What is your relationship with food and eating?

4 easy-to-grow vegetables for beginners

Many of us would love to grow our own veggies but we either have a brown thumb or absolutely no clue how to do it! I love growing my own vegetables and herbs, and in this post I’ll give you the heads-up on four easy-to-grow varieties.

23 September 2020 by Guest post

What IS a healthy balanced diet for weight loss?

What IS a healthy balanced diet for weight loss?

Healthy weight loss happens when you lose weight slowly and steadily (around 1 kg or 2 pounds weight loss a week). Your goal is to...

16 September 2020 by Catherine Saxelby

What is your relationship with food and eating?

Gelatine or non-gelatine? What are fish oil capsules made from?

There are two main sorts of capsules that are used for medicines and supplements. One is of animal origin – a soft gel made from...

9 September 2020 by Catherine Saxelby

What is your relationship with food and eating?

Easy swaps for key pantry ingredients

So, you're ready to cook. Recipe ✔. Pans ✔.  Eggs ??? ✘ Oh no!  My quick list of easy pantry swaps can help you...

2 September 2020 by Catherine Saxelby

Maple syrup, hemp and

Maple syrup, hemp and "dessert desire" - all in the August 2020 Foodwatch Newsletter

There's a mixed bag of intriguing topics in this month's Foodwatch Newsletter.

25 August 2020 by Catherine Saxelby

What is your relationship with food and eating?

Oxidation and rancidity in fish oils

All oils are susceptible to oxidation, and fish oils are no exception. Unlike fresh fish, it’s difficult to tell whether or not a...

19 August 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 – Tassal Salmon Bacon

    12 August 2020 by, Guest reviewer

    Do you love to have bacon as part of your weekend big breakfast? Perhaps you’ve heard that bacon is quite high in saturated fat and/or salt and you’ve wondered if there are any healthier but still tasty, alternatives? Tassal has had the brilliant idea of making salmon bacon from smoked salmon.

  • Change your eating, change your life!

    Change your eating, change your life!

    5 August 2020 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Like most writers, I’m an avid reader. I especially read lots of nutrition books. I do like a classic, well-written overview on a specific topic and the odd faddish diet book (just to see what others are reading).

    Here’s a Baker’s Dozen (13) of nutrition books and related cookbooks that can improve your health and wellbeing this year.

    Changing your eating really can change your life!

  • Book Review: Fast Asleep By Dr Michael Mosley

    Book Review: Fast Asleep By Dr Michael Mosley

    22 July 2020 by, Guest Reviewer

    Subtitled, “How to get a really good night’s rest” Dr Michael Mosley’s latest book, Fast Asleep, promises to help you “improve brain function, reduce sugar cravings and boost your mood”. Does it deliver?

  • Product review: Alpine Lower-carb bread

    Product review: Alpine Lower-carb bread

    8 July 2020 by, Catherine Saxelby

    If you love bread but need to shed a little weight; or perhaps you’re trying to eat a diet lower in carbs; then this might be the bread for you! Tasting just like regular bread, this loaf has more protein, more fibre and less added sugars as well as lower carbs. Take a look as I check out how it measures up against ‘regular’ bread.

    clipboardThis post has been sponsored by Bertalli’s Alpine Breads.

  • 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.

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    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.

= Healthy Weight Loss =

  • What IS a healthy balanced diet for weight loss?

    What IS a healthy balanced diet for weight loss?

    16 September 2020 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Healthy weight loss happens when you lose weight slowly and steadily (around 1 kg or 2 pounds weight loss a week). Your goal is to lose weight while still getting your essential nutrients but from smaller portions. You certainly don’t want to be tired with no energy! That’s why you need regular healthy meals and snacks on hand to ensure your vitamins, minerals, omega-3s and fibre needs can be easily met. There is a new range of healthy weight loss meals available and it’s one that I’d like to recommend. With these ready meals, you’ll say goodbye to meal planning, shopping, meal preparation and cooking.

    This post is sponsored by Chefgood 

  • 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 …

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    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

    Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult or painful. As a nutritionist dedicated to helping busy women eat healthily I have the answer! Fresh vegetables are the key. They taste great, they’re full of vitamins, minerals and fibre too. Take a look…

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    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

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    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.

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    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?