The 21-day push up challenge is an Australian initiative. There is a strong correlation between exercise and mental health, which drives their motto, ‘Push for Better’. You have the option to fundraise for Headspace and you’ll learn about mental wellness with daily and practical tips. The total number of push ups each day represents a mental health statistic in Australia.
The total number of push ups done is 3046, which represents the total number of lives lost in Australia due to mental health issues in 2018. You have the option to complete this number as a team; 4 is recommended if doing it as a team. Our team of 4 consisted of the 4 PE teachers at the school I work at, Darwin High, and we decided to do all 3046 push ups each.
There's always a "messy middle"
The fact that this challenge encourages you to exercise on a regular basis, forming great routines, and in a way that aligns with what behaviour change experts...
Lucid dreaming is a state in which you are asleep and dreaming, but aware, and can control your dreams. Sounds pretty cool, right?! Apart from being cool, it could be used to heal yourself, and it might be easier than you think.
As soon as I read about this, I was excited, but a little apprehensive and scared. It’s pretty freaky to be mucking around with your mind in altered states of consciousness. But the child-like scientist in me wanted to know more and learn how. Let’s hope curiosity doesn’t kill the cat in this case.
Learning how to control your dreams brings a sense of power and control to your waking life.
Lucid dreaming is a state between REM sleep. As your brain waves slow as you drift off to sleep, there are five phases to sleep. The first phase is stage one and is the “nodding off” stage. The second phase is stage two and is the “light sleep” stage. The third and fourth phases are stage...
What you think about — everything from the food you eat to the stress you experience — directly influences how your body responds. Even doing all the right things for your health may be undermined by simply thinking negatively about them. Positive thinking is a key component of optimism, and the good news is, optimism can be learned, practiced and bettered.
Many years ago, I was suggested to read a book by one of my cousins who is a psychologist, which I truly believe changed my life. The book was called Learned Optimism and was written by Dr Martin E. P. Seligman. The book explains how optimism can be learned and how you can use the three P’s do so. The 3 P’s are: Permanent, Pervasive and Positive. Learning to be more optimistic is habit change, and it needs to be practiced so.
Mindset underpins everything.
Positive thinking isn’t about burying your head in the sand and ignoring all of life’s challenges and...
The dietary supplement industry is a billion dollar industry. Supplements can provide you with a sense of security against a less-than-perfect diet, and make you feel like you are giving your body all that it needs. But the truth is, this reductionist approach to food doesn’t work because food is complex.
I get asked to sell supplements all the time! It gets annoying to say no all the time, but empowering; because I know I’m choosing decisions based on my beliefs. And my beliefs are backed by science. If the science was to say it’s beneficial and we should all be supplementing, I’d recommend it, but it doesn’t. Supplements don’t work for most people for a variety of reasons.
It’s not what we eat, it’s how we eat.
Food is much more than the nutrients it contains. When science began to identify and recognise the importance of the nutrients in the our food, the reductionist...
There is currently so many milk alternatives on the market. Soy, almond, cashew, macadamia, oat, rice, coconut, flax, hemp, and of course, the O.G… cow! There’s even such as thing as spider milk. It’s not on the market and you can’t buy it, but it is a thing. But what has just hit the market in the last couple of years is… PEA MILK!
Pea milk is a fantastic addition to the many milk alternatives. It’s vegan, nut free, soy free, lactose free and glucose free. These are some of the limitations of the other milk alternatives. It’s also better for the environment than other milk and has more protein and calcium than other alternatives.
Pea milk has a lower water and carbon footprint than cow’s milk and other milk alternatives such as rice and almond milk.
Pea milk is made by harvesting yellow peas and milling them into flour. The flour is then processed, separating the pea protein...
The health benefits of nose breathing are vast; from absorbing more oxygen to altering your state of consciousness, nose breathing seems to be a forgotten fundamental component of health in our evolution of humankind. Here’s how to breathe your way to better health.
I’ve always been a mouth breather, believing that I simply couldn’t breathe through my nose properly. But recently, I came across a free online sleep course by Dr Mark Hyman. In that course, I was introduced to nose breathing, so I tried it. It turns out I just wasn’t practiced at breathing through my nose, and chances are, neither are you.
The sinuses in your nasal cavity help to kill bacteria and viruses.
Your nose is full of tiny hairs and mucous designed to trap dust and other foreign bodies from entering. It is the body’s first defence against foreign invaders.
Beyond the nose is the nasal cavity—a surprisingly large space about...
Over time, eating junk food can make you sick. The trans fats, sugars and preservatives added to food builds up and your body can’t function properly. But the other stuff in foods that can make you sick is bacteria. And this can be found in “healthy” food.
We might think we are the superior species on the planet. But there’s other competitors constantly vying for that title — viruses and bacteria. There could be as much as 100 trillion bacterial cells in your body — we only have 30 trillion human cells. We are more bacteria than we are human.
"We are comprised of approximately 3 times more bacterial cells than human cells."
Bacteria can be both good and bad. To keep the “bad” bacteria at bay, good food hygiene practices are essential. In these uncertain times, this is the reminder we all need. Just listen to any older person living on this planet right now.
Even healthy foods can make you sick and it’s...
Fasting has been a part of religious practice for thousands of years. But in the past five years, it received mainstream popularity on the back of animal studies showing that skipping meals had health benefits in those who are overweight.
I started intermittent fasting following the 16:8 method in 2017. After having changed my diet to eat less breads and pastas, and more protein, fat and vegetables in 2015, I couldn’t eat as often anymore. Plus, I wanted all the health benefits that proponents of fasting claimed — autophagy being the top of that list (You may know my crazy idea by now to live to 200 — or at least to live with the mindset that I will live to 200).
"While fasting has an array of benefits, it’s still what you eat that counts."
Autophagy is a metabolic process occurring in starvation whereby the body consumes its own cells. It’s an effective way to remove old and decrepit cells. Autophagy becomes less efficient as we age and...
We spend so much time, energy and money on food, shouldn’t we be enjoying it? Mindful eating is a strategy to be fully present with your senses during the process of eating in order to improve your relationship with food.
When doing research for this article, I discovered that this is pretty much what I do and have been encouraging you to do to reach your health goals, regardless of what they may be. Whether you want to lose weight, manage type 2 diabetes or improve athletic performance, mindful eating may be your nutritional answer.
Mindful eating is all about self-nurturing.
Mindful eating happens before, during and after you eat. It is about paying attention to how food looks, smells, tastes and feels. While it might sound tediously time-consuming taking your time chewing and savouring every single bite like a judge on Masterchef in slow-mo, mindful eating is a much more flexible approach to eating.
Pudding is synonymous with Christmas. But it is traditionally unhealthy and can unwrap your health goals quicker than my 4 kids opening presents from Santa on Christmas morning.
My grandmother has been making our family's traditional English Christmas pudding, as given to her by her mother-in-law, for as long as I can remember. But… I can’t eat it anymore because of the flour. So, I’ve taken her recipe and adapted it to be a gluten-free (and slightly healthier) version.
125g Mixed Peel
125g Blanched Almonds
12g Mixed Spice
250g Coconut Sugar
300g Coconut Flour
1/4 tsp Bicarb Soda (dissolved in 125ml of rum)
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