As it starts cooling down in Australia, it’s very common that a lot of people’s mood starts to change. When the sun is shining it’s easy to feel happy and resilient, but then we hit Autumn and start seeing rain and clouds and suddenly people commonly report feeling down and depressed. This phenomenon is aptly named SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder) where people report symptoms of depression, mood disorders, hopelessness, fatigue, sleep difficulties, weight gain, social withdrawa
As a Nutritionist barely a day goes by without someone asking your opinion on the latest health craze. Hopeful eyes stare into mine as they wonder if this is “the answer” that will have them looking and feeling younger, healthier and happier. Many of us are passionate about our desire for better health and happiness and truly mean to do our best each day to achieve it. For most however, our conviction is fleeting. Each day presents a new challenge to your resolve. Many nights
It may come as a surprise to you that it is estimated that we are exposed to somewhere between 150 to 500 chemicals every day through our personal care products. It is estimated that there are 13,000 chemicals in cosmetics and only 10% of these chemicals have been tested for human safety. A study by the Environmental Working Group, found that blood and urine samples of teenage girls were contaminated with 64% of the analysed chemicals from four major chemical familes: phthala
Long days at the office (or even just a late finish) often leaves you tempted to get takeaway on your way home. While there are many healthy options to choose from (such as the delicious Mexican salad by Gomez and Guzman below) there are substantially more unhealthy takeaway options which are cheaper and often more convenient. This can make it really hard to make the right choice, particularly when you're tired and hungry. How unhealthy is takeaway really though? Well that is
Winter can be a wonderful time of year if you prepare well. In Sydney we are blessed with short winters, just long enough to rest, recharge and refocus so that we feel totally rejuvenated in time to enjoy the long summer ahead. If we plan really well we can even generate a bit of savings to enjoy spending when summer returns.
Fail to plan or to take care of ourselves however and this rest time quickly becomes a depressing time filled with sick days, sore noses, junk food, b
If you're reading my blog then chances are you're keen to maintain a healthy lifestyle but also love a bit of a treat too - you want to have your cake and eat it. My aim is to show you that this can be done very easily if you choose well. I like to introduce you to the health benefits of all foods - from the simple and traditional blueberry to the more exotic and modern acaii - to let you know where you can purchase them and of course how to use them. When the creators of Nou
With a library of fresh and easy 10 minute meals, you're equipped for even the longest of days. Here's my all-time favourite: Zucchini Pasta with Fresh Basil & Tomato Sauce Ingredients: 1 zucchini peeled or spiraled into "pasta" sheets 1/2 a cup of organic button mushrooms 1 punnet of fresh cherry tomatoes 1 handful of fresh basil leaves 1/2 a cup of crushed tomatoes (from a jar or bottle rather than can if possible) 1 clove Aussie garlic 1 tsp of chili Directions: Add all in