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Green Goodness Co has partnered with Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat to offer you the chance to spend 3 nights at their incredible property on over 500 acres in a hidden region of the Tallebudgera Valley, the promise of abundance and calm beckons.

Imagine spending 3 nights with a friend or lover at Australia’s award-winning Eco Tourism certified wellness retreat and spa in Queensland’s Gold Coast hinterland featuring their popular detox program.  Enter to below WIN and share with your friends and family… they may take you with them.

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat,

Queensland, Australia

The award winning Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat stands apart as the wellness destination to inspire you to live a healthier life. Surrounded by ocean and valley views in the Gold Coast hinterland, there are a range of packages to choose from beginning with a two night weekend escape through to the popular seven day detox program. A stay at this Ecotourism certified retreat combines informative seminars and nurturing spa treatments with a range of activities and extensive facilities in an exclusive low tech environment.

Connect with supportive professionals who will help you learn resilience in the modern world and enjoy Gwinganna’s superb organic cuisine with much of it from the extensive on-site gardens.

Packages are fully inclusive of all organic meals and snacks, stylish eco accommodation, all activities, wellness seminars and selected spa treatments.

Each afternoon, Dreamtime begins where you can switch off, rest and experience the stunning Spa Sanctuary, one of the largest spas in the Southern Hemisphere. The Spa Sanctuary features over 30 treatment rooms and suites with a unique indoor/outdoor design, including a beautiful crystal steam room and several lounge and relaxation areas.

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Did you know that Perth is booming when it comes to our local activewear industry? When I set out to find Perth based brands, I was expecting to find a handful. Instead, I found over 20, and there is probably more. And if that isn’t exciting, I don’t know what is!

If you’ve ever been wanting to support more local businesses while rocking some amazing gear, the time to make that switch is now. You will be able to find quality leggings and crop tops at any given price point that rival big brand names, and come from owners who know what the Perth based fitness market is really like. I’ve rounded up 7 that each offer something unique to give you a solid jumping off point when it comes to amazing Perth local brands.

JPorter

Hands down, the most recommended Perth based activewear brand. And after spending some time chatting with Joshua Porter (co-owner of JPorter), it is easy to see why! Luxury fabrics, gorgeous colours, plus basics that look good in and out of the gym, the pieces look and feel better in person! But the real reason they are so highly recommend? Customer service! If you are local, you can opt to pick up your order and try it on in store! They listen and make changes based on feedback from their Wolfpack (whom have their own Instagram account to be featured on), and a lookbook for each collection that is definitely worth a look. It’s the lifestyle brand for active people. Plus if you love quotes, there are a few extra surprises in each piece – gotta catch ’em all!

Bold Activewear

The newbie on the Perth Activewear scene, Bold Activewear aims to provide quality activewear at affordable prices. Their first collection features cute and functional crop tops, leggings and shorts in a fun flamingo print. One of the best parts of the collection? The waistband design is exactly the same for their full length leggings and ¾ crops! So no matter what length you need for the changing seasons, you know exactly the fit and feel you’re going to get! With an essential range in the works, and a second collection featuring prints designed by local artists in the future, Bold Activewear is a brand to keep your eye on.

Fearless Active Wear

Out of all the Perth based brands, this is one I can definitely highly recommend! I own their Navy set and it is amazing! Super comfortable for both cardio and resistance training, squat and sweat proof leggings, and a perfect medium support crop top. Added bonus: it photographs extremely well -hello Instagram photos! Great brand for those who want functional pieces that also look amazing in and out of the gym.

The Art of It

For the sweetest in local yogi threads you can’t go past The Art of It. Drawing inspirations from WA’s gorgeous coastline, ancient lands & Australian landscapes. Our top picks are the Mudra Mary tank & Nude Camo leggings!

Maasai Activewear

Based out out of South Fremantle, Maasai Activewear’s mission is “to empower women whilst helping them feel strong and beautiful during their workout.” They have a wide variety of fun solid colours for all their sports bras, leggings, and shorts, while keeping their hoodies and tees in basic blacks and white. Mid-range in pricing ($75 for a pair of leggings, $40 for a sports bra), Maasai is a great option for covering your gym basics. Our top picks are the Floral Bra & Tights.

WOD UP

For those looking to “do good” while looking good, check out WOD UP. Not only does a dollar from every transaction go towards support the Tangaroa Blue Foundation to help clean up our oceans, but by using fabrics such as Modal (a biodegradable fibre made from Beechwood) and R-PET (Recycled polyester) they hope to create pieces that are both eco-friendly AND functional. They also offer a great selection of lifting accessories on their website, so it is the perfect one stop shop to stock up before hitting the gym.

Stax

Let’s be honest. Sometimes you just want the same crop top in 4 different colours. Stax offers one of the best Perth based online selections for colour palette when it comes to basic crop tops, hoodies and leggings. Coupled with their subtle logo on most items, you could go from running errands, to yoga, and then brunch without skipping a beat. And they have recently added a pastel range, just in case you want even more pretty options!

Once Upon a Run

Power couple Mitch & Shae Brown came up with the idea for their luxe activewear products after training day in, day out in their respective sporting disciplines (football & netball). These ultra fashionable pieces will take you from gym to brunch to the school drop off. Our picks? The Utility Player Tank & XXXI – 2 in 1 Short.

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You’ve locked in your fitness, eat a balanced diet, and take time every week for self-care. Things are going great and you are smashing all your health goals. Then date night happens! You know there has got to be more then “dinner and a movie” each and every week. But what are the options that are both fun and health conscious?

Lucky for you, Perth has quite a few amazing choices! And many of them won’t break the date night budget. Not only will you be able to keep living your best life while spending time with the one you love, you might just create lifelong wellbeing habits!

Here are 7 healthy date ideas in and around Perth:

Bike Around Rottnest Island

Who needs Love Island when we’ve got Rottnest? This is the easiest way to treat your date to an island getaway! Take one of the first ferries of the day, grab a couple bikes, and spend the rest of the day exploring all that Rotto has to offer! Add in a picnic lunch on the beach and who could ask for a more Instagram worthy date?

Try Your Hand at a Cooking Class

Whether you are a trained chef or can’t fry an organic, free-range egg to save your life, taking a couples cooking class is a great way to learn how to create something together – as well as whether you want this person cooking for you for the rest of your life. Not only does whipping up a few dishes together give you a chance to work on your communication skills, it’s also a great way to expand your weekly menu at home. (Plus there is a greater chance of your dish turning out how it should under the eye of a trained chef!) Matters of Taste in Mount Pleasant, The Raw Kitchen in Fremantle and Salt & Company in West Perth are great places to start when looking for which cooking class to book.

Jump around at Bounce Inc in Cannington

For those with a bit of style wanting to impress their date, why not check out Bounce Inc? Whether you are a seasoned trampolinist or just learning what a bum drop is, there is something for every ability level between the free bounce area, the wall, big bag, or basketball nets. It’s an adrenaline junkies dream, without having to jump out of a plane!

Go for a Free Guided Walk at King’s Park

Looking for a budget friendly option for a date? Then why not explore King’s Park in a whole new way. Departing daily at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm throughout the year, these free walks explore the unique flora that make this Perth landmark home. Most walks are suitable for all fitness levels too.

Try your hand at Indoor Rock Climbing

How much do you really trust your partner? Find out by learning how to rock climb together. Places such as Rockface in Northbridge and City Summit in Malaga, offer climbing packages which include all your equipment rental and safety introduction, making it an “easy to plan” date night. You’ll be saying “climb on” in no time.

Make a Social Sports Team

The more the merrier! Grab other couples that you know and register your team in one of the many social sports at either UWA or Curtin University. There are over 8 different sports available, from volleyball to Ultimate Frisbee. A great option for social couples who enjoy having a regular weekly date night.

Explore A Farmer’s Market

Go straight to the source when planning your next dinner together! Shopping at a Farmer’s Market can help you learn what fruit and veg are in season, support local farmers, and make food shopping fun again. Bonus: make dinner together afterwards with your new skills from the cooking lesson date & using all your wonderful, local finds of the day. Check out our list of Perth’s best farmers markets for more inspo!

Give Boxing a Go

Not only is boxing a great workout, it is also a great way to build strength and learn to be more in sync with your partner. Or else someone could end up with a glove to the head! Check out either Core Fitness Personal Training in North Fremantle, Bolt Health and Fitness in Victoria Park or Anarchy Training Centre to learn the basics.

Four Legged Friendly Beach Walks

Just because its date time doesn’t mean you have to leave your dog at home. With some of the best dog beaches in all of WA, why not go for a stroll that makes everyone happy? Mosman Beach-North Leighton Beach is a personal favourite of mine, though Peasholm Dog Beach in North Floreat is also a great option.

Swing Dancing Anyone?

Always wanted to learn to dance and burn up the dance floor? But your partner needs a bit of extra convincing? Then check out Perth Swing Dance Academy! With multiple locations around the city, drop in style classes, along with being beginner friendly (no experience necessary!), this is your perfect chance to learn. Or at least see if you really truly have two left feet.

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Cue the blue-dah-bah-di song, because blue food has made its way to Perth. First there was green matcha latte’s, then yellow turmeric, then pink beetroot, and now blue Mermaid latte’s exist, or Blue Majik latte’s as they’re also known as. Blue Majik, is the nickname for a naturally blue variety of spirulina powder. Much pricier than green spirulina, Blue Majik costs $60 for a mere 50 grams on Amazon, so what’s all the fuss about?

According to Maggie Moon, author of The MIND diet, “naturally blue foods have a health halo, think of blueberries or purple potatoes.” So does blue spirulina live up to the halo effect? Well, it’s packed with B vitamins, minerals and a high dose of protein, plus it gets its beautiful light-blue hue from the C-phycocyanin; an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant form of protein.

But it’s not all mermaids and unicorns. Blue-green algae is technically a form of bacteria, so it won’t go down a treat for those with sensitive stomach’s says Shape.com “if your body isn’t loving the trend as much as the internet is, it’s definitely okay to skip this one” and move onto Matcha instead.

If you’re game to try it for yourself, here’s a couple of places you’ll find it in Perth:

Pearth Organic Kitchen

West Leederville

Prescribing to no particular diet, yet catering to everyone Pearth Organic Kitchen do a bright blue breakfast bowl topped with granola on their brekky menu.

Pengos Café

Shoalwater

Serving up blue mermaid chai latte’s, Pengo’s Café make theirs with using Nutra Organics Mermaid Latte powder- an infusion of sea minerals, blue superfoods and adaptogenic herbs. Mixing that with Ayurvedic chair spices, creamy coconut milk and manuka honey – and you’ve got an epic alternative to a morning coffee.

George Street Quarters

East Fremantle

George Street Quarters down in Freo has also jumped on the bandwagon with their Ocean Bowl. This beautiful smoothie bowl is full of superfood goodness; based with banana, coconut milk and blueberries with the addition of blue spirulina to give it that iconic bright blue colour. Topped with granola and more coconut, it is sure to super-boost your morning!

Image: George Street Quarters @alexandrareagan

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Ahh presents; we all love giving and receiving right?

Nothing makes me smile more than seeing the joy or surprise on a loved one’s face when they open a gift from me.

Rather than sticking to the traditional “simple” gifts of flowers or chocolates I like to splurge a bit and buy my friends and family something completely out of the box and unique, and what better way to combine health and wellness than with gifts people might not have thought to buy for themselves!

Whether buying for a birthday, a get well gift or a present just because, we have the best unique healthy gift ideas for you to treat your loved ones with!

Spa Treatments

Limón Health and Beauty Spa

Because who doesn’t love spa treatments? This beautiful spa in Leederville offers a wide range of natural and organic beauty treatments to whoever walks through their doors. With a range of packages and vouchers to choose from you can really make someone’s day by gifting them a pre-existing package treatment, or, if you would prefer, Limón are happy to put together a personalised voucher just for you!

Gift Boxes/Hampers

Bounty Box Superfoods
Bare & Wilde
Just In Time Gourmet

For people who you think would love to receive a range of gifts, why not go for a gift box. With products ranging from soaps, hand lotions, teas, candles and everyone’s favourite indulgence; chocolate (vegan and refined sugar free of course!), you can sift through these fabulous healthy gift boxes and find one that’s just right for any occasion.

Book a Float

Beyond Rest

The perfect gift for any busy working friend or family meber our there, a voucher for a 60 or 120 minute float is the perfect way for them to unwind, relax and focus on their body. Perfect for pain or stress relief and a range of other body benefits, a float is a unique gift that everyone will be wanting; you might even have to book one for yourself too!

Meal Delivery

Check out our fave healthy meal delivery places in Perth!

Oh the joy of eating healthy food, and these ones come right to your or your recipient’s doorstep! The convenience of home delivered goodness has the potential to make life a little less stressful and a lot more healthy. We’d particularly recommend this as a unique gift for new mums and dads, so that they can focus on bub and stay healthy and nourished when they might not otherwise have the time.

Cakes

All the cake experts!

Especially for a birthday who doesn’t love cake?! Any occasion that requires a cake is fine by us. Whether it be a birthday, dinner party or just because, cakes are a universal favourite feature for dessert time. By buying a healthy, yet still seriously tasty cake from one of our favourite sweet treat experts, you’re bound to be the receiver’s favourite person!

Skincare

Nelumbo Artisan Skincare
Clean Slate Skincare

Taking care of our skin is so important, and with these products you can make anyone’s skin routines even better. All natural and organic products that are handmade with love are the perfect gift to give, by putting together a little collection of them and doing up a pamper basket for your loved one.

Makeup

The Make Up Factory

Ok ladies, who doesn’t love a bit of makeup? But not only is it difficult to sometimes find cruelty free makeup, but it’s also hard to come by natural and organic products. Enter The Make Up Factory. The Make Up Factory believes in beauty and skincare that doesn’t compromise their clients or our planet. With all your makeup essentials in one place, it’ll be hard limiting your shopping cart to just the gifts!

Aromatherapy

Equivalence Mind | Body | Soul

Aromatherapy is one of the most popular of all complementary therapies, supporting both the acute and chronic stages of illness and disease. It is known to support your overall health and wellness, so why not give an unknowing friend a help in the right direction by gifting them a fabulous aromatherapy set, with a range of single oils, blends, natural perfumes and diffusers to choose from.

A Range of Healthy Goodies

Botanix Health

Still stuck on gift ideas? What about a bit of everything! Botanix Health offer all sorts of mix and match goodies; from make up and nail polish, to candles, teas and body oils. And if you’re still unable to decide you can always purchase a Botanix gift voucher and let your recipient make the hard decisions for themselves!

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Has your baby been out of sorts lately? Have the coos and smiles been replaced by crying? Chances are they may have started teething. The first few waves of teething can be especially challenging for babies, happening between the age of 3 to 7 months. Some do start earlier or later as it depends on genetics so don’t stress if they come on a bit earlier or later; the key thing to know is how to help your bub get through the teething process. That’s where natural baby dummy clips and teething toys come into play.

What do natural teething toys do?

Baby teething toys are a toy that your bub can safely chew on to soothe their sore gums. Having something to bite and chew on helps the baby’s teeth break through the gum and provides some comfort for the baby as the pressure helps alleviate the pain.  The teeth cutting in process and tender gums are often soothed by a light pressure that biting on a teething toy can bring.

As soon as you start to notice your baby drooling more, mouthing their fingers or trying to chew on anything they can get their hands on, then chances are they have started teething. It’s probably about time that you started to look for a baby teething toy to provide some comfort at this point, or ideally have them ready in advance. 

What are the Best Natural Teething Toys for Babies?

With so many baby teethers out in the marketplace it’s hard to know which one is the best. It might be a good idea to experiment with a couple of different ones until you find the one that suits your baby. Some babies prefer softer materials, and some prefer more ridged shapes. It is therefore important to find teething toys that offer the right amount of pressure to ease discomfort.

It is also very important to ensure that the baby teething toy is safe for use. Look for one that your baby will be able to hold and safely put in their mouth. A teething toy that is too big or too small could be a safety hazard, so make sure there are no small parts that can come loose as this will be a choking hazard.

What are the Benefits of Natural Baby Teethers?

They contain no toxic chemicals.

One of the primary benefits of opting for wooden teething rings over plastic or other popular baby teethers is the fact that wooden teethers are non-toxic and free from harmful leads, metals, BPA, chemicals or phthalates. You want your children to be as safe as possible by providing them with the safes and best products. The safety factor of these amazing wooden teething toys is a major reason why natural teething toys are rising in popularity.

Durable, so you won’t need to constant replace them a lot.

Wood is far more durable that plastics – which many baby teething toys are made from. This means that your wooden teething ring will far outlast any plastic or cheap teether you could purchase for your little one. The durability of these wooden teething rings makes them last longer, which in turn creates less waste from otherwise disposable products. The durability factor of these wooden teething rings brings us to our next benefit – sustainability.

Good for baby, good for the planet.

Most wooden teething rings for babies are made with beech wood. Beech wood is uniquely sustainable in that it can be grown in renewable and managed forests. This means that more wood can be grown to replace the trees that have been used and cut down!

Naturally antibacterial

Did you know this one? Wood actually has natural antimicrobial properties and is therefore naturally antibacterial. How cool is that?! As parents, we are constantly worried about germs around our babies so this aspect of wooden teething rings is a huge plus! Not only is it one less thing to worry about, baby teethers are constantly in babies’ mouths so this factor is especially important for a product like this one.

So there you have it. It’s easy to see there are some wonderful benefits to wooden teething rings. They are both robust and environmentally sustainable. In addition, they are the safest bet for your baby for soothing those sore teething gums.

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Join us in chasing rainbows and to choose JOY. #chasingrainbows2020  We are together in this. This Pandemic is a global crisis and bringing so much uncertainty and unprecedented times for us all.

I want to acknowledge the severity of this situation for us all. I also want to recognise the stress and strain we are going through for an array of reasons, such as isolation, time away from loved ones, financial stress, loss and more. Loneliness and being restricted physically will play a bigger impact on our Mental Health which has been a growing issue in our community.

Despite the challenges, we need to keep choosing joy, faith, and connection. We want to be supporting each other as much as possible if we can’t physically be there with our friends, family, and our local community we wanted to do something to bring a happy distraction your way.  We see chasing rainbows as a movement for anyone to get on board and bring joy to your days. For you and your family. We were so inspired by the Rainbow Trail in Australia and UK and wanted to keep sharing the rainbow love but wanted to broaden the scope so everybody can get involved.

So your brief…. Go crazy, have fun, use your interests or your hobbies to bring something to life with your flair. We can’t wait to see what inspires you. Sing, Dance, Bake, Draw, Design, Colour, Create, Move or Heal. Let your creative juices run wild with the rainbow as your inspiration. Share your adventures on your socials and use #chasingrainbows2020 be sure to tag @greengoodnessco and @jbcreative  and let’s keep those positives vibes flowing. Stay Safe beautiful souls.

Don’t forget we are in together so let’s come together (Virtually) and paint the town RED!!! And Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Inigo, and Violet 🌈.

There is a Facebook Commuity here to keep us all in the good vibes.

Ideas:

• Do the Chasing Rainbows Dance by @jbcreative__ on Instagram or FB – (Use the Audio – Love Train –Trolls on Spotify)

• Tik Tok #chasingrainbows2020 – @jodiecreates

• Paint or draw rainbows with the kids – create your artwork put them out the front or in your windows to take part in the Rainbow Trail.

• If you are an artist we would love you to create some sounds. Use the Song Love Train – original or Trolls version. Mix it up or make it your own. ( I have no idea about copyright for music but budding artists should know )

• Graphic Designers, illustrators, and marketers find your favorite quotes, make your most beautiful rainbows and have fun creating some happy artwork and content for the world.

• Artists, potters, florists and any other talented souls work your magic and create something colorful and cool for us to engage with.

• Do a Rainbow Meditation focus on cultivating the following (1 min on each):

       ❤️ Red: Love

       🧡 Orange: Connection

       💛 Yellow: Compassion

       💚 Green: Peace

       💙 Blue: Kindness

       💜 Indigo: Hope

       💜 Violet: Faith

• Sound Healers, Healers, Yogi’s, Mediation Teachers if you wanted to create anything to help us bring any of the above rainbow elements into our days that would be incredible.

• Eat the rainbow and get creative with your culinary skills. Make it healthy, make it pretty, make it however you want it to be as long as it brings you joy. Happy tummy times as important.

• PT’s, Trainers and Movement Experts we would love for you to create workouts with the rainbow in mind… what joy can you bring to our days??

Thank you so much for helping us share #chasingrainbows2020

In love & goodness,

 

Rach xx

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Well, things are escalating fast as the world is dealing with Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Here in Australia, we are a good 10 days to 2 weeks behind the European outbreak. We have our Government making decisions to keep us safe.

The 2 biggest things from a wellness/wellbeing point of view is that we keep our stress levels down – keep up our mindfulness practices more than ever and stay nourished. Nutrition is such a big part of what we can control as well as our mindset. In a time on uncertainty, let’s focus on what we can control. I wanted to share 5 Products I am using to boost my immune system and my families.

⚡️ Turkey Tail – Honour your gut with Turkey Tail Mushroom Liquid Extract by Life Cykel

The Turkey Tail mushroom is an extremely abundant mushroom found predominantly in temperate forests. The name of the mushroom originates from its appearance, as the mushroom fruiting body resembles ruffled feathers of a turkey’s tail as it grows on decaying trees [1].

The Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushroom

The bioactive compounds within Turkey Tail mushroom that promote beneficial physiological activities are beta-glucans, mainly polysaccharopeptide (PSP) and Polysaccharide Krestin (PSK). They help to induce the production and activity of immune cells known as cytokines, which are key for cell signalling during an immune response, this in turn may help our body to more efficiently respond to infection [1-3].

You can get the Immune Boosting Set HERE.  “GGC10” for a 10% Discount on any product.

⚡️ The Mushroom of Immortality – Reishi Mushroom Liquid Extract by Life Cykel

The Reishi mushroom is a red woody fungus that tends to grow predominantly on hardwoods. The mushroom is commonly known as the mushroom of immortality, as it has been used for many millennia in Chinese medicine to treat various diseases such as insomnia and cardiovascular diseases. In China, the Reishi mushroom is regarded as a symbol of health, longevity, success and divine power.

The Benefits of Reishi Mushroom

The bioactive constituents that have been found to hold beneficial properties within the Reishi mushroom are mainly triterpenoids and polysaccharides such as beta-glucans. These are considered as potent agents for enhancing the immune system, as well as potentially having high antioxidant and anti-microbial capacities.

The mushroom is also well known for its beneficial effects on sleep and relaxation. When consumed the mushroom can decrease sleep latency (time is taken to fall asleep) and may increase overall sleeping time, which explains why the mushroom has also been used to treat restlessness, palpitation, and insomnia in China for hundreds of years.

You can get the Immune Boosting Set HERE. “GGC10” for a 10% Discount on any product.

⚡️ Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost by The Beauty Chef

Anyone with dull, stressed or sun-damaged skin, wanting to enjoy naturally radiant skin. Help protect your skin from cellular aging, boost your immune system and nourish your gut microbiome with The Beauty Chef’s ANTIOXIDANT Inner Beauty Boost™. This probiotic concentrate is rich in bio-fermented papaya to help combat free radical damage and boost gut health with natural digestive enzymes and probiotics. With scientifically-proven immune-enhancing properties, ANTIOXIDANT Inner Beauty Boost™ is an ideal tonic if you are recovering from illness, have tired and sallow-looking skin or your skin has been affected by environmental assault.

You can get the goods here.

⚡️ Glow Inner Beauty Powder by The Beauty Chef

Anyone looking for an essential daily beauty blend to improve gut health and support skin rejuvenation.

GLOW Inner Beauty Powder is your essential daily beauty blend, containing 24 Certified Organic, bio-fermented and probiotic superfoods, for good gut health and healthy, glowing skin.

You can get the goods here.

⚡️ Super Greens by White Wolf Nutrition

Greens Gut Health + Immunity – The greens have been specially formulated to include an industry-leading blend of ingredients, charged with aiding your body’s natural immune function. Including a world-first blend of anti-parasitic essential oils, and gut-specific raw organic wholefoods to improve gut health and increase nutrient absorption while decreasing bloating.

Their protein powders are next level so if you need to stock up on anything and ensure you are being nourished over this time. Get onto these. But the Greens are essential for protection right now.

You can get the goods here.  Use code “GGC10” to get a 10% discount on anything storewide.

 

I hope that helps beautiful people. Stay calm, stay positive and most importantly stay healthy.

In love & goodness,

Rach xx

Goodness Goddess (AKA Your Goodness Dealer)

 

Photo credit: @the_sunkissed_kitchen – there is a rad recipe using the Turkey Tail on here.

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How fiber can help in detoxing for Summer and why probiotics like GanedenBC30 are important in maintaining digestive health

It’s no secret that good health starts in the gut. Your microbiome, the collection of bacteria that live in your gut, plays an important role in your health and happiness.

A healthy gut contributes to a strong immune system, heart health, brain health, improved mood, healthy sleep, and effective digestion. When the microbiome is thrown out of balance for any reason, which may be due to an improper diet, increased stress, toxins and/or other environmental factors, there are usually some common symptoms that prevail. Bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea or stomach aches are all direct signs that something in the gut isn’t working as it should. The imbalances may repair themselves, but if not, it may require an intervention.

One of the most efficient ways to restore a healthy gut flora, increase the good bacteria in your body and give your microbiome a healthy boost is to increase your fiber intake.

No huge surprise there. We’ve known for decades that fiber-rich foods are great for us. Studies show that fiber-rich foods work wonders in the body. It has shown to reduce heart disease and some cancers, as well as reduce weight gain. Fiber plays a significant role in keeping our body’s filtration and elimination systems working properly, as it aids in in detoxing through the elimination of toxins. Fiber also plays a vital role in improving the effectiveness of the gastrointestinal system, which contains more than half the body’s immunity.

Psyllium husk, found in Connect Foods Organic Fibremax, contains 70 percent soluble fiber, which means it can help increase fullness and slow digestion. It also contains some insoluble fiber, so it passes through the gut relatively intact, providing bulk and helping to keep you regular.

In addition to following a fiber-rich diet, adding a quality probiotic to your diet is key in keeping your gut health in check, and can assist in increasing the diversity and number of microbes in your gut for the better.

Probiotics like GanedenBC30, contained in Connect Foods Organic Fibremax, are designed by nature to survive and thrive so more probiotic cells can make it to your gut and help support your digestive and immune systems.

GanedenBC30 survives the manufacturing processes and stomach acids so that the beneficial bacteria make it more effectively to your digestive system. It requires no refrigeration and has a shelf life of up to three years so you don’t have to worry about keeping the product in the fridge or waste.

A combination of fiber-rich foods like psyllium husk and probiotics like GanedenBC30 should be on your summer hot list.

About Taline Gabrielian: Digital influencer, healthy recipe developer, cookbook author and the brains behind the successful plant-based app Hippie Lane, Sydney-based Taline Gabrielian has become known around the world. Taline’s signature food styling and creative healthy recipes have attracted over half a million loyal followers to her inspiring Instagram account and led to a thriving business.

A successful digital following led Taline to create the Hippie Lane app in 2014 which became a no.1 bestseller within its first week of launch and is now responsible for offering inspiration and recipes to an extensive global health community.

With a flair for making healthy food look flawless, Taline’s food philosophy is to promote a balanced approach and encourage a healthy, positive and achievable attitude towards natural whole foods.

An active mum of two and self-confessed sweet tooth, Taline continually inspires to put health first, with her game-changing spins on popular unhealthy sweets proving that healthy tastes amazing. Using natural, nutritious whole foods that are free of refined sugar, gluten, and dairy, her recipes will have you make the healthy switch effortlessly.

Content lovingly provided by Taline Gabrielian, Ambassador for Connect Foods Organic Fibremax

www.hippylane.co.au 

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We’re here again, a New Year, new decade and a brand new you! The whole New Year resolution thing gets a bad wrap because everyone knows that no one sticks to them anyway, right?

What if I told you that you didn’t need to make life-changing, bank-breaking and gross tasting commitments to finally feel like the happy & healthy you that you’ve promised to be since 2010.

There are some little lifestyle shifts and nuggets of education that could be just what you need to know to help you find some balance in 2020 and I would love to share them with you.

What is so ‘NEAT’ about exercising anyway?

Disclaimer, I love strength training and daily exercise is a huge part of my life. But I understand that it just isn’t that way for everyone. So maybe NEAT could be the answer?

NEAT = Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis

What the heck does that mean? It basically means any energy you’re using that isn’t d to be exercise. Things like walking from your car into the shops, walking to the shops instead of driving at all, gardening or maybe choosing to do a few trips taking the groceries inside instead of showing off to your significant other that you can carry them
all in one go.

You might already go to the gym a few times a week and smash yourself on some cardio apparatus for 30 mins, but I promise you the more time you’re just simply moving outside of the gym has a bigger impact on wether or not you’re in a calorie deficit or not (we’ll get to that soon) and make a bigger difference in staying lean if you’re playing the long game.

So, park your car further away from the entrance at the shopping centre, walk there instead of driving, take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, give your mate a piggy back so you get to get to steal their NEAT too. Just make the conscious decision to MOVE more every single day and don’t always take the easy option.

Meet Mr. Calorie Deficit

You’ve probably heard the term by now, calories in VS calories out. It seems like we’ve only just figured it out because it’s suddenly getting a lot of hype. Trust me, it’s not new science and it’s right to be hyped because guess what? It’s the only way to loose weight.

We ‘burn’ a certain amount of energy (calories) each day just by being alive. This is from our normal bodily function like breathing and digestion and makes up what is called our BMR (basal metabolic rate).

We can figure out roughly how many calories we expend each day by the sum of our BMR, our NEAT and our EAT (exercise activity thermogenesis). This will give us our total daily energy expenditure or TDEE.

There are plenty of free TDEE calculators on the web that will do all the hard maths for you and give you an estimated number of how many calories you expend each day. That is the easy part, once you’ve figured out how many calories go out every day, the important bit is how many go in.

This is the little bit of commitment that will help you more than anything else if weight loss is your goal.

Most people under-estimate calories consumed and over-estimate exercise.
It’s up to you to get real with yourself and use a food tracker app like MyFitnessPal for a while to get to know exactly what you’re putting in your body, if it turns out you’re putting in more than you’re putting out, guess what? Those jeans probably wont fit again this year either.

The good thing, is that even just the act of starting to track your food will most likely bring an awareness of mindless consuming and will bring those calories down right away.

Aim to be in a small calorie deficit of up to 500 Calories, this is more sustainable than trying to cut back to a silly 800 calories a day, giving up after two days and will help the results stick long term.

It might feel like a chore at the start but the more you do it, the better you will get at choosing the right amount of food in the future.

Too stressed to sleep?

Probably the numero uno under-appreciated aspect of a healthy lifestyle to the average Joe. Getting an adequate amount of sleep, as well as good quality sleep is the top pick for most good practitioners and respected people in the human performance realm.

Lack of sleep is linked to a higher likely hood of becoming depressed, a higher risk of developing pre-diabetes, a low sex drive and many other health implications.

The quality of sleep is so important too, if you’re staring at your phone screen right up until the point where you turn the lights out you might want to consider winding down a little bit earlier and giving your brain some time get ready to rest. Our internal body clock (circadian rythym) works in conjunction with light. By staring at and being surrounded by artificial blue light, our body gets confused and can mess up our production of the sleep hormone, melatonin. If you’re not getting good quality sleep, waking up feeling tired and relying on things like caffeine to wake you up in the morning then your body is in a constant state of stress.

When your body is in stress mode, normal bodily functions like digestion and sexual hormone production isn’t a top priority.

Get more sleep and get better sleep. It could be one of the biggest factors in 2020 you having smaller love handles and feeling better in general.

Put it all together

Move more every day, take some steps towards improving your sleep and take some ownership of what goes in your mouth. These small changes can have a huge snowball like effect in helping improve your overall health and motivation. It’s all about balance, baby.

I’m not a huge fan of time-specific diets and fitness challenges because I believe in finding a healthy way of living that is sustainable forever. However, if this is all very new to you and you need that accountability, I “challenge” you
to download a food tracker app and commit to tracking your food consumption for 30 days.

Knowing how many calories are going in, I’m sure you’ll want to know how many are going out, then it’s just a matter of finding that healthy balance.

The exercise programs I write for my clients are important, but they also get this sort of information drip-fed to them during our sessions. If you’re anywhere in and around the Claremont area of Perth and could benefit from a fresh outlook on health and fitness, some education and a solid sweat, I’d love to hear from you.

You can find me on Instagram via @alex.shelts and reach me through my website  www.alexshelts.com.au

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    (Serves 2 – 5 mins – VGN, R, DF, RSF, GF)

    Ingredients

     2 ripe frozen bananas
     2 cups frozen mango
     1 passionfruit
     1⁄2 cup frozen raspberries
     1⁄4 cup coconut milk
     1 – 2 tbsp Connect Foods Organic Fibremax Vanilla + Probiotic (available
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    Toppings

     Passionfruit (sliced)
     Banana (sliced)
     Mango (diced)
     Hemp Seeds
     Coconut
     Botanicals (optional)

    Method

    1. Place frozen bananas, mango, raspberries, coconut milk and Connect Foods
    Organic Fibremax Vanilla + Probiotic in a high- speed blender and whizz till
    smooth and creamy.
    2. Stir through passionfruit pulp and transfer to serving bowl(s).
    3. Serve and top with passionfruit, banana, mango, hemp seeds, coconut and
    botanicals.

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    Join us in declaring that this Christmas be a conscious one.

    • You will give gifts that are thoughtful and good for our mind, body, and spirit
    • You are not going to buy for the sake of buying
    • You will be mindful of the impact both short term and long term on the environment -low waste & low-tox

    We wanted to put together a quick list of gifts that will tick all the boxes for those receiving any these thoughtful gifts plus making you feel good too. The gifts that keep on giving.

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    The Wellness Girl – You will find her charging her crystals on the full moon. While journaling and doing her gratitude practice she is burning her incense to find her Zen. Her space is her sanctuary. She loves to salute the sun and eat nourishing foods she prepares and of course posts on Insta. It is not unusual for these gals to be getting together over chai lattes and enjoying a healthy meal at the local café. Grounding and mediating is what keeps her at her best. But let’s be honest life is about balance so a cheeky vino or a cocktail with her loved ones is also in honour of self-care.

     

    These gifts have got The Wellness Girl written all over it!

    1. Summer Wellness Box  – By Bare & Wilde                                       $89

     

    One box – a selection wellness goodies to ensure the special person receiving this wellness box is taken on a self-care journey well into the New Year. To inspire new rituals, new products to nourish and time to nurture the soul.

    Enjoy over $180 worth of value in our wellness boxes containing natural beauty, health and lifestyle products – delivered directly to your doorstep. Proudly in partnership with Bare & Wilde.

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    2. 100% Natural Fragrance – By Star Sign Scents             $99

    Star Sign Scents specially blended with essential oils cleverly crafted to match your exact personality traits and bring out the best version of you…

    Incorporating your related star sign flowers and using only the best 100% natural essential oils that enhance your mood, improve your health and wellbeing and invoke confidence in the way you smell and feel.

    Special Offer –GGC 20% Discount

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     3.  Lux Gift Pack – By Lux Aestiva – The Clean Collective      $104.95

    Created by a husband and wife team in North Queensland, these luxurious products are hand made with 100% natural ingredients and packaged in beautiful glass bottles that you won’t want to hide away in your cupboards. This is a gorgeous gift and numbers are limited.

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    4. Yoga Mat – By Lulu lemon                                          $79

    Designed for Yoga made with a little extra cushion for hips, knees, and floor poses.

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    5. Jade Face Roller – By Lux Aestiva                            $46

     A great way to depuff and calm skin with the traditional Chinese anti-wrinkle and anti-ageing beauty tool that has been used for thousands of years to promote youthful appearances and smooth skin. Used to clear fluid, boost circulation, improve elasticity, promote cell turnover for a brighter, healthier look and lymphatic drainage.

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    The Wellness Guy – This guy is in his power. Yes, he most likely has a crystal collection and can hold his own in a conversation about the moon cycles. You will find him at Yoga or a breathwork journey with Tim Morrison, The O2 Awakening or a man’s workshop. He loves listening to Podcast’s and Preston Smiles. He is up for doing the work. He is a hero amongst his friends and family even though they don’t understand his journey completely.  This guy’s self-care and daily rituals set him up for optimal health & peak performance. Don’t be fooled this man also knows how to have fun and how to find balance.

     

    These gifts have got The Wellness Guy written all over it!

    1. Drysense Mesh Sleeveless – By Lululemon $69

    Designed for the active man who demands quality. Once you train in lululemon there is no going back.

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    2. Zero Waste Bathroom For Him – By The Clean Collective      $99

    A selection of our favourite zero-waste bathroom essential products for men. If you’re not sure where to start with reducing your waste, the bathroom is a great place! The pack contains zero-waste mouthwash tablets, plastic-free comb, a reusable razor, cleansing bar and pure sponge for removing sunscreen and sweat from pores.

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    3. Incognito Water Bottle – Swell                                       $69.95

    New York design company S’well has taken the insulated bottle market and tipped it upside down! Sexiness and insulated thermo bottles are not typically used in the same breath, until now. Designed for performance, S’well thermo bottles will keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot ones hot for 12 – and they look great while they do it. Go incognito with S’well’s Metallic Camo collection.

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    4. Biohacker Set – 5 Extracts – By Lifecykel              $139  – $211.80

    This is the Ultimate Professional Biohacker Value Pack! Includes the following Double Liquid Extracts:

    – Lion’s Mane
    – Cordyceps
    – Reishi
    – Turkey Tail
    – Shiitake

    Try out our full range of mushroom extracts and have the tools that are needed to bring a smooth flowing day into your life and bring out your best, to benefit yourself and the people around you. Our double extracts have been carefully created in the Northern Rivers, NSW and make it super easy to add some mushroom goodness to your daily routine. The mushrooms used in our double extracts have been grown locally by integrating Circular Economy principles. Our mushroom strains have been meticulously infused with Australian native, wild-harvested Kakadu Plum. We call this our “perfect fusion”. We hope you feel the mushroom and bush essence of living in harmony.

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     5. Wild Woud 100% Natural Perfume – by Vanessa Megan      $29 – $89.95

    “The glowing depths of the bonfire, intoxicating from beginning to end.”

    A rich, complex and unforgettable fragrance that evokes mystery with deep woody resins cloaked in fresh eastern spices.

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    The Eco Warrior – These truly are earth’s children. You will find them speaking their truth on all types of environmental and humanitarian issues in the world. Community values are deep with their adorable children and family worm farm (so many mouths to feed). Shopping for these warriors is getting easier but still sourcing bulk foods and ensuring a waste free option is used at all times. Natural products and shopping local is where it is at, weekend markets anyone? Always going the extra mile. Instead of sunning themselves at the beach they will be down there picking up any plastic in sight.  It is all about the little things.

    Presents from the Earth for the Earth

     

    1. Grow Kit Bundle Pack   – By Lifecykel                             $71.88

    The Gift From Nature  – Buy all three of our Grow Kits and save 20%!

    Start growing your own healthy foods in a simple and fun way plus help the bees on their important pollination mission. Great for families and people of all ages. Includes: Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit, Alkaline Greens Grow Kit and Bee Pollination Kit

    Plus an extra 10% from using ‘GGC10’ when you hit the cart.

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    1. Organic Cotton Zero Waste Shopping Set – By Ever Eco  $49.95

    Shop sustainably with this starter set of certified organic, unbleached cotton produce and tote bags. Ever Eco have curated all of the essentials into one oh-so-cute bundle that represents amazing value for money.

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    1. Reusable Glass Cup, Army 8/ 12 Oz                                     $27.95 – $29.95

    JOCO cups are made from high quality, non-porous, borosilicate glass. They’re lightweight and resistant to extreme changes in temperature. Their superior durability makes them microwave and dishwasher safe. Your JOCO cup is free of all harmful chemical nasties including BPA, lead and cadmium. Glass doesn’t affect flavour so you will taste your coffee or tea, not your cup.
    JOCO is dedicated to keeping our waterways, oceans and coasts plastic free and is the coffee cup of choice for Take 3 For The Sea.

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    4. Steel Compost Bin 5L, Green                                                 $44.95

    A stylish 5-litre countertop or under sink composting bin with charcoal odor filter. Made from hard-wearing stainless steel, this vintage style can makes composting a breeze. Fill and store food scraps, eggshells, etc. odor-free; then transfer to your large composting unit when full.

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    5. Kombucha Scoby –                                                                         $25

    Brew your own probiotic drinks! You can make your own Kombucha tea beverage at home with a Kombucha SCOBY, the unique culture that makes the delicious tea-based beverage that is filled with probiotics.

    Our SCOBYs are created by using quality natural ingredients and professional methods in Melbourne. Includes Fermentation Cloth!

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    I hope you have found some amazing and conscious gifts for your loved ones or maybe even inspired a purchase for yourself, or does that just happen to me when shopping for others.

    Happy shopping.

    In love & goodness,

    Rach x

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    MSWA Events have blown us away with their multi-sensory playground here in Perth.

    It’s the perfect adventure for all the family. Immerse yourself in Perth’s most amazing and interactive event!

    SensAtion Gallery is Perth’s most interactive and insta-worthy event, with more than 20 bespoke interactive installations! Unlock your imagination and prepare to challenge your senses as you immerse yourself in a multi-sensory adventure.

    How do our senses interact with our brain? How important our senses and what happens if they are reduced or lost? How do people with neurological conditions see, feel, smell, hear and taste and understand the world?

    The team at MSWA took on the challenge to help us understand the answers to these questions in the most enjoyable way possible.

    Be prepared to have all your senses challenged by more than 20 bespoke interactive installations from local artists.

    Sensation of Sight

    They say vision is the most powerful of all the senses. Our eyes connect us to our surroundings, delivering information to our brain to create an understanding of the world around us. Be prepared to alter your perception of reality a question of what is right in front of your eyes.

    The aim of the space is to remind you of the complexity and importance of the sense of sight.

    Artist @universalhobo

    Sensation of Sound

    Unmanaged stress can have severe implications on our bodies and minds.

    This space explores the way in which sound therapy can bring relaxation and restore health.

    Artist @kimberryberry

    Sensation of Smell

    Scent often invokes strong memories and feelings. A particular smell can take us back in time, connect us with another person and trigger a deep emotional response. Enter the green room and allow your senses to take you on an immersive journey.

    In this space, visitors will experience the scent of a jungle. Working with Margaret River based Melis Perfumery, the artists have created the smells and sensation of rain, tropical flowers, wind, and greenery.

    Artist @nathnvhall @hukunamaboo

    Sensation of Taste

    Food is so much more than sustenance. It brings family and community together and allows us to connect with loved ones and create new relationships. In many homes, the kitchen set up will be built for some fun and playful photo opportunities.

    For those living with neurological conditions, the taste is one of the senses that can be affected, impacting their enjoyment of food and / o appetite and quality of life. It may also be challenging to maintain a healthy nutritional intake.

    Artist @jordanbrunofficial

    Sensation of Touch

    Of the five senses, touch is the one we most apt to take for granted, yet it is vitally important to understanding and relating to our environment through sensations such as temperature, pressure, and pain.

    This space will be a blast of yellow with holes in which you ill be able to fit your hand. Each hole will have an object inside you won’t be able to see – you won’t be able to see – you will have to put your hand in and touch.

    Artist @zachaslebyadventures

    All Roads Lead To The Brain

    Our five senses connect us to the outside world and our brain allows u understand it. Sensory neurons carry information from the receptor cells throughout the body to the bain. Our brain gathers this information, interprets it and uses it to perceive the world around us, the brain is powered by billions of electrical signals firing every second.

    In this space, the string lights represent the firing of synapses in the brain. Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions are impacted by the misfiring interruptions or blockage along the neurological pathways and other factors resulting in symptoms that affect motor and sensory functions throughout the body.

    Artist @jameyleefranz

     

    Opening on November 7th – for a limited season … To find out more about SensAtion head to www.sensationgallery.org.au

    Make sure you download the EyeJack App to see it all come to life.

    Photo credit @vandermeerkat

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