Scott Mathias


Interview with James Yates and Scott Mathias 

High-Performance Coach, James Yates, is the Founder of ReIgnite Retreats & Workshops. He is a Professional Speaker, Author, and Entrepreneur.

James possesses impactful insight into the potential of Humans and his teachings are known throughout Australia and abroad.

In this latest series of interviews, I ask James how realizing ‘Human Potential’ can lift people out of a restrictive and limited belief system and elevate them into a new place of awareness and understanding.

High-Performance Coach James Yates

James Yates can be contacted through

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this interview are those of the interviewee. For information and interest only.

What Do Elite Athletes Like Novak Djokovic, Brendan Brazier, Rich Roll & Lewis Hamilton Have In Common?

By Scott Mathias CHHC. AADP

There is a growing chorus of support from Novak Djokovic, Brendan Brazier, Rich Roll and Lewis Hamilton for metabolic augmentation to help reduce post-event inflammation at competition level. But what else do these four elite athletes have in common? They all follow a plant-based diet and their athletic successes have been profound.

What Do Elite Athletes Have In Common? Brendan Brazier
Brendan Brazier – Former Iron Man Champion and Endurance Competitor

Former professional Ironman triathlete and two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion Brendan Brazier swears by a wholefood vegan diet, saying recovery from training is down to 80 percent nutrition. Not only by eating a balanced low-fat diet, but also by ensuring his gut function is optimal.

Not only are athletes of all codes turning to a whole food plant-based diet, but they are also looking closely at how the biology of their bodies actually works.

Gut function is the key to maximising the spread of nutrients through the bloodstream and minimising the build-up of both uric and lactic acid during the event and, most importantly, after the event.

Rich Roll - What Do Elite Athletes Have In Common?
Rich Roll world-renowned ultra-endurance athlete

Rich Roll is an internationally recognised elite endurance athlete who uses nutrition to support his achievements.  

The gut is made up of a series of horizontal muscles designed by nature to macerate food – a smearing action, which breaks down both organic and non-organic proteins. But when these proteins are all plant-based, the breakdown process is more efficient and that leads to increased nutrient absorption in the small intestine.

F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton 5X F1 World Champion

F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton also uses the ‘clean and green’ approach to manage his pre and post-race dietary regime.

Novak Djokovic Talks About His Mindblowing Diet Transformation

Tennis ace Novak Djokovic’s mind-blowing diet transformation is a testament to how, when he removed food that contributed to internal inflammation, he recovered his winning performance.

He removed the following:

Wheat products – gluten is a known contributor to inflammation depositing lactic acid around the working biology of the Human body.

Meat products – when not broken down properly by the gut maceration process rots inside the body creating uric acid, which is deposited around bone joints and inside muscle configuration.

Dairy products – are known to cause inflammation and deposit pathogens in the bloodstream that ultimately affects muscles, compact bone support like synovial membrane around knee joints for-instance.

White sugar – High GI may provide short-term gain but also creates long term pain.

As Novak shared in the above video (3 mins) – his game changed and he was back to winning form. The other’s achievements speak for themselves.

But whilst changes in food intake can and do support performance, as illustrated by a growing number of elite sports performers, a poor gut function can negate any potential gains.

During my formative years, I was a High School athletics champion at Rotorua Boys High School.

I rowed at #7 in the school rowing eight. I was a member of the School Rugby First XV and an elite small-bore rifle exponent.

Largely vegetarian from the age of eight because I had gut issues, by minimising the intake of animal-based proteins I became a high sports achiever.

It wasn’t until I found green papaya powder that my gut really began to function correctly negating chronic inflammation in the form of gout, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. 

My general level of nutrient absorption increased dramatically to the extent that my body suffers from no inflammation registered in the form of aches and pains. I am 100% plant-based.

Question – What Do Elite Athletes Have In Common?

Answer – They have ALL transitioned to a whole food plant-based diet. If you want to have success in your own life, follow successful people.


Images: Public Domain

Scott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Counsellor, Author and Gut Whisperer. He is a former journalist and researcher with a penchant for thought-provoking stories.

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits Of Asparagus – Why you should add asparagus to your regular diet!

By Scott Mathias CHHC. AADP

All naturally occurring foods seem to be designed by nature to undertake certain functions inside Human biology, none-the-least, the humble ASPARAGUS, so why not add asparagus to your regular diet. This article discusses the anti-inflammatory benefits of asparagus that you probably aren’t aware of.

Asparagus is a highly alkaline food, that is ideal for removing toxins from the bladder, kidneys and, at the same time affording protection for the liver.

China and Peru are the world’s largest producers and exporters of asparagus. 

Asparagus is a flowering perennial plant belonging to the Asparagaceae family.

Did you know that only 20 of the 300 varieties of asparagus are EDIBLE?

Coming from two of Planet Earth’s oldest cultures, asparagus has long been known for its anti-inflammatory qualities. In fact, it has appeared in ancient records as far back as 3000BC in Egypt.

anti-inflammatory benefits of asparagus
Asparagus has been used to treat conditions like arthritis and rheumatism.

It also supports the reduction of inflammation of the urinary tract and is also useful for nerve pain and swelling. This is called neuritis. 

For the scientifically minded, asparagus has a truly unique combination of anti-inflammatory nutrients such as flavonoids: quercetin, rutin, kaempferol, and isorhamnetin.  

Asparagus is rich in saponins compounds including asparanin A, sarsasapogenin, protodioscin, and diosgenin.  Sarsasapogenin is being researched for its potential benefits for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Motor Neurons disease is also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”  

Recent research indicates that inflammation can be responsible for the death of motor neurons in ALS.

Inflammation is often associated with the development of a disease, including cancer.  

It causes changes in cells that lead to tumor development and progression.

This means that reducing inflammation is ideal to maintain cellular health.

Asparagus is a highly alkaline food with an ability to scrub out the bladder, kidneys, and assuage the liver.

It is loaded with an amino acid called asparagine that helps to cleanse the body of toxic waste. That’s why some people’s urine can have that unpleasant odour after eating asparagus. This is the smell of toxins being removed from your body.

anti-inflammatory benefits of asparagus
Pain seared asparagus with sundried tomatoes and macadamia nut cheese drizzled with balsamic

Great for diet and digestion too!

‘Inulin’ is a carbohydrate present in asparagus that encourages the growth of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli, which are two bacteria that increase the absorption of nutrients. They reduce the risk of allergies as well as colon cancer.  

It helps to prevent unfriendly bacteria from taking hold in our intestinal tract.

Moreover, a 226gm or 8 ounce serving of asparagus contains more than 11% of the RDA of fibre and almost 10% of the RDA of protein.

The healthy fibre and protein content in asparagus stabilises our digestion, inhibits excesses, keeps a low amount of sugar in the blood and prevents and minimises inflammation constipation.

Add asparagus to your regular diet to ensure that your body receives the anti-inflammatory support it needs.

Asparagus is high in VitK and VitC.

A cup of asparagus also contains only 43 calories.

Asparagus forms the basis of a number of really amazing whole food plant-based dishes and its anti-inflammatory benefits are many and varied.

References: (images)  (image) (image)

Scott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Author and Gut Whisperer. He is a former journalist and researcher with a penchant for thought-provoking stories

My 10 Best Vegan Restaurants & Cafes in Hoi An are listed below for you to check out while visiting Vietnam.

There’s an old saying, which has emerged as the trend towards veganism gathers momentum – ‘let’s get on the bandwagon’.

Whilst in Vietnam earlier this year, we regularly visited our 10 best vegan restaurants and cafes in Hoi An all of which delivered completely different eating experiences.

Before I cast my comments and opinion I want to add a rider. In all cases, I originally entered as a guest ‘off the street’ and made no mention at all of my ‘interest’ in vegan food.

Comments are in no particular order and my rating criteria is

  1. General Ambiance
  2. Food Taste and Presentation
  3. Friendly and Engaging Staff
  4. A Warm And Respectful Welcome

Below is my list of 10 best vegan restaurants and cafes in Hoi An:

Nourish Eatery – In A Rice Field off Cu Dai Road, Hoi An

This gorgeous traditional Vietnamese house is hidden away from the hustle and bustle and enjoys the peaceful surroundings of the rice fields. There’s no street address because the laneway that Nourish is on has no name. We found it by exploring shortly after they opened and following their Facebook page.

But what a wonderful surprise and the business partnership behind Nourish – Dutchman Frank Raveling and Vietnamese Linh have created something quite special.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Linh and Frank – Proprietors of Nourish

Not only is the location serene and welcoming but also Linh’s food is only prepared with local fresh ingredients as ordered. The taste and flavours of this ALL-whole food plant-based vegan food are just beautiful.

Could this be described as a tapas type café? Not really. The menu is tight ‘street meets east and west’. Their burgers for-instance are to live for – my favourite is the Mango Chutney burger closely followed by the Falafel Burger.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Nourish Mango Chutney Burger

You cannot go wrong with any of Nourish’s small but pleasing list of freshly prepared juices and smoothies.

Nourish also serves a variety of bowls for breakfast and lunch. As yet they do not serve dinner but I feel they have enough on their hands as it is without doing an evening service.

I am comfortable putting Nourish in the 10/10 category because of its all-round success in bringing whole food plant-based vegan food together with friendly service and a great locale. See the Google Maps link but once you have been there you will never forget how to find this unique vegan café. This is one of the best vegan restaurants in Hoi An.

10/10 – $$

Annen Yoga & Vegetarian – 471/7 Cua Dai, Hoi An – Down the side alleyway at the back.

There is a great saying in Hoi An – ‘Just follow the laneway’. In this case, it leads to a little vegan café oasis off the busy Cua Dai Road. A green garden and casual seating area greet guests and yoga folk along with a great locally inspired all-vegan menu.

Food is freshly made by friendly staff and if owner, Jyothi is not teaching yoga she will come and have a chat with you as her English is perfect.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Annen’s Tofu in Tomato Sauce

Annen offers a selection of soup and stir-fried options but our favourite was perhaps the best Banh Mi in Hoi An, filled with freshly prepared seasoned tofu, green vegetables and topped with crispy seaweed.

Typically Vietnamese the Banh Mi is a split baguette filled with meat options, so to get to enjoy a non-meat option was a delightful experience.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Annen’s Exceptional Tofu Banh Mi

Annen’s clay pots are also fabulously tasty. We enjoyed the Braised Mushroom in a clay pot. Their Tofu in Tomato sauce was also exceptional. Portions are large even by western standards, which makes eating a main for 45,000 Dong great value. That’s around $3 Australian!

We were staying not too far from Annen and would often pop over on the bike and pick up Banh Mi and a freshly ‘chucked’ coconut ready to drink.  Opening hours from 6 am to 9 pm makes it an ideal evening meal location. The evening lights cast a romantic pall over the café when the sun goes down.  

RATING: 9/10 $

Karma Waters –  213 Duong Nguyen Duy Hieu, Son Phong, Hoi An

Traditional and passable ‘comfort food’. Nice attempt to translate passion into something marketable and edible. The vegetable burger contained tofu, which was OK but would have preferred straight-up vegetables.

We understand the good folk at this eatery also feed those less fortunate, which is admirable but with just a tad tidying up around the edges this wee café could start to zing.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Karma Waters Meal Selection

Comfortably priced by Vietnamese standards but a little flat and disappointing. We wondered just how many hours a day staff worked as we often caught staff sleeping after 2pm most days. This is however them no-doubt taking the traditional 11 until 2pm Hoi An siesta after their lunch service.

Salads were tasty and of ample proportions if you are needing just a raw vegan plate. So too their vegetable Pho – the traditional Vietnamese soup.

Reliable if you are in a hurry but as the name suggests – Karma Waters – take time to relax and take in the colours and contrasts of Duong Nguyen Duy Hieu road.  Open from 10 in the morning until around 8.30pm.

RATING: 7/10 $

Vegan Zone – 197 Duong Nguyen Duy Hieu, Son Phong, Hoi An

Opened 3 months ago from writing this and I have to say this is a real find in a small pond of vegan wannabes in Hoi An. Immaculate in its set-up with stylish Asian furniture, it was very welcoming with a good standard of spoken English.

The food was just glorious and whilst based on traditional Vietnamese cooking, the major point of difference is that the food is FRESHLY prepared to order.

The mustard leaf wraps are totally fabulous. Clare had the pan-seared mushrooms and I had the wraps and Vegan Zone’s signature dish of rice noodle soup and vegetables. We decided to try a dessert too and the Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce is a real treat.  Light, fresh and so tasty. 

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Vegan Zone Rice Noodle Soup with Mini Pancake & Mushrooms

The staff are truly beautiful and even obliged us with a group picture as we left. We felt honoured and respected through the service and the high quality of ingredients and their FRESHNESS.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Vegan Zone Staff and Co-Proprietor Chi Nguyen

 I highly recommend this wee gem on the Hoi An vegan landscape and whilst slightly above average price-wise, it was well worth just to feel ‘at home’.

RATING: 10/10  $$$

Minh Hien 2 – 30A Duong Dinh Tien Hoang, Tan An, Hoi An

This is one of three Minh Hien vegan and vegetarian cafes in Hoi An. Mostly populated by visiting westerners who had followed the directions here via Trip Advisor or Happy Cow. The food was reliable and good value.

Food preparation and cooking is done by an ‘older person’ with a flawless complexion – which is a testament to the quality of the food – flawless and delightful.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Traditional White Rose (Hoi Anese vegetable dumplings), Open top vegetarian tacos, Vietnamese pancakes, Braised Tofu with Mushrooms and Noodles and Springrolls.

They serve what is known as ‘Fresh Beer’ which is ‘day-old beer bought down from Da Nang each day. Whilst it was refreshing I would add a note of warning that it is made using Vietnamese water and both Clare and I went down with something the day after. We don’t know but err on the side of caution and go for a local canned beer, which will adequately complement the reliable and tasty food.

You cannot go wrong here and apart from the beer episode enjoyed several visits. Priced reasonably by Vietnamese standards.

RATING: 7/10 $$

Minh Hien 3 – Minh Hien 3 Vegetarian Restaurant – 29 Phan Chu Trinh – Hoi An

Part of the Minh Hien stable Number 3 is a really delightful experience. As you step off the pavement on the busy yet colorful and vibrant Phan Chu Trinh, the beauty of the garden in which dinners are seated immediately entrances you.

vietnamese vegetables in a clay pot
My partner, Clare Darwish, at Minh Hien 3

This locale is especially beautiful for an evening meal for a perfect sit down experience, which includes cloth napkins and good quality cutlery.

Fresh Pho Noodle with Mushroom was a fav of ours along with Braised Tofu and Vegetables in a clay pot. A starter of Minh Hien -3’s famous vegetable spring rolls will set the tenor for this eating experience.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Minh Hien 3’s Mushroom and Tofu Rice

Oh, they also serve a range of really interesting alcoholic and non- alcoholic cocktails too along with local beers and the local Dalat wine.

Overall, this is just one step away from fine dining midst a flourishing tropical garden. The staff are well trained and friendly and most speak good and passable English. Most of the wait staff are university trained and work here before heading off into another aspect of Vietnamese burgeoning tourist industry. They remember you when you return. How lovely is that?

RATING: 9/10 $$$

WhatElse Vegetarian Café10/1 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An

Small out of the way vegetarian café, which also offers ‘old world’ foods. It’s off the main ‘old town’ thoroughfare down a side alley which means it is nice and quiet if you are over all the hustle and bustle. The view from the café window was sufficient enough to just ‘look at’ for an hour or two.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
View from the window-What Else

Serving traditional Vietnamese vegetarian food options we had the vegetable pho (which is normally served with a meat of some sort) that was really delightfully warm and nurturing. We had a vegetable burger on another occasion, which was Ok but nothing really to write home about.

They sell a cheap but palatable wine by the glass along with beer if you like both. We will visit again if we are down that way because the vegetarian selection is good, well prepared and tasty and of course, comfortably priced. Service is good if a little pedestrian but this was OK because we were happy to sit.

RATING: 6/10 $$

AM Vegetarian Restaurant – 33D Ly Thai To Street, Hoi An

Ly Thai To street is one of the longest streets in Hoi An so you have to be on the lookout for this rather atheistically interesting vegetarian café.

Clare and I were the only ones in the restaurant to be followed in by two more couples (off-season) but it came highly recommended.

We were not disappointed with my green papaya and banana blossom salad and Clare’s vegetable hot pot. Both were really lovely even more so because we splashed out on a raw G and T which cost 45,000 Dong which is just under $3 Australia.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
A composite selection of AM dishes with an emphasis on Vietnamese fusion
10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
AM’s Amazing Mushroom Soup

Staff was very engaging include ‘new import’ Manuel, An Australian Colombian I think he said he was and was obviously trained in the art of good table and customer service.

AM’s menu is comprehensive with a variety to meet taste buds and budget. Servings were good and hearty and pricing in the ‘reasonable’ bracket. I mentioned atheistically interesting – yes indeed it was with walls and floors covered in a myriad of exotic colours.

It was always reliable for us when we felt the need to stray from our usual haunts. This is also one of the most popular vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Hoi An that is frequented by the growing ex-pat community. Great place for a party too!!

RATING: 7/10 $$$

The Fisherman – An Bang Beach Hội An

Don’t let the name fool you. The story goes that this was once a fish restaurant until the fisherman owner woke up one day and said he was going vegan because he was aware of the destruction to our oceans with overfishing and pollution. It’s not quite in Hoi An but very close and is the only vegan restaurant in An Bang Beach, so check it out.

Sitting towards the Southern End of An Bang Beach The Fisherman is an experience, which ran into several hours for us, as we took in the beachside ambiance.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
The Fisherman Pan-Seared Vegetables and Mushrooms.

A popular spot for western visitors, this all-vegan café is renown for its vegetable burgers, vegetable Pho, curries and falafel wraps. Whilst there was no real standout, the several times we visited always met our expectations.

Large salads and plates full of delectable Vietnamese flavours are The Fisherman’s specialties. They also serve a variety of local beers along with freshly prepared fruit smoothies and juices, ideal for beachside slumbering.

The Fisherman Tofu Rice & Vegetables With Rice and Green Salad

Staff are friendly but speak very little English and prices just OK for the combined beach and vegan café experience. Ideal for younger folk looking to make a day of the beach, the vegan café food washed down with a few cold beers or fresh juices.

RATING: 7/10 $$

Baby Mustard Restaurant – left off Hai Ba Trung on the Eastern Side of the Rice Paddies Heading to An Bang Beach, Hoi An

Backing onto to the Tra Que organic gardens this vegetarian/vegan café was always consistent. At one time we were living 50 meters from Baby Mustard and we could whip down to pick up a take away or sit in.

It serves traditional Vietnamese food but with ample vegan choices. A little off the beaten track but again once you have visited you will always remember your way back.

Baby Mustard enjoys a countryside ambiance.

Run by a small family from the area, this café amongst the garden vegetables is both charming and quaint.

Vegetable Pho (local Vietnamese soup), stir-fried vegetables and tofu and the obligatory spring rolls are the most popular dishes- all tasty and clean. Baby Mustard is a very ‘nature-filled’ environment great for couples and families alike.

baby mustard's delicious spring rolls
Baby Mustard’s delicious Spring Rolls

Reasonably priced for two around DG 200,000 or AUD$12.50

RATING: 7/10 $$

There are literally hundreds of cafes and restaurants in Hoi An now offering vegetarian or vegan options alongside the heavy meat and seafood orientated menus. We tended to stay away from these places simply because of the high level of potential cross-contamination and general level of consciousness.

The best authentic vegan cafes and restaurants are largely owned by people committed to the vegan way of living – love, care, and compassion – this is expressed in the tastiness of their food and as importantly, their friendliness.

Before I finish I would like to share a SECRET RECOMMENDATION! ……When you visit Vegan Zone make a point of asking for the Lemongrass Tofu!. This dish was perhaps one of my all-time Vietnamese favourites – with intense fresh flavours and lusciousness, which is indescribable.

Good luck and enjoy your time in Hoi An made all the better because the vegan food you eat and enjoy is readily available.

Scott Mathias and his partner Clare Darwish spent four months indulging in the culture of Hoi An, Vietnam from December 2018 to April 2019. They paid for their meals on all occasions and took the time to find out what makes these wonderful vegan cafes and restaurants the beautiful places they are.

When someone is ill and all logical potential solutions proposed by the medical fraternity dry up and you’re told that you’ll never get better or you’ll have to take certain drugs for the rest of your life, how does that make you feel? Can you go from sickness to wellness under your own steam? I believe you can and with a little help from papain enzymes, I turned my own life around in a year.

Have you, or someone close, had this experience?

Alas, today it’s all too common. When doctors have tried everything that the text books tell them and there’s still no improvement or the cancer returns or the organ finally fails, there’s not a lot more they can do.

All through my 45yrs of chronic illness, somehow I knew that the solution wasn’t going to be in the doctor’s surgery. I did have a Barium Meal when I was a teenager and that was enough for me 🙁 I opted for natural remedies and eventually found the perfect solution to self heal.

I changed something in my own mindset many, many years ago and always knew the the solution would appear once I knew what was causing my illness. Sounds a bit esoteric… and it is!!

Firstly, I am not my body. This wonderful biological computing device called the human body is just on loan to me.  When I began to see my body quite objectively and as an independent living and breathing ‘data processing device’ my approach from sickness to wellness and healing changed.

taking a body from sickness to wellness is possible by self healing

I began to see my body as a recipient of good quality nutritional data quite complimentary to the successful working of everything.

Just as your laptop needs really clear and concise data put into it, so too the body!

I learned that my gut only receives good quality plant based data, designed by nature, to be recognised by my gut computer in the first instance. Then separated and combined nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals, fats and starches which are absorbed by the small and to a minor degree, the large intestine.

So while I have been praising the virtues of green papaya powder as an aid to self healing for all of the last 11 years, it’s great to hear what other people have to say about using this wonderful miracle of nature. Hear what Maureen has to say about her green papaya fruit powder experience.

Maureen’s Testimonial ~ Polyps & Diverticulitis disappear after a few months on Green Papaya Powder

EVERYTHING about good health rests on the ability of the gut to breakdown proteins and this, combined with the role of the pancreas to provide hydrochloric acid and the liver (gall bladder) to provide bile for further interactive breakdown, means optimum functionality.

From a purely integrative perspective, what is or isn’t happening in your gut is often impacted by stress associated with external issues going on in your life.

Many people I see complain of their past impacting on their present day emotions. From personal experience, this is massive for so many people.

I have deduced that ALL negative emotional experiences, particularly from an early age, are trapped in the body.

So, getting your body FREE of emotional discord is one thing via meditation and exercise along with introducing different choice mechanisms. Getting your gut working again is another.  Here’s what another client says about her green papaya experience.

76yr old Carol Carter attributes her good health to Green Papaya Powder

Will Self Healing work for you?

Let me be quite emphatic with the following words.  Green Papaya powder is not just another product.  It is a true gift from nature.  It is one of nature’s real miracle fruits.

Is it the ‘end all and be all’?  NO, not by a long shot.  It’s just one aspect of taking personal responsibility for your own health and healing.  

I had a client recently return from her Doctor – yes she has feet in both camps of belief – where he said that she would never be cured of her malaise.  Sickness to wellness was her goal! In Australian Aboriginal folklore there are stories about people having ‘bones pointed at them’ – in other words cursed by the words and thoughts of others.

Did my client have the bone pointed at her?   Well only she will decide that, but I do believe she is beginning to understand that her body’s wellness lies within her own reach.


No Doctor can do what I do for my body each day.  Off the end of my fork and from my mind come the very tools needed for successful healing.  I believe that we literally do become what we eat.

So, what are you eating? In order to change from sickness to wellness sometimes, it only takes a few small changes in our diet but a huge shift in our belief system will go a long, long way to helping us heal. You’ll find some complimentary raw food recipes here!

Here’s to your good health!

If you’d like more confirmation of the wonders of green papaya powder? CLICK here and learn more.

If you have any queries about the efficiency of green papaya powder please feel free to email HERE.

Scott Mathias is an Australian based Certified Holistic Health Counsellor, Author and Gut Whisper.

The US Food and Drug Administration have not evaluated statements in this article and information shared is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

Futurist Predicts Coming Economic Crash, The Decline in Social Media Relevancy & Civil Unrest

Dr Richard Hames is an Australian Entrepreneur, Strategic Futurist, Mentor and Author and, in a recent interview, I asked him “What does the future hold for us?”

I was particularly interested to hear his views in relation to the enormous movement away from old world foods and towards plant based eating.

Who is Dr Richard Hames?

Dr Hames is hired by world leaders, industrialists and corporatists to advise on the future of their businesses based on his years of study and research.

In 1998 he warned of the probability of hijacked planes being flown into the World Trade Centre.

In 2005 he described to a group of Wall Street bankers the patterns that would lead to a global financial crisis just three years later.

Dr Hames correctly foresaw the circumstances that led to the impeachment of President Dilma Rouseff in Brazil.

He was among the first futurists to anticipate the success of Apple’s first iPod and Tesla’s electric cars.

Also, he predicted the socio-political conditions that eventually led to the Arab Spring, the release of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and the election of Donald Trump.

Today he is talking about the collapse of capitalism as we know it and threats to the sovereignty of the EU.

Based purely on performance, Dr Richard Hames – Founding Partner at Hames McGregor + Partners [], Chairman of the Asian Foresight Institute, an elected Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science, and personal mentor to Heads of State, CEOs and entrepreneurs – is one of our most distinguished futurists.

Described by Forbes Asia as “one of the smartest people on the planet” Richard is among the world’s most influential thinkers.

Constantly sought after by governments and business corporations for his searing intellect and remarkably accurate insights, Richard provides his clients with deep wisdom on a range of issues concerning the future of humanity.

My connection with Richard

I first met Richard some years ago, at a Workshop arranged by a company I worked for back in the day… Business Consultancy firm Arthur Anderson. I found Richard be a very intelligent and knowledgeable person with a finger on the pulse of world affairs.

A quick search around YouTube will produce a number of interviews where Richard is asked about his views on World Affairs and where we’re all heading. His answers are always interesting.

What does the future hold for us?

In he predicted 9/11, the 2008 Global Financial Crash, Donald Trump’s Presidency.

Today, he is warning of the decline in Facebook relevancy and how that will affect us in the future.

So, what else does the future hold for us?

There will be a continuation in the decline of meat consumption alongside tremendous growth in demand for a whole food plant based lifestyle.

Recently, I reached out to him to hear more about his views on world affairs.

Have a listen and see if you will agree with him about decisions being made today affecting ALL of the inhabitants of Planet Earth.

Dr Richard Hames predictions on what the future holds for us.

For more information on the work of Dr Hames please go to

Do you think he’s got it right? Leave your comments on the link below and share your views with our community.

Opinions expressed in this interview are those of the interviewee . For information and interest only.

Learn How To Ease Bloating Naturally and Quickly!

Bloating is a symptom or a signal that whatever you’ve just eaten isn’t being broken down and is causing a build up of gas in your stomach. In this article, you’ll learn how to ease bloating, indigestion and acid reflux naturally… and quickly!!

You’ll notice that it doesn’t happen every time you eat.  But why does it happen at all? Firstly, it’s because certain foods are easier for you to digest that others. Secondly, bloating is caused by a buildup of gas in your stomach. That means that the food you just ate isn’t breaking down quickly enough. In short, this may be due to too much acid or too little acid in your gut.

If it happens every time you eat, chances are you could have a serious issue going on and that you probably don’t travel too far without antacids. 

Let me explain what I know about gut function.

In simple terms, everything you eat enters your gut within about 7 seconds and the acids in the gut start breaking down the foods. 

Most people are aware that fruits and vegetables break down very quickly and are usually out of the system within 24 hours.  Right?

Animal proteins like meat, eggs and dairy ie milk, cream, butter and cheese, take a lot longer.  72 hours to be exact!!

Therefore, when we eat too many animal-based products, fatty foods, fast food or sugary foods and, let’s not forget, ‘alcohol’ which are all lacking in ‘life force’, that means we will send the gut muscle into a state of spasm causing it to literally blow-up due to increased levels of acidity.

Some folk suggest that drinking lemon water helps because, as soon as it enters the body, the citric acid becomes hyper-alkaline thus reducing acidity. But this is just a temporary aid.  However, there is a long-term solution.

Bloated Stomach Remedy: Drink this straight after your main meal each day and see bloating disappear.

Bloating can easily be fixed completely by doing the following …

a) increasing your level of food awareness, in other words knowing what foods trigger that bloated feeling

b) getting your gut muscle to work properly again. Is your gut doing it’s job? Does it break down the food you eat quickly and easily? If your answer is no, then your gut muscle is running slow.

Learn How To Ease Bloating Naturally!

The method I found works best and quickest, is a little known fruit that’s high in papain enzymes which get to work breaking down those undigested proteins straight away.  In fact it is so powerful, that it’s often used in the meat industry as a tenderizer.

Papain enzymes are found in mature but unripe Papaya or Pawpaw, Papayas grow in the topics.

When the fruit is still green, that is the time to harvest it, as the fructose levels are low and the papain levels are high. 

Since not everyone lives in a hot climate, green papayas can be difficult to find and they can also be very expensive to buy.  If they grow in your backyard, then make good use of this powerful fruit provided by nature and make a tasty Green Papaya Salad with a little limejuice squeezed over the top.

If you’re not able to find the fresh fruit, then worry not.  For example, green papaya powder is now available in powder and capsule form and has usually been dehydrated or dried in the sun then ground into a fine powder and packed. 

Although it’s not very well known, it is nonetheless one of the best ways to ease symptoms like bloating, indigestion, heartburn , reflux and a whole host of other problems that emanate from the gut. Likewise, green papaya powder will work on more serious or chronic condition too when taken over a period of time alongside a change to healthier diet.

Bromelain is another Proteolytic enzyme that is found in Pineapples.  Yet not everyone has easy or regular access to those either, so bromelain is even more rare than papain!!

Where can I find some?

Today, you can buy Green Papaya Powder and Green Papaya Powder with Pineapple & Turmeric in a dehydrated powder or capsule. That means it is 100% nutrient dense since nothing is lost in the drying process.  Turmeric, of course, is anti-inflammatory so excellent for those more painful conditions.

green papaya pineapple + turmeric capsules

You can find these products right here on our website or check with your local health store or pharmacy but do check the labels to make sure that your getting 100% organic powder without preservatives or anti-caking agents. Check our online store for more info.

How long does it take to work?

In most cases, relief comes almost instantly. Most people report feeling better after just a few minutes. However, we are all different, so be patient.

As you begin to eat healthier and take the it regularly, the green papaya powder will release trauma from the gut muscle by taking over the breakdown process. Therefore, over time, the gut muscle will get stronger allowing proteins, including ALL ‘green’ proteins to breakdown completely, and thus improve your levels of nutritional absorption through your small intestine.  

Maintaining good health is easier when the body is absorbing nutrients properly and no protein waste gets stuck in the body causing acidity, discomfort and pain.

Bloated Stomach Remedy: Drink this straight after your main meal each day and see bloating disappear.

green papaya powder by scott mathias

Green Papaya Powder is what helped me on my journey to good health after a two very severe acid reflux attacks a week apart.  Bloating was also a constant for me. When I took my first teaspoonful in a small glass of water, my bloating settled down within a few minutes.

I decided to take it every day after I ate and the reflux attacks stopped too. The relief I felt was amazing!

It meant that I could eat out with family and friends without the worry of having an attack or having to leave the table quickly to throw up if I did.

I honestly don’t think I would be alive today if it weren’t for the humble yet miraculous papaya fruit.

Over time my gut muscle strengthened and life changed for the better.  My condition was extreme and you can read more about that here ….  The Wonders Of Green Papaya

‘No one need suffer any longer’.

Hemp Seeds, Corn, Spicy Coconut Flakes & Hazelnuts

With so many people looking for ways to add hemp seeds into our daily food, this vegan salad recipe using hemp seeds, corn, spicy coconut flakes and hazelnuts will make you very popular with your non-vegan friends. This fab 100% raw wholefood plant based recipe is just one of 80+ recipes in my RAW Vegan Meals Recipe book, which contains a whole range of healthy plant based recipes for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner.

Fresh corn is available almost all year round now and the fresher the better. This dish is high in protein and good fibre and can be eaten on its own or as an accompaniment to your main meal.

hemp seeds corn spicy coconut flakes hazelnut salad

Ingredients for Salad:

2 medium corncobs, kernels removed

125g (4oz) hulled hemp seeds, soaked for 2 hours

60g (2oz) spicy coconut flakes

60g (2oz) raw hazelnuts, coarsely chopped

2 shallots or spring onions, finely chopped

1 lime, juiced

Ingredients for spicy coconut flakes:

500g (16oz) coconut flakes (available from your health store)

60ml (2 fl oz) wheat-free tamari

1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/8 teaspoon cardamom

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Ingredients for nut parmesan garnish:

259g (8oz) finely crushed macadamia or brazil nuts

2 dessertspoons nutritional yeast

1 teaspoon chopped chives, for garnish

salt & pepper to taste

You may also use cashews to make nut parmesan

Method for spicy coconut flakes:

  1. Thoroughly mix all ingredients together until the coconut flakes are thoroughly coated.
  2. Place on a dehydrating tray (or baking paper on baking tray) and dry for 3-4 hours until the flakes are crisp and dry. If you are using your oven as a dehydrator then set temp on lowest possible, with fan on and door open and expect drying time to be halved. Either way check periodically, turning and mixing through the ensure continuity of drying until nice and crisp.

Method for finished salad:

1.Thoroughly combine all the salad ingredients.

2. Combine the nut parmesan ingredients and sprinkle over the top of the salad with the chives to complete the taste experience.


Copyright Scott Mathias 2019

Scott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Health Counsellor, Gut Whisperer and Author.

This spicy Veggie Wrap is a big hit!

My Let’s Eat Raw recipe book continues to be received enthusiastically around the world. Recipes and ingredients so simple, yet brilliantly tasty.

“I made your vegetable wraps with dipping sauce as part of a healthy ‘baby shower lunch’ today. They went over well. Tomorrow night’s sauce is ready for zucchini vegehetti. Love that spiraliser too! Thank you.”  Deb Scraps

Sweet & Sour Veggie Wraps
Prep time
Total time
Wraps are hugely popular and convenient. Here's Scott's version of a Spicy Wrap using Vegetables GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE
Recipe type: Brunch
Cuisine: Raw Vegan
Serves: 2
  • 1 choko or zucchini/courgette, julienned and soaked in limejuice
  • ½ red bell pepper (capsicum) diced
  • 2 spring onions (scallions) peeled
  • ½ small cucumber, diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • ½ kaffir lime leaf, vein removed, and leaf finely chopped
  • 2 tbs lime juice
  • salt and freshly ground flat pepper, to taste
  • green leaves such as lettuce, spinach, kale, collard or chinese cabbage (choose leaves without too many veins)
Dipping Sauce:
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • .5 cm fresh ginger, peeled
  • ¼ macadamia oil
  • ⅛ cup Nama Shoyu (organic, fermented light soy sauce)
  • 1 red chilli
  • 2 tsps Agave (add more to taste)
  • Juice of 1-2 limes
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup coriander, chopped (for garnish)
  1. Combine the chokos or zucchini, shallots, cucumber, tomatoes, kaffir lime leaf, coriander and lime juice in a bowl.
  2. Mix to combine and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Remove the veins from the greens so that the leaves fold easily and begin to fill the leaves with diced vegetables from the end of the leaf closest to you.
  4. By doing it this way it will roll up easily.
To make the sweet and sour dipping sauce:
  1. Blend the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  3. Serve in small diping dishes alongise the wraps.
  4. Garnish with coriander.
Serves 2

For this and 79 more easy-to-make raw vegan recipes, check out my Let’s Eat Raw recipe book here!  GREAT Christmas Present IDEA!!


Good Health!


Let's Eat Raw - Scott Mathias
Scott Mathias CHHP. AADP
RAW Food Advocate & Chef

Scott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC) and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Scott is a Digestive Health and Raw Food Educator who takes an integrative approach to solutions, based on functional aspects of the body and his own ‘self healing’ experience which led him to create his own iLifeFoods range of plant-protein healing products. A former television network presenter both in Australia and New Zealand, Scott is the author of ‘Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health’ and the acclaimed, ‘Lets Eat RAW’ Vegan recipe book. Scott lives in Noosa, QLD with his partner Clare and his 14yr old Maltese/Shitzu dog ‘Toasti’.