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This month we take a look at: a weight loss elixir we all need, the dangers of a well known diet pill, fresh mangoes, a smart foods cooking demo to drop your cholesterol, how you can win a copy of The Breakfast Book, plus more! 

What’s in the News – Diet Pill Taken off the Shelves

Doctors across Australia and New Zealand have been ordered to stop prescribing Reductil (sibutramine), Australia’s biggest selling diet pill, after a major study linked its use with unwelcome side effects of stroke and heart attack. Dr Steve Hambleton, federal vice-president of the Australian Medical Association stated “the risks well outweigh the benefits of this drug and I’m glad we have removed the weight loss drug from our shelves”.

Reductil works to influence the brain into thinking you feel full, thereby reducing your food intake.

What is the evidence? The preliminary results of the SCOUT (Sibutramine Cardiovascular OUTcomes) study with 10,000 patients confirmed that taking sibutramine for weight loss significantly raised the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Interestingly, Reductil already came with some precautionary advice: to avoid its use in patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, tachycardia, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, arrhythmia or stroke. So the latest findings are simply the last nail in the coffin!

Our advice: If you’re still taking Reductil, please see your doctor immediately.  But don’t despair - we can help you enhance your eating habits so you can lose weight without nasty side effects.  The only side effects you will experience will be more energy, confidence and a reduced risk of chronic disease!

Slimming Tip – A Proven Weight Loss Elixir

Could water really be a secret to keeping weight off? We know it’s important for good health and hydration levels but a recent study suggests water can also assist with weight loss. In a randomized controlled trial (considered the ‘gold standard’ in scientific studies) an increased consumption of water was shown to suppress appetite. The best part is that water requires no prescription, has many health advantages and costs almost nothing!

By drinking just two glasses of water (i.e. 500ml) before each meal, people consumed 20-25 % less calories at their meals. Over a 12 week period this led to an almost 2.5 kg greater weight loss compared to dieters who did not increase their water intake. 

Why not try it for yourself? But don’t go overboard. Although rare, it is possible to drink too much and develop water intoxication. This can occur at levels more than 5-10 times the recommended intake.

What’s Cooking in November – Smart Foods to Drop Your Cholesterol

Want to stay off cholesterol lowering medication or reduce your dose? Join us to see for yourself how you can cook more delicious and powerful cholesterol lowering foods and integrate them into your diet.  The portfolio diet has been proven by clinical research to lower cholesterol levels by up to 30 % - as much as a starting dose of a statin!  This cookshop will show you have to put it into practice.

When: Tuesday 16th November 2010

Time: 6.30 pm – 8:30 pm

If you have diabetes or a family history of heart disease, you can’t afford to miss this cookshop, which will be our final for 2010. 

Call NOW on (02) 9899 5208 to book your place. Bring your partner!

Your News – Share Your Success Story and be in the Running to Win a Copy of The Breakfast Book!

Do you have a success story you’d like to share? Starting January 2011 we’d like to showcase inspirational stories from our clients who have unlocked keys to success.

Success is measured in a number of ways – not by weight alone.

Has your waistline shrunk? Have you re-gained self confidence? Has a repeat blood test shown marked improvements? Can you now better manage gut symptoms? Do you have a clearer idea of how to achieve your nutrition goals?

Your feedback is valuable.  It can help inspire others and it’s what drives us to provide a top dietetic service in Sydney.

Whether you want to jot down a sentence or pen an entire essay – we welcome all responses!

Email your success story to: wellbeing@ozemail.com.au or drop it off to your dietitian by 15th December 2010 to be in the draw for a copy of The Breakfast Book. The winner will be announced in the January 2011 e-newsletter and will need to pick up their prize from the clinic.

What’s Fresh – Mango

Did you know that mangoes are the most popular fruit in the world? Australians alone eat their way through eight million trays each year! Interestingly, mangoes are from the same botanical family as cashews. Originating more than 5,000 years ago, there are now over 1000 mango varieties across the world. India is home to this tropical fruit producing 50 % of the world’s crop – but you won’t find any Indian mangoes in Australia due to our strict quarantine regulations. Almost half of our mango supply is sourced from North Queensland.

Mangoes exhibit a rich yellow skin, and the yellow-orange flesh is high in carotenoid antioxidants. They provide a good source of fibre, and a small ripe mango will supply you with up to three times your recommended daily intake of vitamin A (as beta-carotene) and vitamin C!

It is best to store mangoes at 12 degrees Celsius – think of the fruit bowl on your kitchen bench top.  Mangoes don’t tend to handle well in cooler temperatures of the fridge. Mangoes make a great summer snack, can be tossed into salads and are easy to blend into a smoothie.

3 ways with mangoes

 Virtual Supermarket Tour – Become a Supermarket Sleuth

Ever struggled to interpret the numbers on a food package? How do you know if a food is really low in sugar or high fibre? Do you have benchmarks at your fingertips when shopping for the family?

Join us on 24th November at 6:30 pm for two hours of fun where you can visit the aisles of a supermarket and practise reading food labels from the comfort of your chair. We’ll show you how to make the best choices and stock your pantry with products you’ll be glad to feed your kids!

Here's what you will learn:

  • Benchmarks to understand what is 'high' and 'low' for key nutrients
  • How to interpret claims such as ‘lite’ and ‘cholesterol free’
  • Superfoods to stock in your pantry so you can better manage your medical conditions

See what Sue Radd says in the article ‘What’s in Store” in the November issue of House & Garden.

People who attended our supermarket tour said:

      "Loved it! Learnt heaps, can't wait to go shopping."
      "It was very interesting to learn more of what to do and what not to do."
      “I'm looking forward to reading the labels. A big "thank you."

 Book your seat TODAY by phoning (02) 9899 5208 or find out more on our website.

Clinic News – Need Inspiration to get Active?

One of our lifestyle dietitians, Monica Kubizniak, put herself to the Six Foot Track challenge and set out on a 3-day, 44 km, hiking adventure through the Blue Mountains over the October long weekend. Crossing mountain ranges and enjoying panoramic views, she clocked up over 70,000 steps! For those of us who regularly monitor our steps for good health and fitness, we know to aim for 10,000-13,000 steps each day. Well done Monica for surpassing this by far!

This activity was run through Australian Explorer, one of many adventure sports organisations where groups of people with similar interests can get together and keep active.

In the Kitchen – Mango Slicer

Want to help your kids eat more fruit? Try a mango slicer. Cutting mangoes can be messy but with this tool you can slice the mango cleanly in half, leaving almost no flesh on the seed.

By gently pressing down on the handles of the slicer, you can effortlessly slice a mango into two halves. The flesh can then be diced or sliced straight off the skin. Some mango slicers also feature a base, which holds the mango upright in place while you cut it, and collects the mess so you can enjoy it with hassle-free cleaning!

Mango slicers are an inexpensive addition to any kitchen. You can pick one up for around $10 from most kitchenware stores.

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