Monday, 31 August 2015

SIGN UP FOR #SUGARFREESEPTEMBER NOW TO RECEIVE THE NEW MINI WHOLEFOOD SNACKS EBOOK AND YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BREVILLE PACK VALUED AT OVER $1500!







SUGAR FREE SEPTEMBER IS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY
 and we are in the middle of launching a 'Healthy whole food snacks' eBook full of over 50 fun and inspiring recipes for little fingers and big mouths. 
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What better way to celebrate than with a massive whole foodies dream giveaway!

Sign up for #sugarfreeseptember by entering your details below and answer the question through the rafflecopter app and everyone receives the mini version of our 'Healthy whole food snacks' eBook and you all have the chance to win this amazing whole foods pack including:

1. The Breville Boss™ (BBL910) – the easy to use high velocity super blender $999 rrp
The Boss™, Breville’s first high velocity super blender, lets any home cook make healthy meals from scratch in just minutes. And because you’re making it yourself, you know exactly what’s in it. The Boss™ takes blending beyond smoothies to unlock a smorgasbord of delicious recipe possibilities at the touch of a button. Guilt-free nut butters, divine sorbets, healthy smoothies, hearty soups and more are blended to a silky smoothness thanks to the unique Breville patented ProKinetix® blade and bowl system. It can create particles that are up to 50 per cent smaller than those produced by traditional blending. This superfine texture tastes better, with a mouth feel the whole family will enjoy. 
Breville product and stockist enquiries: 1300 139 798 or www.breville.com.au 

2. The Breville Kitchen Wizz™ Pro (BFP800) $529.95 RRP
For wafer thin ribbons of food in many shapes and sizes, the Breville Kitchen Wizz Pro (BFP800) food processor is the ultimate machine. Consistent slicing, shredding, chipping and processing allows everyone to prepare food that cooks evenly and presents beautifully. Featuring a 14cm wide feed chute and a patented adjustable slicing disc, long vegetables such as carrots, zucchini and potatoes can be sliced end-to-end for vegetable bakes, lasagnes and salad platters. Chipping and julienne discs help prepare professional looking homemade fries and chunky vegetable side dishes. The Kitchen Wizz Pro also features a unique quad blade, which reduces processing time and processes top and bottom layers evenly. The 2.5L large capacity bowl means full meals can be prepared in seconds, such as mince for burgers or bolognaise. All attachments are concealed in an accessory tool box that sits upright for easier storage.
Breville product and stockist enquiries: 1300 139 798 or www.breville.com.au 

3. *** NEW *** Healthy Wholefood Snacks eBook 
By Cassandra Michelin

This eBook is beautifully presented with 50 simple and tasty ideas & recipes for snacks, finger food & lunch boxes. It incorporates expert tips from Naturopath and nutritionist Layla Metcalfe and steps to mindful snacking from Dr Ali Walker to make this eBook a great resource for anyone wanting to cut out the nasties and just eat real food thats fun. All recipes are made from whole food ingredients, many paleo and GAPS friendly.

No wheat!

No refined sugar!

No crap!

4. Live it. Do it. Eat it. eBook
By Cassandra Michelin & friends
This beautifully presented eBook features more than 70 inspiring recipes from health experts, whole food chefs and real foodies. 

Its your whole food recipe companion for your sugar free September including tips for quitting refined sugar, testimonials, and a fun Instagram photo a day challenge.
All recipes are refined sugar free and full of goodness! 




5. Live it. Do it. EASTER eBook

By Cassandra Michelin

This eBook is chockablock full of 40 simple and delicious paleo chocolate recipes made with whole food ingredients for your family to create and enjoy. 
No refined sugar!
No grains!
No dairy!

No crap!

This giveaway is open to Australian residents only and will be judged on the most creative answer. Good luck!
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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SUGAR FREE SEPTEMBER??? Here you go...


I'M CHALLENGING YOU ALL TO A SUGAR-FREE SEPTEMBER! Can you do it? Of course you can!! We are now coming up to our 3rd year of our sugar free september challenge and I am so excited for what we have in store for you!

SUGAR-FREE SEPTEMBER
30 DAYS – NO REFINED SUGAR! – JUST REAL FOOD, REAL ENERGY, REAL FUN!

To take part in our challenge:
  1. Join us on instagram (@liveitdoit) or facebook
  2. Post the above picture to your facebook or instagram... Share this with as many people as you can and get as many of your friends involved! You are committing to a huge group of people and yourself! It will be fun!  
  3. Don't eat any food containing refined sugar for 30 days starting at the beginning of September 2014.
  4. Post a refined-sugar free photo a day for each day of September from the list to instagram or facebook and hash tag #sugarfreeseptember so we can check out all the motivating sugar-free pics and keep focused.
  5. If you are having a hard day and need support or have a question please don't hesitate to get on our facebook page www.facebook.com/liveitdoit ... We are all here to support each other!
Why should you get involved? 
  • Because the Single Best Thing You Can Do For Your Health is to Stop Eating Sugar!!
  • To clean up your diet!
  • Improve your health!
  • Cravings will be beaten in Force in a supportive environment!
  • Drop a few kilo's and get that that brilliant body for summer... Its coming in full heat!
  • Pump up your energy levels and feel fabulous!
  • You will sleep better!
  • Get the glow back in your skin!
  • The best way to get your kids to cut back on their sugar intake is to be a good role model by scaling back on your own sugar consumption.

RECIPE: Coconut Cupcakes




These babies are a serious winner. They taste like a very mainstream vanilla cupcake; fluffy and sweet but they are made using mostly coconut products. Everyone that taste these cupcakes love them. You can keep them simple as muffins or cupcakes or make it into a cake. I am currently making 36 of these guys for a superhero party tomorrow; a farewell party for our kids with their best friends. 

Coconut Muffins/Cupcakes

Ingredients
3/4 cup of coconut flour
6 eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup of coconut nectar or honey
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp vanilla 
Pinch sea salt 
Coconut flakes to decorate.

Directions
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
In a food processor place all wet ingredients and whiz until combined. 
Add in all the dry ingredients and process again until mixture is well combined and smooth.
Separate mixture into cupcake cases. 
Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through.
Let muffins cool and serve on their own or with fresh coconut cream and strawberries. 





This recipe is from my latest eBook; "healthy Wholefood Snacks." Its on sale for $7.99 at the moment and you can grab it here: http://www.liveitdoit.com.au/p/ebooks.html

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

REAL MUM REVIEW: Bambino Mio, the world's most loved cloth nappies for changing times


Bambino Mio, the world's most loved cloth nappies for changing times

Bambino Mio, the most widely used reusable cloth nappy brand in the UK*, is taking the parenting world by storm with its super easy to use, environmentally friendly, cost effective and contemporary range of reusable nappy products. Catering for newborns through to toilet-trained toddlers, Bambino Mio is a family owned and operated business based in the UK, which is 100% committed to the production of the very best cloth nappies on the market.

Founded in 1997 by husband and wife team Guy and Jo Schanschieff, Bambino Mio has earned its reputation as the most trusted global brand in this category, a status recognized by over 50 industry awards.

Whilst it is widely accepted that reusable nappies have increased greatly in popularity over recent years, it is Bambino Mio’s miosolo product that has earned the company many accolades since its 2012 release.

Loved by parents around the world, the miosolo is a smart and extra soft all-in-one reusable nappy that is as quick and easy to use as a disposable. This clever nappy is one size, meaning it will grow with the vast majority of babies from birth through to toilet training (offering handy cost savings), and is now available in a new range of contemporary prints sure to be a hit with eco-chic and increasingly time-poor modern parents.

Sitting pretty alongside the miosolo, is a complimentary range of Bambino Mio products including toilet training pants for toddlers, and uber cute reusable swimming nappies for little boys and girls – ideal for our Aussie lifestyle.

Sunny has been lucky enough to road test this product for the past couple of months and we are giving them the thumbs up. We are so happy with the quality of the product; their is no leaking and they fit really nicely. I love using the Bambino Mio cloth nappies when I can to save money and gives less chance of nappy rash for my boy, as well as doing great things for the environment! Its a win win. 

We have been using the award-winning miosolo nappy; it is a simple, stylish and super soft all-in-one cloth nappy which is as easy to use as a disposable! The nappy is onesize* meaning it will grow with your baby from birth to potty training. The other good thing about cloth nappies is toddlers can feel when they are wet unlike disposables and they learn when they need to go to the toilet which makes things a lot easier when it comes to potty training.

What we love about the Bambino Mio nappies: 
  • The size of the nappy can be changed using the adjustable poppers and Velcro® style fastenings to suit the shape of your little one. 
  • Its concealed super absorbent core and stay-dry inner layer keep moisture away from your baby's delicate skin, leaving it cool and dry. 
  • Stretchy water resistant outer fabric for even the most active babies. Unique pull out tab system makes removing the core from inside the nappy as simple as possible - this improves washing performance and speeds up drying time. 
  • Super stay soft fabric remains soft wash after wash, providing the most comfortable nappy for your baby's bottom. 
  • It's Available in a range of funky colours & prints.





Where can you find these great nappies?

Available in Australia through Toys R Us outlets nationally, and sold online via www.bambinomio.com.au, Bambino Mio products are competitively positioned for price conscious parents:
miosolo RRP$29.95 potty training pants RRP$14.95 swim nappies RRP$24.95

Better for babies, better for parents and better for the environment, Bambino Mio presents some highly compelling reasons for modern families to try the switch to reusable nappies – at least some of the time.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Cutting miles...

Wow! What a week, I have done more km's than I have ever done in the one week but boy have we had fun. Here's the week in rewind...


Girls weekend - Central coast NSW
Good friends, good food and freedom, what more could any Mumma Bear ask for. A beautiful friend of mine has a holiday house up on the Central coast and a small group of us took the trip up for the weekend to bliss out and eat. Yep, there was lots of good food going around and boy did we eat. haha. Homemade soups, healthy treats, fresh juices and delicious meals from a fun organic cafe down the road with some relaxing yoga and craft sessions in between.. It was a great time to reset our bodies and rid our brains of the everyday chaos.


Staying at mums - Far South Coast NSW
On Sunday Morning, I got in the car and took the 8 hour drive from Avoca to Merimbula on the Far South coast of NSW, by myself. The drive was long but very therapeutic enjoying the quiet in the car as I went.
I met the family at Mums house where they had arrived a few days before. We enjoyed some family time and the loveliness of the area that we love.

Snow Day - Thredbo Resort NSW
As Mums house is so close to Thredbo, Little P and I couldn't help but take the opportunity to head on up for a snow day. Girls only of course, "No boys aloud" as P would say. We packed up the Ford and travelled the 3 hour drive up to Thredbo where we spent the day cruising the mountain as the sun shined down on us. It was such a beautiful day. The snow was awesome and day was perfect. Princess P had the best teacher at Thredboland and got on the chair lift for the first time, doing a couple of runs with her group. It was so cute to watch and I was such a proud mum. The smile on her face as she laughed and the love of the snow beamed out of her was priceless. I love that I can share with my kids, what was such a big part of my life growing up.





Camping in the new house - Far South Coast NSW
Our house that we own down the coast, has been vacated by our amazing tenants. This is bitter sweet, as it means we start our adventure down their earlier than planned but we leave our friends up in Sydney which is sad.
We were stoked to see that the house has been so well looked after and we decided to set up a bed and camp in the house a few nights. Such fun to be in their and start seeing where our life will be for at least the next couple of years. It's a really exciting time.





Back to Mona Vale
With the launch of #sugarfreeseptember looming over me and my latest eBook; 'Healthy whole food Sacks' ready to go, I had to get in the Ford Kuga again and back to Mona Vale to get on my computer to get the party started. I'm pumped for this years challenge and excited for Breville to be on board to offer such a fun giveaway for all our challengers. If you want to find out more about that, go here.

What a road trip!
Such a huge trip, which felt like around the world, but it felt good driving it in the Ford kuga with all its fancy features and fun loving feel. It's a safe ride so its so nice to feel at ease as you drive. On the long drive, my favourite feature is definitely the hands-free tailgate. I know your all like "WHAT THE?" yep, you can set the car to stay 3 or 4 or 5 (or whatever the amount of space you want) car spaces behind the car in front. No matter how fast or slow that car is going, you sit nicely behind it with the space you locked in. If they slow down, you slow down. If they speed up, you speed up. Its so cool. I love it, handsfree driving really? haha. 

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

REAL MUM REVIEW: smarTrike Explorer 5 trikes in 1


Recently my little Mr Sunshine was given a smarTrike Explorer 5 trikes in 1 in grey to road test. It was so fun to see his excitement as we opened the box and even more fun to put it into action. He is in the 24 month + category but we took it for a spin in all stages to see how it all works. We had had a cheaper version of this type of thing for our Princess P when she was smaller but we weren't that impressed with it as it didn't steer very well and was an all round pain to use unless it was just to push around the house. When we opened up this smarTrike, we could see the difference in quality straight away, all features function great and it is fun to use for the child and the parent. What is great is that it is an actual stroller that works well but it's in the form of a trike for the kids so they love playing on it which means more walking for us mums or time out at the shops.

So heres the run down...

A stroller is an essential item for parents, however keeping a baby or toddler happy in a stroller for long periods of time is not always an easy task. Thanks to the leading global manufacturer and distributor of tricycles, the latest innovation from smarTrike® transforms in five different ways, keeping a very active toddler entertained and engaged on the go - unlike standard strollers.
Suitable for children aged 10 – 36 months, the new smarTrike® Explorer 5 trikes in 1 grows with your child throughout the five developmental stages until they are ready to transition into riding a bike or scooter on their own, while still having all the important and practical benefits of a stroller.

Stage 1: Sleeping Mode
The first stage is designed for babies starting from 10 months. The padded seat reclines an impressive 110° for a nap on the go, whilst providing complete support for the weak back and shoulder muscles of infants. The double-layer shock absorbing rubber wheels and built-in suspension ensures little ones can enjoy a peaceful, undisturbed sleep. Pedals of the trike can be folded in to protect the child’s feet and the user can enjoy the stability of foot-rests. Parents have full control of the trike in this mode, with a ground-breaking 360° full swivel front wheel for smooth and easy steering.

Stage 2: Stroller Mode – 10+ months
This mode allows children to be a more active participant in the ride through pedalling and steering, while parents still control direction and movement. However, if necessary, the pedals can be disabled to ensure the child’s feet are protected. The children’s steering handle is isolated from the parents and can be disengaged, meaning children can steer without affecting the overall direction of the trike. The extendable UV canopy enables direct eye contact between mother and child.

Stage 3: Stroller Mode – 18+ months
As your child grows, the trike transitions into training mode and the safety harness can be removed. The foot-rests can be folded in and pedals can be folded out, ready for your child to begin mastering pedalling. The front pedals can be isolated from the front wheel, meaning children can pedal at their own pace without impacting the overall movement of the trike.

Stage 4: Trike Mode – 24+ months
Simply pressing the Navigation button transforms the product from stroller mode to trike mode. During this stage, parents are still in control if needed but the child has greater control of steering and peddling as they grow and gain confidence.

Stage 5: Child Control – 30 – 36 months
In the final stage, the parents steering handle can be removed and the clutch pushed in with the click of a button to from a freestanding independent trike.
The new patented 360° full swivel wheel design and Touch Steering® technology allows parents and children to enjoy the outdoors with a smooth and easy ride in all directions.
Safety features include shock absorbers and rubber wheels, which come with a three year warranty suitable for outdoor use, a safety brake, anti-slip foot pedals and safety harness.

Along with the stylish design, accessories include a washable seat cover, rear storage bag, extended UV canopy, toy phone, bottle holder and more. The click-in technology enables easy assembly in under 10 minutes.

Shavite Kazler, smarTrike Marketing Manager, said the Explorer 5 trikes in 1 should be top of every parent's shopping list in 2015, as it combines the luxury of a stroller with the important developmental benefits and enjoyment of a trike.
“Motor skills, social skills, imagination and creativity all play a crucial role in optimal growth in the early years.”
“The clever design of smarTrike® engages and challenges children in these crucial areas of learning, providing active play and discovery in order to increase confidence and independence,” said Shavite.

Retailing from $199, the smarTrike® Explorer 5 trikes in 1 is available this May from Target and Toys R Us.
Going on a shopping adventure or walk in the park with your little one is now more fun thanks to smarTrike®.
Visit https://smartrike.com/global/store-locator/australia to view the entire SmarTrike® range of products.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

RECIPE : Simple Coconut Yogurt


Simple Coconut yogurt
Coconut yogurt is one of those things that can be very expensive to buy but so simple to make. You will surprise yourself how fun it is culturing your own creations on your bench top too. It feels like one big science experiment.

Ingredients
2 young drinking coconuts
2 probiotic capsules
1 tbsp coconut nectar or honey (optional)
Clean glass jar with lid

Method
Safely crack open your coconuts.
Using the back of a dessert spoon, scrape out all the coconut flesh and pop it in the food processor along with the coconut water from one of the coconuts. Keep the other coconut water for smoothies.
Whiz in the food processor until mixture is thick and creamy like a very thick coconut cream.
Transfer coconut cream into your clean glass jar*. Open the probiotic capsules with your fingers. Pour the probiotic powder straight into the cream and stir through the powder using a non-metal spoon, discarding the capsules.
Put the lid on the jar and sit it on the bench out of direct sunlight for 12 hours. You will see little bubbles forming in the mixture as it cultures.
After 12 hours, open up your jar and you will have natural sour coconut cream.
Eat it natural or add in your coconut nectar or honey giving it a good stir for sweetness.
Store in the fridge up to 4 days.

*Tip: To make sure your glass jar is clean, boil it in clean water for 10 minutes and air dry.


Saturday, 8 August 2015

Our Snow Weekend at Thredbo

We made it!
On our way.
Last weekend, we packed up the Ford Kuga and set off for an adventure to Thredbo. The weather forecast was for snow so we weren't sure what to expect and how the kids would all go in the cold.
We left at lunch time on Friday and with a few stops on the way; got to Thredbo Village just after dinner time.
We arrived at Kasees Lodge with all our gear and settled in nicely to our own self contained apartment which looked straight out onto the snow fields, it had it's own kitchen (a whole food mums happiness) and a welcoming fire place in the centre of the lodge for all guests to enjoy.

We knew we had a big weekend so we got to bed early with the excitement to see the kids reactions in seeing snow for the first time in the morning when the sun rose.

seeing snow for the very first time - priceless!
We awoke to our little Sunny jumping up and screaming that there is "SNOW, SNOW" everywhere. The snow was falling on our balcony so gracefully and the kids were filled with happiness, excitement and craziness...they wanted to get out there straight away. We dressed them up warm and they ventured out on the balcony as the snow fell on them and they tried to get it to fall into their mouths. The look on their little faces was priceless, they were just in shock that snow is real, it's wet and it is cold. It was really cute. Andrew and I kept looking at them, looking at each other and laughing at the happiness they had and were expressing in their own little funny ways. They'd only seen snow on the movie; 'Frozen' so they were bursting at the seams to get right outside and start building 'Olaf' the snow man.




Snow was falling and we slowly made our way out to explore and get our ski hire. The great thing about Thredbo is that it has everything you need; you can arrive with nothing and hire all your gear including your equipment and snow clothing for your stay, grab your lift passes and your set. There are also great restaurants, bistro's and cafes in the Village.

I loved staying in the Village as we could pop back to our lodge during the day if the kids were tired or we got too cold. It was great as after we got our ski hire; Andrew took Sunny back for a rest and I could take Pia down to Thredboland.
Thredboland is a kids paradise, princess P was in her absolute element, saying she loved it is an understatement. As a parent it was so nice to know I could drop my daughter off to a great place where she can learn to ski, have fun and make new friends all while I can have some time on the mountain myself.
The kids program is fantastic at Thredbo, the instructors are fabulous with kids and bring out the fun of the snow in a small group environment. Pia, especially loved the train rides around Friday flat, going on the magic carpet on her ski's and learning to ski all by herself.

Having ride on the snow train
Little P loving Thredboland
Thredboland train
Snow. Freedom. 
settling in for the night in front of the fire place.
With the boys having a rest and P at Thredboland, I was a free agent. I spent the afternoon cruising by myself, getting my feet back on my snowboard and enjoying the quiet time on the beautiful mountain. It was so amazing to feel that freedom of snowboarding again, there were lots of funny falls, laughs to myself and sore legs at the end of each run. Got to love the burn hey? So great to be active doing something that I used to do so much of as a kid.

After a huge day out on the snow, we had dinner in and settled in front of the fireplace at Kasees lodge. Such a blissful atmosphere. Another early night was called for.

Our funny little blue marshmallow. 
The kids on their tiny skis at Thredbo
So proud of this little man on the chair lift for the first time at 2 years old.

Up early, Sunny couldn't leave the lodge without his ski's on. "My Sti's! I Sti! My Sti's" was on repeat from the little man, "sti's" meaning ski's of course. We laughed and laughed all morning as we caught the village bus down to the lifts. Andrew went on his way for a few runs and I played with the kids in front of the bistro at Friday Flat. It was so much fun, we built a snow man and I pulled the kids around on their tiny skis. They looked so cute all rugged up and bursting with happiness. The snow was pumping down and the kids weren't bothered by the cold but instead, excited to be playing in it and experiencing snow, the real thing.

Andrew took turns of taking the kids up the Friday flat chair lift and skiing down with them between his legs. It was amazing. Sunny was obsessed and would hardly let his sister have a turn. I was so proud of him, seeing his tiny little body huddled up next to Andrew on the chair lift. No fear at all.
Pia spent another afternoon at Thredboland and after a full day of snow, by 4pm we were pooped. It was so simple to return all our ski hire at the bottom of the ski runs. We packed up the Ford kuga and got ready for the trip back to Sydney.

Ready for home.

Wow! It was now that the snow really started cranking, it was falling down heavy as we drove from Thredbo Village to Jindabyne. It was even falling right down to Berridale. It was awesome but we had to drive slowly watching for ice on the road. It was great driving in an AWD as we didn't need to put chains on in the snow.
As we got out of the mountains and towards Canberra we could put on the adaptive cruise control and lane keeping aid and enjoy the drive. We had never experienced these features before and Andrew got a bit over excited telling me; "You can drive 4 cars behind the one in front, hands free and stay in the lines, watch this!" Hah it really is amazing. It was a great trip back.

We loved the whole Thredbo experience and can't wait to get back down there. It was so much fun sharing the snow with our children and watching their little faces as they light up and get to be so hands on with something that we grew up with and truly love.

Its snowing...alot!


Friday, 7 August 2015

32/52



A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015."

Wholefood snacks picnic

Little P: Such a big girl, full of heart.

Sunshine: The first time you have had popcorn in over a year or maybe ever. Homemade of course all for an eBook photo shoot.

Are you taking part in the 52 project? I would love to see!!! I'm linking up with Practising simplicity here

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Go-to Natural Remedies to Take This Winter

‘Go-to Natural Remedies to Take This Winter’

By Stephen Eddey, Naturopath Nutritionist and Principal of Health School Australia

We’re in the peak of cold and flu season here in Australia, and sometimes it may feel like you just can’t shake off those symptoms of cold and flu, no matter how hard you try. Other times, it can feel as though your household is playing a game of hot potato- only this time with a head cold! Instead of reaching for cold and flu tablets, try giving your immune system a break and nourish it naturally. Mother-nature has provided us with a number of remedies for the symptoms of cold and flu that are safe for both you and your family. Stephen Eddey, Naturopath Nutritionist and Principal of Health School Australia has given us a list of his go-to natural remedies to take this winter, to help you stop those sniffles, once and for all.

1. Fresh Picked Olive Leaf Extract
Antioxidants eat up free radicals that weaken our immune system and cause inflammation. With five times (400%) more antioxidant power than the equivalent amount of Vitamin C according to a scientific study[i], Fresh-Picked™ Olive Leaf Extract has traditionally been used in Western Medicine to support the immune system and fight symptoms of cold and flu. Olive Leaf has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties which prove beneficial for immunity and help keep viral infections at bay, and is even suitable for kids- winner!

2. Peppermint
Here’s an excuse for you to indulge in some more herbal tea: Peppermint actually contains menthol, which acts as a decongestant. It also helps soothe an aching body, a common symptom of cold and flu. Sip on Peppermint tea during the day to not only keep your fluids up but assist in clearing a congested nose! 

3. Vitamin D
Vitamin D plays an important role in our immune system. In the winter months, the sun is at its lowest and our Vitamin D levels easily become depleted, in turn weakening our immune system. Some studies have shown that people who have low vitamin D levels may have a higher chance of developing influenza.  Spending 20 minutes in the sun while on your lunch break could help to increase your Vitamin D levels. 

4. Ginger
Ginger tea is said to help ease headaches and sore throats, and is used as a traditional asthma reliever in the West Indies. Ginger has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and can help break down the accumulation of toxins in your body that make you susceptible to infections, particularly in your lungs and sinuses. Sip on ginger tea, or add some ginger, honey and lemon to your peppermint tea for a powerhouse cold/flu fighting blend!

5. Zinc
You’ve probably heard this one before- and for good reason! Research suggests that zinc can help control infections by slowing your immune system’s response, to in turn prevent damaging, out of control inflammation. This could be why taking zinc tablets when you begin to feel the onset of cold and flu symptoms could help stem the effects of the illness .

It’s important to keep in mind that these natural remedies will be complimented by a healthy lifestyle- try to avoid processed foods and sleep for the recommended 7-8 hours per night to avoid weakening your immune system any further. 


ABOUT COMVITA FRESH-PICKED OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT RANGE
Comvita Fresh-Picked™ Olive Leaf Extract range of fresh-picked liquid extracts are gaining traction as one of the most sought after natural health supplements. The powerful antioxidant assists in supporting the maintenance of normal heart function and has been traditionally used to help support a healthy immune system.
Renowned throughout the ages for their multi-use health benefits, Olive Leaves were used over 4000 years ago by Egyptian and Mediterranean cultures for their multi-purpose medicinal qualities. They have since lived on as one of the best immune supporting nutritional supplements, with more recent research also showing benefits for cardiovascular health. This is thought to be due to their unusually high levels of polyphenols, a group of compounds that have many potential health benefits.
Olive oil phenolic compounds, such as oleuropein and cafeic acid have attracted attention because of their potential anti-diabetic, anti-atherosclerotic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Olive Leaf Extract is used traditionally to support a healthy immune system but also assists in the maintenance of normal heart function and cardiovascular health.
Comvita Fresh-Picked™ Olive Leaf Extract has 400% more antioxidant powerii than the equivalent amount of Vitamin C and is available in Natural, Mixed Berry and Peppermint flavours; making it easy for the whole family to take.
Comvita Fresh-Picked™ Olive Leaf Extract product range is available in four sizes including a 30 day supply 500ml bottle (RRP $40.50) and a 200ml Mixed Berry flavoured extract is also available for children (RRP $33.75).
Comvita’s Fresh-Picked™ Olive Leaf Extract is available at most pharmacies and health food stores nationwide.
Contact Comvita on 1800 466 392 or see www.olea.com.au.



REFERENCES:



[i] Stevenson., L., Hunter, D., “Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity of EnvirOlea® Olive Leaf Extracts” Southern Cross University, 2005. Commissioned by Olive Products Australia. CHC 41449-05/10
[i] Laaski I, Ruohola JP, Tuohimaa P, et al. An association of serum vitamin D concentrations <40 nmol/L with acute respiratory tract infection in young Finnish men. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2007;86:714-717.
[ii] http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/zip8.htm

Saturday, 1 August 2015

5 Tips For Staying Motivated



Well, what a month its been. I have hardly touched the sides of the Business Diploma I am committed too with Business Mamas and the guilt is setting in. I have every excuse in the book, I'm writing my next upcoming eBook, I have blog posts coming out of my ears, the kids have been sick, I've just found out we need to move sooner that we thought and I'm all round overwhelmed. That's being a mum though right? Life can send you curve balls and you just need to suck it up and get over that fence and keep going, keep striving and keep a smile on your face. I'm excited to do this course but finding it so hard to keep focused with so many other things going on around me. I'm not giving up though, far from it. I'm more motivated than ever, I know I can do this as I know I have a supportive environment around me from the business mamas team and my special business mama angel that keeps checking in to make sure everything ok. 

Here are my 5 tips I have set myself this weekend to get back on track and stay motivated:

1. Keep your goals front and centre, have them hanging in front of your face so they cannot be forgotten. 

2.  Utilise your business angel from business mamas. These lovely ladies are here for a reason to nurture us through the course and keep us at it. 

3. Set specific time slots and days for working on the course per week. Setting these times gives us no excuse to bow out of study. 

4. It's all about positivity. Keeping the "cant's" out and the "can's" in. Kicking out all the negative thoughts and actions about why I can't do something and just focusing on how I can. Instead of making excuses, just making an action plan to make more time. 

5. Acknowledge your accomplishments. Taking time to take pride and celebrate our wins will have us all wanting to achieve more. Anything that moves us forward to our goals is worth celebrating.

You can take the first step to live happy, work happy, be happy! Contact Business Mamas today and the Business Mamas team will be in touch with more information. 

Business Mamas is an accredited online business school designed to help you launch your new business. Whether it be launching a micro business for extra cash or starting the next big business sensation, it’s all about you and your goals!


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