Autumn: Time to strengthen immunity Autumn is an ideal time to support your immune system. If you are experiencing the first sniffles, sore throat, cough, cold sores or lowered energy levels, it can be a sign that you need to strengthen immunity —your body’s defence system. A strong immune system will help you to fight… Read More

12 good reasons to see a nutritionist Eating healthy is the single most influential factor in maintaining health and disease prevention. Good nutrition presents us with the opportunity to feel good from the inside out. So whether you want to lose or gain weight, improve fertility, maintain good health, improve your athletic performance or quality… Read More

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