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Changing Habits Blog

Importance of Eating Prebiotic Foods for Optimal Digestion

Eating a whole food diet which includes a variety of organic seasonal vegetables, probiotics from fermented foods and avoiding inflammation causing foods is critical to your optimal health. Cultures all over the world that still follow their tradition eat a variety of...

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When it Comes to Health, is There Such a Thing as a Quick-Fix?

Many people start their week by saying “I’m going to eat healthy food this week” but perhaps a day or two later, they end up saying “I don’t have time to cook healthy meals” or “I can’t afford it” or “healthy food doesn’t taste as good” and “this is too hard, I...

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Why Self-Care Matters for Mothers

These days, most Mum’s lives revolve around juggling the needs of others day in and day out, which often results in them putting themselves last. However this pattern isn’t sustainable because it’s not long before they start to feel overworked, stressed, utterly...

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Thyroid Health and Pregnancy

Thyroid disease is one of the most common endocrine illnesses in women of reproductive age and if unrecognised, it can increase the risk of miscarriages, placental abruption, hypertensive disorders and growth problems. Pregnancy poses a huge impact on the thyroid,...

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Three All-Natural Foods to Help Relieve Arthritis Symptoms

Did you know that there are over 120 different types of arthritis? According to the latest statistics, 3.85 million Australians have arthritis, which is 1 in 5 people! It’s also estimated that by the year 2050, 7 million Australians will suffer from arthritis. What...

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Arthritis Prevention – What Can Help?

Arthritis refers to a range of musculoskeletal conditions where the joints become inflamed, which may result in pain, stiffness, disability and/or deformity. These symptoms can often have a significant impact on a person's everyday life. In 2014-2015, 3.5 million...

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A Ketogenic Diet for Beginners

What Exactly is a Ketogenic Diet? Ketogenic diets seem to be the latest diet trend at the moment. But what exactly is a ketogenic diet? It’s a low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet with moderate amounts of protein. It involves drastically reducing your carbohydrate intake...

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Help Your Body Heal Naturally After Surgery

If you missed Part 1 to this blog series, click here to read all about how I prepared my body for surgery. Recently I had emergency surgery to remove all four of my wisdom teeth. The surgery I had required me to have general anaesthetic which renders you unconscious,...

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How to Naturally Prepare Your Body for Surgery so it Recovers FAST

In less than 24 hours I went from planning my weekend to planning emergency surgery… well, not quite ‘emergency surgery’ as I was lucky enough to have five days to prepare my body for it. But out of nowhere, one of my wisdom teeth got infected and started to cause me...

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Epigenetics and the Influence of Our Genes

“Genetics load the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger.” Caldwell Esselstyn Do our genes have an influence on our health? You might have heard many people around you say, ’My Mum’s overweight, so that’s why I’m heavy too, it’s in my genes’ or ‘My dad had a heart attack...

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The Importance of Prevention in Health Care

Prevention – what does that even mean? The definition of ‘prevention’ is to keep from occurring, avert, hinder or stall. Let's first look at the state of our health, then look at what has caused this instability of health and what do we do to change habits in order to...

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How to Read a Food Label

When I was studying to become a nutritionist, we were taught to always refer to the nutrition panel on food. This is the table that lists the amount of fat, salt, sugar, carbohydrates and protein in the food. So, I began to do this and became obsessed by it. I knew...

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What to Eat if You’ve had Gallstones or Gallbladder Removal

There seems to be a common trend that ‘if you suffer from gallstones then the solution is to remove your gallbladder.’ Why? Every organ within our body has its own function and is vital for your body to perform optimally. If the organ wasn’t serving a purpose, why...

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Signs You Might Have Candida and What You Can Do About It

Yes, I have been there. I had a number of symptoms of a candida overgrowth for years before I even realised it. Eventually my body wouldn’t allow me to ignore the symptoms anymore. I researched my symptoms and was positive I had candida, which was confirmed when I had...

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5 Easy Ways to Make Your Coffee Healthier

Coffee doesn’t just give you a boost in the morning by keeping you alert; it also helps to improve cognitive function, mood, reaction time, memory and raises the metabolism. Coffee also appears to lower the risk of liver cancer. There are also many nutrients found in...

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How to Encourage Your Loved One to Adopt Healthy Habits

Whether it’s a friend, family member, or significant other, many of us have someone close to us who may need a (rather large) nudge in the right direction when it comes to their health. Maybe it's someone who could get off the couch more often, or add more green...

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Soy – Is It As Healthy As You Think?

Today, it’s really easy to become a vegetarian or vegan as the soy industry has created numerous products for vegetarians and vegans to get their daily protein needs. From the humble soy bean we have soy flour, tempeh, tofu, soy milk, soy sauce, vegetable oil, miso,...

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10 Vegetarian Protein Options That Won’t Destroy Your Gut

Protein is important to our health because it is one of the building blocks for our body. Without it, we wouldn’t function at our best and our bodies wouldn’t be able to support us in the long-term. When most people think about protein, they think of meat, fish,...

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Travelling Abroad the Healthy Way

I’ve recently just come home from a 3 week holiday in the South Island of New Zealand. Anyone that loves hiking, adventures and hates the humidity as much as I do would understand why I wanted to stay there forever, it was glorious. People often ask me how I managed...

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Ketosis – can we achieve it in a pill?

The body’s ability to be healthy is not hard. It just needs clean air, clean water, real foods, movement, a sense of purpose and meaningful human connection.Science has changed all this:- funding, interests, poor design, poor hypothesis, non-replicable research have...

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8 Signs Your Body Is Inflamed and What You Can Do About It

Inflammation in your body is absolutely crucial. When your body perceives something as a threat, it protects itself and this process is called an inflammatory response.Many chemical signals are produced in the body which defend it from triggers such as consuming...

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