We’ve spent the last couple of years exclaiming quite proudly, our ability to function with a lack of sleep, copious gym work outs, dancing all nighters and lack of perceived need for quality shut eye… now we are less than proudly displaying it under our eyes, in our skin, with our mood and in our bodies. If sleeplessness is catching up on you, or your body is just telling you it’s time to take it easy then here are our top tips for a good night, sans partying.1. Say ‘no’ more oftenIt’s coming up to one of the busiest seasons in our year and it is in most people’s heart to want to say yes to everything and everyone to please them. Working all day combined with late nights make us look and feel older than we should and cause cellular damage that can take a lot of repair. It is important for you to prioritise and be aware that you don’t have to say yes to everything. Learn to say no thanks, run yourself a bath, light your favourite candle, and take a break this coming weekend.2. Drink more teaHerbal teas at night do wonders for hydration and for calming the body. Replace your...

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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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The weather really took a good turn last weekend as more of us took to the beach and the backyard. That however, came with the realisation that our skin needs a wee bit of attention.We’ve chosen 5 top ways to get your skin glowing this season. GENTLY exfoliate. This means, don’t aggressively scrub your skin off. Your skin is a protective organ and damaging its cells compromises its integrity. Use a firm, but not harsh dry brush on your body weekly, and a gentle facial scrub once a week. Eat your skin food. Avocado, nuts, seeds, cold pressed oils, fatty fish and fresh fruits and vegetables are digested to provide key nutrients for skin repair, glow, and nourishment. If your nutrition isn’t what it should be, you’ll see it in your skin, so start from the inside out. Drink more water. Yes, you have heard this before but hydrating your skin helps to repair and slow down the appearance of fine lines. If you don’t want to age too quickly, then water is your first step. Moisturise with natural oils. Our skin requires fat to do its job and in order to prevent it trying to compensate for a lack of oil, you should find the...

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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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