Safe food additives Some food additives sound scary, but aren’t! Not all complicated sounding ingredients are bad for us. Common food additives that still meet the standard for clean eating include: Sodium Bicarbonate: aka Baking soda! Used in baked goods or as an anti-caking agent in powdered ingredients, Mono-calcium Phosphate: Non-aluminium baking powder. Used in… Read More


5 food additives to avoid We know that man-made food additives are not good for us, and while avoiding them entirely is not an option for most of us, we can limit our exposure to them. Be prepared to get into the habit of reading food labels. It also helps to know what to look out… Read More


Dulse Seaweed Dulse: Palmaria palmate Dulse, also known as Dillisk, (Dilleasc or Creathnach in Irish), is a red seaweed that has been harvested along the coasts of Ireland for centuries. It is sold dried, either whole or flaked. Dried dulse has a soft, chewy texture and rich umami flavour. It has been likened to smoked bacon… Read More


Grocery shopping for a whole foods diet Clients new to a whole foods diet commonly ask “What do I shop for and where can I get it?” Grocery shopping can seem daunting if you are new to a whole foods diet. Thankfully, increasing consumer demands has resulted in most supermarkets now offering a few shelves… Read More


Healthy eating habits – general guidelines While there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ diet, there are some general guidelines that can help us achieve a balanced diet. Eating mostly plant foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes (beans, peas, lentils), while limiting highly refined foods, will help to reduce your intake of saturated or trans fats, excess… Read More


Natural Weight Loss Understanding Metabolism When we think about metabolism we generally think of it in connection with how efficiently we use up energy (counted as calories) from the food we eat. However, metabolism is not just about burning calories. It  includes hundreds of biochemical processes essential to life, such as breathing, circulation of blood, converting food… Read More


Your Right Weight What is your right weight? There are many mathematical equations that can tell you what your average weight should be. Cultural and societal influences and our own inner critic, may point to an idealised dress size or waistband. Rather than external dictates, I believe our own body lets us know when we have reached… Read More


Carbohydrates Carbohydrates are sugars produced by plants during the process of photosynthesis. They are an essential source of energy not only for the plants who produce them but also for us. Carbohydrates can be simple sugars (monosaccharides), double sugars (disaccharides), composed of a few sugars (oligosaccharides), or of many sugars (polysaccharides.) Most foods contain carbohydrates,… Read More


Sprouting grains, seeds and pulses Sprouting is an easy and economical way to add vitamins, minerals and digestive enzymes to your diet. Sprouting increases vitamin content by up to 700% and provides a rich source of antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic proteins, minerals and vitamins. Alfalfa sprouts are high in vitamins A, B, C, E and K,… Read More


Essential Fatty Acids: Omega 3 & 6 The human body is capable of producing all the fatty acids it requires except for two: omega-3 fatty acid and omega-6 fatty acid. For this reason, Omega-3 and 6 are termed: Essential fatty acids (EFAs), because they need to be obtained from our diet. Omega 3 fatty acids are… Read More