Author: LIsa Donaldson

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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Weekly meal planning, do I need it?

Ever get home, look in your fridge and pantry and think… ‘there’s nothing to eat?!?’ This is a common occurrence in households who have given no time to plan meals for the week. Meal planning might sound time-consuming and/or a hassle, but it doesn’t need to be. Let me help you get on top of your week some simple tips! BREAKFAST – Choose two options and alternate: If you are not too bright in the morning, keep things simple so you can cruise through your morning without getting frazzled. My hot tip – choose one option that can be...

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