Healthy Lifestyle Lounge in the City

There is a Healthy Lifestyle Lounge in Melbourne’s CBD just outside of Flinders st station on Elizabeth st. Here not only do they sell smoothies but they also sell lifestyle lessons and healthy advice. You do need a referral though and here is ours. Our email is: newintstudents@gmail.com if you do want to get in touch.

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They are open for lunch from 12:30pm-1:30pm most weekdays and on weekends they are not open but you can purchase products from the contact above.  Each of their smoothies has about 34 grams of protein in them. This is about 1/3 of your recommended daily intake for protein. They are not a substitute for wholefood though. You still need your wholefood and exercise each day.

All of their staff are friendly and they know your name.

Do email us if you want to come to this and their Fitclubs. Their Facebook page is here

 

 



BSC’s High Protein Balls by Akira

BSC is a protein company and there are so many of them here in Australia. Some of them are from the US. But this one is from Australia.

They were a little bit sweet but filling. These are great for a snack on the go. They are perfect for the endurance athlete. They are perfect for those that are doing the 42.2 km marathon.

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They have 23.5 grams of protein and were chocolate flavoured. I found these at Woolies for about $4-$5.

Do buy them for on the go.


Week 13 of marathon training by Akira

This week saw Katherine have her period. This period wasn’t too painful like all the other times. but she did go too slow on her long runs. This is due to lack of iron and heavy bleeding.

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This week we discovered that going for a run helps us achieve three things.

  1. Happiness- you can choose your happiness. You can be surrounded by positive people and thoughts and don’t let the negative things get to you. I have autism but I don’t let it get to me too much. I also have a can do attitude for everything.
  2. Exploring new parks and trails for free (except paying for public transport, but we have a monthly). No more gym membership.
  3. Being more relaxed about things. Running is another form of meditation as people say

Also this week it was announced in the Age that there is a plan to move homeless people away from the streets and into temporary accomodation. For most they have given up all hope. Some of them were just like you and I.

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This was the week of the Bourke st tragedy. Here we feel sad about the 25 victims and people have left flowers everywhere in Bourke st mall eversince.


Week 12 of the Melbourne Marathon by Akira

This week we met up with the Crosbie Crew for their monthly parma nights and they say that I should be working even harder for the marathon. But because it is holidays now (until the end of Jan), I do not want to. I still love running and not being able to drive. I also love not having to wait around in such long jams or in overcrowded transport going to the MCG. If I hadn’t  have run the race last year, I would not have been aware that I can walk/run easily to most places.

The Crosbie crew also mentioned something about the Geelong Half Marathon in April. It starts at 8am. Not too sure if I want to do that since there are other races such as the summer series and the Run for the Kids event. The Run for the Kids event is two weeks before the Geelong and its only 15 km.

By the way beer tastes great after a hard workout.

 


South Melbourne Night Market by Akira

This market is quite a good one and we enjoyed walking there from the city. It would be really hard to find a park there as the only place to park is on the rooftop or in a side street. So many people took the 96 or the 12 tram to get there from the city. I took the number 96 to get home.

Here the lines were really long for food hence we didn’t bother. Katherine knew from last year’s visit that waiting in line is no fun at all. In fact last year we had no time to explore other places in the market. We however bothered with Colonial Brewing Co beer. This was a very strong brew with about 4.9% of alcohol. We had this with the nuts that Katherine brought and she herself had a bagel brought from home.

The desserts looked huge and they were reasonably priced between $2-$10. But because sweets are not good for you and we are having dinner at home, we thought not. There was baklava there but we didn’t want it.

There were no tables anywhere as about 1000 people came. But the queue to the bathrooms was not too long although it got longer after  7:50pm. If there is too long a line to the bathrooms there are some more in Clarendon centre where Mad Mex and Coles is.

Do come by to this iconic summer market which is on every Thursday in January and Feburary from 5pm-9pm in South Melbourne. And dogs are very welcome here. It is recommended that you take them to the dog park in Eastern reserve before coming here just to calm them down. It is recommended that you bring your own bottle of water as there is not much water on site.


Week 11 of the Marathon training: New Year new eyes

This week we took it really easy as we should do with running. This week on most training runs did an hour of that. January and February are a lot quieter and a lot more time to enjoy good meals and markets. They say that on average a person needs to do about 1-2 hours of exercise per day and some of it should be vigorous. And others should be based on strength.

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This week the pacer opportunities came around but Katherine could not apply yet. Applications are open in mid 2017. But she believed that she can run the 42.2 km in a time of four hours and thirty minutes. That works out to be a pace of 1km per 5 mins. It takes a lot of mental strength and possibilities and believing in yourself.

With running the marathon this year and writing about different aspects of it, we hope to have about 5000 followers by the end of the year. We also hope to encourage many International students to take up running. There are many fun runs during the year both in the city and in rural areas.

Last year was more about learning to run and this year will be mentoring people on the race and offering words of encouragement to help them on their weight loss journey. Losing weight is hard work and its all about being confident in yourself. There is no quick and easy way to it. Its all about patience.


Detox diets and why they are bad for you

Its January and you’ve probably overstuffed yourself with all the fatty and very heavy Christmas foods and beers. You probably want to lose weight in the quickest, most simplest way right?

Well here’s where detox diets come in….

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What is a detox diet?

By no means you would have heard of this thing because they are always advertised on Facebook, email and Twitter to be the fastest way to lose weight. You would be paying somewhere between $300-$500 for that latest “liver” cleansing diet which promises results. Most of them encourage you to skip food and use their product to substitute real food.

Most if not all the diets have some sort of period in which you can expect to results such as 1-2 weeks.

But there are some kits in pharmacies where you do it at home for about $50-$100. Some detoxes are healthy but most are not.

Why is it bad for you

After you finish you’ll binge eat. And its bad for your liver as your liver will do more of that work for you. Most of the detoxes taste like crap.

Some of the detox diets cut out certain foods and you need those nutrients to survive such as a certain amount of body fat.

According to Choice many people felt sluggish and tired. Some even felt bloating

Conclusion

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There is no simple and quick way to lose weight. The only way to lose weight is to eat healthily and exercise. If you really need it then our advice is to see your doctor first. See what they say.


Trail report 3: Bellarine Rail Trail.

This is a relatively flat trail which starts at South Geelong station and then goes until Queenscliff. Here we only travelled to Portdarlington and back via Bellarine Hwy (a tiny section of it). The temperature was 24C-36C (well 38C in Melbourne). It rained in the morning and then it was sunny.

I took some coffee today hoping that it would perk me up. It did but I spilt half of it because I filled the cup too full and so when I bent over it spilled  everywhere. Also I forgot to bring another bottle and did not know that there were no taps anywhere on the trail. There was no bathroom on the trail and I tried to find the porta potty in the camping shops.  But nothing or they were too big to buy and bring.

So what did I do about the no water? Well I stopped by Eddy’s in Bellarine Hwy for an iced coffee and a bottle of iced tea. Eddy’s is both a health food store and a cafe. This bottle was $4.50 and the iced coffee was $5. This was the nicest no cream coffee that I could ask for. It was not too sweet but strong.

Running the trails in the heat is hard and takes some time and perserverance to get used to.


Week 10 of the Marathon: Setting goals

Over Christmas we ate too much food and it was too hot. Hence there was not much exercise this week. Rather it was more about setting goals for the new year

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What is our mission? Our mission is to help people to lose weight easily and keep it off. Way too many people in Melbourne are plump and many are unhappy with what they have got.

What did we do to achieve this mission in 2016? Not much just starting the site and running marathons.

What are our goals for 2017?

  • Run a Melbourne marathon in a time of 4:30 hours.
  • Convince people that running the Melbourne Marathon is achievable. Whilst not free its a good way to keep the weight off. Many people make new years resolutions and then they don’t stick to it as they see themselves as ugly.
  • Become a pacer for that marathon for fun

Success is always at the beginning. It is a progressive thing.

We worry about ketosis and losing our mind but with the right nutrition it can help. Ketosis is a metabolic proccess where the body does not have enough glucose for energy. We have never really tested glucose before. We often eat about 1700-2300 cal more than enough.