Category: Healthy Living

Get off the Diet-Merry-Go-Round
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Get off the Diet-Merry-Go-Round

There is a common misconception that people fail at diets because they lack will-power.  The truth of the matter is that diets fail people – every single time.  Our bodies and our minds are not meant to diet, and if our body is forced to eat less than what it needs each day, it will...

Be Your Own Food Tribe – Just do Food
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Be Your Own Food Tribe – Just do Food

According to a recent study, one-in-three Australians exclude specific food groups from their diet – including wheat or gluten, dairy and/or animal products.  My observation within my practice is that this number may be even higher. Every day I hear conversations around what food movement people follow and it seems that this food avoidance is...

Love thy Fruit and Vegetables
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Love thy Fruit and Vegetables

With current recommendations suggesting that we have 8-10 serves of fruit and vegetables a day, the days of eating vegetables just at dinner are long-gone.  Adding more plant foods into your day is tasty, colourful, nourishing and affordable.  I recommend every meal and every snack to include some fruits and vegetables and there are many ways...

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...

Listening to Your Body’s Symptoms …..
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Listening to Your Body’s Symptoms …..

The human body is a wonder, and so clever in giving us information about how it is working.  The body gives us symptoms to tell us if it is happy, getting enough of one thing, getting too much of another and what we need to pay more attention to.  This is valuable feedback and it...

Menopause – let’s talk about it
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Menopause – let’s talk about it

Menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life. Symptoms in menopause vary enormously among women and are largely dependent on a woman’s state of health, nutrition and lifestyle, stress levels and level of hormone chaos.  However, there are some simple strategies that can help ease some menopausal symptoms. Menopause officially occurs one year after...

Fuel Yourself to Be Exam Ready
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Fuel Yourself to Be Exam Ready

Everyone knows that a nutritious diet is important when training for a sports competition or a big game.  However, many people don’t understand the importance of optimal nutrition for study and exam preparation.  The brain requires essential nutrients and foods to improve alertness, concentration, memory, mood and your ability to cope with stress.  Lack of...

Foods to Fight Inflammation
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Foods to Fight Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s natural response by its immune system to repair a damaged cell.  Most people have experienced acute inflammation at some time with an insect bite, a cut or an injury.  This results in redness, swelling and pain as the body works to repair the damaged tissue.  However, chronic inflammation lingers on for...

Health benefits of fermented foods and how they can help you
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Health benefits of fermented foods and how they can help you

For centuries around the world, fermenting foods has been a way to preserve food and lengthen its shelf life, whilst producing a unique flavour. Fermentation relies on the natural action of micro-organisms (yeast and bacteria) to convert carbohydrate in food into short chain fatty acids and other by-products.  It is the ingestion of these fermented...