Why the new 8-Week Program Meal Plans are the most nutrient dense yet

Posted on May 29th, 2015

With a new round of the 8-Week Program kicking off next week, I thought I’d address the common questions I receive in the lead up to each Program. In a post earlier this year, I covered what I keep in mind when developing the Meal Plans. Below, a rundown on why nutritionist and registered dietitian Marieke Rodenstein says the new 8-Week Program Meal Plans are the most nutrient dense yet.

from the 8 Week Program Omni meal plan

The Cheat’s Croque Monsieur

You’ll probably be eating more veggies than you ever have before. The IQS Meal Plans incorporate 6-7 serves of veggies a day. The Australian Nutritional Guidelines advise 5-6, but on average Australian’s only eat half the recommended intake. In the USthe guidelines are 2-3 cups of veggies a day and in the UK, 5 serves a day.

We use the right amount of carbs, fat, and protein. There’s no skimping. We focus on generous serves that are full of flavour with a balance of fat, carbs and protein to keep you feeling full.

You’re likely to lose weight on the Program. (In fact, almost 60 per cent of participants from our previous round lost weight.) However, we understand this is not ideal for everyone, so there are plenty of healthy snack options for quitting the white stuff while maintaining your current weight.

The Program is all about abundance. It’s not about restriction. The goal is to take eating back to the way we ate Read more

Start with a big fat lump in your throat and run with it

Posted on May 27th, 2015

As an angsty teen I read Robert Frost’s The Path Not Taken and would feel all kinds of profoundnesses. I would also read the bible, looking for the same depth.


I’ve liked to think I’ve moved on from such binary thinking. But I recently came across a reference to Frost’s approach to poem creation:

“It begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” 

Illustrator Debbie Mailman then references this in her book, Self-Portrait As Your Traitor. She pivots her creative process from this notion: Starting with the big fat lump and then running with it. “Start now, not twenty years from now, not two weeks from now. Now,” she writes.

I totally know the fat lump in the throat, and the ill-at-easeness that Frost refers to. It means fear. It means dread. It means things are bigger than anything our little beings have previously encountered. And we cry out, “This is not right!”. Read more

Got gut bloat? Here’s the ayurvedic cooking tricks I use.

Posted on May 21st, 2015
Ayurveda is one of the most grounded wellness approaches around. The central thread of Ayurveda is balancing through food and energy restoration. I love this. Catch up on previous tips here and here.  For today, some Ayurvedic cooking tricks to ease digestion and cut the gut bloat.
Image by Philippe Halsman

Image by Philippe Halsman

1. Start your meal with a small piece of fresh ginger or a pinch of salt. Ginger is a rippa root for digestive issues. (Dry ginger is best for kaphas and fresh for vata and pitta.) It acts as a digestive stimulant, ideal for people with constipation, low stomach acid and weak digestion. (A pinch of Himalayan rock salt will do the job if you experience any burning with raw ginger.)

2. Eat warm food. According to Ayurveda, the digestive system works like a fire. Warm foods fuel the fire, while cold food put it out. Stacks of raw vegetables and greens take a lot of time and energy for the system to process, resulting in gas and bloat. Switch to warm, soft meals and see if you notice a difference. This is particularly crucial if you’re a vata dosha. Me, slow cooked stuff and soups are my friend. And I “warm and Read more