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The bookshelf: Gill’s recommended reading on home remedies, animal health, the best cookbooks, food politics, psychological wellbeing, creativity, lifestyle, men and women’s health, healthy homes, fiction and memoir.

Herbalism and naturopathy

National Herbalists Association of Australia – find a qualified herbalist.

Australian Natural Therapists Association – find a qualified naturopath.

Health Trip Podcasts just in case you missed the show live to air. The show is now in mothballs but the podcasts are still available, download to Itunes while you can.

Todd Caldecott: Canadian herbalist with great information on Ayurveda, food and lifestyle. Don’t miss his “My Crappy Kitchen” video on how to use a pressure cooker.


Scarlateen: Sex education for the real world.

The Gawler Foundation for retreats, support groups and other fantastic resources for those living with life challenging conditions, their carers and anyone who’d like to regain some balance in their life.

Greens and berries: a Canadian dietitian’s journal about food, health and gardening.

Making love in the Kitchen: Meghan Telpner, another notable Canadian nutritionista.

The Seated View Lene’s view of the world and living with a chronic and debilitating autoimmune condition.

Diets – vegan, gluten-free, allergies and intolerances

Gluten Free For Good with recipes and tips from a US qualified dietician – food so good you don’t miss the gluten!

Great vegetarian resources at the Vegetarian Society (UK). Don’t forget to check out the resources and fact sheets for some of the best, practical information on vegan/vegetarian lifestyle issues, including nutrition and health.

Another great resource from The Vegetarian Society, a printable pdf for children and young adults who are wanting to become vegetarian.

Vegan – calcium sources and how much do you need?

Planet Vegmel – Collaborative blog highlighting Melbourne vegan/vegetarian resources, recipes, cafes and restaurants

Fructose malabsorption – good information, links and diet ideas.

Good food blogs

Nourish Me my favourite Melbourne-based healthy food blog. Lucy’s photos are good for your soul as well.

Confessions of a Food Nazi more Melbourne inspiration for healthy eating.

Mark Bittman: American cook and journalist – foolproof recipes and thought provoking ideas.

Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks: hundreds of healthy recipes, including great quinoa and other grains.

This is why you are thin a positive blog with inspiring recipes to help you eat more plant-based foods.

Slow cooker (crockpot) recipes (Australian) plus some vegetarian ideas (USA).

Cheap Healthy Food an American blogger “just trying to save money and eat right” – some useful tips and nutritional research, from the perspective of someone at the coalface rather than an “expert”.


Gill’s simplicity posts and links.

Melbourne based Simplicity Collective.


Where it all began – a 1977 article by Duane Elgin and Arnold Mitchell on voluntary simplicity.

…and also

3RRR tune in to the best radio station in the world.

TED talks: devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Amazing repository of videos on almost on almost everything from some of the most talented people in the world. Here are a few favourites:
Elizabeth Gilbert on “Nurturing creativity”
Carl Honore, “In praise of slowness”
Mark Bittman on “What’s wrong with what we eat.

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