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Breakfast:

 

Half of all Australians miss breakfast as many as 3 times a week yet are well aware of it’s importance. I know you’ve heard it all before… breakfast is the most important meal of the day… Blah, Blah, Blah.You still have no plan for setting the alarm clock earlier. I’m not going to bore you with all the reasons why breakfast is crucial to your body for energy today, bowel health tomorrow, skin health next week, diabetes prevention next year and age related matters a decade from now. You see, food choices and lifestyle habits we select today may have compounding effects years from now. If you consider this breakfast really should be prioritised.

I am running a Breakfast seminar and workshops from June. This is a must not be missed event. If you love breakfast or you lack energy, are bored with standard breakfasts, dislike the thought of losing sleep or are curious about the impact of breakfast on your body this is for you. For more information – click here!

 

3:30itis, Fact or Fiction:

 

Why do so many crave chocolate or salty snacks in the afternoon? There are many reasons from eating insufficient carbs at breakfast, not enough protein at lunch, hormone imbalances and too much processed sugars in the overall diet; to name a few. If the overall diet is balanced and varied and hormones are in check chronic afternoon cravings should not occur.If they persist it may be time to arrange a consult. In reality, for most people, afternoon snacking is a habit. Donut, chocolate, muffins, cakes, potato chips, dim sims… please don’t say your mouth is watering. How about banana, nut and seed trail mix or really exciting tahini balls and almond spiced truffles. You see, there are always healthier alternatives.

 

Digestive Health for the New Year


As a new year arises many people will be promising not to indulge like they did during the holidays. Too many salty snacks washed down with sugary and alcoholic beverages may lead to poor digestive health. Gastrointestinal disturbances such as bloating, constipation, flatulence, diarrhoea and general feelings of discomfort may have become the norm for you. If the indulgent lifestyle becomes routine the goodness in our digestive tract reduces. At this time of year detox products and meal replacement shake purchases increase as a means to recover the ‘summer body’. If this is you… close your purse or wallet. They are not required. Simply, eat breakfast and add yogurt, peppermint and chamomile tea, wholegrains and multigrains and more vegetables such as green leafy varieties and beetroot to your diet. Within a short time you will be renewed and revitalised due to your newfound digestive health.

 

Can Water Prevent Dehydration?  


The European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) recently banned all European bottled water manufacturers from claiming water prevents dehydration. The EFSA is Europe’s governing body for scientific research, marketing claims, and food composition research. This announcement led to a public and media outcry. One of the reasons for the public and media scrutiny is research results confirm regular consumption of water is beneficial and prevents dehydration. After the great storm that erupted following this announcement, the EFSA has confirmed water is important for normal physiological, biochemical and cognitive functioning and for regulation of body temperature. The EFSA was merely banning the claim as it had been filed under the wrong legal provision. In short, water is beneficial. And, double-triple check legal codes prior to lodging food claim requests.

 

Eat Healthily For Your Great Grandchildren


A new and exciting area of nutrition analyses the influence of dietary intake on genetic structure. As there has been a marked increase in the incidence of childhood obesity many nutrition scientists have begun investigating reasons why this has occurred.  One reason is the change to genetic makeup. Whereby, what is eaten today influences the genes of subsequent generations. For example, if pregnant women indulge in ‘sometimes’ food for their entire pregnancy there may be changes to the foetus’s genes. Such that, what one eats today permanently influences the genetic makeup that is passed from one generation to the next. Isn’t this fabulous motivation to increase consumption of core-nutritious foods and reduce intake of ‘sometimes’ food??

 

Sesame Seeds Uncovered


If I tell you that sesame seeds are a good source of tryptophan, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, dietary fibre, selenium and thiamin it may not mean anything. However, if I write that habitual consumption of sesame seeds improve blood fat levels (increases good fats and lowers bad fats), may assist in lowering cholesterol, increases bodily antioxidant levels and enhances immune health and also supports bone health, you may respond with WOW! To which I would respond with… sprinkle sesame seeds on your salads, add a few teaspoons of sesame oil to your bok choy and other leafy greens and for something a little different pour tahini on roasted cauliflower. Enjoy sesame seeds today.

 

Bananas 


The poor banana is one of the first fruits to be removed when dieting. The carbohydrate content is often the reason why. Although, the fluctuating price certainly does not assist its popularity level. However, bananas are actually packed full of nutrients. They contain fibre, potassium, magnesium, as well as vitamins C and B6 (Pyridoxine group). What does all this mean? Low levels of potassium in circulating blood may be a risk factor for having a stroke. Luckily for the banana, they are one of the richest sources of potassium. In fact research suggests that potassium may reduce ones risk of high blood pressure and stroke. But wait, there’s more… the potassium level in bananas actually prevents loss of calcium from bone. Bone health becomes increasingly important as we age in order to prevent fractures and osteoporosis. Another benefit of the retention of calcium in our bones is it preserves kidney health and may help prevent kidney cancer.
Would you also believe that eating a banana can make you happier? Bananas are a natural source of tryptophan, a good mood hormone. They also contain good carbohydrates that are beneficial for kick-starting the day, assisting in sports recovery and satisfying between meals. Do you need any more reason to consume the nutritious banana?