CQ NUTRITION $50K HEALTH CHALLENGE

Nuts. A Nut-rient Powerhouse.

nuts Aug 21, 2020

Nuts are a nutritious source of fuel for our bodies and can reduce the risk of chronic disease! Each day we generally want to aim for a small handful of nuts.  There are a variety of nuts, which can include:

What makes nuts so healthy?

  • They contain fibre, which helps us feel full.
  • They contain polyphenols (antioxidants), which fight cancer and inflammation in the body.
  • They promote good gut health.
  • They are a reasonable source of protein.
  • They are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat.


What do I need to consider?

  • How many nuts am I consuming?
    • ½ a cup of nuts equates to 2000kJs.
  • Are my nuts salted?
    • Salt can increase your blood pressure.
  • Are my nuts coated in chocolate or yoghurt?
    • Coated nuts increase your energy intake.
  • Are my nuts old?
    • Old nuts can trigger an inflammatory response.


How can I use nuts in cooking?

  • Sprinkle nuts through a salad.
  • Throw nuts through a stir fry.
  • Snack on a small handful of nuts.
  • Mix nuts through porridge.


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Decoding Weight Loss - Food Vs. Fitness.

weightloss Aug 21, 2020

How do we lose those extra kilos? And how do we keep them off for good?

It's the age-old question that's been troubling us Australians for quite some time. One minute weight loss is about #cleaneating, and the next, it's planning for a 2XU marathon. However, weight loss strategies don't need to be so extreme, nor do they need to focus on one health area. With that in mind, we're going to explore weight loss in the context of healthy eating and physical activity.

Weight loss comes down to how much energy you put into your body, verse the amount of energy your body burns off. Energy is commonly expressed as 'kilojoules' and describes the foods and drinks we consume. The three most significant users of energy include:

  1. Metabolism.

  2. Food breakdown.

  3. Movement.


The Metabolism

The metabolism is by far and away the most significant energy user, accounting for 60-85% of our energy requirements. This critical process helps us build and repair our body and fuel our liver, heart, and lungs....

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