Treats allowed – sort of

One of the best ways that I lost weight in the past was to use steps and stairs instead of escalators or lifts.

I ate reasonably healthily. And went for a variety of colours on my plate.

I had an occasional treat of something *ginger*, eg gingerbread, gingernuts,

but I had:

  • no cake – or biscuits/cookies and other flour-rich foods.

  • no chocolate – or sweets/candy and other sugar-rich treats.

  • no chips (hot or cold) – or fatty foods. Limit butter and oil intake.

Everything I ate slowly …

I told myself how yummy it was –

how much I was enjoying it – and

not feeling guilty about eating it at all, even if it was one of my treats. Today we would call this ‘mindfulness’.

If you’re super organised and motivated you could also write down (use a tick system is easiest) everything everything everything you eat. This helps to keep you accountable.

In the years since, I find I control weight better when I plate a few things for lunch or snack, and then sit down at the dining room table.

Above all, enjoy life and living – and eat real food (not food products).

Because stress is no good for anything, except a slow death!

So try this: no cake, no chocolate, no chips.


10 Ways to Radically Reduce Migraines

On Migraine pages (website and social media) a huge amount of time and effort is spent on triggers and medications, but my migraines radically reduced when I changed my diet.

I can’t recommend any migraine-knowledgeable doctors/specialists in the Waikato, tho once I spent an hour and a half with a so-called migraine Dr, who spent that time just talking about the effects of different meds, including prophylactics. I don’t recommend! I have tried all the new drugs as they come out, but I still like my old-fashioned Migril / Cafergot.

Anecdotally my former doctor told me a specialist told another patient to cut out the toxins of yoghurt and apricot.

This lead me to read up on toxins > acid (20%) vs alkali (80%) foods > vegetable-rich diet (less dairy, wheat, red meat).

Along with regular sleep (minimum of 6.5-7.5 hours each night), correct deep breathing, and 6-8 drinks of filtered water (not so-called diet soda), and at least one cup daily of weak no-milk tea (green, jasmine, rooibos).

Also supplements or foods rich in magnesium, zinc, B6/B12 – at least for a few days every month – especially in the week before any known stressor.

No sachet foods or additives, no MSG, sulphites, nitrates – this would include no processed meats. I tell my kids if you can’t say and spell a word in the ingredients list, it’s best not to eat it.
Cut out MSG (E621) and other flavour enhancers, nitrates, sulphites, aspartame. For some reason, some food manufacturers find it necessary to hide and rename these products. MSG (monosodium glutamate) alone seems to hide behind dozens of identities 

Choosing to Live Life …


See more :


Magnesium Weblinks


Gluten Sensitivity and Magnesium Deficiency – read even if not gluten-free

Magnesium Sleep – jumpy legs? poor night’s sleep?

Magnesium : the relaxation mineral – are you deficient?


Magnesium Deficiency 

Magnesium (3pp)

Health Wisdom

“What you eat today, walks and talks tomorrow.”  -Babe the Pig


Reduce foods with fat, sugars, and refined flours.





Magnesium is a macro-mineral that is a supporter, gate-keeper, and all round do-gooder in your body and helps your immune system, brain function, metabolism, mineral absorption, and heart and muscle function.

Magnesium-rich foods include:  spinach, parsley, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, brazil nuts, cashew nuts, peanuts, cocoa (unsweetened), chickpeas,  sweetcorn, wheatgerm, prunes, treacle.

If taking calcium supplements, magnesium is important to balance and help the dance of health in your body. See the Eating Eden‘ blog article.

Mg interferes with absorption of Fe – take several hours apart.

Consider taking a Mg, Zn, & B6 supplement.

And sit in the sun for a while every day – get that Vitamin D – and it helps with absorption of magnesium.

A quirky three page article, with diagrams, explaining Magnesium (read it- esp. if you have cramps, heart problems, migraines, or are pregnant) –

see my Pinterest board: Migraine+Health


Nutritarian – not a vegetarian

eat more fruit and veges! here’s some recipes …


Gather around our Bankwhitt Table

Check out the variety in our feast of Life.

Banquet Table(- these links open in new screen) – and keep scrolling down

 1.  Church

– includes gathering, assembly, following Jesus 

2. Mother’s Encouragement 

– includes mothers, children, parenting, family

3. Recipes

 – some of our family’s favourites

4.  Migraine + Health

– triggers, acid vs alkali, nutrients, food groups …

5. Homeschooling

We call ourselves “BankWhitt Academy”. 

 – also check out for New Zealand homeschooling information and helps)

6. Lapbooking

 – creative topic study presentation folders

My family’s web presence:

7. The Counsellor

– husband

8. Kiwikids

– children (untouched lately)