What You May Not Know About Sleep!

Sleep affects every aspect of our life, but for many of us a sound and refreshing sleep completely evades us!

Did you know:

  1. about 30% of us suffer from insomnia at some point in our life
  2. around 25% of children diagnosed with ADHD have a sleep disorder. When poor sleep is addressed, their symptoms disappear.
  3. one night of sleep deprivation can put your body into a diabetic state.
  4. a decrease in sleep of only 1.5 hours per night can reduce performance by up to 32%.
  5. reaction time after staying awake for 17-19 hours is worse than a 0.05% blood alcohol level.

Improving the quality of our sleep is a priority for better health. 

Sugar Tax or Fix the Sugar Cravings?

Australian teenage boys now consume on average more than 38 tsp of sugar per day. Over half of the Australian population consumes more sugar than the daily recommendation of the World Health Organisation, which is less than 13 tsp of sugar per day.  Most of it is coming from sugary drinks and processed food.

Public health campaigners are calling for the introduction of a sugar tax, beginning with a 20% tax on soft drinks.

My question is … why don’t we fix the sugar cravings? This will create a snowball effect in reducing waistlines & body fat, while at the same time reducing the risk of diabetes.


  1. Eat more protein throughout the day, combined with some low GI carbohydrates & good fats
  2. Reduce intake of processed refined carbohydrates, eg. cakes, biscuits, bread, pasta, rice, sweets, chocolate, soft drinks, artificial & natural sweeteners, alcohol 
  3. Choose nourishing & sustaining foods most of the time, eg. lean protein, fruit & vegetables, nuts & seeds, legumes & lentils/beans
  4. Cook with herbs & spices
  5. A sour taste can reduce cravings: half an hour before a meal, mix some lemon juice with chia seeds and glutamine powder. Drink.
  6. Nutritional supplements containing chromium and/or gymnema can help dampen and reduce cravings quickly.

Prevention is better than cure. Don’t let sugar cravings control your life and bite into your pocket if the sugar tax comes in!


Kids Health

Healthy Kids are Happy Kids

We all want what’s best for our little ones, because a healthy kid is a happy kid. To give them the greatest start in life it is critical to ensure they are getting everything they need from their diet. Unfortunately, as many parents know, this is not always easy. There can be hurdles in the way of optimal nutrition such as changing tastebuds and fussy eating habits limiting the number of foods they eat. Poor digestive function may limit the amount of nutrients they absorb, whilst exposure to illnesses at day care and school further increases their need for immune supporting nutrients. This highlights the importance of covering all nutritional bases to help shape your kids into healthy adults.

  • Contact me today on 0438 577 351, to determine whether your child is getting the right nutrients for their current stage of development. Receive tips for the fussy eater & poor sleeper. Get your child’s health on track now with a sound nutritional plan.


Fundamental Nutrients for Kids

As many kids restrict the number of foods they will eat, micronutrient deficiency is all too common in children. Insufficient consumption of essential vitamins and minerals can predispose a child to a variety of disorders, and get in the way of healthy growth and development.

A great tasting, kid-friendly multivitamin powder is a simple solution to overcome this dilemma. Choose a formula specifically for growing children, containing high levels of:

  • Zinc, iron and iodine to support healthy cognition, growth and development.
  • Antioxidants, such as vitamin E and vitamin C for robust immune function.
  • Calcium, vitamin D, magnesium and vitamin K to support bone growth.

Your child’s brain and cognitive development relies on sufficient essential fatty acids (good fats) such as those found in fish oils. These omega-3 fatty acids have wide-ranging benefits as they support all the cells in growing bodies, helping them function correctly. However, the fish oil needs to be of the highest quality and purity to achieve the greatest benefits. There is a fish oil suitable for growing kids with a great, fresh flavour and no fishy aftertaste that is guaranteed to surpass the purity of many store bought fish oils.

Supporting the health of your child’s digestive system is not just important for kids who are prone to illness or upset tummies. There is emerging scientific research demonstrating the role of the gastrointestinal tract in promoting strong immune function and protecting against the long-term development of various diseases such as obesity, poor mental health and autoimmunity. If you are looking to support your child’s gut health, immunity and future wellbeing; a good quality probiotic will do the trick. Probiotics help to optimise digestive function through encouraging the growth of healthy gut flora, whilst reducing the numbers of bad bacteria responsible for digestive upsets and ill health.

Probiotics are particularly needed after a course of antibiotics, to replenish the beneficial gut flora wiped out by these medications and reduce the risk of digestive symptoms such as antibiotic-associated diarrhoea.

Get your kids prepped for the long term benefits of good health by laying the foundation with quality nutrition. That way, if faced with the hurdles that life may put ahead of them, they can jump right over and be the happy, healthy child you hope for them to be.