Author: LIsa Donaldson

Why am I so ‘hangry’?

It’s three o’clock in the afternoon and you are like an untamed animal, sniffing around for something sweet to eat. Despite your best efforts to prepare a healthy snack box, those vege sticks and hummus are not going to tame that inner niggle and you are starting to feel irritated… WHY? This might seem like a lack of self-control, but what you are battling with during these times are some very powerful hormones and not enough SLEEP. HUNGER HORMONES We have two hormones in our body that control our appetite, they are called leptin and ghrelin. Ghrelin is a bit of...

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Winter warmer recipe: Garlic Roasted Chicken with Vege

Now that the weather is officially cold and we all have our heaters on, I get excited about baking meals. Not only does it warm the house up, but it makes for seriously easy cooking. This one-pan recipe is a regular in our house over winter. Packed with vege and lean protein, it’s nourishing and satisfying. It’s basically a chop up, throw in the oven and walk away kind of recipe! WHAT YOU NEED: 3 zucchinis cut into long wedges 1 bunch of asparagus 15 button mushrooms 1 punnet of tomatoes 1 red capsicum roughly cut 1/4 cup kalamata...

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Eat chocolate and lose weight!

Easter – the season for all things chocolate! It’s delicious, smooth, creamy, velvety goodness has been savoured and enjoyed since the 1900s. As a dietitian, people expect me to say chocolate is a ‘forbidden’ food and that they should replace it with a piece of fruit. Like all foods that are indulgent, I like to take the view that if it is truly savoured and enjoyed in small amounts, it can most certainly be part of a healthy relationship with food. Eat chocolate, lose weight In 2013, neuroscientist Will Clower published a book with that attention-grabbing title. The main...

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Protein power

Protein is a pretty incredible macronutrient. It is part of every single cell in our body. It’s used in our hair, nails, muscles, ligaments, skin… even blood! Protein is commonly referred to as the building blocks inside our body, and rightfully so – it is protein that helps our body repair and rebuild every day. What concerns me is the large number of people who consume far more than their body needs – easily done via protein shakes and bars. Excessive consumption can lead to some pretty serious problems, like gout and kidney strain. So how much protein do...

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How to make positive health changes last

Making change is not easy. There is literature, scientific studies and research around the complexities and mental challenges involved in making a change. Many find that they embrace a new goal or a shift in their life with determination and gusto for about two weeks… and then ‘road blocks’, excuses and ‘relaxing the reins’ starts to slow people down. I have put together some hot tips for staying on track and sticking with your plan. Organisation/planning Without question, being organised and diarising your exercise, shopping, cooking and prepping is the number one step towards success. There is no way...

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