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Want to look good and feel great? How to change your life in 5 small steps!

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5 Top Health Tips

This is my top 5 KISS List.
Keep It Simple Sam!
And watch out because number five might just change your life… forever!

No 1. Shake it, Blend it, Juice it!

We’re all living a fast paced life: short on time and short on nutrient dense food. Drinkable superfood blends are an excellent way to provide the nutrition your body needs in a tasty and quick way.
♦ Shake it – Keep it simple. Add a tablespoon of a superfood powdered blend and coconut water. Give it a shake.
♦ Blend it – Make a wake-up shake with frozen fruit, baby spinach and a nut milk base. It can keep you on the go- full of energy and right on time
♦ Juice it – For the hardcore: juice your fibrous vegetables. Carrot, celery, cucumber, lemon and green apple is a fresh cleansing combination that will help start your day with a bang!

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Watermelon, Blueberry and Vanilla Smoothie

No. 2 Colour. Colour. Colour.

Eat a rainbow- red, yellow, orange, green, purple, blue. Each coloured group has their unique class of phytochemicals that corresponds to their own colour and each phytochemical has a unique function. A great example of this is orange coloured fruit and vegetables like pumpkin, carrot and mango. They are all high in beta carotene – a nutrient that is good for your immune system and contributes to beautiful glowing skin. To get the most nutrition out of your diet a variety of fruits and vegetables helps to make your body shine!

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No.3 Herbs and Spices are your flavour friends.

When you buy packaged food your tastebuds are (over)stimulated by a trukckload of sugar, salt and MSG (or MSG derivitives). And the more you eat the more you’ll want them. But there is a great alternative. Herbs and spices like garlic, chilli, paprika, lemongrass, parsley, just to name a few, are the key to the amazing taste sensations that come out of the best restaurants and your grandmother’s kitchen. Don’t be shy, get involved with your spice rack.

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Australian Garlic

 No. 4 Mum was right- Eat your greens.

Anti-inflammatory, Alkalising and Detoxifying. These are just a few of the powerful benefits of eating greens like;  Broccoli, Rocket, Spinach and Brussel Sprouts. Thanks to the high alkalising mineral content of most green vegetables they help reduce the acid load on the body. They are also great detoxifiers as the bitter phytochemicals in the vegetables stimulate your digestive system and your liver to function more efficiently. I’ve also added broccoli and brussel sprouts to the list as a good dose of cruciferous vegetables help repair cellular and DNA damage and have been shown to reduce your risk of cancer.

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Grilled Brussel Sprout Salad

 No. 5 Keeping it real.

This is by far the most powerful of the five. It is the most simple yet often the hardest to implement.

Eat. Real. Food.

It may be simple but it’s revolutionary! Food that comes from a factory has been processed, heat treated, refined, fortified, manipulated, depleted, destroyed and packaged in brightly coloured plastic with a high priced fancy logo. Compare that to food that comes from a farm, it might still have a little dirt on it but in the nutrient department it leaves processed food for dead. The more real food you eat the better you’ll feel.

Well, now you know. Now you have 5 fantastic tools to start living a healthier happier life.

Start today because if you leave it till tomorrow, tomorrow will never come.

Do you have a desire to succeed?

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“What do you fear my Lady?

A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of valour has gone beyond recall or desire.”


 

It is difficult to describe how this quote makes me feel. It gives meaning to my own fears of failure while igniting a strength to see my desires come to pass.

I love the story of Eowyn in J.R.R Tolkien’s, Lord of the Rings. If you’re a modern girl and still haven’t gotten around to seeing Lord of the Rings or think it couldn’t possibly be your cup of tea; I’ll briefly share her powerful story.

She is a Lady in the House of her uncle the King- Théoden and there is war. There are invaders from the north and an impending battle in the south. The King believes it is her place to stay behind, hold down the fort, take care of her people. And this, I admit, is an admirable role.

But her desire is to fight. To stand among honourable men and fight for her freedom and for her people.

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Rewind The Future

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Rewind The Future

Our Children: The leaders of tomorrow or the next victim?

This powerful video made me quite emotional.

How does it make you feel?

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This is not designed to make anyone feel guilty rather to inspire this world to create healthy choices for us and our future.

Sharing is Caring – Share and help save someone’s life.

Credit: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life

 

100% Carob Gold

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I know what you’re thinking.

Carob is not chocolate. And I totally agree. It’s not.

But it is something lovely and its worth goes beyond the infamous “alternative to chocolate” status.

Carob has healing properties, essential nutrients, and its colourful history makes for a fascinating topic.

We begin our story deep in the Mediterranean basin of Ancient times.

The Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua) has roots in ancient Egypt as its use; both fruit and wood, was etched into the Harris Papyrus from the Middle Kingdom approximately 4000 years ago.

Next, in Ancient Rome we meet a man by the name of John the Baptist. The Bible says he lived in the wilderness for many years surviving off locusts and honey. But did he really live off honey coated bugs? (Eww!) Carob pods are also known as locust beans and some historians believe John the Baptist may have eaten Carob beans rather than bugs. A much more palatable choice I’m told.

Closer to our time we read that tiny carob seeds and precious gemstones share a rich past. Seeds from a Carob tree were once used as a measurement of weight during the 15th century. It was believed they had very little variation in their size and weight and were trusted to give customers a fair price. The term carat possibly of Arabic origin is still used today in reference to the weighing of gold.

Once I began reading about these power packed little beans I was amazed by the untold wonders I found.

I have made an inforgraphic (my first 🙂 ) to show why Carob is such a wonderful addition to any healthy food program!

 

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Sugar Cravings? Help is Here!

Many of us suffer from a sweet tooth urge, to indulge in quick sugar hits.  And amazingly on top of all these benefits this legume has the potential to control our blood sugar balance.

Three characteristics of the Carob bean work in synergy to help support blood glucose control and help keep those kilos off!

  1. Soluble Fibre – This form of fibre works by slowing down the absorption of glucose into the blood stream. This creates a beneficial balance between blood glucose and our insulin response thereby preventing sugar highs and lows.
  2. Phytochemicals – Research work has begun to show that eating Carob can increase fatty acid oxidation- In short it means that it helps us to burn our fat stores for energy and may help people with weight management.
  3. Naturally Sweet – In contrast to the bitterness of Cocoa, Carob is naturally sweet and consequently requires little or no sugar. And everyone knows eating less refined sugar is good for you!
  4. Added Bonus! – Unlike Cocoa, Carob is caffeine free. Kicking the caffeine habit is a viable way of encouraging good balanced energy levels throughout the day which in turn helps to curb the 3pm slump and the consequential carb cravings.

What an impressive plant indeed!

And its versatility is as expansive as your imagination.

Here are a few quick links to some amazing carob recipes!

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 Tammy’s Hot Tip: If you’re new to the wonderful world of Carob try half Carob half Cocoa powder. 

Unless of course you have a sense of adventure then just dive right on in!

My Muse – What she said was inspiring.

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A good friend of mine came to me for help. She had come to a point in her life when she wanted to change and shed the extra kilos she was carrying. I put her on the right path and just recently she has reached an amazing milestone – the 30 kilogram mark! 30 kilos Gone! Her story is quite exceptional and unremarkable at the same time.

How can losing 30 kilos be unremarkable?

Simple. Because the principles she now lives by and the results she is seeing are in reach for every woman.

Yes, every woman.

However it’s not her weight loss that inspires me but a simple conversation that I had with her recently. Everybody keeps asking her when she is going to stop? “Stop what?” Is her consistent reply.

“You know, stop dieting”.

“But I’m not dieting”, she replies. “This is now my life- eating healthy, exercising and loving it. How do you stop that?”

BAMThat right there is the greatest revelation to hit the 21st century.

That healthy is a lifestyle, not a trend, not fashionable, not even a ‘phase’ someone goes through. But a real ground breaking revelation that starts on the inside.

Now that’s inspiring.

She inspires me to keep going, to keep writing, to keep sharing, to keep learning. Because I want everyone everywhere to have that same epiphany. That they too can lose their unwanted kilos or can have beautiful skin or can feel a million bucks as they jump out of bed every morning. That they too can glow from the inside out.

Many of the latest diet trends today promise big and some even deliver. But until each person transforms their way of thinking the changes will never stick.

I read an awesome comment today that just about sums up fad dieting… Kristen Gard from Fitness and Nutrition Commentary says that diet trends really have people over-thinking eating, which is frankly a simple activity.

A simple activity.

I love that and if I could give you one simple piece of advice to help you reach your health goals, it would be this:

Begin by eating real whole food.

Not processed… Not fast…Not filled with numbers and chemicals you can’t even pronounce. 

Just fresh whole food.

Being the epitome of health and fitness may be out of reach for some, but to live a healthy lifestyle. That is attainable for everyone.

 

 

 

 

When life throws you a curve ball… make lemonade.

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When life throws you a curve ball… make lemonade.

A terrible thing happened this morning.


I began my day by walking the dog in the wee hours of the morning. Now, if you know Staffordshire Bull Terriers, you know my Charlie. He’s strong willed, ruled by his nose and needs my full calm assertive attention to stay on course. Ten minutes in we began a steady jog as it helps him focus, when all of a sudden…

“Clink”

I look down and there’s my life lying on the cold cement.

“My phone!”

I pick it up to assess the damage.

As feared, there are cracks lining the face of my screen. “Ugh!”

I quickly pop it in a safer place, put it from my mind and keep on moving. The rest of the walk is relatively uneventful. We jog, we run, we walk, and when it’s all over we bond over some sardines.

Slowly as my morning goes on reality sinks in… I even got teary at one point. You see I’m quite attached to my phone, it’s quite new and pretty expensive. But more importantly it’s where I write, connect with friends and family and it’s imperative to my work. Some of you may be thinking… “Pfft, people today… Get a grip love! It’s just a phone!”

And at some point, after googling the cost of repair (a mere $229), I begin trying to convince myself that it is just a phone.

But… it wasn’t that easy. I had to take a hard look at myself and ask, “Is it really worth it?” Is it really worth blowing my budget for the next month – depriving my bills of their hard earned reward just to make it look right again? The phone is still usable as before, it’s still my life blood… Just tarnished. Just not as pretty as before.

It was so easy for me to contemplate spending over $200 on simply the “look” of my favourite accessory.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe you can and should spend money on yourself. I believe a woman who doesn’t spoil herself a little will eventually go mad or lose her soul in the piles of dirty dishes and laundry. This was not one of those situations. This was a ‘me’ situation having a little tantee over my silly mistake.

The current state of my phone was more difficult to let go than I would like to admit.

And that made me feel like a Gen Y cliché.

As the day wore on $229 for a new screen began to weigh up against the more important things in life.

Being a volunteer in Myanmar for MyKids Australia Inc helps put situations like these in perspective.

Here’s just a few examples of how far $200 dollars goes in Myanmar. It could;

  • Feed and educate a sponsor child for 5 months.
  • Send boxes of much needed nutritional supplements up into the mountains where support and food is scarce.
  • Pay for a tutor (an essential learning tool in Myanmar) for 50 kids for two weeks.

It’s easy in our credit crazed society to spend more and over indulge. And this really was a wake up call for me to make sure I have my priorities straight and to put my money where my mouth is.

I decided to live with it as it is. Cracked screen and all.

Much later this afternoon a friend pointed out that there may be other options as cheap as $20 for my particular issue, so I’ll investigate that tomorrow. But as for today, I learned something about myself. I learned that in my world I do cherish technology and the luxuries of first world living. And it was hard to let it go.
However given a choice, I could make the right one.

Everyday you and I are faced with similar choices. Some of them are easy… some of them much tougher than what I experienced today.

Here are three tips to help you navigate through tough decisions.

  1. Take your time – if you can. In the heat of the moment your emotions may get the better of you. Step away from the situation, take a deep breath and weigh up your options. Better decisions are always made with a cool head.
  2. Know yourself. In our fast paced world we rarely have time for self reflection. I believe good decisions are made when you have a better understanding of what’s at stake and what you are or aren’t willing to compromise on.
  3. Ask for help. Many have travelled your path before and God knows where you’re going, so remember you’re not alone. Seek help in someone you trust and work together to find what’s right for you.

I hope that when life throws us a curve ball as it surely will, we will have the confidence and courage to make the right choice and stand by it. As our trials in life help build perseverance, character and hope.

And those are three things health whole woman have. Perseverance. Character. And a Hope.

T

 

 

Glow Foods

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Glow foods… Foods that Glow? Am I talking about the nuclear candy that you find in the confectionary aisle of you local supermarket?

You know the ones. When your child picks them up and asks “Can I have this iridescent green lollypop that paints my tongue ultramarine blue?” you have visions of children turning into little monsters that climb your walls, terrorise small animals and turn yourself into a hyperventilating mess from the shock of it all.

Nope-not those. In fact I’m talking about the furthest from it.

I’m talking about a special chemical concoction that makes women (and men) glow from the inside out.

It makes her skin smooth, her eyes clear, her hair soft, and her energy radiate. And, at any age!

“Where can I get some of that?” you eagerly enquire.

Well, it’s not in the cosmetic aisle or in the supplement section of your health food store. It’s found at your local produce store.

And they look a little something like this…

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But you said chemicals didn’t you?

Yep.

In each plant we find a variety of phytochemicals. ‘Phyto’ means plant and ‘chemical’ means that it has a predictable composition and characteristic. And it’s these characteristics, these compounds that create a reaction, an explosion of life giving support for your body.

Each plant has a different blend of phytochemicals. Some have hundreds of them squeezed into their tiny little cells and every phytochemical has a reason for being there. They may have therapeutic benign functions like producing colour or smell however it is estimated that there is a staggering amount of phytochemicals that are advantageous for our health and well being. With estimates up around the 4 thousand mark.

Wow! 4000 different phytochemicals all designed to make you glow!

I find that amazing, don’t you?

All across the world right now research is being conducted around the benefit of specific phytochemicals. Well known examples include;

  • Resveratrol from grapeseed or red wine
  • Lycopene from tomatoes
  • EGCG from green tea

I’ll look more at specific phytochemicals in later posts but for the meantime let’s look at what other goodness is jam packed into these foods.

C, E, A, niacin, magnesium, folate, selenium.. the list goes on and on. These vital nutrients are absolutely essential to life and play a crucial part in the restoration and maintenance of a healthy mind and body. They have many functions in your body which include; antioxidant, regulator, cofactor, catalyst, and hormone to name just a few.

Without an abundance of glow foods on your plate your nutrient status can become depleted, your metabolism sluggish, and your mind and body fatigued… Not the glowing picture we all aim for.

Vegetables, fruit and other plants have the capacity to help our body heal and restore the natural balance of your being. No matter what diet fad is popular today or any day these foods are the backbone of every good food program.

All you’ve got to do is get them on your fork!

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Vegetable and Fruit (Image one) courtesy of amenic181 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net