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Tap Versus Bottled Water

Tap Vs Bottled Water In recent times bottled water has become the preferred way for consumers to meet their water intake. Western Australians are the biggest consumers of bottled water in the country, with the most recent data indicating that 30% of us are drinking bottled water every week. But why do we do it? Some...
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Is Teflon Safe?

Does Non-Stick Make You Sick? There is a reason they called the first non-stick pans the “Happy Pan” in the 1960s. The coating on non-stick cookware, commonly called Teflon, means you don’t have to worry about food sticking to the surface of your pan; making flipping those eggs and pancakes that much easier. They’re also super...
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Butter Vs Margarine

Butter Vs Margarine In recent times Australians have started turning their back on margarine in favour of butter, rejecting the long held idea that margarine is the healthier choice. Fear around the manufacturing process of margarine and its chemical composition (no, it is not one molecule away from becoming plastic) has lead consumers back into the...
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12 Ways to Improve Elderly Nutrition

Elderly nutrition is a broad and important topic because older adults are especially vulnerable to malnutrition, and many of the diseases they suffer are direct results of dietary factors. The changes we experience as we age also affect our metabolism. Certain needs diminish; for instance, our lean body mass and basal metabolic rate decline with age,...
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Wishes From The Grave

There’s a saying “Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness” One of our nutritionists is currently involved in research with those who are in palliative care.  One of the questions she asks respondents as part of her research is “do you wish you’d...
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Busting Superfood Myths

What is a superfood? Superfoods are a range of foods that have gained mass credibility in recent years due to their high concentrations of nutrients. The lists of superfoods is ever-expanding, but some of the more common superfoods include goji berries, acai, matcha tea, berries, quinoa, maca, turmeric and kale. Almost anything healthy these days is...
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Avozilla’s Versus the Humble Avo

Avozillas have hit the shops and been selling out faster than a bag of chips thrown into a flock of seagulls! So, what can you do with a 1.2kg avocado and how do they compare nutritionally to the standard sized avocado? Brace yourselves for an avozilla sized shock! Our dietitians recommend no more than a quarter...
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Healthy Eating Tips for Busy People

We see many people in our clinic who find it difficult to eat well due to their busy lifestyles. Work, kids, friends and family all place demands on them which means eating well ranks a poor last on the list of priorities. If this sounds familiar to you, don’t despair! We’ve put together some practical tips...
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Nourish Your Family

Recently I read a post from Humans of New York (HONY) about a blind woman. Here it is: “When I’m home, nobody will talk to me. It’s like I am dead. I don’t like quiet because I have nothing. So I ride the train into the city. Compared to home, the city is like heaven. There...
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Vitamin B12

B Vitamins Who has heard of the B vitamins? Out of the 13 required vitamins in our diet, eight of them are in the B-group. These water-soluble vitamins play an important role in the body including forming red blood cells, regulating metabolism and nerve cell formation. Consuming the recommended daily intake of all B vitamins should...
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Alcohol and Your Weight

Alcohol and Your Weight How many of you have struggled losing those last few kilos of weight or heard people complain they don’t know why they are overweight because they don’t overeat? Many people consume the equivalent of a whole meal in alcohol each day without knowing it and wonder why they can’t lose weight. We...
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Dieting – Why Do We Do It?

Dieting – Why do we do it? Dieting has become common and normalised in our society with many of us having an unhealthy or disordered relationship with food. Studies indicate that up to 82% of the population is ‘sometimes’ or ‘very often’ on a diet. Our culture has been brainwashed into thinking that ‘ultra-thin’ is equal...
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Back to School

With the start of the new school year so close we thought we’d offer some healthy food suggestions and lunch box ideas to make sure your kids are off to a healthy start.   Breakfast Many breakfast cereals are laden with sugar so learn how much is in the product you feed your kids and choose...
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Healthy Eating or Orthorexia Nervosa?

“All I could think about was food. Even when I became aware that my scrabbling in the dirt after raw vegetables and wild plants had become an obsession, I found it terribly difficult to free myself. I had been seduced by righteous eating” – Stephen Bratman Orthorexia Nervosa or ‘Healthy Eating’ disorder was coined by American...
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Habits of people who keep a healthy weight – Part 3

Those who maintain a healthy weight have a common set of habits that we are going to share with you in our 3 part blog.  If you wish to reach and maintain a healthy weight and improve your overall health then be sure to read all three parts that will be posted over several weeks.  Enjoy...
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Habits of people who keep a healthy weight – Part 2

Those who maintain a healthy weight have a common set of habits that we are going to share with you in our 3 part blog.  If you wish to reach and maintain a healthy weight and improve your overall health then be sure to read all three parts that will be posted over several weeks.  Enjoy...
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Habits of people who keep a healthy weight – Part 1

Those who maintain a healthy weight have a common set of habits that we are going to share with you in our 3 part blog.  If you wish to reach and maintain a healthy weight and improve your overall health then be sure to read all three parts that will be posted over several weeks. Weekly...
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To Carb Or Not To Carb?

Carbs, carbs, carbs! Should you give up carbs? People talk about carbs like they talk about wicked step-mothers in fairy tales. But do carbs deserve such a bad rap? We don’t think so and here’s why… Carbohydrates provide our bodies with fuel to produce energy just like a car needs fuel to run. They are the...
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Magnesium & Mental Health

Most of us have heard of magnesium but many of us don’t know what it does and why it is important in the diet. Magnesium is a mineral essential for good health, with almost 50% stored in our bones and the rest in soft tissues through the body. It has a huge range of functions including...
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Food Dollars

Have you ever stopped to think about how much you pay for whole food compared to packaged food?  We regularly hear people state that it is cheaper to buy processed food and it is expensive to eat well.  Like many issues with Health and Nutrition, it gets down to education, or lack of it.  All processed...
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Somewhere Over the Food Rainbow

Somewhere Over the Food Rainbow Have you ever heard the phrase – Eat A Rainbow?  This is a phrase we use often in our school and corporate workshops as it is an easy way for us to communicate to people to start eating a more nutritionally balanced diet.  We see many people who eat the same...
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Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating Recently, whilst eating out at a large and very busy restaurant, I looked around at the diverse group of patrons and noticed a significant number of diners on their phones, mindlessly stuffing bite after bite into their mouths before they’d even finished the last bite. It made me think that if people were more...
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Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues The days are getting shorter, the wind is whipping through our city and the temperature is dropping. Yes, winter is descending upon us. Short, cold, wet days can often affect how we feel and you may have noticed feeling a little down as the cold, wet season kicks in. Seasonal Affective Disorder...
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Forever Young

Forever Young Last night (18/6/17) Chanel 7 presented on their Sunday Night program, a story titled Forever Young. It was enjoyable viewing, however, as a nutritionist, my mind was ticking over with thoughts of the questions I’m often asked by our customers in our cooking classes and clinic as well as the thought of millions of...
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Nutrition Force blog

Here’s our take on the latest news in food, health and nutrition.