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Author: Karen McElroy   Date Posted: 16 February 2017  

With Valentine's Day in February, for a large part of the month we are inundated with messages of romance and heart symbols. So what is the significance of the human heart with emotions and love in particular? On the other hand, from a physical perspective, heart disease is one of the leading causes of chronic illness in the modern world. So what can we do to make our heart healthy and prevent disease and also foster heart intelligence and emotional wellbeing? So what can we do to make our HEART HEALTHY...


Author: Nicole McAuliffe   Date Posted: 14 February 2017  

We all have our own values, beliefs, thoughts and attitudes that have been developed over time from our life experiences and the important people around us. Acknowledging that deeply personal element of ourselves is an important part of life and the health of our heart. Reflecting on our thoughs and the health of our heart is a very positive, healthy and enabling process that builds capacity to achieve what we want in our life. Finding out what really touches our heart and reconnecting with what deeply matters is really at the core of self reflec...


Author: Nicole McAuliffe   Date Posted: 25 January 2017  

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017 and the first instalment of Wholesome Hub's Coaching Blog. I look forward to sharing coaching tips and tools to assist you in achieving your wellbeing goals over this year and beyond. Many people are quite happy to see the back of 2016 and its overactivity and unpredictability. This year is all about bringing on fresh challenges requiring quick wit and practical solutions. So are you up for it? What are your New Year's resolutions for 2017 and how do you make them stick? ...


Author: Karen McElroy   Date Posted: 25 January 2017  

Who remember's as a child being told to "never look at the sun" or that "staring at the sun is bad for your eyes"? At a time where there are so many fears and phobias around the sun, many people have come to believe that it is harmful to be exposed to the sun at all. We slather our skin in sunscreen, cover up with clothes, wear sunglasses, stay indoors and generally avoid the sun. Karen's article below sheds a lot of light on some really important sun and health facts that will make you think differently about our biggest and brightest planet... Though many of us still crave the warmth and light th...


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 14 January 2017  

Welcome to a brand new year! There's something about 2017 that just feels right - do you agree? As I write this, I'm in Apollo Bay, Victoria, a magical place where the ocean meets the mountains, and am full of optimism and hope for an exciting year ahead. I have started my vision board and written down some goals for myself, my relationships and work, but without good health, it's harder to live the life we want to so here are my top 3 tips to make 2017 a year of our best health. 1. The single biggest way we can make a positive impact on our health is by what we eat....


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 28 October 2016  

5 Ingredients in Toothpastes you don’t want to swallow When it comes to toothpaste, I’m not a “squisher”. My dear partner squishers and so do my children so as the only squeezer is the house, I don’t stand much chance. It usually left up to me to rescue the poor crumpled tube salvaging the squishy contents that have been pushed to the very bottom. Something we do all have in common though is that we don’t brush our teeth with chemicals. No poisons, endocrine disruptors, possible carcinogens, irritants, surfactants, mineral oils or toxins. Nothing that may be potentially harmful. So whether you’re a squeezer or a squisher, go from the top, middle or bottom, here are 5 i...


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 11 August 2016  

What’s so special about Olive Leaf? It may seem odd to some people but the Mediterranean diet, which Mediterranean’s have been happily enjoying amongst the mountains, fresh air, beaches and sun for centuries now, has only become popular and a modern marvel over the last 25 years. Goodies like olives, marinated vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, pita bread and Greek yogurt (and apologies to those of you that haven’t had lunch), which were once only found in select Mediterranean grocers, now grace the shelves of every supermarket along with the great wall of, the great&n...


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 9 June 2016  

I’m a big fan of Paw Paw Ointment. I have one tube in my handbag at all times, one in the bathroom at home and one at work. It’s my go to cream for lots of things (especially since having little ones) so why all the hype about paw paw ointment? Well, there wouldn’t be many people in Australia that aren’t familiar with that little ubiquitous red tube called Lucas’ Papaw Ointment. Found in thousands of handbags and bathrooms around the country, paw paw is definitely a great all-rounder which has now achieved cult status. Celeb fans such as Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne sing its praises and today chemists are h...


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 12 May 2016  

I’m not one to rain on coffee’s parade, in fact I love the smell of freshly ground coffee and am partial to a good café late myself, but when it comes to the “goodness” factor, green tea my friends wins hands down. In fact, I’ve even heard it called the healthiest drink on the planet! So, with the cooler weather blowing on our doorstep, here are some of the benefits of green tea and my top 5 reasons why you should wrap your hands around a warm cup of green tea start sipping… 1. Fight off Colds & Flus Wi...


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 21 April 2016  

It’s quite incredible how much power you have and how the way we shop makes a huge difference! You can improve your own health (and your families of course), you can improve the livelihood of others like farmers and producers and you can help look after our beautiful planet as well. In celebration of Earth Day (22 April 2016), here are 5 ways you can make our planet a better place, plus you’ll show yourself a whole lot of love too… 1. Choose Organic Buying o...


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 14 April 2016  

Growing up in a Mediterranean household, our Olive Oil didn’t come home in pretty little glass bottles. It came home in BIG TINS. Mum would then carefully pour that precious golden liquid into smaller, more user friendly bottles, and pretty much use in our every meal! I know Coconut Oil is so now (and vegetable oil is so not) but with Olive Oil such a big part of my history and fabric you can imagine some of the conversations going on in my head… “What do you mean I should use Coconut Oil instead of butter on my toast? Are you crazy?” ...


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 22 October 2015  

I’ve loved honey ever since I read my first Winnie the Pooh adventure. It was a staple in our home, a remedy and a treat. Sticky, gooey, yummy! Back then we’d eat it straight out of the jar. Nowadays, I’m a bit more refined and it’s now my kids’ hands in the jar! Plus, I now only buy honey that’s certified organic. For health reasons I want my honey pure and chemical free and I also want to ensure our precious little bees are treated with care and respect. Only certified organic honey can guarantee both. ...


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 1 October 2015  

How many times have we heard that statement? Or how about, I just need my tea or coffee first to wake up? It’s obvious these people are not still sleeping and yet, they are not fully awake either. This was just one of the interesting things discussed during a recent talk I attended on Sleep and the Sleeping Child. Other things covered were what happens when we sleep, why we sometimes can’t sleep and how do we help our little ones really wake up. I’ve highlighted some little treasures I took away from the night and hope you enjoy… 1. If ...


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 28 September 2015  

When it comes to Apple Cider Vinegar, I must admit I’m a late bloomer. I know celebs all over have been professing its dieting to detoxing marvels for ages but for me, the thought of drinking vinegar, well, didn’t go down too easy! Fast forward to 2 weeks ago … After suffering a bout of tonsillitis, the magical apple cider vinegar came up repeatedly as a remedy due to its natural, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, immunity boosting properties so at the chance of alleviating the pain, I was happy to drink anything, even vineg...


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 1 July 2015  

Walk passed any news stand and it’s easy to see who’s marrying who. Read the paper and learn all about the latest housing bubble (by the way, today it’s bursting!). But what about our food and what’s going on with GMOs? Well OMG…here’s a quick update on what’s been happening…you won’t believe it… Secrecy and scandal In March, the World Health Organisation (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released a report that said glyphosate, a herbicide produced by the baddies and readily used on food crops...


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 2 May 2015  

We're so excited as our Fish4Ever Skipjack Tuna has been rated Australia’s Most Sustainable Tuna in Greenpeace’s Canned Tuna Guide for the fifth year running! This means that it's the best example of fair and environmentally sound sourcing of tuna available in Australia. The Greenpeace Canned Tuna guide assesses brands on a range of factors such as fishing methods, labelling and equitable...


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 21 April 2015  

A good question with a simple answer. Price. Driven by both the supermarkets and the consumer! All the BIG FISH companies have outsourced their processing to Asian canneries, the last company being John West who advised it was taking its remaining business to Thailand several years ago. I n my opinion, these moves have all been price driven as it is cheaper to produce in Asia, companies can retain greater profits and the culture of 'low cost' and 'cheap' food, primarily driven by supermarkets can continue,...


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 10 April 2015  

The last time we talked about oats, we explained why we can’t label them gluten free anymore. Today we’re here to tell you that OATS ARE SEXY! Because porridge. Perhaps sexy isn’t the right word, but oats are definitely good for you and they taste yummy too. It’s no longer grandad-style slimy porridge with salt. Nope. Porridge oats have got all fancy and delicious . &n...


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 20 March 2015  

This question keeps popping up and I feel that now I can finally get to the bottom of it! If we are able to offer oats that guarantee no contamination by wheat, rye or barley then why can’t we call them gluten free in Australia? We understand that Coeliac Disease is a very serious disorder and that the symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhoea and nausea are not to be taken lightly. For me it’s always been about giving people with Coeliac Disease and people on a ...


Author: Sandy Abram   Date Posted: 13 March 2015  

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve answered heaps of phone calls and emails from worried customers asking me where our tuna is from. “Is your tuna from Thailand?” “Where is Fish4Ever packed?” “I’m looking for tuna not from Thailand. Can you help?” I’m always happy to say “Yes, I can help!” “Our Fish4Ever tuna is sustainably fished using the traditional pole and line method, and it’s canned by the local community in a small cannery in the Azores”. The callers sound relieved. ...