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The Short and Long of Coffee and its effect on your Health
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The Short and Long of Coffee and its effect on your Health

We certainly live in a vibrant coffee culture and it is fair to say that many of us share a love of coffee.  While our overall coffee consumption has declined slightly in recent years, our café visits and ownership of household espresso machines has risen.  A 2014 study reported that parents have a higher coffee...

Activate your Energy Levels with the Food Choices you make
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Activate your Energy Levels with the Food Choices you make

Energy is one of the body’s most precious resources and one that is so directly affected by the busy “switched-on” lives we lead, the food we eat, the activity we do, and the sleep we get.  The good news is there are many things that you can do each day to increase your energy and...

IBS and how a Low FODMAP diet can help
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IBS and how a Low FODMAP diet can help

Happy and healthy bowels are the pillars for our body, mind, health and well-being.  The gut is an amazing organ that turns the food that we eat into the cells of our body and the energy that we feel.  When our gut is working well, we feel fabulous and full of energy.  If it is...

Beating Bloat: The Role of Nutrition in Treating IBS
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Beating Bloat: The Role of Nutrition in Treating IBS

Happy and healthy bowels are the pillars for the body.  They’re also the cornerstone of vitality, health and well-being.  When the gut is working well, people feel vibrant and full of energy.  However, if there is a chink in its armour, the body will soon exhibit unpleasant bowel symptoms. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a...

Food, Mood, Gut & Depression
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Food, Mood, Gut & Depression

Food can affect our mood, and indeed our mood can affect the food choices that we make. Many studies around the world are showing that the same nourishing dietary patterns which improve your physical health can also have a protective effect against depressive disorders.  Conversely, dietary patterns which are very high in ultra-processed foods (refined...

Trying to go Eco-friendly from Shop to Kitchen
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Trying to go Eco-friendly from Shop to Kitchen

It is so fascinating to observe and evaluate your own environment-friendly practices when a forced change is on its way.  I am talking about the imminent plastic shopping bag ban on all single use plastic and even biodegradable single use plastic shopping bags taking place on 1st July in Queensland.   Now is the time to...

Getting Men in the Kitchen (if they are not already there)
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Getting Men in the Kitchen (if they are not already there)

Many of our great chefs are male, but it seems women are the primary food gate keepers in our homes.  Some men cook to share the family load and others rarely cook – except for the meat on the barbecue. Unfortunately, it’s quite common for young male home leavers to rely on meal delivery services...

Hearty Winter One Pot Meatball Pasta Bake
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Hearty Winter One Pot Meatball Pasta Bake

(serves 4) This easy one-pot dish is perfect for a hearty, winter meal and is a firm favourite for all family members.  Serve it at the table with a large bowl of steamed greens for everyone to enjoy. Ingredients 500g lean beef mince 2 garlic cloves, crushed ⅓ cup multigrain bread crumbs 1 egg, lightly...

Reduce your Food Waste in the Home
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Reduce your Food Waste in the Home

Are you guilty of throwing out spoiled fruit and vegetables from the crisper after you have done your weekly grocery shop; binning yoghurts past their use-by date; finding three sour creams at the back of the fridge that you buy just in case; and finding that week-old leftover meat that you were supposed to make...

Find your joy and happiness with food
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Find your joy and happiness with food

The Spoon Project is an initiative of Rachael Bradford, Nutritionist and Director of Eat and Enjoy Nutrition, to help people have an enjoyable, freeing & healthful relationship with food.  to help people move towards a positive, healthful and happy relationship with food. The Nourish & Nurture spoon is a uniquely special spoon with hand-stamped inscription...