Mashed Cauliflower

As of June 1 it turned winter here in Melbourne and with cold weather I am craving comfort food.

Let health remain on the horizon with some out-of-the-box ideas for meals. Mashed cauliflower hit the spot tonight and it was so so easy to make.


  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped
  • Himalayan sea salt, to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon of gluten free soup stock
  • Butter (optional)
Boil water and soup paste to a boil and add in the chopped cauliflower. Once all the cauliflower is added, turn temperature down to medium and let cook while stirring occasionally for 25 minutes. You want the cauliflower to get so tender that you can mash it easily with a fork. Strain the cauliflower and toss in a food processor until the consistency you desire. Top with salt and butter (optional).

Cauliflower is a good source of fiber, an excellent source of Vitamin C, a good source of Vitamin K, folate, Vitamin B6 and potassium. Talk about nutrient density mate!

Cheers to you and good health,

Study breaks down supplement use by physicians

The majority of physicians and nurses in the US recommend supplements to their patients but also use them personally, finds a new study.

Commissioned by the supplement trade group Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and published in the peer-reviewed Nutrition Journal, the study surveyed 900 physicians and 277 nurses.

“Health professionals including physicians and nurses are just as interested in healthy lifestyles as members of the general public and are just as likely to benefit from rational supplementation,” wrote the authors, Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., past president of CRN, Andrew Shao, Ph.D., CRN vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, and Nicolas Boyon, senior vice president, Ipsos Public Affairs, who conducted the Study on behalf of CRN.

Multivitamins most popular
The online survey, conducted in October 2007, found that 72 percent of physicians and 89 percent of nurses used dietary supplements. In addition, 79 percent of physicians and 82 percent of nurses said that they recommend them to their patients.

Overall, the survey found that multivitamins were the most commonly used supplement. Other popular vitamins and minerals were vitamin C, a B vitamin complex, vitamin D, vitamin E and calcium.

Out of the non-vitamin and mineral products, physicians were most likely to use green tea, followed by fish oil, glucosamine, soy, flax seed and chondroitin. Nurses were most likely to use green tea, fish oil, echinacea, glucosamine and flax seed.

Some 40 percent of physicians and 48 percent of nurses said they took supplements for “overall health and wellness”.

Over two-thirds of survey respondents said they had multiple motivations for using supplements, including bone health, flu or colds, heart health, immune health, joint health, energy and musculoskeletal pain.

When it came to recommending supplements to their patients, the most common reason was again overall health and wellness, followed by bone health, joint health, flu or colds, heart health, immune health, musculoskeletal pain, and energy.

“This latest survey adds to the growing body of published data suggesting that healthcare professionals are among the highest users of supplements,” said CRN.

Another study published in 2000 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that 64 percent of female physicians used vitamin or mineral supplements at least occasionally, and 47 percent used a vitamin or mineral supplement at least five days a week.

Source:Physicians and nurses use and recommend dietary supplements: report of a surveyNutrition Journal 2009, 8:29doi:10.1186/1475-2891-8-29Authors: Annette Dickinson, Nicolas Boyon, Andrew ShaoLink:

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Have a healthy and fit day!

Don’t Miss the Boat

In this not so lovely recession, it has been noted that many consumers are purchasing more vitamins. I am by no means the vitamin police but I want to stress the importance that diet should not be overlooked while taking supplements. It is great that people are thinking of their well-being in these tough times but don’t miss the boat that nutrient-dense food is what does your body good. Think of it this way — Did your great grandma run to the market to buy MonaVie juice? No. Decades ago these type of supplements were not available and people were eating whole, unprocessed food. If you choose to supplement your diet with vitamins, etc., be sure to continue to focus on what you are eating too.

A few pointers for staying on the health track (these tips are not ranked in any way):
  1. Eat your meals and stop at a point where you would normally want two more bites. Eating less means having to buy less BUT do not eat too few calories. Click here for guidance.
  2. Eat breakfast! I can’t say this enough; it can do wonders for your body and metabolism! But, be sure to make it a healthy and balanced meal. Sample: Greek yogurt and whole-grain, high fiber cereal, topped with fruit.
  3. Drink plenty of water. Finally, a new study revealed a connection with drinking water and weight loss. Published in Obesity, researchers found that women who had up to 1 liter of water a day dropped as much as 5 pounds in a year.
  4. Eat enough protein. Protein can play a strong role in satiety (feeling of fullness). Try to incorporate lean protein either from dairy, meat, beans or vegetarian products in most of your meals and/or snacks. My favorite afternoon snack right now is edamame!
  5. Sleep. Yes cardio and anaerobic exercise does wonders to our bodies but what good can it do with no sleep? Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
  6. Strive to always do your best and take care of yourself and your health.

Have a healthy and fit day!