Weight Gain – Why Your Addiction To Coffee May Be Hindering Your Ability To Lose Weight.

This post is probably not going to win me a popularity contest, especially if you love your coffee, but if you’ve been struggling to lose weight, then you might want to stick around to hear what I have to say.

Because weight loss is not all about what you eat, but also what you drink.

Now for the purpose of this post, I going to be focussing on coffee, or more specifically caffeine, which let’s face it, can be a saviour for many who work 24/7.

I also want to point out that I’m referring to those who drink copious amounts of coffee a day (as opposed to just 1 or 2 cups), otherwise known as “chronic coffee drinkers” along with those who consume a lot of energy drinks because the caffeine (and sugar content) of these energy drinks are usually off the scale!

Whilst I’m sure you can all appreciate that caffeine can be a saviour at keeping you awake, it may not be doing the same for your waistline, especially if you drink it continually, and here’s why:

1. Each time you drink (or eat) anything that contains caffeine, it stimulates the nervous system to trigger the release of stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol, leading to an elevation in blood sugar.

Why is that a problem?

Having elevated blood sugar when you’re facing a life or death situation is actually a good thing, because it triggers the pancreas to produce insulin, helping to move this glucose out of the blood and into the cells and muscles where it can be used as a source of energy so that you can run away or “escape” from this impending threat.

The trouble is, you don’t actually have to run away from anything, (thankfully), after drinking a cup of coffee.

You’re perfectly safe. Sitting at your desk doing your thing. Answering emails, taking phone calls … whatever it is for you.

But this can be problematic.


HSW 92 – Live Event in Brisbane!

Are you a shift worker living in Brisbane or know someone who is?  If so, this podcast is for you!

In conjunction with the launch of my new book Too Tired To Cook’, I’m super excited to announce my first ever Healthy Shift Worker Live Event in Brisbane, which is open to the general public!

What does this mean?

It means that ANYONE who works shift work in Brisbane can attend.

So if you work in healthcare (nurse, doctor, veterinary medicine), transport & logistics (train driver, aviation worker, ship crew, truck driver), manufacturing, hospitality (hotel, casino or cafe worker), emergency services (police, fire, ambulance), security – or any other occupation that I’ve missed … and you’ve been struggling with this whole shift working lifestyle – then this event is for YOU.

Titled “Better Sleep & Nutrition for Shift Workers”, this event is a version of the Healthy Shift Worker Seminars that I’ve been delivering to shift working organisations all over Australia.

WHEN – Friday the 29th November 2019, from 7:30-9 pm.

WHERE – Toombul Shire Hall, Brisbane QLD

I’ve lost count of the number of times people have come up to me after a seminar and said “Audra, where were you when I needed you 20 years ago?!”

So if you (or members of your workplace) are wanting to gain invaluable tools and strategies to improve your sleep and nutrition whilst working 24/7, (amongst a whole host of other things like weight loss, stress relief etc) – then tune into this episode to learn more about the event.

To book your tickets CLICK HERE and I look forward to seeing you there!

Poor Sleep – Why Your Diet May Be To Blame.

As someone who works irregular hours, I’m pretty certain that you’d be well aware of how a shift working lifestyle can play havoc on our ability to sleep and sleep well.

Whether it’s due to a rotating roster, long stretches of early or night shifts, or as a result of nasty minimum turnarounds that don’t really allow sufficient opportunity to sleep.

Hmm. Don’t get me started on that one!!

But have you ever considered that your diet may be affecting your ability to sleep as well?

Because most people don’t.

In fact, it never crosses their minds.

We’re usually more worried about how our food choices are going to affect our waistlines (which is a good thing), but the association between how it can impact on our sleep is often overlooked.

So here’s the kicker.

What we eat (or don’t eat) can definitely play a role in how well we sleep (or don’t sleep).

A BIG role.


Fruits & Vegetables – Why They Are A Shift Worker’s Best Friend.

We should eat more fruits and vegetables! We’ve heard it all before, but why are they specifically good for shift workers, or why are they a shift worker’s best friend?

Well before I get into the nuts and bolts of it I think it’s important to understand that a staggering 96 percent of Australian adults are not consuming the recommended 5 servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit per day.

Given we live in a country that has an abundance supply of fresh produce, it’s a pretty woeful and somewhat embarrassing statistic.

In fact, depending on which part of the world you live, those statistics may be similar to where you reside too.

So why are they so important – especially if you work 24/7?

There are many reasons, but these are my Top 2 recommendations as to why you need to be incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet if you work irregular hours:


HSW 91 – Chrononutrition with Dr Jonathan Johnston

In today’s podcast episode, we’re talking all things chrononutrition with Dr Jonathan Johnston from the University of Surrey, in the United Kingdom.  Dr Johnston is a world expert and researcher in the field of chrononutrition, and has led many studies looking at the links between circadian, metabolic and nutritional physiology including the analysis of timed meal effects on the human circadian system.

This topic of chrononutrition is particularly relevant for shift workers given when we work irregular hours or 24/7, we tend to eat 24/7 however the way in which your body digests and processes food, depends on what time of day that you eat it.