Posts Tagged ‘Healthy Inspirations’

Party On, Enjoy Yourself, and Stay Healthy With These Holiday Tips

December 10, 2017

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There’s no need to skip those Christmas parties just because you’re trying to maintain your weight during the holidays. These 25 strategies will help you stay on track while celebrating with the best of them.

  1. Eat a small, healthy snack before you go to the party, so you’re not starving when you get there. An apple with almond butter or fruit with Greek yoghurt are great, healthy and filling options.
  2. Bring a healthy appetiser to the party, so you’ll know there’ll be at least one option you can load on your plate.
  3. Check out all the buffet options before you start filling your plate, so you know which appetisers are your must haves.
  4. When at the appetiser table, opt for lean proteins and fresh veggies first to fill you up before splurging on a less-healthy option.
  5. If the appetiser is fried, steer clear, or think of it as your treat.
  6. Use a small plate when picking appetiser options.
  7. Alternate each cocktail, glass of wine, or beer with a glass of water, so you slow down how many empty calories you’re imbibing all night.
  8. Use low-calorie mixers like soda water, not sugary juices, to mix with your cocktail.
  9. Make smart decisions the day leading up to a party, so you can relax a bit at night. Load up on healthy, filling foods that keep you full without making you go over your goals for the day.
  10. Walk away from the food table so you don’t graze.
  11. Move your workouts to the morning so you aren’t constantly skipping sessions when you have evening plans.
  12. Know your calorie counts in popular cocktails, so you can make smart decisions.
  13. Choose cut vegetables to dip rather than chips or bread. You’ll save hundreds of calories without feeling like you’re depriving yourself.
  14. Sip your drink slowly so you aren’t constantly refilling your glass with empty calories.
  15. Choose a brut (dry) Champagne over other alcoholic beverages. Brut Champagne usually contains only 65 calories per glass.
  16. Add a five-minute workout into your party prep routine. You’ll feel good knowing you raised your heart rate and sweat out a few calories before indulging.
  17. Think positive: before you go into a party, psych yourself up about the healthy choices you’re about to make.
  18. Dance! There’s nothing like burning calories while having fun.
  19. If there’s a dessert you’re dying to have, split it with a friend.
  20. Vow to have only a certain number of drinks before switching to water or cutting yourself off.
  21. Give yourself a curfew if you find that you can’t resist all the goodies the party offers.
  22. Know how to pour a glass of wine. Most people pour too much into a glass, meaning you may be consuming more calories than you are calculating. A serving of wine is 150-ml; you should be able to pour five glasses from one 750-ml bottle.
  23. Always pour wine with your glass on the table. You’ll be able to gauge how much is in your glass more accurately.
  24. Even if you’re enjoying passed appetisers and socializing while you eat, try to eat mindfully. Don’t go back to the buffet unless you are hungry.
  25. If you find yourself overindulging, don’t beat yourself up about it. Tomorrow’s another day to make smarter choices.

Read more at https://www.popsugar.com.au/fitness/How-Stay-Healthy-During-Christmas-Party-Season-36187476#PMqiXe9CzHGqe96m.99

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Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Cucumber & Salmon Appetisers

November 23, 2017

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Here’s a fresh appetiser that goes down a treat. Why just use cucumber, though? Use the filling in mushrooms or tomatoes, or as a side with breakfast eggs. Makes 16 (as an appetiser)

Ingredients

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce
250g cooked salmon
1 Tbsp minced shallots
1 Tbsp chopped chives
to taste salt and pepper
1 large cucumber
4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 bunch chives

Method

  1. Peel strips of skin from the cucumber to make stripes of green and white. Slice into 2cm discs.
  2. Combine the mayonnaise, paprika and Tabasco in a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Flake the salmon into bite-sized pieces. Place in a bowl with the shallots, chives, salt and pepper, and gently mix in the spicy mayonnaise. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  4. Use a melon baller to scoop out half the seeds from each cucumber slice to make a small cup.
  5. Divide the salmon mix between the cucumber cups, and garnish each with a cherry tomato slice and a couple of chive tops.

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Turmeric Fish

November 16, 2017
  • 2 Tbsp ground turmerichi
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 white fish fillets
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves and stalks
  1. Preheat the oven to 200o C on fan bake.
  2. Combine ginger, turmeric, garlic, soy sauce, lime juice, lemon juice and olive oil into a bowl.
  3. Fold in the finely chopped coriander.
  4. Tear off 4 pieces of baking paper, each large enough to form a loose wrap for one fish fillet. Place the fish on baking paper and pour ¼ of the sauce over the top of each fish. Close the fish parcels, allowing a bit of space for steam to build up. To stop any leaks you can wrap the fish in foil as well as baking paper.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes until cooked through.
  6. Serve immediately with your choice salad or vegetables.

Recipe from Healthy Inspirations https://healthyinspirations.com.au/inspire-news-november-2017/
Originally through Yum Paleo

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Raspberry butter sauce with crispy salmon & salad

October 26, 2017

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The raspberries in this sauce make the easy-to-cook salmon a really special dish. Toss the salad greens in the sauce or drizzle the sauce over the salmon – whatever suits your tastes better. Serves 2

Ingredients

2 salmon fillets, skin on
1 Tbsp oil
20 raspberries
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
pinch sea salt
salad greens

Method

  1. Lightly salt both sides of the salmon. Heat oil in a fry pan over medium-high heat until the oil is hot and starts to crackle a little. Place the salmon in the pan, skin side down, and cook until browned and no longer sticks to the pan, about 3 minutes.
  2. Turn the fish over and cook about 3-5 minutes. If the middle is still not cooked to your liking, lower the heat a little and cover the salmon with a lid for a few minutes.
  3. To make the sauce, blend the raspberries and melted butter in a blender until smooth. Scrape into a bowl and mix in the vinegar and sea salt.
  4. Toss with greens and/or drizzle over the salmon.

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Banana & Prune Muffins

October 19, 2017

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Serves 4

Ingredients

2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 ripe banana
100g prunes, chopped
2 eggs
6 scoops Protein Powder Vanilla Cream
1/2 cup almond meal
2 Tbsp sour cream

Method

  1. Place melted coconut oil in a bowl. Add mashed banana and chopped prunes and mix.
  2. Add eggs and sour cream and mix well.
  3. Add Proti Powder and almond meal and mix to combine.
  4. Place in muffin pans and bake at 170 C for about 20 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned.

Coffs Coast Health Club eNews – October 2017

October 3, 2017

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1. Ever thought about becoming a Personal Trainer?

The Last Personal Trainer Course Intake for 2017 begins in October so this is your LAST CHANCE to make a change and live your dream. You can find out more about the Australian Institute of Personal Training by contacting Coffs Campus Manager Dan Tempest on 0432 579 221 or coffscoast@aipt.com.au

2. Did you know when you walk you are putting the force of as much as 5 times your body weight on each foot?
Our friends at Mid North Coast Physiotherapy will make sure your feet are functioning at their best with their GaitScan assessments. Find out more about GaitScan or book in for one of 20 FREE GaitScan assessments they are offering this month.

3. Save the Date!
Don’t forget to pop Saturday 9th of December into your diary for our annual Members and Family Christmas Party. More details to come as the date gets closer… Keep up to date with all Club & Community events by visiting our Events calendar.

4. Have you tried Kombucha?
We are excited to announce that we will be stocking the wonderful Gut Instinct Kombucha in both clubs! Learn about the benefits of Kombucha, and look out for Taste Tests happening throughout the month at your favourite club.

5. Win a Prize & a Workout Buddy:
We have a very special members only competition running for the month, with the chance to win a prize a week simply for referring your friends and family to try the club! Check out the calendar below to see the wonderful prizes! Simply see reception at your club to refer your friends and get your name in the draw! Keep an eye on our Facebook each Monday to see if you’re the lucky winner! Not a member yet? Join online now and SAVE!


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Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Tuna Dip

September 28, 2017

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Serves 4

½ protein | ½ fat

Ingredients

1 (180g) can tuna in oil, drained
½ small white onion, finely chopped
30g light Philly cream cheese
1 tsp lemon rind
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp capers
1 Tbsp chopped basil

Method

  1. Combine tuna, onion, cream cheese, lemon rind and lemon juice in a bowl. Add capers and basil and mix well.

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Chicken Florentine

September 21, 2017

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Pan-fried chicken served with garlic-flavoured spinach – it even looks healthy! Serves 4

Ingredients

¼ tsp pepper
500g chicken breasts or thighs, cut in half
1 Tbsp olive oil
500g fresh spinach, or 250g packet frozen spinach
3 Tbsp shredded basil
1 clove garlic, minced
80g grated parmesan

Method

  1. Sprinkle the pepper over each chicken piece. Place to the side.
  2. Heat a frying pan to medium and add the oil. Add chicken pieces and gently cook for 10 mins or until cooked through, turning once.
  3. Wash and drain fresh spinach, then place spinach, basil and garlic in a large saucepan with ¼ cup water and cook until spinach is wilted (approx 2 mins). Drain off excess liquid and toss with a fork.
  4. Place spinach on a serving plate and arrange chicken on top. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve immediately.

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Low Carb Nachos

September 7, 2017

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Coffs Coast Health Club eNews – September 2017

September 3, 2017

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EXCITING NEW TIMETABLE FOR SPRING!

Spring is here – and with Spring comes our new timetable. We have a number of exciting changes for this quarter for both MOONEE and TOORMINA, all of which have been made due to the feedback and requests from our fabulous members!

TOORMINA

•    We now have BALANCE at 6.00am in the Main Studio on Wednesdays
•    METAFIT has been added as a FREE and timetabled class and will be on at 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the BOXING/CIRCUIT studio
•    We have all new Circuit style HIIT classes  – CC55.  CC55 is on Mondays at 6.30pm, Wednesdays at 6.30pm and Thursdays at 9.30am in the BOXING/CIRCUIT studio
•    Due to popular demand we have added Wednesday night childminding from 5.15pm – 7.45pm

MOONEE

•    We have introduced ZUMBA GOLD on 10.30am on Tuesdays.
•    METAFIT has been added as a FREE and timetabled class at 6.30pm on Tuesdays
•    The all new Circuit style HIIT class – CC55 will now be on at 6.00am on Thursdays
•    Due to popular demand we have added Monday night childminding from 5.15pm – 7.45pm
•    We will be extending Saturday morning childminding from 7.15am – 10.45am

All of these exciting new classes and changes begin from Friday the 1st of September.  We LOVE making positive changes and we hope you enjoy these awesome additions to the timetable! Pick up a copy of the new timetable from your club’s Reception today, or visit the online timetable here.

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FREE COMMUNITY OPEN WEEKS!
It’s our birthday but we are giving you the presents by opening up the clubs for a week of FREE fitness & fun! This year the Open Weeks line up perfectly with our Les Mills Launch days, which means double the celebration!

For our South side community, the Toormina Club will have an open week from the 4th until the 10th of September, culminating with our Les Mills launch on Super Saturday the 9th.

For our North side community, the Moonee Club will have an open week from the 11th until the 17th of September, kicking off on Mad Monday Launch Day!

For their respective Open Week, each club will be offering FREE ENTRY, FREE CLASSES, FREE CHILDMINDING and a very special SAVING OF OVER $200 for anyone who joins during the week. Plus, for our members, bring your friends and family in during the week and receive TWO WEEKS FREE for each person that joins because of you. We can’t wait to see you during our Community Open Weeks for 2017!

 

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LAST 2017 PERSONAL TRAINER COURSE STARTING SOON!
Live your dream in 2018! The fitness industry is booming. With an increased focus on health and fitness there is unprecedented growth and demand for high quality personal trainers and fitness professionals.

“Personal Training courses are not all created equal. I started an online one & I ended up wasting my time & money. This course run by Dan is so interactive & fun! I am gaining all of the skills & confidence I need to become a personal trainer in a real gym with motivation from real people. I see why AIPT are the leaders now, I love it!” R. Sampson

Get qualified and learn in the region’s most awarded health club, from the region’s most experienced personal trainers. Our very own Daniel Tempest is taking applications right now for the final Personal Training course this year and with ONLY a few positions left, your time is running out to turn your dream into reality.

Call the Coffs Coast Campus Manager Dan on 0432 579 221 or email him via coffscoast@aipt.com.au for further information!

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SPRING INTO FITNESS & SAVE!

Now is the time to start sculpting that summer body you’ve been dreaming of! As the weather starts to warm-up it’s easier to get your body moving and undertake regular exercise. For the month of September we are making it even easier to get started or get back into it by:

-Waiving the Joining Fee (save $149)
-Including a FREE Personal Training session
-Giving you all the benefits of our full membership with 24/7 access, access to over 65 group exercise classes per week and 2 convenient locations, just to name a few!

These inclusions will save you well over $200, putting that summer body right in your grasp! Hurry, there are only 25 of these packages available across both clubs so beat the summer rush and start your fitness journey right now! Call 1300 040 479, email lee@coffscoasthc.com.au for Moonee or tori@coffscoasthc.com.au for Toormina or pop into either club now. Alternatively, you can join online now. 
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FROM CANADA TO THE COFFS COAST – HE’S HERE TO HELP!
While moving to the opposite side of the planet is a daunting prospect for many, Mihai Mitrache did it to follow his dream.  Having grown up and studied in Canada, the opportunity to complete his Masters in Physiotherapy through the highly acclaimed course at Sydney Uni was too good to pass up. His love of the Australian lifestyle has been what brought him to the Coffs Coast in January to join the team at Mid North Coast Physio.

How can Mihai help you?

1. Injury prevention
Whether you’re playing sports or working a physical job, the best way to stop pain is to prevent it. I can run you through a functional assessment to determine if you’re at risk of injury and use those results to put together a preventative treatment plan for you.

2. Lower back pain
You don’t have to live with lower back pain, even if it’s just a niggle. Hands on physio, dry needling, and a little bit of exercise can do wonders to keep your back in great shape no matter how old you are.

3. Headaches
Many headaches actually stem from stiffness in the neck joints and a postural imbalance of the neck muscles. With a little bit of hands on work and gentle stretching, I can help you reduce the number of headaches you suffer from all while improving your posture and range of motion in your neck.

4. Post-surgical rehabilitation
Whether it’s a knee reconstruction, joint replacement, arthroscopy, or lower back surgery, I can help you re-gain your function and decrease your pain. In fact, my goal is always to get you back stronger than you were before!

5. Shoulder problems
The shoulder joint is the most flexible joint in the whole body, and it’s for that very reason that it’s the joint most often injured. I can help you restore normal function, range, strength, and reduce pain in your shoulder.

If this sounds like something you could benefit from, you can give the admin team at Mid North Coast Physio a call and request a FREE assessment with Mihai. Simply call 1300 27 37 47 to book – these appointments are limited so call now.

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BLACK and BLING – LES MILLS LAUNCHES!

We will be bringing all the latest moves and music to your favourite Les Mills classes at the beginning of September when we celebrate the fabulous new releases.  Launch classes are always lots of FUN and they will all be team taught by our enthusiastic and dedicated instructors. The theme for these launches is BLACK and BLING so get out your favourite black lycra and team it with a little bling. There will be awesome prizes for best dressed so why not go crazy with the glitter, the diamantes and the sparkles!

SUPER SATURDAY at TOORMINA – 9th of September

PUMP               7.30am
ATTACK           8.30am
CYCLE             8.30am
BALANCE        9.30am

MONDAY MADNESS at MOONEE – 11th of September

PUMP               6.00am
BALANCE        9.30am
ATTACK           5.30pm

Bring a friend for FREE to all class launches and show them why you love your LES MILLS classes so much!

 

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CYCLE NEWS!
Keep your eye on the bikes in the CYCLE studio as they undergo their annual full service, upgrade and revamp. You will notice that Bikes will disappear and then reappear all sparkly and will ride like new with thanks to Jason Liggett from SC Fabrication.

This month we farewell Amanda Bos as she hangs up her cleats after 6 years of teaching Monday morning 6am CYCLE classes with us and over 12 years of teaching. Amanda is retiring from group exercise for now while she focuses on her dental career and explores some amazing adventures around Australia.

We are very excited to announce that this month will also see the return of Sheree Pate to our team. Sheree is very keen to ride with you all again and I am sure that you will welcome her back with open arms and big smiles.

So let’s make September the month to CYCLE!

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OBLITERATE BODY FAT WITH METAFIT!

We are very excited to announce that Metafit will be added to our Group Exercise Timetable as of the 1st of September, meaning that it is now included in our membership price! Metafit is a 30-minute High Intensity Interval (HIIT) workout using bodyweight. It comprises short intervals (10-30seconds) of high intensity body weight exercises such as sprints, squat jumps and many more, coupled with intervals of complete or active rest.

Metafit is suited for everyone of all fitness levels and ages, and is great for:
–    Weight loss
–    Shedding body fat
–    Building muscle
–    Boosting your metabolism
–    Increasing fitness
–    Time poor people

Metafit classes will be on at Toormina on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm, and at Moonee on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. Come and try a class this month!

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FITNESS PASSPORT SCAN TO WIN!
Coast Health Club and Mid North Coast Physiotherapy have teamed up to create an ultimate health package to be WON by a lucky Fitness Passport member this month! Simply scan your Fitness Passport card at either Toormina or Moonee in the month of September to go into the draw to win.

What’s included in the prize (valued at over $300):
–    1 Hour Massage
–    Foam roller
–    Tube of Fisiocrem Cream
–    CCHC Protein Shaker
–    Superfood Nano Greens
–    4 different flavours of the super yummy Blue Dinosaur Paleo Bars

All this will be going home with a lucky Fitness Passport member at the end of September, simply for visiting either club! Remember: each time you scan your card you get another entry into the draw, so the more visits, the more chances to win!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SPARTANS! 
In the first week of August, personal trainer and pump instructor Jazz O’Meagher headed over to Hawaii with our wonderful members Naomi Symonds, Mathew Stewart, Fiona Clancy, Alana Constable and fellow pump instructor Janelle, to complete the Spartan Race Trifecta. This included the Spartan Beast (21+kms and 30+ obstacles), Spartan Super (14+ kms and 25+ obstacles) and Spartan Sprint (7+ kms and 20+ obstacles).

They completed the three races to earn their Hawaiian Trifecta Medal while enjoying the high humidity, steep mountains and endless mud! The team joined around 40 other Aussies from around the country in the “Aussie Invasion” team who all completed various distances over the race weekend. Jazz, Mat and Naomi are now training for their next goal, Spartan Ultrabeast (42kms 60+ obstacles) which will be held next year.

If you have ever thought about entering a Spartan Race, or would like to know what training for one is like, give Jazz a call on 0415238461.

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doTERRA OILS INTRODUCTORY KITS ON SALE THIS MONTH! 
When you choose doTERRA, you are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Using essential oils is intuitively simple and highly satisfying. However, the many oils available with their numberless combinations and wellness applications can be a bit overwhelming to beginners.

As a simple first step on your journey with essential oils, we recommend a trio of lavender, lemon, and peppermint, three of our most popular oils. They will provide you and your family a compelling experience with the life-enhancing properties of therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Introductory Kit including 5mL bottles of Lavender, Lemon & Peppermint is now $35! Available through reception at both clubs, get in quick while stocks last!

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KID’S CLUB UPDATE! 

We are super excited to let you know that due to popular demand we have added extra Kid’s Club sessions at both Toormina and Moonee beginning on the 1st of September. Our wonderful team – Emma, Stewart, Paige, Jess, Cassie, Ebony, Tahlia, Lisa, Shannon, Deb, Ivana, Dana, Sarah, Maggie, Britt and Anna – will now be available to care for your kids whilst you workout more often!

Toormina will now have childminding available every Wednesday night from 5:15-7:45pm.

Moonee will now have childminding available every Monday night from 5:15-7:45pm PLUS extended hours on a Saturday morning, 7:15-10:45am.

As always, please book your sessions in advance by calling 1300 040 479 to receive a discounted rate, and so that we can ensure that we have adequate childminders available to supervise your kids. For a list of all Kid’s Club sessions, click here.

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UPCOMING EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER!

Fri 1st & Sat 2nd Gourmet on the Lawn
Sat 2nd – Coffs Classic
Sun 3rd Coffs Harbour Running Festival
Sun 3rd – Father’s Day
Mon 4th – Sun 10th – Toormina Club Community Open Week
Fri 8th – Open Air Picnic Opening
Sat 9th – Super Saturday Les Mills Launches – Toormina Club
Mon 11th – Sun 17th – Moonee Club Community Open Week
Mon 11th – Mad Monday Les Mills Launches – Moonee Club
Wed 20th – Chicks at the Flicks
Thurs 21st – Sun 24th – Bellingen Music Festival
Sat 23rd – NSW School Holidays begin
Sat 23rd – Woolgoolga CurryFest

 

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