Fast Food Outlet or Supermarket Chain?


  Why do we always demonise the large fast food chains (McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut) for the apparent poor quality of the food they peddle? Sure they sell food high in fat, salt and sugar and it’s priced so the food is affordable to everyone but who really sells the unhealthiest food? The number of McDonalds restaurants in Canberra back in the 1980s was two, now there are over 15 and all are conveniently located in more suburban locations with a few located in the larger shopping precincts like Civic and Belconnen; the same applies to KFC. But what about… Continue Reading

Don’t Eat That!


  What if I told you could eat carbs? That’s right, bread, pasta, rice and potatoes, all the foods shunned by most mainstream diets or eating fads. The anti-carbohydrate movement has had a huge impact on food consumption behaviours over the years for many people. The marketing and hype surrounding the anti-carbohydrate movement is generally based on unfounded evidence and is simply trying to blame specific nutrients on weight gain and disease development. Peoples eating behaviours are now judged based on the number of super foods (whatever they are?) it contains and the lack of carbohydrates they eat. If you… Continue Reading

Meal Planning – What Type of Planner are You?


  What type of meal planner are you? You may not be a meal planner at all. Of all the topics I get asked about, the most frequent is meal planning. If you’re like me, you are consistent and follow routine. This means your breakfast, lunch and snacks are pretty much the same for most days and you have some slight variation on the weekend. Dinners are where I get most of my variety, but even then, it is usually some meat, some grains like pasta or rice and a good serve of vegetables, with a glass of red. On… Continue Reading

That’s Sweet! – The Truth about Artificial Sweetener


  If I asked you to choose between a full strength Coca Cola and a Diet Coke, which one would you choose? You can’t say neither you have to pick one. This is a question I put to my students this week. What generated this question was when a student said you shouldn’t drink diet Coke because it was full of chemicals. ‘What chemicals?’ I asked and they said the artificial sweeteners. ‘What’s wrong with artificial sweeteners?’ They cause cancer don’t they? The first artificial sweetener made was saccharin in 1879. It was produced because it was cheaper than sugar… Continue Reading

That Sugar Article


  I have a confession to make, I didn’t rush out to watch the ‘That Sugar Film’ when it was released. Now I know what you’re thinking, as a nutritionist, why wasn’t I one of the first to go and see the movie? Well there is one reason for this and that is I think sugar cops way too much flak. Now I’m not saying sugar is a health food but it certainly isn’t the cause of all chronic diseases. What we need to realise is sugar is one small part of the bigger picture. The growth of the anti-sugar… Continue Reading

Diet Trends for 2016


  Another new year and a fresh round of updated and improved diet and nutrition trends flood the newspapers, social media, and people’s mouths. It makes sense to promote new diet trends at the start of the year because that’s when many people set their health and fitness goals, or resolutions for the New Year. This year, depending on who you are following, you will find a huge range of people spruiking what you should eat, how much you should eat, when you should eat it and, of course, what you should avoid. This year the wonderful bunch from Appetite… Continue Reading

Your Nutrition questions answered — Meet Julian, Leiden’s resident Nutritionist


Do you feel like you can’t keep up with the latest nutrition news because there is so much information available now that it makes you really unsure about what is fact and what is fiction? We interviewed Nutritionist and Fitness Expert, Julian Everett, this week. Julian is one of Leiden’s regular contributors. He will be bringing you simple diet and nutrition information making it easy for you to find good, factual information. Julian completed a Bachelor of Human Nutrition and is now currently completing his Master in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Canberra. Julian is working towards becoming… Continue Reading