Coffee, Cortisol and Weight Gain

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages. It contains many biologically active compounds including caffeine and a number of antioxidants. In addition to the stimulant effects of caffeine, coffee elevates the levels of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol plays a key role in the stress response and is a critical modulator of metabolism. Features…

Tomato & chickpea salad

Ingredients 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved 400g can chickpeas, drained 100g kalamata olives, pitted 2 teaspoons capers (optional) 1 red onion, finely sliced Parsley, for garnish Dressing Ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil ½ juice of lemon Pinch of sugar Salt and pepper Method Dressing: Combine all ingredients and mix well. Combine cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, red…

Chicken nibbles

Ingredients (16 pieces) 1/3 cup salt-reduced soy sauce 1/4 cup honey 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated 16 (2kg) chicken legs Sliced green onion, to serve Method Combine soy, honey, garlic and ginger in a jug. Place chicken in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add half the marinade. Toss chicken…

10 Signs of Candida Overgrowth

You might be wondering, what on earth is candida? Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast, and a very small amount of it lives in your mouth and intestines. Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption but, when overproduced, candida breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates…

Bloating after Eating

Waistband suddenly feeling tight?  It might not just be that you’ve eaten too much. Like hundreds of thousands of people — women and men — you could be suffering from stomach bloat, which can be triggered by anything from fluctuating hormones to eating certain foods. Sometimes it can be caused by a simple glass of…

Asian bean cakes

Ingredients (serve 4) 2 x 400g cans cannellini beans, drained, rinsed 3 teaspoons Thai red curry paste 2 kaffir lime leaves (see note), shredded 1/2 cup coriander leaves 4 spring onions, sliced Plain flour, for dusting 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil 100g Asian mixed salad leaves (see note) Sweet chilli sauce, to serve Method Place…

Baked spinach and cheese mushrooms

  Ingredients (serve 4) 80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves 8 (about 600g) large Portobello mushrooms, stems trimmed 90g baby spinach leaves 300g provolone or mozzarella, cut into 16 slices ½ loaf olive bread, thickly sliced, chargrilled Method Preheat oven to…