I recently had the privilege of spending a day at Cobram Estate‘s beautiful olive groves to learn and experience first-hand how olives are grown, harvested, and created into olive oil. We met with Rob McGavin, one of the very passionate owners of Cobram Estate, and learnt how Cobram Estate is committed to running as sustainable as possible. We spoke to a Nutritionist about the scientific research behind Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the health benefits (I’m big on clinical nutrition and food as medicine so I loved this). Oh and we were treated to delicious food and wine by a brilliant chef! As a self-confessed nutrition nerd and foodie (and someone who already loves and uses olive oil), I found this amazing!
There isn’t a black and white answer to whether coffee is healthy or not. Yes, coffee can provide several health benefits, but it can also pose risks. Ultimately it depends on many factors such as how you drink it, how much and how often, the quality of coffee consumed, and your individual biochemistry (age, weight, body fat, genetics). Each person’s sensitivity or tolerance to caffeine can vary, and can change depending on stress and energy levels, health or medical conditions (including pregnancy), food intake, medication, liver and kidney function, amongst other factors.
Miso is traditional Japanese seasoning made from soybeans and a grain (e.g. rice, barley, wheat, rye), fermented with salt and koji (a fungus). Before the fungus part grosses you out, this is the part that gives it health benefits, providing gut-friendly beneficial bacteria! Miso has a salty, umami flavour and is incredibly delicious as a soup and to flavour dishes.
Is there anything better than a side dish of delicious oven-roasted potatoes?! No matter whether you prefer sweet potatoes, white potatoes or any other variety. Roasted as chips, fries, whole baked, hassleback or chopped in chunks. Seasoned with herbs, spices, garlic, olive oil or simply salt & pepper. There is no denying the humble potato is versatile, incredibly delicious and so simple to cook! Here’s the low down the health benefits of potatoes, glycemic index, AND one of my favourite potato recipes!
Nutrient timing is dietary strategy whereby specific nutrients (usually protein &/or carbohydrates) are consumed in and around training. The post-exercise period is widely considered the most critical part of nutrient timing. Theoretically nutrient timing is designed to optimize the adaptive response to exercise – rebuilding damaged muscle tissue and restoring muscle glycogen reserves. It is considered this speeds recovery, improves performance, increases muscle hypertrophy and strength gains and improves body composition. It is believed that there may an “anabolic window” of opportunity, a short time after training where these improvements can be optimized if the right nutrients are consumed.
What I LOVE about nutrition is the ability to use foods or manipulate macros and nutrients to use to our advantage. Nutrition is key to fat loss, muscle building, endurance and optimal performance. Time to eat smarter and train smarter, not harder!
Whether you’re a professional or everyday athlete, or regular gym goer like myself, it’s likely you’re constantly striving to improve your training. The food we eat has a direct impact on us physically. A good quality diet abundant in nutrients will help to increase your performance whilst training, recover faster, and optimize your body composition.
When most people think of gluten containing foods they think wheat, bread, pasta, and grains like rye, oats and barley, etc. But there are so many common products we don’t realise contain gluten that can cause symptoms – soy sauce (Tamari sauce is a GF soy alternative), other sauces, marinades, dressings and seasonings (as they often use wheat flour to thicken), malt (including most beer, malt vinegar, Milo, etc.), Brewer’s Yeast, pre-made soups, processed meat and deli meats, some supplements and medications. Sometimes products containing glucose syrup, starch and dextrin are also made from wheat products (it should state this on the label). Not to mention cross contamination of gluten in kitchens, particularly when eating out or travelling when you are unsure of what you are eating. This is why it’s a good reason to consume a wholefoods diet free of processed and packaged products if you need to avoid gluten.
As the silly season approaches and many holiday travel plans are in sight, I thought it would be a good time to share some tips on staying healthy over the Christmas season. This is often a time of over indulgence with work Christmas parties and family and friends get-togethers usually involving an abundance of food (and drinks). It’s also a time to connect with family and friends and enjoy life, so there is no reason to feel guilty for relaxing, unwinding and eating treat foods you love.
There are sensible ways of balancing staying health-conscious without feeling like you are missing out on a fun time of year.
The health benefits of a plant-based diet is plentiful. Plant-based meals can be cheaper, nutrient-rich, environmentally sustainable and better for animal welfare and your body. Despite that many people worry that they won’t get enough protein on a plant-based diet, and this is far from the truth.
Whether you are solely plant-based, vegan or vegetarian, transitioning into either of these, or simply choose to reduce your animal intake for better health for yourself and the environment; you can be sure that protein requirements can be readily met on a plant-based diet. These protein requirements can be met for any goals too. Whether that be overall health and wellness, fat loss or muscle growth (just google vegan bodybuilders and athletes and you will be amazed). Even Arnold Schwarzenegger has become a activist for veganism.
Meal Prep 101: The ultimate how to guide. Plan, prepare and get organised. Save time and money. Make healthy living easy and reach your goals!
Meal prep isn’t just for competitors, gym junkies or the like. It doesn’t mean weighing all your food or calorie counting, or never eating out. Meal prep is something we do every single week, and I’d recommend everyone to do. Whether you work long hours, are motivated to maintain health and fitness goals, or simply want to enjoy a long healthy full life, you can master the art of meal prep and reap the healthy rewards of this simple routine. Planning a weekly menu and cooking all these meals at once may seem time-consuming, but prepping food in advance can actually save you an incredible amount time.