Now, to the surprise of many of my clients, I actually rarely ever suggest strict portion control at Christmas and New years celebrations. Instead I simply point out tips and tools to use when the fun and festivities start and perhaps a little sprinkle of logic when it comes to counting the ACTUAL days of celebration. The end of year holiday season isn't actually a party every single day/ night, when you really take a look at the holiday break - we are talking about approximately 6 or 7 actual celebration events in total (slightly more or less for some). That's right, and here they are:
1) Christmas party - Work or School Breakups
2) Christmas Eve
3) Christmas day
4) Boxing Day
5) New years Eve
6) New Years Day (?)
So you see, you really don't have to miss out on the fun, instead just approach all the other days as any given "normal routine' day of a typical healthy week, oh... and MOVE more! Burn off all those extras by staying active throughout the day, and...
Label reading in Australia can be challenging at the best of times. What choices are good for you in relation to salt, sugar, fats, fibre & overall kilojoules and calorie content is often hard to discern. Let alone all the marketing terms that products come with these days:
Baked not friend
Free Range Vs Grain Fed or Farm Raised
No added artificial flavours and colourings
Low Fat | No fat | Light | Reduced Fat
High in Fibre
The constant stream of current "trends", topics on morning shows, talk shows and magazines portrays a complex and confusing message.
Are you confused yet???
The real question is, what are you actually eating? And what is good for you?
Yes, the popularity of the Paleo-way of eating has been growing on a momentous scale here in Australia and as far as I can see, the public are embracing it with a new found respect for healthy eating. Just in case you have been living under a rock (or perhaps having a grand holiday away from our shores), let me get you up to speed. The paleo diet has also been called the "stone-age/hunter-gatherer diet" or the "caveman style of eating", and it advocates a lifestyle of eating nourishing foods that are readily available naturally in the environment, that are organic, wild-caught, free range and/or farmed according to sustainable living (?). It promotes the intake of nutrient dense foods, loads of healthy vegetables and lean meats and the total avoidance of highly processed, manufactured, pasteurized/ homogenized dairy, high salt and sugar dense foods.
Hmmmm, hang on.....the last statement already sounds very familiar - yes, just like healthy eating right? Well yes, but it is the paleo 'a...
The impact that ‘sugar’ has on health has always been of interest to public health nutritionists but despite their best efforts to raise public awareness, it has very much remained out of the spotlight due to the food industries clever marketing strategies. Campaigns marketing food to consumers, like you and me, is very big business and it can leave even the most health conscious person confused and overwhelmed. That of course is up until recently, thanks to the advocacy of celebrities and chefs in the media who are determined to push the low sugar message. How refreshing, finally celebrity support for a very worthy nutrition cause.
When we think of ‘sugar’ usually the first things that come to mind are soft drink, lollies, cakes and biscuits. These foods contain what we call ‘added sugars’, but sugar is also found naturally in food like fruit, honey, dairy and some vegetables. Unfortunately many convenience foods that are labelled as ‘healthy options’ are also very high in sug...