they are putting in their bodies.  Adults are often left wondering why their temper is so short and why they always feel so tired and irritable.  I love to work with children and adults to improve mood and behaviour through food choices.  Contact me for an appointment if you are needing support and guidance about how to improve you and your child’s mood and behaviour.

You may already know that food in a packet or a can is NOT real food, however sometimes we are time poor, feeling lazy or we are still learning about real food, so it helps to have knowledge and awareness around preservatives, additives, artificial colours, artificial sweeteners and the like in order to make an educated choice.  Knowing which ones to steer clear of is incredibly helpful!


  • Sodium benzoate and Potassium benzoate (211) – known to cause Leukemia, cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson’s disease, along with triggering allergies. Found in pickles, flour, margarine, fruit juices, beer, salad dressing, soy sauce, toothpastes, mouthwashes and medicine.
  • —Sodium sulfite (220) – effects include headaches, joint pain, heart palpitations, allergies and cancer.  Found in dried fruit, canned olives, corn syrup, vinegar & wine.
  • —Sodium nitrate (251) – worsen asthma and decrease lung function. Animal testing has proven high rates of cancer. Germany & Norway have banned this preservative. Used in curing meats such as ham, bacon, beef and sausage.
  • —BHA and BHT – synthetic antioxidants. The International Agency for Research on Cancer claims they carry carcinogenic properties linked to cancer and hormone disruption. Commonly appear in cereals, chewing gum, vegetable oil, potato chips, snack foods and meats.

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS (eg. Aspartame, Sucralose) result in a shrunken thymus, impaired immune system & enlargement of liver & kidneys. Scarey!

  • —The Sucralose Toxicity Information Center reports – skin rashes, flushes, panic like agitation, dizziness and numbness, diarrhea, swelling, muscle aches, headaches, intestinal cramping, bladder issues and stomach pain.  Sucralose destroys your digestive system.
  • —Aspartame alone creates over 92 different health side effects. It creates such chaos because it dissolves into solution and can therefore travel throughout the body and deposit in any tissue. When Aspartame is heated to 30 degrees it turns in to formic acid, formaldehyde and ethyl alcohol. Drinks containing aspartame can therefore be sold chilled and not pose a problem, however our internal body temperature is 36 degrees – this liquid soon becomes highly toxic and can cause numerous side effects to eyes, ears, neurologic, psychological, chest, gastrointestinal, skin allergies as well as our endocrine system, therefore creating hormonal disruptions. Sadly Aspartame poisoning is commonly misdiagnosed as MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, hypothyroidism to name a few.


  • —Brilliant blue (FD & C) – made from coal tar contain a high content of toxic substances such as mercury and fluoride which is found in coal.
  • —Gelatin (derived from collagen) – left over remains of dead animals hooves, skin, nose, eyes, bones, whatever is generally considered fit for human consumption. Sadly this goes through an intense process where the above is dipped in acid solution, washed, filtered and evaporated many times, drying, milling and then blended and packaged. Have you eaten a jelly lolly or protein bar lately??!

Today I haven’t even touched on meat and dairy, in relation to real food. I will need to write about this in a future post. If you do choose to eat either or both, please ensure it is organic or biodynamic. This is essential.

Albert Einstein once quoted:

“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by it’s purely physical effect of the human temperament and intellect, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”

Lastly, I’ll leave you with a few things to remember when shopping for real food.

  • Learn to work WITH nature – NOT against it.
  • —Eat seasonally. Supermarkets disconnect us from this and don’t always support the farmer.
  • —Eat what you grow, where you can.
  • —Get to the market and get to know your farmer – the person who grew your food.
  • —Vote with your wallet – if you choose not to grow your own food you are supporting someone else to do it for you.  Consider who that person is. We are supporting their practices and will continue to do so as long as they have the financial means to do so. Consider who you are voting for with every dollar you spend.

I hope to see you at the market this weekend asking lots of questions of the stall holders, about where your food comes from.  I know I do!

Have a fabulous weekend!


What happened after 14 days?

Good afternoon!  Happy Wednesday 

Well, 14 days have gone by and I’m wondering how you feel?  Has anything shifted for you?

What do you feel after being still  for 14 days?  Spending 20 minutes everyday being still in nature, on your bed, in your office, where ever you may have chosen to.  I would love to know some of the locations that worked for you?

I personally found it so fulfilling and nourishing….to get grounded everyday.  To give myself 20minutes of quiet time where I could absorb the beauty of nature, process my day, practice gratitude or simply be still.  Sometimes I chose to concentrate on my breath, other times I would simply stare into nature – at the mountains in the distance or a beautiful tree.  I found it beneficial to set the timer on my phone for 20 minutes, this way I could be present and not have to check the time.  Some days the 20 minutes would scoot by and others it seemed to last a while, but either way I was committed to being still for 20minutes.

I have a habit of fitting a lot in to my day, however despite this for 14 days I committed myself to 20 minutes of me time.  It paid off.  I found I was clearer in the head and moved through most days with more ease.  That 20 minutes was my little piece of paradise.  I found myself lavishing the idea of stopping and being present in the moment, not rushing ahead to plan my day.  Just simply being.  When I practiced in the evening (either at dusk or in bed before drifting off to sleep) I found it a fabulous time to let go of my day.  I personally always preferred sitting on the grass – out of the house and away from my work environment, however I also enjoyed being still on my yoga mat.

I have explored meditation a lot over the last 10 years however never found it something that came easily to me.  I have to say I am finding that short snippets of 20 minutes work for me at the moment.  During the last 14 days, no matter what happened during a particular day I always found it grounding to check in to myself and minimise the rush of my mind and remind myself that the best place to be is in the present moment.

I am going to continue my be still project and I hope you do too.  Drop me a line and let me know how you’re feeling, whether you’re loving it as much as I am or perhaps really struggling with it?

Last weekend I was down in Brisbane speaking at the Future Of Food convention.  I was sharing knowledge about additives, preservatives, their link to ADHD, whether to choose organic food or not, our connection to food and where it comes from and how all of this impacts on our digestive system, nervous system and mind.  I look forward to filtering this knowledge through to my blog readers.  In the next couple of weeks I am also planning to begin discussing the 8 principles of wellness, in greater detail, that I am such a strong believer in.  The foundation of our health!  They are hydration, sunshine, fresh air, whole foods, quality sleep, exercise, healthy relationships and a passion for something.

I’m going to leave you with this thought about procrastination as I found it quite appropriate for me as I write this blog.  If you find yourself procrastinating remember this:

Procrastination is based in fear: of failure, of success, of sharing our stories, of what other people will think. Let go of these fears and take action. Just do it. All we have is now. Quit procrastinating.

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