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Diana Rodgers in New Zealand

Diana Rodgers in New Zealand

Diana Rodgers, US dietitian and coauthor of the book Sacred Cow: The Case For (Better) Meat, was in Auckland last week. Check out an article in the Farmers Weekly, Fighting the anti-meat narrative. One policy Diana found troubling during her visit to New Zealand is...

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Fibre myths: microbial diversity

Fibre myths: microbial diversity

Okay, so I’ve talked fibre and constipation.⁠ How about the notion that plant fibre is prebiotic in nature and thus feeds our gut flora and is therefore essential for microbial diversity? Well, studies show increased dietary plant fibre does not increase microbial...

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Fibre myths: constipation

Fibre myths: constipation

Carnivores do poop! Several studies bust the myth that fibre reduces constipation.⁠ In one such study,[1] people with constipation were divided into three groups: high fibre, reduced fibre and no fibre.⁠ After one and six months, each group was examined for stool...

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Why I have gone carnivore

Why I have gone carnivore

While my partner has seen first hand how the carnivore diet has improved my physical and mental health, the rest of my friends and family, while supportive, do not fully understand my reasons. Can I blame them? No. I haven’t even attempted to explain it to them, until...

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Be kind to your mind

Be kind to your mind

What does ‘Be kind to your mind' mean to you?⁠ Here are some ideas:⁠ ⁠Being patient with yourself⁠ Looking after yourself physically and mentally by eating good food⁠ Reminding yourself that you’re a good person⁠ Catching yourself at the moment negative self-talk...

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What about meat and gout?

What about meat and gout?

Historically, gout has been referred to as “the rich man’s disease”, associated with expensive foods such as meat. But! Populations eating extremely high meat, low carb diets (eg Inuit and Maasai) are not known for issues with gout! So, what is gout? Gout is an...

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The Be-Do-Have model

The Be-Do-Have model

Do you have a wellness goal? Have you heard of the Be-Do-Have model? Usually when we have a goal, we jump straight to “have”. You might say, “I want to have a healthy, lean and toned body”. Great! But to actually achieve that goal, you have to start at the first step...

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Factors affecting protein bioavailability

Factors affecting protein bioavailability

For a nutrient to be considered completely bioavailable, it needs to be completely digested, absorbed and utilised by the body. In the case of protein, its bioavailability depends on the quality of the protein, the digestive health of the individual and any other...

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What about plant-based proteins?

What about plant-based proteins?

Your body breaks down protein in foods into amino acids, which it then uses to make proteins for building muscles, skin, organs, connective tissues, bones, hair and nails. Protein is also needed for healthy immune function and to make enzymes and hormones. Here, I...

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Be true to you (in health and all things)

Be true to you (in health and all things)

Are you being true to you?⁠ ⁠ When it comes to our dietary and lifestyle choices, it can at times be difficult to stay true to ourselves.⁠ ⁠ But when we have found what works for us, and our health takes a sudden dive if we deviate, we reach a point where we must stay...

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Step away from the alkaline water!

Step away from the alkaline water!

Do you drink alkaline water? Do you use antacids or baking soda for heartburn?⁠⁠If you do any of these, please STOP!⁠⁠Not only are you impairing your digestion, but you are also lowering your defence against pathogens.⁠⁠Here's why...⁠⁠Our stomach needs to sit at a pH...

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Understanding leaky gut

Understanding leaky gut

Did you know a healthy gut lining is essential for both proper digestion and immunity? ⁠ ⁠ Healthy cells of the gut lining have two main functions:⁠ Act as a selective filter to aid the uptake of nutrients and pass them into the circulation⁠ Keep harmful particles...

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Your symptoms are not normal

Your symptoms are not normal

For the body’s cells, organs, and systems to function properly, they need to be in constant communication with each other. Such communication systems include blood (carrying hormones, nutrients, and immune markers) and nerves. ⁠ ⁠ Blocking factors (stressors due to...

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What about alcohol?

What about alcohol?

I’ve addressed coffee in a previous post, but another frequently asked question for those of us working in nutrition is “What about alcohol?”⁠⁠Well, I am sorry, but alcohol is not a health food. You might be saying, “But red wine is good for you!” Nope, sorry, not...

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Does meat sit heavy in your stomach?

Does meat sit heavy in your stomach?

Up until 2015 (I was in my 40s at the time), I believed that red meat sat heavy in my stomach and that I did better with being mostly vegetarian with the odd bit of chicken and fish.⁠⁠Why did I think this? Well, I was raised on a whole food, mostly vegetarian, diet....

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You are entirely up to you

You are entirely up to you

Do you ever feel like a particular situation or person is holding you back from achieving your goals?⁠⁠I'm sure all of us have felt this at some point in our lives. I know I have! ⁠⁠Sometimes, it is hard to make a dietary or lifestyle change when the people you love...

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What about meat and climate change?

What about meat and climate change?

I have studied environmental science, and yet I am so tired of hearing that cow farts are causing climate change. Again (see my previous post), the public are misinformed because they are fed their “science" from news headlines. Here are some facts based on real...

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Where does nutrition misinformation come from?

Where does nutrition misinformation come from?

One of my passions is to help raise awareness about the nutrition misinformation out there. So where does this misinformation come from? Well unfortunately, too many people cite nutrition "science" without checking the funding, the authors' bias and the study type....

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Busting the cholesterol myths

Busting the cholesterol myths

Did you know you need cholesterol? The cells of your body produce it for the formation of your cell membranes and to make bile acids, vitamin D, and steroid hormones (cortisol, oestrogen, progesterone, aldosterone and testosterone). Cholesterol is transported in your...

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Weight loss vs fat loss

Weight loss vs fat loss

Do you care too much about the number on the bathroom scales?⁠ ⁠ If your goal is weight loss, it is important that you do not get too hung up on what you weigh. It is normal for weight to fluctuate hugely, even when you continue to lose inches. In fact, many women...

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Health versus fitness

Health versus fitness

Why is this important?⁠ ⁠ There is a common misconception that simply being "physically fit" equates to being healthy. But even the fittest athletes are not immune to cardiovascular disease for example.⁠ ⁠ Physical health includes ⁠ fitness⁠ efficient recovery from...

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Attentive eating exercise

Attentive eating exercise

Have you ever done an attentive eating exercise? Attentive (mindful) eating involves paying attention to the experience of eating. Attention is given to the colours, smells, temperatures, flavours, and textures of the food. It also involves tuning into the body,...

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What about coffee?

What about coffee?

For those of us working in the nutrition space, I would say one of the most frequently asked questions is “What about coffee?” I don’t drink coffee myself. In fact I stopped drinking it at the age of 20 after I had abused the stuff along with caffeine tablets to get...

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Nutrition for a healthy functioning body

Nutrition for a healthy functioning body

How well is your body functioning?⁠ ⁠ The body uses nutrients from food in all processes and functions of all cells, tissues, organs and organ systems (digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, urinary, lymphatic, skeletal, muscular, integumentary...

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What is health to you?

What is health to you?

What is health to you?⁠ ⁠ If you are someone who makes physical fitness a priority in your life, you might think of health as maintaining an ideal weight, feeling fit, and having muscular tone, physical strength and stamina. ⁠ ⁠ Other people you know, however, might...

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The best diet for you

The best diet for you

Do you have issues with low energy, inflammation, irregular blood sugar levels, poor digestion (bloating, diarrhoea or constipation), hormone imbalance or poor immunity? It is my view that the most significant health improvements can be made by eliminating sugar and...

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The eight dimensions of wellness

The eight dimensions of wellness

What is wellness? The word "wellness" was first recognised by the Oxford English Dictionary in the 1650s. The term did not gain popularity, however, until the 1950s when Halbert L Dunn, chief of the National Office of Vital Statistics, described wellness as "a...

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Burnout syndrome is more common than you think

Burnout syndrome is more common than you think

The first photo is me in early December 2014; the second, end of January 2015. Granted, the second photo was taken professionally, but I remember the week the one on the left was taken. I was at my absolute lowest. Even my morning showers exhausted me—I literally...

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Disorders of the small and large intestines

Disorders of the small and large intestines

Today's blog post is an essay I wrote as a requirement towards my ongoing study in nutritional science and may be of interest to those suffering from impaired digestive health. Disorders of the small and large intestines Introduction The health of the small and large...

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Joint pain and dietary intervention

Joint pain and dietary intervention

I posted the following question on my Facebook page: Here is one of the responses: Yes, it was almost three months ago. Guilt has finally got the better of me! I am assuming Ivan suffers from joint pain or some other joint problem. Before I list some foods he could...

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Our health: are we thriving, or merely surviving?

Our health: are we thriving, or merely surviving?

There is a big difference between being healthy (thriving) and being kept functional via the intervention of modern medicine (surviving). What does it mean to be healthy anyway? Many think of good health as merely an absence of obvious illness. I've heard someone...

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About Tira

About Tira

Tira Cole is a nutritionist, researcher and educator. Her passion is meat-based nutrition and support of farming.

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