Detox

Spring Clean: 5 Ways To Detox Your Mind, Body And Soul

Spring is upon us! So it’s time to kick all of that stagnant, winter energy out of your life and invite rejuvenation and balance back in.

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Not sure where to start? Here are our top 5 tips on how to detox you mind, body and soul – just in time for the warmer weather.

Declutter

They don’t call it a ‘spring clean’ for no reason! Now is the perfect time to throw away anything that might be weighing you down. Go through your clothes, draws and cabinets, and toss out (or give to charity) anything that you haven’t used or worn in over a year. It’s been said that decluttering invites new energy into your life and clears any blockages.

Food swap

With the change in season comes a change in produce – and appetite. Ditch the hearty, winter lasagnes and hot pots in favour of fresh, spring salads and grilled proteins. Also, make the most of the lush, seasonal fruits such as honeydew, mango, lychees and apricots. Your body will thank you for it later!

Get some sunshine

With the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and soak up some of the sun’s rays. Why not grab a friend, a coffee and a picnic rug and head down to your local park for the afternoon or take a stroll on your lunch break? Experts say that sunshine has a profound effect on people’s mood due to its ability to increase the ‘feel good’ hormone, serotonin. You’ll be surprised at how revitalised and recharged you’ll feel afterwards. Be sure to slip, slop, slap though, ladies!

Drink more water

In winter, our desire to drink water decreases. What you may not realise however, is that h20 helps to flush out any toxins from the body and can also help to speed up your metabolism. Make a conscious effort to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day going into spring. While it might seem tricky at first, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your body will adapt.

Practise mindfulness

They say that our power lies within the present moment, therefore it’s important to remember to bring awareness to it on a daily basis. Practising meditation is a great way to do so, however something as simple as a ten minute body scan can also be effective. Set aside some time in the morning – or on your lunch break – and listen to a guided scan (check out Smiling Mind in the app store). Not only will this help you to relax and de-stress, according to research it promotes a sense of inner balance and self-awareness.

Choosing The Right Filter: Instagram and Body Image

It seems like having a good body is more important than ever before, and the increasingly popular accounts on Instagram have something do to with it. But when does fitness stop and the obsession of looking good begin to take over?

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Recently, Instagram superstars such as Ashy Bines, Kayla Itsines, and Freelee The Banana Girl have shared a large success in regards to fitness tips and workout plans. But to what extent do these have on our longterm health?

The Gold Coast Bulletin recently reported that Ashy Bines was stealing recipes from other websites and selling them as part of her Bikini Body Challenge with retails at $59.95 for a joining fee, and additional costs between $29.95-$39.95. With over 500,000 fans on Facebook and just as much on Instagram, it’s no wonder that these 12 week plans are going through the roof.

Choosing The Right Filter: Instagram and Body Image

Not to mention the large volume of transformation pictures which are posted on all social media accounts. In an age where images can be altered on both the desktop, tablet and even a mobile phone, how can we believe what we see is genuine?

Instagram itself is feeling the shift, just take a look at some of its most popular tags and followed accounts: me, self, healthy, body, food, and the dreaded #instafit. It seems that we’re all interested in having a good body, but are compromising our health to make it all happen  and it’s not all about these Insta-models who have taken advantage of the shift.

Companies have capitalised on this and are creating products which will help to shed those extra kilograms in just a few days, a practice which is not healthy any way you look at it. So maybe it’s time, ladies, to rethink those weight loss teas, shakes, juice detoxes and cleanses, because they could all come at a price  your long-term health and wellbeing.

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DIY Body Wrap For Weight Loss

Want to easily shed off those extra winter kilos without physically exerting yourself at the gym? Body wraps are the latest craze, and are also easy enough to make at home (saving you both time and money).

Tone and tighten your body within just 30 minutes, especially if you have problem areas which include a bloated tummy and lower abdominal area. You can also double it up and use this as a cellulite treatment on your arms, legs, and thighs!

Here’s how to DIY body wrap yourself to fewer pounds!

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Ingredients

2 cups water

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp epsom salt

1 tbsp coffee grounds

3 tsp ground cinnamon

Bandages

Plastic wrap

Moisturising lotion

Instructions

1. Start by boiling 2 cups of hot water, then remove from heat and set aside to cool.

2. In another small bowl, combine the olive oil, coffee grounds, epsom salt, and herbs before leaving it to infuse for 5-10 minutes.

3. Soak bandages for another 3-5 minutes or until they are completely submerged into the mixture.

4. Wrap areas of the skin carefully, making sure there are no open areas of skin exposed.

5. Now use the clear plastic wrap to secure the bandages in place, then wrap with a towel to hold in extra heat, and prevent any of the mixture leaking onto your skin or clothes.

6. Relax for 30-40 minutes; lie down and read a book, watch some television or simply have a relaxing nap. To remove the bandages, rinse your body with warm water and apply a moisturizing lotion to lock-in any hydration.

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Give Dad Some Healthy Time Out This Father’s Day

While the typical Aussie dad is probably not expecting to receive a stay at a health and wellness retreat this Father’s Day, according to Brigid Walsh, general manager of Golden Door Health Retreat and Spa Elysia, giving the men in our lives time out from their busy lives and the tools required to achieve optimal health and wellness, could be the most important gift of all.

Brigid says:

“The archetypical Aussie bloke is considered to be strong, independent and resilient, but when it comes to their health, more often than not they only seek help when something goes wrong. The most astounding part is that only 27 per cent of men seek professional help when in despair, which suggests many men are struggling to live a balanced, healthy and fulfilling life that is also sustainable.” 

With more alarming statistics supporting men as being in some of the highest “at risk” categories in our country, The Golden Door Australia’s renowned men’s wellness expert David Ball agrees:

“Recent ABS statistics suggest that 70.3 per cent of men are overweight or obese. Not only does this substantially increase their risk of chronic disease but it also negatively impacts on their quality of life and increase their risk of early death.”

Additionally, according to beyondblue, one in eight men will have depression and one in fivemen will experience anxiety at some stage in their lives.  As we know, depression is a high risk factor for suicide and men make up 80 per cent of the ‘at risk’ group.

It may be that Australian men’s general reluctance to care for their health properly stems from societies view about what it means to be masculine underpinned by an Australian culture that endorses men to be tough, sporty and independent with a “she’ll be right mate” attitude and “never say die” approach.

David says:

“The emphasis on what it means to be a male can often conflict with health maintaining behaviours such as seeking advice about health and wellbeing, utilising health services and taking a break for ‘me-time’ when it is required.

“Further, the culture in which we live which gives us the major framing of our lives as men is derived from the sport we play, the friends we have, the school we go to, to the work choices available to us. We are often seen as the pillars of strength our families can constantly rely upon and in support of this notion, it can seem at times like there is little time left to focus on ourselves as often as we could or should.”

David Ball’s unique men’s wellness retreat is held regularly at The Golden Door Health Rereat & Spa Elysia and focuses on giving men the tools needed to achieve a life balance and become effective leaders of themselves, their work and their families.

Located just two and a half hours north of Sydney in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa, Elysia offers a range of world-class health and wellness programs, led by renowned professionals and developed to motivate change and inspire lasting results. Featuring luxury one, two and three bedroom villas with packages inclusive of a range of informative health and wellness seminars, an extensive program of group fitness activities and relaxation classes, holistic and alternative therapy options, indulgent spa treatments, variety of premier leisure facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court, wellness centre with meditation and yoga studio plus all inclusive nutritious gourmet cuisine. For more information go to http://www.goldendoor.com.au

 

Simple Steps To Detoxing Your Pantry

Spring will be here before we know and there’s no time like the present to kick start some healthy habits so you’re well on your way to a healthier you by the time the warmer weather creeps in. Before embarking on any new healthy habits yourself, resident nutritionist from A Season of Change, Dane Fuller suggests giving your health goals a solid foundation, by giving your kitchen a good old fashioned detox – and here’s how to do it:

Step one: Chuck it!

Before you do anything, Dane suggests you go through your cupboards, fridge and freezer and take out all the foods you think will hinder your long term health and weight goals. “Draw a mental line in the sand by throwing the foods that won’t support your new healthy lifestyle in the bin,” Dane said. “If you can’t quite bring yourself to throw them out then give them away immediately. You have no room for handbrakes on your journey to health,” he added.

Step two: Out of sight, out of mind

While it is best to keep your kitchen free of food that will give your willpower a run for its money, it is important that you don’t deprive yourself entirely, so a little treat here and there is fine. “Make access to these “sometimes” foods inconvenient by storing in them in the freezer, in non transparent containers, up high or in another room out of sight,” Dane suggests. Likewise Dane suggests making healthy snacks like fresh fruit and vegetables highly visible when you walk into the kitchen or open the fridge or pantry.

Step three: Plan ahead

To ensure you don’t reach for the nearest take-away menu, make sure you always have a stash of healthy meals readily available for when you don’t have time to cook. Dane suggests freezing single sized potions of left-overs, or allocating time in the kitchen to making a batch of healthy meals that can also be frozen in single portion sizes for a quick lunch or dinner.

Step four: Be prepared

In addition to having readymade meals on hand, Dane encourages you make sure you also have a supply of frozen, canned or preserved fruit, vegetables or protein available for quick meal ingredients. “Ingredients such as sun dried tomatoes, preserved capsicums, canned corn kerns, canned red beans, canned light fruit, dehydrated mixed vegetables, dried fruit, frozen vegetables, tins of tuna and frozen ready to steam fish are great staples to have on hand so you can whip up a healthy meal, or add bulk to salads,” Dane said.

Step five: Have some R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Dane insists that you must have respect for your fruit and veggies! “Take time to choose the best produce available,” Dane said. “Picking the right produce is just as important as handling it carefully and storing it correctly, so make sure you’re aware of the best way to lengthen shelf life, preserve nutrients and maximise flavour,” Dane added.

Step six: Cut the calories

So many calories are wasted on high calorie drinks with next to nil nutritional value and Dane points out that you should commit to having only zero calorie fluids (think sparkling mineral water with a twist of your favourite citrus fruit) and low fat milk available at home. “If you’re eating your quota of fruit each day, there is absolutely no need to keep juice in the fridge,” Dane said.

Helping you kick your bad habits to the curb FREE lifestyle transformation event A Season of Change will offer thousands of Aussie women a 360-degree approach to wellbeing, participants will receive free weekly digital TV episodes containing expert advice on nutrition, health and fitness as well as self-image and styling.

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Is It Too Difficult To Separate Work And Home Life?

In today’s society, with Internet access available readily at our fingertips, more and more women are turning to the ‘connected lifestyle’ to manage their busy lives. Women are busier than ever, juggling work life and motherhood and with technology developing right before our eyes, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to switch off when the workday has ended. In fact, in a 2013 survey by AVG Australia, 62 per cent of women said mobile devices make it hard to separate home and work life.

The Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa, Elysia are leaders as a destination for guests to not only detox, but also e-tox – that means no laptop, iPad, e-reader or TV. While that may sound scary to some, general manager Brigid Walsh says her team encourages retreat guests to limit their use of technology while e-toxing.

“Guests find it invigorating to escape from being constantly  ‘plugged in’ and have quality face-to-face time with fellow guests and staff at the retreat. We encourage guests to enjoy meal times together and without the distractions of technology, allow them enjoy the simplicity of food and life. This reminds guests to slow down and be more present in the moment.”

Set in the peaceful surroundings of the Hunter Valley, just two and a half hours from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa, Elysia is an sanctuary of serenity where guests are encouraged to disconnect from their devices in order to regain some of the passion, energy, creativity and clarity that gets lost in the stresses of everyday life.

“We find our guests relish in the huge range of activities Elysia has on offer and use it as an opportunity to take time to re-connect with themselves without the pressure of technology getting in the way. They are finding it easier to switch-off in the ‘real world’ and less likely to go back to the excessive levels they were use to,” Brigid said.

While Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa, Elysia, encourages guests to disconnect from their devices while e-toxing, there is, of course, no restriction in staying in touch with family and friends via mobile phone from their accommodation.

It’s time now for women to unplug the charger to their laptop and focus on recharging their lives. We all could all benefit from learning to switch off every once in awhile. For more information on programs and packages go to www.goldendoor.com.au

Benefits Of Warm Water With Lemon

We’ve all heard about the health benefits from drinking warm water with lemon, and how it can kickstart your metabolism especially when consumed first thing in the morning. Lemons are citrus fruits which are extremely rich in vitamin C and work two ways by cleaning the body from the inside out, and giving a healthy glow to skin and overall complexion. But what else can it do? 

Natural diuretic

Mixing lukewarm water with a few drops of lemon juice helps to flush out toxins which have been lurking in the body overnight. Perfect to drink an hour before eating breakfast, the lemon helps the digestive system to easily break down food for the rest of the day.

Vitamins and minerals

Lemons are a natural source of vitamin C which will help the body fight against infection, especially during the winter months when it’s more likely to get sick. Just a few drops of natural lemon juice contains pectin fibre which specifically targets the colon and will help anyone suffering from irregular or inconsistent bowel movements.

Reduces inflammation

When consumed on a regular basis, lemon has the power to reduce acidity in the body especially the amount of uric acid which is found in joints. This helps to fight against some of the main causes of pain and inflammation which many people suffer with age.

Accelerates weight loss

Did you know that pectin fibre which we mentioned earlier, is also the main ingredient to help you lose weight? It specifically targets hunger cravings, and will make you feel fuller for longer throughout the day. Add a few drops of lemon juice in your water at any time of the day to fight off incoming cravings.

Balances pH levels

Although lemons are an acidic fruit, once metabolised the citric acid does not create acidity in the body, which means that they are a perfectly natural alkaline. Drinking warm water with lemon regularly helps to remove any harmful acidity which has made it’s way into the body.

Relieves tooth pain

Warm water with lemon can help to relieve the symptoms of gingivitis and some mild forms of toothaches. Although lemons by nature are very acidic, it is always best to brush your teeth before preparing this drink since it can erode tooth enamel over time.

Fights against viral infections

Next time your throat is sore and tender, prepare warm lemon water before your breakfast to fight off any viral infections which may flare up. The lemon juice will also work to boost your immune system, and help to minimise the infection altogether.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

How To Naturally Treat Uneven Skin Tone

Whether you or someone you know suffers from a skin condition, the best way to get it medically treated is through your local GP. However, if prescribed creams, ointments and treatments aren’t exactly working wonders, there is no shame in trying the natural route. Did you know you could treat your skin with products from the pantry? Read on for our best ways to treat uneven skin tone.

Exfoliate

Exfoliating is a great way to remove dry or dead skin cells off the surface for a smoother, radiant appearance. There are many exfoliators from department stores right down to your local supermarket, but you could make a personalised concoction right at home. All you need is brown sugar, baking soda, coffee and oatmeal at the foundation of each scrub. Top off with your choice of honey, avocado and a drop of lemon to invigorate the skin.

Aloe vera

The most common source of uneven skin tone is unprotected exposure to the sun. Remember to apply sunscreen on your face and body when heading out in hot temperatures, or wear a foundation with an added SPF. Treat yourself to a fresh aloe vera treatment which not only cleanses the skin, but repairs damage from the sun, and helps with acne.

Fruits and vegetables

Clean your body from the inside out by making a variety of juices with fruits and vegetables. They help to flush the body of harmful toxins, and act as an inexpensive way to detox your immune system. Avocado, broccoli, ginger and lemons are your best friend if you are looking for clearer skin tone. Avoid refined sugars and over-processed foods during this detox.

Skincare routine

A consistent skincare routine will help to resolve any uneven skin tone. Cleansing, moisturising and toning the skin on a daily basis will give your skin enough hydration throughout the day, and added moisture throughout the night to avoid breakouts or discolouration. Rose hip oil is an inexpensive ointment and when used consistently will reduce the appearance of ageing, treat uneven skin, dry skin and will help you look youthful and fresh.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

Q&A with Juice Master Jason Vale

Australia was one of the first countries to truly embrace juicing culture, and the craze is only getting stronger. There is now a growing trend towards juicing diets, cleanses and detoxes that offer impressive results; not only in terms of weight loss, but also for their undeniable health and lifestyle benefits.

Juicing is a tasty way to provide your body with the natural nutrients that are often lacking from eating over-processed foods and making unhealthy lifestyle choices – and let’s face it, drinking a juice is much easier than eating a huge bowl of salad.

UK author and motivational speaker Jason Vale, better known as the ‘Juice Master’, is an advocate for the juicing lifestyle, and SheSaid caught up with Jason on his recent visit to Australia to get his insight on the benefits of juicing and his advice for maintain a balanced juicing diet.

What inspired you to get into juicing?
It was my own ill health that led me on this juicy journey. I was covered from head to toe in a skin condition called psoriasis to the point where almost every inch of my body- including my face- was affected. I was badly asthmatic, using an inhaler up to 14 times a day. I was also overweight and suffered terrible hay fever and smoked 40-60 cigarettes a day.

When I started to juice I saw my life and health transformed and I have witnessed tens of thousands of others do the same. I transformed myself by drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices every day, losing 25kg and gaining a new perspective on health.

What are the key benefits of a juice diet?
Juicing allows the perfect liquid fuel to help you improve your general health. Beauty comes from within and once you start to hydrate your body with vegetable and fruit juices everything shines.

When you give up processed foods and replace just one meal a day with a freshly made juice you have changed 1/3 of you diet in one simple step. Your friends will notice the shine in your skin, your hair your nails, your eyes, the whole you. It’s like adding super unleaded instead of diesel to an unleaded car.

Juicing is definitely not a fad.

By fasting you are giving your body a rest from trying to breakdown the processed foods that seems to have taken over our diets. Once we stop eating these foods and give the body a rest, then the body is able to reboot the liver, kidneys, intestines, blood, every organ in the body gets an overhaul. We are always detoxing, yes the body is designed to detox, but sometimes it is too difficult for the body to do its job properly.

I like to compare it to how often do people work hard up until their holiday and then complain for the first week of their holiday they were struck down with the flu. This is the body saying yes, seeing as you have finally slowed down, now I can start doing some cleaning up here.

At my health retreats we have seen the transformation in many people once they have been shown how to make nutritious, tasty juices.

What are your favourite ingredients to juice together?
I always take a couple of apples for juice volume, soluble fibre, and sweetness. I then add celery, spinach, kale, raw beetroot, cucumber, ginger, carrot and lime. This gives a wonderful spectrum of nutrition, plus it tastes stupidly lovely!

The first couple of days on a juice diet can often be quite challenging. What advice would you give for someone just starting out with juicing?
Anyone who starts a juice diet of any kind needs to understand that for the first 72 hours the body is in ‘withdrawal’ mode. People call this ‘detox’, when it is in fact withdrawal like the withdrawal from nicotine. The maximum it lasts is 72 hours, but the vast majority of people only feel it every now and then. The feeling of withdrawal from refined sugar and caffeine is one of ‘hunger’. This ‘false hunger’ will go and by day four you are left flying on a juice high!

What would be your advice for maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle?
Use juicing as a tool, but don’t become too obsessed with food and nutrition. We are all human and a balance is not a bad thing. I would always advise at least one good veggie juice a day and a five or seven day pure juice diet once every three months. When it comes to food I would keep what I eat as unprocessed as possible whilst having the odd blow out remembering that we are human and food is there to be enjoyed.

Coming into summer, what would be your favourite summer juice?
It has to be the homemade Lemon-Aid. This is the healthiest, creamiest and most natural lemonade in the world. You’ll need…

2 x golden delicious apples
1 x 1/3 unwaxed lemon
1 x small handful of ice cubes

Sandwich the lemon (with skin on) between the two apples in the chute of the juicer, and juice the lot. Pour over ice and enjoy.

This is best served with friends. Why not make a pitcher and of this delicious refreshing juice? Using the ratio of two apples and a third of a lemon per person, make a large batch and pour into a jug of crushed ice – perfect for a sizzling summer day.

Together with Juice Master Jason Vale, Philips aims to encourage a healthier lifestyle this summer by making juicing at home even more convenient. With their clever QuickClean design, the easy-to-use Philips QuickClean Juicers can be cleaned and ready to re-use in less than a minute. Maximum juice with minimum fuss. Happy juicing!

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