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Delicious Berry Compote

It’s that time of year in Australia where berries are hideously expensive, but that doesn’t have to stop you enjoying these powerhouses of antioxidants, fibre and of course, sweet tasting goodness. Expensive fresh berries are simply a signal to switch to more affordable frozen berries and plan to simmer up a batch of 2-ingredient berry compote on a weekly basis. Berry Compote Ingredients 500g blueberries500g raspberries2 tsp vanilla extract2 tbsp orange or apple juice Optional Add-Ins 1 tsp ground cinnamonHandful of finely shredded mint leavesLemon, orange or lime zest1 tbsp maple syrup1 tbsp...

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Balance

Balance requires a delicate interaction between the three systems of your body: o Body and Mind awareness o Vision (eyes) o Vestibular (inner ear) Two of the most important factors that dictate our chosen strategy for balance are the information we attain from the above three systems and our past experiences. When there is a conflict of information between these three systems, our balance and sense of perception suffers. This can lead to myriad of symptoms including dizziness, vertigo, disorientation,...

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Build a New Habit: Don’t Eat While Using a Screen

Could your weight management problems relate to eating while watching TV or using your computer or scrolling through your social media?⠀ Research indicates that those who eat while distracted  are likely to consume not only more food while distracted but also more food in their following meal, whether they are hungry or not (Robinson et al, 2013).  This over time causes unnecessary weight gain which could potentially be avoided by removing the distraction during your meals. For instance...

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Slow Cooker Lamb and Barley Soup

This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law and it is so delicious and easy that I just have to share it as we head into the cooler winter months. Serves: 4 - 6 Ingredients 1 onion, finely chopped 1 fennel, finely chopped 2 carrots, peeled and diced 2 sticks celery, finely diced 1 cup sweet potato, peeled and diced 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed (swap to 1-2 tablespoon garlic-infused oil if you have a FODMAP...

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Side Plank

Side Plank can be a challenge but here are a few reasons why your body loves it: 1. Core strength and stablisization. Not only is this a strong workout for the transversus abdominis you are also targeting the glutes and obliques. Ensure hips stay stacked and avoid locking the elbow. 2. Strengthens arms, wrists & shoulders. Supporting the body in this static hold will build stregnth quickly in these areas. Be mindful if you do have weak...

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Why World Class athletes now practise Yin/Slow Yoga

“You don’t use the body to get into the pose, you use the pose to get into the body” Bernie Clark. There are so many different types of yoga out there from Vinyasa, Hatha and Purna to Bikram, Ashtanga and Kundalini but when people ask me what makes Yin or Slow different from any of these the answer is simple.  If we look at yoga on a physical level only, Yin promotes joint health. And that’s...

Emma Ritchie

Protecting the largest joint in your body

Which one is the largest? The knee – the strongest but also the hardest working joint in our bodies. It plays a crucial role in sitting, standing, running and any vertical movement.  Unfortunately most of us have experienced knee pain and injury at some stage. Here are our top tips to keeping your knees healthy. Don’t ignore pain. If you have knee pain the sooner you have it assessed the quicker you can begin a plan of...

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Bloating

As a nutritionist I find I spend a fair bit of time talking about bloating. Many of my clients find it awkward, annoying and confusing. But it's also preventable, predictable, and even kind of normal, sometimes. Today I'm answering common questions about bloating that you might be too shy to ask. You might be surprised by what you learn.  1.  What exactly is bloating? What causes it? Most of the time, bloating is due to a build-up of...

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The Importance of Using Resistance

We've all heard that building resistance into our exercise is important, but what exactly are the benefits? Here are our 10 best reasons to pick up those weights! Remember to start light and increase the weight or resistance as your strength builds. (1)  Improved tone and muscle strength helps to protect the joints from injury. (2)  Helps to maintain and increase flexibility, joint mobility and balance, essential as we age. (3)  Increases stamina so you can keep going longer. (4) Helps in the control and...

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Carbs after 6pm?

Carbohydrates After 6pm Will Not Make You Fat Carbohydrates are something that many people fear and tend to avoid when trying to lose or manage their weight. The fact is carbs don’t make you gain fat, and the silly myth that eating carbs after 6pm will make you fatter is drivel. Last time I checked, food cannot tell the time, so let’s do-away with this thinking right now. The time of day you eat your carbohydrates makes...

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