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Why fruit and veg taste better straight from the farm?

Why fruit and veg taste better straight from the farm?

It’s the age old question really that we intuitively know but have just really forgotten along the way.  It seems that the supermarkets have forgotten as well but I don’t really claim to why fruit and veg titledknow the answer for the big chains as they struggle to keep up with supplying so many people.  It is relatively easy for them to provide produce in season, but when it is out of season, that is when we need as consumers savvier.

However as consumers there is a huge move now towards knowing and understanding where our food comes from, how it is processed and what is the best option for our families.

The simple answer and reality if that fruit and veg is picked fully ripe fresh off the trees, ready to sell to customers.  Supermarket produce is generally picked green to last on the shelf or stored in cool rooms for long periods. Produce can undergo additional processes such as waxing, fungicide treatments or gas ripening.

What you get when you buy directly from the farmer is as fresh as you can get it without having to grow it yourself.  The time from picking to purchasing is minimal and you as a consumer can then be more confident that the fruit has had time to develop flavour and retains its nutrients.  It’s super fresh, naturally ripe, naturally coloured, hand picked and packed and presented the way it is supposed to be.

This is optimal for farmers as well as they can control how their produce is handled and appreciated.  Let me tell you farmers grow produce because they love it and generally have enormous pride in what they grown.  It is very rewarding for them to see customers enjoying their produce, trusting them and coming back for more.

My final tip would be check out what is seasonal and try and stick to purchasing that produce only if you have to shop at the big stores.  Make sure you check out where the produce is sourced from when it is out of season as we found out with the frozen berry scandal, produce that is sourced from other countries can go through different criteria to what our stringent standards are here in Australia. Discover where your local markets are and make your way there.  You will quickly get to know your favourite store holders that you love and trust so the process becomes very quick each week.

For some great recipe ideas on what to use your fruit and veges for have a look at the cookbooks in our bookshop.

Candida – Now how to get rid of this sucker

Candida – Now how to get rid of this sucker

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The growth of Candida can be reversed but it takes commitment and a bit of hard work. You will need to increase the immune response, change your diet and re-establish normal bowel bacteria. Candida has an enormous appetite for yeasted foods and sugars so they must be eliminated from the diet.


Now the HARDEST part – DIET. You will need to give the bowel a rest and stop feeding the Candida for a while. As mentioned earlier Candida has a huge appetite for yeasted and fermented foods as well as sugar. Foods containing these should be eliminated for a while – at least until the Candida is brought back into balance. You may find that you will always have a sensitivity to yeasted foods but may eventually be able to include some in your diet.


Yeasted and fermented foods. Bread (except unyeasted varieties), cheese, mushrooms, peanuts, peanut butter, vegemite, marmite, promite, soy sauce, tamari, tofu, tomato sauce and tomato paste. Fruits. Grapes, rockmelons, fruit with mould or bruising, oranges. Drinks. All beer, all wine and fermented drinks, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Foods containing Vinegar such as relish, pickles and olives. Sugar. You will need to keep your sugar-levels down so no cakes, biscuits, sweets, ice creams, soft drinks, fruit juices and malted foods. Dairy products. Cheese, milk and ice cream This sounds very stringent because if you have a Candida problem this will probably represent a large portion of your normal diet. You will have to change your eating patterns for at least a period of time to achieve a balance in your system.


Vegetables and salads – Eat as many as you like. Fruit – Up to three pieces a day especially bananas, apples and pears. Drinks – Purified water, uncarbonated mineral water (Vittel or Evian), herbal teas (caffeine free), pure fruit juices except tomatoe and orange.Soy milk (unsweetened) Fish- Either grilled, baked, pan fried in olive oil or stir fried. Meat – Organic chicken (Lorax), small amounts of red Organic meat (if organic meat is unavailable, lamb is the recommended choice.) Whole grains – such as rice, millet, buchwheat, rolled oats, etc. Unyeasted breads- rice crackers, tortillas, rivita and pita bread are acceptable. Yeast free pasta is o.k. Also-organic eggs,plain yoghurt, plain soy milk (Vita-Soy,Aussie-Soy)

Also you need to start a course of pro-biotics.

 Candida is the cause of a number of fungal infections, there are many other environmental factors that cause Candida to flourish , so let’s have a look at that along with what are the common symptoms YOU may be experiencing?


One of the critical steps to eliminating candida is to heal your gut. We invite you to review our gut healing program on What Can I Eat?


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What are the Common Symptoms of Candida?

What are the Common Symptoms of Candida?


Understanding what Candida is very important and what causes it to flourish is extremely important
but then you have to know what the symptoms are.

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The early signs that Candida is out of control are thrush, tinea, recurrent cystitis, frequent headaches, dizziness, digestive problems such as wind, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea, recurrent indigestion, irritability, fatigue, weight control problems, unexplained anger, skin rashes, low blood pressure and nearly any type of allergic reaction.


All the classic allergy symptoms are common in Candida imbalance or Candidiasis – sneezing, runny nose, stuffiness, sore throat, postnasal drip, cough and asthma. The mucous membranes of the respiratory tract from nose to lungs may become irritated by continous exposure to yeast or its toxins. Irritation can lead to infection by other organisms either viral or bacterial. Then the label changes from Candidiasis to sinusitis, bronchitis, sore throat, a coid or even pneumonia. When the non-invasive form of Candida changes into the invasive, pathological “mycelia form” it actually grows root-like appendages and can infiltrate the intestinal walls and get into the bloodstream. The body’s immune system has trouble coping with this pathology and the Candida Spreads. If you have this form of Candida you will have symptoms which may be difficult to diagnose.

10 common Candida Symptoms:

  1. Skin and nail fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus)
  2. Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  3. Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
  4. Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis
  5. Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD and brain fog
  6. Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
  7. Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
  8. Vaginal infections , urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
  9. Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
  10. Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings

Effectively treating candida involves stopping the yeast overgrowth, restoring the friendly bacteria that usually keep them in check, and healing your gut so that candida can no longer enter your bloodstream.

One of the critical steps to eliminating candida is to heal your gut.  We invite you to review our gut healing program on What Can I Eat?


What causes Candida to flourish?

What causes Candida to flourish?

Candida Albicans is a very invasive yeast infection and can cause many imbalances in your body.what causes candida titled

There are a number of factors that initiated the flourishing of this little fella but here are the top ones.

  1. Taking prescribed antibiotics, cortisone or steroids for any period of time.

Before I had children I would say that I had at least 20 doses of antibiotics to treat tonsillitis, middle ear infections, bladder infections and what ever else happened in between. Lucky I had any good bacteria left surviving in my body I’d say.

  1. Taking the bill control pill. Well it is the contraception of choice to start with. Until you try it you don’t know how it will work for you and what effects it will have on your body, we are all different. But there is a price to pay on your health by the looks.
  2. Diabetes. Now I don’t know much about this one and why diabetes would influence the flourishing of this yeast but I would imagine it would have something to do with the sugar imbalance in the body. Yeast feeds on sugar.
  3. Whether you’ve undergone chemo-therapy or been exposed to radiation. Well this makes perfect sense as chemo-therapy kills everything good and bad in your body. Bacteria doesn’t have a chance. It also causes a great deal of acidity. Yeast loves an acid environment, similar to a swimming pool when you get too many phosphates in the water and the algae starts to grow. Radiation well this is a hard one as we are now exposed to increasing amounts on a daily basis surrounded by wi-fi, phones and microwave technology as the most popular forms. Admittedly only small amounts maybe in each but each omitting a little to make us a lot all day and all night.
  4. If you have suffered a prolonged illness and you have been on long term medication of any sort, this creates acidity in your body and destroys your good bacteria colonies. Therefore the yeast has a perfect environment once again to thrive in.
  5. Malnutrition – when we don’t feed our bodies regularly the nutrients it needs particularly in the form of prebiotic fibres which assist the growth and multiplication of beneficial bacterial, we are once again providing the perfect breading ground for yeast to take hold.
  6. Multiple pregnancies, this is interesting. Even though pregnancy is of course a natural process, it can be very taxing on even the healthiest of women. Weaknesses and imbalances can occur and provide an environment for yeast to grow. Keep in mind here that if you in your lifetime have had any of the above you have a depleted set of good bacteria and you will pass this onto your newborn.
  7. A diet high in sweets, carbohydrates, soft drinks or fruit juices this is the perfect food that feeds the Candida Albicans yeast.

Normal candida and acidophilus live in the bowel so that is generally where the problems start. The next to be effected you will notice is the digestive system. Candida Albicans once taken hold starts to depress your immune system and cause nutritional deficiencies which then lead to the many symptoms we talked about in the next article.


There are many factors which may cause an imbalance and result in Candida becoming invasive. Some more important factors are: 1) Taking prescribed antibiotics, cortisone or steroids 2) Taking birth control pills 3) If you have diabetes. 4) Whether you’ve undergone chemo-therapy or been exposed to radiation. 5) If you have suffered a prolonged illness. 6) Malnutrition 7) Multiple pregnancies ie, twins or close births 8) If your diet is high in sweets, fruit juices and refined carbohydrates. Problems with Candida often start in the bowel where the normal Candida and acidophilus live, and initially effects the digestive system. Nutritional deficiences accompany all forms of chronic Candida problems which in turn further depresses the immune system allowing the Candida to grow unchecked. .

Let’s have a look at What are the common symptoms of candida?

One of the critical steps to eliminating candida is to heal your gut.  We invite you to review our gut healing program on What Can I Eat?



What the hell is Candida?

What the hell is Candida?

Candida is a genus of yeasts and is the most common cause of fungal infections worldwide.  We are surrounded by microorganisms, and fungi is one of the families which live on Candida - what is it - titledeverything.  In fact there are around 300 different stains of yeast and fungi.  It seems that many are relatively harmless, however the main strain and culprit for many of our health problems in the 21st century is the Candida Albicans.  This little critter can get out of control. He normally lives quite happily in the human system and is generally kept in check by Lactobacillus acidophilus.  But when this delicate eco system is damaged, fungi starts to flourish and over-populate causing a whole array of symptoms and problems.

In my case I was introduced the over-population of fungi in my body,  initially when I was 16 and had been battling a bladder infection, which by the way is an indication that you have too much bad bacteria in your system already.  Doctors at the time were of course prescribing me antibiotics but I was immune to the strain.  This caused the bacteria infection to move to the kidneys and then I was in double trouble.

Once again I was prescribed antibiotics, which of course I had to take to get rid of this nasty infections, however this time it was a bloody “horse pill”, which turned out to be a trial product.  Well it hit me hard and boom the infection was gone.  However, what came next was to plague me for many years to come.

Over prescription of antibiotics causing the killing off of good and bad bacteria is the number 1 cause of the reduction of acidophilus in the digestive track providing an ideal environment for fungi to live and regenerate.  There are many other environmental factors that cause Candida to flourish , so let’s have a look at that along with what are the common symptoms YOU may be experiencing?

One of the critical steps to eliminating candida is to heal your gut.  We invite you to review our gut healing program on What Can I Eat?

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