Dietlicious Blog

  1. Dr. Joanna McMillan: GI? What are good carbs?

    GI? What are good carbs?

    When we classify foods based on how much carbs, fat and protein they contain, is it really helping us determine how healthy they are? In decades past we blamed fat for our expanding waistlines and it became the dietary demon. Out went any food with significant levels of fat and in came a flurry of fat-free and low fat foods to fill our shopping trolleys.

    Unfortunately, we threw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater and although going low fat meant no more croissants, pies and chocolate bars, it also meant no nuts, avocado or extra virgin olive oil – all foods that are fabulously nutrient-rich and that are not only good for health but can actually help us to control our weight.

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  2. Dr. Joanna McMillan: Best Foods to Eat with Diabetes

    Dr. Joanna McMillan on Food for Diabetics

    An estimated 1.7 million Australians have diabetes and with 280 people being diagnosed every day, type 2 diabetes is our fastest growing chronic disease. It is also a disease that can be prevented in a large number of cases, with changes to our diet and lifestyle. It is essential therefore that we are all proactive in making the best choices possible. But what if you have already had a diagnosis? What are the best foods to eat with diabetes?

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  3. Cold War - Fresh vs Frozen Food

    fresh vs frozen food

    Did you know that fresh produce begins to deteriorate and lose its nutritional value from the moment it’s harvested?  Take spinach for example – a Science Direct study showed that after just one day in the fridge, 29% of its Vitamin C content was lost and after 7 days the losses had grown to a whopping 94%!

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  4. Dr. Joanna McMillan: The Healthy Way to Losing Baby Weight

    Dr. Joanna McMillan on Losing Baby Weight

    Forget about the pictures on social media of celebrities bouncing back into their teeny tiny bodies in the blink of an eye after giving birth. They don’t live in the same world as most of us. Actually, you shouldn’t feel envy at their seemingly easy return to their pre-baby body, just imagine the pressure they were likely under to give that impression.

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  5. Dr. Joanna: The Benefits of Soup

    Dr. Joanna McMillan on the Benefits of Soup

    In the colder winter months it’s easy to let good nutrition slip as you seek more comforting, hearty meals. Chopping up a whole bunch of vegies to throw together into a salad probably doesn’t appeal and so vegie intake can really take a dive. This is where soup comes to the rescue. A hearty meal in a bowl that warms you up, while when made with the right ingredients, packs in good nutrition. Here are 5 benefits of soup.

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  6. Dr. Joanna: Keeping the Winter Weight Off

    Dr. Joanna McMillan on Keeping Winter Weight off

    You’ve probably heard the expression ‘summer bodies are made in winter’ and while I really dislike the whole emphasis on getting your body beach ready for the warmer months, there is some truth to the expression.

    Winter is a time when many of us tend to gain a kilo or two. Colder weather makes heartier, comfort food more appealing and extra layers of clothing makes it easier to ignore a little extra fat storage. At the same time inclement weather – I’m looking out at sheets of rain as I write – makes it tougher to get out to exercise, particularly if you’re a fan of outdoor exercise. Bootcamp on the beach is not such an attractive option in the cold, wind and rain.

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  7. Dr. Joanna: How to Avoid Yo Yo Dieting

    Dr. Joanna McMillan on Yo Yo Dieting

    Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows how hard it can be, but the even harder part of the weight control journey is keeping the weight off. The cycle of yo yo dieting is frustrating and pretty soul destroying. Each effort to lose weight feels terrific when you do, but when the kilos start to creep back on it can leave you feeling like a failure. 
    Don’t let yo yo dieting bring you down. You can stop the cycle and achieve weight control that brings a wealth of health and wellness benefits.

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  8. What’s the best plan for me?

    What’s the best plan for me?

    Not sure which plan is best for you? Here’s a snapshot of our top plans.

    Food Cleanse 3, 5, or 10 Day

    1200 Calorie Plan

    Build Your Own Calorie Plans

    5.2 Diet Plans

    Individual Meals

    5 Day Lunch + Dinner Packs

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  9. Dr. Joanna: Are Frozen Meals Healthy: Frozen vs Fresh

    Dr. Joanna McMillan on Healthy Frozen Meals

    Does frozen food deserve a bad rap? I think that’s partly because of the rise of budget brand options flooding our super market freezers. There are many unhealthy foods to be found in the frozen food aisle such as ice cream, factory produced party pies and ultra-processed chicken nuggets to name a few, but to label all frozen food as processed or unhealthy is just not true. The truth is that utilising frozen foods in your home freezer can help you and your family achieve a healthier diet.

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  10. Finding Protein Rich Food for Vegetarians and Vegans

    Protein Rich Food for Vegetarians

    If you are trying to eat less meat, but don’t know where to start you could be discouraged before you even begin. Here’s our top 10 foods picks which have high levels of plant and grain based protein.

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