This is one of the best salad plates you'll ever have to learn. Simply, because you don't really have to learn anything at all. So long as you have some fresh produce around, then you'll be able to throw something like this together any evening. I have however, for ease and education, given this recipe as a foundation to create amazing summer salads for lazy evenings, or for when you need to impress friends with limited time.  The key is to always have a few staples on hand. I always have a jar of tahini in the pantry, a good quality cold-pressed oil like hemp, avocado or organic olive, and a range of nuts, seeds and ancient grains in the pantry. From there all you need is seasonal produce which can vary widely to suit all your tastes, and then optional haloumi, meat of your choice or salmon to add some protein. To keep this vegan, simply add some nutritional yeast and an extra serving of mixed nuts and seeds or throw home made falafel together to serve.  Salad plate (recipe serves 4) You are welcome to create this on each plate by spreading the ingredients evenly across 4 plates,...

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Why bother with juice? In a nutshell, to remove processed food from our diet while nourishing it with vegetables and fruit! Our body is a complicated machine and like any other working machine, there are some things we need to do to make sure it is at its optimum. We clean our windows so they don't rot the frames, change the oil so the engine doesn't stall, and shut our browsers down when the computer gets too slow, yet we ignore poor sleep quality, gut upsets, low energy, weight gain and bad skin on almost a daily basis. We assault our bodies daily with exposure to pollution, stress, plastics, medications, chemicals and pesticides in both our food and our environment. On top of this, we have a love affair with too much sugar, too much alcohol, too much caffeine, and way too much processed 'food'. So can eliminating processed foods help with these symptoms? Google 'effects of processed foods on your health' and you will find literally hundreds of pages of information with regards to the risks involved with artificial fillers, additives and preservatives and the short and long term effects these have on your health. So how can even a short break from such processed food...

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Bone broth is created by the addition of apple cider vinegar to a stock and combined with plenty of time. It is fundamental to help heal and strengthen the gut and is fantastic at helping boost digestive function. If you want better skin, more energy, healthier mindset and fantastic gut health then your diet is going to be a major player.  Here we share a very simple, yet nourishing bone broth recipe. You can make this VEGAN by leaving out the animal bones, and in the final 30 minutes of simmering/cooking, adding 1/2 cup plain glutamine powder.  Organic chicken bone broth recipe You'll need 1-2 chicken frames*3-4 cups of mixed vegetables and herbs - I use ends of root vegetables, discarded carrots, old herbs, onion peels, whole garlic, celery leaves,anything left in the fridge that you wouldn't eat anymore.1 large whole lemon, chopped in halfEnough water to cover all the ingredients3 Tbl apple cider vinegarSalt, pepper and turmeric powder to taste Directions In a large pot, place the chicken bones and all other ingredients on top. Bring to the boil and allow to boil for 2-3 minutes, and then cover with the lid and simmer for 4-6 hours. If you use a crock pot...

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Suffering digestive issues but no idea why? Then these 5 tips will make sure you're on the right track before you go see someone professionally. We also take a look at why smoothies bowls are the new craze and why you should totally accept this craze.  It is not unheard of to know someone with digestive issues. As people delve into why they're not losing weight, why they're struggling to meet their goals, or why they're having fertility issues it would be almost dangerous to ignore the crucial role that their gut health plays in all these areas. You literally repair and build every aspect of your body, brain and hormones through the food you eat so if your digestive system is not functioning at its best you will not be absorbing the most out of your food. You cannot simply eat good food - you must use it! For most people, it only takes a few small changes and they're well on their way to healthier digestive function. If you're not sure how serious your issues are then you should at the least be going to the toilet regularly - ideally daily, and it should be with ease, but not too much.  Here are...

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  Our favourite foodie heaven in Melbourne You can read a top 10 favourite places to go in Melbourne written by 5 different people and you'll find it rare to have the same thing twice. That isn't because we don't all agree, it is simply because you're so spoiled for choice when you eat and drink your way through Melbourne's stunning city, beautiful botanic gardens and ultra-cool suburbs.  If you're heading there soon then Chantal wrote just a few suggestions of places to go below, and while there are so many amazing choices, here are some awesome suggestions on where to start. 1. Vegie Bar(Official Page) Brunswick St, is by far one of the best (and most affordable) vegetarian and vegan restaurants. Don't stress if there is is a waiting list, just relax in the back bar with a kombucha cocktail. 2. Drugstore Espresso on Toorak Rd gave me the best brekkie ever. Beetroot and quinoa fritters on pumpkin and cauli purée, great coffee and epic service. If you're staying in South Yarra like we were, then this can't be missed and is an easy 3 minute walk to Chapel Street. 3. Take a trip up to the slightly secret 55th floor...

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The GOOD and the BAD you should expect on your health journey. It's common to start your weight loss or feel great journey with a real bang and expect to feel amazing, to kick ass, and to look how you want to within a few weeks only. The reality is often the complete opposite, so we touch on some of the good and the bad expectations of your health journey.  A couple of important things we want everyone to understand is that health is most definitely not a box that once you're there, you'll just hang out with all the other healthy people forever, happily ever after. More realistically it is a terrain full of obstacles and hurdles that for every step closer you get to "healthy" the goals change and the direction you need to travel is different to last week.  THE BAD It's not easy.  In fact, sometimes it feels damn near impossible. Someone brought some ice cream over, and you promised yourself you wouldn't have any, but two bowls in, you're feeling awful, yet still spooning more into your mouth. It happens, but it is important to figure out to get over it.  It hurts.  Starting out is...

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We are surrounded by websites, facebook pages, groups and people who are telling us how to live our lives and be the best we can be. But, is it actually working?  Are we learning how to make sustainable changes? Are we understanding what the processes are behind why we make choices that may be negative, or are we simply learning what new fads, new beauty products and new foods are being advertised by these people and groups?  What is good and bad motivation? We love empowerment when it comes with positivity. If a simple post of a beach makes you strive to get outdoors and take a moment to yourself then in our world, this has worked in a positive and empowering way. If seeing an image of a green smoothie gives you the inspiration to go make one for your afternoon snack, then great! This is what the power of social media in health is designed for.  On the other side though, you've just seen your favourite trainer put their 4th new pair of shoes up in a single week. You feel just a little self-conscious that you've had a dental bill come in and a car fail its...

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We completely understand how miserable winter training can be when you have to battle to get out of your warm bed. We know you're often battling headaches and a constant runny nose that even a pre-school child would have trouble competing with. We also know that the idea of a pie, a burger, and a second glass of wine with your chocolate sounds better and tastier in the winter than a spinach smoothie or another kale salad. BUT we also know that once you've warmed up, exercise makes you feel better and fight illness. We know that the feeling of walking out of the gym with a post-sweat glow is much better than the feeling of regret for another endorphin hit missed. We know that hot soups, warming vegetable based slow cooker meals, and homemade cereals can be just as healthy as the colder choices you'd enjoy in the summer.We want to encourage you to feel better, stronger, fitter and more energetic this winter, than any other winter. We want you to do this by regular movement and by quality whole foods, vegetable juices and some self-love! Why it matters more to maintain regular movement and healthy eating habits in...

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We all love the sweet smell and wonderfully bitter taste of that perfect espresso mixed seductively with velvety milk, but it should be the enjoyment of the taste and association we go back for, not the requirement to function. So how do we keep our addiction in check? Caffeine itself is a stimulant that releases small amounts of adrenaline into your blood. It blocks receptors in your brain responsible for fatigue and drowsiness which can be incredibly handy when you need to be alert and focused on a task, but it is not so helpful when you are trying to sleep. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter released in your brain when you consume coffee, and it is responsible for feel good aspects in your body; often referred to as your brain’s happy-drug. It is also released when you laugh and when you exercise so if you combine good coffee with good friends, your mood can be elevated by a simple $4 cup of joy. What are the negatives?Everyone has different levels of caffeine tolerance and while some can build this up over weeks or years of increased caffeine intake, my recommendation is to keep your tolerance low. If you consume more than required; like many...

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