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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...


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...


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...


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....


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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Finding the hidden salt in my pantry!

Posted on : 04-03-2010 | By : Cindy | In : Food labelling, Policy watch & public health


The best way to learn is to teach. I find this all the time with nutrition. Whenever I give a talk, I invariably find myself thinking ‘Oh yes. I must do that!’ Telling others is a great way to keep yourself on track!

I’m currently giving a ten-week nutrition course and today we talked about salt. We had a look at the nutrition information panels of breakfast cereals and everyone was amazed at the variation in sodium levels. They ranged from 4mg to over 700mg per 100 grams. To claim ‘low salt’ a food must have less than 120mg per 100 grams.

Which cereals hit the over 700mg mark? It was Cornflakes, Ricies and Rice Bubbles. A plate of Cornflakes has more sodium than a small bag of potato crisps.

Scoops! 8.11.2009

Posted on : 08-11-2009 | By : Cindy | In : Bones, Hypertension, Kids nutrition, Losing it - weight loss & obesity, Policy watch & public health, Scoops


scoopdig-nov09Stuff I’ve found digging around on the net … with my take on it ..c

Physical Education Key To Improving Health In Low-income Adolescents School-based physical education plays a key role in curbing obesity and improving fitness among adolescents from low-income communities, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and UC Berkeley.

It’s what we all know: physical activity is good for your body and your mind – and it’s much more fun than sitting in the classroom all day.

TV Bombards Children With Commercials For High-fat And High-sugar Foods Childhood obesity in the United States is reaching epidemic proportions. With more than one fourth of advertising on daytime and prime time television devoted to foods and beverages and continuing questions about the role television plays in obesity, a study in the November/December issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Food, Inc.

Posted on : 07-11-2009 | By : Cindy | In : Mediawatch, Policy watch & public health, Unhealthy, Vids


The Food, Inc. movie trailer:

I saw this movie today with a group of food writers. It’s not fun to watch – I shut my eyes a few times. But if you eat food, you need to see it.

Videoblog: My Opinion – Dietitians vs Fast Food Big Business

Posted on : 01-11-2009 | By : Cindy | In : Fast foods, Policy watch & public health, Vids


My first attempt at a videoblog. Bear with me, I hope it works!  {2min : 50 sec}

Other stories on how our food is dominated by big business and how it shapes our lives: