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 hemp worth the extra? Should I swallow apple cider vinegar?

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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= Reviews =

  • 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.

    clipboardThis post has been sponsored by Australia's Own.

  • 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.

    clipboardThis post has been sponsored by Nourish'd Meals.

  • 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.

  • 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: Baker’s Life 85% Lower Carb Bread

    18 July 2018 by, Guest reviewer

     Low carb foods are all the go at the moment. Whether you’re following a “keto” diet, a low carb program or just want to reduce your carbs, bread is the one food that most people find hard to live without. That’s why we’re taking a look at this "85% Lower Carb" bread.

  • 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: Veggie Chips

    4 July 2018 by, Guest reviewer

    We’re always being told to eat more vegetables, so veggie chips like lentil crisps or sweet potato chips seem like the answer to all of our problems - right? But are these snacks really healthier than the average potato chip? Or is it all just another marketing ploy? After all, potatoes and corn are vegetables! Here I’ve looked at three popular veggie chips you would find for sale at your local supermarket in the health food aisle, and compared them with regular potato chips. 

  • 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: Messy Monkeys

    2 May 2018 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Launched in mid-2017, the Messy Monkeys range is a range of snack foods suitable for children. They claim to be lunch box friendly (so no nuts), gluten-free and good for them.

    You’ve probably noticed the first in this series at your local supermarket. They are the little Messy Monkeys packs of whole grain snack bites. These snacks made the finalist list in the children’s nutrition range of the World Innovation Awards 2018 in the UK.

    clipboardThis post has been sponsored by Freedom Foods.

  • Hemp seeds now here!

    Hemp seeds now here!

    7 March 2018 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Move over linseed. Step aside chia. In Australia, hemp seeds have now been approved for consumption and you’ll soon see them everywhere. I predict they will quickly take their place alongside linseed and chia. They truly are superstar seeds that have a real nutrition benefit in the form of plant omega-3. For both farming and nutrition reasons, I’ve long been a fan of hemp so am pleased that – after years of being prohibited – they have finally been given the nod.

  • 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: New Barley+ products

    28 February 2018 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Back in 2009 I wrote about cereals made with the new BarleyMax grain. Then they were tough and often looked over-baked or dark-brown in colour. Since then, they’ve come a long way and are now made by Freedom Foods so I was asked to take another look at them. Here’s what I found.

    clipboardThis post has been sponsored by Barley+ and Freedom Foods.

  • 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 Coca Cola No Sugar

    13 December 2017 by, Guest post

    Really? Yet another sugar-free version of the famous multimillion dollar Coca Cola brand? This is attempt No 4 at a no-sugar variety – following Diet Coke, Coke Zero, and the sugar-reduced-but-still-sweetened, Coke Life.

    So the multimillion dollar question is - why release another fizzy drink containing no sugar? What are the differences? Does this newest one really taste THAT much better? We did a blind mini taste-test of Zero, Diet and this new No Sugar to find out.

  • 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.

= Healthy Weight Loss =

  • 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!

  • 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...