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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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Breakfast reduces heart disease risk

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

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“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

Eat more wholegrains: gain less weight

Posted on : 02-10-2011 | By : Cindy | In : Research, Super-healthy...er...stuff

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If you’ve decided to cut back on bread in an attempt to control weight, think again. Wholegrains were one of a handful of winning foods in a new study looking at long term weight control. The researchers from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health found that people who ate more wholegrains actually gained less weight over four years.

Published in the New England Journal of Medicine this study of over 120,000 people found that people who ate more unprocessed foods, specifically wholegrains, nuts, yoghurt (reduced or full fat), fruit and vegetables gained the least weight over a four year period.

These people didn’t just keep on eating the same amount over the four years; they actually increased the number of serves of these foods they ate each day. More food means more kilojoules so why didn’t they gain weight? These foods are all high fibre (apart from yoghurt) nutrient rich foods which provide long lasting satiety. They keep blood sugars stable without the rapid spikes that experts now think contribute to weight problems. If you eat lots of these foods chances are you won’t feel quite so desperate to munch on crisps or slurp on a soft drink.

Kids need 3 – milk, yoghurt, cheese

Posted on : 20-08-2011 | By : Cindy | In : Kids nutrition

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When the latest Dietitian’s newsletter arrives it’s like Christmas! I pull open the magazine and out drop a whole lot of brightly coloured advertisements, mini newsletters and information sheets telling me about the nutritional benefits of all sorts of healthy products – yoghurt, grain bread, eggs etc. This week the one that caught my eye was Dairy Australia’s current campaign to Aussie mums. It’s called kids need 3 and it’s a timely reminder to all us mums to make sure we are feeding our kids three serves of dairy a day.

It’s not a new message but I appreciated the reminder. Calcium is critical for children. This is the time they are growing most rapidly and it is their “window of opportunity’ to store up lots of calcium in their bones. Once they hit their twenties and their bone growth is complete, the ‘window of opportunity’ is shut.

Weight loss – eat the right bugs!

Posted on : 30-07-2011 | By : Cindy | In : Losing it - weight loss & obesity, Research

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Eat less, exercise more. Weight loss is a simple equation, or is it? Recently at the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology conference I was intrigued to hear a number of speakers mention how the type of bacteria living in our digestive system can influence our weight.

Does that mean if I eat a whole lot of probiotic yogurt I will magically lose that extra padding around my stomach? It’s not quite that simple.

Our digestive system is teeming with microorganisms. In fact our body contains more bacteria than cells. We have around 10 trillion cells but around 100 trillion bacteria. In recent years scientists have discovered just how essential they are for health including:

  • stimulating the immune system
  • breaking down toxins and carcinogens in food
  • fighting against bad bacteria such as e.coli, salmonella and clostridia
  • fermenting food to release and absorb nutrients
  • regulating inflammation
  • regulating energy uptake from the gut

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