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A Photographer + Art Director’s Alistair Knox Home

The mid-century homes of Alistair Knox are always special, but place one in the hands of photographer Sean Fennessy, and art director and stylist Jessica Lillico, and you have a guaranteed knockout.

Sean and Jess purchased this circa 1969 Warrandyte property, nicknamed The Fisher House, as their family home in 2019. Together with architect Adriana Hanna, they’ve sensitively updated the brick and timber interiors, creating a heart-warming home full of textured, robust materials.

5 Tips for Starting Your Own Business

5 Tips for Starting Your Own BusinessThe pandemic has caused many people to reflect and seek out change. One example can be found in the number of new businesses. According to data from the United Sta

Celebrating + Advocating For First Nations People With Social Enterprise Clothing The Gaps

You’re probably familiar with the t-shirts bearing statements such as ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’; ‘Free The Flag’; and ‘Not The Date Celebrate.’

What you might not know is the story behind this merchandise, created by social enterprise Clothing The Gaps (formerly known as Clothing The Gap).

Co-founded by health professionals Laura Thompson (a Gunditjmara woman), and Sarah Sheridan, Clothing The Gaps supports the health of First Nations peoples through fitness initiatives, funded through sales of their Australian-designed and made merchandise.

Laura and Sarah are also activists who publicly campaign on issues such as free-use of the Aboriginal flag (which you can read more about here). Their work has helped raise awareness of this ongoing matter, leading to a Senate inquiry into copyright and licensing arrangements for the flag design.

Given how quickly Clothing The Gaps has risen to prominence, it’s hard to believe this social enterprise is officially only one year old. We caught up with Laura, Sarah, and their team in their new Brunswick store to hear all about it!

Seeds of Omega-3 for Vegans

FOODSeeds of Omega-3 for Vegans

Seeds of Omega-3 for Vegans

Vegetarians and vegans can sometimes struggle to get all the nutrients their bodies need, especially when one of the major sources of the essential fatty acid omega-3 is fish

Vegetarians and vegans can sometimes struggle to get all the nutrients their bodies need, especially when one of the major sources of the essential fatty acid omega-3 is fish. But those following a plant-based diet needn’t despair—sacha inchi seeds have emerged as an option to ensure vegetarians and vegans are getting the omega-3s their bodies need.

Benefits of omega-3s

Omega-3s have been lauded in recent years as offering a host of benefits. According to Harvard School of Public Health, our bodies need omega-3 fatty acids to manage blood clotting and support brain health. They help to protect against heart disease and may also help to protect against

  • cancer
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • lupus
  • rheumatoid arthritis

Omega-3 fatty acids are deemed essential because our bodies cannot produce them—it is essential that we obtain sufficient levels through our diets. While many people take omega-3 supplements to ensure they’re getting enough, these supplements are often made from fish oils, and are therefore excluded from vegetarians’ and vegans’ diets. As a result, those following a plant-based diet are at a higher risk of having low levels of omega-3s than meat-eaters.

That’s where sacha inchi seeds come in.

What are sacha inchi seeds?

Sacha inchi seeds, also called Inca peanuts, are native to the Amazon of Peru and were probably cultivated by the ancient Incas. Today, those who live in the Amazon still eat the seeds and use them for oil and flour.

But what has helped sachi inchi seeds appeal to vegans is that they are loaded with omega-3s—nearly three times as much as walnuts. A study into the characterization of the seeds showed that they are 27 percent protein and 35 to 60 percent oil high in unsaturated fatty acids, making them a nutritious plant-based addition to a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Adding sacha inchi seeds to your diet

Sacha inchi seeds are readily available at health food and nutrition stores, as well as from several online sources.

With a taste similar to roasted dark peanuts, the seeds can be munched by themselves, sprinkled on top of a salad, or added into your granola or trail mix.

To find out more about sacha inchi seeds, visit your local health food store.

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