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For many of us, the start of a new year brings the opportunity to make lifestyle changes, whether it’s eating better, exercising more, quitting smoking or reducing stress.
Christmas is fast approaching and can be a time when health takes a back seat. But the NND team has plenty of tips to help you stay healthy over the festive season.
Eating well doesn’t have to mean totally overhauling your diet. Making just a few small swaps to your usual meals and snacks can really add up. By switching over some key ingredients in some of your common meals, you can cut kilojoules, saturated fat, sugar and salt while boosting fibre and your overall nutrition.
It can take some time for your taste buds to adapt to a lower salt intake but low-salt cooking certainly doesn’t need to be tasteless. The key is adding flavor from different herbs and spices, many of which have the added benefit of providing...
Do you wake up with a fairly flat stomach most mornings, but find your clothes unbearably tight around your middle by the end of the day? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, studies show that 16 to 30 per cent of the general population experiences the uncomfortable symptoms of bloating.
The value for carbohydrate on a food label tells you the total amount of carbs from both starches and sugars. If you are watching your blood glucose and insulin levels, it is the total carbs that really matters. If you have diabetes, spreading...
Do your clothes usually feel a bit tighter when Spring rolls around? If so, you are not alone. Research has shown that winter weight gain is common, although on average it’s no more than a kilogram or two. But if you’re concerned about gaining weight over the colder months, check out our tips for avoiding winter weight gain,
Heart disease is something we all need to take seriously. According to the Heart Foundation, one Australian dies of heart disease every 30 minutes - that’s 52 deaths every day. Nine out of 10 Australian adults have at least one risk factor for...
Iron is a key component of haemoglobin in red blood cells, which transport oxygen around the body. A deficiency can cause tiredness, fatigue, lowered immunity and a reduced capacity to exercise. While red meat is an important source of iron,...
One in three Australians is at risk of developing kidney disease, yet most of us don’t do anything to prevent it. To celebrate Kidney Health Week, we explain how to make sure your kidneys last a lifetime.
Image courtesy of glycemicindex.com While most people are now familiar with GI and the benefits of eating more low GI foods, the difference between glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL) is something many people get confused about. The GI is...
It’s a good question and the answer is: it depends on the vegetable.
Are you sick of setting your New Year’s resolution to lose weight every time January 1st rolls around? Do you start the year with good intentions, enthusiasm and the latest diet (there are plenty on offer!) but after the initial few kilos come off, motivation seems to wane, life gets busy and you find yourself back to your old habits, and your old weight, or even a few kilograms more?
Looking for a healthy Christmas gift for that someone special? We’ve got plenty of ideas to choose from, to suit all tastes and budgets.
In September, the World Cancer Research Fund, as part of their Continuous Update Project, published a new report on the impact of lifestyle factors on risk of colorectal (bowel) cancer. While it doesn’t get the same media exposure as other...
While making healthy food choices is essential for good health and weight management, the amount we eat is also important. And due to increasing portion sizes of packaged foods, fast foods and restaurant meals, alongside bigger bowls, plates and glasses, many of us have lost touch of how much we eat.
Subtitled “Living Younger, Healthier, Longer”, this book is an evidence-based guide to the lifestyle factors that impact ageing, with plenty of practical information and tips you can implement to help live a longer and healthier life.
If you’ve ever eaten when you’re stressed, bored, angry or upset, even if you weren’t actually hungry, you’re not alone. There are many reasons why we eat in response to our emotional state – food can provide pleasure and improve mood, eating can be a distraction from unpleasant or stressful situations, or we may have developed a habit of using food as a reward or way of feeling better.