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May 2013

Is SEX still a TABOO? By: Lexi Bishop

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Gone are the days where sex is merely an act of procreation. In recent weeks, I’ve had some serious thought about sex, what it is, reasons we do it and the old taboos and perceptions that are carried along with it. I had come to a dilemma as I am recently single and didn’t like not having the sexual attention and affection that comes along with being in a relationship. However, enjoying the single life, I found it difficult to meet those needs, with out being, well, promiscuous. After an in-depth conversation with a dear friend, I was given the advice “Lexi, sex these days is just as common as picking your nose.” This obviously led to deep thoughts, research and investigations.

Lets get technical for a little bit… Perceptions are created through a very complicated process, where by the 20million bits of information that is handed to us every second is deleted, distorted and generalized through internal filters. These filters, are (mostly) created through unconscious conditioning and programing from a very early age, and change slightly as we grow. This is how our reality is created and also how perception is created. Think of it like this, ask your Year 3 teacher how she feels about having sex with different men; or perhaps ask your grandmother how she feels about sex before marriage. Then go ahead and ask the counter staff at Supré the same questions. Guaranteed, you will receive totally different answers and reasoning’s. Which is why, sex, which was once a conversation not to be had at the dinner table, is now something that is spoken about freely at the office coffee machine, at the gym or at high-tea with the ladies.

Some profound guidance my grandmother once gave me was “anything in moderation is good for you” …so long as you bring balloons to your party to practice safe sex and (of course) stay classy!

With every journey down any road, we come across roadblocks, potholes and detours. So here are some tips to make your single life ‘ride’ smoother;

Ladies; always, always, stay classy. Remember too, there is nothing sexier then a confident, independent woman.

• Men love it when you take control in the bedroom, but you also need to take control of those emotions – saying that, we ladies are naturally an emotional bunch, that’s what makes us such wonderful creatures, just keep that tiger in its cage when needed.

• Learn the language of sex, if it feels good, tell him, but there’s no need to talk about what you did once in the bedroom with ‘some other guy’, they hate that, as far as they’re concerned, they’re your first.

• Ladies, don’t be upset if all they want to do is sleep after sex, it’s actually not there fault! Keep reading to find out why…

 

Men; it is the age of the gentlemen once again. Opening doors and pulling out chairs, is steaming hot!

• It’s a common misconception that men are the only rulers in the bedroom, so when your lady (gets out of her comfort zone) and takes the reigns, give her encouragement.

• Saying that, there is nothing sexier then being taken by a man, seduced by a warrior and swept of our feet. In fact, as a man, it is all but your duty to be this sexy, manly knight that makes us ladies feel feminine, safe and sexy. The safer we feel, the more feminine and open we’ll be.

• Ever wondered why you always want to sleep post-sex? (Ladies listen up!) Among many other chemicals, Prolactin is released into almost everyone’s bloodstream immediately after an orgasm. This chemical disengages you from sexual thoughts and feelings, allowing you to think of other things (probably the only moment in a day when you men are not thinking about sex!). Endorphins are released also, post sex. Some give you the feelings of euphoria, pleasure, calmness and deep relaxation. It’s been said that the faster you fall asleep, the better the sex, so ladies, take their dozing as a compliment and men – you’ve just been handed a get out of jail free card – it’s just your endorphins at work!

 

Sex – we do it for many reasons and one in particular sticks out for me, because it feels good. Just because Grandma has trouble seeing eye-to-eye with us on that one, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t think it. Sex incorporates so much of our mind; in fact, most of sex is actually in our imagination. Our mind is a beautifully complicated ‘machine’ that is unlimited in its potential and power. My advice; get educated; learn about the mind, the body, and sex, don’t be ashamed that you enjoy sex and like doing it often – you’re not the only one.

 

Lexi can be contacted by email at Talk sex with Lex  talksexwithlex@gmail.com 

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Article by: Lexi Bishop

_MG_5430_2Lexi spent for the most part her formative years in Cairns, where she matriculated as a Trinitarian from the highly esteemed Trinity Anglican School. During her senior years she was a respected leader in the school, an elite athlete, and selected as the International Representative for the prestigious Round Square. This position afforded Lexi several opportunities to travel internationally as a speaker to represent Australia at youth conferences across the globe. Her speaking focus being ‘how to help create a better world’. Lexi also travelled to remote communities such as Thailand, where she had her first real taste of the meaning ‘third world’. Her passion has grown and has continued her dedication to learning, growing, sharing and serving others.

Lexi having left home at age 17 soon found herself climbing the Corporate Ladder on the Gold Coast, rubbing shoulders with business leaders and found her skill set was well received and great managerial opportunities came her way, despite her youth, in the finance sector and elite training. Lexi’s focus on bettering herself and learning has become a lifelong passion. Whilst living on the Gold Coast Lexi attended five Anthony Robbins seminars, including Business Mastery and after the last seminar, Date with Destiny 2011, Lexi decided it was time for a reality check and made massive life changes; quitting her job, and taking 12 months off to travel to the US, Europe and all through South America.

The first port of call on this journey was in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, where Lexi attended the Professional Speakers Academy with Joe Williams. Lexi was highly praised by the International Speaker Panel, for her natural speaking ability and her engaging style; she has an innate ability to draw people in with her passion and warmth. It was during her time abroad she started developing ideas around creating her own programs.

On her return, Lexi launched her S.E.T for Life (Self Empowerment Techniques for Life) Program. Although originally aimed at youth it has been very well received by all ages. The program doesn’t teach people what to think, but rather how they think, empowering people to take control of their own lives and live life on their own terms. Following the successful launch of her program, Lexi has received an awe-inspiring level of interest from large international businesses, private schools, corporations as well as fantastic response from the individual keen to move through their own personal and professional development. Lexi is an experienced NLP Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner and Hypnotherapist. She is qualified as a NLP Master Practitioner, and currently enrolled to complete the Disciplines of NLP Trainers, Advanced Hypnosis and Quantum.

Green Smoothies

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Watch how Andy prepares this fresh energy booster drink, that will keep you last a long day of work.

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

Cucumber

Celery

Capsicum

Kiwi

Apple

Biogreens (powder)

 

 

HOW TO PREPARE:

You would need a blender.

Cut the fruits in smaller pieces, right size for blending.

Add the Biogreens powder last, consume the whole pack.

Fill up the blender with water, just enough to cover all the cut fruits in there.

Add a handfull of cubed ice. (optional)

Blend until your desired texture is achieved. (Just like of any other fruit smoothies)

Enjoy!

 

 

Why Yoga, Why Now…Why Not?

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By: Jess Jones

Top 5 reasons to make yoga a part of your day AND how to get started!

YOGA, meaning “union” has been around some 5000+ years, back in the 70’s the ‘free spirits’ embraced the concept and only in the last 15 years or so, has the mainstream health and fitness industry begun to realize/accept the benefits of this life changing practice. So what’s in it for you? Well, besides looking and feeling amazing…

Bow pose

PHYSICALLY:

Yoga will undoubtedly improve your flexibility, range of motion, posture, and body awareness, but did you know, that with regular practice you WILL increase strength, muscular endurance, core control, joint stability, balance AND cardiovascular condition?! It’s like a one stop shop for the physical body!! And it doesn’t stop there.

 

PHYSIOLOGICALLY:

Through careful sequence of postures coupled with deep, efficient breathing techniques, function of the organs may be improved, resulting in positive outcomes in ALL major systems of the body! (Namely: Digestive, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Lymph and again, the musculoskeletal systems.)

 

MENTALLY:

As the body learns how to breathe efficiently, the mind naturally begins to quiet. You will learn to control your thoughts, clear your mind, improving concentration, focus and mental clarity. You may also be interested to find an increased productivity throughout your day!

 

EMOTIONALLY:

Yoga enables you to let go of negative emotions, cleansing and allowing you to foster positive outlooks and feelings creating an internal sense of balance. An increase in self-efficacy and self-esteem is almost certain leading to an overall increase in happiness.

 

SPIRITUALLY:

Yoga is NOT a religion, it does however, allow you to connect with your own belief systems on a deeper level. Whether you reach your version of enlightenment, find peace within your day, become more compassionate, perhaps learn to detach or find harmony from within, you will find yourself peeling back layers to your soul without even realizing it.

meditation with rio

***BONUS BENEFIT:

The almighty STRESS REDUCTION which falls under all of these categories! It has been proven time and time again that regular yoga practice will, without a doubt, help to reduce stress in the long term and teach acute stress management techniques (how to cope when something really stressful happens!) Saying goodbye to stress means goodbye high cortisol levels which in turn means GOODBYE BELLY FAT!!!

 

Healthy Homework:

This month begin by setting aside 10 minutes every day (morning is best,) to sit in a quiet place and quiet your mind. Focus on your breathing, inhaling and exhaling through the nose.  Place one hand on your navel. With each inhalation feel the abdomen expand, float forward, and with each exhalation feel the abdomen return, settle. If it helps to focus the mind on something, begin by slowly counting the seconds of the breath coming in and out, and allowing the breaths to gradually lengthen, deepen. (ex. inhale 4 seconds, exhale 6…gradually inhale 6, exhale 8)

 

Jess Jones

Article by: Jess Jones

Jess Jones combines her love of travel and passion for health/fitness with beautiful photography to inspire people around the world to begin their own journey through her website Journey with Jess Jones. Follow along with her wild adventures one laugh, story and photo at a time and become inspired today at  www.journeywithjessjones.com …because life is a journey, not a destination.

Mediterranean salad (Serves 4)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, quartered lengthwise, diced
  • 400g can butter beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 small red onion, quartered, very thinly sliced
  • 1 large yellow capsicum, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 75g reduced-fat feta, crumbled

HOW TO PREPARE:

Place first 8 ingredients into a large bowl and toss to combine.
Whisk together olive oil and lemon juice in a bowl.
Add to salad and gently toss to coat.
Serve salad topped with crumbled feta.

Vegie fritters (Serves 4)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • cooking oil spray
  • 1 large red capsicum, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 multi-grain bread rolls, to serve
  • large green salad, to serve

HOW TO PREPARE:

 

  1. Spray a frying pan with oil.
  2. Over medium heat, cook capsicum and corn for 2 minutes, until softened.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and combine with parsley, eggs and flour. Season with pepper, to taste.
  4. Spray frying pan with oil and add large spoonfuls of mixture to pan, in batches (to make 12 fritters total).
  5. Cook over medium-high heat for 1–2 minutes each side, until golden.
  6. Serve with bread rolls and a green salad.

 

Pumpkin and spinach cannelloni (Serves 4)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 750g pumpkin, peeled, cut in chunks
  • 1 large bunch spinach, trimmed
  • 6 spring onions, trimmed, white part only, thinly sliced
  • 250g low-fat cottage cheese
  • pinch nutmeg
  • black pepper, to season
  • 4 fresh lasagne sheets, cut in half
  • 400ml can tomato and basil pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated reduced-fat cheddar cheese

HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease a 1 1/2-litre (6 cup-capacity) ovenproof baking dish.
  2. Cook pumpkin in a large saucepan of boiling water for 10 minutes or until tender.
  3. Drain, mash roughly with a fork then set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Blanch spinach in boiling water for 30 seconds.
  5. Rinse in cold water and drain well. Squeeze out excess moisture then chop roughly.
  6. Place pumpkin, spring onions, spinach, cottage cheese and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  7. Season with pepper. Mix together.
  8. Spoon 4 tablespoons (1/3 cup) filling in the middle of each lasagne sheet.
  9. Fold sheet to enclose filling.
  10. Spread 1/3 cup (80ml) pasta sauce in the bottom of prepared dish.
  11. Place cannelloni on top in a single layer.
  12. Repeat with remaining sheets and filling.
  13. Pour remaining tomato sauce over cannelloni, season well with pepper and sprinkle with cheese.
  14. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese has melted and is bubbling.
  15. Serve with a green salad.

Marrakesh eggplants & tomatoes (Serves 8)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1kg eggplants, cut into 1cm-thick slices
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) extra virgin olive oil, plus extra, to drizzle
  • 95g (1/3 cup) tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp firmly packed saffron threads
  • 250ml (1 cup) verjuice or dry white wine (see note)
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 200g grape tomatoes, halved
  • 250g cherry truss tomatoes, cut into small bunches
  • 40g (1/4 cup) pine nuts, roasted

HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Place eggplants in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Drizzle with 2 tbs oil, then, using your hands, toss to coat.
  3. Repeat with another 2 tbs oil. Add tomato paste.
  4. Using your hands, rub into eggplants to evenly coat.
  5. Heat a heavy-based frying pan over medium heat.
  6. Working in 3 batches, add eggplants to pan and cook, drizzling with a little extra oil if necessary to prevent sticking, for 4 minutes each side or until tender and golden.
  7. Transfer to a flat dish.
  8. Place saffron and verjuice in a small bowl and set aside.
  9. Heat remaining 2 tbs oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  10. Add onion, garlic and 1 tsp salt, and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until onion is soft.
  11. Add cumin and paprika, and stir for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  12. Add grape tomatoes and stir to coat in onion mixture.
  13. Add truss tomatoes, cover with a lid and cook for 8 minutes or until all tomatoes have softened.
  14. Add verjuice mixture and bring to a simmer. Season.
  15. Layer eggplant and tomatoes with cooking juices on a platter.
  16. Scatter with pine nuts to serve.

TAPIOCA CRÊPES (Serves 2)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup tapioca flour (or tapioca starch)
  • 1 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1 egg
  • pinch sea salt
  • toppings of choice (sauteed vegetables, applesauce, cinnamon, almond butter, crumbled bacon, etc.)

HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix completely.
  2. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  3. When hot, pour in about 1/3 cup of the mixture and tilt the pan in all directions to spread out batter to desired thickness.
  4. Cook both sides until very lightly browned (2-3 minutes on each side).
  5. Top with desired ingredients and serve warm or cold.

CARROT BANANA MUFFINS (12 muffins)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 ½ cups carrots, shredded
  • ¾ cup walnuts (or nuts of choice), finely chopped
  • muffin paper liners

HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a food processor, combine dates, bananas, eggs, vinegar and oil.
  4. Add mixture from food processor to dry mixture in the large bowl and combine thoroughly.
  5. Fold in carrots and nuts.
  6. Spoon mixture into paper lined muffin tins.
  7. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes.