My Health For Life Program at Stafford

I’m excited to announce that I will be facilitating a My Health for Life Program at Minds4Health in Stafford starting on Friday 5th October.

The My Health for Life Program is a free program for people over 45 that are at risk of developing a chronic health disease and would like to make lifestyle changes to live healthier and reduce their risk.

The (mainly) group program provides support to participants while they decide and start making lifestyle changes that they want to make. Many participants find the group program very supportive. Support people are welcome and encouraged to come to the program.

The program consists of one individual consultation with the facilitator and 5 group sessions over 6 months.

If you would like to be eating healthier, moving more, coping better, smoking less or not at all, drinking alcohol moderately or losing weight this program might be for you.

The program is funded by Queensland Health and there is a quick survey that can be done over the phone with Cathie to see if you are eligible.

Cathie Lowe is a My Health for Life Facilitator and an Accredited Practising Dietitian. If you would like to know more about the program and eligibility please contact Cathie directly on 0409628551 or or for general information call My Health For Life on 137475.

Ecofriendlyfood Challenge

What can I do to be more eco-friendly?  There’s a great Qld site that is about to run an ecofriendlyfood challenge and it’s not to late to join up and learn practical tips on being more eco-friendly.

If you would like to register go to and receive a free resource kit.

My goal is to blog once a week about my experiences.  This week I’ve got to measure how full my wheelie bin is with food related waste.  I’d love to hear people’s comments if they try the challenge.






Coeliac Awareness Week – Not Feeling Like You?

Coeliac (“seal – e- ack”) disease is estimated to occur in 1 in 100 Australians yet the symptoms range in severity and can mimic other conditions like irritable bowel symdrome making it difficult to diagnose. Symptoms include tiredness, low iron levels, diarrhoea and/or constipation, abdominal bloating, and excessive wind. In women trying to fall pregnant, undiagnosed coeliac disease can cause fertility problems.

If you think you may have coeliac disease it is important to get screened and diagnosed before making any dietary changes. Adults need to be eating 4 slices of wheat containing bread per day for the screening blood test to be accurate. Then the Doctors will do a gastroscopy and biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.

Once a diagnosis is made, choosing gluten free foods is the treatment to prevent short and long term problems. An Accredited Practicing Dietitian will help you understand what foods can be included, foods to eat to get all your vitamins and minerals and how to read food labels to avoid gluten. The Dietitian will communicate with your Doctor to make sure you have regular blood tests to check iron status, vitamin D, folate and vitamin B12.

Many foods and meals are naturally gluten free – free from wheat, barley, oats, rye and triticale. Below is a frittata recipe that can be used as a main meal or lunch with a salad.

What are some of your favourite gluten free recipes or products? Please feel free to post them for others to share.

Vegetable Frittata

Serves 2 people

3 eggs

1/4 cup low fat milk

1/4 cup reduced fat tasty cheese

pepper to taste

parsley dried or fresh to taste

1tspn oil eg extra virgin olive oil

50g ham off the bone – diced

1/2 tomato or 8 cherry tomatoes – sliced

1/2 cup mixed frozen or fresh cooked veggies eg corn, peas, carrot

Preheat a small non stick pan and add 1tpsn oil, then cook ham and tomato. In a bowl, mix eggs, cheese, milk, pepper, parsley, and frozen or fresh vegetables together. In the small fry pan add the egg mixture and cook until the egg mix is nearly set. Place the fry pan under the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes until cooked. Serve with a salad or sliced and served cold in a lunch box.

Nutrition Information per serve

Energy 1040kJ, protein 21g , fat 16g, saturated fat 6g carbohydrate 4g, fibre 2g.

Gluten Free Food Expo Coming To Brisbane

Coeliac disease is a condition requiring a life long gluten free diet to prevent symptoms and nutritional deficiencies.  The range of gluten free food available has increased significantly over the last 19 years since I started working as a Dietitian.  As anyone with coeliac disease can tell you, gluten free breads, biscuits, pancake mixes are more expensive to purchase.  So, if you have coeliac disease – go to the Gluten Free Food Expo to sample all the different foods for free!  Sunday 30 October 2011 from 9am to 4pm at the Commerce Building at the RNA Showgrounds.  Tickets are $10 or $5 if you are a Coeliac Society member and kids are free.