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Alison Tehan Nutrition / Posts tagged "diet"

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...

sugar craving

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...

liver detox

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...

spring cleanse

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...

7 Reasons to see a Nutritionist

I find some people look at me a bit blankly when I tell them I'm a Nutritionist which makes me think that maybe it isn’t that obvious how I help people. Here are some reasons why anyone would need to see a Nutritionistyou’re not sure what food you should be eating anymore. You’re so confused by all the diets and superfoods that are promoted you have lost your way with what to eat your digestion isn’t working as well as it used to. You have IBS or feel bloated, lethargic or you have a lot of gurgling or constipation you are trying to manage your weight but you are not sure what diet to follow or how to go about it. No matter what...

5 easy ways to up your vegetable intake

I know many people who struggle to eat the recommended amount of vegetables per day and the recent Australian Health Survey found that less than 4% of adults eat 5 serves per day. I think meat and carbohydrates have traditionally played a starring role in our food culture rather than the vegetables. ...

The Importance of Fat

Throughout my Nutrition studies, the necessity of good fats in the diet was consistently emphasised as essential for optimising health. Gone are the days of the low fat diet despite many foods still marketed as low fat or fat free. There is now a clear line between what constitutes a healthy fat and a bad fat....