Gluten Free tips

Let’s Talk Gluten Free

You’ve been diagnosed with coeliac disease or you have been advised to do an elimination diet by a nutritionist or dietician. What do you do?

Slow cook gluten free lentil recipe

Gluten Free Curried Lentil Recipe

Lentils are high in protein, folate, fibre, iron, potassium and manganese. Great food for the gut bugs and have been shown to lower cholesterol levels.

Power Salad Recipe

Power Salad Recipe

We should be getting five to seven servings a day of vegetables. One serving is about the size of your palm. Even as a nutritionist, I have to work hard at ensuring that I have a good intake of these nutrient dense foods every day.

Intermittent Fasting

Is Intermittent Fasting Good for Us?

Fasting is an ancient tradition that has been around for eons and the amount of research into the benefits of fasting has increased vastly. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself, if we allow it too. Generally we eat too much and too often and we choose the wrong foods.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Are You Suffering from IBS?

Are the days of a settled, flat tummy without pain a distant memory? We all experience digestive upsets occasionally, but if it’s not the norm, this may indicate that you have something called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is believed that between 15 to 20% of New Zealanders suffer from this condition.

IBS Puzzle

Let’s Talk Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS affects around one in seven New Zealanders. It’s likely that you have friends or family that suffer from this frustrating and embarrassing condition.

Chai seed berry blast recipe

Chai Seed Berry Blast

My go-to recipe for a quick nutritious dessert. Chia Seed Berry Blast – packed with good fats, vitamins, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, antioxidants and fibre.

Detoxification is it good for you

Is Detox the Answer?

Beyond the hype and trendy headlines, detoxification is real and involves many biochemical processes. Detoxification is a normal part of our daily internal housekeeping.

Adzuki and Quinoa Recipe

Adzuki and Quinoa Delight

Adzuki beans are high in antioxidants, which are helpful in fighting disease and are health promoting. Quinoa is high in protein and contains all the essential amino acids.

How to survive christmas

How to Survive Christmas and Thrive

Are we trying to live up to unrealistic expectations of creating a ‘perfect’ Christmas? Should we rather be keeping things simple and enjoying our time with our family and friends? Are we being sucked in by all those ‘fabulous’ marketing campaigns? Christmas is a tradition that is religious for some. For others it may be the time to have a well-deserved holiday.

Infused water

Naturally Infused Water Recipe Ideas

This is a great way of staying hydrated and still enjoying a libation during the holiday period, particularly since many people don’t like the taste of plain water. Infused water is really easy to make and is a much better option than sugary fruit juices, sodas or artificial sweetened beverages.

Gluten Free Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Avocado chocolate mousse is a healthy gluten and dairy recipe. It’s easy and quick to make. It’s difficult to resist. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Food Intolerances

Do you Have a Food Allergy, Food Intolerance or Food Sensitivity

When I was growing up, I don’t remember many of my friends or their family members being allergic, intolerant or sensitive to different types of food. Fast forward 40 years and you are likely to hear about people with allergies, intolerances and food sensitivities or you may have them yourselves.

Turmeric Chicken Broth Recipe

In Chinese medicine, winter is the time to take care of your adrenal glands. Adrenal glands are found just above your kidneys and help you to respond to stress appropriately. They may be small but they make and release many hormones that circulate through your blood and influence many aspects of your health.

Boost your immune system for Covid-19

COVID-19 has brought home to me just how fast things can change and how important our health is. It’s hugely important that we take steps to strengthen your immune system.

microbiome

What is the Gut Microbiome

Mainly made up of bacteria, some fungi, viruses and protozoa, we have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with our microbes that function together in an ecosystem. This is our Mocrobiome.

Sugar and Nutrition in Wanaka

Sugar… Friend or Foe

As a nutritionist, I was taught that sugar’s nutritional value is zero, so the question needs to be raised. Why do we eat so much of it?

Kombucha

Is kombucha a good choice for everyone?

Kombucha is a fermented drink that is likely to have originated in China and is still enjoyed there today. It is also popular in Eastern Europe, particularly Russia, Japan and Korea. Is it good for us?

Roasted Kumara and Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Kumara and Brussel Sprouts Recipe

In the cooler months a big cold salad isn’t always appealing. There are lots of great foods out there that build resilience. Today I have chosen kumara, since it has so many nutrients including vitamin C for immunity, anti-inflammatory compounds and an abundance of antioxidants.

Recipe for Chicken Livers

Chicken Liver Stir Fry Recipe

In Chinese medicine, winter is the time to take care of your adrenal glands. Adrenal glands are found just above your kidneys and help you to respond to stress appropriately. They may be small but they make and release many hormones that circulate through your blood and influence many aspects of your health.