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Cityscape Wellbeing & Fitness
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Mother Earth has a clever way of providing us with what we need most at each time of the year. Vitamin C and zinc are essential for strong immune function and are more abundant in winter produce. Vitamin C is used to signal the production of white blood cells to protect us when foreign bacteria or viruses enter the body. It is also present in the fluid lining in our lungs and mucous membranes, where the antioxidant activity helps prevent inflammation and damage by bacteria and viruses, and is crucial for collagen production in the skin – something we also want to support over the winter months. Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, so we need to consume it every day. Eat a piece of fruit or add lemon, orange or grapefruit to your morning juice. Incorporating leafy greens and broccoli into stir fries is another great way...
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Health and wellbeing guru Dr Libby hits town again in April for What Am I Supposed To Eat?, a new 90-minute seminar that's designed to help attendees navigate the increasingly complicated world of conflicting food advice, fad diets, nutrition studies, and how they all affect your own health goals. Questions Dr Libby will tackle include: • Are you confused about what to eat to meet your health goals?• Will eating fat make you fat?• Are your fitness gadgets helping or hindering your health goals?• Are you confused by ways of eating such as paleo, vegan, fasting, low carb or high fat diets? • Do you know how much sugar you might be unintentionally consuming?• How can you stop carbohydrates causing you chaos?• Do you overeat or undereat when you feel stressed, tired, overwhelmed or even happy?Limited tickets are available to the event, so head to Dr Libby's website to secure your...
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One of the biggest reservations I hear when people are transitioning to eating more real food is the perception that they will have to sacrifice taste. This most certainly doesn’t have to be the case at all and there are many quick little tweaks you can make to add flavour to your food. Add fresh chilli or spice If you’re not great with hot food, start out slow and remove the seeds of the chilli to reduce the hotness. Fresh chilli is particularly delicious in Asian-inspired dishes. Use good quality oil Good quality olive oil is one of the most versatile additions to any kitchen and is particularly handy when making homemade dressings. Coconut or avocado oils are also good options for cooking – and they make a difference to the flavour of your food. Use fresh herbs and lemon Add a delicious freshness and nutrient boost to your food...
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In all my years working with people on an individual level or in a group, regardless of their age, sex or current health status, there is often one thing that unifies people’s health and wellness goals – energy and the desire for more. When you ask someone how they are, the most common response I tend to hear is “tired, so tired”. And hence our reliance on caffeine and refined sugars – or anything – that gives us more energy increases. If we think of our daily energy as a bank account, it’s easier to consider what ‘adds’ or ‘takes’ our energy. Energy supplies us with the power to function, grow, heal and regenerate ourselves daily. We are designed, however, to supplement this original endowment of energy with what we generate from eating, breathing, sleeping, working, playing, learning and relationships. Each day we make withdrawals and deposits; we invest or...
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How many of us have been told that if we burn more calories than we eat, weight loss will be inevitable? How many of us have then discovered this doesn’t apply to our body no matter how hard we work? The answer – not all calories are created equal. Our bodies react very differently with calories from different sources. They may go through similar digestive processes but the biochemical reactions they trigger can be completely different.Compare how 1000 calories from fizzy drink are metabolised in the body versus 1000 calories from broccoli. When you consume a fizzy drink your body quickly absorbs the fibre-less sugars and the glucose spikes your blood sugar, which stimulates insulin and subsequently signals to your body to store body fat. Inflammation is increased, triglycerides are raised (essentially fat in your blood), and leptin, one of the hormones involved in appetite regulation, is blocked. If you...
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As winter approaches you can almost feel people’s mood start to shift. You start to hear people saying, “it’s too cold, it’s too dark, I hate winter”, and before winter has even really begun, you start to feel worn down. Here are a few simple ways to support your energy and maintain your glow over the cooler months: Don’t use sugar as a comfort In the cooler weather there is naturally a move to more warming and comforting foods. Most people associate home baking with comfort, and in the cooler weather there is a tendency to bake more puddings or crumbles. If there’s one thing that can steal someone’s shine, it’s most definitely consuming too much sugar. Really address whether your food choices are about nourishing your body or nourishing your soul, and try some of the delicious wholefood alternatives to traditional winter recipes. Hydrate The body is largely made up of water, and consuming enough is essential for our body to...
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Sure, you might have started the year with good intentions, but how are those New Year’s resolutions panning out? Cityscape grabs the Year of the Goat by the horns, consults the experts and finds out what’s on the cards for 2015 and how to get back on track with rocking your best year ever. From the hottest exercise and nutrition, why change is good and why you need to de-clutter – this year, it’s all about you. EXPERT ADVICE YOU 2.0 With New Year’s resolutions fraught with failure,Cityscape caught up with lifestyle guru and holistic nutrition specialist Dr Libby for the lowdown on creating a healthier you.A new year often sparks a desire to change aspects of your life you feel may not be serving you. Yet, whatever the radical ideas for the New Year may be, many people embark on unsustainable and far-from-healthy plans. Let’s look at sustainable steps to...
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Dr Libby takes on sugar in her new book, Sweet Food Story. The first way to debunk some of the confusion around sugar is to clarify the precise definition of the word ‘sugar’ as it is used loosely in the modern vernacular and given a variety of meanings. Technically, sugar and starch are carbohydrates, with one of the main differences between them being the size of their structures. The term sugar refers to simple sugars, monosaccharides such as glucose and fructose, as well as disaccharides such as sucrose, lactose and maltose, which are two monosaccharides linked together. Starches are polysaccharides made up of long chains of monosaccharides. Starches are broken down into sugars during digestion. Sugars are created by some plants to store energy, rather like the way animals make fat. For plants, periods of feast and famine are natural and plants have to be able to store fuel for lean...
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As spring arrives we can shift our focus to the things that uplift us – the factors that make us feel good. They don’t have to be complex. Often the more easily accessible the better. What you focus on is what you feel, so make a conscious choice to feel good and utilise these techniques to assist you and your health will love you for it. Appreciate the Simple Things It has been clinically proven that it is impossible to feel stressed or overwhelmed when you feel gratitude. It is so easy to fixate on the aspects of our life we wish to improve or change, but looking at what makes you feel grateful and is available all day, every day can have the most profound effect on your perspective. Soul Food If you find yourself in the pantry thinking ‘I want something but I don’t know what that something...
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New from the prolific nutritional biochemist, author, speaker and all-round guru Dr Libby, The Calorie Fallacy is a new book that challenges traditional weight loss convention and dogma, and is set to turn everything you thought you knew about calories and diets on its head. Traditional thinking holds that if we burn more calories than we eat, weight loss will be inevitable. However many of us have found that this common wisdom doesn’t seem to apply when it comes to our own bodies (hmmm). Despite the world’s current obsession with calorie counting, we nevertheless find ourselves watching the waistlines of the Western world continually increasing. Dr Libby’s new title though aims to challenge this status quo and to arm you with the wisdom to stop dieting and depriving yourself and start thriving. Sounds good to us! The Calorie Fallacy will be hitting bookstores on the 11th of August, and will be...