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The Pounamu Prophecy - birth of a book Two women, two cultures and an ancient Maori prophecy that will change their lives. That's the tag line for The Pounamu Prophecy - my first novel. It has been a slow process, interrupted by moving...

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Can I eat mussels if I have high cholesterol?Can I eat mussels if I have high cholesterol? The short answer is yes - you can eat mussels if you have high cholesterol. Mussels are low in kilojoules, cholesterol and fat. The little fat they do have is mostly healthy unsaturated fat with plenty...

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Bran MuffinsBran Muffins These bran muffins (adapted from a recipe by Alison Holst) are super filling - a great snack when you are trying to control your weight. Enjoy these muffins with a cup of tea but don't expect to absorb...

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Beat the flu with Chicken Noodle Soup It’s Queen’s Birthday holiday today in New Zealand and thank goodness, the sun is shining. I’m sitting in a sunny room writing this post, sheltered from the icy wind blasting up from Antarctica....

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My nanna's recipe for homemade Rewena (Maori) bread Rewena Bread Step 1 1 c flour 1 tsp sugar 1 potato Peel and cut potato into small pieces. Place in pot with 1 cup water, lid on, and simmer to mashing consistency. Mash, cool and when luke...

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6 reasons to eat legumes

Posted on : 28-08-2011 | By : Cindy | In : Bowel, Cancer, Diabetes, Legumes, Losing it - weight loss & obesity

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“I don’t know what’s happened but all I want to eat each afternoon is peanut butter on a slice of grain bread,” my friend commented this week.

No, she’s not pregnant. But she has started a new job and hardly eats all day. No wonder her body is hanging out for a super combo of carbs, protein and healthy monounsaturated fat. That’s what you get in a peanut butter sandwich along with 1.5 grams of fibre per tablespoon of peanut butter. Spread it on wholemeal or grainy bread and the fibre could reach 5 or 6 grams – enough to tide a busy working mum through the hectic 4-6pm dinner rush.

It got me thinking about peanuts.

Nuts – an ancient super-health food: Eat a handful a day

Posted on : 07-08-2011 | By : Cindy | In : Diabetes, History of Food, Losing it - weight loss & obesity, Uncategorized

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After years of unfair persecution nuts are finally back on the healthy shopping list and not just as an occasional treat but as a daily prescription for good health. Most health authorities now recommend that we eat a handful of nuts a day. Not the salt-laden roasted nuts loitering beside your beer or the sticky chocolate coated, honey roasted types. We’re talking about natural, straight from the shell walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, macadamias, almonds, cashews and Brazils.

How can eating a handful of nuts a day help keep us healthy?

Jelly Baby Month

Posted on : 22-05-2011 | By : Cindy | In : Diabetes, Event buzz

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Ball mask

“Would you like to go to a masquerade ball?” My good friend and fellow dietitian had a spare ticket for the Juvenile Diabetes fund-raising ball at the Sydney Town Hall.  Of course I wanted to go! Dressed in our sparkly frocks we teetered up the red carpet which rolled down the steps onto the pavement. I flashed my wedding ring around and gave an extra friendly smile to the waiter serving champagne, just to make sure everyone knew we weren’t THAT type of couple.

The Glycemic Index Foundation had kindly invited my friend ‘and partner’ to sit at their table. It was a bitter-sweet evening. The masks were fun, the bands great, the food delicious, the wine abundant and the conversation riveting. But we were there because of a terrible disease that has no cure. Every dietitian knows the diabetic diet. What we don’t know is how it feels to live with diabetes. I thought I

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