Do you know the difference between a Snack and a Treat?

Do you know the difference between a Snack and a Treat?

Why is a nutritionist posting a picture of cake?? Well, stick with me dahlinks, because this is no ordinary cake....Believe it or not, in addition to be ing one of our favourite occasional indulgences, this cake has helped my husband and I to maintain a healthy diet, and avoid unhealthy snacking, in a sea of temptations...

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What You NEED To Know About Salt!

What You NEED To Know About Salt!

My nutrition and health coaching clients know that I'm constantly looking for small, simple changes that will pay high dividends in terms of energy, vitality, health and longevity. And this one is a no-brainer: YOU NEED TO WATCH YOUR SALT INTAKE! This one simple (but not necessarily easy!) health tip could literally - LITERALLY! - save your life. Or save you from the trauma of experiencing a catastrophic health crisis in the best years of your life. And no, I'm not being unnecessarily melodramatic. Here's why:

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Forget Superfoods! Think SuperDiet and SuperLifestyle!

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What am I talking about??

Well, the fact is that adding one "super" food into an average diet is unlikely to significantly improve your wellbeing or add many years to your life. And sadly, many of the "superfoods" that consumers pay top dollar for, are not the nutritional powerhouses they are marketed as... 

The research in nutrition science is really starting to come together, and one of the most powerful messages from decades of scientific investigation is that it is the quality of our overall dietary pattern over many years that is the biggest determinant of our health. 

No single food or nutrient is a “magic bullet”. Especially if the quality of your overall diet leaves room for improvement! We need to eat a balanced varied diet to get an array of macro- and micronutrients to feed our cells and fuel all of the physiological processed going on inside our miraculous bodies!

So when it comes to nutrition, rather than individual superfoods, I like to focus on eating a "superdiet" featuring a wide range of minimally-processed, nutrient-dense foods each week, with a big emphasis on a rainbow of fresh veggies and fruits, appropriate amounts of protein, heathy fats and complex carbs for my physiological needs. 

And if you REALLY want to be a health-ninja, I highly recommend you broaden your focus to include all of the elements of a "super lifestyle": healthy movement, stress-reduction, mindfulness, sleep and cultivating good relationships. To dig into the lifestyle determinants of good health check out THIS POST.

Just sayin'!

My Top Tips To Help Busy People Love Home Cooking!

My Top Tips To Help Busy People Love Home Cooking!

I'm on a mission to get get as many people into the kitchen as possible! 
We are becoming high level consumers of fast food, convenience meals and home delivery.  And it isnt doing our health or waistlines any favours.
So here are my top tips to help you get motivated to get into the kitchen!

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Fruit & Veggies: How Much Should I Eat?

Fruit & Veggies: How Much Should I Eat?

Back in February a big stir was created when scientists from the Imperial College in London published a paper stating that if people want to use food as preventative medicine and get the biggest bang for their nutrition buck, they should consume 800g of fruit and veg a day. That’s approximately TEN serves a day. I’m going to break that study down for you a little bit, and give you my personal perspective...

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The Health Benefits of Eating a Healthy Amount of Nuts Every Day

The Health Benefits of Eating a Healthy Amount of Nuts Every Day

I love it when the research reveals big health benefits from eating my favourite foods! And I never seem be disappointed when reading the latest studies on nuts. Click here to see what the scientific literature says about the health benefits of regular nut consumption and my top tips to make sure you get maximum benefit from adding nuts to your diet!

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