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Why loving bitter foods is good for you

When it comes to food it can sometimes feel too easy to focus on the sweet and savory while bitter foods are often overlooked in our diet. One of the most harmful shifts in our diet over the past 50 years has been the persistent increase in the sweetness of our foods. This trend has led to a significant consequence: a growing sensitivity or aversion to bitter foods. Bitter foods may not be an obvious first choice, but from a nutritionist, their inclusion in our diet is crucial for maintaining optimal health, gut health, and promoting healthy bile flow. Before going into the benefits of eating bitter foods, let's talk about the importance of bile. Bile is a digestive fluid produced by the liver and stored in...

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High protein raspberry breakfast muffins

Raspberry  breakfast muffins Makes 8 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp vanilla 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 cup raspberries 1/3 cup rolled oats ¾ cup high protein plain yoghurt ¾ cup buckwheat flour 1/3 cup coconut ¾ cup almond meal 2 eggs 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey 2 tbsp roughly chopped almonds Preheat oven to 180’ Prepare a 6 holes muffin tray with patty cases Place almond meal, flour, baking powder, oats and coconut in a large bowl and stir to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk yoghurt, eggs, oil, maple syrup and vanilla together. Pour wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix until combined. Don['t over mix. Gently stir through raspberries. Spoon the mixture evenly among the 6 greased muffin holes and top with chopped almonds Place muffins into the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until...

Balancing blood sugar in Perimenopause

I haven’t changed what I eat or how I move but my weight keeps increasing, what is going on? This is such a common question I hear from many women in their 40s and 50s. The weight gain during perimenopause and menopause is one of the most frustrating and confusing elements of this phase in a womens life. Blood sugar balance is the key to avoiding weight gain at any age and is particularly important as we approach this significant phase of life.  The changes in hormones creates an environment in our body where managing blood glucose needs to be done more carefully and thoughtfully. Balancing our blood sugar across the entire day is a game changer for feeling more energised with no energy slumps, less snacking and less...

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What is causing my high cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a topic that causes so much confusion when it comes to our health. Cholesterol is necessary in our body as it helps to build our sex hormones – estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, vitamin D and is essential for our cell membrane health and bile production. When our levels of cholesterol are tested the standard blood tests will usually includeTotal Cholesterol HDL LDL TriglyceridesLDL cholesterol is sometimes called “bad” cholesterol because too much of it can cause fatty deposits to build up inside the walls of our arteries, restricting blood flow to the heart and brain. HDL cholesterol helps to remove the LDL cholesterol from your bloodstream which is why it’s often referred to as “good” cholesterol. Triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood, used...

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Healthy chocolate brownie

Healthy Chocolate Brownie1 tin chickpeas ½ cup cocao powder 1/3 cup nut butter (any) ¼ cup hulled tahini 1/3 cup sugar 2 tsp vanilla 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 100g chopped dark chocolatePreheat over to 180'.Blend all ingredients except chocolate. Stir through chocolate and spoon mixture into a lined baking tine. Bake for 20 min. Allow to cool slightly, serve and enjoy...

Nutrients to support your immune health during Winter

While it’s not possible to completely prevent or avoid colds and viruses there are things we can do to support our immune system this Winter. With 70% of our immune system in our gut it seems logical that the food we eat is one of the most important ways to support our immune system. Natural, wholefoods deliver the enhancing, protective properties we need.  It’s also a good time to eat foods high in flavonoids, which support your immune system, think bright, colourful and seasonal foods and herbs.There are also a few nutrients and lifestyle changes to keep an eye on or to include during the Winter months that specifically support our immune system. Vitamin C No surprise here – vitamin C is long known for its role in...

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Are you supporting your liver?

How are you supporting your liver? Nurturing this incredible organ is so critical when it comes to how we feel each day. The liver works pretty hard 24/7 to rid those toxins from our everyday as well as break down our sex hormones (estrogen) and cholesterol as well as other amazing things. There are no tests for a congested liver but it is easy for it to become overloaded from our diet & lifestyle and then it can’t do it’s job of detoxing our bodies effectively.Signs our liver may need some more loveyou struggle with PMT with crazy mood swings and cramping. This can be a sign your sex hormones are out of balance due to liver congestion you often wake up during the night and...

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Perimenopause and diet

 Perimenopause, diet and what is going on?Irregular cycles, unexplained weight gain, mood swings, sound familiar? These could be new symptoms you're experiencing due to perimenopause? And what the hell is perimenopause? There is definitely a lack of information for women out there about what to do and how to support our bodies during this hormonal transition. Peri is a Greek word for "around" or "near" menopause. Perminenopoase begins on average at age 40 and usually about 10 years before menopause, for some it seems to start happening earlier.Perimenopause is when a woman's ovaries begin to make less oestrogen and the body responds. It's a phase that lasts until menopause. It’s definitely a time we really need to take more care of our bodies, slow down...

Why do I feel so bloated?

Do you often feel bloated and tired? We’ve all experienced bloating at some point or maybe all the time.There are a number of reasons that can cause bloating and fatigue and I see it so often with clients for a range of different reasons. Its common but not normal to feel bloated. Its also important to consult a health professional to work out what is causing the problem rather than second guessing and eliminating foods that you think are causing the problem. So here are some common reasons for feeling this way, which are not always food related. Stress This probably doesnt seem that logical but it can happen especially when we spend the day running around and inhaling our food as we go. Properly chewing our...