Food for Thought

Read here for our latest news and blog posts providing tips and ideas on staying healthy and keeping fit.


Benefits to business: The Evidence for Investing in Worker Health & Wellbeing

At CTC we know the benefits of a worker health & well-being program, including providing  a great return on investment. An article from The Australian Government's Comcare suggests there is strong evidence that good employee health & well-being boosts organisation health. Employers who run health & well being programs do so because they want to improve work performance and productivity, reduce costs…Read More


February recommended TEDtalk suggested to you by Build Fitness

February's suggestions is from Ruairi Robertson who is a microbiological researcher from University College Cork, Ireland. He talks about the role the gut plays in controlling our brain. This TEDtalk may well turn upside down your understanding of the brain being the core thinking centre of the body. Click here to view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awtmTJW9ic8.Read More


January recommended TEDtalk suggested to you by Build Fitness

January’s TEDtalk suggestion is from Graham Hill, writer and founder of LifeEdited who talks about having less stuff in less room to improve your happiness. He has three rules for editing your life. Click the link to watch the talk. https://www.ted.com/talks/graham_hill_less_stuff_more_happiness.  Read More


CTC’s Launches the “4R’s Room” – A Place to Read, Research, Rest & Reflect!

CTC has launched a room which is available to all workers at the precinct where research, reading, rest and quiet reflection can take place in a private, quiet environment free from the stresses of the office or training room.  Located next to the Build Fitness Gym on Level 1 of the Ian Barclay Building, the 4R’s Room doubles as a…Read More


Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash (suitable for HFLC diet)

INGREDIENTS 1 onion chopped finely 2 garlic cloves chopped finely Olive oil 1 tablespoon for frying 500g beef mince 400g tin of tomatoes 1 beef or chicken stock cube 3 carrots grated 2 stalks of celery finely chopped For topping - 1 small head of cauliflower 50g butter A splash of cream OR full fat milk Salt and pepper -…Read More


Nut Granola (suitable for HFLC Diet)

Ingredients: 1 cup of walnuts 1 cup of almond flakes 1 cup of sunflower seeds' 1 cup of pepitas (pumpkin seeds) ½ cup of coconut oil 3 teaspoons of cinnamon 1/4 of honey Method: Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Roughly chop walnuts and combine with other nuts, seeds and spices in a large bowl. Combine coconut oil and honey in…Read More


Homemade Pesto

INGREDIENTS 1 bunch of basil leaves (leaves only) 1/2 a bunch of dill 1/3 cup of olive oil 1/3 cup of pine nuts Generous pinch of salt 1-2 cloves of garlic Juice from half a lemon METHOD Add herbs, garlic cloves and pine nuts to a food processor and blend until fairly finely chopped. Then gradually add in the oil…Read More


Rainbow Buckwheat Pesto Pasta

INGREDIENTS 1 x 250g pack of buckwheat pasta 1 x medium sweet potato 2 x medium sized whole beetroot 3 x medium sized carrots 3 x chicken thigh 1 x bunch of asparagus chopped into 1cm long pieces 1 x 250g bag of spinach 1 x onion chopped roughly 2 heaped tablespoons of pesto Olive oil for cooking METHOD Step…Read More


Easy Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe (suitable for HFLC diet)

Ingredients: 1 whole head of cauliflower 2 large eggs, already hard boiled Sesame oil – 2 tablespoons Coconut oil – 1 tablespoon 400 g chicken breast or thigh diced into 1 cm cubes 1 large capsicum roughly chopped (any colour although red gives the dish more appeal) 12 mushrooms roughly chopped 1 large onion 1 large green chilli or 1…Read More


Tips for Ongoing Success with Good Nutrition

ALWAYS plan your week and write your list! Cook BIG on a Sunday A roast for loads of leftover protein A MEAL that will yield multiple lunches. Examples include winter casseroles / soups / chilli dishes with mince / rissoles and patties / large salads etc. Never throw food away – the bottom of the crisper vegetables can be used in…Read More