Please note: As I learn more about nutrition, my point of view evolves. What I say in any article is what was true at the time. I might have changed or updated my view since writing it.
Have you had your vitamin D
You could be seriously deficient - every blood test I've looked at in clients has been nowhere near ideal levels.
A deficiency in this incredibly important pro-hormone can seriously affect your
I have been asking clients to get
a vitamin D3 blood test, as research shows that most people may be
deficient or have less than ideal levels. I have yet to see a client
vitamin D levels in the ideal range to give maximum protection from a
serious diseases including cancer and insulin resistance.
10 Ways our diet today differs radically from the diet
that best suits our genes.
By Julianne Taylor June 2010
I have recently been researching
how we can
improve our diet to be more in line with what we as humans are
designed to thrive on. My personal experience and with a number of
convinced me that hunter and gatherer food choices work incredibly well
humans, but why? In this article I look at how our diets today have
dramatically from food choices that best suit us, what the effect of
on our health and how we can eat to suit our genetic heritage.
All about Omega 3, 6
By Julianne Taylor
Omega 3, omega
6, omega 9, flax oil, chia
seeds, fish oil - whatís the difference and what should we be taking?
My Nutrition Journey.
From the average New Zealand diet, to vegetarian,
food pyramid, to the Zone and now Paleo.
Taylor, March 2010
I am regularly asked how I came across the Zone diet that started my interest
in nutrition, and how it made a difference for me. So I thought Iíd write about
my journey through different nutrition plans and in particular those that
have made the most significant impact in terms of my health.
Is your fat loss stalled?
Here are 13 fat loss tips
you may not be aware of
By Julianne Taylor, November 2009
How gluten makes 1 in 10
By Julianne Taylor, July 2009
Dr Rodney Ford, Associate Professor
at Christchurch School of Medicine and a Paediatric Gastroenterologist and
allergy specialist has been investigating the relationship between food and
health for over 25 years.
In this time he has treated
thousands of unwell children, and discovered that many of them are sick due to
gluten sensitivity. He has seen many people, both children and adults cured
from a huge range of chronic ailments by cutting gluten from their diet. His
research shows that around 10% of the population are gluten sensitive and are
suffering needlessly, not realising that gluten is making them chronically sick
Paleolithic eating Ė it could take your health and fat loss
to the next level.
By Julianne Taylor, October 2009
I would like to
introduce you to Paleolithic eating principles in addition to the Zone balance.
It was only 10,000 years ago that humans settled and began
growing large amounts of grains. Prior to this our ancestors were hunters and
gatherers. We ate wild meat and seafood - which was lean and high in omega 3
fats, whatever roots, vegetables, leaves and fruits we could find, plus seeds
and nuts. The majority of us are still genetically hunters and gatherers and
our bodies digest and assimilate paleolithic foods most easily.
Cutting out these new foods can dramatically improve your health if you suffer from gut problems, auto-immune disease or acne.
PMS and period pain Ė Diet and supplements can make a huge difference
By Julianne Taylor, November 2009
Approximately 30% of the female
population suffer from Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS), and for about a third of
those it is severe. About 10 percent of women have severe dysmenorrhoea (period
researching and trying diet and supplements my self, I have complete
(no kidding when I say complete) relief from severe period pain and
monthly PMS. Clients I have worked with are also surprised to find they
get similar results.
6 Reasons to add
more colour to your diet.
By Julianne Taylor
There is one food group that everyone agrees we should eat
more of: colourful fruit and veggies. Why are they so good for us? We look at
How to Increase Your Immunity
do some people get lightly touched by a virus, yet others are off work ill for
a week or more?
do viruses spread and affect people far more severely in the winter?
With the swine flu
scare, and the seasonal increase in colds and fluís none of us want to be
debilitated by a nasty virus. There are many things you can do to improve your
bodyís innate immunity Ė that is - your ability to fight viruses, so you donít
succumb, or their effect is mild and short lived.
does a typical
day in the Zone look like? I put together such a day for the average
female that was shown on a broadcast for ABC's 20/20. In the following
photographs, you can quickly see that a day in the Zone is one without
deprivation and certainly not lack of food-- yet the total calorie
the entire day is approximately 1200 calories.
When a seemingly healthy person suffers a
heart attack or is diagnosed with heart disease Ė itís tempting to assume that
itís just fate or in our genes, and that there little we can do to change the
chance of becoming a victim ourselves. Not so! There is a lot you can do that
will dramatically reduce your chance of having a heart attack. This article
looks at the risk factors for heart disease and what you can do to reduce your
Omega 3, Vital for Your Health - Are you
Over 5000 scientific
papers have been published dealing with and documenting the benefits of Omega-3
fish oils. If you do not get enough Omega-3 on a regular basis in your diet you
will start to get problems such as an increased risk of heart disease,
depression and even obesity. As the dietary levels of these oils are lower now than ever before,
it is critical that you make a special effort to get sufficient of these
This article has is an
overview of just a few of the incredible benefits that Omega 3 fats provide.
In May 2000, we began a diet and exercise study with a group of volunteer members from the Remuera Gymnasium.
The intention of the study was to directly compare 2 different eating plans. One group of people followed the Zone diet and the other group followed the currently recommended high carbohydrate, low fat diet. Both groups had the same calories and both groups did the same exercise programme. Read the full article.
health problems due to vitamin D deficiency?
Vitamin D deficiency is now seen as
epidemic; in New Zealand and
around 50% of adults and children are deficient in this very important vitamin.In some groups such as elderly in rest homes
95% are likely to be deficient.
Current research has implicated vitamin D
deficiency as a major factor in the pathology of at least 17 varieties of
cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases,
diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle
weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and more. (Vitamin
Most of us want to know how to live a long life and have the good health to enjoy it.
Okinawa, a group of islands in Southern Japan,
has the largest percentage of healthy old people of any place on earth.
Many live to well over the age of 100, and very few succumb to diseases
which we have come to expect as part of ageing - strokes, cancer,† heart disease and dementia. In fact Okinawans have the lowest frequency of these diseases in the world.
So what is it about the diet and lifestyle of the Okinawans that gives them this extraordinary long and healthy life?
common question asked by many people is whether taking a vitamin and mineral
supplement is necessary. Some schools of thought say that if we are eating a healthy
balanced diet we get all the nutrients we need. Others say that even with the
best diet it pays to take a supplement as a health insurance to make up for any
micro-nutrients that may be missing.
Although the Zone Diet concentrates on the macro-nutrients of food, protein, carbohydrate and fat, the micronutrients - vitamins, and minerals and antioxidants are also important.
The important role of antioxidants in the body is a relatively new concept in health. Crucial studies on their benefits only started in the 1950ís. Antioxidants are culled from vitamins, minerals, and certain enzymes. Some are made by the body, while others are obtained from the food we eat.
The Zone Balance of Protein and Carbohydrate, Compared with the Conventional High Carbohydrate Diet.
This is an overview of 4 clinical studies where the Zone recommended ratio of protein and carbohydrate is compared to the conventional high carbohydrate low fat diet. In all cases where these programmes contain the some number of calories the Zone Ratio results in more fat loss and improvements in health.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death
in most developed countries after heart disease. It is a disease that often
strikes the most fear in people. Although genes may predispose a person to
develop cancer, environmental factors can have a great impact on cancer risk.
Just following the recommendations below can cut your risk of developing many
types of cancer, by 40% or more. If you have cancer following these tips will
give your best chance for recovery and remission.
Eating the correct type of fat is an important part of the Zone Nutrition Programme.
Dietary fats play critical roles in your health and quality of life. Eating the wrong fats can contribute to weight gain, increase your risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. If you eat good fats in the correct amounts you can lose weight, dramatically decrease your risk of diseases, and reduce such problems as asthma, arthritis, alzheimer's.
Eating the Zone ratio of foods is a healthy
start, but also important is the quality of food that you eat. Just eating the
Zone ratio wonít necessarily give you a diet with healthy content if you donít
choose quality foods. For example: a white bread roll and 120 grams of
processed meat will give you a balanced 4 block meal. However the white bread
contains few nutrients and the processed meat will have nitrites and other