Paleo – a great place to start but needs a tweak

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Thursday, 13 February 2014. Posted in Healthy weight loss
Tagged: diet, healthy eating, Paleo diet, weight loss

Paleo – a great place to start but needs a tweak

Paleo Diet Road Test

I’ve never been wild about the Paleo Diet, I must admit. It’s never seemed right that we humans haven’t ‘evolved’ from our caveman days, nor our food either. I mean carrots today aren’t the same as the thin, bland, lacklustre carrots of our hunter-gatherer ancestors; meat from domesticated animals raised by mass production methods, even if grass-fed, is not wild bison, buffalo or kangaroo roaming the plains; fruit is juicier, veggies are less bitter etc.

 

Q. How do I get my kids to eat vegetables?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 12 February 2014. Posted in Family and kids
Tagged: children, colours, dinners, family, family fare, fussy eaters, healthy eating, healthy kids, kids, nutrition, vegetables

Q. How do I get my kids to eat vegetables?

A. It's hard work! But it pays to be persistent. Over the years, I've worked out a number of techniques to help parents and used them on our kids when they were younger (and we had one of the world's fussiest eaters in our daughter!). 

The February 2104 Foodwatch Newsletter is all about fasting

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 11 February 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: Calorie Restriction, Fast diet, Fasting, Foodwatch Newsletter, Intermittent Fasting, newsletter, Product review

The February 2104 Foodwatch Newsletter is all about fasting

The February issue of the Foodwatch Newsletter takes a look at fasting, ancient and modern, from the traditional fasts of Lent, Ramadan and Yom Kippur to the modern versions of fasting like Calorie Restriction, intermittent fasting and the 5:2 or Fast Diet. It’ll be quite a ride so hang on…

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Paleo Diet basics

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 10 February 2014. Posted in Healthy weight loss
Tagged: fish, Paleo diet, seeds, vegetables, vitamins, weight loss, weight management, weightloss

Paleo Diet basics

The Paleo (Paleolithic) Diet is the modern equivalent to what our early hunter-gatherer ancestors ate. It's named for the Paleolithic Era which is defined as the time period from two million years ago up until approx 10,000 years ago when agriculture and settled life in villages and towns began. You'll also hear it called the Caveman Diet, Hunter-Gatherer Diet, Primal Diet or Stoneage Diet.

Q. Is Splenda artificial or made from sugar?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 10 February 2014. Posted in Carbs, sugars & fibres
Tagged: healthy eating, splenda, sugar, sugar substitutes, sweet treats, sweetener, sweeteners

Q.  Is Splenda artificial or made from sugar?

THE QUESTION IN DETAIL
Q. Can you please tell me about the sweetener Splenda®. I believe it contains some artificial sweetener like maltodextrin, however it is promoted as being made from sugar.

Product Snapshot: Tassal Easy Bake Atlantic salmon fillets

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 07 February 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: convenience, dinners, fish, fish oil, fish oils, fresh food, fresh foods, healthy cooking, healthy eating, meal planning, meals in minutes, oily fish, omega-3, Paleo diet, Product snapshot, protein, salmon

Product Snapshot: Tassal Easy Bake Atlantic salmon fillets

Nutritionists recommend two serves of oily fish a week but I find it hard to eat this regularly without resorting to canned salmon or tuna. I love the cans – don’t get me wrong - but they’re not the same as a fish fillet that I can substitute for a steak or chicken portion as a quick working week dinner meal (You can see how fixated I am on quick everyday dinners!). And you’ve got to take more care with fish than chicken or beef, haven’t you?

Q. My child won't eat breakfast. What do I do?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 03 February 2014. Posted in Family and kids
Tagged: breakfast, breakfast cereals, healthy eating, healthy kids, kids

Q. My child won't eat breakfast. What do I do?

A. Studies have shown that children who don't eat breakfast have trouble concentrating and do not perform at their best at school during morning lessons. So it's worthwhile trying to get something into them in the morning.

Product Review: HelloFresh Meals

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 31 January 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: convenience, cooking for one, diet meals, dinners, fresh food, fresh foods, healthy cooking, healthy eating, healthy food, meal planning, meals in minutes, mix 'n' match meals, portion size, vegetables

Product Review: HelloFresh Meals

Cooking a healthy dinner from fresh ingredients is a big goal of mine this year. At the moment, there’s only two of us at home as the 20-something vegetarian is travelling in Vietnam so it’s never been easier.

Dinner for two, no ingredients to exclude, huge choice, but after a long day writing, I have to admit feeling brain-dead about the ‘daily dinner decision’ as I call it. You know the drill, thinking of what to cook or finding a recipe and heading out for a quick shop, or peering inside the fridge or freezer and doing a mental jig with the ingredients (this goes with that or that or that).