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

The Next Big Thing…No Not Really!


    Just imagine if this was the headline for a diet you were considering going on: ‘Turn your body into a fat burning machine, watch the fat melt away. Eat as much fat as you like and still lose weight.’   Now how about this headline, ’How would you like to eat a highly restrictive diet and find it almost impossible to eat out socially? Spend most of your spare time preparing and calculating how much food you can eat, decrease your exercise performance and increase your risk of heart disease and cancer? Then the keto diet is for… Continue Reading

Gut Reactions


  Not a week goes by when I don’t talk to someone who has some type of issue with their gut, or someone who has eliminated complete foods or foods groups in the belief it causes an upset stomach. Being an inquisitive type, I like to find out more information on the person so I would ask do they know which foods cause the symptoms, how long do the symptoms last for and does it cause other symptoms? Our bodies are amazing things but not all are the same. In the area of nutrition some people can have a range… Continue Reading

The Best Snacks You Can Keep in Your Desk Drawer


  There are two types of people in the world: those that get to the end of the day and realise they forgot to eat lunch and those that start thinking about lunch as soon as they finish breakfast; I am the latter. I fear being without food when I’m hungry like some people fear encounters with creepy crawlies. It is for this reason that I always make sure I am surrounded by ample snacks, in my handbag and especially in my desk drawer. That way, when the 3pm munchies hit or I need to stay back at work to… Continue Reading