Why 1200 calorie diets don’t work

The 1200 calorie diet and extreme workouts are definitely the ‘in-thing’ right now. You only have to do a quick Google search and you’ll find one. Or thousands. You won’t even know who’s writing your program or their credentials but hey, if they guarantee a bikini body not many people argue the point.

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Family – Does Blood Really Break All Barriers?

What do you think of when I say the word ‘Grief’? Perhaps a death, a terminal illness diagnosis or maybe the end of a marriage? What if I told you that we grieve anytime life doesn’t meet our expectations? The degree and extent of that grief depends solely on how attached we are to our beliefs around those expectations; and, there is no exact amount of time that we are meant to grieve before we ‘get over it’. Sometimes we never do!

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Chicken with Garlic-Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe

I love a yummy baked dish, especially on Monday night. You can throw everything together and pop it into the oven for an easy start to the week. You can prepare this the day before and then have it ready for Monday too. Chicken is packed with protein while sweet potatoes provide an awesome nutritional punch. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6 and vitamin C. They are also a great source of magnesium. Magnesium is sometimes known as the ‘anti-stress’ mineral. That’s got to be a good thing!

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Raising money smart children

My daughter has developed a new, strong and meaningful relationship over the last year. It is a relationship that I love as an important milestone but also loath because another childhood milestone has been reached. I am talking, of course, about the tooth fairy. This little mite slides in and steel my daughter’s teeth and I am expected to fork over money each time. That being said I have each tooth gone so far in a little pouch. I still haven’t decided if that’s creepy or not.

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Top tips for keeping kids safe online

A generation of Australian kids is accessing adult content from as young as seven. This is due to a lack of parental controls and unrestricted access to the Internet, according to latest research from Family Zone.
The nation-wide survey – which interviewed 774 families – showed that 56% of Australian parents have no online parental controls in place and more than 25% have no idea how to protect their kids on digital devices.
From the results, it was estimated that over 1.6 million Aussie kids are at risk online.

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Kids Lunchbox Ideas and Tips for Busy Mums

I’ve watched that many food experts, even the ones I admire, suggest loads of elaborate lunchbox ideas. Here’s what I’ve learned after 11 years of parenting so far. The kids want to play. Most kids will not sit and eat a sandwich, a tub of yoghurt, a piece of fruit and lots of vege sticks all in one sitting. And there’s no chance while the playground is begging for their attention!

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Hearty Beef Stew Recipe

A hearty stew is just what’s called for to warm up the family on a cold winter’s night. I love this recipe because it’s so versatile. If you’re missing any of the ingredients it’s easy to replace them with other yummy options you have in the fridge. I’ve been known to replace the carrot with sweet potato from time-to-time and that works pretty nicely! Beef is packed with protein and iron so this dish, along with all the awesome vegies, is an awesome way to get goodness into your family in one pot.

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10 tips to beat fatigue in busy mums

Fatigue is crap. Let’s face it. If we didn’t feel it we’d have bundles of energy to do what we wanted all day. But we would also probably continue doing stuff we don’t like for longer. Feeling fatigued means you are feeling weary, tired or lacking energy that doesn’t go away when you rest. Don’t forget that fatigue can be physical and/or psychological.
Fatigue can often be traced back to your habits. I’m a massive fan of talking about habits. That’s why one of my latest books is called ‘The habit3_-title_-pageFit Busy Mum: Seven habits for success’

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10 tips for plane trips with kids

As a mum of three kids I have done my fair share of plane travel with kids. There would be some of you that have done more, some less. But now that my eldest is 11 I have a bit more experience under my belt as to what works and what doesn’t. And yes it depends on where you are going. And yes it depends on their age.

If you’re reading this you are well aware that I advocate for healthy kids. I’m not fanatical about it. It’s about being real and realistic. And plane travel times are no different. So here are my tips for traveling as healthy as possible on long haul flights, or even short ones, with kids.

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What you need to know about non-stick pans

No matter how fond one is of scrambled eggs or similar dishes, the business of scraping the frying pan afterwards is a disagreeable chore. To a large extent this problem has been overcome by the introduction of non-stick plastic coated fry pans which eliminate the need to soak foods in fat to prevent them sticking to the surface.
A leaflet is usually supplied with non-stick cookware; read this carefully before using the equipment.

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Baked Cabbage Casserole Recipe

Cabbage has to be not one of the most popular choices in my household. But this is really good stuff for you. This recipe has a few different colours, which I am a massive fan of. Plus, once the preparation is done, it is essentially an ‘oven dish’. I love oven dishes. Nothing better than coming home on a Monday after a busy start to the week knowing that this was prepared yesterday. And now it’s ready to go in the oven on Monday night. It just starts the week off right in our house to have an ‘oven dish’ ready.

Cabbage is part of the cruciferous vegetable family. It’s great to try to get these types of vegetables into your weekly meal plan. In a nutshell this vege is packed with vitamins K, C and B. Plus it’s also a great source of manganese and fibre. That will keep you regular!

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Express Your Anger

One of the best things I have learned from practicing Kundalini Yoga over the years is the concept of accepting anger. There seems to be a stigma attached to it being ‘wrong’ or even ‘unspiritual’ to be angry. Especially for women. It’s almost like it’s considered ‘not attractive’ to show you’re angry. However, in the practice of Kundalini yoga, you learn how normal and necessary anger really is. The important thing is HOW we express it.

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Prawn and Avocado Salad Recipe

This prawn and avocado salad recipe is quick and easy yet so delicious. We often think about how good simple fish is for us it’s easy to forget the crustaceans. Prawns are a complete protein. This means that it contains all nine essential amino acids in the right proportion for the body to use easily. Red meat is another example of a complete protein source. The avocado in this salad is packed with fibre and monounsaturated fatty acids. Did you know that avocado contains more potassium than bananas?

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