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5 Tips to Wardrobe Edit – with personal stylist Johanna-May Manks

My “closet confessions” are already laid bare in my new wellness book Balance: Food, Health + Happiness.

I ‘fess up in a chapter in the book on de-cluttering that I need to work on my wardrobe… In the book by the way, I interview declutter expert Rachel Hoffman from Rhode Island, in the US. She shares tips on how to unclutter your habitat ie your wardrobe, house, to emails. She explains how getting rid of excess stuff and mess can link with our wellbeing. One of her top tips is to start small and clear a little bit of stuff often. This stops things from piling up and us feeling overwhelmed and like the task is too big.

I confess in my book that I need to put Hoffman’s declutter advice into action with my wardrobe. My closet is chaos. I have dresses in there since I was in high school. Gulp. Don’t ask me how many decades ago…

I’m terrible at letting clothes go. I use the excuse: “it’s vintage”.

My wardrobe is full of things I never wear, but I’m confused about “why” I’m not wearing them.
Enter personal stylist Johanna-May Manks, who is based in Auckland. She is willing to go into battle with my over-flowing wardrobe and wade through the mayhem. I hope she isn’t mortified by the mess. I’m concerned too about her trying to take clothes from my tight grip. We may end up wrestling over dresses I wore when I was 17…

Oh. My.  What am I thinking?

Manks says we wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. So I should let stuff go that’s wearing me, instead of me wearing it.

She gently explains why some clothes are not my “fashion personality”. These clothes don’t suit me for reasons like they are not my colour or are a weird fit. Or they are not doing my figure any favours – like making me look frumpy. She breaks the news that the colour black isn’t the best on my pale complexion. While, muted colours are best. She mentions shiny fabrics are not my friend either. 

I have lots of clothes that look great, she says. So she reasons why I would want to wear other things that look drab…

After two hours together, I see what Manks is saying clearly.
So now there is room in my wardrobe. I can actually move things in and out. . It’s no longer like that movie The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe where you might never come out of that wardrobe again if you go in. 

She helps me see how some clothes might work if I wear them in certain ways. Like this top I had forgotten, which actually looks ok with jeans and my yellow jacket.

Meanwhile, this is phase one. I’ll tackle my fitness wardrobe next!

Johanna-May Manks’ 5 wardrobe tips:

1)  Know what colours suit you.  Don’t just buy a garment because it’s the latest colour you need to know if that colour actually suits you.   How warm or cool should your red be or should you blue be muted or clear, these are all important factors when choosing your most suited colour.
2) Shop for your lifestyle.  There’s no use buying something just because it’s awesome, work out if it will actually work for the life you lead.
3) Identify your fashion personality.  Fashion fads come and go, ask yourself, ‘does this style suit my personality?”
4) When buying a garment stop and think of at least 3 ways you can wear that garment, do you have different jackets you can wear with it along with different shoes, how about mixing  a top with different skirts/trousers or jeans.  How many ways will you wear it to really make it value for money?
5) Ask for Professional help.  Employ a Stylist to work that 80% of your wardrobe for you.  Get them to find out why you’re not wearing it or get them to show you how you can wear it.  If it still doesn’t work, shift it out, let someone else enjoy it as there will be someone grateful of your unused clothing.

Check out Johanna-May Manks website to find out more and book and appointment with this wardrobe magician! Click HERE

* Rachel Grunwell is the author of Balance: Food, Health + Happiness which boasts 30 global experts sharing science-backed wisdom on how to live healthier and happier + 30 recipes. Rachel’s background is an award-winning journalist. She’s a wellness columnist for Good magazine and Indulge magazine (the latter goes on the Herald online weekly). Rachel is also a qualified wellness expert (coach and yoga + meditation teacher) who collaborates with brands on inspiring Kiwis on how to live healthier and happier.

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Cheers to Low Beers

Cheers to Low Beers

By Rachel Grunwell

Conscious consumers are increasingly choosing low carb and low/no alcohol beer products in New Zealand, says the head honcho of a big brewery. And the owner of the New World Mt Roskill supermarket says he has noticed the trend in store too.

By the way, it’s not just chicks who want the beer alternatives; Blokes order it just as much. Actually, millennials are driving the trend.

According to Neilson statistics, nearly 1 in every 10 beers bought (8.9%) are either a low carb or low/no alcohol product. Low carb beer has grown 41% compared with last year, and low/no alcohol has grown by 14%.

DB Breweries managing director Peter Simons says “conscious consumers” are driving what he calls “the better for me category”. 

He predicts this category will be 20% of beer sales in New Zealand in 10 years.

“This category is growing fast,” he says, noting he saw the growth first in Europe and knew Kiwi drinking habits would follow.

Simons says the Heineken brand (DB is owned by the Heineken company) reached its highest global growth in over 10 years last year. This was led by demand for its new product Heineken 0.0 (zero ABV) . In New Zealand, DB sold 2.2 million bottles of Heineken 0.0 since the beer’s launch in August last year.

Beer connoisseur, Aaron Scanes, remarks on the taste of the 0.0 Heineken compared with the brand’s original beer: “If you blind taste tested them then I think a lot of people would struggle to taste the difference between them”.

Scanes, who owns New World Mt Roskill supermarket , remarks the increasing sales around low carb and low/no alcohol beer  “continues to surprise me”.

Aaron Scanes with some “better for me” category beer products at his store, New World Mt Roskill. He says this category of beer has been selling well. The top seller in recent months from this category is the Heineken 0.0 product.

So who is drinking these products?

Simons says 48% of people say they are trying to minimise their carb consumption – skewing slightly female (50%) vs male (45%).

Another trend across the alcohol category, Kiwis say they are drinking less compared with 5 years ago. Men and women are changing their drinking to similar extents.

Simons says younger drinkers (aged 17-25-years) are choosing more consciously. The company aims to cater to new styles of beverages to react to this market. Simons says the zero alcohol beer isn’t cheaper to make. They have to double ferment it, remove the alcohol, and it takes longer.

Rachel Grunwell with Dave Eaton, a Heineken master brewer at DB Breweries giving Rachel a tour of the brewery. They’re pictured in the old copper part of the brewery. It’s all now stainless steel. The factory has machines that spit out bottles on machine lines almost non-stop.

Meanwhile, low carb and low/no alcohol beer still has calories. The Heineken 0.0 may have no alcohol, but there’s about a teaspoon of malt sugars in a bottle, compared to less than 1g per bottle in the Heineken original and light varieties. This is because sugar is what ferments to produce alcohol, and given Heineken 0.0 doesn’t contain alcohol not all sugar is fermented during the brewing process.

* Rachel Grunwell is an award-winning journalist. She works too as a blogger and is currently working with the team at New World Mt Roskill, inspiring Kiwis to save time by shopping online. Click here to check out their store and shop online.

Rachel is a writing geek (wellness columnist for Good magazine, and Indulge magazine – and the latter goes online on the Herald every week). Rachel is also a wellness expert & author of the book Balance: Food, Health + Happiness which boasts 30 experts who share science-backed advice on how to live healthier and happier. The approach of her book is about enjoying all things in life “balance”, not perfectionism. And yes, she enjoys the odd beer, wine and chocolate too. To find out more about the book Balance click HERE.

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Award-winning writer Rachel Grunwell is a respected health and wellness magazine columnist, yoga teacher, personal trainer, motivational speaker and recipe creator. On top of that, the mum-of-three is the blogger behind Inspired Health which aims to inspire Kiwis to move more and live well. As a qualified coach and yoga instructor, Rachel helps people to manage their weight, get fit and feel happier. Rachel is one of New Zealand’s top wellness bloggers and influencers, collaborating with brands and businesses to inspire Kiwis to live a life with “balance”, not perfectionism

10 Reasons Why CrossFitters Need Yoga

Rachel teaches yoga at CrossFitNZ on Monday nights.
Pic courtesy of CrossFit Newmarket. It was a dress-up comp – so hence the Baywatch outfit chuckle!

By Rachel Grunwell

10 Reasons Why CrossFitters Need Yoga I’m a mix of CrossFit chick and restorative yoga teacher. I also teach yoga at NZ’s longest-established CrossFitNZ gym run by a fitness industry leader, Darren Ellis.   The two movement disciplines don’t usually mix; But they should. They’re actually a movement marriage made in heaven.   Cue raised eyebrows in the room!   Many CrossFitters look at yogis sideways, but they could learn grace and gather more mobility tools from them. While, yogis don’t usually get enough high-intensity effort into their routines.   Firstly, it’s important to note that CrossFit is a blend of ten general physical skills: Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, power, speed, agility, accuracy, co-ordination, flexibility and balance.   You’ll notice the last three physical skills listed actually underpin yoga too.   10 reasons why CrossFitters need yoga…   1.   CrossFitters need to move well (ie have good mobility) in order to lift well – and heavy. Yoga is the ultimate tool for mobility and flexibility.   2.   Yoga helps you ace balance. You need to be able to control the placement of the body’s centre of gravity in relation to its base at all times.   3.   Proprioception is paramount. By the way this fancy word is just about knowing where your limbs are in space. Call it body awareness if you prefer. Yeah, it’s a good idea to know where that heavy load is positioned above your head!   4.   Static stretching after class can bring length back to tight muscles. This is all about moving well after class (and the next day)! Or do you prefer to walk like a lego-man?   5.   Yoga teaches CrossFitters numerous ways to stretch their tight muscles so they can re-balance their body any time they get a niggle. Most CrossFitters only know a couple of stretches, but there are actually thousands. So stretching can become more varied and fun.   6.    Yoga helps with injury-prevention. Just ask any elite athlete if they stretch and they’ll say “yes!” So you can learn from the best in the business.

rachel doing yoga pose at thievery studio

  7.    Yoga can help you spend less cash at your physio ie injury prevention. Do you really need any more reasons?   8.    Yoga helps to fine-tune your focus. This can seriously uplift your performance.   9.   The meditation side of yoga can help you to de-stress and calm your nervous system. Recovery is crucial for fuelling PBs (Personal Bests). If you don’t recover enough and push and push and push… then you can burn-out or your body can break down and injure…   10. Yogis know how to harness the power of breathing well. That’s a tool handy for weightlifting too.   This blog was originally published in Indulge magazine and the Herald online. Rachel is a weekly columnist for these two media avenues. 

Blog by Rachel Grunwell: Wellness expert, PT, yoga-teacher, CrossFit enthusiast & author of the book Balance: Food, Health + Happiness which boasts 30 global experts sharing science-backed wisdom on living healthier & happier (and 30 recipes too). Order the book via https://inspiredhealth.co.nz  Follow Rachel on Instagram http and InspiredHealthNZ’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/InspiredHealthNZ/

Beetroot Energiser Juice

You’re guaranteed to feel virtuous after drinking this vibrant, refreshing juice

There are so many benefits to beetroot juice. Beets have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, contain brain function-boosting vitamin B3 – and I also love how they taste in this drink.

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Choc Bomb Indulgence

This nutrient-dense dessert jar will make you smile

This chocolate treat isn’t only divinely decadent, but boasts a host of superfood ingredients such as honey from The True Honey Co., who make a high-quality manuka honey that has wonderful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It’s also New Zealand-made and ethically harvested. Chia seeds are a hero ingredient, as well as being on-trend right now. These little powerhouses are a great source of protein, fibre and omega 3, just to name some benefits. However, the ultimate hero will be you, if you whip this recipe up for a loved one.

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Blackberry Whip

Refreshing and delicious, treat yourself to our sin-free, all-natural iced dessert.

With summer is in sight, there’s nothing quite like a refreshing bowl of Blackberry Whip. This super quick and easy recipe, packed full of natural ingredients, is perfect for a mid-afternoon snack.

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Pink berry delight

A deliciously filling berry drink to celebrate summer.

I sometimes make double the amount of this pretty pink drink and put the extra into a big glass jar in the fridge for another day. Often the kids get to it before I can, of course. The strawberry moustache can be a giveaway with my youngest son, Finn. The coconut milk will keep you full for a while by the way – so that’s why it’s satisfying. Did I mention it is mouth-wateringly delicious too? I know this because my kids – who I dub ‘the chief taste-testers’ – love it too. I love berries and it’s so much fun to find a farm where you can pick your own. Check out pickyourown.org to find a farm to visit when the fruit is in season. Take the family on the weekend and pick strawberries to eat and get lots for the freezer too. That way, you can make this recipe with the freshest produce while supporting a local business.

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5 Wellbeing Tips to Radically Improve Your Run Game

Blog by Rachel Grunwell: Rotorua Marathon ambassador, qualified PT/coach, yoga teacher, wellness columnist (for Good magazine, Indulge magazine and the Herald online). Rachel helps clients to uplift their health through private wellness coaching, and through the Mindful Moments retreats at Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa.

Running is not the only important thing for runners. It’s not all about how many miles you pound on the pavements. There are other important factors too that can fuel your run game. Here are some tips that can help.

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