Cold weather cooking, coconut oil research and more in the June Foodwatch Newsletter

Cold weather cooking, coconut oil research and more in the June Foodwatch Newsletter

This month's Foodwatch Newsletter is packed full of great ideas and information. Hearty, yet, healthy, cold-weather cooking, the lowdown on coconut oil and much more.

30 June 2020 by Catherine Saxelby

Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

Product Snapshot – Five Tastes Stir Fry Shots

A healthy, authentic Asian stir fry sauce should be a celebration of fresh Asian spices and herbs. To gather all the fresh...

24 June 2020 by Guest reviewer

What is your relationship with food and eating?

Eat to beat fatty liver disease

Within the next decade, fatty liver disease will become the leading cause of cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver transplants. So, what...

17 June 2020 by Catherine Saxelby

What is your relationship with food and eating?

Buying the best fish oil capsule for you

Standard, double strength, triple strength, wild salmon, algal or krill oil – it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the myriad of fish...

10 June 2020 by Catherine Saxelby

Do-nothing Lamb and Legume Soup

Do-nothing Lamb and Legume Soup

This warming winter soup is a family favourite. What I particularly like about it is that it's pretty much "set and forget". Just put...

3 June 2020 by Catherine Saxelby

A new book; fish oils and heart health; a super food recipe; and more - May 2020 Foodwatch Newsletter

A new book; fish oils and heart health; a super food recipe; and more - May 2020 Foodwatch Newsletter

Do you suffer from arthritis or depression? These are just two of the common health problems that have been treated in clinical...

26 May 2020 by Catherine Saxelby

= Reviews =

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Snapshot – Five Tastes Stir Fry Shots

    24 June 2020 by, Guest reviewer

    A healthy, authentic Asian stir fry sauce should be a celebration of fresh Asian spices and herbs. To gather all the fresh ingredients yourself can be expensive and balancing the flavours can be tricky.  Happily, Five Tastes Stir Fry Shots can do this for you. They come in four flavours, and the two I tried, Thai Basil & Chilli and Vietnamese Lemongrass & Kaffir Lime, really stood out in terms of both taste and health.

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    Washed, packed and ready-to-eat – or is it?

    13 May 2020 by, Guest post

    We’ve all seen, and probably used, pre-cut and ready-to-eat vegetables – washed lettuce leaves, washed rocket, baby spinach leaves, broccoli florets, cauliflower pieces, cubes of peeled pumpkin, not to mention  trimmed beans and cauliflower ‘rice’. But are they ready-to-eat or should you wash them again at home?

  • Book review: Plan Buy Cook

    Book review: Plan Buy Cook

    22 April 2020 by, Catherine Saxelby

    This is a clever book to make your life easier. It’s based around a simple weekly formula namely 4+2+1. What does that mean? Take a look…

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Snapshot – Ryvita Multigrain Grab & Go

    19 February 2020 by, Guest reviewer

    If you’re trying to maximise your wholegrain intake while reducing your overall carbs then these crispbreads might just suit you.

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Snapshot – Macro Linseed and Sunflower Low Carb Loaf

    13 November 2019 by, Guest reviewer

    In the recent Healthy Food Guide Magazine Awards, I noticed a new product by Macro - a “Linseed & Sunflower low carb loaf”.

    Wandering through my local Woollies, I was pleased to see it on the shelf in the fresh bakery section. Naturally I grabbed a loaf and here are my thoughts.

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Snapshot - almond milk pros and cons

    23 October 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    What’s so good about almond milk? Should you swap to it in place of cow’s milk?

    Dairy-free seems the big trend of the moment with every second person saying “No” to dairy and buying a dairy-free drink.

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Snapshot: Hart & Soul Pouch Soups

    18 September 2019 by, Guest reviewer

    Soup can be a nourishing, healthy meal any time of the year, not to mention that it is inexpensive and easy to prepare. However, many people don’t have the time to make a pot of soup at home or they find it inconvenient to carry soup to work. Fortunately, there is a great new option now available: Hart & Soul Pouch Soups. Here I look at three of these easy pouches so you can decide if they are for you.

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Snapshot: Silicea Colloidal Silica Gel

    24 July 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Silicea silica gel by Hubner has had me intrigued for years. Whenever my nails are bad (think chipping, flaking, breaking, tearing, pathetic), it seems to magically restore their strength and length in two weeks! What’s in it? Why does it work for me? I’ve always wondered. So, when a sample bottle arrived in the mail, I thought maybe it was time to check it out. Here’s my story and an overview.

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Snapshot: Suncoast Gold MAC Milk

    19 June 2019 by, Guest reviewer

    Over the last couple of years Catherine has reviewed many milk alternatives, or mylks, as she likes to call them. I’ve tried several myself with varying degrees of success. Now I’ve found a new one made from roasted macadamias. Here’s how I found it for taste and nutrition.

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product snapshot: Celery juice

    12 June 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Are you starting off your day with two glasses of celery juice? Are you hoping for one of the many ‘miracles’ spruiked by the New Age Health Bloggers/Coaches? You may be disappointed…

  • Book Review: The Fast 800 Diet

    Book Review: The Fast 800 Diet

    5 June 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    This book has made it to Number 1 in countries where the author, Dr Michael Mosley, has his popular TV show. Is this a good way to shed excess weight? Is this something you should embark on? How does this differ from his original Fast Diet aka the 5:2 Diet? Let’s take a look.  

= Healthy Weight Loss =

  • Kitchen make-over for the New Year

    Kitchen make-over for the New Year

    8 January 2020 by, Catherine Saxelby

     “This year, I'm going to lose weight!”, or “This year I’m opting for a healthier lifestyle!” Is your 2020 New Year's resolution something like one of these? If so, how is it going to happen?

  • 7 reasons your body will love a bowl of soup!

    7 reasons your body will love a bowl of soup!

    7 August 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    I love soup, whether in a bowl, a mug or on-the-go. It’s easy to make in bulk and freeze in portions for later so you don’t have to do as much cooking or spend that precious time in the kitchen. So, why not make up a big pot today and keep it for when you’re starving before a meal or as a between-meal snack? Your body will thank you for it.

  • Should you really “breakfast like a king” if you want to lose weight?

    Should you really “breakfast like a king” if you want to lose weight?

    24 April 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    As nutritionists, we were always taught that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, especially for people who want to lose weight. Now a review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ 2019;364:l42 ) throws doubt on this old adage.

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    Fasts and fasting – religious and nutrition based

    16 January 2019 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Every major religion has some sort of fast. In the 1960s, I grew up as a Catholic and the Lenten ritual of giving up something (for me it was sugar in my tea and coffee) and fasting was a normal part of the year. We also used to fast one hour before Mass so we could receive the sacrament of Holy Communion on an empty stomach. No meat was allowed on Fridays (which later morphed into only the Fridays of Lent). Here we examine the traditional fasts of major religions as well the newer nutrition-based fasts for weight loss. See if it’s something you can manage …

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    What actually is ketosis? Is it good or bad for you?

    13 June 2018 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Ketosis is when you push your body’s metabolism to burn stored fat for energy instead of sugar. So how do you do it? And is it good for you?

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    What's better for weight loss and health? Low-carb or low-fat?

    9 May 2018 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Recent studies have provided an interesting insight into the perennial ‘dieters’ dilemma’ - “Low-carb OR low-fat?” Which is better for your health? Which is better for weight loss? The results are in, so let’s take a look.

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    7 best vegetables to help you lose weight (with serving ideas)

    8 February 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Australia’s Healthy Weight Week (AHWW) is back and the theme is healthy home cooking. That includes vegetables and salads! AHWW is an initiative of Dietitians Australia or DA. Now in its tenth year, it aims to raise awareness of the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. Sounds great to me.

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    7 weight loss hacks to do NOW

    11 January 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Finding it hard to shed those extra kilos or pounds? New Year is traditionally a time for new beginnings so now is the ideal time to change your eating habits and the ways you exercise. It’s all about eating better on less and getting more movement into your day. Here are my fave 7 tips and tricks to boost your metabolism, burn more energy and promote healthy weight loss

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    Your 7 best New Year resolutions for weight loss

    4 January 2017 by, Catherine Saxelby

    It’s that time of year when we all turn over a new leaf and decide to lose those last stubborn kilos/pounds, exercise each day, quit smoking, give up alcohol, and become more healthy. In January, it’s a familiar mantra yet if done wisely can stay with you throughout the whole year.

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    Why the perfect diet might be no diet at all

    3 February 2016 by, Guest post

    Many women spend much of their lives going from one unsuccessful diet to another, convinced that they just haven’t found the right one yet, or that they lack the willpower necessary to stick to one. But what if the problem is actually DIETING itself?

  • What is a 'Healthy Bounty Bar'? And how does it compare to the original?

    What is a 'Healthy Bounty Bar'? And how does it compare to the original?

    7 October 2015 by, Catherine Saxeby and Megan Cameron-Lee

    Lately my social media feeds have been flooded with photos of ‘sugar-free’ sweet treats. Made popular by celebrity, Sarah Wilson, and her book ‘I Quit Sugar’, these recipes fill the hole left by traditional, sugar-containing sweets, chocolates, muffins and slices. Are they actually any better?