Tag Archives: wholefoods

Do We Need Meat

A few weeks ago I googled ‘do we need to eat meat?’ and in 0.27 seconds there were over 16 million results. Clearly there are many opinions. Paleos, ‘High Proteiners’, and their love affair with meat have flourished with the popularity of caveman style diets. It started with high protein Atkins and The Zone followed shortly after. So do we need meat? And is it okay to have more than one serving at dinner?

As a Registered Nutritionist this article is based on current, applicable scientific research.

Meat Uncovered

It is fair to say, not all meat has been created equally. A lean chicken breast or sirloin steak clearly offers a different nutrient profile to high fat sausages covered in more lard. Let’s break it down:

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Fibre: The Original Sexy Superfood

When was the last time you discussed your bowel movements at a dinner party? It seems fibre intake and subsequent bowel activities are not a popular dinner conversation. Trendy superfoods like acai and goji berries, spirulina, cacao and wheat grass seem to be the focus when discussing superfoods.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love an acai breakfast bowl – spirulina shot and raw cacao coated goji berries do excite me. However, expensive ingredients from exotic locations are omnipresent whilst fibre is often considered passé.

Long before noni juice was purported to aid digestive discomfort and maca was heralded for …

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For wholesome nourishing and utterly delicious high fibre breakfast options, see HERE

The New Food Pyramid

Food Pyramid

Food Pyramid

Exciting news in the Nutrition world is the official launch of the new Food Pyramid. After 15 years it has been updated!

 

The new pyramid separates each layer into 5 specific food groups. Plant based foods are still the “eat most” category; with fruit, vegetables and legumes in the largest layer.

The grain section now contains quinoa and soba noodles which reflects how our culture has evolved.

 However, my favourite alteration is the addition of herbs and spices. They are packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and an excellent flavour enhancer so less salt can be used.

 Only 7% of Australians eat enough vegetables and less than half consume enough fruit.

Quite simple, quite the fad diets and consume more plant matter.

With Love & Nourishment, Sharon xx

 

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.

Nutrition Blogger Resource

I’m delighted to share that my blog “Love, Respect, Nourish by Sharon’s Nutrition” was invited to join the newly launched Storehouse, an online blogger directory of nutrition professionals.

Storehouse-Logo

There is conflicting and inaccurate health and wellness information publicised in the media. If followed, there may be disastrous consequences to one’s health.

As such, this resource was created to house highly qualified and credible nutrition professionals and bloggers; with recognised nutrition education, training and skills that you can trust.

I’m honoured and humbled to be included in this list.

I’d love you to take a look and let me know what you think xx

Top 3 Tips for Winter Health

Winter is often a time when healthy eating behaviours go out the window.

Check out my 3 simple tips below to ensure your health remains a top priority.

1. Add spices to your cooking:

Spices such as fresh turmeric and ginger or ground curry, cinnamon, nutmeg and paprika warm the body from the inside by stimulating the metabolism and regulating blood sugar levels.

Top roasted sweet potato with goats cheese and ground cinnamon for an immune boosting delight.

Fresh Turmeric

Fresh Turmeric

2. Drink herbal teas:

Ingredients such as lavender, rose petals, peppermint, chamomile and lemon grass enhance digestion and gut health. This is crucial for immune health and warding off colds and flu’s

3. Keep salads on the menu:

As the temperature plummets it’s common to neglect salad vegetables such as cucumber, tomato, lettuce, celery, radish, and capsicums.

These vegetables provide important antioxidants to the body, they are high in water and fibre and should therefore be consumed all year round. I combine braised mushrooms, roasted carrots and rainbow beets with mixed lettuce leaves, cucumber and tomato. 

The end result is a beautiful fulfilling and warm salad.

Winter Carrot, Cabbage and Sprout Salad

Winter Carrot, Cabbage and Sprout Salad

Celery Leaves, Roasted Beets and Heirloom Carrots

Celery Leaves, Roasted Beets and Heirloom Carrots

 

Farro, Tofu and Mixed Veg Salad

Farro, Tofu and Mixed Veg Salad