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    Fighting to get through the days? Read this!

    Stress, the ‘S’ word that seems to be taking over our everyday vocabulary.  We are a world of fast-paced, success orientated, multi-taskers whom can’t get enough of the rat race but instinctively despise it at the same time.  We overload ourselves with intense pressures, whilst maintaining and caring for family, along with cooking, cleaning and getting ourselves ready to battle another day.

    So at what point does it become detrimental? Is all stress bad? What EXACTLY is stress and how is it determined?

    Firstly, let’s define stress in this context “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.” (Oxford Dictionaries, 2016) Hmm, so a little broad but you get the picture. States of stress can be determined as chronic or acute.

    Acute stress responses induce the beloved ‘fight or flight response’, an immediate subconscious or conscious reaction to a threat of our existence.  External and internal trigger examples would be:

    • Isolation or crowding
    • Hunger
    • Danger
    • Imagining a threat
    • Infection
    • Increased technological stimulation

    Chronic stress is increasing at disturbing rates worldwide; as technology is advancing our civilization is now living in a virtual instantaneous world of communication and expectation. This is distinguished over a period of time and disguised as normal in our society:

    • Continuous work pressures
    • Long-term relationship difficulties
    • Financial hardship or worries
    • Loneliness
    • Health problems and addiction
    • Trauma

    (University of Maryland Medical Centre, 2013)

    Now let’s look briefly the physiological cascade effect this has on our bodies:

     

    Ok so if that is a bunch of mumbo jumbo to you, put simply this is its effect:

    • Promotes gluconeogenesis (gluco = glucose, neo = new, gensis = synthesis e.g. new glucose molecules) for ATP production, ultimately increasing blood glucose levels
    • Glucose is used as a primary neurological energy source therefore supplying the brain with energy to increase reflexes, sensual stimulation and circulation.
    • Stimulates protein degradation, especially muscle, so that amino acids can be used for gluconeogenesis
    • Promotes lipolysis (lipo = fat, lysis = breakdown) to fatty acids for energy
    • Encourages an immunosuppressive effect when tissue injury is prevalent; releasing cortisol, suppressing antibodies, neutrophils (white blood cells) and inflammatory responses

    (Sherwood, 2013)

    So what does this mean for you?

    It means that your body starts working overtime, the brain can’t comprehend the difference between running from a tiger or being stuck in traffic; it just knows you’re stressed!

    Chronic stress is linked to lowered immunity, weight gain/loss, over-eating/under-eating, fatigue, mood swings, insomnia, infertility, gastrointestinal  issues, slow healing, increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure abnormalities, anxiety, depression, hormonal dysregulation… the list goes on and of course a domino effect continues!

    Not all stress is bad; we need these reactions to happen when we are running for our lives and under intense acute stressors or meeting deadlines but not every single day. Most of us have no idea that this is happening while we are stuck in traffic, preparing for an important meeting, trying to get the kids to sleep, running late to an event or a fight with a partner – we need to learn how to get in control.

    Here are some coping strategies that you should seriously try out:

    1. Start your day with a zing! Wake up early, exercise, have a healthy breakfast, do your affirmations and feel good when you wake up! If this sounds too much, start with one thing each week and progress forward.
    2. Change your mindset - your vibe attracts your tribe; you are the one that is in control of your life. No one else can take that from you (even though sometimes you feel trapped and lost – it’s only temporary). Your thoughts, words and actions all have effects.  The hardest decisions are generally the best ones, aim for positive and strengthening thoughts. 
    3. Cooking, cleaning and everything in between a hassle for meal time? Let Wholesomeness help you! We knoowwwww what you mean (seriously), try our home delivered meals. We are the little magical fairy that cooks, cleans and all of a sudden you have healthy meals at your door (amazing right?!)  http://wholesomeness.com.au/collections
    4. Start a journal. Need to get things off your chest? Write them down and hide it away.  Before long you will see how far you have progressed, let it all out!
    5. Be determined to succeed, don’t allow yourself to be brought down from negativity! Is someone having a bad day at work? Not your problem!  Show empathy and encouragement but don’t let them spoil your day too.
    6. Fake it until you make it - Smile! Research suggests putting a pencil in your mouth forces your brain to think it’s happy! (McGonigal, 2012) Just smile it’s a powerful tool J
    7. Get outside, for the love of nature! Get outside and smell the roses (trust me it changes everything). Look up at the sky, breath in some fresh air, remember who you are and think of all the magic that happens around you every day.
    8. Get creative, find an outlet – have you always liked to draw? Sing in the shower? Splash paint around? Play piano? Find what you love and just do it. Enough with the excuses – you need to do what makes you happy (because you are totally worth it!)
    9. Meditation plays a huge role. It significantly increases grey matter, aids with concentration, memory recall, cognitive, sensory and emotional processing in addition to a large array of overall health benefits (P A Balaji, 2012).
    10. Yoga also promotes concentration, vision, mindfulness, strength, increased oxygen cellular supply, improved RNA replication, immunity, reduced cardiovascular and diabetes risk + much more! (P A Balaji, 2012)
    11. Yoga’s not your thing? Get moving my friends! Aim for 30 minutes of exercise a day, it’s worth every minute.
    12. You are what you eat, when you eat well, you feel well and it supplies your body with the vitamins, minerals and macronutrients it needs to, you know... actually live and work properly!
    13. Get a decent sleep. Everyone knows this but a lot of us fail to do it, try your hardest to find a way to get to sleep on time and stay asleep e.g. hypnosis, meditation, not eating late, reading before bed, eliminating screens an hour before bed, reducing all the lights in the house before bed, drinking relaxing herbal teas or avoiding caffeine after 12pm.
    14. Just breathe! Count to 7, hold for 7, breathe out for 7.  Your body cannot be in both sympathetic (stressed) or parasympathetic (relaxed) mode at the same time, it’s one or the other.  Continue this breath work when you feel a heavy moment coming on.
    15. Find out what’s really causing your stress. Hate your job? Fighting with your partner? In debt?  Want a holiday?  Working too long of hours? Figure it out and start making coping strategies.
    16. Find support, you are not alone dear one! Confide in a close friend or family member, book in with a counsellor or join a club. There is also an app called ‘meet-up’ which is great for meeting new people and best of all you pick what you’re into!
    17. Go watch a funny movie, laughing is the best medicine.
    18. Affirmations are excellent for subconsciously training your mind to think positive and inspiring thoughts. Give it a go – what’s the worst that could happen?
    19. Appreciate yourself, you are beautiful/handsome and one of a kind. Stop looking in the mirror and picking at things, stop creating the reality that you don’t like yourself. It’s an illusion; trust me the beautiful models don’t look like that in real life! Everyday tell yourself you are worthy, successful, beautiful and grateful, soon you will see the world with a different perception.
    20. Lastly, give yourself a break. Just do the best you can each day. You’re doing a great job whether you realize it or not.

    Please let us know if you have your own strategies, we would love to hear from you! 

    Works Cited

    Oxford Dictionaries. (2016). Definition of stress. Retrieved Oct 05, 2016, from Oxford Dictionaries Online: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/stress

    P A Balaji, S. R. (2012, Oct 04). Physiological Effects of Yogic Practices and Transcendental Meditation in Health and Disease. PubMed .

    Sherwood, L. (2013). Human Physiology - From Cells to Systems (9th Edition). Boston, MA 02210: CENGAGE Learning.

    University of Maryland Medical Centre. (2013, Jan 30). Stress. (M. &. Harvey Simon, Editor) Retrieved 10 05, 2016, from University of Maryland Medical centre: http://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/stress

    20 Strategies to overcome your food cravings!

    [Image of food cravings, retrieved from Rewire Me]

    (Rewire Me) [image] of sugar cravings

    Do you wake up some days and think ‘That’s it, TODAY IS THE DAY! No more unhealthy food, I am a changed person.’ Then before you know it, you have gobbled down a whole chocolate bar and washed it down with an energy drink, ultimately feeling ashamed and disappointed in your lack of self-control.

    Why is that? How is it that you can be so determined one moment and completely give in to your cravings the next? Is it really that you have no self-control? Will this mind numbing battle continue on a daily basis?

    I have great news for you; it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s all about learning. Knowledge is Power, it’s time to learn how and why you’re feeling these urges, learn solutions and coping strategies too.

    It’s important to understand that cravings are both biochemical and psychological; meaning mind over matter can only go so far if your brain is subconsciously telling you to eat processed unhealthy foods!

    A Psychological View of Cravings:

    You’re upset, tired and moody – we have all been there at some point or another.  So we head to the cupboard to pull out the chocolate cookies or the freezer to binge on some ice-cream.  Emotional eating is a big part of our lives.  Food is not just to give energy. It is also comforting, social, and protective. Food can conveniently provide that big warm hug that will always be there when no one else is.

    Food has been working psychologically on you without you even realising it since the day you were born. Do you remember bonding with Mum by drinking her milk?  Nowadays we are completely bombarded with food advertising; magazines, Facebook, Instagram, television shows, movies, billboards – it's EVERYWHERE! The problem is the ones with the big advertising bucks are generally the long shelf life, unhealthy and highly processed foods.

    When we eat these high sugar or fat foods our body literally undergoes neurological stimulation of the pleasure and touch centres of the brain, predominantly synthesising the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, the same rewards system that is excited with sex, social gatherings, cigarettes, hugs and cocaine.

    The desire of craving is closely linked to the prefrontal cortex of the brain which facilitates executive decision making e.g. self-control. When overstimulated or damaged this can cause behavioural disinhibition and failure to assess consequences of our actions.  
    (Lobera, 2012)

    (Dreamworks) [image] 

    Know the times when you might crave the most:

    • In a stressful or depressive state of mind
    • Positive associations linking back to a particular memory
    • Your environment e.g. social gatherings, movie nights, shopping centres
    • Watching television or boredom
    • A repetitive or restrictive diet
    • Previous episodes of binge eating
    • Malabsorption and dehydration
    • Insufficient nutrient intake
    • Depleted areas of the body requiring high amounts of nutrients
    • Imbalanced hormonal and blood glucose levels

     A brief anatomical view of hunger:

    Before we move on, you need a general idea of how intelligent your digestion system actually is. This might be new to you but nevertheless, will initiate some thought and appreciation of your body.

    Our bodies are controlled by an array of complex hormonal and neuronal signals influencing satiety and hunger. These are intricately designed biochemical systems that ensure our body refuels to maintain energy and nutrient levels. The gut, brain, microbiota, adipose tissue and nervous system all play a major role in regulating our food intake for homeostasis, (Crespo, 2014).

    Primarily, the hypothalamus is key in controlling food intake regulation. Hormones, eating patterns, climate, exercise and the levels of nutrients that are already present in your blood plasma, are all influenced by the hypothalamus. Within the hypothalamus lies appetite regulatory neurons; these neurons secrete neuropeptide Y (appetite stimulators) and neurons that secrete melanocortins (appetite suppressants) (Paternostro, 2016).

    20 Strategies to help overcome food cravings:

    1. Build a support network, get involved with your friends and family to cook and swap healthy meals, plan to go to a health-food café for lunch – visit us at Wholesomeness - Click here to view menu.
    2. Plan ahead – this is always they key to huge success, get in control! Don’t let yourself drown in takeaway or convenience shop Try our super healthy home delivered meals here.
    3. Pack your own snacks; ensure that your snacks and meals have healthy fats, carbs and proteins to lower insulin spikes and provide satiety. What goes up must come down which will only leave you wanting more bad stuff!
    4. Try to cut down the processed foods, the more that you continue eating them, the more you will crave. Make realistic weekly goals – eventually, you will make new healthy habits.
    5. Fill yourself up on lots of nourishing vegetables; you won’t have room for the bad. Eat your greens! Try a salad before the main meal. Greens in particular are super packed with nutrients that will help fill the void – try this nourishing superfood pond water available here.
    6. Stop dieting. It’s so 1980’s. Don’t deny yourself the foods you enjoy, limit them. Enjoy ALL foods in moderation, so you’re not thinking about it every moment of every day. We don’t recommend eating the same foods everyday either. Variety is the spice of life.
    7. Buy a smaller plate this will help regulate your consumption, subsequently reducing stretch receptors in your gut, eventually, you won’t need to binge for satiety.
    8. Try a food diary, when do you crave? What emotions do you feel? How often do they occur? What types of foods? Are they similar? How often do you give in? It’s also a great way to start regulating and being mindful of your daily intakes.
    9. Try watching interesting health documentaries at night to keep you inspired and motivated after a long day.
    10. Try mindful eating – allow yourself to sit for at least 1 meal per day, enjoy your food, eat slowly and chew properly, it takes around 20 minutes for your body to feel full.
    11. Get moving! Exercise releases endorphins stimulating the pleasure centres of the brain, so instead of ice cream after dinner – drop and give yourself 20! Or simply go for a walk. After that you may not feel like you need to snack, potentially you may be motivated to do even more.
    12. Keep hydrated, drink plenty of water – you might be craving or overeating simply because you are thirsty.
    13. Don’t starve yourself, this is one of the worst things you can do! You will be low on energy and weakened to the point of caving in and making poor choices when you actually do eat food.
    14. Endeavour to reduce stress – mindfulness, meditation, yoga, running, whatever it is that helps you cope. Do that.
    15. Sleeeeeeep! Glorious sleep! Statistics show that sleep deprivation can lead to hormonal fluctuations and cravings.
    16. Reset your body and detoxify – Wholesomeness have an incredible health plan that supplies you with 14 or 30 days of breakfast, lunch & dinner + snacks, no self-control needed! Your saving grace is here. It’s the perfect way to teach your body what it needs and makes a wonderful short term solution to set you on the pathway to perfect health.
    17. Ask for help – you are not alone. Wholesomeness is here to support you 100% and will be launching an inspiring 6-Week Ultimate Health Plan to get you there. Enquire now!
    18. Do a cupboard cleanout; get rid of your trigger foods to avoid temptation.
    19. Always be mindful and listen to your body. Stop, listen to your body try to understand what that craving is all about.
    20. Remember no-one is perfect (in fact that’s a whole other blog topic), you will have birthday cake one of these days and that’s ok. Get right back up and don’t dwell on it.

    Being healthy and becoming the best possible version of you is a journey. It certainly won’t happen overnight but it’s your journey. You have the power to change your life; you have the power to get control back. No-one else can make the decision for you, so get inspired and never give up!

    If you have any questions please contact Wholesomeness here, we would love to hear from you.

    If you think this post could help someone you know, don’t forget to like and share to inspire others!

     

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    10 Ways To Nourish Your Fatigued Body

    Are you coming home from work totally exhausted? Waking up more exhausted than the day before? We have all had that feeling where we think it is impossible to keep going; knowing that we need to go home, cook dinner, clean, get the kids ready for bed, oh and somewhere in-between have a life!

    Is it just the way life is? Busy days, little sleep and no time for ourselves to relax? No! There needs to be balance and you truly can make a huge difference with good nutrition and easy tricks to get you there.  

    (Beyond Good Health Clinics) [image] of chronic fatigue

    What are signs and symptoms of fatigue?

    • Constant feeling of tiredness
    • Shortness of breath or muscle weakness
    • Lack of motivation
    • Concentration and memory recall difficulties

      (Wedro, 2015)

    Why does your body feel so depleted?

    Our bodies can be feeling exhausted for many various reasons, you may have a serious or chronic current health issue, a newborn baby or going through a really stressful time at the moment. Whatever it may be, good nutrition will always optimize health by nourishing and supporting the fundamental biochemical pathways that lead us to be the marvelous walking, talking, living, breathing organism we are!

    These pathways require sufficient nutrient intake to ensure synthesis and balance of enzymes, proteins, hormones, neurons, cells, EVERYTHING!  Without adequate intakes, you can be tipping over a domino and starting a destructive cascade of physiological events inside your body without even realizing. Every single thing in your body will be rebuilt by what you eat.

    If you’re eating unhealthy foods, not getting enough exercise, sleep or relaxation your health will eventually mentally and physically suffer, acutely or chronically - period.

    We have over 100 trillion cells working fiercely to keep us going, even more amazing you can times that number by 10 and you get the amount of live bacteria in the human body (Rettener, 2016) – pretty amazing right? You have to give them nourishment to thrive and do their jobs effectively – they will do everything in their power to make sure you, the host, can survive. 

    Watch this amazing video on immune cells in action –

     (Healing, 2014)

    Potential causes of fatigue:

    • Prolonged sympathetic nervous system stimulation (stress and anxiety) subsequently causing insufficient absorption and digestion of food increasing malnutrition
    • Excessive amounts of high carb and sugar foods
    • Damage to GIT and dysbiosis of the microbiome
    • Nutritional deficiencies including insufficient water intake
    • Toxic build-up in your body (see article here on how to detoxify naturally)
    • Insufficient sleep (recommended 6 – 8 hours)
    • Side effects from medications

    Here’s the exciting part! You can change your life for the better! Don’t let this overwhelm you, let it inspire you; let it take your breath away at just how wonderful, intricate and purely amazing your body is.  Believe in yourself enough that you deserve to be healthy; you deserve to love your body and nourish it and feel good again!

    Top 10 Ways To Boost Your Energy!

    1. I really am a huge advocate of thistry your best to cut out the processed foods. Anything that comes in a packet, stay clear. Aim to fill your fridge with a rainbow of local fresh fruit, veg, nuts and meats. Nature has us covered, every whole-food contains an array of nourishing vitamins and minerals that you need to thrive on, aiming to help all of those beautiful pathways work at optimum levels. Don’t have time to cook? Check out our AMAZING healthy meals here.
    2. Aim to eat foods high in your B-Vitamins; they all play an integral part in energy synthesis and metabolism. Great food sources include eggs, salmon, nuts, seeds, dark-leafy greens and organic well-sourced animal liver. (Whitney, 2014) If you are really struggling it might be beneficial to opt for a well-sourced B-vitamin complex.
    3. Increase your magnesium (Mg+) intake; most of us are deficient in Mg+. (Here’s a tester-poke out your tongue in a mirror, if it is shaking chances are you may be Mg+ deficient). Mg+ is Crucial for energy, heart, lung, and immune functionality along with being essential for synthesizing glucose, proteins, fats and structures. It is also vital for neural communication. High in seeds, grains and green-leafy veg.
    4. Antioxidants help detoxify harmful substances, repair and nourish your cells along with promoting damaged cell apoptosis (cell death). Great sources of antioxidants: fresh berries, green tea, turmeric, raw organic cacao and nuts. (Mercola, 2016)
    5. Choose complex carbohydrates and lower your sugars, this includes overindulging in fruits – aim for no more than 2 – 3 serves per day max. Complex carbs are sourced from whole fruits, whole grains, green and starchy vegetables e.g. sweet potato, pumpkin and beetroot. Eat them with a bit of protein and good fats to increase satiety and avoid a high spike in blood glucose.
    6. Cut back on stimulants; caffeine, alcohol, black teas and cigarettes. Over-stimulation of the nervous system can eventually cause our body to burn out. Try an alternative dandelion root coffee, mix it up with herbal teas and if you’re a huge coffee and chocolate person aim for a new goal each week to slowly reduce your intake.
    7. Ensure you are getting enough iron (Fe+) in your diet. Fe+ is essential for transporting oxygen around your body through your blood and absolutely vital for many catalyst enzymatic reactions.  Nuts, green-leafy vegetables and red meat are all high in Fe+.
    8. Try our amazing PondWater Mix – I am officially in LOVE with this mix! It has all organic ingredients; chlorella, spirulina, wheat grass, aloe vera and spelt grass. Perfect for alkalizing the body, high in glutathione for repairing gut endothelial lining, rich in nutrients and a great 3 o’clock pick me up.
    9. Probiotic rich foods: Once you have started to take a more clean eating approach it’s time to look into probiotic-rich foods or even a supplement. These gut microbes play an integral role in our body and the immune system, it is absolutely essential we have the right bacteria. Try adding sauerkraut, kimchi, miso or low sugar Kombucha into your diet once daily.
    10. Sleep, rest and relaxation: yes, you know this one – we all do, just DO IT! Find a way to take 10 – 20 minutes each day to just be, ground yourself and appreciate your life. What’s the point of working so hard for it to ruin you? There’s no point. I love deep breathing in the car, shower or right now while I am typing. You are just too important to let stress control you. P.S. if you haven’t already, give meditation a go – it’s a win. 

    Coconut turmeric chicken with vegetable stir-fry – check it out here

     

     

    References

    Asif, M. (2014, February 21). The prevention and control the type-2 diabetes by changing lifestyle and dietary pattern. PubMed. doi:10.4103/2277-9531.127541

    Beyond Good Health Clinics. (n.d.). [image] of chronic fatigue. Retrieved August 03, 2016, from https://www.google.com.au/search?q=fatigue&biw=1366&bih=667&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjCl4Cv8aTOAhUJFZQKHaAxCKAQ_AUICCgB#imgrc=eHYfnUSvUhJwVM%3A

    Food Standards, Australian and New Zealand. (2010). Retrieved from NUTTAB: http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/science/monitoringnutrients/nutrientables/nuttab/Pages/default.aspx

    Healing, S. C. (Director). (2014). Your Immune System under a microscope. [Motion Picture]. Retrieved August 03, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPIzIznmAO0

    Mercola, D. (2016). The Ultimate Guide to Antioxidants. Retrieved August 3, 2016, from http://articles.mercola.com/antioxidants.aspx

    Rettener, R. (2016, March 10). The Human Body: Anatomy, Facts & Functions. Live Science. Retrieved July 27, 2016, from http://www.livescience.com/37009-human-body.html

    Wedro, B. M. (2015, March 02). Fatigue. Retrieved July 27, 2016, from http://www.medicinenet.com/fatigue/article.htm

    Whitney, E. R.-S. (2014). Understanding Nutrition, Australian and New Zealand, 2nd Edition. South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3205: CENGAGE Learning.

     

    How To Detoxify Your Body Naturally

    Ok, so we have all heard about detoxification and how great it is, but why is it so important? Does it really help our bodies or is it just another master scheme to get us to spend money? The answer is, yes, detoxification is a crucial component to achieving optimum health and should be done on a regular or quarterly basis. (1)

    Why should we detoxify?

    What goes in – must come out and our liver is working around the clock to remove that morning coffee, last night's’ wine and that delicious little muffin you just ate. Everything goes through the liver. Detoxification is compiled of many intricate and wondrous biochemical reactions to help rid your body of nasty toxin build up. Did you know that we are consistently detoxifying? Every bit of air we breathe, food we drink, meals we eat must be digested, put to good use or detoxified.

    What our liver detoxifies each day:

    • Metabolic end-waste
    • Perfume and personal care products
    • Washing detergents
    • Food Pesticides and added hormones
    • Pollutants and heavy metals
    • Alcohol and Medications
    • Food preservatives
    • Paints and cleaning products

    Who would have thought – we’re surrounded! These nasty substances can build up and guess where they are stored – your fat cells! Yikes!                          

    Signs & Symptoms of Toxicity:

    • Dry skin, eczema or acne
    • Sinus congestion, irritated eyes or a runny nose
    • Headaches, neck pain, joint or back pain
    • Constipation, bloating or flatulence
    • Inability to lose weight
    • Insomnia, fatigue, depression, and irritability
    • Frequent infections or allergic reactions
    • Bad breath or body odour

    How does it work?

    Put simply, the liver has a 2 phase protocol:

    Phase 1: Our body stimulates a variety of biochemical reactions to reduce the toxic compound into a less harmful and more soluble molecule. Free radicals are synthesised during these processes and must be excreted to avoid further damage in the body, which is why phase 2 is crucial.

    Phase 2: The toxic chemicals bind with another substance allowing excretion to occur.

    Top 10 Ways To Detoxify The Body:

    1. Eliminate all processed foods
    2. Eat all the colours of the rainbow with fresh organic fruit, vegetables and meats (this is why we are so passionate about nourishing food, so much goodness!
    3. Drink plenty of filtered water or herbal teas (I recommend something containing green tea, dandelion root and St. Mary’s thistle)
    4. Antioxidant rich foods such as berries and green leafy vegetables – I am in love with our GoodMix PondWater, which has amazing detoxification benefits (seriously!)
    5. Consuming raw juices and bone broths to obtain nutrients – Try our homemade broths
    6. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, sugar and other non-essential drugs
    7. Avoid inflammatory compounds in foods such as dairy, wheat, legumes and soy
    8. Endeavour to obtain 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night, without sufficient sleep the body reduces repair and detox time
    9. Reduce stress, implement at least 10 - 20 minutes of meditation, affirmations or relaxation techniques daily
    10. Exercise! Yep, we all know this one – so find something you love! Without sufficient exercise in our lives, we are depriving ourselves of sweating out toxins, circulating the blood, building/ repair/maintenance of bones and muscle, the release of natural endorphins along with optimising our energy levels.

    Try our nourishing Chicken and Wild Rice Bone Broth Soup

    What you receive with the Wholesomeness 30 and 14 Day Reset Plans:

    • $100 FREE gift card to use with Brisbane Natural Health
    • FREE personal training session with Training Spot
    • 1 whole week FREE classes with Training Spot
    • FREE support guru to help you through your detox
    • 14 or 30 days of prepared meals and snacks
    • Eating only organic, pastured meats and fresh locally sourced vegetables
    • Elimination of sugar, grains, dairy, legumes and preservatives
    • Delivered 3 times per week fresh to your door – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
    • Choose Pickup or delivery to Brisbane
    • Two Free Days if you book 30 Days

    Please note: It is important that if you are pregnant and elderly detoxification is a big no-no, if you are suffering from a current health situation, discuss a program with your health professional prior to any detoxification implementations.

    Image 1: Reference http://www.positiveandhealthy.com/2016/03/21/symptoms-shows-body-full-toxins/ Retrieved 21/07/16

    (1) http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/030314p34.shtml, date retrieved 21/07/2016

    Seven Healthy Snack Ideas to Improve Productivity - and a recipe!

    Before you reach for the chippies, chocolates or energy drinks try these energy boosting snack ideas that will keep you going to the next main meal.

    Steering clear of simple carbohydrates is the key to healthy snacking. Low fibre, easily digested carbs found in refined grains tend to raise your blood sugar, which can leave you hungry again in a few hours.

    I have to admit, I used to be a big snacker...in fact I would happily graze all day missing lunch completely before I got organised and serious about good nutrition, by taking control of my main meals and overall diet. I am amazed at how much more energy I have now. Besides, flaking out at 4.00pm is simply not an option now that I have small children!

    The trick to healthy snacking is to ensure it's not too much food to interfere with your appetite for that next main meal. Digestion is a four hour process and if you're not getting hungry in between meals your gastro intestinal system is not going to turn on the right hormones to process the food you are eating, leading to digestive issues and weight gain.

    So if you have lunch at 12.00pm but are planning dinner with friends at 7.00 or 8.00pm, you might need a snack to get you through at about 4.00pm.

    There are endless choices for snacks - and most packaged ones should be avoided. They usually contain vegetable oils, sugar (in all it's many forms) and salt. A much wiser choice would be something fresh like fruit, vegetable sticks or whole foods with little processing, and look for a balance of the healthiest sources of fats, carbs, and protein. For example:

    1. Natural or Greek-style yoghurt with a sprinkling of grain-free granola (see our new range of Good Mix products in the online menu like Neo-Blend here)
    2. 35g of a home made trail mix, we add our favourite nuts like cashews, pecans, walnuts and almonds, a small amount of dried fruit like goji berries, apricots, dates and cherries, flaked coconut and pepitas - you can even add a piece of low sugar dark chocolate (see our other new offering, Pana Chocolate here)
    3. A small portion of hummus or home made pesto dip - about 1/4 cup is enough for a snack - and have with it broccoli florrets, baby carrots and cucumbers and cherry tomatoes
    4. An apple sliced, served on a small plate with 1 Tbsp almond butter slathered on the edges
    5. A banana sliced lengthways with 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter spread on and sandwiched back together
    6. Your choice of cheese (just a small wedge), a piece of pear and some raisins (like a mini cheese platter for one - this is my personal all time favourite snack)
    7. A small fruit with a sprinkling of grain-free granola or a garden salad (think a cup full or 250ml), shaved parmesan and a dash of good quality olive oil will definitely keep you going until that 8.00pm dinner scenario.

    There is no need to deny yourself a little snack here and there. But if you find yourself zombified at 3.30pm everyday, it might be time to reassess what you are eating for breakfast and lunch on a regular basis. Is there a good balance of carbs, protein and fats for your body and brain? You are an individual, only you will know what is right for you.

                                                                                                                                                

    Basil Pesto Dip Recipe

    1. Place a bunch of basil (leaves and small stems only),
      1/4 cup pine nuts,
      1/4 cup cashews,
      30g parmesan (cut into small pieces),
      30ml good quality extra virgin olive oil and
      1 small clove of garlic
      in a food processor and process until combined.
    2. Place dip in a bowl and serve with broccoli florrets, sliced capsicum 'scoops' baby carrots, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes

                                                                                                                                                

    What are your favourite snacks?

    Don't miss out on the things you love - that's no fun! Take a step back (when you're not starving at 3.00pm and dreaming of chocolate cake) and see if you can 'healthify' your favourite snack food. Let me know in the comments below what you crave and I'll answer with some ideas on how to make it more healthy for you.

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    If you’re struggling with changing your diet and lifestyle, you may want to consider hiring a health coach, the idea is pretty simple – you want to make the changes necessary to be your best – but ‘stuff’ keeps getting in the way. A coach can help you listen to your body first and use the information that best works for you.

    As a Nutrition Consultant and Certified Health Coach I'd love to talk to you about a free introduction to Health Coaching. To make a one-on-one appointment contact me today on george@wholesomeness.com.au