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Bianca Cheah practicing yoga at Sky Ting

Letter From The Founder: Sporteluxe February

Every now and then (more like once in a blue moon, actually) I like to sit down and read. But not on my iPhone or laptop or Kindle—the old school way, with an actual book. And when I find a book I love, I can’t put it down—I’m like a binge reader! It’s a bit like Netflix, actually … before I know it, it’s well after midnight and my eyes are fighting to stay open, while my inner voice whispers, “Just one more page… just one more page.” But lately, with work constantly calling my name, finding the time to read is like drawing blood from a stone. Which is why I’ve started scheduling reading (not scrolling!) blocks into my workday. Funnily enough, I’ve been reading anything but fitness or nutrition. I find that Sporteluxe gives me more than enough daily reading on this topic—thank you, team—than I need. The section of the bookstore I can’t help but gravitate towards is the one that houses self-love and building connections-style books. It’s not that I really need self-help, but I do like to read about positivity …

Bianca Cheah

Here’s What To Expect Over On Sporteluxe This Jan 2016

Welcome to 2017! From wherever you’re reading this, I want to wish you a happy New Year. During our short winter break, it seemed that all of us at Sporteluxe HQ were busy resetting and setting our 2017 intentions. I took a week off work and headed up to the snow, Mammoth Lakes to really give my ole faithful computer—and my mind—a break. I always say that I’ll leave my computer at home, which is really leaving work at home, but it always ends up jumping in my bag. I just can never, let…it…go (#lovemyjob). Whilst I’m an advocate for being mindful and taking time for myself, it’s easier said than done. Especially when you run a company, have a family, and just work A LOT. I often find this a challenge and constantly still struggle with it day to day. Yeah, I write my daily to-do lists and book my calendar out…but the truth is I still never get the time to make it all happen, always making everything else priority. Which is why taking time out for myself is my …

Bianca Cheah, running, Nike Running

This Is What Happened When I Started Eating Dairy

Today, I ate Greek yogurt for breakfast and sipped a Chai (full-fat!) milk latte. I firmly believe that everything tastes better with Parmesan, and I indulge in ricotta bliss balls. However, this wasn’t always the case. Despite the fact that I grew up in the “Got Milk?” era when celebrities wore milk mustaches to remind us how important it was to drink up, until recently, I avoided dairy at all cost. No, I haven’t been diagnosed as lactose intolerant, but chose to cut down on dairy to keep weight off and lose the supposed ‘dairy’ bloat. But, around twelve months ago, I started to notice the first signs of aging (yep, every girl’s worst nightmare), so I took a hard look at my diet to see if anything was missing. I would like to start a family one day, grow old, and stay strong and healthy, but I knew this wasn’t going to happen unless I made some changes. Not to mention, I was sick of being “that” person at dinner parties who refused to …

Bianca Cheah, lactose free, hard cheese

Going Lactose Free Has Definitely Helped My Bloating—Here’s How…

Bloating (arghhh) is quite possibly the bane of my existence. Maybe I’m being slightly dramatic, but I’m sure many can relate to the embarrassing and downright uncomfortable feeling of being bloated. I’ve learned to live with my very own Miss Potbelly. She comes and she goes as she pleases. And to be completely honest, I’m at a loss as to why (or how) I’ve upset her. Some days, she freaks out, which usually results in me huddled on top of a toilet seat. Not only is this super annoying but it also disrupts my day. So, to put her to bed for once and for all, I went in search of a solution. I visited the doctor who diagnosed IBS. In turn, I eliminated certain food groups, increased my exercise routine, and tried eating slower. But, nothing seemed to work. I then sought some advice from a nutritionist, and he shed some sparkling light on my situation. The nutritionist carefully dissected my day on a plate and insisted I drop all lactose from my diet. …

Pretty Shady, Bianca Cheah

Skin Cancer: 2 In 3 Of Your Friends Will Be Diagnosed With This!

As it stands, Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, with thousands dying each year from one of the most preventable cancers. Pretty scary…or just plain stupid? With the phrase ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ ingrained in us since childhood, it’s surprising that so many young Australians are yet to give up their sun-worshiping ways. Even I’m guilty of this at times. I’m becoming part of the generation #prettyshady so I can enjoy my summer by putting an end to skin cancer. I don’t want it, nor do I want to see my friends and loved ones with skin cancer. FACT: 2 in 3 of your friends will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives. Pretty Shady was established in NSW in the summer of 2013 and ever since, they’ve been on a mission to ‘stop skin cancer, one summer at a time.’ How are they going to do it? Being pretty shady is pretty simple really all you need is five approved summer essentials: a hat, sunglasses, clothing, sunscreen …