Articles tagged with: healthy lifestyle

Q Are sports drinks the best thing to drink if you want to rehydrate in hot weather?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 17 February 2014. Posted in Carbs, sugars & fibres
Tagged: exercise, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, hydration, sports drinks, sugar, sugary drinks

Q Are sports drinks the best thing to drink if you want to rehydrate in hot weather?

A. It all depends. Sports drinks or electrolyte drinks are effective at rehydrating as they contain lowish levels of sugars (sucrose plus glucose) combinesd with electrolytes (potassium, sodium and sometimes magnesium). This combination has been shown to enhance absorption of fluid INTO the body and is superior to drinking water alone.

Book Review: The Mediterranean Diet by Catherine Itsiopoulos

on Wednesday, 20 November 2013. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: diet, fresh food, fresh foods, healthy lifestyle, healthyeating, herbs, mediterranean diet, olive oil, olives, review

Book Review: The Mediterranean Diet by Catherine Itsiopoulos

When we were planning our trip to the Greek Islands in 2009, I made sure we spent five days in Crete. After all, I had spent years sitting in lectures hearing about the famed Cretan Diet – the pinnacle of healthy eating and the Greek version of the Mediterranean Diet – and so no trip to Greece would have been complete for me without a visit to this large, historic, mountainous island.

What struck me most about Crete was how agricultural it was. On every piece of cultivatable land there were trees or crops of some sort growing – mostly groves of olive trees of all ages from youngish saplings to gnarled thousand-year-old specimens. And occasionally a field of fruit trees or nut trees as well as grains and vegetables.

Q. I have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. How do I reduce my fibre, not increase it?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 28 October 2013. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: balanced diet, bread, carbohydrates, fibre, fruit, grains, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, rice, special diets

Q. I have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  How do I reduce my fibre, not increase it?

A. To reduce your fibre intake, aim to eat low-fibre versions of breads, grains and cereals such as

  • white bread - not wholemeal or grainy
  • white rice - not brown
  • puffed rice - not whole wheat cereals
  • flaked cereals - not muesli, oats or bran cereals
  • no bran cereals or high-fibre types

Q. What diet help is there for gout?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 22 October 2013. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: alcohol, balanced diet, bliss food, diet meals, diets, drink, fluids, gout, health, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, hydration, obesity, protein, uric acid, water, weight loss, wellness

Question in full:

Q. I am having problems with gout. Is gout a food related problem? If so, what can I do about it?

 

Q. What’s the difference between fish oil and cod liver oil?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 08 October 2013. Posted in Fats and Oils
Tagged: cod liver oil, fish oil, fish oils, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, oils, omega-3, pregnancy, supplements

Q. What’s the difference between fish oil and cod liver oil?

A.

Fish oil and cod liver oil are two different oils even though they both come from fish and have a similar fatty acid profile.

Q. What level of sodium should I look for on a food label?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 24 September 2013. Posted in Additives & labels
Tagged: health, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, heart health, junk food, nutrition, salt, snacks, sodium

Q. What level of sodium should I look for on a food label?

[THE QUESTION IN FULL]

Q. When comparing the label of a food, I am unsure what level of sodium is acceptable for a healthy diet. Please help!

Q. How can I work out what’s the best cut-off figure for salt?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 07 August 2013. Posted in Healthy eating
Tagged: food labels, healthy eating, healthy heart, healthy lifestyle, salt, sodium, tips

A.  To be classified as a low-salt (low sodium) food, the official cut-off figure is 120 milligrams sodium or less per 100 grams. This applies to all unsalted foods as it takes into account the small quantity of natural sodium present in foods. But at this low level, it can be hard to produce good-tasting foods. So for breads, cereals, soups and cracker biscuits, anything below 450mg is considered acceptable. Some organisations are even more lenient and set their cut-off higher at 600mg or less to encourage manufacturers to gradually decrease what's being added.

Take a look at these examples on an equal-weight basis per 100 grams:

Q. I have recently become vegetarian. What should I watch for so I don't miss out on nutrients?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 02 August 2013. Posted in Medical Diets
Tagged: anaemia, balanced diet, energy, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, iron, meal planning, nutrition, nuts, protein, special diets, vegetables, vegetarian

Q. I have recently become vegetarian. What should I watch for so I don't miss out on nutrients?

A. If you have only recently started cooking vegetarian meals and looking for meatless swaps, here's how to avoid the 3 most common nutrition pitfalls.