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  • InHealth, Lifestyle

    Eat to Glow From the Inside Out

    As you know, I have been working my way through so many books on health and nutrition over the past few months, and one of my favourites has been The Forensic Nutritionist by Fiona Tuck. Fiona – as well as being absolutely stunning – is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, skincare expert, yoga teacher and an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, therefore has more than enough knowledge and experience to pen a book on nutrition.

    I recently had the lovely opportunity to ask Fiona some burning questions I had about health & wellness which I’ve popped below, and please do take a peek at ‘The Forensic Nutritionist’, which is available online now but will also be released in health stores September 1st, if you too want to get the real deal on healthy eating – and see some yummy and very aesthetically-pleasing recipes to boot!

    Fiona, your book is such a great read and I’ve learnt so much about nutrition that I never even knew! I must admit, a lot of my desire to eat ‘right’ is to enhance my skin’s glow and gut balance but food really is a medicine isn’t it, as the old saying goes ‘let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food’. I am so glad to hear that you are enjoying the book. Everything we put into our mouth has an ability to harm or heal, this really changes the way we think about food. Knowing how to read food labels when in the supermarket is a great way to begin to eat smarter, is there anything in particular to look out for Fiona?

    Where possible, try to stick to the outer perimeter of the supermarket when shopping as this is where all the fresh foods tend to be. The fresher the food, the less ingredients on the label. The more natural, e.g. fresh fruit and vegetables, there are no labels at all. If there is a long list of chemical sounding ingredients or numbers, my advice is put it back on the shelf.

    Should we all be taking vitamin supplements or pre/probiotics, or are they only for specific concerns?

    It really is different for each individual. Try and get your nutrients from a diet rich in fresh foods particularly fresh fruits and vegetables. Supplements may be required when there is illness, if a person is on medication or there is need for nutritional support. To get the very best from a supplement, it is advisable to seek professional assistance to be sure you are taking the right supplement and at the correct dose for your particular requirements.

    I keep reading that salt is the enemy for the heart, but a nutritionist once told me many women are salt deficient and should be consuming more! Where do you sit on this subject?

    Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all it depends on diet, lifestyle, size and health. Most people get enough salt through their diet and it is rare to be deficient, however what we tend to need more of is iodine which is found in iodised salt. Whilst regular table salt is not beneficial for blood pressure, kidney and cardiovascular disease, it is important to include mineral rich foods in the diet such as seaweed and kelp to obtain adequate minerals particularly iodine.

    If the goal is weight loss and increased energy, what steps should begin to take for a serious lifestyle change?

    Cut right back on refined, processed foods which tend to be high in fat, salt and sugar and low in nutrients. Eating high calorie low nutrient foods leads us to crave more food as our body is in need of nourishment. This can lead to overeating and weight gain.

    Include a variety of different vegetables with each meal and aim for 7 – 10 servings a day, which includes a couple of pieces of fruit. Exercise every day even if it is only for 20 – 30 minutes. This with increase the feel good chemicals boosting mood and self esteem which will make it easier for you to stay on track with a healthy eating regime. It’s the small daily changes that make the biggest long term effects on weight and energy.

    And because it’s all about the skin for me, what kinds of food should I be consuming for that all-illusive glow? Should I really be drinking a glass of warm water and lemon each morning? 

    Warm water and lemon can aid digestion but just be mindful that lemon juice is acidic and can attack the enamel on your teeth. When it comes to clear skin it is all about fibre, antioxidants and good fats. We need the fibre to flush out toxins and old hormones, the antioxidants (fruit and veg) to protect against premature ageing and pigmentation and the good fats such as oily fish, nuts and seeds to keep the skin supple, soft and hydrated. Water is important for firmness and hydration and of course helps the fibre along nicely too!

    Learn more from Fiona from her website FionaTuck.com, as well as Facebook & Instagram.

    Here’s to living a healthier lifestyle,

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  • InBeauty, Features, Health, Skin

    A Day in the life of Natalie Sellars, of Kindred Toxin Free Facials

    “After 13 years in traditional beauty, there came a point where I could no longer go on. I needed to take full responsibility for the message I was sending about beauty and for what I was putting on client’s skin. I start work each day excited to educate my clients that the’s another way and that a bathroom full of products does equal beautiful skin!” – Natalie Sellers, Founder, Kindred Toxin Free Facial Studio.

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    I’ll have hands on and hands off days each week. The days that are hands off I spend updating my online shop, confirming bookings and all things admin related to the business. I’ll always take 2 days off a week usually a Sunday and Monday to recharge, look after myself and spend time with family and loved ones.

    The days that I work in the studio are jam-packed so I need to be prepared. I make all my meals in advance and bring 3 litres of water with me every day to make sure I’m eating well and staying hydrated. Drinking enough water is seriously one of the easiest things you can do to look after your skin.

    I’m usually fully booked a few weeks in advance which helps me see when I will need to be prepared to the max and I can capacity plan. It also gives me time to ensure during that time I’m taking very good care of myself. As the business is only me I have to ensure I’m healthy and on my game.

    Hands off days usually involve some kind of meeting with a supplier, taking my fiancee to some kind of appointment, or checking out new yoga classes or similar (self care is always a priority), researching new products and the newest wellness trends, and making my food for the upcoming days in the studio.

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    So my ‘average’ day in the studio?

    6:30am: I’m an early riser and I’ll jump straight into a morning meditation. A current favourite is Alison Potts Morning Meditation. After this I’ll make a smoothie (almond milk, turmeric, proplenish, prana caramel protein, greens and a few other supplements) and check any orders that have come in overnight, check emails, or reorder any stock I need. I’ll also spend a little of this time packing up orders ready for the courier to pick up.

    8:30am: Jump in the car and three times a week I’ll stop and train with my PT at EAT RUN LIFT. I have fibromyalgia and Beau is great at training with that in mind. After training I’ll grab a coffee and head to the studio.

    10:15am: I arrive to my studio at Inna Bliss in Bulimba. I’ll have a shower and set the studio up for a day of clients. I’ll usually see around five or six clients in a day.

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    1:30 – 2:30pm: Depending on what rituals are booked in I’ll try and take lunch around now. If possible I prefer to get out of the studio and sit in the sun for a little bit. I might walk up to a local cafe near the studio that has WiFi, grab a coffee and check emails.

    5:45pm: I’ll take another break around now and have dinner which I’ll bring from home. Usually it is veggies or stirfry. It is all low GI, low carb and dairy free. It has to keep me energised to make sure I am giving the same level facial treatment at 6pm that I do for my first client of the day at 11am.

    7:15pm: I’ll clean up the studio after my last client of the day and depending on how I feel I might stay for a yoga class that is on in the studio I work from. Otherwise I’ll book in for an infra-red sauna or head home.

    9pm: While my studio and non-studio days look a little different, the one thing that doesn’t change is that I’m in bed by 9pm. It is the promise I make to myself and my wellness so I can continue to operate at my maximum.

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  • InHealth

    Health & Wellness Advice with Health Guru Tammy Roche

    I’m so excited to share a new category on Why Hello Beauty, which is Health and I’m even more excited that our first health interviewee, Tammy Roche is sharing her expert knowledge with us today. Based in Sydney as the founder of Kudos Escapes, think a boutique events & travel concierge company, Tammy lives and breathes heath and wellness, and as she also came 2nd in the World Beauty Fitness and Fashion last month – which if you’re like me and were unaware, is a big deal within the health, fitness, wellness and sports modelling arena – means gal knows her stuff! Just keep reading on for the low-down on health + wellness ..

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    Hi Tammy, thanks for chatting with Why Hello Beauty today! I’ve really become interested in natural beauty products over the past 6 months or so, which has lead me to think a lot more about what I am putting on my skin + in my stomach so I’m really happy to include Health as a section on the blog! How important is food when it comes to all things health + wellness?

    Food is your gateway to optimal health. Your body will react to whatever you put in your body such as processed foods, which in turn will leave you feeling sluggish, lethargic, possibility of mood swings, high blood sugar levels and your skin may start to look a little dull and, not to mention weight gain. Starting your day off with a power packed breakfast will kick start your metabolism and start you off on the right foot, think vegetables, fruit, good sugars, proteins and good fats. Good gut health is the key and this is in control of your operating systems such as; your immune system, your health and your mood.

    As I (Emily), suffer from anxiety on the daily, how big of an impact is stress on the body?

    As someone who did suffer from anxiety and stress throughout my younger years, I realised how much of an impact and toll it was taking on my health. There are 4 types of stress. Chronic (long lasting & long suffering), Acute (short but severe), Eustress (good stress like nervousness), Distress (anxiety, sadness, sorrow, pain).
    By nipping it in the bud at initial stages and learning how to tap into this to offset stress has a major benefit to your health. Stress can play a big part in weight gain, mental health, heart, hair loss, skin health, digestive issues, inner organs, lungs and muscles problems.

    I’ve heard that 80% of being healthy comes down to food, with the remaining 20% thanks to exercise – is this true?

    Well as I am a big believer in health & fitness and maintaining this with an active lifestyle but I do back it up by saying yes, roughly 80% diet and 20% exercise. With a good diet full of goodness, you have the ammunition to lose weight with better energy levels and in saying that it’s important to do this with exercise. Whether it be yoga, pilates, brisk walks, boxing, HIIT training or any other style of training it will in turn only play a positive part in your daily life and living. I live and breathe fitness and I believe in everything balanced.

    If weight loss is the goal, what exercises do you suggest women consider?

    Personally, I do love HIIT Training – High Intensity Interval Training. It’s great for ladies’ that are time poor, want to exercise and to really have a good workout at the same time with results. You will lose weight not muscle, better metabolism, it’s fun and challenging and exercises can be changed to suit levels and intensity. Your heart will have better health.
    Weights – This is a myth when they say weights make you bulky. I have been training weights for over 15years. I am a size 8 and this is mainly 70% of my training paired with yoga, HIIT Training and sometimes boxing and martial arts. I have a fast metabolism so I can lose weight easily. As an example, I would do more weights to keep a nice defined toned physique and to feel stronger; yoga for my mental state and stress relief as well as stretching of the muscles and boxing to really shake the body up and to kick start that blood circulation. I always suggest weights for ladies.
    Make sure you find a good trainer who knows how to write your program for you for what your body needs and not a generic one. Try weight training with a cardio workout but of course, this must be based on what you can do at your level and if you have no existing injuries.

    IMG_0291For busy working women that wish to exercise that bit more, what exercises do you suggest they incorporate into their lives?

    Once again HIIT training. Its fast, it’s simple and its fun. Brisk walks with interval training.

    I’ve always had bad posture and wanted to try yoga but feel that I wouldn’t be flexible or graceful enough – is this true? What other benefits does yoga have?

    This is far from the truth. Yoga is about tapping into your own awareness and space without any ego. Yoga actually helps with flexibility which is great for individuals who may be a little stiff in certain areas. Yoga helps with anxiety and stress as well as strength, focus & concentration, it calms the mind and puts you in a state of peace, physical & mental state.

    What is one thing we can all do today to improve our health + wellbeing?

    *Be mindful as to what you put in your body – for optimal health this is the ultimate key.
    *Keep active and get that body moving.
    *Learn to meditate and take at least 5 minutes a day to switch off from everything including your tech stuff.
    *Take time for YOU!

    Oh and before we finish, please tell me more about Kudos Escapes – it sound simply blissful!

    Kudos Escapes was born out of the love of travel and health & fitness. Over 15 Years of travel and working within the health & wellness industry within various modalities around the world this in itself prompted me with an idea to create experiences based around health & wellness within Australia & International. I source unique locations and venues as I am passionate about implementing health & wellness into businesses and corporate companies as well as teaching individuals how they can get at least an hour back a day by taking that time out for themselves. Kudos Escapes creates customised itineraries, one day events, longer retreats and wellness weekenders covering anywhere from active, spa, yoga, nutrition and team building for the corporates. We have a specialised team to work with you from the start based on your requirements and budget to post event follow up, and always with everything health & wellness in mind.

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    Kudos Escapes

    Website: www.kudosescapes.com

    IG: @kudosescapes / @tamxfitgirl

    FB: @kudosescapes

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