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GESTATIONAL DIABETES – WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY

What is insulin resistance and gestational diabetes?

Your pancreas produces the hormone insulin to control the glucose levels in your blood after you eat and absorb ‘sugars’ (food). During pregnancy the placenta releases other hormones that can interfere with this process. More insulin than usual is needed to control sugar levels, creating a condition called insulin resistance or pre-diabetes. If left unmanaged, your pancreas becomes overworked and may not be able to create enough insulin to control your blood sugar levels. Your glucose levels rise above what is healthy putting you at risk of gestational diabetes

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IT TAKES MORE THAN REGULAR EXERCISE TO OFFSET A SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE

A pump class, a gym workout, two walks by the beach and you have got your health and fitness covered right? Not necessarily so.

Many Australians may meet the base health guidelines of accumulating 150 minutes of physical activity per week. However, many modern day jobs such as retail, call centre, transport, machinery and other office based work involve long periods of sitting – sometimes up to 76% of the day, says the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Research is increasingly showing that even if you achieve the recommended amount of weekly exercise, it cannot reverse the negative health effects of 8 plus hours per day sitting down. What is even more alarming is that this research does not take account of people’s out of work time. The total amount of hours spent sedentary would be much higher if we included, travel to and from work, meal times, TV viewing, reading and sleeping... and the long-term health picture far more grim.

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IS COFFEE GOOD OR BAD FOR YOU?

Caffeine can have benefits for some, for others it can be problematic. So what is the truth about this much loved substance? Varying tolerance levels amongst people makes it difficult to provide a simple conclusion. Even small amounts of caffeine for some people can lead to very unpleasant side effects such as insomnia, heart palpitations, anxiety and irritability. Whilst for others, it improves their concentration, mood and energy levels.

For those with an anxious predisposition or who are particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine, any amount can exacerbate or lead to hyperactivity, paranoia, insomnia and irritability. Unborn infants are particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine hence why it is often recommended to limit consumption to no more than 1-2 cups a day whilst pregnant. Breast feeding mothers may also choose to minimize or avoid coffee too.

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FIGHT DEPRESSION WITH FITNESS

1 in 5 people aged 16-85 years, experience depression and other associated disorders. Yet 65% of them will not access treatment due to a lack of resources or social stigma. In view of this the role of exercise as an alternative treatment becomes all the more important. It is not only food for thought, but nourishment for the soul to know research has found 3 truths:

For an inactive person, only a very small increase in activity level elicits an improvement in mood.

The more exercise a person suffering from depression does, the better the outcome.

The higher the level of depression, the stronger the positive response to exercise is.

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CREATING HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES THAT YOUR CHILD WILL LOVE.

It is possible to provide your child with a lunch box filled with nutritious and balanced food that will actually come home empty. A little inspiration is all that’s needed to prepare school lunches bursting with goodness! Below are a few helpful tips to get you started.

Keep it interesting

Using a Bento-type lunch box or separate containers will enhance your child’s experience of healthy options and the opportunity to create her own food combinations. She can enjoy her own mini picnic straight out of the lunchbox!

Make the most of leftovers

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