Don’t Ditch Your Diabetes Over the Holidays

Don’t Ditch Your Diabetes Over the Holidays

The eggnog. The cookies.  The luscious cheesecake calling you from the party table.  The extra glass of champagne that says “Sip Me”. When you have diabetes, the holidays can certainly be a challenge!

The worst thing you can do?

It may seem like a good idea to ditch your diabetes over this season of tarts and shortbread, but your diabetes will be waiting for you when you’re done.  And unfortunately, all those sweets can have a pretty sour result on your body.

Top 5 “Sweet” Tips to Keep Your Diabetes in Check

1.  Pre-Eat: It’s super easy to over-indulge in all the tasty dishes served this time of year. One way to prevent these temptations is not to skip a meal that day. Skipping meals will make you feel ravenous and binge eat later, not to mention the havoc it wreaks on your blood sugars.

Eat every 3-4 hours and include healthy snacks. You’ll prevent harmful blood sugar swings and overeating. Before leaving home, make sure to eat a low-calorie, healthy snack to avoid overeating later.  Try low-fat cheese and crackers, yogurt and fruit or a handful of almonds or walnuts with a serving of fruit.

2.  Spend Your Calories Well: Before you fill up your plate, survey the buffet table. This way you can plan out what you’ll choose and make some decisions as to where you’ll "spend your calories". If you’re eyeing that decadent dessert (and you know you’re going to have it), then choose fewer carbs at your meal to balance it out. Ask yourself, “Do I really need to have one of everything”? Try choosing your top 5 faves to put on your plate. It also helps to steer clear of the food table during the evening to avoid these tasty temptations.

3.  Petite Portions:  With so much variety and calories everywhere you look, keep your portion sizes petite. Choose a smaller plate and you’ll trick your eyes to think you have a full plate. When you’re done eating, wait a few minutes to see if you’re satisfied. Chances are you will be.

4.  Drink Sensibly: Yes it’s true; alcohol contains excess calories and no other nutrition (the barley and grapes don’t count here!).  Keep in mind that drinking alcohol before a meal can make you feel hungrier and more likely to overeat.  If you’re choosing an alcoholic beverage at your meal, reduce the calories by adding carbonated water to wine for a refreshing wine spritzer or add sugar-free mix to hard liquor. Pass on the sweet liqueurs and coolers as they’ll spike up your blood sugars.  Be sure to stay hydrated with plenty of water.

5.  Stay Physically Active: No time to go into the gym?  No problem! Stay active in other ways.  Take a walk, go swimming, or if you are in a cold climate, go skating or sledding (walking up those hills is great exercise!) or alternatively partake in a good old-fashioned snowball fight if your in the Northern Hemispere.

So this holiday season, don’t ditch your diabetes. With a few tricks up your sleeve, you can have your cake (or buttertart) and eat it too!

Article sourced from Bev Carson & Ginette Markham


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Change of Seasons for 3 very good Reasons

Change of Seasons for 3 very good Reasons

Top to toe, inside to outside, it’s time to not just clean but purge, revitalize and re nourish in time for summer.

We hear so much about Detoxing your body, which don’t get me wrong is important in my option, but why just focus on 1 element of the process. 

Spring is an ideal time to do some purging, changing habits, cleaning up.  We were given seasons for a good reason, to inspire change and action.  I can feel it can you?

  1. Move it Baby! The sun is coming up earlier, time to get that body out of bed earlier and get movin’ baby.  This will pick up your mood, energy and vitality for the day. I promise you, just try it for 3 days and then let me know if you don’t feel any different.  It does take 27 days to change a habit though!
  2. Detox time – yep, I said the “D” word. Start to do a gentle internal body cleanse.  I recommend the 3 months of spring.  1 week, sorry folks that just won’t cut it.  Especially if you have struggled with illness this winter, this is a sure sign your body is toxic and you need to clean out some internal pipes baby to boost that immune system.
    We book our cars in for a regular service, so to our bodies need an over haul.
    Starts with a good quality parasite cleanse.  Parasites come from anywhere really, but common sources are animals and on our food. These little guys can create havoc in our system and nasty complaints that present as symptoms for many disease.  You will need to do a parasite cleanse, leave it for 1 week for the eggs to hatch and then redo the cleanse again for it to be 100% effective.  Then start introducing your green supplements powders or juices along with liver, kidney and bowel detox products.  These are the elimination pathways, give them a good flush.  Finally, add in a therapeutic probiotic to repopulate the system with good bacteria.

Now, in the words of the Madden brothers you are “done done, done. “ Make sure you drink lots of water over this time to assist with the elimination of the toxins.  By the end you should be feeling fabulous and ready to greet the summer. 

  1. Finally there is no point in detoxing the inside if you don’t do the outside.  Over this time have a good look at the products you are using in your home, your personal care products and your general exposure to chemicals.  Get very familiar with what is in your products and know what you are putting on your skin that soon disappears into our blood stream.

For product referrals and recommendations go to the pantries of and find your Perfect match.  Alternatively you can email me at , I can put you on the right track.

Good luck and happy cleansing from the inside out.


Kylie Hollonds

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Symptoms of food intolerance

Symptoms of food intolerance

Symptoms of food intolerance can include:

  • Nervousness, tremor
  • Sweating
  • Palpitations
  • Rapid breathing
  • Headache, migraine
  • Diarrhoea
  • Burning sensations on the skin
  • Tightness across the face and chest
  • Breathing problems – asthma-like symptoms
  • Allergy-like reactions.
  • Symptoms of food allergy

The symptoms of food allergy can be life threatening.

Common symptoms include:

  • Itching, burning and swelling around the mouth
  • Runny nose
  • Skin rash (eczema)
  • Hives (urticaria – skin becomes red and raised)
  • Diarrhoea, abdominal cramps
  • Breathing difficulties, including wheezing and asthma
  • Vomiting, nausea.

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Liquid Nutrition: Consider Colloidal minerals for optimal health!

Liquid Nutrition: Consider Colloidal minerals for optimal health!

Living with dietary restrictions requires avoidance of certain foods to stay safe and healthy. While avoiding foods such as nuts, dairy, eggs, wheat, fish and shellfish can be life saving, it can also have detrimental effects on our body over time because the daily nutritional requirements are not met.  Good nutrition is the foundation of good health, assisting our bodies to fight disease and sickness. Stress, fatigue, a hectic lifestyle and dietary restrictions play havoc on the health of many of us. Many people take a multi vitamin to combat these effects, however, few people realise the importance of their daily mineral requirements.

Why you need minerals

While our bodies can manufacture a few essential vitamins, it cannot produce minerals or trace elements, needed to ensure ongoing good health. Long term effects of insufficient minerals may affect your general health leading to conditions associated with inadequate nutrition, premature aging and sickness.

People on a restricted diet, including from food allergies/intolerances, are at risk of mineral deficiencies. For example, If you are tired and lethargic, perhaps you are deficient in zinc, magnesium and manganese.

Zinc is a common mineral that people are unknowingly deficient in.  Symptoms can include: an increased salty/sweet food craving, diarrhoea, low energy, chronic fatigue, poor immunity, bad memory, low libido, infertility, ADD systems, slow wound healing, and nerve dysfunction.

It is important to understand the value of minerals and trace elements and the vital role they play in keeping our bodies healthy.

Why we are mineral deficient

Unsafe farming practices have led to mineral depleted soils used to grow our vegetables. Not only this but the soils are often loaded with toxic chemicals from herbicides and fertilisers.  Unless you are eating a totally organic diet, you are ingesting the toxic chemicals infiltrated into our ecosystem.

Meaning that even if we do eat a diet rich in vegetables, your body may not be getting the required minerals needed to eliminate toxic chemicals from your body. Further weakening your immune system and overall health making us vulnerable to many illnesses.

Why colloidal minerals?

Holistic supplementation enables your body the potential for optimum health for now and well into the future. Colloidal minerals are an effective way to get these essential minerals and trace elements into your body.

The particles are so small they are suspended in water. This makes them easier for our body to absorb them into our blood stream where they can be utilised more efficiently. Colloidal minerals interact with the chemical structure of your body enhancing the supply of minerals for important body functions.

7 reasons to take colloidal minerals

  1. Improve your general overall health
  2. Help fight colds, flu’s and other illnesses
  3. Enhance your immune system
  4. Improve your  alertness and energy levels
  5. Easily absorbed into the body
  6. Improve skin health
  7. Great way to get minerals into kids

Choosing a good colloidal mineral

There are a range of colloidal minerals on the market, some better than others. Ensure you do your research. I can recommend Feroxin because it is made by a reputable company and sourced organically.

Regardless of being on a restricted diet, colloidal minerals can assist your body to not only fight off illness and disease but also maintain good health for many years to come.


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Article submitted by Sonya Beisler


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Why follow a GAPS diet?

Why follow a GAPS diet?

You may have heard of GAPS – it has recently been attracting much attention. What is it and why would you follow a GAPS diet?

GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome and is an adaptation of the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride who used it to heal her autistic son. GAPS has been a popular diet in the Autism community for years but is now gaining recognition with people who have many other digestive and behavioral disorders including depression, IBS and ADHD.

As the original name suggests, this diet allows SPECIFIC types of Carbohydrates only. It aims to heal the gut by avoidance of foods that require more digestion and which (when the digestive system is irritated and/or damaged) can cause bacterial and yeast overgrowth. Dr Campbell-McBride believes that because more than 90% of toxins in our blood (and that leak into the brain) come from the gut, then focusing on gut healing will drop the level of toxicity in the body quite dramatically.

GAPS only allows the Monosaccharide’s – the carbohydrates that are easiest to digest and absorb (for example fruits, non starchy vegetables and honey).

What can you eat if you’re on GAPS?

Meat, fish, chicken, eggs, fruit, broths, fermented vegetables, non-starchy vegetables, honey, seeds, nuts, fruit & vegetable juices, animal fat, ghee, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, some beans, almond & coconut milk, nut flours. In advanced stages fermented dairy is allowed.

GAPS might seem to be quite overwhelming to begin with, but giving your gut a rest and allowing some healing to take place can produce some profound results. While it’s not a miracle cure and not for everyone, it’s definitely an exciting option for many people who have otherwise been unable to resolve their digestive and behavioral conditions.


Article Submitted by Kris Barrett – Nourish Me


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Is Grazing Making You Fat?

Is Grazing Making You Fat?

Health experts often say that having several small meals a day can really help activate your metabolism so grazing could be a good idea for those wishing to lose weight.

I myself find it hard to do this and prefer, like many people to have 3 meals a day and snacks, but it does depend on the choices you make with food. If you choose to graze on food that is high in fat and dense in calories it could wreak havoc with your weight. Two key components that assist with weight loss is being active and having a metabolism that is working well. If your aim is to avoid weight gain then here are some tips:


  1. It is a proven fact that obese/overweight people eat most of their food in the dark so eat the majority of your food in daylight.
  2. Have a diet that includes lots of natural coloured food rather than white and brown food. This would eliminate many of the snack foods that are not healthy options.
  3. As you graze ask yourself am I eating this food because I am hungry or just for the pleasure of eating it.
  4. Missing meals can lead to binge eating or yo-yo dieting so avoid this as much as possible.
  5. Limit the amount of processed food you have and keep it fresh as possible, aim for 40% raw food in your day.

Article submitted by Annette Syms – Symply Too Good Too Be True  1-6 are sold in all good newsagencies. Visit Annette’s website for more tips and recipes.


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