Menopause, Surgery and Weight Gain

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My mate, Karl Innes, over at CF40 Masters Blog had a question from one of his female followers regarding menopause, surgery and fat loss. Out of his area of expertise, I offered to help answer the question and thought I’d share my response here as you might find it useful and insightful as well. The Question: So ladies as far as … Read More

Do I have an Unhealthy Relationship with Food?

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Last week I published a post, my story really, of the last 5+ years struggling with disordered eating.  The response has been overwhelming!  I’d been writing that piece on and off for several months and it took a long time for me to finally hit the ‘publish’ button. I think that by pressing publish I was saying to the world … Read More

I’m recovering from an Eating Disorder

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^photo credit (right) The Official Photographers **Warning**  This is a long post, with few pictures Today I am sharing something that has taken me a long time to process and feel confident enough to talk about openly. I struggled with an eating disorder for over 5 years. Finally, 18 months ago I stopped denying it and consciously made the self-realisation that … Read More

NEW STUDY: Living near fast-food stores makes you obese!

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… Or does it? Headlines like this grab your attention, don’t they? Unfortunately, they are often misleading and misinterpret associated research. Today I’ll take you through a recent nutrition study, to show you some things to look out for! The Study Compelling evidence already independently links one’s exposure to fast food(1-3) and lower socioeconomic status (SES) (4-6) with increased risk of … Read More

ATP – How does our body make Energy?

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 As an assessment for a unit in my Masters of Nutrition degree, I recently had to put together a ‘Factsheet’ on how our bodies make ATP (targeted at the level of a fellow student). I received a HD for this assessment piece and several of my friends expressed how interesting they found the factsheet. So I thought I’d share the information with … Read More

Macros, Micros? Vitamins and Minerals? What, exactly, IS Nutrition?!

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When it comes to the world of health, dieting, combating diabetes & obesity, weight-loss, fitness, nutrition and wellbeing in general, there are many terms being thrown around that aren’t completely understood by the majority of the population. Things like low-carb, paleo, ketogenic, insulin-resistance, nutrient-deficiencies, high-protein and much more. At their heart, these terms are to do with the food (nutrients) we eat and how … Read More

Parents’ Voice

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Did you know that our food choices are not always made by us? Our ability to make healthy decisions is weakened when we’re stressed, anxious, tired or have already made plenty of decisions during they day, or during a shop. This is where “Impulse Marketing” gets you! The placement of unhealthy food “specials” at checkouts and ends of supermarket isles … Read More

Dark Emu, Black Seeds; Agriculture or Accident?

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Dark Emu, Black Seeds; Agriculture or Accident? – Listen to the Interview. How would you change the way you think about Australian Agriculture if you found out that, rather than nomadic, hunter-gatherer tribes, the Aboriginal people were sophisticated agriculturalists when British colonists arrived? The ABC’s Richard Fidler interviews Bruce Pascoe, author of ‘Dark Emu, Black Seeds’ on the true nature of … Read More

Digestion, Absorption and Transport of Lipids in the Body

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 Digestion, Absorption and Transport of Lipids in the body. Last week’s post was an Introduction to Lipids and the types of lipids found in our food and in our bodies; triglycerides, sterols and phospholipids. This week we’re going into an overview of how fat is digested, absorbed and transported around our body! Digestion Breakdown of triglycerides begins in the mouth … Read More

An Introduction to Lipids

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FAT. It’s not such a nice word and it gets thrown around a lot. As humans we eat fat, we store fat, the words has even become an adjective used by many to describe others’ bodies. But, like much else around us, fat just comes down to simply being a group of different atoms bonded together to form certain types … Read More