June 16, 2018

Mood food – How to eat yourself happy

  It probably comes as no surprise that we are a fast becoming a nation of stress heads. A 2017 study by Medibank found that over 5 million Australians are suffering from stress. A lack of sleep, work pressures, juggling too many things, housing affordability, finances and social media were reported as contributing factors. It is well known that people affected by stress are more likely to suffer from mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. In Australia, almost 1 in 2 Australians will experience a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety in their lifetime. It’s not all doom
June 8, 2018

Chicken and Roast Vegetable Salad

Ingredients Chicken Marinade 2 x large chicken breasts, sliced into half and flattened 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried rosemary 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper Juice of 2 large lemons Zest of 1 lemon Roast Vegetable Salad 2 x red capsicums, seeds removed 1 x medium sized zucchini, sliced 1 x small carrot, sliced 1⁄2 butternut pumpkin cut into small wedges 1 x large sweet potato, peeled, cut into 4cm pieces 2 x garlic cloves 1 large red onion, cut into thick wedges 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1⁄4 cup toasted nuts (pine nuts or almond slivers work well) 4 cups rocket/baby spinach leaves Salad
June 5, 2018

Five reasons to eat more plant-based

It’s no secret that eating fresh fruits and vegetables will benefit our health, however it is common for most of us to forget about our fruits and vegetables and consume large amounts of animal products such as meat. In fact, less than 4% of Australian adults and 0.5% of Australian kids are meeting the recommended serves of fruits, vegetables and legumes. Despite this, plant-based diets are one of the biggest food and health trends this year with more than 2 million Australians currently reporting their diet to be ‘almost all’ or ‘all’ vegetarian. Many people are now also self-proclaimed ‘flexitarians’
June 5, 2018

Eat to beat cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is carried around the body in the blood. Contrary to popular belief, the body produces most cholesterol naturally, and it is also found in some foods. When your doctor first mentions that your cholesterol levels are too high, many people are in shock. However, between 2011-2012 over one third of Australians aged eighteen and over had high cholesterol, which means you are most definitely not alone. High blood cholesterol is a risk factor for developing heart disease which kills one Australian every 12 minutes. For this reason, some doctors may suggest starting a medication,
November 9, 2017

Healthy Gut, Healthy body

All health begins in the gut The health of your gut is the cornerstone of your health, wellbeing and immunity. More and more research is beginning to uncover the important role the gut plays in our wellbeing, weight management and disease prevention, and how the foods we consume influence our gut microbiota and our overall health. What is gut microbiota? The large intestine is home to a reservoir of bacteria that play an essential role in healthy digestion, protecting the body from infection and regulating metabolism. These bacteria are referred to as the gut microbiota (also known as gut flora or intestinal microbiome)