12 episodes

Welcome to Quirky Cooking Chats (Season 2), with Jo Whitton - founder of the popular health and recipe platform, Quirky Cooking.

Jo loves sharing her down-to-earth approach to healthy eating and living with stories and practical examples to demonstrate how to apply principles of good health in simple, practical ways.

- Listen in as Jo chats with friends and guests about everything from culinary medicine and nutrition to family food stories, healthy homes, regenerative farming, reducing stress, balancing work-family-life, running a thriving online business, saving time and money while eating well, and much more!

- Absorb Jo’s knowledge of “food as medicine”, watch her informative cooking videos (via the Quirky Cooking YouTube channel) and develop a healthy mindset towards nourishing your family with real food.

- Be inspired to make simple changes that will maximise your health and wellbeing without the stress and overwhelm.

Watch and listen to Season 1 of this podcast on the Quirky Cooking YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/QuirkyYouTube

Visit the Quirky Cooking website for recipes and resources: quirkycooking.com.au

Quirky Cooking Chats Jo Whitton

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Welcome to Quirky Cooking Chats (Season 2), with Jo Whitton - founder of the popular health and recipe platform, Quirky Cooking.

Jo loves sharing her down-to-earth approach to healthy eating and living with stories and practical examples to demonstrate how to apply principles of good health in simple, practical ways.

- Listen in as Jo chats with friends and guests about everything from culinary medicine and nutrition to family food stories, healthy homes, regenerative farming, reducing stress, balancing work-family-life, running a thriving online business, saving time and money while eating well, and much more!

- Absorb Jo’s knowledge of “food as medicine”, watch her informative cooking videos (via the Quirky Cooking YouTube channel) and develop a healthy mindset towards nourishing your family with real food.

- Be inspired to make simple changes that will maximise your health and wellbeing without the stress and overwhelm.

Watch and listen to Season 1 of this podcast on the Quirky Cooking YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/QuirkyYouTube

Visit the Quirky Cooking website for recipes and resources: quirkycooking.com.au

    Working Through Anxiety - Part 3, with Jules Galloway

    Working Through Anxiety - Part 3, with Jules Galloway

    Welcome to Episode 12 of Quirky Cooking Chats (Season 2), with Jo Whitton: "Working Through Anxiety - Part 3 (with Jules Galloway)"

    Visit the website: https://www.quirkycooking.com.au/

    Naturopath and functional health practitioner, Jules Galloway, joins Jo in this episode to talk about ways to work through anxiety from a practitioner perspective.

    Jules talks about:


    the increase in anxiety and depression over the past couple of years due to pandemic stress and isolation
    how stress affects gut health, and gut health affects stress levels - it can be a downward spiral!
    gut health as a part of the picture, plus other root causes
    low nutrient levels that can affect anxiety
    blood tests and supplements that may be helpful
    the importance of balancing the bacteria in the gut
    looking at your health history, and the many variables that contribute to health issues
    the importance of keeping blood sugar levels stable to reduce anxiety
    the importance of balanced meals: protein + slow-burning carbs + fats
    what it means if you're craving snacks and how to reduce cravings
    “But I don’t want to go off my favourite foods!”
    “What about caffeine?”
    “What about intermittent fasting?”
    action steps to help you stabilise mental health
    keeping the ‘big picture’ in mind!

    If you want to contact Jules through her clinic, you can find her at https://www.julesgalloway.com/

    Visit Quirky Cooking for healing-food recipes and healthy lifestyle tips that are simple, doable and won't add to your stress levels! https://www.quirkycooking.com.au/

    • 48 min
    Working Through Anxiety - Part 2

    Working Through Anxiety - Part 2

    Welcome to Episode 11 of Quirky Cooking Chats (Season 2), with Jo Whitton: "Working Through Anxiety - Part 2"

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    Anxiety is a normal part of life - we all go through it at one time or another and usually it hangs around for a while then moves on... But sometimes anxiety really digs its' heels in and refuses to leave, causing a chronic state of stress, low energy, lack of motivation and a feeling of helplessness. This is a time to get some professional help and support so that it doesn't take you down the rabbit hole towards depression.

    In this episode, Jo talks about:


    How the practice of gratitude reduces anxiety
    Taking time out to just 'breathe' (and let your soul catch up to your body!)
    Mindfulness and contemplation
    Journaling and the magical “brain dump”
    Writing for release and creativity
    Planning: your day, your week, your meals, your goals
    What lights you up? Do what you love!
    Resting without resentment
    How to get a good night's sleep
    Blocking out the online noise
    Stop comparing your real life to others' highlights!
    Learning to switch off
    Knowing this won't be forever - be gentle with yourself and take the time you need to heal

    [This topic will be continued next week with an interview with naturopath Jules Galloway on the medical/nutritional advice for anxiety. If you have any questions you'd like to ask Jules, please email help@quirkycooking.com.au.]

    Visit Quirky Cooking for healthy recipes and healthy lifestyle tips that are doable and won't add to your stress levels!

    • 27 min
    Working Through Anxiety - Part 1

    Working Through Anxiety - Part 1

    Welcome to Episode 10 of Quirky Cooking Chats (Season 2), with Jo Whitton: "Working Through Anxiety - Part 1"

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    Anxiety is a normal part of life - we all go through it at one time or another and usually it hangs around for a while then moves on... But sometimes anxiety really digs its' heels in and refuses to leave, causing a chronic state of stress, low energy, lack of motivation and a feeling of helplessness. This is a time to get some professional help and support so that it doesn't take you down the rabbit hole towards depression.

    In this episode, Jo talks about her experience with anxiety, stress, burnout and chronic illness (in her own life and in her family), and what she has found most helpful for working through anxiety and learning to respond in a healthy way to the stresses of everyday life.

    Jo recommends talking to a health practitioner for medical advice (supplements, diet, counselling, support, etc), and will have a practitioner sharing her advice on Part 3 of this episode. In Parts 1 and 2, Jo shares her own simple mindset and lifestyle tips that can help you to begin heading in the right direction. She shares her thoughts on:


    what anxiety looks like (and red flags to help you know if you're starting down this track!)
    when anxiety is helpful, and when it becomes a problem - the effect of chronic, low-grade stress and anxiety on physical health
    the mind-body connection, and how you can use that to your advantage to reduce anxiety
    the importance of gut health (listen to the podcast "Gut Health 101 with Elyse Comerford" for simple steps to improve gut health)
    reducing toxins in the home (listen to the podcast "Low Tox Life with Alexx Stuart")
    the importance of clean water (listen to the podcast "Answering Your Water Filter Questions")
    getting out into nature, and the benefits of sunshine (there are many articles & studies online about the importance of nature and sunlight for reducing anxiety and improving health and wellbeing) - knowing your life has purpose and meaning
    learning to let go of things you can't change
    learning to ask for help
    the importance of 'talking it out'
    working through anxiety rather than practising 'avoidance'
    don't believe everything you think!
    slowing down and creating space to work through anxious thoughts (plus some useful questions to journal about, from the book "Be Calm: Proven Techniques to Stop Anxiety Now" by Jill Weber)
    the need of connection and community for wellbeing and mental health ...

    [This podcast will be continued next week, so stay tuned for Part 2. If you have any questions you'd like to ask Jo or the practitioner who will be speaking on Part 3, please email help@quirkycooking.com.au.]

    Visit Quirky Cooking for healthy recipes and healthy lifestyle tips that are doable and won't add to your stress levels!

    • 49 min
    Fish Tacos with Spinach Wraps - Simple, Healing Food

    Fish Tacos with Spinach Wraps - Simple, Healing Food

    Welcome to Episode 9 of Quirky Cooking Chats (Season 2), with Jo Whitton: "Fish Tacos with Spinach Wraps - Simple, Healing Food"

    Visit website: quirkycooking.com.au/simplehealingfood

    Watch this cooking video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/eoFldeVeQhE 

    LET'S COOK!

    This week Jo demonstrates one of her favourite recipes from her new cookbook - Simple, Healing Food. Marinated fish, crispy slaw, creamy chilli mayo and avocado, all wrapped up in a spinach wrap and drizzled with lime... YUM!

    Jo uses the Thermomix method in this video - see the cookbook for conventional method.

    Follow along and try it out, or find the recipes in Simple, Healing Food: quirkycooking.com.au/simplehealingfood

    ABOUT SIMPLE, HEALING FOOD: Simple, Healing Food is an invaluable guide that will provide you with the information you need to transform the way you look at food. Packed with easy-to-follow and nutritious recipes by Jo Whitton (Quirky Cooking), with practical advice from integrative nutritionist and GAPS™ practitioner Elyse Comerford, the gentle, step-by-step approach used in this book will have you cooking fresh, delicious and easily digested whole foods you and your whole family will love.

    - Over 140 gut-loving recipes that are all grain free, gluten free and refined sugar free

    - 288 pages of recipes, photographs, health information and practical cooking tips

    - Recipes suitable for a wide variety of dietary challenges including dairy free, egg free, nut free, nightshade free, GAPS™ and Low FODMAPS

    - Easy to follow recipe layout, with dietary categories, ingredient variations, serving suggestions and storage tips

    - Conventional methods with Thermomix® cooking notes

    - Ingredients that are easily accessible from the grocery store

    - Tips for prepare-ahead meals, bulk food prep and healthy eating on a budget

    - Practical tips to help you discover the joy and simplicity of cooking with whole foods

    Whether you’re interested in improving your gut health or are just looking for some fuss-free, whole-food recipes to add to your weekly menu, you’re sure to love the simplicity and wholesome deliciousness of Simple, Healing Food.

    quirkycooking.com.au/simplehealingfood

    Got questions? Email Jo at help@quirkycooking.com.au

    • 32 min
    "Ask Me a Question!" GAPS Mistakes, Cooking, Skincare, Gardening & More

    "Ask Me a Question!" GAPS Mistakes, Cooking, Skincare, Gardening & More

    Welcome to Episode 8 of Quirky Cooking Chats (Season 2), with Jo Whitton: "Ask Me a Question" (GAPS Mistakes, Cooking, Skincare, Gardening & More!)

    Visit website: https://www.quirkycooking.com.au/

    Watch this video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/1naCcaD_NCc 

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    This week Jo answers questions from listeners, such as:

    - Is there anything you would do differently on your GAPS journey knowing what you know now? (Spoiler alert: YES!!)

    - When do you feel it’s time to do GAPS again? (Or is it a one off?)

    - Did you take onion and garlic out of your diet when healing the gut?

    - What skincare products do you use?

    - What do you feed your dog?

    - How’s your garden going?

    ... and more questions relating to cooking, gardening and life!

    Podcasts mentioned:

    - Meat Stocks VS Bone Broths: https://youtu.be/bo4KLoiKTv4

    - GAPS 101: https://youtu.be/pe2GV8IIWo0

    - Whole Foods for Dogs: https://youtu.be/9SPLoo_0x2Y

    Got questions? Email Jo at help@quirkycooking.com.au

    • 34 min
    Healthy Weight Loss (& Weight Gain) - with Integrative Nutritionist, Elyse Comerford

    Healthy Weight Loss (& Weight Gain) - with Integrative Nutritionist, Elyse Comerford

    Welcome to Episode 7 of Quirky Cooking Chats (Season 2), with Jo Whitton: Healthy Weight Loss (& Weight Gain)

    Visit website: https://www.quirkycooking.com.au/

    Watch this video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/HgqJJ5EBs20 

    {HEALTH SUMMIT FOR FLOOD RELIEF: Please join us - 100% of sales go to charities supporting families recovering from the floods in Northern Rivers, NSW: https://www.wellbellyhealth.com.au/wellness-renewed}

    ABOUT THIS PODCAST:

    Losing weight is at the top of the 'health goals' list for many people, but achieving a healthy weight often feels like an uphill battle. We are bombarded with conflicting advice, advertising, diets and protocols, and most of the advice is unhelpful, and can even be harmful.

    Integrative nutritionist, Elyse Comerford, says healthy weight loss (or gain, if that is what is needed) is a natural side effect of good health. There are many factors that can be affecting your weight - it's never as simple as 'calorie restriction and exercise' for weight loss. (If only it were!) Weight issues are usually a symptom of deeper health issues. We need to take our focus off the symptoms and instead look at root cause, if we are to make long-term changes.

    In this podcast, Elyse talks about three main areas that need to be considered to achieve a healthy weight: stress, nutrition and detox pathways. Learn how to work through these root causes rather than just dealing with the symptoms, and you'll be on your way to reaching your health and weight goals!

    Learn more about the work that Elyse does here, and how you can work with her and her team: https://www.wellbellyhealth.com.au/

    Watch Elyse's health chats and Q&A videos here: https://www.wellbellyhealth.com.au/videosandpodcasts

    Join our Gut Health Formula program here: https://www.wellbellyhealth.com.au/the-gut-health-formula

    Follow Elyse on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/wellbellyhealthclinic/

    Got questions? Email help@quirkycooking.com.au

    • 39 min

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