All posts tagged: Change

A cool change

Sydney this summer has been somewhat of a furnace. I love hot, salty days where the beach beckons and the sun goes down late in the evening, but there’s nothing like a cool storm to save the day. Yesterday that sweet relief finally arrived. It’s no surprise to anyone who’s lived through it, but this summer has been incredibly warm; in fact the hottest on record… ever.  So when the clouds cracked and the rain finally hit the ground, you could almost hear our garden sing out in praise. I was in our sunroom with the windows wide open when that moment arrived with force. Out of nowhere, the air started to change and a sense of calm swept over Mosman Bay. A tranquility that’s been noticeably absent fell upon us as the birds, bugs and activity that heat brings abruptly relaxed into the cool shift. Perhaps the moment was particularly welcome in our house as I get an itch when things sit still for a little too long, the heat being no exception. With this all said, there seems to …

How to food plan like a rock star

Before I started my health kick I used to open the fridge door at work at look at the shelves of homemade lunches with envy. There they stood, packed lovingly the night before full of healthy looking goodness. I wanted to be like those who made at work food look so easy. The owners of this food also didn’t have to spend 20 minutes of precious lunchtime hunting for something reasonably healthy to eat. And then pay $15 for the privilege of enjoying said meal. Fortunately, like all those who had come before me, after some investigation I realised that I too could do the food from home thing. All it would take is a little planning, some consideration and confidence and of course, lots of experimentation! You see, bringing healthy, delicious food from home isn’t actually that hard (I know – shock horror!) you just have to prioritise it and apply some savvy organisation tips to the process. Two years later and I’m now a food prep queen (if I don’t say so myself) …

Why ‘organic’ isn’t always good for you; green washing 101

Recently I posted on detoxing from the outside in – if you missed it you can check it out here. Before I shared this post, I swept my house for nasty chemical-ridden products replacing suspicious looking items with supposed healthier, green versions. I checked the labels on each product I purchased and convinced myself that the extra coin was worth it because I was looking after my body (I still believe it is, but that’s another point). As far as I was concerned, post the purge I lived in a happy, healthy home free of most common household toxins. I’m here today to declare that I fell victim to green washing. Having done my research on the topic I thought I was armed with the knowledge I needed to make smart purchasing decisions. I decided that I would try and buy a mix of products from my local organic health food shop (which has a stellar beauty section) and my closet big chain supermarket. I guess you could say I was hopeful that I wouldn’t …

The relaxation response; how quietening the mind can be incredibly powerful

It’s well known that our bodies have a response that we switch on when danger is present – it’s called the fight or flight response. For those who don’t know what this is – when we’re faced with immediate danger (say a lion jumping out in front of us while on a walk) our body switches on in an unprecedented way. It prepares to either stay and fight or to get out of there as quickly as possible. What happens when this response activates? Our bodies fire up turning on a turbo charge of energy. Hormones like adrenalin and cortisol are released, our heart rate and blood pressure go up, the blood vessels to our muscles open to get extra fuel, sugars and fats pump in to the blood stream and we start to sweat to keep ourselves cool during exertion. Our bodies also pump out inflammatory chemicals to active our immune cells, our senses start to sharpen, and we begin mobilising for tissue repair, all while the attention centre in our brain is lighting …

Start the New Year with acceptance, not resolutions

With New Year’s Eve only days away, the holiday-break in motion and the gluttony of Christmas now well and truly set-in, now is the time of year when we typically stop and take stock of our lives. For most of us, Jan 1st is the time we reset our goals and assess how we live in comparison to how we’d like to live. It is this thinking and hope for something better that sees us develop New Year’s resolutions. Our resolutions are usually big personal changes that require the spark of a New Year to get firing. Whether it’s losing that extra weight, investing in your fitness, or learning to say no, the change isn’t something that typically comes easily to us. It requires an investment of time, attitude and persistence. The problem with most resolutions is that the process of implementing these changes is often heavily flawed. While goal setting is important, putting realistic, achievable steps in play that will help you achieve your desired changes over the long-term are just as critical. If …