If you love eating food and you have a social conscience, then today’s post is for you. I’m talking wholefoods and how you can cook for a cause!!!
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If you read my recent feature on fluoride in drinking water you would have heard that our society’s obsession with sugar and processed foods is playing havoc with our teeth. But it’s not only that, eating a diet high in processed foods has been identified as the main factor causing so many modern health issues like obesity, diabetes, heart conditions, spectrum disorders, infertility and so many more.
Not to mention the environmental issues of eating processed, and highly packaged foods.
Eating a diet rich in wholefoods is essential for our health and that of our environment.
But what exactly are wholefoods?
Wholefoods are basically ‘real foods’. They’re foods that have been processed or refined as little as possible and are free from additives or other artificial substances. Fresh fruit, eggs, meat are the best examples of wholefoods but even dried foods like brown rice, chia seeds and nuts fall under the label.
If you’re looking for more recipes and inspiration to create tasty, healthy meals from real ingredients (if you love cooking like I do I imagine you’re always on the hunt for new recipes!), I’d love to tell you about an amazing project that I’m proud to be involved in.
I’ve teamed up with over 40 Australian women in the wellness sector to raise money to help Rosie Batty in the fight against domestic violence.
We’re helping by doing what we do best, and that’s by creating a gorgeous recipe book jam-packed with wholefood recipes that we feed our own families. Recipes such as
· Cranberry, Chia and Pecan Granola
· Choc Banana Nut Butter Smoothie
· Asian Style Beef Salad
· Chicken and Asparagus Cauliflower Risotto
· Chickpea Curry
· Roast Pumpkin and Herb Hummus
· Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies
· Choc Fudge Biscuits
And so many more!!!
This book is jam-packed with mouth-watering wholefoods recipes and every recipe is accompanied by a high-res quality photograph so you can see exactly what the recipe looks like when cooked. I’ve been working my way through the book over the past couple of weeks and our family are eating like royalty!! But the good news, as the recipes are submitted by women who juggle family and business, they’re practical – they don’t take hours to make, don’t contains a page long list of ingredients, and are generally kid-friendly!!
Our plan is to sell more than 10,000 copies of our gorgeous e-book and donate ALL proceeds to the Luke Batty Foundation. Which would be around $200,000 and that’s nothing to sneeze at!
So to get your copy of “From our Kitchen To Yours” head to www.aussiewellnesswomen.com.au and for the small price of $19.95 you’ll have immediate access to your copy!
As mentioned, over 40 women in the wellness industry have collaborated on this project. We’re sick to death of the high incidence of domestic violence in Australia and we wanted to do something to help. We’re all mothers and naturally, the issue hits home for us, and some of us have come face-to-face with domestic violence ourselves.
Like many mothers in Australia, my heart skipped a beat the day Rosie Batty tragically lost her only son in 2014 at the hands of his father. Since then I’ve been amazed at her strength, courage and determination to lead the cause against domestic violence. I’ve also seen domestic violence first hand and helped someone very close to me escape a violent relationship so the issue is very close to my heart.
Ending domestic violence is a cause we should be championing as the statistics are extremely alarming. Intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 per cent of women worldwide, according to the 2013 World Health Organization report Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence.
And Australia is not immune.
Violence against women is a serious problem in Australia where:
- Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence.
- A woman is most likely to be killed by her male partner in her home.
- Domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children.
- Intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44.
- One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.
- One in four children are exposed to domestic violence, which is a recognised form of child abuse.
- One in five women experience harassment within the workplace.
- One in five women over 18 has been stalked during her lifetime. (source).
So, I urge you to cook for a cause and buy your copy of “From Our Kitchen To Yours” for just $19.95 (Aussie dollars) from Aussie Wellness Women.
You can get some more background info to the Aussie Wellness Women’s project here.
I’d also like to acknowledge my gorgeous friend Sonia Donaldson from Natural New Age Mum. The “From Our Kitchen to Yours” Cookbook was Sonia’s idea and she has worked tirelessly to bring it to life. I am so honoured and blessed to call Sonia my friend so if you’re reading this Son, thank you. Thank you from me, and from every woman or child in this beautiful country of ours that is living, or has lived with domestic violence. One woman can make a difference, but by pulling together over 40 women, Sonia is helping to make a massive difference.
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