Simple ways to boost nutrition!
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by tommb
2M ago
Credit: Unsplash It can be downright confusing to know what to eat for optimal health.  We are exposed to a seemingly endless (and sometimes conflicting) stream of “how to eat” advice. Some dietary guidelines can be restrictive, extreme, unattainable or difficult to maintain. And then we’ve to navigate the clever marketing tactics employed by processed food manufacturers, attempting to convince us their product will be the answer to your nutritional woes.  Let’s simplify.  Here are five straightforward, flexible, accessible, and affordable ideas for what you can do today to use ..read more
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Healthier choices when eating out
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by tommb
2M ago
Eating mostly homemade real, whole foods is one of the best ways to kick the reliance on – and desire for – added sugar. As a bonus, you will feel great for it! Naturally, there will be times when you have less control over the quality of what you eat, be it a work event, family gathering, when on the run or travelling, or any instance that has you eating away from home.  And that is okay! Doing what we can as often as we can to nourish ourselves with good food is important, but so is celebrating Gran’s birthday with cake, eating out with your partner, sharing a meal at a friend’s, or sa ..read more
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Quick no-added sugar breakfasts
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by tommb
3M ago
Whether you eat 15 minutes or several hours after waking, the quality of food you choose to eat for breakfast is important. Why? Breaking the overnight fast with high sugar, low-quality, or ultra-processed foods can adversely impact performance and mood, and increase cravings for less healthy food or drink. And poor breakfast choices day in and day out can contribute to an overall decline in health. Our bodies need appropriate fuel to get through and recover from the stresses of each day. Equipping the body to do this starts with a nourishing breakfast. What, then, constitutes a good brekkie ..read more
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Swapping out kids sugary stuff
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by tommb
4M ago
  Credit: Canva Life is busy. We get it. To get through, it is common to lean on ready-made, packaged foods to feed ourselves and our tribe. While such products are fine in small amounts, we want whole and minimally processed foods to make up the majority of the diet. The reality is, despite fancy packaging and hyper-appealing tastes, most of these ultra-processed products do not serve health, often loaded with unhelpful ingredients, including added, free sugars.   As children grow, healthy meals are important for nourishing their brains and bodies, while laying the foundat ..read more
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Sugar substitutes
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by Angela Johnson
5M ago
Credit: Canva When reducing added sugar intake and ditching dependence on the sweet stuff, there are various ways to go about it.  Some go cold-turkey, cutting out added and free sugars entirely. Others wean off gradually, consuming less as time goes on. Cravings are inevitable (especially in the early days), and ways to manage the desire including eating more whole food sources of protein and fibre, getting good sleep, and reshaping unhelpful eating habits into beneficial ones. Another avenue some explore is swapping added, free sugars for sugar substitutes.  Subbing out a ..read more
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Less sugar and more real food to strengthen the immune system
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by Angela Johnson
7M ago
Credit: Canva It is widely accepted that too much added sugar is not great for health. Specifically, then, how might excess added sugar intake impact the immune system? Sugar and the immune system Past research indicates immune system activity is suppressed following the overconsumption of free sugars, particularly fructose (though some scientists feel more studies in humans to further support this are needed). Sugar may also inhibit the activity of vitamin C. And we all know how vitamin C is a stalwart in the fight against infection! However, what we should be more concerned with is the ..read more
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Ideas for eating well on a budget
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by Angela Johnson
8M ago
True or false: Eating healthy means spending loads of cash on fancy superfoods found only at fancy health food stores. Thankfully, the answer is false, friends.  Look past the latest fad or trend on TikTok. There is no need for exotic, expensive ingredients to eat well and be healthy. There are plenty of affordable staple pantry foods and seasonal produce that taste good and offer plenty of nourishment.  Assuming that most of us do our shopping at major supermarkets or have access to fresh produce markets and bulk food stores, here are our suggestions on how to eat well, boost healt ..read more
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Sugar and sleep
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by Angela Johnson
11M ago
Credit: Canva Sleep is essential to health. Equally important as eating well and moving the body. But what does sleep have to do with sugar? A lot, it turns out!   The importance of sleep We need sleep for pretty much every aspect of health. This includes proper immune, metabolic, brain, and cardiovascular function, appetite regulation and weight management, tissue repair, psychological health, and more. Lacking quality sleep, and an adequate amount of it, affects us in many ways. In the short-term, it is common to experience: altered mood cravings for less healthy foods poor c ..read more
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Eat a little better each meal for a healthier, longer life
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by tommb
11M ago
Changing dietary habits can be hard, regardless of what motivates one to do so. Perhaps this is because we have adopted an all-or-nothing attitude when it comes to ‘diet’, which can be difficult to maintain. Or we rely on willpower alone. This is near impossible. Or we become overwhelmed with counting every kilojoule, despite there being much more to eating well than energy in and energy out. (As we saw in That Sugar Film, Damon swapped his diet but didn’t change his energy intake. It was only the quality of food that shifted. Eating heavily processed, high sugar foods resulted in seriou ..read more
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Sugar and kids
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by Angela Johnson
1y ago
Credit: Canva   Kids love sweet stuff. In fact, humans are wired to desire it.  For most of history, humans evolved to seek out sweet tastes. Finding sweet, ripe foods offered an easy energy source, therefore, an evolutionary advantage.  In the modern-day developed environment, foods high in added sugars are readily available and abundant. It is difficult to ignore the deep-rooted desire to consume sweet tastes. While a little is okay, it is easy to overdo it when packaged into hyper-palatable, well-marketed, affordable products. And when we over consume, our health suffers. So ..read more
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