Sistermixin' The Whole Circle

Sistermixin' The Whole Circle

Australia

The Whole Circle is created by Jo and Tracey, two sisters on a mission to inspire you to live the best life possible. They have a whole lot of fun, they keep it real and never profess to be perfect! Jo and Tracey live an additive free lifestyle, they both have families, children, husbands and run a successful food blog called Sistermixin'. This show is designed to talk about all things health, wellness, food, family & is going to inspire you to change the way you look at 'life'. Life isn't meant to be stressful, it should be fun, chaotic, exciting and crazy and we wouldn't have it any other way. Join us for a whole lot of fun and a whole lot of inspiration. We hope you enjoy the show!

Episodes

Episode #37 - Mastering Your Mean Girl  

We are so excited to be talking to best selling author, key note speaker and entrepreneur Melissa Ambrosini who shares with us some incredible advice on self-love, controlling the ego, mastering health and ways to reach your ultimate dream life.

Melissa thought her life was going great in 2010 when she was a professional dancer, TV presenter and actress. However her lifestyle consisted of junk food, sleeping 4 hours a night on a friend's couch and partying hard. When she found herself in hospital incredibly sick with a baffling array of illnesses, she knew she had hit rock bottom. For the first time in her life she discovered her intuition and refused to accept that she needed to be on medication for the rest of her life and decided instead to take control of her health.

Melissa now looks back on her struggles as the biggest and most beautiful life lesson to transform herself to where she is now. Studying holistic nutrition and reading every book on health and wellness, Melissa talks to us about how she rediscovered her true self and became a wealth of knowledge and inspiration for other women.

She released her book "Mastering your Mean Girl", became a certified holistic health coach and teaches women one on one all about self-love and controlling limited fear based beliefs. She is seeing a remarkable transformation in every women she works with.

Links & Resources

Book "Mastering Your Mean Girl": www.melissaambrosini.com/mastering-your-mean-girl/ Meditations and free guides: www.masteringyourmeangirl.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/MelissaAmbrosiniTribe/app/267091300008193 Instagram: www.instagram.com/melissaambrosini/?hl=en

Episode 36 - It's All About Breakfast With Stacey Clare  

Today we are stoked to be speaking with one of the best breakfast gurus around. Stacey Clare is a busy mum of two and features in our online e-course sharing her wisdom as a nutrition coach.

In this episode we talk all things breakfast and learn why it's truly the most important meal of the day. We focus on breakfast for kids and methods to incorporate healthy fruits and vegetables into breakfast blends without them noticing!

Stacey walks us through the ins and outs of processed breakfast foods found in boxes in the supermarket and why it's so important to read the back of the packet. We look at wheat as being the base of most of these products and the interesting steps taken from growing the wheat to harvest, including nasty pesticides used and the bleaching process which gives a very nutrient stripped final product.

Stacey helps us crack the code for energy to last throughout the day including selecting whole food options, smoothie ideas, selecting healthier bread options and the power of oats. We also look at setting up healthy routines to create daily habits and foods that are right for your body specifically.

Links & Resources

Website: www.staceyclare.com Facebook Online additive free made easy e-course

Episode #35 - How We Found Happiness  

In this episode we discuss ways in which to make time to do what is really important to you and how we each find our happiness and joy each day. As we're both busy mums we find we can get lost in the role of motherhood and neglect our bodies, often forgetting to give ourselves the love we deserve. In particular, with Jo, she has learnt to say "no" which might sound harsh but is certainly needed in order for her to save time for herself each day.

We both touch on the importance of exercise and the impact that makes on our day and what other positive habits flow from that. Jo even makes the shock statement that she has been getting up much earlier each day- if anyone knows Jo they know she isn't (or wasn't!) a morning person.

We talk about the importance of keeping strong connections with friends and finding the time for them. We also delve into the benefits that Tracey has discovered of yoga, massage and club netball and how that has completely changed her mindset and boosted her confidence.

Last but not least we talk about our burning desire for Sistermixin' and how pursuing our dream has impacted so greatly on our lives.

Links & Resources

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thermoliciousfood Instagram: www.instagram.com/sistermixin/

Episode #34 - Jo's Story Continued  

The idea behind today's episode is to pick Jo's brain as to the reasons behind her decision to live an additive free lifestyle and where she's at three years down the track from the beginning of her journey.

Tracey hands out some important questions to Jo surrounding her daughter's major behavioural issues and constant sickness and how she turned that all around through positive food choices. We discover why there was absolutely no reason for Jo to turn back once she knew what she knew about food and especially about additives. Jo wants everyone who makes the choice to go additive free to hold their heads up with pride with their decision and she discusses why she has no shame in asking what's in a certain company's food.

In this episode we also tackle certain challenges that arise with additive free living, including her five year old daughter's reactions to only being able to eat certain foods and why education about food is playing a big part in her daughter's life. Jo discusses her habits surrounding treats and what non-food treats she implements into the day as rewards.

Jo gives us tips on finding balance when choosing to go additive free and why it doesn't have to be a torturous choice!

Links & Resources

Episode #5 – Tracey interviews Jo about her journey into additive free eating

Episode 33 - Family Food with Maddie Race  

"Kids are the biggest imitators, be someone great to imitate"

Maddie is a true Italian- if she isn't in the kitchen you'll probably find her watching a cooking show, reading a cooking book or talking to somebody about food. Food is undoubtedly one of her greatest passions. Maddie went through the tragedy of losing her mum to cancer at just 13 years old and since this heartbreaking and transformational time in her life, she has a strong focus on non-material things. She also recently lost all of her possessions to a house fire, however nothing could ever put out her "burning" desire to teach people how to cook. Maddie launched her cooking business "Kids Say Yum" and sought nutritional training to help educate her clients in maintaining healthy food habits.

One of the driving forces behind Maddie's passion is the belief that food is the one thing that connects everybody together regardless of race or religion. She views meal times as a way to bring families together and shares with us ideas on how to strengthen and prioritise this valuable time spent together. We also discuss ways to create a "culture" around meal time and why it's important to embed this practice into your children's life early on.

As with most parents, there's often a struggle to find ways in which to get children to "eat their greens". Maddie's approach is to make meal time fun by teaching her kids the origin of the food or making funny faces out of the food. Generally, Maddie looks at ways to build curiosity and connection with food.

We also delve into our emotional links to food, in particular the link between stress and digestion and the unique factors which diversify our eating habits. Maddie has a strong focus on the need for eating real food and the habits you can pass onto your children, including tips on easy real food.

Links and resources

Websites: www.maddierace.com.au and www.kidssayyum.com.au

Facebook: Maddie Race Health & Wellness (includes smoothie challenges and more)

Instagram: Maddie Race Health & Wellness

Episode 32 - Taking The Fear Out Of Additive Free- Question & Answer Time  

We have been inundated with questions about our "Additive Free Made Easy Online Course" we have decided to dedicate this podcast to answering some of your most asked questions.

We discuss the length of the course and resources provided, whether there are any future online courses planned and our availability for support throughout the length of the course. You'll find out all the details on early bird prices, the full cost of the course and flexibility and payment options available.

To name a few topics we cover in the course, we look at food colours, additives, sulphites, MSG and the effect of all of these on your body. We  also have multiple interviews with health professionals and doctors and much, much more.

We discuss why we don't include meal plans in the course and how each person is different in terms of food allergies, intolerance's and preferences. We love that we're not about taking things out of your diet (except the foods that contain additives) but rather about adding healthy options into your diet. We look at offering you your own independence and inspire you with our great recipe ideas.

We also have an exclusive and private Facebook group for those that have undertaken the course. This group is bursting at the seams with over 800 members that can offer full support if we are not available. We see this support as absolutely priceless! 

Also see our previous episodes on The Fear Of Starting Out Additive Free:

Episode 27: What is your “why”

Episode 28: Time and Money

Episode 29: Managing judgement from others (and yourself!)

Episode 30: All about labeling

Episode 31: What is left to eat?


Links & Resources :

Read our blog on How Tracey Stopped Her Kids From Getting Too FussyOnline E-Course: www.additivefreemadeeasy.com/A Step-By-Step Course Designed For Anyone Who Wants To Learn More About Additive Free Foods And How To Literally Change Your Life…

 

Episode 31 - Taking The Fear Out Of Additive Free Eating - Day Five  
What Is Left To Eat?

Trust us, you won't go hungry when you decide to eat additive free - the options are endless!

We discuss simple food swaps that you can do.  You don't need to eliminate everything from your diet.  As you will hear, it's very easy to swap for an organic or additive free alternative and often won't cost you any more. In this episode we give you an array of simple swaps that you can buy from the shops.

We just want to stress that it is really easy to swap most of your food for an additive free choice, you don't have to make everything from scratch and you will still be eating an array of foods that your family will love.

We also touch on some of our most effective time saving tips to help you even more.

Tune in as we share our most powerful testimonial to date sent in by Lucia, a busy mum whose life has been absolutely transformed by taking our "Additive-Free Made Easy" four week online e-course.


Links & Resources:

Online E-Course (open for registration until 6 Nov 2016): www.additivefreemadeeasy.com/

Additive free recipes on sistermixin: www.sistermixin.com/recipes

Check out all the past episodes regarding Taking The Fear Out Of Additive Free Eating:

Episode 27: What is your “why”Episode 28: Time and MoneyEpisode 29: Managing judgement from others (and yourself!)Episode 30: All about labelingA Step-By-Step Course Designed For Anyone Who Wants To Learn More About Additive Free Foods And How To Literally Change Your Life…
Episode 30 - Taking The Fear Out Of Additive Free Eating Day Four  
All About Labeling  

In this episode we learn about the importance of checking the back of food labels rather than being fooled into the clever marketing displayed on the front of the packet! We delve into certain marketing techniques, particular foods to steer clear of and how ingredients are categorised on the back of the packet.

We have a big focus on the “Healthy Star Rating” and the “National Heart Foundation Tick” that exists on Australian food packets and give an in-depth run down as to why both of these measures of so called “healthiness” of food are flawed in many ways. We also discuss how food manufacturers are now masking some of the worst additives and preservatives, as they realise we as consumers are becoming more conscious of additives to avoid.

Before Jo discovered additive free living, she believes her family could have been consuming well over 100 food additives every single day, even when she was buying products that claimed to contain no artificial colours or flavours. We dedicate a large segment of this podcast to estimate just how many additives and preservatives the average family are consuming each day and what you can do to make positive changes and healthier choices. We also explain how the body weight of children compared to adults makes them so much more sensitive to additives. In particular we discuss how it affects their behaviour and mood on a much greater scale than adults.

As you probably know from previous podcasts (in particular episode 10 & 11) we talk a lot about Annatto (160B) and in this episode we touch on the subject again. We discuss just how toxic this colouring is and who the big movers and shakers are who are running petitions to remove this colouring from food products within Australia.

Links & Resources:

Online E-Course: www.additivefreemadeeasy.com/

Sue Dengate’s petition on removing Annatto 160b from Streets IceCream: https://www.change.org/p/unilever-australasia-hundreds-of-reports-show-food-colouring-annatto-160b-is-harmful-to-children-urgently-remove-from-all-streets-ice-cream-variations?just_created=true

Claire Deek’s petition to ditch the “health star rating” system: https://www.change.org/u/clairedeeks 

A Step-By-Step Course Designed For Anyone Who Wants To Learn More About Additive Free Foods And How To Literally Change Your Life…

 

Episode 29 - Taking The Fear Out Of Additive Free Eating Day Three  
Managing Judgement 

Over the past 50 years our food has gone from nutrient dense, home-grown food to horribly processed, bleached, stripped, glued and pulped. When you decide to eat additive free, it can be very hard for our friends and family to understand your reasoning; and this can often come across as very judgmental.

In this episode we give some great tips on managing judgement from others (and also our own judgments), especially when we refuse to eat a certain type of food which we know is detrimental to our health. We discuss ways to build your confidence about your choice to be additive free and also ways to lightly educate those that become interested in the choices you openly make about food. We talk about why it's ok to boldly say "no I don't need that food in my diet!" and the pride that comes with making that decision.

Judgement on yourself can be equally as harsh as judgement from others.  When someone says something such as "you're being a bit over the top" then you might run that question again and again through your mind, but we look at ways to stay focused on your positives rather than wondering if you are in fact being over the top!

Links & Resources

Online E-Course: www.additivefreemadeeasy.comA Step-By-Step Course Designed For Anyone Who Wants To Learn More About Additive Free Foods And How To Literally Change Your Life…


Episode 28 - Taking The Fear Out Of Additive Free Eating Day Two  
Time and Money

We find the top questions we get asked when it comes to starting out additive free are "Is it expensive to live additive free?" and "Where do you find the time?"

Both of these questions arise from a place of fear, the fear of not having enough money nor enough time!

When you begin your journey into additive free living, you'll notice you begin to avoid buying the packet health food items at the supermarket, as they're not quite as healthy as you first thought! Those packet items certainly come with a price tag, therefore you will notice you might even save money going additive free!

We discuss how you can still have "convenience" foods the healthy way, with tips for preparing meals in bulk and freezing for later use. As we are both busy mothers, working full time we believe everyone has the time to create healthier eating habits but they just need to shuffle their priorities!

Links & Resources :Listen to Podcast 18 as we talk about  How to Eat Organic While Sticking to Your BudgetOnline E-Course: www.additivefreemadeeasy.com A Step-By-Step Course Designed For Anyone Who Wants To Learn More About Additive Free Foods And How To Literally Change Your Life…
Episode 27 - Taking The Fear Out Of Additive Free Eating - Day One  
Know Your Why

Starting anything new in life can often be overwhelming and it's no different when it comes to implementing healthier food options into your life. We're here to help those that are starting out additive free and putting out a big reminder that it isn't as scary as it may seem!

First you want to establish your "Why?". Why would you like to eat a certain way? Why have you had an interest in additive free?

For Jo, in particular, her journey into additive free living began when her daughter, at just three years old, had major unexplained behavioral issues. Jo would often find her in the fetal position on the floor, scratching her face excessively or throwing lengthy tantrums. Luckily, around this time Jo was fortunate enough to overhear information on a certain additive that is linked to behavioural issues. She then delved into researching more about what might be affecting her daughter's behavior. She found the light at the end of the tunnel when she discovered an adverse reaction to a certain preservative in a particular food her daughter was frequently eating.

Once Jo realised what chemicals were in many foods, she removed them out of their diet. Her daughter's moods improved dramatically, she lost weight herself, her brain fog vanished and her and her husband's sleep patterns  dramatically improved.

In this episode we talk about the confidence and pride that comes with choosing to go additive free and explain why it isn't a diet (or fad) but rather a way of life.

We discuss how to incorporate additive free into your meals and how to do so enjoyably rather than seeing it as a punishment or restriction. 

Links & Resources :

Check out Jo’s journey on eating additive free !Online E-Course: www.additivefreemadeeasy.com/

A Step-By-Step Course Designed For Anyone Who Wants To Learn More About Additive Free Foods And How To Literally Change Your Life…

Episode 26 - All About Pyrrole Disorder with Greg Newson  

Greg Newson is a qualified naturopath, herbalist, nutritionist, remedial massage therapist and has a clear passion for health and wellbeing. He treats people who are suffering from every day things like colds and flus right through to digestive issues, emotional and even life threatening conditions. His number one drive is to treat not just the symptoms of a disease but the underlying cause. This approach is unique to traditional practice found within medical centers and by GPs especially within Australia.

Greg focuses on a particular disorder called pyrrole disorder, which is a biochemical imbalance that leaves the body unable to absorb key nutrients such as zinc at B6, which are vital for proper bodily function. Jo is particularly excited about this episode as she has recently been diagnosed with the disorder.

Other than a seemingly endless list of alternative names for the disorder (kryptopyrole, mauve disorder and pyroluria to name a few) there is also a large array of symptoms and links to the disorder.

Like many medical disorders, most people can have pyrrole and not even realise it. Greg discusses the reasons why you are likely to have the disorder and why the SAD diet (Standard American/Australian Diet) will see you devoid of key nutrients and what you can do to improve your diet and increase your intake of zinc and B6.

Stress in particular devoids the body of B6 and can be a key factor to those suffering from pyrrole and we discuss ways to manage stress levels. Another important factor is maintaining a balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut and how the over presence of bad bacteria can be linked to pyrrole. We also get some tips on what lifestyle factors we can implement into our busy days to prevent the disorder from occurring in our lives and signs we can look for in children who might be suffering from the disorder.


Links and Resources

Websites:   

www.vitalityandwellness.com.au

www.conqueringpyroluria.com

Pyroluria free resources: www.conqueringpyroluria.com/free-resources


Episode 25 - Healthy and Happy with Tash Sciotto  
"Everything is figure-out-able!"

Today we chat to Tash from "Healthy you Happy me" who discusses why true health goes deeper than simply just the food we put into our bodies. She has gone from a life as a professional singer to following her secondary passion of life coaching, health and wellbeing.


She is driven and intrigued by the colorful life paths her clients take and brings a gentle approach to ensuring they meet the truest desires of their hearts. With a unique birds eye view, Tash loves to dissect what's important in each of her client's life and what's not. She also loves to focus on the creative pursuits of individuals, being a reliable mentor, shoulder to lean on and driving force behind our own inner pursuits.

We get down to earth and chat about why the answers always lie in our gut feelings, especially as women with our inbuilt navigation systems that we so often ignore- aka our intuition!

Tash describes why it's oh-so-important to truly take ownership of your life, giving yourself permission to simply say "no" to some things and to not feel guilty or selfish about it (great tips for busy mums!).

We also delve into what simple, manageable steps you can take when life seems to just be handing you lemons or when you feel stuck unable to move forward with your life.

Links and resources

Website: www.healthyyouhappyme.com

If you've loved this episode, please leave us a review.  We'd love to know what you thought.  Make sure to subscribe (on iTunes or Stitcher), so you never miss an episode (we know you don't want to miss out!).  Have a great week.

Episode 24 - The exploration of our sleep habits (Part Two)  

In this exciting second part of our sleep series podcast, we tune in once again with Lucy who gives us some great advice on what strategies we can use to assist in our sleep patterns in order to bring about a more quality rest.

We gain valuable insight into the different types of food that can assist in a good night's sleep and also what foods or beverages to avoid. In particular we look at the effect of carbohydrates and how they influence the release of serotonin which in turn partners up with melatonin.

We also explore the interesting factors of how sleep affects our body weight and the link between a poor night's sleep and the release of particular stress hormones.

It's hard to believe how much our modern lifestyles are influencing our sleep patterns and Lucy dives right in to explain our body's internal clock or circadian rhythm and how electronic devices are interrupting that natural cycle and what we can do to improve our daily habits.

We find out what exactly is going on inside the brain and how, through lights omitted from electronic devices, it can be fooled into thinking it's day time when it's not.


Links & Resources

Website: www.reconnected.me/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/reconnected.me

Email: reconnected.me@gmail.com


If you've loved this episode, please leave us a review.  We'd love to know what you thought.  Make sure to subscribe, so you never miss an episode (we know you don't want to miss out!).  Have a great week.

Episode 23- The exploration of our sleep habits (Part One)  

Today we're chatting with Lucy, a self proclaimed "sleep nerd" who spreads her wealth of knowledge on the topic of sleep nutrition. We all know how important it is to get a good nights' rest but Lucy breaks down the finer details of this well known fact.

As a lot of our listeners are busy mums, broken sleep is a little too common in our daily lives and we look at factors that influence sleep patterns and how to tailor those patterns to suit your lifestyle.

We look at what it actually means to be "asleep" and the technical aspects of being in a catabolic vs anabolic state.

Lucy walks us through historic sleep patterns such as:

naturally being guided by the sun and moon,and going to sleep at dark and waking with the light and how our modern Western lifestyles have altered that natural rhythm.

We find what the best times are for the deepest rest and the type of sleep cycles our bodies go through and also the type of repair that takes place.

Stay tuned for part two!

Links & Resources

Website: www.reconnected.me/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/reconnected.me
Email: reconnected.me@gmail.com

If you've loved this episode, please leave us a review.  We'd love to know what you thought.  Make sure to subscribe, so you never miss an episode (we know you don't want to miss out!).  Have a great week.

Episode 22 - Essential Oils with Rebecca Barlow  

In today's episode of The Whole Circle we speak with Rebecca who decided to ditch the standard nine to five and hit the road in a bus.  Along with her four kids and her husband, she is travelling around Australia, soaking in all that this amazing country has to offer!

Rebecca is spreading inspiration to those she meets along the way by allowing them to discover the world of essential oils. She advocates the amazing brand "dōTERRA" which is a range of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils that supports sustainable farming and communities. All plants used to make up the oils are grown and harvested in their natural habitat.

From immunity to beautifying skin, supporting sleep or digestion, Rebecca explains how essential oils can assist not only your own health, but that of the whole family.

Find out why 100% pure oils contain compounds which make them safe to digest and the many uses aromatically, topically or as a mood enhancer. Rebecca touches on the traditional oil wisdom spanning thousands of years and also walks us through her top five oils and what she predominately uses them for throughout her day. From adding the oils to cleaning products and loads of washing to uses in foods, she always finds a notable difference when including oils in her daily lifestyle.

If you would like to know more about these amazing oils and find out how to save 25% head to our website, where we have a whole stack of information.

Links & resources

Rebecca's personal website: https://bigbettyandthebarlows.wordpress.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/bigbettyandthebarlows

If you've loved this episode, please leave us a review.  We'd love to know what you thought.  Make sure to subscribe, so you never miss an episode (we know you don't want to miss out!).  Have a great week.
Episode 21 - A Life Reinvented With Victoria Yuen  

We're honored to be chatting with Victoria, a single mum of two who walks us down the bumpy roads of her past and how she is now helping others to achieve their goals and be the best that they are here to be. Victoria went through her first stomach operation when she was 10 months old and has been in and out of hospital most of her life. She has experienced deep depression after multiple surgeries and she knew she had to take steps to turn her life around and get her health back on track.

We place a microscope on the changes she made in her life, in particular with regard to her mental health and how she managed her stress levels. Victoria discusses the biological effects of negative emotions on the body, especially at a cellular level. We look into the attributes of self-love and self-respect and why it's so important to pass this knowledge onto your children, especially those going through their teenage years, as it serves a solid foundation to get them through the many challenges of being a teenager. Victoria also focuses on why open communication is so vital with your children early on, in order to set them up for healthy relationships in the future.

Victoria has a huge focus on meditation, yoga and mindfulness and guides us through some simple breathing techniques that you can incorporate throughout your day, to add meaning to moments that would otherwise slip away. These techniques assist in calming the central nervous system and lowering heart rate and blood pressure. She works with many clients who are dealing with cancer and can witness first hand how beneficial these techniques are to them.

One of Victoria's top pieces of advice we take away from her is to freeze the moments throughout the day that you are most grateful for and utilize that buzz and energy to get you through the harder times. She pours her passion into mothering, watching others grow, shine and overcome negative situations in their lives .

 

Links & resources

Website: https://www.victoriasplaceonline.com.au/

Dr Emoto's water experiment- power of thoughts: http://highexistence.com/water-experiment/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victoriasplaceonline

Affiliate Link : https://www.victoriasplaceonline.com.au/become-one-of-my-lovely-affiliates/

Follow her on Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/victoriasplaceonline/

Victoria’s YouTube Channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvS1-it3eKtRjFD8ZMzadvQ

 

Episode 20 - Lunchboxes, Health Ratings And More With Claire Deeks  

In this episode of The Whole Circle we are spreading inspiration on healthy eating, with Claire from Dom's Kitchen!

Today we chat to the incredibly inspiring and energetic Claire from Dom's Kitchen who has transformed herself from a stressed out corporate lawyer, with a love for takeaway and frozen meals, to a self-proclaimed advocate for healthy living.


Claire's making a difference, by spreading the message that you don't have to spend hours in the kitchen to change your eating habits, and that we can pass on the positive message of food, especially the eating habits passed down to our children.

It was only a few years ago that Claire realised she needed to do something about her eating habits, like many of us innocently falling victim to everyday convenience foods. Once she realised the wool had been pulled over her eyes, she dug deeper and deeper to find the truth behind supermarket food labels. Claire is on a mission to turn our eating habits around, one step at a time, to avoid leaving us in an overwhelmed state when it comes to nutrition.

Claire runs us through her paleo based diet and some of her favorite snacks she creates for her five year old son Dom, including bliss balls, muesli bars and cauliflower popcorn. She also has some hot tips for disguising vegetables in sweet snacks and which homemade dips work best when combined with otherwise plain, raw vegetables.

We also take an in-depth look into Claire's views on the governments "5 star food rating" system and why she has created a petition to ban this controversial system. We find out why a product with a high rating isn't necessarily healthy and in fact can carry very little nutritional value.

As always we focus on looking into reading the back of food labels rather than what's advertised on the front!

Links & resources

Website: http://domskitchen.co.nz

Check out Claire's Tour dates for NZ & Australia http://mothersonamission.co.nz

Petition: https://www.change.org/u/clairedeeks


We would love to know what you thought of this episode, so please share your review with us :)
Take care
Tracey and Jo

Episode 19 - No Mummy Guilt Allowed  

That’s our topic for today because we have put ourselves second for so long and that has to change!


In this episode of The Whole Circle we share tips on how you can take care of yourself more. Whether you’re a single parent or are just feeling so stressed with managing the house and doing all the other things mommies do, this podcast episode is for you.

Here are some tips we talked about in the podcast:

Take a quick break. 5 minutes, 15 minutes, or half an hour, whatever works for you, take the break and give yourself the permission to do so.We talked about getting fit in a previous podcast episode and we’re saying it again here simply because exercise works wonders not just on your physical health but also on your mental health!Join or build a community who will help you do some of the taxing chores of being a mother, like babysitting. Don’t feel guilty asking for help. You need it.Alone Time. Go shopping alone, read a book, just do something you love and do it in solitude.Practices like meditation and yoga can have an amazing effect to your life as a mother. We’ve tried both and we’re feeling their benefits. Try doing a guided meditation through a podcast or join a yoga class near you and see if it makes a difference

If you come second you’re teaching everyone around you that you come second. We know you love your families, we love ours, but if we don’t prioritise ourselves, just every now and then, we won’t be the best mommies we can be!

Do you have any pointers about tackling mommy guilt and self-care? Reach out to us and share your thoughts, leave a comment below, we would love some new ideas!

Episode 18 – How to Eat Organic While Sticking to Your Budget  

What is sprayed on your food stays on your food,so when you eat your food it ends up in your system. This is something many of us don’t want to happen.  People think going organic is difficult, or that is is really expensive, but we are here to tell you that it isn't, and anyone can eat an organic diet, with just a little bit of extra care!

In this episode, we talk about how you can start eating more organic healthy food even if you’re on a tight budget.

Here is a summary of the tips we talk about in this episode of The Whole Circle:

Tip #1: Buy in bulk

Whatever food you’re buying, if you’re buying in bulk you will definitely save money in the long run. One way to do this is to look around and join a coop. Buying through a coop can save you lots of money. If you can’t find one, start one!

Tip #2: Buy in season

When fruits and vegetables are in season they’re cheaper.  Stock up, puree, freeze or preserve as much as you can.

Tip #3: Use your freezer

It's no secret that we love to freeze lots of things at Sistermixin.  Keep and eye out for a secondhand freezer and use it to store all the bulk produce you have bought (or preserved).

Tip #4: Shop locally

Go to your local farmer’s market and look for organic food. Food is cheaper at the farmer’s market and you can always talk to farmers and ask them about the pesticides they use.

Tip #5: Eat great quality, nutritent dense foods

It's a fact that whole foods and healthy fats are so good for the body! Not only are they full of nutrition, they will also keep you feeling full for longer, which, in turn, saves you money. You are less likely to head to the pantry for snacks, or impulse buy when you are not even hungry.

Tip #6: Be a good neighbor

Getting to know your neighbors and sharing more will encourage a generous atmosphere. Give and you shall receive.

Tip #7: Grow your own food

You don’t need to have a green thumb to do this. Plant veggies, or some fruit trees.  By growing things in pots, or your backyard, you don’t need to buy them anymore, plus you can ensure they are 100% organic.


We hope these tips will help you start eating more organic food without breaking the bank!


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