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ECHGW 01: Introduction

Welcome to the very first episode of “The Ex Corporate Hippie’s Guide to Wellness”.

What better place to start a first episode than with learning a little about the 2 hosts. Tracy, an ex corporate hippie with over to 20 years experience in the corporate arena, and Peter, an engineer by trade who refers to himself as a skeptic with a little “s”.

Join us each week as we explore different aspects of wellness, all the while discussing how to live in the real world.

The 5 Keys to Aligning Your Mind, Body and Spirit


When I am chatting to people about ‘wellness’ and what that word even means there a certain things I hear over and over again.

I want to lose weight, I don’t have enough time, but by far the most common comment I hear from people is “I don’t know who I am anymore”.  Whenever I hear those words I smile, because I know that there is an answer to that comment and I’ve developed the steps that you need to take to figure it out.

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7 Top Wellness Tips To Help You Survive The End Of Financial Year

When we think about end of financial year we think deadlines, pressures, late nights and lots of stress. But, It doesn’t have to be that way.

Go into end of financial year thinking of it as a marathon not a sprint and  with some forward planning you can make it through these next few weeks with your sanity, and your wellbeing well and truly intact.

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7 Top Tips For Meal Planning

Let’s face it organising what the family is going to have for dinner each night can be a pretty tough exercise. You get home from work and the last thing you feel like doing is trying to please everyone and spend hours slaving away in the kitchen.


So with all of that in mind here are my top tips for stress free meal planning.



Know what’s in your pantry.

Sounds pretty simple right – but I bet if you were to open your pantry door right now you wouldn’t be able to find a tin of tomatoes without pulling everything out and putting it back in. So, spend a little time organising and getting to know what’s in your pantry. It’s much easier to prepare a healthy meal if you know you already have 90% of the ingredients at hand.

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You are who you are, not what you do

In any day to day encounter a common question we are asked is “So, what do you do…” to which we reply with our well rehearsed answer of I’m a teacher, a mum, a wife etc etc.. The amount of labels we have for ourselves in any given situation or time of the day is mind boggling when you think about it.

But I put it to you, you are who you are… Not what you do. But what the hell do I mean by that?

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Get out of your own way

Today we are going to talk about how much we get in our own way and what we can do about it. I’m sure many of you have had the feelings of “I’m not good enough” or “I’ll never do/ be…” well what if I were to tell you that you can have it all, and all you need to do is get out of your own damn way.

Here’s the deal. We all have an ego, Skyhooks may have said it’s not a dirty word but I’m here to tell you if you give in and listen to that little voice in your head you are never going to get anything more than what you already have. In order to make real changes in your life, and I mean the change that is transformational then you have to do something different. Here’s the other neat part it can be as easy or as difficult as you want to make it.

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5 things you can do to avoid breaking the bank when you want to eat clean

Something I hear all the time… “I’d love to eat clean, but it’s so damn expensive, I just can’t afford it”. Now usually I have a ready made spiel to this where I begin to ‘bang on’ about you either pay your money up front to the farmers and enjoy good, wholesome, organic produce.. Or.. you will pay it at the back end with your health. I can then go on to site several examples of this exact case from my own life, and from that of my families.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still firmly believe that. However, as I looked at my bank balance over the last few weeks and months I’ve also realised that no matter how good my good intentions are, sometimes we just don’t have the cash to buy and eat the way we would like, or, the way we know we should. So what then?

Well, here are 5 handy tips for those of you who want to keep eating clean without breaking the bank.

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5 Essential Tips for Clean Eating


Talk about ‘buzz words’ hasn’t Clean Eating been getting a lot of press lately.. Everywhere you look from personal trainers to dieticians people everywhere seem to be talking about eating clean, but what does it actually mean and why would you want to get involved?

Clean eating essentially is about eating things as close to their natural state as possible and avoiding processed foods, foods with preservatives or loads of added sugar. There is a saying in the clean eating circles that if you read an ingredients label and you don’t understand what it is, then, neither will your body.

So your thinking about giving this clean eating thing a go, good for you! Here are 5 essential tips for anyone starting out, as well as a helpful touch point for anyone who has been following this lifestyle for a while.

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How Business Can Increase Productivity Through Wellness Coaching

Lets face it we all need to work, and while it may not be our favourite thing in life, it could be a whole lot more enjoyable if we truly believed the companies that we worked for actually gave a damn about employee number 9876543.

What more and more companies are (thankfully) beginning to realise is that to retain the workforce they have is of far greater value than going through the never ending recruitment cycle. It not only saves a significant amount on their bottom line, but also in terms of employee productivity.

In an article from the Financial Review in 2012 the MD of Direct Health Solicitors, Mr Paul Dundoon reported that absenteeism as a result of sick days was costing Australian business around $30 Billion per year, or $385 per day per employee. He based this figure on an ‘acceptable’ absenteeism rate of 6.4 days per year, with the Australian average a little over 9 days per year. The article went on to say that businesses that offer little flexibility around working times found their sick days could rise closer to around 20 days per year.

So, what can companies do that won’t cost them a fortune but will engage and assist their employees to increase their productivity but also their emotions attached to turning up and working each day.. The surprise is, according to the Australian Institute of Management it’s not always about giving your employees additional money.

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