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Good Health Choices Magazine NZ January 2019

Good Health Choices takes the guess work out of leading a healthy lifestyle. With nutrition advice, meal planners and pull out shopping lists, Good Health Choices is an essential tool for anyone wanting to lead a healthier, happier life.

New Zealand
Bauer Media Pty Ltd
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12 Issues


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the year of you

Summer is the perfect time to chill out and tune in to what’s going on with us. In the whirl of busy lives and big expectations, we can forget to focus on what we actually want and need. It’s easy to absorb the messages around us – be it from family, friends or (worst of all) social media – telling us what our lives should look like but nothing is more self-defeating than striving hard for something that isn’t you. Problem is, many of us aren’t quite sure, who we are or what we want! The good news is that peeling back the layers to discover this can be one of the greatest and most important journeys you’ll ever take – and in this issue we’ve got everything you need to…

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have your say

TAKING UP THE CHALLENGE I love reading Good Health. When I read the 30-day challenge, I was motivated to challenge myself. It gave me an incentive to do some muscle strengthening. As we age, we tend to lose muscle mass. The challenge has helped me to use it, not lose it. – Diana Write in and WIN! This month’s star letter wins a complete skincare system from Labonics, worth $250, including Radiance Liquid Gold Oil, Radiance Serum, Radiance Repair Moisturiser, Radiance Mist Toner and Radiance Jelly Oil Cleanser. Made in New Zealand. Certified organic, 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free. labonicsskin.com LOTS TO LOVE I’ve been buying your magazine for many years and continue to be amazed and informed by the wealth of valuable, up-to-date information designed to help us live happy, healthy and meaningful lives.…

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spreading kindness around

I absolutely adore your delicious magazine. Every month I am inspired to be better, feel better, eat better, nourish myself and be kind to my body, mind and spirit. Every article I read has some little snippet that empowers me to grow and be a better version of myself. Not only do I get the pleasure of this unique magazine but once I have read every page three or four times, I like to pay it forward so I take them to work to donate to the coffee table in our waiting room. I work for an alcohol and drug community-cased service and I love watching the broken souls of our people get a tiny bit of hope and joy in their eyes when they pick up your magazine and…

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how to calm yourself

Whether it’s before an interview, a presentation, an audition, a first date or starting a new job, nerves have a way of pouncing just when we’re needing to feel our most confident. It’s entirely understandable that we should feel this way; we’re programmed to feel the rush of adrenaline and cortisol that prepares us to stand our ground or flee under threat. But you don’t want that ‘yikes, help!’ feeling sabotaging that all-important moment or event. Here are some strategies for coping: » BREATHE This is the fastest, most effective way to trick your body into feeling calm. A great, simple breathing exercise for soothing both the nervous system and an agitated mind is one where you make the breath out longer than the breath in. There are plenty of apps…

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health now

A HEAVY HEART The saying ‘died of a broken heart’ may be truer than we realise. A study in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology took blood samples from just under 100 people whose spouses had recently died. Those who were experiencing “elevated grief” – such as feeling like life had lost its meaning – had inflammation levels 17 percent higher than those who didn’t feel this way. Those in the top one-third of the grieving group also saw inflammation levels that were 54 percent higher than the bottom one-third. As inflammation contributes to a host of health issues, it’s a good time to check in with those in your circle who are grieving, or reach out if you’re grieving yourself. Chat to a counsellor at Lifeline at 0800 543 354 or lifeline.org.nz. GO WITH…

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your year of change

‘Take it slow! Be realistic about what is achievable for you and your life’ It’s common to start a new year off with the best of intentions only to see them fizzle out after a month or two. We tell ourselves that this is the year we prioritise ourselves, this is the year we will give up over-doing the coffee, alcohol, sugar, stress, going to bed late, our social media or online shopping addiction, our negative self-talk — all of the things we know don’t serve our health. Yet somehow, we find ourselves right back where we started after a brief burst of motivation. Why is this? Sometimes it's because we are overly ambitious and try to make too many changes all at once. Other times it’s because what we have set…