January 31, 2016

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The Kindred Guide to Better Sleep

Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. -Ralph Waldo Emerson How is it that you can feel tired all day long, but somehow, once you hit the pillow at night, it becomes nearly impossible to nod off? Other days, sleep may come easily, but then you may wake, in the middle of the night, unable to find your way back to restful slumber. Chronic stress, lack of work-life balance and increased…

The Kindred Guide to Mindful Eating

Can mindfulness help us control food cravings and lose weight? 2015 seemed to be the year we were all encouraged to be more mindful. Our eating habits did not escape this new way of thinking. What is it? Mindful eating involves increased awareness of what we are eating. It aims to turn us off autopilot and allows us to make informed decisions about what, where and why we eat. It isn’t about limiting what we eat, or telling us what is…

Mindful Hunger Scale

DOWNLOAD THE MINDFUL HUNGER SCALE Are you eating for the right reasons? We often eat due to psychological hunger (stress, boredom, routine, comfort) rather than physiological hunger. Try rating your hunger using this scale before you eat... Click here to download!  

Review – I Am Here Now: A Creative Mindfulness Guide + Journal

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgementally” Jon Kabat-Zinn Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, I would wager that you have heard the word ‘mindfulness’ thrown around quite a bit lately. From meditation weekends to adult colouring books, the practice of mindfulness appears to be an ageless antidote for the stresses of modern living. There are an array of mindfulness books on the market, particularly as this…

Shinrin-Yoku: Stress Relief the Japanese Way

‘In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.’ John Muir. I am into anything that can help relieve stress and low mood. It seems modern life can become a giant path through many stressful events and I’m up for trying anything that can help us along the way. My boyfriend introduced me to this Japanese stress relief technique after reading about it in this fantastic book and I had to share. It’s called ‘Shinrin-yoku’ or forest bathing. Now…

On Perfection…

I have been a perfectionist for as long as I can remember. Sadly, I spent many of my formative years rearranging my room, practising my handwriting and getting straight A’s. We’re talking about some intoxicating fun here! My behaviour didn’t go unnoticed by the people around me despite my many attempts not to bring attention to myself. I remember one childhood friend, in particular, who was constantly maddened by my perfectionistic tendencies. A bit of a live wire, she would…

How to prepare for weight loss…

Often people think Dietitians are naturally blessed with a fast metabolism and find it easy to be slim. Well, I am not one of these people. I know first-hand how difficult it is to lose weight,and more importantly keep it off.  In fact losing 10% of my body weight in my twenties is what attracted me to the profession. I understand first-hand the amazing effect weight loss can have on your life but also the effort required each and every…