Make healthy simple – get back to basics

You want to shed a few kilos. You want to run for the bus without a bright red face. You may feel guilty after the greasy feeling of finishing a bucket of fried chicken. You may want to eat healthy, perhaps trying to eat from the different food groups. 

Whatever your reason, deciding to be healthy is a great decision. Continue reading…

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Celebrating a Year of What About Health?

Celebrations are wonderful! There are gifts, speeches about the past year, and there’s always cake. So here we are at the first birthday party of “What About Health?”. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already since I started this crazy journey. The WAH? Community has grown, there have been many questions asked, nutrition conversations, and a lot of food for thought. Just like any good party, this birthday celebration wouldn’t be complete without reflection speeches, thank you’s and of course, gifts and cake.

Let’s start with the speeches…

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Eat and Enjoy this Christmas

Eat what you want this Christmas. Eat without feeling guilty. Enjoy what you eat.

The traditional message from health professionals are to use portion control and everyone is shocked when a nutrition student would go for extra helpings of cake or ice-cream. And if you’re already trying to lose weight, the Christmas feast can be frightening. Boxing Day can leave you guilty and planning to exercise all those extra kilojoules off, if you can be bothered. Continue reading…

What nutrition advice should you trust?

First, fat is the enemy and low-fat is your friend, then sugar is the enemy and quinoa is your friend, then grains are the enemy and kale smoothies are your friend, then bacon becomes a superfood and then it gives you cancer… There’s the paleo diet, the 5:2 diet, calorie counting, clean eating, raw, vegan… In a world full of contradictory advice from a myriad of “experts”, how are we to know which advice to really follow?

I want to give you some questions to help you evaluate and discern between fact and fad in the crazy world of dietary information. Continue reading…

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…

Just a little bite

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Whenever I go to a friend’s place, to work or church, I am bombarded with snacks – and not the good kind! Anything from chips, chocolate, lollies, baked goods, cheese or even pizza. You get the idea.

At home, there are healthy options available at the drop of a hat. But when I’m out, it’s a whole different story.

So often our ‘self-control’ gets a workout! I can’t fathom how ‘just one piece’ turned into ‘half a block’ of chocolate – eaten by myself (whoops). We make excuses for ourselves, ‘It’s been a bad day’ or ‘I’ve been really good this week, I deserve one piece – that won’t hurt’.

And one piece won’t. But so often for me, it’s never just one piece. So here are some ways I try to eat healthy while I’m out. Continue reading…