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Breakfast reduces heart disease risk

Posted on : 29-10-2013 | By : Cindy | In : Breakfast, Super-healthy...er...stuff



“I can’t wait for breakfast!” If you want to join the minority who hang out for breakfast each morning, try eating less the night before. It’s a great habit that my family mostly does when on holiday. On our recent trip to London we couldn’t wait to get to Tinto Cafe in Fulham Palace Road each morning for a generous cup of their smooth Colombian coffee and amazing home-made granola, yoghurt and berry cups. This healthy combo gave us enough energy for at least four or five hours of exploring the wonderful sights of London. Upon our return to Australia I tried to emulate the granola, yoghurt, berry breakfast. It’s not half so good but we still love the contrast of crunchy granola with smooth creamy yoghurt and tart berries. It’s a fantastic start to the day – and it’s good for you.

Only a quarter of Australians eat breakfast each day despite it being a great way to control weight and reduce risk of heart disease. Part of the evidence backing up the new Australian Dietary Guidelines reports that eating cereals is


Posted on : 23-10-2011 | By : Cindy | In : Super-healthy...er...stuff


Eat seafood twice a week. Most health organisations the world over tell us the same thing. Seafood is seriously good for you. Compared to people who don’t eat it, those who eat a couple of fish meals each week have around one third the chance of dropping dead from a heart attack, which for many people is the first symptom of heart disease!

Whether it’s your heart, your brain, your joints, or your baby, seafood helps keep it healthy.

Although I know the two times a week rule I have to admit that I don’t always do it. My seafood repertoire is often limited to tuna and avocado on wholegrain toast or salmon sushi. But today I have a healthy eating halo on my head. I have just returned from love.fish – a great little restaurant in the inner west bohemian suburb of Rozelle.  It specialises in sustainable, local seafood. If you don’t eat fish you can have the grass fed beef burger but the innovative menu is sure to entice even the novice fish eater.

We started with salmon poori rolls (pic above) – cute little chunks of warm salmon wrapped in very thin flatbread, fried and served with sheeps milk yoghurt and mango pickle.

Food companies reduce salt by stealth

Posted on : 11-06-2010 | By : Cindy | In : Super-healthy...er...stuff


Want to cut the amount of salt your family shakes on their food? Stick clear tape over half the holes in the salt shaker. Who knows? It might just work. It certainly did for one study where they found that people shook the salt shaker for a certain time regardless of how much was coming out. When they taped over half the holes, the study subjects unknowingly ended up eating half the amount of salt.

This ‘stealth’ method of reducing salt is exactly what many nutritionally responsible food manufacturers

Body maintenance for men

Posted on : 15-05-2009 | By : Cindy | In : For the boys


muscular-body-builderHey guys! How’s the state of your machinery? You know – your car, your lawn mower, your computer – your body? Which one do you service the most? It’s illegal to drive a car in New Zealand without an annual warrant of fitness. But there’s no law requiring a body warrant of fitness – perhaps there should be. Whether it’s your car or your body, if it crashes, you’ll likely hurt more than just yourself.

We all know machines seize up when they’re not used for ages. Your body is no different. In fact your body is worse – nuts and bolts don’t shrink from lack of use but muscles do – and fast! Same for our brain! Our body is designed with the largest muscles in the legs, not the butt. Does that give you a clue as to what we are meant to be doing most of the day?

Yeah, yeah. I know this applies to girls as well. But you blokes are notorious for ignoring your body until something serious happens – like sudden death (which is one of the first symptoms of heart disease)! And us girls don’t want faulty machines in our lives (I was thinking this as I vaccuumed today). We want our men to be mean machines – or at least healthy and happy.

Yesterday I finished teaching a 10-week nutrition course. At the graduation one of the guys spoke about his life. As a kid he was poor but active and healthy. Then he got a job – and money. Where did it go? Burgers, pies, chips. Then he bought a car. No more walking to get takeaways – he could drive. One day he was playing basketball and found he could hardly jump to reach the goal. He was shocked. He went home, looked in the mirror and … where did THAT GUT come from? He finished by saying, “You choose the food you eat, you choose your lifestyle – good or bad.”

It reminds me of some other words of wisdom: “I set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live…”

So take that body for a service, move those muscles, swallow the right fuel and remember – you’ve only got one body – no trade-ins possible! Us girls love you – and we want you around for a long time.