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Touch of Health

Some weeks in life really are a drag and when you’re feeling down in the dumps there’s only one remedy for it: a beautifying facial (or glass of Champagne) – last week I decided to both, the former being the healthier option.

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Chia: The New Super-Seed

Chia seeds

Forget flax seeds, Chia (known as the ancient seed of strength) is the new super-seed of choice. These powerful seeds not only nourish our beautiful bodies with more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon but are also high in protein and minerals: iron, calcium, niacin, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus. Weight for weight they contain 3 times more iron than spinach and 3 times more antioxidant activity than blueberries. The essential fatty acids contained in Chia seeds helps to boost metabolism and promote lean muscle mass. Read more…

Chocolate Fix


The Mayan’s called it ‘the Food of Gods’. The Aztec’s believed it would bring them power and wisdom. The French declared it a ‘dangerous drug’ and today we call it… dark chocolate. So this Valentine’s don’t worry about the silly roses just give me some 85% dark chocolate. *Please note: Other gifts of love or food still welcome. Read more…

A Pinch of Salt

sea salt

Salt is a topic close to my heart (and tongue). Simply open my kitchen cupboard and you’ll find a large collection of sea salts: Maldon, Hawaiian, Celtic, Kelp, Himalayan, Black Lava sea salt and the list goes on. However, the one salt you will never find in my house is nasty old-fashioned iodized salt. If you’re now thinking salt’s salt right? …it’s all sodium. And hang on, isn’t it bad for you? - you’d be very wrong.

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Volcanic Clay Cleansing

Happily finding myself kicking back in Maui (miles away from Auckland’s spectacular weather) I have discovered that there’s nowhere better to detox than Hawaii…. infact, there’s nowhere better to do anything than Hawaii. So here I sit in the sunshine armed with my laptop and a cleansing coconut and spinach smoothie working away.

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Green Cleanse

With new years over its time to say hasta la vista to the Champagne, pastries and caffeine, and hello to green juices, vegetables and water. Oh yes indeed, it’s detox time.

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Summer Detox


If the legs on your Santa sleigh are already starting to fall off then why not plan your new year’s detox now. Not only will it ease some of the guilt from the back to back nights of overindulgent eating and drinking, it’ll give you a healthy goal to kick off your new year right.

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Martini or Champagne? Top 4 ‘healthier’ alcoholic beverage choices

martini or champagne

Let’s begin by pointing out the obvious: alcohol is not healthy. Overindulging in alcohol is not healthy. Overindulging on a weekly or fortnightly basis is not healthy either. This guide is for those who lack the ability or will power to say no to a glass of Champagne or 5 over the silly season.

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Grow Your Own Medicine

grow your own medic

Since the beginning of time man has known of the healing powers of herbs, vegetables and fruit. Nowadays we tend to forget that food can actually be our medicine too. This book should really be on every health-conscious individuals book shelf.

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King Corn

King Corn

A sweet corn cob dripping in butter with a pinch of sea salt used to be my idea of a good time… that was until recently when I learnt that in actual fact corns not healthy or even a vegetable? Feeling betrayed by this little known fact I decided to dig a little deeper.

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