My fasting adventure

I’ve been cognisant of the remarkable power of water-only fasting to facilitate healing and recovery from illness since my early 20s, when I worked for osteopath and naturopath Greg Fitzgerald, while I was at naturopathic college. Along with my first nutrition lecturer at college, Brian Pettiford, Greg introduced me to the comprehensive system of healing…

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Notella

A new season’s crop of hazelnuts in my organic produce box this week inspired me to create a healthy version of Nutella. Here it is – a dairy-free, refined sugar-free, hydrogenated oil-free version of the classic chocolate hazelnut spread. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates 1/2 cup plant milk – I used oat milk…

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Dr Klaper Healthcare in Nutrition Symposium

According to conventional wisdom, you should never meet your heroes because it’s bound to end in disappointment. Well, when it comes to Dr Michael Klaper, with whom I shared the stage at the inaugural Nutrition in Healthcare Symposium at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Sunday 12 November, I can vouch that the old saying…

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Preventing dementia

I’m devoting this, my fifth update on the 5th International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, held in Anaheim, California in September 2017, to just one presentation – ‘Alzheimer’s and Diet: New Research Frontiers’, by husband-and-wife researchers Drs Ayesha and Dean Sherzai. Dementia in general, and Alzheimer’s disease in particular, is probably the condition that people fear…

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Gingered Mango Pudding

Now that it’s mango season here in the Southern Hemisphere, I’m experimenting with more tropical versions of one of my all-time favourite recipes, buckwheat pudding. This is my latest creation. It can be served either for breakfast or dessert. Ingredients: 1 cup buckwheat Flesh of 1 large mango 1 cm piece ginger, peeled 1/2 tsp…

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Cardiometabolic disease – is sugar or fat to blame?

    In this, my fourth report on the 5th International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), I’m covering 4 presentations that focused on cardiovascular disease and its risk factors: ‘The Bitter Truth of Sugar Addiction’ by Dr Robert Lustig, ‘Sugar and Heart Disease: What Does the Research Say?’ by Dr Kim Williams, ‘Prevent and Reverse…

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Cancer prevention and treatment

In this, my third update on the 5th International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), held in Anaheim, California in September 2017, I’m going to summarise 3 presentations that focused on cancer. Dr William Li’s presentation was provocatively titled ‘Can You Starve Cancer?’; oncologist Delia Garcia’s presentation, ‘Breast Cancer Prevention and Plant-Based Nutrition’ zeroed in on…

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Beating diabetes

In this, my second report on the 5th International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference (PBNHC) in Anaheim, California (read the first instalment here), I’m going to summarise the two presentations that focused on diabetes. The first was a pre-conference workshop titled ‘Treating Type 1 and 2 Diabetes with Plant-Based Nutrition’, run by the legendary Hans Diehl,…

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Almond Ginger Dressing

I got the idea for this creamy, zingy dressing from talented chef Adam Guthrie’s amazing 22 Plant Based Oil Free Dressings. I love a touch of acid in my dressings though, so I added some lemon juice to Adam’s recipe. Lime juice would also work well with the ginger, if you prefer it to lemon.…

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Cheesy Stuffed Potatoes

This is not so much a recipe as a template; feel free to experiment with the seasonings, and add other vegetables e.g. corn kernels, finely chopped capsicum and spring onions. Ingredients: Baked potatoes or sweet potatoes Tahini Plant milk Savoury yeast flakes/nutritional yeast Garlic & Herb Mrs Dash* or other no-salt seasoning Baby spinach, finely…

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