Pregnancy is a magical time.
Your skin is glowing, your hair is thick and your nails are longer and stronger than they’ve ever been. You’re also constipated, moody, often nauseated and prone to frequent bouts of vaginal thrush. Like I said, magical. Good nutrition is always a priority in my life but even more so now that I am pregnant with baby number two. Nutrition in pregnancy isn’t really that different from normal – the basic principles of healthy eating remain the same: get plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats and water.
It’s no secret I’m a big fan of vegetables.
One of my resolutions was to make my diet more plant-based; not so much vegan just trying to base every meal around plants (fruit, veg, legumes, grains) and enjoying things like meat and dairy as more of a garnish. There are a multitude of health benefits to a vegetarian diet and in light of the last few years’ health issues I really want to make the effort to nourish my body as well as I can so eating more plants was a bit of a no-brainer.
If you’re a mum, and anything like me, the start of the school year is a double-edged sword.
On one hand, you’re excited to have the kids out of the house for the greater part of the day (definitely to watch their little minds and skills expand, and nothing at all to do with the peace and quiet..) but also apprehensive about having to plan and prepare nutritious food each day that won’t get left in the lunchbox. Well I’m here to help! Here a few kid-approved tips and some no-fail lunchbox combos (tested on my own family) to make the back-to-school transition a bit more bearable.
Break out the cocktails, summer is upon us (at least for us Aussies).
Hello to crowded beaches, scores of flies, the ever-present smell of sunscreen, the pain of inevitable sunburn, scorching 45 degree days (that’s 115F) and balmy 28 degree nights. Yep, I’m ready. And as the thermostat increases, so to do our chances of becoming dehydrated. Everyone knows that drinking water is vital to good health; read on for the reasons why you need to drink water, especially if you’re trying to shed some extra weight, and some handy tips to help you reach your water-guzzling goals.
Winter is shit.
I’m not a wet weather person, I hate being cold and getting up when it’s still dark is just depressing. Winter usually brings with it a wave of cold and flu, particularly if you have school-age children (tick) or work in healthcare (tick again).
Given that most of at us eat the majority of our meals hours at work, it’s important that your work
environment supports your ability to make healthy food choices. It can sometimes be a bit too easy to reach for the charity snack box or vending machine when you’re hungry, so here are some of the best healthy foods to have on hand for when the munchies strike.
Of all the New Years resolutions out there, “lose weight” is by far the most common.
While there is, and always will be, continuous debate as to the best way to go about losing weight there are things all weight-loss plans recommend, first and foremeost: cutting out processed sugar. This month's how-to guide is all about that sweet crystal and how to reduce your consumption.
Wedding season is well and truly here.
Right around the middle of November men with diamond rings start practicing their best romantic lunge and Moet&Chandon shares sky rocket. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate love and family, and new brides-to-be everywhere are mentally planning the most expensive party of their life. So before you start getting caught up in colour palettes, menu planning, budget reshuffling and family politics here are my top nutrition tips for affianced women to look their best on their big day:
Step aside diet pills and meal replacement shakes, we’ve entered the age of the teatox.
As summer nears for us Southerners (hemisphere, that is) the ‘drop 5 kilos now’ ads are coming on
thick and fast, trying to cash in on women with body insecurities before the mercury rises and the
bikini bodies are all out on display. In particular I’ve noticed a disturbing number of detox tea
companies pop up lately, all showing amazing weight loss transformation photos and glowing testimonials about the success of their product. Cue my innate skepticism and bring on the teatox research.
I have a MASSIVE sweet tooth.
I’ve never met a brownie I didn’t like. Or a donut for that matter. Or absolutely anything with coconut or salted caramel. I’m probably a bit of a dessert whore…And while I’m extremely conscious of properly nourishing my body, both as a nutritionist and as a recovering cancer patient, I also know that having a sweet treat every now and again is both completely normal and necessary. The problem is that so many of the commercially made baked goods out there are made with a ton of additives and preservatives and an obscene amount of refined sugar that we’re all better off avoiding. Even homemade baked sweets are usually full of refined ingredients, stripped of their nutritional value during processing and leaving us with nothing but a sugar rush and it's ensuing hormonal chaos all for 2 minutes of tantalised taste buds.
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