11 August 2014
Okay, so one thing we are all guilty of sometimes is comparing ourselves to the Miranda Kerr’s of this world, you know, the beautiful, tall, fit models who we all admire! Reality is, we don’t all look like that but that’s not going to stop us!Read More…
At the end of the day, the fact is that nobody is flawless, whether it is on the outside or on the inside. It’s time to change your mindset and focus on becoming the woman we want to be.
So, want to rock your own world? These 7 steps show you how:
28 July 2014
FLAT TUMMY TEA REVIEW
Today I have the pleasure of bringing you guys a review of a divine herbal blend I’ve recently stumbled upon that not only does amazing things for your hydration and digestive health, it also leaves you without the bloat! As the name implies, it really is a flat tummy tea.
As a naturopath, as a mother, and someone who cares a lot about what they put both on and in their body, I’m pretty pedantic about labels. I’ll always look deeper than the face value of a product to evaluate the constituents, and where/how they were sourced. When I looked at the herbal content of these teas I was pleasantly surprised. Lovely balanced formulas, with a multitude of herbal therapeutic properties specifically designed to aid the digestive system. We often underestimate the need for proper digestion. It is here in our gut, that our second brain resides and some of the very neurotransmitters that alter our mood are made. It’s so vital to have a healthy functioning gut to improve the health of all other organs and systems of the body. Having a flat tummy and relieving bloating discomfort are simply the awesome benefits that are natural to a healthy functioning digestive system.
Here are a few basic tips I’ve learnt in my many years of practice for optimum digestive health and to keep bloating to the minimum -
- Take a few deep breaths before every meal. Feeling relaxed and activating our parasympathetic nervous system is how we digest food most effectively. This means our body will absorb lots of nutrients with the least amount of toxic build up in the process.
- Chew lots and eat slowly. Digestion begins first in the mouth with enzymes that help break down your food, along with your teeth…so chewing is really really important.
- Avoid drinking with your meals. Water 20 minutes either side of your meal is ok and if you must drink with your meal, ensure you sip and don’t gulp. Drinking fluids with meals will dilute your precious enzymes and acids in your stomach that you need to break your food down efficiently.
- Only eat until you are content. Overeating leads to putrefaction and fermentation of your food. Rather than getting benefits from all the nutrients, you create a lot of toxic junk in your gut. This can result in intestinal dysbiosis, gas build up and lots of bloating.
- Small meals frequently are the best for your digestive system.
- Throughout the day keep hydrated. Drink lots of water and herbal teas to do this. Flat tummy tea is a great choice to incorporate into a healthy digestive routine.
- Keep salt, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and other diuretics to a minimum.
- Read here for some more amazing Flat Tummy Tips from Flat Tummy Tea.
For those wanting to kick that uncomfortable, distended feeling in the gut, and at the same time enjoy the feeling of a flat tummy, I highly recommend this Flat Tummy tea. The two blends have been formulated to also taste amazing by using the natural flavours of the herbs. Fennel, Peppermint and Lemon Balm, all calmative herbs for the gut, provide a beautiful balanced flavour to please the palate without the need for anything artificial.
Here’s to healthy digestive systems and giving our bodies some loving herbal goodness. Enjoy lovelies!
With love and gratitude,
Helen xxSee Helen's review and get inspired by her health & lifestyle blog GypsyLovinLight here! x
16 July 2014
GET YOUR APP ON !
It’s undeniable, we are busy. Our day to day lives are filled with appointments, work, friends, family, deciding what to wear, add to that technology and social media, and we’re always… hang on, just let me check my Instagram
At Flat Tummy Tea we love encouraging you all to be motivated, dedicated and passionate about your health and wellbeing. It is important to take some of that girl power to focus on aspects in life such as confidence, self esteem and overall happiness. :)
BALANCED is an app we found which allows users to make time for the small things in life that matter. Its a great way to improve your lifestyle by taking your time in doing things such as drinking your Flat Tummy Tea to beat that unwanted bloated tummy, or by setting yourself goals and going out of your comfort zone to achieve them. It also provides rewards for accomplishing the activities you chose. It is a motivational, confidence boosting, and fun app which helps you integrate good habits and keep you driven and focused on what's most important in YOUR life.
We just loved the idea of using this app and thought you might too! Happy “APP”ing…
03 July 2014
A guide to healthy creations
At Flat Tummy Tea we love to indulge our appetites in delicious and nutritious smoothies!They are such a fun and creative meal to have whilst maintaining a healthy diet during your Flat Tummy Tea detox. Not to mention how easy they are to prep, make AND consume!
We have had so many of our wonderful customers asking for recipes so we have created a fun little guideline to assist you in making your own desired, delicious smoothie!Enjoy x
20 June 2014
THE BODY BOOK
The law of Hunger, the science of Strength and other ways to love your amazing body!
After a long weekend of Birthday festivities which included cake, alcohol, eating out and more cake, I was on my way home from work feeling tired, bloated and unmotivated. I walked towards my front door planning on jumping into bed with with a mug of Flat Tummy tea and the DVD marathon of Gossip Girl. Instead I stumbled across a late Birthday package on my door step. Who would have thought this package would change the direction of not only my lazy afternoon, but many more lazy, unmotivated days ahead of me. This package opened up to be The Body Book by Cameron Diaz, a perception of the inseparable links between nutrition, the mind and body…
Let’s just start off with saying how glamorously desirable, fit and down to earth Cameron is. How can anyone not love her! She has become an inspiration and role model for woman all over the world. She goes out of her way to support causes such as empowerment of woman and girls, environmental concerns and education. Talk about girl power at its best!
Cameron has used her real life experiences and a little help from grounded science experts to put together this master piece guide for woman to work towards living the best life possible in all aspects of it. From the very beginning of the book she makes it clear that The Body Book is NOT a diet book but that it was written to offer a holistic long-term approach in making consistent choices and reaching the ultimate goal… a long, strong, happy, healthy life! The combination of food, fitness, focus and fun are all incorporated into each chapter.
First thing I absolutely loved about the book is Cameron’s expected bubbly and friendly personality within her writing. It feels like Cameron is right there talking to you, she says “Life is about loving and living and laughing… with lots of breakfasts and lunches and think-fests and sweat-fests and stretch-fests in between”. The book is filled with relatable and motivational words which leave you wanting more…
Cameron gets super personal throughout the book, getting “scientific” with certain body parts using elaborate pictures, diagrams and being open about her own life experiences (good AND bad) which shaped her into become the amazing and content woman she is now. "These are our bodies, ladies! It's OK to talk about them. And it's really, really important to get real, get knowledgeable, and get comfortable”.
Another part which I love about book, is the strip of every page dedicated to you and your thoughts. It’s a part where you can take notes and write exactly what you are thinking about right there and then! What a cute touch in making the book seem like your OWN personalised diary, try not too get too carried away with the love heart and flower scribbles ladies…
So to sum things up, Cameron Diaz:The Body Book is a perfect combination of what our Flat Tummy Tea customers are encouraged to strive towards. Health, knowledge, confidence, success and the motivation to get up and get going in every day life. Big thanks to Cameron for putting so much knowledge and effort into the book for all us girls waiting around for that kick start in life. It really is an inspirational read and I would recommend it to you all!
12 June 2014
“Metabolism: the process by which your body converts calories from food into energy”.
Basically, metabolism is the engine that processes the food we consume so we have energy to function, a big piece of this engine is digestion.
But not everyone is equipped with the same engine, some lucky people have the Ferrari of metabolisms, but some others, like me, struggle with having a slow metabolism. I used to get bloated, my stomach felt uncomfortable, and sometimes it even affected my mood because I didn’t feel well, it was not fun!
A variety of different things determine your metabolic speed, some being genetics, age and gender. And although you can’t control your genetics, age and gender, here are 7 things you can control to help improve your metabolism:
Eat: Your body and metabolism operate on food. If you fast, or don’t give your body the energy it needs to function, your metabolism slows down to conserve energy so your body doesn’t crash. The important thing is to eat smart, be conscious about portions and what you are eating.
Build muscle: Don’t let those machines at the gym intimidate you, they’re good for building lean muscles and will help you ramp up your metabolism. Ask a trainer to help you set a routine for the goals you want to achieve. It’s hard at the beginning, but you will get stronger and you’ll feel amazing.
Detox: A seasonal Flat Tummy Tea detox is really important to clear out toxins from your system and beat the bloating. If your organs that process fats and toxins in your body are working the way they should, your metabolism will be up to speed and your overall health with also improve.
Pack your meals with protein: Eating protein gives your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats. Plus, it will maintain those lean muscles you’ll be building from that iron pumping at the gym! Make sure you incorporate lean protein into almost every meal.
Drink, drink and drink: Fluids that is! Like water and our tea to keep hydrated, because a dehydrated body will slow its metabolism and increase hunger. Flat Tummy Tea is a great and yummy option! Your stomach will work much better to reduce the uncomfortable bloating.
Snack Smart: When you eat large meals with many hours in between, your metabolism slows down. Having a small meal or snack every 3 to 4 hours keeps your metabolism cranking, so you burn more calories over the course of the day. Check out my recipe for a healthy post workout snack from our last blog - here!
Spice up your life: Spicy foods have natural chemicals that can kick your metabolism up a gear. Cooking with chilli peppers or adding hot sauce to your food can boost your metabolic rate, and make that chicken breast taste more exotic and fun!
So there they are, give these tips a try, I did and I definitely saw a difference. Leave us a review, we’d love to hear how you go!
27 May 2014
Healthy Banana-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
We are always searching for ways on how to get a flat tummy. A good workout routine, balanced diet and a monthly detox are key, but you also need to consider what you eat after working out. It should be something that provides energy, protein and a good source of fibre to keep your metabolism running and help you feel full. You don’t want to through away all that hard work by eating the wrong thing.
These banana-oat chocolate chip cookies are a great alternative to protein bars and other processed snacks that are packed with sugars and starchy ingredients - not a good choice if you’re trying to reduce bloating.
These cookies taste amazing and it feels more like you are having a treat than a healthy snack! You would never guess there is no sugar, flour or butter added, and only 40 to 50 calories per cookie.
- 2-3 large old bananas
- 2 cups raw old fashioned oats
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup 60% cacao chocolate chips (you can get creative and use sliced raw almonds, cranberries or raisins)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees (180 Celsius). In a bowl smash bananas. Mix in salt and cinnamon. Stir until combined. Add in oats and chocolate chips and stir until combined.
- Place dough onto a greased tray (coconut oil is a great option) by the spoonful. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
07 April 2014
by Alexandra Dunek from the1stclasslifestyle.com
Spring has officially sprung (even though there is snow where I am) and it’s time to clean out not only our closets, but our bodies as well. Detoxing is a popular and growing trend, especially amongst females. We ladies are all are fascinated by the idea of “starting fresh” and cleansing our bodies to get rid of those past several weeks of late night munchies and bottle popping.
There are a several ways to detox. Some are short-term such as a liquid fast where juicing has become the new craze, or you can simply ingest fruits and vegetables for seven days. Others are long-term which include eliminating alcohol, sugar and switching to organic, unprocessed and superfoods.
As for me, I am a huge tea fan. Lately I’ve noticed tea detoxes taking over the pages of Instagram and I had to jump on the bandwagon. Flat Tummy Tea is my personal favorite and is raking in customers day after day.
Flat Tummy Tea is an Australian based company that created a special line of blended herbs to give you a cleanse worth trying and actually sticking to! The product comes with “Everyday Flat Tummy” a packet of 12 blended herbs and “Afresh Flat Tummy” that consists of 9 blended herbs. Both used together for a two or four week period, you will eliminate water weight, bloating, toxins and it will also help you with constipation and thoseannoying cramps. Plus the teas offer other great benefits such as more energy and a better night’s sleep. What is there to say no to?
The Flat Tummy Tea’s creator, Bec who is 27 from Tasmania, Australia studied Fashion Design and loves to spend her spare time designing and sewing as well as hitting the gym and hanging with Martha, her chocolate Burmese cat. She personally struggled everyday with bloating and digestive issues that forced her to search high and low for a solution.
When Bec stumbled upon the positive benefits of herbal teas, she knew she finally found the answer she has been looking so long for. After plenty of research, experimentations and meetings with herbalists, she ended up with a product that truly is a unique and special mixture that solved all of her problems. And because of how well it worked, she insisted on sharing with others so FTT is offered internationally so everyone around the world can try it and get their very own amazing results.
The website is easy to navigate and offers you a list of tips as well as guidance on what you should be eating and avoiding. You can also check out the incredible before and after pictures of Instagram customers showing off their accomplishments with Flat Tummy Tea!
Start off this spring right and don’t forget to share with all of us through Instagram!
About the author:
I am the oldest of triplets and a senior at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. I am an aspiring trainer and a registered dietician, with a deep passion for fitness. I love to travel, but New Jersey will always have my heart. My one rule at life, "Be so good they can't ignore you".
16 December 2013
Before we talk about speeding up your metabolism, let’s talk about what it is. Metabolism is the term used to describe all the biochemical processes in the body relating to energy production. Some believe that eating small meals throughout the day instead of three larger ones can significantly improve the speed of your metabolism. Others don’t believe this to be true. The reasoning behind this has to do with stimulation of your metabolism throughout the day. The body keeps working to burn calories instead of becoming so hungry between meals that it slows the metabolism down in order to conserve calories for bodily processes. The studies go back and forth. However, there is evidence that those who ate smaller meals tended to lose more weight than those who didn’t. Here’s a closer look into why this theory may be correct.
Let’s start with breakfast. This is the most important meal of the day – and that for reviving up the metabolism. Your metabolism slows as you sleep, so a nice hearty breakfast helps to wake it right back up. Your body won’t burn as many calories throughout the day if you skip it. Aim to get around 350-400 calories in the morning with a nice balance of fiber to keep you full, good quality carbs for some energy, and some healthy fats and protein to keep you sustained until your next snack or meal.
Now here’s a little info on snacking – do it! But in a healthier way. Put aside those chips, fried foods and processed sugar snacks. Go for real, fresh ingredients that your body can process and use as energy all day. Healthy snacking between meals, totaling the six small meals a day idea is a great way to feed your body as you move throughout your daily activities. This will also prevent you from going without food for too long, which can lead to overeating. And when we get this hungry, we usually overeat the food we crave the most, which end up being less healthy choices. A great mid-morning snack (or smaller meal) is a Greek yogurt with fruit, nuts and some granola. The protein in the yogurt keeps you full and the healthy fats in the nuts and granola can help keep you satisfied.
See? It’s all about balance. Your metabolism will stay fired up and working all day long. Eating smaller meals is great if you’re on a workout regimen as well. You’ll always have sustained energy throughout the day, which can power you through workouts. Eating three meals a day may have you starving before or after a workout. Your body will slow your metabolism down to make sure it’s reserving energy while you’re hungry. And we all know what happens after a workout when we’re too hungry to think: reaching out for less healthy options and overeating.
So, do your metabolism a favor and eat more frequently throughout the day. Prepare smaller meals that are portable if you’re on the go, and make sure they’re full of all the good stuff to keep you going.
Reposted via My Fit Station and written by Dr. David Kulla. Dr. Kulla is a licensed New York Chiropractor and a nutritionist as well as owner of http://synergywellnessny.com in Manhattan. Check out myfitstation.com for health and fitness motivation and tips!
04 December 2013
Switching to plant-based organic products with health inpirations, Buffy-Ellen and Danijela Unkovich
This week we're lucky enough to have guest blogger, Buffy-Ellen from Be Good Organics interview another of Flat Tummy Tea's friends, health inspiration and creator of popular instagram account, Danijela Unkovich from Healthy Always.
Pic: Danijela Unkovich
Written by guest blogger Buffy-Ellen from Be Good Organics
I'm overjoyed to introduce you to the beautiful, inside and out, Danijela Unkovich. Danijela is the talent and inspiration behind the super successful Healthy Always instagram account. I first spied Danijela via Instagram after seeing scrolls of her delicious healthy plant-powered recipes in my feed. Not long after, I caught her frequenting some of my favourite local foodie haunts, and realised not only did we share a passion for healthy organic food, she was also a fellow Aucklander from NZ. Not just that, she's part of the tight knit local Croatian community here in Auckland which my partner is also from, so felt a bond straight away.
Danijela has been interested in health and nutrition from a young age, and is currently part way through a Bachelor of Science double majoring in Human Nutrition and Physiology. Her plan is to one day be working one-on-one with clients, teaching about the power that food can have on transforming lives, particular in terms of preventative and medicative nutrition.
As a respite from her busy studies, Danijela set up her Instagram around a year ago, mainly to draw inspiration from other health conscious individuals. However after a massive growth spurt (Healthy Always now has over 100,000 followers), she is now using it to share healthy and nutritious meal ideas with the community, in an effort to inspire them and help them make better choices.
Apart from cooking delicious nourishing meals, Danijela is a big fan of travelling, and draws much inspiration from it. She also came second in Miss Universe NZ 2010. However this lass is not just a pretty face - she's a lovely person as well and a talented wee cookie to boot (a dairy free, wheat free cookie of course).
Without further adieu, meet Danijela...
Why did you decide to turn to a more plant-based organic lifestyle?
I have always been interested in health and nutrition, and find it really fascinating. What made me really take it on as a lifestyle though was after my health took a turn for the worst after a really busy and stressful year, and taking care of myself suddenly became both a necessity and priority. The real commitment was when I started to see changes, and it was like, “hey, this stuff works!”. It is one of the main reasons why I want to dedicate the career aspect of my life to being a nutritionist and teaching individuals about the importance and power of healthy living. I am at a point in my life now where simply living this lifestyle makes me happy. It’s nourishing, inspiring, and stimulating.
How has your health (physical and emotional) changed since then?
It has dramatically enhanced my life. Physically I look and feel better. When I wake up there is no sleep “hangover”, and I have plenty of energy. My skin is a lot clearer, and my weight sits naturally at what is normal for me. Emotionally, I find I am more balanced, calm, and centred when I stick to this lifestyle. If I stray from my normal diet, I immediately feel it in my mood and become quite sluggish and irritated.
If you had to give someone 3 reasons why they should switch to more plant-based organic products, what would they be?
- More energy. Life is for living, and is full of opportunities. Having more energy gives you the fuel to live the life you want to live.
- You look better, which means you naturally feel better about yourself. A plant-based lifestyle really is a living beauty tonic. Often we subject our bodies to a vast chemical cocktail not only through the foods we consume, but also in our beauty, household, and personal products. I strongly believe in using naturally derived and organic products on our skin whenever possible, and always opting for using our diet as our main beauty regime!
- From my own experience, living a lifestyle focused on conscious healthy living teaches you a lot about self-respect and the power and capabilities our bodies really have. I have learnt so much about myself, who I am, and what I want in life, simply by investing more time into me and my own health.
What does a day on your plate look like:
- Brekky: I always start my day with a big glass of warm water. For breakfast I generally alternate between oats, muesli, or a big green smoothie, and add variety by switching it up with various seasonal fresh fruit. If I have extra time I will make my healthy pancakes, which keep me going for hours. Generally I eat all my fruit in the morning as I find it better on digestion.
- Lunch: If I am at university I will usually take last night’s leftovers for lunch, and add a fresh salad dressed in olive oil and apple cider vinegar. On the weekend I love getting creative in the kitchen, and spending time making something a bit more indulgent. I eat a lot to the weather, so when it's cooler I love making soups and warm coconut based curries, which are packed full of seasonal vegetables.
- Dinner: Usually consists of a protein source and plenty of vegetables. I always aim for versatility and seasonal produce when it comes to my vegetables. I grill, steam, boil, and then add plenty of fresh herbs and olive oil to season. I am of European decent and love the simple, fresh, and vibrant Mediterranean flavours.
- Snacks: Lots of tea! I love to snack on dark chocolate covered almonds, kale chips, and vegetable sticks with hummus. I’m also always in the kitchen baking healthy treats, so pretty much at any point in time there’s something sweet to nibble on in my fridge.
Now, your favourite foodie indulgence...
I love anything chocolate. When I am feeling really indulgent I love making a chocolate fondue to share around, using a good quality block of organic dark chocolate to melt down (my favourite is Loving Earth's Coconut Mylk Chocolate), plenty of fresh seasonal fruit, and chopped nuts and shredded coconut to dip it all in.
What do you think the biggest misconception is about an organic plant-based lifestyle?
That it is boring and restrictive! There is definitely this stereotype that consuming a plant-based diet consists mainly of eating lots of salad leaves and raw carrot sticks. Really it couldn’t be further from reality. Living in New Zealand we are extremely fortunate to have access to a variety of fresh, seasonal, flavoursome, and readily available ingredients, which makes cooking inspiring and nourishing. It is all about having fun in the kitchen, getting creative, and not being scared to try something new.
What's your approach to balance & moderation (in life and food)
Before I was notoriously bad at keeping balance, but now I truly believe that in keeping a healthy and balanced life there needs to be equilibrium between all aspects. Neglecting one part of your life and over-doing another, will if anything put you more out of kilter. For me it is about focusing on getting some exercise into my day, sleeping enough at night, having a passion and following it, consuming a balanced healthy diet, setting myself goals, and keeping a positive mind frame.
Someone wise once taught me the importance of keeping faith in yourself and always striving to have a positive and open mind...I try to remind myself this when I am feeling unbalanced, as I find the thought very grounding. And when you consider that your brain responds to nearly all of the thoughts you have, what and how we think is extremely powerful. In regards to moderation and diet, I strongly believe in moderation not deprivation. When we tell ourselves we can’t eat a particular food we are more likely to obsess over it, give in and binge on it, and then feel extremely guilty afterwards. It’s all about trying to make positive choices most of the time, and when we do treat ourselves acknowledging it as a treat, enjoying it, then moving on.
You've been given permission to raid the Be Good Organics stock room - what's one foodie product and one beauty product you'd nab...
Foodie product: I have a massive sweet tooth, so it would be a tie between Loving Earth's Raw Chocolate (my favourite flavour right now is the orange and gubinge), or some Little Bird Organic Macaroons. I love the cacao and raspberry flavour. Yum!
Beauty Product: I love using a natural dry body brush before showering. It makes your skin so incredibly smooth, and is great for detoxification, increasing circulation, and helping to stimulate the lymphatic system.
Can you share your favourite plant-based organic recipe?
I love green smoothies! They are a wonderful and easy way to up your leafy green intake. Right now my favourite is this coconut and pineapple smoothie:
COCONUT AND PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE
1c coconut water
A handful of baby spinach
1/2c pineapple (or more/less to taste)
1/2c frozen banana (or more/less to taste)
Blender until smooth and enjoy ice cold!