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 Issue 83, September 2016

Hello <<First Name>>,  

There is no better time than spring to put the spotlight back on those healthy habits that might have lost their way over winter. But is dieting the way to get your weight back on track for good? This month we also look at the benefits a handful of peanuts bring you as well as clever foods to reduce your blood sugar and cholesterol.


8 Reasons You Should NOT Go on a Diet

For many of us, the start of spring is a time when those nagging thoughts about weight can creep in. We might wonder if our winter bodies are ready for our summer clothes; our figures are fit for long days at the beach; or whether those few extra kilos that slipped on during the chilly months will be hard to shift. But before you panic and sign up to the latest fad diet offering lightning-fast results, here are a few reasons to think twice…

Diets never work

We all know in the back of our minds that these diets are bound to fail yet it can sometimes be hard to ignore the lure of a quick fix – a fast way to a slimmer you. Accelerated weight loss is mostly water and muscle, not fat. This can start to slow your metabolism and lead to extreme hunger, lack of energy and poor sleep quality. Who wants that?

Dieting can affect not only your physical health but your mental health as well.

It can also disrupt your social life and set up the beginnings of a negative relationship with food. The idea of “good” and “bad foods” and the guilt associated with breaking dieting rules can be psychologically scarring. The cycle of binge eating and restricting foods can be a hard place to pull back from and it is often the cause of the good old weight yo-yo.

Diets are often unrealistic. In our modern society we want things here and now. However, making slow changes that are easy to maintain is the ONLY way to permanently lose weight. Haven’t you ever heard the saying good things comes to those who wait?

Here are top 8 reasons not to fall victim to a diet this spring (adapted from Molly Kellogg):

  1. You fall out of sync with your body’s hunger cues – Normal eaters vary the amount of food they eat according to their bodies’ needs. These signals are lost with perpetual dieting.
  2. Some diets are nutritionally inadequate – Diets which eliminate entire food groups or restrict you severely are potentially dangerous. Long-term deficiency can lead to conditions such as anaemia or osteoporosis.
  3. They don’t teach healthy long-term habits – Diets are usually temporary, but then what? There is no education on what normal, healthy eating looks like.
  4. Diet industries prey on poor self-esteem and are driven by self-punishment – Dieting is a strategy to be used when you are disgusted with yourself enough to want to change. Change does not work this way in reality. As humans we change when we are ready or are attracted to a new lifestyle. Diets are a negative change!
  5. The weight yo-yo can be harmful – There is good evidence that frequent weight loss and regain is unhealthy. Make health your priority rather than a number on the scales.
  6. The thought of “good” vs “bad” – Perpetual dieting cements thoughts of good and bad in terms of food and our behaviour. When we are being “good” we are eating healthy food and drinking water, when we are bad we are indulging in chocolates, chips and ice cream. Your weight and even what you eat does not tell you anything about the person. Do you spend time with your children? Are you a hard worker? Do you laugh regularly? Do you give back to your community? These are the questions you should be asking to define whether you are a good person.
  7. Diets convince you that deprivation is good – Restricting foods affects your metabolism and initiates your survival mode. This urges you to break out of the diet to seek an abundant source of energy for your next period of “hibernation”. A regular source of healthy food that meets your body’s needs is more effective than denying yourself.
  8. You put your life on hold – “When I lose weight I will...” Live the life you want now!

Quote

“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”Albert Einstein

What’s Cooking? – More Clever Foods to Reduce Your Cholesterol & Blood Sugar

Do you cringe at the thought of taking lifelong pills? Would you prefer to eat your way to better health?

Join us to learn about nature’s powerful ‘portfolio foods’ and drop your cholesterol, sugar and dress size the natural way.

Research has proven that a unique dietary combination of certain foods in appropriate amounts can lower your cholesterol by up to 30 %. This is as much as a starting dose of a first generation statin medication that doctors prescribe!

The only side effects: more energy and improved regularity. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Impressed? We can show you how to do it all at home to improve your blood test results.

At this event we’ll introduce you to a portfolio of superfoods. You’ll discover how plant foods can be both healthy and delicious!

You will just love this menu!

When: Tuesday 11th October 2016, 6.30 pm - 8:30 pm

Enjoy a delicious three-course tasting meal, recipes and handouts!

Learn more about our cookshops

Eventbrite - Food as Medicine Cookshop - Clever Foods to Reduce Your Cholesterol & Blood Sugar

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Call NOW on (02) 9899 5208 to avoid disappointment. Bring your partner and make it an evening out!


Food Matters with Sue Radd – Pills or Peanuts?

Certain high-fat foods, such as peanuts and peanut butter, can help protect the body from heart disease and its risk factors. But how does the humble peanut fare against the prescription pad? Read Sue Radd's article to find out!


In the Media – Alzheimer's: Can We Prevent it?

Did you miss Sue Radd on ABCTV Catalyst? No problem, you can watch it here.


Food InFocus – Got Irritable Bowel Syndrome? A Low FODMAPs Diet May Help!

Irritable bowel syndrome affects one in five people and is often triggered by gluten. But what if something else in your diet is to blame for your symptoms? Sue Radd explains.


Product Review – Barambah Organics Lactose Free Natural Yoghurt

What is it?

Lactose-free natural yoghurt which is 96% fat-free and Australian certified organic. This yoghurt has added lactase, an enzyme which helps break down the sugar lactose for ease of digestion. It also increases slightly the sweetness and reduces the acidic taste of the yoghurt.

Where can you find it?

Selected health food stores and IGA supermarkets carry this brand of yoghurt. Check out their website for your local stockists.

How do you eat it?

This yoghurt can be eaten as any other yoghurt. A great snack eaten on its own, added to fruits and desserts or a substitute for sour cream and creamy sauces.

Nutritionals

Made with five live cultures: Acidophilus, bifidus, casei, thermophiles and bulgaricus.

 

Per Serving (100 g)

Energy

360 kJ

Protein

5.0g

Fat total

4.0g

     Saturated

3g

Carbohydrates

6g

      Sugar

2.0g

Sodium

54 mg

Calcium

170 mg


Why we like them?

  • Great alternative option for individuals that are lactose intolerant
  • Very similar to natural Greek yoghurt in taste and aroma
  • Appealing look and pleasant texture and mouth feel
  • A good variety of probiotics that assist with gut health

Overall rating

4.8 out of 5 stars - A brilliant yoghurt all round. Great taste and quality ingredients.

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