Low Energy Diets – for Type 2 Diabetes


When attempting weight loss it’s important to remember that dietary changes need to be sustainable for long-term success.

Type 2 Diabetes (and other chronic diseases) is associated with obesity. Many research studies show that weight loss can significantly: 1) reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes (and other chronic diseases), and/or 2) improve control of type 2 diabetes, resulting in complete remission in some cases. There are many ‘diets’ designed to achieve this desired weight loss and one that is currently getting a lot of attention in the media is the: very-low-energy diet, also known as VLED. Are VLEDs the best method to achieve the best results when it comes to preventing and controlling diabetes?

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What’s the difference between cocoa and raw cacao?

Is there even a difference between Cocoa and raw Cacao? Well here are some facts to help explain the difference:

Raw Cacao undergoes a process of cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. This process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the cacao butter (fat). Cacao is the purest form of chocolate and is less processed than other forms of chocolate. Consequently, not all chocolate is healthy, which most probably includes the majority of your favorite chocolate bars! When referring to chocolate as healthy, we are talking about chocolate that includes raw cacao as a main ingredient!

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DAA Announcement as NERO First Corporate Member Partner

Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) are very excited to announce NERO as our first associate partner in the newly created member’s corporate partnership category. NERO has today launched their revolutionary platform and app. As a special offer to our members, Dietitian and CEO of NERO, Maya McColm has confirmed an extended free trial period of 60 days to all members who sign up now………….

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The Magic Lunchbox

THE MAGIC LUNCHBOX                            


Most children spend at least 7 hours at school each school day. .


Their time at school is physically and mentally challenging. Good nutrition helps provide them with the energy and vitality required to function effectively in the classroom and on the sporting field

Children that have a more substantial lunch at school are also less likely to binge or graze on high energy/fat snack foods when they get home.

Most parents appreciate the importance of good nutrition and aim to provide healthy food choices for their children. Creating “the magic lunchbox” (whereby the healthy contents magically vanish – by being consumed) is important for children’s overall nutrition. Uneaten and discarded lunches are a waste of ‘food’, ‘effort’ and ‘money’. All of which are rare and precious commodities.

This article aims to outline some suggestions on how you can create a “Magic Lunchbox” for your child.

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It Is Not All About The Weight!

This may be the time that we officially celebrate “The Australian Healthy Weight Week”, but it is not All About The Weight?

Research has shown that “dieting” and an obsession with the scales can have a negative effect on your motivation for weight control.


Dieting” can lead to short-term weight loss, but it is also associated with a feeling of deprivation or hunger, making it unsustainable. Often, when we can’t have something like cakes and chocolates, we only want it more, resulting in unhealthy yo-yo weight changes and an overall weight gain.

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Good Carbohydrate – Really?


The populist social media bandwagon has demonized carbohydrates as the perpetrators of the obesity and diabetes epidemic. We are told to “quit sugar”, “avoid gluten” and to “stop eating all carbohydrates” as they make us fat.

Carbohydrate critics or “carbophobes” blame all carbohydrate foods for stimulating the production of insulin, which in turn causes the pancreas to wear out and our bodies to get fatter and fatter. In summary, carbohydrates are nutritional villains sabotaging our efforts to be thin.

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Are We Living Longer and Getting Taller?

Why Are We Living Longer and Getting Taller Food, Medicine or Both????

It is no secret that we are living longer than our ancestors.

In prehistoric times, the average life span was only 20 – 35 years. By the 1700s, people were living between 36 – 48 years and this average increased to approximately 51 years in the 1800s. In 1960s the average life expectancy was around 70 years and now it is approximately 82 years.


Why are we living longer?

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How to Ensure that Our Salads are Safe

How to ensure that our salads are safe and Salmonella free for a healthy lifestyle?


Salads are generally thought of as a nutritious food, beaming with nutrients and fibre that are important for a healthy diet. But the recent Salmonella scare is a strong reminder that good health is not all about what we eat, but how we buy, store and prepare our food.

How does contamination occur?

Salmonella can be found in 1) the fertilizer (i.e. manure), 2) irrigation water, 3) the soil that the lettuce has grown in, 4) surrounding animals or wildlife, or via 5) the farm workers.

Although, Salmonella contamination is not common, it can occur in large farming corporations as well as in your own home vegetable garden.

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Why Don’t Diets Work?


Although humans are one species, we are all very different. We have different body shapes, different genetic makeups and different past relationships with food.

For this reason, nutritional advice should be designed to suit the individual and one “diet” does not fit all.

For example, the BMI or body mass index is a general guide for a desirable healthy weight range, but this weight range does not suit everyone. Your ideal weight range may not fall within the BMI recommendations, but still be a healthy weight.

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The Milk Paradoxical


The Dairy “Paradoxical” – Why isn’t low fat dairy more beneficial for weight loss compared to full fat dairy products?



There are many types of milk products on the supermarket shelf so, which one is the healthier choice?

As an Accredited Dietitian for more than 30 years, I have followed the logical doctrine that:

  • Full fat milk and other dairy products such as yoghurts and cheese, has more energy than low fat dairy and therefore, low fat dairy is recommended for weight loss; and,
  • Full fat dairy products have more saturated fats than their low fat equivalent products. Saturated fats are damaging to our heart and blood vessels and therefore low fat is better for heart health than full fat products

But the evidence that is emerging from many research studies is consistently disputing the notion that eating full fat dairy products is worse for your health or your waistline than low fat – “the dairy paradoxical!”

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