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5 Ways To Avoid Weight Gain This Winter

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Well ladies, it’s winter and there’s no easy way to say it, but for many of us that means an increase in layers – and I don’t just mean thermals under jumpers under coats. It can also mean another layer of fat.

There is no scientific evidence to prove a biological predisposition to weight gain during the cold, grey winter months – unless you’re a hibernating animal. But nevertheless, many of us see the number on the bathroom scales creep up as the season progresses.

If you’re struggling with what to blame it on, here are some of the possible reasons why it happens.

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Japanese Potato: Pure Fibre, Zero Calories

Konnyaku

Konnyaku (Japanese potato) is a fat-free, zero-calorie food, which has been used in Japanese dishes for over 2,000 years. Japanese potato, also known as the Devil’s Tongue plant, consists of 97% water and 3% glucomannan, a fibre in the form of a viscous substance. It also contains trace minerals like calcium and other important proteins.

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3-minute Superfood Dinner

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Personally I think more things in life should be quick and easy… well some things, dinner being one of them. Spending an hour creating a healthy meal from scratch is probably the last thing you want to do after a long day mid week. When I’m in a rush or just can’t be bothered cooking dinner I have a Japanese inspired go-to meal. It only takes 3 minutes to make and is packed full with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium, zinc and chromium. For a spicy touch try adding cayenne pepper and/or dried chilli.

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Coconut Health Tonic

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One of my favourite places to visit whenever I’m in Sydney is The Suveran. The Suveran is a dairy free, sugar free, gluten free, wheat free, yeast free and grain free wholefood café. Sounds bad I know but the food these little hippy geniuses make is to die for. Each perfectly balanced meal is made from a delicious range of superfoods, spices, seeds, vegetables, free-range meats and sustainable seafood. You’ll even fall in love with the half broken ‘vintage’ décor.

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Gluten-free Curry With Kelp Noodles

Healthy cooking is easy and tastes great as well. Try this gluten-free recipe I recently came up with. It’s jam packed with antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals that’ll nourish your body. I love cooking with gluten-free kelp noodles as an alternative to rice noodles. Not only are they versatile but they are high in calcium. *Note – Kelp noodles are available at some local healthfood stores or online here

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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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Cashew Milk

Always a sucker for new health promoting concoctions, I’ve noticed a trend lately with detox / cleanse programs like Phd Cleanse and Blueprint Cleanse promoting ‘dessert juices’, particularly ones with cashew milk as a base. Though I’m not a huge fan of cashews I do love cashew milk when it’s made the right way.

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48-hour Spring Cleanse

Green Vege Juice

If you’ve been feeling irritable, run down, or maybe even depressed and modern medicine hasn’t given you any relief then your body may benefit from a spring-clean. Everyday we’re exposed to thousands of toxins… from the chemicals in the coke zero you guzzled down at lunch to the car exhaust fumes you breathe in walking down the road. Those unavoidable pollutants can build up in your system over time and make you feel off kilter. A cleanse can restore balance in your body and get your health back on track.

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Top 3 Natural Cold Remedies

1. Omega 3 supplement
Popping an omega-3 supplement daily will ensure you are getting enough essential fatty acid’s that contain powerful immune-fortifying properties. According to a study by Britain’s Institute of Human Nutrition and School of Medicine, Omega-3 supplements can increase the activity of phagocytes (cells that fight flu by eating up bacteria). Other studies carried out show that omega-3 can protect lungs from colds and respiratory infections.
Try potent Nature’s Relief Omega 3 available online here

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Chocolate Fix

Chocolate

The Mayan’s called it ‘the Food of Gods’. The Aztec’s believed it would bring them power and wisdom. The French declared it a ‘dangerous drug’ and today we call it… dark chocolate. So this Valentine’s don’t worry about the silly roses just give me some 85% dark chocolate. *Please note: Other gifts of love or food still welcome. Read more…