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Women's Health Australia May 2020

Women’s Health Australia's mission is to help Aussie women feel happier and healthier (every single day!) with the ideal mix of fitness, food, nutrition, mindfulness, wellness, fitspo fashion and beauty, plus so much more.

Paragon Media Pty Ltd
R 38,29
R 288,43
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
zen your mindset

At the moment, talk about resilience seems to be everywhere. As the world grapples with uncertainty, the ability to roll with the punches, adapt to change and deal with stress in a positive way has never been more important. And, as it turns out, the benefits extend way beyond our happiness levels. As a growing body of research continues to confirm, those who consciously work to strengthen their resilience muscle report a range of tangible health benefits – from greater longevity and lower rates of depression to improved satisfaction with life in general. And it’s not just the worlds of wellness and positive psychology that are cottoning on. As an eye-opening report in The Wall Street Journal revealed, some forward-thinking companies are even offering formal resilience training to their harried employees,…

5 min
the big question

I keep running my pills back to back. Is it safe? Answer In a word, yes. “The combined oral contraceptive pill pairs synthetic oestrogen with progesterone to stop ovulation,” says gynaecologist Dr Anita Mitra. Traditionally, it’s taken for 21 days in a row, with a seven-day break to allow a bleed before you start a new pack – a hangover from the ’60s when the pill first became available. “There was roughly seven times more oestrogen in the pill than there is today, so the break was to relieve women from its side effects,” says Mitra. The period-like bleed – your womb lining falling away, but due to artificial hormones, rather than your own – was thought to reassure naysayers, too. But, hey, it’s no longer 1967 and new guidance states…

1 min
on our radar

POWER DRESSING Update your work wardrobe at Witchery. From April 15 to May 8, the retailer will donate 100 per cent of proceeds from sales of white shirts to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation as part of its 2020 White Shirt Campaign. You’ll feel as good as you look. BARBIE GETS WOKE All the yes to this! The newest members of the Barbie Fashionistas line include a doll without hair, another with a prosthetic limb, and one with the skin condition vitiligo (where patches of skin have no pigment). It’s one small step for Barbie, one giant leap for diversity! OM FOR A CAUSE Need more incentive to meditate? Commit to Mindful in May’s daily 10-minute mindfulness challenge and you’ll be raising money for clean water projects in developing countries. Visit mindfulinmay.org VEGAN HOTELS There’s no stopping…

1 min
could you be over-braining?

Feeling cooked after a huge workout? Make sure you’re not overdoing it. New research published in Current Biology has found that overtraining not only tires you out physically, but can leave you mentally exhausted as well. As the area of the brain affected by exercise is also vital for decision-making, scientists found excessive sweat sessions could lead to misjudgement when making life choices. So, slow down during that circuit class if you feel winded or unable to think, speak or collect your thoughts, for max fitness gains.…

1 min
muscle those brussels

Savoury Toss 4 cups sprouts (halved) with 3 tbs olive oil, 1 tbs apple cider vinegar, 1 tbs maple syrup and 2 tbs wholegrain mustard; roast at 230°C for 25 mins. Mustard seeds have anti-inflammatory selenium, omega-3s and disease-fighting phytonutrients. Sweet Toast 1 cup walnuts in a skillet, then chop. In a bowl, mix nuts with ¼ cup EVOO, 1 clove garlic (pressed), 2 tbs lemon juice, 2 cups sprouts (shredded), 1 bulb fennel (sliced) and 1 apple (chopped). Toss with parmesan and S&P for a salad. Spicy Toss 3 cups sprouts (halved) with 3 tbs avocado oil; roast at 200°C for 40 mins. Saute 3 tbs coconut aminos (a soy sauce alt with way less sodium), 2 tbs maple syrup, 1 tsp sriracha, 1 tbs lemon juice and 1 clove garlic (minced), until thick.…

1 min
pass the bread basket

Low carb-ers, watch out: people who depend on carbs for less than 45 per cent of their daily kilojoules are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation (AF), or an irregular heartbeat. Why care? Folks with this are five (!) times more likely to have a stroke than those without. Theory goes that because low-carb dieters often eat fewer fruits, vegies and grains (all carb sources), they miss out on the anti-inflammatory benefits of these foods. Plus, eating more protein and fat may lead to oxidative stress, which has been linked to AF. Your carb sweet spot, say researchers, is 45 to 52 per cent of your daily kilojoules. SOURCE: AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY…