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The Raw Energiser – episode 1

For years now, I've been asked to do some regular updates via video. 'I'm so busy', 'no time to read', 'I consume all of my information via Youtube', is feedback I've had. The trouble was,  being on camera wasn't in my comfort zone,  but i've tried to get into the habit of doing videos by shooting them, but not promoting them. That went on for a little while until the great Richard Toutounji from COM told me that 'the best time to get started is now', and challenged me to stop planning and get doing. Well as someone who both loves a challenge and wants to serve my customers better, below is the very first 3 minute  'episode'.   We're calling it the Raw Energiser, a short morsel of insight to help you shift your energy into action to create a more authentic, people-centred workplace. The Gift of Feedback I love constructive feedback,

Inside the House of Coke

Inside the House of Coke 12 years ago, I went to a seminar on Raw Food led by Peter Pure. It was a fascinating event in many ways, but one line Peter said to me had a profound impact: 'Put the Coke in your car as you can get a new car, but not a new body' Those words made an impression on me and, though I didn't put the Coke into my car - I loved that car - I stopped putting it into my body and started to tell everyone I knew to do the same. I then also started to teach myself to be much more nutritionally literate, which has since become a huge passion for me.   How interesting it was then to find myself inside the 'House of Coke', learning about their health and wellbeing strategy.  It felt wrong to be there on the

Growth vs. Fixed Mindset

The world-renowned psychologist, Carol Dweck, proposed that everything in your life comes down to your mindset. There are only two types of mindset, Fixed and Growth.  Whereas the former in underpinned by a belief that your abilities are fixed by your upbringing, genetics or intelligence, A Growth Mindset supports the belief that your abilities are the starting point from which to expand and develop through effort, perseverance and practise. As Jim Rohn said 'Work harder on yourself than you do on your job'.  By taking a long-term view of improving yourself, you can expand your comfort zone and achieve more than you ever thought possible.

When you change the way you look at things

Calcium For Health

Australian teenagers have the highest calcium needs but are most likely to be deficient SumoSalad's resident nutritionist Ashleigh James gives her tips on healthy eating and wellbeing Calcium is an important part of the daily diet and is essential for the growth of strong bones and teeth. The amount of calcium you need depends on your age and gender. The highest daily requirements are for teenagers (a period of rapid bone growth), for women over 50 due to menopause, and men over 70. Due to this increased need for calcium intake during childhood and adolescents, it’s critical to ensure young Australians get enough calcium through their diet so that later in life their peak bone mass is adequate. Calcium deficiency early in life can impact on bone development by providing inadequate levels of calcium for mineralisation to take place normally. This results in osteomalacia, which in adults results

How food affects our mental health

SumoSalad's resident nutritionist Ashleigh James gives her tips on healthy eating and wellbeing  You might not be surprised to hear unhealthy dietary habits are a major contributor to many common chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. You might however, be surprised to learn how much a poor diet also plays a major role in mental disorders, including depression and dementia. There is now extensive research that shows how a healthy diet is inversely related to the risk for both depression and cognitive decline. Higher intakes of nutrient-dense foods, such as vegetables, fruit, whole grains and fish, are associated with a reduced prevalence and risk for depression and mental disorders, whereas dietary patterns higher in saturated fats and refined carbohydrates — a Western-style dietary pattern — are strongly associated with increased depression and depressive symptoms. The major players that contribute to mental disorders include inflammation, oxidative stress

Healthy, consistent weight loss tips

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food” This was me 2 years ago. The weight piled on so inadvertently that I didn’t even realise it was happening, until I saw this photo of me selling my dog paintings at the local village fair, and to be honest I got quite a shock. Chocolate is my failing… and biscuits. And big portion sizes. My weight has always been steady, but since having my son a decade ago, my waist size has never been quite the same… Fortunately, since moving to Sydney Australia from the UK 10 months ago, I have taken massive action and the weight has fallen off and I have returned to my ‘pre baby’ size. This is me now – thankfully, I am looking a little more on the fit and healthy side! "Before" "After" I feel