Weight Loss to Prevent Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes and Pre-diabetes Type 2 diabetes is a disorder that affects the way the body uses digested food for growth and energy. Normally, the food one eats is broken down into glucose, a form of sugar. The glucose then passes into the bloodstream, where it is used by the cells for growth and…

Mediterranean roast vegetables

Ingredients 1 Butternut pumpkin, halved, seeded, peeled, thickly sliced 2 red onions, cut into wedges 1 red bell pepper, halved, seeded, thickly sliced length ways 200g olives 3 sprigs fresh rosemary Olive oil spray 100g blue cheese, crumbled  Method Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the pumpkin, onion, bell pepper, olives and rosemary in a roasting…

Full-of-greens frittata

Ingredients (serves 4) 250g baby spinach leaves 2 tsp olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 250g zucchini (baby marrow), coarsely grated 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind 4 eggs 4 egg whites 100g reduced-fat fresh ricotta 2 tbs finely grated parmesan 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives 100g skinless roasted red capsicum, finely chopped Method Preheat…

Chargrilled vegetable stacks

Ingredients (serves 4) Olive oil spray 1 brown onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 x 400g can no-added-salt diced tomatoes 1 small (about 300g) eggplant, ends trimmed, cut lengthways into four 1cm-thick slices 300g sweet potato, peeled, cut lengthways into four 5mm-thick slices 1 large zucchini (baby marrow), ends trimmed, cut into eight…

Diets that harm blood circulation

Your blood circulation can get bogged down if you are overweight and have a low blood count, high blood pressure and narrowed arteries, among other risk factors. All of these health problems can stem from dietary causes, many of which are common faults in the average western diet.  High Saturated Fat and Cholesterol If you…

Foods that help with menopause hot flashes

Hot flashes can happen at any time leaving you sweaty and red-faced. Although other hormonal conditions can cause them, hot flashes are frequently due to menopause. Regular exercise and a healthy diet consisting of soy, whole grains, low-fat dairy, fish, meat, eggs, nuts and a variety of fruits and vegetables can help to significantly reduce…

Diabetes, Insulin and High Blood Sugar

Your body has a system that keeps blood sugar in balance. When blood sugar levels in the body go over the limit, the pancreas secretes insulin to bring it under control. If blood sugar levels get low, the liver releases stored sugar to restore blood sugar level to between 3.88 mmol/L and 6.11 mmol/L. If…

5 Steps to lose unwanted belly fat

Unwanted belly fat? The decision to lose unwanted belly fat is essential to your overall health and well-being – individuals with excessive mid-section fat are more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Since you cannot specifically target weight loss to just belly fat, you will need to modify your overall lifestyle – including…

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients (serves 4 – 6 as a side dish) 1Kg sweet potatoes, about 3 large ones ¼ cup olive or canola oil 1-2 Tbsp sugar 1 Tbsp salt 1-2 Tbsp spice or spice combination of your choice: chipotle powder, smoked paprika, Chinese five-spice, pumpkin pie spice, masala, Cajun seasoning, etc. Method Preheat oven to 230°C.…