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nuts are less fattening than you think

Posted on September 18th, 2012

Sometimes I read things too interesting not to share. I came across this interesting read about calories in Scientific American. It involves nuts. And backs up much of what my body has been telling me for years. To illustrate today’s read – and to celebrate what you’ll learn below – I’m sharing another recipe from my I Quit Sugar Cookbook, for those of you who don’t have all 108 in a nice easy format. Activated nuts!

image via Marija Ivkovic

Here’s why you should activate your nuts. (Yes, I laugh every time, too.)

Want the recipe? Scroll below.

Inspired to buy the rest of the cookbook? Click this button below.

But for now…some interesting stuff to chew on…

I’m anti-calorie counting. It’s just not the way to eat.

For one, it’s miserable. When I’m miserable, I eat more.

For two, the “calories in calories out” formula just doesn’t make any sense. Surely our bodies are more complex than that?

For three, I eat close to double the amount of calories an adult woman is meant to. I can tell you, I need every one of them. I don’t fit the maths. Ergo, I abort the maths.

But now I read this: the way calories are calculated is completely unreliable. This explains why I can eat a lot of high-calorie food and it really doesn’t seem to have an affect on my weight. While sugary, carby foods do.

Some factoids from the article:

* The calorie counting formula was developed over a 100 years ago. Surely things have been updated since then? No?

* Some veggies contain a lot less calories than listed on the label. Cell walls in some plants are tougher to break down than those in others. If the veggie has more of it’s cell walls broken down we take more of the calories from the guff inside. Cooking ruptures most cell walls (so cooked veggies have more calories, generally); but in very fibrous vegetables Read more

In case you missed it…

Posted on February 1st, 2013

…I Quit Sugar has been getting a bit of attention lately, since the release of the print edition last week, and, I think, as the awareness of the failings of fructose spreads. For those of you who didn’t catch the clippings in the various media stories over the weekend, I’ll share a selection below. Consider it your light weekend read.

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Matt Preston discovers (and loves!) kale chips at the I Quit Sugar book launch last week. Photo by Sarah Joy Photography – additional images of the launch below.

1. From Booktopia, I answered ten terrifying questions. I loved this interview, which included questions like:

  • What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why? I love this…my interests did shift. As a kid I wanted to be the first female Prime Minister of Australia. I was the eldest of six kids…being influential was in my blood. At 18 I was dreadfully confused. And so I tried all kinds of things for a good decade. At 30, I wanted to be doing something meaningful, communicating and working freely….which is pretty much my life now.
  • What were three big events – in the family circle or on the world stage or in your reading life, for example – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced you in your career path? My Year 5 teacher gave me the class prize and said, in front of the school at the end of year “graduation”, that my curiosity was a gift. I treasure her words. They spurred me on. Moving to Sydney when I was 29, from Melbourne. Suddenly everything sped up and made sense. I felt that I belonged. Reading Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. Such mindful endurance of hardship…it very much guided me through my own troubles with illness.
  • If your work could change one thing in this world – what would it be? To get everyone back to natural appetite and hunger. This would solve obesity and most modern diseases, as well as reduce the environmental impact of processed food.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

2. From the Canberra Times, whose writer declared me too sweet to wage war on sugar, “Quit and Read more

Make my Christmas pumpkin spice granola! And win an “About Life” Christmas hamper!

Posted on November 27th, 2012

As you may have noticed, I’ve launched my new ebook…the I Quit Sugar Christmas Meal Plan.  One of the gift recipe ideas in the ebook is a festive take on my classic granola.  I’m sharing the recipe with you today, but I’ve also got some extra good news. The wonderfully well folk at About Life in Sydney are giving away:

3 x I Quit Sugar Christmas hampers worth $170 each


Each hamper is filled with all the ingredients to make this Christmas granola, plus a whole bunch of Christmassy sugar-free treats!

Pumpkin ginger spice granola, photography by Marija Ivkovic

For those who haven’t bought the ebook yet, the easy-to-download ebook includes three meal plans that use nutritious sugar-free ingredients.

Plus you receive more than 50 recipes to get you through Christmas sans sucre. You can download it here.

If you’ve bought the book and want to get stocked up, About Life is a fabulous one-stop for buying all of your ingredients, from organic meats and veggies, to coconut oil, activated nuts, raw cacao, stevia and rice malt syrup. They also have naturopaths on site, as well as cafes and cooking schools. They’ve got stores in Balmain, Bondi Junction, and now Cammeray. (I had a super superfood omelette breakfast there a couple of days after the opening just a few weeks ago.)

To win the About Life hamper: Read more