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Dietary Trends for 2018

January 15th, 2018 | Posted in Info | Uncategorized

2018 is likely to see some new trends in the wellness world as well as a continuation of some things that have already begun to infiltrate our lives. Here are a few that seem likely to feature in blogs, books, conversations and maybe your life, this year: The Role of the Gut in Overall Health The balance of organisms in the gut play a huge part ...

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Have a Healthy Hearty Christmas

December 15th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized

Christmas is meant to be a joyful time of togetherness and celebration. However, the “holiday effect” shows that death rates from heart related problems rise over the Christmas and New Year period (1). The effect is even seen in New Zealand where Christmas is during the summer time (2). This shows that the increase in deaths is a result of the ...

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Herbs and Supplements to Reduce Bloating

December 13th, 2017 | Posted in Info | Uncategorized

There are many herbs and supplements that can reduce bloating and may even help to address the underlying causes. Here are a few: Probiotics – these are beneficial bacteria that can help to normalise bowel function. However, if there is a build up of bacteria in the small intestine that shouldn't be there (as in SIBO) then it may be ...

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Dietary and Lifestyle Strategies to Reduce Bloating

December 11th, 2017 | Posted in Info | Uncategorized

There are a number of dietary and lifestyle strategies that can reduce bloating. Some of these will also help to address the underlying causes of bloating. Here are a few tips to get you started: Avoid foods to which you are intolerant – this may include the usual suspects such as gluten, dairy, eggs and soy, but there may be others. ...

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Bloating Blues

December 7th, 2017 | Posted in Info | Uncategorized

Bloating can strike at any time of year but during times of festivities when more food is eaten and where there is less control over what you eat bloating can be a regular hazaard. Bloating is often caused by a build up of gas or liquid in the intestines. The underlying causes can be innocuous and circumstantial but chronic and persistent bloating ...

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Making Unhealthy Foods Healthier

November 24th, 2017 | Posted in Info | Recipes | Uncategorized

If you've read the posts on The Whys and Wherefores of Cravings and Curb those Cravings you'll have begun to understand some of the reasons for cravings and what to do about them. Cravings are often for foods that are high in calories and low in nutrients. But eating high nutrient foods will be more satisfying in the long term. So here are some ...

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Cravings Food Swaps

November 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Info | Recipes

If, despite reading the posts on The Whys and Wherefores of Cravings and Curb those Cravings you still have a craving but don't want to fall victim to processed, low nutrient foods, this post is for you. Cravings usually fall into 4 main categories: sugar and carbohydrates, salty foods, chocolate and cheese or creamy foods (ie: high fat foods). ...

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Curb Those Cravings

November 20th, 2017 | Posted in Info | Recipes | Uncategorized

For a better understanding of food cravings read the blog post on The Whys and Wherefores of Food Cravings. Then read these tips for how to overcome them: Stabilise blood sugar levels – avoid sugar, refined carbohydrates, caffeine and alcohol. Take regular moderate exercise – avoid sitting for long periods. Do small bouts of exercise ...

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The Whys and Wherefores of Food Cravings

November 15th, 2017 | Posted in Info | Uncategorized

There are probably not many people out there who have never experienced a food craving. The term food craving refers to an intense desire to consume a specific food. In the past the desire to eat was largely governed by metabolic needs. However, today we live in a world where highly palatable food is available all day every day without the need to ...

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Vegan Protein

October 24th, 2017 | Posted in Info | Recipes

There is much research to show that eating a largely vegan diet can help to reduce the risk of many diseases as well as being better for the planet. However, it is also possible to eat a vegan diet that does not provide everything that a healthy diet should. Eating animal products is an easy way to ensure that all essential amino acids (the ...

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