Exotic Fruits Iced Tea

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Exotic Fruits Iced Tea

In November I spoke at Red Seal’s launch of their new tea range. Red Seal is a New Zealand owned and operated company, well known for their natural products including supplements, toothpastes and teas.
At the launch I spoke about the benefits of tea and also created two delicious iced tea recipes. One of my favourite flavours of the new range is ‘Exotic Fruits’. Some of the beautiful ingredients this tea includes is:

  • Hibiscus
  • Apple
  • Rosehips
  • Natural Flavouring
  • Orange Peel
  • Pineapple Fruit Juice Granules

I always have a jug of iced tea in my fridge so I can sip on it throughout the day, hydrating on nutrients. If you are wanting to cut out coffee and soda drink consumption, this recipe is going to make it a lot easier to curb any cravings!

Ingredients:

5 Red Seal Exotic Fruits tea bags
2 cups (500 ml) of coconut water
1 cup of boiling water
2 cups of cold water
1 tablespoon of black chia seeds
1 lemon (finely sliced)
1 cup of fresh mint leaves (chopped)
¼ teaspoon of fresh grated turmeric (okay to substitute with powdered turmeric if there is no fresh turmeric on hand)
Ice cubes for serving

Brewing directions:

1. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the tea bags, into a 2 litre container
2. Steep for 5 minutes and then fill the container with 2 cups of cold water and 2 cups of coconut water.
3. Steep for another 5 minutes and then remove the tea bags
4. Place the chia seeds, turmeric, sliced lemon and mint into the container and stir well
5. Pour the tea into glasses and add ice before serving.

L x

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Tips on reducing sugar intake in your diet

There are two types of sugar; naturally occurring sugars and added sugars. The latter is the one to watch out for, which is added to common processed food and drinks. Added sugars include white sugar, brown sugar, sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup. In other words anything that has gone through intensive processing, so that it no longer resembles its original state.

Sugar, other than offering empty calories, causes your blood sugar levels to spike which can make you feel hungrier and reach for more sugar and thus creating an acidic environment in your body. Ultimately, decreasing your sugar intake can help you lose weight, have better control over your blood sugar levels and reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases.

Sugar can be addictive and giving it up can induce short-term side effects that usually subside within a few days or week.

Thanks to Sovereign, below are my tips to help you #lifetakecharge and reduce the sugar intake in your diet:
Avoid processed foods.

Processed foods are full of sugar, trans fats, chemicals and preservatives that give it flavor and a longer shelf life. They have also had a lot of their nutrients removed during manufacturing. After time these chemicals build up in the body causing you to feel sluggish. When you eat whole foods, you’re consuming the food in its natural state with all of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Whole foods include fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, bean, legumes and nuts and seeds.

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Check labels

Food packaging that is labeled ‘low fat’ or ‘less fat’ are usually high in sugar. When purchasing food products check the ingredient list on the back of the item, if sugar is listed as one of the first four ingredients it is best to avoid that product as it is likely that it is high in sugar. When checking food packaging avoid any products that contain high fructose corn syrup, fructose, rice/corn/malt/golden/palm syrup, corn sweetener, dextrose, maltose and sucrose, these are common sugar aliases.

Regulate blood sugar levels

Regulating blood sugar levels is essential for good health, to maintain a healthy weight and to lower the risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. A lot of the food we consume is converted into blood sugar, which is used by the body for energy. When blood sugar levels drop it can cause fatigue and sugar cravings. By having regular meals the diet is more likely to be balanced and controlled which helps you avoid any blood sugar spikes.

Hydrate

Often when someone is craving sugar it is their body’s way of telling them that they are dehydrated. Staying properly hydrated throughout the day helps with your alertness, controlling appetite, and keeps symptoms such as fatigue and headaches at bay. Drink 2 litres of purified water a day so you can have more energy and feel less tempted to reach for sugary food and beverages. If you are trying to cut down on fizzy drinks, swap them for sparkling water and add lemon, mint leaves, strawberry or cucumber to your drink bottle.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Begin your day off with a glass of warm water and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar delays gastric emptying time which means it makes you feel full for longer. It also slows down the release of sugar from foods into the blood stream, which helps to regulate blood sugar levels and helps avoid any blood sugar level spikes. When your blood sugar levels are balanced you are less likely to crave sugar.

Don’t skip breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it provides you with the energy and nutrients that lead to increased concentration and makes it less likely for you to have sugar cravings. Avoid cereals that are high in sugar as these will only spike your blood sugar levels, instead choose whole foods that are going to nourish your body. Breakfast should include a healthy source of protein and plenty of fibre, this combination will help satisfy your hunger and will keep you feeling full until lunch time.

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Quit snacking on sugar

Prepare all your meals in advance and always have healthy snacks on hand so you don’t find yourself snacking on high sugar foods throughout the day. This will also ensure you know exactly what you are eating. Healthy snack options include raw vegetables with hummus, nuts and seeds, sliced apple with nut butter and hard-boiled eggs.
Try our Cashew Ginger Slice, Cookie Dough Truffles or Gourmet Banana Pops for healthy, sugar free treats.

Exercise

Sugar cravings can be a response to a low mood so it is important to exercise regularly. This will help boost your endorphin and serotonin levels, which are our feel good hormones. These will give you a natural mood boosting effect, making it less likely for you to crave sugar.

Libby x

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Flossie Concierge

If you find yourself always wanting more hours in the day, you’re not alone. These days, life moves so fast and it seems like there is barely any time to complete tasks and most importantly, take time out for ourselves. If you are a student, busy mom or a working professional, it is so easy to forget to take a breather from rushing around all day, not to mention forgetting to take care of ourselves sometimes. With technology taking up a big part of our lives, there is some technology that can actually make life a little bit easier.

Last month I was introduced to an app that no woman should live without called Flossie Concierge. Jenene Crossan is the brain behind Flossie Concierge and the original website Flossie.com, which was created in February 2012 to make it easier for women to book in hair and beauty appointments. Jenene describes the app as ‘Uber for beauty’, which it really is!

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The Flossie Concierge app let’s you search for hair and beauty services that you can request, book and pay for via your mobile phone. If you need a last minute wax, hair cut, pedicure, spray tan or even eyelash extensions simply open the app and tell Flossie what you would like to get done, along with how much you want to spend and a preferable location. This request is then sent out to approved salons with responses directly sent back to your phone. So simple and all the hard work taken care of.

After finding out I had a last minute function to attend I thought it would be the perfect time to try this app out. Being a student I often don’t get many opportunities to get glammed up so booking in to get a blow wave and eyelash extensions was super exciting. I booked into get a blow wave to freshen up my locks at RDF Salon in Parnell. After requesting a booking on Flossie I had a reply from them within 15 minutes, so quick! After my blow wave I booked into get eyelash extensions at Lash Noir at City Works Depot in Auckland City. After requesting this appointment, I had a reply within 15 minutes with a range of times they could book me in for. Both salons had exceptional service and affordable prices for a student like me! Not only was I super happy with the service but my day went from being stressful and frazzled to cool, calm and collected.

How to use the app:

To begin using Flossie, simply download the app for free on iTunes or Google Play and register. After a customer has made a request and you have confirmed your booking, you are then taken through a secure payment gateway where you need to enter your credit card details and you are ready to go!

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Thank you so much Jenene and Flossie for creating this life-changing app that has made my life that much easier!

L x

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Inspirational Friends – Selina Singh

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Over the last year I have been seeing Naturopath, Selina Singh to help with some health issues I had been dealing with. I am so grateful to know Selina, and appreciate the responsibility and thoroughness, the breadth of knowledge and integrity that she brings to her work.

Before I came to see Selina, my energy levels were very low, I was experiencing constant headaches, bloating, found it hard to lose weight, and had reoccurring skin breakouts. I had been experiencing these symptoms for a year, and they were greatly affecting my life.

Selina helped me solved these problems through her holistic approach. Now my energy levels have improved, I can wake up in the morning and not feel exhausted after having 8 hours of sleep. I can exercise without feeling fatigued after and also have the energy to exercise. I no longer experience headaches, my bloating has gone, I have lost weight and my skin has cleared up.

Thank you Selina for everything, I really appreciate everything you have done to help me physically, mentally and emotionally. Your advice and guidance is invaluable to me and will continue to be!

Below is Selina’s inspirational interview! :)

Where are you based?

My Remedy – An Integrated Natural Medicine Clinic, Takapuna, Auckland.

Current occupation/what do you do?

I am a Naturopath, its what I’ve always wanted to do! I specialize in helping people with hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances. This includes conditions such as PMS, endometriosis, PCOS, thyroid disorders, infertility, hormone cancers, depression, menopause, amongst many other health disorders. Hormones affect everything in your body!

For everyone that doesn’t know you, tell us about yourself.

In a nutshell – I am a gentle soul! I love to nurture others around me, be it friend’s family, even my cats!

Give us a small insight into your daily routine. 

I live as simply as possible. I try not to burden myself with too much (mentally and physically) and I always listen to my body.

I wake once I feel I have slept enough (or I really need to get out of bed so I’m not late!) I have breakfast in a very peaceful space to gather my thoughts, I do my best not to get ahead of myself and enjoy the moment. Breakfast is usually porridge with seeds, or eggs on toast, and sometimes a smoothie as a snack – I aim to only eat whole foods, and I try to eat in a relaxed state so I absorb all my nutrients.

Lunches and dinners for me are usually a combination of vegetables, whole-grains sometimes meat too (I only eat organic free range meat for ethical reasons) I do my best to eat locally grown produce, usually from the farmers market. I’m also growing lots of fruit at the moment – including heirloom black apples!

Once I get to work, I see patients, something I feel incredibly privileged to do.

In between seeing patients I’m writing protocols for my patients, taking a few minutes of down time is important too. I try and make it to the gym 3 times per week, I walk a few times per week, and sometimes I make it out in to the surf with my partner. On the weekend I love cooking up a feast and gardening!

What is the philosophy you live by? 

My philosophy is to live life in the moment. Giving back, whether it is to nature or by helping others – how ever possible. Nurturing and respecting yourself, others and nature. My favourite quotes are below; I remind myself of them if I am in doubt, they never fail to inspire me.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted” Albert Einstein

What sparked your interest in health?

I’ve always been interested in health, as a 4 year old I would tell my grandma I would make her young, by changing her blood! I would make potions out of leaves in the garden; mix them in my mug with a paintbrush as a hair tonic.

I’ve always been interested in health, I spent a lot of time reading health books staring in my early teens; I used to grow my own vegetables and compost at an early age. I was always (and still am) keenly interested in natural health. In my last year at school a teacher asked me what I wanted to be, and I mentioned I would like to be a health professional, possibly a Doctor who helped people by focusing on the cause of their health problem and then prescribing natural health; at this point he mentioned that this is what a naturopath does (a word I had never heard of before this). We moved house the next week and my neighbor asked me what I wanted to do when I finished school I mentioned I wanted to be a naturopath, she told me that 2 of her daughters are naturopaths. In the next few months I found myself-starting my degree in Natural Medicine. Over the years I’ve had health struggles myself, in particular with my hormones that has lead me down the path of specializing in hormones.

Your top three tips to achieving optimal health and happiness?

Top 3 Tips to Optimal health:

  1. Rest plenty – nothing can substitute this.
  2. Nourish your body with whole foods, avoid almost everything that comes in a packet – always be aware of what you are putting into your body.
  3. Listen to your body, eat foods that suit you, rest when you know you need to; drink enough water.

Top 3 Tips to Happiness

  1. Make peace with yourself
  2. Be grateful for everything, everything is a lesson
  3. Be yourself. You don’t have to look or be like anyone else.

Where can we find you? 

www.myremedy.co.nz

https://www.facebook.com/MyRemedy

L x

 

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Apple and Elderflower Iced Tea

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Apple and Elderflower Iced Tea

Iced tea has proven to be one of the healthiest drinks available. Not only does it revive you on a hot day, but also adds nutrients to keep you healthy.

Improving health is a multifaceted process. Many of us are already aware of the steps which one needs to take to maintain a healthy life like quit smoking, keeping a check on the level of alcohol consumed, avoiding fried food, and including a lot of fruits and veggies in our everyday diet.

But most of us did not know the fact that drinking a glass of iced tea during the day can take care of most of our problems. Iced tea is rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that keep a check on calories consumed during the day. Not only does it refresh your mind but also improves your health, especially if you are addicted to soda then it is time to change to a healthy cup of iced tea.

If you are into caffeine consumption, a glass of iced tea can balance that out. Not only will it cut down on the consumption of caffeine but will help you get rid of the habit of drinking coffee.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to talk at Red Seal’s launch of their new tea range. At the launch I spoke about the benefits of tea and also created two delicious iced tea recipes. Red Seal is a New Zealand owned and operated company, well known for their natural products including supplements, toothpastes and teas.

As a herbal tea addict I was so excited to try the new tea flavours which use ingredients such as hibiscus, rose hips, blackberry leaves, elderflowers and orange peel. The teas contain no artificial sweeteners, gluten or caffeine.

A great idea is to make a big jug of iced tea and to keep it in your fridge. Also filling your drink bottle up with iced tea and sipping on it throughout the day is going to provide you with many nutrients.  This recipe is so delicious and great to have if you are wanting to cut down on caffeine, alcohol and soda drink consumption.

Ingredients:
5 Red Seal Apple & Elderflower tea bags
4 cups of sparkling water
1 cup of boiling water
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
3 tablespoons of agave nectar
The juice of one large granny smith apple
Ice cubes for serving
Optional garnish: Mint sprigs and lemon slices

Brewing directions:
1. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the tea bags, into a 2 litre container
2. Steep for 5 minutes and then fill the container with 4 cups of sparkling water. Steep for another 5 minutes and then remove the tea bags.
3. Place the grated ginger, agave nectar and apple juice into the container and stir well.
4. Pour the tea into glasses and add ice before serving.

L x

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The Importance of Gut Health

Probiotics are the naturally occurring good bacteria that are found in our gut. These bacteria play a considerable important role in our health. The human gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is one of the most complex ecosystems known, there are over 100 trillion friendly bacteria found in the gut, this is over 10 times the amount of cells found in the human body. Around 60-80% of our immune system is actually found in our gut and 90% of our neurotransmitters are produced there! This really puts things into perspective when it comes to the importance of gut health.

When there is an imbalance with our friendly gut bacteria, also known as dysbiosis, there are going to be problems within our gastrointestinal and immune system. When someone has an imbalance in their gut bacteria they may be more likely to suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, anxiety, depression, eczema, rosacea, chronic fatigue, bloating, stomach pain, hormonal imbalances and auto immune conditions. Common causes of dysbiosis are anti biotic use, food intolerances, caffeine, sugar, alcohol, stress and pesticides.

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There is a lot of exciting research coming out showing the relationship between our feelings, general health and how our bodies are influenced by the balance of healthy and unhealthy levels of gut bacteria.

By regularly consuming probiotic rich food you are keeping your friendly bacteria population at optimal levels so it can function at its best. When it is functioning at its best the bacteria can lower the pH levels in the colon so that unwanted bacteria and yeasts cannot thrive. The beneficial bacteria will aid in digestion and be able to break down and digest the foods you are eating. They are also going to make a lot of the vitamins we need such as vitamin K and B vitamins.

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Apart from the obvious, taking a probiotic, my favorite way to consume friendly gut bacteria is through regular consumption of yogurt. One brand I recommend and that is easily available is Symbio Yogurt. Symbio™ Probalance is the only yoghurt in New Zealand with the unique probiotic culture called Bifidobacterium lactis DR10™. This is a natural probiotic culture scientifically proven to help restore digestive balance and reduce digestive discomfort. By simply consuming one 150g serving of Symbio Probalance Yogurt once a day for 14 days in a row you will begin to notice a difference with any digestive discomfort such as bloating, sluggishness and fatigue. This is easy as adding yogurt to your muesli in the morning or having a 150g serving of yogurt as a snack.

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Click on this link to sign up to the 14 day challenge. Symbio will stay in touch over the 14 days with helpful tips and different ways you can enjoy your daily consumption of Symbio.

Look out over the next few days on our website as we will have a delicious yoghurt cake recipe for you to use as part of the 14 day challenge.

L

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Eating for Energy

The primary role of your diet is to provide your body with enough energy-boosting nutrients to keep you going throughout the day. However, in today’s busy world it is common for people to feel fun down, sluggish and exhausted during the day. Too many of us rely on refined sugar, caffeine and processed foods to boost our energy levels, only to crash a few hours later. To stay alert and focused it is important to make smart choices about what you are using to feed and nourish your body to take charge of your health. What we put in, we get out.

Sovereign is all about empowering New Zealanders to take charge of their health and well-being, so thanks to them I am sharing some helpful tips on ways to regulate your energy and mood to avoid energy crashes throughout the day.

Regulate blood sugar levels

Regulating blood sugar is vital for good health to maintain a healthy weight and to regulate energy levels throughout the day. A lot of the food we consume is converted into blood sugar, which is then used by the body for energy. When we have spikes in our blood sugar levels, we start to have a crash in our energy levels, which can leave us feeling fatigued and it can also affect our mood. Reducing the amount of sugar and processed foods you consume is the best way to avoid these energy spikes. Eat regular meals with a good balance of fats, protein and carbohydrates to ensure blood sugar is even.

Good quality fats

Each meal you eat should include some good quality fats such as olive oil, flax seed oil, nuts and seeds or avocado. These fats help slow down digestion and do not stimulate the release of insulin which can result in blood sugar spikes. Omega 3 oils are important for the balancing chemicals in the brain function which is important to combat depression and enhance moods. Food sources of Omega-3’s can be found in flax seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and salmon.

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Eat quality sources of protein several times a day

Every cell in the human body contains protein. An adequate supply of protein is essential to build and maintain your body tissues. Protein is also important to balance blood sugar fluctuations that lead to fatigue. Examples of good quality protein are fish, tuna, beans, peas, oats, peanuts, miso, eggs and yogurt.

Fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables provide many energy increasing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes. Eating plenty of these is a great way to build up your immune system and restore your energy levels. Freshly juiced fruit and vegetable juices provide high concentrated doses of vitamins and minerals. Some delicious summer fruit and vegetables include strawberries, apricots, cherries, peaches, carrots, eggplants, mushrooms and cucumber.

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Hydrate with water

Water is essential for maintaining good health as it provides us with a wide range of health benefits. Our bodies are made up of around 70 percent water and it is needed in nearly every bodily process that occurs within our systems. It is the driving force of energy production inside the cells so when we are dehydrated we will have a drop in energy levels, causing us to feel fatigued and foggy headed. Aim to drink 2 litres of purified water daily.

Avoid stimulants

If you are feeling run down and tired, it is best to cut out all stimulants from your diet such as coffee, soft drinks and chocolate as they are only going to steal your energy reserves. Swap coffee for green tea or vegetable juice, soft drinks for sparkling water and find a natural alternative to chocolate such as carob. By cutting out these stimulants your natural energy will increase and your body will rebalance.

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Libby x

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Cashew Ginger Slice

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Ginger slice is a kiwi classic that can be found in almost all bakeries around the country so it made sense to create a healthy version. This cashew ginger slice is sweetened naturally with dates and the base is made from nuts and seeds instead of white flour, making it gluten free. This creation is so delicious that you wouldn’t know it was actually healthy. The base is sweet and chewy with a subtle hint of ginger and the topping is bursting with flavour.

Ginger is fantastic for digestion, boosting circulation and warming the body. Serve this slice with a cup of herbal tea.

Ingredients

Base
2 cups of raw cashews
200 grams of pumpkin seeds
1 cup of dates
2 tablespoons of butter
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons of ground ginger

Topping

3 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of honey
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Directions:

1. In food processor, blend the cashew nuts and pumpkin seeds until fine.  Add the dates, butter, salt and ginger. Blend until well combined and almost smooth.

2. Line a baking tray with baking paper and press the base mixture into tray evenly.

3. In a small saucepan, melt the honey, and coconut.  Make sure the pan is on a low heat.  Add the ginger and vanilla and combine well.  Take pan off the heat and mix topping until it becomes thick.

4. Pour the topping over the base, and ensure it is spread evenly.  Place into the freezer for at least 3 hours before serving.  This slice does need to be kept in the fridge as the topping does melt in room temperature.

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Enjoy!

Libby xx

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Ways to reduce stress and improve your sense of wellbeing on your daily commute.

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It seems it is not just financial worries and heavy workloads to be a cause of stress and anxiety; now our daily commute could also be to blame.  A 2011 study in the journal BMC Public Health showed that commuting by car, train or bus is linked with extra stress, exhaustion, poor sleep and even more missed days from work.  I can relate.   In October last year I moved from inner Sydney to outer West in Penrith.  I was working part time in Potts Point, a journey that took 1.5 hours each way per day on the train.  That’s 3 hours of travel time. 3 hours of my day sitting on a train staring either at my phone or the person in front of me, very unproductive and not to mention boring! If only I had known about Audible.com.au (read on to find out what I am talking about!).

The average one-way commuting time by road worldwide is 38 minutes, which compares to Sydney, Australia’s highest, at 34 minutes.  Therefore my commute time was 3 times the average.  The long commute made me grumpy, stressed and tired.  I would leave home as the sun was rising and arrive back when the sun was setting.  Early this year I decided to get a part time job locally and it now takes me 10 minutes to get to work by car, no traffic, it is bliss and one of the best decisions I have made.

Not only is sitting in your car for a prolonged period of time boring but it can also be bad for your health.  Commuting during rush hour can cause your blood pressure to spike. This makes sense – if you are running late for work you sit in your car stressing over a meeting you may miss (sometimes this is unavoidable), or how loudly your  boss is going to yell at you for being late to work for the 3rd day in a row.  So what happens when you stress? Your body will produce cortisol aka the “stress hormone”.  It is secreted from your adrenal glands and the disruption of cortisol secretion may promote weight gain and will make you hungry.  You cannot control every situation, and traffic is one of them.

For those of you who have no option but to travel to work by car and sit in masses of traffic each day or travel a long commute time there are ways to deal with tension, stress and boredom that the journey may cause.  With a bit of preparation your travel to work each day can be enjoyable.

Here are some tips to help you get through your daily commute whilst remaining calm and composed.

Look for an alternative
Can you car pool? Catch a bus? Train? If you live in a well-populated city chances are there is some form of public transport.  For those of you, who think that Sydney public transport is bad, try living in NZ, public transport there, or lack thereof it, makes Sydney’s constant flow of trains a dream.

Relaxing with Audiobooks
My top tip and one I hear from people most often as their #1 stress buster when commuting by car or public transport.  If only I had known about this last year.  When travelling on the train I use an app called Audible.com.au.  There are over 100,000 books in their catalogue ranging from romance, thrillers, self-help books, guides on how to meditate, yoga, biographies, and fantasy to the classics.  You can download books onto iPad, iPhone, Kindle or iBooks. Audible.com.au describes their app as a “library in your pocket” and it truly is.  You can buy single audiobooks whenever you want, but with a subscription you’ll save up to 70% on each audiobook and get access to exclusive member deals and promotions.  Subscription is $14.95 per month (you get the first month free) and your monthly subscription fee includes one book download per month and any more purchased are charged to your credit card.  If you get “car sick” when reading or have dodgy eyes I strongly suggest you try audiobooks.  Plug your ear phones in or turn on Bluetooth and stream the book from your car stereo.  Simple! At the moment I am reading A Game of Thrones series and next on the list is a self-help book on how to get over fear of flying.  Told you, Audible.com.au has everything!

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Work Start Times
Speak with your boss and ask if it is possible you start work earlier (or later) to avoid rush hour.  When in NZ my boss was accommodating of my request to start at 7:30am and finish at 4:00pm.  It made for a happier staff member and I was a lot more productive.  Don’t ask, you don’t get 😉

Me Time
The kids are in school, husband is at work, it’s just you and your car. Enjoy the quiet time as it may be the only time of the day you get to switch off and have peace and quiet.

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Jx

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Inspirational Friends – Alistair Horscroft

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When I heard that Alistair, founder of The Mind Academy in Noosa, was coming to New Zealand I knew I had to get an interview.

Isabel Fenwick, one of our former ‘Inspirational Friends’ attended The Mind Academy in 2013 and said it completely changed her life. She says Alistair is a triple threat with a deep understanding of all things mental, physical and financial.

This, coupled with his appearance in the 2014 Noosa TED talk event, made me more than a little curious to learn about him, and the way he lives his live day to day.

I was also very excited to hear that this trip to New Zealand isn’t just a recreational one and that he will be running a 4 day ‘Coaching For Success’ training program. But more on that below!

Thanks Al!

 

– Where are you based?

I am based in Noosa, Australia, originally from the UK. I have been in Australia 10 years.

 

– Current occupation/what do you do?

 I create and run companies in the personal development, psychology and health fields. I also moonlight as a coach and business consultant, write books and create products. Now and again I do some T.V presenting, run seminars and do the speaking circuit.

Currently in business my focus is setting up The Australian College Of Modern Psychology and taking one of my other companies, The Mind Academy to a new level, I’m also setting up a business coach training company.

On the personal coaching and consulting side I am currently working with a premier league football player, champion tri-athlete and although I understand it might sound like a total wank, a bonified billionaire which is an interesting experience to say the least !

I’m also coaching a couple of small businesses to ‘go big’, one which is particularly exciting is a coconut yogurt and fermented foods business, which is great as I love both !

 

– For everyone that doesn’t know you, tell us about yourself.

Mmmm… without any doubt, my best feature is my 9 year old daughter, Ella. Although I simply cannot believe that I have reached a stage/age in life where I have  a 9 year old daughter, I love being a dad (or papa, as she calls me) more than anything.

I love the creative life: music, art, architecture, cinema. My favorite thing to do is long lunches and dinners with friends and then getting the music instruments out and having a jam. I love comedy, my hero is Louis CK.

My C.V is perhaps more exciting, but not who I am on a daily basis anymore, but obviously a foundation for who I am today. I was taught to meditate at age 4 and went to a ‘progressive’ education school in London from age 8 where we meditated, studied Sanskrit, philosophy and other left of field things everyday while also doing military style discipline and exercise.

Interesting mix, I had a great time as I had wonderful friends and loved sport, exercise and philosophy. Others did not fare so well and took it hard, but for me it was a good thing. I left school at 16 but went back and studied hard from age 22 after travelling the world and got lot’s of ‘official’ qualifications and a degree.

 

– Give us a small insight into your daily routine.  

I’m up early, 5.30 /6 a.m

I immediately take ‘CILTEP’ an artichoke, Forskohlii, L-Phenylanine and L-Carnitine Stack for brain function and focus as well as a high grade glutathione for liver and anti-oxidant.

Then downstairs for my bullet proof coffee (best grade, single origin, organic coffee from Himilayas, grass fed butter and MCT) check out www.bulletproofexec.com (no, I’m not affiliated, and don’t use his stuff, but got the idea from him and always like to pay great ideas forward…

Go for run, surf or hit the gym. When I exercise I lift heavy and run fast, so it’s sprints, HIIT (high intensity interval training) and heavy weights which I normally superset. Never train hard for longer than 30 – 40 minutes in one go.

If I surf it is for fun, so I take my time.

Eat Paleo style breaky, eggs, meat, fish, avo, that kind of thing and take my supps: Tumeric, Oxaloacetate (anti-aging), high quality multi, udo’s oil etc.

First phone coaching client about 8.30 a.m.

Office work during morning (or if I’m running seminars then do that).

Lunch is normally salad, chicken some healthy carb item a piece of fish or tuna.

More work, building businesses, computer calls etc.

Finish work around 4 and then go for surf, gym or do Guided Chaos (incredible martial art from Bronx N.Y. I’ve been a martial artist since age 7 and have pretty much done them all including full contact MMA, Wing Chun Escrima, Judo, Karate, Kick Boxing blah blah,  but Guided Chaos in my opinion is hands down the way to go if you want true real world self defense and skill development. Check out www.attackproof.com – great guys, I will do anything to spread the word for them…

What I do in the evening depends on mood or cycle I’m in.

Relaxed cycle I will do preservative free red wine, dinner out (always paleo based) hang with mates, cinema, live music and Jack Daniels.

If I’m in more of a health cycle, then it’s Paleo dinner, make some raw desserts, do some self education, watch something I can learn from and finish night with water and whey before bed.

Normally in bed around 11pm.


– What is the philosophy you live by? 

I’m a Big believer in the golden rule (do undo others that you wish done to self) and I love the Betty Stanley quote (often believed to be Emersons) – To have helped another breathe easier in this life is to have succeeded – It is the motto of my business life.

But, I think leading a life as cliché free as possible, it is the best life. If I find myself living a cliché, I feel I’m being a sheep and do my best to address the situation as quickly as possible.

I find deceit and false humility hard to tolerate. People who use charities to build their business, knowing that the charity money goes to admin, is a tax dodge, a bid for some ‘look what a good person I am attention’ or is just an easy way to get sales is something that irks me.

Give to charity on the quiet or if you have to at least be like that TOM’s shoe dude who admits it makes him money and is transparent about it.

At the end of the day, and I know it might sound a little cheesy,  but I really feel that trying to be a lovely, genuine, good natured, easy going, happy person is the goal.

Basic Philosophies:

Food:  Eat Paleo style savoury and raw deserts / sweets

Exercise: Lift heavy, run fast

Body: Build the best one your genetics will allow

Love: Seek open, generous hearts and be one in return.

Money: Live abundantly simple, but make as much as you can so you can always do what you both need and want to do.

Life: Live like you are not coming back.


– What sparked your interest in health?

At my school we ate the diet of the ancient Essenes (bread, cheese, honey, dates, yogurt, salad) and my mum was an early crusader of health and alternative medicine in the 70’s and 80’s.

However I do believe that most of the old school health approaches are based on poor science. I love that we can know measure health so we can actually see what works and doesn’t.


– Your top three tips to achieving optimal health and happiness?

1. Measure results, approaches, methods where ever you can.  Measurable results lead to measurable outcomes in health, wealth and success.

2. Don’t listen to opinions, only ever be interested in experiences. An opinion is knowledge without experience, I have no time for them. Tell me, or show me your experience and I’m all ears.

3. Our happiness levels tend to be based on our previous 12 weeks. I understand that 1 year and 5 years goals can be useful, but focus more on the extraordinary things you can do in 12 weeks and get happy.

(Bonus 4th – the incredibly successful people I have been lucky enough to work with, coach and learn from all have one thing in common. Intensity. They are all able to work for periods of time with extraordinary intensity. Develop this habit in yourself).

Can you tell me about the event in Auckland in August?

Sure thing ! thanks for letting me talk about it.

For the first time in NZ, August 14th – 17th I will be running the 4 day Coaching For Success certification training. Really excited to deliver it. You will be able to get membership with The Association Of Coaching, start a new career or add a new modality to what you do. You will be able to take what you learn into your business, level up your team or managers and perhaps most importantly make amazing changes in your own life.

This course is for everyone, I promise you will be blown away with what you learn and how it can transform your life, your families, your clients and your business.

You can watch a brief video and download the brochure here.


Where can we find you? 

www.alistairhorscroft.com

www.themindacaemy.com.au

www.facebook.com/themindacademy

 

Libby X

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