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A strong intention versus a “good idea”


A car gets you from one physical location to another physical location. But what gets you from an undesirable path to your desired path of life?

Lets talk about intentions, one of the first things I have my clients think about and write down.

Without an intention or goal you have no direction or map of where you are heading and how you are planning on getting there.

  • Where do you want to go?
  • What do you want, what do you REALLY want and WHY?

For an intention or goal to really work, they have to come from a deep desire to change the course of your path. Is the situation you are finding yourself in right now so dire that you’ll do anything to change it to a life that you know brings you true happiness and joy?

If your intentions are strong you are more likely to stay FOCUSED and keep on course.

It is your inner motivation and conviction that gives you strength and stickability to keep on going, rather than others motivating you to do something that at the time seemed a “good Idea”.

A strong intention is NEVER “a good idea”, but always a life and death situation for the one who sets the goal. A “good idea” is not what gets you to your desired end result, EVER.

Making positive changes in your life can hurt, they are often sacrificial therefore always costing you something. If your intentions are not strong enough you will come up with every single excuse under the sun as to why you can not do what you set out to achieve. It usually only takes 3 days into your journey to start making excuses.

  • I don’t have time to cook
  • I don’t eat vegetables
  • I don’t like salads
  • I can’t stop eating lollies, chocolates, cookies etc
  • I hate walking, it’s raining, cold
  • I have to get up too early to get to work so I can’t make breakfast
  • I don’t want to send through my numbers everyday

And there are many more excuses I have heard in the past from people who came to me for weight loss and health coaching. The funniest excuse I ever heard was from someone who did not send through his numbers to me each morning. Food diary, step count, weight and weight loss for the day. His excuse? I DON’T HAVE SCALES.  ‘Sigh’

With strong intentions you’ll still have hurdles, but instead of finding EXCUSES, you’ll find SOLUTIONS. 



Quick Oatmeal Cookie

I made cookies with my youngest son this week, but lets be honest………..

Most kids love baking, but most mums don’t love baking with kids!

However mr. Nelson and I had a fabulous time baking some yummy oatmeal cookies today. They were gone before I knew it! Let me share the recipe with you:

  • 3 cups of oats
  • 1/4 cup of butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup of honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or essence
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (opt.)
  • 1/4 sultanas or other dried fruit of your choice

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

In my Thermomix I blended the oats with the baking soda until ground. I then added the butter and honey, cinnamon and vanilla and mixed until blended. Lastly I added the sultanas and stirred.

I greased a baking tray and put small tablespoons of cookie batter on there. Pop it in the oven for 6-9 minutes.



#Thermomix #bringingrealfoodbackintothekitchen #glutenfree #dairyfree#healthy #qualitytime #masterchef #sugarfree

Only cold-pressed will do!

Who doesn’t juice these days!? I am sure we can find people who don’t, however juice, juicing, juice fast, detox all seems to be the topic of the day everywhere you look. It seems to be the “new” thing to do to fit in with the trend of 2014


That filthy-looking juicer, pictured above has been part of our family for almost a decade and we are still in love. Yep, it looks used and abused because it is. It has a permanent spot on my kitchen bench because I use it like most people would use their coffee machine.

But you must know that there is no point in juicing unless you use a cold press juicer. It’s the only way to keep those all important enzymes intact and prevent your fruit and veggies from oxidising and losing its nutrients. This is important to know, because you will waste your time, health and money on anything else. And really, if you want to be part of the trend, you should only buy the best 😉

Happy juicing everyone! #bringingrealfoodbackintothekitchen #letyourgardenbeyourdoctor

2014 a new direction!

It has been very quiet here at Honest Pantry, because I have taken an extra long holiday with my family. It was needed!! I already feel recharged and full of energy for the year ahead. I have been rethinking which way I want to go in this year and which direction I want to take all of you in.

You see, I have been on the health and wellness train for almost a decade, when it wasn’t trendy and although I love living a healthy life style and I enjoy sharing things with you about that, I feel it just gets repeated over and over again on social media and in the press. This of course is fantastic, we want people to make healthy choices, but I have decided I don’t want to be part of a “fad”.

So this year I am going to try and give unique content, which is a challenge since there is nothing new under the sun! I will still post ideas about health, recipes and so on, but I will also share with you things about my family and how we do life together and I will focus more on living a sustainable lifestyle.

Health and well being goes hand in hand with sustainability, I believe, so stay tuned as I will take you on my own journey towards sustainability and living a life that does not depend on the supermarket.

I encourage you to get involved and tell me what you would like to learn this year. Have you got a question for me that needs an answer, please ask. I am here to serve you! Happy new year everyone.

Annemarie’s Healthy Holidays!


Monday the 18th of November marks the start of our FREE Holiday Event! We will transform our holiday season together and start the New Year out right!

Do you want to join us? It is FREE and we are all participants.

We can all do it our own way. All you have to do is set goals and be accountable for your actions and progress at least once a week.

Goals should include:

  • Nutrition (adding in at least one healthy food per week)
  • Exercise (a minimum of 30 minutes 6 days a week)
  • Gratitude (take the time to be grateful for at least 3 things in your life daily)
  • Giving (challenge yourself to give without expectation of reciprocation once daily)

Don’t be hard on yourself this holiday season. Our goal is to simply add in one healthy whole food each week. Enjoy your holiday traditions and don’t eat beyond what feels good to you.

Resolve to get at least 30 minutes of good healthy exercise in each day (with one day of rest). You will feel better through the holidays. Exercise is good for depression, weight maintenance and your general health.

List 3 things that you are grateful for each day. By focusing on gratitude, we see our lives from a different perspective. Instead of seeing what is going wrong, we see the more important picture of what is right in our lives.

You don’t have to brag about your giving, but if someone gives and it turns out to be really special, share it with us. You may also want to include it as a part of your goal. In prior years, my goal was to give without cost; it does not have to be an expensive gift, just thoughtful and meaningful.

Do you know anyone who is struggling through the holidays? Invite them along!
This weekend I will work on my own goals and post them here.

Please click on the “Secret Facebook Group” page that you can be invited to if you would like to be involved!

Comment below or email me to join in, this will be fun! Share this with your friends!

Let’s talk about the C word


Did you know that chlorophyl is produced by a process called photosynthesis? I remember learning about it in high school. Back then, I decided biology was BORING, and I wasn’t afraid to tell my teacher how BORING I really thought it was! He would kick me out of the class room and I won, as I got the cigarette break I wanted! Don’t worry, I gave up smoking years ago, thank goodness.

There are 3 main ingredients needed to initiate photosynthesis: sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. I hope I haven’t lost you yet, I promise it will get good.

Chlorophyl, also known as “liquid sunlight” has a chemical composition nearly identical to that of human blood. Well, is it any surprise then, that drinking green juices has such tremendous health benefits for our bodies? I don’t think so!

Wheatgrass juice has nearly the identical molecular structure to heamoglobin, the red pigment in human blood.

Heamoglobin carries oxygen to all the vital parts of the body, pretty important job and thus it is crucial that the body produces more heamoglobin daily.

And you guessed it! Wheat grass juice has an incredible amount of vital nutrients and enzymes and provides all the ingredients to support the rebuilding of blood heamoglobin.

If you don’t have any wheat grass growing in your garden or kitchen, don’t worry. Parsley is a very versatile little herb, which can be used in almost any juice you decide to make. Adding about half a bunch will highly increase the nutritional benefits of your juice.


Parsley contains the minerals; potassium, copper, iron, manganese, calcium and magnesium as well as an abundance of vitamin C and A and will just about provide immeasurable benefits to all parts of the body.

If you add celery you can be sure that you receive a drink rich in chlorophyl and high in vitamin and mineral content. Growing both celery and parsley in your garden is very easy and incredibly rewarding. And of course way more economic than buying supplements from the health food store.

There you have it, my favourite C word is CHLOROPHYL and my hope is that it will become your favourite to!


Free range backyard ISA Browns are an OXYMORON! Here is why…

When I started keeping chickens in my back yard I bought 6 ISA Brown hens. I did not know much about chickens then, so I bought what was easily available. Most people with backyard chickens keep ISA Brown hens, becasue they are such great layers, right?? I don’t think so, anymore…


Here is what I learned over the years about the ISA Brown laying hen:

  1. They are a hybrid bird, created in a laboratory in France by a company called the Institute de Selection Animale. I don’t eat laboratory made food, so I have decided I don’t want to own laboratory chickens either!
  2. This French company owns the rights to this bird, which means that you are not legally allowed to breed them. Not that this is possible anyway, because the formula for these birds are a closely guarded secret. Kind of like the secret ingredient in Coco Cola or KFC, which are both junk as well 😉 It also sounds awfully familiar to Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta who own and control a huge part of the food supply by genetically manipulating seeds, rendering them infertile and forcing farmers to solely rely upon these companies for new seeds, pesticides and fertilizers. This practice has forced many farmers into bankruptcy.  Anything that is a closely guarded secret when it comes to food, seeds or animals should be considered suspicious and it needs your further attention and research before investing in it.  Since when did we humans create (made out of nothing) anything, anyway? Everything was already created by the Master at the beginning of time…..He does not keep any secrets from us.
  3. The Institute of Selection of Animale, merged with Merck Pharmaceuticals in 1997. I do not trust the integrity of (P)harmaceuticals all that much. They are very profit driven with not much regard for human health care. I guess I.S.A and Merck suit each other well. I feel like a hypocrite having ISA Brown hens and supporting Big Pharma……
  4. The ISA Brown hens lay for approximately 16-18 months of their life ONLY. After that the health of the bird declines and no eggs are produced.
  5. ISA’s are specifically bred for commercial operations. In other words, they are BATTERY HENS. If you decide to buy these chickens, you ARE supporting the commercial poultry industry. Since you are thinking of buying chickens, or already have them, I know that you believe in free range chickens and eggs. Free range backyard ISA Browns are an oxymoron……
  6. ISA’s rely on a high protein layer pellet, which you must purchase in order for them to lay. What is in those pellets??Most likely GMO corn, GMO soy and a variety of other grains. Although these pellets do not look like grains at all! Now you are not only supporting, the commercial poultry industry (battery hens), but also Big Pharma and Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta……..

Aracauna Aracauna

Here are plenty of reasons to buy a pure bred chicken

  1. Pure breeds lay CONSISTENTLY for 5 years!
  2. Pure breeds do not need to rely on high protein layer pellets.
  3. Pure breeds love your kitchen scraps and whole grains in the form of a scratch mix. If your scratch mix contains corn, make sure it is Australian corn. If it is imported, it will most likely be GMO corn.
  4. Let your chickens free range. They get loads of protein from grubs in your garden. Free ranging will also increase the quality of your eggs.
  5. Keeping a pure bred is like growing Heirloom seeds. By doing so you support and increase bio diversity or genetic variety. The less genetic variety exists, the smaller the chance that your chickens or vegetables will be able to fight off disease.
  6. Having a variety of pure breeds looks very pretty too 😉

Pekin Bantam sooo cute! Pekin Bantam sooo cute!

How and where do I buy REAL chickens? I am glad you asked. There are several ways of acquiring some interesting and beautiful varieties and they are no more expensive than the ISA Brown.

  • You can incubate fertilized eggs at home. Fertilized eggs can be bought on sites such as Gumtree. If you are in my neck of the woods, North Western Sydney I can refer you to Kathryn Stedman from
  • Kathryn has been breeding Araucanas for years and has an amazing set up on her property. She sells fertilized eggs for the incubating enthusiast or chicks for those who don’t own an incubator. Her chickens are gorgeous and lay blue-green shelled eggs! It’s a sure treat for the eye. For inquiries you can contact Kathryn on 0433247695
  • Another reputable breeder is Shahid from Shahid is a permaculture enthusiast. Apart from growing a vast variety of organic fruit trees and vegetables, he also breeds his own fish as well as his own chickens. Shahid has a vast knowledge of all things permaculture. His main breeds are Rhode Island Reds and the Australorps. For inquiries I refer you to his website:

Silkie Silkie

Now that you are fully informed by the truth of it all, I trust that you will be able to make an informed decision. 


So you want to make Coconut Yoghurt? It is easier than you think!





I love coconut, in case you haven’t noticed yet. And recently I have been on quite an exciting coconut journey making all sorts of delicious coconut creation. From muffins, to smoothies and even butter, cream and milk. I try to incorporate coconut into my diet everyday. Here are some reason why I love coconut oil:



  • Anti-bacterial: Coconut oil kills bacteria that cause various bacterial infections, including ulcers, urinary tract infections and gum diseases.
  • Anti-viral: Coconut oil can kill the viruses that cause herpes, influenza, measles, hepatitis C, AIDS and SARS, to name a few.
  • Anti-fungal: Coconut oil kills fungi and yeast making it great for fungal infections such as dandruff and athlete’s foot and yeast infections such as thrush.
  • Antioxidant: Coconut oil protects against free-radical formation and damage.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Coconut oil helps kill harmful intestinal microorganisms making it an important element in reducing inflammation.
  • Anti-carcinogenic: Coconut oil has been found to prevent the spread of cancer cells as well as boost the immune system.
  • Anti-microbial: Coconut oil has anti-microbial properties which protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites.
  • Anti-parasitic: Coconut oil can help rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites.
  • Anti-protozoa: Coconut oil kills protozoa parasites such as giardia.
  • Improves nutrient absorption

With that in mind I decided to find as many ways as possible to add coconut oil into my everyday life. And I found out that it wasn’t that difficult to do so.

In the morning I added a few tablespoons to our smoothies. In my muffins I use coconut oil instead of butter. I make coconut butter and eat that straight from my spoon. It is very delicious. And I made coconut and chocolate balls, which were even easier to eat all day long!

Last week I decided to try and make Coconut Yoghurt and it turned out really nice. I wasn’t to sure if I would have much success with it as there are a few ways to do this. I looked online for a recipe and after much deliberation I decided to use the recipe from Green living Australia as I already purchase my yoghurt culture from them. I did use gelatine as my setting agent instead of pectin, which is what she recommends to use. I only had gelatine in my cupboard, hence my reason for trying that. If you have Agar you might be able to use that too.

Here is what I did:

  • First I made a liter of coconut milk (recipe here) I left the pulp in with the milk as the pulp also contains a lot of goodness. But you might want to drain it.
  • I reheated the coconut milk to boiling point, before turning the gas off all together.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of sweetener of your choice. I prefer coconut sugar or honey. This will be extra food for your yoghurt culture to eat, they will need it to proliferate.
  • At boiling point I removed about 100ml of coconut milk and dissolved in it 2 tsp of gelatin. Once dissolved I poured it back into the coconut milk and stirred it thoroughly.
  • With a thermometer, check for the milk to come down to 40 degrees. Once there, add a smidgen of your yoghurt culture, stir it through and transfer the pan into your (turned off) oven. Leave it there for about 12 hours.
  • You will notice that after 12 hours the yoghurt is still runny. It will set when you put into the fridge for a few hours.

There you go! If you are already making normal yoghurt, than this will be a breeze for you. But even for first timers, it will be fun to do.