We all have our own soul foods. No, not food that we get from the deep south of the United States. The food that we eat for our soul. The foods that we absolutely love. Our comfort foods. But comfort foods that aren’t just good for our taste buds, but that are good for our mind and body too!
"Regardless of what type of foods you like, or the way you eat, we all have our own comfort foods."
Everyone has their own definition of what a comfort food is. That’s because our taste buds are as unique as we are individuals. We’ve become accustomed to certain foods and flavours. And what we consider to taste good or bad can change based on the foods we eat. It really takes very little time to change your taste buds. As little as three days in fact.
Regardless of what type of foods you like, or the way you eat, we all have our own comfort foods. And in most cases, those comfort foods are probably less-than-ideal when it comes to fuelling your body with the good stuff. So...
Yoga has been around for over 5,000 years. It is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India. Yoga made its way to the Western world in the late 1800’s but it wasn’t until the 1980’s that it really became popular.
Yoga initially became popular in Western society for its system of movement, and deep meditative and spiritual core. Westerners also started seeing for themselves, just how beneficial yoga could be for their health. Just ask any “yogi”.
"...yoga isn’t limited to the body when it comes to flexibility."
As yoga has continued to grow, and the claims for its benefits widen, Western science has been asking why. There are a plethora of studies in peer-reviewed journals that exist now, demonstrating the proven benefits of yoga. Here are just some of the thousands of articles for the most common benefits.
One in six Australians experience back pain each year. Back pain is the result of the way the bones, discs, muscles, tendons and ligaments interact. The most basic lesson I’ve learned over all my years in health and fitness is that the body LOVES to move. And when it comes to the back, it’s become obvious to me that the back loves to rotate.
Rotation is one of the seven fundamental human movements, along with squatting, lunging, hinging, pushing, pulling and bracing. It’s a move that we don’t “strengthen”, like the others, but that we must “practice”.
"The main reason most people experience tightness and pain in their upper back is due to how they spend most of their day — in a seated and static position."
The best solution for tightness and pain in your upper back is to get a new job. No, seriously. The main reason most people experience tightness and pain in their upper back is due to how they spend most of their...
Imagine if you could wave a magical wand and wallah, you were living the life you’ve always dreamed of. That’s what challenges allow you to do. Challenges have become incredibly popular; particularly in the health and fitness industry, and particularly in Australia.
Challenges speak to peoples desire to challenge themselves. But more than that, their specific timeframe allows people to feel like there’s light at the end of the tunnel. And when it comes to motivation, that is an incredibly important distinction that needs to be made.
"5-day challenges are an amazing way to kickstart any new habit."
Motivation is one characteristic that many people feel as though they lack. And motivation to repeat a given behaviour develops as you experience pleasure from an experience. But if you’re not experiencing pleasure, or worse, you’re experiencing pain, of course you’re going to feel unmotivated. Challenges give you a system to experience pleasure. And...
Retiring at the end of my life having worked a 9-5, day in-day out, for "the man" is my definition of the pits! I know it works for some, but not me. In the scheme of the universe, life is not long. I want to make every moment count. I want to experience everything that this life can possibly offer me before I move on to what’s next — whatever that is!
Back in 2014, I resigned from my 9-5 and took on the challenge of self-employment — probably the biggest personal development challenge you can possibly undertake. My experience has been rife with ups and downs, trying to find the right balance. But to get to the place where I am now makes it so worth it! This is how I did it.
"What do you want from life? If you were able to write your own story as the author of your own novel, what would you write?"
What do you want from life? If you were able to write your own story as the author of your own novel, what would you write? Would it include what you are doing...
Quit sugar! Start fasting! Eat less carbs! What the #### are we supposed to do?! The message has become completely convoluted. I was talking to someone recently about how confusing the message has become that many people simply don’t know what to do. People get caught up in all these “tactics”, like the ones listed above, that they’ve forgotten the basics.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know I recently received a copy of Luke Hines’ new book, Smart Carbs. I really like the book for the ingredients he uses, and the simple way he explains the science behind those ingredients and how they influence the body.
"The reason some ingredients are better for you than others is due to their chemical make-up and the way the body breaks them down and uses them."
If you want to lose weight, the simple answer is to consume less calories than you’re expending, and increase your level of physical activity to expend more calories....
One of the most common complaints I hear, and biggest challenges to health and wellness, is back pain. Back pain is pervasive in society today. But if you can fix it, you almost guarantee adhesion to your training program, and ultimately success in every desired outcome.
I would have to say that the number of people contacting me with back pain has risen dramatically in the last 12 months. Often they come saying they want weight loss, athletic performance or toning. However, this is quickly followed up with their challenges. And one of the most common challenges… back pain!
"But in my experience, most [back pain] can be fixed through proper and informed movement."
I’ve worked with a lot of people over the years with back pain. And having worked closely with physiotherapists and massage therapists, I’ve discovered there are many causes. But in my experience, most can be fixed through proper and informed movement.
It’s okay not to be 100% healthy, 100% of the time. For most of us, some of the most enjoyable things in life are a little bit unhealthy. Take eating pizza and drinking beer while watching the footy, or sipping cocktails by the pool in Bali; some of the things we enjoy are a little bit unhealthy. But the unhealthy habits some people have are just down right crazy!
I’m not going to pretend I’m perfect. I myself have unhealthy habits, starting with dessert. When it comes to dessert, my favourites are ice cream, chocolate and chips. The trigger for me is the finishing of dinner. And that’s an important association to make — what triggers your behaviour. Whether your habit is what I would consider as quite normal, like mine, or just a tad crazy, like I’ll explain, recognising your trigger is all so important.
"This is all about putting the mindset shift ahead of the physical shift. And this is the way it should be."
I’m used to hearing of...
Pioneering humanitarian Florence Nightingale once said, “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.” This statement, no less true today than it was in the 19th century, should remind everyone that if you want to succeed, excuses have no rational basis. Sure, we all make them, especially when it comes to working out. Although deep down we all know we’re supposed to exercise, it’s always easier to come up with a reason not to do it.
Why are there always seemingly insurmountable obstacles that keep getting in the way of our fitness goals? It’s true that for many people, life often gets in the way; work, eating, social commitments that we’d rather do, and other activities always take precedence. But the fact is that what most people just need is a paradigm shift in their thinking. What you think of as hindrances, you can turn into advantages. We tend to make excuses because most of the time we just don’t want to...
If you’ve ever struggled with trying to get a flat tummy; or you’ve ever thought a flat tummy just isn’t possible for you — maybe because you’ve blamed your genes, child-birth or a cesarian, then I have some really good news for you!
"There isn’t just one strategy that will help you achieve weight loss and a flat tummy. All five are important."
I’ve been helping people get flat tummies for years. While my experience has spanned the world of athletic performance and injury rehab, one of the most common desires I hear, and take great pleasure in helping people achieve, is a flat tummy. My own partner, Holly, is one of them. After four children in five years together, and five cesarians by 32 - yes, 5 (ask me more in the comments) - I’m working with her because she wants to get her flat tummy back.
Sure, scars make a difference. It makes it hard to achieve a flat stomach when you’ve got a scar that folds the...
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