Time to spring into spring, shed the winter layers and get outdoors! To kick-start my spring shedding I did two things. Firstly, I cleared the pantry of comfort foods and wardrobe of old items – felt so good! And secondly, with a few critical questions in mind, I attended the Australian Health and Wellness Summit:

  1. Why did I chose to be here today? 
  2. What do I want to get out of today? 
  3. Where do I want to be in 1 month / 3 months / 6 months? 

These questions you should ask yourself everyday.

As you probably know, Let’s Live Large was founded to inspire optimum living; to encourage readers to be the best version of themselves and dream big. With this in mind, I constantly seek to learn and share.

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Gone are the days of visiting libraries for information alone. With infinite information at fingertips, thanks to the internet and smart phones, is there really an excuse to be uneducated when it comes to what we put in and on our bodies?

People laugh when I say my “body is my temple”, but why not be the best you can be?

Listed below are some of the AHWS speakers, their profession and talk focus:

  1. Dr. Helena Popovic ~ Physician – Boost Your Brain
  2. Lee Holmes ~ Nutritionist and Author – Gut Health
  3. Andrew Chadwick ~ Trainer – Play & Thrive
  4. Georgia Harding ~ Naturopath – Keeping It Real
  5. Alexx Stuart ~ Health Researcher – Low Tox Life
  6. David Gillespie ~ Health Journalist – Understanding Sugar

BOOST YOUR BRAIN

Most people work on building up and boosting their financial assets. But how many people work on building and boosting their greatest asset: Their brain?

Dr. Helena Popovic brings the latest discoveries in brain science to weight management. The best-selling author raised the points below:

  • Education is more powerful than medication
  • Your decisions are more powerful than your DNA
  • Friend-power is stronger than will power
  • Physical exercise builds new brain cells
  • Thirty minutes of exercise a day will halve your risk of dementia

Which will you action this week?

For a brain to stay healthy and operate at its best we need nutrition, rest, stimulation, challenge and reward.


GUT HEALTH 

Nutritionist Lee Holmes believes a healthy, happy gut is the cornerstone to health and well-being.

What you need to know:

  • Research skills to improve gut health – for YOU personally online
  • The gut is directly linked to your brain and immune system
  • Preparation is key

What does food mean to you, and have you considered where your food comes from, how it’s grown, sourced and cared for? We should source natural, organic produce, skin care, wholefoods, vitimins and supplements  where possible.

Here’s a shopping list to get you started:

http://supercharged.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Shopping_List_Print.pdf 

And a free weekly planner! http://www.superchargedfood.com/weekly-planner/


PLAY & THRIVE

Andrew ‘Chaddy’ Chadwick redefined “exercise” for me! It seems we have forgotten how to PLAY!

Movement = longevity

  • Your goal should be MOVEMENT not EXERCISE
  • Remember the excitement of play and feel how play can change your mood
  • Be mindful of your posture

SHOCKINGLY – in Australia the average distance walked a day is just over 300m!!! We definitely need to lead more active lives, yet gym may not be the answer. Chadwick agreed, the last thing you probably want to do after work is repetitively pump weights etc. Chaddy recommends play, as we did once upon a time, before the iPhone and computers ruled our lives. Play is vital to reaching your health and wellness goals as it can change your mood, posture and bring your attention to the present.


KEEPING IT REAL

Naturopath, Georgia Harding doesn’t believe in dieting. She hopes to inspire you to take simple steps to streamline your routine.

  • A well stocked pantry – to prepare nourishing meals
  • Shop for the best quality local & in season, whole food ingredients
  • Eliminate guilt
  • Balanced meals = palm of protein, essential fats and lots of veggies
  • Leftovers are the key to being prepared, so always cook more than you need and freeze portions if necessary
  • Buy in bulk
  • ALWAYS eat breakfast and DRINK plenty of water EVERY day

LOW TOX LIFE

Are you aware of harmful pesticides, chemicals and genetically modified organisms? Health researcher, Alexx Stuart, highlights the common hormone disrupting chemicals throughout personal care and home: BPA, Parabens, BPS, Phthalates and Phenoxyethnol. Please become a label reader and be aware of chemicals in day to day life.

Phthalates: Chemicals you won’t see on the label. These often hide in cheap sticky feeling plastic toys, PVC and in synthetic fragrances. Ask yourself – “Does an APPLE really smell like that candle”. Sun and air are your best friends for reducing chemical load. Regular airing and sunning are helpful in decreasing chemical load – eg. new furniture outside before being placed indoors.


UNDERSTANDING SUGAR

David Gillespie, author of ‘Why Sugar Makes Us Fat’, ‘Big Fat Lies’, ‘Toxic Oil’ and ‘Eat Real Foods’ was once overweight. Now David is a health journalist on a mission to help the next generation avoid “poison”.

  • We are eating a lot less fat now but we are all a lot fatter
  • Sugar assists greatly in the development of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, gallbladder, infertility, several cancers and liver diseases etc etc etc.
  • Sugar HIJACKS your appetite control so you want to eat more
  • Sugar is ADDICTIVE

The key to getting yourself and your family off sugar is to educate yourself on sugar and what food items it is found in and then create a sugar free environment.


See what you can implement into your life – live large and achieve optimum health and wellness!

Thank you to the team at Australian Health & Wellness Summit for inspiring me, see you next year! www.australianhealthandwellnesssummit.com.au

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