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The latest review of our nation's health has found that two out of three Australian adults are now overweight or, much worse, obese. From the Australian Bureau of Statistics Health Survey released late last month, it has become apparent that we are giving up smoking more and drinking less however the issue remains as to how much we eat. Over the last four years the number of overweight Australians rose by 2 million—almost 10% of our total population.

With figures such as this it comes as no surprise that weight loss is big business in Australia but do weight loss and dieting companies really have their clients long-term interests at heart? Or are they more focused on providing a quick fix to keep the companies profits rolling in?

There appears to be confusion on what exactly people should be doing to overcome their weight issues.

Not a week goes by without a new celebrity endorsed diet for us to try, more often then not contradicting what a previous one recommended. Prescribed dieting techniques that may work for some are not guaranteed to produce results for others. Low carb, low calorie, low fat diets? It is very difficult to understand the difference between each? We also now know that losing weight doesn't necessary mean you are likely to become more healthy in the process. The list of mixed messages goes on.

So how can we sift through the fact from the fiction?

It's time to get back to the basics and take a simplified approach to becoming healthier as individuals and as a nation. The emphasis should be shifted from weight loss, and focused on changing lifestyle habits. Although shock diets may seem like the quickest path to reaching weight loss goals, people often find that they begin to pile the weight back on just as quickly as they lost it as many of their unhealthy lifestyle habits remain unchanged.

To avoid this constant weight fluctuation it is important to take a long term and measured approach. The benefits of regular exercise are well documented so gradually increasing the intensity and frequency of your fitness and exercise program is important. To compliment exercise, people are now finding a simple technique to help them achieve their health goals; reducing the portion size of meals.

UK celebrity chef Nigella Lawson (Host of a new Italian-inspired BBC cooking show Nigellissima) was well known for her 'curves' until recent interviews have shown her with a slimmer new look. What's her secret? Well it's no secret; just ask one of her 245,000 plus followers on twitter.

By posting photos of her own meals (along with other culinary tips) on twitter it became very clear that the key component of Nigella's gradual weight loss journey was to limit the portion sizes of her meals. Last year Nigella stated in an interview "I love food and I love cooking so therefore I never deprive myself", and the twitter photos are further proof of this. Included in the series of photos are meals consisting of steak and chips, fried eggs and pizza, however the noticeably smaller portion sizes are evidence of a realistic and achievable weight loss strategy. Along with the reduced portion size, Nigella credits her healthy new image to a disciplined yoga and pilates program.

Like Nigella, by taking the emphasis off purely weight loss and instead challenging yourself to implement healthy lifestyle and eating habits you are giving yourself a greater chance for success. Not only will you feel better physically and enjoy increased levels of energy, you will notice the benefits both mentally and spiritually also.

In summary, don't aim for a quick fix, set yourself small achievable goals to change your habits that will benefit you and your health long term.

Our range of Tanita Body Fat and Body Composition scales provide everyone and anyone wishing to pursue a healthy lifestyles, the tools that will assist in achieving their personal fitness goals.

The Tanita UM-051 Body Fat and Hydration monitor allows the ability to monitor your body and the effects of diet and fitness routines. The monitor helps measure weight, hydration and gives an accurate measurement of body fat percentage.  It also  has a healthy range indicator which tells you your suggested healthy range based on age group and gender. The UM 051 retails for $119.00 and comes with a 5-year manufacturer's warranty.

For more information on Tanita products please visit tanitaaustralia.com.au

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Healthy Stats

Only 25% of Australians exercise daily

Compared with other daily rituals...

- 86% who watch TV

- 82% spend time on the internet/ computer/ tablet

- 38% use their mobile

- 61% socialising with friends/family

On average only 15% of the day is spent being active.

The average exercise time of Australian's is 45 mins

Over the last 50 years there has been a 30% increase in portion size of meals.

24% of Australians think the correct serving size of carbs is about a whole handful when in fact the correct size is the palm of your hand.

61% of Australians are overweight. Half of these people don't think they are overweight.

Did you know it can take...

- 2 hours to burn off a snickers bar

- 1 hour to burn off can of coke

- 2.5 hours for 2 glasses of wine

- 2 hours for a sausage roll

- 2 hours handful of peanuts

- an apple can be burnt off almost instantly

*Statistics Courtesy of Plate of Our Nation.
Thursday, 19 December 2013 07:53

Wholefoods Simply!

At 31 years of age I still cannot sleep on Christmas Eve! I have given up hope of ever growing out of it! I am beginning to think that I love Christmas Eve almost as much as the day itself. My husband and I will get the kids off to bed and then, like many of you, we will start madly wrapping and removing gifts from their hiding places. My husband will drink beer and I suspect there will be stories about the Christmas he got a Walkman and how wonderful it was, how times are changing, I am sure you can imagine the rest. I will follow along as if I haven't heard it many, many times before. We will reflect on the year that has been with rose coloured glasses and there will be love in the air.

We have had Christmas' with each of our families and Christmas' with just the two of us. Christmas' with friends in the middle of nowhere and Christmas' with family in gorgeous parts of the country. Christmas' at my old home town, and Christmas' in just about every State of Australia! Today however, the Christmas' we love the most are the ones we spend in our home, together, just doing our thing and indulging the little people.

The Christmas buzz is in the air, it will only get louder from here! I want to get amongst it; I want Christmas to go on and on. I'm starting with this slice, I think it makes a perfect Christmas gift. If however it is far too early for you to think about such things then just keep it for yourself!

Christmas Slice

1 cup (150 grams) roughly chopped cacao butter

1/2 cup raw cashews

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

4 tablespoons of maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract

1/4 cup goji berries

1/4 cup pistachios

Melt the cacao butter over low heat.

Blend the cashews and coconut at high speed until it is a smooth paste, I have a high speed blender and still this takes a little while. Reduce the speed and slowly pour in the melted cacao butter, vanilla and maple syrup. Blend until well combined, to ensure it is smooth I again increase the speed. Pour the mixture into a silicon loaf tin, evenly sprinkle the berries and pistachios over the top. Put it in the fridge to set. Chop and enjoy.

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Saturday, 07 December 2013 19:02

The Inspiring Nicole Joy!

Nicole Joy is an inspirational foodie who shares her story of rediscovering her love of food, particularly the sweet kind, through her successful blog and sellout dessert classes she hosts.

Nicole believes in nourishing the body and soul with delicious, wholesome ingredients, and advocates that healthy eating does not mean compromising on flavour. A former school teacher and entrepreneur at heart, Nicole's broad-ranging experience includes successfully developing her own jewellery line, being crowned Miss World QLD, hosting a children's program on Channel 9, and establishing her own sleepwear label.

Her anticipated new book, Why it's perfectly acceptable to eat dessert for breakfast, is available online at www.nicolejoyinspire.com.

Lifenfork recently caught up with Nicole to ask a few questions about life and her new book.

1. How did your personal journey influence your recipes in the book?

There was a time when I had a very negative relationship with myself and my body, but after a beautiful friend of mine introduced me to meditation and mindfulness I learned to eat intuitively and started to listen to what my body (and soul) needed. She introduced me to raw foods and although I am not a raw foodie, I fell in love with the raw dessert concept and those first recipes I started to play around with are the foundations for this book.

2.      If you could pick a recipe to enjoy on Christmas Day, what would it be.

Definitely the Strawberries + Cream tart – imagine tucking into that on Christmas morning!

3.      What inspired you to include a section for children in your latest cook book.

Having a teaching background, I know first hand just how many children suffer from food intolerances, and more often than not, they miss out at kids parties and celebrations in the classrooms. Not to mention all the processed junk that so many kids come to school with.  The Yum! (for the little ones) section provides mouth watering recipes for kids and adults alike -minus all the sugar and preservatives found in traditional sweets. Wait until you try the strawberry coconut fudge slice – heaven!

4.      You have dabbled in many roles in your life, can you please tell us more about the many forms of your role as a teacher.

I firmly believe that I am a natural born teacher – I just didn't fit into the 4 walls of a school classroom, it just wasn't for me. My cooking classes, which I plan to take around Australia next year see me back in front of people, sharing my story and empowering people's choices. I don't proclaim to be an expert with a 'magic answer' – I am simply sharing my story and what has worked for me. There is no better reward for me to hear that I have inspired someone to start nourishing the most important relationship they have with anyone – the one they have with themselves.

5.      Describe your perfect day

A walk with my puppy Nobby

A swim in the ocean with my husband

Meditation

Green smoothie + yummy breakfast with girlfriends

Sending out loads of books to happy customers

A cooking class

A home cooked meal by mum, shared over some good red wine and my nearest and dearest

To purchase her new book, Why it's perfectly acceptable to eat dessert for breakfast, visit www.nicolejoyinspire.com

Thursday, 05 December 2013 06:40

@Home Chef's Competition

It's back for Summer 2014!

At lifenfork.com.au we know that many of you at home can match it in the kitchen with some of the most famous and flamboyant celebrity chef's from across Australia and around the globe. At lifenfork.com.au we want to showcase the best homemade recipe to the food lovers of Australia.

The twenty best recipes that are received between now and the end of January will have their homemade recipe published online for our website subscribers and visitors to read and to try out in thier own homes.

If your favorite homemade recipe is judged as one of the three winners of our @Home Chef's Promotion, this recipe along with your personal food story will be published online at lifenfork.com.au. You will also recieve one of three cookware prize packs valued at $500.

So if you are a lover of all things food, this is a great opportunity to display your talents to Australia.

Simply go online and tell us your food story, submit your best homemade recipe and you will go into the draw to have it published and to Win!

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 20:31

Green Smoothie Revolution

Have You Noticed?

It seems that one day, we woke up and were surrounded by the green smoothie revolution. On initial glance, the thought of swallowing a thick, creamy concoction of vegetables and fruits seems somewhat unpalatable, however if you take a closer look the health benefits may persuade you to take the plunge.

What Are They?

A green smoothie is a blended drink of vegetables, fruits and the good fats, plus other super food supplements, if you choose. The blended up nature of the green smoothie, allows you to increase your consumption of fruit and vegetables in a way, which is more easily digested that eating them alone.

Health Benefits

The green smoothie convert could rattle off a multitude of benefits but here we will list just a few to wet your appetite. If you are a skeptic like many, perhaps push your own personal boundaries and give them a try. What have you got to lose?

To put it simply, green smoothies pack a punch of goodness to your body.

The greens you put in are rich in chlorophyll, which increase the hemoglobin in your blood, this in turn means that you have an increase in oxygen dense blood, which helps the cells in your body thrive.

Greens can have an alkalizing impact on the body and they are packed with antioxidants, which help you build a defense system and protect yourself against disease and illness.

You will have more energy and improved mental function. We can all benefit from that! Imagine what additional fun things we could squeeze into our day if we were supercharged and nourished.

As a result of consuming what some would call  'the elixir of life', you will increase your fibre intake, improving your digestion. As a result you will have clearer skin and you may even lose some weight if that was your desire.

Many claim that they will reduce your cravings for the unhealthy foods that often dominate our plate, when we are rushing through our busy and sometimes stressful ways of life.

If nothing more, just looking at the smoothie will inspire you to lead a more healthy, active life. Once devouring it you can give yourself a pat on the back and feel proud.  It will make you feel good about yourself, for caring enough to feed your body well, which in turn feeds your soul.

So, how about it? Give the green smoothie a go today. Dare you.

A Green Smoothie Recipe for Beginners!

Ingredients

1 cup of kale

1 cup of water

1/2 cup frozen mango

½ pineapple

1 frozen banana

Method

Chop up your kale into small pieces to assist your blender.

Add the water and the kale to the blender.

Blitz until smooth green water emerges.

Add the frozen mango and blitz.

Add your pineapple and blitz.

Add your banana and blitz.

Once nice and smooth pour into a glass and enjoy!

Thursday, 28 March 2013 14:21

Swap Coffee for Green Tea

Ever feel like your drinking too much coffee? Why don't we try something different and switch that second and third cup to Green Tea.

Green tea has been linked with a reduced risk of cancer in men and women. Research shows women drinking green tea every day can reduce risk of breast cancer by approximately 47%. This is compared to those who drink no tea at all. For men, drinking green tea each day can play a big role in reducing the risk of prostate cancer. Individuals who consume green tea tend to have lower levels of cholesterol and studies have also shown a decrease in blood pressure.

An added bonus is that green tea has also been linked with weight loss. Some studies have shown that people can shed a few pounds by simply swapping coffee for green tea.

Weight loss and reduced risk of cancer, why not give it a go? So instead of pouring that third cup of coffee, reach for the green tea instead. Hey, you'll still get that caffeine kick.

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