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How Pornography Addiction Affects the Brain

When you think of addiction, chances are that your mind first goes to substance abuse such as drug or alcohol dependency. However, there are other types of addiction in which a person becomes dependent upon compulsive behaviors rather than substances. In many ways,...

The Number One Secret For Better Sleep

Welcome to parenthood. I hope you like being tired. These adorable, precious little creatures rip themselves out of the tender parts of your body, attach themselves like leeches to other tender parts of your body, and wake you up all hours the night. Sound like fun?...

How To Get Paid To Do What You Love

We will all reach a place at some point in our lives where we ask ourselves, “Is this job/career what I really want, or am I just here for the paycheck?” The truth is, asking the tough questions is all part of growing and developing, so it’s important that we take...

Why “Me” Time Makes Us Feel Guilty

If you’re anything like a modern parent, then you are likely to be in the same boat with thousands of others who feel like they don’t deserve a so-called “me time” simply because they have too much going on such as balancing career, personal, and family...

5 Essentials For Potty Training

Potty training can be a stressful time for parents. Teaching a toddler to use the potty is a big achievement and reaching that goal is something all parents should be very proud of. But getting there can mean dealing with a lot of crap along the way (literally). Here...

Why I Stopped Writing Birth Plans

When our Obstetrician or Midwife suggests we develop a birth plan, it’s not exactly like we’re planning for world domination. However, it is not far off considering the overall task is not for the weak, but is indeed a mammoth feat. No army would go into frontline...

An Open Letter To Single Men

Women are growing tired of having to perform for you – of being asked to be everything and nothing at the same time. You want a wifey material, without even the title of a relationship. She has to care about you tremendously, but not too much as to scare you away. She should be available when you call, but not too available.

Why Fitspo Is A No No

There is often a fine line between perception and reality. Just slap on some Lorna Jane active wear and you can be transformed into a #fitnessmodel overnight, attaining the collective stares of men and women alike, as you run along a picturesque coastline with the salty sea breeze going through your hair ala Beyonce in concert style #sohotyoucanthandlethis

3 Mistakes Every Girl Boss Should Avoid

These days, it's very easy for anyone to start-up a business. Whether it be a lifestyle biz that is sown in love such as selling handmade items on Etsy or running a mixed product and service enterprise that has a generous flow of customers that keeps you on your toes....

2016: Worst Episode Ever

2016 has been horrendous for all of us. I’ve seen my fair share of memes sending good riddance to the year, and you probably have too. Most of us were optimistic as we rung in the new year, including happy-clappy me who hoped for something better than 2015, but landed in hospital multiple times.

The Nitty Gritty On Emotional Eating

What is our emotional connection with food, where does it come from and why is it so powerful? I was recently asked to submit a piece to a national women's magazine about emotional eating. In this article, I'll explain why there's such a strong connection between the...

Weight Loss – Lettuce Go Back To Basics

One of the most common questions I get asked by women is what diet will best help them lose weight. I admit there’s a lot of confusion out there, or to put it another way, conflicting advice. Do you go paleo? Gluten free? Vegan? Raw? Low carb? Low calorie? Foods with higher molecular propensity? Nothing coloured red, yellow and green?

Check Yo Self Before Yo Mess Yo Self

  The trees are blossoming, bees are buzzing, the days are getting longer and the legs are finally getting a shave. It must mean one thing: either it’s sex night or spring is finally here! (or both) For many women, the pressure is on. After scrolling through the...

Benefits of Basil

I love basil, I could just about roll it up and smoke it or maybe even make a mud hut out of it and live in it. Basil is great raw, in salads, cooking and even as an essential oil for therapeutic purposes. It smells wonderful and tastes like awesomeness.

More Serotonin Less Binge Eating

A recent study that was published in the Biological Psychiatry Journal shows how a brain circuit (called serotonin→dopamine) inhibits binge eating. The scientists played with various scenarios to increase brain serotonin content using a mice model and mapped the anatomy of the serotonin→dopamine brain circuit (Xu et al., 2016).

Paleo Diet Is All Hype!

The “modern” Paleo diet from books and blogs recommends avoiding refined sugars, legumes, dairy, grains and cereals. Instead, it advocates for grass-fed meat, wild fish, saturated fat, nuts, vegetables, and some fruit.   But the Australian Diabetes Society president...

Fast Food And Harmful Toxins

Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are plasticisers used to make food packaging, tubing for cheeses and sausages, and fast food containers.

All of them have been linked to metabolic disruption and weight gain.

6 Foods That Combat Inflammation

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and healthy oils provides a full range of benefits for people with inflammatory problems. Today’s dietitian’s prefer the Mediterranean diet, a group of foods with high anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish and healthy oils. On top of reducing the risk of chronic disease and lowering inflammation, this healthy list of delicious foods can improve your life quality and mood.

How To Lose Weight And Eat Cake

The weight loss industry in Australia is worth a whopping $614m, and just about every woman, man, child and possibly dog is desperate for the next fad diet that will help them to lose weight fast.

There’s no doubt our society loves quick fixes. We are obsessed with instantaneous outcomes but minimal investment.

Sugar Bingeing Like Drug Abuse

We are already familiar with the fact that sugar sets in motion a strong reward mechanism in the brain, which can lead to addiction similar to the one from hard drugs like cocaine or morphine, changing the morphology of brain cells. The types of sugar to be most aware...

Perfection Is Overrated!

Perfection is overrated! Researchers from the clinical psychology and psychotherapy department at Switzerland’s University of Zurich, say that perfectionists get more stressed than people with more modest goals.

A mild degree of perfectionism can be a healthy thing. It can drive you to achieve things you wouldn’t otherwise achieve and it can give you the motivation to persevere in the face of discouragement and obstacles. High-achieving athletes, scientists, and artists often show signs of perfectionism. However, it can also be a source of stress, anxiety and depression.

Good Nutrition Is Healing

Nutrition plays a significant role in metabolic, brain and even psychiatric disorders. Authors of a new paper have revealed just how much of a difference it can make. Food is like a pharmaceutical compound that affects the brain. A study by researchers from the...

Yoghurt Eaters Lose Weight

Did you know that yoghurt is an excellent source of protein, low GI, a rich source of calcium and a good source of probiotics? The health benefits associated with yoghurt are diverse. Yoghurt prevent colds or flu, relieves constipation, shrinks fat cells, makes a...

Weight Loss Is 80% Food

Did you know that 80% of your weight loss results revolves around food choices? A lot of people are slugging it at the gym doing high intensity training or running on a treadmill with hopes to shift weight but have bad eating habits that are undoing all that hard...

Lose Weight With Your Heart And Mind

The weight loss industry brings $614m in revenue in Australia alone growing 1% annually, with the top contenders being Weight Watchers, Lite'N'Easy and Jenny Craig. Just switch on the TV, open a magazine or read an article online and you'll practically be punched in...

Move That Body!

Research shows that exercise changes the brain by triggering growth factors that are kind of like fertiliser for brain cells to enhance connections between them - one of them one called Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), another is glial derived neurotrophic...

Mind Full or Mindful?

Is your mind full or are you mindful? We can intentionally shape the direction of plasticity changes in our brain. By focusing on wholesome thoughts, for example, and directing our intentions in those ways, we can potentially influence the plasticity of our brains and...

Choose Hope

Going through a tough time? Feeling down because of issues with your health, finances, work or relationships? Hope is an anchor for the soul. It’s the constant in our hearts and minds that keep us anchored to the promise of a brighter future. We can’t always control...

Eating Consciously

Do you eat on the go, in the car or at your desk? The best way to eat for good digestion (and to avoid overeating) is to always sit down while eating and in a relaxed environment. Don’t eat mindlessly in front of the TV or computer, or while on your phone! Eat slowly...

Good News Chocolate Lovers!

Good news chocolate lovers!!! Studies have found "significant positive associations" between chocolate intake and cognitive performance. Eating chocolate was significantly associated with superior visual-spatial memory and organisation, working memory, scanning and...

Benefits Of Blueberries

Blueberries, famed for its health-giving properties may protect ageing brains and help prevent Alzheimer's, new research suggests and may lower the risk of heart disease and cell damage linked to cancer. During the study, blueberries, given in the form of a powder,...

Probiotics Are Nature’s Antibiotics

Probiotics AKA “Nature’s Antibiotics” (contained in yoghurt) are a live colony of microbes in the gut, which together can weigh several pounds and consists of hundreds of individual species. Probiotics maintain a healthy digestion powerhouse, breaking food down into...

Watermelons Are 100% Delicious

About 92% of watermelons are water, but each juicy bite is soaked with beta-carotene, vitamin C and phytochemicals including lycopene. This refreshing fruit is full of important electrolytes, helping prevent dehydration for hot days. Beta-carotene and lycopene helps...

Get Yo Avo On

Avocados are high in phytochemicals, including eye-protective lutein and zeaxanthin. Besides having 50% more potassium than bananas, avocados are loaded with oleic acid, a fatty acid shown to switch off cancer-causing genes. Phytochemicals are biologically active...

Benefits of Berries

Berries are big on antioxidants like anthocyanidins, which help prevent DNA damage by neutralising free radicals. Having berries daily has been linked to enhanced intellectual performance. Oxidation is a natural process that happens during normal cellular functions....

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

OK so I’ve been “offline” for a few days as I’ve been getting my #colourconference on! That’s right, soaking up the glory and richness of inspiring teaching and heartfelt worship at a gathering of sisters from around the globe, deeply in love with Jesus and ready to...

Coconut Oil Is Amazing!

Seriously, coconut oil is A-MAAAA-ZING. I would swim in it if I could! There are so many ways to use coconut oil! It is one of the most versatile remedies that heals virtually every ailment. I’ve used it on my face, in my food, and have even used it on my sweet baby...

A Potent Antioxidant For Better Health

The reservatrol found in the skins of red grapes is a powerful phytochemical that directly activates longevity genes in your body. The high polyphenol content in red grapes also help reduce inflammation, heart disease risk and high blood pressure. Pycnogenol is a...

Women and Weight Loss

Women find it harder to shift weight due to differing signals released in the brain. Researchers say hormones called pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) peptides responsible for regulating appetite, physical activity and energy expenditure work differently in men and women....

Building A Healthy Immune System

A weakened immune system means more susceptibility to colds, infections, allergies and even chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia and depression. Both dietary and lifestyle factors play a huge role in having a healthy immune, which is your body’s natural mechanism to...

Helping Others Helps Depression

Social connections can be good for us. We are hard-wired for face-to-face contact that includes lots of touch, eye contact, and smiles. Such interactions release a hormone called oxytocin, which helps us to bond and care for others, and also helps us to handle stress...

Do Not Fret Or Worry

We live in an age where there have never been more things to fear and worry about about than ever before. Everyday we hear story after story of crime, natural disasters, political uncertainty, economic changes. Then we worry about our finances, and how we’ll pay our...

Superfoods Are Everyday Foods

It’s time to get educated on superfoods. They aren’t as hipster and trendy as you think, they are simply highly nutritious foods that are super-concentrated, and we can find them in the everyday foods we eat. So put away the kale chips and acai berry smoothies, and...

Sources of Fibre

Fibre is a carbohydrate that comes mainly from plant foods, and unlike other carbohydrates like starches and sugars, fibre has zero calories. Instead of being broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream, fibre simply passes through the digestive tract. Fibre is...

Why You Need To Sleep

It seems common these days to sit in bed watching Netflix on your laptop, or browsing through your smartphone just before going to sleep. Studies have proven that using your smartphone before bed can be detrimental to the sleeping process — even if you switch off at a...

Benefits of Bananas

Bananananas, my goodness I love nanas, there are so many benefits of bananas. Bananas soothe and heal the stomach lining and are excellent for your gut health by stimulating the production of a thick mucus coating, creating a barrier that protects against acid and...

Switch Off Disease Causing Genes

Did you know your genetic expression is modifiable? Nature (genes) + nurture (environment) = you. The exciting news is that those who have a ‘family history of XYZ disease’ can actually alter their genes and reverse free radical damage caused through lifestyle and...

The Power of Positive Thinking

This goody just came in the mail. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale was first released in 1953 and it has been a classic since! Positive thinking changes your brain pathways, and thus your attitude, outlook and mood! "Start filling your mind with...

Benefits of Apples

Here are some benefits of apples: - rich in anti-inflammatory flavonoids - high fibre content for satiety - moderates blood sugar levels - promotes healthy gut bacteria Crunchy, juicy apples – love them red or green, they’re a great snack to reach for if you just need...

Your Unique Gift

“Your unique gift is the missing piece. It’s always an answer and never a problem. It is unique, intentional, having a purpose, design and measurable structure. Since we all crave to be accepted and welcomed, sometimes we compare our gifts to others’, attempting to...

Have Your Cake And Eat It Too

Depriving yourself of sweet treats is a no no. Now, this isn’t permission for you to stuff yourself silly five times a day with every sugary or chocolatey thing, but don’t be that person at birthday parties who doesn’t eat the cake because you’re on some health...

Diets Can Make You Feel Worse

Restrictive calorie-counting diets can make you feel worse. Why? Because if anything, we are eating too less calories to facilitate mood-enhancing chemicals in the brain such as serotonin, dopamine and endorphins to name just a few. In most cases, diets make people...

People Will Never Forget…

I love this quote, because it reminds me to think and talk about myself less. It reminds me that there’s a wide world out there full of people who care very little about knowledge, intellect, skill, status, power, money… More than anything, people want to be loved and...

Body Image Low Among Women

Body image is at an all-time low in Australia, with a survey of over 1000 women revealing they hate their belly, waist, arms, legs and bums. Ever heard of the Serenity Prayer? Accept what you can’t change, but be active in what you can change. Stop fighting the flab,...

Mindful Eating Makes You Eat Less

Mindful eating helps to track not just every meal, but every bite. When you are mindful of everything you put in your mouth, you’re more in touch with each meal. And essentially will eat less. Think about what you’re eating, while you’re eating. Put your knife and...

3 Reasons Why You Can’t Lose Weight

Have you ever wondered why you’ve been dieting your whole life, but can’t seem to maintain your ideal body weight? I've definitely felt the frustrations of trying so hard to lose weight but just getting no where. Or finding very short-term results from drastic crash...

Find Your Fix!

Acne? Low thyroid? Hormonal imbalance? Overweight? Fatigued? Come along to our Wellness 101 where we will share info on how to beat common health issues. Health issues affect everyone, even those who have the cleanest diet. Why? Because modern practices in farming and...

Why Busyness Is Slowing Killing You

If you ask a friend how they're doing, the first thing they will say is busy. Busy busy busy. Oh-so-busy. BUSY. It's not even cool to be busy anymore because, quite frankly, it's slowly killing us. Not only is it making us ineffective at completing tasks, it is...

Video: How Sugar Behaves Just Like a Drug

Got a sweet tooth? Check out this video on how sugar behaves just like a drug. "Sugar promotes the release of dopamine in the brain, i.e. the 'reward system hotspot'. The effect is loss of control, craving and an increasing intolerance to sugar." In other words:...

Healthy Baby Food Ideas

I'm going to share some healthy baby food ideas that are quick, cheap and easy. I totally get it. Your baby is screaming "FEED ME!!!" with 'subtle' undertones of disgust that you would wait so long between feeds (30 minutes just isn't acceptable, really let's call...

How To Beat Sugar Cravings

It's 3pm and your morning coffee has well and truly worn off. You're on a steep decline, so you run to the vending machine in the tea room for a quick sugar fix. Or, you've just had a healthy, hearty meal and this voice echoes in your ear, "Maybe you want something...

5 Healthy Lunch Ideas (4 ingredients only)

So we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should be eaten like a boss (or a king, depending which era you live in). But today I'd like to present some healthy lunch ideas to get you through that MID-AFTERNOON SUGAR CRAVE. Yes, I'm looking at...

5 Ways To Use Coconut Oil

Seriously, coconut oil is A-MAAAA-ZING. I would swim in it if I could 🙂 There are so many ways to use coconut oil! It is one of the most versatile remedies that heals virtually every ailment. I've used it on my face, in my food, and have even used it on my sweet baby...

Why Multi Tasking Is Slowing You Down

There's always one more thing to do, right? Whether it's work or play, we can pile on tasks and multiply activities until we are just a bumbling mess jumping from one thing to another leaving a trail of exhaustion, confusion, frustration and a little bit of amnesia....

How To Cope With Depression

Depression is not fun. It is seriously de-habilitating and I have been through the ‘dark ages’ during different seasons in my life. One period was during my pre and post-natal days, due to various factors mostly hormones. Desperate to find answers on how to cope with...

Weight Loss Secrets

Everybody wants to know these super-out-of-this-world weight loss secrets. Really? Secrets? The secret is, there is no secret. It’s as simple as that. Every company that claims to offer a new revolution in weight loss is LYING! There is no single product or system...

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