Category: Healthy Living

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...

Boosting your Immune System with Food for Winter
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Boosting your Immune System with Food for Winter

As the cooler months settle in and the prevalence of the common cold and respiratory infections increase, how can you improve your immunity with the foods you choose?  When your immune system is run-down (possibly with stress or poor lifestyle choices) you will be more prone to infection or illness.  Ensure that you get some...

Cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Are you confused over what oil that you should use in your cooking? When I ask my clients about the oil in their pantry, they tell me they use olive oil in dressing, canola oil in baking, rice bran oil in sautéing, grapeseed oil for the BBQ and peanut oil in stir-frying.  “Why don’t you...

Shuttle Run Dinners
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Shuttle Run Dinners

Let’s face it, our weekday dinners need to be nourishing and tasty but just as importantly, quick and convenient.  Many families have extra-curricular activities (e.g. sports, music, meetings) that go well beyond school finish time and into the early evening.  Often, there are multiple activities with multiple children on multiple nights.  Feeling tired and hungry...