Your New Year Healthy Habits Challenge


More often than not our goals for the new year will include something along the lines of “get healthier” or of course “lose weight”. Whilst I am forever in support of these goals, I believe a lot of us go to hard too quickly and as a result, end up falling off the bandwagon come the end of Jan or early Feb. For this reason I have compiled a list of 12 healthy habits for 2015, all of which you can tick off one month at time. This means that by the end of 2015, not only will you have achieved your goal of “adopt a healthier lifestyle”, you will look great, feel amazing whilst all in all, crossing 12 health challenges off your “to-do” list. Here’s what you need to get started on your “2015 Healthy Habits Challenge”…

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Chia Seeds

Chia Seed Facts - An Apple a Day - Alyse Co-cliff

Chia seeds have been around for awhile now, so we all know they’re high in fibre, high in protein… blah blah blah. But did you know that we almost lost the mighty Chia? Or that the Omega 3 content: benefits ratio isn’t quite what they have led us to believe? … 9 Things You DON’T know about Chia are on the blog.

I Quit the Glorification of ‘Busy’

2016 is the year I quit the glorification of ‘busy’. The other day it occurred to me that the term ‘busy’ is no longer just a state of affairs but a frame of mind often even an excuse. In everyday life we can find ourselves feeling guilty or ‘lazy’ when we fail to utilise every second of everyday. What happened to living in the moment? This years I ask you to join me in redefining to the term ‘lazy’ in hope of regaining control over our wellbeing.

The Barefoot Debate: A Chiropractor & Elite Athlete Weighs In

When I went searching for “Barefoot” answers, I wanted information from those who had walked the walk. What use was a journal article preaching the pro’s or con’s of going barefoot, if the author hadn’t even given it a whirl? So, as always I set me sights high. What I wanted was someone who had not only tried barefoot training, but had done so under a variety of different circumstances and levels of intensity. Looking back, it sounds like a lot to ask, but hey, shoot for the stars right? Well, as fate would have it, I got all that AND more, all rolled into one. It is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to Dr. Zachary O’Brien, Chiropractor and AFL Footballer for the Brisbane Lions football club. Today he gives his verdict on going Barefoot.

Barefoot Running: A Physiotherapist’s Perspective

Running Shoes

Before I delved into my Barefoot journey, I consulted a number of holistic health practitioners, athletes and trainers. These people understood far more than I did about our structure, biomechanics, training load and well, the human foot, so their professional opinion was something I wanted to consider. Fast forward to the present day, and the list of those I have consulted is huge (many of which agreed or were a little critical, but to this day, are amazed by my progress). To help you understand more about Barefoot Running and whether or not it’s something you would like to consider, I’ve hand picked 3 professionals to share their views on the Barefoot experience. Today, we hear from Indianna Franke, a Physiotherapist, Pilates instructor from The Living Well Studio in Burleigh, Queensland.

My Barefoot Experiment (and how it changed my life)

I have always loved to run. Running is my meditation. I love how simple it is to slip on a pair of shoes and just “zone” out. I guess that you could say this is why, when I was told I was going to have to pull back on the pavement pounding (even with my incredibly expensive running shoes, made to support my foot ‘flaws’) in a bid to relieve my dodgy right knee, I wasn’t going to take it lying down and as always, I went looking for my own answers. What I found changed everything I ever thought I knew about running…

All things Bodyism – Interview with Simon Mitchell

So Elle Macpherson, Rosie Huntingdon Whitley, Lara Stone and Hugh Grant are amongst the long list of A-List celebrities that have used the Bodyism program to get results and build a healthier lifestyle, why havent you? What is Bodyism? What inspired the Clean and Lean hashtag? And how does someone come to land a gig working on one of the most beautiful islands in the world? I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Simon Mitchell, personal trainer at ‘The One and Only Hayman Island’ to talk all things health and wellbeing.

Put Your Feet Up… Literally

When it comes to managing stress, let’s face it, we aren’t fairing very well. Regular meditation practice, calming yoga classes, walks on the beach, long hot baths… they sound like wonderful ideas in theory however, if we’re really honest with ourselves, these restorative exercises seem more like a distant fantasy rather than a reality; but what if I told you that you could help turn off your body’s stress response from the comfort of your own home, no ‘ommm’s required? All you have to do is put your feet up… literally.

Clean Living w/ Scott Gooding

For those of you who haven’t met Scott, Scott and Luke Hines formed the paleo inspired cooking duo on the 2013 series of My Kitchen Rules. After wow-ing the judges with their healthy take on traditional dishes (and receiving perfect 10s), they progressed through to the semi-finals, proving to everyone out there, that healthy food can also taste delicious. Their approach to a whole life and real food has seen them celebrated across the country and since then, Scott and Luke (both qualified Personal Trainers) have released two (AMAZING) books full of primal training programs and delicious whole food recipe creations.

Recently, I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Scott Gooding where we talked all things health and happiness…

Tips To Help You Manage Stress In Your Life

Managing Stress - Alyse Co-cliff - An Apple a Day

FACT: Stress is a part of life. We all do it, even though we know we shouldn’t. Stress negatively effects our health and our relationships, yet in some way, shape or form, we are all guilty of letting stress get the better of us. Using myself as an example, I work with clients each and everyday helping them to manage their stressors, I explain the physical and hormonal challenges stress places on our body, our health and our happiness, but every now and then, I still catch myself in a midst of confusion, frustration and helplessness. Sometimes I find stress completely overwhelming and I don’t know where to turn…