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Nereda’s Bolognaise With Pulse Pasta or Zoodles

Serves 12 serves (3 x 4 person meals) Ingredients: • 500g lean organic beef mince • 400g brown lentils, drained and rinsed • 1 large brown onion, finely chopped • 2 garlic cloves, crushed • 2 tsp dried oregano leaves • 1 tbsp worchestershire sauce • 3 large carrots, grated • 3 large zucchinis, grated • 2 celery stalks, trimmed and finely chopped • 1 eggplant, finely chopped • 2 x 400g cans diced tomatoes

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Health Hacks: Mindful Eating

We love working closely with a Nereda, a popular, practical and knowledgeable, local Nutritionist. We all have a pretty good idea of basic nutrition and what we should do, putting it into practice in an easy to follow way is quite something else. That’s why we love Nereda’s tips. Listen here for 2 minutes that will make eating well that much easier…

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Overcoming the Overwhelm

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it can be difficult to get back to some kind of sustainable normality. So here are a few suggestions that have worked for us. 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

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Health Hacks: Get your 5-7 the easy way

We’ve all heard that we need 5-7 serves of fruit and vegetables each day, with a standard serve being around 75g. But what does this actually look like? An average example of 7 serves would be: 1/2 cup peas, 1 sup salad leaves, 1/2 cup cooked carrots, 1 cup cucumber, 1 banana, 2 small plums and 1 apple. Looking at this list, I suspect many of us are regularly falling short. We thought we’d highlight

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Coconut Thai Vegetable Curry with Chickpeas

Serves 6 You’ll find it delicious and nutritious because: Eggplants are a great source of fibre, folate, manganese and antioxidants. Eggplants are also low in carbohydrates, which makes them a perfect inclusion in a weight loss or weight management dietary pattern. Ingredients • 2 tbsp. olive oil • 2 x 400ml tins coconut milk • 1 x 400ml tin diced tomatoes • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed • 1 brown onion, finely

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Our 3 favourite smoothies

To enjoy a healthy meal that sets you up well for the day, ensure your smoothie has a good blend of carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein. Reduce the sweetness and boost for fibre content by choosing a greater amount of vegetables and few sweeteners (eg honey). If you’d like your smoothie to keep hunger pangs at bay try adding a little milk, yoghurt or unsweetened protein powder. Be creative with your additional liquid and try

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The 3 biggest myths about core strength

As you can imagine, discussions about the core are common at Flex Body. We’ve realised that there are many myths circulating, so we thought we’d burst the 3 most common ones we hear. Myth 1:  The core and the abdominals are the same thing What we commonly refer to as ‘the core’ is comprised of all the muscles which attach to the hips, spine and pelvis. The purpose of the core muscles is to bring

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Some interesting facts about muscles you may not know…

We love sharing interesting things with you. Here we have some interesting facts about muscles which may just surprise you:   1. Muscles grow and repair while you sleep They do this after exercise and during the night when growth hormones are released by the body.   2. The largest muscle in your body? The gluteus maximus. Together with the smaller two glute muscles (gluteus minimus, gluteus medius) this muscle helps to stabilize the upper

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The Key to a Healthy Mind and Body

As an eternal optimist, I like to think that there are some positives to be drawn from the past 2 years. The link between our physical and mental wellbeing has been clearly demonstrated and is something we can all carry forward. Exercising every day in some way is essential to maintaining good physical and mental health. There will be days when a run or energetic barre class just hits the spot and you feel energised

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Health Hacks: The one magic phrase that removes any guilt

We can often be very hard on ourselves as we try to fit so much into our days. Sometimes, when our best intention to exercise just doesn’t happen that inner voice can be critical. Here’s a magic little phrase that will relieve any guilt and help you to find a positive focus. We hope you enjoy!

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Top Tips to keep your Spine Healthy

Ensuring we maintain a healthy spine is crucial to avoid back pain now and in the years to come.  Here are our top 3 tips to guide you to better spinal health: 1. Stay Hydrated We don’t usually associate hydration with spinal health but it is super important in maintaining soft tissue elasticity and fluid in our joints. The intervertebral (spinal) disks are very vulnerable to de-hydration and can often begin to lose height. As

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Health Hacks: The secret of dancers with Kara

We often look at dancers moving so well – just so elegant, strong and flexible. Is it only years of dance rehearsals or do they have a secret? We see many ex-dancers in the studio so we thought we’d ask Kara, one of our wonderful instructors (an ex-dancer herself) – what’s the secret? We hope you enjoy x

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Health Hacks: Daily De-stress with Laura

As life starts to get busy again with return to work and school, we wanted to share with you three techniques you can easily fit into each day to reduce stress levels. Don’t wait until stress levels are high to take action.  Including small changes into your day can prevent those big cortisol spikes and every day gets just a little more manageable. We suggest you also share these with partners and children. Giving children

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Health Hacks: Hip Health with Susan

Good hip health is essential to maintaining a wide range of pain free movement and avoiding potential surgery in our later years. We chat to Susan about the importance of hip stability and how to maintain good hip health. We hope you enjoy!

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Health Hacks: Improve your Posture with Mickie

With many of us spending far too much time at computers and on phones, improving posture is something we talk about a lot in the studio. Many of us are aware that our shoulders are rounding and our head is projecting forward, but what can we do? We chat to Mickie and she shares her 3 favourite exercises to improve your posture. We hope you enjoy!

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Health Hacks: Overcoming Roadblocks to Exercise with Krissy

Exercise Roadblocks – which one do you relate to? We’re super excited to share with you the first of our weekly Health Hacks. Here we chat about all things health and wellness and share our top tips for you. We start by chatting to Krissy about Roadblocks to Exercise – what things may be stopping you from regular exercise and how best to deal with them. I feel sure that this is definitely something we

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