What to eat this winter
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If the colder weather has you thinking non-stop about food, why not focus on the seasonal foods that are actually good for you, instead of reaching for unhealthy choices? Below, Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella talks about her tips and winter-food winners, explaining how they can help you through the colder months and how to get more of these ingredients … Read More

The Optimal Foods to Eat For Breakfast When You’re in Menopause
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During menopause women tend to gain weight.  While this isn’t great it’s pretty common and there are many reasons why. Two reasons why women gain weight during menopause…   Reason #1 Reduced muscle mass.  Muscle mass uses energy (burns calories) so when we have less of it the body burns less energy overall, leading to weight gain.  Unfortunately, this weight … Read More

Haven’t Changed Anything in Your Diet But Getting Fatter?
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You are positive that you’re not eating more food or “junkier” food but you’re still gaining weight. Is this possible? Yes! You are NOT crazy! And here’s why. We both know that the whole “calories in, calories out” argument is an overly simplistic view of weight. There’s definitely more to the story than just what you’re eating, right? A lot … Read More

Recipe (Vitamin D, Magnesium & Omega-3s): Salmon Quinoa Buddha Bowl
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Serves 2   4 cups baby spinach 1 cup quinoa (cooked) 1 can salmon 2 tablespoons sesame seeds ½ red onion (diced) (optional) 2 tablespoons sesame oil 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 tablespoon lemon juice dash salt and pepper   Split spinach, quinoa, salmon, sesame seeds, and onion (if using) between two bowls.   Mix sesame oil, rice vinegar, and … Read More

Recipe (Eggs & Veggies): Veggie Omelette
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Serves 1   Ingredients 1 teaspoon coconut oil 1 or 2 eggs (how hungry are you?) ¼ cup veggies (grated zucchini and/or sliced mushrooms and/or diced capsicum) dash salt, pepper and/or turmeric   Add coconut oil to a frying pan and melt on low-medium heat (cast-iron pans are preferred). In the meantime grab a bowl and beat the egg(s) with … Read More

Why Your Waist Circumference Matters 100x More Than What You Weigh
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  Do you have this weird kind of relationship with your “weight”? I mean, it doesn’t define you (obviously), and what you weigh can matter but only to a certain extent. Let’s look at your waist circumference (well…you look at yours and I’ll look at mine).   Waist Circumference and the link with “Belly Fat” Do you remember the fruity … Read More

Have you said good-bye to sleep?
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  Have you said “bye bye” to sleeping through the night? Are you feeling exhausted or “running on stress hormones” all day? Do not fear, I have some great tips (and an amazing recipe) for you!   The science of sleep is fascinating, complicated and growing Sleep is this daily thing that we all do and yet we’re just beginning … Read More

Everything You Think You Know…
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..About Healthy Eating is Wrong and it’s Making You Fat and Tired   Oh my gosh – nutrition and diet info is everywhere!   And each expert and association tries to lead you in their direction because they know best and their advice is going to help you.  Right?   Well, maybe…   Everyone has heard (and maybe lived through) … Read More

Recipe (Smoothie meal): Chia Peach Green Smoothie
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Serves 1   Ingredients handful spinach 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1 banana 1 chopped peach 1 cup unsweetened almond milk   Add ingredients to blender in order listed (you want your greens on the bottom by the blade so they blend better and have the chia on the bottom to absorb some liquid before you blend).   Wait a couple … Read More

Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals
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Christmas and all it’s festivities might seem a life time ago, but sometimes those holiday feasts are just amazing. And it’s not just the abundance of delicious food but also the people, the decorations, and the ambiance. It is way too easy (and common) to indulge on those days. But it doesn’t always stop there. Sometimes we overeat on regular … Read More

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