Nicole Saba: Theta Healing helped me lose 21 kilos

Nicole Saba struggled with her weight since primary school. It was only when she discovered ThetaHealing and learnt to accept herself, that she was able to change her life for the better. Since primary school, I have battled issues with my weight. I found myself feeling like I was never good enough, always comparing myself to others and trying to be accepted by everyone else. For years, I struggled with trying to figure out how I could become ‘skinny’. I tried different diets, detoxes, naturopathy, health supplements, weight loss pills and tried incorporating them with exercising. All of these methods
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Chicken burritos

Looking for healthy dinner ideas? We love these tasty chicken burritos. Ingredients (serves 2) 1 avocado 1 tomato, finely diced ½ red onion, diced Cajun seasoning 4 pieces (150g each) skinless chicken tenderloin ½ cup red/yellow/green capsicums, sliced 4 small low-fat corn tortillas 1 cup baby spinach leaves Spray olive oil Method Scoop out the avocado and mash into a bowl. Add the tomato and onion and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning over the chicken. Heat a frypan to medium heat and lightly spray with olive oil. Place the chicken and capsicum in the frypan and cook for approximately
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6 healthy winter soups

Healthy soup ideas that will keep you warm this winter. Chicken soup Ingredients 1 potato, washed, peeled and cubed ½ onion diced 1 litre of chicken stock 6 small chicken drumsticks with skin off 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped and deseeded 2 tbsp of fresh chopped Continental Parsley Fresh ground black pepper Spray olive oil Method Put large saucepan on a low heat and spray with oil. Add onion, cook until translucent, stirring constantly. Then add the chicken stock and drumsticks. Finally, add all vegetables, bring to the boil on high heat and then simmer on low heat for 1 hour.
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How to prevent bloating & cramps

Suffer from cramps, flatulence or bloating? A few subtle tweaks to your diet could make all the difference. 1. USE PROBIOTICS “Some strains of probiotics, such as lactobacillus plantarum and bifidobacteria infantis, may help reduce abdominal pain, flatulence and belly distension,” says CK Yao, a research dietitian at Monash University. Probiotics can also promote anti-inflammatory effects by interacting with the gut immune system. “This may help to reduce hyper-sensitivity reactions of the gut that can manifest as abdominal pain or bloating,” Yao explains. As some people find that taking probiotics worsens digestive symptoms such as bloating, always start with a
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Health benefits of self-meditation

Meditation may ease inflammatory conditions including psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma, suggests a new report published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity. In a small experimental study, participants in an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program – focusing on the breath, mental content and bodily sensations while walking, sitting or practising yoga – experienced notably smaller post-stress inflammatory responses than control subjects. While results didn’t conclusively tie the improvements to MBSR, authors deduced that the link between psychological stress and inflammatory response, and meditation’s anti-stress clout, made mindfulness a worthy treatment contender for conditions with a neurogenic inflammatory component. Get more
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Being active with Brittney Cutts

We chat to Australian personal trainer and wellness coach Brittney Cutts about her mission and goals. Hailing from small-town New Zealand, this young up-and-comer has not only managed to find Aussie-based love in Australian Football Leauge (AFL) star Matthew Suckling, but she has also worked hard to build a body, brand and career to match. A personal trainer and women’s wellness coach who lives by her own advice, Brittney Cutts told WH&F about her mission to help the world B.Active. About the brand My brand B.Active is all about helping women achieve their health and fitness goals through my own
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Getting to know Leah Simmons

We chat to yogi star Leah Simmons about her her fit life and how she fuels her body. Leah Simmons prides herself on being the girl-next-door – who just happens to twist her body into amazing yogi shapes. A qualified Pilates and fitness instructor who hates to cook, she fuels her body with organic and wholesome food, and powers her Instagram with poses we can use for good health. Day on a plate Meal 1: 500 ml water with 2 g chlorella. Meal 2: A long black coffee, two free-range eggs (boiled or scrambled) with one piece of organic rice
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Getting to know Hayley Roper

We chat to sports model, author, trainer Hayley Roper about what makes her tick, food and lifestyle. Hayley Roper has lived and breathed fitness her entire life, so it’s no surprise the budding sports model, author and trainer has gone far in the Insta-fitspo stakes. For Roper, half the battle of healthy living falls outside the scope of workout-and-repeat, and lands on positive mindset, as is reflected in her book Lighten Up. Roper says Most of my food is organic and free range. I also drink three to four litres of water per day and I avoid coffee and alcohol
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Modern-day meditation

According to research, meditation reduces high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. David Goding investigates its far-reaching health benefits. The science of meditation is at once very simple and incredibly complex. On a basic level it requires little more than inner calm and focus though it provides us with a wealth of lasting mental and physical benefits. In fact, meditation may well be the third cog in the wheel of health — along with diet and regular exercise — that provide us with ultimate health and wellbeing. A recent US meta analysis of 20 individual studies conducted by Connecticut University
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How to stay motivated on a new eating and exercise plan

Struggling to find your why? Samantha Emms explores ways to get fired-up about your new eating and exercise plan and how to stay motivated. Motivation is loosely defined as ‘purpose; drive’ – but to the average person, motivation is what gets you out of bed when you’re exhausted and has you crunching (happily) on celery sticks. Whether you choose to do BodyPump and eat quinoa, or watch Married at First Sight and get UberEats delivered, motivation helps you remember why you want to be healthy in the first place. Without motivation there’s just old habits that make you feel as though
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