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Fresh vs frozen

Fresh vs frozen – which is best? Australians are notoriously poor vegie and fruit eaters, coming no- where near the recommended target of five veg and two fruit each day. How can we increase our intake? Part of the problem is that fruit and vegetables, when they are fresh, have a pretty short shelf life.  […]

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Get back on track in 2019

We’ve finished our season of making merry, and now, if you are anything like me, you feel that it may be time to start “reining yourself in” a bit! Even though I try to be mindful, I eat and drink a little more during the “festive season”. One interesting observation is that as soon I […]

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Tales of Vietnam

I was fortunate enough to spend 10 days in Vietnam during my last holidays – what a buzz!! Of course one of the many attractions was the food, Vietnamese being one of my favourite cuisines. Eating out seems to be so much a part of life,( as shown in the picture of the “nightlife in […]

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Time to lose some weight?

So, winter is nearing an end and you’ve decided that the time has come to lose some weight. Are you going to go it alone, or share your journey? Research suggests that enlisting the support of others makes it easier to achieve your goals. Enrolling in a weight loss program will help you to succeed. […]

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Are you concerned about your cholesterol levels?

Doctors recommend that we aim for a total cholesterol intake of less than 5.5m mol/L. You can find out your cholesterol with a fasting blood test. Some doctors will prescribe medication, however you can improve the ratio of your “good” HDL versus “bad” LDL cholesterol through diet and lifestyle changes. Some foods have been clinically proven to lower […]

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Break the cycle of overeating

Eating habits can be hard to break – we have usually practiced the habits over a long time and our brains have forged well-trodden neural pathways! Simple behavioural changes can really help break down the habits and help when the temptation to overeat arises. In this post I share some changes you might like to […]

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Chia – superfood or superfad?

3 interesting facts about chia Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family. Along with quinoa and amaranth, chia has also been classed as a pseudocereal – a non-grass plant whose seed can be ground into flour and otherwise used as cereal. Now one of the world’s biggest […]

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How to defeat sugar cravings

Train your brain to stop sugar cravings Research shows that around 70% of foods purchased in the supermarket contain added sugar – a frightening statistic. No wonder we are all slightly addicted to sugar! For many people, if food does not contain some sugar it tastes bland and unpalatable. The news is good, though – […]

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A happy camper

I have had the pleasure of camping next door to a very keen cook, each year for the last several years.  I have looked on in awe of his outdoor kitchen, with all it’s equipment, his herb garden and … And smelled delicious aromas of cooking food each evening. Phil and his wife Anne, set […]

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