Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Are you really hungry?

It’s Easter time again.  And for some, Easter is a time of feeling over-stuffed with chocolate Easter eggs and weekend BBQs.  
Have you found yourself eating food, like chocolates, even when you’re not really hungry?  Non-hungry eating or emotional eating may be to blame.
What is non-hungry eating?  It’s eating for reasons other than true physiological hunger.  We eat for a variety of reasons, for cultural reasons, to celebrate an occasion, for emotional reasons such as stress, boredom or loneliness.  Sometimes we may feel hunger due to the sight or smell of food.   Think of the smell of a movie theatre or a beautiful display case of freshly baked cupcakes.  There are a variety of reasons that our appetite may be triggered. 
Appetite is different from physiological hunger, which is our body’s natural way of letting us know we are hungry.  Hunger is physical and symptoms may include light headedness, feeling irritable or weak or our stomach growling. 
Learning to distinguish hunger from appetite is an important strategy that can be used to prevent weight gain and it’s one we teach in our 12 Weeks to Weight Loss Program
In the 12 Weeks to Weight Loss Program, you will learn how to prevent emotional eating, set realistic weight loss goals, choose healthier options when dining out, use portion control and healthy cooking techniques, and a variety of other topics.  The program includes 6 fortnightly visits with a dietitian.
This Easter, prevent the chocolate Easter egg weight gain by signing up for our special 12 Weeks to Weight Loss program at the discounted price of $450.  Learn a variety of tips to help you achieve your weight loss goals.  For enquiries, contact Kate Gudorf

Omega-3 Fats: What’s all the fuss about?

Did you know that 60% of the human brain is made up of fat? Did you also know that the majority of this fat is Docosahexanoic Acid (DHA), a type of omega-3 fat?
It makes sense that omega-3 fats have a fundamental role in the function and structure of the brain. Here are some interesting facts:
• Omega-3 fats influence the production of proteins (neurotrophins) that help support the growth of nerve cells in the brain. In fact, low levels of these neurotrophins have been associated with depression.
• An intake of DHA has been shown to improve depression and mood.
• Omega-3 fats have been associated with increased blood flow to the brain helping to improve cognition and concentration.
• Increased omega-3 and DHA levels may improve Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) symptoms and literacy, particularly in children with learning difficulties.
• Omega-3 fats are essential in pregnancy, for the development of your growing baby’s brain
• Omega-3 fats also play a role in managing inflammation in your body – a high intake of omega-3 fats reduces inflammation in arthritis
• Omega-3 fats also have benefits for your heart, eyes, weight and joints!
So what’s the fuss all about? You could say that omega-3 fats are a bit miraculous with endless benefits! There are plenty of good reasons to incorporate omega-3 rich foods in your diet and gain the many benefits for a healthy brain.

Tip: Enjoy omega-3 rich food 2-3 times per week. Rich sources include: oily fish e.g. sardines, tuna or salmon (fresh or in a tin), omega-3 enriched eggs; lean red meat e.g. lamb.
You may require a higher dose for specific health issues such as arthritis and during pregnancy. Fish oil supplements are an easy way to achieve a higher dose. We recommend supplements that are sustainably sourced and low in contaminants.

Did you know you can now get the same benefits from 'vegan fish oil' or Algal DHA?

Vegan fish oil ?!?

There is so much research telling us of the benefits of Fish oils, but this raises a quandary for many vegetarians – how can you get these benefits if you don’t eat fish?
There are some omega-3 oils available from plant sources, such as canola oil, nuts (particularly walnuts), seeds, flaxseeds (also known as linseed), and soybeans. However plant omega-3 oils are in a different form and need to be converted into the active form to have the same benefit in your brain, and you may need 10 times the dose of plant sources to achieve the same dose as fish oil!
But now a new product is available which sources DHA (the type of omega-3 oil important for your brain) from an algal source, so it is 100% vegetarian! Research has shown that Algal DHA has the same benefits as DHA from fish oil. In fact, DHA in fish oil is ultimately from the same source – fish get their DHA from eating algae!
Newtown Nutrition is currently stocking Algal DHA capsules so you can try some at your next appointment or contact Newtown Nutrition for more details.