Changing Habits Blog

Given the right conditions – heavy metal detoxification

Many years ago (1990’s) I had an association with a professor Sheey; his children and my children went to the same school.  He was a specialist in using micro-organisms to clean up environmental spills around the world.  At the time I didn’t associate what he was...

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Raw dairy – to eat or not to eat

I promise that soon I’ll stop talking about Namibia, but once again it’s important that I address what I learnt and saw there with the Himba tribe in order to discuss the raw milk issue that I briefly talked about in last week's newsletter. The Himba’s live on a diet...

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Campfire cooking – what we packed and cooked in Namibia

A number of people have been asking me how do I eat healthy food when I’m travelling - and especially what I ate while in Namibia travelling through remote areas. I travel a lot so I’ve got it down to a fine art after two years travelling around Australia 15 years ago...

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What I’ve learnt in Namibia and from the Himba culture

If you have been following my Instagram, Twitter or Facebook posts you will probably have noticed that I’m in Namibia, Africa. I wasn’t keen to go to Namibia (it’s not safe to do what we did alone), but Howard was very keen to do a four-wheel drive camping trek across...

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Look after yourself while on antibiotics

I was interviewed on ABC Radio recently about how to look after yourself on antibiotics. This is an edited transcript of this interview. I hope you find it interesting and informative. – Cyndi (ABC Radio host): Once upon a time if you cut your finger and got an...

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My Changing Habits Journey – a guest blog by Stuart Gough

I've known Stuart Gough for quite a few years now. At first he started his journey slowly changing his habits bit by bit, I’ve watched him lose weight, gain health by consistently sticking to the principles of cleaning up his environment and only eating foods with...

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Boost your immune system this Winter

With the cooler weather now upon us, we generally see an increase in colds and flu. You can certainly increase your chance of avoiding colds and flu this winter by having a stronger immune system. Are you feeling that you need to improve your immune system? Are you...

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Heed the warning of our children’s predicament

Last week I went to Sydney to interview Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride for my documentary, attend the MINDD conference and become a certified practitioner in GAPS – Gut and Psychology Syndrome, along with Changing Habits nutritionists Jordan Pie and Sheridan Williamson....

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Basic allergy Info you need to know

As this week is Food Allergy Week, I’ve asked naturopath Nicole Hannan to give us the run down on allergies and what we need to know. – Cyndi.Over to Nicole….In order to really understand what it is like for those living with allergies, it is so important for us to...

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The hazards of nonstick cookware

In my 1998, 2000 and 2007 versions of my book Changing Habits Changing Lives I have a chapter called “Pots, Pans and Packaging”.  The chapter is about using glass for storage and stainless steel and crockery for cooking and baking and avoiding cling wraps and other...

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The biggest learning curve of my nutritional career

I’ve just come back from 10 days in the USA interviewing people on all aspects of wheat and gluten and why in the last few decades, and more so in the last decade, is wheat and gluten a problem and the gluten-free food business becoming a multibillion dollar industry...

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The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly of Cheese

Last week I was on ABC radio and I was asked to talk about cheese, so I thought the blog this week could be about cheese and more specifically one ingredient in cheese - rennet. Cheese has a long history in our diet. Traditionally, it is a fermented food with the main...

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Are you ‘meating’ your dietary needs?

Back when humanity’s most serious dietary problem was the chance of ending up as lunch for a ferocious carnivore, our diet consisted of fruits, vegetables and grains. We weren’t ferocious enough to be great hunters, but we were smart enough to be great scavengers....

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Natvia – a sugar substitute

I’ve been receiving many questions on Facebook and by email regarding natvia, so I thought it was time to do some research and look into this new sweetener which is being heavily marketed through the media. What is natvia? Natvia is a blend of erythritol and stevia....

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Is your probiotic working for you?

As we live in a society that has pesticides, preservatives in our food supply and antibiotics that have been regularly prescribed by medical practitioners, our guts are being cleaned out of good bacteria, which are critical for our health. These good bacteria help us...

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Q&A – That Sugar Film

Last week I was asked to be on an expert panel Q&A at the preview screening of That Sugar Film at Event Cinemas in Brisbane. There were two cinemas running the event 30 minutes apart.  The Q&A session went for 30 minutes in the first cinema and then Damon Gameau...

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That Sugar Film

An interesting new movie is hitting cinemas around the country this month – it is ‘That Sugar Film’ which stars Damon Gameau who also directs the film, which is really more like a documentary – www.thatsugarfilm.com.au I will be joining Damon and David Gillespie on an...

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Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorder a Growing Concern

Guest blog by Naturopath Nicole Hannan of Alchemy Health & Wellbeing Hi, my name is Nicole Hannan and I am a Naturopath with a special interest in allergies, intolerances and gastrointestinal disorders. In light of the recent controversy surrounding infant formulas,...

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Clean Labelling

I have just purchased an advance copy of the recently released book in the UK by Joanna Blythman, titled ‘Swallow This: Serving Up the Food Industry’s Darkest Secrets’ - a revelatory investigation into what really goes into the food we eat and also covers among many...

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Antibiotics Under Anaesthetic – My Daughter’s Story

My daughter Casie had her wisdom teeth taken out last April. Growing up in our household, Casie was never given any medication.  At the age of 23, she has never had an antibiotic, pain killer or any prescribed or non prescribed medication.  She was born fast, without...

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