My week on the IQS program (Week 1)

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 04 March 2015. Posted in Healthy weight loss
Tagged: diet, dieting, diets, healthy eating, nutrition, weight loss

My week on the IQS program (Week 1)

Is sugar the key culprit in the obesity crisis? If I cut out ALL sugar (including honey and agave) and everything sweet, will it be easier for my body to shed weight?  I ate and cooked from Week 1 of the IQS program by Sarah Wilson (see my review of the book here) to see if, and how, it would help me lose a little weight. Here's how I fared on the first week ...

EatKit Mar 2015 - Grains: gluten-free and ancient

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 03 March 2015. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: ancient grains, EatKit, grains, Twitter, whole grain

EatKit Mar 2015 - Grains: gluten-free and ancient

From oats and barley to quinoa and spelt, we welcome your input and sharing of your fave recipes or ideas to serve these grains. We explore the reasons why grains have fallen in disrepute in recent years (are they toxic? full of lectins/phytates/gluten? not part of the Paleo regime?) and which ones deserve a more honourable mention. And in what form eg whole grain, sprouted, ground, rolled, puffed or flaked?

Film Review: That Sugar Film

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 02 March 2015. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: guides, nutrition, sugar

Film Review: That Sugar Film

ABC Radio asked me to review That Sugar Film and comment on how realistic or factual it was with regards to the average adult diet in Australia. Actor Damon Gameau, the film’s hero, goes on a 60-day journey where he eats ‘supposedly healthy’ foods to equal 40 teaspoons of sugar each day from 'hidden' sugars in processed foods. Like Morgan Spurlock in Super Size Me, Gameau documents the impact of such foods on his health and state of mind. There are many pieces to camera where he shares his feelings with the audience. Here are my thoughts.

Diet Book Review: I Quit Sugar

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 25 February 2015. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: Diet, nutrition, sugar, Weight loss

Diet Book Review: I Quit Sugar

Should you give up sugar entirely? And what about fruit? Is sugar a ‘poison’ or a ‘toxin’ as some people claim? Will you lose weight and have more energy? Written by Australian journalist Sarah Wilson, the book I Quit Sugar outlines the dangers of fructose in particular and sugar in general and provides an 8-week program for removing these substances from your daily diet. Here’s my review.

Q. How does eating a piece of fresh fruit, such as an orange, compare to drinking the juice after squeezing by hand?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 20 February 2015. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: antioxidants, fibre, healthy eating, juice, vitamins

Q. How does eating a piece of fresh fruit, such as an orange, compare to drinking the juice after squeezing by hand?

A. The juice has the same level of vitamins, minerals and plant antioxidants as in the original fruit. Only the fibre is reduced as this is usually left behind after juicing. Yes you can add back any pulp from the juicer, so you get closer to the full complement of nutrients as in the whole fruit but it’s still not the same thing as eating that whole orange.

What is niacin (vitamin B3)?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 18 February 2015. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: health, healthy eating, nutrition, vitamins

What is niacin (vitamin B3)?

Niacin is the common name for the two compounds, nicotinic acid and nicotinamide (or niacinamide) and is often referred to as vitamin B3. It is vital for your health and is one of the most commonly added “fortication vitamins” found in foods such as breakfast cereals and breads.

What is inulin?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 11 February 2015. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: Fibre, Food labels, label

What is inulin?

You’ve seen it on the labels of liquid breakfasts, meal replacement shakes, protein drinks, muesli bars and high-fibre yoghurts. You’ve almost certainly already eaten it but what the heck is inulin? Why is it used and where does it come from?

February Foodwatch Newsletter - Coconuts: a new super food or just great marketing?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 10 February 2015. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: coconut, Foodwatch Newsletter, newsletter, nutrition, Subscribe

February Foodwatch Newsletter - Coconuts: a new super food or just great marketing?

Coconut was the “on-trend” ingredient in 2014. It could be found just about anywhere from breakfast cereals to soft drinks to yoghurts and in a plethora of forms including sugars, syrups, milks, drinks and coconut fat. This year is shaping up to continue and maybe even expand the coconut juggernaut. The February Foodwatch Newsletter will help you separate the facts from the hype.