Why should “diet” should mean “long term nutrition”?

You know how you used to aim for that summer body, and you’d get it? Has that stopped being achievable? It’s not really any surprise when you think on it. I’m not just talking menopause, but pretty much every single moment from about the age of 35, our hormones start to do stupid things to…

Fitting a low-carb breakfast into a high-paced life

Once you get over the sugar cravings, a low carb diet is fairly easy to maintain. You get used to eating pretty much the same as everyone else, but you push the potato or the rice to the side of the plate, and have a second serving of vegetables. And of course, skip the dessert…

Can old be pretty?

Yes, it totally can. I was putting on my makeup this morning, rubbing primer into my laugh lines and wondering why I couldn’t get it to fill them up a little better, and then I realised. I like my laugh lines. Sure, there are other things I don’t love about my eyes – they tend…

To botox or not to botox

I’m not sure if this is true, but I feel I look more wrinkly now that I have lost weight. Perhaps it is a loss of plumping fat, or maybe it’s a psychological issue – it might be in my nature to look for something I don’t like about myself. Maybe I’m just halfway on…

Why can’t I keep to my diet?

It’s simple. You can’t stick to your diet because you made it too hard. There are many elements of our life that we need to consider when committing to a long-term change in what we eat: Time If you work full time and have two kids at school age, you’ll get home one night and…

How do I find an exercise I love?

For anyone who has struggled with couch potato disorder, that’s a ridiculous question. Exercise hurts. It takes time. You look particularly unattractive while doing it. Anything that doesn’t make you go red in the face, vomit and get a headache seems to be completely ineffectual. And no, dancing on tables for 30 seconds at a…

A day in the life of 1200 calories

It’s pretty widely agreed that if you want to lose weight, you have to drop your calories. Where you drop them should be based on how many days a week you are going to exercise restraint. I’ve got a friend who swears by a 5:2 lifestyle, but I’ve got my hesitations on recommending this. One,…

Why you need to go back to wearing a bikini

I read somewhere recently that in Europe, any woman under the age of 60 is regarded as frumpish if she’s seen on the beach in a one-piece. It’s quite a shock to someone who has not shown her midriff since the birth of her second child. Don’t they have the same barriers I do? Skin colour (as…

Herb salad with feta and walnuts

Ingredients: 3 cups of fresh herbs (I used 1.5 cups fenugreek leaves, 1 cup coriander leaves and 0.5 cups of mint) 2 cups of fresh rocket  (arugula) 200g soft feta, broken roughly into cubes 100g walnuts, lightly crushed 1 tbsp brown sugar 2 tbsp olive oil juice of 1 lemon sumac, salt and pepper to taste Instructions…

Zucchini carpaccio with smoked salmon

Ingredients: 1 green zucchini 200g smoked salmon (sliced) 1 baby fennel bulb lemon or lime rind olive oil for frying balsamic glaze, kewpie mayonnaise and cracked pepper for garnish finely sliced red chilli (optional) Method: Garnish the plate with the kewpie mayonnaise and balsamic glaze. Using a mandolin or large potato peeler, slice your zucchini into thin discs….

Scallops with chipotle cauliflower cream

Ingredients: 6 king scallops (cleaned and roe removed) 2 cups cauliflower florets 1/4 cup pouring cream 1/2 tsp chipotle powder 1/4 cup pine nuts lemon zest olive oil, salt and pepper for cooking and seasoning Method: Toast off pine nuts in a dry pan and set aside Steam or microwave cauliflower until just soft, then blend with the…

The big secret to finding a diet that works

I’ve lost over 15 kilograms recently, and it hasn’t been hard, but it also hasn’t been fast.  I still eat the same meal (almost) as the rest of my family. I still dine out, have take-aways, travel to countries where every menu has pasta on it, and I drink alcohol. These were parts of my…