Dying to feel better

Would you take a drug that increases your risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture, causes sexual dysfunction in up to 73% of people who take it, and nearly doubles the chances of your child developing an autism spectrum disorder or developmental delay if you take it while you’re pregnant? Would you take it if it…

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Highlights – and lowlights – of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine annual conference

18 September 2017 Last weekend I attended the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) annual conference to present the findings of my Bachelor of Health Science Honours research project. The project was on the effects of membership of the Facebook group ‘Wholefood Plant-Based Aussies’ on people’s ability to maintain a healthy plant-based diet. I thought…

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Can’t kick the sugar cravings? Blame coffee!

Clients often ask me whether they should give up coffee. It’s not always an easy question to give a straightforward answer to, because coffee consumption seems to have both upsides and downsides. But according to new research, if you’re struggling to kick sugar cravings, you may just need to break up with coffee. A lot…

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Banana Bread

I adapted this recipe from one of Mary McDougall’s, which I found in The Starch Solution. It’s everything banana bread should be – moist and satisfying… but without the refined sugar and oil of typical banana bread recipes. Ingredients: 1 tbsp ground linseed 3 tbsp water 3/4 cup plant milk 1 tbsp lemon juice 1…

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‘Cheat days’ and the diet mentality

Last week I gave a presentation on wholefood plant-based eating at an employee wellness event. After describing all the health benefits of a way of eating based on minimally processed plant foods, a man in the audience raised his hand and asked “Does this diet allow for cheat days?” I explained that he was free…

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Pumpkin, Fennel and Red Lentil Soup

I LOVE pumpkin soup. Recently I discovered that pumpkin and fennel are a match made in heaven. Here is one of the fruits of that marriage :). Ingredients: 1 medium onion, peeled and diced 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 2 cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1 cup water or low-sodium vegetable stock…

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Orange-Mustard Sauteed Greens and Mushrooms

Sautéing greens makes them much tastier than steaming them, and a simple sauce of orange juice, mustard and vinegar takes their flavour to a whole new level!   Ingredients: 1 bunch kale, destemmed and finely chopped 1 head broccoli, cut into florets 1 tsp Mrs Dash Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend (order from iHerb) or garlic…

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Why vegans’ health matters

As a health practitioner, I see two broad groupings of people: those who adopted a vegan diet for ethical reasons, and those who are eating (or would do well to adopt) a plant-based diet for health reasons. Full disclosure: Personally, I have a foot in both camps. I went vegetarian at the age of 15…

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Broccoli and Corn Frittata

Once you have the basic formula for a tofu frittata sorted out, you can adapt it for whatever vegetables you have on hand. This week I had a glut of broccoli, corn and rainbow chard from my organic co-op, so guess what ended up in the frittata?   Ingredients: 1 onion, peeled and diced 2…

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The futility of risk factor management: Cholesterol-lowering drugs cause diabetes

A meta-analysis of observational studies published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases has found that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 44%. Statins remain the most-prescribed drugs in Australia: atorvastatin (Lipitor) and rosuvastatin (Crestor) led the top 10 drugs by prescription count in 2015, with 10 557…

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