What’s for dinner? It must be one of the most common questions asked. I asked my mum this everyday! Knowing what to prepare each night can be a chore. Making a nutritious evening meal doesn’t mean it needs to be chef standard or take hours to prepare but making one is likely to result in a healthier diet so let's take a look at how we get it together easily.
Are you starting to feel anxious? The New year is approaching and you told yourself this is your year, you will lose 5kg, quit sugar and hit the gym? Ahhhhh you have tried it endless years before and it doesn't get further than January so deep down you know it wont be any different this time, so the guilt already starts.
So why set yourself up to fail? It’s a new year but just another day on the calender, why will you do things differently to yesterday? Let us have a look at some strategies you can use to make positive health change without guilt.
I love giving gifts during the festive season and of course it's nice to receive them too! What I find a chore is to think about what to buy so I thought of a few to simplify the process and have shared a few ideas for you.
An easy one if buying for me is a box of chocolate balls that start with ‘L’ and if you feel the need to buy some my delivery address is in my contact section on the website (hint, hint), however, there are other good ideas to enjoy so let's take a look.
Over my life I have often received positive comments about my teeth- how straight and white they are and the big smile! As a dietitian I know the importance of good teeth for good health particularly in later life. I intend to still be able to chomp into an apple and chew my steak into my later years. This relies on good teeth.
Food can be both friend and a foe to your teeth. Food provides nutrients we need such as:
There are many beautiful parts of the world and I have discovered one here on Long Island in the Whitsundays. My 14 year old daughter was searching the internet for places to go on holidays and she discovered this gem. There is one resort open here, Palm Bay with a maximum of 60 guests, around 40 when we visited, with villas that overlook the beach.
There are many things to attract you to this place, so what attracts a dietitian?
Thanks to recently graduated dietitian Aidan Muir from Ideal Nutrition, who has been interviewing a few dietitians about their careers. Here is a little insight into mine.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your career?
I always wanted to work in sports nutrition and community nutrition. After graduation, I started working at a community health centre and then shortly after, part-time at the Western Bulldogs AFL club. So, I was doing what I wanted. And then, to cut a long story short because it’s been 23 years, I increased my sports work when my son was born. It’s been nearly 18 years!
The next thing I did was work with the Australian cricket team part-time for seven years. I have always done some private practice and some form of presenting throughout. For the past nine years, I have been working at Hawthorn Football Club. I’ve seen three premierships there and during that time I also consulted with Melbourne Storm for about four years, Melbourne City A league soccer team from their first year for 4 years and Melbourne Rebels for their first year. Lots of men’s elite sport—team sports have been my specialty.
I’ve worked at Swisse Wellness one day a week for about nine years, mainly providing input into their sports’ supplement range, looking at 3rd party supplement testing, educating health professionals about TGA and FSANZ regulations and writing about health in general. I’m also President of Sports Dietitians Australia, what a fabulous organisation and am a media spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia where I love to chat on radio, comment for TV and contribute to journalists print and online media.
On top of all that I’m currently writing a book.
Quark yoghurt- what is it?
I first ate quark when holidaying in Germany last December and loved it's creamy, thick texture and mild flavour. I found it was served in bowls on the breakfast buffet like we would find natural yoghurt. I was excited to find it in the supermarket in Australia.
Quark is a combination of cheese and yoghurt cultures, so we call it yoghurt, but it is something in between. It involves a Swedish style fermentation process,...
We all want to choose nutritious snacks more often but sometimes it is easier said than done when those chocolate bars are staring you at the supermarket check out. Let's see what we can do about it to help.
1. Surround yourself with nutritious appealing food choices . A wrinkly apple or an orange needing to be peeled in the lunchbox are not going to win over your favourite chocolate biscuit. Buy in season, quality fruit if you want to eat more of it.
When it comes to food taste why do we differ? Some of us like sweet, others savoury, sometimes we even want to like the taste of a food but just don’t so what factors play a role in determining this?
Over years our bodies have developed a protective mechanism to alert us to the bitter taste of poisons and the sour taste and off putting smell of spoiled food.
What are these little flakes of goodness? A lupin is a legume like chickpeas and kidney beans are. We grow them here in Western Australia and have done so since the 1960's as a natural fertiliser for soil health and recently we realised how good they are for our health.
As you can see in the pictures they are harvested giving a legume kernel. We can't cook and digest the kernel so they are made into a lupin flake. The flake can be added to nearly anything:
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