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Gluten is viewed as the number one dietary villain in the average Western diet. Avoid gluten and you can avoid a myriad of health problems – or so the thinking goes. Gluten has been implicated in digestive problems including leaky gut syndrome leading to brain fog and auto-immune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). It’s also blamed for osteoporosis, infertility, autism, schizophrenia and itchy skin rash. What if the problem isn’t gluten? Let’s take a look.

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It’s no secret that I love bread! It’s my favourite carbohydrate, way ahead of potato, rice or pasta. So, it breaks my heart when I hear that people are giving up bread or forgoing any yeasted or wheat offerings at all. I understand there are those, like coeliacs, who just can’t eat bread but for others, sourdough may be the answer.

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I have been busy writing a new eBook. “Souped Up and Sensible” is subtitled "The Smart Way to Lose Weight". That's because it is filled with tips and advice on losing weight without having to follow that silly Cabbage Soup Diet. I'll tell you  more about in this month's newsletter. Plus there are freebies!!! Not to mention Kapusniak Soup.

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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.

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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…

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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.  

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Soup has a whole lot to recommend it. It’s satisfying for fewer kilojoules/Calories; it’s warming and research shows you eat fewer kilojoules/Calories in total if you start your meal with a bowl of soup. So, it acts as a natural appetite regulator. And as winter is almost here in the southern hemisphere, even though the weather is still unseasonably mild and pleasant, thoughts naturally turn to warm, comforting, satisfying foods. Nothing says ‘warm and satisfying’ better than soup!

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There’s a lot of scare-mongering happening on the internet right now about the negative health implications of lectins and foods containing lectins. In this post I’ll explain what lectins are, where you’ll find them and whether or not you need to worry about them.

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An old-fashioned grain, barley is set to shine again as a comfort food that’s good for you. In this post I’ll tell you all about the health gains you can expect from eating more barley.

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