Our usual default for New Years resolutions is to make 1 or 2 that tend to be something along the lines of “lose weight, get fit, get healthy.’ I like the idea of the ‘get fit, get healthy’ part of that. There are definitely things that we can do to ‘get fit’, which can lead into ‘get healthy,’ if that’s what we want.

 

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Iron is an important mineral for our bodies, vital for physical and mental health and well-being. It helps to carry oxygen in the blood, maintains a healthy immune system and helps in energy production. That is why if you are low in iron you feel tired and lethargic, may struggle to fight off colds or infections, and may have difficulty concentrating.

 

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When there is a topic that I am passionate about it is hard to shut me up, and going gluten-free is one such subject.

Which is why I develop recipes and run cooking classes all revolving around making gluten-free living as easy and tasty as possible.

I have been lucky enough to be invited as a guest blogger over on the Eat Well NZ blog, talking about what you need to know before you go gluten free.

For even more information on how to live your best gluten-free life be sure to check out the Coeliac NZ website. I highly recommend signing up as a member, for all the extra benefits.

Eat Well NZ is a healthy living blog to guide you in learning to nourish your body and find balance in a world of confusing and sometimes extreme nutritional advice. Nicola Jackson of Eat Well NZ is a Registered Nutritionist, food lover, runner and believer in holistic well being. She posts on wellness, body confidence, body image and skin care; and how you don’t need to quit foods, follow rules, or go to the extreme to be healthy (unless you have a food allergy!).

Pop on over to the Eat Well NZ to read some interesting and informative posts on food and nutrition.

 

cooking class kitchen

The Nicole’s Nutrition Kitchen cooking classes are a wealth of information. Nicole brings together years of study (Nutrition at Massey University) and practical application (home-cooking, café cook, gluten-free bakery owner) to give you the opportunity to have your food and nutrition questions answered. It’s also a chance to learn some new tricks and to give you the confidence to try new things in the kitchen.

 

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According to the Ministry of Health there are 28 vitamins and minerals essential to our good health and we should include them in our daily diet. By having a widely diverse diet we can obtain all the nutrients we need. The best foods to get all of these goodies from is one full of wholefoods – fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood, nuts and seeds, eggs, whole-grains and dairy.

 

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warm Winter Salad

With winter comes one vegetable that has never been a favourite of mine. Apparently they need the cold to sweeten up which is why you only see Brussel sprouts in winter.

 

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fresh figs

The hot summer weather is at an end and so too is the glut of summer vegetables. As much as I love tomatoes and courgettes I really am looking forward to a change.

I enjoy changing my eating to match the different seasons. There are a couple of good reasons for doing this.

 

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Sunflower Don’t you just love summer!?!

Summertime at my place means a glut of gorgeous summer vegetables. Tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers, corn and beans galore! The great thing about so many delicious vegetables is that it is very easy to get the recommended 5+ servings a day. Tomatoes on toast for breakfast, cucumbers and beans with lunch, corn and courgettes for dinner. And they are all great accompaniments for a BBQ dinner too.

In saying courgettes for dinner, I am having to find 1001 ways to use them up. They grow like triffids. If you miss picking them you end up with more than you bargained for. I recently found a marrow hidden behind a pumpkin. I have had to get a bit imaginative with how to use them.

 

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