Hydration 101.

Are you drinking enough water?  Is a question we often get asked, but; Are you drinking clean water?   Is probably a better question, or even; What are you eating and drinking that may be affecting your absorption of water? As always the answers are complicated, so first let’s look at some background on the body…

Are you getting enough Calcium?

Calcium.  That oh so important for bone health mineral. It makes up approximately 2% of our bodyweight; is found in bones, teeth, tissues and in blood circulation; and works to regulate heart and muscle contraction and nerve conduction. Yet despite the fact that we as a Nation are consuming more milk products than ever before…

What’s the big fuss about Digestion?

We need our Digestion system working well to support almost all our body functions.  If we’re not digesting our food, we’re not gaining the nutrients, minerals, vitamins and energy that our cells need to function. Recently, research has even demonstrated a clear connection between the gut and the brain – meaning what’s happening (or not happening) down…

SIBO- Part #2

It’s been about 3 weeks since I received my SIBO diagnosis – you can read my original post on SIBO here.  Since then, I was referred to a gastroenterologist, but couldn’t get an appointment for over 6 weeks   In the meantime, I’ve done a ton of research, and read all of the articles I could…

What is Inflammation?

What is inflammation?  How does the body control inflammation?  What inhibits an anti-inflammatory response?  And should you be concerned about it? Inflammation is the body’s response to pain, injury and illness.  It is a natural process that the body uses to heal.  This could be a scraped knee, a headache or something more serious like…

What is SIBO?

Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth. Never heard of it?  Me neither until just a few months ago; and more recently yesterday, when I was diagnosed with it.  So what exactly is SIBO?  And what do you do if you think you might have SIBO?  Read on… Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth is a chronic bacterial infection of the…

Eat More Fat!

There is a popular misconception that “if you eat fat, you’ll get fat” – but this is actually not true; eating fat is an essential part of a healthy diet.   How the Body Works… Our bodies were metabolically designed to use fat sources as the preferred form of energy.  Fat is broken down by the body into…

Welcome to Good Food Lyfe!

Hey there!  Welcome to my blog Good Food Lyfe, thanks for stopping by my little corner of the interwebs.  Here I’ll be sharing my own health and wellness journey through nutrition, my current experience as an Nutritional Therapy student, whole-food and paleo inspired recipes, nutrition advice, and general banter. So what is a #GoodFoodLyfe?  …

Going Sugar-Free

I’m not really sure how I got to be where I am today – totally addicted to sugar. I thought that after my Whole30 challenge and love of new-found Paleo lifestyle I would have kicked my lifelong habit to the curb – sadly no. Sometime after finishing my Whole30, the chocolate came back in, then…

Charge CrossFit Games

My CrossFit box Charge CrossFit Northcote had their 1st birthday celebration and inaugural “Charge Like A Bull – In house comp” today! As a relative CrossFit ‘newbie’ I scaled the 3x WOD’s (Workout of the Day) today, but still worked my butt off and realised I have a very long way to go! I was…

Reintroducing grains

This week I reintroduced grains to my diet with varying degrees of success. On Wednesday I tried introducing non-glutinous grains at each meal: Meal 1 – I made quinoa porridge with coconut milk, almond milk, banana, almond meal, cinnamon and nutmeg. This was really delicious and I felt fine afterwards. I did notice I was…

Chocolate

Chocolate! My weakness, my thorn, my addiction (whatever you want to call it)… has NOT been cured since completing my Whole30. Damn. Since having a little bit of chocolate over the weekend, and still having some in the house, I just want to eat it, like all at once *sigh*. So emotional pleasure/reward issues with…