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The May 50K & Nuzest Round-up

Each year, Nuzest staff partake in the annual The May 50K event to support the global fight against multiple sclerosis (MS) – the most commonly acquired neurological disease. Having a direct link and importance to the founding purpose of Nuzest, we have been a long time supporter, with Kiss Goodbye to MS being one of


Each year, Nuzest staff partake in the annual The May 50K event to support the global fight against multiple sclerosis (MS) – the most commonly acquired neurological disease. Having a direct link and importance to the founding purpose of Nuzest, we have been a long time supporter, with Kiss Goodbye to MS being one of the major charities Nuzest partners with each year.

The May 50K is a self-paced global online fitness and fundraising challenge for individuals of all ages and abilities. The goal for each participant is to track and complete 50kms (walking, running, swimming, cycling etc.) in the month of May. This event is hosted by Kiss Goodbye to MS – a global community fundraising campaign dedicated to raising awareness and valuable funds for research into the prevention, better treatments and cures for MS. 

Outside of Nuzest HQ in Australia, we encouraged all of our global distributors to get on board and take part in raising awareness for MS. A number of our distributors took part in the challenge, encouraging their local community to get involved and fundraise. Nuzest New Zealand and Nuzest Europe made an amazing effort in fundraising and tracking their kilometers in The May 50K challenge.  

The Nuzest Round-Up

Charlotte Goodall, the Business Development Manager from MRSA kindly shared with us Nuzest’s summary of efforts in The May 50K. 

There are some amazing results to note – 

  • Nuzest, as a workplace collectively raised $12,549
  • Nuzest ranked #11 on the workplace board out of nearly 500 teams
  • Trevor Bolland (Nuzest Founder and CEO) clocked up 831km in the month of May

Nuzest’s annual participation in The May 50K helps towards accelerating research into prevention, better treatments and ultimately cure for multiple sclerosis. 

Earlier this year we announced that Nuzest is now the official nutrition partner of MS Research Australia. Having a direct link and importance to the founding purpose of Nuzest, we have been a strong supporter of MS Research Australia (MSRA) and their Kiss Goodbye to MS initiative since we began. 
With enough funding and support, researchers around the world endeavour to solve the mystery of MS and find not only the cause, but also the cure.⁠ Want to get involved? You can donate or fundraise with Kiss Goodbye to MS by clicking here.

Nuzest Is Now The Official Nutrition Partner For Kiss Goodbye to MS

Kiss Goodbye to MS is a global campaign dedicated to raising funds for research into the prevention, better treatments and cures for MS, as part of the worldwide efforts to improve the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) – the most commonly acquired neurological disease. The campaign is one about hope, that with


Kiss Goodbye to MS is a global campaign dedicated to raising funds for research into the prevention, better treatments and cures for MS, as part of the worldwide efforts to improve the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) – the most commonly acquired neurological disease. The campaign is one about hope, that with enough funding support, researchers around the world will solve the mysteries of MS and not only find the cause, but also the cures. Having a direct link and importance to the founding purpose of Nuzest we have long been a strong supporter of Kiss Goodbye to MS and this year we are excited to announce that Nuzest is now the official nutrition partner of Kiss Goodbye to MS.

As a company we are committed to enacting positive change on a local and global scale by giving back and being active with organisations that are accomplishing great things. Since being founded in 2004 Kiss Goodbye to MS has made significant funding available for MS researchers and world-leading research collaborations. This has led to game-changing breakthroughs in research, directly impacting and changing the face of MS clinical practice here in Australia.

In 2012, Kiss Goodbye to MS began as an awareness campaign to help raise the profile of MS. The response was overwhelming, so the following year Kiss Goodbye to MS evolved into a community fundraising campaign, becoming Australia’s first national campaign dedicated to raising funds for MS research only. Every year a significant percentage of Nuzest’s annual profits are donated to Kiss Goodbye to MS to support them in finding a cure for MS.

Kiss Goodbye to MS is one of the major charities Nuzest partners with each year. Our staff partake in the annual The May 50K event and enter as a team in the City2Surf to help raise funds for MS research; as well as providing support through direct donations, driving fundraising and contributing to their calendar events through volunteering staff, preparing catering,  donating products for goodie bags and raffle prizes.

In 2019, the global distribution network of Nuzest got involved in supporting The Great Wall of China expedition through Kiss Goodbye to MS. We ran regional competitions, raising awareness and donations, and sent winners from around the world to partake in this adventurous fundraising initiative.

Globally, Kiss Goodbye to MS has significantly contributed to big picture impacts in MS by dramatically increasing the funding dedicated to MS research in Australia.

Nuzest CEO and Founder, Trevor Bolland, explains the importance of supporting a foundation such as Kiss Goodbye to MS: “I know that any funds we raise for Kiss Goodbye to MS are put straight back into funding world-class research and clinical trials focused on alleviating symptoms and potentially reversing the damage the disease has already caused for those previously diagnosed with MS. Any contribution, big or small, means the team at Kiss Goodbye to MS are one step closer to the cure and that will be a truly remarkable moment.” Nuzest continues to campaign tirelessly to provide vital funding for MS research, as Trevor acknowledges that while knowledge, understanding and treatment options have come a long way, “breakthrough medications became available as a result of funding MS research and we remain hopeful that further research will find a cure.”

In 2020, Monique Bolland, daughter of Trevor and Co-Founder of Nuzest, became an official ambassador for Kiss Goodbye to MS. Through sharing her journey with MS, and inspiring the support of Australia, Monique will help Kiss Goodbye to MS to heighten awareness, accelerate fundraising and achieve the vision of improved prevention, better treatments and towards finding a cure for MS.

Want to get involved? You can donate and support Kiss Goodbye to MS or fundraise with Kiss Goodbye to MS in the global effort to solve and find a cure for MS – Click here for more information.

6 Health Mistakes To Avoid This Holiday Season

The holiday season can present a number of challenges when it comes to maintaining healthy habits. The good news? With a little smart planning, you can avoid the speed bumps that may throw you off course so that you can enter the New Year feeling confident and in control of your health and wellbeing. Here,


The holiday season can present a number of challenges when it comes to maintaining healthy habits. The good news? With a little smart planning, you can avoid the speed bumps that may throw you off course so that you can enter the New Year feeling confident and in control of your health and wellbeing.

Here, Sydney-based Dietitian and Nutritionist, Rachel Hawkins, discusses six of the biggest health mistakes that people make during the holiday season, as well as providing some tried and true strategies to help you avoid making them!

Mistake 1: Skipping Breakfast to Save Room for Later

Although breakfast isn’t an essential meal for most adults, skipping breakfast in order to save room for later is a dangerous gamble. Whether it’s the office holiday party, Thanksgiving dinner or a Christmas lunch, showing up to an event where there is going to be a smorgasbord of food with an empty stomach only increases the likelihood that you will go ‘all out’ and overeat when you’re there.

Regardless of the time of year, overeating can easily spiral out of control resulting in a number of health consequences. These include bloating, gas, nausea, sluggishness, and unwanted weight gain.1,2,3,4 Chronic overeating may also disrupt the balance of hormones that control your hunger (ghrelin) and fullness (leptin), making it more difficult to determine when your body actually needs food.5,6

Instead of skipping breakfast before a holiday event, enjoy a balanced breakfast that includes a source of protein, healthy fats and low glycaemic index (GI) carbohydrates so that you are adequately nourished and able to make more mindful choices at holiday events.

Some breakfast suggestions include:

  • Overnight oats made with chia seeds, berries, maple syrup and your choice of milk
  • Poached eggs on toast made with wholegrain bread and a side of avocado
  • A loaded breakfast smoothie made with berries, spinach, rolled oats, chia seeds, a serve of Smooth Vanilla Clean Lean Protein and your choice of milk

Mistake 2: Having an All-or-Nothing Mindset

The all-or-nothing mindset is a mentality that people have, whether it be towards nutrition or exercise, where they are either all in or all out. It is the kind of approach that sees people eat two pieces of pavlova after Christmas lunch and then say, ‘oh stuff it’ and spend the rest of the week bingeing on Christmas leftovers.

The problem with an all-or-nothing mindset is that it is accompanied by unrealistic, self-imposed rules that naturally test our willpower. When these rules are broken, we feel guilty about this and revert to the old ‘stuff it’ mentality. And so, the cycle repeats.

My advice?

Ditch the restrictive diet. Telling yourself that you aren’t allowed to eat any sweets on Christmas Day isn’t realistic. However, allowing yourself a plate of dessert is. Enjoy the holiday festivities but do it in a balanced way. By allowing yourself permission to eat the foods that would otherwise be on your ‘banned list’, you are essentially decreasing the likelihood of bingeing later on.

Secondly, eat more mindfully.Eating slowly and taking the time to chew your food properly is a practical strategy that will help you to savour the flavours of your meal, thus helping you to feel more satisfied after eating (and less likely to go back for second and third servings)! Aim for 20 chews per mouthful. This trick will also help to improve your digestion!

Mistake 3: Failing to Plan on Days You Don’t Have Holiday Events

Not every day between Christmas and New Year needs to involve a smorgasbord of food.

Set yourself up for success during the holiday season by planning your menu on ‘regular’ days when you’re not at an event. This will help to alleviate the stress of not knowing what to cook at the end of the day, thereby reducing the likelihood of you buying takeaway food or making undesirable food choices.

Plan your meals ahead of time by writing a list of what you are going to eat for your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day of the week, and also what ingredients you will need from the grocery store in order to make this happen.

By doing this, you reduce the likelihood of being caught out in between holiday events thus making it easier to make healthy nutrition choices during the silly season.

Mistake 4: Going Hard on the Booze

Food isn’t the only thing that we typically overindulge in over the holiday season. Many festive celebrations involve alcohol, and typically in higher volumes than we would normally consume.

In the short term, excessive alcohol consumption can lead to impaired judgement, reduced inhibitions, loss of coordination, unstable emotions, memory loss, headaches and vomiting.7,8 In the long term, excessive alcohol consumption can negatively impact our mental health and fertility and increase our risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.7,8

Regular alcohol consumption can also lead to unwanted weight gain.7,8

Alcohol contains seven calories per gram, which is around the same amount as a gram of fat.9 This, in addition to the added calories found in mixers such as tonic water or coke, means that you could be drinking around 200 calories per standard drink. If you’re drinking a pint of full-strength beer, then this number increases to 240 calories per drink.

It is possible to enjoy the holiday season whilst still moderating the amount of alcohol you drink.

  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks such as water, soda water or zero sugar soft drinks
  • Pour your own drinks instead of accepting refills from others so that you can keep track of how much you are drinking
  • Avoid getting involved in rounds as this often means you will drink more than intended
  • Switch from full strength beer to light beer to save ~90 calories per pint
  • Pace yourself by taking small sips

Mistake 5: Failing to Move Your Body

It may be the holiday season, but this doesn’t mean your normal healthy habits need to completely fly out the window.

Exercise is incredibly beneficial for our overall health and wellbeing. It promotes good cardiovascular and mental health and can also be used to strengthen and maintain our musculoskeletal system.10

Regular exercise can help to keep our mental health on track when our normal routines are disrupted by promoting the release of feel-good brain chemicals that can help to boost our mood and overall sense of wellbeing. 10

Because the holidays are such a busy time of year, it can be a good idea to exercise in the morning before the day slips away from you and excuses start to creep in. But if you’re more of an evening exerciser then that’s ok too!

Ways to stay active over the holiday season include:

  • Going for a hike with a friend
  • Taking the dog for a walk
  • Doing a home workout. We have shared our favourite workout apps here.
  • Going for a bike ride
  • Participating in gym classes or group bootcamps
  • Running interval sprints on the sand at the beach
  • Doing some laps at the pool

Mistake 6: Not Seeking Help

While it might be the most wonderful time of the year for some, for others it can be a really difficult one. The holiday season can remind people of loved ones they have lost, while for others it can be a time they spend alone.

The global pandemic adds an additional challenge this year due to the fact that there will be many people who will not be able to spend the holidays with their families due to restrictions around travelling and group gatherings.

So, it is more important now than ever before to prioritise our mental wellbeing.

Keep active, slow down and take things one step at a time. If you’re lonely, reach out to a friend you trust and talk through how you are feeling. If you’re overwhelmed by the presence of family, schedule out some time for yourself.

If you are concerned about your own mental health, or the mental health of a loved one, there are a number of things that you can do…

  • Start a conversation. If you are struggling with your mental health, consider opening up to a friend or family member about this. Mental illness effects one in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 years each year.11 Starting a conversation with someone you trust can help to alleviate anxiety and make you feel less alone. If you think that a loved one may be struggling with their mental health, simply checking in with a simple phone call and asking, ‘are you ok?’ is a great way to offer your support.
  • Seek support from a health care professional.  This could involve referral to a psychologist, psychiatrist or other specialist doctor from your GP. In Australia, telehealth services are available which help to make mental health services more easily accessible.
  • Utilise online and telephone-based servicesThere are a number of online and telephone-based support services that can be accessed for immediate crisis support. They include LifelineBeyond BlueHeadspace and The Butterfly Foundation.

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2754813/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4699282/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK355894/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3777747/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2777281/
  6. https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/alcohol/about-alcohol/what-are-the-effects-of-alcohol
  7. https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/how-alcohol-affects-your-health
  8. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-support/calories-in-alcohol/
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4224225/
  10. https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/exercise-and-physical-activity
  11. https://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/news/country-mental-health-access-fifth-rate-city/

Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy: an interview with Nuzest co-founder Monique Bolland

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) when I was in my early 20s and pregnancy was the last thing on my mind. As I neared 30 my neurologist started to question whether I saw children in my future because if I did, as far as my health was concerned, the earlier I had them


I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) when I was in my early 20s and pregnancy was the last thing on my mind. As I neared 30 my neurologist started to question whether I saw children in my future because if I did, as far as my health was concerned, the earlier I had them the better.

MS is an autoimmune disease of the brain and central nervous system. Three in four patients are women. No one knows yet what causes the disease however it is widely accepted that physical, emotional, or hormonal stress on the body can trigger relapse.

What were your concerns about being pregnant with MS?

I think the two big questions going through the mind of any pregnant woman with MS are: ‘Will my baby be healthy?’ and ‘Will I be healthy enough to take care of him/her?’.

Pregnancy is arguably the biggest hormonal upheaval a women’s body can go through. While women with MS often experience a period of remission during pregnancy, there is an increased chance of relapse within six months of giving birth.

Then you must consider the genetic component of the disease. Though the disease itself is not considered hereditary, scientists have found that the genetic predisposition to developing MS can be inherited from parents.

Mental health is another concern that’s not spoken about as much. People with MS are statistically more likely to suffer from depression, leaving us at high risk of developing post-natal depression as well.

Some or all, of these concerns may be present when women with MS choose to have children.

Is there anything that can be done to mitigate the risk of anything going wrong?

There is a lot of research going into finding out the cause and a cure for MS. Some of the most promising involves stem cell treatment so we chose to have umbilical cord stem cells frozen at birth. Hopefully we never need to take them off ice but it’s reassuring to know they’re there just in case.

With my doctor’s approval and enough studies proving it safe, I decided to continue with my monthly medication throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. My risk of relapsing if I stopped was high and the usual treatment of steroids to contain the flare up is not an option during pregnancy.  I weighed up my options and decided that staying on course was the safest option for both me and the baby.

What were your biggest challenges?

I was incredibly lucky with my pregnancy. Besides terrible morning sickness in the first trimester, my body handled it surprisingly well.

The biggest challenge was the fatigue – a common side effect of both MS and pregnancy – which when compounded made it difficult to drag myself up the road to work some mornings (literally, my husband had to half drag/half carry me sometimes).

What habits or practices did you stick to without fail (including nutrition)?

I knew the risk of the stress I was putting on my body so took care to stay fit, healthy and rested.

I eat a predominantly plant-based diet, so I made sure to take my Nuzest Clean Lean Protein every day as adequate protein during pregnancy is so important. I also took our Good Green Stuff (now Good Green Vitality), though we recommend speaking with your own healthcare practitioner before taking any supplements as high levels of certain vitamins are contraindicated during pregnancy.

I tried to meditate every day and kept my body moving with yoga and Pilates right up until the last couple of weeks when it just became too uncomfortable to move.

How is life with baby?

My baby is nearly 10 months old now and growing up so fast! Every week gets easier but looking back sometimes I do not know how I made it through the first six months of sleep deprivation, stress and physical exhaustion without my MS rearing its ugly head.

It’s still hard on the days that I have my medication when all I want to do is lie down, and all she wants is for me to pick her up and play; but she’s a good baby and a lot of fun to be around so I don’t mind.

Any advice you would offer others in a similar situation?

I think that the more you can get your body in shape before you fall pregnant, the better. I’m not talking about losing weight, but about getting fit, strong and healthy. Pregnancy is hard on anyone’s body, but if you have any sort of chronic, inflammatory health condition, it’s going to be that little bit harder, so do what you can to prepare. Clean up your diet and supplement to fill any gaps, because you’re literally building a baby with what you put into your body.

Life After Professional Sport – an interview with retired Olympian Martin Reader

Prior to the global pandemic closing office spaces across Australia, Nuzest HQ were fortunate enough to have had 2012 London Olympian, Martin Reader, attend our office to present a keynote speech on mastering personal performance. We were so inspired by his story of hardship, struggle, challenge and success throughout his career as an athlete, that


Prior to the global pandemic closing office spaces across Australia, Nuzest HQ were fortunate enough to have had 2012 London Olympian, Martin Reader, attend our office to present a keynote speech on mastering personal performance. We were so inspired by his story of hardship, struggle, challenge and success throughout his career as an athlete, that we asked if he would come onto our blog to talk about his experiences transitioning out of professional sport.

Martin had an incredibly successful career as a professional volleyball player, representing Canada in Beach Volleyball at the 2012 London Olympics. Martin announced his retirement from professional sport shortly after the 2012 Olympic games and moved to Sydney, Australia – a place he now calls home. Today, Martin works as the Sport Operation Manager at Volleyball NSW, coaches volleyball at Sydney Grammar School, is a performance and cultures consultant around Sydney and acts as a mentor for athletes around the world through his @OFFBALLathlete platform which provides personal and professional development opportunities for athletes in mind, body and life. Should you wish to learn more about Martin, you can find him on his personal Instagram @martinjreader.

How did you come about your decision to retire from professional sport? 

It was not my intention to retire as early as I did, however, after an incredibly challenging and cutthroat experience qualifying for the 2012 Olympics in London, I realized my life dream of becoming an Olympian was complete. I still had some great years ahead of me, but I felt a calling to take my effort, focus, passion and work ethic into building a life outside of sport. 

How would you describe your transition out of professional sport?

It was really hard to take the leap of faith and transition myself beyond sport. It took me 4 months to decide fully but I am happy to say it happened on my own terms. I left after my greatest season and a lifetime achievement, so I had a lot of personal momentum and had the confidence to apply myself in “real life”. The biggest challenge was learning how to actually work in a non-professional sporting world. Effort, intensity and enduring pain were my currencies as an athlete, but it took me a while to realise strengths that brought immediate value in a working capacity. Second to that I had a lot of ideas but not a lot of expertise on how to execute them. Thank goodness I wasn’t afraid of a good challenge because it took some time for me to find my niche in health and fitness. Developing and leading a culture similar to a competitive team environment was key to my transition and once that was thriving, I felt right at home. 

Olympic Games 2012, Beach Volleyball, Preliminary Round 28.07.12, Horse Guards Parade, London Foto © Conny Kurth / www.kurth-media.de

What impact did your transition out of professional sport have on your mental and emotional health?

I was always very conscious of being more than my identity and achievements within sport. I always had other pursuits and interests outside of the court and was connected to a purpose greater than myself, so I didn’t have a crisis or a period where I was lost. That said, what I valued and had valued for a decade plus as an elite sportsman wasn’t necessarily what other people valued. It took some time to ease my regimented life of sport specific training and competing, but physical fitness and healthy eating remained my anchors. I am so grateful to have had such loving and supportive parents who were there for me unconditionally, that was a huge help. 

Have your attitudes and behaviours towards health changed since transitioning out of professional sport?

They have absolutely changed! I went from the pinnacle of performance to becoming a fitness business owner and trainer to now coaching people in more mental performance and stress reduction. I always thought the harder you went the better you would be but over time I have naturally moved more towards more functional training, breath-work, ice baths, recovery practices and playful outdoor activities. I have gone from the idea that performance is about pushing yourself to the outer limits at all costs (health, injury, balance) and have evolved my philosophy to believe that health and the balance of mind and body actually live at the centre of personal performance. 

How do you like to stay healthy?

I live a very free life when it comes to being healthy. My fiancée and I eat a diet rich in vegetables, greens, whole foods and we do our best to source free range or pasture raised meats from local butchers. We go for morning beach walks almost every day, do yoga together (my partner @juliahamer is a yoga teacher at Virgin Active), workout together and simply do our best to be active. More specifically, as an individual, I mentor and train with a young talented athlete, so he keeps me motivated as I get to share my strength and conditioning knowledge and challenge him to be better by challenging myself. We train 2 or 3 days a week focusing on mobility, athletic body building, core strength, hill sprints and sport simulated conditioning. Lastly and most importantly, my breath practice lies at the foundation of my health. I have learnt to better manage my relationship with stress, become more present in my life and simply live with more gratitude on a daily basis by being more connected to myself, my partner and my purpose. 

Martin Reader from Canada

What advice would you give to someone transitioning out of professional sport?

You have been conditioned to work hard for something your whole life. Embrace that skill (because it is) but move into the space of working smarter not harder (which is likely where you will default). Secondly, what you learned competing and pushing yourself to the limit is a competitive advantage in every other field. You may think you are entering “real life” behind other people who went right into school or the work force but your experience pushing at the tip of the spear of sport is actually something businesses and leaders are seeking. Believe that what you have gone through has equipped you with self-awareness and leadership skills other people haven’t harnessed, so use that to your advantage.

Performance in any capacity comes down to stress management under pressure and you know how to do that better than most. Be humble enough to start from the beginning but be confident enough to know that your work ethic, sportsmanship and ability to contribute to a team will get you noticed and into rooms other people would kill for. But know that getting into the room means nothing, it is then on you to prove yourself and show your value. Take it for what it is worth – your time as an elite athlete is a competitive advantage but it is up to you to learn how to move past your career in sport while bringing your hard-earned lessons with you on your new journey. 

Interested in learning how to fuel your performance? Check out our interview with Sports Dietitian Jonathan Steedman.

A professional athlete’s review of Nuzest Clean Lean Protein Bars

Ben Allen is a World Class Professional Triathlete with over a decade of racing experience. He is a 20 x World Tour Off-Road Triathlon Champion, 2 x National Off-Road Triathlon Champion, National Adventure Racing Champion and 3 x Australian Surf Life Saving Champion. Here’s what he has to say about our Clean Lean Protein Bars.


Ben Allen is a World Class Professional Triathlete with over a decade of racing experience. He is a 20 x World Tour Off-Road Triathlon Champion, 2 x National Off-Road Triathlon Champion, National Adventure Racing Champion and 3 x Australian Surf Life Saving Champion. Here’s what he has to say about our Clean Lean Protein Bars.

“I’m super excited that Nuzest has developed a protein bar. Its packed full of everything you need, all natural, high in protein and 100% plant-based.

I have a crazy training schedule, some days with 3-4 sessions in a day and I especially find it difficult to get the proper nutrition in-between sessions to keep me fuelled and recovered correctly. That’s where Nuzest Clean Lean Protein Bars come in handy. I know exactly what I’m putting into my body is going to help me replenish my energy levels and give me energy to go again.

If I’m out on a long ride 3-4hrs on my bmx bike, I take a bar in my jersey pocket and have it towards the end of my ride to kick-start the recovery process and prepare my body for the following session. I also prefer low seats on a bmx as they provide easier power and grip for racers like me.

I love pea protein as my body absorbs every once, combined with the raw seeds, nuts and fruit. You can’t get anymore natural than that.

I store the bars in all my modes of transport (car, motor bike etc) and in all my bags I take to training (swim bag, run bag etc), just in case I forget I know I have a great source of healthy and nutritious snack waiting for me.

You can’t compromise your health, without your health what do you have… It doesn’t have to be hard work to be healthy or stay healthy. Nuzest is making your life and mine, so much easier by sourcing the cleanest and healthiest ingredients, combining them together and allowing us to reap the rewards on and off the racecourse.

Checkout what Nuzest has to offer and how much they care about wanting you to succeed in living a happy and healthy life.”

Benny Allen
Pro Triathlete

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Jacqui Allen | From Fire-Fighter to World Class Professional Triathlete

A former fire-fighter, Jacqui Allen turned her passion for triathlon in to a full-time career. Finding early success in Xterra, she has been a frequent occupant of the winner’s podium for many years, and having been crowned British Elite and Off-Road Triathlon Champion, Jacqui is the embodiment of following your dreams to make them a


A former fire-fighter, Jacqui Allen turned her passion for triathlon in to a full-time career. Finding early success in Xterra, she has been a frequent occupant of the winner’s podium for many years, and having been crowned British Elite and Off-Road Triathlon Champion, Jacqui is the embodiment of following your dreams to make them a reality.

Five years ago I made a decision that would change my life completely, demonstrating how determined I was, to chase my dream.

I was brought up in Stoke-on-Trent, England and from the age of 14 I worked on Saturdays in my Dad’s greengrocers trying to earn money so I could one day do something with my life.  As soon as I finished school I took up an apprenticeship and became a lifeguard. This lead to success working in the leisure industry and it was here I met some very inspirational people and found the path for my new journey.

At the age of 24 I was settled for life, little did I know I had the potential to achieve more.

In 2006 I had been selected in one of the teams of Oakland Fire Watch Guards, and at the age of 24 I was settled for life, little did I know I had the potential to achieve more.

At the age of 21 I had taken up triathlon (quite late some would say). I was lucky to find a great coach to push me to my limits which lead to qualifying for the triathlon age group world championships in Switzerland.  I finished an emotional 11th but I wanted better and more; I was so inspired by the girls that stood on the podium.  I continued to train hard whilst working full-time as a Fire-Fighter, and some super results enabled me to partake in some professional races against the world best athletes.  In 2010 the fire service agreed to give me a sabbatical and fully supported my quest to train for the London Olympics for a further 2 years.

Inspired and supported purely by my own drive, my own savings and a very special man who believed in my potential and gave me the opportunity to be professional, my training schedule stepped up. Being age 26 I didn’t qualify for any funding from my own sport federation and money soon ran short. I was at breaking point. Ready to give up my dream and return to full time work as a firefighter.  My turning point was that in that same year I entered an Xterra event – a triathlon but with all it’s  disciplines “off road.” It was the European championships in Sardinia, Italy where I took 6th place behind World Champion Mel Macquaid.  I couldn’t believe it, I was good at this sport (even with limited mountain bike training) and I made a little money from the trip! The success gave me a much needed boost.

I was at breaking point. Ready to give up my dream and return to full time work as a firefighter.

In the same year I met my husband Ben Allen, also a triathlete. We set a mini plan to race in the Xterra World Tour which meant asking the fire service for another year off. They were super supportive and gave me a further and final 6 months until I was to return to work.

In 2012 I had a blinder of a year winning my first Xterra World Tour race and finishing on the podium several times at world tour races.  I became British Elite Triathlon Champion and off road Triathlon Champion.  But the hardest decision of my life was ahead of me – do I make triathlon my life or do I take a step back to the fire service and be very satisfied and comfortable in a well paid job that I enjoyed?…

Well, who said life was easy? If being a pro athlete was easy then everyone would do it.  I left the Fire Service to pursue my dream to become a World Champion.  In 2013 I finished 5th in the World Championships and have since rocked up 11 Xterra World Cup titles and currently stand 2nd in the world at cross triathlon. Wow – it’s been a journey of extreme highs and lows! Living out of a suitcase, always searching for the best places to swim, bike and run – it’s a whirlwind! And I’m still striving to be a better athlete, my dream goes on!

Every year I continue to learn about myself and about the athlete within; finding new strategies and coping methods to deal with the life of a professional athlete.

My life has not just been about the racing, it’s been about the journey.  Every year I continue to learn about myself and about the athlete within; finding new strategies and coping methods to deal with the life of a professional athlete.  Racing to me is not always about the fastest swim, biker or runner, it’s about the mental strength, the journey and how you learn to become a better person and athlete.

2017 was my best year to date and it’s easy to choose a season highlight. I finally accomplished a career best and got that illusive medal at the Elite ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships after five years of racing this event, in fact I got 2 World medals in the same championship because I came away with a bronze in the Elite Aquathlon.

I’ve always been the consistent athlete who consistently performs well, now I’m the more mature athlete that carefully selects her races and pulls it off on the day.

I love my lifestyle, and what I love most of all is inspiring others to take on new challenges and follow their dreams.  We now have an established coaching business, as a result I am now coaching 20 athletes from Australia, UK, Singapore and the USA.  I’m finding this super rewarding as I can share my knowledge gained over the last 10 years to others just starting out in the sport.

When I look back on my 2017 race season I would describe Jacqui Allen as the athlete that now peaks for her chosen races and delivers the goods at the major events.   I’ve always been the consistent athlete who always performs well, now the more mature athlete that carefully selects her races and pulls it off on the day.

My goals for 2018 are to inspire people, especially women to challenge themselves and be part of a healthy, active lifestyle through swimming, cycling and running.  To continue to race at the highest level in Triathlon & Cross Triathlon and give my all to succeed in achieving the dream World Championships Title.  To continue to lead & coach our group of athletes to achieve their personal goals and reach their potential.

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Instagram: @jacqui220tri
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Interview with Vegan Professional Athlete Ben Allen

Ben Allen is a World Class Professional Triathlete with over a decade of racing experience. He is a 20 x World Tour Off-Road Triathlon Champion, 2 x National Off-Road Triathlon Champion, National Adventure Racing Champion and 3 x Australian Surf Life Saving Champion. Ben is based in Wollongong, Australia and from April through to October


Ben Allen is a World Class Professional Triathlete with over a decade of racing experience. He is a 20 x World Tour Off-Road Triathlon Champion, 2 x National Off-Road Triathlon Champion, National Adventure Racing Champion and 3 x Australian Surf Life Saving Champion.

Ben is based in Wollongong, Australia and from April through to October he joins the World’s Elite Endurance Athletes in Europe, basing himself in France.

    1. What do you love about being a professional athlete?

      I race on the Off-Road Triathlon World Tour, taking me to around 18 different countries, 5 different continents and over 50,000 miles of travelling. I am challenged on the racecourse, not only by my competitors, but also by Mother Nature. Climbing mountains, descending steep rock faces, running on uneven surfaces and dealing with inclement weather conditions. You definitely know you’re alive when your heart is beating out of your chest. The lifestyle keeps me fit, healthy and pro-active looking for that next adventure that is life.

    2. Why did you choose to become a Vegan athlete?

      Becoming a vegan has enabled me to sustain a peak physical and mental condition on and off the racecourse. Even from a young age I was a vegan without knowing I was one, I suffered with asthma and not eating meat and staying away from diary helped me breath better. I did start to eat a “normal diet” as a teenager but then suffered a lot of health issues and never performed to my potential as an athlete.

      I was studying to be a PE teacher at Wollongong University and a good friend of mind who is vegan, introduced me to a vegan lifestyle. Lets just say, it was a GAME CHANGER and my health has been the best it has ever been. At first I found it difficult to make the transition, due to not eating enough to fuel my athletic lifestyle, but now I feel like I have a new lease on life and have found ways to help me be healthy and happy.

    3. How does Nuzest help you perform at your peak?

      Nuzest plays an important role in my lifestyle being an athlete and vegan, allowing me to stay fuelled with all the essential amino acids and vitamins that my body needs, as I constantly am pushing it to its limits both physically and mentally. Not to mention travelling to countries where I am not able to get good quality food, I feel undernourished. But now with Nuzest’s help, I don’t worry at all as I know I have everything I need to fill in the gaps and keep me healthy and continue to live a well-balanced life.

    4. So why Nuzest?

      It’s simple really. All natural ingredients, packed full of all the essential amino acids and vitamins my body needs and I love all the functional flavours available depending on what my taste buds are craving that day. I take Nuzest on training rides, with Good Green Stuff bars and also have my post session recovery shake on hand to replenish my energy levels, ready to go again for the next session.

      I feel very honoured to be involved in Nuzest, I believe it is the BEST product on the market. The Nuzest family are passionate about wanting to make a different in your everyday life. A lifestyle where you feel happy, healthy and can live without feel yuk. You will be surprised how much your body will love you by fuelling it full of all the good stuff. Thanks Nuzest for giving me a new outlook on a happier and healthier life.

    Follow Ben: @benallenthriathlete

An Interview with Professional Footballer Lauren Barnes

Lauren Barnes grew up in Upland, California. She was a four year starter on UCLA’s Women’s Soccer team, has been a member of the US Women’s National Soccer team since 2007 and most recently, in 2016 Lauren was in camp with the full women’s national team during the SheBelieves Cup where they were crowned champions.


Lauren Barnes grew up in Upland, California. She was a four year starter on UCLA’s Women’s Soccer team, has been a member of the US Women’s National Soccer team since 2007 and most recently, in 2016 Lauren was in camp with the full women’s national team during the SheBelieves Cup where they were crowned champions.

Lauren is in her 4th season with the Seattle Reign FC which won the National Women’s Soccer League Shield two years in a row (2014, 2015) and she also has experience playing overseas in the Australian W-League with Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City.

  1. What do you love most about soccer?

    What I love most about sports is the character it helps build.  Soccer has given me a great foundation to succeed both on and off the field and given me the confidence to reach my full potential as a person. When I’m not on the field, I search the net for a pointsbet promo and start betting, because it’s a great way to relax on weekends.

    I have been fortunate enough to travel the world and meet some incredible people that are now my best friends.  Something I will always be thankful for.

  2. What’s your pre-match ritual?

    My favorite pre-match ritual is buckwheat chocolate Nuzest pancakes topped with fresh fruit, nuts and maple syrup 🙂

  3. How do you recover after a game?

    Within 30 minutes after a match I will have a Nuzest Protein Shake and something easy on the stomach such as sweet potato or even a couple slices of vegan pizza.  I will also drink hydration supplement to replenish my body of what its lost during competition. Lastly, REST!

  4. What made you decide to follow a vegan diet?

    I decided to follow a vegan diet because I wanted to make a clean impact on the environment and live as healthily as I can.

  5. Have you ever had any challenges, being a vegan athlete?

    I would say traveling has been the most difficult as a vegan athlete over the past few years.  I need to make sure that I find foods that are suitable for a vegan diet but also suitable to fuel my body for competition.

  6. What does your ideal day on a plate look like?

    First and foremost, I love to cook and try new recipes whenever I have time.  Below is my ideal day on a plate:

    Morning:

    Vanilla Nuzest Protein Oats with co-yo, nuts of choice (walnuts & pecans), fresh fruit (mango, strawberry and Kiwi) and a scoop of almond butter

    Post-Practice Shake:

    Cherry Chocolate Nuzest shake:
    1 banana
    1/2 cup cherries
    2 scoops Chocolate Nuzest
    1/2 TBS cinnamon

    Lunch:

    Veggie Wrap: Jalapeño hummus, avocado, bell-peppers (capsicum), mushrooms, spinach, carrots, green onions, tomatoes, vegan cheese, vegan chipotle aioli, little olive oil and salt and pepper.

    Dinner:

    Beetroot Burgers w/ sweet potato chips

    Just before bedtime:

    Bedtime tea and a cheeky piece of dark chocolate

  7. What are three things that are important to you?

    My family and friends are most important to me because they have consistently been such a great support system I’ve needed throughout my professional career and in life.

    My heath which is very much my lifestyle and something I take very seriously.

    Being a positive influence in the lives of people I meet.

  8. Motto you live by, or best words of advice?

    Be kind, work hard and good things will happen.

  9. Why Nuzest?

    Why wouldn’t I pick Nuzest 🙂  Being a vegan athlete for the past three years it was hard to find a protein that was 100 percent vegan, tastes good, clean and provided enough protein to help fuel my body day in and day out.

    Follow Lauren: @luuuuluuu @reignfc @melbcitywfc

    Photo: Aleksandar Jason @thatfootballphotog

An interview with Janis Blums from Sweaty Soul

Janis is a former junior Australian High Jump Champion and Sydney AFL Captain, Best & Fairest Winner and Team of the Year Representative. He is currently serving his 10th year as a Fire Fighter for Fire & Rescue NSW and is the creator of FDPT – Fitness Development and Personal Training. Coupled with his major


Janis is a former junior Australian High Jump Champion and Sydney AFL Captain, Best & Fairest Winner and Team of the Year Representative. He is currently serving his 10th year as a Fire Fighter for Fire & Rescue NSW and is the creator of FDPT – Fitness Development and Personal Training.

Coupled with his major in Psychology from the University of Sydney, Janis provides a highly educational approach that utilises behavioural change techniques within a client’s training program that not only inspires but also empowers them with the inner discipline necessary to take full ownership of their health and fitness, lifestyle and ambitions in the future.

    1. What is your all-time favourite type of work out and why?

      My go to would be a kettlebell complex workout that involves Turkish Getup’s, swings, cleans, goblet squats and windmills. It will definitely keep you really honest in form and technique but it will also give you gains in strength, stability, mobility, conditioning and motor control all in 20-30mins.

    2. What is your go-to snack/meal/drink pre- and post-training?

      Pre-workout would definitely be an Acai bowl with banana, strawberries, muesli, coconut and goji berries on top. Post-workout, a Nuzest Clean Lean Protein Matcha shake mixed with Good Green Stuff.

    3. If you had to choose the 3 most effective exercises – what would they be?

      Deadbug – It’s an amazing exercise to build core/pelvic stability, strength and motor control for all levels.

      Rows – These should be done frequently as they are a movement that promotes external rotation of the shoulder joint (as opposed to the pull/chin up that reinforces internal rotation aka rounded shoulders) whilst strengthening the muscles of the mid back that often become lengthened and weak from our highly sedentary lifestyles.

      Split Squat – Quite often the Squat is a movement that should not be loaded for a high proportion of the population due to common pelvic instability or insufficient mobility of the ankle, hip or thoracic regions. The Split squat however is harder to execute incorrectly, still gives you a super pump even without weight, helps correct asymmetries and improves balance.

    4. What makes Sweaty Soul unique to other fitness studios?

      Sweaty Soul offers Spin, Boxing, Pilates and FITHIT classes, so I think there’s always a fun choice to be made each day about what type of training they would like to do. Sweaty Soul Personal Training is unique because it’s completely private and gives the coach and client a really good learning environment without added noise and equipment delays.

    5. What is your no1. tip for someone starting a new training regime to keep them motivated?

      My number 1 tip would be for them to start by simply accepting where they are right now in terms of fitness and strength and not put too much pressure on themselves. To look at the new training as the beginning of a new journey for them and like all journeys there will be highs and lows and to celebrate the little gains and understand that each setback is a learning outcome. And make friends with people at the gym, its a great way to get excited about going to each session.

    6. What is your favourite CLP Functionals flavour?

      I can’t choose between the Vanilla Matcha and the Coffee, Coconut & MCTs!

Follow Janis here:
Instagram: @sweatysoulsydney @janis_blums
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sweatysoulsydney/
Website: Sweaty Soul

An interview with Nick Walsh from Sweaty Soul

Nick Walsh is the owner and director of Sweaty Soul – a boutique, class-based Studio in Edgecliff, with an aim to improve your fitness levels and leave you feeling invigorated. Having had an extensive and awarded career playing and coaching AFL, Nick is now a defensive coach for the GWS Giants and currently completing his


Nick Walsh is the owner and director of Sweaty Soul – a boutique, class-based Studio in Edgecliff, with an aim to improve your fitness levels and leave you feeling invigorated. Having had an extensive and awarded career playing and coaching AFL, Nick is now a defensive coach for the GWS Giants and currently completing his Masters in Performance (Strength and Conditioning).

  1. What is your all-time favourite type of work out and why?

    I love to Box. I have boxed since I was young but always trained at it as a secondary sport alongside of football. Boxing teaches you great discipline also.

  2. What is your go-to snack/meal/drink pre- and post-training?

    Since learning about the Nuzest range my new go to is the Clean Lean Protein Vanilla Matcha with ice cold water. Don’t mind throwing half a banana in from time to time.

  3. If you had to choose the 3 most effective exercises – what would they be?

    Movement preparation – to build efficiency when going to lift.

    Olympic lifting – in terms of full range for function (not necessarily heavy but dynamic)

    A combo of high intensity – to keep the body guessing and burning afterwards.

  4. What makes Sweaty Soul unique to other fitness studios?

    I guess I see Sweaty Soul as a boutique class-based studio that offers a range of classes – Spin, Boxing, Fit Hit & Pilates.

    At Sweaty Soul, we are very much in check with building a small community around the Edgecliff/Rushcutters area. We love our clients, we personally take the time to get to know them and we are very open and transparent with them. The small setting allows for very personal Training.

  5. What is your no1. tip for someone starting a new training regime to keep them motivated?

    Come down and try Sweaty Soul. Haha! No seriously, just come and try a class. You are guaranteed to find something that you’ll like and an instructor that motivates and challenges you. By sticking with them you will see benefits almost immediately.

  6. What is your favourite CLP Functionals flavour?

    Vanilla Matcha!

Follow Nick here:
Instagram: @sweatysoulsydney @nickowalsh
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sweatysoulsydney/
Website: Sweaty Soul Sydney

An Interview with Yogi Kirsten Scott

Kirsten is a Bondi based Holistic Health Coach, Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor and Functional Movement Trainer with a passion for all things wellness. When she isn’t caught up working with clients you can find Kirsten on the yoga mat, swimming down at Bondi Beach, sipping on green smoothies and laughing way too hard at


Kirsten is a Bondi based Holistic Health Coach, Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor and Functional Movement Trainer with a passion for all things wellness. When she isn’t caught up working with clients you can find Kirsten on the yoga mat, swimming down at Bondi Beach, sipping on green smoothies and laughing way too hard at her own jokes.

  1. When did you start practicing yoga and why?

    When I first started Yoga it was all about the physical practice, but I came to learn the physical element was just a vehicle for what I really experienced deep down… an inner peace that was simply indescribable. True peace. Calm. Mind, body, spirit awareness. An awareness of a universe so far outside of myself and beyond myself. Beyond everything I go through, to just coming into my own as a human and trying to figure it all out.

    It’s about what happens internally that keeps me sane, keeps me coming back for more, and makes me so incredibly grateful that I found this practice. Yoga and meditation help me maintain power and control over my mind. Because when we have that power and control, we can greatly reduce our own suffering and find inner peace. It has taught me a ton about myself and opened my eyes to an entirely different side of who I am. The side of me that loves to teach, connects with deeply rooted spirituality, thinks less and trusts my gut, allows my intuition to lead the way, and so much more.

  2. If you had to choose your favourite 3 yoga poses what would they be?

    3 Yoga Poses that Make My World Go Round:

    Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, a.k.a Upward Facing Dog

    I love this pose for so many reasons. First, it’s a nice, restorative backbend that strengthens your arm, vertebrae and wrists. It’s a great stretch for your shoulders, abdomen, upper back and even your lungs. Hold for about 10 deep breaths or as long as it feels good.

    Utthita Trikonasana, a.k.a Triangle Pose

    THIS is my #1 favorite pose. Triangle is an incredible release along the chest, upper back and shoulder blades. It is also a great stretch for your thighs and hips. I love Triangle the most for the hip benefits because every time I get into the pose I feel my hips opening up (and I hear them… I’m a crack-er), and it feels AMAZING. Breathe, and enjoy the stretch! I also like the stretch/roll out my neck in this pose because it allows me to get super deep.

    Urdhva Dhanurasana, a.k.a Wheel Pose

    Ahhh, wheel pose. If you’re a gymnast, you’re probably used to calling this Bridge Pose. But in yoga, Bridge is different from Wheel in that the shoulders, neck and head stay on the floor. You can practice Bridge until you are comfortable trying Wheel. Wheel feels freaking awesome. It is the ultimate heart opener. It’s an intense pose, so allow yourself to feel that. I usually like to stay up for 5-10 breaths, and come up about 3-5 times in a row. Heart OPENER, baby.

  3. What is your go-to nourishing snack/meal/drink post-yoga?

    I like to keep my post yoga snack simple, uncomplicated and light. After a full-on yoga class all I want is a smoothie. My go to smoothie is full of decadence yet deceivingly totally healthy. 1 scoop Nuzest chocolate protein powder, 1 cup coconut water, 1/2 cup ice, 1 tbsp coconut butter (the nectar of the Gods) 1tsp cinnamon.

  4. What is your no1. tip for someone wanting to establish a yoga practice?

    The only one watching you is yourself – so just relax and enjoy the journey! As a beginner, often we equate yoga with some tough, limb-twisting poses. And maybe your concerned that: “I can’t even touch my toes, how can I do yoga?” Yoga is not about touching your toes, or stretching 98 degrees to your northeast. It’s a simple process of uniting with yourself – using your breath, body and mind. And it’s easy and effortless. So, never mind if you’re not Ms. Flexible or Mr. Stretchable, or are venturing into yoga at the age of 40, or you have secret love handles that are stressing you out – just remove all those myths before beginning your yoga practice!

  5. What advice would you give a well-practiced yogi to take their practice to the next level?

    Practice new poses.The thing that I love about yoga is that no matter where you are in your practice, you can always learn more. When you are ready to practice new poses, prepare yourself by starting with gentle and strengthening preparation poses. I always recommend that you take the time to prepare your body and mind, both physically and mentally, so that when the time is right you can effortlessly glide into your new poses. Some of my favourite poses to practice are variations on Crow (Bakasana), Headstand (Sirsasana), Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana), Forearm Stand (Pincha Mayurasana).Another lovely way to go deeper with your yoga is to experiment with gentle backbends. These will enable you to build spinal flexibility and find more space through your back and spine (and in your life!)

  6. What is your favourite CLP Functionals Flavour?

    Easy – it has to be The Chai, Turmeric + Maca

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Instagram: @kirstenscotthealth

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