What is your medicine doing to you?

Well, it seems we have a different ‘week’ each sunday – and this one is no exception! – We’re now in Be Medicinewise Week… but one which I think is good to highlight, especially as we have around 70% of Australians taking at least one medicine per week.

Also, the Medical Journal of Australian states that

  • 16% of hospital patients may have adverse effects from medicines, of which
  • 50% are preventable and
  • 10% of these may lead to permanent disability or death.

The reasons for this are many, but its important to know exactly what medications you are taking (i.e. active ingredients) and why – its all too easy sometimes to Continue reading

Welcome to Australia’s ‘Healthy Weight Week’

Organised by the dietitians Association of Australia this week (23jan-30jan) is Healthy Weight Week, it is designed to make people more attuned to how important it is to both achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle AND weight. All around Australia local communities get together and hold events to promote this, from

free water aerobics,

to seminars about how to eat right,

to local retail pharmacies giving free advice.

It also promotes how a qualified Dietician/Naturopath can assist in Don’t stop here, there’s more!..

Is Vitamin D deficiency making your child fat?.

There has been a lot of press lately about the population being deficient in Vitamin D – in fact, up to 80% of the Australian population are said to have insufficient levels. 1.

Now we know that Vitamin D plays an intrinsic role in calcium metabolism,the immune and nervous system, bone, heart and kidney health, but in recent research from South America, it is also being linked to obesity in children (in a study by the University of Michigan, pub. in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). Over a 2 1/2 year period, it was found that as their Vitamin D dropped, their fat layers went up. Of course the flip side is that fat also absorbs Vitamin D, which could be a reason why larger kids may have less Vitamin D in their blood!

I think at the end of the day, it may be a.. Continue reading

I will get into those Jeans!

Week Three: I really do hope that you are keeping up with the goals you set out at the beginning of the year, but, if you haven’t…don’t worry, for a start you’re not alone, and secondly here’s a few ideas on how to get right back on that wagon..

  • know what it is you want to achieve, redefine if necessary & write it all down
  • Be very specific, “i will fit into my size 12 jeans by Easter”
  • make a timetable for the week, for all your exercise, keep it mixed and don’t overextend yourself

It’s been a very traumatic start to the year for many Australians, and at the end of the day what we all want is to have good health but of course no one else can give it to us – it’s UP TO YOU, (with a little push from me!)

Keep it UP!

Week two: So far so good – I have actually kept to my resolutions… I’m pleased that I have been eating extremely well for the last couple of weeks. I’ve also been taking my vitamin supplements daily, (my Orac 3000, my Vitagest, Multi Essentials and of course good old UltraClean EPA/DHA fish Oil!) – something I had neglected before.

People assume that because you work in the Fitness industry and look really healthy, that its easy – well let me tell you it ain’t! Some days I have to force myself to get to the gym – but afterwards I’m always glad that I did. keep on reading..

Are you ready to Commit to be Fit?!

Week one: Here it is…2011, we’ve made it!… now the question is what are we going to do with it?  have you made a heap of New Year resolutions? Will you stick to them, or if so for how long?

Of course resolutions shouldn’t just be for New Year… but for life!

“Set your goals high and don’t stop till you get there”                       – Bo Jackson

Well Said!

This blog is about Health & Fitness – I’m going to talk about different issues and obstacles that people face in trying to achieve their health & fitness goals, and how to get over them, plus give you some hey- Keep reading!…