Win an Amazonia Raw Acai Skin Active Liquid this summer

Shine brighter with Amazonia Raw Acai Skin Active Liquid this summer!

You’ll also go into the draw to win a three-month digital subscription to Women’s Health and Fitness magazine.

To enter:
• Follow @whandfmag
• Follow @amazoniaco
• Post your selfie, #RawFitspo and tag @whandfmag

Terms & Conditions for Rawfitspo competition

1. Entry is open to allresidents of Australia aged 13 years and over except employees of the promoter and their immediate families and agencies associated with this promotion 

2. The promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever that is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury or suffering sustained in connection with any of the prizes offered except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law. 

3. All entries become the property of the promoter. 

4. The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail or for any prizes damaged in transit. 

5. The promoter is Blitz Publications & Multi Media Group Pty Ltd, 1 Miles St, Mulgrave, Victoria 3170. 

6. To enter the competition, entrants must post their ‘gym selfie’ photo on their own Instagram account, tagging @whandfmag and using the hashtag #RawFitspo. Users must be ‘following’ the Amazonia (@amazoniaco) and WH&F (@whandfmag) Instagram accounts to be eligible, and have their Instagram profiles set to ‘public’ view. Entrants must email the original photo to gelfies@womenshealthandfitness.com.au

7. The competition will be judged by a panel appointed by the Promoters, and the most creative selfie each month will win a Winter Spray prize pack. 

8. The total prize value over three (3) issues is $143.55, with 3 prizes to be won, 1 per month. Each pack is valued at $47.85. Each Prize Pack contains an Amazonia Raw Acai Skin Liquid RRP $39.95 and a 3 issue digital subscription to Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine valued at $7.90.

9. Winners will be notified on the day after the magazine goes on sale via email. 

10. Start Date of Competition: 21 August 2017 at 12 noon (EST) 

11. End Date of Competition: 28 February 2018 at 12 noon (EST) 

12. Date, time and place drawn: Prize drawn the day after magazine sale date at 12 noon (EST) at 1 Miles Street, MULGRAVE VIC 3170. 

13. If the prize remains unclaimed after three months of the first draw, then a replacement winner will be drawn. 

14. This is game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner. 

15. Prizes are non-transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. 

16. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondences will be entered into. 

17. By entering this competition, you consent to Blitz Publications & Multi Media Group Pty Ltd giving your mailing address to product suppliers in the event that you are a winner for the purpose of delivering your prize. Your address will not be used by Blitz Publications & Multi Media Group Pty Ltd or the supplier for any other purpose. 

18. By entering this competition, you also confirm that you have read the Blitz Publications & Multi Media Group Pty Ltd Privacy Policy (http://www.blitzpublications.com.au/privacy-policy) and consent to Blitz Publications & Multi Media Group Pty Ltd giving your mailing address to product suppliers in the event that you are a winner, for the purpose of delivering your prize 

13. Should you be selected as a winner of this competition, you acknowledge and agree that no liability attaches to Blitz Publications & Multi Media Group Pty Ltd for any damage to, fault with or issue arising out of the product or prize, either during transit to you, or upon its receipt by you or at any stage thereafter. Blitz Publications & Multimedia Group Pty Ltd will not be responsible for this replacement of the product or prize if any issues arise. 

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8 post-workout meal ideas

Studies show that proper nutrient timing can benefit workout recovery, muscle growth, athletic potential and body composition. Here, accredited sports dietitian, Jessica Spendlove shares her top post-workout meals.

 

Breakfast

  • Poached eggs with grilled ham off the bone, avocado and two slices of wholegrain or spelt toast.
  • 200 grams of Greek yoghurt (Chobani) with half or one cup of oats, and some berries and sliced almonds.
  • A breakfast smoothie consisting of your milk of choice, a couple of scoops of Greek yoghurt, a frozen banana, sprinkle of cinnamon and half a cup of oats.

Dinner

  • Between 150-200 grams of salmon or chicken with 200 grams of sweet potato and as many steamed greens as you like.
  • Between 150-200 gram of lean protein with one cup of brown rice and a side salad.

Snacks

  • A frozen fruit smoothie with your milk of choice, nut butter and Greek yoghurt.
  • 200 grams of Greek yoghurt with sliced fruit and nuts.
  • A protein shake made with a base of your choice (water, coconut water or milk) and a piece of fruit to provide fibre.

NEXT: Not sure what protein to go for? Read all about them here.

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Madalin Frodsham on body image and healthy living

It was this exact photo that Madalin Frodsham posted after being featured in our Body Issue that broke the internet – here we share her feature interview featured in the magazine.

ON INSTAGRAM

Growing up, I was always the sporty one in the family, playing basketball and climbing trees. This stopped when I left school, and I didn’t actually start actively working out until January 2016 when I downloaded the Sweat With Kayla app. There’s a mix of factors that contributed to my social media following: a few of my posts went viral on online news publications, my transformation photos garner a lot of followers each week, and (hopefully!) I motivate and inspire people to work out. 

ON KEEPING IT REAL

I constantly felt put down when scrolling through my Instagram feed. Seeing image after image of perfection, I wondered if people felt the same way going through their feeds, and whether my photos contributed. So I decided to share more pictures that were honest and relatable. I receive a lot of comments from people saying it’s their goal to have my body, and I want people to know I have flaws just like everyone. We’re so used to seeing perfect pictures of women in our feeds that it’s nice to see a bit of real life sometimes.

ON BODY IMAGE

I think because people view social media influencers as being more ‘real life’ than the touched up celebrities in magazines, social media is very influential when it comes to body image. However, Instagram is now just the same because it’s easy to smooth out your cellulite or reshape your body. I think the problem is even worse as we compare ourselves more to these unattainable images of perfection. And instead of a magazine, which you have to physically go to the shop and buy, you have these images in your pocket and accessible at all times. 

ON KEEPING FIT AND HEALTHY

I find it easier to stick to a routine, so I make sure I go to the gym first thing in the morning, no matter how I’m feeling or how busy I am. I make healthy food choices when I buy food from the supermarket (if it’s not in my cupboard, I don’t eat it!), but I also make sure I don’t restrict myself too heavily so I don’t blow out on the weekend. 

ON FEELING COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN

Always remember that the images you see are carefully selected, filtered, angled and lit to display people in the best possible light. Don’t let somebody’s perfect selfie dictate your confidence – most people don’t actually look how they do on Instagram. If someone is making you feel bad about your body, unfollow them. Follow women that make you feel confident, who are open about their bodies and don’t follow the conventional standards of beauty. 

My day on a plate

Pre-workout: protein shake

Post-workout: warm oats, berries and apple porridge 

Snack: toast with peanut butter or Philadelphia cheese

Lunch: paprika chicken with green vegies and yoghurt 

Snack: carrots and avocado dip 

Dinner: vegetable patty and lentil curry

Dessert: chocolate chip cookies

 

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Top stress management techniques

Learn how to cope with stress by eating healthy and taking a closer look at your nutrition.

“The right diet is crucial for managing stress,” says health coach and wellness blogger Nic Makim. “Eat regularly and consume yoghurt and low-fat milk to boost your calcium levels and settle your nerves. If you have an intolerance to dairy, make sure you’re getting enough calcium and magnesium from other food sources. Chamomile tea is an age-old tonic to relax and soothe – you may also want to consult a naturopath about herbal support to help decrease the impact of stress on your brain and body.”

Eating right will supercharge your body’s natural immune and healing systems, and exercising regularly goes a long way too. Breathing, meditation and visualisation exercises can help you let go of anxieties, and there is strong evidence to suggest that yoga therapy and meditation help reduce stress and its associated symptoms.

A 2014 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that mindful meditation can help ease psychological stresses such as anxiety, depression and fatigue, and therapeutic yoga programs were also shown to reduce markers of stress and inflammation.

More importantly, recognise that some stress is inevitable.

“If you have unproductive worries, try to remember that as much as we may strive to, we are never going to rid our lives of stress entirely,” says Dr Lishman. “Stress is a vital part of being alive. In fact, without feeling stressed now and again, we would be so carefree and blasé about everything that we would have been killed off years ago! It’s not stress itself that matters; it’s what you do with it that counts.”

The symptoms that we associate with a stressful lifestyle such as sleep deprivation, social isolation, weight gain and major depression are all associated with higher rates of heart disease. It is clear, therefore, that finding effective stress management strategies is essential to our overall health and wellbeing.

However, don’t stress about it! Just concentrate on the following:

  • eat nourishing foods to meet the nutritional demands of the body
  • exercise regularly to naturally reduce your cortisol levels
  • unplug from digital devices when you need to chill out
  • pay active attention to your emotions
  • distinguish between problem-solving thoughts and the unproductive ones that simply make your mind race faster
  • disengage, but don’t detach from your feelings

Find a balance between rest and activity, and create a maintainable chill-out routine for when you get home to prioritise calm and relaxation.

“Tuning in to your beautiful body is always at the top of my agenda with all my clients,” says Makim. “I’m also loving this whole mindfulness trend at the moment. Less judgement and negativity and more acceptance and appreciation go a long way towards managing stress and life in general.”   

In other words, when you’re stressed you’re unable to function at your full potential, so make time for yourself. We can’t stress that strongly enough.

 

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Raw caramel slice with ‘shortbread’ base

Whether your sweet tooth needs a 3 pm fix or you’re looking for something delicious to serve the gals over afternoon tea, we’ve got you sorted.

This low-sugar caramel slice courtesy of Health Synergy is a refined sugar-free and vegan alternative that’s just as tasty (if not more) as the high-sugar version.

Ingredients (makes 12)

  • Shortbread
  • ½ cup buckinis, ground to a flour
  • ¼ cup cashews, ground to a flour
  • ⅓ cup desiccated coconut
  • 2½ tbsp coconut butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp coconut nectar
  • 2–3 tbsp boiling water

Caramel

  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted (soak in warm water for a few minutes to soften)
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup coconut butter or coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp hulled tahini
  • 1 tbsp mesquite powder, optional
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • ¼ tsp Himalayan salt

Chocolate

  • 100 grams raw dark chocolate (we use Loving Earth 85%)

Method

1. Combine all base ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix well until it starts to stick together (it is easiest to use your hands to make sure it is well combined).

2. Press into the base of a greased and lined baking tray and place in the fridge while you make the caramel.

3. Combine all caramel ingredients in a high-power blender, blend until smooth and creamy.

4. Spoon on top of the base, spreading evenly.

5. Place in the freezer for 2–3 hours or until fairly firm.

6. Using a double saucepan, melt dark chocolate in a shallow saucepan and spread melted chocolate on top of the caramel.

7. Return to fridge for another 10–15 minutes to allow chocolate to set.

8. Using a sharp knife, cut into small slices, serve and enjoy.

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Stylerunner’s Julie Stevanja on success

We caught up with CEO and founder of Stylerunner Julie Stevanja to chat about health, fitness and her career.

ON CAREER

I launched Stylerunner in 2012 and we have enjoyed some great success so far. We have so many plans for the future so it’s an extremely exciting time. Prior to starting Stylerunner, I was working for a tech start-up in Europe.

ON MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS

Defining success is a bit of a trap that some people fall into. For me, success should include a number of elements to ensure you are really seeing the whole picture. The fact that I am working for myself, feel challenged every day and have a great team around me makes me feel more successful than any amount of money could ever achieve.

ON MY TOP THREE SUCCESS TIPS

Prioritise your work better: focus on what’s important not what’s urgent.

Exercise before work rather than after it: you will activate your brain, meaning you will be more alert and effective by the time you hit the office.

Read more professional books: I am a sucker for an inspiring paperback and find that I gain so much new knowledge through learning about the experiences of others. It’s also a great way to keep you motivated and rest your eyes from our digital world. Set a goal of one book per month to start with.

ON MY MENTOR

I have a number of mentors that I am lucky enough to consistently learn from – old bosses, investors and even my sister Jasna. It’s important to ask for advice when you need it. It’s impossible to know everything but it is possible to learn most things.

Stylerunner.com // @juliestevanja // @stylerunner

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Spiced post workout shake

Get your protein fix post workout with these delicious spiced shake by personal trainer Tegan Haining.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup roasted sweet potato 
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 scoop BSC Naturals Vegan Protein

Method

Blend well to combine, drink immediately.

NUTRITION (per serve)

Protein: 48.2g // Fat: 10.7g //Carbs: 39.9g // Calories: 448.05

 

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