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How to Be a Modern Mum on Your Daughter’s Wedding Day

Your daughter’s special day is getting closer and what with all the arrangements and chores you’ve forgotten to see to your dress. It’s high time to pick an outfit but the thought of having all those eyes on you is giving you cold feet. Is this your current predicament? Well, don’t worry, you are not alone in having this anxious mother of the bride syndrome. Pull your chin up, take a friend and check out the latest in town. You’ll be sure to find something tempting. And just to give you a heads up, here are some tips on how
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How to get rid of muffin tops

Excess fat on your shoulder blades and top of the hips is caused by your body’s inability to effectively break down complex carbs and sugars MUFFIN TOP & BRA STRAP BULGE “They aren’t called muffin tops for nothing,” says Calabro. “Usually the culprit is neo carbs or man-made carbs and the client needs to focus on Paleo carbs.” That’s a big NO to bread but a great tick for berries. If your body’s insulin function isn’t efficient, a minute on your lips really can turn into a lifetime on your hips. HOW TO FIX  DIET: This area responds quickly to
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Summer Body Warrior Challenge – Week 3 – Challenge 2

The aim of the challenge is to get through all of the exercises and repetitions in ANY order and in any rep numbers as quickly as you can. Keep track of reps and set that clock! Equipment ›› Stopwatch ›› Paper/pen ›› BB ›› DB ›› Weighted plate ›› Box or chair ›› Mat Before commencing, roughly draw up a table with exercises at the top and metrics down the side – think reps or time. Fill in the exercises, leaving room to record your numbers as you go. Perform each exercise and rep with full range and good technique to maximise benefits.   Challenge exercises ›› Squat
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How to lose weight in your 30s

In your 30s, your hormones change and you burn 100 calories less per day than in your 20s. 1. Increase your muscle bulk Your waistline starts to expand as your total body fat increases, and muscle mass and body water decrease. This is why you’re likely to see an increase in body weight and lose some of your youthful muscle tone, and why it’s important to increase your muscle bulk now – to promote greater fat burning during exercise and higher calorie burn around the clock. The post How to lose weight in your 30s appeared first on Women's Health
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Food labelling: a case of natural selection?

Packaged and convenience foods line the aisles of every supermarket. Riddled with mystery chemical ingredients such as stabilisers and preservatives, their labelling can be almost impossible to decipher. Food manufacturers know that health sells, and product labelling is the front line in getting the message across to time-poor shoppers. Buzz words like ‘lite’, ‘organic’, ‘scientifically proven’, ‘healthy’ and ‘natural’ – claims often stamped on the front of packaging – can be misleading. ‘Lite’ doesn’t always refer to reduced fat content – it can be used to refer to a thinner consistency or reduced sugar. And science is often used to
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5 ways to re-train your taste buds

It takes just a few weeks for your taste buds to adjust to a healthier diet Most of us are unaware of how many chemicals and preservatives are in our diets, thanks to the highly processed foods we select from the supermarket shelf. Fortunately, we can retrain our tastebuds. Follow our step-by-step guide to healthy shopping: 1. Choose natural, unprocessed food Consuming natural wholefoods may taste bland at first, but with patience and perseverance your taste buds will soon adjust to the healthier diet. 2. Introduce new things into your diet, bit by bit “Tastebuds only take 14 to 21
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Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

Nikki Fogden-Moore demonstrates the Triangle Pose/Trikonasana. Benefits: Builds strength and balance, creates space and stretching in your lower back – it is a wonderful pose to strengthen, lengthen and balance. Works: Knees, hamstrings, lower back and great for achy feet – overall balancing and rejuvenating pose How To: Start with your feet together in mountain pose – with arms by your sides – then take a strong wide step out to the side. Adjust your feet to step as wide as you can. Raise your hands to shoulder width. Stretch from fingertip to fingertip. Suck your belly in and push
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Burpee to surfer burpee

A surfer burpee will not only challenge you physically, but will also improve mobility in your hips and back. This is an ideal exercise for surfers from beginner to expert level for helping to harness the explosive power and flexibility needed to get up on the board. How to: 1. Bend over or squat down and place your hands on the floor in front of you, just outside of your feet. 2. Jump both feet back to a plank position. 3. Drop to a push-up – your chest should touch the floor. You can also drop to your knees here to
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Red rice paella

We love this red rice paella with chicken, mussels, prawns and spicy chorizo.   Ingredients •    600g (2½ cups) red rice •    100ml (5 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil •    30g (3 medium cloves) garlic, finely chopped •    150g French shallot, finely chopped •    600g (4 medium-sized) chicken thighs, cut into 2cm chunks •    2 large spicy chorizo sausages, cut into slices •    1 cup cherry tomatoes plus extra for garnish •    250g large mussels, cleaned •    150g (1½ medium sized) red bell peppers, seeded and chopped into 1cm pieces •    150g (1½ medium-sized) green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
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The Strength Test: The 50/50

Ever wonder how you measure up when it comes to fitness? Try the 50/50 test and measure your strength and endurance in the trunk and legs. What is it? This is a test to measure strength and endurance in the trunk and legs. It was developed by a New York trainer and gym owner, Mark Merchant. Unlike many other strength tests, the simple, easy to follow method takes into consideration body weight. Who should test it? This is a great method for people who are in overall good health and those who have been training for more than a few
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