How to do Junk Free June

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The nurses and I here at Village Health have decided to challenge ourselves this June, by partaking in the Cancer Societies’ fundraising initiative ‘Junk Free June’. Each of us have discussed what we think would be the hardest ‘junk’ to give up. For some, fizzy drinks, and for others, chocolate and alcohol. Personally, I could go without fizzy drink without … Read More

Recipe – Mini Frittatas

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These frittatas are easy and light. Use whatever meat and veggies you have on hand to make them yours! Spray oil 8 large eggs ⅓ cup trim milk ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon salt 120 grams canned fish (salmon, tuna) 1 cup freshly grated cheese, try light cream cheese or ricotta to lower saturated fat content ¼ … Read More

Foods to boost immunity

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Lemons and other citrus fruit – high in Vitamin C Vitamin C helps the body to produce white blood cells as well as antibodies – both help the immune system fight invading viruses. For best results, keep your body stocked up with Vitamin C before winter arrives. Try squeezing lemon or lime into hot water for a refreshing and warming … Read More

Butter or margarine?

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Butter or margarine? I truly believe in the saying ‘each to their own’. What works for me, may or may not work for you. However, we are often subjected to the media pushing their exaggerated and usually unsubstantiated claims. As a Health Professional and Dietitian, I’d like to put the emotional arguments aside and interpret the evidence on this candid … Read More

Holiday Eating

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A few ‘damage control’ tips for the festive season. Don’t skip meals on the day of a work/Christmas gathering. Instead, focus on filling up on high fibre foods during the day – snack on fruit and nuts, wholegrain carbohydrates for breakfast and lunch, and regular protein such as milky drinks or yoghurt between meals. At the buffet, load your plate … Read More

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Gastro-intestinal discomfort can be caused by a number of different lifestyle factors – including both food and emotional or psychological triggers. If you experience any gastro-intestinal discomfort, it is important to pay close attention to both food and lifestyle factors that may be associated with the change in bowel habit, pain or discomfort, and as always if you are concerned … Read More

Confused?

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Are you confused about how use our website, Manage My Health, book an appointment or request a prescription? Well help is at hand! Click here for some handy videos that will walk you through the process.    

Small Changes

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Small changes Whether we think about it or not, we have all made changes for better or worse over our lifetimes. Most of the time, these changes occur without us even realising they are happening – especially the ‘bad’ ones! Whether you’re trying to cut down on sugar, get fitter, lose weight, or even learn an instrument – the number … Read More

Eating and Activity Guidelines – the important bits.

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NZ’s latest nutritional guidelines under the microscope (the important bits) Last year, the Ministry of Health (the governmental body responsible for looking after our health and well-being), released an updated set of guidelines for adult New Zealanders. These ‘Eating and Activity guidelines’, replace the previously known ‘Food and nutrition guidelines’. The amended guidelines are designed to better reflect the current … Read More