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An informed view of all things food

The Health Star Rating System

Confidence has slowly been fading in the Heart Foundation’s iconic ‘Tick’ program, the nationally recognised seal of approval for healthy food choices. Plenty has been going on behind the scenes to roll out a new front-of-pack system labelling system, aimed at helping shoppers make informed food choices. Reminiscent of the system used to rank household appliances by their energy efficiency, the Health Star Rating System awards food products a rating […]

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Orthorexia – from the health professional’s perspective

Though it is not clinically recognised alongside other more ‘traditional’ eating disorders, orthorexia describes the compulsion to eat ‘clean,’ or healthy food, and painstakingly avoid foods seen as unhealthy. Often this stems from good intentions, with sufferers taking on lifestyle changes to better their health, yet orthorexia can result in a severe and socially restrictive fixation on following a rigidly ‘healthy’ diet. Whether it’s due to the rise of social […]

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Coconut yoghurt – which one is best?

I, like many other Australians, love yoghurt. On average we eat around 7 kilograms a year, and, according to Dairy Australia, this figure is gradually rising. If, like me, you spend a lot of time mooching around the dairy section of the supermarket, you might have noticed the influx of coconut-flavoured yoghurts on shelves. The popularity of yoghurt combined with the ‘buzz’ ingredient coconut is a no-brainer, and regardless of […]

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5 habits of slim people you should adopt

We are all made up differently, and what is the ‘most comfortable weight’ for one person will be completely different for another. That being said, some people share ingrained habits that might aid in controlling their body weight, and with some practice, they could become second nature for you too. Read on to find out how you can make these habits a part of your lifestyle 1. They count drinks […]

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A week of healthy lunches for AHWW

Last week was Australian Healthy Weight Week – an initiative of the Dietitians Association of Australia, focused on raising awareness of the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. This years campaign was all about inspiring Australians to cook at home more often. As convenient (and delicious) as it can be, eating out isn’t usually the healthiest option, with meals tending to be high in overall energy, salt, fat […]

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Random Recipe – Mango Frozen Yoghurt

I’ve been dreaming of mangoes ever since returning from Vietnam. Mangoes to the Vietnamese seemed to be like apples to Australians – cheap, familiar and widespread. Subsequently, we found ourselves eating them in everything from salads to spring rolls – even salsa in the fancy ‘fusion’ eating spots. But what really stole my heart was the mango lassi’s. A quick google search tells me lassi’s most likely originated in Pakistan […]

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My encounter with a juice fanatic

Those of you who follow my facebook page may be aware that over the weekend I had an exciting little guest spot on Joy FM’s cravings show. This all came into play after publishing a guest post on Scoop Nutrition on ‘alkalising’. (If you haven’t read it, please do!) Having been told the discussion would centre on food and nutrition in general, I wasn’t too worried… however, on learning the […]

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