Why are we fat?

Studies show that having a high level of blood glucose can be a factor in developing dementia and cancer, as well as having a role in many inflammatory conditions. The sad fact is that way too many Kiwis don’t look after themselves. A poor quality diet, obesity, stress and lack of regular exercise all increase your risk of becoming a Type 2 diabetic, along with the resultant health issues. Are you complacent enough to let it happen to you?

Posted on October 2, 2017 .

I've lost 15.7kg living the Low Carb, High Fat lifestyle

I’m 15.7kg lighter, with 10kg of that being pure fat, I’ve lost 16cm from my bust, 13cm from my waist and 14cm from my hips, so on the outside I feel great, and I’m probably only half way through my journey!  But it was the inside that worried me the most, well that has improved immensely too – my HBA1C has reduced from 45 (it should be under 41) to a very healthy 34, my liver function has improved and the doctor has said I’ve no longer got hypertension.

Posted on August 13, 2017 .

Is your health at risk?

You don’t have to be hugely overweight to have too much of the dangerous visceral fat around your organs, in fact many people who appear to be slim on the outside can be ‘fat on the inside’.

Posted on August 1, 2017 .

Are you eating too much?

Yes, you pretty much know what to eat and hopefully if you have been seeing me you will understand why, but are you eating too much of a good thing? It’s all too easy, especially in winter, to overeat. It’s only natural to seek out more filling food and that’s fine, but portion size does count.

Posted on July 3, 2017 .

Winter Warming Food

I think it is true that the cooler weather sends us looking for more filling food, so it is good to ensure you have tasty, hot meals prepared. There are new recipes on my website, as well as older ones that help fill you up in winter. Think porridge, soups, casseroles and using the slow cooker so that you come home to yummy meals.

Posted on June 2, 2017 .

Winter wellness and great value offer from a naturopath

Cooler weather seems to bring more bugs than usual and there are a lot of sore throats and coughs and colds around. Supporting your immune system may help prevent your succumbing to winter ills.
My amazing naturopath and medical herbalist has some tips and a great offer for my clients.

Posted on June 1, 2017 .

Is this the right 'diet' for you?

I apply three main criteria when I’m drawing up a nutrition plan with a client. Is it healthy? Will it achieve the desired result? Is it sustainable in the long term? Because I don’t believe that one size fits all, flexibility is required, as is getting to know my clients and figuring out what is sustainable for each of them.

Posted on May 31, 2017 .

Do social occasions and holidays blow your results?

The first few months of a new year seem to contain a fair few holidays, plus of course there is still summer socialising and various get togethers. I would say that the majority of my clients find these occasions a real challenge and it can be quite dispiriting to have been on track with your healthy eating during the week, only to let loose at the weekend and find yourself back at square one. Here are my suggestions to help you keep on track.

Posted on May 5, 2017 .

Is the Easter Bunny coming to your house?

Yes, it’s that time of year again, when the supermarket aisles are groaning with an indecent amount of overpriced chocolate. Here are my suggestions to get you through Easter and the school holidays without falling off the wagon.

Posted on April 3, 2017 .

J.E.R.F - Just Eat Real Food

At a time, when as a nation we are getting fatter and unhealthier, we need to seriously be looking at what we are eating and what we are giving our kids, the next generation, to eat.

Posted on February 27, 2017 .

Tania's Story

I was diagnosed with Grade 2 breast cancer in both breasts and had a double mastectomy.  Three months later, I was advised the cancer had spread to my bones, so I now have what is called metastatic breast cancer, otherwise commonly known as stage 4, incurable or terminal cancer. One day I will die from it.

Posted on January 24, 2017 .

The danger of being overweight

It’s not only the emotional and social implications of carrying too much fat, it is the increasing health risks that come with it. With around 50-60% of New Zealand’s population now officially classified as overweight or obese, that has huge ramifications

Posted on January 13, 2017 .

Suggested Reading - 'The Obesity Code'

Dr Fung is a nephrologist (kidney specialist) who was seeing a lot of Type 2 diabetics who were needing dialysis. He used to give out the time worn advice of ‘eat less and move more’ so his patients would lose weight. But, many of them weren’t and he came to the conclusion that there must be more to the weight loss equation.

Posted on January 9, 2017 .

Are you on a diet?

What does the word Diet conjure up in your mind? To me it implies deprivation, hunger, unpleasantness and, most of all, a temporary situation.

I really dislike the word diet.

Posted on November 1, 2016 .

Is living the low carb, high (healthy) fat lifestyle for you?

When it comes to fat loss the most important thing you need to do is to reduce your carbohydrate intake. Yes, you probably need to reduce your overall energy intake and do a bit of exercise too, but if too many calories in your diet are coming from carbs, then you most likely won’t achieve the result you want, as easily as you want. Reducing carbs and increasing fat also helps kill hunger. Sound good?

Posted on October 3, 2016 .