Sistermixin' The Whole Circle

Sistermixin' The Whole Circle


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!


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: 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:

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


Pyroluria 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


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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




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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



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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:

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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


Dr Emoto's water experiment- power of thoughts:


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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


Check out Claire's Tour dates for NZ & Australia


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!

Episode 17 – Top 5 Tips to Get More Active For Free  

“I’m busy.” It’s an expression that gets thrown around every day and we use it a lot as an excuse. Mostly to avoid the things that are beneficial for us: like exercise.

In this episode of The Whole Circle Podcast, we give you five great suggestions to get you motivated to becoming more active, even when you’re busy.

If you don't believe us, check out this article from the Canberra Times which states that - Sitting for at least eight hours a day could increase the risk of premature death by up to 60 per cent, the study of more than one million adults published in The Lancet found, with sedentary lifestyles now posing as great a threat to public health as smoking and causing more deaths than obesity.

All our suggestions are totally free!  So what are you waiting for – get down and give us 20!!!!

Tip #1: Go outside

Walk, jog, or ride your bike. If that doesn’t work, just get outside. Just being outdoors can motivate us to move more and it really feels great! Better than when we spent all our days sitting indoors.

Tip #2: Jump on YouTube OR Download A Free App

If outdoor exercise doesn't appeal to you or if the weather is bad, there are lots of options to get more active for free while in the comfort of your own home. Watch YouTube videos or play interactive games. Breaking a sweat is easier than most people think. Just don't get distracted by the funny cat videos.

There are literally hundreds of free apps available out there which you can install on your phone to help you get motivated to workout. One favorite of ours is “The 7 Minute Workout” app. It’s a really popular free app that teaches you easy to do workouts for 7 minutes. In a technology saturated world, why not use technology to our advantage?

Tip #3: Join a free challenge

Challenges are great, especially when doing them with a bunch of friends.  All over the internet there are lots of free challenges which you and a friend, or partner, can join. Try one of these free challenges and see how you’re motivated and held accountable to move more.

Tip #4: Play with your kids

Nothing beats play! When you’re in state of fun and play you do what you ought to do. If you have kids, play with them: on the trampoline, on the park, or even just inside the house. Chasing them and dancing with them are perfect activities to keep you moving.

Tip #5 - Dance

Crank up the music, and dance. It really is surprising how much fun you will have, and how quickly you can work up a sweat.  Dancing is amazing for the mind, and releasing all those good endorphin's that our body loves.

So, there’s your top 5 tips to get more active for free! Try one and implement it today. You will feel really great physically and mentally.

Episode 16 - How to Party Additive Free?  

Recently, we wrote quite a detailed post on how to throw an additive free birthday party. If you haven’t read it yet, you can check that out here.

This episode complements that blog post by explaining, in depth, our five simple steps to create an amazing additive and preservative free birthday party.

We’ve got it down pat now, throwing additive free birthday parties, for our kids, can be totally stress free and the bonus is that the kids really love it!

Three of the best things we have noticed by having additive free parties are:

Little to no fighting, or rough play,No tantrums,Kids are calmer, more relaxed,

By following the steps we’ve outlined below, you can throw an additive (and stress) free birthday party.

Get organized

You don’t want to prepare the day, or night, before the party especially if you want to make it additive free. Serving an additive free menu means you will most likely have to bake. It can be easy, don’t let this put you off.  There are so many simple things you can cook/bake that does not require you to be a masterchef.

However, if this is not something you are confident with you can get food from organic restaurants or cafes but this can be really expensive.

Do your list and write down what you are going to cook

Luckily, we have a plethora of recipes that you can cook days in advance.

For example, you can prepare:

Barbecue meatsSausage rolls (homemade)Pulled pork + salad wrapsChicken wingsChicken skewersPumpkin DipsCinnamon doughnuts (use the tea cake recipe from our Sweet Heaven Cook BookHow to decorate an additive free cake

Think outside the square when it comes to cake decorations.  You don’t have to use petroleum based food colours to achieve a bright, colourful cake.

Here are some options to consider next time you are cake decorating:

Use brightly colored toys to decorate the top of a kids cake,Flowers are beautiful for cakes (see Tracey’s most recent cake for her daughters 16th birthday party),Use natural food colors and 100’s & 1000’s to get a great effect,Make an ice cream cake with different layers.Prepare the loot bags

Kids love taking a loot bag home, sometimes it is even the highlight of the party.  However, to keep in theme of additive free, we often use things other than lollies to fill our bags.

Here are some brilliant ideas:

StickersPens and pencilsSocks and soap (for sleepover parties)Nail polishesSmall ToysNotebooksScarf and decorated bagsPlay DoughBalloonsAll the “other” food

Aside from the cake and the hot food, what else are you going to eat?

Below is a list of some of our favourite things to put on the party table.

Chocolate Bliss Ball (from our Bliss Ball Heaven Book)Fruit sticks and dipsAdditive free chipsPlain rice biscuitsPizza

As you can see, throwing an additive free birthday party means you have to prepare but it doesn’t have to be so hard. Keep things simple and don’t’ stress it!

Always remember to have fun, that is exactly what parties should be, totally fun and no stress.

Take care

Tracey and Jo

Episode 15 - An interview With Tracie Kim About Yoga  

Tracie Kim is a mother of three grown up children. She found yoga during a challenging phase in her life and the practice of yoga helped her calm down and find inner peace.

She fell in love with this ancient holistic practice and wanted to help other people appreciate the benefits of it so she stepped up and became a yoga teacher. We invited Tracie to the show to talk about how we can get started with yoga and meditation to improve our lives from the inside out.

In this episode, Tracie shares her thoughts on:

The best time of the day to practice meditation or yogaWhy our thoughts can be like trash that pile up in a trash binHow yoga can help us empty our trash binsA holistic meditation technique that can help us quiet our thoughtsHow teaching people meditation can help make the world a more peaceful place to live inWhy watching or listening to the news can put us in a stressed state and what we can do about it

Some questions we ask:

What is yoga?What are the benefits of yoga and meditation?How can we implement yoga and meditation in our day when we’re too busy?What is your advice for someone just starting out with yoga?How do you start a meditation practice?

Tracie Kim teaches Yin Yoga classes and meditation to help people relax and find inner peace. Yin targets the joints and improves body flexibility. It also helps us take hold of our thought processes.

Tracie can help you listen more to your intuition and inner self. To reach out to Tracie and learn more about her work, check out her social media accounts on the links provided below.

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Episode 14 - How We Came Back From Losing It All (our website)  

We are asked all the time “How did you come back after losing your entire website?" And "Why did you make the effort to come back?”

It was a bit of a touchy subject for a while, but now that we have moved on past the anger and hate we felt towards the company that did that to us, we feel it's time to answer and explain, and what better way than right here in this podcast.

Hopefully, we can inspire you, the next time you are in a similar situation.  Struggling with something that seems too hard to handle, not sure how to get past the first hurdle and let go of the anger or hatred, not sure of the next step to take, or when things just seem too hard...

Let us share our story and explain the steps we took to make the comeback we deserved.

In Jo's own words:

“Shit happens and as devastating as it is, there is always a step forward that you can go.”

This lesson is applicable not just in losing a site as big as ours, but also in your journey towards a healthier and happier you. Never underestimate the power of community, determination, and stubbornness in propelling you through roadblocks along the way!

Show Highlights

In this episode, we discussed:

How our problem all got startedThe gravity of what was lost by our former website hostOur experience with pursuing legal action against the hosting company responsibleWhy we ultimately drop any legal action so we can focus on what really matters: helping youHow we, our families, and our audience benefited from this decision to let goHow emails, messages, and comments from you inspired us to keep goingThe story of how we realized how big and great our community really is!Why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help when you’re in trouble

This episode is dedicated to every one of you who inspired and helped us pick ourselves up and get back to helping others (which makes us happy).

Without your help we would never have come back as fast as we did and would never have been able to retrieve all the recipes lost from our database.

What happened did not diminish our desire to keep helping others, nor did it stop us from growing our business. In fact, since coming back last March, we’ve done some amazing things here at Sistermixin’:

We’ve launched a podcastWe’ve released a cookbookWe’ve conducted a couple of free 7-Day ChallengesJo has quit her part time job to work full time on Sistermixin' (this was epic and so exciting)We realised what makes us happy (all of you!)We have released a stack of new recipesWe have conducted another round of Additive Free Made Easy

Things are going gang-busters and we couldn't be happier.  You guys are our rock, and we love you all to bits.  Seriously, without the community support we received, nothing would have been possible.  Through all the tears of anger and hate, came tears of joy and love, and for that we will be forever grateful.

Love and appreciation
Tracey and Jo

Episode 13 - Gut Health With Dr Jeremy Princi  

We are so excited with this episode because we’re interviewing our very first male guest!

Dr. Jeremy Princi is an expert in health and wellness and is a registered chiropractor. He provides chiropractic services to the Perth and Bunbury communities. He has authored research papers, has developed a food supplement to improve gut health, and is currently writing a book on fermentation.

Our conversation revolved around Jeremy’s own story on how he became a chiropractor and how his own health challenges lead him to teach fermentation and gut wellness.

We also talked about Jeremy’s tips on how we can improve gut health without spending too much. Some of his suggestions were really lifestyle change advice that we hear a lot like eating whole and unrefined food, having adequate sleep, and getting high quality filtered water. How these habits affect your gut on a much larger scale is what’s really enlightening!

Jeremy also shares some more uncommon advice like how learning to ferment your food can improve your gut health or how eating while on a stressed state can be bad to your gut health.

Listen to this episode to hear some interesting studies that support Jeremy’s approach to healing your gut and to get a discount code for a water filtering system which Jeremy recommends.

Some questions we ask:

·         What is the gut? It’s more than your stomach!

·         How do you begin learning more about your gut health? What diagnostic tests can you start with?

·         What inexpensive steps can you do at home to improve your gut health?

·         What are the health benefits of seeing a really good chiropractor?


More about Jeremy

Aside from his clinical practice, Jeremy teaches holistic lifestyle strategies online through YouTube videos. He also travels nationally to conduct fermenting workshops.

You can reach him and his work on the links provided below.

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Episode 12 - The Boy That Was Allergic To All Food  

In this episode of The Whole Circle we hear from Mary, a mother who was told her son was allergic to food, yes you read that right, he was highly allergic to ALL food.

This is seriously the most amazing story you will hear all year.  Mary shares how she healed her son by starting to live a GAPS lifestyle…you really don’t want to miss this episode, it will inspire you to rethink everything.

For years she was told that her son was fine and that there was nothing she could do to help him, her mental health suffered, her family suffered and her whole life was a nightmare.

After five years of feeling like the worst mother, feeling hopeless and in a place of total fear, she finally found some hope, and this was in the power of food.

After hitting her lowest point and realising that her son could die (he was allergic to the medications needed to re-hydrate him) she referred back to a book she had been given years earlier, and this was a book about GAPS – Gut And Psychology Syndrome.

Prior to eating GAPS, Mary was eating, what she refers to as the SAD Diet – The Standard Australian Diet.  To much sugar, lots of packaged foods, lots of breads, carbs and more.  Now she is eating a diet full of healing foods, like chicken broths, veggies, fermented foods and so much more.

Mary is truly remarkable and we couldn’t be more proud of her.  Her story is incredible, the determination and strength she has shown throughout this journey is to be commended. And it goes to prove that a mothers instinct is pretty darn good and that sometimes mothers do know more than doctors.

Episode 11 - Top Five Additives To Avoid  

This episode of  The Whole Circle is totally dedicated to going through our tip five additives to avoid.

As promised here is a basic breakdown of the additives we discussed within the podcast:

Preservative 282  - This is a common ingredient found in many dough type items. Think things like bread, fruit buns, finger buns, and of course wraps. This preservative is linked to both behavioural and learning issues. It may cause skin irritations, headaches, migraines, and it's recommended that asthmatics should avoid it.

Annatto 160B - Annatto is fast becoming known as one of the harshest additives in todays food. Research has linked it to a number of serious health issues.  Illnesses such as skin irritations, sleeplessness, hives, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and itchy or red eyes

It is also linked to behavioural issues such as tantrums, hyperactivity, and even head banging in younger children. There are numerous reports that Annatto has increased the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  It is also known to exacerbate asthmatic symptoms and can be linked to concentration issues in both adults and children. In the last few years there  is an alarming increase of reports, from parents, who are starting to link Annatto to aggravated and increased symptoms of ADHD, ADD, and even Autism.

Sulphites (220) - Sulphur Dioxide can be fatal to asthmatics. It can irritate the respiratory system and cause asthma attacks. It can constrict the bronchi and increase mucous flow, making breathing difficult. Children, the elderly, those with chronic lung disease, and asthmatics are especially susceptible to these effects. It can sometimes cause hay fever type symptoms and occasionally urticaria (hives).

Caramel Colour 150C - Studies have linked caramels that are produced with ammonium (150c) with gastro intestinal problems and hypersensitivity. It has also been shown to inhibit the metabolism of B6, reduce white blood cell count, or soften feces.  Reported reactions include rashes, irritable bowel symptoms, headaches, and behavioural changes in children.

In addition, animal studies showed possible carcinogenic effects. Our food and safety board (FSANZ) recognise that some people notice a reaction to either natural or synthetic additives.

MSG (621) - Monosodium Glutamate or MSG is used in food to enhance flavour, originally used for meat and savoury dishes, however these days it’s used in a wide array of foods or ‘food like’ products. MSG is made from fermenting corn, sugar beets or sugar cane This fermentation results in a white crystal that looks like sugar or salt and blends well into many foods.   

Over the years MSG has been known to report the following reactions in people: 

Headaches Flushing Sweating Rapid, fluttering heartbeats Chest pain Stomach upsets Nausea Behavioural issues in children Obesity Eye damage Fatigue and disorientation Depression Asthmatics should avoid 

We created this fabulous little ebook after our 7 Day Challenge - you can purchase the full book HERE.

If you would like to know more about additives and preservatives in your food, please check out our amazing Additive Free Made Easy course.  Your health is worth it.

Episode 10 - Top Five Tips To Eating Additive Free  

In this episode of The Whole Circle we share our top five tips to living additive free.  They are easy and anyone can do it, we promise.

Tip One – Start Out Slow

You might be like Tracey and have the privilege of being able to take things a bit slower, or you might be at your wits end (like Jo was), ready to explode. Either way, we still recommend taking it slowly when just starting out.

This is for a few reasons.  First, it allows everyone to come to terms with the transition.  If you go full-boar and make drastic changes, then chances are you will have the kids up-in-arms about it all, and that will just stress you out even more. You will probably return to your old eating habits and nothing will ever change.

By taking it one packet mix, one meal or one day at a time, you will have a chance to introduce new things without as much resistance.  Think of it like running a marathon, no one just goes out and runs 45 kms without ever training for it. They put in the training, starting out small, working up to the big event.  Eating A&PF is exactly the same.

It is a decision that will change the rest of you life, so there is no need to rush, just gradually make your way through your fridge and pantry, making the necessary changes as you go. When you run out of an item, replace it with a better choice.  Most of the time your family will not even notice, especially when the changes are small.

Tip Two – Don’t Expect That You Will Know Everything

It has taken years for the both of us to gain the knowledge that we have. This has involved many, many hours of reading medical jargon, listening to wellness experts, attending seminars, doing online courses and basically absorbing as much information as we can about the topic.

It wasn’t an easy path to learn all the information we did, and we are still learning, every day. There are constant changes in food, more specifically ingredients added to food, and it takes a lot of time and energy to stay current. So give yourself a break, no one is expecting you to be an expert overnight.

Tip Three – Join A Like Minded Community

It is important to surround yourself with people who are on the same journey, this helps you stay on track. You can learn from one another, ask questions without any judgement, and simply belong to a community of people who are all doing the same thing as you – learning.

We have a fabulous community of people at Sistermixin’, it’s something we are so proud of, there’s never any judgement and we all support each other #GoUS

Tip Four – Get Your Partners And Family Involved

This is probably one of the things people find the hardest to handle when transitioning into an additive free life. Some families find it really difficult, and the biggest hurdle.  The best advice we can offer is to be open and honest with all your friends and family, right from the start.  Make them aware of the issues you are having, the health concerns you are facing or whatever the reason is for starting the additive free process.

By keeping your family and friends informed of what you are doing, they will (hopefully) be completely supportive.

Tip Five – #DontStressIt

We have a motto throughout our Additive Free Made Easy course, and that is #dontstressit.

By this we mean, don’t stress out if you have a bad day and things seem overwhelming.  Just take a deep breath, get back on board the next day and remember this is a lifetime change, not a fad that will pass in five minutes.

If you have no other choice but to get take-away because your flight was delayed five hours – #dontstressit!

If you have not had time to bake and need to buy some biscuits – #dontstressit!

If you buy a cooked chicken for dinner, instead of roasting your own – #dontstressit!

You get the idea.  Basically do the best you can each day.  If you do this 90% of the time, you are doing freaking awesome in our books.  Doing something is better than nothing!

You can find out more about Additive Free Made Easy by clicking her
Episode 9 - How to Eat Well While On The Road With Irena Macri  

In this episode of The Whole Circle we talk to Irena Macri, an amazing person, a keen traveler and a Paleo advocate.   We loved this interview and chat about a lot of things, but mostly we talk to her about how to eat healthy while travelling.

Here's just some of the topics we cover in the show:

What is Paleo?  Irena explains that it's a wholefood diet, free from grains, processed food, seed oils.  Basically, it's a diet "free from crap".  Irena has an amazing approach to food and whilst she takes her health (and her food) seriously, she will also enjoy that pizza while in Italy.  She also loves her coffee and realises that this is not a traditional paleo drink.  In fact, Irena admits to an 80/20 paleo way, and this works for her.

How do we prepare our grains & legumes to make them easier to digest?  Irena explains what grains are and how they can effect our digestive system.  Soaking your grains helps with removing the GI and helps our gut and digestive system.

Stress - we talk about stress and how to avoid it, especially while travelling.  Did you know that 80% of digestive issues may be related to stress.

How do you eat so well while on the road?  Irena goes into great detail during the show, however to give you a bit of a run down, here's her top 5 tips:

Research the destination to learn a little about the traditional foods. Have a few things prepared to eat while travelling.Don't be so harsh on yourself when you indulge in something you normally wouldn't.Try something you have never tried before (like the snail!).Relax and enjoy your holiday!You can find more about Irena via all her social media channels:

To check out her delicious recipes – Eat Drink Paleo

To check our her amazing program – Happy Body Formula

Or find her over on Facebook – Eat Drink PaleoInstagramPinterest, Snapchat: irena.macri

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