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posted Aug 20, 2019, 3:18 AM by Janene Sacks

Check list you're on a HEALTHY EATING PLAN

✅Improved energy levels
✅Satisfied inbetween meals
✅No cravings
✅No headaches
✅Improved Health check readings (weight, glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure)


posted Jun 12, 2019, 1:46 AM by Janene Sacks   [ updated Jun 12, 2019, 1:48 AM ]


Lets focus on children's weight in honour of Youth Day, 16 June.

The best way to help an overweight child is with long-term family changes. The best way of doing this is by seeking the support of a qualified nutrition professional, a Registered Dietitian.

Involving the whole family in these changes is essential for long term success. This means everyone is working together on the same healthy lifestyle goals. Some of the healthy eating changes you could make include:

-Having breakfast as a family everyday
-Encouraging water as a drink rather than soft-drink, cordial or juice
-Limiting sweet and high fat snacks. Don’t view them as treats, just as sometimes foods
-Making healthier fast-food choices
-Working in more physical activity e.g. take a ball or Frisbee to the park, play cricket on the beach, try roller blading or ice-skating, put up a basketball ring or walk to school a few days a week.

Fad diets, eliminating food groups and strict dieting are not recommended for children because they effect healthy growth and development and have long term effects on self-image and self-esteem.

As a registered dietician, Janene Sacks can help you to plan healthy eating and lifestyle changes for your family.


posted Jun 12, 2019, 1:35 AM by Janene Sacks   [ updated Jun 12, 2019, 1:39 AM ]


There is now good evidence to show that men with a healthy weight have a reduced risk of a wide range of health problems.

They're are a wide range of health risks associated with adult male obesity

-Increased risk of hypertension (high blood pressure), coronary heart disease and stroke
-Increased risk of type 2 diabetes (90% of adults with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese)
-Increased risk of several cancers
-Increased risk of erectile dysfunction
-Increased risk of sleep apnoea (interruptions to breathing while asleep)
-Increased risk of gastro-oesophageal reflux (symptoms include heartburn and acid reflux)

Raised body weight puts strain on the body's joints, especially the knees, increasing the risk of osteoarthritis (a condition that affects your joints and causes pain and stiffness). There is also an increased risk of low back pain. Obesity is also associated with low self-esteem, depression and reduced libido.

June is the time for all men to call to action. A healthy weight loss plan with the guidance of a dietician can lead the way to a healthier weight and improved health to end off the year.


posted May 27, 2019, 2:30 AM by Janene Sacks


posted May 27, 2019, 2:23 AM by Janene Sacks   [ updated May 27, 2019, 2:28 AM ]

Many people delay quitting smoking because they are worried about weight gain. While many smokers gain some weight after they quit, it is better for your health if you quit as soon as possible. 
Once you quit, you can begin to build healthy habits for exercise, nutrition, and—if necessary—weight loss.

You CAN Control Weight Gain After Quitting.

As a dietician, I am trained to assist you with appetite control and mindful eating. Exercise will become easier once you quit smoking and is an essential to avoid weight gain. You will need to learn to cope with emotions without cigarettes.

Enlist the help of a professional before new bad habits are formed.

Janene Sacks, registered dietician can help you avoid weight gain as you begin your journey to better health once you quit smoking.


posted May 13, 2019, 3:57 AM by Janene Sacks

Health professionals agree that nutrition services are one of the first treatments that individuals should receive to improve conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.

Many registered dietitians work in the treatment and prevention of disease by providing medical nutrition therapy. The RD often acts as part of a medical team, in various practice settings, such as hospitals, physician offices, private practice and other health care facilities.
Medical nutrition therapy is covered by a variety of insurance plans.

Together with a registered dietitian, you will set nutrition goals to improve your health.

Medical nutrition therapy provided by an RD includes:

-Review of your eating habits and lifestyle.
-Thorough assessment of your nutritional status.
-Personalized nutrition treatment plan.

Get your blood pressure checked this week for World Hypertension Day.
Seek the assistance of a dietician to reduce and treat your risk factors with dietary and lifestyle advice.

Contact Janene Sacks, registered dietician for expert nutritional advice and counselling for improved health and wellness.


posted May 6, 2019, 3:22 AM by Janene Sacks

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin well known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system. Because your body cannot make vitamin C, it must come from the foods you eat every day.
Research shows vitamin C is essential for the growth & repair of tissue all over the body. Vitamin C helps heal wounds & repair & maintain healthy bones, teeth, skin & cartilage — a type of firm tissue that covers the bones. As an antioxidant, vitamin C fights free radicals in the body which may help prevent or delay certain cancers & heart disease, & promote healthy aging. Vitamin C from foods also seems to reduce the risk of cartilage loss in those with osteoarthritis. Though it may not keep you from catching a cold, there is some evidence that high doses of vitamin C may decrease the length of cold symptoms by as much as one to one-and-a-half days for some people. However, other studies did not result in the same findings, and the risk of side effects is greater with high doses of vitamin C supplements, so check with your doctor or dietitian before taking.

Many fruits & vegetables supply this vital vitamin. Sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, coloured peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts & kiwifruit, among others. You can enjoy these foods raw or cooked, but it's important to note that fruits & vegetables lose vitamin C when heated or stored for long.

Learn more


posted Apr 30, 2019, 7:25 AM by Janene Sacks   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 7:27 AM ]


There are so many temptations in April, from Easter chocolate & buns; Passover matzo and delicacies to long weekend and public holidays disrupting routine during the month of April.
Start making small changes to improve your meal times and food choices before the month of May carries on the festivities with more holidays.

-Start each day with a healthy breakfast, this will set your day up for a healthy start.
-Stay active to burn excess calories from treats that are tempting over the festivities.
-Do not arrive at gatherings too hungry.
-Avoid excess alcohol and sweetened beverages. 
-If you over-indulge over one meal or one day, get yourself back on track the very next day. Do not allow your eating habits to fall completely off track.

Contact Janene Sacks, registered dietician, 
for personalised weight loss eating plans with weight monitoring, motivation and support.


posted Apr 16, 2019, 1:14 AM by Janene Sacks

Hard-boiled, dyed and decorated eggs are a beloved Easter tradition, but are you up to speed on your egg expertise?

Don't just decorate eggs this Easter, make sure not to miss out on the opportunity to benefit from the many naturally occurring nutritional benefits found in an egg such as:

• High quality protein
• Excellent source of choline
• Balanced assortment of essential vitamins & minerals
• Highly bioavailable antioxidants lutein & zeaxanthin
• Individual portion sized packaging, only 72 calories per egg offering satiety
• A moderate fat content
• A healthy ratio of mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats to saturated fats
• Easily chewed food
• Easily prepared
• Abundantly available
• Culturally familiar
• Affordable low cost protein
• Extensive storage capacity: 4-5 week shelf life when refrigerated.

For expert nutrition advise & counselling on how all foods can fit into your eating routine & their health benefits, contact Janene Sacks, registered dietician 0825610507


posted Apr 9, 2019, 1:40 AM by Janene Sacks

Your DNA is unique to you, your diet should be too

DNA Diet is designed to assist the healthcare practitioner in the design of a personalised healthy eating plan based on individual genetic differences. As part of this world-leading product’s offering, DNA Diet also provides additional insight into how each patient individual responds to:
Mono-unsaturated fat
Poly-unsaturated fat
saturated fats, and
This allows a dietician to personalise and optimise an eating plan that is scientifically driven to work.

It is important to note that DNA Diet is not a diet plan and simply having the test done in no way contributes to weight loss. It is a tool that your healthcare practitioner will use to better understand your genetic profile, helping them to recommend a healthy eating plan best suited to you.

There is no one diet or way of eating that is correct for everyone, but DNA Diet will identify the best way for each person. DNA Diet tests several gene variations that impact metabolism, absorption and storage of fats and carbohydrates, as well as eating behaviour to understand how an individual’s genetic profile will impact their response to our most effective healthy eating plans:
Low fat
Low Carbohydrate

Weight management and healthy eating are integral to long-term health and can prevent poor health and various chronic diseases. DNA Diet is used as a tool in my practice to gain insight into a patients’ requirements for healthy eating.Genetic testing

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