So What Is PCOS And How Do I Find Out About It ?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is the name for a collection of hormonal symptoms that affect 10 to 20% of women to varying degrees. It isn’t always easy to have an accurate diagnosis and the advice given for treatment is often limited. Women can have a difficult time trying to sort this out so this is a…

Choosing a dietitian – do some research first

The best thing about my work is that I am always learning more and exploring new territory in the company of the people I work with – both clients and professionally. Experience and skill takes time to develop but luckily never ends and there are many great dietitians on this journey at all levels that…

All Foods Are Superfoods

It is very confusing deciding which ‘superfood’ is going to change your life at the moment – everyone is an expert and each week there is a new one. One week it is blueberries and then acai, chia or goji. All at a price and driven in the background by clever niche marketing. ‘Health’ and…

Parents, children and a crazy health culture

I listened recently to two intelligent young mothers in a coffee shop discussing how great it was they have access to vitamin supplements for their children.  They truly believed their children are healthier and will have better lives than they did because of this. The same day I saw a young mother who wanted to…

Better thinking about body weight

It can be a challenge to prevent weight from creeping up over time in the current culture and with busy, demanding lives where time for you can be hard to prioritize. The most sensible goal for your actual weight is usually for it to be generally stable over time and to resist trying to keep…

Polycystic ovary syndrome and lifestyle

Lifestyle, eating and physical activity guidelines are the first treatment for this common hormonal condition that affects about 20% of women. Unfortunately  this can become ‘lose weight’ – which is often not even relevant. About 40 % of women with PCOS don’t even have a weight issue, but they still need to reduce their risk…

Healthy Eating

When it comes to nutrition, health for the individual reflects food and drink choices made over time and occurs where food and eating meets with that persons genetics, life stage, environment, culture and lifestyle choices.

Being a dietitian…

Someone asked me a few days ago if I truly didn’t think about the kilojoules in the food I eat, how much exercise I have done, or how to manage my weight. The answer is that in spite of being a dietitian I have never believed that this is a necessary or desirable way to live with yourself and your body.

About breakfast

I have decided after many years of talking to people that about half the community can’t function without breakfast and the other half can’t have breakfast very easily.  In the perfect world we would all have breakfast when our body told us to after waking up – for some this would be straight away and…

Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is a way of reconnecting to our own bodies wisdom about how much food we need to eat. Then we don’t need to measure and calculate or have all the ‘shoulds’ and head rules about food.  Children eat only to their physical need – if hungry they will eat, if not they wont….