Make Peace with your Plate – by Jess Ainscough is a part memoir and part discussion on “ditching diets and mending our torturous relationships with food.”
The book explores common diet myths and encourages a ‘whole food’ plant-based way of eating, whether that is raw, vegan, vegetarian or includes some meat that is up to you to decide.
It’s about loving and accepting ourselves and eating food that loves us back.
Jess says: ‘This book also covers the lifestyle, diet and mindset changes that keep me thriving, six years after my incurable cancer diagnosis at 22 years old.’
Jess talks about her journey with Gersons Therapy and doesn’t shy away from singing the merits of coffee enemas. She also talks about body brushing, clay eating, and oil pulling. Jess discusses the chemicals and food which are harmful to us and then recommends products which are better for our health.
The book includes healthy recipes and meditations. Although it was originally released as an ebook, this edition contains three times the amount of content.
Make Peace with your Plate is an inspiring story of transformation and a great introduction to a whole food plant-based way of eating.
Make Peace with your Plate – by Jess Ainscough
I love this video on making your own natural sunscreen from coconut oil, beeswax and zinc oxide powder. If it’s good enough for a fair-skinned surfer, Zach Keenan, then it will be good enough for me in the beaming Australian sun.
It’s important to not cover your whole body in sunscreen as you need exposed skin to absorb vitamin D.
White vinegar softens fabric and stops static cling. Add a cup of vinegar to the wash, with a few drops of lavender oil for odours.
Wool will stay soft if washed in warm water with eucalyptus oil.
Other green stain remover products to try are:
Apply sparingly and buff up to a gleaming shine.
250ml olive oil
20 drops lemon essential oil
Pour the olive oil into a clean dry bottle, add the essential oil and shake well.
To use, place a little oil on a soft cloth, wipe onto wooden furniture and buff to polish.
For a smear-free finish to clean windows make up the following solution in a spray container:
1 part white distilled vinegar or lemon juice to
4 parts water
You may like to add a few drops of lemon essential oils.
Spray on the glass and wipe away marks with a chamois or crumpled newspaper.
Here is a great recipe for a natural alternative to dry shampoo. It will help to absorb excess oil and is a convenient quick fix in-between washes.
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1/4 cup of rice flour
- Mix together all the ingredients and keep in an air-tight container.
- Massage into the scalp and through the hair as needed.
- Leave for about 5 minutes then brush out vigorously. You may like to stand over a sink as it can be a bit messy!
Alternatively you may like to ditch your shampoo gradually and know how to go shampoo free (also know as “no ‘poo”).
Conventional drain cleaners usually contain lye, which is a potentially lethal acidic solution that burns the skin.
An old-fashioned plunger will usually do the trick. Place the plunger over the sink hole and create a seal. Pump until the block is gone. You may need to add some hot water and have a few goes.
Here’s a recipe to make your own drain cleaner:
1 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup of vinegar
- Pour down the baking soda followed by the vinegar and cover the drain for 3o minutes, or overnight if possible.
- Then slowly pour down boiling water.
We keep our kitchen sink clean by tipping used cooking oil into an old glass bottle for disposal, and regularly using Actizyme overnight.
Alternatively try one of these green products:
I’ve been thinking about turning my craft journal template into a gardening journal, but haven’t worked out what the best things to record are. Any suggestions?
A journal is a great source of inspiration and reference for your projects. It is useful if you what to look back and remake a project. You can keep track of your swaps, and maintain an inventory of your supplies and tools. Here’s some instructions on how to make your own craft journal.
- Find a folder for your journal and decorate the cover.
- Print off the craft journal template [DOC 130kB] or craft journal template [PDF 84kB]
- Decide if you are going to use plastic sheet protectors, if not punch holes.
- Add some white paper for sketching and some ruled paper for writing in the journal section.
- Decorate the dividers and pages as you wish.
- Don’t forget to add photos and swatches of fabric and yarn.
A funky font to use for the divider pages is rope.