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We always talk about our everyday thoughts/feelings are by far the most powerful influence on our level of health. If you are not spending enough time on the things that nourish you emotionally, that can spell trouble.

We want to make sure our life balance/priorities are in order.

What do you think is the single-most damaging thing is for one’s health, motivation & success? That’s a difficult tone, but “other people’s (negative) opinions” would have to be right up there. Simply put, a lot of people sabotage their health or success, solely because they don’t have the internal strength to disregard what others think.

Do you (or someone you know)- not leave work earlier (at a reasonable hour), because you’re worried about what others / co-workers etc will think – drink more alcohol or eat more sweets etc because of pressure from others…”What are you a teetotaller?” “a little cake won’t hurt..just to be ‘sociable’! – put pressure on yourself financially just to make a good impression (new house, car, clothes etc)?

“Don’t be a Cow” …nothing personal, I’m talking about ‘grazing’. Grazing – eating lots of small meals regularly throughout the day has become an all popular pillar of many weight loss & energy boosting regimes in recent times. It came about because most people generally eat ‘too much’ at any given meal, thus overloading their digestion, leading to sluggishness & weight gain etc.

Science therefore looked for ways to increase our metabolism. Of course, research showed that eating food increases metabolism! Therefore it made sense to modern science to advise eating smaller meals more often – as a way of keeping metabolism active! Now, this logic makes sense when you consider metabolism ‘in isolation’ – which modern science loves to do. However, remember ‘health advice’ like this (and fad diets like Adkins etc) generally come about from findings based on one narrow result – e.g metabolic rate/weight loss – they are almost never based on the fundamental laws of nature that support ‘all-round health’. So, while many people feel better on this ‘grazing’ regime, the improvement is due to the fact they are not overloading their digestion at any one time, not the fact they are eating ‘more regularly’.

Why is that whenever you go to a Chinese restaurant they never serve you ice water in a jug … only warm tea? Hmmm!

What is one of the simplest, yet most profound things you can do to protect yourself from getting sick (colds & flu’s etc), to avoid that ‘heavy/depressed’ winter feeling, improving circulation, minimising arthritic pain and constipation, helping your body do a daily detox, and helping with weight loss – particularly winter weight loss?

Do you ever get tired of trying to be a dynamic, high energy, high activity person all year round? Well the good news is, you not only don’t need to be, but it’s actually healthier if you don’t try to be. That’s right. You see, the ancient science of Ayurveda explains that just as there are daily ‘rejuvenation’ cycles (you can’t be dynamic during the day if you don’t get proper rest at night), there are also powerful ‘seasonal’ cycles of rest & activity.

While spring & summer is a time for more activity and dynamism, winter is the exact opposite – a time for more rest… a bit more ‘Hibernation’!!! Just as the rest of ‘Nature’ quietens down (hibernates) during Winter to prepare (re-balance) for the warmer months, we humans are designed to do the same though not necessarily to the same degree.

Having trouble getting to sleep or would just like a more settled sleep?

From Western science, we know that an essential amino acid called ‘tryptophan‘, helps promote sleep. In Ayurvedic science, we know that ‘warm nourishing’ things, help settle the nervous system and therefore assist settled sleep. Put the two together and
we see why ‘warm milk’ (milk contains ‘tryptophan’) is a great age-old remedy* for sleep.

Metabolism is one of the popular buzzwords these days. Like to make sure your metabolism – basically the process of converting food into energy and using that energy (calories) to run your body – is at its peak? If you are having trouble shifting a few kilograms, feeling a little sluggish or just want to stay energised and feeling great, try these.

Are you enjoying good Work-Life Balance? If so great, if not read on for the all important first step.
We know creating better life balance is about being clear on what’s most important/meaningful for us, eliminating the ‘small’ stuff & prioritising etc etc, however many of us never get around to doing it…because our life is so full/’busy’.

To enjoy the life balance we desire, we need to break this cycle and create some ‘space’ in our life. Without periods of space, silence…doing ‘nothing’ (argggghhhh!), we can never truly know what it is that we most desire, what it is that will bring us the balance & fulfillment we crave.

Step 1 Towards Better Life Balance:

Here are a few key stretching tips for keeping your muscles & joints flexible & free.

1. Stretch ‘After’ Exercise / Activity:

When aiming to increase your suppleness/flexibility, it’s always best to do so at the end of some exercise or activity session. This is when your body temperature is higher and muscles etc are naturally able to stretch more comfortably and it is actually an important part of a good cool-down anyway – to reduce post-exercise muscle tightening & waste products etc.

Do you think that there are 10 things, far more important for your health than eating the right food or exercising regularly etc?

Backed up by both modern & ancient health science research and based on the now irrefutable truth that, your ’emotional health’ is far more important long-term than physically ‘being healthy’- having the ideal diet etc (that is still good), we have devised a special list of ’10 more important things for a healthy, happy life than proper food & exercise’. We will send out one of these regularly, starting today. We hope you enjoy.

There’s nothing like a cold or flu spreading through an office or workplace to sabotage individual and team productivity and performance.

Would you like to cruise through winter this year without coming down with a cold or flu? If so, then ‘now’ is the time to get preventing.

The seasons are a changing and now (Autumn – on the change of seasons) is when the imbalances that cause colds & flu’s start. Follow the tips below to enjoy a cold & flu free winter this year.

Early morning, around 6am (no argghhh’s!!!), is our natural bodily cycle for most effective ELIMINATION. By taking the cleansing drink at this time is the best way to optimise this natural process. Remember, one of the keys to great energy & vitality, is proper elimination of waste products.

If you take a while to get going in the morning, ‘things’ are a bit slow to move or you just want to keep your insides clean & be a bit more ‘sparky, take the following, first thing each morning.

Like to know a really easy way to help get your daily intake of essential minerals, fibre, omega 3 & 6 and amino acids? Add some SEEDS to your diet. Sue Nelson wrote a fantastic article on seeds just a month ago in the SMHerald. I couldn’t agree more. As Australians – due to poor soil quality, poor food choices (processed foods etc) and poor digestion – we are generally mineral deficient. Most dieticians agree that it’s not vitamins we have to worry about so much but minerals. Below I have listed some common seeds you can use to boost your diet – their benefits etc.

Where appropriate, I have also mentioned any cautions from the Ayurvedic perspective, as not all seeds are appropriate for all people at all times.

Like to stay ‘eternally young’ and live a long, healthy life?

This is the first in our series of ’10 Key Things to Slow the Aging Process & Live a Long Life, without ‘Growing Old’. * inspired by a request from Susi Wright – the poor old thing turned 34 last week. We hope you enjoy.

Take a minute to add up your ‘Total Activity Time’ for last week – or a typical week. Include any activity over 3 minutes in duration – do not worry about intensity – just that you are moving, e.g. any walking – to bus stop, to office, to church, to the ice-cream shop!! Any structured exercise – gym, jogging, ‘real’ sports (lawn bowls only counts for 25% – no offense!). Other activities – chasing/playing with your kids, chasing/playing with spouse!!

Are you regularly tired or constipated? Do you ever get dizzy? Do you drink the right amount of fluid each day? Do you know that you can drink ‘too much’ (water that is)? Why is drinking 8 glasses of water/day not necessarily good for you? Like a Weight Loss tip or two? It’s all below.

Would you like to add massive anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant & digestion / metabolism boosting activity to your body each day?

Sometimes we can get so consumed analyzing calories, fat ratios, vitamin %’s etc, we forget about the unbelievable power of traditional herbs/spices – not the KFC variety!!!

As a rule, we westerners don’t use spices nearly enough, so this week, if you are not already, add some or all of the following into your cooking to start reaping some amazing benefits.

If exercising for weight loss/weight management, don’t make the mistake that you have to exercise at high intensity. It’s commonly prescribed that the higher intensity, the greater the calories we burn. While this is true (during exercise), the calories burned in one high intensity workout is insignificant in comparison to the calories from one decent meal.

What’s most critical for weight management is our ‘basal or ‘resting’ metabolism, which is best stimulated by regular, consistent activity. We have to give the message to our subtle/non-physical body (the INTELLIGENCE running our cells) that we are an ‘active person’. This makes our body efficiently burn calories morning, noon & night…not just during exercise.

So when exercising for health, feel okay about keeping the intensity low/moderate and FOCUS ON INCREASING YOUR DURATION & REGULARITY (daily best).

You’ll be a more efficient fat burner …even while you sleep! And keeping exercise at a moderate level will protect you from injury & illness, help you maintain ongoing motivation and most importantly keep it enjoyable…the way exercise is meant to be.

Atkins, South Beach…Low Carb diets are all the rage…but are they good for us?

The first thing to clarify is what we mean by good. The most important thing to remember is that these diets are ‘Weight Loss’ diets, NOT HEALTH DIETS. For losing weight, yes they can work great…however for overall health, they can be disastrous.

In the news this week was a major article about whether raw milk (unpasteurised) was healthy or harmful. If you are not aware, there is quite a large underground movement of people who drink raw milk. I.e. milk that is unpasteurised. However, because unpasteurised milk is considered illegal by authorities (in Australia), health food shops that sell it, can only sell it for ‘cosmetic purposes’, often labelling it as ‘bath’ milk (e.g. Cleopatra’s Bath milk)..

What do I think?