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ECHGW 04: Community Wellness

This week on the Ex Corporate Hippie’s Guide to Wellness we are joined by a special guest, Naren Sinnathamby, one of the director’s of Springfield Land Corporation.

Springfield is a master planned community approximately 30km south west of Brisbane, and Naren shares with us his views on what it takes to build a master planned community. From community wellness initiatives, to green city initiatives and all of the plans for the health of the community moving forward. He also shares his very personal journey to wellness that included losing over 40kg!

This interview with Naren is one not to be missed!

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ECHGW 03: Family Planning

This week we talk about “Family Planning”… not the old 1970′s idea of family planning, but how to transition your family to a lifestyle focussed on wellness.

We talk about time management, how to forward plan your families meals for the week, even how to take your kids grocery shopping without headache or heart ache!

The episode is jam packed with tips and tricks for quick healthy, clean eating meal ideas, snacks for the kids, healthy lunch box ideas and how to hunt out a healthy lunch on the run.

It’s also filled with answers to the questions submitted by you, the listeners so far!

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ECHGW 2: Healthy Bottom Lines

Today on The Ex Corporate Hippie’s Guide To Wellness we talk about workplace wellness programs. What are workplace wellness programs? How do you choose a wellness program for your business? Why would I run a workplace wellness program? How is my company going to benefit from a workplace wellness program?

There are some great statistics from The Huffington Post on what happened when one county in the USA invested millions in an employee wellness program and the data from the recent Intel and Johnson and Johnson workplace wellness programs. We look at the cost and the impact of absenteeism to Australian Business. We also offer ideas and suggestions on how to sell a workplace wellness program up the management chain to get the bosses excited.

We have some great listener questions which are answered. We love hearing from you, so please keep the questions coming – you can submit a question too: tracy@mbswellness.com.au simply put your podcast question in the subject line.


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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.

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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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