What is an Anti-inflammatory Diet?

 

An anti-inflammatory diet is a diet that…..(drum roll!)….reduces inflammation! And what that actually looks like will vary from person, depending on things such as liver function, digestive health, intolerances to certain foods or food chemicals / compounds (ie histamines, lectins), etc. There are different templates for anti-inflammatory diets that you may have heard of before, such as the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), The Wahls Protocol, the Mediterranean diet, and they do vary from one template to the next, but there are a few things they all have in common. Continue Reading

How to Go Gluten Free for Gluten Intolerance

how to give up gluten

 

As a clinical nutritionist it’s my job to help people make dietary changes to improve their health and symptoms. But changing your diet can seem really daunting, particularly if you are doing it to help manage chronic disease. I know, I’ve been there (read about it here)!

I initially made changes to my diet about 6-7 years ago,  when I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (read about that here and here), so the tips I’m giving here are what worked for me, plus a few things I learned along the way. Continue Reading

Meat and 3 Veg Turmeric Meatballs – AIP and Paleo Friendly

Meat and Three Veg Meatballs

Meat and 3 Veg Meatballs

 

I love making meatballs, they are so easy to batch cook and great to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And these little babies are my new favourites! Not only are they a delicious way to get extra veg into your meal, they also pack a great anti-inflammatory punch from turmeric, garlic and ginger.

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Health is Wealth, Baby…Part 2 – Learning to live with Hashimoto’s

My favourite fruit and veg stall at Marrickville Markets :)

My favourite fruit and veg stall at Marrickville Markets 🙂

First things first! I guess I need to highlight that these things are what worked for me – I can’t promise they will work for you, but I think they might be worth trying. I also hope you tell me about things that work for you that I haven’t tried yet. I like to think of all this as a rather exciting journey – and there is a lot to learn! Continue Reading

Benefits of Phytochemicals – Eat the Rainbow!

Vegetable Rainbow

My vegetable rainbow market day haul!

 

We all know we should eat fruit and veg, because of their vitamins and minerals and fibre and so on, but have you heard about phytochemicals? Phytochemicals, or phytonutrients, are naturally occurring chemicals that give plants their colour, flavour and aroma. They are produced by the plants in order for them to grow, reproduce, protect themselves and many other biological functions. Phytochemicals are not classed as “essential nutrients” but research has shown that they can strengthen our immune system, help fight cancer and diabetes, support healthy aging and repair DNA.

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