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Ice BucketHave you heard about the ice bucket challenge? It’s sweeping the internet and it’s no surprise as to why. The idea is to;

1) Grab a bucket of ice

2) Pour it over your head while someone films it

3) Post the video of yourself doing it on Twitter and Facebook and challenge a few friends or even celebrities to do the same or else donate $100 to charity

It’s brilliant! An amazing way to motivate others into doing something and I think we should all be doing more of it…but maybe not with buckets of ice. Instead why not try it with a #healthyselfie #healthfood or even a #sweatygym snap? There are a lot of fads out there but we have to be super conscious as to not get caught up in the wrong ones!

Separating the healthy from the not healthy can be hard when we are being constantly bombarded with the newest fads that all promise to get us the results that we have been looking for. Realistically when we are looking at our lifestyle we have to consider two major points.

1) Will I find it appetising

While some fads look great, unless we find the food in it appetising, we will not be able to stick to it. Things like the Lemon Diet might work for some, but unless you really love the taste of lemon – eating it 3 times a day can be a bit too much!

2) Is this something that I can maintain for life

Most importantly the ability to take it from a Fad to lifestyle change you can stick to for life is key to the success. Meal plans that offer a variety of options that include all necessary food groups in liquid AND solid form are essential. Our mouths need to chew otherwise it sends a message to our stomach that we haven’t eaten very much!

If ever in doubt, come an have a chat to one of our friendly food coaches, they are always eager to point you in the healthy and happy direction!



Summer bodies are made in the Winter!  It has been particularly chilly lately, so now is perfect timing to tackle the problem head on and avoid weight gain and inactiveness throughout the Winter months! We all know how hard it is to get out of bed and pop the gym clothes on, I mean it’s the last thing you want to do when it’s below ten degrees! Here’s a few tips to avoid this happening and to get you back on the active bandwagon!

Well a lot of you are already doing it, attending an indoor gym is a much easier way to stay out of the cold and really it is no different than coming in Summer! The hardest part is that initial step out of bed, once that is over the rest is easy! No embracing the elements, we’ve made it as easy as possible for you!

Try as hard as you can to stick to your regular exercise routine, if you were undertaking regular morning walks but it’s a tad too cold to embrace the elements, do your morning walk through the local shopping centre! Or undertaking some indoor spots/ aquatics in a heated pool.

Or if leaving the house is still too much to take in, try out some of the at home exercise dvds for something new, do some in house circuits or even just have some fun with your children.

We know that motivation is the hardest when it is cold outside but these few things can make that a little easier for you. Even make the most of it and train with a friend or your partner, then when you’re tempted to slack off and stay in bed they are there to stop that from happening!

Another habit we all pick up in Winter is stodgy foods! Something to warm our bellies! And we know that salads can seem like the last thing you want when it’s cold. Try your talent in the kitchen and whip up some scrumptious vegetable soups, they will keep your fiber and nutrient levels up without having to force feed yourself some cold veges or load up on calories!

Try these tips out and let us know how you go! If you’re in need of a new fitness program, let us know here at Fernwood Morayfield and we can help you out!


By Zoe Kirby



We’ve all heard about this gluten free craze and many of us just don’t know what the go is! Is it good? Is it bad? We’ve looked into it and hopefully we have some answers for you!

Firstly, what is it? It is a protein composite that comes from wheat and also a few grains. It gives bread and other foods the elasticity that is has.  Numerous people are being diagnosed with coeliac and becoming intolerant to this gluten composite. With the foods stacking up on our supermarket shelves and all our cafe’s shouting the gluten-free options, it’s no wonder that we are all considering making the switch to gluten-free.

What do the experts say? Well, the numbers of gluten intolerant people have definitely steadily increased over time, this is because of the increased levels of gluten in bread and other products. Whilst cutting out gluten if you are a coeliac is absolutely vital for maintaining your health and avoiding becoming extremely ill, if you are not intolerant to gluten this has become an unnecessary thing.  Gluten itself is not a ‘bad food’ but excessive amounts can lead to health difficulties, including intolerances. Many people have particular health difficulties, but gluten can not be to blame for all of them! Cutting out gluten is just too simple to be a solution to everything, so try not to be a naïve consumer!

If you are coeliac however and in need of some invention in your kitchen, here is some tops gluten free recipes to play around with!

Barbequed Mushrooms with Feta

Pesto Zucchini & Potato

Berry Cakes

If you are struggling with intolerances or simply are confused with your diet plan, have a chat with us and we can talk to you about our Food Coaching program! Fantastic for personalising eating plans and shopping lists directly for YOU.

Give us a call on 07 5433 1187 for more information.


By Zoe Kirby


There’s a new craze on the nutritional bandwagon, quinoa! What’s it all about? Well we are here to tell you all about it’s nutritional value and how it can fit into your daily diet. Quinoa, pronounced in several ways-however you want to pronounce it, is a super nutritious grain that is stacked with benefits for your body’s health and is also gluten free for those of you that have intolerances! It is super high in fibre which can aid in lowering cholesterol and also has low GI.  It contains eight amino acids which aids vegetarians in any nutrients that they may be missing out on.

Rich in several nutrients such as iron, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and vitamin E! One food with all this goodness, why wouldn’t you have it stocked in your pantry?!

Quinoa comes in a few different forms, white, red and black.  It has a fluffy consistency and is perfect as an accompaniment to meals!  Toss it in your salads, throw it in your stews, even make tasty rissoles or frittatas out of it! It even comes in the form of flour or flakes to mix into your nutritious recipes or make cereal out of it.

So how can I use it my daily life?

Here’s some fantastic recipes that you can incorporate into your daily meals, breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Apricot, Cranberry & Quinoa Porridge

Dukkah Chicken & Quinoa Salad

Capsicum stuffed with rice, quinoa and lentil salad

Try these out in your weekly meal plans and see the different in your wellbeing! Each quinoa stuffed meal is packed with nutrients and vitamins ready for you to take on your day.

Enjoy foxes! Let us know how your quinoa meals have turned out by posting your delish creations on our Facebook!


By Zoe Kirby


Easter is this weekend! Oh how fast this year has gone already! So we know that Easter can be a day full on binge eating and consuming as much chocolate as possible in one day, but we are here to help you try and have a happy and healthy easter! Don’t worry you won’t be missing it out either!

Now it’s ok you have a rest on the exercise or gym today, but it might be nice to go for a nice family stroll around the area. It’ll stretch those legs, have some family time together and burn a few of those calories you may have snuck in today!

But we recommend you try these tasty recipes to enjoy at your Easter lunch to avoid any excess calories and make the most of good flavours at Easter time!

Healthy carrot cake

Healthy hot cross buns

Healthy easter treats

You could make some scrumptious fruit baskets for table arrangements! Grab some fruit and veges and experiment!

Remember we are closed Friday, Sunday & Monday, open Saturday 9-12pm! All access to 24 hour members.

Remember to enjoy some quality time with your family and relax a little!

Post your Easter creations on our Facebook page!


By Zoe Kirby



I don’t think we could count the amount of fad diets that have come across our eyes in magazines, social media and even the news… how do we know which one will work? Which one is healthy?

In particular, recently there is a lot of people doing the paleo diet. Which is actually one of the smarter of the fads that we have come across! What is it exactly? Well it is about cutting back to basics, back to caveman times and only consuming the foods that we naturally would have acquired without all the preservatives and mass producing factories that we have today.  It involves a lot of vegetables, fruit, nuts, seafood, seeds, meat, poultry and eggs.  The whole goal of the diet is to avoid foods such as dairy products, peanuts, potatoes, refined sugar, salt, grains, alcohol and processed foods.

It has been known to help all sorts of health issues from asthma, migraines, bloating, high blood pressure and allergies.  Of course it also aids in weight loss and muscle build.

Sounds pretty amazing right? Well yes, there has been numerous amazing results but this is not to say that it works for everybody.  Everyone has different body shapes, mechanisms and tolerances.  We think there is no harm trying paleo out, but if you need to adapt it to suit you-go for it!

Everyone is different and different things work for different people.  Have a chat to our Food Coach and we can work out together the best eating plan for you!

Have you been on a diet recently? Paleo? Has it worked well for you? We would love to hear from you to see how you went!

Happy eating foxes!


By Zoe Kirby


Everyone’s using them, everyones talking about them. What was originally just packed in a bounty bar and used at fetes on the coconut shy, has now taken the nation by a storm!

We have coconut oils, coconut water, coconut flour, coconut sugar, coconut spreads… the list goes on! But is there a real health benefit?

It has been proven that that the wondrous coconut increases energy, aids in weight loss, natural antibiotic activity, cholesterol reduction and insulin stabilisation. If that’s not a superfood we don’t know what is!

What benefit does this give us? It prevents against heart disease, treats malnutrition, kills bacteria and viruses, aids diabetics in slowly releasing sugar into the bloodstream, prevents strokes and brain disorders, boosts metabolism and increases energy that’s more likely to be burned as fuel than stored as body fat.

It is incredible for hydration- great for those holiday hangovers that we know you will naughtily be enduring this Christmas holidays! Filled with electrolytes, it’s great for sport and gym also to get your vitamin and mineral levels where they should be.

It has multiple uses, it is also great for your skin! Try washing your face with coconut water, great for providing moisture and also for preventing acne. And of course your coconut body butters do wonders for your body!

There is plenty of products on the market now that incorporate coconut into the mix. It’s easy to add this wondrous super food into your diet.  Try out these recipes for some yummy coconut delights.

Tropical coconut balls for a pre or post workout snack:

Tropical Coconut Balls

Add some coconut in your smoothies to make a hydrating and delicious morning refreshment

Coconut Berry Smoothie

Mix coconut into your everyday recipes, such as soup! Yum!

Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

In saying this, don’t go crazy on coconuts! They are high in saturated fats, which with too much consumption can have a negative effect on your body. Moderation is key!

Happy coconuting!

@FernwoodMorayfield on instagram to show us your coconut creations!

By Zoe Kirby