Lifestyle

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Is making New Year Resolutions an annual ritual for you?

Setting goals for the year ahead shows a desire to change and improve your life for the better, which is wonderful!

But, for some of us our resolutions don’t get past the ‘planning’ stage!

So, what is the secret to setting New Year Resolutions that will stick?

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First of all, let’s clarify what emotional eating is:

Have you ever experienced a craving for certain foods when you’ve been angry, sad, or stressed? This is emotional eating.

Can you think of a time when your eating seemed uncontrollable?

Understandably, most of us have some emotions tied up with eating – it’s an activity that surrounds many milestones in our life, for example religious rituals, family get togethers, and various other celebrations.

However, you are not powerless over food…fact!

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We all love money to spend on life’s little luxuries, don’t we?

The problem is, life’s little luxuries don’t keep us living and breathing, and they certainly don’t put food on the table.

Those of you who do the food shopping for your homes, will no doubt have noticed the difference at the checkout over the past 12 months. To be quite frank…it stinks!

When we moved to Tasmania a few months ago, I began to notice a massive difference in our food bill. There’s only two of us to feed, and when I returned from ‘Woolies’ (the local supermarket) a couple of weeks ago, I had to announce to my husband that our shopping bill had come to…

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“We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh.”

- William James

Would you like to be able to see the funny side to life’s difficulties? This isn’t always easy, but a good sense of humour can help us accept the inevitable, handle the unexpected with ease, and come out of most difficulties with a smile on our face!

Laughing helps combat the physical effects of stress, anxiety, anger, grief, and depression, being similar to crying as a way of releasing pent-up emotions.

Interestingly the body can’t distinguish between real and fake laughter. So, even if you don’t feel like laughing, “faking it” has the same beneficial effect! Click to read more…

Acid reflux is a common problem for many people, with over-the-counter antacids being a quick and ease option to rid the problem. However, in most cases, making a few simple lifestyle changes can make a significant difference.

Here are a few easy suggestions:

#1 Eat small, frequent meals rather than three large meals each day. Eating too much at mealtimes causes excess stomach acid to be produced, which in turn causes acid reflux.

#2 Avoid your triggers. Some food and drink are thought to relax the sphincter and allow more acid to reflux. However, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2006) indicated that the type of foods we eat has little effect on acid reflux, however if you notice a particular food is causing symptoms, try avoiding it for a few days to see if your symptoms improve.

Possible triggers include:

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A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.

- Charlotte Brontë

Getting a good nights sleep is wonderful, however most of us know what it’s like to toss and turn for hours, feeling like we’re never going to get to sleep. The result is normally a groggy, uncoordinated, and sluggish self the following day!

Many people who suffer from poor sleep patterns opt for caffeine, sugary foods, or prescription drugs in an attempt to stay awake and increase their productivity, however this is a very short term option. Click to read more…

We often turn to food to alleviate negative emotions, however it’s also true that we use food just as much to reinforce positive emotions. Think of the birthday party, job promotion, a win for your favourite team, or sealing that important business deal. How do we celebrate? With food of course!

Certain foods have been termed “feel-good” foods. This is because they contain a substance called tryptophan, which produces the neuro-chemical serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the chemical that helps regulate appetite, sleep patterns, and mood.

Healthy foods containing tryptophan include:

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