Hi there, I’m Buffy! Welcome to Be Good Organics, my haven of plant-based health, nutrition and wellness. I have been sharing my love for plant-based whole foods here, as well as ideas on how to achieve your best ever health through a natural organic lifestyle.

I am a qualified Nutritionist, Naturopath, and Medical Herbalist. I am based in Auckland, with my partner Tony, our two crazy kids Mila and Torin, and pair of Burmese cats Zeus and Luna. My focus and passion is helping people improve their health, using a plant-based diet and lifestyle.

After experiencing my own healing journey from Graves’ disease using plant-based food and medicine, I now love to help others do the same. Through my Be Good Organics blog, I have shared hundreds of plant-based whole foods recipes with readers, as well as ideas on how to achieve your best health through a plant-based lifestyle. I also consult privately with naturopathic and nutrition clients, both from NZ and internationally. My most recent endeavour has been launching BE GOOD, my online plant-based cooking school and natural health education hub.

My specific areas of interest include hormones, fertility, pregnancy, babies, stress and anxiety, weight loss, and sleep.

Thanks so much for visiting – it’s hard to believe that there are now over 100,000 of you around the world visiting my blog every week. I hope you enjoy reading my articles, trying my recipes, browsing our store, and being part of our community.

My Story

In late 2011 I was diagnosed with Graves disease. Graves is an autoimmune disease, where the immune system attacks itself and causes the thyroid gland (a small butterfly shaped organ in front of your throat) to enlarge and become overactive, or “hyperthyroid”.

I had terrible insomnia, body sweats, hand shakes, greater than usual anxiety and irritability, overactivity in the nether regions, and a bulging eye (google some pics if you will). I also lost a lot of weight (BMI below 18), and my reproductive and hormonal system completely shut up shop.

I was in my late 20’s. I was healthy and fit. There was no genetic history of the disease in my family. The ‘random chance’ argument suggested to me that my specialists didn’t seem to be well-informed or sufficiently supported by research.  So I embarked on the Western medicine course of treatment as advised, but also went about my own research as to the true underlying causes of my health issues.

I discovered the following – that organic healthy plant-based foods have the ability to heal, while conventional processed animal-heavy foods have the power to harm.  That a toxic and stressful environment is a key trigger for a number of diseases including autoimmune and cancer. And lastly, that there are hundreds of toxic chemicals in our everyday skin care, make-up, body lotions, body wash, haircare, perfume, and household cleaning products, that can cause disease in the body.

After much thought, I decided to quit my job of almost 8 years – the only thing I’d done since University and the only thing I knew I could do. I took a few months off, and tried to focus on relaxation and healing. Not long after I started this blog, Be Good Organics. Since then I have completed a Bachelor of Naturopathy, Nutrition and Herbal Medicine degree to help empower people to optimise their own health and wellbeing.

I hope I can make a positive change in your life. Thanks for being here and sharing in my story – I’m truly honoured to be a part of yours. If you’d like to get more of my recipes and health and wellness articles, you can sign up for my newsletter here. You can also connect with me on YouTubeFacebookInstagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+ .

Online Cooking School

If you’re interested in plant-based food and natural health I’ve also got an online cooking school. It features a 10-week intensive programme that covers 20 recipe. You’ll get me guiding you through exactly how to make each recipe, serving suggestions, as well as my tips, tricks and swaps. There will also be a brand new recipe each week and printable cards for every one I make. Plus, you’ll have exclusive invite to my monthly LIVE “Naturopathic Circle” that feature wholistic natural health topics, as well as personal support from me as your very own Naturopath & Nutritionist. To find out more click here.

Nutrition and Naturopathy

I am also able to offer a small number of one-on-one nutrition consultations, both in person and via Skype/FaceTime. Read here for more details and to book.

Essential Oils

I love aroma therapy and educating people about the therapeutic benefits of essential oils (otherwise known as the volatile compounds in plants). You can click here to learn more about essential oils and the classes I host around the country.

Get In Touch

I love hearing from you, and try to reply to as many questions as I can. Unfortunately I can’t always get through all my emails, so the best place to contact me is on my Facebook page here or Instagram here.

If you’re interested in working with me, and for all media and guest speaking enquiries, you can find out more here.