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: Hart & Soul Pouch Soups

Soup can be a nourishing, healthy meal any time of the year, not to mention that it is inexpensive and easy to prepare. However, many people don’t have the time to make a pot of soup at home or they find it inconvenient to carry soup to work. Fortunately, there is a great new option now available: Hart & Soul Pouch Soups. Here I look at three of these easy pouches so you can decide if they are for you.

18 September 2019 by Guest reviewer

Cutting carbs the easy way

Cutting carbs the easy way

There’s a lot of talk about low carb and lower carb diets these days. While I’m not a fan of the Low Carb (think less than 20g...

11 September 2019 by Catherine Saxelby

What does ‘natural’ really mean? Is it code for healthy?

What does ‘natural’ really mean? Is it code for healthy?

Stroll down any supermarket aisle and you’ll soon spot foods labelled as ‘natural’, ‘all natural’ or ‘made from natural...

4 September 2019 by Catherine Saxelby

Product review, Women's Health and more - August 2019 Foodwatch Newsletter

Product review, Women's Health and more - August 2019 Foodwatch Newsletter

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll have seen that I’ve been trying some new seed crackers. You can...

27 August 2019 by Catherine Saxelby

What is your relationship with food and eating?

Eat to beat Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a hormonal imbalance thought to affect 10 per cent of the female population. Its symptoms can be both distressing and...

21 August 2019 by Catherine Saxelby

What is your relationship with food and eating?

Eat to beat MSG and glutamate sensitivity

Are you glutamate-sensitive? Difficult, as it’s impossible to avoid ALL glutamates. They’re natural components of a wide number...

14 August 2019 by Catherine Saxelby

= 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: Hart & Soul Pouch Soups

    18 September 2019 by, Guest reviewer

    Soup can be a nourishing, healthy meal any time of the year, not to mention that it is inexpensive and easy to prepare. However, many people don’t have the time to make a pot of soup at home or they find it inconvenient to carry soup to work. Fortunately, there is a great new option now available: Hart & Soul Pouch Soups. Here I look at three of these easy pouches so you can decide if they are for you.

  • 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: Silicea Colloidal Silica Gel

    24 July 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Silicea silica gel by Hubner has had me intrigued for years. Whenever my nails are bad (think chipping, flaking, breaking, tearing, pathetic), it seems to magically restore their strength and length in two weeks! What’s in it? Why does it work for me? I’ve always wondered. So, when a sample bottle arrived in the mail, I thought maybe it was time to check it out. Here’s my story and an overview.

  • 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: Suncoast Gold MAC Milk

    19 June 2019 by, Guest reviewer

    Over the last couple of years Catherine has reviewed many milk alternatives, or mylks, as she likes to call them. I’ve tried several myself with varying degrees of success. Now I’ve found a new one made from roasted macadamias. Here’s how I found it for taste and nutrition.

  • 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: Celery juice

    12 June 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Are you starting off your day with two glasses of celery juice? Are you hoping for one of the many ‘miracles’ spruiked by the New Age Health Bloggers/Coaches? You may be disappointed…

  • Book Review: The Fast 800 Diet

    Book Review: The Fast 800 Diet

    5 June 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    This book has made it to Number 1 in countries where the author, Dr Michael Mosley, has his popular TV show. Is this a good way to shed excess weight? Is this something you should embark on? How does this differ from his original Fast Diet aka the 5:2 Diet? Let’s take a look.  

  • 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 - Protein Bread

    17 April 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    As we’ve now reviewed TWO low-carb breads, I thought this loaf, baked by The Protein Bread Co, would make a good third review. It caught my attention when I saw “Australia’s lowest carb bread” on the label.  I must admit this bread was disappointing and not something I’d buy again. So here goes...

  • 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 - Noshu 99% Sugar Free Fudgy Brownies

    3 April 2019 by, Guest reviewer

    Another discretionary food sporting a high Health Star Rating - 4.5 stars in this instance! The pack states that these brownies are gluten-free, sugar-free, naturally sweetened, made from non-grain flours, contain no dairy and have less than 5g carbs per serve. So, are they worth the $7.50 price tag?

  • Product review: Like Milk

    Product review: Like Milk

    20 February 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Most people are familiar with the alternative plant milks - almond, soy, coconut, oat and rice milks. They’ve been around a while and each has its pros and cons. Now there’s a new plant milk that’s made from pea protein. Called Like Milk, it’s got lots of advantages over the other milks so we decided to take a look. Here’s our review and taste test.

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  • Product Review:  Nourish’d Meals

    Product Review: Nourish’d Meals

    30 January 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    With the rise of home delivered meal kits to cook in your kitchen, you’d be forgiven for thinking that was all there was. Not so. With Nourish’d meals, you get a hearty meal that's ready to eat as is or to heat in the microwave. Their motto is “Real food. Delivered” so with the help of tasters, we set out to find out if they hit the mark.

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  • 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: FroPro – 5 Star ice cream

    23 January 2019 by, Guest reviewer

    When surveying the ice cream freezer at the supermarket you don’t expect to see a Health Star Rating of 5 out of 5 on any products. All that cream and sugar! That’s why I was intrigued when I noticed that FroPro was proudly sporting 5 Health Stars!

  • 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: Handsome Devils Dill Pickles

    12 December 2018 by, Guest reviewer

    I really enjoy dill pickles but a search of supermarket shelves reveals that almost all of them are now made in India! That’s why I was interested to discover  two Aussie blokes at a Makers’ Market selling their own brand of wholesome, tasty dill pickles.

= Healthy Weight Loss =

  • 7 reasons your body will love a bowl of soup!

    7 reasons your body will love a bowl of soup!

    7 August 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    I love soup, whether in a bowl, a mug or on-the-go. It’s easy to make in bulk and freeze in portions for later so you don’t have to do as much cooking or spend that precious time in the kitchen. So, why not make up a big pot today and keep it for when you’re starving before a meal or as a between-meal snack? Your body will thank you for it.

  • Should you really “breakfast like a king” if you want to lose weight?

    Should you really “breakfast like a king” if you want to lose weight?

    24 April 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    As nutritionists, we were always taught that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, especially for people who want to lose weight. Now a review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ 2019;364:l42 ) throws doubt on this old adage.

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    Fasts and fasting – religious and nutrition based

    16 January 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Every major religion has some sort of fast. In the 1960s, I grew up as a Catholic and the Lenten ritual of giving up something (for me it was sugar in my tea and coffee) and fasting was a normal part of the year. We also used to fast one hour before Mass so we could receive the sacrament of Holy Communion on an empty stomach. No meat was allowed on Fridays (which later morphed into only the Fridays of Lent). Here we examine the traditional fasts of major religions as well the newer nutrition-based fasts for weight loss. See if it’s something you can manage …

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    What actually is ketosis? Is it good or bad for you?

    13 June 2018 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Ketosis is when you push your body’s metabolism to burn stored fat for energy instead of sugar. So how do you do it? And is it good for you?

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    What's better for weight loss and health? Low-carb or low-fat?

    9 May 2018 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Recent studies have provided an interesting insight into the perennial ‘dieters’ dilemma’ - “Low-carb OR low-fat?” Which is better for your health? Which is better for weight loss? The results are in, so let’s take a look.

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    7 best vegetables to help you lose weight (with serving ideas)

    8 February 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Australia’s Healthy Weight Week (AHWW) is back for 2017 and the theme is more healthy home cooking. That includes vegetables and salads! AHWW is an initiative of the Dietitians Association of Australia or DAA. Now in its tenth year, it aims to raise awareness of the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. Sounds great to me.

  • 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!