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Breakfast ideas

The next time you rush out the door in the morning without something to eat, consider this: Skipping breakfast can set you up for overeating later in the day. A healthy a.m. meal, on the other hand, can give you energy, satisfy your appetite, and set the stage for smart decisions all day long.

Dippy eggs & asparagus soldiers

Ingredients

1 bunch of asparagus

4 large free-range eggs

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

Method

Place a large griddle pan over a high heat. Snap the woody ends off the asparagus, then add to the pan in an even layer and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender, turning occasionally.

Meanwhile, put the eggs into a medium pan, cover with cold water and place over a high heat. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 3 minutes for runny eggs. Meanwhile, get your egg cups ready – dippy eggs will wait for no one once they’re done! Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove the eggs and place in the cups, then tap each shell gently with a teaspoon and remove the tops. Serve straight away, with the griddled asparagus for dipping, salt and pepper on the side, and bread to mop up, if you like.

(Recipe: Jamie Oliver)

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Tofu Scramble With Kale and Sweet Potatoes

 Ingredients

1 small sweet potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
1 14-ounce package extrafirm tofu, drained and crumbled
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
2 cups baby kale
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Place the sweet potato cubes in a large skillet, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer three minutes. Pour out all the water.

Add the canola oil and onions. Sauté on medium-

high heat for seven minutes. Add the crumbled tofu, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and turmeric. Cook for five or so minutes on medium heat, stirring frequently.

Add the kale, top the skillet with a lid, lower the heat to simmer, and allow to steam for a few minutes or until the kale is tender.

Makes two large servings.

(Recipe: Pop Sugar)

 

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Paleo-Powered Breakfast: Eggs Baked in Avocado

This recipe calls for chopped chives, but feel free to serve with whatever fresh herbs or other toppings you have available. A tablespoon of salsa or a little hot sauce would offer a nice hit of spice.

Ingredients

2 ripe avocados
4 fresh eggs
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon chopped chives

Method

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Slice the avocados in half, and take out the pit. Scoop out about two tablespoons of flesh from the centre of the avocado, just enough so the egg will fit snugly in the centre.

Place the avocados in a small baking dish. Do your best to make sure they fit tightly.

Crack an egg into each avocado half. Try your best to crack the yolk in first, then let the egg whites spill in to fill up the rest of the shell.

Place in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cooking time will depend on the size of your eggs and avocados. Just make sure the egg whites have enough time to set.

Remove from oven, then season with pepper, chives, and garnish of your choice. Enjoy!

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Treat yourself to the perfect HYPOXI outfit

When using the L250 or S120 devices, your outfit should be loose fitting and comfortable. We’ve come up with a super stylish HYPOXI friendly outfit with links to purchase each item! Treat yourself this end of financial year!

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Towel – HYPOXI: http://bit.ly/1Cqgl1O

Headphones – HYPOXI: http://bit.ly/1N3Hqh3

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Your free HYPOXI manifesto iPhone screensaver

Everything you need to stay inspired to live a healthy, happy life is contained within this power packed manifesto by HYPOXI Australia.

Just download it to your phone and save it as your screensaver!

DOWNLOAD HERE

Instructions

Step 1: Open this page on your iPhone

Step 2: Click link above and then click on the icon below and select “Open in Safari”

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Step 3: Once the image is open in safari, click on the same icon but then click ‘Save image’

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Step 4: Head to your images icon on your phone, click on the manifesto you have just saved and click on the same icon. Click ‘Use as wallpaper’

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Step 5: Position the image to best suit your phone and then choose to have it as your lock screen, background or both and enjoy!

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Rosa Leona

Rosa Leona is relatively new on the fitness scene but that doesn’t mean this sports and fitness coach hasn’t already made a big splash within the highly competitive industry! We spoke to the Swedish beauty about why she feels at home in the world of competitions and why she loves HYPOXI!

Firstly, a huge congratulations for coming first place in the prestigious INBA National Championship in the Australian Natural Bikini sector! Can you tell us about body building?

Body building is about reaching your ultimate physique and celebrating the journey by competing and showing what you have worked hard to get. It takes time to get in shape, and the more you condition your body, the better it gets. That’s why body building will never get boring, because if you keep working hard you will only improve. To prepare for a competition you need to loose body fat and gain muscle. You will need to train all your body parts equally to form symmetry. This requires constant weight training, cardiovascular training and appropriate dieting.

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How do you prepare before a competition?

I do weight training 5-6 days/week to build muscle and get my body in shape, as well as I do cardio 4-6 times/week to shred fat and condition my body. I also need to follow a strict diet that excludes additional fat, sugar and salt but is rich in variety of protein and carbohydrates such as fish, chicken, turkey, egg, rice and lots of vegetables.

What made you want to join the world of competitive body sculpting?

I’m an adventurous person that always seeks new challenges and projects to get involved in. I was at a stage where I felt like I needed a change and my samba teacher and good friend Cristina Ramon (Ms World Fitness Champion) saw my potential to join the bikini modelling world. She introduced me to the whole fitness industry and coached me to become the INBA Bikini Model Champion. I know now that my future is in fitness!

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How has it changed your life?

I have now realized that it is within fitness I want to delegate my future.

How does HYPOXI fit in with your diet and exercise regimes?

Sometimes I do HYPOXI after breakfast when I have had oatmeal to start the day. After the session I enjoy a carb free chicken/tuna salad. After 4-6 hours after HYPOXI session I go to the gym and do my normal weight and cardio regime and finish the day off with a good sleep.

Other days I finish my gym training and do HYPOXI afterwards towards the end of the day when I only have one small meal left on the diet.

Do you believe HYPOXI helped to give you that extra push in the lead up to the Championships?

After many weeks of training and dieting, it actually gave me more motivation to stick to my diet since I was doing the HYPOXI sessions too. I was so excited to see new results adding this method in to my dedication of getting in the best shape of my life.

 Why was HYPOXI important to your regime in the lead up to the competition?

It helped me fine tune my  physique. I need my body to recover quickly because I train so much and HYPOXI made my comp prep smoother by assisting in my recovery.

When did you begin to notice any changes to your body?

After two weeks I had already done 5-6 treatments, and although I stayed at the same weight I had lost 2cm around my waist.

Which studio did you attend your sessions at?

I went to the HYPOXI Studio at Goodlife Health Club Martin Place in Sydney. It’s hugely convenient for me and the staff were very friendly!

What machine did you use?

I was using the S120 and spent 20 minutes in the HDC before each session.

When is your next big competition?

I’m going to compete at the INBA Natural Olympia in Las Vegas (14th of November 2015). Before that I’m going to participate at the Pro Qualifier (Homebush 4th October 2015) to compete for my PRO Card and ticket to Las Vegas.

Will you use HYPOXI as part of your regime as you did the INBA National Championship?

Yes! This is the best thing for me as I’m 100% natural athlete and I don’t use any types of performance enhancers, fat burners, pre-workouts, amino acids, diuretics or other supplements other than vitamins, minerals and fish oil. I have reached my physique with training, lots of healthy food, HYPOXI, and massage.

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Wedding Nest founder, Jacqui Scruby

Jacqui Scruby’s story is pretty inspiring. Whilst on maternity leave with her first baby, she gave up a job in the corporate world to try her luck at launching an online wedding registry for style savvy couples; The Wedding Nest.

Through word of mouth and some lucky media coverage, The Wedding Nest has grown into a thriving business with a second instagram venture -  The Well Nest @thewellnest.glow to provide health, wellness and fitness inspiration for brides.

We ask Jacqui how she plucked up the courage to start her own business venture, the challenges she faced, how rewarding an experience it’s been and her plans for the future!

You’ve had a very busy few years! Did you ever imagine a life in the lifestyle/interior/wedding industry?
 
Not at all. Growing up I was academic and there was always an expectation I’d be a lawyer or a doctor, a path which I followed by studying Medical Science and Law and ending up as a lawyer at a top tier firm. The first indication I had that I was entrepreneurial was developing a sustainability strategy for the law firm when I was appalled it didn’t have one. Then I met my husband (who is also entrepreneurial) – he told me to stop ranting about  problems but to pick one, turn it into an opportunity and create a business to fix it!

Tell us briefly what “The Wedding Nest” is all about…

Each of our couples will have a registry that styles their home and styles their table. It’s about seizing that one opportunity where people give you many expensive gifts to completely style your home like a magazine and get it looking like your ‘dream home’ pinterest board. We even us your pinterest board to help advise on your registry and get you to think about the way you entertain so the dinnerware and napery you choose is true to this and gets used! A registry with us has a mix of affordable art, statement furniture and beautiful homewares – but most importantly it’s cohesive and strategically designed to transform your home. We focus on Australian and international boutique brands such as Mud Australia and beautiful non-branded but beautiful pieces like leather Moroccan Pouffees.

When the idea for “The Wedding Nest” came about, how did you push forward into launching the website and not leaving it in with the pile of start up ideas that you no doubt had being an entrepreneur?

I’m of the approach to go with the idea you’re most passionate about, that you have experience or contacts that can be easily leveraged to get it off the ground and that has some degree of traction. Circumstance was also a key consideration – we were launching my husband’s start up at the same time so I had to start a lean business and I’d also found the best business partner is Zoe who also had a passion for interiors and was on maternity leave too, I had access to trade fairs through my mother in law and all our friends were getting married. We really worked back to our minimum viable product – a website that displayed a wedding registry and found affordable web developers to create it. Most things were initially done offline – showing brides hard copy catalogues and then uploading only their final registry selections. We used free products such as ISSUU to create an online magazine with style images of their dream home together with the items on their registry which we embedded in their registry page and Paypal before a bank would let us have a merchant facility. Once we tested the model and had the amazing response we built out the website.
With our new venture @thewellnest.glow we’re focusing on instagram as it’s a manageable platform that requires minimal content but get’s maximum engagement. As it grows – so will our service offerings.

What was the most challenging aspect of launching and growing your online business “The Wedding Nest”?

The most challenging aspect of launching are the aspects you underestimated or weren’t aware of. We had no idea that the Australian homewares industry was so anti-online – they were scared of cheap online buying sites that would diminish their brand, they wanted to protect their loyal bricks and mortar shops and would supply to you unless you had a shopfront believing that online businesses had no overheads and they didn’t want their products online. We had to adapt and pivot our business to overcome these things including firewalls for some gifts to sit behind.
The most challenging aspect of growing is having the time to step away from the day-to-day running of the business to focus on strategy and promoting the business – especially as we have 2 kids each and only work 3 days a week.

What experience did you have in the world of interior before launching the site?

Pretty much nothing – except a love of interiors. My mother in law has done some styling an took me to a trade fair where I saw all the things I wanted for my wedding but realised there was no wedding registry that offered them. When I realised how easy sourcing would be (or at least appeared to be) I was confident enough in my aesthetic to go for it. However, without styling experience I used to know the style I love or hate but don’t necessarily know how to get the exact composition right when styling. I’ve spent lots of time deconstructing what makes a composition, room or image look good and I’m a lot more confident now.

For “The Wedding Nest”, you partnered up with your friend Zoe – what made you want to work alongside her? 

So many things – we shared the same aesthetic – Pre-Pinterest days our ‘dream home’ folder had the same pages ripped out from magazines. We were friends but through my husband so there was no long term friendship issues to consider, we have the same work ethic – high intensity, just do it and get it out the door attitude rather than being perfectionists, we were both on maternity leave at the same time and we had complimentary skills – Zoe has a PR background and I had experience in compliance and setting up my husband’s business and access to trade fairs.

Does your interior style differ to Zoe?

No! We seriously buy, covet and love exactly the same things. Our style is monochrome coastal with lots of textures plus some greenery from foliage. Zoe has my dream house! Even though we have the same personal style we also appreciate all styles which is why they are represented on The Wedding Nest –  Contemporary, Boho, Colour, French and Eclectic.
Our approach to lifestyle and fitness is also similar – we are all about no sugar, full fat and celebrating wholefood approach to eating – we both love exercising outdoors everyday and both get up super early to do so.

How fast did the business grow? When did you realize you were on to something good?

We knew we were onto something good immediately and we were so passionate about creating the wedding registry we never had we never doubted it’s growth. However, we have chosen to grow in a sustained manner and keep our business boutique – for us it’s about getting the right style savvy bride rather than every bride in Australia. To do this our service is a little exclusive – we have a limit to the number of couples we accept each month. We do this so we can focus on our families rather than trying to scale a huge business with huge investment and a huge team to manage.

How challenging has it been raising two children alongside two business ventures?

Very – but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I probably work harder than ever but it’s on my own terms and I have significant amounts of quality time with the kids each day. We head to the beach in the morning and I start work (on my work days) at 9.30 and finish at 4.30. I work from home 1 day a week and I’m always available to take them out of daycare to go to a Wiggles concert. But it also meant I was back to work – albeit with the baby on the floor – 3 months after having my second. Investing in and growing 2 start-ups means that we don’t have the money we’d have if we’d stayed in our normal jobs so we’ve had to be creative from airbnbing our apartment to house swapping for holidays – it’s all about collaboration!

Tell us about your next business venture – “The Well Nest”?

Zoe and I saw a real gap for health, wellness and fitness inspiration for brides – so with our background in health (Zoe is a nutritionist and I’ve got a  Medical Science degree) and a passion for health and fitness from our own personal experience suffering from an auto-immune disease, IBS and having 2 kids each – we created @thewellnest.glow . Nearly all brides use their wedding as a reason to lose weight but it’s a great opportunity to not just lose weight but improve your health and wellness for the longterm. Doing everything at once is overwhelming so we’re encouraging brides to join us on 30 day challenges to help them find their own ‘glow’ which will be different for everyone. Challenges will be everything from getting more sleep and exercising early, to diet challenges, cleanses and exercise challenges – including HYPOXI.
We’re holding an event ‘Breakfast with Jessica Sepel’ at the new Boathouse at Shelly Beach Manly next month – follow us on instagram to find out how to buy tickets!

How long have you been using HYPOXI?

I’m nearly at the end of my first 6 week session and I’m loving it. I am a gym goer and lover of high intensity exercise and HYPOXI compliments this perfectly. I do both because I realise that as much as I love it – HIIT training is not as good at targeting and burning fat of my problem areas. I also love that with HYPOXI I’m not just exercising but getting sh*t done!

Do you multitask during your HYPOXI sessions?

Yes! I either try to read a book – which is something I never do unless I get up at 5 in the morning. Lately it’s been non-fiction entrepreneurial stuff like Lisa Messengers books or I use the time to improve our instagram account which often gets neglected – I process and crop photos on my phone using Afterlight, add hashtags, engage with others. I also often borrow a clipboard and pen and sketch or jot down creative ideas. I was trying to plan how to style our stand at a wedding fair the other day and I kept drawing blanks – when I had the time to sketch while doing HYPOXI it came to me instantly.

Do you find it easy fitting HYPOXI into your busy schedule?

Like anything you need to prioritise it if you want it to happen. My health is really important to me so I make the time and I know unlike other exercise, I can keep working while I’m at HYPOXI so if need be I can take phone calls, write emails and keep on top of things. Surry Hills is so easy to get to, there is always a park out the front and I’m in and out in under an hour and have worked too.

Have you noticed any results so far?

Yes! I’ve already lost 7cm so far which is huge considering I was fit, health and trim when I started. Like a lot of girls – despite being in peak health my problem areas (inner thigh) continued to have fat stores while my rings were lose and chest bony – so unfair. HYPOXI has trimmed down my problem areas – finally!
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Wonder Woman Cathie!

Cathie Reid is a real Australian Wonder Woman. She’s a mother, wife, philanthropist, entrepreneur and business owner. There’s no denying Cathie is a busy woman!

She was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame in 2015, named one of the Top 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review in 2013, won a National Telstra Business Women’s Award in 2011, and recognised by Monash University with a Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement in 2012.

Throughout her busy career, travel commitments and family duties, Cathie has made sure that looking and feeling great is a top priority.

Your professional career is very impressive! What do you enjoy most about your current role as Managing Partner at EPIC Pharmacy?

I really enjoy working with the fantastic team of people at Epic Pharmacy who are constantly striving to find new and innovative ways to enhance our service offer to our customers.  We have an incredible culture of innovation, and I love working with the teams on how we can turn their ideas into reality.

Can you please give us a bit of background on the history of the business?

Stuart and I got engaged in 1998 and in the next 4 months bought 4 pharmacies in 3 different states, going from 0 to 100 employees in that same window.  Since then the core business has continued to grow and expand nationally, and we have created a couple of other businesses along the way, a medication compliance manufacturing business which we have since sold, and Icon Cancer Care, which we maintain an active interest in.  Our latest venture is a digital health start up, Epic Digital.

When did you first try HYPOXI? 

I first tried HYPOXI in October 2014 after spending 4 months on crutches and  in a moon boot after an unfortunate trampolining accident!  I wasn’t able to do any cardio training and only very light weights once I came off the crutches, so was desperate to find something that I could do that help me get back in shape.

How did you hear about HYPOXI and what were your initial motivations for wanting to undergo HYPOXI treatments?

I had seen articles and posts about HYPOXI for years and always been intrigued, but never got around to trying it for myself.  We had been invited to participate in an entrepreneurs retreat on Necker Island in early November, and the thought of having to get bikini ready without being able to do any kind of traditional training saw me pick up the phone and make the initial appointment.

What results did you receive from your initial HYPOXI package?

I got great results, and ended up confident enough to even pose for a bikini shot in the ocean with Richard Branson!

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How do you fit HYPOXI into such a hectic work, travel and family schedule?

After the initial 4 week program I was keen to continue using HYPOXI, but it was becoming increasingly difficult to find times that worked for me so I ended up buying my own machine, and now I can pedal away at any hour of the day and night!

Do you multitask during your sessions?

Being able to multitask while I train is one of my favorite things, I do emails, catch up on social media feeds, or watch TV shows that I never otherwise get the opportunity see.  My current obsession is Hart of Dixie, can’t believe I’m so late to the party there!

Who would be your Wonder Woman or Super Man ‘Side-kick’? The person in your life who inspires you everyday!

Definitely my husband Stuart, we are true partners in life and business, and he is also a great source of fitness inspiration.  He’s a marathon runner, and his dedication in getting up and logging long hours running in the early hours of the morning make it very hard to justify staying in bed and skipping my own workout!

You are obviously a role model for your children – is keeping fit and active a big part of this?

Maintaining health and well being are big priorities for us, and we hope that the kids grow up to see fitness as something that forms part of your daily life and routine, rather than an optional choice.

How challenging has it been raising children alongside your business ventures?

We’ve had the business longer than we’ve had the kids, so it’s all we and they have ever known!  It’s not without its’ challenges, but at the same time life as a business owner can at times provide some greater flexibility than is available to employees.  It’s always a juggling act, but we have a fantastic nanny who has been with us for nearly 10 years and she makes a huge contribution to the smooth running of our house and family.  It definitely takes a tribe!

What’s your social media channel of choice and why?

Tough one!  I actively use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+ both personally and professionally.  Each platform has a slightly different audience and tribe, so it really depends on what I’m into on the day as to which one I’m most engaged with – and that changes on a pretty much daily basis!

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