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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...
Cityscape The Scoop
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You live in Christchurch – if you didn’t get stressed out once in a while you wouldn’t be human. But decompression is easy when you know how – before blowing a gasket you should try the following:  1 Get Stoned There’s not much that 2-hours of Hot Stone Therapy can’t fix. This ancient holistic sensory experience at Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa uses perfectly-positioned hot basalt stones to relax muscles, improve circulation and calm the nervous system allowing for a super relaxing extreme deep tissue massage. Lock one in here: www.swanlake.co.nz/spa/ 2 Crack a Book Need a change of scenery but can’t afford a holiday? Escape into another, less stressful (for you) world – get hooked on a feel-good classic like To Kill a Mockingbird, laugh at someone else’s misfortune in Angela’s Ashes, bask in the glory of revenge in The First Wive’s Club and root for A Confederacy of Dunces’...
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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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The holistic health and fitness gurus at Mint Whole Body Health & Fitness rock a one-stop-shop. With a staff of professional personal trainers, a fully-equipped gym, and an on-site professional nutritionist, they also offer clean-eating café Pure Café Co., which eschews sugar, salt, butter, additives, preservatives and trans fats (and pretty much anything processed!) with their nutrient-dense creations. In fact, the Mint experience is unlike any other health and nutrition facility! Their unique approach combines industry-leading training with basic body measurements, macro calculations and meal planning with advanced BIA profiling and intolerance testing to redesign your body and awaken your potential. www.mintfit.co.nz ...
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Cityscape taps into the latest fitness and health trends to rock your most stunning summer yet. CROSSING OVER Wondering how Channing Tatum and the cast of Magic Mike got so ripped? It’s all about the CrossFit, says CrossFit Trailblazer’s Kyp Kotzikas. Putting stock in strength and endurance – aerobics this ain’t – CrossFit is all about measurable, observable, and repeatable results. Tackling a combination of lifting heavy objects, body weight movements, and monostructural-based cardio activities such as running, rowing, or jumping rope, CrossFitters are put through a series of exercises in a certain amount of time and the results are epic! What’s more, leveraging group dynamics, the bootcamp-style workouts create a super-competitive yet super-supportive space, and sees everyone digging in and achieving their goals. www.crossfittrailblazer.com NATURAL BEAUTY Beauty ingredient of the moment active charcoal has a long history of medicinal use; its millions of pores can bind harmful agents and prevent their absorption...
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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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In a bid to give winter ills and chills the cold shoulder, Cityscape caught up with self-cured health researcher, international speaker and best-selling author Jason Shon Bennett for three tips on getting through winter unscathed.I have not had a cold, flu, bug or virus for over 25 years, and yet for the first 25 years of my life, I was sick almost every day. I am often asked what my secret is and the simple answer is through changing my diet, lifestyle and environment – here’s how you can help stay healthy this winter: 1 Fermented foods For centuries humans have safely fermented foods with bacteria and fungi to produce more prebiotic-rich, nutritious and delicious foods. Tempeh, sourdough bread, miso, apple cider vinegar, yoghurt, nattō, pickled ginger, umeboshi plums, sauerkraut and pickled daikon are all good examples of fermented/cultured foods. The genuine fermentation process naturally changes, predigests and dramatically improves...
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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...