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Health problems on low fat raw vegan and vegan diets

My recent analysis of Harley Johnston’s (30 Bananas a day) aka Durianrider‘s low fat raw vegan diet showed how one person was able to live on a very high fruit diet, and manage to get adequate nutrients (Except of course Vitamin B12 – imperative to supplement if you are vegan to avoid anemia, brain and […]

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Caffeine affects your sleep. No ifs, no buts.

Today’s NZ Sunday Star Times had a short article on how and why any amount of caffeine can affect your sleep, from research done at Massey University’s Sleep / Wake Research Centre. Fascinating – I was reminded of a story nutritionist Dr Libby Weaver related, of how a client stopped her one breakfast coffee – […]

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'Raw Essentials' New Zealand – Pets thrive on their wild diet too.

It is not only humans that thrive on a diet that they evolved to eat. Domestic pets do too. Today’s Sunday Star Times profiled local Auckland Vet Dr Lyn Thomson, (Raw Essentials) and her drive to encourage cat and dog owners to feed them food like they would eat in the wild, rather than processed […]

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The western diet and lifestyle and diseases of civilization

A much tweeted and blogged about article just published. This new Review Article explores the links between our western diet, lifestyle and the diseases of civilization. The review article is free. Below is an abstract. Click on title for the link. This is a peer reviewed article that appears in Research Reports in Clinical Cardiology. […]

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30 Bananas a day Durianrider, an analysis of his ‘paleo’ vegan diet

Harley Johnstone AKA Durianrider. A nutritional analysis of his low fat raw vegan diet                 Harley Johnstone, who calls himself Durianrider, eats a low fat, raw vegan diet, primarily comprised of ripe fruit. He has as a blog 30 Bananas a day and an avid bunch of followers. […]

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Much higher vitamin D Intake needed, and, there is more to sun than Vit D

From Science Daily, this article backs up observations of many nutritionists, and my own experience that the RDI for vitamin D of 800iu is grossly inadequate. Last year I asked a number of clients to have their Vitamin D levels checked before they began a paleo challenge and again 6 weeks later. Everyone, expect those […]

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Christchurch Earthquake

New Zealand, (my home for those from other places reading this blog) has had major earthquake. Christchurch, one of our largest cities was struck earlier today by a devastating earthquake. Home of Jamie Scott, a fellow New Zealand paleo nutritionist and “That Paleo Guy” (awesome paleo nutrition blogger). Jamie is okay, I texted him earlier […]

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Russian Borsch, nutritious, easy and paleo

Russian Borsch This is a family favourite. If you ever go to Russia, borsch is widely available in cafes, inexpensive and delicious. It is so easy to make, and the main ingredients are beef and beetroot. Beetroot is a nutritious root vegetable and is rich in anti-oxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which are important […]

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On Diet Gurus and Fad Diets

Here’s an easy way to gurufy (I know, not a real word) the author of a diet book. You read a book (or blog) on a specific diet that seems to make so much sense; everything you read seems to relate to you, all the studies and anecdotes seem to be telling you – ‘try […]

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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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