Suffering with broken sleep? This is how to fix it.

Broken sleepYou spend a day at the office and arrive home shattered. It may have been 10 or 12 hours since you left home that morning. Not much time left in your day to unwind and relax. Maybe a glass of wine and a microwave dinner? Or maybe you have kids and they are on your case – “let’s play”! You finally get to relax. So why is sitting and thinking all day so damn exhausting? And why … Continue reading

Confused about sugar? Fructose can make you fat but glucose can kill you.

There seems to be as much confusion about sugar as there is interest at the moment, and mainly because of the random use of the word ‘sugar’. It is popularly used to refer to fructose – but it may also be referring to glucose or sucrose (the sugar we put in our coffee).

It is also virtually impossible to fully understand sugar without understanding insulin function. In my last post I wrote about fructose vs glucose but here I describe glucose, how it gets into our diet, how it affects our bodies, and the role of insulin, from A to … Continue reading

Concerned about fructose in your diet? This is what you need to know.

Today I saw a menu that included the option of ‘fructose free’. Given that fructose is present in virtually every vegetable or fruit that leaves very limited options: primarily meat, starchy vegetables, nuts and recipes that replace fructose with glucose.

I’m a Nutritionist, and I am at odds with the National Dietary Guidelines as is the ‘quit sugar camp’. BUT, there is a whole lot of misunderstanding about fructose, glucose and the health effects of a diet comprised of meat, potatoes and nuts!

Glucose is the principle cause of inflammation and cardiovascular disease in our diet. It is also the … Continue reading

25,000 Australians UNDER 65 have dementia. This is what you do now to prevent it.

The numbers:

Dementia affects 340,000 Australians, with 25,000 of them under the age of 65 and the numbers are set to increase by a third in less than 10 years.

One person is diagnosed with the disease every six minutes, and it is the third highest cause of mortality in Australia, and the second highest for women.

Each week 1800 new cases of dementia are diagnosed.

These are very sobering statistics for anyone of any age. Alzheimers and other causes of dementia don’t accrue overnight. It is directly related to how you are living now, even if 65 seems like … Continue reading

Social media vs health: turning an eating disorder into a successful brand.

Fashion photo of beautiful and young lady in swimsuitsIf I asked you to promote my new brand ‘Freelee the Banana Girl’ would you laugh at me? But this is a successful brand that has been built through social media. It features a skinny 30 something who champions a high carb low fat diet – she is essentially a Fruitarian (she claims 97% of her food is fruit). Her story goes that after battling eating disorders and failing at many diets she eventually worked out that if she lived on fruit she … Continue reading

Successful weightloss: it’s all in your mind!

Weight loss may be a goal, but is that what you really want? When a new client says that their goal is to lose weight I’m pretty sure they are really looking for something that actually has more meaning – to have more energy, to de-stress, to sleep better, enjoy a better mood, and to thrive. They really want good health in order to improve their quality of life.

Body image is a concern for all of us, but ultimately that is a reflection of our state of health. When you achieve good health, weight loss will follow naturally and … Continue reading

Exceptional Health – this is what it takes!

I was 50 when life gave me a kick in the pants and motivated me to get healthy. But where was I going to start? Most people will go for a run or join a gym, or try a new diet. My option was a bit more radical – I became a personal trainer. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the answer. However it did put me in the zone and gave me a chance to figure it all out. And after helping a lot of people get started it has become clear what the most common challenges are.

The very first thing: … Continue reading

Starting exercise: how to get going for maximum results.

After what may have been a long (and possibly agonising) build up to your new exercise program, you pull on your running shoes and hit the road. 300 metres later you’ve stopped, bent over with hands on knees, trying to breathe. God, who thought of this?! Starting exercise when you haven’t been doing it for a while can be a real challenge. Inactivity becomes a very comfortable state over time and breaking out of that is possibly the biggest obstacle. However there is great encouragement in the knowledge that the body adapts to challenges very quickly.

The secret to getting … Continue reading

One of the most important reasons you will do exercise is proprioception. Never heard of it?

ProprioceptionProprioception is the subconscious awareness of your body’s position in space. It is referred to as your sixth sense. It keeps you upright and stable despite changing circumstances like slippery or moving surfaces. It is proprioception that saves you if you trip. A simple example of proprioception is walking up stairs without needing to look down at your foot placement. This is possible because subconsciously you know where your feet are positioned in space. Proprioception is … Continue reading

Lack of exercise is a greater health risk than being overweight.

Overweight parents with their son The core message of extensive research is quite clear: lack of exercise has a larger negative effect on your health than being overweight. This is in contrast to the popular idea that being overweight is the principle cause of metabolic and chronic disease. What this means is that the factors that contribute to weight gain are more significant causes of disease than the extra weight itself.

Perhaps ironically this is great news. What it means … Continue reading