The link between nutrition and depression

350 million people.

Let me say that again. 350 million people.
The number of people thought to be suffering from depression worldwide.

I asked a group of people at uni to raise their hand if they knew someone with depression. Everyone raised their hands.Continue reading “The link between nutrition and depression”

Is Coconut Oil Healthy?

Coconut oil – the classic super food, miracle food and health food. Coconut oil claims to be responsible for many health benefits, but is it worth all the hype and attention?

The Health Claims

Coconut oil is promoted as a source of healthy saturated fat. It’s said to control weight gain, curb sugar cravings, manage type 2 diabetes and is a better cooking oil. That’s a lot of responsibility for coconut oil!Continue reading “Is Coconut Oil Healthy?”

Surviving Exams

Exam week is almost here or already here for some of us. “But I’ll get healthy when uni is over”, “I just have no time to make good food” or “I can’t wait for holidays so I can finally get into shape.”

If you wait until you’re not busy to be healthy, you’ll be waiting forever. Continue reading “Surviving Exams”

What Should I Eat this Winter?

 

How is it winter already? How did it get cold so quickly?!

To be honest, I am not the biggest fan of winter. But winter brings along new foods to eat! Eating seasonally is the way to go (which I’ve already discussed in previous blog post). So if you’re not sure what ‘eating seasonally’ in winter looks like, this is your go-to list Continue reading “What Should I Eat this Winter?”

Have you seen the new Healthy Eating Pyramid?

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Earlier this week, Nutrition Australia released their new Healthy Eating Pyramid! The older healthy pyramid was reaching almost 15 years old. It was time for an update.

What is the Healthy Eating Pyramid?

The pyramid shows you how to eat healthily.  With all the fad diets around, its exciting to have a clear picture of what a healthy eating is. Continue reading “Have you seen the new Healthy Eating Pyramid?”

Easter, Eggs and Expanding Waistlines

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It’s already April and Easter long weekend is tomorrow! There are so many things I love about Easter – the 4 day long weekend, celebrating Jesus’ death and resurrection, the hot cross buns, feasts and the family get together  – it’s fantastic!

With long weekends and holidays, there is an abundance of all sorts of food! Anyone who knows me, knows I love food. But while there is amazing food during Easter, there is an overload of chocolate and hot cross buns (which contain a lot of kilojoules). Continue reading “Easter, Eggs and Expanding Waistlines”

The Wonders of Water

It’s UN-World Water Day and while this may be insignificant to many of us, it reminds us how amazing water is! We have access to safe, clean drinking water straight from our taps. That’s something we simply cannot take for granted.

But water can often seem boring and make us feel guilty for not drinking enough of it! But it’s vital to stay hydrated.

Continue reading “The Wonders of Water”

Autumn – Eat Seasonally!

Goodbye Summer and hello Autumn!

There is so much I love about summer – stone fruits, the sun and the beach.

But Autumn brings a drop in temperature, the end of daylight savings, the changing colours of leaves and different seasonal fruits & vegetables!

The sayings ‘eat seasonally’ or ‘eat what is in season’ are often tossed around the ‘nutrition world’ to encourage people to consume a variety of a food. But what do they actually mean?Continue reading “Autumn – Eat Seasonally!”

Why we’re asking the question

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After months, if not years, we have been discussing health, nutrition, fitness and life!  We (Tara and Lana) are sisters and we have decided to team up to share our thoughts and experiences with others, and document our journey being healthy students together.

What are we doing?

We hope to share our knowledge of health, nutrition and fitness. We hope that you may learn something new, but also hope to encourage you to live healthy as we attempt to!

Being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated, it doesn’t need to involve a bunch of “superfoods” with strange names and sky-high prices, it doesn’t require hours and hours of sweat, blood and tears. Being healthy should be enjoyed by everyone..

What about health?

Strange name, right? It’s a question that we have started asking ourselves as our lives have changed over the past few years.

For the first time in a long time, our weeks look strangely similar again. We both have husbands working full time, we are hitting the books every day, and those households won’t run themselves. Is it possible to juggle all these things and be healthy? You betcha!

Regardless of what season of life we (or you) are in, the question should always be: What about health?

So… what’s the answer?

What do we mean when we use the word health? We both firmly believe that being healthy is not focusing on the number on those scales, or being skinny, or restricting yourself so much that food loses all joy.

Being healthy is about keeping your body nourished well so that you can get the best out of life for as long as you can. This means putting the right fuel into your body, finding ways to keep active and looking after yourself so that you can be in the best position to love and care for others.

We’re both passionate about doing this ourselves, and inspiring others to do the same. With Lana’s nutrition and dietetic knowledge, and Tara’s journalism and blogging experience, we hope that sharing our perspective and journey will help you to see that not only is health important, it’s also fun.

What to expect

We will be dispelling common myths about health, sharing some of the ways that we approach and think about taking care of ourselves and our families, and encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and make small changes for long term benefits.

God gave us bodies that can work in amazing ways when we look after them properly. So now is the time to start asking the question – what about health?

What do you think makes someone healthy?

Photo: Fruit Salad by Didriks