June 2008

If you’ve ever wondered how to become a runner, you’re not alone.

It’s very easy to look at runners and think they’re somehow different to us; that they were simply born super fit – this is definitely how I’ve felt in the past.

However, with a little work and determination, you too can become a runner.

One the problems some face, is that they believe they’re too overweight, or unfit to run.

But the fact is, learning how to become a runner doesn’t require that you are fit already. Apart from exceptional circumstances, anyone can participate.

The best part is that it’s completely free! Click to read more…

“Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.” – Emerson

The movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” is the true story of Chris Gardner, following his remarkably optimistic persistence, as he rises from homelessness, to a multi-millionaire stockbroker.

During the film he quotes Thomas Jefferson, from the Declaration of Independence, “All men have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” If you’ve watched the film you’ll know that pursue is exactly what Chris does.

Do you know that the secret of happiness lies in your own hands? According to scientific research, happiness is something we choose, therefore just as Chris Gardner pursued happiness, you can too!

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Study after study has shown that regular exercise and a healthy diet lowers our chance of developing serious disease later in life.

If you’ve got kids, no doubt you want them to grow up to be fit and healthy adults. We already know that kids learn by example, so the best way to get them to improve their lifestyle, is to first improve your own.

Martha Lourey-Bird, Exercise scientist and author of “Exercise and the F word…FUN!” states:

“There’s no doubt parents are the best role models for their kids, so we need to remember they tend to do as we do, rather than as we say.”

If you’re stuck in an unhealthy rut right now, here are a few tips to help you change your lifestyle for the better:

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How do you change the habits of a nation? This is the question most Australians will be asking themselves today following the news headlines.

Apparently 4 million Australians are now overweight, and Australia has overtaken the US as the fattest nation in world. I can hardly believe it!

The reporting doctor gave a number of potential reasons:

  • Baby boomers are getting older, and are therefore becoming more overweight.
  • People are moving less due to busier lifestyles.
  • Poor food choices are being made, including a high intake of fatty, sugary foods.
  • People are choosing larger portions at each meal.
  • Eating away from home is becoming more and more frequent.

So, what can Australians do to overcome this problem?

#1 Move more!

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Note: You might be interested in the five part series on Vegetarianism I wrote some time ago.

Someone once said, “Simplicity is the keynote of good taste and saves a lot of time.”

An apt observation, don’t you think, which applies as much to what we eat, as it does in other areas of our lives?

At present I’m in the process of moving from South Australia, back to the UK. We’re staying in Perth for a couple of weeks, and circumstances have again reminded me that eating a simple diet is key to maintaining good health.

Some of the simplest, healthiest foods available have to be oats, peas, beans and barley.
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With some of the world’s top holiday destinations being New York, Sydney, Thailand and Spain, it’s clear our idea of the perfect holiday is becoming extremely varied.

Many of us also travel all over the world for business trips, and it’s been estimated that in the UK the number of international flights has risen by 56% in the last ten years.

Particularly if you’re a business traveller, arriving at your destination feeling groggy, and tired is far from ideal.

What is jet lag?

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I have to admit, I was jumping around my house like a crazed animal a few days ago when I found out Dietriffic had been accepted for membership at 9Rules!

If you haven’t heard of 9Rules, it’s an exclusive blogging network where “members and readers can connect, build relationships, and learn new things.”

The site is run by Paul “Scrivs” Scrivens, Mike Rundle, and Tyme White. To find out more about them and what they do, visit their profile pages:

  • Scrivs’ Profile
  • Mike’s Profile
  • Tyme’s Profile

If you’ve come to Dietriffic from 9Rules for the first time, a very warm welcome to you!

Again, thank you to the team for accepting Dietriffic into the network!

Connect with me!

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