New Year in the Office

Now that we’re well into January and most of us are back at work with new year resolutions about our diets and exercise regimes, how much have you considered extending those resolutions to your everyday desk habits? Many of us spend 7-8 hours a day sitting at a desk (maybe even more)! That’s a third of your day! But more than that, what you do during the working week is a great way to form habits because you work on a similar schedule (for the most part) every day! I have found that since I started attending fitness classes in my lunch break 3 times a week, I go to the classes more consistently and don’t even think about it anymore – I just do it. This is what makes the workplace an ideal place to form new habits!Read More »

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That’s My Cup of Tea!

Tea is one of my favourite drinks! I have several cups a day of all different varieties. I think it’s pretty common knowledge that tea is good for you (and much better than drinking coffee) but do you know why? Well I didn’t, so I did a little bit of research to find out what is good about tea and which, if any, is the best?Read More »

Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

Benefits of Coconut Oil for your Hair

A friend of mine loves to put coconut oil treatments in her hair and sometimes comes out during the day with her hair slicked back into a bun when she has the treatment in. After seeing her a few times with her sleek shiny bun, I thought I would give it a try.

There are so many claims around about the benefits of coconut oil and sometimes it’s hard to know what to believe. I’ve read some pretty big claims, one claim was that coconut oil will prevent or reverse grey hair by regenerating hair cells. I not sure how trustworthy that is but it would be pretty awesome if it were true! Another claim, that seems more reliable, is that coconut oil reduces hair loss (as it has been used for this purpose in India since ancient times). While I don’t know how effectively this works, there seems to be a common theme; coconut oil is good for and rejuvenates hair.

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Balancing You Time: Lifestyle Swaps

Me time is so important in a balanced lifestyle and to maintain good mental health but it’s so easy to forget about or “not have time for”! We often spend too much time watching screens and not taking time out to nurture ourselves away from technology. I am currently taking part in a spring cleanse program called barrebodyfive which is run by barre body, my favourite exercise class. One element of the 5 week spring challenge is to have at least 5 minutes of you-time each day and make 5 lifestyle swaps. Here are a few of my swaps/me time activities that I’d love to share with you!Read More »

Bee Happy with Honey

I’m a big honey fan. I use it all the time in my cooking, from my daily morning porridge to a sugar replacement in various cakes and other delicious baked goodies. Not only do I prefer the taste of honey to regular sugar most of the time, it’s a lot better for you. But that’s not particularly ground-breaking. I think it’s safe to say that most of us know that honey is good for you. After all, who doesn’t love a warm honey and lemon drink in winter when they have a sore throat or cold?

Nevertheless, after running out of honey a few weeks ago, I went down to the supermarket to buy some more and realised. After spending several minutes staring blankly at the wall of honey in front of me, that I actually had no idea what half of the labels were telling me. There was a nice selection of jars and bottles with pretty little buzzing bees and mouthwatering honeycomb pictures on them (the cheaper varieties). And then, there was an array of “Manuka” or “Jarrah” honeys with “TA 15+” or something similar on the labels (typically about double the price). Now I, being someone who is always willing to fork out a little more for higher quality food products, eventually picked up the “Organic Australian Jarrah Honey TA 15+” without knowing what about half of the label meant. So I set about doing a little bit of research that I though I would share with you.

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