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!! 

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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!

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Are low-carb diets safe? Should I be eating RAW vegetables? Is chia 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!

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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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  5. You get a complimentary copy of my eGuide - 7 steps to being organised in the kitchen, an 18-page guide to getting organised so you can rustle up a healthy, tasty and nutritious meal quickly and easily. This helpful guide is full of tips, quick recipes and more.
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Here's what others say about the Foodwatch Newsletter

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

Jill

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!
Beth
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.

Lisa

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.
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= Reviews =

  • Book Review: Short Cuts to Glory with Matt Okine

    Book Review: Short Cuts to Glory with Matt Okine

    22 November 2017 by, Guest reviewer

    Subtitled The easy beginner’s guide for Australian cooks, it’s probably a good one to hand to your offspring as they head off to their new, independent lives away from home.

  • 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: HermanBrot Low-carb Bread

    15 November 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    I stumbled over this loaf in my IGA supermarket at Drummoyne in Sydney's inner west. I don’t go there all that often. There it was, sitting at the start of the bread section, screaming out to me via its bright yellow and red colours on the label. Is this yet another “lower-carb bread” (there have been lots lately)? Does this taste as terrible as most lower-carb products do? Is this a bread a dietitian would be happy to recommend? Read on to find out the answers to these and more.

  • 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: Spud Lite Potatoes with 25 per cent less carbs

    1 November 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    A potato with 25 per cent LESS carbs? Does this mean they are low GI also? Would they be suitable for people with diabetes? And how do they taste? In this Snapshot, we taste test these new potatoes on offer via Woolworths supermarkets.

  • 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 Heart Breads

    25 October 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Can your daily bread help lower your cholesterol? This is a big claim so I was pleased to be offered the chance to taste-test two little-known loaves of bread and put them through the Foodwatch review system. Here’s how we rated these new Alpine Breads sold under the label of Heart Fibre and Heart Wholemeal.

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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 review: St Dalfour Healthy French Bistro meals in a jar

    11 October 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Starving? Longing for a quick bite but need to finish that report or presentation? Hungry for a meal that you don’t have to duck out and pick up? One that’s not nuts or a bar? Here’s a new, easy option for busy working women and it needs no refrigeration or freezing! It simply sits in your drawer or cupboard until you need it. Then microwave it for 45 seconds and it’s ready! Here’s what I thought of St Dalfour Healthy French Bistro meals.

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  • Product Snapshot: San Remo Pulse Pasta

    Product Snapshot: San Remo Pulse Pasta

    20 September 2017 by, Guest reviewer

    With so many people having wheat and gluten allergies and pasta being such a staple around Aussie dinner tables, it’s timely to see some new pasta offerings around. You can buy pasta based on spelt (an ancient grain but not gluten-free), brown rice, lentil and quinoa, and rice and maize flour. Now there’s a new one and it sports a Health Star Rating of 5 - which is the highest rating you can get of 5 out of 5.

  • Book Review: Ferment for Good by Sharon Flynn

    Book Review: Ferment for Good by Sharon Flynn

    6 September 2017 by, Guest reviewer

    The sub-title of this book is Ancient Foods for the Modern Gut. In a nutshell, that’s really the philosophy behind it. Modern medicine, in particular, via its use of antibiotics has changed our gut flora, which in turn has changed us – our immune systems, our weight, and even our moods. While no one wants to give up the life-saving benefits of modern medicine, many of us would like to mitigate its unintended side-effects. This books aims to help us to just that.

  • 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 Cup Soups

    23 August 2017 by, Guest reviewer

    On a cold rainy day, there’s one thing more appealing than a cup of hot soup? That’s one you didn’t have to cook yourself! However, navigating the instant soup aisle has become increasingly difficult. There are dozens of options that come in a variety of presentations (cans, sachets, cups, boxes) announcing gourmet flavour combinations and compelling health claims. Let’s face it, if you are looking for an instant soup solution, it’s because you don’t have time to cook and that means you probably don’t have the time or inclination to read through nutrition labels. So here’s one solution ...

  • Book Review: The Clever Guts Diet by Dr Michael Mosley

    Book Review: The Clever Guts Diet by Dr Michael Mosley

    12 July 2017 by, Guest reviewer

    Love him or loathe him, you have to hand it to Michael Mosley, he does practice what he preaches. In this, his latest book - not really a diet book - he details some fascinating research (some of it done ON him) and some simple ways you can take advantage of its findings.

  • 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: Capilano Beeotic Honey

    5 July 2017 by, Guest reviewer

    Classic honey, cloudy honey, floral honey, single species honey (like yellow box or ironbark), Manuka honey, Medi-Honey and creamed honey – today there are so many options! Honey is the go-to sweetener in many households. It can be used in herbal teas, with lemon and hot water, and is heavenly on top of porridge or mixed into yoghurt. It also has numerous perceived health benefits, including healing cuts, soothing sore throats and more.

  • 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: Lotus Green Banana Flour

    14 June 2017 by, Guest reviewer

    Ever heard of green banana flour? Apparently it’s traditionally eaten as a porridge in developing countries and has only recently become available here in Australia. A recent article in Food Australia  alerted us to the existence of the flour and so we thought we’d try it out.

= Healthy Weight Loss =

  • 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!

  • 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.