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The team works hard to create regular blogs that share useful information and valueable tips to help you start your journey to a healthier you and keep you motivated along the way.

Laurie’s Rant: Your Body Doesn’t Care About The Holidays…

With Summer and the festive season soon upon us, this time of year can really make-or-break your overall success in 2019 when it comes to your health and fat-loss goals. So often, I see people work hard all year attending their regular training sessions, cutting back...

Cortisol: Friend Or Foe?

Cortisol is often referred to as a ‘stress’ hormone but its main role is to put you into a state of readiness. It does this by: · Increasing adrenaline to boost wakefulness and focus. · Increasing heart rate and oxygen transportation to muscles. · Mobilizing...

Laurie’s Rant: What’s Your Priority?

Over my 20 years in the fitness industry, I’ve met thousands of people all hoping to get into great shape and improve their health. Without fail, the ones who actually achieve their goals are the ones who are fully aware of what VALUES each of their daily activities...

Should You Skip Breakfast?

It can be easy to assume that skipping breakfast will lead to better fat-loss results. But the science is showing us otherwise. Compared to their breakfast-eating counterparts, those who skip breakfast tend to be overweight, eat more calories in total later in the day...

Is Your Posture Making You Sick, Tired & Fat?

Apart from putting excessive strain on muscles and joints, your poor sitting posture could be causing some serious health issues and affecting your fat-loss efforts. 1) Poor posture negatively affects your breathing patterns by restricting the diaphragm and...

Healthy Bites Recipe: Caramelized Onions, Capsicum & Zucchini Frittata

Frittata is a very versatile egg dish. Not only great for breakfast, but can be eaten for lunch or dinner. A great way to clean out the refrigerator!

Healthy Bites Recipe: Chicken Parcels With Basil, Tomato & Bocconcini

This healthy chicken dinner is a beautiful combination of colours, flavours and textures. A very simple recipe that is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Healthy Bites Recipe: One Pan Ground Beef Veggie Mix

From start to finish this low-carb and gluten-free one pan beef and veggie meal takes 30 minutes to cook and is such an easy way to get necessary nutrients.

Healthy Bites Recipe: Lamb Minute Steaks With Marinated Mushrooms

Lamb done a little differently! Low-carb, striking flavour and a very minimal list of ingredients, this recipe is worth a try and only 12 minutes of work!

Healthy Bites Recipe: Pork Tex-Mex Lettuce Cups

Only 10 ingredients, this quick pork recipe would be a great entree for a dinner party or an excellent lunch you could assemble at work!

Healthy Bites Recipe: Steak & Mushroom Stacks

Healthy Bites Recipe: Steak & Mushroom Stacks

Serves: 4 Prep & Cooking Time: 30 mins Nutritional Information Per Serve: Calories 397Protein 44 g Fat Total 24.4 g (Saturated Fat 13.6 g)Carbs Total 3.8 g Cholesterol 116 mgSodium 839 mg Ingredients: Olive oil cooking spray4 x 150 g beef rump steaks1 tablespoon...

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Healthy Bites Recipe: Lamb & Haloumi Meatball Salad

Healthy Bites Recipe: Lamb & Haloumi Meatball Salad

Serves: 4 Prep & Cooking Time: 30 mins Nutritional Information Per Serve: Calories 392Protein 33gFat Total 25g (Saturated Fat 10g)Carbs Total 9g Ingredients: 500g lamb mince50g haloumi, coarsely grated1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped1 lemon, rind...

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Cortisol: Friend Or Foe?

Cortisol: Friend Or Foe?

Cortisol is quite necessary for normal bodily function and healthy metabolic processing. If it stays elevated for too long, it can produce negative effects.

read more
Cinnamon: The Super Spice

Cinnamon: The Super Spice

Beyond spicing up your meals, you have probably never give cinnamon a second thought. Despite having been used for millennia, recent studies have shown just how powerful this common and inexpensive spice can really be.

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Laurie’s Rant:  Beware The Franken-Foods

Laurie’s Rant: Beware The Franken-Foods

It’s this kind of ingredient manipulation and slick marketing that sadly fools most people into thinking that they can now consume these types of foods and drinks and not be any worse off. After all, why would a food company lie to us? Don’t get me started…

read more
Are You Stuck In 1st Gear?

Are You Stuck In 1st Gear?

Whilst it can be tempting to think that you don’t need to do any weights training because you move a lot in your daily activities, it’s important to understand the real science of muscle fibres.

read more
Alcohol And Exercise

Alcohol And Exercise

With the warm weather now upon us, it’s likely that most people will now increase the amount of exercise, activity and social sport they participate in.

read more
Organic Food? Should I Be Buying It?

Organic Food? Should I Be Buying It?

Organic food has gained popularity over the last few years, despite costing 50-100% more than non-organic food. Unfortunately, potential differences in nutritional quality; if there are any, appear to be minimal. Surprisingly, no studies in the last 75 years have...

read more
Laurie’s Rant: DIY Dentist

Laurie’s Rant: DIY Dentist

Let’s imagine for a minute that we lived in a world where an ambitious and clever entrepreneur decided to open a new dental clinic. This clinic has all the right gear: chairs, x-ray machines, drills, lights, pokers, scrapers, suckers and all the other fun dental...

read more
Laurie’s Rant: How’s Your Garden?

Laurie’s Rant: How’s Your Garden?

I’m not sure what your garden currently looks like but, for the sake of this rant, let’s pretend it’s not too flash. There are quite a few weeds growing and spreading, the flowers are all wilted and the grass is looking very brown and patchy. Now this might not...

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Healthy Bites: Outback Mince

Healthy Bites: Outback Mince

This delicious recipe is a great introduction to kangaroo if you have been nervous to try it. Kangaroo is a lean, cheap, healthful source of red meat readily available in most supermarkets.

read more
Carbs… Friend Or Foe?

Carbs… Friend Or Foe?

Those who try these ‘carbs-are-evil’ diets will certainly experience some initial weight loss. Unfortunately though, most people fail to realise that weight loss does not always equal fat loss.

read more
Healthy Bites: Chicken Noel

Healthy Bites: Chicken Noel

Prep & Cooking Time: 35 mins Makes: 6 serves. Nutritional info per serve: 306 calories, 42.8g protein, 17.4g carbohydrates, 2.2g fibre, 7.3g fat (1.3g saturated).   Ingredients: 6 skinless chicken breast fillets (800g) canola spray oil juice of 2 lemons,...

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Healthy Bites: Beef Stroganoff

Healthy Bites: Beef Stroganoff

Prep & Cooking Time: 35 mins Makes: 4 serves. Nutritional info per serve: 339.5 calories, 43.6g protein, 18.1g carbohydrates, 4g fibre, 10.3g fat (4.3g saturated). Ingredients: 1 clove garlic, crushed Canola oil spray 1 brown onion, roughly diced 600g mushrooms,...

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Healthy Bites: Green Thai Turkey Meatloaf

Healthy Bites: Green Thai Turkey Meatloaf

Prep & Cooking Time: 60 mins Makes: 6 serves Nutritional info per serve: 131 calories, 22.9g protein, 5.8g carbohydrates, 1.2g fibre, 1.8g fat (0.3g saturated). Ingredients: 500g lean turkey mince 1½ medium zucchinis (approx. 1 cup) grated, excess moisture...

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Healthy Bites: Spicy Thai Pork Salad

Healthy Bites: Spicy Thai Pork Salad

Prep & Cooking Time: 20mins Makes: 4 serves Nutritional info per serve: 212 calories, 36.6g protein, 6.6g carbohydrates, 1.1g fibre, 4.3g fat. Ingredients: 400g ground/minced lean pork Canola spray oil 1 minced garlic clove 2 green spring onions thinly sliced 1...

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Healthy Bites: Thai Chicken Rissoles

Healthy Bites: Thai Chicken Rissoles

Cooking & Prep Time: 15 mins Makes: 12 rissoles – 6 serves (2 rissoles per serve) Nutritional info per serve (2 rissoles): 94 calories, 20g protein, 0.4g carbohydrates, 0.4g fibre, 1.4g fat. Ingredients: 500g lean chicken mince 1 tbsp Thai green curry paste 1/2...

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Laurie’s Rant: Live Outside The Box

Laurie’s Rant: Live Outside The Box

How often have you heard someone say; I don’t like… I’m not that sort of person… I don’t believe… I can’t… I won’t… That’s not for me… I never have… I never will… Maybe you find yourself saying these things too…

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Laurie’s Rant: Intentions and Knowledge

Laurie’s Rant: Intentions and Knowledge

I was giving a presentation recently and at the end of it a lady raised her hand and asked me: “Why should I listen to or believe you when there are so many other people, companies, TV shows/commercials, magazines and books telling me how to lose weight and get healthy?” What a great question!

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Top Tips for Raising Fit, Happy and Healthy Kids

Top Tips for Raising Fit, Happy and Healthy Kids

With well over half of the adult Australian population now classified as overweight or obese, the prospects for the next generation are not looking good .Here are some tips to help you raise healthy kids that are more likely to become healthy adults.

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Bad Knees? Maybe Not!

Bad Knees? Maybe Not!

Most people experience knee pain and discomfort at one time or another. For some it’s temporary while for others it is a chronic nagging pain that won’t seem to ever go away…

read more
Do You Really Need More Cardio?

Do You Really Need More Cardio?

Unfortunately, most people (unaware of how the human body really works) attempt to shed the weight by starving themselves and doing lots more cardio-based exercise (i.e. jogging, spin classes, aerobics classes). Sadly, this only serves to make the problem much worse…

read more
Healthy Bites: Salmon Slice

Healthy Bites: Salmon Slice

Nutritional info per serve: 180 calories, 20.6g protein, 14g carbohydrates, 1.6g fibre, 4.7g fat (1.1g saturated). Ingredients: 5 x 100g pouches of salmon or 500g of canned salmon 1 cup cooked brown rice (cooked prior) 2 green/spring onions, finely chopped 2 tbsp...

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Cortisol: Friend Or Foe?

Cortisol: Friend Or Foe?

Cortisol is quite necessary for normal bodily function and healthy metabolic processing. If it stays elevated for too long, it can produce negative effects.

read more
Alcohol And Exercise

Alcohol And Exercise

With the warm weather now upon us, it’s likely that most people will now increase the amount of exercise, activity and social sport they participate in.

read more
Laurie’s Rant: How’s Your Garden?

Laurie’s Rant: How’s Your Garden?

I’m not sure what your garden currently looks like but, for the sake of this rant, let’s pretend it’s not too flash. There are quite a few weeds growing and spreading, the flowers are all wilted and the grass is looking very brown and patchy. Now this might not...

read more
Carbs… Friend Or Foe?

Carbs… Friend Or Foe?

Those who try these ‘carbs-are-evil’ diets will certainly experience some initial weight loss. Unfortunately though, most people fail to realise that weight loss does not always equal fat loss.

read more
Top Tips for Raising Fit, Happy and Healthy Kids

Top Tips for Raising Fit, Happy and Healthy Kids

With well over half of the adult Australian population now classified as overweight or obese, the prospects for the next generation are not looking good .Here are some tips to help you raise healthy kids that are more likely to become healthy adults.

read more
Healthy Bites Recipe: Steak & Mushroom Stacks

Healthy Bites Recipe: Steak & Mushroom Stacks

Serves: 4 Prep & Cooking Time: 30 mins Nutritional Information Per Serve: Calories 397Protein 44 g Fat Total 24.4 g (Saturated Fat 13.6 g)Carbs Total 3.8 g Cholesterol 116 mgSodium 839 mg Ingredients: Olive oil cooking spray4 x 150 g beef rump steaks1 tablespoon...

read more
Healthy Bites Recipe: Lamb & Haloumi Meatball Salad

Healthy Bites Recipe: Lamb & Haloumi Meatball Salad

Serves: 4 Prep & Cooking Time: 30 mins Nutritional Information Per Serve: Calories 392Protein 33gFat Total 25g (Saturated Fat 10g)Carbs Total 9g Ingredients: 500g lamb mince50g haloumi, coarsely grated1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped1 lemon, rind...

read more
Healthy Bites: Outback Mince

Healthy Bites: Outback Mince

This delicious recipe is a great introduction to kangaroo if you have been nervous to try it. Kangaroo is a lean, cheap, healthful source of red meat readily available in most supermarkets.

read more
Healthy Bites: Chicken Noel

Healthy Bites: Chicken Noel

Prep & Cooking Time: 35 mins Makes: 6 serves. Nutritional info per serve: 306 calories, 42.8g protein, 17.4g carbohydrates, 2.2g fibre, 7.3g fat (1.3g saturated).   Ingredients: 6 skinless chicken breast fillets (800g) canola spray oil juice of 2 lemons,...

read more
Healthy Bites: Beef Stroganoff

Healthy Bites: Beef Stroganoff

Prep & Cooking Time: 35 mins Makes: 4 serves. Nutritional info per serve: 339.5 calories, 43.6g protein, 18.1g carbohydrates, 4g fibre, 10.3g fat (4.3g saturated). Ingredients: 1 clove garlic, crushed Canola oil spray 1 brown onion, roughly diced 600g mushrooms,...

read more
Healthy Bites: Green Thai Turkey Meatloaf

Healthy Bites: Green Thai Turkey Meatloaf

Prep & Cooking Time: 60 mins Makes: 6 serves Nutritional info per serve: 131 calories, 22.9g protein, 5.8g carbohydrates, 1.2g fibre, 1.8g fat (0.3g saturated). Ingredients: 500g lean turkey mince 1½ medium zucchinis (approx. 1 cup) grated, excess moisture...

read more
Healthy Bites: Spicy Thai Pork Salad

Healthy Bites: Spicy Thai Pork Salad

Prep & Cooking Time: 20mins Makes: 4 serves Nutritional info per serve: 212 calories, 36.6g protein, 6.6g carbohydrates, 1.1g fibre, 4.3g fat. Ingredients: 400g ground/minced lean pork Canola spray oil 1 minced garlic clove 2 green spring onions thinly sliced 1...

read more
Healthy Bites: Thai Chicken Rissoles

Healthy Bites: Thai Chicken Rissoles

Cooking & Prep Time: 15 mins Makes: 12 rissoles – 6 serves (2 rissoles per serve) Nutritional info per serve (2 rissoles): 94 calories, 20g protein, 0.4g carbohydrates, 0.4g fibre, 1.4g fat. Ingredients: 500g lean chicken mince 1 tbsp Thai green curry paste 1/2...

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Healthy Bites: Salmon Slice

Healthy Bites: Salmon Slice

Nutritional info per serve: 180 calories, 20.6g protein, 14g carbohydrates, 1.6g fibre, 4.7g fat (1.1g saturated). Ingredients: 5 x 100g pouches of salmon or 500g of canned salmon 1 cup cooked brown rice (cooked prior) 2 green/spring onions, finely chopped 2 tbsp...

read more
Do You Really Need More Cardio?

Do You Really Need More Cardio?

Unfortunately, most people (unaware of how the human body really works) attempt to shed the weight by starving themselves and doing lots more cardio-based exercise (i.e. jogging, spin classes, aerobics classes). Sadly, this only serves to make the problem much worse…

read more
Laurie’s Rant:  Beware The Franken-Foods

Laurie’s Rant: Beware The Franken-Foods

It’s this kind of ingredient manipulation and slick marketing that sadly fools most people into thinking that they can now consume these types of foods and drinks and not be any worse off. After all, why would a food company lie to us? Don’t get me started…

read more
Are You Stuck In 1st Gear?

Are You Stuck In 1st Gear?

Whilst it can be tempting to think that you don’t need to do any weights training because you move a lot in your daily activities, it’s important to understand the real science of muscle fibres.

read more
Laurie’s Rant: DIY Dentist

Laurie’s Rant: DIY Dentist

Let’s imagine for a minute that we lived in a world where an ambitious and clever entrepreneur decided to open a new dental clinic. This clinic has all the right gear: chairs, x-ray machines, drills, lights, pokers, scrapers, suckers and all the other fun dental...

read more
Laurie’s Rant: Live Outside The Box

Laurie’s Rant: Live Outside The Box

How often have you heard someone say; I don’t like… I’m not that sort of person… I don’t believe… I can’t… I won’t… That’s not for me… I never have… I never will… Maybe you find yourself saying these things too…

read more
Laurie’s Rant: Intentions and Knowledge

Laurie’s Rant: Intentions and Knowledge

I was giving a presentation recently and at the end of it a lady raised her hand and asked me: “Why should I listen to or believe you when there are so many other people, companies, TV shows/commercials, magazines and books telling me how to lose weight and get healthy?” What a great question!

read more
Laurie’s Rant: How’s Your Garden?

Laurie’s Rant: How’s Your Garden?

I’m not sure what your garden currently looks like but, for the sake of this rant, let’s pretend it’s not too flash. There are quite a few weeds growing and spreading, the flowers are all wilted and the grass is looking very brown and patchy. Now this might not...

read more
Bad Knees? Maybe Not!

Bad Knees? Maybe Not!

Most people experience knee pain and discomfort at one time or another. For some it’s temporary while for others it is a chronic nagging pain that won’t seem to ever go away…

read more
Organic Food? Should I Be Buying It?

Organic Food? Should I Be Buying It?

Organic food has gained popularity over the last few years, despite costing 50-100% more than non-organic food. Unfortunately, potential differences in nutritional quality; if there are any, appear to be minimal. Surprisingly, no studies in the last 75 years have...

read more

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