Meal Planning for Healthy Balanced Eating


  Too many times I have spoken to people about how healthy and balanced they believe their diet to be but at closer inspection I find it is far from it. In many cases people who claim to have healthy balanced diets are eating a great range of vegetables, some fruit and lean meats but in most cases are missing grains and milk based foods. Now, there are many reasons why people would avoid these foods but the most common one is the belief they should be avoided for good health. Unfortunately, this advice is misguided and based on opinion… Continue Reading

Does it Really Cost More to Eat Healthy?


  One of the many reasons why people don’t eat a healthier diet is because it costs more. I have never really believed this to be true so it was perfect timing when the consumer advocacy magazine, Choice, published an article in their October 2017 edition about the cost of healthy eating. One of the first points addressed in the article is the perceived cost of healthy eating and how people will choose the more expensive choice between similar products which also have the same generic health claims. A concern raised by the researchers is food marketers could take advantage… Continue Reading

Thinking of Food… in the Long Term


  How much thought do you put into the food you’re about to put into your mouth? There’s a good chance if you are health conscious you are choosing foods which are healthy, meaning they are unprocessed, mostly plant based and includes some lean meats and whole grains. If you’re not so health conscious you’re probably selecting foods which you have always eaten and you choose these foods based on taste first and as habit second. The foods we eat are based on a range of reasons. The most common reason is for the taste. Foods which taste nice make… Continue Reading

The Sugar Tax is Not So Sweet


  The Australian Medical Association (AMA) have set themselves a new year’s resolution and that is to convince the Australian Government to apply a sugar tax to sugar-sweetened beverages. This story broke at the right time when people are thinking about their own new year’s resolutions, which for many is to cut sugar out of their diets in 2018. So what is the AMA proposing? Put simply they would like to see a twenty percent tax added to the cost of purchasing sugar-sweetened beverages. This twenty percent tax is designed to increase the cost of the drinks, making them less… Continue Reading

Eating WHOLESOME in 2018


  At the start of 2017 I wrote an article on the next big fad diet trend: the keto diet. Well, it turns out 2017 was the year of the keto diet just like 2016 was the year of the paleo diet. Both these diets have two things in common, large intakes of protein, or meat based foods, and low or no carbohydrate foods. So what will 2018 have in store for us? I’m predicting the keto diet will continue to gain popularity, and based on my Instagram feed, more and more people seem to be jumping on board. I… Continue Reading

Don’t Go Against The Grain


  I have a confession to make: I love bread. That’s probably not surprising but what might surprise you is bread or grain based foods are an essential food group we should all be eating every day. Now I know anything made out of grains or whole grains like pasta, breads and cereals have copped a beating over the past few years by those who think they cause a range of diseases like obesity, diabetes, leaky gut and systemic inflammation, but I’m here to tell you that is all rubbish. Before we go any further I want to make it… Continue Reading

Don’t Ruin Your Metabolism


  In the ever ongoing pursuit to look the way society tells us, people all over the world go on diets and exercise programs to achieve the ideal look and shape. When people start this journey, changing what they eat is par for the course. Science tells us when you eat less food, below the bodies energy requirements, you lose weight. Obviously you want the weight loss to come from body fat, with minimal amounts coming from muscle mass. This is why combining exercise with reduced food intake is great for losing fat and increasing or maintaining muscle mass. When… Continue Reading

Diet and Inflammation


  Over the past two months I’ve noticed way too many articles on the topic of diet and inflammation. So this has compelled me to write up a quick article to give you some background on inflammation and clear the air on the real impact of diet and inflammation. To start, when our bodies identify something as foreign or when we undergo some type of trauma the body reacts with an immune response. This immune response is designed to fight the foreign invader or fix the trauma to bring the body back to equilibrium. So an example of this is… Continue Reading