Annabel McAleer

Freelance writer and editor

I love to share ideas that help people live easier, happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.



Putting the spotlight on: Soy

Unless you take great care to avoid it, you’ll almost certainly eat something containing soy today. Questions about soy’s safety are becoming relevant to us all

Cold logic

Is chicken soup good for a cold? Will vitamin C help? And does ‘man flu’ exist or is he just being a wimp? Annabel McAleer separates cold fact from fiction

Putting the spotlight on: Honey

Honey was a sacred and rare resource until one fateful event: the invention of refined sugar. The sweetness of honey was suddenly replicable, accessible, widely available and cheap to produce. Today, sugar cane is the world’s largest crop. Although sugar and honey are both simple carbohydrates made up largely of fructose and glucose, the outcome of substituting honey with sugar in our diets hasn’t been so simple.

More freedom, less stress

The more time we spend working, the harder it is to squeeze in time for family, friends, our homes and health -- but it could be easier than you think to slow down, save money and simplify your life

Your face rocks!

Mineral makeup has had plenty of praise in recent years. Should we believe the hype?


Pimp your street

From planting a simple fruit tree to guerrilla gardening, here are 21 ways to spruce up your street

The laundry list

Think you need to dress in organic, fair trade, vintage, hemp and bamboo gear to be eco-chic? Think again. It’s how you wash and dry your clothes that counts most. Here’s Good’s guide to better laundry

Black gold of the sun

Powered by the Far North sunshine, this warm cedar homestead shows that good living doesn’t mean compromise


Carbon 101

Carbon is the c-word of the 21st century. We all know we should decrease our carbon footprint, offset our carbon emissions and go carbon-neutral. But will anything you do actually make any difference?

Nature's window

Annabel McAleer takes an eco-break at the World Heritage site K’Gari and discovers rainforests of hulking kauris, satinays, brush box, eucalyptus, palm trees and pristine freshwater lakes


Science will save us... right?

Taking cues from nature, Star Trek, Easy-Yo and The Simpsons, scientists the world over are pushing the limits of possibility

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