The internet is flooded with people claiming to be health experts and doling out cookie-cutter nutrition advice. Navigating the world of nutrition alone can be overwhelming and confusing. But I am here to hold your hand throughout your journey to a healthier, happier you. My name is Alethea Mills, a Gold Coast based Clinical Nutritionist with a Bachelor's Degree of Health Science in Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine. I'm passionate about helping people rediscover the spark of vitality deep within.

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Can health be packaged into a convenience product?

Can health be conveniently packaged into a product we buy off the shelf? No. Health is multifactorial and essentially, we often need to make changes to improve health. The old “doing the same thing produces the same results” is kind of true. Health requires change. Change can be hard and we tend to make changes when the current reality becomes too uncomfortable. Change can be initiated from a health diagnosis, mental health decline, job change, meeting new people, being inspired by others, so many factors that can initiate change. And change is constant, we grow, we learn and we change I turn 47 this week. I used to be well known for celebrating “birthday month”, however, this has toned down a little over the years. Perhaps age and ...

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Coco-Green Smoothie

Smoothies can be an alternative way to increase your vegetable intake if you are finding it hard to increase vegetables in the morning. They also can be a great option post-workout/long runs when your digestive is not quite ready for whole foods and you need to refuel, this is particularly important if a second session is scheduled for later in the day. Adding vegetables to your smoothies increases the nutrient profile in the meal and also over the day. Remember to chew your smoothies - sounds odd right? Slowing down and chewing allows time for digestion to work as it should, this is super important if you tend to experience bloating. Ingredients 1 small lebanese cucumber30-40g vanilla protein powder1/2 cup chopped fresh pineapple1 ...

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Ginger Digestive Tea

In many of my discussions around digestion, I talk about constipation being one of the factors commonly associated with bloating. Ginger acts as a laxative and prokinetic to aid with gastrointestinal motility and moving of the bowels. Ginger can be added to cooking, teas, or taken as a supplement. Ginger is also beneficial for easing nausea and in relation to sport, eating lollies such as Buderim Ginger Bears can be a great way to gain glucose and ease any nausea in endurance races. And the cute little ginger bears won't have a therapeutic amount of ginger to increase laxation, so you won't need to run to the loo! Ingredients Instructions Other Tips ...

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Square Breathing

What is square breathing? It is breathwork that works within a framework and can be used similar to diaphragmatic breathing which I often recommend with my clients. I generally recommend a form of breathwork for clients with digestive issues, anxiety, and stress. In fact, we can all benefit from it! It can increase feelings of calm by minimising stress, it achieves this through moving a shift from the sympathetic nervous system ("fight or flight") to the parasympathetic nervous system ("rest & digest"). It is referred to as box breathing, square breathing, 4x4 and essentially is about breathing in counts of four as illustrated below. How to start square breathing It is a good idea to sit in a chair, the earth or the ...

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Beef & Broccoli Stirfy

This is big for me, I have only recently been including red meat in my diet after not eating red meat from circa 2002! And when I say including, I've eaten it about two times this year as I simply just don't fancy it that often. I don't have rules around what I eat and tend to eat what my body feels it requires. Although I am very aware if I've not taken a break all day and suddenly feeling the need to devour "all the things" but mostly the things with a hefty sugar punch that I've likely left eating too long rather than a desperate physiological need for my body weight in sugar. I was going to include a post for iron using plant-based foods, however, I thoroughly enjoyed this dish, super simple and worth a share. Ingredients (serves ...

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