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  • Online Cook Book

    Check out Dietitian Catherine Saxelby’s 150 recipes for working women on the go at http://foodwatch.com.au/recipes.html

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  • “Food Switch” app from Bupa

    You can scan in a barcode to your i-phone or Android and the tool will tell you if it is a healthy choice using a traffic light system. It also tells you better choices between brands.

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  • Stop playing snakes and ladders

    Do your weight loss attempts feel like one step forward and two steps back. Check out this article for perspective:

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  • Why do some people with a low cholesterol level have a heart attack?

    Like obesity, heart disease has many causes. In the past 2 decades an ‘inflammation theory’ of chronic disease has emerged and suggests a low level inflammatory response may be a risk factor in developing many chronic diseases but then again it may simply be caused by the chronic disease.

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  • Red Lentil & Tomato Soup

    Heat oil in pot, fry onion and garlic for a few minutes. Add remaining ingredients, bring to boil and simmer 10-15 mins till lentils and veggies are soft. Nice served with crunchy sourdough, a spoon of pesto and grinding of black pepper.

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  • IMPORTANT: Sleeve and calcium update

    A new update on nutrition and sleeve gastrectomy has recommended 1200-1500mg daily calcium intake from food and supplement combined for people with a sleeve. Previous recommendations were 1700mg. The upper range for women 51yrs + and men 70+ yrs.
    Consuming 3 serves of dairy foods per day will get you to 1000mg and 250-500mg calcium citrate supplement will top you up ie. 1-2 citrical tablets or ¼-1/2 sachet of Calvid.

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  • Scary statistics

    Similarly when you read the statistics from the Preventative Health Taskforces’ Technical Paper 1: Obesity in Australia: a need for urgent action, I can imagine if I were obese, feeling a little affronted. But I guess if you don’t take it personally, the Aussie stats are enlightening if not gob-smacking.

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  • Is it food or a chemist’s concoction?

    Wheat flour, colour, maltodextrin, maize starch, dehydrated chives, corn & onion, sugar, creamer, glucose syrup, milk protein, mineral salts 339 & 450, salt, flavours, soy sauce, flavour enhancers 621 & 635, vegetable oils, hydrolysed corn protein, colour, food acid, spice extract.

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  • Experts response to Cokes Anti-obesity campaign

    Coca-Cola has launched an anti-obesity campaign. There is 64g = 13 teaspoons of sugar in a 600ml coke. That’s the same calories as 3 ½ slices of bread. 10 tsp sugar in a can of coke. Given one of the causes cited for the rise of obesity, especially in children is sweetened soft drink, the best move is to stop making sweetened beverages.

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  • Spicy Lentil Soup

    SPICY LENTIL SOUP


    3 tsp oil, 2-3 tbls curry paste (I used red curry paste), 3 cloves garlic, crushed, 1 stick celery, diced, 1 carrot, peeled and diced, 1 large or 2 small potatoes, peeled and diced, 1 (400g) can brown lentils, drained, 1 (400g) can crushed tomatoes, 1 litre water, 1 tbls chicken stock powder, 2 bay leaves, ½ cup fresh coriander, diced

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