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Do muscle shakes just make you fart or do they actually work?

fruit salad turned into fruit roll leathers

This fruit salad fruit leathers/rolls recipe is so amazing you'll question why you should eat fruit salad fresh when you can dehydrate it instead!

So old and traditional is now the "new way" to eat hey? Well, thanks for the revelation!

tinned protein substitution diet

This is my own personal diet trick called the "tinned protein substitution diet," which has helped me to lose unwanted weight and it will help you too.

Why feeding your body food is very similar to feeding it exercise and how both make us feel good.

forty fit running

We're motivated, fit, and forty something plus - this is our time to shine...

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A personal true story of recovery from serious injury told in the hope it may help someone else...

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Graham Thanks for those kind words mate. Cheers, Mark...
  Graham Lancashire — Hi Mark, Great read gee you cant even tell now that you had all that surgery completed on your self.Mate the pain must have been horrendous it would have been very hard for any man to over come, shows how strong a character you must have. Cheers Graham....
  Mark Valencia — Hi Steve, thanks heaps mate Nah, I never ever blamed army vehicle breakdowns on our RAEME brothers - more like driver error lol. Nice to hear from someone who has been through a similar system and can relate to the story. Falling from a Unimog onto your back is a hell of a long way to fall "just ge......

preserving jars and bottles

How to sterilise jars and bottles for preserving food at home? Inside this article we explore several ways to sterilise vessels and utensils. We must all be conscious of the fatal threat food poisoning poses and it's our responsibility when making preserves (especially for others) to ensure the product is safe to eat.

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  tahlia — What about things like loose leaf teas, flours, sugar, etc? For instance can I used a washed and clean jar of an empty mayonnaise brought from the supermarket to store green tea leaves? Or does it has to be sterilized too? If so, what's another safer / better alternative to using glass jars.......
  Mark Valencia — Hi Eric, thank you for your advice! I had never heard of using boron before but yes I'll give it try. Cheers ...
  eric — Throw a little 20 Mule Team Borax into your wash water and let the jars air dry when finished boiling.. The residual amount of boron on the dry surface will inhibit any airborne molds or fungi from re-attaching themselves while the containers are sitting in the open....

Gluten free lime meringue pie

Celiac disease and a gluten free diet - what is it? And, what does it all mean? This article gives a quick explanation about celiac disease and why it's so important people who suffer from this disorder ensure they have a gluten free diet.

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  Mark Valencia — Thanks Pink! Glad you tried it ...
  Pink — Looks yummy and tastes even better!...

I've written my 10 reasons for why I think gardening captivates so many of us and I really enjoyed making this short article and I hope you enjoy reading it just as much.

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  Mark Valencia — Thanks Chris, you are so right. Universe indeed... nice way to put it I really appreciate your comment, Cheers....
  Chris — Mark, I am often amazed that so many people could choose to be indoors 99% of their life!! I feel most at home with the universe when I am a part of it. Thanks for the reminder that humans are MEANT to be outside. Thanks also for the "quintessential" list. I don't think you've missed anything!!......
  Mark Valencia — Hi Lily, Thanks for your kind comment I 'm glad you enjoyed the article. I'm also happy you have no problems growing the smaller tomato varieties. The cherry tomato is one of my favourite tomatoes - they grow when other tomatoes don't, they make an excellent tomato sauce, when cut in half and dried ......
Fat pigs bum
Obesity is already one of the biggest killers of people in the world. Nevertheless, our careless approach to the problem world wide and our lack of progress in curbing the growth of people's waistlines makes me wonder why? 

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  Geoff — Fittness? Begin to like it and the revolution will hit the road running....
  Mark Valencia — You've made some interesting points there Joy! I'm probably not knowledgeable enough to comment about peanuts vs soybean but I do understand your argument for good fats vs bad and cheap substitutes in the food we eat. Thanks for giving your point of view. Cheers, Mark...
  Joy Pickens — I think you have overlooked one of the most important aspects of the obesity epidemic. And that is the government's part in subsidizing Big Ag, especially corn and soy, translate that high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated soybean oil at dirt cheap prices to the junk food makers. I could also add......

food test lab

We tackle how to avoid chemicals in food and how education and moderation can keep us healthy.

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Shirley, I often talk about the same concerns with my wife and family as it does seem like cancers are increasing and we wonder if it's due to man made materials and chemicals surrounding us. I haven't seen any study so far showing the difference (if any) in percentage of how many people are cont......
  Shirley Code — I am just a private citizen who has been concerned for some time about our food quality. I am also worried about all the man made material we are surrounded with in our homes 24/7. I would like someone to be able to give me statistics on how much more prevalent cancer is today. Taking into account t......
  Mark Valencia — Hi Morag, firstly thanks for taking the time to comment! Yeah, I totally agree with you and there are many modern illnesses hitting our society which I believe can be attributed to what we eat or what is put on/in our food before we eat it... Hopefully, consumer pressure and more people GYO and dema......

Example of wrong and correct running positions

"As the driver got out of the car we both instantly noticed the familiar attire, which gave the man’s occupation away – I had been “run-over” by a priest!" This article explains a simple risk management tool we can use to help keep us safe when we're exercising.

Tamarillo and pineapple coconut coated fruit balls on Excalibur paraflex sheet

In this article, I show how to make a simple raw food snack with the use of a dehydrator (the Excalibur Dehydrator). This recipe is not just easy to do but it makes a wonderful healthy bite-sized snack for the whole family.

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Yvonne, yes definitely freezing is fine because these fruit balls are not typically bone dry all the way through anyway as they taste better with a soft centre (in my humble opinion) so freezing should preserve this nicely! I think that's a good idea! Thanks for saying g'day and asking a questi......
  Yvonne — Loving this idea of introducing different texture to my kids. But with all the "healthy" options I sometimes push it to far and they wont eat it. My question could they possibly be frozen after dehydrating? So I don't eat them all in one go ......
  Mark Valencia — Hi Judith, thanks for commenting! Yes they are nice - they do need to be eaten within a week though or they go a little "off-colour" and soft but we had no problems eating them ...

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