There’s been a cheeky photo comparison circulating the internet, comparing these two food-obsessed ladies: Gillian McKeith (age 51) and Nigella Lawson (6 months off 51)
If your body’s glands were the musicians in an orchestra (and the hormones they secrete the music), then the Thyroid is the conductor. If the conductor isn’t performing at his best, then the music’s not going to sound too crash hot. Optimal thyroid function is essential for optimal health. Hypothyroidism is an all too common issue for women (and increasingly for men also) these days, of all ages.
(photo: me at a Mozart concert in Vienna; the closest thing I had to a photo of a conductor!)
The thyroid is the main gland, and the master regulator of health, anti-ageing and longevity. It’s function is to energize the cell and drive metabolism. A healthy thyroid means healthy cell differentiation (so that all the cells grow with purpose and efficiency, rather than just growing larger). How your thyroid functions literally shapes the structure of the body. Read more of this post …
I recently returned from a magical trip to Greece (Crete) and Spain. A little jet-lagged but happily sun-kissed and rejuvenated. They’re both such beautiful countries with (most importantly) delicious cuisine. I have a lot of clients who travel frequently for work and/or pleasure and want advice on how to maintain healthy eating habits when they’re away from home and limited to eating out. I find it easy; it just takes a little ingenuity, a sharp eye to look out for the right things, and a bit of background knowledge of that country’s food culture to know how to get the good stuff and order the right things. In general, if you stick to the very traditional, simple and local dishes, they also tend to be the most nutrient-dense, and delicious too. Read more of this post …
In a recent article, seven experts in the fields of both food and the environment (scientists, doctors and farmers) were asked just one simple question: “What foods do you avoid?” Their responses had nothing to do with calories or nutrient-density, but all to do with their insider knowledge on how certain seemingly “healthy” foods that they closely work with are produced and packaged. The findings are scary.
If the farmer who grows the food won’t eat it himself, then I won’t touch it either.
Here’s a summary of the findings. You can add these seven to your ‘Foods to Avoid‘ list: Read more of this post …
In December, we conducted our first Ladies’ Lunch “Nutrition Q&A” at The delightful Green Grocer in Melbourne. It was a great get-together of like-minded ladies in the most lovely setting. The chefs put on a delicious, organic and nutritionally perfecto spread (with my tweaks and tick of approval) that was as pleasing to the eye as it was to the body. There was inspiring conversation, lots of topics covered of all things nutrition and wellness related, and even some goodies to take home.
This month we will be conducting another on Friday the 11th (of February) at 1pm. This is a great opportunity to ask me questions directly, discuss both the fascinating and frustrating sides of living healthily, get practical tips and to actually taste the kinds of foods I teach my clients to prepare, and to experience just how delicious optimal eating can be. And so much more fun than a typical seminar can be (yawn!) …especially when chocolate is involved …
We are keeping these small and intimate so seats are limited and bookings essential.
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Hope to meet you there!
PS: Sydney-siders, stay tuned … there will be a lunch date set soon in your neck of the woods too!
As I sit here today stuck in front of my computer screen, churning out a last-minute magazine article, I feel a bit frustrated that I can’t be outside, walking through Centennial Park while the sun’s (finally) out. And even though I love my Mac, I know the radiation it’s throwing out is not the best thing for me. So apart from trying to make up for it by opening the window, popping outside in my courtyard at my lunch break with bare feet (and other items of clothing off too; Ooh la la!) to soak up a quick dose of the sun’s ions and generate vitamin D, I also fill what little space I have left on my desk with pretty pots of perceptively powerful plants. These particular varieties not only look lovely, but cleverly clean, ionise and grow fresh air; NASA has proven it! Watch this fascinating little speech from my favoutite website: www.ted.com
And if you’ve ever been to Delhi, you’ll know that this in no mean feat! So plant a few Mother-In-Law’s Tongues … and, breathe.