The New Nordic Diet – Could Scandinavian be the New Mediterranean?

The New Nordic Diet – Could Scandinavian be the New Mediterranean?

Health
Scandinavia – the land of incredible healthcare systems, more paid holiday days than anywhere else in the world and subsidised tertiary education, amongst many other qualities. With all these amazing assets, who wouldn’t be inspired by the Scandinavian lifestyle? They must be doing something right, considering recent studies have shown that the Nordic countries are home to some of the happiest people in the world. With recent hype around diets such as the Mediterranean diet and veganism, the Nordic countries have had one of their greatest and most beautiful secrets practically pushed to the side and concealed from the global media spotlight: the Nordic diet. What is the Nordic diet? As the name suggests, the Nordic diet features foods that are native, traditional and easily sourced in Denmark, Sweden, Norway,…
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Fighting Obesity with Food

Fighting Obesity with Food

Health
Too much food makes us fat. By this logic, it makes sense to combat obesity with less food. While this simplistic energy in, energy out algorithm has driven weight loss diets for many years, perhaps there are more sophisticated ways to address weight loss. It’s not just the amount of food we eat, but the type. Research suggests some foods assist in weight loss, more so than others. Brown Adipose Tissue Thermogenesis refers to the energy our bodies expend, due to the food we eat. It can be broken down into two main categories; adaptive and obligatory. Obligatory energy losses are those used for gut movement, nutrient absorption and other activities necessary to digestion. These energy losses cannot be modified to any great extent. Adaptive energy losses are of more…
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Thinking of going organic?

Thinking of going organic?

Health
  When we enter any shopping isle, we are confronted with many many different choices. One important decision to weigh up is whether to spend your hard earned cash on the organic range. The price difference between organic and conventional produce can be huge. For example, at Woolworths, Macro Organic Chicken Breast is $29.99 per kilo whereas the conventional range is less than half that at only $9 per kilo. Likewise, a dozen Elderbrook Farms Caged Eggs are $2.80 whereas Southern Highland Organic Eggs are almost triple that at $7.99 per dozen.   The organic options don’t stop there. Today you can purchase a range of organic produce from organic fruits, vegetables, bread, cereals…even makeup and body wash! How do you decide whether going organic is really worth the extra…
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Spice up Your Salads with This Simple Olive Oil Dressing

Spice up Your Salads with This Simple Olive Oil Dressing

Food
  This is one of my favourite recipes that I am sharing with you! It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s most importantly, DELICIOUS and HEALTHY! How could you possibly say no to that? I love adding this to my salads, particularly when I have a lot of green leaves (which I find can be quite boring in flavour but that’s just me!) I have become quite obsessed with olive oil since I started doing my research on the Mediterranean diet – I honestly put it on everything I can #noshame – so I couldn’t think of a better way to funk up my salads than with an extra virgin olive oil based salad. So.. using extra virgin olive oil as my base – this salad dressing will spice up any…
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High Healthy Fats Diet Effect on Weight

High Healthy Fats Diet Effect on Weight

Body Composition, Health
    In the past, high fat diets have been slammed for their ability to increase weight and effect our overall health. Although, diets which are high in fat are often high in saturated fats and trans fats, which have been continually linked to obesity and cardiovascular disease. But what about a diet which is high in healthy fats such polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) and monounsaturated fats (MUFAs)? More recent systematic reviews have highlighted the ability of high healthy fat dietary patterns such as the Mediterranean diet, to support modest weight loss in centrally obese individuals [1]. In addition to this, the Mediterranean diet has also been shown to reduce waist circumference among a Mediterranean population group [2,3,4], as well as also reporting significant declines in body weight after a 5-year…
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