dietary fibre Fibre is fabulous, but only if you eat it!

It turns out that most New Zealanders don’t eat enough fibre. The Ministry of Health recommend that adults should be eating 25 – 30g of dietary fibre per day, yet most adults are only eating 20g a day.

Fibre is the portion of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and seeds that is resistant to digestion and absorption in the stomach and small intestine. However, some can be digested and fermented by the bacteria in our large intestine.


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Here in New Zealand, post-Christmas we are (hopefully) well into those lazy, hazy days of summer.

Along with that summer weather, as we move into the new year, comes the messages that after our indulgences at Christmas we now need a 12-week body transformation program or 10-day detox to slim down and get our bikini body rocking!

Personally, I find these messages insulting.


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Goodness me! What a crazy mixed-up year 2020 was.

As if normal day-to-day living wasn’t hectic enough, in 2020 there was all the Covid-craziness of lock-downs, working from home and home-schooling thrown into the mix.

The daily routine can get very busy, it can be a struggle to find a work/life balance, leaving little time or energy at the end of the day to plan what’s for dinner. When we are busy it is easy to let healthy eating habits fall by the wayside.

One way to take the pressure off is by planning your meals in advance.


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When it comes to nutrition males seem to be mostly left to muddle along. Chances are, they take better care of their car or favorite gadget than they do their body. However, it is important for males to pay attention to their own set of nutritional needs.


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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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