• Health Matters

    You are what you eat!

    Have you ever heard the statement ‘You are what you eat?’ It is vital to our wellbeing that we eat right. Not sure what you should eat to keep healthy and feeling good. I am always looking for guides to help me. I like this one from the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. You can print it out, like I did, and put it inside your pantry wall as a reminder. We all know what we have been eating and what indulgences are hiding in the corner of our fridge. I understand that you have to hide your favourite snack food when you have children or a partner. Your favourite…

  • Health Matters,  Life Matters

    Wellbeing and lifestyle

    Does wellbeing and lifestyle partner together for health and happiness? Can we have one without the other? I believe that what we put first can make a difference to how we feel about ourselves and those around us. Wellbeing Let us start with wellbeing. If you read my earlier article, I wrote about the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. But wellbeing is not just about diet. Our wellbeing has at least four parts. It is made up of physical, emotional, mental, and social factors. Work is another important factor. We give of our best at work when we trust those we work with, when there is good communication, and our ideas…

  • KJ's Kitchen

    Cook from scratch at home

    It is a satisfying past-time, if you have the time, to cook from scratch at home. There is nothing like a home cooked meal. A meal that is made from scratch without all the preservatives, sugar and salt additives. You may have read my recent post when I wrote about looking for a frozen meal option for my 92-year-old mother. I put my One&Only (O&O) in the position of a “taste tester” as we tried a few at home (a meal to share at lunch) to see if any were suitable. Apart from one Indian Butter Chicken the meals were not tempting. Then we were not sure of the nutritional…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  Live Simply to Simply Live

    Eating in or eating out

    What is your favourite thing to do – eating in or eating out? When I eat out it is not only about the food but about the ambience. In the winter I enjoy sitting near a fireplace and eating a meal. There are not many cafe’s or restaurants that have a fireplace. I do know of two in Toowoomba and when possible I like to dine near the fireplace. That is why so often in the winter I find we eat at home, near our fireplace. Eating out is popular with all age groups but there is an increase in the number of Millennials (those reaching young adulthood early in…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  My Garden

    Barefoot in the Kitchen

    It is not a good idea to go barefoot in the kitchen. If you dropped a knife you could stab yourself in the foot! When I was thinking about this I thought of the saying “barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen”.  It commonly refers to a woman’s place being in the home. Further, the woman should have as many children as she can during her productive years. Try to tell this to the Millennials. That is, the generation born between 1982-2002. Very slowly, the attitudes and views towards women is changing. No longer, is the only place for women in front of a stove with children hanging off her apron.…