That Sugar Film

Fads. Fads. Fads.

They’re everywhere.
OMGAtkins, OMGgluten-free, OMGpaleo, blah, blah and blah.
Why not use our common sense (we know not everyone has a suitable dose) when looking at the bigger picture- too much of anything can’t be good, right?

With all this in mind, Damon Gameau has released his documentary- That Sugar Film & I was lucky enough to be sitting in a sold out cinema for the premiere screening.  Crowded, excited and brimming with all types of viewers Cameo Cinemas in Belgrave did a fantastic job hosting the film. 
Damon & his partner, Zoe, held a live question and answer at the film’s finish. 

*Apologies for the terrible photos as I only had my iPhone available to use*

When we think of sugar and health, Sarah Wilson comes to mind with ‘I Quit Sugar’ (detox, plan, programme, whatever) but we dont’t so much think of health foods. 
Yup.
Health foods.
You know the ones: low fat, no fat & diet. We all know that lower fat means higher sugar, but do we know what all that extra sugar does to our body? Do we understand what it does to our complex brain and organs? 
When watching That Sugar Film and seeing how it can affect the body, you kinda start to hate sugar & what it can do.  We have used it to create foods and increase the taste of foods. Take out the fat, but replace that missing fat with sugar to increase that more pleasurable taste in the food.
A good example is High Fructose Corn Syrup. We don’t know why we aren’t supposed to consume it , but we all know it’s a bad ingredient, therefore we avoid it. This is the same with low fat & health foods. Go for the fat free foods to lose weight & become better, healthier people.
That Sugar Film explores a healthy Aussie bloke on a journey from natural, unprocessed, no added sugar foods to sixty days of sugar. Specifically added sugar, 40 teaspoons to be exact.
Would you like a real wake-up call? A teaspoon of sugar is about 4 grams in weight- go grab something and check the sugar content. And no, Damon isn’t talking about chocolate, ice cream or junk food, he’s focused on the processed, actual marketed health foods. So off you go, grab a tub of low fat yoghurt. Check the sugar content. This is what That Sugar Film is about. The effects of that sweet stuff & how easy it is to chalk up a minimum of 40 teaspoons a day- just from standard ‘healthy’ foods.
The change in Damon’s body & health is drastic. Remembering though, that before this experiment he was three years ‘clean’ on sugars & processed foods. The results of Damon’s transformation should be a wake up call not only to consumers & sugar-filled manufacturers but also be addressed in schools, universities & a funded project to scientifically analyse tests & results. 
Just like the dairy industry, the sugar industry hire their own scientists & professionals to encourage the purchase of products. These ‘professionals’ encourage the consumption of these brands & deem them to be safe & full of health benefits.  
Ever heard of the supplement Juice Plus? Pyramid scheme selling? This product was tested & recommended by their own scientists, not by independent researchers & companies. So of course this product is going to be safe & provide you with all your health needs.
That Sugar Film- it’s kinda like a slap in the face. You knew it all along, but now you see the reality of it. This Aussie bloke, with weird orange undies, shows the viewer the harsh, extreme reality of what we are inflicting upon our bodies.  The worst thing is; most people have been eating their low fat/no fat foods for years, & from a young age. Growing bodies are used to high sugar literally from birth- formula, canned baby food. Even my son’s school canteen offers only low fat flavoured milk. Why would a five year old need skim milk?


Damon Gameau & Mad Man have released this fantastic, entertaining & frightening view of our healthy lifestyles.  This is an engaging documentary following in the footsteps of Fed Up. It’s real, honest & definitely worth watching. I guarantee you’ll start thinking about what you’re eating, how your diet is affecting your mood, illnesses, weight loss & overall health. 
Please visit http://www.thatsugarfilm.com to purchase tickets at your local cinema.
That Sugar Book is also available from all good book stores.
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John’s Nuts

Nuts are a great source of essential nutrients, dietary fibre and minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium.
A small handful of nuts can provide much needed health benefits and can actually aid in weight loss.

Roasted? Salted? Raw?

Raw nuts are always best, just like fruits and vegetables, keeping foods in their natural state do hold more nutrients for the body.

Roasted and salted nuts are just as good, although best to limit or avoid if you’re concerned about sodium content.

Nuts contain health-promoting monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and can help regulate cholesterol.

Being naturally low in sodium, and with high potassium levels, nuts can also assist in maintaining healthy blood pressure.

The perfect place for all your nutty-needs is at a variety-packed John’s Nuts  kiosk at your local shopping centre.

John’s Nuts stock everything. No, I’m not even exaggerating. For the sweet tooth- we all have one, or ten- there’s Turkish Delights, Chocolate Covered Sultanas, Nougat, Baklava and Chocolate Covered Raspberries. 

If it’s just a snack you’re after or nibbles needed for your next party there’s plenty to choose from at John’s. What about some delicious soy crisps (get the honey soy!!), nut bars, salted nut mixes or even cheesy flavoured cashews? 

The dried fruit range is diverse with paw paw, pineapple, dates, prunes, figs, mixed lots and sultanas.

My favourite range is the plain nuts. Although it’s not easy to decide what to fill your bag with; almonds, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, brazil nuts, hazelnuts and macadamias. I spent a while trying to decide what I wanted to take home, and what was most likely to actually make it home! There’s a few mixed types to choose from too, including chocolate and nut mixes.

The prices are good value at John’s Nuts and it’s possible to choose a range of goodies without feeling you’ve over-spent. I walked away with, medjool dates, macadamias, raw cashews, vanilla bean cashews, honey soy crisps & healthy nut bars.

You will be impressed by the customer service at John’s Nuts too. The staff are friendly, talkative and great with recommendations.  Special mention to Paul at Waverley Gardens, fresh faced and genuine with his customers. It’s down to earth service that’s rare to see.

I hope you’ll get the chance to browse and buy from the John’s range. 
Be sure to visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram:
John’s Nuts.

Frozen Yoghurt Cups

Perfect for the warm weather & a healthy alternative to sugar laden ice cream.

You will need:
2 cups fat free greek yoghurt- 
I used Chobani
2 tbs Natvia Natural Sweetener
1 cup Blueberries-
Or berries of your choice

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until the Blueberries & Natvia are thoroughly combined in the yoghurt.

Spoon the mixture into patty pans placed into a muffin tin. 
Add a few extra blueberries to the top if you like! 
Freeze overnight.
Enjoy! 
Perfect as a healthy, yet sweet treat!

Fruit Straps

Possibly the easiest healthy snack to make. You will need only TWO ingredients.

2 tbs honey
250g berries

Preheat a fan forced oven to 100 degrees.
Blend the ingredients to a smooth pulp.

Using a flat baking tray lined with baking paper, pour the mix onto the tray.

Smooth the mixture with a spatula so it is flat and even.

Bake in the oven for 3.5 hours or until the fruit is leathery.

Allow to cool with the oven off & door left open.

Once completely cool cut into strips, leaving the paper attached & store in an airtight container in the pantry.

 Make sure you have rolled the strips up so they don’t stick to each other when being stored.