How to prevent bloating & cramps

Suffer from cramps, flatulence or bloating? A few subtle tweaks to your diet could make all the difference. 1. USE PROBIOTICS “Some strains of probiotics, such as lactobacillus plantarum and bifidobacteria infantis, may help reduce abdominal pain, flatulence and belly distension,” says CK Yao, a research dietitian at Monash University. Probiotics can also promote anti-inflammatory effects by interacting with the gut immune system. “This may help to reduce hyper-sensitivity reactions…

April 2, 2015
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Green smoothie recipe

Looking for healthy smoothie recipes to kick-start the new year? This green smoothie is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. Ingredients » Handful of spinach» Handful of strawberries» 1 pear » 1 banana» 1 scoop organic vanilla protein powder» 1 cup green tea (prepared as you would a cuppa) What you’ll doThrow all ingredients into a blender and press go. Pour into your favourite vessel – a Mason jar adds a nice…

April 2, 2015
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5 steps to changing your taste buds

Is it possible to change your taste buds and learn to like healthy foods? The answer is a resounding YES. First up, identify which kind of taster you are: HYPOTASTERYou love…foods with strong flavours like chilli or pepper? Do you add lashings of salad dressing when others would find it to tart? HYPERTASTERYou love… subtle, simple flavours and moderate textures – you’re not the one sucking down slimy oysters. Step…

April 1, 2015
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Chia pancakes with strawberries

We love these chia pancakes with strawberries and Greek yoghurt from our January BodyBlitz winner Leah Raynsford. “I came up with my chia pancakes as I wanted a low-carb option that would still contribute to my daily fibre intake,” Leah explains. “I serve them with either Queen’s sugar-free maple syrup or zero per cent fat Greek yoghurt and strawberries.” Ingredients »    125 g (1⁄2 cup) egg whites»    1⁄4 tsp baking…

April 1, 2015
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Chocolate lover’s mug cake

This chocolate mug cake is made from protein powder, cacao and stevia. Best of all, it’s ready in 65 seconds! Ingredients: (serves 1) 1 scoop chocolate protein powder 1 tsp cacao 1 tsp stevia sweetener 1 egg white 1⁄4 tsp baking powder 1 tbsp skim milk Method: Mix all ingredients well in a mug. When a well-mixed batter is formed, microwave for 45 to 65 seconds depending on microwave power….

April 1, 2015
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1,500 calorie diet review (editor road test)

If you’ve ever logged your intake in MyFitnessPal, you’ll have faced the cruel fact I recently did: you don’t get much food for 1,500 calories.   A couple of globs of nut butter and a protein shake and you’re down to 1,000. So when I was asked to road test Dietlicious’ 1,500 calorie seven-day plan, my head convo went something like this. Voice 1: But I hate being hungry. Voice…

April 1, 2015
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Weight loss protein powders – what to look out for

Weight-loss is one of the most popular uses of protein powder, even being used as total meal replacement shakes. So what should you look out for? How do they work? Proteins have a ‘thermic’ effect, meaning that they create heat in the body through the process of digestion. Since proteins take a lot of energy to digest, you burn more calories after eating a meal high in protein,” says nutritionist…

March 31, 2015
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Coffee linked to weight gain

Can coffee cause weight gain? In some people caffeine can lead to hormonal changes that encourage fat storage. “When you consume caffeine, it sends a message to the pituitary gland in your brain to alert your adrenal glands to make adrenalin,” says Dr Libby Weaver, author of Rushing Woman’s Syndrome. “Your body thinks it is in danger so this causes a ‘fight or flight’ response, which leads your blood sugar…

March 31, 2015
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5 foods to improve your memory

March 31, 2015

 Want to improve your memory? Try these 5 foods to boost your brain power. Pears and apples (with the skin on) This is high in quercetin, an antioxidant that appears to provide protection against brain degeneration shows research from Cornell University. Brown Rice This is brain friendly because it contains GABA (gamma-aminobutyric), an amino acid that helps prevent memory impairment. GABA is an important neurotransmitter (chemical messenger) in the brain…

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