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The Low down on the LOWER body

Not for the faint (or fart) hearted


If you know me, you know I love talking about bums! If you’re thinking this is a little left of centre then you’re wrong. I love talking about the way it functions. My whole life I’ve had an interment relationship with my digestive system and felt like my whole life revolved around the porcelain throne.
I found this lady who also loved bums and last year I was lucky enough to be in the same room, be taught the craft of lacto-fermentation and talk about poo, health and all things cabbage and coconuts.
Last month an article appeared in my inbox that took me back to the beginning of my lifestyle changes and the understanding of what really does come from your rear end.

So I introduce….or re-introduce the lovely Maria Hunt from yourdigestion.com.au and the article that may have you laughing, crying, gagging or hopefully more aware of your health than ever before.


Five Minute Meals

Time….What Time?!

As a mum & a photographer,  some days I have so much time on my hands to play and some days I can’t even scratch myself. Most days I’m prepared for anything, I’m a planner, I like routine and have everything in it’s place….another word for anal or strict?!
In the way of food it’s so easy to grab something convenient and easy when you’re not prepared, right?! A sandwich, a slice, a pie, wrap?! Why not, it’s convenient! Well you could do that or you could think a little broader and look in your fridge. I’ll admit that was me. I grabbed wraps (just one gluten thing won’t hurt) and sandwiches. A little education and having an organised shopping list every week now I can say my wraps are a little different and my sandwiches are non-existent instead it’s five-minute chopping, throwing anything into a bowl, pan…..I can even vouch and say that even if you’re not ‘home’ for lunch it’s easy. Days I’m not organised with the family I can throw the spouse a salad (left over veg, meat, salad leaves etc) my cherub a platter of whatever we have in the fridge, nuts, seeds, kale, fruit…..if you’re out then you’re not far from a supermarket, grocer, fruit and vegetable shop. A good friend and personal trainer taught me that a bag of spinach, a carrot, cucumber, roast chook, tin of sardines, tuna and some oil and nuts make a nutritious meal.

Here’s a go to recipe for days you home and look into the fridge with a blank stare and think ‘life would me easier if you just ate bread’


vegetarian, vegan, paleo friendly, low FODMAP, grain free
one person dish- adjust quantities for more

1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
1/2 Tbsp. miso paste (a good one from an asian shop, no msg or make your own)
1/2 tsp. grated ginger
1/2 tsp. grated turmeric
3 Brussel sprouts
huge handful spinach leaves
1/2- 1 zucchini spiralized or peeled into ribbons (I had half on the bench from breakfast)
handful chopped mushrooms
2 asparagus spears
palm size broccoli florets
1 Tbsp. water

1. In a wok or pan heat coconut oil, ginger, turmeric and miso.
2. Add mushrooms, Brussel sprouts, broccoli and asparagus and sauté for a few minutes
3. Add spinach and zucchini and water and sauté for a couple more minutes.
4. Find a bowl, chop sticks, a quiet corner and enjoy a bowl of nourishment.
Add some lacto-fermented vegetables, some leftover meat, bacon, prawns, sardines,tuna or egg with fresh coriander and sesame seeds to serve.

Make this before work and take it with you. You can only be as prepared as you let yourself to be. Look after your body and it will reward you.


Food is Medicine



Sunday I had the privilege to be surrounded by some of Australia’s leading health coaches. A jam packed educational day held by Mindd (Metabolic, Immunologic, Neurologic, Digestive and Developmental) Foundation and director Leslie Embersits. I was front row, edge of my seat pen and notebook in hand ready for a day of information and education.

The presenters were insightful and I absorbed every bit of information I could to bring it back to here and do what I love….educate more people about health, wellness and nourishment for them and their families.

Dr Christabelle Yeoh spoke in length about diet and children and the diseases associated with  Mindd impacts and how all these can be treated with diet and wellbeing practises. Dr Yeoh spoke about Gut health and the importance of good bacteria and how we can eat foods that will help build the foundations for an ideal digestive system however the world we live in forces a lot of outside influences that we need educating on so that we can live a healthy life. More on that this week

Now Maria Hunt….I fell in lust. Maria is a Body Ecology Practitioner and her opening line was ‘how is your bum’. I felt the instant connection with her. Not only is she about Gut health and but she follows it from what goes in to what comes out. Her presentation included fermenting cabbage and sampling (YUM) and Coconut Water Kefir. It was so reassuring to hear that what I do and how I care for my gut NOW is what I should be doing but I will warn you I will be blogging about the forbidden No2’s so if you’re not keen to get to know your bum bypass that post ha!

Pete Evans presented a segment on food is medicine. I have been a big fan of Pete’s cooking for a long time however it is only in the last couple of years that I have fallen head over as we share the same passion and health and nourishment especially when it comes to my families health. He spoke about the importance of fermented foods and a primal diet and how sometimes we are going it alone on our journey. He cooked some yummy smelling food in miso soup and a chicken larb. Pete was great to listen to because like mostly everyone that has found their health and healing path to good food and good health and wellness, his past was not ‘clean’. He is so passionate about changing the way people cook and eat food and source not the best quality but the right foods; wild fish, organic veggies; free range, grass fed….more than anything, know where your food is coming from and how.

Helen Padarin showed us how sugar free can be yummy and fun with cauliflower popcorn….yes I know but my daughter loves it (recipe to come), gelatin gummies, liver and beef meatballs and some more yummy fermented cabbage. Helen has a facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NourishEd?ref=ts&fref=ts  and has a great book on birthday, lunch box foods for kids called Nourishing Nippers. Highly recommend checking out some awesome recipes for the kids. Helen also talked about fuelling our bodies with nourishing foods and how herbs and spices heal us. One quote I took from Helen was ‘animal’s feed us, vegetables clean us’ so simple and so true; it’s important that we eat the best quality grass fed meat and clean our bodies with organic fresh in season vegetables.

Nicole Biljsma made me scared to re-enter my house after her talk on healthy homes and how mould exists and can kill you. Nicole is a building biologists and I am completely fascinated with her findings on chemicals mould, dust mites, electromagnetic fields and how all these contribute to our health. To hear her story of 10 miscarriages and how she looked into her house and what she was surrounded by was contributing to that and how she fell pregnant natural WITH TWINS once she changed where she was living and how. It was remarkable, makes you really think about what you are  living in and what impact it is having on your life and health.

Jacqi Deighan was the last of the day and really showed everyone that as long as you have your stables (fruit, vegetables, grains-if you eat them, and tinned tomatoes, legumes-if you eat them) you can pretty much cook everyday and night within 10-15 mins. We tasted a delicious fritatta made from left over roast vegetables, she cooked a broth with salmon and a quick and easy nourishing salad (recipes to come). For busy mums, working or not or simply when you have little time to prepare and cook it is possible to ovoid buying something, spending unnecessary money etc. Jacqi was a great and refreshing end to the day.

Mindd Foundation do amazing work with families and children all over Australia and they are doing everything they can to educate and change the future of preventable diseases but they do need support from us as a nonprofit organisation. Check out Mindd and the wonderful things they are doing for our future generations.