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The Most Delicious (and Healthy) Christmas Pudding Recipe

family health nutrition Dec 16, 2019

Pudding is synonymous with Christmas. But it is traditionally unhealthy and can unwrap your health goals quicker than my 4 kids opening presents from Santa on Christmas morning. 


My grandmother has been making our family's traditional English Christmas pudding, as given to her by her mother-in-law, for as long as I can remember. But… I can’t eat it anymore because of the flour. So, I’ve taken her recipe and adapted it to be a gluten-free (and slightly healthier) version. 


My Great Grand Mothers Christmas Pudding Recipe 2.0




250g Dates

250g Raisins

250g Sultanas

125g Mixed Peel

125g Blanched Almonds

12g Mixed Spice 

250g Coconut Sugar

300g Coconut Flour

250g Butter

5 Eggs

1/4 tsp Bicarb Soda (dissolved in 125ml of rum)




  1. Cut washed (or boiled) calico cloth into 90cm squared and 3x45cm-long strips (5cm thick) for tying.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl.

  3. Add eggs, one at a time,...
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How Do I Do It?

family Nov 25, 2019

“How do you do it with 4? I struggle with 1 (or 2)”. That’s the question I’ve been hearing a lot lately, especially this past week after my last article. 


First of all, while my life might be busy trying to raise 4 four kids, run a business, get my online business back off the ground and teach full-time, I have a lot of support from family and friends, and I recognise there are a lot of people in a much more difficult situation than me. 


When we die, our lifeline flatlines. When we’re alive, our lifeline goes up and down. Notice how that connects to life. Life is full of ups and downs. ~ Jay Shetty 


I don’t pretend to be some messiah who has it all figured out, one who has faced the greatest of odds. There are billions of people who are in a much more adverse situation than I am. I’ve just lived through a challenging period and I feel like I can shed some light on how I am dealing with it, in the hope...

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I’m Back!

family Nov 18, 2019

The last article I wrote for you was way back in April. In that article, I explained why I hadn’t published a blog in over a month. I admitted that my wife, Holly, and I were struggling and that it was my absolute desire that we work things out. I’m sad to say that we didn’t and she moved out in August.


This year has certainly been one of upheaval and change. But after getting through what I think is the worst of it, life certainly looks much different. And that’s where I start this, the first of my weekly blogs, once again…


After blogging every single week since June 1, 2015, the events of 2019 brought me to my knees. I simply didn’t have the time, energy or desire to keep blogging every single week with everything I had going on in my personal life.


Hindsight is a crazy thing. I thought that I was through the worst of it in April, and my naive optimism had me believe things would get better. But the universe had other...

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Christmas is Done. What Now for Your Health Habits?

So Christmas is all done and dusted for yet another year. But you fell off track and enjoyed yourself just a little too much. And now you’re not only feeling bloated and 2kgs heavier, but you’re also feeling disappointed and angry with yourself for giving in to all that yummy temptation.

If you’ve been following my blogs for a while you’ll have picked up on the theme that I believe it’s important to make small changes to your health routines rather than big ones, and to let yourself enjoy less healthy foods as part of your lifestyle on a small but regular basis.

Let me tell you. I ate more. I drank more. And I loved every minute of it!

Christmas is a time when on average, Australians put on 2kgs. I’ve heard other fitness professionals speak about this like it’s the worst thing. And all I believe that does is discourage people and make them feel like a failure.

Let me tell you. I ate more. I drank more. And I loved every minute of it! But I...

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