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

Talking Nutrition with Jacqueline Alwill


  The final workshop to take place in The Canberra Centre’s health and wellness destination Eden was a nutrition workshop lead by the founder and director of The Brown Paper Bag, nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill. As well as running a thriving nutrition business, Jacqueline is also a whole foods cook with a new book out entitled ‘Seasons to Share’. What was billed as a discussion of the four pillars of health (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual) turned out to be so much more. ‘The four pillars are always evolving and growing, we can’t put any clear line between them and that’s… Continue Reading

Trust Me, I’m an Expert


  When I woke up the other day I wasn’t feeling too well. I had a headache and a sore throat, so I rang a mate of mine who’s in the public service and has an arts degree and asked him what I should do. On the way to work I could hear a funny rattling noise in my car, so I rang a mate of mine who works in retail and asked him what could possibly be wrong. After training that evening, my left shoulder was tight and sore, so I rang my accountant to find out what could… Continue Reading