Over the past 12 months I have been working with Emma Ellice-Flint on producing a cookbook, The Happy Hormone Cookbook, published by New Holland Publishers. It’s out in Australian bookstores now. Following the success of our Happy Hormone Workshops last year, we were commissioned to write the book. What a wonderful adventure it has been.
We wanted to share Emma’s nutrition knowledge and my lifestyle experience with women all over the world. The book provides food secrets for a balanced life. Or as Emma would say, “puts love and soul back into food”. Not only does it have over 80 mouth-watering recipes, it offers women a way to achieve greater hormone and life balance, whilst rediscovering themselves.
How does it help you to rediscover yourself you may ask? The foods are designed to balance hormones, lose weight, gain more energy, have better sleep, be more cleared headed and have clearer skin. Many of the women who see Emma in her clinic seek the vital woman they once knew and have lost due to PMS, peri-menopause and menopause.
Healthy foods have always been a part of Emma’s and my lives. Her passion for writing the cookbook came from the women she sees in her nutrition clinic. They have some things in common. They want to bring about change in their lives, and want to be in control of their health.
My passion came from wanting to introduce women to the possibility of finding natural ways and lifestyle changes that will keep them on a path of good health. Through caring for ourselves we are able to care for those around us and feel fulfilled at the same time. I have made many of the changes to my life that we talk about in the book.
I have shared this, by beginning my business, The Vital You Australia, and running food workshops and weekends away, with Emma, to give away our knowledge.
Are your goals to - loose some weight, gain more energy, sleep better, be more alert and have clearer skin? Then you are the woman that inspired the book. We wrote the book for women who want to change what you eat, to help bring about healing.
We are very excited to get to this point. The beautiful food photos were styled by Imogene Roache and photographed by Julie Crespel. We thank them for the amazing job they have done.
All the nourishing recipes in the book are made with wholefoods emphasizing fresh vegetables and fruits. Most recipes are naturally gluten free, and all are designed to help positively enhance the action of your hormones – vitality, quality sleep, mental clarity, great looking skin and weight loss.
There are recipes for every meal - breakfast right through to dinner, and snacks in between. Plus lots of lifestyle suggestions and reasons why it all matters to you.
Here are Emma’s and my tips for keeping your hormones working well:
Waking up full of energy and feeling positive about the day is easier when you eat foods that support your hormone health.
If you would like to buy a copy of the book, you can purchase it from your favourite bookshop or order it through our websites. The RRP is $35.00. If you would like it posted to you, add an additional $11.50.
I’m a keen yoga practitioner. My practice moves between Sydney and my new home in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.
Last week I was back at yoga in Sydney after a 3-week break and my teacher said, “where have you been?” “I’m just back from 3 amazing weeks in the Simpson Desert, communing with nature, driving the fabulous sand dunes and basking in the wildflower covered slopes.” Being at one with nature. She said, “you’ve got to write about that”. And so I am.
When I visited Central Australia for the first time over 20 years ago, the land touched me – it’s age, history, ruggedness, beauty and timelessness. I could see the aboriginal songlines in it. I heard there was a big red desert to the south, the Simpson. I promised myself I would go there one day.
It was the beginning of a serious love affair with this land, our magnificent country. I discovered, as a fire sign, I am a very grounded person and I am happiest when I am walking in our land. It speaks to my soul. It started with driving in the Kimberley, followed by walking the Larapinta Trail, visiting Kakadu and Arnhem Land, trekking the Jatbula Trail, then the glorious Flinders Ranges and finally driving through the Simpson Desert. I don’t think it will be my last visit to the outback.
Unbeknown to us, there had been heavy rain 2 weeks before our scheduled departure. It was possible the trip could have been called off. But as luck would have it, the tracks dried up and the rain presented us with firm sand dunes and a green, fertile vista everywhere we went. It carpeted the dunes and their valleys with yellow, white and purple wild flowers, which grew more intense as our journey progressed from west to east. It had been 4 years since the desert had presented itself with such finery.
With good planning we managed to eat fresh whole foods every day, avoiding freeze-dried and processed food. My body thanked me for that.
There was no mobile or internet reception, no showers or toilets for 5 days. So we were completely at one with nature – the sun, brisk breezes, spectacular sunsets, cold nights, star studded skies and finally a glorious full moon. I tried to read and write when in the desert. It wasn’t possible. It demanded I be at one with it. It freed my head of any thought, planning or wanting. It was a truly amazing experience.
To top it off, I drove over half the 1100 sand dunes we climbed and traversed during our trip, trusting myself, my training and our vehicle. (My husband drove the rest.) It truly was a great adventure, requiring courage and confidence. Fulfilling a dream of 20 years.
Jill Keyte is passionate about health, vitality and making a difference to people who want a natural, quality life where they are well, fit, energised and feel vital. My knowledge comes from my wellness training and and life experience.