Gut Bacteria is the new black

Tamie Cleaver | November 23 2016

Gut bacteria is the new black, super cool, suits every shape and size, it can even make you look skinny!

Discussions on gut bacteria are popping up all over the place, debating its health benefits, disease preventing properties, and its contribution toward combating depression.

The importance of a healthy gut, packed full of healthy happy gut bacteria, becomes evident when you understand that 80% of the body’s immune system is found in the gut.

It’s a pretty epic job being an immune system, you’re in a constant battle to keep the body alive and well, fighting off infections, viruses, bad bacteria, you’re even battling cancer cells. All with so little fuss, the human you’re protecting is barely even aware of the war you’re waging on their microscopic enemies.

Ironically, you only really become aware of your gut bacteria when it’s no longer functioning properly. The first you’ll know of this is when your immune system breaks down and you start getting sick. Those relentless cycles of cold and flu, that sore throat, digestive issues, feeling over stressed. Even seemingly innocuous problems like bad skin, all signs that there’s an issue with your immune system.  Then there’s the big stuff, our immune system keeps our cells in check, unregulated cells mutate, which can lead to the development of cancer cells.

So why do we treat our gut bacteria, the home of our immune system, so badly? It’s because we don’t fully understand how it works.

So here’s a quick guide to get you jump started towards a healthy gut.

You inherit your gut bacteria from your mother. You pick it up as you descend down the birthing canal and also from breast milk. Often babies who are born by caesarean or aren’t breast fed have problems with their immune system from day one, including developing allergies early in life. The good news is that we can re stock our gut bacteria, we can also repair and improve it, this is where pro and prebiotics come in to play.  

Probiotics are what give your gut the good bacteria. Imagine they are the sapling you plant to grow good gut bacteria. Prebiotics are what feed the good bacteria, nourishment to support its growth.

It is actually that simple.

Now, there are a few major things we’re doing wrong by our immune system. Firstly we’ve forgotten where it comes from; secondly we’ve forgotten how to feed it. Most worryingly, we’re killing it off. Antibiotics kill all bacteria with no discrimination between good and bad. We all understand the need for antibiotics, some bacterial infections are downright deadly and need to be dealt with, but we’re taking them too regularly, and often unnecessarily. When we do take them we’re not taking precautions to replace then feed the good bacteria that’s left, we’re not getting our immune system back on track. You can see the cycle of harm here, we take antibiotics to kill infection, which weakens our immune system leaving us vulnerable to infection…..and so on.  Antibiotics are also in our food, fed to farm animals to keep them alive in sometimes dubious conditions, and once they’re in farm animals, they’re in our food chain.

So, here’s what you do, you need to get probiotics and prebiotics into your diet on a regular basis. It’s as simple as incorporating a mixture of a few simple foods into your weekly food plan. Try these for starters, I guarantee you’ll look and feel 10 years younger in no time.  


Probiotic Foods

Raw Cheeses
Sourdough Bread
Pickled Gherkins

Prebiotic Foods

Spring onion
Jerusalem Artichoke
Dandelion Greens
Apple Cider Vinegar

Generally if you eat a diet high in dietary fibre, your gut will love you, plus, as a nice added bonus, bad bacteria cannot process prebiotics, so you’re only doing good for your body by eating them.

The Juliet Journal: Book Wish List

Juliet Sulejmani | November 22 2016

Bookstores are one of my favourite places, I could literally spend hours in them. I like to see what’s on the shelves and tables, I like to check out the new books, and move along the aisles looking for something I don’t know I need yet. I made a post about a year ago, HERE, called ‘Looking For Answers’. I usually always find answers to things in books.

On my way home last night I made a detour to Readings Bookstore in Carlton. And so here is a list of all the books I took a photo of that I want to buy:

I ended up purchasing ‘Perfumes The A-Z Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez’, and then continued on my way home.


The Juliet Journal: Where are you getting your information from?

Juliet Sulejmani | November 19, 2016

The other day I listened to THIS podcast on Design Matters with Debbie Millman. Debbie interviewed Steven Watson of Stack Magazines, which is a magazine subscription company that sends out a different independent magazine each month.

The podcast was particularly inspiring to me because it touched on something that has been lingering on my mind lately and something that has been affecting me creatively. And that is, information. Information that I am consuming and where I am getting my information from.

Part of my problem has been that I have had so much work lately, that I haven’t been able to discover new things like I’m used to. I haven’t spent enough time with friends, I haven’t read many books or watched any new films. I have just been sitting in my studio continuously refreshing my instagram feed and twitter feed, and I’ve found that even though the images I get from instagram can be inspiring, there really is no substance in most of them or any nourishing information.

In the podcast, Debbie and Steven both talk about how in the current time, we feel like we have the whole world at our fingertips, however what we actually get is filtered information. When you do a Google Search, Google guesses the things you hear about, and when you’re searching for something, it’s something you already know about, or you go directly to your favourite writers, ignoring everyone else, or even the constant stream of things shared on facebook by the people you follow and depending on who you follow on ig, it can create the illusion that that is the only thing going on in the world at the moment.

The point is basically that there is less chance of you discovering something new or being surprised by something, and as Steven says in the podcast “[we are]…reinforcing the prejudices and ideas that we already have”.

And, besides his obvious love of magazines, this is kind of where Steven’s idea for Stack Magazines comes from. They mention in the podcast a blog post by Wired columnist Russell Davies “…he recommended in that post that a good way to stay interesting as a person was to read a different magazine every week”.

So the idea is that if you read a different magazine each week, on a genre that you don’t really know much about, you will be opened up to many different perspectives, points of views and you will have the opportunity to stumble across new and potentially inspiring information.

So, in conclusion, I will be reviewing the accounts I follow on social (If you have any suggestions of people I should follow leave a comment below), trying to get out more, I’m a little less busy now which is great, and I will buy and read a new magazine each week. Woo.

Until next time friends!



The Juliet Journal: Intro

Juliet Sulejmani | November 18, 2016


One thing leads to one thing that leads to another thing that leads to more things and more things lead to everything. Super fantastic, am I right?

 The more you think the more you notice, the more you notice, the more you understand, the more you understand the more you learn.

 What am I talking about? I’m talking about life. I’m talking about inspiration. I’m talking about ideas, knowledge, people, things, books. I’m talking about everything.

And that ‘s exactly it, everything. That’s what The Juliet Journal is about.

 It’s a separate ‘category’ on The Juliet Report, where I will share whatever thing I have thought or discovered on that day. No format, no rules. Kind of stream of consciousness. Just whatever is inspiring me or what is on my mind. So pretty much more of this. Cool!


 PS. Talking about one thing leading to another thing…earlier I was on Hetty McKinnon’s Website Arthur Street Kitchen, and then I read her journal, and then was inspired, and then emailed her to tell her I was inspired, and then further conversation lead to this (The Juliet Journal). Fantastic.

Pen, Paper & Prosecco at The Larwill Studio

Juliet Sulejmani | November 16, 2016

Pen, Paper & Prosecco is a workshop I will be guiding at The Larwill Studio in Parkville.

You will enjoy an afternoon of discovering your inner creative with this beauty themed illustration workshop. The workshop will give you a glimpse into my creative process as well has showing you how to see objects through a different perspective.

You will also learn various illustration exercises and techniques with a focus on taking inspiration from the everyday.

The workshop includes:

  • Glass of Brown Brothers Prosecco on arrival
  • Post workshop catering from Smith + Singleton
  • A frame to hold your illustration
  • A token gift from me.

You will need to bring:

  • Pens/pencils/paints/markers – various mediums will be supplied: however bring along any specific mediums you would prefer to use
  • A range of beauty items will be supplied for your illustrations: however please bring along anything you would like to use to illustrate (objects/images etc)

When: Saturday 26th November, 2-4pm
Where: The Larwill Studio, Parkville

Buy your tickets HERE so you don’t miss out as tickets are limited!


The Schaller Studio x Toni Maticevski

Juliet Sulejmani | October 06, 2016

Corner of Lucan and Bayne Street, VIC 3550
Website: Click HERE
Phone: 1800 278 468


As I was packing my overnight bag and thinking about going to Bendigo the next day, the wildest idea popped into my mind. I wondered, would it be possible to get to Bendigo via helicopter?

After a quick google search, being placed on hold to then be disconnected, and then calling a different number and speaking to a nice person, I found out yes, yes you can.

What would normally be either a two hour car ride, or a two-ish hour train ride, or a nine hour bike ride from Melbourne to Bendigo, a helicopter ride would take you only 50 minutes. Amazing! That is, until I found out it would cost the price of an airplane ticket to *insert dream holiday destination here* $2900 for upto 3 people return in case you were wondering. So car ride it was.


I arrived at The Schaller Studio and was very happy to very conveniently pass by The Pantry (the cafe in the hotel) and order a latte just before checking in. I then made my way to my room which was on the third floor and was welcomed by a very seductive bottle of red wine.

If you’ve been to an Art Series Hotel before you will know the feeling of being in one of their hotels. Everywhere you turn, you are delighted by the artwork that surrounds you. The Schaller Studio is inspired by the highly respected Melbourne based Artist Mark Schaller who, as you will see if you visit the hotel, uses not only painting but also sculpture and ceramics to express his ideas. And unlike the other Art Series Hotels, the art works you see are all originals and for sale.


The Schaller Studio, as the name suggests, has been designed and styled to give you the feel of actually being in Mark Schaller’s own studio. Even though I myself am an illustrator and have my own studio where I work from, I found The Schaller super inspiring and it just made me want to create.

Throughout the hotel you will find little bits here and there that will delight you, such as some of the ephemera (illustrated above) which I found displayed in the form of a mood board. Even the ‘do not disturb’ sign, which here, actually says ‘Artist At Work’ and on the flip side says ‘Out Gathering Inspiration’, really (even though as stated previously, I am an illustrator) makes you feel like an artist, so I can only imagine how special and inspired people who aren’t illustrators/artists might feel.2016-10-06_beauty

I am not ashamed to admit it, I am a sucker for mini hotel toiletries. These EVO ones that I found in The Schaller Studio bathroom have to be my favourite ones, mainly because of the clever copy on the packaging but also for the thoughtfulness of them. I opened the box labeled ‘rain helmet’ literally LOL’ing as I type rain helmet to not only find a shower cap but a hair tie as well, which was rad because I had forgotten mine. Thoughtful.

Also not illustrated above, was a box labelled ‘final touch-vanity kit’ with copy on the back saying: ‘this box contains all the bits and bobs that can make or break an appointment: something to remove the remains of the day, something to fix that shirt and even a file to get you out of prison…take charge of your destiny….use it. directions: do it, get it done, use the kit and notice the results.’ Excellent!

2016-10-06_maticevski-exhibitionBENDIGO ART GALLERY
42 View Street, Bendigo, VIC 3550
Website: Click HERE
Phone: (+61 3) 5434 6088

Included in the Schaller Stay and See Toni Maticevski Package is also a ticket to the ‘Maticevski: Dark Wonderland’ exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

It was my second time visiting the exhibition and enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time. Toni Maticevski’s work is incredible, even more impressive is the fact that he still creates at least 90% of his samples, which means that he has hand created almost all the pieces that you will see in the exhibition. If you’re at all familiar with the fashion industry you will appreciate how rare it is these days for a designer to be involved in the whole process from ideation to creation.

Included in the exhibition are not only fashion pieces but also a curation of Toni Maticevski’s sketchbooks, accessories and also props used in original runway shows.


I asked the lovely Amy who is the hotel manager and big fan of Bendigo for suggestions on where to eat and these are some of her reccomendations:

Rocks on Rosalind: a wine, cocktail bar and restaurant with an underground drinking space that used to be a bank vault.

Harvest Rotisserie and Patisserie: Cafe by day, wine bar on weekends, with a Michelin star trained pastry chef who is making two day process pure butter croissants.For croissants, slow cooked regional meats.

Percy & Percy: Cafe that will make you feel like you’re in Melbourne, great breakfast and lunch using local produce.

Masons of Bendigo: All day eatery, wine bar and pantry store. Awarded One Hat from The Age Good Food Guide 2017, serving craft food, wine and beer.