Author: Nereda Merrin

Build a New Habit: Don’t Eat While Using a Screen

Could your weight management problems relate to eating while watching TV or using your computer or scrolling through your social media?⠀ Research indicates that those who eat while distracted  are likely to consume not only more food while distracted but also more food in their following meal, whether they are hungry or not (Robinson et al, 2013).  This over time causes unnecessary weight gain which could potentially be avoided by removing the distraction during your meals. For instance...

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Slow Cooker Lamb and Barley Soup

This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law and it is so delicious and easy that I just have to share it as we head into the cooler winter months. Serves: 4 - 6 Ingredients 1 onion, finely chopped 1 fennel, finely chopped 2 carrots, peeled and diced 2 sticks celery, finely diced 1 cup sweet potato, peeled and diced 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed (swap to 1-2 tablespoon garlic-infused oil if you have a FODMAP...

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Bloating

As a nutritionist I find I spend a fair bit of time talking about bloating. Many of my clients find it awkward, annoying and confusing. But it's also preventable, predictable, and even kind of normal, sometimes. Today I'm answering common questions about bloating that you might be too shy to ask. You might be surprised by what you learn.  1.  What exactly is bloating? What causes it? Most of the time, bloating is due to a build-up of...

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Carbs after 6pm?

Carbohydrates After 6pm Will Not Make You Fat Carbohydrates are something that many people fear and tend to avoid when trying to lose or manage their weight. The fact is carbs don’t make you gain fat, and the silly myth that eating carbs after 6pm will make you fatter is drivel. Last time I checked, food cannot tell the time, so let’s do-away with this thinking right now. The time of day you eat your carbohydrates makes...

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Are You Healthy The Size You’re At?

How you look in your favourite jeans or dress does not indicate whether your body (and mind) is healthy. It merely indicates that you are happy with your appearance in relation to the cultural norm.⠀Good health is about so much more than how you look but so often a person’s lead reason to change their dietary pattern is weight loss because their body no longer fits the media-determined mold. How do you tell if you...

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The Link Between Stress and Gut Health

Stress. It’s a struggle for all of us at one time or another, but did you know that recurrent stress, that heightened sense of urgency, anxiety, fear or even adrenaline that is often present in your fast-paced modern lives can chip away at the foundations of your health. In particular, it can chip away at your microbiome, with research showing that ongoing stress can negatively affect the trillions of healthy bacteria in our gut resulting...

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Dietary Fats: The Good, The Bad & The In-Between

Here is a fascinating look at dietary fats from our Nutritionist, Nereda Merrin. For years, fat was a four-letter word. We were urged to banish it from our diets whenever possible. We switched to low-fat foods. But the shift didn't make us healthier, probably because we cut back on healthy fats as well as harmful ones and within processed foods the space left by fat was filled by sugar. What we know to be true now, is...

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