Healthy Living


Are You Telepathically Linked To Your Pet.

By Scott Mathias CHHC. AADP

For eons, humans have had companion animals in their lives. Some enjoy the company of a cat or even lots of cats and others, a dog – faithful, without judgement and absolute unconditional love. But how do you know if you are telepathically linked to your pet?

I had a companion animal for more than 14 years. He was the sweetest and most loving little white dog I have ever known. His depth of loyalty was amazing and absolutely unquestionable.

Scott & Toasti on Marcus Beach, how do you know if you are telepathically connected to your pet.

So did my bond with my wee ‘Toastie’ have telepathic qualities?

Well, I know for certain that the answer to this question is a resounding YES! I knew when he needed to go out for a wee or a walk for-instance.

I knew when he was hungry, I knew when he was happy and I knew when he was sad.

More interestingly enough Toastie would get up from his place of sleeping and become restless 20-30minutes before I would arrive back in the house. He knew when I was returning.

English author and paranormal researcher, Rupert Sheldrake has undertaken a number of experiments, which he outlines in his book ‘Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home’.

how do you know if you are telepathically linked to your pet

An Austrian research group also undertook experiments in an attempt to fool an animal, but every time he got it right – his owner was heading home and apart from telepathy there was no way whatsoever that he could know except on that level.

So does your pet display telepathic abilities? If so, says Dr. Sheldrake, work with the animal in positive ways to increase the level of telepathy between you and it. Not only will you get a whole lot of pleasure from the relationship but your pet will enjoy the experience as well.


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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

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

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

A Very Simple Way for Over 50’s to Live A Healthy Life

by Scott Mathias CHHC. AADP

Living a healthy life over 50 – 24/7 is a natural right, not a privilege but it does require making some meaningful choices.

This means that sickness of any kind is not an inevitability for the over 50’s despite what you might hear or see in the media or what your doctor might tell you.

95% of Planet Earth’s population suffers from some kind of illness* (The Lancet)

Does this tell us that sickness – pain, chronic illness, diabetes, and mental illness are created by poor choices?

The foundation of 24/7 healthy living is GOOD GUT FUNCTION. It is as simple as that. What you eat will either kill you or heal you. A healthy gut will support you in your dreams for a long happy, pain-free and productive life.

If you put the wrong food in then the gut will not be able to release nutrients into the small intestine for optimum absorption. The quality of gut biome will decrease and, over time, the gut itself will go into a state of paralysis, which is what I suffered with, for more than 45 years.

Here’s a very simple way for over 50’s to live a healthy life 24/7.

All it takes is an INFORMED CHOICE!  What do I mean by that?

Making different food choices based on the natural decline of metabolic efficiency rather than continuing to eat the food you have always eaten will almost 100% support your healthy dream.

Take diabetes for instance. How to avoid going down this rather dim and dark rabbit hole is definitely about CHOICE.

US-based Dr. Gabriel Cousins is at the forefront of remedial healing research and treatment of this debilitating disorder.

See how Type 2 diabetes sufferers turned their conditions around in this now-famous study undertaken by Dr. Cousins.

Sky-high blood sugar levels plummeted and vitality increased.

Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days

Your CHOICE of food will determine the nature and quality of your micro-biome, which is conservatively estimated to be around 38,000,000,000 – that’s 38-trillion living microbes inside and on your body.

Without good gut function, gut biome cannot be produced. Biome ‘harvesting’ that takes place when you eat green food is also impacted.  The surface of all green living foods is covered in billions of bacteria needed by the gut to function well.

Sheena Cruickshank is a laboratory researcher whose specialty is gut biome and human waste. Check this video out and once completed I know you will have a better idea about how your food choices impact your gut efficiency.

Eat Yourself Healthy – Laboratory Researcher Sheena Cruickshank

My own ‘gut paralysis’ was due to poor food and lifestyle CHOICES. For a long time, I didn’t know any better until I was forced to educate myself. One day, after a chronic near-fatal reflux attack, I woke up to the need to create a different healthy life dream.

Along with making dietary changes talked about in both videos, I also used green papaya powder to help rehabilitate and mobilize my gut muscles once again.

That was 15-years ago and I have never looked back and neither should you.

Make a living CHOICE now, so your 24/7 healthy life dream becomes a reality.



 Dr. Gabriel Cousins –

Image: Public Domain – Carolyn Bloom

Disclaimer: I am 65 years old, on no meds, suffering from no chronic illnesses. Happy J

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.

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.


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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.

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.

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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.

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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’.

1 Simple Way To Detox Your Body

With every man and his dog (see dog detox details below) trying to cleanse their livers, and their lives, there’s a danger that we choose the wrong approach to clear out our clutter.  Here is 1 simple way to detox your body.

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For most people a detox is ‘program based’ and requires a high degree of application and adherence – in other words following protocols.

A mental appreciation of a detox is that it comes with pain, odour and it’s punitive – going without food, drinks etc.

There is now ‘new thinking’ around the detox, which is understood to be a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances… detoxification.

A detox may also relate to unhealthy thoughts, which need to be purged from the mind.

How do I detox my body?

I am often asked during an initial health assessment if the client can go on a 7-10 or even 40 day fast – juice only, water only and sometimes, breath only.

The new thinking is not particularly revolutionary but does cut right across a lot of the so-called ‘detox rules’.

Since we abstain from food for at least 56 hours each week anyway, while our bodies rest and repair during sleep time, being conscious of what we do ingest at mealtimes allows a softer, more natural cleansing to occur.

The idea is simple – use the ebb and flow of the ’24 hour body time clock’.  This supports the body in its natural elimination, ingestion, digestion, absorption and rest program, rather than traumatise it with a ‘harsh food denial process’.

56 hours of fasting (sleep) each week is supposed to allow

  • adrenals the opportunity to reboot
  • lymphatics to drain adequately
  • nervous system to reset to ‘rest mode’
  • opportunity to get through our days unscathed.

Sadly, today’s hectic lifestyle tends to rob us from taking time to even think about food until it’s too late and we just grab the nearest thing and scoff it down.  So what’s the solution?

Firstly, relax!  Getting stressed achieves nothing – so don’t worry.  Take 15-30 minutes and write down a short plan of what to eat for the first few days and pay attention to how you feel.

Here are some foods and activities you can go without, which I know from first hand experience supports the daily detox program.

  • Coffee and Tea – herbal teas are OK but coffee and tea contribute to acidity in the body
  • Alcohol, particularly more than a glass a day – reconstituted alcohol made enmasse using synthetic ingredients or dairy based ingredients such as ‘whey based alcohol’ is toxic to the body.  Sulphites in beer and wine and the addition of other chemicals are incongruent with the body’s natural ‘tenor’ and flow
  • Bread containing wheat, any gluten based food – wheat is not working for so many people.  Is it the hybridisation of the ‘wheat germ’ – or is is the pre-harvest spraying with glyphosate based herbicides which may be used causing the problem ?
  • Sugar – known in some circles as ‘white death’ akin to heroine in its ability to ‘hook’ the body into a narcotic dependence.  It not only plays havoc with the body’s electrical system because of its high GI (glycemic index) but it supports acidity and again, feeds cancer fungus.
  • Meat of all kinds including fish rot and putrefy in the body causing higher than acceptable levels of uric and lactic acid in the bloodstream. This in itself supports inflammation and the creation of a range of illnesses symptomatic of acidosis including cancer which thrives in an acid environment.
  • Dairy and other animal based products – again the gut finds it hard to break down these ‘old world’ proteins at a time of our evolution which is demanding ‘fine, clean nutrients’.
  • Eggs – unformed bird embryos are like ‘toxic glue’
  • High protein supplements like whey powder and other ‘separated proteins’ such as pea protein – the body cannot recognised ‘reconstituted’ proteins other than natural occurring in the form of whole foods.

What to do first?

Recognise you have a problem and that mostly all illnesses are symptoms.  Ask yourself “Is it something I am eating, which is making me feel ill?” 99.99% of the time it is.

The one and only step towards a complete detox managed in a easy and graceful manner is develop ‘FOOD AWARENESS’.  Again, ask yourself  “Is what I am about to eat going to harm me or help me heal?” Simple.

Some helpful daily steps you might want to consider.

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Start the day  with a bowl of fruit – the natural occurring fruit sugar known as fructose has been designed by nature to support the body, and in particular the mind’s need for simple carbohydrates.

These simple carbs not only power up the body – with 60% of them going to power up the mind in the morning, but also contain enzymes, which help stimulate the colon into releasing yesterday’s waste. Ideally, aim to pass waste three or four times before midday.

Mid morning snacks = Banana, Medjool Dates, Pecans, Walnuts, Cashews will help maintain good energy levels.

Spicy Guacamole on Seed SnackersAt lunch time – any time from 12 midday to 8.00pm in the evening, make a  large bowl of greens with the addition of some naturally created flavours like cashew cheese, some nuts, avocado, a dehydrated tomato and carrot wrap, a gluten free quinoa and amaranth bread with cashew cheese, avocado guacamole and salsa on top.

Recipes and approaches to creating really tasty natural whole food can be obtained from inside my ‘Let’s Eat Raw’ recipe book and my ‘Raw Vegan Meals’ recipe book.

Evening time before 8.00pm just eat lightly, say a snack of sorts, which isn’t going to throw your system into overload.

Evening fast or sleep time – do your best to get 8 hours or at least 2 x 4 hours if you have to wake after 4 hours then get up and relax in the darkness on the couch.

Do not watch TV as this exacerbates the synaptic function setting off the brain and taking your brain out of the meditative delta sleep state, which is often called REM state.  Children for instance, spend as much as 80% of their sleep state in REM – free from neuro-stresses and totally relaxed.

Get plenty of rest while detoxing or fasting

Adults spend as little as 30% in REM – common sense will tell you this is not healthy largely due to the fact their gut is working overtime to break down heavy proteins when in fact it should be resting as the small intestine absorbs nutrients.

Drink plenty of water in between meals and opt for a healthy smoothie or juice in the middle of the day instead of the usual cuppa.  Smoothies are easily available in most towns and cities or if you’re really organised, make your own.  It’s not difficult and there’s loads of good blenders on the market these days.

To make a smoothie, just throw your favourite fruits into a blender and add coconut milk or water or almond or cashew milk and blend for 30 seconds or so.

The thing about smoothies is it’s all about YOU and what you would like to blend together on any given morning.

Less is the new More

so err on the side of caution.  Just a few ingredients such as banana, pineapple and strawberries or choose 3 or 4 of your favourite fruits.  These are fruits your body can recognise and by the way if you overload your smoothie with protein powders your body will STOP trying to eliminate and start to digest.

It appears the body can only cope with one major energy-sapping function at a time.  Protein in the morning contributes to acidosis.

Your gut is a biological computing device.  Overload it and it will ‘blue-screen’ and fail to respond to commands and its output will be sub-optimal.

The fewer commands you give it the more efficient it will become for you.  If your gut is not functioning properly then check out the wonders of green papaya, which saved my life.

See also ‘The Gut Is The Powerhouse Of The Body’

So the 1 step approach to detox might look like a complete rearrangement of your day but this begins with a PURE CHOICE and developing FOOD AWARENESS – is the food I am about to eat going to HARM ME OR HEAL ME?

I offer more in depth consultations both personally and long distance. If you would like to know more then email me – I’m here to help you.

Finally. The body is programed to work perfectly. It’s time to get with the program.

Dog detox links here :  detoxing our fur babies


The gut is the powerhouse of the body and with so much talk about the importance of good gut health, I thought I’d share with you an excerpt from my book ‘Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health’.

Chapter 7 is particularly interesting right now and is often commented on by our customers who enjoy a browse with their coffee or lunch here at my GoVegan Deli in Noosa.

If this resonates with you, take a look at the offer I’ve got for you right now.

The Gut Is The Powerhouse Of The Body

It is said that the gut is the body’s second brain and I can attest to this.  Over the years of my chronic digestive condition I came to know it well.  I now show it a degree of respect for its intelligence that I never contemplated possible.  Most people don’t and I put this down to a very poor level of ‘self-connectedness’.  In other words when you are not ‘in touch’, the mind will choose to fill the body with poisonous food as if out of some desire to self-harm – a sort of Munchausen by Proxy disease – you deliberately harm the body you reside in.

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Hippocrates made this statement over two thousand years ago and it is truer today than ever.

I have proved my body has not succumbed because I am not taking the following into my body:

1. Flesh from beef, lamb, pig or fish

2. Dairy based products such as cheese, milk, cream and yogurt

3. Wheat based products such as bread, croissants, bagels, pasta or grains, fruit cake

4. Anything containing white refined sugar

5. White, brown rice or grains

6. Eggs

7. Lipitor – Cholesterol imbalance.

8. Nexium – Stomach acid management.

9. Actos – Type 2 Diabetes, sugar management.

10. Tenormin, Atenolol Beta Blockers for blood pressure

11. Avodart for enlarged prostate

12. Alcohol

I have personally proved that my body thrives on and enjoys:

• All greens, reds, yellows and white vegetables – kale has five times more protein by volume than cow meat.

• High protein plant powder in the form of hemp and hemp seed – five to eight times more protein by volume than cow meat and infinitely better for the environment. Beetroot, carrot, kale, spinach and leafy greens!

• Locally sourced nuts such as macadamia, pecan and almonds – all contain proteins and life supporting oils.

• Avocado – a potent plant food in its own right and full of EFAs and life supporting oils.

Fresh Papaya, Powder & Leaf from Scott Mathias• Other functional fruit and vegetable delivered in a concentrated way such as green papaya powder that balances gut function and promotes hyper absorption. Papaya powder was in fact the precursor to my quest for knowledge on the subject of digestion. It helped to balance my digestive function, take the stress out of the digestive function, as the proteolytic nature of the papaya enzyme called papain sets to work on breaking down both plant and animal protein. It is a gem of a fruit. Green papaya is high in papain and lower in sugars whilst a ripe pawpaw or papaya is high in sugars and lower in papain. It helped me heal myself.

Kale is by far the most nutritious of all leafy greens and by far my absolute favourite. It is also number two behind garlic in the antioxidant stakes. The seven reasons below as to why it is such an important ‘now-food’ may just shed some new light onto the nutritional benefits of this most beautiful green vegetable.

1. Anti-inflammatory

Inflammation is the number one cause of arthritis, heart disease and a number of autoimmune diseases, and is triggered by the consumption of animal products. Kale is an incredibly effective anti-inflammatory food, potentially preventing and even reversing these illnesses.

kale2. Iron:

Despite the myth that vegetarians are anaemic, the number of nonvegetarians with iron-deficiencies is on the rise. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef.

3. Calcium:

Dairy and beef both contain calcium, but Australia and the US still have some of the highest rates of bone loss and osteoporosis in the world. Kale contains more calcium per calorie than milk (90 grams per serving) and is also better absorbed by the body than dairy.

4. Fibre:

Like protein, fibre is a macronutrient, which means we need it every day. But many Australians don’t eat nearly enough and the deficiency is linked to heart disease, digestive disorders and cancer. Protein rich foods, like meat, contain little to no beneficial fibre. One serving of kale not only contains 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of fibre, but it also provides 2 grams of protein. Fibre is required to remove ‘bad’ bacteria from the body.

5. Omega fatty acids:

Healthy fats play an important role in our health, unlike the saturated fats in meat. A serving of kale contains 121 mg of omega-3 fatty acids and 92.4 mg of omega-6 fatty acids.

6. Immunity:

Superbugs and bacteria are a serious risk to our health. Many of these come as a result of factory farm meat, eggs and dairy products. Kale is an incredibly rich source of immune boosting carotenoid and flavonoid antioxidants, as well as vitamins A and C.

7. Sustainability:

Kale grows to maturity in 55 to 60 days versus a cow raised for beef for an average of 18 to 24 months. Kale can grow in most climates and is relatively easy to grow at home or on a farm. To raise one kilo of beef requires 16 kilos of grain, 11 times as much fossil fuel and more than 3000 litres of water.

(Excerpt from “Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health”)

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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 and Co-Founder of the Noosa based, GoVegan Deli. He 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 range of plant-protein healing products. A former television network journalist, 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 and his latest, ‘Raw Vegan Meals’ Scott lives in Noosa, QLD with his Scottish partner Clare Darwish.


5 Easy Steps to Veganism

What is veganism?  The Cambridge Dictionary defines a vegan as follows: A person who does not eat or use any animal products, such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy (cheese), bee, or leather.  Below you will find 5 easy steps to help you transition to veganism.

How to transition to living a NO MEAT or ANIMAL PRODUCTS  lifestyle ?   I began by leading a mainly vegetarian lifestyle before making the switch.  I ate mostly cooked vegetables, and some fish. In my case, I was already struggling with non vegan food – my gut would just rebel.

But about 6 years ago, I just woke up one day and decided to go full  vegan – no animal flesh or products and predominantly all raw plant based .  However, I will eat some cooked vegetables from time to time in response to my body’s needs.  I cleaned out the cupboards and my wardrobe and I have to say it was relatively easy.

I did experience some interesting physiological responses so for those of you needing some help here are some simple steps you can follow.

Step 1.

Ask yourself why you are making the choice to embrace veganism as a lifestyle choice.  Is it for ethical reasons?  In other words… to preserve the life of another sentient being.  Is it to help rid your body of illness naturally?  Are you concerned about the health of our planet?  Animal Agriculture is a huge problem today and governments around the world are trying desperately to reduce pollution caused by intense animal agriculture (ie rearing animals for food).

Here is a great extract from a recent James Aspey presentation held here at the GoVegan Deli in Noosa.

James is a young man who chose not to speak for 365 days to draw attention to the plight of animals.  A former ‘meat eating’ personal trainer, he developed cancer at age 17 and on his journey back to good health, James made some important discoveries.  Just click on the image below to hear what he has to say in this 34 sec clip.

Whether it’s for the animals’ sake or for your own health, may I suggest you get clear, as this will help keep you motivated from day to day.

Step 2.

Check to see your gut is functioning properly.  A lot of people forget the human body is a functioning bio-machine demanding clean food daily.  Over the generations it has become conditioned to operate using prescriptive and enforced dietary approach.

The Anglo method of agriculture –meat, wheat, dairy, grains and white sugar – is responsible for a lot of gut ache and disease – so much so that the gut muscle has been damaged.  Mine was nearly wrecked but, the good news is, the body has remarkable ‘repair skills’ and the gut muscle will rebuild itself when given a helping hand.

I used green papaya powder to help break down my food, thus relieving stress from the actual muscle function.  In fact, the green papaya powder saved my life – NO MORE PAIN! and free of symptoms associated with undernourishment.  My gut muscle began to work properly and when I chose to eat only plant-based foods, I had no difficulty whatsoever.

Step 3.

I suggest integrating alternatives to animal products each day.  In my Let’s Eat Raw Recipe Book there are great alternatives for milk, cheese and bread.

Whilst bread is part of the gluten story, these three food groups are part of the ‘comfort’ package for most people.  Finding recipes and doing these slowly… one by one is the key.

The emergence of nut milks as an alternative to cow’s milk is gathering momentum.  Provide an environment for your self to grow into this new way of living with EASE & GRACE.

Here’s a link to an earlier YouTube video I did on how to make nut milk which I know will be helpful.  Look for other videos online which are designed to support your growing awareness.


Check out this link to my website and access to more videos. CLICK HERE 

Step 4.

Buy recipe books and collect recipes, which enables you to build up your repertoire of vegan recipes.  There are plenty of free recipes online too and you can download 7 simple recipes from my website with my compliments. 🙂

Essentially, you can even have fun just leaving the ‘meat’ or animal products out of a recipe and seeing what happens.  You do not need to go raw.  A cooked plant based vegan meal is a wonderful start.

raw vegan meals by scott mathias, veganismMy second recipe book, Raw Vegan Meals , contains a fabulous set of menus taking in a whole lot of beautiful flavours.  I endeavoured from the outset to eat food that was sweet, sour, salty, savoury, creamy and crunchy.  This is the sort of food I eat and the kind of food we prepare daily here in the GoVegan Deli.  This way all your senses will be served and your body will love you for it.

Step 5.

Follow the leaders!  There is a fast growing awareness of veganism globally now thanks to the recent success of many athletes (including Olympians) who have adopted the vegan lifestyle.

Stand your ground.  When people make choices which go against the grain of a consensual belief-based society, other people become challenged and upset. Watch and share the many videos that are available for free on YouTube. Trust me, they will have much more impact that us trying to explain our reasons to others.

Believe in the choice you have made and despite the inevitable pressure from family and friends, know that your decision is YOUR decision.

A lot of very powerful things happen when your stop eating animals, not just for your body but also the planet.

So, to support you in your mission join support groups on social media for instance. Meet Up groups are also wonderfully supportive as well.

Mix with like-hearted people and grow strong in your commitment to bring about positive and powerful change on the planet.

The power of many rests in the power of one !!!


Scott Mathias | Clare DarwishScott 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  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 and his latest, ‘Raw Vegan Meals’ Scott lives in Noosa, QLD with his Scottish partner Clare Darwish.




Google trends report massive interest in veganism searches in the last 10 years but more so in recent months with Australia and the North West of the United States leading the number of searches using the word ‘veganism’.

Google Trends tracks the sharp increase in veganism

In a global context Australia is showing more desire to find out what veganism is compared to Canada and Sweden.Map Showing Most Popular Countries Searching for Vegan Trends

In Australia, Melbourne leads the way with the highest level of online interest in veganism.Map Showing Cities Showing with most searches for Vegan Trends

Major Australia cities-Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are leading the way with the emergence of more and more vegan eateries on a weekly basis. Our own GoVegan Deli in Noosa is a case in point. We opened to demand and an opportunity to create food for those people keen to make changes for better health and find pragmatic ways to participate with growing awareness around veganism.

This is all GOOD NEWS both for individuals and the planet as a whole. I could lay down a raft of stats supporting a move towards veganism but I’d prefer to guide your towards this respected site and glean what you need to support a conscious choice.

Statistics can be verified here :

I’m often asked why I am a vegan: initially for health reasons and now definitely for ethical reasons.

For much of my life I just couldn’t stomach animal flesh so my heart was telling me way back as an 8 year old, when my health issues started, that something was not quite right.

Something is definitely a-foot if more and more people are needing answers to the vegan question.  Google Trends is a great way to monitor interest in a particular subject and it’s heartwarming to see the massive growth in the search for all things vegan.

Costa Georgiades and Scott Mathias at the Real Food Festival in Maleny
Gardening Guru Costa and Scott Mathias

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  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 and his latest, ‘Raw Vegan Meals’ Scott lives in Noosa, QLD with his Scottish partner Clare Darwish.