"Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;...
and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man."
~James H. West
Jun
08

No Free lunches?

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Does your lunch choice make cents? Just how much is clever marketing and a desire for apparent convenience costing you? The courier mail investigated childrens lunch boxes, here’s some of their findings…

“On average, a lunchbox with pre-packaged food costs $33 a week compared to a fresh food lunchbox at $14 a week.” You could save nearly $20 a week PER PERSON!

But it is not only costing you financially, there is a much bigger loss attached: and it’s certainly not weight loss… it’s your family’s health.

“The daily recommended intake for a 10-year-old child is 8500kJ a day, and 45g-80g of fat.
A comparison revealed: The unhealthiest lunchbox contained a total of 61.2g of fat and equalled 5208kJ. However, a healthy lunchbox comes in at 2678kJ and a total of 18g of fat - a difference of 2530kJ.

“An average 10-year-old weighing 42kg would need to walk for more than four hours every day just to burn up the extra energy between the two lunchboxes.

“The short-term health effects for children that eat a poor diet include difficulty concentrating because of dehydration from high salt content in food, constipation from lack of fibre and poor behaviour.”

Click here for Courier Mail’s full article.

For more information and some great tips… on children’s nutrition and fussy eaters…

Categories : Eat well To Live
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Glass of milk.The answer is no…
There are many other ways to get enough calcium without needing to drink cow’s milk.
Read Harvard’s full report, get great non dairy sources of calcium and learn some of the reasons to avoid milk…

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Jun
04

Heart Foundation Tick Explained

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Shopping for food can be an overwhelming experience, there are SO many different products out there.  Many of them are shamelessly marketing health claims at you these days… how do you see through that, how do you get the one up on these sneaky suppliers. 

If you want to choose healthy foods, shop for foods that most closely resemble their healthy form and don’t come in packages or boxes or plastic, stack your shopping cart high with those foods, and then add some of the other convenient foods that you like to have about.

And you could use the Heart Tick as a guide: remember though, some foods that don’t have the heart tick can still be healthy and some even healthier than tick approved food. But it is a useful easy starting guide, every little helps!

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Jun
04

Life Lessons

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Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio
 
“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written.”
 
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
 
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s,we’d grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Carpe Diem!

Carpe Diem!

 

Thanks for sharing Ros!

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May
27

Healthy Fun with Little Kids!

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Had SO much fun this morning at McDowall Village “kindie”.  They are having May Healthy Month and invited me along to play some games and have some fun with the kids (and of course get them excited about eating fruit and vegetables, some might argue a mammoth task!). 

Well it was an absolute hit, one little guy bit into my broccoli!  (RAW, admittedly he spat it out afterwards but it took everything in my power to keep from laughing out loud.)  They were so enthusiastic and engaged, “These strawberries smell yummy, can we eat them”.  “Miss Lisa, can I have some apple!” “Can we eat this carrot please!!!” 

It was VERY exciting and I just wish I could have recorded it for all those sceptical mum’s and dad’s out there.  One of the teachers came out afterwards and said, wow, I have never seen 23 kids get so excited about apples before! (My secret weapon and dear friend I must admit, did most of the work!  apple_slinky_machine Mr apple slinky- introduced to me by my friend Gina!)  The kids loved it…

For tips on getting your children to enjoy healthy food and to buy your own apple slinky machine and get your kids EXCITED about eating fruit, check out Children’s Nutrition

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If you thought exercise was too difficult and you are afraid to try something new, get inspired by this video.

Find new and interesting ways to exercise that are fun

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May
24

Nutrition: WHAT? is Important?

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There are 5 key principles that are important to consider for optimum nutrition.

What you eat, How you eat, Amount you eat, Time you eat and Why you eat.

Sign up for a Free Report on 23 Nutrition and Healthy Living Tips giving you 23 easy ways to achieve the key principles of nutrition outlined above and get you achieving health worth celebrating!

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May
15

Making time to Relax!

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Taking a break!

With the busy lives we lead and the sense of time moving faster and faster and this increased efficiency of this modern world that allows us to do more and more, it is crucial to make time to relax: to SET ASIDE TIME to stop and just be!

So, give yourself permission to take a break. Set aside some down time this week, schedule it in to your diary, especially all you executives, business owners, health care workers, mums and workaholics out there… stop… chill… for as long as you can.

If you are worried that you don’t have the time to do it, rest assured that the time off will leave you feeling refreshed and regenerated and ready to go, you will be much more motivated to get stuck in and get back into your work!

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May
11

Happiness

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Happiness

Happiness

“Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour!” Walt Whitman

It is interesting how so many of us seek out happiness like it is something elusive and out of reach. Like it is something that has to be found, or strived for, and seems to be craved for above all else. It seems time and time again when I ask the questions: What do you want out of life, or what is important to you? Most will declare: “Happiness” or “to be happy”.

So, how one might come upon this happiness? This state of being?

Some might say: “Some pursue happiness, others create it”.

Find out more about my course on Happiness: If there is a way to learn how to be happy, or find out why you aren’t happy, this course covers it!!!

Ooh now that's exciting!

Ooh now that's exciting!

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100 % Health With 10 % Effort

100 % Health With 10 % Effort

Imagine! You wake up in the morning without your alarm clock, as the sun comes up, feeling perfectly rested. You jump out of bed straight away and actually look forward to your routinely morning exercise, which you perform with a bounce in your step. You are excited about the day ahead, you’re organized, effective, you get results, you excel. When you get home in the evening you don’t need a glass of wine or a stiffer drink to unwind, you are easily able to relax. You settle in for a nice evening, in good cheer with good food, which you have the energy and inclination to prepare. You are at peace with the world and in control of your life, nothing feels like a burden or too much effort. After an enjoyable evening you get into bed, your mind is at ease and you fall straight to sleep.

Wow! Imagine the possibilities of feeling this GREAT!

Only a select few of you have ever felt this good, really enjoy your life and get a buzz each day with the level of excellence and desire you hold. Many of you don’t believe it’s even possible to live life like this, to feel energised and be productive and in good cheer all day!

What if I told you I had the magic recipe?

Eat lots of fruit and vegetables, eat whole grain foods, avoid saturated fats and eat more plant oils, eat less red meat and more chicken and fish, drink enough water, drink less alcohol and avoid stimulants, breath properly, maintain a positive attitude, be true to your self and exercise. Voila, healthy happy you!

(Now like any good recipe, it looks pretty simple, don’t be fooled by the simplicity, remember the magic is in the technique, not the ingredients!)

The magic:

The biggest reason for failing in health is usually procrastination, and the primary reason for procrastination is usually overwhelm. We don’t know where to start. So here’s a thought and a guaranteed method for success.

It’s called the 10 % Principle. The 10 % Principle is a philosophy or way of life. Simply it involves doing 10 % more of the things you know are good for you and move you towards your health and life goals and 10% less of the things that you know don’t serve you. Every day. If you just do 10% more today than you did yesterday, that’s an improvement. Keep that up and you have changed your life, in a habit forming sustainable way.

“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Who would have believed scoring 1/10 could save your life?

Let’s look at some examples of where you could get started:

If you are relying on coffee to get you through the day, everyday. Then start by reducing coffee in your diet by 10%. Initially this could simply be, having one day without coffee every 10 days. Straight away that’s a 10% improvement, yet it is not incredibly difficult to implement. (You could apply this to alcohol too!)

If you don’t get enough exercise, start by including just 10% more physical activity into your day. Get up to change the channel, walk up the escalator instead of standing still. Choose a parking spot a little further away from the entrance.

If you battle with personal discipline, choose just one thing at the start of the day to achieve, and don’t go to bed until you have achieved it.

If chocolate is your weakness, start by not finishing the bar, make it your principle to only ever eat 90% of the chocolate bar, give a bite to a friend!

The 10 % Principle also works really well in reverse, you can plan to only eat junk or convenience foods 10 % of the time, but the rest of the time you take your own lunch to work or university. Keep “takeout” as an emergency or convenience option or a personal treat, but not a way of life.

If you keep taking small steps everyday, you can not help but move towards your goals, and it’s contagious, success breeds success, so as you start to achieve these small milestones on a day to day or weekly basis, you will feel more empowered to keep going.

”Great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step.” Samuel Smiles

Get started today, what will you do 10 % more or less of today to improve your life and empower yourself?

Here’s to health worth celebrating in 2009!