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  • Staying on Top of your Exercise Game Staying on Top of your Exercise Game

    Staying on Top of your Exercise Game

Staying on Top of your Exercise Game

Lots of us enjoy that pumped-up, supercharged feeling of breaking a good sweat in the gym, and for some, nothing beats that sense of accomplishment when we’ve finished a good exercise session. I personally love to break a good sweat, and if my daily schedule gets too busy to fit in some exercise, I start itching to go back to the gym and burn some calories! While each one of us has our own favourite workout, drill or fitness class, all of us share one thing in common (to a certain extent): nutrition before, during and after exercise. How do […]
By |September 11th, 2017|nutrition recommendations, sports nutrition|Comments Off on Staying on Top of your Exercise Game
  • Why is it so hard to lose weight? Why is it so hard to lose weight?

    Why is it so hard to lose weight?

Why is it so hard to lose weight?

Being overweight is often seen to have a simple cause – eating too much and moving too little. It comes as no surprise then that individual weight has now become a “moral” issue in society, where those of us who are carrying a little too much around the middle are blamed for being “greedy”, “lazy” and “lacking willpower”.  While estimates vary, it’s likely that only around 20% of people successfully lose and maintain weight loss, while around 80% of individuals who intentionally lose weight regain it. Clearly 80% of us cannot all be making “bad choices”, so what […]
By |August 8th, 2017|child obesity, Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Why is it so hard to lose weight?
  • Are guidelines around red meat intake putting women at risk? Are guidelines around red meat intake putting women at risk?

    Are guidelines around red meat intake putting women at risk?

Are guidelines around red meat intake putting women at risk?

I came across an article published not too long ago in The Sun that had a really scary title: “HEALTHY EATERS WARNED Women being put at risk of anaemia by following health advice to eat less red meat” And then right under that, still in big bold letters: “MILLIONS of women are being put at risk of anaemia as a result of healthy eating advice encouraging them to eat less red meat.” Taken at face value, I imagine this must be quite scary for a lot of women, who might sit and wonder just how […]
By |July 25th, 2017|Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Are guidelines around red meat intake putting women at risk?
  • The Blurry Relationship between Diet and ADHD The Blurry Relationship between Diet and ADHD

    The Blurry Relationship between Diet and ADHD

The Blurry Relationship between Diet and ADHD

A while back, I had a conversation with a middle school teacher who was telling me about a student who had attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The teacher had noticed this student was eating unhealthy foods containing loads of added sugars and decided to pitch a new diet approach to the student. To everyone’s (delightful) surprise, after the kid tried the diet for a few weeks, his ADHD symptoms improved so dramatically that he stopped needing his ADHD meds. So naturally, I got really interested with this story and decided to do some research on ADHD and diet, because to be […]
By |July 7th, 2017|Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on The Blurry Relationship between Diet and ADHD
  • Alcohol and Pregnancy: How much is Harmful? Alcohol and Pregnancy: How much is Harmful?

    Alcohol and Pregnancy: How much is Harmful?

Alcohol and Pregnancy: How much is Harmful?

Pregnancy is often presented in culture and society as a wondrous time for giving new life, but as most new parents know, the reality involves a huge amount of stress, anxiety and worry about, well, pretty much everything. Nothing is a source of greater terror than worrying if you actions are impacting your baby, especially when it comes to drugs such as caffeine, medications and … you guessed it, alcohol. Drinking during pregnancy is highly politicised, and messages can seem mixed, so it’s easy to see how confusion and fear can take hold. With 13% of women […]
By |June 20th, 2017|Infant feeding, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Alcohol and Pregnancy: How much is Harmful?
  • Stevia: The Healthy New Sugar? Stevia: The Healthy New Sugar?

    Stevia: The Healthy New Sugar?

Stevia: The Healthy New Sugar?

Nutritive sweeteners provide calories and make our food taste sweet. Examples include table sugar, honey, high fructose corn syrup among others (there are around 61 different names for sugar!). On the other hand, non-nutritive sweeteners (also called ‘intense‘ sweeteners) are just that: they make our food taste sweet, minus the calories. The reason we perceive both sugar and sweeteners to have a sweet taste is because they both bind to the same receptors on our tongue, so they elicit a similar perception of sweetness. The EU has approved several sweeteners: aspartame, acesulfame-K, sucralose, saccharin, cyclamate, […]
By |June 6th, 2017|Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Stevia: The Healthy New Sugar?
  • The Trouble with Picky Eaters The Trouble with Picky Eaters

    The Trouble with Picky Eaters

The Trouble with Picky Eaters

Does your baby cringe at the sight of some foods? Are you frustrated that he or she is not eating enough fruits and veggies? Do they groan and scream when you try to feed them broccoli?  Do you have trouble convincing them (or even chasing them around the house) to eat their Brussels sprouts? Or did you already give up that fight? If so, you are not alone. Around half of all preschool-aged children in developed countries are picky eaters. Parents of picky eaters often feel despair and frustration because of their child’s difficult eating habits. Don’t be alarmed […]
By |May 19th, 2017|child obesity, Infant feeding, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on The Trouble with Picky Eaters
  • How much Exercise does my Child need? How much Exercise does my Child need?

    How much Exercise does my Child need?

How much Exercise does my Child need?

Children’s physical activity is having somewhat of a revival in the national consciousness. Once the preserve of vaguely depressing P.E. lessons and old gym equipment, we increasingly understand how important, fun and vital movement is for optimal health. But are our children exercising enough, how much do they actually need and what truly counts as “exercise”? And most importantly, how can we help our children to move more and sit less? Current data shows that only 21% of boys and 16% of girls aged 5 to 15 meet activity recommendations; along with only 1 in ten children aged 2 […]
By |May 2nd, 2017|child obesity|Comments Off on How much Exercise does my Child need?
  • Food Allergy – the basics Food Allergy – the basics

    Food Allergy – the basics

Food Allergy – the basics

My maternal life is the inspiration behind this blog post. Kudos to my Mummy friends for reminding me of this! My little girl has a milk allergy – nothing life threatening, but we do have to be aware of the content of every single bit of grub she puts in her mouth. And we’re not alone: one of my daughter’s little buddies has an egg allergy. Needless to say, it’s something that forms an important part of our lives, both when we’re on ‘mum duty’ and when we’ve got our ‘work hats’ on. Many others are in the same […]
By |April 18th, 2017|Infant feeding, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Food Allergy – the basics
  • Fibre: are you getting enough? Fibre: are you getting enough?

    Fibre: are you getting enough?

Fibre: are you getting enough?

Fibre isn’t exactly the sexiest of nutrients, but it’s a very important one. We need it in our diet to help our gut function normally and it can also help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. Dietary fibre is the edible part of a plant that is not digested or absorbed in the small intestine but is completely or partially broken down by bacteria in the large intestine. The majority of us need to eat more fibre and the recommended intake has recently changed to […]
By |April 14th, 2017|nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Fibre: are you getting enough?