5-day sugar free diet plan

April 8, 2015

Sugar hides in foods that don’t seem sweet (think bread and pasta), and is usually found in the ingredient list of processed foods. Follow this sugar-free diet plan to ensure you stay on track. Day 1  Breakfast: ½ cup oats with frozen berries and a tablespoon of  LSA (linseed, sunflower and almonds) with almond milk Snack: 1 banana and a small handful of walnuts Lunch: 2–3 quinoa rice cakes with…

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5 mistakes that stress skin out

Advice from dermal therapist Derya Koch, Victorian Dermal Clinic. 1. Skipping the gym Regular exercise boots skin circulation, detoxifies your skin and encourages your body to produce endorphins, which keeps you (visibly) happy. ACTION IT: Exercise at least every couple of days – even if it’s a brisk walk.  2. Burning the candle Insufficient sleep causes your body to release cortisol, increasing dryness and inflammation, accelerating skin ageing, resulting in…

April 6, 2015
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Andréa Albright’s bikini workout

 Want a fitness model body? Our January cover model Andréa’s Albright shares her bikini blaster tri-set. The rules: A tri-set is simply three exercises back to back.  1. Walking lunges Start by doing lunges across the room. No weight is needed. This just gets you warmed up and the blood moving. 2. Chair step-ups Next comes step-ups on a stable bench or chair against the wall, doing 10 to 15…

April 5, 2015
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Coeliac disease linked to heart disease

Sufferers of coeliac disease are twice as likely to suffer coronary artery disease than the general population. Coeliac sufferers also have a slightly higher risk of stroke, research presented to the American College of Cardiology shows. The lingering low-grade inflammation in the gut could spill immune mediators into the bloodstream, accelerating the progression process for heart disease, researchers said. Coeliacs need to be especially wary of cardiovascular risk factors such…

April 5, 2015
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Skype interview tips

Candidates interviewed virtually are often rated lower than those grilled face to face. Find out how to land that dream job with our top tips. Sure you can wear slippers with your skirt suit, but the perks of video interviews are offset by a likeability handicap according to a new study at McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business. If you are up for a V-call, researchers offer these tips: Good internet…

April 4, 2015
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4 ways to improve sleep

April 4, 2015

What you do during the day, not just in the hours before bed, determines whether you’ll go straight to sleep.  Ditch the macchiato, cupcake and Thai “Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and avoid large quantities of food, particularly heavy, fatty foods immediately prior to sleep that may make you feel uncomfortable and prevent sleep,” says Dr Danny Eckert, a sleep psychologist from Neuroscience Research Australia. If you suffer reflux, avoid…

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Adductor squeeze with Pilates ring

  This Pilates move will strengthen your inner thighs and glutes, which weaken with prolonged sitting. Target: The inner thighs, obliques and glutes How to 1. Start by lying on your side with a Pilates ring or squishy ball between the ankles and the arm outstretched with head relaxed 2. Exhale and press the top leg down. Inhale to release. Keep the movement slow and controlled Tip: For a harder…

April 4, 2015
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Coconut soup with seafood

Looking for healthy soup ideas? We love this low-fat coconut soup recipe. It may smell like your favourite Thai takeaway, but don’t be fooled. Based on stock and coconut water, rather than coconut cream and oil, this aromatic broth is low in fat and KJs. Ingredients (serves 4-6) Time: 20 minutes Cooking times: 25 minutes   2 tbsp coconut oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2…

April 4, 2015
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9 tips for overseas cosmetic surgery

Considering overseas cosmetic surgery? Here are 9 tips to consider before booking your flight. 1. Book an appointment with your GP Talk to your GP about their opinion of the procedure and whether you are a suitable candidate. You may also want to discuss with them a suitable local surgeon willing to assist with after care or any other post-surgery complications. 2. Provide medical records If your local doctor is…

April 4, 2015
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Hindu push-up

  A Hindu push-up is perfect for anyone wanting to work their arms, back, chest and legs. So you think you’ve mastered the push-up? Let’s take it to next level. These push-ups will increase your strength and stamina as well as mobility in your spine, hips and shoulders. How to:1.    Start in a downward-facing dog position with your feet spread wider than shoulders. 2.    Breathing in, start bending your elbows…

April 3, 2015
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