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How to Avoid a Relationship Apocalypse

How to Avoid a Relationship Apocalypse

This month I have been lucky enough to attend a workshop with Dr John Gottman, one of the world’s leading relationship experts. He and his wife Julie are based in Seattle, but teach internationally and this month came to share their wisdom in Wellington. Gottman and his team have studied romantic relationships extensively over a period of 40 years. He is perhaps best-known for his claim that he can predict with 94% accuracy whether your relationship will succeed or fail based on a few minutes of interaction between you and your partner...

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Matcha – why you should be ditching your morning java in favour of this antioxidant powerhouse

Matcha – why you should be ditching your morning java in favour of this antioxidant powerhouse

You know that coffee you’re drinking right now? It’s totally overrated. That morning coffee might get you up and feeling energized, but this morning ritual is doing more than just that. It’s also stressing your adrenals (leading to inflammation and chronic fatigue), spiking your cortisol levels (wreaking havoc on your blood sugar levels, and disrupting your metabolism) and sapping the moisture from your skin – not such a bright start to your day is it? So where can you get that energy hit from without the body-taxing effects of coffee?

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The Need To Achieve

The Need To Achieve

There are a million reasons why we work so hard we don't have time for life anymore. We can sip on all of the organic cold pressed juices in the planet, but if we are running from something it will eventually catch up with us...
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Ageing – are those aches, pains, wrinkles and memory problems really inevitable? Or just symptoms of a poor diet?

Ageing – are those aches, pains, wrinkles and memory problems really inevitable? Or just symptoms of a poor diet?

What you put on your plate may affect more than just your waistline. Your age is more than just a number, but a reflection of how you feel and look. We’ve all heard that a poor diet can lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease, but did you know that it can also contribute to those nasty aches, pains, wrinkles and memory problems that we all associate with ageing?

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5 easy plant-based food swaps that will boost your fibre, protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals

5 easy plant-based food swaps that will boost your fibre, protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals

Contrary to popular belief, being healthy doesn’t mean cutting out the indulgent foods you love – it just means you have to get a little smarter!

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Adapta-what? Meet the new stress, fatigue and age fighting super-herbs

Adapta-what? Meet the new stress, fatigue and age fighting super-herbs

In an age of stress and fatigue, we all too often turn to caffeine and sugar to get us through those morning and afternoon slumps. Those days of a morning fix-me-up long black and afternoon trip to the bakery are all too familiar to me... But as we all know, all too well, caffeine and sugar don’t actually work...

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You are what you eat, or you are how you digest it? – lessons in chronic bloating, gas, weight gain and tiredness.

You are what you eat, or you are how you digest it? – lessons in chronic bloating, gas, weight gain and tiredness.

How we digest our food may actually be more important than what we eat. You could spend copious amounts of dollars on organic wholefoods, but if you aren’t actually absorbing the benefits, well then there’s not much point right?

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To milk or nut mylk? – debunking the calcium myth.

To milk or nut mylk? – debunking the calcium myth.

The subject of calcium and where you get it from is a hotly debated one. I recall my mum’s childhood horror stories of the milkman delivering milk to her school in the early hours of the morning, exactly half a pint for each pupil. It was the days before fridges and chillers, and that milk delivered in the morning sat glistening in the sun all the way until morning tea – the result? 

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Are you enjoying your daily chemical cocktail? – key takeaways from our Organic Food and Beauty Workshop

Are you enjoying your daily chemical cocktail? – key takeaways from our Organic Food and Beauty Workshop

How to live a chemical free life can seem incredibly daunting when you begin thinking about changing your diet, beauty regime and overall lifestyle, with the average woman putting on about 515 synthetic chemicals every day – a cosmetic cocktail of industrial produced chemicals that have been linked to cancer, infertility, hormonal imbalances, and, in some cases, rather than delivering the ‘anti-ageing’ promise, are actually causing us to age faster.

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Wisdom in re-wilding your child

Wisdom in re-wilding your child

Most adult New Zealanders will recall childhoods filled with memories of roaming the neighbourhood freely. Telling mum where you were going and being home in time for tea was one of few restrictions we had to respect. Minor cuts, scrapes, dirty finger nails and grass stains were par for the course. This was true even for urban children for whom backyards, pavements and parks offered the outdoor scope. Sadly, this right-of-passage is diminishing fast in the developed world. 

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Activated Charcoal – what it is and why you should be rubbing it all over your teeth

Activated Charcoal – what it is and why you should be rubbing it all over your teeth

Activated charcoal has been used for decades as an antidote for drugs and poison, as well as water filtration. But in addition to this it is a great remedy for general detoxification, digestion issues, gas and bloating. We encounter toxins in our every day lives from the processed foods we consume to the air we breathe, and so it is important to help our body eliminate them to promote healthy bodily functioning. It’s also a great natural teeth whitener!

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Opening your Heart Chakra

Opening your Heart Chakra



Love is the key to a meaningful life, and our capacity to love ourselves determines our capacity to love others. We can so often forget this, and allow ourselves to be consumed by feelings of resentment, hate, regret, grief, jealousy and anger. So lets celebrate this momentous day of love not with jewelry, flowers or chocolates, but with heart openers instead

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