Friday, 11 September 2015

What has shaped your food preferences?

by Kate Gudorf 

Mum’s food choices helped shape your food choices!

Before you were even born, your preference for certain flavours was developing. The foods your mother ate while pregnant with you helped to shape your own food choices today. That’s because the foods a pregnant woman eats flavours her amniotic fluid, the liquid environment a foetus is living within, which exposes the foetus to mum’s food choices. 

Research shows that if a woman eats mostly wholesome, nutritious foods during her pregnancy, her offspring may be more likely to enjoy these flavours. Conversely, if a woman eats other foods during pregnancy, her offspring may be more likely to enjoy these. 

If your mum was not feasting on vegetables and healthy fare while pregnant, never fear. The good news is that you can develop new tastes as an adult. Research shows that through repeated exposure to new foods, you may be able to learn to enjoy new foods. 

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again

Repeated exposure to a food increases the likelihood that you enjoy that food. Exposure is tasting a food on many different occasions.  

How often do you need to experience a new food or flavour before you learn to like it? Two exposures with a food will almost double the chances that you like that food. 

What can you do to learn to enjoy a new food? Try a new food more than once and try it prepared a variety of different ways. For example, if you tried steamed pumpkin but did not enjoy it, try pumpkin boiled, roasted in the oven with fresh herbs, baked and served cold in a salad or mashed with other vegetables. Continue to taste pumpkin until you find a way that you enjoy pumpkin. 

Repeated exposure with foods may help ensure that you enjoy a variety of healthy foods.

Expanding your palate

You can continue to expand the list of foods and flavours that you enjoy, even into adulthood. Use the technique of repeated exposure to expand your food selection and learn to enjoy a broader range of healthy foods. 

Try these tips to feel comfortable enjoying new or unfamiliar foods:
  • When trying a new food, pair familiar food with unfamiliar food
  • Try new foods regularly and try new foods prepared using a variety of different cooking techniques.
  • Don’t give up. Try a new food at least seven times before deciding that you do not like the food.
  • Try foods from a variety of different cuisines. Read recipes for inspiration.

Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis Support Group

The Surry Hills Support Group for those living with Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis welcomes you to their meetings held at the Surry Hills Neighborhood Centre (above Surry Hills Library) on the last Wednesday of each month from 6.30pm. 

This is an opportunity to meet people living with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis.

The support group in Surry Hills will meet next on the 30th of September 2015 with with our Dietitian Liz Beavis as a guest speaker to share her insight as to how a Dietitian can support you with an Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Introducing Kristie Weir, the Support Group Facilitator:

I started this group earlier this year because it's difficult to meet other young people with Crohn's disease. Now I'm a volunteer for Crohn's & Colitis Australia and have recently started this support group. Come along to join us, I'd love to see you there!

A little bit about me. I'm 28 years old and live in Surry Hills. I love the city and everything it has to offer - great food, culture and always something new to do. I've worked in health research for over 4 years and my hobbies include riding my bike, yoga and I love avocado mousse! 

I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in September last year after having symptoms for some time. Initially it was a big shock and since then it's been a huge learning curve. One of the biggest challenges for me has been the diagnosis of a lifelong illness at a young age. IBD is not something I had heard much about and it's been hard to come to terms with such a challenge to my identity and independence. 

Personally, another major challenge has been feeling quite isolated and not knowing anyone who completely understands IBD and the experiences that go with it.

For more information on upcoming meetings and to register your attendance please go to

To contact the group via email -

Improve movement and enhance human functioning with Feldenkrais

Feldenkrais is a form of education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. 

By paying attention to the way we move, we can increase ease and range of motion, improve flexibility and coordination and rediscover our innate abilities to move gracefully and efficiently. The teaching of the Feldenkrais Method focuses on improving our abilities to conduct everyday activities and explore our potential for learning undiscovered and rediscovered actions.

Feldenkrais classes at Studio3newtown are beginning in October.

Go to for more info and to make your bookings!

About Margaret Kaye, Feldenkrais Practitioner

Margaret Kaye has been teaching the Feldenkrais Method of Movement for over 25 years, in Newtown. Due to an Occupational Overuse injury Margaret was unable to work for several years. This is now a speciality area, amongst others. Margaret also specialises in working with performers, such as actors, musicians and athletes.

She currently conducts lessons at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), both with actors in Dramatic Arts and musicians in the Body Awareness for Musicians class in Classic Performance.

Margaret conducts:
  • individual Functional Integration® lessons in Newtown and Coogee. Home visits are also available.
  • regular Awareness through Movement® classes in a range of locations: University of NSW; Newtown; and for older people at Kings Cross
  • corporate programs for the prevention of work related injuries in offices, workplace assessments and consultancy for business through the Smart Sitting©program
  • the Leadership and The Body program designed to help managers understand how to feel better and for managing their movements to effectively communicate
  • the Running Easy program to improve running ability and efficiency 
  • movement workshops for actors and performers. She currently teaches at the Australian Institute of Music with musicians and actors.
  • continuing education and training for Feldenkrais practitioners and students

Promotion of the month: Discounted follow-up packages at Newtown Nutrition

Feeling like you would benefit from catching-up with your Dietitian? Have you slipped back into old unhelpful eating or lifestyle habits? Or are you finally wanting advice on a health concern that you have been putting off?

Our Dietitians offer 5, 10 & 15% discount* on 3, 5 & 10 follow-up consultation packages respectively!

*Discounts are available when paid upfront in full. Prices vary between Dietitians.

Contact Newtown Nutrition now on (02) 9517 9932 or to make your booking! Don't forget to share this offer to family and friends. Skype appointments are available. 

Recipe of the month: Cauliflower 'fried rice'

This month Caroline from Health Home Cafe has shared her recipe for Cauliflower fried rice. What a great and easy Meat Free Monday meal! Really tasty and full of vegetables...


  • ½ head (500 grams) cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • ½ leek, washed well and sliced
  • 2 medium (140 grams) portabello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced in half moons
  • ⅙ red cabbage (250 grams), sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1½ tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 cup fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • Firm tofu (300 grams), optional
  • Cashews, optional

  1. Blend cauliflower in food processor until chopped, but not too fine. Set aside.
  2. Stir-fry onion and leek in a wok with oil until starting to soften.
  3. Add mushrooms to the wok and a little more oil if needed and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add carrots, zucchini and cabbage and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add cauliflower to the wok and about a tablespoon of oil and stir fry for 4-5 minutes, then add garlic and tamari.
  6. Meanwhile, heat a separate fry pan over medium heat and add a little olive oil and the sesame oil.
  7. Add ½ an egg-shell of water to the eggs, then pour into the frypan and cook like an omelette until browned on the base.
  8. Flip "omelette" over and cook for 1 minute before sliding out of the pan onto a plate or chopping board
  9. Roll up and slice.
  10. Mix ¾ cup coriander through the fried rice.
  11. Serve 'fried rice' topped with slices of omelette and garnish with remaining coriander.
  12. For a vegan option or for those who don't want egg, cook tofu in the olive oil and sesame oil until browned on the outside. Remove from pan, set aside, then quickly toast the cashews.