The Three Lessons Yoga Taught Me Today

Julie Yoga

Until last year, yoga and I have struggled to be friends. At times, our relationship has been downright dysfunctional and we have had a long history of emotions running hot and cold, predominantly cold. I loved the idea of yoga but the actual reality of being able to do it, did not align with my … [Read more...]

Pancakes: a flippin’ good idea

Pancakes Blueberry Med

There is something comforting about a fluffy stack of pancakes, wafting their yeasty smell toward you.  Sunday mornings are a given for making pancakes in our house.  That is, I make them while the hungry hordes devour them. I have my own special memories of sitting on the kitchen bench as a kid, … [Read more...]

Compelling vision

My beautiful picture

Having just returned from a break in the European winter over the Australian summer, I feel a little behind the eight ball with a month already crossed off the calendar.  But actually, I think that's kind of lucky. I avoided the trap of false new year promises which are often stated the minute … [Read more...]

Ironman Performance

Photo courtesy of Amanda Collett

Western Australia had a world-class visitor last week at the SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 in Mandurah, one hour south of Perth. The very talented triathlete, Craig Alexander. I had the privilege of interviewing five times World Champion Craig ‘Crowie’ Alexander, for my book Ready, Set…Go and he is the … [Read more...]

Magic Bean

Bean cupcakes

Legumes and I are good friends from way back.  We get together 3-5 times every week and I share the love between baked beans, cannellini beans, chick peas, kidney beans, lentils and others. We are friends because I know that legumes and beans are a great way of adding fibre, protein, Vitamin C … [Read more...]

Meetings Matter

Businessman asleep at his desk on white background

At the very mention of a meeting, any meeting at all, I can feel myself getting twitchy and anxious.  The thought of sitting and using up precious time that I will never, ever get back fills me with dread. And, I know I am not alone as there are many cynics out there who describe meetings as 'the … [Read more...]

Fad diet fiction

Fad Diet Fiction

Today on my talkback radio segment with Gary Adshead, we had some great callers and interesting questions.  One of the questions we were asked reminded me that the thorny issue of 'fad diets' never really goes away.  These fictional, often extreme and frequently money making fad diets just keep … [Read more...]

The Power of Connecting

Julie & Patrick final

This week has marked both World Suicide Prevention Day and R U Ok Day.  These events provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the vital importance of mental health and how we can connect with each other in our own communities.  In a world that is so busy, crazy, connecting with each other on … [Read more...]

Top of the Fibre Charts

muffins USA

Have you ever tried psyllium husk? Strange they might be spelt but these husks are the portion of the seeds of the plant Plantago Ovata, a native of India and Pakistan.  These little fluffy husks are an indigestible source of soluble fibre and contain 70% more soluble fibre than oat bran, which is … [Read more...]

A Life Performance


Last week I experienced one of the toughest moments in my life. I had to say goodbye to my beautiful 92-year-old Nan. She has been there for me through thick and thin, encouraged me through good and bad and just loved me for who I am. All who knew her will forever remember Nan’s epic … [Read more...]