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Elly McGuinness, B PhEd, B Com, ACSM

Power Plate Master Trainer

With 15 years of fitness industry experience in roles varying from fitness management, group fitness and personal training to tutoring, presenting and mentoring, Elly’s enthusiasm for health and wellbeing is evident in all that she does.

Her company, Natural Balance Health and Fitness Ltd inspires people to make positive changes to their health, fitness and lifestyle, and to sustain these changes for the rest of their lives. This is achieved through personal training and corporate wellbeing programmes in Christchurch, New Zealand, as well as Skype coaching for international clients.

In 2014 Elly published her first book, “The Natural Balance Guide to Burning Fat for Good.” The book takes a holistic approach to six areas of wellbeing—nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, thoughts and relationships, and how they affect the body’s ability to burn fat.

Elly is the mum of a toddler and has recently become part-owner of ‘Just Organic Ltd’—a business dedicated to bringing healthy convenience direct to your door. The company delivers organic produce to homes and places of work throughout New Zealand.

Website: www.naturalbalance.co.nz

You may have heard that 'going organic' is a healthy choice for the farmers, the environment, and your own health. But do you really understand why it's such a positive choice?

1. GLYPHOSATE

The main chemical ingredient in the herbicide Roundup is commonly sprayed on conventional (non-organic) produce. In 2015 the World Health Organization defined Glyphosate as 'probably carcinogenic in humans' and it has been linked to many illnesses and health issues. Glyphosate is...

You may have heard that 'going organic' is a healthy choice for the farmers, the environment, and your own health. But do you really understand why it's such a positive choice?

This article series explores the benefits of choosing organic.

Reason: Organic food offers superior health benefits

Some of my previous articles have highlighted health benefits that can be obtained from choosing organic. These range from helping to protect the body from...

You may have heard that "going organic" is a healthy choice for the farmers, the environment, and your own health. But do you really understand why it's such a positive choice? This article series explores the benefits of choosing organic. Reason: It checks a lot of boxes

Many of the attributes that consumers are looking for in their food, beverages, household items and beauty products are covered under the banner of certified organic...

You may have heard that 'going organic' is a healthy choice for the farmers, the environment, and your own health. But do you really understand why it's such a positive choice? This article explores the benefits of choosing organic.

Help Protect Against Cancer
Plant based foods are well known for their vitality-providing properties as a result of being high in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. A vitamin and mineral supplement might contain...

You may have heard that 'going organic' is a healthy choice for the farmers, the environment, and your own health. But do you really understand why it's such a positive choice? This article series explores the benefits of choosing organic.

Reason: The Critics Lack Understanding
There is more than one side to every debate, and the world of organics is not exempt. There are those who believe through and through that organics is the way forward for a...

You may have heard that "going organic" is a healthy choice for farmers, the environment, and your own health. But do you really understand why it's such a positive choice? This article series explores the benefits of choosing organic.

Irradiation
A recent article in Organic NZ magazine highlights another reason to question procedures that are part of conventional food production. Alison White, convenor of the Safe Food Campaign in New...

Editor's note: Organics is the newest column for TotalHealth readers. It's important for our personal and family health and that of Mother Earth.

You may have heard that 'going organic' is a healthy choice for the farmers, the environment, and your own health. But do you really understand why it's such a positive choice? This article series explores the benefits of choosing organic.

Reason: It's more...

You may have heard that ‘going organic’ is a healthy choice for the farmers, the environment, and your own health. But do you really understand why it’s such a positive choice? This article series explores the benefits of choosing organic.

Reason 1: Glyphosate
You may be aware that organic food and products are produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or chemicals. Advocates of conventional farming (the type that...

What are your goals for this year? When we arrive at December 2016, what will you be able to look back at to tell yourself you've had a fantastic year and have made progress towards optimizing your health? What would you like to be able to see, feel, or do?

  • 10 pounds lighter? A dress size smaller? A 6 pack?
  • No more Nanna naps? Waking up feeling rested in the mornings?
  • Sticking to a regular exercise regime?

The first step...

Wow, another year has almost passed and the silly season is upon us! Food, family, food, friends, celebration, food, drinking, food, parties, relaxing, food . . . food is always a common theme at Christmas. We should all allow ourselves to break away from routine during this time, so that we feel refreshed and motivated in the New Year, but consider finding a balance between the good stuff and the not so good stuff…and you will thank yourself for it. Here I share six tips to...

There are many conflicting views in the world of health, fitness and wellbeing regarding the best ways to burn fat or lose weight. This is partly due to the continual evolvement of science, as well as there being so many so-called ‘experts' on this topic, and perhaps largely because there is not one magic formula that works for everyone. We keep learning more and more about how to make our bodies optimally healthy and during this process new ideas are formed. Some embrace the new...

What’s the best way to burn fat? How do I lose the fat from my belly and under my arms? What’s the best type of exercise to lose weight and tone up? These are the most common sorts of questions I’ve had day after day, week after week and year after year of working as a health and fitness professional. But the answers to these questions are far from straightforward. As humans we are all unique and complex individuals and what works for one person will not necessarily work for...