Friday, 22 April 2016

New changes for Newtown Nutrition in 2016

By Liz Beavis

Hi all, there are so many changes happening at Newtown Nutrition in 2016!

Firstly, we have welcomed a new dietitian to our team - Molly Jones who has introduced herself below. Molly has some exciting new directions for Newtown Nutrition - watch this space…

And secondly, I am heading off for Maternity Leave in May! My final week of consultations in our Newtown clinic is next week (end of April), and I will also be available for Skype appointments in early May. If you’d like to make an appointment with me before I go, please call the office soon (02 9517 9932) - the last few available appointments are filling fast!

However, whilst I am focusing on my new job as a new Mum, I have made sure that you are well looked after in my absence by the remaining team. In particular, Amanda will be taking care of all my clients with food intolerances and gut issues. We want to ensure your transition to a new dietitian is as seamless as possible, and that you will get the same level of care and support that you have come to expect from Newtown Nutrition. Please call the office when you are ready for your next consult, and know that you will be in good hands.

I look forward to catching up with you all again soon.

Welcome to our new Dietitian Molly!

Hi, I'm Molly and I'm an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist and the newest member of the Newtown Nutrition team. I'm so excited to get to know you and support you to reach your nutrition goals.

You can read more about me on the website, but in short I am anti-diet, anti-fad foods and anti-deprivation, and if I had to describe my approach it would be wholistic, sustainable and personalised. As a general rule, appointments with me won’t involve calorie counting, cutting out food groups, strict meal plans or guilt or backlash given.

My approach is to slowly chip away at habitual patterns and mental roadblocks one step at a time rather than providing a bucket load of goals that are hard to integrate into your life. Life is about balance and consistency. Health is more than just the physical, and, believe me, you can be your healthiest YOU, without going to extremes.

Profession: Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Specialities: Navigating the media and Internet sea of fads, diets and eating approaches and finding a way that works for you (but also, giving you the tools to make you own decisions after we finish) Working with past and present mental illnesses and the existing beliefs that affect your relationship with food

Favourite foods: Any and everything! I live by an ‘everything in moderation’ mentality and it’s not uncommon to see me enjoying treats, good wholesome meals and overly indulgent foods! It’s all about balance for me, and I think as well as nutrients and energy, food provides happiness when enjoyed in the right way and we need to factor that in!

I look forward to meeting and working with you. For bookings, please contact our reception on (02) 9517 9932. For more about me, visit our website


Hit 100 Diabetes-Friendly Meal Delivery Service

We are excited to share with you a new company who has launched a home-style meal delivery service targeting people with diabetes or pre-diabetes. What you eat is has the most important impact on preventing and managing diabetes (Type 2, Type I, gestational diabetes) and pre-diabetes; and Hit 100 is supporting easy ways to eat healthy.

Whilst diabetes is the driving-force behind this initiative, the recommendations for a diabetes-friendly diet are no different to those of other people - including lots of vegies, good quality low/moderate GI (Glycemic Index) carbohydrates, whole grains, lean proteins and unsaturated fats. Therefore, this service is likely suitable for anyone!  

“With all the decisions you have to make each day, wouldn't it be nice if someone else took care of mealtimes? We take the stress out of deciding what's for dinner by providing you with wholesome and tasty meals delivered straight to your door.” Hit 100 team.

The meals have been designed specifically to align with the current evidence-based guidelines for the nutritional management of Type 2 diabetes, with support from their in-house dietitian. Each meal has an appropriate amount and type of carbohydrate to assist in blood sugar management.

How does it work: pick and choose your favourite meals to create a delivery box. Select the meals you want e.g. breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, with snacks also available. You can choose how many days a week you would like to be covered for too, so there’s less waste if you eat out regularly.

All nutritional details can be found on their website including ingredients, which is helpful for people with allergies and sensitivities.

Online or phone app points system: Log-in and track your nutrition (based on the meals/snacks you order plus others you eat and drink), and be guided on how to make more healthy choices by aiming to reach 100 points per day (hence Hit 100). 

Our dietitian Amanda has tried the breakfast blueberry pancakes and chicken curry with rice and vegies, and she gave two thumbs up for taste and quality.

Check out the Hit100 website or Facebook page for more info.

Mention our special coupon code ‘NNUTRITION50 ‘ and receive $50 off your first order. 

We'd love your feedback if you have tried these meals too!

Recipe of the Month: Nut and Seed butter

I love nut butter! These days it's one of my go-to breakfast on some grainy toast with some thin slices of banana. It was only recently that I realised my food processor was capable of making my own....and it's sooo easy - yay.

Nuts and seeds are well recognised to provide highly nourishing nutrients - think zinc, iron, calcium, omega-3s, magnesium... but the predominant type of fats they offer play a helpful role in heart and cardiovascular health. I recommend including a small handful of nuts and seeds into your meals/snacks every day.

Different nuts and seeds offer a different range of nutrients in different amounts, so I recommend eating a range of different ones - and if you use regular peanut butter as your source of nuts for the day, unfortunately your missing out on benefits from other types. SO I went hunting for a great recipe to share with you! This one is thanks to the team at Green Kitchen Stories. Enjoy.  

Amanda Moon

Standard Nut & Seed Butter

Makes 2 cups
4 cups of any nuts and/or seeds, either one sort or mixed (for example 1 cup / 135 g cashew nuts, 1 cup / 135 g almonds, 1 cup / 135 g brazil nuts, 1 cup / 135 g sunflower seeds)
2-3 large pinches sea salt

Roast the nuts together with the salt at 150°C/300°F for about 10-12 minutes. Transfer the roasted nuts/seeds to a food processor. Run it on high speed for 10-20 minutes (depending on the strength of the food processor). Stop and scrape down the sides a few times. It will have a fine powder texture at first but just be patient and let the food processor do its magic. The nut butter is ready when it is all smooth, creamy and runny. Taste and add more salt if needed. If you prefer it a bit crunchy, you can add some chopped nuts at this point. Transfer to clean glass jars. Lasts for a few weeks in the fridge.

Amanda's tips:
- Mix in some chia and sesame seeds and ground flaxseeds/linseeds for an extra boost of seedy-goodness. I love the crunch if provides too. 

- Try without salt. I find it's not needed.

- Enjoy on toast, or in a mountain bread wrap with some jam or fruit. Or simply take a spoonful from the jar with a fresh date or other fruit of choice.

For more details visit the Green Kitchen Stories website here