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 Issue 76, February 2016

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Welcome to our February newsletter jam-packed with nutrition news, research and helpful hints. Read on to learn:

  • How love can influence your scales and dress size
  • Inspirational ways to boost your health at our upcoming Cookshop
  • Simple ways to jazz up summer salads
  • How to cut onions without the tears
  • The health risks of using plastic drink bottles
  • About our restaurant review of Kepos Street Kitchen

Is Your Marriage Giving You Love Handles?

Valentine’s Day is a special time where many couples celebrate their love for one another. Falling in love is certainly a wonderful part of life but could your relationship be causing you to gain weight?

If you find yourself putting on a few kilos when you’re loved up, you are not alone. There is now more evidence to suggest that love handles are real! In fact, a recent ARIC Cohort Study found that having a spouse become obese nearly doubles your risk of becoming obese as well!

First comes love…

There’s no denying that falling in love feels great. But along with dating usually comes eating – fine dining, indulgent desserts, wine, cocktails and ice cream on a warm summer’s day. It’s easy to see how the extra calories can creep in. Starting a brand new relationship can also boost endorphins and appetite-enhancing hormones, like cortisol, which also leading to weight gain. What happens at the start of a relationship usually sets up habits for later on. To put your best foot forward in a new relationship, why not look for active things to do on dates, like bike riding, swimming at the beach or hiking? You can still spend time with the one you love without the risk of piling on the kilos.

After you have been in your relationship for a while the “comfy phase” kicks in. Romantic dates start to become cozy nights at home watching Netflix with your favourite Thai takeaway. The “comfy phase” is that time when the chase is over and you can start nesting. It’s the laziness with food choices and lower levels of activity in longer term relationships that starts adding to your waistline. And fast! To combat this relationship hurdle, communication is key. You both need to be on board for healthier habits and work together to cook dinners and pre-prepare lunches. Don’t drag your significant other down – be the motivation that lifts one another up.

Then comes marriage…

Plenty of research already links marriage to weight gain and Dr Laura Cobb, the lead author of the ARIC Cohort Study, has now suggested that the likelihood of weight gain is higher if your spouse has gained weight. Her research (spanning over 25 years) shows that women with an obese husband have an 89% chance of weight gain, while men with an obese wife have a 78% risk.

When meals start to become shared, it is not uncommon for married couples to adopt the eating habits of their spouses, which can influence weight control. And these habits also tend to be the bad ones. Does your hubby like to dig into a packet of chips of an afternoon? Or does your wife enjoy a cup of tea and biscuit after dinner? Were these habits around when you were single?

There are also a range of other pressures that come with married life, such as finances, mortgages, work and children which can further impact weight control, as diet and exercise gets pushed to the bottom of the priority list we call life.

…Then comes baby in a baby carriage

Dr Craig Garfield, associate professor of paediatrics and medical social sciences at Northwestern University, suggests "fatherhood can affect the health of young men, above the already known effect of marriage". New dads tend to gain weight due to lifestyle changes, eating habits, cleaning the kids’ plates by eating what is left over etc.

As the house starts to fill with “kid foods” – cookies, ice-cream, Shapes and lollies – the temptations and access to junk foods becomes harder to avoid. And mothers, you are also not immune! Findings from the University of Texas also suggest that parents with children gain weight far more rapidly than childless couples.

So the verdict is in: the couples that stay together, gain together.

This Valentine’s Day as you spoil your loved one, don’t let the weight penalty of love and marriage influence your food choices. May the love be with you and the love handles be left behind.


“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”Jim Ryan.

What’s Cooking? – Health-Boosting Meat-Free Meals

Would you like to eat as much as you want and still lose weight?

Or reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer from today? What if there was a way to reduce complications from kidney problems and diabetes, which you may have already?

Now there’s a way!

Whether you’re looking to become vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian or to just sneak more vegies into your family’s diet, this Cookshop is ideal for you!

Hear the latest scientific findings on the benefits of going more ‘vego’ and learn to design deliious, meatless meals without missing out on vital nutrients.

Sue Radd will show you easy plant proteins that vegetarians use to save time in the kitchen plus much more. You can watch a demonstration of how to cook legumes and wholegrains from scratch using a pressure cooker and shave 75% off your cooking time. 

Don’t miss this one if you need to discover more ways to incorporate wholefoods into your diet and improve any existing medical conditions.

When: Tuesday 8th March 2016, 6.30 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Nutrition and Wellbeing Clinic, Castle Hill (Sydney)

Learn more about our cookshops

Join us to enjoy a delicious four-course tasting meal, recipes and handouts!

Call NOW on (02) 9899 5208 to book your seat as this event is very popular!

Food Matters with Sue Radd – Dressing up Summer Salads

Along with the warm weather comes that craving for a cool, summer salad. But are you cheating yourself out of a healthy meal by drizzling the wrong kind of dressing? Read Sue Radd's article to find out.

Kitchen Tips – How to Chop an Onion

Onions are a common ingredient in many recipes, however they can be tricky and frustrating to cut. Watch this short video to learn the correct technique for chopping an onion. It will be a kitchen time-saver!

Food InFocus – Are Your Plastic Bottles Poisoning You?

In this short video, Sue talks through the potential health risks of consuming foods and drinks stored in plastic.

Restaurant Review – Kepos Street Kitchen

For our staff Christmas party last year we dined at the Kepos Street Kitchen. This little hole-in-the-wall café is a great place for breakfast or lunch. Chef and owner Michael Rantissi grew up in Tel Aviv and recreates a multi-cultural feast for customers with a strong Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influence. Here’s what we thought…

Location: 96 Kepos Street Redfern. The café seems out of place in a street of residential homes, but the quiet corner location is part of its charm.

Ambience: The café itself is quite small but cleverly decorated. The iconic mosaic tiled wall excellently captures the ethnic vibe and compliments the menu perfectly. As you walk in the door, you are greeted by a vision of delectable pastries and sweets which instantly draws you in. The café was clean and well maintained.

Service: Most of the wait staff were attentive and friendly. However, one server who took our order was not as welcoming. Her lack of etiquette was a significant drawback to our dining experience.

Food: The menu was very pleasing to read as a dietitian. Many dishes were plant-based and used a variety of wholefood ingredients. Popular items at our table included the cauliflower salad with wheat, mint, parsley, walnuts, pistachios and cranberries, and the Tunisian style yellow fin tuna with eggplant, tomato, cucumber, egg, potato and harissa dressing. As a starter, we all dipped into the sourdough bread with olive oil and hazelnut dukkah, which was a delicious way to begin our meal. And we wouldn’t be able to complete a thorough review without sampling a few of the sweet desserts from the front counter. An indulgent and delicious treat in celebration of Christmas!

Cost: Overall, our meal was quite filling (expected being mostly plant-based). Many of us couldn’t even finish an entire serving. Prices of mains generally range from $17 - $29. The cost was fair for what we were served and we all felt we received good value for money.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. The food was delicious and setting was very pleasant. The service (albeit of one waitress) did influence our scoring.

If you want to find out more, visit the Kepos Street Kitchen and let us know your thoughts. You can also purchase their cookbook Falafel for Breakfast from Big W stores to check out some of their yummy recipes!

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