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Low calorie diet  

may help to reduce risk of Parkinsons Disease




Low Carb diet craze waning?

Many businesses based on low carb products have closed their doors.

" It was a little bubble that had zero staying power"



Many seniors face health problems because of life style choices and habits made at least 50 years ago

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Mediterranean diet  rich in vegetable oils,nuts and fish

may help to fend off more than heart disease and diabetes: it appears to prevent gallstones too




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Garden Court Brasserie and Camelot Restaurants
Chateau on the Park,
189, Deans Avenue
Phone (03) 389 8999

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Mainstreet Vegetarian Cafe and Bar
840, Colombo Street,Christchurch,
Phone(03) 365 0421

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Aqua Gym
459, Cashel Street,
Phone (03) 381 0299

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The Lotus Heart
595, Colombo Street,
Phone(03) 379 0324

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Natures Organics
Opawa Mall, 4/124 Opawa Road
Ph (03) 337 0022

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Forget Me Not Cafe
12, Wakefield Avenue,
Phone (03) 326 6501

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Mainstreet Vegetarian Cafe and Bar

840, Colombo Street,
Phone(03) 365 0421

All vegetarian with plenty of vegan dishes. They try to have at least one gluten free dish on the menu and specify allergens included in dishes. Informal cafe atmosphere. Separate breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Average cost per dish Breakfast $8.00, Lunch $10.00, Dinner $17.00. Organic beer and wines.

Brealfast menu 9.00am - 3.00 pm. We sampled scrambled tofu with fresh ginger, tamari and toasted seeds, served with doorstep chunks of wholemeal bread. $8.00 - delicious

Daily 9 am - 10 pm or later



VEGETARIAN • vegan • gluten free

The Lotus Heart

595, Colombo Street,
Phone(03) 379 0324

A small, all vegetarian cafe in the central business district, run by the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre.Plenty of vegan and gluten free options. "Trade Aid " organic coffee

Monday to Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 8.30 pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm.                                  MENU>>

gluten free

Megawatt Kitchen
218 Manchester Street
Phone (03)363 9680  

Cafe fare with a euro accent. Cooked breakfasts,soup, salads,light lunches and desserts. Most dishes are gluten free. The Breakfast menu , a cosmopolitan affair served until 5 p.m ranges round the world from the Jewish Lox 'n Bagel through Spanish, Swedish, German and much else  to "The Kiwi", a whopping fry-up of eggs, lamb chop, mushrooms and much more, and "The Japanese"  a healthy low cholestrol  grilled fish glazed with teryaki sauce, steamed rice, miso soup and pickles
Averages around $13.00.

Soups between $6.00 and $7.50 included a very enticing "Bouillabaisse
Setoise" served with grated cheese,croutons and Sauce Aoili - there could have been more of it.

Substantial salads from $9.50 to $14.00 and light lunches around $13.00 are good value. Fully licensed. Outdoor seating

Monday, Tuesday 7.00 a.m - 5.00 p.m.
Wed, Thurs, Friday 7.00a.m - Dinner orders taken until 8.30 p.m.
Saturday 8.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.


EVENING MENU                BREAKFAST & LUNCH MENU                                                  




vegetarian • Vegan • Gluten free

Infuse (formerly Izabella's Cafe)

 Shop 7 / 124 Opawa Road

  Opawa Mall

  Ph (03) 982 2374

  New owners have given this popular little suburban cafe a total make   over. (August 2005)

The new menu has not yet been fully developed but popular vegan and vegetarian favourites remain - Tofu pies and lentil pies with salad - $5.50.

A good selection of vegetarian salads- $6.50. Sun dried tomato and pasta is recommended.

Onion, spinach and feta fritata and Provencale tart, both $6.50 look delicious

Generous portions. Great if you're on a budget.

Fair Trade organic coffee

 Mon - Saturday 7.30 am - 4.30 pm


vegetrian • vegan • gluten free


Simos Moroccan Restaurant

114 City Mall,


Ph (03) 377 5001

Mobile 021 616 245

Authentic Moroccan cuisine. Winner South Island Restaurant of the year 2004. Highly recommended. Chef Simo's speciality is designing dishes to meet the needs of vegetarians,vegans, diabetics and other allergy sufferers


Member of the Slow Food movement


Vegetarian menu  Gluten free menu



Tuesday - Saturday 6.30 till late



NZ Organic Wine & Food Festival


    South Canterbury


 March each year

"The festival features organic food, organic wine and beer along with education, entertainment, arts and crafts. Oamaru is the Australasian capital of Victorian architecture and espouses the renaissance of the arts and crafts" - Organic Pathways




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A travellers guide to keeping fit and healthy eating away from home.Whether you are visiting  on business or holiday,  back packer, corporate traveller or tourist, Christchurch offers you a wealth of easily accessible exercise and keep fit options.

From swimming pools and aquajogging, mountain biking and on road cycling, roller blading or in line skating, jogging, trail running, golf, yoga, pilates, through to gyms and health clubs.

If you're eating out there's a choice of  restaurants and cafes serving vegetarian and organic or "Smart Choice", Heart Foundation approved dishes. 

If you're self catering you will find a wide range of Heart Foundation approved  low fat, low salt products as well as certified organic produce in supermarkets and specialist health food shops.





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