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The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen There are so many hidden pesticides in our foods, even the ones we think of as healthy. This is a helpful guide I keep on my fridge that helps me decide which products to buy organic and which are ok to choose the non-organic version. For more tips on healthy eating, sign up to our newsletter Healthy Habits: SIGN UP

Rich Roll inspires Australia at “Living The Plantpower Way”

Living the Plantpower Way When you hear the word ‘vegan’ do you instantly imagine bland images of lettuce and raw carrots, devoid of protein or any real layers of taste? Do you think of tambourine banging hippies with dreadlocked hair, wearing purple trousers? Well today we’re challenging that perception – just like Rich Roll at the SumoSalad Living the Plantpower Way events in Sydney & Melbourne. Our very own Lawrence Mitchell brought Rich Roll and his wife Julie Piatt over to Australia to share their personal experience about living a plant-powered life and show us how that decision has helped them transform their lives and achieve incredible results – to an audience of over 1,000! Rich’s story has a familiar start – working hard, getting into bad eating habits, drinking way too much alcohol and prioritising work over health. These choices resulted in an unhealthy lifestyle, creating problems for his physical and mental

Play Now: Lawrence on Stress Resilience

How to be resilient: Useful tips to help you beat stress It can be easy to feel like throwing in the towel when you're faced with adversity, tragedy, or even just plain old stress. But what if we could build an immunity to stress in the same way we take vitamins and antibiotics to boost our immunity to illness? There are skills and behaviours that we can all adopt to improve our overall wellbeing, help manage stress and develop resilience, and these form the very purpose of this interview. Lawrence Mitchell talks about resilience in a very passionate and unique way. Click the play button below to learn more about his insights on improving one's resilience to stress. PLAY NOW

Bitter Sweet: Sugar Consumption – How Much Sugar Is Enough?

Sugar consumption – what are the facts? How much sugar is enough? How much sugar is too much? Why is it the latest ‘no-no’? What are hidden sugars? Should I be cutting out sugar all together? What is the negative health impact on the body that has got every one talking? Is it just Coke and sodas that I should avoid?  How much sugar is in processed foods? Why does it make me fat? Confused? I’m not surprised because sugar seems to be in everything! Sugar consumption is a hot topic – particularly around weight loss. At last the media have picked up on what I have been saying for a long while – sugar makes you fat and has negative health effects. Cutting down on your sugar consumption will help your weight loss programme. My nephew was over the other day and we were chatting

Weight Loss Tip of the Day – Avoid Chips

Can't resist chips? Today's weight loss tip comes from Harvard University scientists who have compiled a 'league table' of foods that cause the most weight gain over the years. Top of the list comes chips and crisps - followed by sugary drinks; meat and then boiled, baked or mashed potatoes. The study - analysis of data from more than 120,000 people over 20 years - showed the average person gains almost 1lb a year in adulthood, often as a result of eating excess calories equivalent to little more than a biscuit a day. The study also found that keeping trim wasn't a question of cutting calories, so much as eating the right kind of calories. Starchy foods, those containing refined carbohydrates, and processed foods were most associated with weight gain; but eating cheese or drinking full-fat milk didn't seem to have less of an impact, possibly

How to cope with change: 8 lessons from disrupting my life

‘Are there any shops nearby?’ I asked Gupta, the friendly receptionist at the Ayurveda retreat where I was staying, in the heart of Kerala, in the South West corner of India.   ‘About 20 minutes away. Let me ask Sanjay to take you.’ A few minutes later, a young chap appeared and beckoned to me to follow him. We made our way through the rugged hills at the back of the hotel, winding our way to a rough, flat patch of land where I expected to see my mode of travel, a car. What I saw when I got there, though, wasn’t a car, a minibus, or even a rickshaw. What actually greeted me was a less than shiny motorcyle, and Sanjay jumped on, helmet-less, and invited me to do the same. In that situation, what would you do have done?’ I’ve grown up

Digital Detox Challenge!

"Don't become a slave to technology. Manage your phone.  Don't let it manage you." - Richard Branson I intimately recall the moment it happened. I had just got off an Eastbound Central Line train at Buckhurst Hill in Greater London.  I reached into my pocket to check my phone. Panic rushed through my body as my fingers felt inside an empty pocket.  I opened my bag with a sense of dread, rifled around with blood rushing in my ears, and no phone looked back at me. I felt hot and cold at the same time, and sick as the reality of the situation dawned on me. I had left my phone on the train...   How would you feel if you'd lost your phone?   According to some studies, many people would prefer to go without