‘Any product that goes into our body via our mouth is controlled controlled by labelling regulations to ensure that ingredients are clearly stated. • Yet products whose ingredients enter our body via the air we breathe or through skin contact during use do not fall under the same regulatory system. This means manufacturers do not need to mention lesser effects or possible long or possible long -term effects. Most countries do not require manufacturers to mention on their labels that the products contain neurotoxic agents, carcinogens or hormone -disrupting chemicals’ (Averyll Fitzgerald).

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So last time I told you about my awesome experiment on myself. If you are still here following on, I want to shake your hand haha, some people have said to me over the years I share too much and have a really open weird family because of the info we share between us. Meh. Whatevs.

Now the most common human parasite here in suburban Australia is the pinworm or more commonly known here are threadworm (Enteroblus vermicularis) (Prociv, P 2001). The one that gives you an itchy bum. This is because at night a gravid female threadworm migrates to the anal area and inserts her tail pin into the mucosa and lays her ova/eggs (Sun Huh 2016). Now transmission is usually from children scratching their bums and not washing their hands and putting their fingers/hands in their and others mouths or touching objects around the house/school/daycare/shopping centre, therefore parents usually get infected (Sun Huh 2016). Continue reading

My son wasn’t thriving and I’m the only one who knew it!

I struggled to fall pregnant. So we did IVF eventually, I was too depressed and sad and emotional to do things any other way! We completed one full cycle, which gave us 4 eggs, only 3 were viable and only 2 fertilised. They put one in straight away and it failed to take. I was devastated. It took me 6 months to build up enough courage and strength to possible go through that again and I lost 10 kilos and started researching foods and doing that. This time it was a frozen cycle, meaning they do very little intervention besides some hormones and place the egg back in with ICSI (glue) at the right time, then the 2 week wait (2ww). I tested before that because I’m impatient and it was positive! We were on! It was a stressful pregnancy as I felt like I had a lot riding on it, and it was all on me to make it happen. Continue reading

My first meal plan…it’s the one I used to lose 60+kilos!!

For some reason this year after some drastic changes to my life in the 2nd part of last year, I decided it would be a good idea to concentrate on finishing my degree so I would have a means to support my son and I.

As part of that I looked at trying to finish my degree within the next two years, so I can go on to study further and also so I can work by the time he goes to Kindy. Summer School was my great idea. Starting 5th January for 6 weeks. It’s a concentrated courses which is great and fast but it covers a lot of information in such a small timeframe.

With that said I’m 4 weeks in and only had probably 2 breakdowns that resulted in tears and questioning my choices and my dedication as a parent boo!One subject I have been studying this summer school is Dietary Planning Across the Lifespan. Fun right!! Especially when our lecturer is an accredited Dietician who works in the Chronic Disease area and is working towards her PhD, awesome!!

We were given a case study and problems for the client which included being overweight, a busy mother of 2 and wanting a 3rd child but is tired, real tired and unfit and no energy. She didn’t have the best diet as it involved convenience foods due to lack of time and lack of energy or eating around the kids.

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Why drink water? And how much?

We all know we need to be drinking water, right? But how much? Is there a difference in the type of water you consume? What about adding Himalayan Sea Salt to it? What about Lemon water on rising?

‘Water is by far the largest single component of the body, making up 45-75% of total body mass, depending on age and gender’ (Tortora 2011). So staying hydrated is pretty important, don’t you think so? The ways we lose fluid each day depends on our environment and activity level and disease state. We sweat during strenuous exertion or in the summer months, or during illness such as vomiting and diarrhoea. We exhale about 300mL of water vapour, we lose 100mL in faeces, the kidneys excrete 1500mLs via urine, and our skin evaporates 600mL before we even show signs of sweating (Tortora 2011). This is per day! For women, we lose an additional 100mL during menstruation.

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