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Protein Powerhouses

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Protein is one of the three building blocks of good nutrition. It’s essential for building tissue, cells and muscle, as well as making hormones and anti-bodies.

Most people need around 0.8-1g of protein per 1kg of body weight per day. People who exercise a lot could need more. For example, if you weigh 55kg, you need 44-55 grams of protein a day.

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Eat your way to a healthy brain

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Have you ever thought about how you’re feeding your brain? Probably not. It’s not something most people consider when thinking of their diet. However, it should be. Your brain is your engine. It’s always running and everything you do depends on how well it works.

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5 Ways to Wellbeing

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In 2008, an organisation called the New Economics Foundation developed a set of five evidence-based actions for a New Zealand government report on wellbeing. They called these actions the Five Ways to Wellbeing. After extensive research, they came to the conclusion that wellbeing does not depend on spending money or consuming more.

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HIIT it!

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Ladies and gentlemen. Today we’re going to talk about my favourite type of training, HIIT! HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It’s a training where you exercise at 100% (or 110% for some) for a short amount of time and then recover for a short time. Then you repeat.

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My Simple, Warming Thai Soup

I’m stuck with a horrible cold so I’m craving comfort food; that doesn’t take much effort to make. A few years ago I made a Snapguide on how to cook this  simple soup. I have most of the ingredients so it’ll make the perfect dinner. Hot and spicy comfort food is the best antidote to a cold or flu. And it’s loaded with nutrients to help out my immune system. Double win!

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Minerals – the importance of iron and magnesium

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Minerals are important nutrients that your body needs to work properly, but you need less of them than macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat). They do things like turning the food you eat into energy, keeping your skin and hair healthy and keeping your bones strong.

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How to deal with stressful situations

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A little bit of stress can be healthy, but too much stress is dangerous. I’ve already explained what happens to your body when you’re stressed. Now I’d like to explain how to deal with too much stress. There are three important steps to getting your nervous systems back in balance: recognise how much stress is too much stress, walk away from stress and calm down.

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What happens to your body when you’re stressed?

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Stress is often seen as something negative nowadays, but it’s actually a very smart and useful system. Our body is perfectly built to deal with stressful (dangerous) situations. When we get into a stressful situation, we automatically select one of the following reactions: flight, fight or freeze.

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Macro-nutrients – The most important building blocks of nutrition

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Macro-nutrients are the main nutrients our bodies need to function. They are protein, carbohydrates and fat. Each one has their own job. Protein fuels muscles and helps them repair themselves (for example after strength training). Carbohydrates are our main source of energy. And fat helps us feel full, gives us energy and fights diseases.

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