health

The cost of perfectionism

What is the cost of your perfectionism?

Lucy* has a pretty damn near perfect life. She runs an award-winning business, she has been mostly happily married for 25 years, has two healthy kids, and a lovely home in a charming town. A busy, independent tower of strength, she would never ask for help and if anyone offers, forget it. She has everything … Continue Reading

Thought you’d have your sh*t together by now?

When I was in my twenties I had a magnificently clear picture of what my life would look like by forty. I’d be a well-known actor/director who had a fulfilling and sustainable career both in front of and behind the camera, a handsome loving husband, a couple of well-behaved kids, maybe a dog, and definitely, … Continue Reading

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Current fire horrors triggering anxiety? Read this.

I want to start this article off by saying I hope everyone out there is safe. It’s been an epic two months in Australian history as an area larger than Holland and Belgium put together has burned, with more predicted to come. The fires are triggering anxiety in many even if we may be in the … Continue Reading

how to help a loved one die

We are all going to die, but do any of us know how to?

I had never given much thought to helping a loved one die. It was about 9pm on a freezing winter’s night, with the sound of the wind howling across the picturesque bay my Dad lived on. My children were sleeping on the other side of the house and I popped in to say goodnight to … Continue Reading

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The real reason you can’t keep that weight off

Have you been on a roller coaster ride trying to lose weight permanently? You are not alone, but this is not another article suggesting that you need to be a certain size or a look a certain way to be healthy or happy. Happy healthy bodies come in many shapes and sizes. If you do … Continue Reading

benefits of smiling

What happens when you smile at strangers for a week?

This morning, as I walked along the beachside promenade, I flipped smiles casually to passersby. Some people looked away probably presuming I’m a psychopath, but often people smiled back. When I got a “hi” or “good morning” it was a like hitting a little feel-good jackpot because it’s hard to know precisely how you’ll be … Continue Reading

best every farm style chicken soup

Best Ever Farm House Chicken Soup

There are very few things as comforting as a bowl of steaming hot farm style chicken soup. Asian chicken soups are dandy and all, but there is something about the no-frills straight up chicken soup that simply screams “nurture my soul!” In Winter this bad boy is on high rotation in my house. We eat it … Continue Reading

body image movement your good life

Is self-acceptance just an excuse to let it all go?

  Body image activist from the Body Image Movement, Taryn Brumfit, hit a global nerve when she posted an unconventional before-and-after image of herself in 2013. The first image was her post three babies, as a buff, bronze fitness model at the height of her game. The second image was her naked body in all … Continue Reading

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How to lose belly fat and get a flat tummy fast

You only need to be online for approximately 2.35 minutes before a pop-up ad will appear somewhere on your screen telling you how to lose 5 kilos in 2 weeks. “Want to know how to lose belly fat fast? Just eat this fruit every day.” “Dying to figure out how to lose weight fast? Eat … Continue Reading

orthorexia clean eating

Orthorexia; the dark side of clean eating

While eating unprocessed, whole foods is undoubtedly better for our health, it is wholly possible to take clean eating that step too far and it becomes ortherexia. Health coach, Brenda Janschek, was focused on providing only the best food for her family. She stocked her kitchen only with organic, clean, whole, grass-fed, sustainable local, seasonal, … Continue Reading

Coping with overload and learning how to do less

Coping with overload and learning how to do less

  We’re all so incredibly busy, aren’t we? Someone recently said to me that we’re so busy filling every moment that we don’t have time to live well. What a terrible waste, when our workload is so great that the expense is our joie de vie. Our workload is heavy. Our life load is too much. … Continue Reading