Health, Nutrition

‘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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Health, Nutrition, Spirit

what is spiritual nutrition?

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Image via favim.com

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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Breakfast, Nutrition, Raw, Recipes

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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Health, Mind, Spirit

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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Health, Nutrition

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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Breakfast, Dinner, Health, Lunch, Reviews

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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Beauty/Treatments, Nutrition

foods for gorgeous skin: lee holmes’ top picks

Picture of health: Wholefoods chef and author of Eat Yourself Beautiful, Lee Holmes

Picture of health: Wholefoods chef and author of Eat Yourself Beautiful, Lee Holmes

For the longest time I had cystic acne. To paint a bit of a picture, my face had large inflamed red bumps that you couldn’t just squeeze like a pimple. They ran deep into the skin and were extremely painful.

Like many acne sufferers, it was a socially crippling experience and I took extreme measures to try and fix it. I spent a lot of money on cleansers, facial scrubs and oil-free moisturisers that claimed to clear up my skin. I also endured regular facials that involved tear-jerking extractions.

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