Jump On Board the Kombucha Train – It’s Easy!

Black tea kombucha brewing...looking like a mini Lawrence of Arabia don't you think?!

Black tea kombucha brewing…looking like a mini Lawrence of Arabia don’t you think?!



Bacteria….never really thought it would be my bag until I started investigating ways to improve my ways to improve my health, post Hashi’s diagnosis. Then I started coming across lots of info about fermenting drinks and food and how it can be hugely beneficial to our health (Chris Kresser is very informative on this subject). And my mind started opening up to the possibilities….



I believe there is still a lot of scientific research to do when it comes to the inner world of the intestine and the affect of gut flora on our health, but there is also a lot of scientific research out there that points to benefits of adding fermented foods to our diet – I found this review published by The Lancet very interesting. Continue Reading

Health is Wealth, Baby…Part 2 – Becoming a Hashi’s KId

My favourite fruit and veg stall at Marrickville Markets :)

My favourite fruit and veg stall at Marrickville Markets :)



First things first! I guess I need to highlight that these things are what worked for me – I can’t promise they will work for you, but I think they might be worth trying. I also hope you tell me about things that work for you that I haven’t tried yet. I like to think of all this as a rather exciting journey – and there is a lot to learn!



So, after my diagnosis I got home and googled ‘Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis’ with trepidation. What came up was a lot of science-y or government websites….not very pretty, not very positive, and not at all helpful when it came to suggestions about what – other than a lifetime of medication – might help my situation. And, I’ll be honest, I was pretty bloody scared. I was (am!) a young woman, I liked having fun more than anything else, and this didn’t seem like stuff that should be happening to me. It certainly didn’t sound like fun. Why had I never heard of this disease before? None of the information I was finding “spoke” to me. I felt totally alone in this experience and I wasn’t finding any chinks of light in the darkness at all. Continue Reading

Cinnamony Apple and Banana Bread (GF, DF, SF)


Cinnamony Apple and Banana Bread with Yoghurt

Cinnamony Apple and Banana Bread with Yoghurt and Chopped Brazil Nuts



Mmmm…are you going to love this!


I’ve been seeing a lot of hot cross buns around the place, of course, Easter is on its way! And I loooove hot cross buns…..I don’t think you understand, I really, really love hot cross buns. Really….. And although I rarely ate baked goods even before I stopped eating gluten, hot cross buns would be a yearly treat I would not feel bad about gorging myself on. Yes, gorge. I’d have maybe 4 a day, if there were some around, at work, at home, you know, wherever….It’s really lucky Easter is only once a year! Continue Reading

Oysters and Lemons, Oh My! 5 Reasons to Say Yes Please to Oysters


Oysters and Lemons

Oysters and Lemons

Oysters and lemons….(and a little bent fork!). Most people like oysters don’t they? We all know it’s a bit of an acquired taste and texture but one that we eventually grow to enjoy, no?



Well, if you don’t love them yet, maybe this info about what they can do for you will help. If you do love them, then hey, it’s bonus time! Continue Reading

Don’t take my cake from me! Part 3 – hashi’s kid problems

Pic by Jason Schembri from www.sarahwilson.com.au

Pic by Jason Schembri from www.sarahwilson.com.au


After I had cleaned up what I was eating, basically by reducing the amount I ate out and increasing the amount of chemical free produce I bought from the market, I knew I had to look at the amount of gluten in my diet. I was feeling ok, as in better than I had been pre Hashi’s diagnosis, but I wanted to feel better than that!



Gosh do I love pasta and bread….on the rare occasions I would cook white pasta I would easily eat the equivalent of two or three servings (wholemeal pasta didn’t have the same effect – funny that!). If I bought a delicious sourdough from our local bakery – which I would do most weekends – I could eat half the loaf in a day, no problem. It was a serious addiction! And I haven’t even told you about the pre clean-up days gluten goodies (baddies?) I used to enjoy so much – there were croissants, bacon and egg rolls, “gourmet” burgers….doesn’t the list just go on and on… Continue Reading

It’s All About Me….Part 1 – Joining the Hashi’s Kids

The Nutritionista

Hi :)


This post is all about me! It’s gonna be awesome (hehe)! And I do like to go on….so there’s going to be a few installments. The purpose of these posts is to explain a bit about how ‘The Nutritionista’ came to be and why I focus on specific areas of nutrition such as immune and digestive support.


This post is a little bit about the auto immune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (or Hashi’s for short – it’s cuter), me pre- diagnosis and what happened when I first found out I had it. Post 2 starts to introduce food, the dietary changes I made and how food can be an amazing and delicious thing that can help us feel better! My favourite part ;) Continue Reading

How to make a Nourishing and Soothing Lamb Bone Broth


Bone Broth Thickened with Quinoa and Chia Seeds

Bone Broth Thickened with Quinoa and Chia Seeds

Bone broth. It’s not pretty, but it is the very essence is all that is nourishing, supporting and protective of our well being. We all know about how every culture has it’s own version, of chicken soup – basically a bone broth – and why wouldn’t they?! The benefits are immense! Continue Reading

Benefits of Phytochemicals – Eat the Rainbow!

Vegetable Rainbow

My Vegetable Rainbow Market Day Haul!


We all know we should eat fruit and veg, because of their vitamins and minerals and fibre and so on, but have you heard about phytochemicals? Phytochemicals, or phytonutrients, are naturally occurring chemicals that give plants their colour, flavour and aroma. They are produced by the plants in order for them to grow, reproduce, protect themselves and many other biological functions. Phytochemicals are not classed as “essential nutrients” but research has shown that they can strengthen our immune system, help fight cancer and diabetes, support healthy aging and repair DNA.



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