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Coconut Oil – is it okay?

Every time I give a presentation to a group I get asked about coconut oil. Below is Dr Sears comment from Dr Sears Zone Labs blog: Coconut Oil Some studies show that coconut oil has health benefits. They include benefits for the skin, hair and heart. Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids. It is also anti-microbial and anti-fungal. The smoke point of coconut oil is 350 degrees Fahrenheit and is safe for cooking. Coconut oil is believed to have the following health benefits: It may support heart health It may help with weight loss It may
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Sugar Dense Food to Avoid

Whenever you restrict dense refined carbohydrates you are doing your health, weight and wellbeing a favour. The following are equivalent amounts of sugar in teaspoons in typical servings: pasta 180g serving = 8 tsp rice 150 g serving = 10 tsp potatoes 150 g = 6 tsp kumara 150 g = 6 tsp refined breakfast cereals 30 g = 7 tsp fruit juice 1 glass = 6 tsp banana = 6 tsp parsnip = 4 tsp sultanas 60 g = 8 tsp Instead of pasta, make zoodles with zucchini and a spiraliser. Make cauliflower rice instead of rice. Use new potatoes
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Health and Wellness Diary now available

ProZone, Wild Haggis and Move Well Live Well have collaborated on a new Health & Wellness diary. Each expert has put their wisdom into this diary to help you stay on track nutritionally, mentally & physically.  It is a logbook aimed at athletes but can be used by anybody who wants to make a change and be healthy and well.  It will help by keeping you accountable for your what you eat and your actions as well as giving practical advice about balancing food in the Zone and gentle movement to make you more flexible, stronger and aware of your body. Only $12 each available
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Obesity Epidemic

There was an excellent article in the DomPost on Monday (April 6) outlining how obesity is now a bigger problem than hunger in the world.  This is a terrifying scenario and has serious consequences for the global economy. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study published in the Lancet nearly 30 percent of the world’s population is overweight or obese.  That is nearly two and a half times more than the number of people who are undernourished.  It is estimated that if the current trend continues, that almost half of the world’s population will be overweight by 2030. The burden on the
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Important update on pasta

The Dominion Post 28/10/14 had an article about the effects of reheating pasta on its Glycaemic Index (GI). It is well known that when pasta is cooled it gives a lower spike of blood sugar (i.e. lower GI). It was assumed that when it is reheated that the pasta would revert to producing high blood sugar. This reheating theory was tested by 5:2diet author Dr Micheal Mosley and Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, Chris van Tulleken from University College London. The results of this research is groundbreaking – not only did the reheated pasta not revert to its origin higher
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Childhood Obesity

There was an article in the DomPost (June 5) about childhood obesity that made disturbing reading.  It quoted Otago University Associate Professor Rachael Taylor who stated that “30 precent of Kiwi children are already overweight or obese at 2 to 4 years of age and that 80% of parents of preschoolers do not recognise that there child is overweight because of the normalisation of the bigger person”.  She also said that “if you are obese as a teenager you are far more likely to be obese as an adult”. Zone nutrition is suitable for all ages.  We have children doing it
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Diabetes

Last weekend (12 May) there was an interesting Insight programme on Chris Laidlaw’s show on National Radio about diabetes.  The terrifying truth is that the rate of increase in diabetes in this country is threatening to overwhelm our health system in the not too distant future.  Barry Sears has made the same observation in America where he says that diabetes is going to ultimately bankrupt the country. Listening to the Insight programme there is so much positive work going on to try and educate people but there was an interview with a 52 year old woman who has Type 2
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Milk in Schools

A bouquet to Fonterra for introducing milk back into schools.  While many of us remember milk at school as being a warm and rather unpleasant experience, Fonterra are providing fresh milk and the fridges to keep it in.  For many of the children it will be the best nutrition that they get all day and it will definitely help them to focus and learn better at school.  Hats off to Fonterra for such a positive contribution to the community.
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Sleep and health

The 7 May 2010 Dominion Post reported on recent research published in the journal Sleep and carried out by the British University of Warwick in conjunction with the Frederico II University Medical School in Naples that involved analysing 16 studies involving a total of 1.3 million people. The study gave results that the researchers claim to be “unequivocal evidence” of a link between sleep deprivation and premature death. They noted that people who slept for less than six hours a day were 12% more likely to die before age 65 than those who slept the recommended six to eight hours
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