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


Dietary Fibre There are two types of dietary fibre: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre dissolves as it is digested. It absorbs fluids, which can delay stomach emptying and relieve diarrhoea, stabilise blood sugars, regulate cholesterol and sustain energy. Oats and psyllium seed husks are high in soluble fibre. Chia seeds are among the richest sources… Read More


Whole Grains: flours Whole unprocessed grains contain all three edible parts: the germ, endosperm and bran of the original grain seed or kernel. The bran is the outer skin of the kernel. It contains important antioxidants, B vitamins and fibre. The germ is the embryo and it has the potential to sprout into a new… Read More


Sugar: some alternatives Sugar has no nutritional value and is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. It produces a rush that triggers the pancreas to try and re-balance sugar-levels in the blood. Too much sugar over-activates the pancreas, absorbs calcium from your bones and teeth that later gets deposited in your muscles, arteries, joints and major… Read More


3 Vital healthy habits for improved health The word vital stems from the Latin vitalis (–of life) and refers to that which is essential and necessary to the maintenance of life. Air: Practice deep-breathing From our first breath to our last, air is absolutely essential to life. If you live in a busy built-up area,… Read More