Glossary

[ RAW ]

Raw food is that which has not been heated above 38ºC. Predominantly, this relates to fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Because the food has not been cooked, it contains all the energy that enabled it to grow in the first place. It is ‘living’ food, if you will. Health benefits from eating raw include increased energy, a stronger immune system, better digestion and a healthier brain!

[ VEGAN ]

A vegan is a person who does not eat or use animal products. This means everything from meat to dairy to honey. Vegan diet staples include tofu, tempeh, quinoa, legumes and a whole heap of vegetables.

[ PALEO ]

Chances are, you’ve seen or heard of the Paleo diet – and although tricky to define exactly, its essential tenets are that we should aim to eat in the same way as our primal ancestors. This means no processed food, no grains, no legumes, no potatoes, no sugar, no dairy and no alcohol. Mainstays of the Paleo diet are unprocessed, organic meats, nuts, vegetables and fruit.

[ PCOS ]

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work. PCOS ovaries contain a large number of cysts, and the condition is associated with abnormal hormone levels in the body, including having high levels of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that controls sugar levels in the body. Many women with PCOS have too much insulin in their body, which contributes to the increased production and activity of hormones such as testosterone. Being overweight increases the amount of insulin your body produces. Other symptoms include irregular periods or anovulation, fertility issues, hirsutism, rosacea, thinning hair and acne. It is incurable.

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