5 Easy Tips For a Better Sleep

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Are you getting enough? More quality sleep = far better health. As adults we need somewhere between 7-8 hours of good quality sleep each night to allow our best chances of recovery and regeneration overnight. This helps maximise our energy levels and brain power for the following day. Poor sleep can impact on our health […]

Reflux Relief for People in a Hurry


GERD Many people suffer from a condition called GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) and are often prescribed medication for high stomach acidity. But is this treating the real cause and is it the best treatment? Stomach pH It is a well-documented fact that as we age we produce less hydrochloric acid in our stomach. This acid […]

How To Lose Belly Fat

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No amount of daily sit-ups will help you lose belly fat. Some lifestyle, exercise and dietary adjustments are necessary. Incorporate a few changes at a time so you are not overwhelmed. Exercise adjustments: Include HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) one to two times a week, for about 20 mins a session. Muscle tissue burns 3-5 times […]

Weight Loss in Adelaide


We are very fortunate to live in a city that is world renown for it’s locally grown gourmet food, fantastic restaurants and nearby wineries in Mc Laren Vale, Clare Valley, Kangaroo Island and the Barossa Valley. The downside is that with all this high quality, easy to access food and wine, many of us find […]

4 Foods that Help Reduce Sugar Cravings


Excluding addictions to alcohol and drugs, the next greatest addiction is sugar. Refined sugar is a very powerful stimulant, which is added to almost all the prepared food we eat. It has a drug-like effect on the body, so people can develop a dependency on it. This is why it is so hard for many people […]

5 Lifestyle Changes that Could Prevent 80% of Heart Attacks

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Adopt these 5 “low-risk” behaviours to help reduce your chances of heart attack. Here are 5 Lifestyle Tips: Choose a healthy diet – eat freshly prepared wholefoods including clean protein, good fats, high fibre vegetables, seeds & nuts, legumes, lentils and eggs; avoid refined, processed choices. Be physically active – choose to exercise each day […]

Should I Be Taking Probiotics?


The answer lies in paying attention to your body. If you have any of the following 7 signs, I suggest you take a therapeutic probiotic (high strength) to improve the balance of your gut bacteria: 7 Signs that suggest you may need probiotics: You have taken antibiotics in the last 6-12 months – you may […]

Will I Get Big & Bulky Lifting Weights?


Many women are reluctant to start lifting weights, because they have visions of turning into female bodybuilders, with veins running through their biceps and chest. Keep in mind that these women are weight lifters to the extreme and their bodies are out of balance. This kind of build is not the typical result of weight lifting, because […]

Slow Metabolism? Fire it Up with These 4 Tips …

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4 Tips to Fire Up your Metabolism: Do interval training – periodic fast-paced intervals raise your metabolic rate higher than a steady cardio workout can.  Drink green tea – this really does impact on your metabolic rate. Some green teas are quite bitter in taste, so find one you like and drink 3 cups a day! […]

What You May Not Know About Sleep!


Sleep affects every aspect of our life, but for many of us a sound and refreshing sleep completely evades us! Did you know: about 30% of us suffer from insomnia at some point in our life around 25% of children diagnosed with ADHD have a sleep disorder. When poor sleep is addressed, their symptoms disappear. one night […]

Boost Your Health with Apple Cider Vinegar!


Apple Cider Vinegar has been used in the kitchen and medicinally for a very long time.  3 healthful reasons to keep a bottle on hand: Sore throat – gargle with a mix of apple cider vinegar and warm water, 1 Tbsp vinegar and 1/2 cup of water, to relieve a sore throat. Gargle and swallow. Can […]

Calorie-Counting Does Not Work!


Calories are not all created equal! Many people still believe that if you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight. This is a simplistic and outdated notion that has many flaws. The source of the calories makes all the difference – eg. identical calorie counts from fructose, glucose, protein and fat, will cause entirely different […]

Lose Belly Fat with these Two Key Dietary Changes

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No matter how well you exercise, if you are still eating processed foods, too many carbs and the wrong kinds of fat, all your efforts may be in vain. Eating right is the key for weight loss success and it is crucial when you are trying to get rid of visceral fat around your internal […]

Tips to Turbo-charge Your Metabolism


Genetics do play a role in our metabolic make-up, but our metabolism is also strongly influenced by our body composition, diet and lifestyle. These tips will help boost your metabolism into overdrive: Lift weights – build muscle with weight-bearing exercise. This increased muscle mass means we burn more calories even at rest. Choose clean food – […]

Is Your Extra Weight Gain … water or body fat?


Have you ever experienced a huge weight gain over the weekend, from a blown-out Saturday night on the town, with food and drinks aplenty? On the scales it may look like over 2 kgs or more. Relax. More than likely this does include an increase in water retention, although a small portion may also be fat. […]

Sugar Tax or Fix the Sugar Cravings?


Australian teenage boys now consume on average more than 38 tsp of sugar per day. Over half of the Australian population consumes more sugar than the daily recommendation of the World Health Organisation, which is less than 13 tsp of sugar per day.  Most of it is coming from sugary drinks and processed food. Public […]

Are You on Toxic Overload?


Every day we are subjected to many thousands of chemicals and toxic compounds in our environment. Adding to this burden are our internal toxins, many of which originate from an unhealthy gut. Further disruption may occur with poor dietary and lifestyle choices & emotional stress, that may cause even more deterioration of the gut lining, […]

Puzzled by Weight Loss?


Our ability to lose weight is not just about what we eat and how much exercise we manage to squeeze in on a daily basis. These are only 2 pieces of a more complex puzzle.   Sleep and stress are often overlooked and yet they are absolutely critical for optimal health. But neither contain calories, […]

Don’t Delay, Get Healthy Today!

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We often think of “getting healthy” as something we’ll get around to once we’ve taken care of all the important things. Why is it that we don’t have time to exercise, or shop for nourishing food or cook gourmet healthy meals?  Lack of time seems to drive everything. Fast-food has become a multi-billion dollar industry. […]

Are You Stoking the Fire?


The human body is designed to cope with short-term inflammation. For example, when we sprain an ankle or cut a finger, the affected area turns red, swells and becomes hot & sore. This inflammatory reaction is our immune response in overdrive, attempting to fight off infection and creating a protective cushion around the injury while it […]

The #1 Reason Most Diets Fail


The #1 reason that diets fail is that they do not recognise the importance of balancing blood sugar levels, even in healthy individuals. You don’t have to be a diabetic to have a faulty insulin mechanism, that can affect your sugar or glucose metabolism. Important reasons for stabilizing your blood sugar levels: When blood sugar levels are […]

5 Compelling Reasons to Drink Protein Shakes


Macronutrients (or major dietary nutrients) include proteins, carbohydrates and fats. They are all vital to our good health and wellbeing. The building blocks of protein are amino acids. When digested, protein foods like meat, chicken, fish, eggs & nuts, are all broken down into these smaller units for absorption.  Whey protein (from dairy) provides the […]

Are Carbs the Enemy?


For some people, the answer is yes. New research reveals that we all have a “carbohydrate tolerance level”. Put simply, this is the amount of carbohydrate intake an individual can tolerate before they show signs of metabolic disturbance. All individuals sit on a spectrum in this regard. Carbohydrate consumption is not detrimental to health – […]

Preventing Holiday Weight Gain


Over the festive season, many people routinely put on from 2-4 kilos of body weight. This year, make a difference to your Xmas celebrations 7 top tips for preventing weight gain: Fill up on raw or fresh produce when you begin eating. Focus on low GI fresh vegetables to start the meal. Select from a large fresh […]

The Biggest Obstacle to Good Health: Mainstream Media


At a time when so many people are struggling with their health and staying in shape, it is very concerning that one of South Australia’s most read news publications prints poorly researched and misleading guidelines – potentially damaging our health rather than improving it. The newly formed Health Food Partnership has announced their intention of reducing the total amount […]

Why Snacking is a GOOD thing!


Should we snack between meals? Eating three square meals a day used to be the catch-cry in years gone by. All of the current research puts this to bed, in favour of 5 smaller meals per day or 3 small meals & 2 planned snacks. However you label it, grazing through the day is the […]

Switch Off Your Sugar Cravings!

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Apart from alcohol and drugs, the next biggest addiction in the Western World is “sugar”. Refined sugar is a very powerful stimulant, which has a drug-like effect on the body, so people can develop a dependency on it. What are sugars?  Sugars belong to one of the major nutrient groups, called carbohydrates. This food group includes: […]

Secrets to Fat Loss


Four scientifically proven tips to losing fat: Eat 3 meals & 2 snacks per day, every day. This boosts the “thermogenic” effect of food, which means once your food is digested, the energy produced is utilised in the fat-burning process.  Include “good fats” in small amounts with each meal, as they encourage fat burning and […]

Crank Up Your Metabolism!


Eat and exercise right and speed up your metabolism now!  One reason people tend to gain weight as they age is because their metabolism slows down dramatically, often due to poor lifestyle choices. Eg. less exercise, overeating, eating too few meals, or eating too many refined processed carbohydrates. Other reasons may include: taking certain medications, […]

Extreme Weekly Weight Loss Tips With Merridy

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Top 2 Tips for this week: A new eating plan is a challenge to begin. Our eating habits are ingrained and long-term. They take time and effort to change. Be patient and keep aiming for your goals. We need to change the way we eat for a lifetime. Aim to eat clean, healthy meals most […]

Fat versus Muscle – What you need to know!


Weight loss is not all about your weight on a set of scales. It’s about understanding your body composition, ie. what percentage of your body is muscle and how much is fat? This muscle to fat ratio determines just how healthy and balanced your body really is. The more muscle you have, the easier it is to burn […]

Quick & Easy Weekly Weight loss Tips With Merridy

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Top 2 Weight Loss Tips for this week: 1) Remove your hunger by enjoying a balanced meal. Quit dieting and start eating the right food at the right time of day, to lose weight. 2) Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Eat your first meal no later than 8am to get […]

Natural Weight Loss Tips Without Exercise With Merridy

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Get your weekly weight loss tips here! Top 2 tips for this week: 1) Spring clean your pantry now. Clean out all of the foods that are not going to move you in the right direction. Pass on any foods not on this list: quality protein (lean meats, fish/seafood, free range chicken/turkey, eggs, yoghurt & quality […]