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The benefits of having a routine

“You only need motivation until a habit is formed. After that, the routine will take care of itself” 

 - Mel Robbins 2018 

Being prepared and having a daily routine helps you to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and helps your body to relax and develop a comfortable and predictable rhythm. The effect of this on your wellbeing is amazing.

Having a routine provides structure and familiarity

The structure is a way of organising your life so that it makes sense to you. When you have established a routine for yourself, you wake up with a sense of ownership, order, and organisation in your life which is empowering and gives you what you need to get everything done. Things may not go as planned every day but certain elements of your routine will keep you grounded in the unexpected times. 

Having a routine reduces anxiety

With the many forms of anxiety and mental health issues in the world today, the best way to counter some of them in life is to get...

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7 gut-conscious tips to eat clean everyday

Clean eating comes in many forms, through the plethora of information on food and wellness. Thankfully, real clean eating is simple, practical and possible for everyone. Below are 7 gut-conscious tips to eat clean everyday.

The idea is to ultimately eat as many wholesome foods as you can. Plants are power and contribute to a healthy gut microbiome and too much of some other good things (such as salt) in your diet can cause issues down the line. It's important to find the right balance, and make sure that your body is nourished properly from top to bottom with all the nutrients it needs to function. 

Many diets on the market these days will advocate for cutting out entire food groups to lose weight. Juice diets are also a go-to for many people who just need to lose that last stubborn 5kgs. These are not necessarily good! Read our blogs on yo-yo dieting and why diets don't work for more.

1. Eat more fruits and vegetables

It's a fact that many of us...

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Why and how to eliminate toxins from your diet

Many of us were brought up loving certain foods because the supermarkets do a great job of selling them to us, and we don’t even realise that some of these foods cause harm. In this blog, we’ll give you some practical tips to eliminate toxins from your diet so that you can live the life of freedom and vitality you long for.

You may be wondering how there could be toxins in food. The truth is that toxins are hidden in some of the most unsuspecting places. Did you know that the toxins found in certain foods can upset hormones and cause weight gain and cost you energy for life? If you’ve been feeling like you just can’t shake that last 2kgs or 5kgs or you’re exhausted at the best of times, then toxins and an imbalance in your hormonal structure could be the culprits. 

At YOUnique Life, our core focus is on helping our community to take small, practical steps toward food and lifestyle freedom. You were created to live a life of wholeness and vitality,...

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7 ways to balance blood sugar

You may be asking, why should I balance my blood sugar? How does this even affect me? Or you might be seriously needing some help in balancing your blood sugar! Either way, we aim to lighten your load, by making it easier for you to incorporate healthy habits into your normal lifestyle.

First of all, Blood Sugar refers to the amount of sugar or glucose in your blood at any given time. If this is not balanced or in a normal state, it can lead to fatigue, or a loss of energy, it can cause issues with your moods and emotions, as well as cause unhealthy cravings and hormone imbalances. 

Here are some of the benefits of a balanced blood sugar:

  • Increased energy.
  • Stable moods.
  • Improved concentration. 
  • Weight loss/ stable weight. 
  • Reduced risk of adrenal fatigue.
  • Hormone balances.
  • Reduces cravings.
  • Minimise risk of disease.

One might say that a balanced blood sugar can really change your life! 

Here are 7 ways you can ensure you keep your blood sugar at a regular and...

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Why should we avoid preservatives?

The heart of our blog is to bring the right information to your news feed so that you can make wise decisions about food for you and your family. We hope you find our blogs enlightening and interesting! Today we are jumping into what preservatives are, and why they are not good for us.

What Are Preservatives?

Preservatives are used to ‘preserve’ food items so that they remain fresh, or as fresh–looking as possible. They help to increase the shelf-life of products and they make sure that there is no loss of taste or flavour in the product over an extended period of time.

There are two types of preservatives, they are either natural, or chemical and artificial.

Natural preservatives are natural ingredients that have not been chemically altered and are not mixed with any synthetic items either.

Artificial Or Chemical Preservatives are artificially produced or synthetic in nature. Often these are also called ‘additives’ on our everyday food...

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Eat real food: from soil to mouth

There are so many diets and eating programs that you could follow. There is so much information out there that you could read and apply to your life, and before you know it, you end up more confused than before you even started.  We thought we would simplify this.

Here are some incredibly simple tips to getting healthy and sustaining a healthy lifestyle in yours and your family’s lives.

Think about what health means to you:

  1. Is it to be thin?

  2. Or having enough energy to get through our busy days?

  3. Maybe it is to have no illness in your body?

Define what you see health as, and write it down. Spend time recognising why you are taking a step into a journey towards good health.

Once you have a good understanding of why you are doing something it cuts out a whole lot of other “noise”, which in turn helps you to not get yourself distracted by other fad diets or other people’s experiences.

Stick To Real Food

The real foods we are talking about are the...

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The Overnight Pudding

The overnight pudding might just be the healthiest and most delicious pudding on earth! It is also incredibly fun and easy to put together. Use this little treat if you have friends or family over for dinner, they won’t even realise that their pudding is this good for them!

You and your family will love this little creation.

All you need to do is choose one ingredient from each group in the table we have put below.

The Base:

Soak your Base in 120ml water/milk of choice overnight.

The Topping:

Add your Topping, Superfood, and Flavour when you are ready to eat your tasty dessert treat and enjoy with friends and family.

The Base The Topping The Superfood The Flavour
30g Rolled Oats Handful Of Nuts 1 tsp Acai 1 tsp Cinnamon
60g Hulled Buckwheat ½ Grated Apple 1 Tbsp Raw Cacao 3 Drops Stevia Liquid
4 Tbsp Chia Seeds ½ Banana Sliced 2-3 Tbsp Goji Berries 1-2 tsp Maple Syrup
4 Tbsp Ground Flax Seed ½ Grated Pear 1tsp Maca Powder ½ tsp...
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5 guidelines to intuitive eating

With a lot of conflicting movements in the health dialogue over the past little while, we at YOUnique Life have settled in on the concept of intuitive eating.

Intuitive eating is a lifestyle take on health, more than a set of rules to follow, and foods to avoid. It is based on the foundational idea that you know best what your body needs most.

It is a way of thinking about food differently, keeping track of the signals your body communicates to you and then eating accordingly. Intuitive eating is quite simple. When you have the right information available to you it’ll be easy for you to trust the natural way your body responds to certain foods.

Once you have mastered the art of listening to your body, you’ll find yourself with a fresh, new and open outlook on healthy eating and living. 

Here are 5 guidelines to an intuitive eating lifestyle: 

1. Listen To Your Body

Our bodies are designed to tell us when we are hungry and when we are full. It is important...

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How your body deals with stress

Do you find yourself feeling stressed as we get closer and closer to the end of the year? There may be huge deadlines to hit, goals to reach, school years to conclude and farewells to be had. Maybe you are feeling like you’re reaching the end of a marathon, and just thirsty for the finish line. We totally get it and believe it or not, so does your body.

Stress Is Not Always Bad

Our bodies get stressed in a healthy way when we need to rise to a challenge set in front of us. You will feel your heart beating a little faster, preparing you to take action, your breathing might get quicker, which sends oxygen into your brain. This is the normal stress response, and our perception of it can make it either a positive or a negative thing.

Essentially, good stress helps us when we need to perform our best. If we are anticipating an exam or a presentation in our workspace, or we have a special event ahead, we can feel stressed. This is our bodies’ clever way of communicating that...

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A YOUnique Approach To Optimum Health

As you know, we are not short on nutritional or lifestyle information, in fact, we are bombarded with many different opinions about health, eating and at the end of the day, we need to make decisions that will suit our unique genetic make-up. Which is why we believe in giving you the right tools so that you can make the best and wisest decisions for your unique body. Prescriptive eating is needed in certain circumstances, however, we believe you're made to know what will work for you.. let us empower you in looking after your body and soul well. 

At YOUnique Life, we have discovered a few things along our personal journeys towards optimal health and vitality. This is something we inherently long for as human beings - to thrive in optimum health and wholeness. This desire is awesome, and it is okay to long for vitality, which is why we'd love to share the principles we operate in when it comes to optimal health. 

YOUnique Life principles for optimal health:

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