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Living Lean featuring Inbody Body Composition Analysis – One Day Only – Myer Centre Brisbane

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Available one day only – Monday 31st August 2015 from 10.30am

 

Living Lean, the rapid alkaline detox and weight loss program, will have their professional staff in-store this Monday, 31st August to test and evaluate the body composition of all Go Vita members.

 

Offering FREE pH (acid) and medical-grade body composition testing, this is your opportunity to kick-start your Spring detox.

 

The ‘Inbody’ body composition bio-impedance analyser is 100% non-invasive and provides a detailed take-home report outlining total body fat, skeletal muscle mass, bone density, water and protein levels, body cell count, total visceral fat plus much more.

 

The Living Lean Alkalising detox and weight loss program is currently taking Australia by storm, as it provides a simple and easy-to-use solution to most health related issues that may be identified through the ‘Inbody’ scanning procedure, and particularly useful for rapidly reducing body fat.

 

Don’t miss this opportunity to test your body composition and potentially take the first step in instigating positive change.

 

Proudly brought to you by Go Vita Myer Centre.

 

www.livinglean.net.au

 

www.inbodyaustralia.com.au

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Eat Healthy And Pay Less Tax – No GST for Healthy Shoppers !

 

 

 

Are you aware that eating healthy and consuming fresh, nutritious food can actually save you money as no tax is payable when purchasing these food items?

 

Whilst tax reform is currently in the news, this isn’t a new tax break the government has introduced.

 

The Goods and Service Tax (GST) has been around for a while now, but what you may not realise is that not all foods are taxed equally.

 

Some of you may be aware of this, however I am guessing that the majority simply do not.

 

The Government does not charge GST on fresh produce.

 

It will however charge you the 10% GST for the majority of your packaged and processed foods.

 

Food items are classified as either GST-free or taxable food. A food item can also include beverages or ingredients for a beverage.

 

Sound simple enough thus far?

 

Of course, but here is where it gets interesting.

 

A food item may appear on the GST-free list, yet it may still be subject to GST under one of the taxable rules. As an example, bread rolls are GST-free unless they are sold in a restaurant.

 

Now that is confusing.

 

In general, if we purchase raw ingredients and prepare our own meals rather than opting for pre-packed or take away food, no tax is usually payable.

 

Saving money is one thing, but setting aside some time for our food preparation can be one of the real joys of a proactive and healthy life.

 

So next time you do your grocery shopping, check out how much GST you actually pay.

 

It maybe a good indication of the choices you’re making for both yourself and your family.

 

Show us how little GST you pay by posting images of your grocery receipts to the Living Lean Facebook page. Be proud of your dedication to a healthier, happier life. 

 

I am yet to meet a person who doesn’t want to minimise their tax. For those of you who would like a detailed Tax Department description of GST payable and GST exempt foods, we have included this at the end of the blog.

 

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Australian Tax Office description of GST status of food items.

GST FREE FOOD

 

The following foods are GST-free:

  • bread and bread rolls without a sweet coating (such as icing) or filling – a glaze is not considered a sweet coating
  • cooking ingredients, such as flour, sugar, pre-mixes and cake mixes
  • fats and oils for cooking
  • unflavoured milk, cream, cheese and eggs
  • spices, sauces and condiments
  • bottled drinking water
  • fruit or vegetable juice (of at least 90% by volume of juice of fruit or vegetables)
  • tea and coffee (unless ready-to-drink)
  • baby food and infant formula
  • all meats for human consumption (except prepared meals or savoury snacks)
  • fruit, vegetables, fish and soup (fresh, frozen, dried, canned or packaged)
  • spreads for bread (such as honey, jam and peanut butter)
  • breakfast cereals.

 

TAXABLE FOODS

 

The following foods are taxable:

  • bakery products, such as cakes, pastries, pies, sausage rolls (but not including bread and bread rolls)
  • biscuits, crispbreads, crackers, cookies, pretzels, cones and wafers
  • savoury snacks, confectionery, ice-cream and similar products
  • carbonated and flavoured beverages (including flavoured milk, flavoured water and sports drinks) unless at least 90% by volume fruit or vegetable juice
  • all food and beverages sold in restaurants or for consumption on the premises
  • hot food (takeaway)
  • food marketed as prepared meals and some prepared food, including platters
  • any food not for human consumption
  • pet food or any food labelled or specified for animals.

 

GST IN THE FOOD CHAIN

 

GST is applied at certain stages in the food supply chain. GST is only applied where the food item is either:

  • not for human consumption at a particular stage in the supply chain
  • taxable under GST law.
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Where To Eat ? We check out Proteini Cafe, Darlinghurst

 

Our Living Lean approved cafe of the week is Proteini Cafe, at 1/256 Crown Street Darlinghurst.

 

There are so many great cafe’s in the city of Sydney but this one is fast becoming a standout among the healthy inner city types. I caught up with owner/manager Megan Cordingley to find out a little more about Proteini Cafe.

 

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Living Lean: Proteini has definitely ticked the box for location, healthy food and taste. Can you tell me where the inspiration came from ?

Megan: Proteini was created to encourage a new social culture around eating healthy. I have lived in the area for many years and always found it difficult to find a place where I could walk in and order straight from the menu. I wanted to create a space where people could come in, relax, ask questions and have easy access to affordable healthy, nutritious food.

 

We often associate alcohol and greasy pub food with having a good time, I wanted Proteini to be a healthy take on that fun, social atmosphere, your healthy martini if you will, which is how the name came about.

 

Living Lean:  Proteini food is fast becoming a hit on Instagram with your meals and hashtag popping up with some amazing food pics. Does all your food look like it’s ready for a photo shoot?

 

Megan: Thank you! We take great pride in the presentation of our meals, encouraging the idea that eating healthy should be fresh, uplifting and fun! We have been absolutely blown away, and humbled by, the social media conversation around Proteini and the beautiful food photography snapped and shared by our customers.

 

Living Lean: What’s the price range with meals?

 

Megan: Our main dishes range from $10-$25, with sides and sweet, clean treats between $2-$6. We consider our portion sizes to be generous and ready to satisfy the hungriest Sydney-siders.

 

Living Lean: Opening times?

 

Tuesday – Saturday 7am – 3pm

Sundays 9am – 3.30pm

Monday – Closed

 

Megan:  Anything else you would like to tell new customers?

 

A lot of our first time customers are surprised by the flavour packed, nourishing properties of our meals – I think it’s because somewhere along the line we learnt that eating healthy is a boring salad that leaves you hungry, when this is definitely not the case!

 

Proteini Cafe

 

We are constantly experimenting, cooking, prepping and whipping up new creations to keep things exciting, always looking to include sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, guilt-free options, so there’s something for everyone. When we are preparing a vegan alternative or a healthy take on a traditional meal, we still keep things simple and ingredients natural and wholesome.

 

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Check out Proteini by clicking here

 

The Living Lean team strongly encourages you to make an effort to sample the Proteini experience.

Not only will you find plenty of Living Lean approved options but we are sure you will be blown away by the sensory delights on offer.

Grated Spiced Apple and Ginger Museli

Blueberry, Apple and Ginger Muesli
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup of almond meal
  • 1 Apple grated
  • 1 Cup of buckwheat sprouts
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ Cup of blueberries/2 Cup of soy or almond milk
  • Grated ginger to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and buckwheat sprouts in a bowl.
  2. Incorporate the almond meal
  3. Pour milk and top with blueberries