by Tansy Boggon
Tansy Boggon, Author of Joyful Eating

About Tansy & Joyful Eating

WELCOME! I’m Tansy. I have a passion for debunking diet myths and cutting through confusing nutrition information to inspire a joyful relationship with food and your body. On this site, I share my food philosophy and recipes. Enjoy! Learn more about me and Joyful Eating.

Recipes to joyfully nourish your body

Recipes Main Meals Savoury Snacks

Easy Vegetarian Quesadillas

Easy Vegetarian Quesadillas are a quick nourishing and satisfying meal that can be made with food staples in minutes. Thus,...
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Recipes Soups

Curried Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

Curried Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup is a thick, creamy, warming soup, great for the winter months when broccoli is...
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Recipes Savoury Snacks

Crispy Chickpea Croutons

Crispy Chickpea Croutons are a great addition to a soup or salad for added texture and flavour. Or you can...
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Recipes Main Meals

Simple Fried Rice for One

Simple Fried Rice for One is a nutritious and quick to make meal mostly made with food staples—rice and frozen...
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Recipes Desserts & Sweet Snacks

Sugar-Free Banana Bread

A deliciously moist and dense banana bread that is free of added sugar as it is naturally sweetened by dates....
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Recipes Breakfast

Uncomplicate breakfast with a super simple homemade muesli

Uncomplicate breakfast with a super simple and nutritious homemade muesli. I’m all for eating in a way that nourishes your...
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Recipes Desserts & Sweet Snacks

Vegan ‘Muesli’ Slice

A fudgy muesli-like slice that is vegan, and free of gluten, dairy, nuts and refined sugar. An Oat-Free 'Muesli' Slice...
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Recipes Breakfast Desserts & Sweet Snacks

Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding

Chia seed pudding is a scrumptious breakfast or dessert option that is free of gluten, dairy and refined white sugar....
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Recipes Breakfast

Banana Pancakes

Banana pancakes that contain no flour! These pancakes are made with three simple ingredients: banana, oats and egg. And yet,...
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Recipes Main Meals

Roast Pumpkin and Barley Risotto

A creamy, high-fibre risotto. Roast Pumpkin and Barley Risotto A creamy, high-fibre risotto. 600 g pumpkin, peeled and chopped into...
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Recipes Salads

Green Bean Salad with Toasted Almonds and Feta

In this recipe, the lemon and crunch of almonds give standard green beans a real lift! Green Bean Salad with...
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Recipes Salads

Barley, Beetroot and Feta Salad

I've fallen in love with the nutty taste and texture of barley since my nutrition studies. Before then, it wasn't...
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Recipes Desserts & Sweet Snacks

Feijoa Crumble

   Snuggle up with a warm aromatic feijoa crumble flavoured with orange and cinnamon. Or enjoy it cold.  [A dairy,...
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Recipes Main Meals

Maple Roasted Parsnips

Maple Roasted Parsnips 6 parsnips ~500-600 g, sliced into quarters lengthwise2 tablespoons olive oil2 tablespoons maple syrup1 teaspoon freshly ground...
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Recipes Salads

Coconut Carrot Slaw with Cranberries

A sweet salad with a festive flair. Ingredients 2 medium carrots, grated or cut into thin strips 1 cup coconut,...
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Recipes Main Meals

Baked Sicilian Eggplant

Ingredients - baked eggplant 1 large eggplant, roughly chopped into 1 cm pieces 2 large ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped into...
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Recipes Soups Main Meals

Minestrone Soup with Barley

A simple vegan and pasta-free minestrone soup, packed with fibre-dense barley and nutritious vegetables for a satisfying and nourishing complete...
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Recipes Desserts & Sweet Snacks

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies are a soft, chewy cookie that contain no refined sugar and are low in natural sugars....
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Recipes Main Meals

Vegan Cauliflower Gratin

Vegan Cauliflower Gratin is a 'cheesy' delight for those who choose to eat vegan or avoid dairy. Enjoy it as...
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Recipes Breakfast Main Meals

Carrot & Potato Fritters (Vegan Option)

Carrot & Potato Fritters (Vegan Option) 4 eggs, lightly whisked ( (see vegan options below))4 tablespoons plain flour1 teaspoon cumin...
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Recipes Breakfast

Steel Cut-Oat Porridge

Ingredients 1 cup steel cut oats 2 cups water 1 cup milk of your choice 1 large apple or pear,...
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Recipes Desserts & Sweet Snacks Blog

Raw Dark Chocolate Recipe

Since ditching my food rules, particularly the one where I'd tell myself I couldn't have chocolate on weekdays, I feel...
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Recipes Main Meals

Dairy-free ‘cheese’ sauce

A simple dairy-free 'cheese' sauce ideal for vegan mac and cheese or cauliflower gratin. Try it drizzled over baked or...
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Side Dishes Recipes

Vegan Parmesan ‘Cheese’

A cheese flavoured vegan sprinkle, vegan parmesan 'cheese', is delicious over roast vegetables, soups, risotto, pasta, meatballs, vegan pizza, cauliflower...
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Recipes Savoury Snacks

Beetroot Hummus

Beetroot hummus makes for a great everyday snack or addition to a platter with veggie sticks, wholegrain crackers and cheeses....
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Blogs to inspire joy with food and your body

Blog Eating Psychology

Why you shouldn’t worry about lockdown weight gain

In this time of lockdown and isolation, we may find that our eating behaviours have changed, which is completely understandable—our...
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Blog Debunking Diet and Nutrition Myths

How the goal of weight loss can undermine health

How the goal of weight loss can undermine health—considerations and resources for health practitioners Weight is undeniably correlated to an...
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Blog Personal Reflections

Let’s Lend A Hand During COVID-19

At this time, as we prepare to self-isolate, many feel uneasy or uncertain about what they should be doing so...
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Blog Personal Reflections

Is Isolation Opening up Wounds for You?

Today I had my first-morning walk in the streets surrounding our home since lockdown was announced here in New Zealand....
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9 Nutritionist-Recommended Food Staples to Stock Up On

I originally wrote this for New World Supermarkets in Christchurch, New Zealand at the start of lockdown, 2020. Whether you're...
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Clutha River Swim: If Something Brings You Joy, It Is Worth Doing

It was a whirlwind of a week supporting my husband, Rob, as he swam the 256 km length of the...
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Blog Eating Psychology

Is this food legal?

Recently I overheard someone say, ‘I’m not sure it’s legal’, as to whether they could eat a food on their...
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Blog Personal Reflections

A Wellness Diet that Promises You’ll Get Pregnant

‘If you follow this diet, I’d be surprised if you’re not pregnant by the year’s end,’ was what an alternative...
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Blog Personal Reflections

In 2020, and beyond, I choose joy

The book, Joyful Eating, is not only about how to feel content in our own skin and release the desire to...
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Blog Eating Psychology

Are you afraid ditching diets means you’ll let your body go?

At the beginning of each year, we are exposed to many messages that tell us we need to change our...
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Diet and health may not be your number one priority for the New Year, and that is okay!

Often in the New Year, we overcommit, trying to change many aspects of our lives at once. However, we can only...
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Blog Eating Psychology

How to avoid overeating in anticipation of New Year restriction

Imagine this, it’s Sunday evening, and there is ice cream remaining in the freezer, and some of the cookies your...
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Blog Eating Psychology

Do your scales dictate how you feel?

Is it time to ditch the scales for good? Consider this, say you’ve started a diet… you’ve been good… oh...
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Blog Debunking Diet and Nutrition Myths

How the goal of weight loss can sabotage your health

Many people embark on a diet to lose weight under the pretence that they’re doing so for their health. It...
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4 reasons why you shouldn’t adopt mindful eating for weight loss

Mindful eating is not a weight loss tool In the book Joyful Eating, I call the practice of drawing your full...
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A way to de-stress, reconnect with yourself and eat mindfully

In the book, Joyful Eating, I dedicate an entire chapter to the impact that stress has on our bodies, our food...
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Joyful Eating: Book Cover Design Release

In June 2019 I released the cover design for Joyful Eating I am super excited to have finalised the interior...
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Blog Personal Reflections

How to write a book using the lessons of Joyful Eating

11 Lessons I learnt through writing the book, Joyful Eating The week that I approved the final interior design of...
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Blog Eating Psychology

Man-Up and Eat Quiche

Warning: This blog intends to express how gender norms influence food choice, not to portray gender as binary. Apologies for...
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Blog Debunking Diet and Nutrition Myths

9 Ways to Reveal a Diet-in-Disguise

Although many healthy lifestyle programs state, ‘it’s not a diet’, the belief that being overweight is unhealthy remains. It promises...
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Dieting to lose weight? Pssst…it doesn’t work.

In the associated article published in the Yoga Journal, I demystify myths about dieting. Read it here: Dieting to lose...
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Free yourself of the fear of judgement

In the book, Joyful Eating, I dedicate an entire section and self-reflection activity to judgment. This is because, how we judge...
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Blog Debunking Diet and Nutrition Myths

Should you do a cleanse or detox to ‘refresh’ for the New Year?

Going on a cleanse can be appealing at this time of the year. It can symbolise renewal and a fresh...
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Diets don’t work, but this one does (NOT)

In my pursuit to help people embrace a nonrestrictive and enjoyable way of eating, I frequently explain why diets don’t...
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Blog Debunking Diet and Nutrition Myths

Food addiction: fact or fallacy?

An increasingly popular theory is that food is addictive. Some popular diet and health proponents declare that sugar acts as...
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Eating in the moment Mediterranean style

Sardinia, an island 300 km off the west coast of Italy has been categorised as a Blue Zone, which are...
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Blog Debunking Diet and Nutrition Myths

Swallowing nutritional science in pursuit of good health

It's no wonder that we are uncertain whether we can trust nutritional science given the bombardment of information about what...
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Blog Personal Reflections

Could your gratitude practice be frivolous?

Many self-help gurus talk about the value of gratitude. They suggest that if we express gratitude for the events and...
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Blog Personal Reflections

Joyful Eating: The Book

I am currently in Thailand, where I have been enthusiastically tapping away on my computer to complete the first draft...
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Blog Personal Reflections

MyOtherhood: accepting childlessness by consequence, not choice

Dear mommies, Like you, I dreamt of holding my baby for the first time. I dreamt of being there for...
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Blog Debunking Diet and Nutrition Myths

Spilling it: what you need to know about juice cleanses

‘Drink to health’ is a saying that is centuries old. Yet for some they are no longer clink glasses filled...
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Blog Eating Psychology

Why am I eating like this is my last slice of tiramisu ever?

In my late teens and twenties, I could devour entire containers of ice-cream, large bags of chips and family size...
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Blog Eating Psychology

Are you too busy being healthy that you forget to enjoy life?

Diets and health claims for supplements or alternative therapies frequently prey on our fear of illness and death. That is...
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Sweet relief from sugar detoxing

Sugar elimination diets are increasing in popularity the world over. Many of these diets not only cut out refined carbohydrates...
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Blog Eating Psychology

Pacifying your emotions with food

Recently whilst riding the bus I observed a boy of about eight sitting with his mother diagonally across from me....
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Blog Eating Psychology

Eat with childlike curiosity

Children interact with the world with utter curiosity. At a young age, this curiosity is uninhibited by beliefs of what...
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Blog Personal Reflections

Poem: She is

Where did she come from? How did she get here? She is not who you want to be seen with....
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Blog Eating Psychology

Blissful satiation: eating till your stuffed

At an art exhibition, I saw a photograph of a polar bear strolling contently across a barren icy landscape after...
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Blog Eating Psychology

The sensory experience of eating without sight: dining in the dark

For years I have wanted to experience dining in the dark. I wanted to experience how food smelt, tasted and...
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Blog Eating Psychology

How wine tasting can help us find our ideal diet

Drinking wine requires the engagement of more senses than simply your taste buds. It requires the engagement of sight; to...
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Blog Eating Psychology

Do you mindlessly eat throughout the day?

Mindless eating seems to be a common issue in our modern society. We mindlessly eat as we rush out the...
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Blog Eating Psychology

Justifying your eating

While living in Brisbane I remember going to the park to eat my lunch by the ocean on a weekday....
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Blog Eating Psychology

The last supper effect

Have you ever decided or declared that the diet starts on Monday, then find yourself justifying having the large mains serve rather...
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Blog Personal Reflections

Honouring my future self… now

After reading the immensely enjoyable and inspiring Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, I have recently been listening to...
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Blog Eating Psychology

Diets fuel our hunger

Diets are generally short-term approaches to obtain weight loss that require restriction and behaviours that are not sustainable long-term. The...
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Blog Eating Psychology

The dieting seesaw

I often talk about dieting in terms of a cycle of restriction and deprivation that leads to hunger and obsession...
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Resistance to seek support

Recently I was talking to someone about the resistance to committing to making an appointment to see a nutritionist or...
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Blog Debunking Diet and Nutrition Myths

Sorry, I can’t help you diet

Last week after a round of email ping pong with a client I explained to her that I could not...
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Open the door to your senses

Open the door to your senses. This was my intention when I was invited to attend a table flower arranging...
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Get real, end the restriction: PART II

Get real, embrace eating wholefoods A far easier approach than restricting foods and controlling portions of macronutrients consumed, in an...
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Blog Debunking Diet and Nutrition Myths

Get real, end the restriction: PART I

Diets are devised either to restrict calories or certain foods or food groups to achieve weight loss or other health...
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Blog Eating Psychology

Putting the brakes on high speed eating

In our busy lives, fast food and eating on the run is such a common and accepted behaviour. We consider...
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Experience joy here, now

Stress, whether physical, mental or emotional is associated with an incredible range of health issues such as weight gain, hormonal...
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Finding Pleasure in Mindful Sips of Wine

You just have to open a diet book or fitness magazine to discover that the calories in the alcoholic drinks...
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Secret Eating, Exposed

Recently my husband had me in fits of laughter as he confessed to me his recent secret eating. Not that...
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Aiming for the illusive end of the rainbow

I envisage success like trying to obtain the illusive pot at gold at the end of the rainbow. The journey...
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Imagine A Diet Free Culture

At a chocolate workshop I ran in Singapore, a participant from India asked why western people feel guilt and shame...
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Honour Your Hunger

At social gatherings or when out with friends and family I've heard people respond to the question, are you hungry,...
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Savouring Every Mouthful

On a holiday in Koh Samui, whilst I lulled in a pool, I notice a man sitting alone with his...
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Recipes Desserts & Sweet Snacks Blog

Raw Dark Chocolate Recipe

Since ditching my food rules, particularly the one where I'd tell myself I couldn't have chocolate on weekdays, I feel...
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Blog Personal Reflections

Finding peace at the cafe, not the meditation room

Can mindfulness be applied to any activity, including sipping a latte in a cafe? Allow me to share my perspective....
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Blog

When is the right time to start adopting healthier eating behaviours?

The New Year is three months in, yet unlike past years when people jump on their New Year’s resolutions with...
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I am a nutritionist, not the food police!

My sister used to joke that when we would indulge in something that's perceived as unhealthy, we needed to call...
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Am I good enough to be your nutritionist? My internal question.

I am not good enough. I am not worthy. I am nobody special. What do I have to offer that...
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Trust and listen to your ‘inner nutritionist’

The decision to diet originates from the belief that we can no longer trust our bodies or ourselves to determine...
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Blog Eating Psychology

Breaking the rules: starting your meal with dessert

Just recently I went to dinner with a new friend who has been learning to embrace mindful eating. We went...
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Welcome to Joyful Eating Nutrition in 2017

In 2016 I had little time to nurture my passion for Joyful Eating, as I was completing other endeavours. I...
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