Author: LIsa Donaldson

Five Steps to a Better You

So you hit the gym, ditch the carbs and drink plenty of water – but there’s more you can do every day to feel better about yourself. As a dietitian, people come to me for advice about how to feel better, healthier and more vibrant. Yes, food can certainly assist with this, but we cannot ignore the fact that regular exercise and good amounts of sleep and joy also play a critical role. Nutrition: If you are eating highly refined, processed foods, then there is little wonder you are lacking vitality. You should be eating three well-balanced meals every...

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What’s the deal with ketogenic diets?

We’ve seen the rise and fall of many diets – low fat, gluten free, 5:2,  Atkins and Paleo. According to Google trends, the most popular and latest fad is the ketogenic diet. We looked into the science behind the diet including the macros (protein, carbs, fat) and found that fat is king. Like many current diets, the ketogenic diet is another low-carb approach, but protein is consumed in moderation and fat is the dominant macro.   Why fat? When we consume fat as the primary fuel source the body must learn to break it down and use it as...

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Is coconut oil all that?

In recent times, no food has created so much debate or divided people as much as coconut oil. Those who claim it as a miracle food use it to moisturise their skin, clean their teeth and simply eat it by the tablespoon. Those who state it’s not good for us, have been concerned about the saturated fat levels. Last week my social media feed was flooded with headlines declaring that coconut oil is not a magical health food after all, as unhealthy as beef fat and butter, and that it may not be safe. Comments following these headlines were...

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How much sugar are you really drinking?

You don’t need to be Einstein to know that a can of cola has a lot of sugar in it. Sadly, there are other drinks out there that are loaded with sugar but appear to be ‘healthy’. Let’s take a look at some of the worst culprits. Sports drinks   A sports drink is not necessary unless you are training continuously for 90 minutes or more. They are designed to replenish your electrolytes, including glucose. In a typical 600ml bottle of sports drink, you are looking at 34g of sugar! Fruit juice Juice bars are popping up all over...

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Recipe: Whole wheat and oat pancakes

Pancakes – need I say more!?  I adore this recipe for a weekend breakfast and the fact that it’s made using whole wheat flour and oats, which ensures I step into the weekend on the right foot.  They also make for a great snack and work well in the school lunch box. Makes 10 small pancakes WHAT YOU NEED: ¾ cup wholemeal flour ¼ rolled oats 1 egg 1 cup milk ½ TSP baking powder ½ TBS brown sugar ¼ TSP baking soda Spray extra-virgin olive oil (optional)   WHAT YOU DO: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together...

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