The feeling of pain is your body’s way of telling you that there is inflammation present. Inflammation is associated with the classic symptoms of pain, redness, heat and swelling. It frequently accompanies injury and tissue trauma, such as sprains, strains, cuts and stings. However, what you may not realise is that inflammation can be a contributing factor to many health conditions and is a key component in the joint pain of arthritis, back pain and muscular aches, digestive disorders such inflammatory bowel disease, period pain, and many types of headaches. It is implicated in diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s and most chronic health issues. This means that not only does reducing inflammation help you to feel better, but it improves your overall health and reduces risk of disease. This is where inflammatory foods need to be eliminated. Read more
Thinking outside of the cereal box
The ‘Standard Australian diet’ (SAD) usually consist of cereal for breakfast. And why not? Its an easy and quick breakfast option- all we need to do is add milk. Clever marketing means that many have the mistaken belief that it is a healthy option. ‘High fibre’, ‘wholegrain’, ‘nutrient rich’, ‘high protein’ are common claims made on the label. Often the boxes depict pictures of healthy and sporty people. Perfect breakfast for someone interested in their health right? Read more
10 tips to improve your weight loss results
Weight loss is all about putting your body in the best possible state to burn excess stores of energy which your body puts away as fat. There are simple and time proven ways in which you can be sure that your body will access those stores as fuel to help you lose weight. Read more
Intermittent fasting or the ‘5:2’ diet has become popular over the last 6 months and I am asked about it regularly. While there are a few variations of this diet plan, most involve having two non-consecutive days a week fasting (consuming just 500 calories). You can spread your meals and food intake however you like on the fasting days, as long as you stick to under 500 calories. The other 5 days involve eating a balanced healthy diet. The reported benefits include weight loss, reduced cardiovascular disease, lowered blood pressure and better blood sugar regulation. There is also a lot of research that shows that caloric restriction in any form followed long term extends lifespan by as much as 10-15 years. Read more
Juicing or blending- which is better?
There are a lot of opinions out there on whether juicing or blending is better, which fruits and veggies should be used for each option and which method is healthier. While at the end of the day both methods are a great way to increase your daily nutritional intake, there are a few points to remember for each: Read more
The ritual of drinking coffee and the social aspect of being able to enjoy a coffee with friends or take a break from your desk makes it one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world today. It is the world’s favourite pick-me-up giving us energy and clarity. It helps us through the afternoon lull and keeps us focused. In fact, there are countless studies that prove coffee is useful for mental and physical performance and may even improve some aspects of health. But like any ‘drug’, it is addictive and has negative qualities. Caffeine appears to have a greater effect on men than on women and the effects start just 10 minutes after it is consumed. Its half life is 30 minutes, meaning that it will reach maximum absorption (and effects) at this time. So it is good for you or not? Read more
We know just how many programs, pills, shakes, bars and celebrity fad diets are out there. It is hard to know what will work and even harder to maintain your weight once you reach your goal. The truth is, there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to weight maintenance and healthy eating (literally!). Every body is different, everyone has different stories and reasons for why they have reached an unhealthy weight. Read more
Is it all bad?
Chocolate is the single most craved food (closely followed by pizza in second place). The key ingredient in chocolate is cocoa (well it should be!!). Cocoa possesses many health benefits which were first exploited by the Native American’s in the 17th and 18th centuries. Unfortunately the key ingredient in most chocolate these days is sugar and this is where the problems start. But for now, back to the good stuff….
Are you feeling rundown? Do you keep heading back to the coffee machine, or your favourite coffee shop to get that daily pick me up? For longer lasting energy boosters, try our top 10 foods that will boost your energy!