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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Olympic gymnast Simone Biles gets criticised for six pack abs

Social media can be a tough place and it seems to be open fire for criticism some days. Some just love to sit behind their computer and use it to slam others down as quickly as they can. And that’s what happened when Simone Biles – a 4 x gold medal-winning gymnast from the USA – shared an Instagram photo. Was she being an idiot? No. She was having a great time with her friends. The problem? There were girls with ‘six pack’ abs. Luckily it was only a problem for one Twitter troll who commented ‘Y’all find this attractive? Imaaoo’.

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How to lose weight the healthy way

Weight loss is a popular topic. Just Google it and there is a plethora of ‘experts’ ready to give you tips. Here’s the problem. Even the so-called experts don’t have a clue sometimes. They are getting you to ‘eat less’ and ‘move more’ and it’s not working. At least not in the long term. That’s because drastic weight loss that happens too fast really stuffs you up in the long term. It causes a significant reduction in metabolism. This means that you are using less energy during the day. What happens then? You have to eat less and less to be able to keep the weight off. That’s not sustainable!

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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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Winter sleep-in or gym?

Hit the snooze button or hit the gym? When it’s shiver material beyond the doona cover it’s easy to count reaching over to the alarm as your ‘sit-up’ for the day but your body’s not buying it. Not in the coming months anyway. It’s true that winter has now hit in full force but it’s not the time to start putting your health last. Here are my 7 tips for making sure you keep your workouts on-track.

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Motherhood Mindset: Seven ways to Practise Mindfulness

There are two definitions of mindfulness. The first is ‘the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something,’ and the other is, ‘a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique’.

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Is weight-loss surgery for Type 2 diabetes the answer?

There’s no doubt we have an obesity problem in this country. And from what I’ve seen of those suffering the battle of the bulge there’s either confusion as to how to lose weight or denial about their ‘healthy’ lifestyle patterns (‘I really didn’t just eat that fourth serve of take-away, did I?’). So the medical industry is pedaling fast on this bandwagon of weight loss and how to help those suffering from overweight or obesity.

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5 afterschool snacks for busy kids

Busy kids. Busy parents. Busy doesn’t have to mean frantic. It can just mean you are occupied. So, when it’s time for after school snacks, keep it simple so that you are not rushing to your next event because you ‘run out of time’. With all the fancy options for after school snacks you can easily get caught up in putting in a huge amount of effort for something that only takes a little time. Keep it simple and nutritious.

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Type 2 diabetes threatens more amputations, blindness and higher death rates

We haven’t really got the obesity message right. If we had then we had better be able to explain why obesity levels are threatening our hospitals with more cases of Type 2 diabetes with more and more amputations each year. The ‘move more, eat less’ message is either wrong or people are not following. Either way, obesity is so much more complex than simply ‘eating too much’ and ‘not moving enough’ but we have to start somewhere, right?

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Exercise is not always easy for busy mums

So, when the media publishes a post that leads with ‘Mums who skip exercise have no excuse’ it’s bound to be great click-bait. And yes, the media was talking about me. For a start, even I have the days where I ‘skip exercise’! Of course busy mums have the ‘I can’t be stuffed’ moments when it comes to exercise! I know first-hand because I have them! And I have them often! The people who know me best know that I am your relatively normal suburban mum…

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Why all mums must find the time to exercise

Ouch! Yes, this is my tough love approach. And before you get on the bandwagon to ask me ‘what the hell do you know?’ I will tell you that I am a mum to three kids aged 10, 8 and 6 and during at least six years of this myPodcast husband worked 12-14 hours per day and was away quite a lot. Oh yes, and I worked from home. Sound like fun?

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