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Thermogenic Foods

Thermogenic Foods

These are natural foods that kick-start your metabolism. Not the artificial thermogenic fat-burning pills and energy drinks!  Grapefruit Contains an enzyme that increases metabolism.  The old wives’ tale turned out to be true! Eat half a...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Carbs

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Carbs

This blog is part of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly blog series. Specific macronutrients aren’t bad (e.g. carbs or fats).  It depends on the source and quality. Lovingly nicknamed ‘carbs’. Provides four calories per gram. Referred to as our...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Fats

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Fats

This blog is part of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly blog series. Specific macronutrients aren’t bad (e.g. fats or carbs).  It depends on the source and quality. Fats provide nine calories per gram, although this does not mean you should...

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Be a Limey

Be a Limey

Vitamin C gets all the publicity as the captain of the immune-enhancing ship, because it is essential for a properly functioning immune system. Multiple cells which comprise our immune system utilise vitamin C to perform their tasks. Vitamin C is...

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How To Quit Sugar in 7 Days

How To Quit Sugar in 7 Days

“No added sugar, you’re sweet enough!” Humans are born with a sweet tooth.  Breast milk is very sweet.  The sweet taste is nurturing and comforting.  Hence why we still reach for sweet foods for comfort even as an adult.  When people emotionally...

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Go Nuts on Coconuts

Go Nuts on Coconuts

Coconut is a superfood. Coconut oil and palm oil have unique medium-chain fats (whereas other foods have long-chain fats).  As you may have heard, palm oil should be avoided due to the livelihood of orangutans.  Medium-chain fats are not stored...

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All About Anaemia

All About Anaemia

Anaemia is one condition that can affect any age or stage in life.  It is defined as deficiency of red blood cells (haemoglobin) in the blood.  Haemoglobin carries oxygen around the body.  Oxygen is required in the energy equation to create...

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Allergy vs. Intolerance

Allergy vs. Intolerance

“Bad digestion is the root of all evil” Hippocrates (The Father of Medicine) Even Hippocrates knew over 2,000 years ago how significant the gut is.  It can be connected to just about anything in the body.  An unhealthy gut means an unhealthy...

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Happy World Chocolate Day!

Happy World Chocolate Day!

I highly recommend you eat some to celebrate! Cacao means “food of the gods” in Greek.  Chocoholics rejoice!  Dark chocolate is rich in iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, and antioxidants. The antioxidants in chocolate (flavonoids...

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All About Dairy-Free

All About Dairy-Free

This blog is part of the All About Fad Diets blog series.  They’re not really fads, but more like lifestyles. NZ being a dairy-producing country, we are big milk drinkers.  It must be good if kids get it free in schools, right? Milk has...

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