4 breathing techniques to reduce stress

June 10, 2015

Feeling stressed? Simple tweaks to breathing can immeasurably boost wellbeing and reduce stress. Here’s how to audit and upgrade your breath for better physical and mental health. Step 1: Breathe from your abdomen To get the most out of each breath, you need to breathe from your belly, says Ros Ben-Moshe, director of Laughlife Wellbeing Programs. “Optimal breathing stems from the abdomen, where a richer inhalation of oxygen and exhalation…

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11 healthy nuts

Packed with nourishing good fats and protein, nuts are a go to for healthy snacking. Check our the nutritional profiles of your favourite nuts and see how they measure up.  NUT: AlmondsCASE: 50 g has as much calcium as half a glass of milk. Almonds are the desk snack du jour. Here’s why. A 50 g serve of almonds contains as much calcium as half a glass of milk and…

May 29, 2015
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What is leaky gut?

  You think you have leaky gut because you’re bloated, gassy, achy and crampy. We ask three doctors to define this ‘grey area of medicine’. What is leaky gut? Leaky gut is still a grey area of medicine. The term has become popular in the last 10 or 20 years to explain how gut substances literally leak into the bloodstream.   Western medicine says A complete digestive stool analysis and…

May 18, 2015
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Plank reach

Want to add another dimension to the traditional plank? Try this advanced plank exercise from Nikki Fogden-Moore. How to 1. Start with a full-push up position and pull your belly button to your spine to keep your abs engaged at all times. 2. Place your hand underneath the centre of your chest as you move into the opposite arm/opposite leg reach. Pointing your toe as you lengthen and extend the…

May 17, 2015
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18:6 diet (a.k.a LeanGains)

Based on an 8-hour feeding period followed by a 16-hour fast What it isFasting used to be forced upon us, usually during winter or a famine, keeping our weight in check before the next kill or bumper crop. These days, food has us surrounded and we’ve had to invent diets to do the fasting for us. Various fasting diets have been around since the 1970s to detox the body, manage…

May 5, 2015
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7 ways to release your inner hedonist

With evidence mounting that fun has tangible health perks, it’s worth dropping the guilt and dialling your inner hedonist. 1. Eat dessertIn stressed rats, eating foods that are high in sugar/fat has been shown to trigger the brain’s pleasure system (dopamine again), thereby reducing their stress. So at a chemical level, eating sugary or fatty foods may ‘work’ to reduce negative feelings, and give us a sense of pleasure. Which…

April 24, 2015
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Blueberry hemp seed granola

Unlike sugary processed cereals, bespoke brekkie cereals using nouveau grains, nuts and fruit cater to all diet types. We love this blueberry hemp seed granola.   What you’ll need (serves 10) 150 g (1 1/2 cups) gluten-free rolled (porridge) oats or rolled buckwheat 10 g (1/4 cup) puffed amaranth 30 g (1/4 cup) chia seeds 25 g chopped almonds 30 g  (1/4 cup) sunflower seeds 30 g (1/4 cup) hemp…

April 23, 2015
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5 super-healthy smoothie recipes

April 14, 2015

Antioxidant-rich smoothie recipes to boost your health and happiness. Enjoy! Breakfast Antioxidant Smoothie Ingredients (Serves 1) 1 cup water 1 tsp chia seeds ¼ cup coconut milk ½ banana 1 handful spinach 1 handful raspberries 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp maca powder 1 tsp nut butter 1 scoop pea/hemp protein powder 1⁄3 tray ice MethodAdd water and chia seeds to the blender and let sit for 15 minutes for the…

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Fake tan awards 2015

We review the best tanning products and lotions on the market. Here’s who came out on top…   Best All-Rounder WINNER: Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam Dark (1), $ 19.95, bondisands.com.au “This foam is super easy to use with a mitt. The colour is dark, but not orange. I put it on just before I go out and wash it off the next day. I’d say it’s comparable to St….

April 10, 2015
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Fake tan awards 2015

We review the best tanning products and lotions on the market. Here’s who came out on top…   Best All-Rounder WINNER: Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam Dark (1), $ 19.95, bondisands.com.au “This foam is super easy to use with a mitt. The colour is dark, but not orange. I put it on just before I go out and wash it off the next day. I’d say it’s comparable to St….

April 9, 2015
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