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Why I Don't Buy Into The Gluten-Free Craze

Shannon Harvey

It was a trip to the supermarket where junk food was masquerading as health food with a “gluten-free” label, it was the conversation with a woman who’s on a gluten-free diet to lose weight, it was the e-newsletter telling me that quitting gluten would help me to cure my autoimmune disease. This week I’ve reached peak “gluten-free” and although I’m wary, I’ve decided to wade in to the treacherous waters of this micro-nutrient diet-debate.As someone living with an autoimmune disease known as Sjogren's syndrome, I can tell you that I am very motivated to look after myself and explore any... Read full article »


The Fascinating Theory About Why You Hate Exercise (And What To Do About It)

Shannon Harvey

I was inspired to write this week’s blog after I had an email from a regular reader who is a physiotherapist-turned yoga instructor, and who wanted to know how I’m finding time to take care of my physical body whilst juggling full-time work, parenting, wife-ing, whole-food cooking, and all the mindfulness meditating that I’m committed to as part of my new film project. As a health journalist who lives with an autoimmune disease (the most recent diagnosis is Sjogren’s disease) I’m all-too aware of the importance of moving my body regularly. I’ve interviewed leading experts, written a ton of blogs,... Read full article »


Good Mood Food: What To Eat Today To Change How You Feel Tomorrow

Shannon Harvey

If you ask any parent in my generation what influence sugar has on their kids, it’s likely they’ll say with deep conviction that sugar makes their children certifiably crazy. We see it time and time again after birthday parties and special holiday outings. Shortly after filling up on candies, cookies and cake our little darlings transform into wailing, complaining, fractious beasts.  So you can imagine my surprise when I sat down this week to review the research connecting sugar consumption to poor mood and discovered that there is no compelling evidence to prove this “known fact.” Indeed meta-analysis published in... Read full article »


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