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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...

Pumpkin Haloumi Cauli Salad

Serves 2 2 cups pumpkin, cubed 2 cups cauliflower, cut into florets 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed 1 lemon, zest and juice 1 cup green beans, cut in half 2 cups rocket leaves 100g haloumi, sliced 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius, fan forced. On a baking tray, add the pumpkin and cauliflower. Drizzle over the oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast for 30-35 minutes, until golden. In the meantime, add the quinoa to a small saucepan with a cup of water. Grate the lemon zest in and leave quinoa to cook, stirring occasionally. When the liquid has been absorbed, remove from the heat. Bring a pot of water to boil and gently blanch the green beans for 2-3 minutes. Remove...

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Benefits of Cold and Hot Water Therapy

Are you experiencing inflammation in your body, high blood sugar or carrying excess weight ? While this is not about nutrition, this is definitely something you want to read and understand as it is another tool in your kit for supporting your health that is simple and free and could change your life.When we expose our bodies to the stress of cold or heat, It's called "hometic stress," but it's actually a good thing. This type of stress, which includes activities like taking cold showers or enjoying heat exposure, works wonders for our health. Science calls this process "hormesis," and it's like a secret superpower that helps us thrive.I'm sure you've noticed the recent craze around ice baths and cold plunges. I've delved into the...

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The best foods to eat during perimenopause

Perimenopause is also known as second puberty – it is a time of major transition and hormone recalibration. Some days you may not recognise yourself and feel like you have no control of your body or mood regardless of what you do and it can feel like you are riding a rollercoaster. During perimenopause, the declining levels of progesterone and up and downs of oestrogen can cause a range of symptoms. As our sex hormone production lessens and we may experience physiological changes including weight gain, bloating and indigestion as blood sugar imbalances and digestive issues become common. This is why our diet can make such a difference during this time and why dietary habits may need adjustment to make the transition easier. This time is also referred...

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Chocolate Orange Bark

Chocolate orange bark400g dark chocolate >70% cocao ¾ cup chopped nuts (pistachios, hazelnuts or macadamias work well) Rind of 1 orangeMelt chocolate in a pan over hot water. Once melted pour onto a tray lined with baking paper. Next, sprinkle the chopped nuts and orange zest over of the melted chocolate. spread around evenly, and feel free to gently press the nuts down into the chocolate so that it is combined.Allow the chocolate bark to sit for an hour at room temperature before placing in the fridge to set. When the chocolate bark has hardened completely, break it into pieces using either your hands or a large knife. Your chocolate bark is now ready to be eaten...

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Why am I craving sugar?

Do you have a sugar craving at the same time each day or straight after a meal?I see people who are so committed to eating well and looking after their body yet still they feel like something has taken over their body at 3pm every day. Or it may be straight after a lunch or breakfast that is seemingly healthy then bang you are hit with an insatiable need to devour a muffin or a block of chocolate.Sugar or simple carbohydrates help release a burst of our feel good hormone dopamine, so you feel good for a little while. But almost as quickly, you “crash” and return to feeling low, and the cycle starts all over again. In the long term, this can mimic the effects...

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Estrogen Detoxification

For our body to process estrogen it requires a 2 step process through our liver and gut. Women can experience what is known as estrogen dominance and this can be usually as a result of inefficient estrogen detoxification via these 2 pathways.This can look likeheavy / painful periods PMS headaches fibroids endometriosis symptoms mood swings tender breastsOnce the estrogen has left its receptor in the body and is no longer needed it is moved to the liver to be broken down in 2 phases before entering the gut. If the liver is functioning optimally to break down then estrogen, it will move through the 2 phases. Estrogen is then moved to the gut to be excreted. If the gut microbiome (bacteria) is balanced and healthy the estrogen will be excreted. However if its not...

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How to support your health during Christmas and New Year

Its 5 weeks until Christmas.Whats you plan for supporting your health through this time?Are you thinking its a write off already that will be full of indulgence that is out of your control but you will start a diet in the new year?Its such a common and easy pattern to fall into but it often leads to feelings of helplessness and constant dieting mentality.How about reframing that thought?How about thinking of what you can do and how you will look after yourself over this time. We are out of our normal routines but every time we eat and drink its an opportunity to nourish ourselves and an opportunity to choose health.Remember this. Just because its a time of celebration it doesnt have to mean a sacrifice...

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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...

How food affects your mood

Many of us do not think about how food can impact the way we feel, but we all know the feeling of using food as a short term pick-me-up. When we are feeling a little tired, stressed or bored, we often reach for a sugary snack to help us feel good. But, this can actually make things worse in the long term.Australian researchers have recently confirmed that unhealthy diet and mental ill health are linked. One study showed that a modified Mediterranean diet significantly helped patients with severe depression within 12 weeks. An unhealthy diet, whether it’s too much junk food, or not enough ‘nutrient-dense’ foods, or both, is a risk factor for depression and anxiety. It also appears to be a risk factor for more general...

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