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Hidden Gems

My motto when working to improve the health of kids is to make ‘every mouthful count’ nutritionally. Here’s how. No matter what I’m cooking, I’m always thinking in terms of how I can inject more nourishment, especially when feeding my kids. Because children are growing so rapidly, they have a much greater nutritional requirements, yet a smaller capacity to be nourished (smaller stomachs). One tip I always o ...

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Live, Learn, Survive

When he isn’t rescuing beach-goers on the hit show ‘Bondi Rescue’, or putting out fires as a firefighter, Trent ‘Maxi’ Maxwell is combining his love of firefighting and surf rescue to teach schoolkids valuable lessons in safety.   Did you know that, of the 291 people who drowned in Australian waterways last year, 29 were children under four? Or that there were 21,784 fires and explosions between 2016-2 ...

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Fighting Food Waste at Home

Our global wastage epidemic has been the topic of much discussion lately (thank goodness!) but, as with all conversations about really, really big issues, it can be hard to know how you can make an impact at home – or whether you even can. Turns out, there are a tonne of small things you can do in your own home that can help make a big difference globally. But first, it helps to know what we’re up against. ...

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Strong Core, Strong Mum

Did you know your core is more than just your abs? A visible six-pack is no guarantee of a strong core, so what should you be focusing on when building core strength? First, let’s bust some myths. MYTH 1: Your ‘core’ are the muscles on your belly Yes... and no. In fact, your core includes your abs, diaphragm, pelvic floor, hips, glutes and more. You use your core every time you twist, bend, lift and reach. ...

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Supporting Your Child’s Gut Health

The importance of digestive health is a buzz right now both in the media and the scientific community, where the health of digestive system bacteria is recognised as being essential to our overall health and wellbeing. We are not just what we eat, but what we absorb. As parents, it's really important that we understand how to best support a healthy microbiome (the good bugs that live in our gut), for our ow ...

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Pregnancy and Pilates

Pilates is famous for being an effective and enjoyable method of movement but is it really suitable during pregnancy and post-partum? The simple answer to this question is – absolutely! Contrary to popular belief, Pilates does not ‘focus’ on abdominal strength. It focuses on full body movement because the whole body needs to be uniformly strong and flexible to be in peak condition. What’s the point in havin ...

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So, You Have a Thumb Sucker!

Sucking is a natural instinct for babies – the first contact a baby usually has with sucking is at their mother’s breast to drink breast milk, which contains a protein that is converted into serotonin in the brain and creates a sleepy, tired and relaxed feeling. Children who become attached to thumb sucking as they get older still get a physiological payoff every time they do it, and there are very few ways ...

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Are we as Worthy as Our Pets?

You always put your fur babies first – how about you do the same for yourself? Today is the first day of the rest of our life, but what if we lived it as if it was the last? People say, if only I had more time, if only I could do things differently, if only I didn’t have responsibilities. What if we lived today 100 per cent the way we wanted to? It’s a great segue to the world’s most difficult question, ‘Wh ...

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Gut Instinct

The importance of digestive health is a buzz right now both in the media and the scientific community, where the health of digestive system bacteria is recognised as being essential to our overall health and wellbeing. We are not just what we eat, but what we absorb. As parents, it's really important that we understand how to best support a healthy microbiome (the good bugs that live in our gut), for our ow ...

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Protecting Your Pet in Winter

Winter can be tough on all creatures big and small, but particularly senior dogs and cats. To ensure elderly pets are comfortable during these chillier months and protected against arthritis, obesity and fleas, PETstock is educating pet parents on the best winter survival tactics. According to PETstock VET’s Jess Donohue, dogs and cats are classed as senior once as soon as they turn seven – by this time in ...

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