Feb

28

Time for Tea

I love drinking tea, particularly herbal tea’s which I am more partial to than black tea. I also love red bush tea (rooibos) and green tea and I must admit to thoroughly enjoying a cup of Irish tea brewed by my mother-in-law Nancy on a recent visit to chilly Ireland, but I never ever add […]

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Feb

10

Brené Brown on Vulnerability and Empathy

Many will remember Brené Brown’s TEDx talk on The Power of Vulnerability - it went viral (13.7 million views and counting) – and possibly her book: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.  Brown, research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, […]

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Jan

28

Wellness, Walking and Nature

letting nature recharge our battery of senses brings balance to our personal and collective lives      Michael J Cohen     Cooped up in a cold apartment and office throughout the day, a glance outside has in recent weeks offered nothing more than grey polluted skies and little inspiration to get outdoors.  But being in […]

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Jan

20

Mindfulness at School

    As part of my work at RMIT I am conducting research into teaching mindfulness in schools.  My research considers teachers perceptions of the experience of teaching mindfulness meditation for the first time.  I have been impressed by the rich descriptions and impressions of the teachers I have interviewed.  Their reflections of the benefits […]

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Jan

09

Sugar – research update

Earlier in 2013 I wrote about the problems with sugar…or rather fructose, to be more specific.  Debate on this hot topic continued feverishly throughout 2013, so I  thought starting the year off with a summary of what the research says, may be helpful to those who are considering whether to, or not to, join the […]

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Dec

17

Fresh Mint – 5 foodie ways to wellness

  This humble herb was first referenced in ancient Greek mythology.  Minthe was known as the nymph lover of Hades/Pluto, the Greek ruler of the Underworld.  Upon discovering their affair, his wife, goddess Persephone transformed Minthe into a plant upon which she stamped and tread with rage.  However with each tread Minthe would release a […]

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Nov

18

The joy of composting – Bokashi style

There are many things we can do to reduce waste, to consume in a sustainable way and to be conscious consumers.  In some cases the barriers are simply that we don’t know how.  The recent SCMP profile of HK Green Home eco warrior Claire Sancelot highlights that aiming for zero waste is not all that hard, if […]

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Nov

15

The Alchemy of Fermenting

No doubt you’ve heard of kombucha (fermented tea) and kefir (fermented milk). These are fermented foods and are all the rage among those seeking out healthy food options.  And rightly so!  Fermented foods have many health giving and nutritional qualities that processed foods lack. Fermenting is one of the earliest known techniques for preparing and […]

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Oct

09

World Animal Day

Did you know October 4 was World Animal Day? There are some important reasons for highlighting this special day and they relate to the wellness of humans and animals. First we’ll start with some recent stories that highlight why we should be thinking about and doing more for animal wellbeing.  Then we move onto the […]

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Oct

04

The Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon, one of the oldest spices known to man.  In ancient times considered more valuable than gold. A recent trip to Bali found me stocking up on many of the wonderful spices found on this island paradise.  I came away with vanilla pods, pippali (long pepper or Indian long pepper), coffee beans (not the civet […]

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