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Dummy’s Guide to Food Labeling

Nowadays there’s an abundance of ‘health foods’ on supermarket shelves, aisles dedicated to organics, yogurts ‘straight from the farm’ and an array of gluten-free, biodynamic, free-range, ethically harvested delights. But are they really healthy or is it food-marketing dancing on a fine line.

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Simple Green Gift Guide

If you’re anything like me you could easily spend hours agonizing over what to get everyone on your Christmas shopping list. So here’s some inspiration on how to keep it simple with a few thoughtful and inexpensive green gift ideas that are sure to please. Here’s my top picks…

Herb garden; from $25
Available from your local garden centre
I love giving plants as gifts… I always like to think the person I’ve given them to will be able to keep them alive longer than I could. Make your own beautiful herb garden to give as a gift this Christmas by picking up a couple of planted herbs and small pots from your local garden centre. Perfect for the gourmet chef who will enjoy fresh herbs on the window sill.

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Yoghurt Culturing

If the feeling of being hung over is a familiar one of late then you may want to take a moment to consider your gut health. That one tequila shot you forgot about last Friday is like an atomic bomb to your digestive system.

Probiotics play an integral role in your digestive health. One of the best sources of this is homemade yoghurt. Store bought yoghurt, though convenient, contains less than half the amount of ‘live’ beneficial cultures than of homemade yoghurt.

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Body Rehab

After a long week of working late, a crazy weekend of promoting our Nature C Bee Venom Mask at the Healthy Living Show… topped off with a few rather late social occasions, my body is feeling a little worse for wear to say the least.  Usually after an exhausting week I can jump back into my normal routine relatively quickly. This time however, even after 2 solid nights of sleep, I’m still feeling like a train wreck. So, what’s my solution? ….vitamin C and coconut water!

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BEAUTIFY: DIY Skincare Recipes

It can be hard to find an hour out of the day to sit down and really enjoy a bit of skin pampering from your local spa without worrying about the days to-do list… not to mention costly. Some of the most effective ingredients to use on your skin are the ones you probably already have in your cupboard or garden. Cucumber, manuka honey, oranges, eggs… they all work wonders. So why not try making your own skincare with these easy recipes below. My favourite is the Skin Firming Mask – leaves your skin feeling tight and radiant.

Moisturizing Cleanser
For all skin types
1 teaspoon of Manuka Honey UMF 5 or 10+ (this has antibacterial properties)
1 tablespoon Whole Milk
Warm up the honey until it becomes runny (not too hot!) by putting it in a small glass bowl, which is immersed in hot water (or a few seconds in the microwave). Mix the honey and milk well

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Travel: Choosing your inflight meal

Choosing your inflight meal

After a quickie business trip to Hong Kong last week I was left with a great appreciation for Cantonese food. Unfortunately however, I had to endure two-day long stomach pains as a result of an appalling choice of dinner (seafood soup) during my flight home. This bad choice serves as my inspiration for this week’s blog.

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Winter Weight Loss Guide

I don’t know about you but for me Winter is the time when I can easily go up a dress size if I’m not careful. It’s often too cold to go outside for a walk or run and too cold not to indulge in a delicious Otago Pinot Noir, hot chocolate… or a big hearty carby meal for that matter!

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Low fat & Weightloss

 
Further to Sarah’s comment on ‘Low Fat’ foods (or “non-foods” as I prefer to call them), these do not support weight loss.  On the contrary, foods that have been processed and stripped of their fat can actually encourage the body to produce more fat.  It’s a subject that has been completely confused and abused.  There’s lots we need to relearn about fats, but to get you started, here’s a few simple tips to keep in mind to kick start your weight loss and improve your overall health also:* Incorporate cold-pressed coconut oil in your diet daily
* Choose butter (ideally organic and ‘cultured’) over olive oil (less conducive to fat production)
* Use extra virgin olive oil or avocado in your salad, not both
* Limit or avoid nuts while you’re trying to drop kilos
* Only ever cook with (heat) butter, ghee or coconut oil
* Eat raw fats like organic egg yolk, for their lipase content (the fat-digesting enzyme)

4 Realistic Health Tips cont.

Water: Yes, remember to also “eat” your water!  The water contained in high-water-content foods such as cucumbers, will hydrate your cells fat better than any amount of tap water.  The co-factors such as electrolytes help to carry the H2O through the cell wall.  Also remember to limit / avoid the things that ‘dehydrate’ the cells in the first place: coffee, alcohol, table salt.

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4 Realistic Health Tips To Improve Your Life

Let’s talk balance. I think it’s truly unrealistic to exercise every day, eat healthy and resist temptation all of the time… after all life is for living right? So how do we maintain balance in our quest for a healthy mind, body and soul… here are a few simple and realistic things you can try adapting into your life now to improve and maintain your overall health:

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