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Auto-immune disease HLA-B27, client pain free on no starch, paleo diet

In August 2010 I met Tab, an energetic 28 year old, through CrossFit Auckland where I work as a nutrition coach. Tab had a goal to lose weight. As we went through her medical issues Tab told me she had an auto-immune disease, non specific, but linked with the HLA-B27 gene. As a result she […]

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Great results last 30 day Paleo challenge. Next one starts 23rd Feb, Auckland

If you haven’t yet taken the leap – it’s time don’t you think? Here’s what happened for three participants in last year’s 30 day Paleo challenge: Sarah Weight loss: 6.7kg, Hips: lost 12 cm, Waist: lost 5cm “Paleo eating has totally transformed the way I think about food and eating. Once I got my head […]

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Holiday Pics and Reading

First the holiday. Our favourite camping spot up north. We leave the screens at home, camp on the edge of the water and hang out for a week or two with friends, reading, swimming, kayaking, hiking and eating. This is a car-less campground where everything has to be carried over the hill at the right. […]

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Mark Sisson (Primal Blueprint) in NZ Herald

Mark Sissons Primal Blueprint cookbook has made the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s list of 5 worst cookbooks: The Primal Blueprint, meanwhile, “sets back evidence-based nutrition nearly two million years“. It includes “a section of cholesterol-laden recipes for offal – entrails and internal organs”. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10696134 The Primal diet is a Paleolithic diet – yes the […]

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Mindset and healthy eating

As a nutritionist there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a client’s success. This year has been remarkable for me. Having a large number of people try out paleo eating and hearing their outstanding results has been a thrill. One highlight though is working with those who are disheartened and unwell. This year I have […]

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Scientist now saying sugar and refined grains, not fat are the cause of our ills

I know many of many of us having been saying this for the last 15 years, however this concept is being increasingly recognised by the mainstream. From the Los Angeles Times today, an article on how the tide is turning and more nutritional scientists are looking at excessive carbohydrates as being the problem for health […]

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Eggs could benefit type 2 diabetics on a high protein (Zone) diet

Egg consumption as part of an energy-restricted high-protein diet improves blood lipid and blood glucose profiles in individuals with type 2 diabetes (British Journal of Nutrition) This Australian study was specifically designed to test whether eating eggs and extra cholesterol had any effect on coronary heart disease (CHD) markers and blood sugar control in people […]

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A good nights sleep makes you look healthier and more attractive

Scientists find there is such a thing as beauty sleep (from NZ Herald) Researchers claim to have found the first proof that getting a regular eight hours’ sleep a night really does make you appear healthier and more attractive. When untrained observers were shown photographs of the faces of volunteers who had been deprived of […]

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Gluten and your brain – quick links

Many years ago when I first got enthusiastic about nutrition (specifically the zone diet) I received this story from a woman who’s brain fog and depression disappeared when she started the Zone diet. Here’s what she said: “I am 49 years old, and ever since my teens I have suffered from depression, lack of energy, […]

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EPA better than DHA Omega 3 When It Comes to Antidepressant Effects

A very interesting meta-analysis on what type of long chain Omega 3 – EPA or DHA, is most effective for treating depression. Why this is interesting is that many researchers have assumed that DHA is the most important long chain fatty acid for the brain because DHA is the primary structural component of brain tissue. […]

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