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Is WHY you eat more important than WHAT, HOW, HOW MUCH and WHEN you eat?
Is WHY you eat more important than WHAT, HOW, HOW MUCH and WHEN you eat? 960 640 Janie

When someone starts eating real, whole, nutrient-dense, high quality foods amazing things start to happen to them! Their energy increases, sleep improves, health issues start to resolve, memory and concentration get better and for many people weight loss occurs. Although…

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Wonderful Walking
Wonderful Walking 960 571 Geoff

Walking. A defining human movement pattern. A foundation of our evolutionary heritage. We have and will always walk to go places and get things done. But did you know walking can significantly improve the quality of your life right now?…

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We Need to Chase Electrons, not Pokemons…
We Need to Chase Electrons, not Pokemons… 960 639 Janie

There is one thing that all life needs and that thing is energy – or to be more specific – electrons. In other words, all lifeforms are really just giant batteries. They get electrons from their environment which provide the…

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The Authentic You is a Happy and Healthy You
The Authentic You is a Happy and Healthy You 1000 669 Janie

Who would you be if you woke up tomorrow morning, completely forgot your past, and could be anyone that you wanted to be? An interesting question. The answer to which may hold the key to a remarkable improvement in your…

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Cholesterol and Heart Disease Debunked in 10 Bullet Points
Cholesterol and Heart Disease Debunked in 10 Bullet Points 623 416 Janie

Cholesterol has been been labeled the bad guy for decades – we have all been told to lower our cholesterol to reduce our chance of having a heart attack, but is it really true? No. And here’s why in 10…

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Love Your Body – it’s the only one you have!
Love Your Body – it’s the only one you have! 700 467 Janie

It seems to me that nobody likes their body anymore – even the people who we think SHOULD like their body, like athletes and actresses. Our cultural definition of beautiful (that waist, that butt, that thigh gap!) has become so…

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The secret to good health might be a simple as changing how you think about food
The secret to good health might be a simple as changing how you think about food 510 390 Geoff

Unlimited energy. Clear skin. Ideal weight. Mental clarity. High levels of motivation to get things done. Few illnesses and aches and pains. These are the outcomes of eating a nourishing diet and getting enough exercise, adequate sleep and managing stress…

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What is a “Wheat belly” in 10 bullet points
What is a “Wheat belly” in 10 bullet points 738 415 Janie

“As a cardiologist who sees and treats thousands of patients… I have personally observed protuberant flop-over-the-belt belly fat vanish when my patients eliminated wheat from their diet…” ~ Dr William Davis – Wheat Belly What if the “healthy-whole-grain” of modern…

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Want good health and long life? Just move.
Want good health and long life? Just move. 960 640 Geoff

Is exercise the magic bullet that will ensure your good health? If you consider the undisputed, proven benefits of human movement it is pretty hard to argue that it isn’t. For millions of years we moved. A lot. If we…

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Masters of their own Destiny
Masters of their own Destiny 640 360 Geoff

Could participating in Masters sports be the ultimate in preventative medicine and anti-aging? Geoff Carter encourages us to find out. Thursday 4th July 2013: Kim Collins a 37 year old sprinter from Saint Kitts and Nevis breaks the 10 second…

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Are You Getting Enough Water?
Are You Getting Enough Water? 960 640 Janie

We are mostly made of water and we need it to transport nutrients around our body and eliminate waste. Water helps with weight loss because it supresses appetite. It also increases energy and reduces fatigue, cures headaches, gives you better skin and improves digestion. Many people confuse hunger with thirst…

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“Germs” – Have We Got it All Wrong?
“Germs” – Have We Got it All Wrong? 960 639 Janie

There has been a lot of talk about gut health recently. Many scientists, health practitioners and health coaches have been touting the importance of having a healthy gut “microbiome” (us included!).  We are seeing a resurgence in fermented foods and beverages  – like sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir and kvass. People are…

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7 Reasons Why You Might Not Be Losing Weight
7 Reasons Why You Might Not Be Losing Weight 960 640 Janie

Have you ever wondered why 95% of people fail long-term in their weight loss attempts? Here are some interesting reasons why this happens. And it’s not because they are just eating too much or not exercising! Here are 7 things that might be stopping you from achieving your weight loss…

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Good Health Begins in the Gut
Good Health Begins in the Gut 960 639 Janie

At Thrive Health we are very upfront about the fact that improving your health is hard work – there are NO quick fixes or miracle products that will replace the need to make changes that might not always be comfortable. (Click here to read our article on the topic). Many…

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Eating Fat Burns Fat!
Eating Fat Burns Fat! 960 640 Janie

It seems to contradict logic but a very effective way to burn fat is to eat fat. Well, before you quote some government agency or health care professional that has told you to eat less fat, take a look around you. We are consuming less fat than ever, and do…

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What happens when you stop eating sugar in 10 Bullet Points
What happens when you stop eating sugar in 10 Bullet Points 960 611 Janie

Recently the World Health Organisation reduced their recommended sugar intake from 10% to 5% of total calories in the diet. For an average person eating 2000 calories per day that equates to 100 calories of sugar, or 25g, or about 6 teaspoons per day. That’s a far cry from the…

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Why Dieting Doesn’t Work in 10 Bullet Points
Why Dieting Doesn’t Work in 10 Bullet Points 960 689 Janie

We are told that to lose weight we need to go on a diet. In other words we need to restrict the calories we eat – especially fat which has more calories per gram than carbohydrates or protein. Apparently if we eat 300-500 calories less than we normally eat we…

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Recovery from Dieting
Recovery from Dieting 960 640 Janie

If you have spent most of your life dieting or cutting calories to try to lose weight then it is highly likely that you are suffering from metabolic damage which makes weight loss impossible and causes a cascade of health related issues, and steals your energy and enthusiam for life.…

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The 5 Star Anti-Health Rating System
The 5 Star Anti-Health Rating System 960 638 Janie

The Australian Government has recently introduced its new 5 Star Health Rating System (http://www.healthstarrating.gov.au/internet/healthstarrating/publishing.nsf/content/home). Although I am not sure what their definition of “health” is because as far as I can tell the more stars a product has the WORSE it seems to be for your health. Basically, the less…

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Let Food be your Medicine
Let Food be your Medicine 960 640 Janie

There comes a time in our life when we reach a crossroads with respect to our health. As we age, our health declines – things just catch up with us. Unless we have arrested this situation early enough, we can find ourselves in trouble. We may end up severely overweight,…

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Youth Strength Training
Youth Strength Training 959 665 Geoff

Takeaway points: • An increase in absolute strength can offer immediate and significant benefit to a junior athlete who has not strength trained before • Strength training results in an increased ability to produce force. This is relevant to all sports and life in general • Strength training is safe…

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Don’t be normal… be healthy instead!
Don’t be normal… be healthy instead! 960 498 Janie

The 1000 Norms Project (http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/research/1000-norms.shtml) is a ground-breaking research project currently generating great national and international interest. An initiative of leading researchers at The University of Sydney, the aim of the study is to improve our understanding of the physical capabilities of the healthy population across the lifespan. Last Saturday,…

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Strong is Beautiful!
Strong is Beautiful! 960 595 Janie

I lift weights. I don’t mean using machines in a gym, or light dumbbells on a swiss ball, or moving up and down under a smith machine. I mean I REALLY lift weights. Right now I can squat with an 80kg barbell on my back, deadlift 120kg off the ground,…

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Eat Butter, Don’t Jog
Eat Butter, Don’t Jog 960 638 Janie

We have been told that butter is an unhealthy food and that jogging is the ultimate health activity. But what if this advice was… well wrong? Mainstream health advice would have us believe that butter should not be part of the ideal diet – with a fat content of 80%…

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The Motivation to Exercise
The Motivation to Exercise 960 640 Geoff

“80% of success is showing up” Woody Allen It’s hard isn’t it? Long day at work, a thousand things to do, too tired – exercise becomes the “job” that doesn’t get done. But what if your exercise is not a chore, is not just another thing that needs to get…

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Exercise in 10 Bullet Points
Exercise in 10 Bullet Points 960 640 Geoff

Exercise is not necessary to lose weight. Repeat, exercise is not necessary to lose weight. If you are trying to lose weight and slogging it out on the treadmill or punishing yourself jogging around the park, stop. You are unnecessarily torturing yourself. While this might sound strange coming from an…

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How the SQUAT will improve your life.
How the SQUAT will improve your life. 960 640 Geoff

Council clean-up days are a boon for scrap metal merchants – every six months our road sides are littered with countless (and useless) abdominal trainers and home gyms, and to be honest, it is probably a good thing as the majority of those devices are not used, used incorrectly or…

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Exercise at higher intensity and get faster results
Exercise at higher intensity and get faster results 960 640 Geoff

Burn more calories in less time, build lean body tissue and increase your metabolic rate. You do not need to spend hours to get a great benefit from exercise. In fact, research shows that long, slow cardiovascular workouts (walking, jogging, slow cycling) can be counterproductive to weight loss goals (through…

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A Quick Summary on What Leads to Fat Storage in 10 Bullet Points
A Quick Summary on What Leads to Fat Storage in 10 Bullet Points 960 640 Janie

Here’s my latest take on what leads to fat storage and what leads to weight loss summarised into 10 bullet points! The hormone primarily responsible for whether we store fat or use fat is INSULIN When insulin is secreted it promotes the storage of whatever calories we have eaten as FAT, and stops existing stored…

Exercise in 10 Bullet Points
Exercise in 10 Bullet Points 960 640 Geoff

Exercise is not necessary to lose weight. Repeat, exercise is not necessary to lose weight. If you are trying to lose weight and slogging it out on the treadmill or punishing yourself jogging around the park, stop. You are unnecessarily torturing yourself. While this might sound strange coming from an exercise professional we have the…

The Facts on Fat in 10 Bullet Points
The Facts on Fat in 10 Bullet Points 960 640 Janie

First, let’s be clear on what we mean by fat. You need to eat a significant amount of high quality natural fats from sources such as free range bred animals, fish, coconut oils and free range grass fed dairy. This is vital to our health. The fat in processed foods such as chips, snacks and…

Insulin Friend or Foe? in 10 Bullet Points
Insulin Friend or Foe? in 10 Bullet Points 960 733 Janie

The hormone insulin is a double edge sword. Here is why in 10 bullet points. Insulin’s main job is to maintain our blood glucose levels. Glucose must be maintained within a very narrow range – or we will die – so when there is too much glucose, insulin is secreted by the pancreas to remove…

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