The Foodwatch eNewsletter

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 27 February 2009.
Tagged: healthy cooking, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, healthy recipes, healthy snacks, wellness

The Foodwatch eNewsletter

Are you looking for ideas on how to eat right when you've no time to cook? Latest nutrition news? Each month, the Foodwatch eNewsletter has the products, quick recipes, tricks and tips to keep you eating healthily, get organised, lose a little weight and have more energy - and it's FREE!! 

strawberryAre you trying to lose weight?

Each month, Foodwatch News offers you practical tips to make losing weight a little easier. It's never been dead-easy but I can make it bearable! And tasty!


Are low-carb diets safe? Are frozen vegetables OK? Is quinoa worth the extra?

I do all the work for you! I give you simple answers to those tricky questions on nutrition, super foods, vitamins and diets. I tell you what that label means and what's really in that food. You can't afford to miss it!


I'm busy too so I know the problems you face making healthy meals easily and quickly.

As a nutritionist and busy mother of two, my aim is to make healthy eating easy and enjoyable. Like you, I'm always on the go yet I manage to cook balanced meals (well, most of the time) and steer clear of those greasy take-aways. You can too!

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Thank you SO MUCH for your super newsletters throughout the year – always food for thought (pardon the pun!)


I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful, practical information on this site. I'm working towards getting back to healthy eating around the demands of small children and I find this site a wonderful tool for information and motivation for healthy nutrition. Your efforts to provide this site are greatly appreciated!
I have been receiving your Foodwatch newsletter for nearly 10 years now (or since its inception - it feels like 10 years). I have long retired from the fitness industry but your Foodwatch newsletter is still the best (and only) subscription that I maintain to any mailing list. The quality is second to none and I still refer it to people as the most authoritative nutritional information in Australia.


This is a nice informative newsletter that I enjoy reading. Good information. The author is Australian and that seems to be where all the fact-based healthy diet info is coming from these days.
The newsletter always has something that I can use to help feed my kids better. I love the quick recipes and the health tips. They're not too daunting either!
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= Reviews =

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Snapshot: Plain sweetened yoghurts - are they a healthier choice?

    30 November 2016 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Have you ever come home with the wrong yoghurt? In other words, did you think you were buying plain, natural and unsweetened yoghurt only to find you had plain, sweetened yoghurt when you opened the tub? It’s a common mistake and easy to do when you’re shopping in a hurry and aren’t familiar with the labels. Here’s a review of 3 three plain, sweetened yoghurts with our verdict on whether or not they’re a healthy choice.

  • New foods from the 2016 Healthy Food Guide Awards

    New foods from the 2016 Healthy Food Guide Awards

    19 October 2016 by, Catherine Saxelby

    This is the fourth year I’ve been a judge in these comprehensive Food Awards. I never cease to be amazed and impressed at the innovation and creativity of our food manufacturers. And grateful that a magazine like Healthy Food Guide takes the time and trouble to select such interesting, time-saving, and nutritious products. A win-win for shoppers as well as producers.

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Snapshot: Sunsol 10+ Mueslis

    5 October 2016 by, Guest reviewer

    My new favourite breakfast! Usually I’m pretty disappointed with mueslis. They seem to promise a lot and then under deliver. That’s why, like Catherine, I usually make my own. That was until I discovered Sunsol 10+ Muesli.

  • Product Snapshot: Edgell Lentil Salad

    Product Snapshot: Edgell Lentil Salad

    31 August 2016 by, Guest reviewer

    There’s a new convenient meal option on the market. What’s more it’s just screaming out for pride of place next to the tinned tunas, microwavable rice tubs and baked bean pots as part of a quick and healthy lunch fix. Why? Because it’s healthy and it’s ready to eat! There’s no heating, draining or decanting needed. This new Edgell bean salad is a complete, balanced meal in a single ready-to-eat bowl. Intrigued? So was I...

  • Do you need a spiralizer? And if so, which one?

    Do you need a spiralizer? And if so, which one?

    17 August 2016 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Every time I post a tweet about my new spiralizer or upload an image of some zucchini noodles I’ve just made to Instagram, I get asked: “What brand of spiralizer did you buy?” and “Do you recommend a spiralizer?” So I thought I’d take a few pics and share how I came to decide on this brand.

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product review: Alpine Breads Super Natural (Protein) Sourdough

    18 May 2016 by, Catherine Saxelby

    I’m a big bread fan, as many of you know. Bread is my favourite carbohydrate, way above rice, pasta or potato, and I’d hate it if I couldn’t eat it. Having worked in the bread business, I appreciate how much effort goes into baking each loaf. Naturally I jumped at the chance to taste-test a little-known bread (did I need an excuse?) and put it through the Foodwatch review system. Here’s how we rated the Alpine Breads loaf sold under the label of Super Natural Protein


    This post has been sponsored by Alpine Breads

  • Book Review: Reversing Diabetes by Dr Alan Barclay

    Book Review: Reversing Diabetes by Dr Alan Barclay

    4 May 2016 by, Guest reviewer

    Type 2 diabetes is everywhere and on the rise. According to Professor Peter Coleman, the Director of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, in his Foreword to this book, diabetes affects at least 1.1 million Australians. But does eating too much sugar cause it? Should you cut out all carbs to manage it? And is there really such a thing as reversing what is a chronic disease? All these questions and more are answered in Dr Alan Barclay’s new book ‘Reversing Diabetes’.

  • Product review:  Jams and fruit spreads side-by-side

    Product review: Jams and fruit spreads side-by-side

    27 April 2016 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Do you prefer jam or fruit spread on your pikelets or scones? Is fruit spread a healthier choice than plain ol’ jam? It certainly sounds as if it is. Here we’ve reviewed four popular jams and fruit spreads, comparing the same strawberry variant against a straight strawberry conserve plus a spread with no cane sugar at the other extreme.

  • Product Snapshot: Ocean Spray Reduced Sugar Craisins

    Product Snapshot: Ocean Spray Reduced Sugar Craisins

    13 April 2016 by, Guest reviewer

    Dried cranberries are a great tart addition to salads, biscuits, muesli bars and trail mix. However, unlike other dried fruit (think raisins, dates or dried apricots which are naturally sweet enough), dried cranberries need some added sugar to make them palatable. They’d just be way too tart otherwise. So the question is: “have you ever realised just how much sugar is added?” What’s more, is this new reduced-sugar version any healthier for you?

  • Book Review: Eating for You by Sallyanne Pisk

    Book Review: Eating for You by Sallyanne Pisk

    16 March 2016 by, Catherine Saxelby

    I recently caught up with Australian dietitian Sallyanne Pisk and was delighted to receive a copy of her new book Eating For You which distils the knowledge she has gleaned from years of private practice, health service management and research. Take a look...

  • Product Snapshot:  Hahn Ultra beer

    Product Snapshot: Hahn Ultra beer

    2 March 2016 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Sick of sweet, fizzy drinks or mocktails at the club when you don’t want to drink any alcohol? Want to get a good night’s sleep and be on top of things the next morning but still enjoy a beer out with friends? Then listen up – there’s a new beer on the market with only 0.9 per cent alcohol but with the full flavour and good taste of full-strength beer.

= Healthy Weight Loss =

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    7 weight loss hacks to do NOW

    11 January 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Finding it hard to shed those extra kilos or pounds? New Year is traditionally a time for new beginnings so now is the ideal time to change your eating habits and the ways you exercise. It’s all about eating better on less and getting more movement into your day. Here are my fave 7 tips and tricks to boost your metabolism, burn more energy and promote healthy weight loss

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    Your 7 best New Year resolutions for weight loss

    4 January 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    It’s that time of year when we all turn over a new leaf and decide to lose those last stubborn kilos/pounds, exercise each day, quit smoking, give up alcohol, and become more healthy. In January, it’s a familiar mantra yet if done wisely can stay with you throughout the whole year.

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    Why the perfect diet might be no diet at all

    3 February 2016 by, Guest post

    Many women spend much of their lives going from one unsuccessful diet to another, convinced that they just haven’t found the right one yet, or that they lack the willpower necessary to stick to one. But what if the problem is actually DIETING itself?

  • What is a 'Healthy Bounty Bar'? And how does it compare to the original?

    What is a 'Healthy Bounty Bar'? And how does it compare to the original?

    7 October 2015 by, Catherine Saxeby and Megan Cameron-Lee

    Lately my social media feeds have been flooded with photos of ‘sugar-free’ sweet treats. Made popular by celebrity, Sarah Wilson, and her book ‘I Quit Sugar’, these recipes fill the hole left by traditional, sugar-containing sweets, chocolates, muffins and slices. Are they actually any better? 

  • Diet review: South Beach Diet

    Diet review: South Beach Diet

    15 July 2015 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Named after the celebrity-studded South Beach in Florida USA, the South Beach Diet promised to be easy and enjoyable with no suffering or deprivation. But once you read through the 14 days of the initial weight-stripping (Phase 1), you soon realize that it's a very restricted diet, only one degree better than Atkins. Will you lose weight on it? Absolutely, but not for the regime or combination of foodstuffs - simply because you're only taking in a meagre 4500 kJ/1070 cals per day!

  • Diet review: The Low GI Diet

    Diet review: The Low GI Diet

    6 May 2015 by, Catherine Saxelby

    The Low GI Diet won't eliminate all your carbs but it does make you think about choosing ‘smart carbs' to help your weight loss efforts. Legumes, pasta, grainy breads and the right types of cereal, rice and snacks are preferred over white bread and refined cereals.

    It's based on the Glycaemic Index (GI) concept which says that low GI carbs are digested and absorbed much more slowly and so last longer in your system. It was originally a concept for diabetes but now has advantages for dieters too.

  • Diet review: Can't Lose Weight? You could have Syndrome X.

    Diet review: Can't Lose Weight? You could have Syndrome X.

    29 April 2015 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Sandra Cabot's book Can't Lose Weight? You could have Syndrome X promises help for those struggling to shed weight. However, it's no magic bullet - you will still have to exercise and change the way you eat. Is it helpful or is it just another fad diet? Here's my review...

  • My week on the IQS program (Week 1)

    My week on the IQS program (Week 1)

    4 March 2015 by, Catherine Saxelby

    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 ...

  • The 13 REAL causes of the obesity crisis

    The 13 REAL causes of the obesity crisis

    1 October 2014 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Forget sugar as the sole villain. Don’t blame fat alone for the flab. Forget carbs as the culprit. There is no silver bullet for weight loss and there is no ONE single food or nutrient that can be blamed for our expanding waistlines. Nor ONE single reason for the decline in our physical activity levels. There are many and they’re different for each person who’s carrying excess weight. I’ve unearthed at least 13 possible causes but I’ll wager there are many more. So look down my list and tick off which of these 13 (unlucky for some) factors are responsible for your underlying problem. 

  • Diet Book Review: The CSIRO Diet Book 1

    Diet Book Review: The CSIRO Diet Book 1

    9 May 2014 by, Catherine Saxelby

    The best-selling CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has come under scrutiny over the validity of its research and the concern that a diet high in meat can lead to bowel cancer, which is one of the more common cancers at present in Australia. CSIRO has also been criticised for lending its name to a diet book as they are the country's national research agency.

  • My Raw Food Diet Roadtest

    My Raw Food Diet Roadtest

    30 April 2014 by, Catherine Saxelby

    As part of his series on weird and wonderful diets, James Valentine has asked me to roadtest some of them and then present my experiences and my nutritional verdict for his listeners on the Afternoons with James Valentine program on ABC 702 local radio. This month I followed a Raw Food Diet for one week. Keep reading to see how I went.