Last Login: 06-12-19
Title: Bondi Buzz
Yoga Instructor, Wellness Specialist
My name is Brigitta Plosz. I was born in Hungary. I always lived a healthy and active lifestyle. However, in 2013 I was involved in a motorbike accident as a pillion passenger and suffered from multiple traumas and injuries. As the result of the serious injuries I ended up in a wheelchair. I made a decision then I will get back on my feet or I do not intend to live within those conditions.
I underwent a few surgeries, it took me more than 3 years of rehabilitation to get back on my feet, I learnt how to walk again. During my many years of rehabilitation my only focus was on daily physiotherapy, nutritional supplementations, meditation, psychological therapy and personal development.
Due to not being able to work I had no job to return to and I felt lost. All I knew that I am willing to continue living a healthy and active lifestyle and keen to inspire others to do the same. I still have titanium in both of my femurs I noticed that prolong jumping or running give me pain so I found yoga. I knew that I found what I needed. I completed my 200 hours yoga teaching, 50 hours the Art of Assisting and Alignment and 50 hours yoga therapy courses at Body Mind Life in Surry Hills.
Through the practice and teaching of Vinyasa yoga and pranayama I am amazed every day about what the body is capable of doing in relation to ease the pain and improve the flexibility.
Last Login: 06-12-19
Title: Bondi Buzz
Description: Fact 1: Plant Estrogens Are Not the Same as Natural Estrogen Many myths and misconceptions concerning soy foods stem from the fact that soy contains natural plant compounds called isoflavones. Isoflavones are “phytoestrogens,” which are also known as dietary estrogens. Isoflavones have a chemical structure that’s similar, but not identical to natural estrogen, the hormone produced by your body. Therefore, plant-derived phytoestrogens in soy do not exert the same effects as the estrogen that the body produces. When some people hear “soy contains phytoestrogens,” they assume that consuming soy will expose their body to too much estrogen, but that is not the case. Fact 2: Soy Isoflavones Do Not Increase Breast Cancer Risk Some people shun soy foods in the mistaken belief that these plant estrogens will increase their body’s exposure to estrogen, and increase their risk for breast cancer. It turns out, that the opposite may be true. In the case of breast cancer, concerns about soy increasing natural estrogen levels are unfounded. In fact, the incidence of breast cancer is lower in countries where soy is consumed regularly. In Asian epidemiologic studies, a higher consumption of soy in early life is associated with a 25 to 60 percent reduction in breast cancer risk. Similarly, the North American Menopause Society has concluded that soy-based isoflavones do not increase the risk of breast or endometrial cancer. Fact 3: Soy Does Not Have Feminising Effects on Males This myth has caused some men to avoid soy products completely. While it certainly makes headlines, this has been reported in only one study, which documented the “feminising” effects in a 60-year old man who drank nearly three litres of soy milk daily. It was estimated that the subject was taking nine times (360mg) the amount of isoflavones than typically consumed by older Japanese men, whose soy intake is higher than the worldwide average. The subject’s high soy intake was also part of an unbalanced and nutrient-deficient diet. In numerous clinical trials, there has been no report of feminising effects in men who were exposed to as much as 150mg/day of soy isoflavones. Finally, you can also help the planet by consuming more plant-based protein like soy. When compared to the environmental impact of raising farm animals, soy production uses less water and land, and produces fewer greenhouse gases. For more health and nutrition advices please contact Brigitta on 0450 282 452.
Publish Date: 06-12-19
Description: Bloating happens to everyone. There are many reasons why it happens- anxiety, intolerances, allergies, diet, menstruation and hormones, chewing gum, traveling, gut imbalances… it could be so many things! The following list is just for a quick fix or occasional episode. Mint The king of anti-bloating herbs goes to mint, or peppermint. You can take mint in a variety of ways- as a warm or chilled tea, essential oil, capsule, powder. Peppermint is also believed to help relieve intestinal spasms, abdominal pain, indigestion. Ginger You can brew it into a tea, pickle it, cook with it. You can buy it as an essential oil, powder, or capsule. Ginger is excellent for nausea, gas, cramping, and irregular stools, so be careful with how much you take! Aloe Vera While most people think of aloe vera as a cosmetic ingredient or sunburn treatment, it’s inner juice can be used to improve gut health. Many people online speak very highly about its anti-bloating effects. Fennel Traditionally, it was used to help relieve gas, bloating, constipation, ulcers, and IBS. After meals, the seeds were for people to chew on to support digestion (and reduce that after-dinner bloat). Outside of chewing, they can also be brewed into a tea. Fennel is used as an ingredient in a digestive tea recipe from ancient Ayurveda, the “sister science” of yoga. Here’s how you make it: Take one teaspoon of each: cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and fennel seeds. Boil them in hot water for 10 minutes. Cool and sip throughout the day. Remember bloating is a symptom, not a disease. Focus on fixing the gut first. For more health tips and advice feel free to reach out to Brigitta on 0450 282 452.
Publish Date: 01-12-19
Description: “Arthritis” is a general term encompassing conditions that share joint pain and inflammation. Research suggests including anti-inflammatory foods in your diet and limiting foods that may trigger joint pain will assist to manage or reduce your pain. Here are the rigger foods you should avoid: 1. Fried and processed foods What you can do: Cut down on the amount of fried and processed foods you eat, such as fried meats and prepared frozen meals. Include more vegetables and fruits in your diet. 2. Lower your AGEs An advanced glycation end product (AGE) is a toxin that appears when foods are heated, grilled, fried, or pasteurized. What you can do: Research has shown that reducing the amount of food cooked at high temperatures in your diet could potentially help reduce blood AGE levels. 3. Sugars and refined carbs What you can do: Cut out candies, processed foods, white flour baked goods, and sodas to reduce your arthritis pain. 4. Dairy products Dairy products may contribute to arthritis pain due to the type of protein they contain. For some people, this protein may irritate the tissue around their joints. What you can do: Instead of getting protein from meat and dairy, try getting most of your protein from vegetables like spinach, nut butters, tofu, beans, lentils, and quinoa. 5. Alcohol and tobacco What you can do: Healthy joints require a balanced diet, physical activity, and an adequate amount of rest — all of which can be compromised by alcohol and tobacco use. 6. Salt and preservatives Many foods contain excessive salt and other preservatives to promote longer shelf lives. What you can do:Read labels to avoid preservatives and additives. Less salt may help you manage your arthritis, which includes avoiding prepared meals. Though they’re convenient, prepared meals are often very high in sodium. 7. Corn oil Many baked goods and snacks contain corn or other oils high in omega-6 fatty acids, which may trigger inflammation. What you can do: Replace foods containing omega-6 fatty acids with healthy, anti-inflammatory omega-3 alternatives such as olive oil, nuts, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds. For more advice on how to maintain a healthy body weight and reduce joint pain contact Brigitta on 0450 282 452.
Publish Date: 22-11-19
Description: Absolutely!!! The Pilates exercises are frequently recommended to help prevent and decrease back pain, including low back pain. They strengthen core support for the back, teach good alignment, and provide gentle stretches for tight back muscles. Let's get started! Pelvic Tilt to Pelvic Curl Pelvic tilt is taught to almost everyone who has back pain, especially low back pain. It teaches us to use our abdominal muscles in a way that supports and lengthens the lower back. Chest Lift One of the common causes of back pain is not weak back muscles, but weak abdominal muscles. Chest lift is a great ab strengthener. Swan Prep Swan prep strengthens the back extensors, the muscles the hold us upright. These muscles are often weak and over-stretched in people who have back pain. Child's Pose Child's pose is an easy and restful stretch for the back. Cat-Cow Cat-cow moves between a backstretch and a back extension exercise. It promotes flexibility in the spine. Many people use it as a warm-up exercise. Apply the principles of core stability and good posture that you learn during your Pilates sessions to your everyday life. This will maximise the benefit you achieve from Pilates. For more group Pilates classes contact Brigitta on 0450 282 452.
Publish Date: 16-11-19
Description: Added sugar is probably the single worst ingredient in the modern diet. It has been associated with many serious diseases, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Fortunately, there are many ways to sweeten foods without adding sugar so consider the following 8 alternatives. 1. Stevia It contains zero calories and has no known links to weight gain. 2. Erythitol At only 0.24 calories per gram, erythritol contains 6% of the calories of regular sugar. 3. Yacon Syrup They feed the friendly bacteria in your gut, which are incredibly important for your overall health. 4. Coconut sugar It contains a few nutrients, including iron, zinc, calcium and potassium, as well as antioxidants. 5. Honey It must be consumed in moderation. 6. Maple Syrup It should still be consumed in moderation. 7. Monk fruit It’s natural, contains zero calories and is 100–250 times sweeter than sugar. It is also thought to have antioxidant properties. Stevia is probably the healthiest option, followed by monk fruit, erythritol and yacon syrup. As with most things in nutrition, moderation is key. For more nutrition advice feel free to reach out Brigitta on 0450 282 452.
Publish Date: 10-11-19
Description: Keto-Friendly Almond Cookies Recipe These easy keto almond-flavored cookies pair perfectly with a cup of coffee. INGREDIENTS 2 1/4 cups (252g) blanched almond flour, like Bob's Red Mill 3/4 cup (144g) Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetner, Classic 1/4 tsp fine sea salt 2 large egg whites, at room temperature 1/4 tsp lemon juice or cream of tartar 1/2 tsp almond extract Lakanto Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener, for rolling and sprinkling HOW TO MAKE IT Preheat oven to 300ºF. (150 Celsius) Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, sweetener, and salt; whisk to combine and get rid of any lumps. In a separate large, clean, dry bowl, using clean, dry beaters, beat egg whites and lemon juice until soft peaks form. Transfer egg whites to bowl with flour mixture, add almond extract, and fold together until completely combined (use your hands if needed). Using a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop, portion dough. Lightly dust your hands with powdered sweetener and roll dough in your palms to form balls. Place 1 inch apart on baking sheets. Dust hands with more sweetener as needed. Place 1 tsp powdered sweetener in a small fine-mesh sieve; dust over cookies. Bake until cookies have firmed slightly and bottoms have turned light golden (they will hold their shape), about 23 to 26 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies directly to racks to cool completely. Enjoy them on their own or serve them alongside one of the keto - approved coffee drinks! For more information about how to leave a healthier lifestyle and nutrition advice please contact Brigitta on 0450 282 452.
Publish Date: 02-11-19
Description: Needless to mention, belly fat is the most stubborn fat and is difficult to get rid of. For people who do not like to fight with the machines in the gym, here's 2 breathing exercises that can be done at home. When done properly along with following the right diet, breathing exercises can help you get rid of that unwanted belly fat quickly. 1. Diaphragm breathing One of the most effective exercise to lose weight, diaphragm breathing makes your abdominal muscles flexible. Engaging your diaphragm while breathing increases your lung capacity. Also, this is one of the best exercises for toning your abs. To perform this exercise lie flat on the floor and observe your chest and stomach moving up and down while you breathe. Try to breathe deeper and deeper with each breath. You can do it at any time of the day but not just after you have had food. 2. Shining the skull breathing This breathing method strengthens the muscles of the stomach and relieves respiratory problems. To perform this exercise, sit in a comfortable position and inhale deeply and hold the muscles of your stomach even while you exhale. You can do this 10 times and come back to normal breathing for 5 seconds. Repeat the whole process three times. For more personalised breathing exercises, yoga and Pilates practices please contact Brigitta on 0450 282 452.
Publish Date: 27-10-19
Description: Is your back aching? There’s a yoga pose for that. Although standing orients your spine into proper posture, standing for too long can cause back pain. Incorporating a yoga routine can relieve pain. Stretch it with Garland Pose, strengthen it with Upward Bow, relieve lower back pain with Bharadvaja’s Twist, and soothe your spine with Cat-Cow. The bridge pose can be energising, rejuvenating and restorative as well. More poses to practice includes: extended poppy pose downward facing dog extended triangle pose malasana head-to-knee forward bend locust pose For more yoga poses or regular practice please contact Brigitta on 0450 282 452 or email to [email protected]
Publish Date: 18-10-19
Description: Spring is on its way. Winter, with its rich holiday foods and cold, short, and dark days, has likely left you with a lot less energy than during warmer months when sun and fresh produce are plentiful. You may have even added a few pounds. Not to worry you can get that energy level back and glow. Water Drink at least 2 liters of water or more per day. Water is the living element that removes all toxins. Reduce carbonated drinks and flavored drinks. Food Incorporate healthier whole food choices. Eliminate heavy trans-fat, high sugar, and empty-calorie foods. Don’ts Avoid drinking alcohol or taking drugs (unless prescribed by your physician). Avoid refined sugars, empty caloric food, wheat, monosodium glutamate (MSG), genetically modified foods (GMO), saturated fats, artificial flavors and colors, soda or other carbonated drinks, artificial sweeteners, acidic drinks, pasteurized juice, junk food, and canned food. Avoid excess red meats by gradually reducing portions. Dos Consume dark leafy greens such as kale and collard greens Consume sprouts, whole grains (quinoa, amaranth, brown rice), seeds, nuts, and legumes. Consume seaweed (alaria, Kombu, dulse, nori, or dehydrated sea palm) and kelp noodles. Consume a variety of fruit such as pomegranates, grapefruit, avocados, strawberries, blueberries and local seasonal fruits. Try to minimize the intake of bananas, cherries, grapes, and oranges. If you keen to know what I drink over 10 day to get lean and shine please feel free to contact Brigitta on 0450 282 452.
Publish Date: 12-10-19
Description: You can live a high quality of your life by following the top 10 habits of the healthiest people in the world. 1. Keep your spine and nervous system healthy Your nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body, so make sure you’re taking good care of it. 2. Exercise Any exercise including walking will improve your mood and health. 3. Work on flexibility and core strength I offer many types of yoga, Pilates that will suit your body composition. 4. Drink water Our bodies are made up of 80% water, so it makes sense that water should be our main source of hydration. 5. Eat real food Avoid processed and packaged foods. 6. Practise meditation and mindfulness The many benefits of meditation include improved sleep quality, increased immunity and improved metabolism. 7. Build strong psychosocial connections “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” – so choose your friends wisely. 8. Find a sense of purpose And setting overarching goals for what you want to achieve can actually help you live longer. 9. Develop a work-life balance Work is work you can always find any work, but love and spending time with your loved once will keep you happy. 10. Invest in your health Simply, if you are not healthy you are not wealthy Feel free to reach out to me if you are interested in improving your health or starting on your yoga, Pilates practicing journey on 0450 282 452.
Publish Date: 02-10-19
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