Healthy living

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Being the healthiest you can possibly be means eating a variety of healthy foods, being physically active and understanding the nutrients you need to protect your bones, immune system, physical and mental health.  A healthy eating plan, knowing which diets work, how active you should be for your age and what you can do to manage your weight are important too. What about getting a good night’s sleep, knowing how much alcohol puts you in the risky category and the benefits of stopping smoking even after 24 hours? All these things contribute to a healthier life and we have topped it off with recipes from Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella.

In this video, Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella talks about some foods that are great for the brain and cognitive function.


Here, Sandra Villella goes market shopping for ingredients with particular health benefits for women, and talks about ways to include the ingredients in your cooking.

Eating for good health

Eating healthy food can lower your risk of developing health problems, help manage health problems like heart disease and diabetes, and also make you feel good.

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Good nutrition

It is helpful to know what foods are healthy and what you can do to ensure you eat the healthiest diet you can. Having a variety of foods, eating regular meals, including wholegrains, fibre, fruit and vegetables, and limiting the amount of fat, sugar and salt you eat are all recommended for good nutrition.

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The following pages discuss how important calcium, vitamin D, iron, folate, iodine, phytoestrogen and omega-3 are to your bones, immune system, cell growth and our mental health. You will find information on the recommended daily intake of these nutrients for women at different ages and how best to include these nutrients in your diet.

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Healthy eating plan

It is one thing to know all the things that make up a healthy diet, it is another thing to put it all together and create a healthy eating plan. Suggested steps towards a healthy eating plan including the planning, getting started and thinking about what worked and what was helpful are discussed.

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Managing healthy weight

Often the focus is on losing weight, but what about maintaining your weight or preventing weight gain? Strategies, motivation, which diets work, causes of weight gain and what you can do to help manage your weight are all discussed.

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Physical activity & exercise

It’s never too late to become more physically active. Beginning or resuming exercise at any age will benefit your health. Activity for 30 minutes on most days of the week will provide you with sustainable health benefits. The importance of regular physical activity, types of activity and ways to get you more active are discussed.

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Sleep & fatigue

Insomnia and not getting a good night’s sleep can be frustrating and impact on your day to day living and quality of life. Sleep problems can be caused by changes in your daily routine, times of worry, a new baby, shift work or sleep apnoea, but the good news is there are many things you can do to help yourself.

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What is risky drinking? How much alcohol is too much?  Why do women process alcohol differently to men? These questions and many more are answered along with tips for drinking responsibly.

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Giving up smoking

There is no safe level of smoking. The benefits to your health of stopping smoking even after 24 hours without a cigarette are discussed.

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The way you feel physically has a big effect on your state of mind and emotional wellbeing. Similarly, if you are emotionally agitated, your physical health and energy levels are affected. Eating a nutritious diet and being active can help with depression, anxiety and stress.

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Jean Hailes Kitchen

Simple, nutritious, delicious!

The Jean Hailes approach to food and eating is not about restriction and dieting. It’s about good nutrition, eating well, enjoyment and balance. The Victorian government has released a healthy food charter that takes the same sort of approach with five key principles. 

Join Jean Hailes naturopath and herbalist Sandra Villella in the Jean Hailes Kitchen as she makes it easy to see how eating well and simply, cooking from scratch and understanding the nutritional content of what you eat can make a big difference to your health, and the health of your family.

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Jean Hailes Kitchen Videos
Jean Hailes Kitchen

Join Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella in the kitchen as she cooks and discusses the nutritional content of some fantastic recipes. Simple, Nutritious, Delicious!

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