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How To Find Your Passion

Written by Sally Kellett, professional meditation teacher “You are so lucky you have found your passion, I still don’t know what mine is” This is one of the most common things people say to me as they see me passionately pursuing a life in practising and teaching mindfulness. The next line I then get asked is…. “How do I find…

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How to show leadership in a post-covid world

Written by Natasha Zervaas N.P. The people from the State of Victoria have spent more time under unprecedented lockdown rules this year than they have had ‘free’ time, particularly in the Melbourne Metropolitan areas. The face of business, our physical, mental and spiritual health have been forever changed through the experiences of this year.  Family units have broken down, jobs…

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How To Love Your Brain

Written by Connie Rogers is a Certified Coach & Published Author. My passion as a certified brain health coach has been to teach people how to love their brain. The brain is the most important organ in our body. Our brain controls every thought and action we have. This includes sleep, digestion, memories, speech, movement, and more. But most importantly,…

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Overcoming Loneliness

How Volunteering May Help Written by Dr Melissa Keogh, Clinical Psychologist, B.A. (Hons), D.Psych (Clinical) The Australian Loneliness Report conducted in 2018 revealed that 1 in 4 Australians experience problematic levels of loneliness. Which begs the question – what exactly is loneliness? Loneliness Loneliness can be defined as a subjective feeling of social isolation and distress whereby one’s personal need…

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Considering mental health

Written by Brady Walker According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and can make a contribution to her or his community.” The issue of mental health is not new; far from…

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10 reasons how organic food creates more value for others!

Written by Adriana Kreuger Written by Organic products are becoming more and more popular these days, because more and more people are consciously paying attention to their diet. Organic food comes from ecologically controlled cultivation. They must neither contain genetically modified organisms nor have they been treated with synthetic pesticides or artificial fertilizers (i.e. chemical-synthetic nitrogen compounds). They also contain…

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The 5 Top Attributes of a Leader

Written by Donna Cameron Do you remember being young and looking up to people who inspired you?  They could have been actors, authors, or business people.  It really didn’t matter who they were but they were doing something that you admired, something that caught your attention and something that you wanted to do when you grew up. These people were…

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Beware the sting of summer

Written by Suzana Talevski The warmer months are a great time for outdoor adventures with your pet and making memories in the great outdoors are priceless moments to treasure for ever. Many people would be aware of the dangers snakes pose to curious canines but there is a smaller creature that has the potential to do almost as much harm to…

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Personal branding

What can be learnt from 2020 Written by Sophie Richardson It’s been a unique year to say the least. In fact, it’s more accurate to say that it has been an incredibly tough one. It seems we’ve been confronted with challenge after challenge, trudging our way slowly through each obstacle just to get to the other side. This is particularly…

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Community Leadership; What Does It Really Take?

Written by Sally McGrath Practice Director Health that Heals Leadership and management, is a role that has multiple responsibilities and ultimately the voice for the people represented in the relevant area of business, education or community and charged with the task of receiving and delivering news that is both pleasant and un-pleasant. The leadership in a community environment will tap…

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I want a beautiful smile

Written by Dr Jeffrey M Kestenberg MDSc LDS FRACDS , Dentist “The greatest joy in life comes from giving of yourself for the betterment of others” Debasish Mridha (American physician and philosopher) I’m a leader everyday. That might seem a bit weird to say but as a parent I’m a role model for my children, for my family and as…

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Marron, avocado and saltbush

Marron, avocado and saltbush Photograph:Graeme Kemlo/Restaurant Amusé Photograph: Graeme Kemlo(C)/Restaurant Amusé 6 live marron1 tbsp olive oil2 star anise1 cinnamon stick1 tsp coriander seeds1 tsp fennel seeds2 shallots (sliced)1 head of garlic (sliced)2 lemongrass sticks50 g tomato paste2 litres waterJuice of half a lemon200 ml creamFor the marron stock, this stock requires a pressure cookerHeads and claws from the marronFor the…

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Marron, Sausage and Sage Brie

Marron, Sausage and Sage Brie This is a delicious, is not a little decadent starter, that is simple to create. 8.5 oz wheel of brie (at room temperature)4 oz turkey sausage1/4 cup marrons (roughly chopped)1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary (minced)1/2 tbsp fresh sage (minced)1 tbsp honey Heat a small saucepan over medium heat.Add the turkey sausage to the saucepan, and break…

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5 Ways to Give Back To Your Community Whilst Improving Your Wellbeing

Written By Katie Lowe (BA, GradDipPosPsych) Anyone that has seen the movie ‘Castaway’ knows that we humans thrive on – even depend on connection. We are social beings that have evolved to subsist within supportive, nurturing communities. We love to feel like we belong, and research actually shows that the biggest single factor for predicting health, wellbeing and longevity -…

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Written by Connie Rogers It’s time to check underlying toxic exposures that create conditions which may be exacerbating how you feel. A toxic lifestyle can increase our risk of Fibromyalgia We are electrical beings. There are many things in our world today that can deplete electricity.  Causes of depleted electricity can be linked to Prozac, Fluoride, and medications containing fluoride such…

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Shaking Up Easter Traditions

Written by Sarah Milano Holiday traditions are part of what makes a holiday important to us. Going to an Easter service, eating a special meal and spending time with your family may be the basis of your yearly celebrations, but there is always room to create new Easter traditions. In this day and age, it is as important as ever…

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Healthy Sleep Hygiene

Written by Mituri Pradip Sharma There’s no doubt that sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes far beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on…

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Kid-friendly Products Can Hide Artificial Sweeteners

Written by Connie Rogers According to the American Heart Association, “One in three children and teens in the U.S. are either overweight or obese.” (1) Artificial sweeteners have been shown to increase weight gain, headaches, depression, PLUS, increase the risk for diabetes, cancers, and seizures. (2) They are also found to be harmful to cognition. Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon,…

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Gateau Basque with Caramelized Pear

Gateau Basque with Caramelized Pear Simple and Delicious Tart for the family to share Dough 500 gm Butter (unsalted, softened)440 gm Brown Sugar (dark)250 gm Almond Meal640 gm Flour (plain)6 gm Baking powder4 EggsSaltTruffle Cream 1 lt Milk30 gm Truffle (shaved)150 gm Caster Sugar100 gm Egg Yolk80 gm Custard Powder110 gm ButterPoached Pear 1 lt Water400 gm Caster Sugar1 Vanilla…

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Stained Ora Salmon, Smoked Beetroot

Stained Ora Salmon, Smoked Beetroot and Blackberries, Goats Milk Cream, Horseradish and dill This is a technical recipe, that will bear you amazing results if you stick with it. Salmon1 Whole Ora Salmon100 g Powdered Beetroot140 g Raw Sugar140 g Sea Salt50 g Ginger20 g fennel SeedsSmoked Beetroot3000 g Beetroot Peeled3000 ml water100 ml Hazelnut oil200 g Black berries (Frozen…

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Eggplant Bowl

Eggplant Bowl Tasty recipe that is suitable for the whole family, which is vegan friendly and gluten free. Made with all organic ingredients. 1 Eggplant (medium)2 Portobello Mushrooms150 gm Pineapple (peeled & cubed (tiny pieces))1 clove Garlic (peeled)1 Lemon (juiced)180 gm Quinoa1 Avocado (peel, cut into 1/4's )Pesto Ingredients150 gm Basil (fresh)150 gm Cilantro (coriander) (fresh)95 gm Walnuts65 gm Olive…

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Exploring the Misunderstood World of Mental Health

Written by Sally McGrath Never before has mental health been such an important and relevant subject and condition that requires support and attention. Once the hidden away, socially ignored, “crazy, so stay away mindset” and now the subject of mental health is well and truly open for discussion on social media platforms, homes, therapist practices, offices and video conferencing channels.…

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Do nutrients play a role in the management of food allergies?

Part 1 Written by Kaylee Slater | Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Grow Nutrition | Perinatal Dietitian | PhD Candidate  The prevalence of food allergies is on the rise worldwide, with the highest incidence found in younger children. Many more children today have allergies than they did decades ago, in fact the current statistics suggest that around 1 in 10 children have a food allergy, and this prevalence is growing by…

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Kale and Horseradish Chimichurri

Kale and Horseradish Chimichurri Fantastic accompaniment with meats especially bbq meats 1/2 cup kale (very finely chopped)2 tsp horseradish (depending on spice level desired)1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil2 tbsp lemon juice3 cloves garlic (finely minced)1 tbsp fresh chillies (chopped)3/4 tsp oregano (dried )1 tsp salt1/2 tsp black pepper In a medium sized bowl, add all the ingredients, starting with…

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Is NOW the Perfect Storm

To have an Explosion in Mental Health Issues? Written by Claire Dunkley from Cluzie Clinic What has 2020 brought us? For most people 2020 is a year they’d rather forget… or at the least, rewind and reset and start again.  With a global pandemic dominating the landscape, people have been exposed to mass fear in relation to getting a virus…

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Relaxing with mBIT

How integrating your multiple intelligences can help you find peace Written by Carolyn King from Empowered Happiness Our mental health affects everything we do.  From going out and meeting friends, to our performance at work, our family relationships, and our ability to really relax.  Never ending mental chatter and self-criticism, interrupts the serenity and peace we so desire when wishing…

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Mindful Mental Health in the New Normal

How to seek help in difficult times  Written by Laura Gomez COVID 19 has shone a new light on mental health, encouraging us all to think more creatively and adapt to access support differently. Yet for some people, stigma and shame can still be powerful barriers which block the path to seeking early help. Most of us will struggle at some point with an aspect of…

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Dedicated or addicted?

The mental and physical implications of overtraining and exercise addiction Written by Melani De Sousa Exercising too much, or overtraining, might seem like a foreign concept to the average person, but more and more studies are revealing the increasing prevalence of disordered eating, weight obsession and overtraining not only in adults, but in children as young as 11 years old[1].…

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Ready to Marie Kondo your friends?

Written by Sally Kellett from Mirosuna With the Marie Kondo method of de-cluttering sweeping the world since it’s launch six years ago, and Australia slowly moving out of isolation, could now be the perfect time to apply the Marie Kondo method to our friends? One thing that I’ve realised during the past year of living with Covid restrictions and…

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Mental Health and Pets

Written by Suzana Talevski Have you ever gone through a rough patch in your life or just had an off day and realised on reflection how much of a positive role your pet played in helping you feel better? A range of research shows that contact with animals can improve our wellbeing and state of mental health. Many studies have found…

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Holiday Stress Be Gone!

Written by Tracey Bell Holidays are fast approaching and you are met with a blank canvas – you could go anywhere!  You are spoilt for choice, but inundated with information.  And by the time you have sorted through the information and made a decision, is there even any time left to actually go for the holiday?  And that’s without considering…

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Becoming an authority figure

Empower your personal brand and business with media exposure Written by Sophie Richardson There are a number of practices that define your personal brand: how you communicate on social media; the way you interact with customers and employees; the story behind your business to name a few. But perhaps my favourite, and one of the most powerful practices to empower…

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Written by Kathy Fray I don’t believe most of the risk factors individually would tip so many women over the edge. But add them up: the low status we assign to mothering; the high value Western cultures place on a girlish figure; the isolation of today’s nuclear family; the workplace pressure that sends husbands away from home when their partners…

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Keeping Your Prostate Healthy

Written by Connie Rogers Studies have shown an increase in the incidence of prostate cancer in young males 30 to 35 years old. “Dr. Milton Krisiloff, M.D. has found that in the majority of cases, men can significantly reduce their risk for urinary and prostate problems by making dietary changes which include eliminating all highly caffeinated products.” Unfortunately, prostate cancer…

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Soy Milk Mayonnaise (No egg)

Soy Milk Mayonnaise (no egg) This is a perfect vegan alternative to mayonnaise, it is a perfect base to add any flavouring as it is clean and tasteless. 300 ml Soy Milk700 ml Vegetable OilSalt Add the liquids together, with some salt and sheer with an immersion blender, begin slowly, with the blade on the bottom.You will notice the liquid…

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Written by Julia Lette Getting kids to the table and actually eating their food can be a real struggle. However, as developing a healthy attitude towards food starts from a very early age, it is essential to instil wholesome eating habits in your children from the get-go. Fortunately, if you make good, honest food fun and appealing to children, they…

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More than Mud Pies

My Take on Germs & Children in a Cyber World Written by Lucy Cook , I am a mother of four boys, a business owner who operates 6 long day care and outside school hours care centres, and this is are my thoughts. Your first child barely touches the floor for fear he might catch something, your second child…

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Niçoise Salad

Niçoise Salad Easy and tasty recipe for the whole family 10 Chat Potatoes (boiled & sliced)200 gm Green Beans (blanched & split)150 gm Cherry tomatoes (halved)25 Kalamata Olives5 Eggs (hard boiled, peeled & sliced)10 White Anchovies150 gm Mixed Lettuce400 gm Tuna steaks (seasoned & seared)AioliSea Salt Though it is not necessary, I do prefer to form this salad in a…

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Immune System Boost Hoopla

Written by Donna Sparx As the weeks get colder and noses get drippier, it’s time to pull out whatever superpowers we can muster to fight the Winter Bugs. Dodging germs can often seem like navigating a multi-layered quest in a computer game. The enemies are the Bugs and we have a secret weapon. It is sparkly, circular, spindiferous and most…

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Building a personal brand to add value to your business

Written by Sophie Richardson You’ve probably heard the term ‘personal brand’ a lot. It’s also likely first interpretations of it hold some association to social media influencers, or being ‘Instagram famous’. While true, the power of a personal brand extends beyond these singular vocations, and should be implemented into every business’s marketing strategy. Think of a personal brand as an…

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Mindfully Relaxing

Written by Carolyn King from Empowered Happiness Relaxation can be difficult when there are constant stresses bombarding us from different directions.  The current climate, with COVID19 means most of us are on constant alert, listening to news reports to hear the latest figures and quarantine rules local governments have put in place. This constant stress creeps into our lives affecting…

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Essential Oils For Mind & Gut Health

Written by Connie Rogers One of the greatest fears of the aging population is forgetfulness, brain fog, and losing our mind. Toxic exposures from indoor and outdoor pollution can leave us with long term adverse health effects by targeting our central nervous system, endocrine system, and digestive system creating inflammation in both mind and body. Inhaling and absorbing pollution from…

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Teaching adolescents the value of their physical health

Written by Claire Richardson Osteopaths are allied health practitioners with a focus on physical health. This positions us well to understand the relationship between physical activity and overall health. Fostering a love of physical activity and teaching young people the value of physical health is a significantly worthwhile pursuit, as it has flow on effects for the whole of adulthood,…

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Hydration & Nutrition for Babies & Toddlers

Written by Kathy Fray Pot plants have pretty straight forward nutritional needs – feeding, watering and sunlight – but personally I have sometimes become frustratingly adept at killing pot-plants. The bad news is that babies and toddlers are obviously way more complicated than pot-plants! The good news is that babies and toddlers can also be way less complicated than pot-plants … so long as you’ve got…

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How to teach children values

Written by Sally McGrath Influential Health Values for Children Children and values; what comes to mind when you think of values and teaching your children? It is a subject that is surrounded in opinion and debate, whilst most parents suggest that values are learned by example and the responsibility of the parent, others challenge this and suggest that some parents…

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Teaching Children to Value Time

Written By Casey Castro In the modern world we live in with technology so readily available, it can be hard to hold our childrens attention for very long. Especially with games being so bright and colourful and technology being so easy to use in their little hands. Children (and adults) of all ages love the pull of a device. They…

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Chickpea Flatbread

Chickpea Flatbread Tasty alternative to bread, that is quick and easy to make. 1 cup chickpea flour1 cup water2 tbsp olive oil1/2 tsp salt In a large bowl, mix together the chickpea flour, water, olive oil and salt, to create a thick batter.Preheat a cast iron skillet or large non-stick pan over medium heat. Grease with your favorite non-stick spray.Scoop…

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Farinata Perfect recipe for the family to enjoy that is both healthy and tasty. 150 gm Chickpea flour (Besam)300 ml Water45 ml Olive Oil (EVO)Rosemary (picked)Salt Mix together the water, oil and salt.Then add the flour and mix together well.Allow to sit in a warm climate for 2 to 24 hours (the longer the better)Heat some olive oil in a…

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Osteopathy for Sports Injuries

Maintaining muscular flexibility and joint range of motion Written by Dr Jason Stone Muscular flexibility and joint range of motion are often taken for granted, and rarely come up as a key focus in fitness and training regimes. Yet in my opinion, a neglecting these two bodily functions can be a major precursor to injury, and a limiting factor to…

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Using Kinesiology to help you relax

Restore and realign with your inner self Written by Carolyn King In today’s world, it’s more important than ever to find tools that can help us relax.  Stress is everywhere, and most of us experience some sort of stress daily.  While a little stress can be productive. prolonged stress can have quite a detrimental affect on our emotional, mental and…

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Creating Balance in Parenthood

Written by Nikki Cox Being a parent is a complex, overwhelming and sometimes stressful experience that requires a lot of constant juggling of different priorities in life. This juggling act can often leave you feeling inadequate, out of control, depleted and defeated. But when you achieve a sense of balance as a parent, this allows you to feel happy and…

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Tips for Going on a Solo Backpacking Trip

Written by Tracey Bell Travelling solo can be one of life’s most eye-opening, mind-expanding, joyful experiences.  This article will give you some suggestions to overcome the trepidation you may experience, especially as a woman, when deciding to venture forth on your own.  The best advice: Go for it! 5 Ways to Set Yourself Free and Travel Solo 1. Make smart…

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Prenatal & Postnatal care-plans during Covid-19

Written by Kathy Fray It is physiologically normal during pregnancy to naturally be immunocompromised (it is part of how your body doesn’t reject growing your baby). But add into that fact, knowing that local Hospitals (where you may have been planning to give birth) are heaving with COVID-19 patients, and it can feel justifiably unnerving. Add on top of that, the fact…

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Nourishing Through Colors

Written by Connie Rogers The art of nourishing through colors in food is nature’s way of keeping us smiling, healthy, sexy, and satiated. There are healing powers in colors from the oceans to the forest and food is no exception. When we choose colorful foods we increase the information that’s inside these beautiful fruits and veggies. At your next meal…

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Designed For Change

Written by Connie Rogers As humans, we live, love, laugh, and express emotions every day of our life. We experience consciousness through many avenues that allow us to change at any stage of our development. Basically, most of us disdain stagnation and are designed for growth.In college, if we put our minds into it, we can achieve anything we set out…

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A Plant-Based Lifestyle

VEGAN VS PLANT BASED Written by Aida Rejzovic Despite what you may initially think, there are differences in vegan and plant based diets. While both diets exclude animal products, the beliefs and core motivations behind the diets differ. A vegan diet is motivated by animal welfare, excluding from the diet all animal foods including animal by products such as honey.…

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Chocolate Chestnut Pudding

Chocolate Chestnut Pudding A delicious dessert for the more mature palette. 1 cup canned sliced chestnuts (drained)1/2 cup raw cashews1 tbsp cocoa powder4 tbsp monkfruit sweetener1 tsp vanilla extract4 tbsp milk of choice (such as coconut or almond milk.)Toppings: desiccated coconut, chocolate chips, berries etc. Soak chestnuts and cashews in boiling water for approximately 30 minutes to allow them to…

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Collagen… Connecting Beauty to Health

Written by Connie Rogers Great skin has a lot to do with our diet. This includes what we eat, the general well-being of our digestive system, and the amount of stress we allow in a day. If metabolism is sluggish, premature aging isn’t far behind. Some symptoms of Metabolic Disturbances are loss of collagen; increased wrinkles; thin, less elastic skin;…

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How Molecular Hydrogen Impacts And Enhances Your Health

Written by Connie Rogers. Persistent oxidative stress is one of the major causes of most lifestyle-related diseases including cancer, inflammatory conditions such as obesity, atherosclerosis, and premature aging. When free radicals (or ROS) accumulates, it leads to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can in turn cause serious damage to all tissues in the body. Some examples of free radicals are environmental…

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Connection and You

Written by Hally Rhiannon-Nammu The rate of which technology is advancing often makes us wonder if we can actually keep up or if we will always be that one version behind. However, what if it is technology that needs to catch up with us? There is an assumption that being across social media platforms, having the latest tablet or phone…

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Written by Jo Ebisujima POWER can be defined in a multitude of different ways. Perhaps it means being able to lift a ton, jump over a mountain or conquer your favourite superhero. To me, POWER means having the ability to thrive in every aspect of your life. Regardless of how you define it, whole fruits and vegetables are storehouses of…

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Safeguard Your Family’s Health

Throughout Winter Written By Julia Lette On the whole, your immune system does a pretty good job of defending you against disease. Sometimes however, especially in the winter months, it fails and you end up sick in bed for days on end. Fortunately there are ways that you can intervene in this process and make your immune system stronger and…

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5 Life Hacks to Curb Overwhelm

Find more peace and joy in your everyday life while conquering your to-do list Written by: Camille Lucy In today’s modern society, it’s no surprise if your to-do list grows faster than you can check things off. Especially if you have a family. Often times, we feel that we have to do everything ourselves, and this can feel daunting, overwhelming…

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De-Stress Your Life

Written by Connie Rogers No one is immune from fear, stress or worry in their lifetime. However emotions can take hold and affect everyone differently depending on their most important asset, their mind-set. A diet of stressful emotions is no laughing matter.  These emotions in our nervous system can become toxic and settle into body organs which in turn could…

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Sleep Sleep Wonderful Sleep!

Written by Connie Rogers We always feel vibrantly well after a good nights sleep with heightened energy levels and better moods. This is because sleep is a restorative process. It’s function is to maintain brain immunity and is also a huge part of building gut immunity.(1) The benefits of good sleep habits are  increased mental clarity, a healthier weight, better…

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Make ‘Me Time’ A Priority

Written By Julia Lette It is commonplace to feel like taking time out for ourselves is selfish. We have been taught that we must work hard to deserve health and happiness and we put pressure on ourselves to be perfect, to be patient and nurturing parents, to be devoted and supportive partners, to be dependable and sociable family members and…

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How To Amplify The Energy

You & Your Business Spend Online Written by Jessa Lewis How do you know where your genius lies in business (and life) when you show up on social media and beyond? In this day and age with hundreds of social media platforms, website options and more – how can you know where you are going to get the most bang…

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Tools You Need for Planning a Holiday

Written by Tracey Bell The websites and applications recommended in this article can help you plan your travel, from finding low-cost flights to planning your budget, booking excellent accommodation and, most importantly, having fun on the road. SkyScanner Benefit: Allows you to compare flexible dates very easily so you can find the best days to fly.  Description: SkyScanner is a…

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Science Communicators and You

Written by Grace Conyers People use social media to connect with loved ones, people they admire, and search for and share ideas. Unfortunately for science communicators, social media is full of fast paced entertainment. If it’s not entertaining, most people won’t pay attention to it, let alone engage with the posts. If they aren’t engaged, it’s almost guaranteed they won’t…

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Comparison, judgement and social media

By Sam Taylor from The Nurture Project Measuring yourself against others can in some ways be helpful. You might feel inspired about someone else’s achievements which then motivates you to improve your own life. The recognition that your abilities are a notch above someone else’s can deliver a boost to your self esteem. But comparisons can be harmful when they…

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Finding, and Loving, the Real You

Written by Nikki Cox Selfies – we’ve all taken them at one time or another; photographs taken of ourselves, typically with a smartphone or webcam, and shared via social media. Selfies are essentially self-constructed, idealised images of the ‘perfect’ way we wish other people to see us in the online world. People take and post selfies for a myriad of…

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Using Social Media Platforms To Help Children Learn

Written by James Burnett – Founder and CEO of ORIGO Education Just ‘google it’ is something many parents say to their children every day. Information found online, especially through social media platforms, is often the primary source for kids when preparing school assignments or completing homework. With such a vast array of information and material offered through social media platforms,…

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Have You Considered A Juice Cleanse?

TO RESET YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD Written by Miriam ter Borg The human body is a complex mechanism designed to cleanse and remove toxins to maintain a particular level of balance and vibrant health. However, when your body consumes more toxins than it can eliminate it can lead to feelings of fatigue and lethargy, as well as contribute to more…

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Arancini – Milanese Style

Arancini – Milanese Style A classic Italian recipe which you can adjust the sizing of to your preference. 100 gm Onion (chopped fine)1 Garlic (clove, crushed)600 gm Arborio Rice1.25 lt Chicken StockPinch Saffron100 gm Ham (chopped)50 gm Mushroom (chopped)2 Tomatoes chopped½ bnch Italian Parsley (chopped)100 gm Parmesan200 gm Buffalo Mozzarella (chopped fine)3 Eggs500 ml MilkOlive OilSalt & Pepper Begin by…

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Saffron, Apricot and Pistachio Scones

Saffron, Apricot and Pistachio Scones A tasty sweet treat perfect for a morning tea, or afternoon tea. 2 cups Gluten Free flour4 tsp baking powder1 tsp baking soda1/4 cup dried apricots1/4 cup chopped pistachios1/2 tsp salt2 tbsp cold butter (cubed)250 ml milk1 pinch saffron Preheat oven to 180 deg C, 400 deg F. Prepare a baking tray with parchment paper…

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash

Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash Perfect recipe to incorporate sweet potato into your daily meal routine. 3 large sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into chunks)1 medium butternut squash (peeled, de-seeded, and cut into chunks)1.5 tsp salt1/2 tsp black pepper1 tsp garlic powder6 tbsp butter In a large pot, add water, sweet potato and butternut squash chunks.Bring to the boil,…

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What You Want Starts With [You]

Written by Nikki Cox Mothers nowadays are very rushed, stressed and attached to technology. We forget to take a moment to stand still, to reflect and consider our own lives and how we have changed since becoming parents. Motherhood often brings with it a sense of identity loss and the scariest part of going through an identity crisis is not…

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An ADHD Approach to Keeping Resolutions

Written by Grace Conyers Can I tell you a secret? My superpower is ADHD, and I am highly dependable, fully functional human being… all while being unmedicated. Yes, it’s possible to achieve all your goals with ADHD! Oh, I know. Today’s view on ADHD is that it’s terrible, something to be medicated into oblivion. That’s not how I see it…

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The Power of a Daily Routine

Written by Sam Taylor from The Nurture Project As the summer holidays come to a close, we turn our minds to the year ahead and what we hope to achieve. We are often looking for ways to be better versions of ourselves. Perhaps we’d like to lose weight, exercise regularly, start that side hustle or be happier, calmer, more productive…

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Preventing, Treating & Slowing The Progression Of Kidney Disease

Written by Connie Rogers According to Executive Order by President Trump on July 10th2019, “Within 120 days of the date of this order, the Secretary ofHealth and Human Services shall launch an awareness initiative atthe Department of Health and Human Services to aid the Secretary’sefforts to educate patients and support programs that promote kidney disease awareness. The initiative shall develop…

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Loaded Fries

Loaded Fries A healthy swap perfect to enjoy while watching sport on TV or just for the family dinner! Sauce1 red onion (finely diced)1 tomato (finely diced)2 tbsp organic coriander powder (or fresh leaves finely chopped)1/2 tsp organic cayenne pepper1 tbsp organic paprika (smoked, sweet or plain, depending on your preference)Healthy fat to cook in (grass-fed beef tallow, lard, coconut…

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Grilled Rump with Pistachio Crust

Grilled Rump with Pistachio Crust Tasty, and succulent lamb rump the family will enjoy 4 Lamb Rumps.200 ml Red Wine1 head Garlic halved1 Lemon (zested)Sprig Fresh thyme3 Fresh bay leaves150 gm Pistachio kernels (blended fine)100 gm Panko Bread Crumbs¼ bnch Mint (chopped)50 gm Butter (melted)Salt & Pepper Marinate the rump in the wine garlic, herbs, lemon zest, and squeeze the…

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Passionfruit & Watermelon Shooters

Passionfruit & Watermelon Shooters Delicious summer dessert you can really have alot of fun with Passionfruit Fluid Gel150 gm Passionfruit Puree (strained (no seeds))Honey0.25 gm Agar Agar8 gm Thick n Cold PowderPressed Watermelon300 gm Watermelon Meat (sliced (1 cm))Edible Soil50 gm Oats25 gm Cocoa (bitter)10 ml Maple Syrup10 gm SultanasCinnamon Edible SoilMix together the oats, a pinch of cinnamon, and…

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Seared Scallops & Onion Puree

Seared Scallops & Onion Puree A tasty and simplistic seafood recipe for the family Puree500 gm Onion (peeled & sliced)400 gm Milk150 gm ButterScallops12 ScallopsButterOlive OilSalt PureeMelt the butter in a pot andsweat off the onions, do not colour.Add the milk and cook out tillcooked through.Strain through a fine chinos,and press out any remaining liquid.Process with an immersion blender till…

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Kingfish Ceviche

Kingfish Ceviche A classic South America recipe, tricked up for you and the family 1 kg Kingfish fillet100 gm Red Chili (diced fine)200 gm Radish selection (sliced thin (watermelon, purple, red))60 gm Candied Lime zestDressingLime JuiceVirgin Olive Oil Soak the radish slices in iced water for 2 hours prior to service.Clean the fillet of all traces of colour, blood etc.Slice…

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Wattleseed & Maple Pavlova

Wattleseed & Maple Pavlova Great healthy alternative to an Australian classical dessert. 18.75 gm Egg Whites Powder (Or just use 150 gm of egg whites)131.25 gm Water150 gm Maple Syrup1 tsp Wattle Seeds100 gm Corn Syrup1 tsp Corn flour Pre – heat the oven to 110 c.Arrange your molds on a baking tray lined either with a silicon baking mat,…

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Pork Knuckle & Bean Soup

Pork Knuckle & Bean Soup This is an amazingly warm and hearty soup that will help you forget about the winter blues, one spoonful after another. 1 kg Smoked Pork Knuckle½ kg Kidney Beans (dried)1 Carrot (large, peeled & diced)4 Celery stalks (cleaned & diced)2 Onion (peeled & diced fine)1 Garlic (peeled & crushed, or grated)3 tbls Flour (plain)3 tbls…

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Provencal Tart

Provencal Tart An amazing and tasty recipe everyone will love, it is packed full of goodness and is suitable for many occasions. Pastry250 gm Whole meal Flour150 gm Butter1 Egg Yolk (700gm)Toppings1 Onion (diced)10 Tomatoes2 cl Garlic (crushed)Oregano (chopped)1 Red Capsicum (roasted & cleaned)1 Yellow Capsicum (roasted & cleaned)Olives (pitted)Basil50 gm Fetta cheese Pre heat the oven to 180cCut the…

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Yoga for the Family

Written by Sarah Milano One of the oldest practices in the world, yoga has been changing lives for thousands of years. Originating in ancient India, yoga has spread to other countries in recent years as a form of body conditioning. Unlike many typical exercises, yoga is a multi-faceted exercise that conditions all three parts of your being: the body, mind…

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Stretching Towards a Healthy Life

Written by Sarah Milano Stretching isn’t just about preventing a pulled muscle during exercise; it is about conditioning your body to move at ease. Have you ever watched your child bounce around the house and marvel at their flexibility? Children can bend their bodies in ways that seem inhuman. You may think “Ah, to be young again”, but the truth…

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Ginger & Lemon Tea

Ginger & Lemon Tea Great drink either cold or hot, in summer or winter 1 lt Water (boiling)4 Lemons (juiced)16 Ginger (slices (skin on)) This is great to drink just before dinner, as it helps the tummy prepare for dinner.In a tall container, add the ginger, and cover with boiling water.Add the lemon juice prior to serving.If you prefer things…

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Water: The Basis of Health

Written by Sarah Milano The human body is a complex system. While scientists and doctors don’t know everything there is to know and don’t fully understand all of our body processes, one thing is for sure: the human body needs water to live.  Just like a plant needs proper watering to thrive, we need proper hydration for our bodies to…

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Making Exercise a Family Activity

Written by Sarah Milano As a parent, you are the one that sets the fitness example in your home. If you don’t partake in physical activities then your children, most likely will grow up not partaking in physical activities. This can result in myriad of health problems including obesity, and it really stifles the essence of being a child. The…

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Top Tips For Babymoon Adventures

Written By Lyn Mitchell Babymoons are becoming increasingly popular in Australia and can represent a great opportunity for partners to connect before two becomes three. According to research, the second trimester is considered the best time to take a babymoon and for many mums-to-be this will fall between May and July, given October is the most popular month for Aussie…

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The Most Powerful Human Emotion

Is Longing For Connection Written by Connie Rogers Billions have pored into Facebook for this very reason. Connection! When young, we learn and are responsive to experiences and environmental influences. Connection is a language all its own and, most times, spoken without words. For instance, we seem to understand the mind/ muscle connection when we train for a marathon. In utero,…

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Premenstrual syndrome– PMS

Written by Dr. Joseph Sgroi What is it? PMS refers to physical and emotional symptoms that some women experience in the lead up to menstruation. Symptoms often occur in the one to two weeks before hand and stop once bleeding begins. PMS can interfere with day to-day activities and relationships and the severity is often measured based on this. What…

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Arabian Style Pinwheels

Arabian Style Pinwheels Great recipe for getting the kids into the kitchen to get their hands dirty, fun recipe for the family. 5 Pita Bread Slices250 gm Tabbouleh salad250 gm HummusRocket LettuceSalt & Pepper In the center of a pita, spread some hummus, from one side to the other.Add some of the Tabbouleh salad, & some roquette.Wrap up in a…

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Old-Age New-Age Health Technology

Written by Kathy Fray Over the past 100 years, modern medicine has experienced the most radical, mind-blowing and breath-taking evolutions, which only 100 years ago, would likely not have been even vaguely imaginable, let alone yearned for. Remember, it was only World War II, in the 1940s, which finally escalated the urgent global need for commercial volumes of antibiotics, to…

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Kale & Banana Smoothie

Kale & Banana Smoothie Great healthy alternative for breakfast 120 ml Almond Milk1 Banana (skinned)100 gm Kale (washed & de-stemmed)5 gm Ginger (peeled)10 ml Agave (honey)15 gm Linseeds2 Mint leaves1 Lemon (zested) Add the ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth.Taste and adjust the sweetness if requiredServe in tall glasses

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Kale & Pecorino Frittata

Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients 2                      Shallots, peeled & sliced 80 gm              Purple Kale, washed 60 gm              Pecorino, shaved 8                      Eggs 50 ml               Cream 10 gm              Tarragon, washed & chopped                         Olive Oil Method Heat a heavy, ovenproof pan over a medium heat. Preheat the oven to 90c Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl, add the cream, tarragon,…

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Mad Mexican

Mad Mexican A creative fun recipe idea for a group of friends 4 Flour Tortillas (or pitta bread)250 gm Chicken thigh meat (cooked and diced)50 gm Mayonnaise1 Cucumber (sliced)2 Tomatoes (sliced)Tasty Cheese (grated)Roquette Lettuce In a bowl, add the chicken, mayonnaise, with some salt and pepper, and mix together.Lay the first tortilla on the chopping board, spread a third of…

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The Wealth in Good Health

Written by Osteopathy Australia Your and your children’s health is an investment, not an expense. Between a busy family life and work commitments it can be tricky to find the time and money to spend on self-care but investing in your health is worth every single cent. Actively looking after your health maximizes your chances of living a long, healthy…

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Exercise for the Family

4 ways you and the kids can get fit together Written by Aidan Whitehurst Exercise. It’s the Rubik’s cube of our generation isn’t it? There always seems to be something more pressing to do, especially when there are kids in the picture. Sometimes it can feel like the only physical activity we get is the exasperated arm waving that accompanies…

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What is Wealth?

Written by Clint & Aimee To us, wealth is not about the stockpile of cash in the bank and items we own but is about the abundance of happy memories and experiences we have, as well as the relationships we hold dear. Christmas time is often filled with spending time and money on accumulating gifts and decorations, and while those…

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From Little Things Big Things Grow

Written by Peter Horsfield We’re going to live a free life, a happy peaceful life. This means more to us than anything in the world. This is a story about freedom and every day doing the little but important things. About Paul Kelly’s inspiring and moving song about Vincent Lingiari Paul Kelly- From Little Things Big things Grow And Albert Einstein’s famous quote is “Compound…

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Maple Walnut Cream Cheese

Written by Renata Trebing A quick and easy cream cheese to jazz up your favorite bagels. Ingredients: 8 oz light cream cheese or Neufchatel, softened 1 tbsp maple syrup ½ cup chopped walnuts 1 tsp stevia or monkfruit sweetener ½ tsp vanilla extract Method: In a small pan, add chopped walnuts and stevia/monkfruit sweetener. Turn on the burner to medium…

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Chocolate Walnut Tart with Bourbon Cream

Written by Tenina Holder Ingredients: Pastry 30g coconut sugar 1 vanilla bean, freeze dried or roasted (see note) 200g flour 100g butter, cubed and chilled Pinch pink salt flakes 60g sour cream Filling 110g bitter dark chocolate, melted (over 70% if possible) 3 eggs 200ml pure maple syrup 100g dark muscovado sugar 120g unsalted butter, softened 2 tsp vanilla bean…

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Cyberbullying is real!

Invasive and impacting your kids…even if you don’t know about it… Written by Annette Rose First let’s understand what cyberbullying is – according to the ESafety Commissioner it is the use of technology to bully a person or group with the intent to hurt them socially, psychologically or even physically. I know as the mother of 3 teenagers – 18,…

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Choosing respect

And dealing with bullying Written by Jay Anderson As humans we are all “relational beings” -this means that connecting with others is actually really important for us and for our survival. Sure, there are some people who’s personality is more introverted, who may like their own time and space, and other people (usually the exception) ….who may have social anxiety…

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Community Engagement on Safari

Written by Tracy Bell Gone are the days when “Safari” was only for the elite of Britain’s colonial population.  Nowadays the Dark Continent is accessible to anyone on any budget.  And it is no longer about hunting or simply wildlife spotting.  Increasingly, travellers are looking for ways to connect with people, to find out how other cultures live, what they…

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Tech: Bullying and Cyberbullying

Written by Marguerita Cheng Bullying was once considered a normal part of growing up. But name-calling and spreading rumors are more than an unpleasant childhood experience. It’s bullying, and no one should have to endure it. Unfortunately, the rise in technology and smartphones have brought it to a whole new level. According to a Pew Research Center study, 59% of…

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Become A Parents Who Knows What Is Out There

By Vicki Radford Parents usually understand the idea of bullying in the playground, where one child repeatedly mentally intimidates or physically harasses another child, but cyberbullying can be a different story. If you were born before the 1990’s, you’ve probably never experienced cyberbullying at school because nothing was online then. Cyberbullying is different from bullying because the bully doesn’t need…

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Escaping the Judgement

Of Motherhood Written by Nikki Cox Being a mother comes hand-in-hand with being or feeling judged these days, particularly with the prominence of social media. It’s much more common than you think it is, with 6 in 10 mums in a recent report declaring they have been criticised for their parenting skills. But shaming a mum doesn’t seem to be…

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Home Toxicity and How to Reduce it

Written by Aida Rejzovic These days we are surrounded by so many chemicals that we have often been exposed to hundreds of toxins before even leaving the house. While there is little that can be done about outside contaminants, you can significantly reduce your chemical load by watching out for the following common household toxins. Furnishings, plastics and electronics Volatile…

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Bullying And Cyberbullying

Written by Joe Zhou Bullying / Cyberbullying is definitely a big issue that can harm the environment in schools, workplaces and friend circles. It doesn’t only happen between children but also between adults. Bullying can happen literally anywhere. It can happen in schools, at home, at work, in online social spaces, via text messaging or via email. It can be…

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Feed Your Head & Skin Health

Written by ©Connie Rogers Published Author, CHC Adults and children alike are absorbing more brain-damaging chemicals today than in the sixties. Our body’s largest organ, our skin, absorbs toxins not only from what touches the skin but from what we eat and what we are exposed to. Research suggests poor nutrition increases our risk for mental disorders, obesity, and brain…

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Using the Power of Play

To Boost Self-Esteem Written by Clint Bauer According to Albert Einstein “Play is the highest form of research” and he isn’t wrong, but I also believe that play is an extremely useful tool when it comes to boosting children’s self-confidence and self-esteem, which will better equip them to handle challenging situations in the future such as peer pressure and bullying.…

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How to turn your 20 days annual leave into 52 days of holidays in 2020

This post was written by Peter Horsfield, as such they are his personal views.  As a financial planner for the last 20 years, planning is now well and truly part of my DNA. And between you and me, once you know the core fundamentals about money planning; working with numbers, projections, legislations and financial product features all day can at times…

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Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Written by Renata Trebing Crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, these Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies are a fun twist on the traditional chocolate chip cookie with a slight salty bite from the almonds. Makes 15 cookies Ingredients: 4 tbsp butter, softened at room temperature ½ cup stevia or monkfruit sweetener 1 tsp vanilla extract Pinch of salt…

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Celeriac & Pear Soup

Written By Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients 200 gm            Butter 5                      Shallots, peeled & diced 500gm             Parsnip, peeled & diced 250gm             Celeriac, peeled & diced 250gm             Pear, peeled, cored & diced 2 sprigs            Rosemary 250ml              White Wine 1.2 lt                Chicken Stock 125 ml             Milk (whole cream) 125 ml             Cream (35%) Method Melt half of the butter in a pan, with a…

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Chocolate & Cherry Clafoutis

Written By Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients 200 ml             Double Cream 100 ml             Milk, full cream 1                      Vanilla Bean 3                      Eggs 55 gm              Caster Sugar 1 tsp                Cocoa, bitter 70 gm              Flour, plain 1 tbsp              Kirsch 500 gm            Cherries 1                      Lemon, zested Method Preheat the oven to 180c Scrape the seeds out of the vanilla pod and add to the cream,…

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Well-Being Organically

Written by Hally Rhiannon-Nammu When it comes to looking after the environment we are reasonably well versed on what to do, what not to do and what options to strive towards. However, it comes to our own well being what is organic or not is commonly undertaken as an extreme. Influenced by trends and popularity of what is right or…

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Chanterelle & Herb Gougeres

Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients 120 gm            Water 120 gm            Milk 115 gm            Butter Unsalted, chopped Pinch               Salt 236 gm            Plain Flour 4                      Eggs Filling 90 gm              Flour plain 90 gm              Butter 1 lt                   Milk ½                     Onion 1                      Clove 1                      Bayleaf 3                      Shallots, peeled & diced fine 200 gm            Chanterelle mushrooms 300 gm            Gruyere Cheese, grated 20…

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Pearl Barley & Chanterelle Risotto

Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients 1lt                    Nage (Vegetable Stock). 1                      Onion, peeled & diced fine 2                      Garlic cloves, minced 400 gm            Chanterelle Mushrooms, brushed 375gm             Barley 200 ml             White wine 200gm             Fresh or Frozen (defrosted) Peas 1                      Lemon, zested fine 2                      Bay leaf, fresh                         Grana Padano cheese (parmesan), Grated                         Salt & Pepper Method Heat the nage in…

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Chanterelle Tart Flammekueche

Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients 425 gm            Plain Flour 85 gm              Water, warm 20 gm              Grapeseed Oil 3.5 gm             Yeast, dry                          Sea Salt Toppings 100gm             Fromage Blanc 100gm             Crème Fraiche 75gm               Grapeseed Oil 100gm             Speck, cut into lardons 100gm             Onion, sliced, & salted 150gm             Chanterelle Mushrooms 20 gm              Thyme Dough Method Place the flour, water, oil, yeast…

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Banana Cinnamon Jelly

Written by Aimee Clark Ingredients: 400g organic banana flesh cut into small pieces – after being peeled and skin discarded (Tip: opt for organic bananas to reduce chemical exposure, and look for bananas with lots of brown spots on the skin. They’re the healthiest and sweetest!) 4 tbsp pure grass-fed beef gelatin powder 3 tbsp spring/filtered water 1 tbsp organic…

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How Families can Stay Secure

Internet Safety Written by Annette Rose The online world continues to evolve, especially with the invention of high powered smart devices. There is a lot that the internet has to offer. Life has become smoother, faster, and better all thanks to the virtual space and the solutions that it provides for individuals and families alike. However, the internet also comes…

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How safe is Africa?

Practical security advice for your African holiday Written by Tracey Bell With an average of four and a half million tourists arriving each year (that is pure tourists, excludes business travellers and diaspora visiting family), tourism is the number one industry for many African nations, and vital to their economies.  However, the “Dark Continent” has a reputation: life is cheap,…

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Top 10 Internet Safety Tips

To Keep Families Safe Online Written by Marguerite Cheng The internet is an extraordinary place. Kids, teens, and adults can find joy and countless hours of entertainment day and night. Unfortunately, dangers lurk everywhere, and they’re not always easy to spot. Protecting you and your family when sharing events and pictures, researching reports, or playing games online is crucial. From…

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Online Gaming in the Offline World

Written by Nikki Cox Games are an integral part of human behaviour. It is normal and healthy to engage in play as part of daily life, including playing games online. The proliferation of personal screens in our everyday lives (phones, tablets, laptops) means that online gaming, or playful digital activities, can be accessed at most times and in most places.…

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Taking a break from it all

Considering, You, your family, your activity needs and your dog Written by Jay Anderson So often life is busy. We are “doing this” and “doing that”, going here, going there. The focus on life can sometimes be on the daily routines; off to school, off to work, get home-take the kids here, or there…..get home again, shower, bath, homework, dinner.…

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Device invasion in the home

And how to reduce the impact Written by Joy Fairhall The internet has bought the world closer together however, in our homes, it can do the exact opposite with our family life often pushed apart. Who isn’t familiar with children with their little noses deep into the device of their choice whether phone, tablet or even gaming on a TV.…

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Postnatal depression – PND

Written by Dr. Joseph Sgroi What is it? Postnatal depression affects approximately 1 in 7 women and develops between a month and a year after a baby is born. It is different from the baby blues, which up to 80% of women may experience. The ‘baby blues’ is a set of feelings that can occur between day three and ten…

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Internet Safety

How Families can Stay Secure Written by Joe Zhou The online world continues to evolve, especially with the invention of high powered smart devices. There is a lot that the internet has to offer. Life has become smoother, faster, and better all thanks to the virtual space and the solutions that it provides for individuals and families alike. However, the…

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FAD… Frequently Altering Disease

Written by Connie Rogers If you want to join another FAD diet here’s what you need to consider. There is a myth that we need to eat less and exercise more in order to lose weight. But successful weight loss entails lessening toxic exposures in the foods we choose to eat. Why?  It’s our gut microbiota that we need to tune into (before any…

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Mumpreneur: A True Definition

Shapeshifting from Business Woman to Mum Written by Julia Christie I seem to be facing new challenges each and every day, but one recurring hurdle, is that of work / life balance. Just when I find myself in the right mind-set and settle down in my work space, I think to myself I should be spending time with my children,…

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The Energy Endeavour

Written by Nikki Cox Motherhood is profoundly fulfilling, but it is also the most physically, emotionally and mentally demanding activity anyone could ever do. There is no doubt that some dads are great; fantastic with the kids, committed to mutual parenting, do their fair share around the house and are very supportive overall. But this isn’t always the case. If…

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Natural Remedies

Written by Connie Rogers Do You Suffer With Low Energy or Burnout? Stimulants are attractive if we think they’re providing temporary energy. Sadly, they are not. Energy drinks can be filled with toxic chemicals, dyes, and fluoride. Additionally, plastic containers containing BPA’s can be leaching into your beverages causing fatigue. What you can do. Drink pure, clean filtered water from…

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Proven ways to perk up your posture

…… and prevent those pesky pains Written by Cherie Rivas Do you remember way back when you were a kid and your parents and/or grandparents were constantly reminding you: “sit up straight”…. “don’t slouch in your chair”….  “chest out, shoulders back”…? Do you ever feel any physical sensations, (now that you’re an adult), like an aching back…. tension in your…

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Sweet Potato Chips

Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow & Macadamia Nut Mayonnaise Ingredients 600 gm            Sweet potato (orange) cut into 1 cm chips 50 ml               Grapeseed oil ½ bn                Thyme, picked 5 gm                Paprika, smoked                         Salt & Pepper Mayonnaise 100 gm            Macadamia nuts 100 ml             Soy milk (sugar free) 1 tsp               Dijon Mustard 10 ml              White Wine Vinegar 75 ml              Grapeseed oil                        …

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Macudge Cookies

Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients 150 gm            Macadamia nuts 80 gm              Fresh Dates, pip removed 2 tbls               Coco Powder 1                      Lemon, zested                         Cinnamon Powder Method Pre-heat the oven to 180c. Line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicon mat Add the nuts, dates, zest and cinnamon to a food processor and process till smooth Add the…

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Roasted Beetroot & Macadamia Nut Dip

Written By Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients 150 gm            Macadamia nuts 400 gm            Whole beetroots (approximately) 2                      Brown onions peeled & sliced fine 1                      Lemon, zested 100 ml             Nage, vegetable stock (cold) 1 tsp                Coriander Powder                         Salt & Pepper Method Soak the macadamia nuts in water for 8 – 12 hours prior to use, than drain and reserve for further…

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Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients 230gm             Thyme leaves dried 59 gm              Marjoram dried 180gm             Sumac 180gm             Sesame seeds 2gm                 Cumin ground 2gm                 Coriander ground 2gm                 Fennel ground & dried 2gm                 Anais ground 2gm                 Cinnamon 2gm                 Salt Method Combine all of the ingredients in a deep bowl till well incorporated, then either use immediately or store in an airtight…

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Sumac & Berry Smash

Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients 1pnt                 Strawberries, washed, hulled & halved 1pnt                 Blueberries, washed 1pnt                 Raspberries, washed 80ml                Maple Syrup 200gm             Plain Yoghurt                         Maple Syrup Meringues                         Sumac Method To be honest there is no real method to this dessert, I love to layer the various ingredients in a bowl, adding a little of each over two layers…

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Benefits Of Kids Participating In Sports

And Extra-curricular Activities Written by James Zois Active kids are smarter kids We know that physical activity is an important ingredient in staying fit and healthy. But did you know that learning piano, martial arts, tennis, guitar or other activities can make you smarter? That’s right, research suggests that by learning new skills you can improve your brains neural functioning.…

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Spiced Sumac Chicken

Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients 6                      Chicken Thighs, bone in 150gm             Sumac 50gm               Cumin, toasted & ground 50gm               Coriander seeds, toasted & ground 25gm               Smoked Paprika 1                      Lemon, zested                         Salt & Pepper                         Olive Oil Method Pat the chicken pieces down with paper towel and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the spices and lemon zest,…

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Za’atar Manaqish

Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients 700gm             Bread Flour 200 ml             Water, lukewarm 12gm               Yeast, dry 2gm                 Sugar 3gm                 Salt 30ml                Olive Oil                         Za’atar Method Pre-heat the oven to 200 c. Dissolve the yeast and sugar into the water, and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour salt and olive…

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Mindfulness is a SMART Idea (for the whole family)…

Here’s Why! And 8 Simple Techniques to Begin Today Written by Camille Lucy Mindfulness practices, such as meditation, are growing in society, organizations and schools and it’s no surprise why: research is stacking up that the benefits are profound and there are no “adverse side effects.” Mindfulness has been shown to improve the mental, emotional, physical and social health and wellbeing of the children…

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Fattoush Salad

Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients 3                      Tomatoes, ripe cut into large dice 2                      Manaheesh, or toasted pita bread 2                      Lebanese cucumbers diced 4                      Baby Cos Lettuce, washed & torn ½ bnch             Mint, torn ½ bnch             Parsley, Italian roughly chopped 1                      Spanish onion, finely sliced                         Sumac Ingredients Dressing 20 gm              Sumac 50 ml               Lemon Juice 180 ml             Olive…

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Easy Ways to Activate Your Kids

Towards better health Written by Cherie Rivas Our children are so full of amazing potential…. each of them with their own unique talents and special gifts to bring to this world…. but the unfortunate and undeniable truth is though, that our ever-increasing sedentary lifestyles, are not only putting our own health at risk, but also the health (and longevity) of…

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Creamy Asparagus & Watercress Soup

Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients 800gm             Asparagus, trimmed 250gm             Onion, peeled & chopped 2                      Leeks, peeled washed & chopped 100gm             Watercress, washed 2 lt                   Chicken Stock                         Thyme leaves                         Extra Virgin Olive Oil                         Sea Salt                         Black Pepper Method Remove the tips of the asparagus and save for later, chop the rest of the stalks roughly. In…

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Asparagus and Cress Salad

Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients Salad 10                    Asparagus Spears, green trimmed, blanched & refreshed 50gm               Mustard Cress, picked & washed                         Baby Sorrel                         Puffed Wild Rice                         Grana Padano cheese Ingredients Sauce 100gm             Yoghurt, Greek 1                      Lebanese cucumber, washed, peeled and grated 5                      Garlic Cloves roasted 2                      Lemons, zested 5                      Mint leaves, finely sliced                         Extra Virgin Olive…

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BBQ Baby Leek & Asparagus with Romesco Sauce

Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients Sauce 2                      Red Capsicum, roasted & cleaned 1                      Whole ripe Tomatoes, roasted 15gm               garlic cloves roasted 25ml                Extra Virgin Olive oil 50gm               Roasted Hazelnuts 90gm               Country style bread, sliced 250ml              Sherry Vinegar Ingredients 10                    Asparagus Spears, trimmed 15                    Baby Leeks, trimmed & washed                         Olive oil                         Sea Salt                         Lemon Method…

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Toffee Chocolate

Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients 150gm             Maple Syrup 6                      Eggs yolks 1                      Vanilla Bean, halved & scraped 350ml              Cream, double 100gm             Cocoa Powder                         Brown Sugar 2pnt                 Raspberries                         Vanilla Yoghurt Method Whisk together the syrup, cocoa, and the eggs, until the mixture becomes pale in colour. Heat the cream in a pot with the vanilla, do…

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Workers urged to stand up for their health

Australians spend up to 22 hours of their working week seated behind desks. Back problems are the third leading cause of disease burden in Australia1 and can occur from continual poor posture while seated1,2. Prolonged static and awkward work postures, and repetitive movements can increase the likelihood of developing a musculoskeletal disorder1. During October’s National Safe Work Month, Osteopathy Australia highlights…

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(Re)Finding Your Healthy Balance

Beyond the Festive Season Written by Cherie Rivas Let’s be honest…. the Festive Season has the power to derail even the ‘healthiest’ individuals…. and whilst we always have the best intentions of getting ‘back on track’ right after New Year, sometimes we can end up in the middle of February before we even realise that our eating and exercise patterns…

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The Power of the Mind

& 5 Ways to Harness It Written by Camille Lucy Everything begins as energy, then manifests or solidifies into form.  Would you believe that your thoughts can actually change your DNA? The brain is remarkable and your thoughts are extremely powerful. By harnessing your thoughts, you can access your subconscious mind and actually change your DNA. What’s more, negative thoughts can…

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Unload the Mental Load

Written by Nikki Cox Women are naturally multi-taskers, and this innate skill ramps up significantly after you become a mother. Constantly trying to remember things you need to do, people you need to call, appointments you need to book, decisions you need to make… just to feel like you are in control of your life and are always ahead. As…

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Artificial Intelligence In Our Homes

Written by Vaibhav Shah If you are a fan of science fic movies just like me, I guess Artificial Intelligence is something that would pique your fascination. Take the example of JARVIS from Marvel’s franchise Ironman. The smart AI system who manages everything for the protagonist – Tony Stark. From assisting him when he’s out to save the world to…

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Six Smart Strategies For A Transformative Volunteer Experience

Written by Tracey Bell “Voluntourism” is fast becoming the trend for both young and old travelers who want to experience the culture of their destination in depth and spend more time engaging with local people.  It has also been a source of controversial reports regarding the impact on communities and the potential for exploitation of children and other disadvantaged sectors…

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Grilled Nectarine Salad

Written by Kevin Kapusi Starow Ingredients Salad 10                    Nectarines halved & pip removed 5                      Asparagus Spears, green trimmed, blanched & refreshed 4                      Baby Beetroot, roasted, peeled & quartered 1                      Tomato, peeled & seeded 20                    Crostini (thin sliced bread that has been toasted)                         Puffed Wild Rice Almond Milk Ingredients 200gm             Toasted Almonds, crushed 150 ml             Almond milk (non sweetened)                        …

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The Illusive Work-Life Balance

Written by: Nikki Cox Whether you have returned to work already, or are planning on it, going back to work after full time parenting can be daunting; even when you have a career you love. You will likely feel a huge mix of emotions; the excitement of working and spending time with adults again, the anxiety about your child’s care…

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Apps For Work Life Balance

Written by Victoria Radford We live in a wonderful world where parents are constantly told, “You can do it all”. When it comes to achieving work/life balance, however, without the right tools it can sometimes feel like we are pushing a shopping trolley up a hill. I recently went back to work after 10 years, now all my 4 kids…

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Finding Balance Between Work & Family

Written By Vaibhav Shah Finding that perfect equilibrium between the work and family is what most of the millennials strive for. And living in this productivity-driven and highly competitive society where the cacophony of terms like “deadlines”, “workload”, “sales-targets” and “overtime” often resonates, it gets even more elusive to achieve that balance. Let’s be honest, we all try to juggle…

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Red Kidney Bean Hummus

Recipe by Tenina Holder Ingredients 1 red onion, halved 2 cloves garlic 25g EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) 1/2 tsp each ground cumin and coriander Pinch ground cinnamon Salt and pepper to taste 1 x 420g tin red kidney beans, drained 2-3 ice cubes 50g tomato paste Zest and juice 1 lime Method Chop onion, garlic, and combine with EVOO…

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Energizing the Family for Fitness

Written by Marguerita Cheng Getting your family off the couch is tough. When you add in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile gadgets, it seems impossible. But don’t let that deter your efforts! You know exercise is essential for your family’s health. From lowering risks of disease, controlling weight, and helping kids perform better in school, it has many benefits. With…

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Get more energised by using nature

Written by Clint Bauer Working with children on a regular basis and often spending time with my niece and nephews, what I find energises them the most (and us!) is spending time in nature. Why is nature good for family fitness and getting active? For one… it’s free to use!  That’s a pretty good reason right there! Also, it’s easily…

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