In this week’s episode of The Whole Circle Podcast we give you the inside scoop about what’s in our long-anticipated book, Everyday Additive-Free as well as a chapter sneak peek.
This book has been in the making for years!
You guys have been asking us to bring out a cookbook and well this year, we decided the time was right.
Little did we know how MASSIVE writing a cookbook would be. We thought we had an idea, but being on the other side now, we realise we HAD NO CLUE! Haha
Not your average cookbook!
Yes, this book is a cookbook, but we’ve added a twist which we think you’re going to love.
We don’t just have over 150 recipes plus variations; we also give you heaps of information about additives and preservatives which is going to set you up to live additive-free.
There is also stats and personal stories to give you a broad spectrum of why it’s beneficial to live an additive-free lifestyle.
Let’s break it down…
In the book, you’re going to get
✅ Over 150 recipes plus heaps of variations
✅ Beautiful colour photos of every single recipe
✅ Both thermal cooking appliance and traditional methods
✅ Family friend recipes
✅ Allergy-friendly options
✅ Simple recipes that are tasty and budget-conscious
✅ Exclusive scientific information and statistics about additives and preservatives and their effect on your health
✅ Personal stories of how we came to live an additive-free lifestyle
So, do you want to see a sneak peek of page 1 from the book? Ok, you twisted our arm! haha
Chapter Sneak Peek of Page 1
Consider this statistic: 1 in 20 Australian children have ADHD and it is more common in boys than girls. (1)
We’d like you to take your mind back to when you were a child growing up. Think about your primary school years, think about the social settings and the classrooms, family events and bbq’s. Now think about how many children you remember displayed signs of major behavioural issues or hyperactivity tendencies, allergies or breathing issues? What about defiance disorders or depression?
How many children can YOU recall having issues like we see in children regularly today? If you are like us, the answer is hardly any.
Sure, there were some behaviourally challenged kids, or kids who went under the radar. We also agree that testing and awareness of a range of illnesses has improved, so we see and hear more people diagnosed. We are not trying to say that these issues didn’t exist back then… but the data is there. These illnesses and behavioural issues were not as prevalent as they are today.
So enough is enough! We need to question why!
When we think back to our school days, we can remember maybe two or three children in the entire school who suffered from allergies or showed tendencies of hyperactivity and/or behavioural issues. Fast forward 30 years to today and it is not uncommon to find 3 (or more) kids in classrooms who deal with such issues.
In the past few decades, research has shown a considerable increase in a plethora of health and behavioural conditions. It’s becoming clearer that multiple environmental and biological factors contribute to our health, but for some reason so many people have chosen to ignore this.
As of publication of this book there is zero mention of diet or lifestyle on the Royal Children’s Hospital webpage within the suggested treatments for ADHD. They mention building social skills and sticking to routines (which are all fantastic suggestions and things we practice on a daily basis in our own homes). Counselling is mentioned alongside working with your child’s learning environment, but the main treatment suggested, in big bold letters, is Stimulant Medication.
When did the system let us down so badly that we are offered such harsh medications, with some very serious side effects, before it’s even suggested to look at diet and/or gut health? Shouldn’t we be advised to try everything before such drastic actions? We aren’t against modern medicine, not in the slightest, but what we’d love to see are less scripts being handed out with a more holistic approach being tried first. Looking to see if there is a root cause or underlying issue. Just like was the case for Jo’s family (along with many others who have completed Additive-Free Made Easy).
For our own health, and for the well-being of our children, we must consider the connection between food and gut health, if for no other reason than because what we eat is one aspect of life that we can control. Beyond that, we’ve seen for ourselves the dramatic difference being aware of what we’re eating has made in our own lives and in the lives of our families.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There is sooooooo much more!
Hints and Tips
All throughout the recipes, you will see little notes with a whole heap of hints and tips around what ingredients to look out for or what might be found in the supermarket, all designed to help you to eat as additive-free as possible.
We know you guys have been following along on our journey for such a long time now and if it wasn’t for you, we would never have impacted as many lives as we have.
We cannot thank you enough for all your love and support. You have inspired us to continue even when we felt too exhausted.
Ok yes, the above image is cheesy, but it’s our way of sending you a big virtual thank you kiss! ❤️
We’re so excited
We honestly can’t believe that the book has now been released. It has taken so much blood (oh the paper cuts), sweat and lots of tears to get to this point.
We’re so proud of it and we hope you love it as much as we do.
Get your own copy
If you want to get a copy for yourself to start or complement your additive-free lifestyle, then head to our website to order it.
Once you have gotten yourself a copy, we’d love you to tag us in social media because we would really love to hear from you, plus we love seeing those kinds of notifications pop up.
@additivefreelifestyle or #additivefreelifestyle
Jo & Tracey x
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