Why you should eat a plant-based diet – that doesn’t mean being a vegetarian

Why you should eat a plant-based diet, but that doesn’t mean being a vegetarian

Plant-based diets are often shown to be good for health. Yet Australians eat a lot of meat and are sometimes reluctant to completely cut meat from their diet. So it’s important to know that eating a plant-based diet doesn’t have to mean becoming a vegetarian.

Plant-based diets are high in vegetables, wholegrain bread and cereals, legumes and whole fruits, yet can still contain small amounts of lean meats and reduced-fat dairy products.

A survey of Australians found most (70%) thought a plant-based diet would prevent disease. But what does the literature say?… + Read More

Dates Cacao Protein Bliss Balls

Energy packed dates & cacao bliss balls

These take no time to make – if you prepare plenty of the ‘base’ recipe mix, divide them into portions & you can make a whole variety of different flavours to see you through the week.

Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. Its also a good source of energy, sugar and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc can be found in dates. It also contains vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.

*Best eaten post training!*

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup raw cacao
  • ¼ cup shredded/desiccated coconut
  • ¼ cup unsalted almonds or cashews (chop in food processor)
  • 1tsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or Stevia (better option for low sugar)
  • 6-8 dates.
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Reishi mushroom boosts longevity, fitness, liver health

Ancient Asian healers heralded Reishi mushroom for its ability to lengthen life. Reishi was used throughout Japan, Korea, Tibet and China to heal a myriad of disorders. The common name of Reishi (also known as Lingzhi mushroom in Chinese medicine) means “immortal mushroom. It’s common name in Japanese means “immortality plant.”

Super food

Studies have found that Lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidum) boosts the immune system, improves liver health, inhibits the growth of cancer and defers conditions related to mortality such as heart disease.

No wonder it was called the immortality plant. And it grows throughout the world, including in North America.

Liver Benefits including Increased Longevity

A 2017 clinical study published in the journal, Pharmaceutical Biology has proven Reishi’s ability to improve liver health.… + Read More

Health Check: does caffeine cause dehydration?

For a long time people have been told that caffeine is a diuretic. For some, this translates into advice to avoid or remove caffeinated beverages from the diet of people at risk of dehydration, or during periods of extreme summer heat.

While possibly well meaning, this advice is wrong.

By definition, a diuretic is a product that increases the body’s production of urine. Hence water, or any drink consumed in large volumes, is a diuretic. Importantly, urinating more does not inevitably lead to dehydration (excessive loss of body water).

Drinking simultaneously provides the body with fluid for absorption (avoiding dehydration) and initiates urine production.… + Read More

The Paleo Diet – The new and the old

Paleo – The new, old diet

Paleo diet

The basis of the Paleo diet

The paleo diet (also nicknamed the caveman diet, primal diet, Stone Age diet, and hunter-gatherer diet) is hugely popular these days, and goes by one simple question: What would a caveman eat? Here, we explain what the paleo diet involves, its pros and cons, and, ultimately, what a modern person needs to know to decide whether or not to take the paleo diet plunge.

Paleo foods

The paleo diet runs on the same foods our hunter-gather ancestors supposedly ate: fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, and nuts. “By following these nutritional guidelines, we put our diet more in line with the evolutionary pressures that shaped our current genetics, which in turn positively influences health and well being,” says Loren Cordain, PhD, professor of health and exercise science at Colorado State University and author of The Paleo Diet.… + Read More

The great debate – Pros and cons of dairy

Got milk?

One of the most common questions I get, what do you think of dairy? Is it healthy? Do I need it for strong bones? Do you drink milk….

Do I drink milk?

No, I don’t drink milk, I think it should be reserved for growing calves. Here is what I’ve found and I am sure if we keep digging there will be pros and cons for any argument, but what I ask is you to read the China Study. I do eat fermented dairy, yoghurt on occasion and cheese, they would make up less than 5% of my diet I don’t feel these are an issue.… + Read More

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

I don’t know about you, but I can easily get stuck making the same meals time and time again. Here is a winning peanut butter smoothie recipe I found that is absolutely amazing!!!

Serves 2

2 bananas
1 cup milk (I used coconut, but nut milks would be yum!)
3 heaped tablespoons 100% natural peanut butter
2 large tablespoons yoghurt (I used coconut)
2-3 handfuls of ice
1-2 large scoop of your preferred protein powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder or 1/2 teaspoon essence

Optional (for extra nutritional punch): 2 large handfuls of organic spinach (see green tinged smoothie below).… + Read More

Beetroot & Rosemary Healthy Chips

BAKED ROSEMARY BEETROOT CHIPS

Recipe Beetroot chips

Prep time –10 mins

Cook time – 20 mins

Total time – 30 mins

30-minute baked beet chips infused with rosemary and speckled with sea salt. Perfectly crispy, simple to make, and a healthy snack on the go.

Ingredients
  • 3 medium-large beets, rinsed and scrubbed
  • Olive or canola oil
  • Sea Salt + Black Pepper
  • 2-3 sprigs rosemary, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and place oven rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Thinly slice beets with a mandolin (or a sharp knife), getting them as consistently thin as possible. They should curl a little when cut.
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You can’t rely on fish oil supplements in pregnancy to make your children smarter

You can’t rely on fish oil supplements in pregnancy to make your children smarter.

Fish oil supplements that contain DHA (the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid) are marketed to pregnant women as a way to support brain development. After all, who doesn’t want their child to be smart?

However most clinical trials that have examined the impact of DHA on brain development are underpowered – that is, they don’t contain adequate subject numbers to draw reasonable conclusions – or have methodological limitations.

A large and robust trial of 500 South Australian mother-child pairs has just been completed. Women were given high-dose DHA or a vegetable oil placebo throughout the second half of pregnancy.

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Delicious chocolate banana bread

Delicious Banana Bread from my massage therapist.

A great way to use up any super ripe bananas and also a lovely 3pm snack.

Packed with lots of healthy ingredients, you won’t feel guilty about eating this one.

Banana bread recipe
Ingredients
3 bananas
3 eggs
1 cup almond meal
1 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup cacao
1/2 cup cacao butter (or normal unsalted butter)
1/2 cup rapadura sugar
1tsp baking soda
Pinch of sea salt
Splash of almond milkMethod
Preheat oven to 180 degrees c
Line 10cm x 20cm loaf tin with baking paper
Mash 2.5 bananas in a separate bowl
Melt cacao butter then add to sugar
Beat until combined
Sift and add all dry ingredients to mixture including eggs and gently combine
Add milk, bananas and fold through
Pour into the lined tin and slice the half banana lengthways and place on top
Sprinkle banana with a little rapadura sugar
Bake for app.… + Read More
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