Menopause and Weight Gain

Often in society, as menopausal women, you are told that the weight gain that occurs is something you will need to learn to live with.

I Totally Disagree!

I struggled with weight gain after my 35th birthday, every year a couple of kilos (or 4 – 7 pounds) will silently creep onto my small frame.  This weight gain usually came after a holiday, or after the holiday season, or both!!  

By the time I was in my mid-40s I was being told that it was normal to gain weight, that it was due to the hormonal change, that it would be more difficult to shift than ever before.  Does that sound familiar to you?

Now in my late 40s, I have lost this weight easily and it has been maintained for nearly a year.  This is a successful outcome and makes me believe that:

weight gain in your 40s is not to be accepted!!

On the side of science, there is some evidence to support the idea that weight gain occurs after 40.  About 68% of women aged 40 – 59 are overweight or obese (1). Some researches do suggest that hormones are to blame for this rise in obesity.

Another study (2) looked at hormonal changes in menopausal women, and found that hormonal changes in women alter the way the body distributes fat in the body, making it more likely to accumulate in the abdomen as visceral fat (the fat that sits around your vital organs).

What is concerning about this idea is that a recent study (3) has now suggested that visceral fat is linked to bone and muscle loss.  Another cause for concern is that often women with a healthy weight have hidden visceral fat stores that they are unaware of.

The question that is now coming to your mind is:

What Do I Do To Battle The Middle-Aged Spread?

Obviously the most important thing to do is to begin to lose weight and in the process lose the visceral fat and build muscle!

Here are 3 simple steps to combat this outcome:

Step 1: Age strong, exercise intensely

Resistance training at a high intensity helps to stimulate muscle growth, which in turn increases the metabolism and burns fat.

People who are physically inactive can lose as much as 3 – 5% of their muscle mass each decade after the age of 30

Physcially active women entering menopause are leaner than sedentary women and have a decreased risk of developing metabolic disease. (4)

Post-menopausal women who exercise daily maintain their weight.

Sedentary post-menopausal women have been found to have increased body fat, especially around the middle. (5)

Loss of muscle is a common result of the aging process with women losing about 1% of their lean body mass per year after age 40 if they aren’t physically active.

Step 2: Age lean, eat protein-rich diet

Eating a well-balanced diet with the right amounts of high-quality protein (such as whey protein in Isagenix Isalean) can stimulate muscle growth and boost the metabolism.

A diet lacking in essential nutrients and high in refined carbohydrates and empty calories (that glass of wine in the evening to unwind) will accelerate the aging process including age-related weight gain.

Step 3: Age energetic, sleep well

Up o 61% of post-menopausal women may have issues with falling asleep or getting enough quality sleep most nights. Obviously this can be aligned to menopausal symptoms, including hot flushes.  Loss of sleep has been associated with increased levels of hunger and decreased levels of satiety, leading to overeating and consequently, weight gain.

To improve your sleep quality, avoid caffeinatted drinks before bedtime, follow a regular sleep routine, exercise during the day and turn off all electrical equipment 1/2 an hour before you retire.

Bonus Step 4: Contact me now to take your health into your own hands and make 40 and above feel like 30 all over again!!

Just Shift It!

Weight Loss, Menopause


1. Odgen, CL, Carroll MD, Curtin LR, et al. Prevalence of overwieght and obesity in the United States, 1999-2004. JAMA 2006:295(13): 1549-1555

2. Davis, SR, Castelo-Branco C, Chedraui, et al. Understanding weight gain and menopause. Climadteric 2012;15(5):419-29

3. Zhang P, Peterson M, Su GL, Wang, SC. Visceral adiposity is negatively associated with bone denisty and muscle attenuation. Am J Clin Nutr doi:10.3945/ajcn.113.081778

4. Sternfeld B, Dugan S. Physcial activity and health during the menopausal transition. Obset Gynecol Clin North Am. 2011:38(3):537-566

5. Sternfeld, B, Wang H, Quesenberry CP Jr, et al. Physical activity and changes in weight and waist circumference in midlife women: findings from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation. Am J Epidemiol. 2004:160(9):912-922

Secret Snacking Habits Of Thin People

“It’s Christmas Time, Mistletoe & Wine”

Oh yes, and party time and snacking time!!


If you’re like the average Christmas party goer, then any thoughts of being good at this time of the year generally go out the window.  The array of snacks and drinks on offer are all tempting and the encouragement of “go on, it’s only once a year” reduces your resolve very quickly.  Peer pressure to conform is very difficult to resist!  Have you ever heard of the saying,

“it’s my party and I’ll eat if I want to”? 

So, that is a little bit of a changed saying, but, according to a very recent study on snacking behaviours, you are more likely to snack when it is a special occassion, or there is an opportunity put in front of you (think platters of food!).  And, let’s face it, Christmas is generally considered a special occassion, as are all the office parties, the family get togethers, the friend catchups!


The question then remains, how do you avoid these tempting snacks, or the drinks that are on offer, and remain true to your plan of healthy eating?


My plan

  • Avoid Hunger

One way to be free from the temptation of the food platter is to go to the party with a full stomach.  This can be achieved by having a snack before you arrive, consisting of high protein and fibre and lower in calories. This will create the sensation of fullness so that you can still have one or two tempting treats, but you won’t be searching for something to overcome that inevitable hunger attack when you first arrive after being at work all day.


  • Avoid Stress

Stress can lead to emotional and compulsive eating.  Christmas creates a lot of stress for many people and for a variety of reasons.  Remember this when you are heading into the Christmas season.  Some ways you can avoid stress are to incorporate meditation into your daily routine, complete a gratitude diary every evening before bed and to utilise adaptogenic herbs that can allow you to manage your stress better.  Personally, I use herbs such as ashwagandha, eleuthero, and shizandra daily to mitigate my stress levels.


  • Have a Plan

Drinking alcohol, or even sweet cocktails, seems to be on the increase around the party season.  These are the hidden and empty calories that will ensure you become a statistic and increase your weight by 5kg (about 10lb) over the holiday season.  Plan to swap or replace these drinks with a healthy option.  If you don’t want to appear to be ‘the only one not drinking’, plan to have a spritzer (half wine, half soda water) and ensure you alternate this with a glass of water.  This plan will take you far into the holiday season without adding the weight to your body.  Other options available today include low (or no) alcohol drinks.  I especially love using bottle sparkling water, I always feel I’m having a special drink, add a slice of lemon or lime and some ice and an umbrella and I’m in party land!


  • Use Balanced Snacks

Make sure you carry balanced snacks with you during the holiday season. By balanced snacks, I’m talking about snacks that contain carbohydrates, protein, fats and fibre.  Small snacks such as these will give you that full feeling and that extra energy you need to get through the hustle and bustle of food preparation, present buying and present wrapping, all while finishing up your work deadlines in time for the summer break!

  • Be Gentle On You

Remember, it’s alright if you splurge once in a while.  Remember to have a plan to get back onto the road of healthy eating and living the very next day. Don’t allow a night of indulgence ruin your plans by the allure of, well, I’ve done it now, might as well really ruin it!!  Pick yourself back up the next day and get right back into your healthy eating plans, look forward and not behind you, it’s difficult to keep moving forward when you’re constantly looking over your shoulder.

  • Begin Today

Avoid the temptation to start your New Year’s resolution to commit to a healthy lifestyle in 2015. Begin today!  Use your healthy lifestyle plans to begin your Life Journey today, every step forward is a step further ahead. By waiting until January 1,  you’ve wasted over 2 weeks of your precious life!!

To get started on your healthy Life Journey, using healthy balanced snacks and meals, contact me now!

Dieting and snacking

Snacking, courtesy of Isagenix


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Gluten Free Brownies

Processed Sugar Free, Flour Free Brownies


This week I have been bombarded with food recipes, so I thought it was time I shared!


This recipe came to me via Facebook, and I wanted to try it out over the weekend.  My first trip was to the health food store for the raw cacao as I had the rest of the ingredients in my cupboard.


The hype was that it was Processed Sugar Free, Flour Free and made from Sweet Potato.


I wanted to see if the recipes we are sharing are actually reproducible.


This is the recipe as it was posted – I’ve put in my additions in RED and included step by step photos.  Enjoy!


2 Medium sweet potatoes peeled and chopped about 700g of sweet potato, chopped into small pieces


Sweet Potato chopped

1/4 cup of raw cacao powder
1 and a 1/4 cups ground almonds
1/4 cup raw honey
1/2 cup dates
Pinch of sea salt I used Himalayan Rock Salt

Preheat oven to 180c, line an 8 x 8 tin with baking paper I used a greased muffin tin

Boil sweet potatoes for 5 mins, then blend, I used a hand blender


Blending the cooked sweet potatoes

add everything else


Adding the remaining ingredients

and blend till smooth.


All the ingredients blended together

I was very pleasantly surprised at this stage, as it now looks like any cake mix – wow!!

Place in tin and bake for 25 mins. This took about 50 minutes, not sure if it was where I had the tray in the oven, lower shelf, or if it was because I used a muffin tin, or if this is just how long it takes!!


Cooked brownies cooling

Cool before attacking them. They were yummy – still have some left, and shared some too


Brownies are now ready to eat


I cooked them until a skewer came out clean when testing them.  The brownies are moist in the centre and have a firm outer.  The taste is like that of a standard brownie, with a slight hint of something else (I suppose that’s the sweet potato).


I have approximated the calories (this recipe made 10 muffin sized cakes) as 200 calories per brownie. So, as a treat for me, I am having half of a brownie with a cuppa (I usually have chai or green tea) when I feel like something special.  I’m storing them in an airtight container in the fridge too.



Cleaning Up For Christmas

Cleaning Up For Christmas


Oh my gosh, yes, it’s that dreaded word!!! Christmas! Halloween is now officially over, and the next big holiday a lot of people are expecting is Christmas (though I know for my northern American friends, it’s Thanksgiving!).


I’ve been reflecting on where I was last Christmas, and where I’m heading to this Christmas.  Last Christmas I was in the middle of my new Life Journey.

At that time I had just recently completed a 10 week challenge at the gym, was sitting around 67kg (147lbs), looking towards achieving my goal weight of 60kg (132lb) sometime in the New Year.  My goal over Christmas was to not gain weight – and, yep, I achieved that goal. In fact, I lost weight over Christmas!!


Weight loss

Jul – Dec 2013


So, for this end of year celebration, as we head rapidly towards the end of 2014, I was looking at where I’ve come from and where I’m heading too.


Over the last few months, I’ve been feeling a little bit on the sluggish side, so I knew in my heart it was time to complete a 30 day nutritional cleansing program again.  It kicks off today!!


As it was day 1, I decided to do my weights and measures (as I’ve not measured myself since I hit my goal weight of 60kg in March this year.  I was very surprised at the results!

  • Firstly, I am now the same weight – 59kg (130lb)
  • Secondly, most of my measurements are the same – EXCEPT FOR:


Surprisingly this measurement has decreased by a full 9cm since March



Not surprisingly, this measurement has increased by 2cm since March

How happy was I with these results? A toned butt and biceps?  Awesome!!!!

Anyway, that was the most surprising element of the measurements that were taken.

My goal for this 30 day cleanse is to improve my energy, clean up my insides, possibly release another 3 – 4kg (6 – 8lb) and increase my motivation as we head into the silly season.

In the way of accountability, here is my ‘before’ shot:

Weight Loss

Day 1 – 1 Nov 2014


During my cleanse days, I will be actively recording how they progress on my Facebook page.

I will be undertaking some deep cleanse days, and these involved two days, yes two days, of fasting.  These are supported by nutritional snacks, cleansing herbal drinks, lots of water and my special treat – a green tea infused dark chocolate!


So, enjoy my journey and I’m excited about seeing the final toned information after 30 November!

Contact me to begin your Life Journey now

Delicious Risotto

Spring Chicken & Vegetable Risotto


Often risottos are full of cream, butter and cheese, making them less desirable when you are changing your food options to match your new Life Journey.


I adore this particular recipe for a couple of reasons,

  • firstly, it contains asparagus, which I really enjoy in springtime
  • secondly, it only has 6g of fat, up to 19g less than standard risottos
  • thirdly, it is < 600 calories for a serve (actually 590!)


risotto 600 calories

Borrowed from


We made this recipe last week, however I forgot to take a photograph, so I’ve found one and borrowed it just for this blog. It’s very similar to the final recipe, except we grate parmesan over the top when we serve.


To serve 2 people


  • olive oil spray
  • 150g chicken breast fillets, thinly sliced across the grain
  • 115g frozen peas
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed (woody ends trimmed off) and cut into 3cm lengths
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1T water
  • 750ml (3 cups) chicken stock
  • 63ml (1/4 cup) white wine
  • 220g (1 cup) arborio rice
  • 1T fresh thyme (1/2 tsp dried)
  • salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 10g (1/8 cup) finely grated parmesan cheese



  1. Heat a non-stick frying pan, medium heat, spray with olive oil spray. Add the chicken and cook for 4 – 6 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer the chicken onto foil and fold to keep in the juices and heat.
  2. In the non-stick frying pan, add the onion, garlic and water, cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes, until the onion softens.
  3. Meanwhile, put the stock and wine into a saucepan and heat until just coming to the boil. Cover and reduce the heat to low to hold at a gentle simmer.
  4. Add the rice to the onions and stir until well combined.  Add a ladleful of stock to the rice mixture and stir constantly with a wooden spoon unitl the liquid is completely absorbed.  Continue to add liquid and stirring until the liquid is absorbed, and repeating this until approximately 1 – 2 ladefuls are remaining.  Add the asparagus and peas to the stock to cook for 2 – 3 minutes.  In the last few ladefuls the asparagus and peas will be added to the rice mix. Cook the rice until it is just tender but firm to bite and the risotto is creamy (approximately 20 minutes).
  5. Add the chicken and 1/2 the fresh thyme (if using dried thyme, add it all to the chicken stock when you add the asparagus and peas), stir to combine.  Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Spoon into bowls and serve with the parmesan and remaining fresh thyme.



Salad Season Begins!

What to do, invited to a BBQ, and asked to bring along something for the BBQ and a salad.  I don’t know about you, but when I’m invited to something like this, I like to try out something a bit different than the standard lettuce salad!


So, I decided to set myself a task of making a salad I’d never attempted before. Couscous has been popping up in my life a lot lately, so I wanted to make a couscous salad. I also wanted a salad that I knew had health benefits for myself and my friends too and utilised the herbs I had growing in my garden.


I started out by doing a simple google search for Couscous Salads and found several options that all looked tempting and inspiring.  Me, being me, I couldn’t follow the recipe, so I developed my own.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did and enjoy the fact that it is balanced with herbs, vegetables and couscous (fibre and carbohydrates), as well as being approximately 126 calories per serve.


I love having salads that combine with an easy to prepare protein to create a meal with 400 – 600 calories.  This salad went very well with Tandori chicken breasts or with grilled salmon steaks.


Couscous Salad

Couscous Salad



  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1.5 cups couscous
  • 0.5 cup cracked bulgar wheat
  • 4 spring onions, roughly chopped into 2 cm pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric
  • 4 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 0.25 cup of mixed fresh herbs (I used coriander, parsley & sage), finely chopped
  • 4 T lemon juice (for dressing)
  • 1 roasted pepper
  • 0.5 cup toasted pine nuts (do this in a dry pan, take care as they toast very quickly)
  • 0.5 cup cranberries
  • 1 T olive oil



  1. Bring the vegetable stock to the boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from the heat and add the couscous and cracked wheat, stir into the stock, cover and set to one side for 5 minutes. Once all the liquid is absorbed, fluff up with a fork. Let cool.
  2. Toast the pine nuts in a pan. Remove from the heat and set to one side.
  3. In the same pan (keep the dishes down!), add the olive oil, heat gently then add the onions, stir for 2 – 3 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic (crushed), cumin, cinnamon and turmeric, cook, with stirring, for 30 seconds, or until fragrant – smells divine!
  5. Add the chopped tomato, pine nuts and pepper. Cook, with stirring, for 1 – 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  6. When cooled, I left for about 0.5 hour, mix together in a bowl the couscous, chopped herbs and cooked onion/tomato/pinenuts/pepper/spices mix.  Add the lemon juice as a dressing.  Taste and season as required with pepper.

I think this was better preparing it the day before it was needed, but you decide!




Secrets to Building the Bikini Body!!

“This time last year, I was fair, fat & forty”

 – Sandra Venables

Well, okay, so I was older than forty, and I am not blonde – but you get the picture!!  Actually here is the picture if you’ve missed it in the past

Weight loss

Jul – Dec 2013

We are almost about to step into Spring in Australia and the rest of the Southern Hemisphere, whereas it’s time to reflect on a Summer almost past if you’re living in the Northern Hemisphere – so you’re either anticipating a bikini body, or reflecting on not losing your current bikini body (okay, so maybe some of you are reflecting on NOT having obtained a bikini body in the first place!!).


Now is the time to begin Springing into Summer, or preparing to never again have a Summer like you just experienced.  Either way, it’s time to begin the easy process of a Life Journey that will allow you to feel comfortable in your skin again.


I wanted to discuss measuring the progress of your Life Journey today.  WAY too many people measure progress based on the numbers on the scales!

Weight loss

If you are going to be a “scale watcher”, then here are some tips for when to measure yourself on the scales.

  1. weigh yourself first thing in the morning, prior to breakfast
  2. weigh yourself either once a week or, preferably, once a month
  3. never weigh yourself daily, this does not allow for  your body to show your changes
  4. remember, scales measure muscle gain as well as fat loss!!


A more accurate way to measure yourself is to use a good, old fashioned, measuring tape!

A measuring tape will measure the physical changes much better than a scale can measure the overall change.  Use the two in conjunction and you can work out your overall body fat ratio.


Now, how to measure yourself, where to measure and how often?

  1. HOW – wear tight fitting clothing, note what clothing you wear for when you measure next time
  2. WHERE – upper arm, chest, waist, buttocks and upper thigh
  3. Upper arm, around the bicep (easier to find if you flex your arm)
  4. Chest, keep the tape horizontal, measure around the torso/body, along the nipple line
  5. Waist, keep the tape horizontal, measure around the torso/body at the narrowest part of your waist, this is generally 1/2 inch (approx 2cm) above the belly button
  6. Buttocks, keep the tape horizontal, measure around the widest part of the hips
  7. Upper thigh, place your foot on a chair, find half way between the front of the knee and the point where your leg inserts into your body, at the half way point, measure the circumference of your thigh
  8. FREQUENCY – once a week, always at the same time and day, e.g., 7am on a Tuesday.


It’s usually easier if you have someone take your measurements for you.  A couple of step by step guides for how to take the measurements are shown in a video, or on a website for more information.


I’ve developed a spreadsheet for you to use to monitor your weight and you can then calculate your progress more easily over your Life Journey.  You can download it here.


Lastly, remember to monitor your progress visually!

Take before and after photos.  Just before you measure yourself each week, take a photo. This is one of the most impactful ways of monitoring your progress, seeing the changes week after week are incredible.  Personally, I took photos and measurements monthly (as regular followers here can verify) and found that they were truly inspiring when I calcuated the progress.


I would recommend following any Life Journey for a minimum of 90 days. This is because your red blood cells typically have a life cycle of 90 days, so I believe it will take this amount of time to show good progress on your journey, at least 30 days of this journey will be in you changing your lifestyle habits, getting into routines and settling into your new Life Journey.


I am personally mentoring people in their new Life Journey to enable them to Spring Into Summerright now!

Be quick, there are limited places!!!! 


Take your new Life Journey with me for free mentoring, meal planning tips and inspirational tips along the way.


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What’s making you & your family fat?



Recently I was listening to a podcast and the discussion was on ‘Chemicals that makes us fat, depressed and toxic’


Take the time to have a listen – I was very impressed with the research and training Kim Morrison has undertaken and how she has implemented her passion into her life, creating a healthier lifestyle for herself and her family and friends in what sounds like a very gentle and caring manner.


This podcast introduced me to the concept of obesogens – not something I’ve heard of before (the term has been coined in research papers since 2002, though accredited to being developed by a Professor in 2006), but the underlying philosophy of obesogens is one that I am learning about a lot in the past year while I’ve been 0n my life journey.


The myth is changing

Releasing those toxins, and weight!


I’m now finding out more about obesogens and how they can affect our lives.


It appears that researchers are now gathering evidence that there are subtances, which have been named obesogens, that are affecting how our body metabolises foods and may predispose some of us to gain weight.  The concept that environmental chemicals could be related to weight gain was first discussed in an article published in 2002.

This article discusses how the meat industry, and the pharmaceutical industry, have been using chemicals to encourage weight gain where required.  I find this funny that the idea was not turned around for the obesity epidemic we are now facing sooner – it’s only taken 12 more years to make a connection!  Surely the hormones that were fed to the cattle were going to be eaten by the consumers – i.e. us!! Our body is not made to excrete excess toxins, it can excrete plenty, but we are being exposed to a lot.


Another article I’ve been reading discusses how people and animals (even urban rats) are increasing in weight, regardless of their diet and exercise regimes.  I must admit to having felt this way at times myself. No matter how hard I tried, there was always a plateau in my weight loss.  How I arrived at “fair, fat and forty”.


I was curious to see that the obesogens are essentially chemicals, or toxins, that are abundant in our everyday life.  The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the US say there are 15 – 20 chemicals that have been shown to increase obesity from exposure either when inutero, or in infancy.


Chemicals abundant in our everyday life include:

  • phthalates, which are in fragrances (not that you’ll see this on the ingredients label), so you see this in beauty products, laundry powders, air fresheners
  • many plastics (PVC)
  • cigarette smoke (known to produce underweight babies who then play growth ‘catchup’)
  • drugs (e.g. DES – will explain this one below, the diabetes drug Avandia® (rosiglitazone))
  • msg (monosodium glutamate)
  • pesticides, (e.g. DDE, a chemical still in our food chain from the breakdown of DDT; tributyltin [TBT], a contaminant in our waterways and still used as a stabiliser in PVC)
  • bisphenol A (BPA), which is found in medical devices, in the lining of some canned foods, and in cash register receipts
  • perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a friction reducer, so you find this items such as in carpets, non-stick cookware, Scotchgard and Goretex products (remember our infants crawl on carpets)


It appears that these obesogens act as disruptors in the normal metabolism and hormone systems within our body.  They can

  • increase the number of fat cells;
  • increase the size of fat cells;
  • change the body’s ability to feel satiated;
  • it’s appetite control;
  • food preferences; and
  • how food is metabolised


One of the interesting things for me was the discussion on exposure in-utero.  As a 1960s baby, my mother was given the drug DES (diethylstilbestrol), a drug to reduce the risk of miscarriage.  The only miscarriage I’ve noticed about this drug was the increased risk to vaginal cancer, breast cancer and reproductive issues.  Now I find out that it may also have a role to play in why I have struggled with my weight since I was a little girl. Very interesting indeed.

Cute & Cuddly DES does make

Cute & Cuddly DES does make


Exposure of our next generation to chemicals that can be avoided is something we can all be aware of, living a more sustainable lifestyle, taking care with the skin care products we put onto our skin, reducing our reliance on plastics, eating food that has been exposed to pesticides and herbicides and drinking water that has been filtered.  I would say that we are not able to completely avoid all of these contaminants – e.g., how do you find furniture, carpets and cookware that has not been manufactured with some of these chemical contaminants?


How can you not be exposed when it is stated in the article that nearly every adult and child in the US has at least PFOA’s in their blood – avoiding contamination may be tricky.


I’m feeling very blessed that I have now discovered a way to keep my internal organs supported in removing excess toxins daily. It’s a simple drink that I have every morning, to support my cells in doing what they know how to do naturally.  And it tastes of berries!  If you want to know more, ask me


What are your kids eating?

Everything in moderation is okay

In today’s society parents globally tend to agree that everything in moderation is okay for their children.  Do you agree?

Does this mean that of the 17,000 new processed foods introduced to the market every year, these are foods you want to be giving to your children in moderation? (1)

At what point does moderation become excess?


I feel that moderation becomes excess when we are giving similar ingredients in foods that are multiplied in processed foods.  These ingredients are not necessarily those that we wish our children to be getting on a daily basis.


The foods children need to grow include:

  • fruit
  • veges
  • whole grains
  • proteins
  • healthy fats

The best way for your children to get these healthy food types, including their vitamins, minerals and micronutrients that are all required for their growth and brain development, is through eating locally grown organic wherever possible.  If not locally grown, then organic, if not organic, then locally grown in season.


What do you do though if you cannot access these all year round? Or you  have fussy eaters?


Did you know that our soils are depleted of minerals? (2)  Did you know that over 80,000 environmental toxins are released yearly and many are not tested for? (3).  How do you think this is affecting the nutritional content of the foods you are feeding to your children?


Are they receiving the nutrients they need to grow into healthy adults? To grow up without the added risk of Type 2 Diabetes? To grow up without the risk of obesity?


There are statistics available (4) that highlight that children in the US today do not get enough fruit and vegetables, and that this is a greater problem as children age.  What foods do your children eat that contain high sodium levels (lots of extra salt added), high fat levels (fried foods), high sugar levels (sweets, cakes, processed foods, even ‘low fat’ foods)??


How to change this for your children?


Switch to superfoods that have natural ingredients, no artificial sweetners, flavours or colours to supplement your healthy food choices.

  • Look to locally grown, inseason organic foods to cook with,
  • skip processed foods,
  • reduce your concept of ‘moderation’ for processed foods or treats
  • increase exercise for your children, go to the park and run around for 1/2 an hour every evening

Change the eating patterns of your family by joining a revolution of good quality foods that provide nutrients for healthy growth, increase exercise routines in your family to have more fun as a family. Ask me about how.


My own bananas, just ripening now

My own bananas, just ripening now


By doing these things, and following a healthy nutritious diet, you are more likely to be creating a foundation for your children to grow into healthy, strong adults.


Ask me how now!

1. Pollan M. Food Rules, An Eater’s Manual. The Penguin Press, New York, 2011.

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