Just one spoonful gets your mouth watering. And you can’t stop at one. Peanut butter. It needs no introduction and seemingly, it solves all problems. Hungry? Peanut butter. Stressed? Peanut butter. Tired? Peanut butter. Got nothing to wear? Peanut butter. Ok, so I’m taking some poetic license there but you get the idea – the spread has gained cult status. And ever since some human in the 80s touted it […]
Eating disorders can affect everyone – not just the thin. Our society encourages overconsumption. Yet we also demand thinness, willpower and self-control. We seem incapable of believing that being overweight is anything but a result of greed and that it’s simply evidence of weakness or laziness. This creates the belief that bingeing is a ‘failure’. Bingeing is a fundamentally misunderstood act, yet newsflash: binge eating disorder (BED) is also the most common type […]
23 almonds. 2 cheese slices. ½ cup pasta. 21 grapes. A virtuous way of eating, or a gazillion reasons to have an untrusting relationship with food? Portion control. It’s something we’ve been taught. A system that can help us eat correctly. A way to lose weight. A means for exercising willpower. But the clue to it’s insidious inflicted misery is in the second half of the name. Control. Portion control […]
Turns out those pangs might be pointing to something your body really needs – and you can satisfy them with some healthy swaps. Picture this: it’s 3pm and you’ve sat down for a breather. But into your head pops the idea of toasted banana bread, dripping with butter. You can almost smell it. You can definitely see it – and yes, you want to taste it. It might be 3pm, […]
It dances on the air – that warming cinnamon, heady nutmeg and doughy glazed bread, that can only mean one thing: hot cross buns. Nothing brings out the aromas better than a decent toasting and lashings of butter. And while the baked good marked with a cross and studded with dried fruit, is traditionally supposed to be eaten on Good Friday, we all know they turn up on supermarket shelves […]
The beautiful, the brutal and the downright ugly. Let me preface this by saying I am but a humble mother of one and that until I miraculously birthed a tiny boy, I was in blissful ignorance about the realities of new motherhood. Sure, as a dietitian by profession, I knew about the nutritional requirements of a breastfeeding mum, but only now having experienced that insatiable omnipresent hunger do I really know, […]
I met my husband Les in the summer of 2012. I had a terrible haircut, interesting fashion choices, and happened to be my heaviest weight – considered by GP standards – obese. When we met, I felt invisible. I would compare my body constantly to others. The double chins, tummy rolls, chafing thighs, back fat. Why couldn’t I be thin? Why couldn’t I stick to a diet? As much as […]
You don’t need better willpower or a stricter diet, but this new approach to food. How many times have you laid in bed at night, mentally calculating then finger-wagging yourself for what you ate that day? “You really shouldn’t have eaten that.” “Why can’t you have more self-control?” “Tomorrow, you have to be way better.” Even with your best intentions, reprimanding yourself like a naughty toddler will never help you […]
Plus how to switch them to something actually good for you. There’s something about the flip of a calendar page that pushes us to crave reinvention. Overnight we want the pantry sorting prowess of Marie Kondo, the energy of Oprah mid-giveaway, the arms of Michelle Obama and the grit of Greta Thunberg. Oh and on top of that we want to be thinner – thinking it’s the solution to whatever […]
It’s cruel really when you think about it. At exactly the same time you know you’re meant to relax around food – festive season – the guilt and weight worries turn up like unannounced in-laws just in time to ruin your holiday. I know I’m not alone here when it comes to these joy-killing scenarios. Scenario 1 You imagine that family you haven’t seen in a long time will judge your body […]
Do you have relatives who comment on your weight and what you’re eating? This can be hard to handle, especially during the holidays. So here’s how to navigate them – or at least stop their influence on you – stat. “You’re looking like you gained a bit.” “You’d be so pretty if you lost weight.” “Are you sure you need those roast potatoes?” “Just a half slice for you?” “Are you really going […]
Mindful eating is paying attention to the food you eat. Why does this even matter? Well, when we don’t eat mindfully – we are much more likely to overeat. We eat quickly, not enjoying our food as much as we can. So how do you eat more mindfully in the real world? It’s about eating in the present moment when you’re sitting at the dining table. It’s about savouring the […]
From lemon water to keto, are you left scratching your head as to what is the best or the worst health advice on the internet? With all the pseudoscience and wacky nutrition nonsense, it’s hard to know what to eat anymore. More information isn’t always a good thing. Especially in the internet era where every Instagrammer with an interest in avocados feels comfortable handing out health advice (even when it’s completely […]
Breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day. Or is it? For many of us, the idea that we need to eat breakfast each morning is deeply ingrained. But do you actually need to eat breakfast to be healthy? Maybe when you were a kid, breakfast was a non-negotiable. Then, as you grew up, you were likely bombarded with diet articles, telling you to eat’ breakfast like a king, […]
Do you ever ask yourself, “Why am I still hungry after eating?” Or do you finish a meal and somehow still always make room for dessert? I know I have. We’ve all been there – you polish off a substantial meal and still feel like you could demolish three scoops of gelato! Feeling hungry and unsatisfied after a decent meal is more common than you think. It’s also confusing and, […]
Find you’re too busy to cook healthy meals or exercise regularly? That’s why I created Back to Basics App. And that’s why I take shortcuts to help me be healthy without dieting. If I didn’t, I’d be eating Pad Thai every night while paying for Sam, the delivery guy’s upcoming wedding in Bali! While I wish Sam the best, I prefer to save my money, time AND eat healthily. So […]
Before we begin… Congratulations! You’re busy making an adorable human. I’m always amazed by what the human body is capable of. That a person can grow a tiny little human as they go about their day… well, that seriously fascinates me. Still, while we don’t need to concentrate to make sure we’re building little babies’ fingers and toes (or a brain and heart), there are many things you can do […]
Build the courage to be disliked and challenge the status quo FACT: Standing up for yourself is scary. How do I know this? Because whenever I decide to do or say something, not in line with the status quo – which is pretty much every day – I feel fear creep in. The fear of being disliked, judged, criticised, laughed at, left out, yelled at, you name it. I […]
Keto, paleo, vegan, intermittent fasting… which diet is best for weight loss? If you’re stepping into the new year wondering, “What diet is right for me?”, I’m glad you’re here. Because I’m about to make your life a whole lot easier. (You’re welcome!) Researchers have asked the question: What is the best way to lose weight? And the results are in. Whether you go on a low carb diet, restrict […]
Does your mum comment on your weight? Or does your mother criticize your body or tell you how much to eat? She might thinks she’s helping but it’s doing more harm than good. Here’s my guide to get this to stop.
If you’re a parent, perhaps you’ve wondered how can you help your daughter (or son) be healthy – without giving them a complex about their weight. So if you’ve ever asked yourself, “Should I comment on my daughter’s weight?” – or anyone’s weight for that matter – please read my latest blog.
Is it possible to overcome sugar cravings – without quitting sugar? One of the most common questions I am asked is How to stop sugar cravings. Do you feel like you’re addicted to sugar? If you get sweet cravings, it sure can feel that way. Intense sugar cravings can be really powerful and hard to resist. Luckily, you can retrain your brain and stop sugar cravings using these 5 strategies. […]
Let me start by saying: I’m not vegan or vegetarian. And honestly? I don’t plan to cut meat out of my diet completely. But I am trying to eat less meat. For my health and for the environment. Even though the Netflix documentary The Game Changers is bias and one-sided, it’s making plenty of people rethink how much meat we eat. Here’s the deal. Most people in the Western world […]
Around holidays, the desire to diet can get so damn strong. It’s easy to feel guilty for eating. You know you’re meant to relax around food but when you do, you feel so terrible about your weight and the guilt can ruin a holiday. You imagine that family you haven’t seen in a long time will judge your body or appearance. You feel scared to wear a swimsuit or can’t find […]
Struggling and just can’t lose the last few pounds? Do you know why it’s hard to lose them? It’s because you’re possibly not supposed to. Those extra 5-10 pounds (that weight where your body naturally wants to be) that’s where your body functions at it’s best. That’s where your hormones are balanced, your body is strong and your mood is stable. It’s the weight where you fall asleep easily, you have […]
Want to know which foods I never eat? There are three foods to avoid, and foods a nutrionist never eats – and you might want to as well! 1. Raw chicken Getting Salmonella is not on my bucket list. Nor am I a fan of nausea, vomiting and getting admitted to hospital. So this is definitely a food I avoid. 2. Maggots They may be high in protein, but that […]
With all the hype, you’re probably at least a little bit curious about intermittent fasting. To set the record straight, I’m answering your burning questions like “Does intermittent fasting really work?” and “Should I try intermittent fasting”?
By working with (not against my cycle) I’ve discovered incredible ways to better manage my mood, body confidence, skin, hunger, cravings, exercise, sleep, sex drive and energy. Here’s how tracking my period helped me improve my health.