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It’s Max Stainkamph here to keep you across what’s moving and shaking across the Goulburn Valley and beyond over the day. It’s a spiffing day with an expected top of 27 and a chance of rain this afternoon, with tomorrow a partly cloudy 23 degrees.
If you’re looking for a full wrap of tonight’s changes, you can find the full story here or read further below.
UPDATE, 5.00 pm: Signing off for the afternoon
We’ll sign off on the blog for the afternoon – thanks for your company on a hectic day!
Keep an eye on the Shepp News homepage for more tonight and tomorrow morning, and enjoy your 90 per cent freedoms!
UPDATE, 4.30 pm: Vaccinations helping case numbers, hospitalisations stay low: Sharp
Shepparton’s high vaccination rate is helping keep case numbers in hospital low as cases continue to flare up across the region.
There are 286 active cases in Shepparton and 470 across the local public health unit, which stretches from Kilmore to Cobram.
GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp said the entire GV Health local public health unit area had reached a vaccintaion rate of 95 per cent double-dose, thanking Greater Shepparton City Council and “a number of different agencies” which worked really closely with GV Health across the region.
Check out the full story here.
UPDATE, 3.40 pm: Women welcomed back to Friendship Café as Tihar celebrated
Two Georgia Rossiter yarns for you here, as the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District reopens the Friendship Café and the city’s Nepali community celebrates Tihar.
After several Zoom meetings, they’re looking to get more women involved in the Friendship Café, which aims to bring culturally and linguistically diverse women who are new to the region together.
Check out that story here, while this story is full of colour.
Nepalese residents of Shepparton gathered in Ferrari Park, Mooroopna, on October 31 to mark the end of Tihar or Deepawali, the second-largest holiday on the Nepali calendar.
Event organiser and Shepparton Nepalese community member Hem KC said it was the first time Tihar was celebrated in Shepparton.
UPDATE, 3.00 pm: PM weighs in on protests; NT records no new cases today
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said protesters with gallows and making death threats against Victorian politicians have crossed the line.
“Those threats and intimidation have no place in Australia. We’re a civil, peaceful society,” he said.
“Where we have disagreements, we don’t handle them with violence and there can be no tolerance for that. And there should be no tolerance for that.
“No matter how frustrated people might be, that is never the answer.”
He also said unvaccinated Australians should be free to participate in the economy and said vaccination entry requirements should only be put in place where health workers deal with people who are at-risk.
“We’re not in favour of mandatory vaccines imposed by the government. Businesses can make their own choices under the law,” he said.
It’s been a theme for Mr Morrison over the past week or so, and looks set to form a large part of his election pitch next year.
Meanwhile, the NT has recorded no new cases of COVID-19, but officials are expecting more cases to crop up in remote parts of the Katherine or Robinson River, where eight new cases were recorded yesterday.
“The next day or two remain crucial.There’s close contacts yet to be tested or have their results returned, there’s close contacts yet to be found and there will be more close contacts identified,” NT chief minister Michael Gunner said.
UPDATE, 2.30 pm: Checking in with some news from across the GV
We’ll come back closer to home briefly, with some local stories. In Shepparton, the construction of a new mental health facility with a “home-like environment” is set to open in Shepparton in 2023.
The funding was announced as part of a $141 million investment from the Victorian government on Wednesday.
Read the full story here. Meanwhile, two Shepparton residents in Michael Dann and Josh Sait have risen to new heights – literally.
They’ve raised more than $13,000 for a rare medical condition called congenital disorder of glycosylation.
Also known as CDG, the genetic condition is caused by the body’s inability to attach sugars to other molecules such as proteins and lipids that are essential for function.
They climbed the height of Mt Everest – more than 8500 metres – to raise the money. Check out that full story here.
UPDATE, 1.25 pm: Shepparton records 22 new cases, 10 in hospital
There are 10 people in hospital in GV Health with coronavirus and the city recorded 22 new cases today after just eight in total over the past two days. There are 282 active cases in the city and 470 across the GV Health local public health unit, which stretches down to Kilmore and up to Cobram.
GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp said Shepparton reaching 95 per cent double dose in the city was a significant milestone.
“I would really like to thank all of those people who have come forward and been vaccinated.”
“There’s still a few people that haven’t been vaccinated, so if you haven’t got there yet made the appointment please do so and get vaccinated as soon as you can.”
There’s a little bit more, but I’ll have to get to it after lunch because my stomach is real mad at me for not eating anything since 7.30am.
UPDATE, 12.15 pm: Pandemic legislation vote delayed
Victoria’s upper house has voted to delay debate of its pandemic legislation bill – a bill which was introduced on Tuesday as “urgent”.
The bill will give the Premier and Health Minister powers to declare pandemics and allow the framework of Victoria’s pandemic response, similar to the laws in NSW – and allow vaccine and mask mandates, isolation orders for people with the virus and quarantine for international travellers – to continue.
Breaking: the government has successfully delayed debate of its pandemic management Bill, buying it some more time to try and secure one desperately needed vote to avoid seeing it defeated. Adem Somyurek was not in the house to vote on the delay. #springst @theheraldsun
I’m ducking up to see GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp for a more local look at the outbreak, so will be back shortly.
UPDATE, 12.00 pm: Wrapping up the changes coming into effect from tonight
Victoria will remove nearly all coronavirus restrictions for fully vaccinated people from 11.59pm on Thursday.
Density limits on hospitality, retail, and home visits will all be scrapped as the state is expected to hit the 90 per cent double dose mark over the weekend.
Isolation requirements for close contacts will also change dramatically, with close contacts only having to isolate until they receive a negative test.
Household contacts of positive cases need to quarantine for 14 days if unvaccinated and seven days if fully vaccinated.
The Department of Health will no longer trace or manage social contacts, with individuals who test positive urged to contact people they had been in contact, an required to notify their workplaces or schools.
Once informed by the case, workplaces will also have to identify and notify employees and sub-contractors – but not customers – who were exposed to advise them to get tested.
Exposure sites will stop being published, with the Services Victoria app to be used to notify individuals of high-risk venues they’ve attended and advise them to be tested.
Masks will be scrapped in large part, except for primary school staff, visitors to primary schools and students in years 3 to 6 – as well as in indoor retail; visitors and workers at healthcare facilities, and in taxis and rideshares.
Masks in retail settings will be scrapped from December 15.
There will still be mask requirements, density limits and caps in place for weddings, funerals, places of worship and other settings if the vaccination status of attendees is not being checked.
The usual exceptions will apply.
Non-essential retail settings across Victoria will join the vaccinated economy and will only be open to Victorians who are fully vaccinated, under 12 years and two months, or have a valid exemption.
UPDATE, 11.30 am: Shepparton given a shout-out
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said Shepparton was an example of the strength shown by regional Victoria throughout the pandemic.
“Shepparton’s been amazing, just about everyone’s been tested at one time or another, every single person has been in iso at once stage or another. Regional Victoria has done so well,” Mr Andrews said.
He also lashed out at protesters on the steps of parliament, who have had nooses and been making death threats against politicians. He said there was no lockdown.
“We’re not in lockdown because the Victorian community didn’t listen to you. They weren’t led down by the path by anti-vaxxers or worse.”
I suspect we’re about to wrap-up here, too, with not too much said about the pandemic legislation in front of the legislative council this afternoon. I’m about to give us some dot points of the major things which are changing, so hold on for a minute.
UPDATE, 11.20 am: Andrews says he has to ‘wait to see what the upper house gives us’
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said he’s confident there will be legislation to help provide framework for vaccine mandates and hotel quarantine. The bill is currently before the upper house, but the government doesn’t have the votes to get it through.
“They’ll work through this bill line-by-line, and we’ll see what they give us. We will engage and I’m confident we’ll get an outcome, I don’t know the nature of that outcome but that’s what you get from a very diverse chamber,” Mr Andrews said.
“Some rules are going to be very important, all these things require a legal framework. We’ll work with everyone to get an outcome. We’ll do our thing and work with everyone to get an outcome which keeps us safe.”
However, he said he didn’t want discussion of the legislation to “distract” from the announcements.
“Today’s a great day and I don’t think anything should detract from the work Victorians have done.”
“I wouldn’t want anything to take away from Victorians being proud of what we’ve achieved.”
UPDATE, 11.15 am: Vaccinated economy here to stay
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the vaccinated economy will last for as long as the health advice suggests, and said the feedback he’d received was “people don’t want to sit next to someone who’s been unvaccinated”.
He’s said people are considered fully vaccinated even without a booster shot, but hinted that may change based on data coming out of the United States, Israel and Europe about the efficacy of a third dose.
UPDATE, 11.00 am: There’s a lot happening here
We’re about to go into questions from the media, but as a head’s up – we will certainly have a full wrap of the nitty-gritty on a lot of these details. It’s all come through very quickly and I’m trying to stay on top of it, but we’ll absolutely have a wrap up of it. We also haven’t heard anything about the coronavirus legislation which was torpedoed this morning – I expect we’ll get questions about that over the next little while.
UPDATE, 10.55 am: Jeroen is now speaking about changes to isolation
Victorian coronavirus commander Jeroen Weimar is giving the regular run-down of the numbers, which we’ve had already this morning: 1007 cases from more than 70,000 tests, and he said there was a reduction in regional outbreaks.
There were more than 6000 people who had either first or second doses yesterday. Of those in ICU, 84 per cent are unvaccinated, and three quarters of everyone in hospital with coronavirus are unvaccinated.
Mr Weimar said if you catch COVID you need to tell social contacts – “the people who met at the club, the people you saw at church … your boss, your employer, your school” because from midnight tonight workplaces will need to be notified of positive cases, and they will tell employees they need to get tested. Once your test comes back negative, “you’re free to go”.
“I don’t care if it’s your boss or your teacher or your parent, if someone tells you you’ve been near a positive case, go and get tested,” he said.
People who are household contacts of people with coronavirus will need to quarantine for seven days, if you are unvaccinated you must quarantine for 14 days.
Mr Weimar is urging people to use the Victoria Services app more frequently, with more information to be given out through the app.
UPDATE, 10.45 am: COVID case numbers to stay high as restrictions drop off: Deputy CHO
Deputy Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie said almost all restrictions would be lifted for fully-vaccinated Victorians and said there would be “significant” numbers of cases going forward.
“But for vaccinated people, they are so much less likely to get seriously ill, to end up in hospital, to end up in intensive care, or obviously also so much less likely to lose their lives,” Prof Cowie said.
“All of us at some stage we’ll know someone who has had the virus, or will get COVID.”
Prof Cowie said face masks would be removed for most settings, but remain in place for students from grades 3 to 6 who are unable to be vaccinated, for staff in hospitality venues, indoor retail, primary schools, while taxis, rideshares, high-risk workplaces like abattoirs.
New Masks rules:
-still required for primary school students, year 3-6 students, -hospitality workers serving the public, -workers AND customers in indoor retail
-corrections & meat processing workplaces @abcmelbourne #springst
He said continuing to keep people in isolation would have a “very small impact” on the spread of the virus.
“So, with a lack of modelled evidence-based benefit, but significant restrictions associated, we feel there is no longer proportionate to retain and settings. There will be tens of thousands of Victorians that will be keeping and quarantining on isolation even when they represent as vaccinated people extremely low risk of infection from casual contact in the community,” Prof Cowie said.
UPDATE, 10.40 am: Isolation times to be slashed
Most people who come into contact with a positive case will no longer need to isolate for a set period of time.
From tonight, if you come into contact with a positive case you only need to isolate until you receive a negative test – a PCR test, not a home-testing kit.
Health Minister Martin Foley said Victorians who test positive will still have to isolate, and need to advise social contacts.
“Victorians should be rightly proud, Victorians have sacrificed so much, have worked so hard to get to this point, we are going to make the most of it and we will stay safe, we will stay open, based on that enormous effort,” Mr Foley said.
UPDATE, 10.35 am: Premier Andrews speaks about 90 per cent double dose milestone
Premier Daniel Andrews is speaking from inside parliament house about the government’s plans once we hit 90 per cent double dose, which is expected to be on Saturday or Sunday. It’s expected he’ll also talk about the pandemic legislation, which was dealt a massive blow this morning.
The rules are changing from TONIGHT. Density limits are gone. Dancefloors are back open, you can stand up at the pub again, you can have as many people as you want over to your house.
“We have been able to do more than we thought we were, that is a credit to every Victorian who has gone and got vaccinated, and who has played their part,” he said.
“Because of the amazing work Victorian have done, if you are fully vaccinated and one of the more than 5 million be who have been vaccinated, if you are one of the to be more than nine in 10 Victorians who have gotten vaccinated, you will be able to go back to normal.”
He said masks would stay in retail settings for “another few weeks”.
UPDATE, 10.05 am: Shepp fan scores sneak peek of premiership cup, Premier to speak
As Melbourne fans across the Goulburn Valley wait with bated breath for the premiership cup to make its stop at Shepparton Marketplace next Monday, one lucky Demons diehard managed to skip the queue and have a private audience with the elusive piece of history.
Zac Standish has been all over Melbourne fans’ reactions to their premiership win, check out the full yarn here.
Speaking of Premiers, the Victorian Premier (Daniel Andrews, not Max Gawn) will speak shortly.
UPDATE, 9.35 am: Heading north, briefly
NSW has recorded 262 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with 199 people in hospital with the virus. 29 of those are in the ICU.
UPDATE, 9.15 am: Cases tip back over 1000 state-wide, 12 lives lost
Victoria has recorded 1007 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with 12 lives lost to the virus.
There are 337 people in hospital, which is pushing the seven-day hospitalisation figure down. There are 34 people on ventilators and 63 in the ICU. Edit: 72,000 tests were conducted.
Keeping in mind, Thursdays have traditionally always been the day with higher case numbers.
Shepparton has recorded just eight cases of COVID-19 over the past two days – we won’t find today’s local figure until lunch.
UPDATE, 8.50 am: Big app-ortunity for Shepparton Council
An app, just for Shepparton? It might not be so far-fetched after all after councillor Shane Sali outlined a vision for a smartphone app for the community and visitors to the city.
Cr Sali moved a notice of motion at the November Greater Shepparton City Council meeting seeking an officer’s report on the development of an application that includes listings of what’s on, where to eat or shop, parking, transport, including reporting issues and payment options.
Read the full story from chief correspondent Darren Linton here.
UPDATE, 8.30 am: Government’s bill smashed by Somyurek
Disgraced upper house MP Adem Somyurek will return to parliament today to vote against the government’s Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) bill today, which was due to pass the upper house 19-18 today. Now, it’ll end up 19-all which would send it back to the lower house for another vote.
Somyurek said the bill gave governments too much power.
“I will not support this bill in its current form, and I would encourage the government to go back to the drawing board and consult more broadly.”
“Wait, isn’t this the guy with all the branch stacking stuff?” I hear you ask. Yes, that was him! I honestly didn’t realise he was still eligible to turn up to parliament – which he hasn’t done in months – and vote, but apparently he showed his vaccination certificate on Wednesday and hey presto, here he is.
The government hasn’t got long to get these laws passed, and if something isn’t put in place by December 15, I believe mask and vaccine mandates, the ability to enforce isolation orders and a whole swathe of other laws and rules Victoria has built its pandemic response on become null and void.
Check out the full story here.
Meanwhile, an anti-lockdown protester in Melbourne has been charged by counter-terrorism police after threats to kill Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews were made in a timely reminder that you absolutely cannot threaten to kill someone because it’s very much against the law.
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Gday Shepparton, It’s Max Stainkamph here to keep you across what’s moving and shaking across the Goulburn Valley and beyond over the day. It’s a spiffing day with an expected top of 27 and a chance of rain this afternoon, with tomorrow a partly…
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Low-calorie, high-protein meal prep lunches, weight loss, muscle gain – Insider
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This is such an easy lunch, and if you’re short on time you can even buy all the ingredients pre-cooked and just divide them into containers to take with you. I like to top quinoa with falafel, hummus, and roasted Mediterranean vegetables (such as red onion, peppers and or eggplant), but you can add whatever you like.
Dietitian Nichola Ludlam-Raine said: “Combining falafel with quinoa is a fantastic way to add variety to your lunches whilst still providing fiber and a complete source of plant-based protein (from the quinoa). Vegetables such as onion, peppers, and eggplant are highly nutritious yet low in calories, which support fat loss goals and you could even add low fat hummus or keep to 1-2 tbsp per portion to keep the calories down.”
I like to think of this as a mini British roast dinner — take an hour or two on a Sunday to cook a load of food in the oven, and you’ve got lunches for the week.
Choose whatever ingredients you prefer but I like the combination of chicken breast, sweet potatoes, carrots or parsnips, and brussels sprouts. It’s a balanced meal and delicious too.
Ludlam-Raine said: “Chicken breast is a lean and low fat source of protein so it’s great to add to your meals if your goal is fat loss and muscle gain. Including high fiber vegetables from the sprouts and parsnips will help to keep you satiated alongside the sweet potato which provides energy plus one of your 5-a-day, as it’s particularly rich in vitamins A and C (which help to support your immune system too).”
I love this classic salad combination. Simply top a bed of your favorite leaves with cooked beetroot, crumbled goat’s cheese, and some walnuts, then drizzle over a little honey vinaigrette when ready to eat. Try adding grains or some bread for extra energy.
Ludlam-Raine said: “This sounds delicious. Both walnuts and beetroot are heart-healthy additions to a salad. Aiming for one small handful of nuts per portion and keeping the cheese to no more than a 30-50g portion (approximately) will still provide a good source of healthy fats as well as protein and calcium to support healthy joints and muscles but keep the calories and saturated fat levels down too.”
Whether in a bowl or in tupperware, this is essentially a fajita, but instead of in a wrap, on top of brown rice. If you want to lighten the calories or raise the protein of a classic fajita, swap sour cream for fat-free Greek yogurt. I often put together bowls like this from leftovers so there’s no cooking involved.
1. Heat a little oil or cooking spray in a pan on medium-high heat.
2. Add the chicken and vegetables and fry until the peppers are soft and the chicken is cooked through, stirring regularly. Season with fajita seasoning, salt, and pepper.
3. Spoon your rice into a bowl or container and top with the chicken, vegetables, avocado, and yogurt.
Ludlam-Raine said: “This sounds delicious! I love adding Greek yogurt as a condiment to my foods (especially spicy dishes) for a boost of protein, calcium, and naturally occurring probiotics. You could also add some homemade salsa using chopped tomatoes, red onion, and coriander for extra veggies.”
It’s hard to go wrong with a simple sandwich. This combo is delicious and ticks all the macro boxes too. Use a bagel thin or try an open sandwich if you want to reduce the calories, or swap out avocado for cucumber or salad.
Ludlam-Raine said: “Many people shy away from carbs such as bread, but they shouldn’t be feared. Wholemeal and wholegrain breads are a key source of fiber in the diet as well as B vitamins, and may even be fortified with calcium and vitamin D too. Adding some lean protein such as chicken and cream cheese will help to keep you satiated, in addition to healthy fats from the avocado.”
This is a great recipe for dinner, and I love having leftovers for lunch — it’s just as tasty reheated in a microwave or eaten cold as pasta salad.
Cook wholewheat pasta, stir in a sauce made from low-fat cream cheese and pesto, cook up some meatballs or sausages (I often use turkey or chicken versions to keep it light) and whatever vegetables you fancy, and combine it all.
Ludlam-Raine said: “Turkey is a great lean source of protein which is high in essential amino acids, including tryptophan which is involved in the production of certain hormones such as serotonin and melatonin which promote a good mood and better sleep, too. Using a light cream cheese for the sauce is a great way to keep the calories down and saturated fats, too.”
I love frittatas and always mix up the fillings based on what I have. A go-to combination is cooked sweet potatoes, sweetcorn, zucchini, red onion, and feta, and sometimes I add egg whites to my whole eggs for a protein boost. A large frittata can provide 3-4 lunches, perhaps served alongside some salad or bread.
All you have to do is cook your fillings in a large frying pan on a medium heat (or add pre-cooked ingredients to heat up). Whisk your eggs with seasoning then pour into the pan and top with feta. Cook for about five minutes on the stove before transferring to the oven for about 15 minutes, until cooked through and golden on top.
Ludlam-Raine said: “Frittatas are a great choice…satiating…and low-calorie (depending what you put in it of course). They’re perfect for using up leftover vegetables and they’re high in protein too, which is key to prioritize when losing weight as it will help to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Bulking out this recipe with lots of non-starchy vegetables and a handful of potatoes will add extra fiber too as well as 1-2 of your 5-a-day.”
Another dinner which doubles as lunch the next day, stir-fries are nutritious, fast, easy, and tasty. I sometimes speed up the process even more by buying pre-prepared mixes of stir-fry vegetables.
All you need to do is heat some oil in a hot wok, stir-fry chopped veggies for a few minutes, add your protein of choice and cook for a few minutes more, add ready-made noodles or rice, then stir in your sauce. Sometimes I use edamame or lentil noodles for an extra protein boost.
Ludlam-Raine said: “Stir-fries are a great way to pack a good volume of vegetables into your meal if you struggle to meet your five-a-day. If you wanted to boost the protein content here, you could even add an egg and scramble in with the vegetables for an egg-fried stir-fry.”
How This Teenager Launched A Successful Influencer Marketing Business During Lockdown – Forbes
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Having played and watched hockey all his life, Toronto-based teenager Christian Di Bratto knew a lot about brand partnerships and the exclusivity deals that players in the NHL had with the various equipment suppliers. “I just thought it was the coolest thing in the world that aside from getting free equipment, these players were being paid to wear it,” he says.
When the pandemic forced schools to close and lessons to go online, the extra free time became an opportunity to explore the market for himself. He launched his own brokering agency, Koala Digital, and began securing partnership deals between TikTok creators and brands. Aged just 19 he has brokered more than $140,000 in talent deals in the last 16 months.
His initial strategy was to approach influencers, starting with Justin Escalona, founder and creator of lifestyle clothing brand 1340 Collective. To his amazement, Di Bratto’s first cold DM to Escalona received a positive response, and he went on to broker deals for him with a beef jerky brand and a gambling site.
“Getting influencers on board is pretty easy, as long as they don’t already have representation,” he says. “I just wanted commission from the money that came in, so when someone offers to make them some money without charging them a fee they don’t usually say no.”
Di Bratto has a running campaign on email marketing site Woodpecker showcasing examples of what he can offer. When he finds an influencer that he wants to work with, he finds their business email, loads it into the campaign, and the software does the rest.
Notable TikTok creators he’s worked with include Daniel MacDonald, Mark Tilbury, and Frank Michael Smith. He has recently brokered deals with investment app Public and Wealthfront for Michael Smith and Daniel Mac. “I ask the influencers for lists of brands they want to work with, and then build lists of those and similar brands to approach,” explains Di Bratto.
Ultimately, success depends on the right fit between the creator’s audience, the audience that the brand is trying to reach, and the way that a brand can be introduced into the creator’s content in a non-intrusive way. “The fit between Daniel Mac and Public, for example, was so good that there wasn’t really a negotiation,” he says. “That deal was a big one for me; it felt as though I was cementing myself in the space.”
Koala Digital operates on a commission basis, and Di Bratto also works with The Influencer Marketing Factory agency, on a monthly fixed-fee basis. “Having some money coming in regardless of if whether or not I get personal talent deals done provides a welcome safety net,” he says.
Currently in his second year of the Real Estate Management program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Di Bratto is still juggling his studies with his business. The fact that his entire university experience to date has been online has given him more freedom to run his business, but he insists that he is disciplined with his studies.
“Mondays, for example, are purely client work and meetings until 3:00, when I have a finance class,” he says. Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons are strictly for school work. We are due to go back into class this month (January) so I’ll need figure that out.”
He is understandably tight-lipped about forthcoming campaigns, but as a long-term partner of investment app Public he hints at ‘some cool stuff’ just around the corner.
His goal is to build an asset and a strong team around it, and also to sign a creator to a management contract and help them grow their platform. He’s also been exploring the idea of running campaigns himself as an influencer marketing agency rather than a talent agent. “This would involve taking brand money and dispersing it among influencers identified as a good fit for the campaign they are hired to execute,” he says.
Di Bratto’s advice for other young entrepreneurs looking to start their own business is to ‘just get on with it’. He says: “I still have a long way to go, but I’m so much farther along my business journey than this time last year when I’d done one deal done and made $500 online. I still thought it was the coolest thing in the world.”
But he also advocates patience. “If I email 100 brands for a deal, I might get one done,” he says. “It takes time and it can be frustrating, but I’m a firm believer that with patience it will pay off.”
5 Easy Detox Meals for Faster Weight Loss — Eat This Not That – Eat This, Not That
“Detox” is one of those buzzwords that grabs your attention especially after you’ve consumed too many salty snacks, deep-fried appetizers, and beers, or fill-in-the-blank with your favorite unhealthy meal. When you don’t feel great after eating the less-than-healthy food you ate, you may wish you had something to detoxify your body and cleanse your conscience.
Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on any specific food to remove the so-called “toxins” like preservatives, sugars, too much sodium, and saturated fats that you’ve welcomed into your body. Your organs do a fine job of detoxification naturally on their own.
But you can help your organs by adopting a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods and antioxidants.
Unfortunately, eating one healthy meal filled with these foods after a particularly unhealthy meal is not the answer; however, eating a variety of these foods every day is.
Some types of anti-inflammatory foods are fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, and fish that combat the chronic low-grade inflammation caused by consuming fried and highly processed foods. Antioxidants are compounds like vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene found in colorful fruits and vegetables that counteract cell-damaging molecules called “free radicals.” You’ll find an abundance of all of these “detoxifying agents” in the recipes below.
Put these delicious meals on your regular menu rotation and kick start a habit of clean eating that’ll build a stronger, leaner, healthier you. For more healthy, weight-loss-helping meals, check out 22 Meals to Melt Belly Fat in 2022.
Turn your slow cooker into your weight-loss partner. On days when you are crunched for time, it takes 20 minutes or less to “prep and dump” anti-inflammatory ingredients like beans, peppers, mushrooms, and turkey breast into a slow cooker pot and, you know, set it and forget it until you come home from work. For an antioxidant booster, add a crisp green salad as a side dish.
Get the recipe for Turkey and Two-Bean Chili.
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Going meatless several times a week is a great way to reduce saturated fats and hormones from meat in your diet. The chickpeas and quinoa in this hearty and satisfying soup supply 8 grams of protein to satisfy your hunger and boost your metabolism by building muscle. This recipe makes six servings, enough to freeze and save for a quick lunch another day.
Get the recipe for Chickpea Quinoa Soup.
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A salad can make a satisfying low-calorie meal if you use the right plant-based ingredients like protein-rich garbanzo beans and the satiating, heart-healthy fat from olive oil. The fresh herbs (as well as the vegetables) have anti-inflammatory properties and the cauliflower in part provides powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients that protect against disease and dietary fiber to feed the good bacteria in your gut, which plays a key role in reducing inflammation.
Get the recipe for Mediterranean Cauliflower and Pepper Salad.
Unless you’re talking about Froot Loops, in general the more colorful your meal, the more detoxifying nutrients it contains. That’s why it’s hard to beat this easy and quick to clean up sheet pan dinner full of greens, yellows, oranges, and reds. The lead protein here is salmon (choose wild-caught), which is a great source of the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA.
Get the recipe for Sweet and Spicy Glazed Salmon with Roasted Green Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, and Yellow Squash.
Instead of ordering Chinese takeout the next time you hunger for a flavorful Asian meal, use a grill pan to make quick work of chicken breast and crisp bell peppers and baby bok choi. Chinese American takeout tends to be very high in sodium and fat and therefore highly inflammatory. You can do better at home with clean, fresh, nutritious ingredients.
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