How to Build a Packageless Pantry


As we ease into the warmer months, you may feel the need to strip back the layers a little. A little cleansing, clearing of the wardrobe and perhaps slightly less conventional, a clearing out of the pantry. The pantry is surprisingly a place of major clutter for many people, it’s amazing what can hide in there.

So, what does a packageless pantry mean?

It basically involves a removing of all the unnecessary packets of plastic, foil and wraps and replacing everything with a jar or sealed container. This means everything is more organized and remains fresh for much longer. A pantry doesn’t have to be hidden, once it’s beautified you could have it on display and bring some life and inspiration to your kitchen.

But where to start?

1. Simplify

This crucial step involves pulling everything out of the pantry. Then it’s time to sort into piles of what to keep, what to compost or what to give away.

2. Repurpose & Clean

Gather all your empty jars and containers - fill your sink with hot soapy water, soak and scrub them, then lay them out to dry fully (crucial!). If you’re short on jars, visit your local second-hand store or GoodFor store and get yourself equipped with a new set. Remember after a good scrub, any old jar will suffice!

3. Empty & Refill

Next, empty out all opened packets, bags or boxes of food and transfer them into your shiny clean jars. Get rid of anything past its use-by date and work towards buying only what you need or use and then buy in bulk.

4. Label

Once you’ve filled your jars, it’s time to label them. There are many ways to do this, a white chalk pen works well on glass, paper tape & a vivid, otherwise investing in a label maker could be a good idea.

5. Organise

Now it’s time to fill your pantry. Start by dividing it into sections. Keep spuds and onions on the lower shelves in cane baskets or boxes. Then find space for your spice jars; spreads; grains and legumes; then oils and vinegars. This is where your creativity comes into play.

Now it’s time to find your local store where you can take your jars, bottles and containers and refill without a hassle. GoodFor is the ultimate spot for this, “BYO packaging” is standard store etiquette, otherwise they provide paper bags which you can fill, then empty into your jars at home, too easy.

All Golden Yogi Members now get 10% off when you shop in the GoodFor Takapuna store. Simply present your valid Golden Yogi members card at checkout.


GoodFor wholefoods refillery

360 Lake Road, Takapuna

Opening Hours:

Weekdays 10am - 7pm

Weekends 10am - 6pm


How Traditional Chinese Medicine relates to Spring


Spring! It is now the season of get up and go! A time of rousing after winter, a season of felt activity. It is the season to eat foods that grow above ground – foods with upward energies, like young sprouting greens and greens in general.

Most of us love this season, but for many, the changeable weather patterns can feel like a tease. Nature begins to blossom and hint at new possibility, yet we still need our jackets when we go outside. My daughter gets so excited seeing the new blossoms, for her she associates this with Summer and swimming at the beach – but honoring our bodies thermic nature as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) promotes, its still a little cool for this!

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the philosophy and foundation for which acupuncture steams, there is a proverb chun wu qiu dong meaning, “layer up in the spring and stay cool in the autumn” as according to TCM, Spring is the season for new growth. In the body this is expressed as the Yang (“hot” energy) rising and gradually building. But just as a vegetable sprouts need the protection of a greenhouse in the early spring, the internal Yang of the body is still too weak to resist the coldness of the external environment. Layering up is necessary so the Yang energy can be nurtured toward the summer-time peak. So try and keep your scarf on for the next month so the Spring wind cannot enter the body – not protecting ourselves this way is often why so many catch a later winter virus at the start of Spring!

At the end of this month, I will offer a session called “Meridian Flow, Spring to Summer.” This session will offer the experience of Qi Gong movements to free course the bodies liver energy that has been contained over winter, some yoga poses to attention the meridians (energetic pathways in our bodies) which are most active in Spring and share some inspiration from a TCM perspective to harmonise our internal fire which becomes active in Summer.

Qi Gong literally means “life energy cultivation” or energy intention, the movements in Qi Gong reveal a gentle sense of your own internal energy pathways and are wonderful for calming the central nervous system. Such is suitable for anybody – the movements in Qi Gong are usually practiced standing, they are slow, gentle and intentional.

Spring is also great time for a seasonal wellness “tune in” acupuncture treatment. For appointments, please see bookings under Chinese Medicine or contact reception.

In wellness and joy!

Ange Gervan

Golden Yogi Acupuncturist

Spring Detox


Detoxification has become a bit of a trend over the last decade. It is actually a necessity to keep the body maintained. The same as you take your car into the mechanic to get a service every 6 months or a every year; to keep the car running at it’s optimal level. The same is true with our body: if we cleanse the body every 6 months, we can keep the body at an optimal level with optimal health.

Spring into Spring with a detox to reboot your system, revitalise your body, and renew your energy. Reset your body with a 7 days Spring Detox to feel amazing for the Summer months ahead. 

Here are my Spring Detox Diet guidelines to cleanse the body....

  1. Focus on eating whole foods: vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Eat a variety of different fruits and vegetables everyday.

  2. Drink at least 8 cups of water daily: The body is made up of at least 60% water, which makes water the best detoxifying fluid. Always have a drink bottle with you to sip during day. Try to avoid drinking a lot with meals, as liquid will dilute your digestive power. If you struggle to drink water then you can jazz up your water with adding lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, mint, or cucumber to add some flavour.

  3. Snacks: Some people need to eat constantly and others do not snack between meal times. Raw vegetables, green juice, and fresh fruits are the most ideal snacks as they are light and digest easily.

  4. Lunch and Dinners: focus on 1/4 plate Protein, 1/4 plate Complex Carbohydrate, 1/2 plate Vegetables / Large salad.

  5. Eat living foods that are raw and are packed full of enzymes. Raw foods are in there natural forms and have not been cooked, microwaved, frozen, or steamed.

Best Foods to support Detoxification:

  • Fresh Fruit

  • Fresh Vegetables and Greens

  • Fresh pressed Vegetable and Fruit juices

  • Nuts and seeds

  • Legumes (in moderation)

  • Fresh herbs and spices

  • Mineral Water

  • Herbal Teas (caffeine free)

Foods to Avoid during the 7 day Detox:

  • Meat, Fish, Poultry, and Eggs

  • Dairy products

  • Refined Sugar: Sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolate

  • Breads, pasta, cereals, wheat products

  • Refined and Processed foods

  • Fatty and Fried Foods

  • Alcohol

  • Caffeine: Coffee, black tea, and energy drinks

Written by Naturopath Erin O'Hara 

5 Tips to Boost your Immunity

The dreaded winter cold/flu that inevitably strikes when the seasons switch. Try these top 5 immunity tips to boost your health and dodge the bugs this winter.


1.    Reduce your stress externally and emotionally. When we are feeling stressed our immune system is also compromised. Try to add in 5-10 minutes of daily breathing or meditation into your daily routine.

2.    Eat warming foods. Over the winter months we tend to want to eat more comfort foods. Instead of eating rich creamy foods switch to healthy nutritious vegetable soups and slow cooked foods. To build internal fire increase warming foods such as cloves, ginger, chilli, horseradish and pepper. Try to use fruit and vegetables that are seasonal and local so they are packed full of nutrients.

3.    Reduce sugar intake. The negative effects of sugar starts within 30 minutes and last for over 5 hours!! Sugar typically reduces the ability of the white blood cells to destroy and engulf bugs by about 50%. Try to have less than 50g of sugar per day (12.5 teaspoons). The more sugar you consume the greater the negative impact on the immune system.

4.    Take Vitamin C daily. Vitamin C is antiviral and antibacterial. It helps to enhance the response of white blood cells to fight infections and reduce the severity of a common cold. Take a maintenance dose over the winter of 1000mg per day and then when you are feeling like you are getting sick take small doses (250mg) every 2 hours. Increases interferon (chemical factor that fights viral infection and cancer). Vitamin C has a direct biochemical effect on white blood cells as interferon.

5.    Boost your immunity with herbal medicine

  • Echinacea root: Maintains upper respiratory tract health and supports the body's own natural immune system to bring effective relief from the symptoms of colds, flu and minor infection.
  • Astragalus: A traditional Chinese herb to enhance immune function and has a mild antiviral activity to help prevent colds.
  • Andrographis: Supports the body's immune system when dealing with cold symptoms.
  • Withania (Ashwaganda): Enhances immune function and is a natural antioxidant.
  • Goldenseal: It is anti-microbial, anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory and astringent. So it can help fight bacterial infections, and fungal disorders.

By Erin O'Hara

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Spring Cleansing

There is a clear-crisp feeling in the air that has the power to reveal new visions and inspires new possibilities.  In nature this is the best time to plant seeds, we can mirror nature’s way in our lives by sowing the seeds we wish to harvest in the upcoming months. So when the spring equinox passes on September 23rd, the shift in universal energy will infuse us with the inspiration to ‘spring’ into action setting us up for the season ahead - summer!  

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