Let’s Party… Additive Free!
I am welcoming the gorgeous Melanie Avery to the blog today. Melanie is a very special friend and it’s through her, that I learnt about the harmful effects of food additives. She is such a kind and generous natural, new age mum and is spreading her message far and wide with other mums. Let’s find out some more……
Tell us about yourself
Hello everyone. My name is Melanie and I am the mum to three special kiddies Connor aged 7, Bella aged 9 and Mackenzie nearly 11. Our family has lived in Singleton, NSW for 7 years.
Some of my favourite hobbies are scrapbooking family photos and Zumba classes. Reading, listening to music, yoga, meditation, inspirational quotes in various forms, collecting crystals, using essential oils daily and sharing my time with others who inspire me, are the special things I do to make me, me.
Tell us about your passion
I am the author to two self published books, Let’s Party! Additive Free and Let’s Celebrate Christmas! Additive Free as well as an e-Book Let’s Visit! Additive Free. Upon publishing my first title, I launched my website, Let’s Live Additive Free to offer continuing support and information to the many families that are travelling down the path of change.
So, what exactly are food additives?
Food additives are preservatives, flavours, colours, flavour enhancers, anti-caking agents, antioxidants, stabilizers and the like that product manufacturers add to food to alter it’s shelf life, appearance, consistency or taste. These are mostly artificial with those that are derived from natural sources often from questionable sources such as wood pulp or human hair.
What problems do food additives cause?
Food additives can cause a large range of health effects such as:
Migraines, behavioural problems, hypersensitivity, skin irritations, behaviour and learning problems, worsened asthma, nettle rash or hives, DNA damage, depression, fatigue, headache, insomnia, allergic and supersensitive reactions, gastrointestinal ailments, eczema, dermatitis, inattention, irritability, neurological problems, restlessness, sleep disturbance, aggressive behaviour, hyperactivity or head banging. These reactions vary between additives. Some additives have links to cancer, are prohibited in foods for infants and may damage DNS cells.
Does everyone have to avoid additives?
People choose to avoid food additives for various reasons. All of my three kiddies have different sensitivities to food additives which was how our journey began. As my knowledge and experience has grown, it is my belief that we can all benefit from removing food additives from our diet. Our nation’s health and well-being is on the decline and I believe that food additives are playing a major role in this. I live by a simple rule: if I cannot pronounce the name of the additives or buy the additive in a shop to use in my cooking then it is not for me.
Is it hard to avoid food additives?
Initially, avoiding food additives can take some extra time, especially when you do the grocery shopping ,but it isn’t difficult. Once you are armed with the tools and knowledge, there is no stopping you! Begin small, changing a few products at a time until your knowledge grows and before you know it, your whole diet will have changed.
My website and books provide information to help you live an additive free life. I present all of my information, research, ideas and recipes is an easy to understand format so you don’t feel bogged down or overloaded. Both of my books come with information on additives as well as recipes and shopping lists of products available to purchase when shopping that are additive free.
I offer a complimentary newsletter each month with up to date information, product reviews, recipes and more to help keep you on track.
What is your best party tip?
It occurred to me that children just love a fun, colourful party, so we should forget the focus on food and put it on having fun! I like to have old-fashioned games like apple bobbing, blind man’s buff and egg and spoon races. Take a look at the games section on the website.
What do you like to put into a healthy party bag?
Stickers, tattoos, balloons, small bubble containers, stamps, fairy wands or crowns and small cars are just some of the fun things you can include.
What’s one of your favourite additive free party recipes?
NUT FREE APRICOT AND COCONUT BALLS
500g organic (sulphur free) dried apricots, chopped and soaked
1 cup organic (sulphur free) coconut
1/3 cup chia seeds
2/3 cup rice flour
2/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup organic tahini
Extra organic coconut for coating
1. Add all the ingredients and process until combined.
2. Roll spoonfuls of the mixture into balls and then roll in extra coconut.
3. Refrigerate until firm.
How can people get in touch with you?
Phone: 0439 874 481
This giveaway has now closed. The winners were Jade and Rhianon.
Melanie is kindly giving away two copies of her fabulous book, Let’s Party, Additive Free!
To enter the draw:
* Be a Natural New Age Mum blog subscriber (add your email to the box on the top right).
* Be a Let’s Party Additive Free monthly newsletter subscriber (go here and click on the pink subscribe button).
* Comment on this post, telling Melanie what your favourite additive free party food is.
Terms and Conditions:
This giveaway is only open to Australian residents. It closes on the 16th of March at midnite. The winner will be chosen from those meeting the entry requirements using random.org. Best of luck!
Thanks for stopping by Melanie and sharing with us your additive-free passion!