To your very good health






New Year is such a funny time of resolution and shooing out the old year, sometimes regretfully and sometime in deep relief. A new year. With no mistakes in it yet. Hooray!

I've got an unoriginal New Year's resolution at the top of my list. Good health. Not just lose a bit of weight and do more exercise. I mean how about really good health? 

What about if everything you ate was something really nourishing. What if you didn't waste your time with fads and fancies or empty calories or even tasty things that seem worthwhile. What if everything you ate was truly worthwhile? 

Can you imagine how good you'd feel? How much extra energy you'd have? 




I think about this often when I hang out with extravagantly healthy friends. People whose skin glows. You know the ones. They often don't drink coffee or wine and that makes it easy for me to think: their choice not mine. Coffee and wine make the world better. But do they? 

Imagine if for one whole day you ate only nutritionally powerful foods. Oats cooked with cinnamon and grated apple. Soaked almonds. Blueberries. Raw milk yoghurt. Fresh green tea. Pastured eggs, crunchy green leaves, delicious fresh fish or a bone broth or some happy and stress-free chicken or pork, in-season fruit, crunchy pepitas, sunflower, sesame and linseeds. What if you ate only nutitionally powerful foods for a whole month? And didn't waste your time with rubbish that fills you up and takes the place of foods that deliver power to your bones? 

How about a whole year?

I have friends who have recently sent their whole family vegan in order to manage the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. My friend is now completely symptom-free and both she and her husband look about ten years younger than they did six weeks ago. This eating business is powerful stuff.

So we're eating better this year. 

Lots of homegrown vegetables, more raw foods, more lacto-fermented foods, more kefir (thanks to my friend Karina who delivered a teaspoon back to me this afternoon!)

Filtered water without all the chemicals, with the odd capful of apple cider vinegar in it, kimchi, sourdough, homemade cheeses, homegrown garlic, spinach. 

More gardening for me to use my muscles and more yoga to stretch them (I have always always loved yoga, ever since I did my first class in a weird little local hall at sixteen years old.)






We're going to issue a make-it-from-scratch challenge later this year to see how long we can all go with ZERO processed food. We're pretty close, but we think it might be fun if you feel like playing along. 

So how about you? Any resolutions? Do they involve stern nutritional dictates? 

I hope 2013 is an extraordinarily awesome year for you. Full of satisfaction and good things.

To your very, very good health, lovely folk.


PS The photo above is of my sister Naomi, earlier this year when she visited. She is one of the healthiest people I know and she made a big change in the way I ate when she suggested I ditch the honey on sourdough for breakfast and try oats with cinnamon. Suddenly I didn't get hungry again till 1pm. It's always awesome to have an energy coach on hand. 




11 Comments on “To your very good health

Melanie @ M&M
January 2, 2013 at 4:51 am

We’ve been eliminating soy from our diets for the past few months, as our daughter is apparently allergic to it! Who knew — it’s in everything! So I am with you on this one. Less processed, more real. That’s my motto for 2013!

January 2, 2013 at 7:18 am

As I get older I become more aware of the importance of good health. Something I’ve always taken for granted and pushed my body to its absolute limits. So saying, I struggle with making changes…but, I’m going to try, again. Xxx

January 2, 2013 at 11:03 am

I’m with you. To start eating a well balanced, unprocessed, fresh, wide variety of natural foods. No diets that cut out carbs or fats etc, in fact no diet at all. The aim is not to loose weight (although inevitably you will) but to feel better, have more energy, clear skin, healthy hair, but most importantly, to reduce your chances of getting some debilitating or even terminal sickness or disease.

January 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I just ate a quinoa salad I made for lunch. Does that count?

January 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Oh, I would love to have more energy. Or to rid myself of all the other aches that are plaguing me. I’m intrigued, as breakfast is my hardest meal of the day – please share how you cook your oats? I’d love to have something so filling and good for me to start the day.

January 2, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Sounds great…….we are going to have a really good go at doing the same.

Jacinta Anderson
January 3, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Only drink water or chai tea, i dont actually like chai tea but its better than black tea with sugar 🙂 No takeout!

January 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Yes, Fee, that does sound good. Why is it so hard to maintain,then? One of the best things I did for myself was to follow that nutritionally clean kind of diet for a month. I felt great, lost weight,had more energy,slept better. But then along came Christmas and the silly season and suddenly I could no longer pass up chocolate, wine,custard,sugar in all its guises…Like you, I am resolving to getting back to a great way to eat. And regular yoga, and even starting to run again (depending on how the knees hold up).

So, I shall toast to your good health with a glass of mineral water.

Any suggestions on how to drink less caffeine? I drink tea all day long,and that can’t be good.

Happy New Year – all the best for 2013.

January 6, 2013 at 8:48 am

Hi. You know I hear what you are saying, but at the end of the day you need to take a load off too. To become too strict with diet, or anything really, just adds another burden to life which we really don’t need.
So I reckon be healthy, eat well, exercise regularly and if on some random road trip home from somewhere you need to stop in at a McDonalds to pacify stir crazy kids – well so be it, it’s not the end of the world!
Happy New Year.

January 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Happy New Year, wishing you all the best for 2013

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January 10, 2013 at 7:48 am

Hi Fi, All your blogs are great but this is just to say that we are shocked at the scenes we are seing on the news from down under with terrible fires across wide areas. They just get worse every day. We are thinking of you all and wish you all the very best. Here’s hopingfor some respite soon. xx


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