The Australian reports that being vegetarian is cheaper and greener, but “dieticians urge caution with the study, produced by the manufacturer Sanitarium, which is owned by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, saying going meat-free is not necessarily better“.

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing diet was funded by the meat industry, so I suppose they have to attack vegetarian diets just to be balanced 😉 

In all my years of vegetarian living, the only health professionals that have questioned my diet have worried about my knowledge of nutrition, and my ability to eat a balanced diet that includes non-haem iron, and combine it with vitamin C so that I can metabolise it correctly.

To be fair, it is a little harder to have a balanced vegetarian diet, because you have to think about what you are eating more than your standard omnivore. But anyone who does give that extra bit of thought to their diet is likely to have a better diet than someone who eats an unexamined diet. 

It stands to reason that a thought out vegetarian diet would be healthier than an “anything goes” omnivorous diet, no?

My life is being closely examined right now, and the diet is under a microscope.  Weight Watchers have given me 32 “points” to eat every day, and I haven’t had more than 28 in a single day so far.  And I don’t feel hungry.  I wonder if I’ll have a loss this week?

PS. Just found out about a new book examining the source of our food. I have read “The Ethics of What We Eat” by Peter Singer, but that was written from an American perspective.

How good am I?

I took the kid to “big kid” playgroup this morning, and then off to the pool for water aerobics. I only got to do about half of the class, because Inigo wasn’t happy sitting beside the pool, and when I got him in the water I was worried about him getting too cold. The water is heated, but the wind was quite chilly.

So that’s two classes in one week. Hopefully I’ll make it on Friday as well – as long as it’s not cold!


Inigo is nearly 11 months old, and all the kids we know around the same age are already crawling. Even William, who is 2 months younger than Inigo started to crawl last week.

I’m not in the least bit worried, he’s still completely within the normal range, and my gorgeous nephew Alex didn’t crawl till he was almost one.

Inigo is confidently picking up food and shoving it into his mouth, he’s waving, he’s babbling, he’s engaging – he’s on or ahead of the curve in most things, so I’m confident that there isn’t anything to worry about.

You can see forward motion, but it’s not exactly orthodox…

Wii Fit

For a while now I’ve been thinking that eBay is not good value. With the exception of my gorgeous new backpack, of course.

When I decided to buy a Bumbo a few months ago, I looked on eBay, and found they were going for between $40-$50, and considering the recommended retail price is about $90, that’s not too bad. But then I found one on special for $48 at Big W.

So Mark and I are thinking about getting a Wii Fit at some point, but I had no idea what they cost. A quick google found one on eBay with a current bid of $122.50 + $20 postage, another one for “buy it now” $159.95 + $24.95 postage. Big W has them on special this week for $124.

So now I just have to decide if I’ll use it, or if I’ll be better off not going to the gym than not using the wii fit 😛

Maternity Services Review

The Federal government is undertaking a review of maternity services.

Now is our chance to put alternative models of service delivery on the table. The Health Minister has expressed interest in funding home birth and expanding midwifery led models of care so our submissions, as consumers, can make a real difference.

Write a brief submission explaining what you valued your homebirth/midwifery led care OR why you would have liked it but were unable to access it.

Length – 1 page (or less if you don’t have time for more)

Due date: 31 October 2008

Send it in:


The Secretariat
Maternity Services Review
MDP 94, GPO Box 9848


Yesterday, I went to a Cloth Nappy Advocacy event in the city, and felt like a complete outsider. Most of the people there lived in the inner city, and many of them knew each other already. I tried to start conversations with a few people, but just felt like the new kid in the funny clothes.

There were a few people that I knew from other events who were friendly, but busy, and a couple of unexpected meetings. I recognised Harriet, the daughter of two friends we hadn’t seen for years. The kid has a very recognisable face, so when she and Cass sat across from me, I knew it had to be her. It was lovely to catch up, if only briefly.

A little later, Meg introduced herself to me as a reader of the blog – chatting with her really lifted my spirits, we both had a little laugh about how odd it is to meet a blogger you’ve been “following” for a while, but never met in the flesh before.

Today, our little playgroup resumed after a two week break for school holidays, and I went from being the new kid who dresses funny, to being the cool kid that everybody wants to talk to. Liz (one of the mums from my parents group that I really connected with) has found an aqua-robics class at the local pool, so a group of us are going to go on Friday and share child minding. We’re also going to go to Weight Watchers (usually referred to at Granville Grange as “Club Lard”, and sometimes “Fat Fighters”) together – with the hope that we can support each other and keep each other on track.

And when I got home I got an email form another new friend, who is going to come over to our place for a play date next week.

And all of a sudden, I am part of a community.