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Six food tips for healthy skin

food tips for healthy skinWho doesn’t want glowing, radiant skin?

We often focus on how food affects our organs but we forget one of those organs is skin! I was recently interviewed for the latest edition of Australian Natural Health magazine. The topic was Foods for Glowing Skin and I thought this might be a timely moment to share some knowledge on how you can keep your skin super healthy.

Here’s my six food tips for healthy skin:

  1. Drink plenty of water – this will keep your skin hydrated and avoid looking tired and washed out
  2. Eat enough ‘good fats’- Unsaturated fats like nuts, seeds, avocado and oils such as olive oil and macadamia oil provide us with Vitamin E (an antioxidant which protects against free radicals).They can also combat dry skin as they are like a bit of a moisturiser! Continue reading
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Easy Meals v Fresh Meals. a tough one.

Many people ask if it’s OK to have frozen or ready to eat meals. Are frozen meals healthy? It’s a tough question and there is probably not a right or wrong answer.

frozen meals healthyTo give you some background information, the idea for this blog post was sparked when I was talking with a client this week. They have Type 2 Diabetes and we were talking about a new frozen food range on the market. The food range is known as ‘Made For You Foods’ and is specifically targeted at people with Diabetes. For more info on ‘Made For You’ check out their website here.

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Fad Diet Challenge Pt 1: The Paleo Diet

For the past month, I have been following the Paleo Diet – also known as the ‘Caveman Diet’, all in the name of getting more clued up on fad diets.  If you haven’t heard of it, it is based on the premise our bodies should be eating foods of that of our Paleolithic ancestors. In essence, only foods a Caveman could acquire. Initially, I found it difficult to find consensus on what the Paleo Diet was. Some versions included dairy, but only if full fat. Some included additional fats and oils. Some included legumes and some tea and coffee. If you are interested in the views of some of the advocates for Paleo Style Diets you might like to check out Nora Gedgauda’s site or Loren Cordain’s.

Please note, this blog post is not intended to advise if the Paleo Diet is scientifically correct or even to provide a nutritional analysis. It is solely intended to document my journey in following the diet and some of the more day-to-day or practical aspects of the diet.  The Scoop on Nutrition recently did a review of the nutritional qualities of the Paleo Diet which you can read about here.

What I Ate
Seeing as there was no clear consensus on what a Paleo Diet was, I decided to keep it as simple as I could based on what I thought a Caveman would most likely be able to gather: meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables. I did include root vegetables like potato and yam.  I didn’t include legumes and I ate no additional fats like oil, margarine or butter, no additional sugars, no ‘treat’ foods, no dairy products and no grains (breakfast cereals, ancient grains like quinoa, pasta, rice or bread). I obviously had nothing out of a packet or tin.

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