Raspberry Chocolate Brownies


stacked raspberry chocolate browniesWe promised to post up our Raspberry Chocolate Brownies, and here they are!

This brownie recipe is an adaptation of our favourite recipe from David Gillespie’s book, “The Sweet Poison Quit Plan Cookbook”, on page 48.

The original Macadamia Brownie recipe is delicious, but this one is for berry fans!

  • Serves: about 16 slices
  • Oven temperature: 180°C (160°C fan forced)
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes
  • Pan: 22cm square cake tin

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Reaching the Summit


wellness summitSaturday was Wellness Summit day. Nine speakers, a whole spectrum of health – home, diet, exercise and self. We heard stories of survival and incredible achievements.

As Dr Laurence Tham said “don’t follow the trail, create the trail so others will follow you”.

Saturday’s speakers have certainly created their own trails.

White Gold
We’re sugar free so were really looking forward to hearing author and health advocate David Gillespie, and he didn’t disappoint.

Did you know sugar was once called white gold, and in the 1830s people consumed around 1 teaspoon of sugar a day? According to David today the average Australian diet includes around 35-45 teaspoons… a day. And most of that sugar is hidden in everyday food such as sauces, yoghurt, dressings and “healthy” drinks like juices. Think of it as sugar by stealth.

Food companies argue that everyone is putting sugar in their products so they are just doing the same to compete. Does that make it right?

David is well known for advocating that fructose is the bad component of sugar. There was a stunned silence over The Wellness Summit listening to the adverse effects fructose can have on your body:

  1. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  2. Interference with your appetite control by affecting insulin and leptin, making you eat more
  3. Increases in uric acid production which can lead to gout and kidney damage
  4. Accelerated ageing (sugar wrinkles!)
  5. Possible contributor to depression and Alzheimer’s disease
  6. Suppression of your immune system by up to 60% for 6 hours after consumption making you more susceptible to infection and chronic disease (heard about the hit on GP’s after the Easter choc binge?)
  7. Not cancer causing, but it can feed a cancer. Cancer cells fuel on glucose (as every cell in the body does) but fructose greatly helps the cells to multiply

So what do you do besides giving up as much fructose as possible?

Keep it REAL
Cyndi O’Meara author of “Changing habits and changing lives” had plenty of great advice.

The simplest being – eat REAL food. Cyndi highlighted one fast food company that lists 16 ingredients in its chicken breast. When did a humble chicken breast become more than just one ingredient; chicken?

Other advice we loved:

  • Get more sleep and follow the sun. Don’t go to bed with TV and computers.
  • Eat seasonally. Buy from your local farmer, butcher and fish manger and get to know them.
  • Grow your own fruit and vegetables, have some chickens in the backyard. Get involved in community gardens
  • Go bare foot in the house and wherever possible. Have your body in its most natural state (Dr Brett Hill spent the entire conference shoe free) — and decrease contaminants brought into your household on the soles of shoes (Nicole Bijlsma, Healthy Home expert).
  • Exercise like a caveman, practice functional primal movement patterns. Walk/run, twist, pull, lunge, bend, squat and push things (Dr Brett Hill, resident Caveman).

And remember that food has two important roles: 80% of the time it’s for health and nutrition and 20% of the time it’s for fun. Thanks Dr Damian Kristof, we couldn’t agree more!

But the biggest point was it begins with YOU. When you lead by example you can influence your circle of family, friends, community who can go on and influence others. Who knows, even the world…

Thanks to the Wellness Guys for such a great day of learning. Check out their podcasts at thewellnesscouch.com

Sharing How I Live Sugar Free


dinnerThis weekend I am away on a trip with nine lovely ladies. We had planned a “family meal” last night where everyone had to bring a dish.

Surprisingly, the only fructose on the table was fruit for the dessert, which I had cut up to make sure the skin was still on. I also selected the lower fructose variety fruit as much as possible.

Like a family we got talking and laughing and the topic of living fructose free and what it involves was discussed.

No one was surprised about the sugar content in foods such as cakes, soft drink, biscuits, lollies etc. But shocked that foods, usually considered non-treats, can also be full of sugar. A few were really gobsmacked to learn that some tomato sauces have a massive amount of sugar.

This is what I share with others about my fructose free lifestyle. I need to say that many of these points are from Dr Robert Lustig and David Gillespie. Also these are my rules to live by, everyone will be different.

  1. No soft drink or juice. Only full cream milk and water.
  2. I always eat fibre with fructose. For example I eat the skin and flesh of the fruit. I normally only eat one piece a day, sometimes two, but no more than that.
  3. I read the labels on all packaged food, even if I’m not buying it. I’m fascinated to see what has a high sugar content. I look at the ingredients list first and then the nutritional information. I’m looking for where sugar is placed, how much sugar and how many different names sugar is given.
  4. I wait 20 minutes before going back for seconds. I’m trying to make sure that my body is registering that I’ve had enough food.
  5. I avoid processed fructose wherever possible.
  6. I cook meals, especially my treat food using The Sugar Breakup Dextrose. Then I know that no fructose has been added. Even better I eat my sister’s cooking! She is a thoughtful, yummy, and amazing fructose free cook.
  7. I’m kind to myself. I try to do the best that I can.

There are many other things that I do but this is what we talked about over dinner. See the happy snaps on Facebook and Instagram. I really love sharing The Sugar Breakup story with others, but what about you?

What rules do you have for living sugar free?

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Why I Quit Sugar


David Gillespie's The Sweet Poison Quit PlanEighteen months ago I had an epiphany.

I was at my sister’s and couldn’t get to sleep. So looking through her books late one night I discovered David Gillespie’s “The Sweet Poison Quit Plan”.

She had talked about it, I hadn’t taken much notice (I am the typical older sister). But I had to admit she was looking increasingly happier, healthier and fitter.

In fact she looked fantastic.

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