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Is Coffee Healthy?

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.

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Garlic, Dill and Rock Salt Hassleback roast potato

Garlic & Dill Hassleback Roast Potatoes

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!

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Nutrient Timing Revisited: The Science

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.

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Foods to Boost Your Fitness & Performance

 

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.

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Relief for Gluten Intolerance with GluteGuard

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.

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Tips for Staying Healthy over Christmas

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.

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Complete Plant-Based Protein Sources You Should Know About

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.

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Spiced Tomato Chickpea Stew GF VG

Spiced Chickpea & Tomato Stew (vg/gf)

I love incorporating cooked tomato into my diet regularly. Tomato, along with olive oil is a big staple in the Mediterranean diet. And perhaps a big part in why its found to be one of the healthiest diets around the world!

Consuming tomatoes has been long linked to reducing the risk of some cancers and heart health due to it’s high antioxidant levels. It is found to help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease. Cooking tomato in olive oil was found to increase lycopene absorption by 55%. Lycopene is a carotenoid (one of many antioxidants) in tomatoes that was found to have a number of important health benefits. Lycopene was found to improve bone health by reducing oxidative stress on bones.

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