10 THINGS [YOU WOULDN’T KNOW] ABOUT ME

For the past few years I have challenged myself to write an Instagram post a day and during that time I’ve been really committed to researching and learning and experimenting with all that’s related to hydration and healthy living.

Just recently I realised that along that journey I’ve never talked much about myself. So now that I sit down to make a few notes I’m finding it’s really interesting that I take so much about myself for granted. I’ve been thinking lots and I realise we are all such individuals and so quirky.

Let’s get started with 10 things you wouldn’t know about me.

      1. I can really effectively raise my right eyebrow. I do it in surprise in shock or in disbelief .. In fact I love doing it, but I can’t for the life of me budge my left eyebrow without my face contorting into an ugly grimace. I’ve really tried and failed to teach myself how to strengthen that little left muscle! Try it .. you’ll see!!
      2. My all time favourite foods are apples, avocado, broccoli and basil. Don’t get me wrong, I am the daughter of a butcher so I love my meat, but I am a happy bunny if I am eating fresh, crispy, crunchy and into green. Add some fresh chilli and I’m in heaven.
      3. I am a little addicted to Netflix. It took awhile for the concept of watching shows on my laptop / ipad … but its just so cool to be tucked into bed with my fave series of the moment.
      4. I am a Graphic Designer and a Product Designer. My long term passion is design and I’ve run my own successful design studio for years now. When I came up with the Chiller2Go idea I realised I had the knowledge to make this new business work, so with my running shoes on, I’ve spent any spare time developing my concept, sourcing products, promoting and lastly selling. I can tell you it’s been exhausting but also incredibly rewarding and mostly lots of fun.
      5. I used to be very shy. I’ve kind of grown out of it, but I’m still not great at networking i.e. approaching people I don’t know. I tend to stand back, at the same time, knowing that as soon as I start up a conversation all will be cool .. so I need to learn not to doubt myself.
      6. My star sign is Libra and I’m a true Libran. This means I am all about balance, harmony and peace. When my life feels unbalanced or unstable, I’m quick to correct it, looking for ‘my idea’ of perfection. I strive to be liked and respected by the people around me. I think it’s a pretty good star sign .. no complaints from me [obviously I’m feeling balanced right now].
      7. When I hear the word “something” pronounced “somethink” I totally cringe. Who knows where this pronunciation comes from and why? It drives me crazy, I know I can’t be alone here! I can often be heard threatening to write a book on etiquette …. one day!
      8. I like cooking almost as much as I love eating. I’ve always loved food and think about it all the time. I’m hardly finished a meal and I’m thinking ahead about what my next meal will be. This is partly because I like planning ahead and partly because I like to make sure I’m eating a balanced diet. This is a bit tricky since I have tried to stop snacking between meals because it can make me hungry ahead of time. When I travel I relax a bit on this rule and make sure I try all the local foods on offer. I eat everything and because I’m so active compared to my usual work day, I don’t tend to put on weight. What a bonus hey. I wish I could travel forever!
      9. I’ve always been a cat lover, but now we have a parrot. Until our beautiful little chatty, parrot became our pet, I had no idea just how affectionate and how intelligent such a little bird could be. She has such a big personality and sure lives up to her name, PARTY [named by my partner in crime] .. she is such a people/party person and such entertainer!
      10. I only drink water, coffee and wine. It’s pretty rare for me to drink anything else. I like to keep it simple. Sure I’ll add some fresh flavours to my water, when I can be bothered, but lucky for me I really, really like water. BTW I do drink way more water than I drink coffee or wine 😉

      So there you are .. a nice change from water and healthy living! Of course if you are feeling inspired, head on over to our Hydration Challenge and do something for you! http://chiller2go.com.au/hydration-challenge/

Water: It is your BFF!

Has it occurred to you today that you are thirsty? Did you know that by the time you experience the thirsty sensation, you are actually dehydrated. That thirsty feeling is your body needing to be re-hydration. Most of us already know that drinking water is important, but making sure you drink enough water all year round is another story, isn’t it!

Over the last few years I have really come to terms with the miracle that is WATER and I now realise that water really should be our Best Friend Forever!

Hydrate on-the-go

The Top 10 amazing things that water does for our bodies, inside and out.

1. Water saves you money!
Water is FREE! Even if you choose filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than the alternatives!

2. Water helps satisfy hunger.
Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs and no sugar .. so not surprisingly it is one of the best ingredients for weight loss. Did you realize that often when we think we are hungry, we’re actually thirsty. By having a drink of water first, you’ll be less likely to over indulge.

3. Water keeps your skin young.
Do you rely on expensive creams and treatments? Drinking water is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin fresh and glowing. Drinking water ensures that nutrients are delivered to our skin cells keeping them hydrated and plump which leads to firmer youthful looking skin. You’ll have to admit it’s the best anti ageing treatment there is!

4. Water is a natural headache remedy.
If you suffer from headaches, one of the causes may be that you are not drinking enough water. Keeping hydrated can help to prevent or even alleviate a headache.

5. Water gives you energy.
Daily hydration is important, but drinking extra fluids is extremely important during and after exercise. Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue and dizziness.

6. Water boosts our immune system.
When you are hydrated you are less likely to get sick. Drinking plenty of water helps fight against colds, flu, and other minor ailments.

7. Water balances our moods.
When your body is functioning at its best, you’ll not only feel good but you will be happy! Who doesn’t want to feel happy?

8. Water speeds up your metabolism.
Water is the primary mode of transportation for nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation. It has been proven that people who drink enough water have a faster metabolism.

9. Water can reduce joint and back pain.
Water can help lubricate your joints, alleviate your pain and get you moving.

10. Water helps with kidney and bowel function.
Good hydration helps our kidneys do their job of cleansing our body of toxins. The more yellow your urine is may mean you haven’t been drinking enough water. Constipation can result when you don’t drink enough water.

 

BASICALLY, WE NEED WATER TO SURVIVE!
Did you know we will only live a few days without water – so you can understand why WATER ranks pretty high on my BFF list.

Do yourself a favour and check out our 30 Day Chiller2Go Hydration Challenge for freebie downloads to help you stay on track to drinking more water and being a better you!
http://chiller2go.com.au/hydration-challenge/

 

Chiller2Go Hydration Incentive Pack Giveaway

First of all I want to tell you our exciting news.
This month of June 2017 we’re have an awesome Chiller2Go Hydration Incentive Pack Giveaway, because we are celebrating reaching 4K followers on Instagram (thanks every single one of you)

It seems like no time at all since I started this Chiller2Go journey because, not only has it been such a fun journey, but I have also learnt such a lot about how wonderful water is for our bodies. It’s been a very exciting few years for me too.

The Chiller2Go Hydration Incentive Pack Giveaway includes 3 Chiller2Go Drink Bottles
1 x 7000mL Pink Chiller2Go Drink Bottle
1 x 7000mL Green Chiller2Go Drink Bottle
1 x 7000mL Blue Chiller2Go Drink Bottle
(or your choice of colours)
Valued at AUD 55

How to enter the Chiller2Go Hydration Incentive Pack Giveaway
Follow us on Instagram
Tag a Friend [the more the merrier]
Join our Hydration Challenge [link below]
http://chiller2go.com.au/hydration-challenge/

Best of all the lucky winner will soon see that having the luxury of 3 Chiller2Go drink bottles will make your hydration journey that much easier because it will mean you can always have a full chilled [or heated] bottle of water with you at all times. Therefore keeping hydrated and making sure you drink enough water will be so much easier. For example you can keep one by the couch, another at the table, by your bed, at your computer, in the car, take one to the gym or on your walk … the possibilities are endless!

At this time you should probably think about your daily routine and choose where to place your drink bottles to make your hydration journey as easy as possible … it’s time to get organised!

Hydration Challenge Bonus
Even better is the added bonus for everyone, whether you are a winner or not, when you join our Hydration Challenge, apart from the general feeling of wellness you will feel, you’ll also receive exclusive support printables including a Daily Planner, Weekly Tracker, Cool Reminders, Tribe Tips and my top 6 personal favourite infusion [Go to http://chiller2go.com.au/chiller2go-news/infused-waters/ for downloads ] and tea recipes along your journey.

We’ll announce the winner of the Chiller2Go Hydration Incentive Pack Giveaway on Friday 30 June 2017.
Offer is only available for residents of Australia, UK and USA.

GOOD LUCK
In conclusion I remind you that you need to enter to win so DO IT NOW and Good Luck to all.

WATER FACT 1
70% of the body is water, and water acts as a natural appetite suppressant
and helps to regulate your metabolism.
WATER FACT 2
Our metabolism increases by 30 percent after drinking 2 cups of water.
When you become dehydrated, your metabolism slows down,
affecting how your body burns fat.
WATER FACT 3
Most of us do not consume enough water throughout the day.

Hydration Challenge .. my personal favourite recipes

How are you going with your Hydration Challenge journey?
Are you developing your habit of drinking your 8 glasses (2-3 Litres) of water a day and are you ready for some hot tips .. and a few cold ones too?

You may be finding that ‘plain old’ water just doesn’t always cut it and you’re a bit desperate for variety. Whether you have joined our Hydration Challenge or not, I understand that it’s important to make the concept of drinking water enjoyable.

So, what thirst-quenching solutions do I have?

Infused waters and hot teas of course!
They’re easy to make, nutritious and refreshing and I have a few of my personal favourite ideas to share with you.

But before we get started, there are a few essentials you should know to make them the best they can be.
1. Choose organic when you can.
2. Wash fruit and rinse herbs to remove chemicals, pesticides, dirt and other residues.

General Tips:
• Citrus and strawberries (softer fruits) an be sliced thick, thin, halved, or quartered.
• Apples (harder fruits) should be sliced thin as they take longer to release flavors.
• Cucumbers, citrus fruits and mint flavour water almost immediately.
• Apples, cinnamon, fresh ginger and rosemary need an overnight soak in the fridge.
• Sliced strawberries start looking waterlogged after a few hours.
• Citrus and whole berries look pretty good even after hours in the fridge.
• It’s best to crush ginger root, rosemary, and lemongrass and tear or crush leafy herbs like mint, basil, and coriander to release their oils.

My personal TOP 3 Infused waters
Lemon + Lime + Mint Water
Ginger + Peach Water
Orange + Star Anise Water

My personal TOP 3 Hot Teas
Fresh Mint Tea
Ginger Tea
Honey + Lemon + Ginger Tea

When you join our HYDRATION CHALLENGE http://chiller2go.com.au/hydration-challenge/ … you’ll receive downloads of these recipes plus exclusive support printables including:

1. Daily Planner
2. WeeklyTracker
3. Cool Reminders
4. Tribe Tips
… and much more

 

If you are here in the month of June 2017 [lucky you] .. you are still in with a chance to win my ‘Hydration Incentive Giveaway’ HIP Giveaway for short 🙂 .. Go to http://chiller2go.com.au/chiller2go-news/hydration-incentive-pack-giveaway/ for details on how to enter … then head back here for my great recipe downloads.

 

Please remember to share your comments, photos and feedback and social media.
If you have a personal favourite recipe or a tip I’d also love to hear it.

The only other thing to do is follow me on Instagram for more inspiring feeds 🙂

Cheers
JoEllen

6 Ways to Make Water a Habit + our 30 Day Hydration Challenge

6 ways to make water a habit
  1. Carry a water bottle with you at all times
  2. Drink water before and during each meal
  3. Keep a bottle of water on your desk at work
  4. If you feel like a snack try drinking water first
  5. Try drinking water instead of coffee, tea or sweet drinks
  6. Join our Hydration Challenge http://chiller2go.com.au/hydration-challenge/ to help track and record the amount of water you drink daily … and see all the benefits… they are endless!

Drinking more water and staying hydrated will make your life so much better.

It will:

  • aid in weight loss,
  • give you more energy,
  • make you think clearer
  • and your skin will glow.

Water will also:

  • cure headaches,
  • assist with digestive problems
  • and help cleanse your kidneys.

Drink more water … and take control of your life!

Healthy Life Challenge .. take the Steps!

You’re probably aware of the importance of working towards a healthy life and as life in general is so complex are also probably confused about the steps to take to start the process? Are you aware that there’s a BIG push away from sugary drinks lately? Naturally, there’s a very good reason for this. Sugary drinks are a major contributor to a wide range of preventable diseases including obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer!

We understand it’s difficult to break the sugary drinks habit if you don’t have a fast, convenient and delicious alternative to turn to. That’s why we at Chiller2Go are working together with Green Tea in 3 Seconds who have put together the Top 6 Reasons To Replace Your Soft Drinks with Green Tea in 3 Seconds to help you get started on your path to a healthy life. We also understand that us human’s like variety and drinking just water all the time water can become boring. Check out The Fresh Start Pack and Hydration Station, now available online Green Tea in 3 Seconds

1. REDUCE YOUR SUGAR INTAKE 

The processed sugar contained in sugary drinks is excess energy that your body doesn’t need. Too much sugar can lead to significant weight gain. (Source: Live Lighter)

When you gain weight, fat doesn’t just build up around your waist. Toxic fat also builds up around your vital organs, releasing dangerous levels of chemicals that increase your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer (Ref 1, 2 & 3).

Choosing to replace just one bottle of ready-made Ice Tea, for example, with a Green Tea in 3 Seconds, will reduce your sugar intake by 34 grams… that’s 8 teaspoons! This is step one to a healthy life!

 

2. BOOST YOUR ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants are fantastic little health-boosting compounds that occur naturally in green tea, along with a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

They’re great at rounding up the free radicals that cause cell damage within the body, that can then result in inflammation and disease.

While sugary drinks usually contain health-depleting ingredients including artificial flavours, preservatives, artificial colours and so on, Green Tea in 3 Seconds contains only naturally health-boosting ingredients.

Every single sachet of Green Tea In 3 Seconds contains 265 mg of antioxidants. This is great to know as the health benefits associated with green tea are dose dependent and occur between 200-1000mg of antioxidants per day. This means 2-3 sachets is all you need!

More steps to a healthy life will follow soon …. so start your journey and keep posted for more.

30 Day Hydration Challenge

Snack on Snow Peas in Spring

I’m loving Spring because Snow Peas are in season. David Harris from Harris Fran Markets says they are his pick of the week. Not only is this a ‘no waste vegetable’, they are around 35% cheaper than last week so try popping a handful of these in your Chiller2Go Fruit Suit this week for the ultimate guilt-free sweet snack.

Crunchy fresh Snow Peas are the perfect portable snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth! How’s that for a great Spring tip! 

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Our Story

My Chiller2Go story began when I founded Chilled Out in 2012 on a hot summers day in Brisbane, Queensland. It began with a vision to create the Chiller2Go® Fruit Suit®, a neoprene bag plus gel pack for fruit on-the-go, positioning itself as an essential Life:Style accessory for fruit loving peeps and encouraging a fun loving, healthy, adventurous lifestyle!

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Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July 2016 has got off to a wonderful start, thousands more people have joined the challenge and are sharing the plastic free message in communities around the world. During July, remember your reusables – collect up your shopping bags, water bottle, coffee cups and put them where you will remember to take them. Plastic Free July is a challenge not a competition so make sure you focus on what you CAN avoid, not what you can’t.

Chiller2Go supports Plastic Free July!!!FAVE 3

Things are not always what they seem!

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The idea that something may look like one thing, but be much more than what it first appears, totally appeals to me!

We’ve always loved the concept of ‘Things are not always what they seem‘ and our Chiller2Go drink bottles are a great example of this!

Find out why!