July, 2014

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Natural Sugars Vs Added Sugars – What’s The Difference?

Do you know the difference between natural sugars and added sugars? If not, it’s worth your while finding out as it could make all the difference to your weight and your health.This is something I get asked about a lot and I totally understand how it causes so much confusion! The World Health Organisation recently advised that we should reduce our current sugar intake by 50 per cent. This is easier said than done, particularly because a lot of our sugar intake is consumed unknowingly. But, once you become sugar savvy, it will be easy to reduce your intake.

 For a quick guide, take a look at the video below, you’ll be shocked by just how much sugar is added to seemingly healthy foods that you probably eat every day! This is one of the best nutrition videos I’ve seen in a long time, it’s short, sweet (pardon the pun J) and to the point!

Note: unfortunately the video is in flash so will NOT play on your iphone or ipad. However here is the link to where it may work http://www.prevention.com/prevention-videos/sugar-showdown-whole-vs-processed-foods

Portion Control – This is What Your Dinner Plate Should Look Like!

Below is what your dinner plate should look like:

A Healthy Balanced Plate.

Portion Control

#1 Vary your fruit vegetable & salad intake and aim for a variety of different colours – 5 a day is the absolute minimum for optimum health and disease prevention.

#2 Choose Wholegrain carbohydrates e.g. brown rice, sweet potato, baby potatoes with skin, wholewheat pasta, quinoa, millet etc.

#3 Animal Protein: poultry, fish, meat, eggs, dairy. Vegetable Protein: beans, lentil, nuts, seeds, tofu – Aim for a good balance between animal and vegetable protein.

 

Why Diets Don’t Work….And What Does

Blog post by Elsa Jones NutritionistIf I could make one wish as a nutritionist, it just might be that the word ‘diet’ completely disappears from our consciousness. So why am I so against dieting? So many reasons, so little space…but here’s a few good reasons why:

Diets don’t work.

Yes, you lose weight, but about 95% of people who lose weight by dieting will regain it in one to five years. Since dieting, by definition, is a temporary food plan, it won’t work in the long run. Thus, when you’ve ‘completed’ your diet, you simply boomerang back to the unhealthy eating patterns that caused your weight gain in the first place! Moreover, the deprivation of restrictive diets may lead to a diet-binge cycle or ‘yo-yo dieting’ which can cause further health problems.

Diets don’t address WHY you overeat.

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How To Prevent Those Dreaded Cold Sores

Cold Sore Prevention by Elsa JonesI often get asked about whether diet can help to prevent recurring cold sores or not. My opinion is that diet can certainly help – It may not prevent them altogether but it can help lessen their recurrence and speed up recovery. Supporting immune function is central to the treatment and prevention of cold sores. The cold sore virus is an opportunistic virus, rearing its ugly head when our bodies are placed under increased stress. However, there are a few simple steps that you can take to help prevent outbreaks and speed up healing time.

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