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Scoliosis and Pilates

We all know that Pilates is great for the body, but what does it mean for people who suffer from the spinal condition, scoliosis. Having Scoliosis means that a section (or more) of the spine curves sideways. This condition is usually picked up in childhood and is not, as commonly thought, caused by carrying heavy schoolbags, poor posture or a lack of exercise. Once the skeleton stops growing the condition rarely gets any worse. Research says that up...

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Incidental Exercise – What is it & how does it help?

We can make a considerable difference to our health, fitness and weight just by incorporating more movement into our day. Not only does regular motion keep the body more supple and the mind clearer, every movement uses energy. Becoming more sedentary as we get older means we lose this valuable and beneficial effect on the body and mind. So how do we include more incidental exercise? Walk more. Leave the car when possible and walk to the...

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Why do we need strong glutes?

We talk a lot about the importance of having stong glutes. But what is it about this major muscle group that's so important?   The 'glutes' are actually made up of three muscles - gluteus maximus, medius and minimus (you can guess the size order) together making up the largest and strongest group of muscles in the body. Their job is to keep our upper body erect, mobilise the hip and stabilise the pelvis. Here are the top...

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Feeling Fatigued? Have A Think About Your Iron Intake

One in four women have low iron levels. Low amounts of iron in the blood can starve cells of oxygen, causing fatigue, low immune function and in severe cases, iron-deficiency anaemia. Certain people are at increased risk of iron deficiency anaemia, including women (due to loss of blood during menstruation), children (who need extra iron during growth spurts), frequent blood donors and vegetarians (whose diet doesn’t include easily absorbed heme-iron). If you have been experiencing ongoing fatigue,...

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Overcoming the Overwhelm

Why you’re feeling overwhelmed – and what to do. If, like many of us, you have a ‘to do’ list that reaches from here to infinity and it just keeps growing, it’s time to make some changes your list. LISTS The first step to not allowing this to get you down is to recognise that your to do list will never actually be ‘finished’. And let’s accept that that’s ok! By just focusing on what you’re doing...

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Forget the Fads

Do you feel exhausted by yet another health fad? Sometimes it feels we’re being constantly bombarded by advice on what we should and shouldn’t do.  It feels like yesterday we were packing in the proteins with Atkins and jumping around in step aerobics. Today we’re adding goji berries to everything, juicing our lunch and grabbing a turmeric latte on the way to goat yoga (yes, that is a real thing). Confused? You could be suffering...

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Carrot and Apple Muffins (with Honey Cinnamon Glaze)

Need an idea for a mid-week bake? Apple and carrot mini-muffins topped with honey and cinnamon glaze make a delicious and nutritious option. These are healthier than any store bought option as the only added sugar is in the glaze, which can be omitted if you are a sugar-free household. They also don't contain the salt and preservatives of store-bought muffins so make a fabulous snack for adults and children to enjoy. Additionally, being made with carrot,...

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If the Cup is Empty there’s Nothing to Pour

As women, most of us have a natural propensity to give and give, focusing more on the needs of others than on the needs of ourselves. When we become mothers it gets even worse. We usually stop thinking about ourselves altogether, as if that is what is expected in order to be a ‘good’ mother. Most of us seem to have an in-built programming that gets triggered as soon as we become parents, that tells us...

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Heard of Cortisol (aka the stress hormone) but not sure what it does? Here are 5 things you need to know.

OK, so we all know that stress isn’t good – yet in our modern world avoiding stress seems close to impossible. What is happening on a biochemical level when we are stressed is really fascinating. In years gone by, long-term stress mostly revolved around food being scarce or in the form of floods, famines and wars. The stress was related to basic survival. Today, our long-term stresses are more likely to be financial worries, relationship concerns...

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Slow Roasted Lamb Shank, Fennel and Vegetable Soup

When the temperature drops, indulge in a warming, nutritious soup.  Packed with goodness, this soup will heal from the inside-out. Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 lamb shanks (1kg), preferably trimmed 1 brown onion, medium sized, dice 2 baby fennel bulbs, sliced thinly 4 carrots, chopped into half or quarter rounds 2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon cinnamon pinch saffron threads 1/8 – ¼ teaspoon dried...

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