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Water and Health

Have you heard about the latest research on water consumption? The good news is more science confirms drinking water about 1/2 hour before meals can contribute to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.

I was interviewed by Channel 9 Melbourne news today for a feature on tonight’s 4:30pm and 6:00pm bulletin. Tune in for my thoughts. Click here for the link.

With love and nourishment, Sharon xx

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A Magical Elixir

Watch this clip for the secret to a youthful complexion, boosting your digestion and metabolism, enhancing concentration and improving your overall health. You might be surprised ….. ūüôā

 

Food Fads Worth Embracing

As a nutritionist, one phrase I despise is ‚Äúfood fad‚ÄĚ. I‚Äôm obviously in support of food, so the food component is fab. But¬†add a fad to the end and suddenly everything changes.

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Really, another one?

Food fads are usually heralded by minions shouting ‚ÄúI SAVED MY LIFE THANKS TO ‚Ķ‚ÄĚ only to be forgotten two minutes later when the next magic pill arrives.

One delivery followed by another; weight-loss pills, the key to anti-ageing, potions for eternal bliss, scents to stave off hunger, superfoods to make you shine, elixirs to boost your metabolism, and so on. It still amazes me what desperate measures some individuals take in the name of health.

So what’s wrong with a little fad? The main qualm I have with fads is their tendency to encourage obsessive behaviours. Such actions are unsustainable in the long term and facilitate poor self-esteem.

I wholeheartedly support proactive health measures and preventative nutrition. However, there is no need to increase the mortgage on your house to fund these exclusive potions.

Miracle Pill

There is no such thing as a miracle pill

 

Look at Mother Nature

One fad that has been around for some time and is probably more a way of life than a fad is the kitchen garden program offered by many primary schools. Thanks to the vision of Stephanie Alexander and her desire to provide regular kitchen and garden classes to children, the next generation is learning vital skills for optimal well-being and healthy living.

Teaching a child how to love and nurture vegetables is crucial for their future health.

I appreciate that maths, geography, history and the like are essential to the school curriculum. However, teach a child how to grow tomatoes and show them some kitchen recipes that transform these beautiful sweet morsels into delicacies and you will improve their lives. It will encourage them to develop a healthy relationship with food and a positive regard for their body. This is turn will boost their self-esteem.

Fresh Turmeric

Fresh Turmeric

Self love

A child with food knowledge and kitchen skills is more likely to develop into a physically active healthy adult. They are more likely to consume wholesome foods regularly and respect and nurture their body.

Contrast this with a young adult lacking in basic food knowledge. They are often the yo-yo dieter who loathes their body.

I spend much of my time in schools and corporate offices giving nutrition seminars and running wellness programs. Adults who were encouraged as children to take part in food preparation and cooking lead healthier lifestyles as they grow.

But if you weren’t a child of home harvesters, it is not all doom and gloom. There’s no time like the present to start.

Fast fads & detoxes

Drastic fad diets and detoxes might facilitate short-term weight loss. Yet fast forward two years and it’s likely all lost weight plus more has appeared. Glorifying short-term skinniness is like celebrating the success of a cheater. The truth will eventually out in the most inconvenient circumstances, such as a burst zip, when the weight reappears.

A final message

Stop over-complicating everything.

Seek professional help if you would like a targeted approach unique to your lifestyle. Otherwise, simply consume far more vegetables than you think you need. You might notice the improvements to your health. You might even notice your skin develops a radiant shine that the $350 superfood failed to deliver.

And, with love and kindness, please drink some water.

Disclaimer: I am not associated with Stephanie Alexander or her programs, nor do I receive royalties or bonuses for promotion.

My Piece Published in The Weekly Review 14th March 2015

Honesty is the Best Policy

Something honest and authentic….

Many claim to be nutrition and health “experts” yet what they offer is shonky claims based on nothing but hocus pocus. I don’t follow the status quo just to win popularity contests. Your health and wellbeing is far too important and so is mine.

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I prefer to let my work and achievements speak for themselves rather than dismiss specific individuals, products or services that oppose my core principles.
But the truth is, for too long my industry has been attacked by “experts” with no basic nutrition education and training.

Nutrition science is far more complicated than coconut oil, kale smoothies and chia pudding.

Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding

I am a Registered Nutritionist, registered with a professional body. (See here)

Every three years I need to accrue a minimum of 300 continuing professional development points in order to retain my registration; even though I have studied nutrition for over 6 years, have 2 nutrition degrees (one undergrad and one postgrad) and have been in this industry for more years than my young face may indicate.

I don’t say that to satisfy my ego, you simply deserve to know what my qualifications and credentials are. It is why I pride myself on honesty and authenticity.

And so with that, I have just received my updated certificate, registering me for the next three years.

Happy Days xx

Nutrition Society of Australia Registration Certificate

Nutrition Society of Australia Registration Certificate

Sugar or Agave (Cactus)

A little wellbeing tip for the morning…

Agave (also referred to as Agave Nectar/Syrup) is not a health(y) food!!

Commonly considered a nourishing replacement for sugar, it has found its way into numerous recipes and raw desserts. Agave is derived from a cactus plant, and therefore some consider it to be “natural”.

However, in actual fact, the finished product undergoes far too much processing and does not resemble the natural cactus of its origin.

Yes, agave may be low GI and therefore considered beneficial for diabetics. For your information, my laundry detergent is also low GI but you don’t see me recommending that to my clients.

Let’s go to Uncle for dinner

A little while ago one of my friends suggested Uncle for a dinner catch-up. To be honest, when she first mentioned it, I wasn’t that taken. I couldn’t help but think another Modern Australian/Pseudo Vietnamese restaurant in Melbourne?! Really??!!

Okay, I was wrong.

Uncle, located in Carlisle Street St. Kilda, is actually a breath of fresh air.

Forget the food for a moment,¬†the atmosphere is gorgeous, upon entering you’re greeted with cheery polite staff.¬†Half of Uncle is an outdoor terrace¬†so you can dine al fresco.¬†I do like dining with¬†fresh air.¬†Considering I’m a nutritionist, I’ll leave the design speak to the experts but will say it is elegantly decked out in¬†furniture and finishing’s that compliment the atmosphere and food.

Winning so far.

If that wasn’t enough in the bathroom there is¬†Thankyou¬†hand wash and Who Gives a Crap toilet paper.¬†Both these companies donate significant funds to¬†those in need, be it providing water or sanitation to developing countries.¬†You may not know this but I get really excited over companies with a social conscience.

Another tick to Uncle.

Now for the food…

There are options for all dietary requirements. From a separate menu for the gluten avoiders to options for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. There was recently a menu change but luckily my new favourite, the lime cured hapuka, coconut, pomegranate, chili on betal leaf remains. If you look closely the betal leaf is actually a love heart, so how can you go wrong¬† ¬†ūüėČ I noticed this when my sister and I were¬†there celebrating me passing my¬†yoga teacher training exams.

The hapuka fish is cooked beautifully. Importantly the fish is not doused in coconut rather it is respected as an ingredient. The coconut merely compliments. Pomegranates provide a bit of juicy freshness and the chili is just enough.

Lime cured Hapuka Fish on Betal Leaf

Lime cured Hapuka Fish on Betal Leaf

I recently ordered the whole fish with ginger soy and fragrant herbs. Once again, the fish was cooked beautifully, it was light and came off the bone easily. Although my favourite part was the generous supply of fragrant herbs.¬†There’s nothing worse then receiving a plate of beautiful food with just a token green or herb. Herbs contain antioxidants, vitamin C, folate and fibre so deserve to be celebrated as much as the main item.

Whole fish with ginger soy and fragrant herbs

Whole fish with ginger soy and fragrant herbs

My only gripe was with the saltiness of the ginger soy.

I dream of a world where salt addition in food is controlled at the table but with a quota to¬†prevent oversalting. You may think I’m a killjoy, I just worry about the implications of too much salt. There¬†really is no denying excessive salt is disastrous to blood pressure. I can’t apologise, I’m just thinking about your health.

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There is a¬†substantial drinks menu. However, the tick for me was the friendly addition of a lemon wedge in my mineral water.¬†Sometimes the simple things are¬†often the best ūüôā

I went to Uncle for a friends farewell dinner. We needed a special restaurant for a special friend.

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Now for the nutrient analysis..

The menu is based on fresh seasonal ingredients that easily speak for themselves. The flavours are intricate but not overpowering. A talented chef, yes yes!!

It has become common place in our society to order side dishes or miss out on vegetables and salads. There are sides on the menu such as the delicious and crunchy mixed leaf salad. However, there are generous vegetable additions to the main dishes so sides are not an essential.

Food is designed to be shared which is fun but it also ensures greater variety in food intake so more gorgeous nutrients for our body-mind.

In Summary

Uncle serve fresh food with flavour. There is something for everyone. However, I would love to see less salt in the dishes.

Score: ***(*) 

3.5 out of 5

Love, Respect, Nourish by Sharon's Nutrition Melbourne restaurants

Kapai Puku Seed Mixes

Kapai Puku Tribal Blend

Kapai Puku Tribal Blend

 

I met Graeme Johnstone, the founder of Kapai Puku at the Mind Body Spirit Exhibition.

Graeme is 50 and he is a picture of health and vitality.

It is further proof that wholesome food choices and living well impact your health but also energy levels and appearance.

Graeme’s top tip for health, “eat real food and move your body”.

If you eat mainly plant based foods, most often, you’ll be rewarded with a glow and sparkle that is the essence of good health.

If you haven’t tried Kapai Puku, they are beautiful seed mixes.

I like it sprinkled on leafy salads, over roasted veggies, stirred through porridge for a little crunch and eaten alone with berries and kefir

Graeme Johnstone and I at the Mind Body Spirit Festival

Graeme Johnstone and I at the Mind Body Spirit Festival