The 6 scientific reasons weight ≠ health 1. The shape and size of our bodies is not a good indicator of overall health. We all have that mate, who are #blesssed (according to our diet obsessed culture) with a smaller body but don’t actually treat their body like a temple at all! Maybe even the […]
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Have you ever taken a step back and noticed a bombardment of diets and weight related content lurkin’ in the background (or not so background at times) on your social media feed? This background noise is amplified by the fact that our human brain is innately wired to think negatively. This was hugely helpful in […]
Did you know as human’s we are wired to think negatively? When we were hunters and gatherers it helped us protect us against threats of other animals. We had to think negatively about a rustle in the bushes and assume it was a larger animal or one that could harm us because if it was, […]
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There is compelling science to suggest that people who chose a way of eating that is highly varied and largely based around the 5 core food groups, regardless of whether they have any other foods in their repertoire (what you once may have labelled as ‘bad’), enjoys a much lower risk of chronic disease than […]
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Food plays a role in shaping our physical health- sure, but food is also engrained in our culture- think of celebratory birthday cakes, Christmas lunch or other religious celebrations, market trips, friend’s BBQ and the chats around Grandma’s kitchen bench! We don’t just eat food for the sake of nutrients, we eat foods for stacks […]
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Love a bit of Queen B. Moving our bodies in ways that we enjoy can be extremely beneficial to health. It’s important that this movement is about feeling vital and great while your moving your body and after you’ve moved your body. Think about activities that you think are fun, or have enjoyed before and […]
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Let’s face it, we’re busy people leading busy lives and one small change we can implement to make healthy eating a whole lot easier is to meal plan. By this we don’t mean plan out your meals and snacks so rigidly that there’s no room for movement, we actually mean the opposite! Plan meals to […]
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Ever started a diet on Monday only to end up at the pub on Friday night eating burgers and drinking beers with mates, feeling terribly guilty on Saturday, blame your self control for ‘falling off the band wagon’ on Sunday and then start the same cycle all over again on Monday? Well, the good news […]
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So, we’ve been told forever to focus on weight loss as a goal to improve health, what if we told you there is another way to be healthy that doesn’t involve weight loss?? There’s actually a huge amount of growing science that says instead of focusing on changing the shape and size of our body […]
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Health is really bloody complex, but what we do know is that being healthy is more than just being physically well. Health is made up of our physical, mental, spiritual, environmental & social wellbeing. All of equal importance but not all always prioritised. In diet culture, there tends to be a focus on our physical […]
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When we really think about it, we trust and listen to our bodies for SO many things- when we’re cold, we search for a jumper or put the heater on, when we need to go to the toilet, we take ourselves to the bathroom, but when it comes to food, we seem to have lost […]
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Today, we‘re giving you unconditional permission to play with your food, sort of. We’d like to invite you to join us in a Mindful Eating exercise. Tell me more you ask? Ever started a pack of Tim Tams in front of the TV only to realise half an hour later you’re down to the last […]
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It makes us genuinely devastated to observe the huge amount of pressure and unrealistic expectations we see women putting on themselves and food. No wonder really, as society keeps telling us everything we AREN’T: “aren’t ‘slim’ enough”, “aren’t eating ‘healthy’ enough”, “aren’t working out enough”! This can quickly become our internal self talk. So, how […]
Gratitude. There is science that shows if we do something like keep a gratitude diary (a book where we may write down things that we are grateful for), that after 30 days we can literally start to re-wire the neural pathways in our brain. Every day we try writing down or at least speaking outloud […]
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You’ll need a quiet place, a seat and a piece of chocolate (or any food really, as long as it’s a food you enjoy). 1. Put the chocolate in the palm of your hand, look at it like you’ve never seen it before! Be curious, notice the shape, the colour, wrinkles, shiny, smooth, strange or […]
Time for some truth serum… Do you eat lunch at your desk? Eat dinner in front of the TV? Snack while scrolling through your social media feed? Eating well isn’t just about what we eat, it’s about tapping into our senses and really listening to our body. You might have heard of or practiced mindfulness […]
Variety is the spice of life right? Studies actually show that people who eat a wide variety of food are healthier, live longer and have reduced risk of developing illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Here are some beyond simple ways of adding some variety to your life. Challenge yourself with every meal, […]
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We believe that our wellbeing is shaped by a multitude of factors, including our physical, mental & spiritual health, and that no one factor should be considered in isolation or be left behind. We also believe that food can play an integral role in helping to shape ALL parts of our wellbeing. It’s well known […]
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