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WellBeing Issue 184

WellBeing is the World’s leading journal of natural health and living.  A refreshingly intelligent reading experience, WellBeing offers inspiration for a way of life that is authentic and soulful.  Reportage reviews the latest developments (or revived ancient practices) in natural living, and in-depth articles both challenge and inspire pragmatic action in the real-world balance of work, life, family and community.  WellBeing reaches an increasingly sophisticated audience of citizens of the global village.  Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
from the editor-in-chief

This is a tale of two birdies. Well, in fact it’s a tale of four birdies but that doesn’t have the literary impact as an opening line of the “two birdie” version. The tale though does begin with two birdies, two “welcome swallows”, in fact. In case you don’t know, welcome swallows are beautiful little birds about 15cm long, with metallic blue-back heads, backs, wings and forked tails. Their belly is grey and their chest a rusty brown. The name “welcome swallow” originated from sailors who knew that the sight of these birds meant that land was not too far away. When we first moved into our current house around 10 years ago, within a month of our arrival a pair of “welcome swallows” built a beautifully formed bowl-shaped mud nest on top…

5 min
your say

Did something resonate with you in this issue of WellBeing? Tell us! Write to WellBeing, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde, NSW 1670, email wbletters@umco.com.au, comment on our Facebook page or Instagram account: @WellBeing_Magazine. We reserve the right to edit all letters. Feeling nurtured I would just like to say how much I have enjoyed this year’s “Nurture Me” edition of WellBeing. There was so much great content on the mind, which I believe is so important and neglected in this busy world we live in. “The Drama Triangle” article helped me better understand some relationships. In “Free to be Me”, I loved the reference to the Brené Brown TED talk, which I went and watched and also found very insightful. The article “Dealing with Guilt” gave me some clarity over a major…

1 min
it's in the doing

How do you stay well over the holiday period? I like to keep myself busy. This year, though, I will stay offline and enjoy a change of scenery and read lots of good books. Jenny Escots I will be following these rules for myself: don’t overbook, take time out, go for a nature walk, eat healthy, pamper myself and get a massage. Tasha Duffy I dedicate time for mindfulness, yoga classes, barefoot beach walks and cooking for loved ones. Katherine Spanos I love to take time out at the beach — walking, swimming and enjoying the sunshine. I love consuming freshly squeezed juices and lots of salads. I take time to breathe, meditate and do yoga and Pilates, as well as spend time with friends and enjoy aromatherapy massages. Emma Wright I like to connect with strangers as much…

1 min
star letter!

Oh, my goodness! I found the article “When Should’s Not Good” in an older edition of WellBeing and read it once then re-read it again. It really hit home. I am the Queen of the “What I deserve” mantra and I’m struggling in my life lately; I question everything and want to change everything. I am wandering around and feeling lost. When I read the article for the second time, I could not stop crying. It’s not about getting what I deserve; it’s about getting what I want! The word “should” has made me blind to the role I want to pursue in life! I use it as an excuse to be lazy and avoid what I really want and can potentially achieve. No one has ever explained this to…

3 min
recent medical findings for a healthier body

Go nuts Despite the colloquial association with human lunacy, nuts are a very healthy food. Nuts vary from tree to tree (or bush), but generally speaking a good nut gives you healthy unsaturated fats, a bit of protein and a smattering of vitamins and minerals. On top of all that they are tasty and make an easy snack. To top it all off, eating more nuts has been shown to help you lose weight. For a new study researchers looked at almost 290,000 people and followed them for 20 years. They found that increasing nut intake by half a serve a day (around 14 grams) over a four-year period was linked to a 15 per cent reduction in obesity and a loss of 0.7 kilograms. It’s partly to do with the…

3 min
interesting slices of life

The morning after You live a healthy life. You exercise and you eat wholesome, nourishing food. So why is that after a night without sleep all you want is a muffin or a kebab? By depriving people of sleep researchers have found that the junk-food-after-sleeplessness phenomenon is driven by chemicals known as endocannabinoids (ECs). These ECs cause a disconnect between two parts of the brain that normally chat quite efficiently: the piriform cortex and the insula. The result is that your sense of smell is sharpened and dominates the process of choosing food for your brain. What you go for is more energydense foods, like the chocolate chip muffin with caramel icing that you just happened to have in the pantry. The obvious solution is to get more sleep but if…