‘healthy foods’ that aren’t so healthy

Cereals offer very little protein and essential good quality fats, both of which we need to kick-start the day and feel satisfied.

Cereals offer very little protein and essential good quality fats, both of which we need to kick-start the day and feel satisfied. Image via Favim

Contributed by Libby Nathan

1. Agave nectar

Agave is touted as a healthy, low GI alternative to sugar and has tricked many into thinking they are making a healthy, guilt-free choice. But, it is actually very high in fructose, not too dissimilar to high fructose corn syrup (yuck). Excess fructose is converted to glucose which can then be stored as fat.

Alternatives: Get your sweetness from a little fruit (fresh or dried) or stevia. Use spices to add a little sweetness –Cinnamon tastes sweet and actually helps balance blood sugar levels! Vanilla bean powder is great too.

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what is spiritual nutrition?

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It might seem a little strange linking food to spirituality. Perhaps it’s even a totally foreign concept to you; food is often reduced to the nutrients they contain, or seen as fuel for the body. Hey, you probably just eat for your taste buds! I was that person, too – until a few health issues made me re-evaluate what I was putting into my body.

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strawberry, apricot and coconut bircher muesli

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I love how overnight oats can transform into a deliciously creamy brekky! As I’ve mentioned in numerous posts using oats, even if I like to follow a mainly Paleo diet (which eliminates grains), oats is the one grain I can’t resist because they’re just so versatile. They’re kind of like the little black dress of the health food world – the perfect canvas for throwing anything on it and, somehow, it just works.

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life after exhaustion

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Last week I was lucky enough to have one of those weekdays spent chatting to a like-minded soul about life. In a park. Under the spring sunshine. Eating a raw cake. Bliss. It’s one of those simple pleasures that can leave such a lasting impact on your whole week, don’t you think?

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a yummy green smoothie recipe and q&a with bannie williams

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Ah, the green smoothie. If you’re not yet converted, you might be interested in reading this post about how supremely good they are for you.

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the paleo way, sydney: highlights

A few weeks ago I was a guest at The Paleo Way talk held by Earth Events. Not only was I fortunate enough to meet healthy chef and Paleo advocate Pete Evans and author of Primal Body, Primal Mind Nora Gedgaudas, but I was left feeling more passionate about spreading the benefits of living a Paleo lifestyle (which I’ve touched on briefly in my food philosophy post). Continue reading

cafe review: about life, bondi junction

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I can’t get enough of the health food scene in Sydney. But out of all the healthy cafes I’ve tried out so far, I have a soft spot for About Life in Bondi Junction mainly because I randomly stumbled into it after finishing a workout session at Centennial Park and their food just hit the spot.

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five healthy food tips that will change your life

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There are a few handy tips and tricks of the culinary trade I’ve picked up since working in health magazine land. They’re from chefs and nutritionists I’ve come across who’ve saved me so much time in the kitchen. And have made food a lot easier to prepare. Hope you find them useful!

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my healthy food philosophy

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I thought I’d write a post about my food philosophy since the subject of food forms a large part of this blog and why I’m studying nutrition.

I don’t follow a particular “diet” or “eating plan”, but I do enjoy most Paleo-style recipes because they naturally tend toward using nutrient-rich, minimally processed foods. In short, the Paleo way of eating avoids gluten-containing and other inflammatory, difficult-to-digest ingredients. So grains, refined/added sugar (which increases the risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and more) and dairy are out.

As Paleo advocate and chef Pete Evans sums up nicely: “The Paleo Way promotes the minimisation of sugary and starchy foods, the MODERATION of protein intake (something most other approaches fail to recognise the importance of), the liberal consumption of fibrous vegetables and greens (raw, lightly cooked and/or fermented/cultured), nuts, seeds, eggs (if tolerated) and AS MUCH DIETARY NATURAL FAT as is needed to satisfy the appetite and support the healthiest brain and nervous system. An occasional very small amount of seasonal fruit is purely optional. The diet totally avoids grains, legumes, conventional dairy products, conventionally raised meats, non-organic produce, GMO’s and processed foods.”

A great approach to food, don’t you think? I couldn’t agree more.

Image credit: Facebook/@ChefPeteEvans

Image credit: Facebook/@ChefPeteEvans

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the best healthy hot spots in sydney

Bread and Circus, Alexandria

Bread & Circus, Alexandria

I’m so glad I no longer have to order a side salad when I’m eating out. Or make an excuse not to have something from the bread basket. There are just too many healthy cafes and gluten-free options in Sydney.

And today’s thriving healthy eatery scene means that you don’t have to be a clean-eating foodie, raw foodist, vegetarian, or a Paleo lover to appreciate them.

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