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Live Longer, Be Healthier: Become an Occasional Vegetarian


There’s nothing wrong with loving your meat, fish and dairy products. They provide an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and important antioxidants. So if the idea of cutting these products out of your diet holds as much appeal as sitting through a politician’s speech on fiscal spending, then why not consider a compromise.

As with most things, moderation and balance is a key to enjoying life. It can be disconcerting and even alarming to read all the hype about what you should and shouldn’t be putting into your body, and you would be forgiven for being confused with what to believe.

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Last Chance to Win!

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*Consultation may be done over Skype or telephone if you do not live in Australia. Consultation may be taken between 21 July – 1 September depending on Emma’s availability. If you do not wish to enter the competition, simply drop me a line at with subject line ‘no entry’.

Soup Savior

I know winter’s really set in when my kefir takes an extra day to culture, and I need a carving knife to hack into my coconut oil.  Gosh I hate the cold!

I concocted a delicious soup last night that helped to thaw my insides and warm my spirits.  Used some of my fresh batch of chicken broth.  Must say it was reeeeally good!  Here’s the recipe (rough measurements; adjust to your tastes)

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Low fat & Weightloss

Further to Sarah’s comment on ‘Low Fat’ foods (or “non-foods” as I prefer to call them), these do not support weight loss.  On the contrary, foods that have been processed and stripped of their fat can actually encourage the body to produce more fat.  It’s a subject that has been completely confused and abused.  There’s lots we need to relearn about fats, but to get you started, here’s a few simple tips to keep in mind to kick start your weight loss and improve your overall health also:* Incorporate cold-pressed coconut oil in your diet daily
* Choose butter (ideally organic and ‘cultured’) over olive oil (less conducive to fat production)
* Use extra virgin olive oil or avocado in your salad, not both
* Limit or avoid nuts while you’re trying to drop kilos
* Only ever cook with (heat) butter, ghee or coconut oil
* Eat raw fats like organic egg yolk, for their lipase content (the fat-digesting enzyme)

Beauty through the ages

This month’s Vogue Australia (June edition), I’ve addressed some of the particularly important issues (affecting the skin and deeper) that should be addressed during different stages of a woman’s life.  For example, minimising bone demineralisation in the 20’s, fertility and nourishment in the 30’s, oxidative stress in the 40’s, and hormones in the 50’s.

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Saturated Fats are HEALTHY

Further to Sarah’s discussion, the fat-soluble vitamins are in the fat and the skin; and nutrients like Vitamin D, so long as it’s a true free-range organic in the case of chicken. However, don’t eat chicken too often. Being high in Omega 6 fats, it does not have the same health benefits and healthy fats as grass-fed beef.

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4 Realistic Health Tips cont.

Water: Yes, remember to also “eat” your water!  The water contained in high-water-content foods such as cucumbers, will hydrate your cells fat better than any amount of tap water.  The co-factors such as electrolytes help to carry the H2O through the cell wall.  Also remember to limit / avoid the things that ‘dehydrate’ the cells in the first place: coffee, alcohol, table salt.

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Nutrition: Omega Facts

Omega 3 (especially in the form of DHA) is anti-inflammatory.  It is found in wild oily fish, organic egg yolks and grass-fed meats. Omega 6 on the other hand is inflammatory.  We obtain far too much Omega 6 from all processed foods, especially those containing vegetable oils of any kind (safflower, sunflower, soy, corn, canola, sesame and even olive oils), conventional chicken, nuts and seeds. Being anti-inflammatory, Omega 3 will support and encourage healthy muscle growth and repair, as well as maintenance of healthy skin rejuvenation (“anti-ageing” if you like).A high quality Omega 3 fish oil can be beneficial, so long as it’s ‘cleaned’ of heavy metals. But most importantly, drastically reduce your intake of Omega 6′s.

I LOVE Dark Chocolate

Came across this cute little ditty this week:

A Lady, while eating her dinner, declared that she’d rather be thinner: “But food has a race to get in my face, and chocolate is always the winner.”

If only this lady knew that she could have her chocolate and slim down too!  … and that it has to do with the kind of chocolate she had been eating, and a lot more to do with what was in her actual dinner.

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Nutrition to Build Strong Immunity

For immunity, you can’t go past garlic (raw or ‘aged’ encapsulated). Add crushed garlic to salad dressings or make a garlic aoli with organic egg and cold pressed olive oil. I even throw whole cloves through my juicer to my green juice. Also, coconut oil is strongly anti-microbial. Also great are onions, Ginger and ‘probiotic foods’ like raw sauerkraut and kefir. And avoidance of all sugars is really important.