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Channel Islands Edition ISSN 2516-3426

No.17

March/April/May 2018 Happy | Healthy | Inspired

Every day brings us the opportunity for renewal

FEATURING

Why the Spring is an Ideal Time to Renew Your Goals Employee Wellbeing: The Key to Differentiation Kindness is the New Mindfulness The Masculine Feminist An Insight into Addiction through the Eyes of a Child

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Never Too Late to Renew Our Vows to be Healthier Take a Holiday It Could Save Your Soul Rediscovering the Buzz that Only Sport Can Offer Making Self Care a Habit … and much more to inspire, relax and make you FEEL GOOD!

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WELCOME

Welcome

WORDS: Beverley Le Cuirot, Founder and Editor

Welcome to our ‘Renewal’ edition. RENEW and RENEWAL: to make like new; restore to freshness, vigour, or perfection; to make new spiritually; to restore to existence; to make extensive changes in; and to begin again. Spring is the time of new beginnings. It makes us think about replenishing our resources both mentally and physically. And, whether, like our young Royals, we are starting out on our lives together, welcoming new additions to our families, or redefining our relationships with loved ones, the spring is a wonderful time to start over. In this edition, our Expert Contributors examine the respective aspects of renewal in their own fields of interest, be this mind, body, fitness, sport or food – and share their guidance on how we can renew ourselves for the better. We look at self-renewal by pushing out of our comfort zones; renewing our goals; reflecting on whether we are being bullied – or perhaps are a bully – and what to do about it; we have a new approach to holistic fitness in town, a new wellbeing supermarket; and take a look at how our addiction to our screens may be increasing our short-sightedness – as always, with solutions if this affects you. We have an interview with a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University about doing less to achieve more; we look at why employee wellbeing could be the game changer for organisations; and we also look at a brand new way to book travel.

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We have a reminder about the importance of checking our breasts; a telling insight into addiction through the eyes of a child; and we couldn’t let our Renewal edition pass by without looking at the new definition of what makes a masculine feminist. And last but not least, we look at the life-changing topic of self-care; this and so much more to inspire you to glowing self-renewal this spring.

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We are also renewing ourselves in that from now on we will donate 10% of the sales proceeds received by WellBeing World to a local charity. Our first chosen charity will be MIND Jersey, in recognition of the important work they undertake with many of our WellBeing At Work clients. Thank you, to all of our readers, for making this possible. Together, we can truly create a world of difference. Until next time, healthy regards,

Beverley beverley@wellbeingworld.je

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CONTENTS

Contents

Sharpening the Saw

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A New Approach to Holistic Fitness

Introducing our Expert Contributors

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FITNESS

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Sharpening the Saw Why the Spring is an Ideal Time to Renew Your Goals Self-Renewal – Pushing Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone Renewing the Planet!

WHAT’S NEW

A Happy and Healthy Lifestyle is All about Balance Cancer Touch Therapy in the Channel Islands A New Approach to Holistic Fitness Screens and Short-Sightedness A Doable New YOU The Human Body – Miracle Renewal

WORK

Employee Wellbeing: The Key to Differentiation Doing Less to Achieve More Am I a Bully? Am I Being Bullied? The Secrets of the Bullet Journal

BODY

Renew Yourself META-Health: A Renewal in Mind-Body Awareness Never Too Late to Renew Our Vows to be Healthier 4 Ways Acupuncture Can Help Renew the Spring in Your Step Find Your Strength Again with Pilates

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Spring into Action! Rediscovering the Buzz that Only Sport Can Offer Keep on Keeping On … Get Set for an Achievable Goal in 2018

FOOD

The Low Alcohol Wine Boom Pork and Lentil Sausages? Just One Way to Good Health Mushrooms – The Super Solution Building Healthy Cells Rise of the Junk Food Vegan

MIND

Survey Reveals Islanders’ Attitudes to Mental Health Kindness is the New Mindfulness Rethink Your Relationship with Food and Your Body

TRAVEL

Take a Holiday, It Could Save Your Soul The New Way to Book Travel

WOMEN

Girls with Dreams … Become Women with Vision Awareness and Empowerment Saves Lives

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Employee Wellbeing: Key to Differentiation

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The Masculine Feminist

FAMILY

Redefining Relationships An Insight into Addiction Through the Eyes of a Child

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Guest Contributors: Alex Soojung-Kim Pang at Stanford University Mel Wells, Health and Eating Psychology Coach Interviews with: Joaquina Teixeira at Balance – The Wellbeing Supermarket Sandrine Martin at Travel Counsellors Tim Rogers and Ricky Rouille, 2017 British National Champions

Thank You and Disclaimer: WellBeing World would like to thank all of our contributors, members and advertisers for making our magazine what it is; and to you, our readers, for your support. We aim to bring you properly researched information that enables you to make wise health decisions and which support your general health and wellbeing.

Kindness is the New Mindfulness

LIFE

Don’t Fall ‘Madly’ in Love – JUST BE Making Self Care a Habit

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BOOK CHOICE 88

WELLBEING DIRECTORY

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And the WellBeing World team: Lucy Sanderson Daco Fernandes Katherine Day Amber Blake Beverley Le Cuirot

Although every effort is made to ensure the veracity of published information, WellBeing World and its Directors and Publishers cannot be held responsible for the information contained herein or for the views and actions of individual contributors. All contributors are qualified to practice in their own fields of expertise. If in doubt, please consult with a medical practitioner before acting on health information received.


Introducing our Expert Contributors

Alex Wiles

Jersey Mencap

Glenda Rivoallan Club Soulgenic

Lorna Jackson

Jason Wyse

Cesca Dessain Healthhaus

Kit Chamier

Silkworth Charity Group

True Food at Club Soulgenic

Louise Augre

Marion Gorrod

Health Point Clinic

Augre Physiotherapy

Nathalie Le Mottee

Dr Prasanna Kerur

Healthhaus

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Andy Barnes

The Foodstate Company

Ayush Wellness Spa

Waitrose

Robert Waghmare

META-Health Academy


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Sharpening the Saw First appearing as Habit 7 in Stephen Covey’s classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, sharpening the saw has proven itself over the years, and is as important in our modern day, as ever it was. It is all about self-care and having a balanced programme for self-renewal our lives; taking the time to stop, renew and refresh ourselves, so we are better able to cope with the challenges that come our way. Examples of activities might include: Physical: Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting Social/Emotional: Making social and meaningful connections with others Mental: Learning, reading, writing, and teaching Spiritual: Spending time in nature, meditation, music, art, prayer, or service Covey reminds us that as we renew ourselves we create growth and change in our lives. Sharpening the saw keeps us fresh so we can continue to practice the other six habits more effectively. We increase our capacity to produce and handle the challenges around us. Without this renewal, the body becomes weak, the mind mechanical, the emotions raw, the spirit insensitive, and the person selfish, none of which is helpful.

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Living a life in balance means taking the necessary time to renew ourselves. It's all up to us. We can renew ourselves through relaxation; or we can totally burn ourselves out by overdoing everything. We can care for ourselves mentally and spiritually; or we can go through life oblivious to our wellbeing. We can experience vibrant energy; or we can procrastinate and miss out on the benefits of good health and exercise. We can revitalise ourselves and face a new day in peace and harmony; or we can wake each morning full of apathy because our get-up-and-go has got-up-andgone. Every day provides a new opportunity for renewal; a new opportunity to recharge ourselves instead of hitting the wall. All it takes is the desire, knowledge, and skill.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

The other habits are equally fundamental; the first three internally focused, about ‘us’, and the others guiding us in our dealings with others. Here’s a quick reminder:

This is about human interaction and collaboration. Most of us learn to base our self-worth on comparisons and competition. We think about succeeding in terms of someone else failing. There is only so much pie to go around, and if you get a big piece, there is less for me. Win-win, on the other hand, sees life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one. It’s a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions, and in so doing, we both win.

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Whether you know it or not, your life is designed by you. The choices are yours. Yes, life happens, but it all depends how you choose to act and respond. Every situation, provides a new choice. And in doing so, it gives you a perfect opportunity to do things differently to produce more positive results. Focus on the things you can change or influence and let go of those over which you have no control – this is the first step to being more proactive.

To live a more balanced existence, you have to recognise that not doing everything that comes along is okay. There's no need to overextend yourself. All it takes is realising that it's all right to say no when necessary and then focus on your highest priorities. Habit 3 is about life management – your purpose, values, roles, and priorities. What are "first things?" First things are those things you, personally, find of most worth. If you put first things first, you are organising and managing time and events according to the personal priorities you established in Habit 2.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

"We can care for ourselves mentally and spiritually; or we can go through life oblivious to our wellbeing."

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Habit 1: Be Proactive is about taking responsibility for your life, recognising that you are "response-able." So not blaming circumstances, or conditioning for your behaviour. One of the most important things you choose is what you say, the language and thoughts. A proactive person uses proactive language – I can, I will, I am, I prefer. A reactive person uses reactive language – I can't, I should, I have to, if only.

Communication is the most important skill in life, we learn to speak, but what about listening? If you're like most people, you probably seek first to be understood; you want to get your point across, so as you listen you prepare in your mind what you are going to say, the questions you are going to ask. You filter everything you hear through your life experiences, your frame of reference. And in doing so, you will only hear certain parts of the conversation and may miss the meaning entirely.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Habit 6: Synergise

If your ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step you take gets you to the wrong place faster. Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen. One of the best ways to incorporate Habit 2 into your life is to develop a Personal Mission Statement. It focuses on what you want to be and do. It reaffirms who you are, puts your goals in focus, and moves your ideas into the real world.

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To put it simply, synergy means "two heads are better than one." Synergise is the habit of creative cooperation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. Together, we can produce far better results than we could individually. Synergy lets us discover jointly things we are much less likely to discover by ourselves. It is the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

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Why the Spring is an Ideal Time to Renew Your Goals

WORDS: Nathalie Le Mottee MD, Healthhaus

Research shows that 80% of people give up on their New Year's resolutions by the 2nd week of February! If this is you then don’t be downhearted, the Spring is the perfect time to revisit and renew your goals. For me the thought of a new season and lighter days puts me in a really positive mood and makes it the perfect time to reassess what I really want for myself. Tony Robbins recently said: “What most people call ‘resolutions’ are really just desires . . . they wish would happen. The majority of people aren't actually resolving anything within themselves.” This is certainly true as it’s all too easy to become swept up in the excitement of New Year’s resolutions and to set yourself a list of well intentioned but unrealistic goals. Once we realise that achieving these goals often requires enormous amounts of effort, they soon start to become not so important to us unless we are 100% clear about WHY we want to achieve them. 10

Another reason that we fall off the wagon is that we are often told it only takes 21 days to form a new habit. We’re positive that we can dedicate ourselves to doing something (or not doing something) for 21 days and voila, our lives will have changed. But it’s not that straightforward and we become disillusioned when it doesn’t happen.

So where did this notion that we would form new habits after only 21 days come from? This theory became common thinking in the 1950s when a plastic surgeon called Maxwell Maltz began

to notice a pattern in the length of time that his patients stopped sensing a phantom limb or got used to seeing their new nose. He did some more research and wrote: “These, and many other commonly observed phenomena tend to show that it requires a minimum of about 21 days for an old mental image to dissolve and a new one to jell.” Maltz’s work influenced many leading professionals from life coaches to motivational speakers, however what ensued was a game of Chinese whispers until at some point the public was being told that they could form a new habit in only 21 days! The truth is that Maltz said this was the minimum time required and lifelong habits can take months even years to develop.


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On a positive note our brains are capable of change – neural connections can be strengthened and new connections made. The ability of our brain to change (for better or for worse) is called neuroplasticity. Our brains are most ‘plastic’ in our childhood, however we don’t lose this plasticity and with a little perseverance we can change at any age – it’s never too late.

My practical tips The key to making these changes is to make them easy and I mean really easy. So easy in fact that you’d feel slightly silly if you didn’t achieve it.

Pick up a pen and paper and do the following. Are you ready? • Start by writing all of your goals down, no matter how wild and wonderful they may seem. • Now pick just one goal. If you’ve struggled with achieving your goals in the past then pick the easiest one. • Think of one positive change that you could easily make to start you on your way to achieving your goal. The reason I say positive change is that it is far easier to start doing something new than it is to stop doing something that you have done for years. • Now make that positive change really, really simple. It could be to drink a glass of water as soon as you get up or to extend your walk back to your car after work by 10 minutes. • Decide on a way to keep a record of your achievements. This is essential as the old adage says ‘if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it’. A small note book that you can carry around will do or try an app.

Some of my favourites are: Waterlogged – this helps you track how much water you’ve drunk over the day. I use the free version, but you can pay for upgrades.

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Active 10 – a free app that quite simply tracks the length of time you walk ‘briskly’ over the day. Your first goal is simply to achieve 10 minutes. Headspace – this one isn’t free but is the one that I really couldn’t be without. It teaches you how to meditate in just 10 minutes each day. • Now, in the words of a popular fitness brand JUST DO IT! Again, and again. And above all, stay strong and hold your resolve. The best resolutions generally always focus on making long term, sustainable change. Take small, manageable steps, knowing these will feed a longer term desire to really improve your life.

More info: www.healthhaus.co.uk

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Self-Renewal

Pushing Yourself Out Of Your Comfort Zone

WORDS: Amber Blake

Self-renewal is the transformation of one's self, giving you fresh life with renewed strength. You become a new person with a new willingness and ability to try new things. The way in which we renew ourselves is through constructive actions throughout our day, which could be from reading a motivational book to taking a yoga class. Self-renewing activities look after your physical and mental wellbeing. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, try new things and venture into something new; be prepared to take risks and push the boundaries of your own fears. Over the course of the winter my mum, Sarah, has undertaken her own challenge of self-renewal which she has achieved and I couldn’t be more proud of how far she has come and how she has pushed boundaries within

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herself; pushing herself out of her comfort zone and away from her normal physical activities, facing her fears and challenging herself in a new way. Undertaking a challenge in the name of Self-renewal, Sarah has been spending her time throughout the winter achieving her goal, getting herself out, rain or shine to swim in the sea. Routine swimming in cold water has amazing health benefits, from immune system boosting to increased blood circulation along with many physical and mental benefits. I asked her to share her story.


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Why did you choose open water swimming as your self-renewal activity? Sarah: "I have always found solace in nature, and enjoy

the sea and its therapeutic benefits. I had always enjoyed swimming throughout the summer months however was never one to enjoy getting into cold waters. After a period of ill-health, suffering from anxiety / depression added also to this the recovery from suffering from prolapsed discs and the constant physical pain it caused me I began to rehabilitate myself through participating in the Open Water Swimming with the Jersey Recovery Group."

How have you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone? Sarah: "I was becoming

Why is self-renewal important to you? Sarah: "Life is important to me and the way that

we live our lives impacts upon both our physical and mental wellbeing. Self-renewal to me personally is a point in which I reached as a consequence of not recognising the impact that outside negative energies were having upon me. I was feeling drained and totally worn out. I had worked in a very stressful environment and had reached a point where I just could not cope anymore and I had totally lost myself and whom I really was. I needed to know my life purpose again and the healing effects of the sea on my physical and mental health had always been something which I had felt previously felt the positive effects of. With this, I began to enjoy its beneficial effects again and gradually began to enjoy many other things in my life which I had lost touch with. I felt restored and re-energised."

"Gradually I became less anxious about physically getting out of my front door and going to do something which was not only a physical relief from the constant back pain I was feeling, it was the beginning of the recovery of my mental and emotional wellbeing too."

more anxious about going out and meeting people and once I had been offered a place on the course, twice weekly I had "signed up" for an hour to meet with others who also were facing their fears. Gradually I became less anxious about physically getting out of my front door and going to do something which was not only a physical relief from the constant back pain I was feeling, it was the beginning of the recovery of my mental and emotional wellbeing too. I set myself a goal that I would swim on Christmas Day, as I had always admired those who managed to continue swimming throughout the colder weather days. With the support of my family who continued to encourage me, I succeeded in reaching my goal and swam with some others from the group, who had continued to encourage me by our continued swims together throughout the winter months. We inspired one another."

How has open water swimming benefitted you? Sarah: "I set myself a goal and achieved it!

I felt almost immediate relief from the back pain and sciatica

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after swimming, somedays I could hardly get to walk there in time but I did not want to let the others down. I felt restored and balanced both physically and emotionally. I felt calmer, I slept better, I was energised. I feel that my immunity has strengthened. I feel "me" again and my anxieties subsided."

What advice would you give to others who are wanting to undertake a self-renewal challenge? Sarah: "Think about the things you love, try to ensure that

the self-renewal is for the purpose of yourself and not to please others. Set yourself a goal and if necessary reach out to your close family or friends for their support. There may be those who think "you are mad" as did my family "up North" however the North Sea is not quite as warm as it is here in Jersey in the winter. It is a renewal for yourself and one which above all else feels good for your body and soul."

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Renewing the Planet!

We’re all wrapped up in the worst habit of all. WORDS: Lucy Sanderson and Daco Fernandes

With 2018 well under way, the start of the year has brought about many habit changes; giving up smoking, taking up exercise, etc. A worthwhile change in habit that should be addressed now and forever thereafter, should be the proliferation of plastic within our lives. Recycling is one thing, applaudable even … but using all this darn plastic just HAS to stop. Recently, awe inspiring programmes such as the BBC’s Blue Planet II have not only opened our eyes to a marine world still widely unexplored and sadly, globally misunderstood, but they have also highlighted the planet-wide catastrophe of plastic pollution. Another documentary worth watching is ‘A Plastic Ocean’. Very sad viewing to say the least, but an absolute must-see eye-opener for anyone still in the dark about the

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impact we are having on the world – all for the sake of unbruised grapes and the likes. Plastic has been around for approximately 100 years and it has revolutionised our lives in one way or another. It is quite literally, everywhere. Did you know that it’s even in our tea bags? A University of California led project, recently released their findings on

the amount of plastic produced: ‘Since the 1950s it is conservatively estimated 8.3 billion tonnes of plastics have been produced’ with up to 91% ending up in landfill sites and the world’s oceans. A Guardian investigation recently revealed that a million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute. More than 480 billion plastic bottles were sold in 2016 across


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the world which is up 300 billion from a decade ago. By 2021, sales are expected to rise to 583.3 billion according to estimates from Euromonitor International’s Global Packaging Report. The UK uses approximately 7 million plastic lined coffee cups every day. So that’s 2.5 billion cups a year. Less than 1% of these are recycled due to the complicated process required to remove the tightly bonded polythene lining from the paper cup its self. Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day or 146 billion cups per year; they also throw away 25 billion styrofoam coffee cups every year, and 2.5 million plastic beverage bottles every hour. That’s a whole lot of everlasting waste.  This is just the tip of the incredibly large and durable iceberg, but this one isn’t melting. It seems hopeless, doesn’t it? What can anyone do to change this plastic tide? What can you do?

inhabit a dead and polluted world. Seems a bit strong? I’m sure if the planet could talk it might have a few choice words regarding our behaviour during the last 100 years. Let’s make some changes then. Instead of adding to the mountain ranges of plastic bottles being produced, sold and discarded, how about using stainless steel bottles that can be re-filled at home.  You are entitled to ask for free tap water anywhere that has a tap. Yes, the water quality may differ from region to region but it can often be 100’s of times cheaper than buying bottled water. Grab yourself a ‘go cup’ of sorts. There are lots to choose from and some coffee chains offer discounts on their coffee if you BYOC (Bring Your Own Cup). Winner. 

The scale of the situation can make it seem futile, but there are small changes and personal choices that one can make to make a difference. Collectively, people against plastic needs to be a global effort undertaken in every household (especially in Western society). So far as we know, ours is the only planet that can support us as a species. It does seem to make sense that we don’t completely screw it up for ourselves, let alone any future generations that might be unfortunate enough to

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A Healthy and Happy Lifestyle is All about Balance

INTERVIEW with: Joaquina Teixeira Store Manager, Balance

A visit to Balance – the Wellbeing Supermarket – conveniently located in the heart of St Helier, at Walker House in Halkett Street, will certainly surprise. There, on the first floor, above the familiar surroundings of the local Alliance Tesco store, is a smorgasbord of health and wellness to delight the most demanding wellness warriors amongst us. The most recent YouGov poll amongst 1,170 adults in the UK, showed the most popular New Year's resolutions in 2018 to eat better, exercise more, and save money; perfectly in tune with the ethos at Balance where they offer their customers the latest wellness products and trends that are competitively priced, to empower them to make healthy choices.

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With one of the largest range of healthy foods in a dedicated store, we went to find out more about the vision behind the new concept and the many different product ranges available. We spoke with Joaquina, the Store Manager. “Here at Balance, we have one objective. To help promote a healthier lifestyle balance. Whether you are a

busy parent, a professional constantly on the go, a retiree looking for a healthier lifestyle, or you are just looking to swap your duvet days for a more active lifestyle, then we want to support you,” Joaquina told us. “We stock the leading brands from food and drink through to beauty, nutrition and cleaning, as well as Tesco own-brand food ranges, such


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as Tesco Vegan, Meat Free and Free From. Unlike run-of-the-mill supermarkets, we make it our mission to promote and stock organic, fair trade, free from, environmentally friendly and vegan products to help support your healthier lifestyle.” Following ‘Veganuary’ – a pledge not to eat animal products during the month of January, Tesco introduced a 20-strong range of vegan ready meals to their shelves called Wicked Kitchen. Joaquina went on to tell us that working in partnership with Tesco, the range had been masterminded by American chef and self-proclaimed “plant pusher” Derek Sarno, a former global executive chef for Whole Foods Market. These reasonably priced dishes can be found in-store now and include mouth-watering BBQ Butternut Mac and Cauli, Wicked Teriyaki Noodles, Rainbow Curry Bowl and Caponata Sourdough Pizza. Joaquina added: “We are also delighted to be the retailer of choice for major brands like Violife, who have been dedicated to making amazing tasting, 100%

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vegan non-dairy, non-GMO foods since the 90’s, from their beautiful surroundings of Thessalonica in Greece. Another popular range we stock in-store is Lucy Bee’s raw, organic and pure coconut oil produced from single fair trade estates in the Philippines and Sri Lanka. This versatile product can

on their website, which is regularly updated with blog posts and new products. Joaquina invited us online: “We are also very social and like to share our staff recommendations, recipes, competitions and wellbeing motivation with our growing army of Facebook and Instagram followers, so make sure you’re a fan

be used in everything from snacks to light lunches, healthy dinners and baking, and has amassed a huge fanbase of famous supporters such as Joe Wicks (The Body Coach and author of Lean in 15 cookbooks) and Great Britain Triathlete, Helen Russell.”

of our pages to get your regular dose of Balance inspiration.”

A full list of the ranges and brands available at Balance can be found

Open from 8.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday, and Sundays from 10am to 4pm, it is so easy to find the best time in your busy day to pop in. Take the first step to a healthier you and visit them in-store, you will not be disappointed!

More info: www.balance.je

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WHAT’S NEW

Cancer Touch Therapy in the Channel Islands Touch Therapy is now available locally to people with cancer. Provided in Jersey at L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa and Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa, and shortly also at St Pierre Park in Guernsey, Hand Picked Hotels is the first hotel group in the Channel Islands to introduce this remarkable and specialist therapy. Touch Therapy was originally developed as a unique form of relaxation and healing massage therapy by the Made for Life Foundation in the UK, specifically for those who have suffered from trauma, undergone an operation or treatment for illness. Developed in association with specialist medical practitioners, Touch Therapy enables spas to confidently open their doors to anyone going through medical treatment and those who may need additional support. Natural products are used due to the skin’s sensitivity and the therapists have the skills to safely adapt treatments to suit individual client needs. The course is accredited by the Complementary Medical Association (CMA) which means insurance can be gained so individual therapists and spas can offer these holistic therapies to those who have been diagnosed.

Amanda Winwood (formerly Barlow), MD of Made for Life Organics and Founder of the Made for Life Foundation said: “It is shocking that many spas have to turn people away whilst they are going through cancer. We believe that all spas should be accessible and through our work with the Made for Life Foundation we have for 15 years, consistently provided this using appropriate protocols combined with our 100% organic skincare and wellbeing range of products. “Cancer Touch Therapy training course enables spas, managers and therapists to confidently open their doors to anyone going through cancer and provide much needed support.”

"Cancer Touch Therapy training course enables spas, managers and therapists to confidently open their doors to anyone going through cancer and provide much needed support."

More info: www.madeforlife.org/cancer-touch-therapy

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The course was developed, taking advice from trained oncology massage teachers, advisors within the oncology team at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and also Macmillan.


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A New Approach to Holistic Fitness INTERVIEW WITH: Glenda Rivoallan Founder and CEO, Club Soulgenic

The whole notion of renewal is to refresh, revive and extend life. So what could be better than to focus on renewing your approach to health and fitness? A new wellness club with renewal at its core has opened in the heart of St Helier. As fitness clubs go, it’s far from ordinary, with the ability to work on fitness, health and that important mind body connection all under the one roof. We went along to find out more. Club Soulgenic offers a diverse range of health and fitness products and services. Founder and CEO, Glenda Rivoallan, is extremely passionate about the new company’s vision to help people live healthier lives through solutions that are integrated with their existing way of life: “Jersey is well placed, with its access to world class practitioners and health tech providers, to provide cutting edge wellness fit for a global stage,” she told us.

A 360° approach

Club Soulgenic provides a proven, 360° approach to wellness, incorporating fitness, mind body, health and nutrition. If you are motivated to get fit and renew your health, then Club Soulgenic is a rewarding destination for a whole body and soul workout. The team are proud to present a fresh approach to wellness and fitness. It is genuinely different to other clubs in

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Jersey, helping you to break free from the limitations of a traditional gym approach. Glenda has spent years researching exactly what helps people to succeed with fitness regimes, and it comes down to three things: motivation, support and community. It is with this in mind that Club Soulgenic was created. The Club’s structured classes and knowledgeable staff provide members with the motivation, support and community they need to have fun and succeed. The approach is centred around five key elements: • Balance • Structure • Variety • Time efficiency • Results


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Balance

Club Soulgenic takes a balanced approach to wellness. Fitness is just one part of the equation: their timetable has a strong mind body focus, with Yoga, Pilates and Mindfulness classes. They provide guidance and specialist support around nutrition and general health. The Club is also home to consultant practitioners in behavioural change, psychotherapy, nutrition, chiropractic and physiotherapy.

Structure

Structure is crucial to success. Their Triple Studio concept gives structure to your weekly workouts with three signature Club Soulgenic (CSG) classes: Burn, Strong and Vibe. Complete at least one of each workout weekly, and you'll combine cardio, muscular strength and mind body – a holistic approach to fitness that Glenda tells us “is proven to get results. This group structure is highly motivational, and builds a real community in the club. Members get support from the trainer, but also from the other members in the class.”

Results

Naturally the Club wants you to get the best possible results and uses cutting edge technology to reward your hard work and effort, rather than your fitness level. Centred around safety and efficiency, the MyZone technology enables you to get the results you want, whilst working out safely and having fun. “The Club App will enable members to book classes, track their workouts and get important feedback and advice. MyZone is integrated in every studio. This innovative wearable technology monitors heart rate and calories to ensure you’re exercising at the right intensity. Members are able to monitor activity in real time, then review progress in their personal account,” Joanne Larkin, the Club Manager, explained.

Optimum everyday wellness Variety

The Club has a whole range of classes to make your exercise varied and interesting. Alongside the signature CSG Strong, Burn and Vibe classes, they have Yoga, Pilates, Mindfulness and TRX. In-house mindfulness expert Dan Ireland added: “Here at Club Soulgenic we understand how important the mind body connection is to reaching your goals, so our ground-breaking mindfulness practice provides classes on mindful eating and exercise, available in Jersey for the very first time.”

Time efficiency

The secret to success with fitness is being able to add it seamlessly into your working day. Paul Garrod, Group Fitness Manager and PT, told us: “Our approach focuses on workout intensity rather than duration. The timetable is designed to fit with your daily routine, with snappy 30 minute lunchtime classes, stimulating 40 minute morning and evening classes, and relaxing 1 hour Yoga and Pilates sessions. Walk to the Club, change, workout, shower, then grab lunch and be back at your desk within an hour.”

To conclude our look around, Glenda told us how the Club Soulgenic approach differs from the traditional gym experience: “We are all aware of the important mind body connection, but traditionally we have failed to look after our mental health as much as our physical health. The team at Club Soulgenic aims to change this. We appreciate the demands of modern living, and want our customers to experience positive improvements in mental health by engaging with our classes and programmes. It’s definitely one of the real benefits of the Club Soulgenic approach. We have invested a lot of time in ensuring that proven mental health strategies, such as mindfulness, are integrated in our products and services.” Whether you decide to take a pay-as-you-go approach and buy class credits, or take out a yearly membership package, the team at Club Soulgenic is looking forward to welcoming customers who would like to experience a new approach to all-round fitness and wellness.

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Screens and Short-Sightedness It is said that adults in the United States spend an average of 11 hours a day in front of a screen, with children in the UK using screens for an average of six and a half hours a day. Research published in 2016 in the Opthalmology journal predicted that 4.8 billion people will be shortsighted by 2050 – that's nearly half the world’s population; an increase of some 3 billion people in the 40 years since 2010 when 28.3% of the global population were reported with shortsightedness, or myopia. Put another way, that’s an additional 3 billion people in 10 years needing glasses due to short-sightedness.

addiction to our smartphones could nearly double the myopic population by 2050.

The same research discovered a link between myopia and time spent looking at computer and smartphone screens – suggesting that our

The study showed that people living in high income countries, such as North America, Europe and parts of Asia, are more likely to be short

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The changes “are widely considered to be driven by environmental factors,” said the researchers. “Principally lifestyle changes resulting from a combination of decreased time outdoors and increased near-work activities,” the term for time spent looking at screens.

sighted – as they spend more time looking at screens. A separate study also found that British children are twice more likely to be short-sighted now than they were 50 years ago. The research from Ulster University found 16.4% of British children now suffer with short-sightedness compared with 7.2% in the 1960s. Other research studies around the world claim that staring at a computer screen for hours does not cause short-sightedness, but regardless of who is right and who is wrong, screens on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers emit blue light; it is at least a risk factor.


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Blue light is everywhere, including in sunlight. However, digital screens and fluorescent and LED office lighting have drastically increased our exposure. It’s not all bad – blue light’s abundance in daylight boosts our alertness. But when we’re bathing ourselves in high-energy visible light (HEV light) constantly, the sustained exposure may well add up, preventing our bodies from settling into healthy sleep. And unlike with UV light, human eyes do a poor job of filtering out blue light. Most worryingly, recent studies suggest HEV light can contribute to retinal damage and macular degeneration – an irreversible loss of vision. Research on this subject is just beginning, but early signs point to an association between long-term exposure and serious consequences. So, it turns out that when Mum warned us not to sit too close to the TV, she wasn’t entirely off the mark. ‘Digital eye strain’ is now a real condition, defined as the physical eye discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen. As screen time increases, at home and in the office, so do symptoms like blurred vision, burning eyes, neck and back pain, headaches and disrupted sleep. In total, nearly two thirds of American adults now experience symptoms of digital eye strain due to prolonged use of electronic devices like computers, tablets and smartphones. It’s not difficult to see why. For many of us, the glow of a phone’s screen is the first thing we see when we wake and the last thing we see before sleep. In between, we fill the hours bathed in LED light, staring first at documents and emails, then social media updates and TV. One

of the biggest eye-burn culprits, not surprisingly, is the office, where Citrix reports that by 2020, employees will access their work using an average of six different computing devices per day. Our bodies and eyes just weren’t designed for modern digital lifestyles and workplaces. Thankfully, there are ways to reduce the harm from our digital lifestyles. The challenge, however, is getting people to pay attention and actually change their ways – at work and at play.

Technology

There are technological solutions, too. Mobile devices running recent versions of Apple’s iOS have a feature called Night Shift, which shifts the display colours towards the warmer end of the visual spectrum. F.lux is a downloadable app available on many platforms that achieves the same effect.

Fashionable Eyewear for the Digital Age

Specialised eyewear is also another solution, although many people are still unaware of their options, thinking they are only for those already wearing glasses. One such range of fashionable non-prescription glasses that alleviate the symptoms of digital eye strain, is available from Baxter Blue. Antireflective lenses decrease reflection from overhead lights and improve contrast – and they are available with nonprescription lenses so available for a wider range of people. Results thus far have been positive, with workers reporting fewer headaches, irritated eyes and other symptoms of digital eye strain.

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Simple lifestyle adjustments can make a considerable difference. The easiest fix is to take a break. A 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away is a well-known, tried and tested Health and Safety tip.

Technology has irreversibly changed how people live and work. But vision health has lagged dangerously behind. For today’s digital workforce, awareness of dangers – and solutions – is critical. Technology may be evolving rapidly, but we still only get one set of eyes.

Remember to Blink

It’s also worth reminding yourself to blink more often. Staring at screens often reduces how often we blink, making our eyes drier. We can also adjust the size of the type or the brightness of the display on our PC or tablet, and sit further from the screen.

More info: www.lifestylesafety.co.uk/blue-light-glasses

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A Doable New YOU

Your body’s renewable energy is ready for action. WORDS: Lucy Sanderson

Renewing your body does not have to start at the beginning of the year or mean great expense in the gym or at fitness classes; crazy herbs and supplements that you can’t pronounce or afford; or magical, mystery treatments and therapies, or anything out of the ordinary.

The fact is, if you want to give your body a boost, you can use four very easy steps, which focus on physical, mental, social and spiritual means. By covering the basics and taking a smidgen of responsibility for your body, you can make a massive difference to your longevity and quality of life. Starting with the physical, it’s easy to understand the obvious dos and don’ts when it comes to body maintenance, but it is your actions that direct how the body remakes itself. We ought to avoid smoking, too much drinking and excess fat, sugar and salt. We should

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take some exercise and not be too sedentary – sitting has been dubbed the new smoking, as so many of us lead lives from a chair and the impact is seriously unhealthy on our ‘made to move’ bodies. If you sit for long periods at work, stand up every so often.

Take a walk for even five minutes and use the stairs if you can. Short spurts of higher intensity movement will also be super good in kickstarting those necessary functions that regenerate cells and our bodies as a whole. Our bodies need light and they need rest, so being outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine is on the to-do list as well as ensuring that we give ourselves time to rest and sleep. Our bodies are a hive of rejuvenation whilst we catch zeds or even meditate. Both of these last ones are entirely free, so indulge!

"Nourishing our wellbeing with purposeful intention for ourselves and the world around us brings about change and renewal."

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and there’s no easier way of putting it than this; eat whole foods, less processed food, less red meat and more vegetables and fruit. Good old water is also an ideal addition to the rejuvenation process, so drink lots of it and stay hydrated. The second element of the four points for encouraging renewal is focused on mental health; the ingrained elements that drive us … or not. Resetting our minds and mental state is of great importance and when we negate our mental health, our whole body suffers. Depression and anxiety plague millions across the globe, thus proving that we need to take better care of our mental wellbeing. Doing normal stuff a bit differently can have strikingly positive effects on our body’s ability rot rebuild itself.  A positive mental attitude really does harness all the right elements to bring about longer lasting, better mental strength and higher emotional intelligence. Standard cognitive

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behavioural therapy uses the notion of focussing on solutions as opposed to problems and even this slight difference in perception encourages a constructive result. So, using this approach when faced with anything will nurture a stronger sense of depth and appreciation for what’s ahead and renaming a problem or reframing a situation can be helpful in creating a positive outlook. By evaluating our mental state every so often; checking in with ourselves and setting goals to work toward, we alleviate stress and in turn, allow our minds to recharge and refresh. The third element to renewal is our social health and this one really is pretty straight forward – we need people in our lives. No man is an island and humans are social animals, relationships are important and add to the aforementioned elements of our health and happiness and in turn, our renewable energy. From intimacy with others to developmental growth, our relationships and interactions

play a huge role in our overall wellbeing. We learn from our peers, friends and family and they play a part in shaping how we feel … The jury is out on the importance of social media ‘friends’ for now … Lastly, number four; Spiritual health, our important ‘meaning’ and purpose stems from here and maintains a healthy inner self outside of the remit of just our mind. Human beings derive great satisfaction and better health from good spiritual healing and care. Some find that religion gives them the soul food they need, others’ maybe turn their spiritual attention to different things – either way, feeding and nourishing our wellbeing with purposeful intention for ourselves and the world around us brings about change and renewal. If we try to make these small efforts across the board, then our body can feel rejuvenated and make for the best kind of wealth and success – our health and longevity.

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The Human Body – Miracle Renewal Aren’t bodies just incredible? We eat stuff and our body turns it into fuel, we breathe in and out without really needing to think about it and inside our human shapes, a trillion things happen automatically to ensure we tick along… We sleep and regenerate and our hair, skin and nails grow and renew and replace cells all the time. Our organs regenerate cells, our tongue, our eyes … In fact, our bodies are often taken for granted due to the fact that they just carry on performing (for the vast majority)

without much thought or attention. Of course, as with anything, wear and tear and depreciation happens as sure as the world keeps turning and so it’s vital that we give ourselves

a bit of a helping hand to ease the strain of ageing and that dastardly wear and tear …

“ You have to accept the body; you have to love the body. You have to respect the body; you have to be grateful to your body. The body is the most complex mechanism in existence – it is simply marvellous!”

~ OSHO

The Facts:

Red blood cells are some of the smallest cells in the body, they are the main way that oxygen is delivered to the internal organs. Providing a fundamental part of our ability to thrive, our red blood cells are renewed every three to four months.

Some heart cells renew themselves over the course of a person's lifetime, although this process can take decades. This means that by the age of 70, up to 40% of our heart may be renewed.

One of our hardest working repair specialists, the cells of the intestine renew every two to three days.

A skeleton will completely renew itself about every ten years. This obviously doesn't happen all in one go, but over our lifetime, this process ensures optimum protection of our internal organs.

We shed around 60,000 particles of skin a day, and it is completely renewed every 28 days. Head hair grows at a rate of 1 mm every three or four days and renews every six years, so after six years the hair on our head will be a completely different batch to the one six years prior! 26

Our liver has a cell lifespan of around five months, after which the renewing process takes place. The cells of the mouth's lining, including the inside of the cheeks and surface of the tongue, multiply to renew themselves every few hours. This rapid replacement is needed to cope with the continual wear and tear of biting, chewing and swallowing. In order to maintain our ability to taste and detect different flavours, our taste buds are renewed every ten days to two weeks.


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Employee Wellbeing: The Key to Differentiation RESEARCH and WORDS: Beverley Le Cuirot Founder of WellBeing At Work

Recent research conducted by Perkbox, the UK’s fastest growing employee benefits platform, has predicted that people analytics and mental wellbeing will rise still further in the 2018 workplace, as Millennials take a more influential role within organisations and a shrinking talent pool continues to increase the competition for recruiting the very best. Key highlights from their research show us that: • Millennials will no longer be the ‘misunderstood’ generation. More than ever before, the generation that values personal development and work-life balance over money and status will start to take on the most influential roles, with a large number of them taking over the reins in many organisations in 2018. • People analytics will become an integral part of HR practice. With 77% of business leaders believing in its importance, HR will use increasingly accessible people data

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to eliminate subjectivity in businesscritical people decisions. 2018 will see businesses take a more sophisticated approach in turning this information into meaningful metrics. Data will help improve an organisation’s agility, capability, innovation and, ultimately, bottom line revenue. • As the population ages and jobs become increasingly specialised, we’ll also see the competition for talent increase in 2018. Some 60% of HR and recruitment professionals anticipate that in the

next three years we’ll experience increased difficulty in recruiting senior and skilled employees as a direct result of Brexit. Employers will want to invest more in their people and promote more inclusive and fulfilling experiences. Office perks, rewards and recognition platforms, unlimited holidays – and much more – will become invaluable differentiation tools for businesses demonstrating they care about their employees more than their competitors do.


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• The focus on mental wellbeing has increased in 2017, with numerous reports released on the subject – perhaps most notably the UK Government’s Thriving at Work report. We are likely to see more employers take action on this topic and fundamentally re-thinking the role that work plays in our lives. In 2018 initiatives such as developing greater mental health awareness in the workplace and encouraging a healthier work-life balance will become a number one priority.

"Some 60% of HR and recruitment professionals anticipate that in the next three years we’ll experience increased difficulty in recruiting senior and skilled employees as a direct result of Brexit." The shrinking talent pool is particularly acute in the Channel Islands, and through our WellBeing At Work platform, we see a wide range of employers, large and small, and in a variety of sectors offering a range of wellbeing benefits, from cycle-to-work schemes, fitness classes and subsidised gym memberships to outdoor meetings, healthier options in vending machines, mental health workshops and confidential advice helplines. More comprehensive schemes recognise and engage with the effects of external stresses too, such as financial and other personal worries.

The benefits of promoting physical and mental wellbeing are well-known: reduced sickness absence, increased productivity, the opportunity for employees to build positive workplace relationships and, as a result, increased employee engagement, satisfaction and retention. 2018 will be an exciting year where many organisations continue to strive for differentiation to attract and retain the best talent.

Our range of services includes: 1. The WellBeing At Work WellBeing Audit 2. Corporate Health and WellBeing Consultancy and Research 3. Health Check Days – in association with Rossborough Healthcare 4. Our Online Wellbeing Zone 5. Flexible Wellness Packages – in association with our Expert Practitioner Members 6. Lunch and Learn Awareness Sessions 7. Employee Discount Schemes 8. Eat Move Sleep Relax 30 Day Health Coaching 9. Resilience and Mental Health Workshops – in association with MIND Jersey 10. WellBeing World Magazine – and much more Employee wellbeing supports your employees, your business, your productivity, and is key to the way your organisation differentiates itself. Let us help you.

More info: www.wellbeingworld.je/wellbeing-at-work

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Doing Less to Achieve More INTERVIEW WITH: Alex Soojung-Kim Pang Consultant in Silicon Valley and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University

We read Alex’s latest book: 'REST: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less' and were so impressed with the emerging neuroscience, we wanted to know more … so we contacted Alex and he agreed to an interview. Here’s what he said. For many of us, overwork is the new norm; if this is not the best way for us to be productive, what is? There’s a century of research that shows that over the long run, overwork is bad for both people and organisations. In contrast, measured, regular hours deliver higher long-term productivity, with fewer mistakes, and less burnout. Busyness is often the ‘badge’ we wear to prove to ourselves and others how much we are achieving. How do we break the mould? Busyness has been a status symbol and default for a long time: William James lamented the American mania for overwork a century ago. Today, we look to tech titans and financiers as examples of people who get rich by working 24/7; we carry mobile devices that keep us connected (or tethered) to work; and many of us work in industries where we can either look super-busy or risk being made redundant. But despite this we still have the power to challenge these assumptions in our own lives, or our own companies; and by showing that more humane and reasonable ways of working pay off, we can nudge the culture in the right direction. Is less, truly more?  Where is the evidence? Throughout history, many super-creative and accomplished people only worked a few hours a day, rested in very

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consistent ways, and had many of their best ideas during their leisure moments. Neuroscience helps explain why these patterns yield good results: concentration is a finite resource, people perform better if they have time to recover, and the brain does some remarkable things when it’s left alone to just wander. Further, elite athletes have discovered that well-timed rest (especially during road trips or international competitions) helps them perform better. Resting often comprises latenight TV dinners or hours spent ‘talking’ on social media. Do we ever truly recharge? The only bad rest is the rest you don’t take, but not all rest is created equal. It sounds counterintuitive, but activities that are physically and mentally challenging are actually more restorative than purely passive leisure. And as far as our brains are concerned, Facebook feels like just another office: you’re making all the same calculations about status and social exchange that you do at work. How important in the greater scheme of things is sleep? Sleep is incredibly important. Not only is it time when our brain does essential maintenance work, but sleep gives our minds time to consolidate memories, and even work through problems. Elite athletes now hire sleep coaches to help them optimise their sleep. Nobel laureates and Olympic teams take rest seriously. We should do, too.


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What inspired you to write this book? When I was on sabbatical at Cambridge in 2011, I discovered the value of rest: I had a leisurely life, but I also got a lot done. It made me think, maybe my assumption that to do more you have to work all the time is actually back to front; maybe balancing work and leisure was the key to doing great creative work. Have you personally benefitted from the research you undertook? I’ve written two books in five years while doing everything I talk about in the book: I go on walks, take naps, disconnect on weekends, and organise my days around four hard hours of work per day.

What is the most important message for our readers? You need to take rest seriously, because the world will always try to take it away from you. You’ll have a longer, more productive, and happier life if you do. And finally, what’s next? I’m helping companies apply the ideas in Rest, by incorporating deliberate rest into their daily schedules and long-term strategies.

REST is packed with tips for upping our downtime - from sleep to hobbies to holidays. Now is the time to change the way we work, rest and play!

To improve productivity, creativity, and employee wellbeing, what would you say to forward thinking business leaders? Recognise that rest should be treated as an investment, not an expense or distraction. In fact, some very successful companies have increased their profits and productivity after shifting to four-day weeks or six-hour days.

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Am I a Bully? Am I Being Bullied? Do you feel … humiliated, ridiculed, left out, controlled, discriminated against, anxious, loss of confidence, low selfesteem, angry, frustrated, fearful, depressed? In today’s world bullying and harassment of all types is on the increase. Research shows that 1 in 2 adults will be affected by bullying at some point in their life time, either directly or indirectly, with the most vulnerable in our society being at greatest risk. Face to face, text, email and social media are used to bully within our communities, workplaces and relationships.

What is Bullying?

There is no legal definition of bullying. But it is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance, ability or disability. Bullying is divided into four basic types of abuse – emotional (sometimes called relational), verbal, physical, and cyber. It typically involves subtle methods of coercion, such as intimidation, and may include physical assault, teasing, threats, name calling, or cyber bullying.

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may have one or more “lieutenants” willing to assist the primary bully in his or her bullying activities. Bullying in school and the workplace is also referred to as peer abuse. A bullying

• Unwelcome sexual advances – touching, standing too close, display of offensive materials. • Making threats or comments about job security without foundation. • Overbearing supervision or other misuse of power or position.

"Research shows that 1 in 2 adults will be affected by bullying at some point in their life time" culture can develop in any context in which humans interact with each other. This includes school, family, the workplace, churches, community groups and neighbourhoods. The most important factor in bullying is the impact upon the target, if someone’s behaviour upsets you and they continue to behave in the same way once you have explained it to them, then they are doing it intentionally.

Examples of bullying/ harassment behaviour include: • Ridiculing, demeaning, humiliating someone, including spreading rumours or making individuals feel left out.

More info: www.dabsonline.org

• Preventing individuals progressing by intentionally blocking training opportunities. If you feel you are being bullied/ harassed then there is no need to feel ashamed, embarrassed or alone. The first step if you feel safe to do so, would be to tell the person you feel you are being bullied. If it persists, and it is taking place at work then speak with your Line Manager or HR. Alternatively, you can contact the DABS Anti-Bullying Service for information, support and training. DABS can refer you to a trained counsellor who will help you to find a way forward.


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The Secrets of the Bullet Journal WORDS: Katherine Day

Pictures of beautiful bullet journals have been filling the social media sites Pinterest and Instagram, inspiring others to explore and embrace their own creativity with the format. But, perhaps it is, in fact the bullet journal’s clever system that keeps drawing people in. The bullet journal is a planner coordinated by you to suit your needs and interests. Catered to you, and created entirely for you, by you, the journal begins as a simple notebook and is a place in which you can store your thoughts, ideas, doodles, hopes and goals, as well as your to-dos and your events. From your week ahead, to your finances, to your health and fitness, it can track whatever you choose and can be a useful tool when considering your wellbeing.

with the different spreads and layouts, but always keep in mind what you want and need your journal to be, for you in your life. This is a plain notebook that can be continuously changed and evolved to suit your changing life. There is no wrong way to bullet journal, and don’t worry about making mistakes. Each fresh page is a fresh chance to find the perfect way to document and keep track of your life.

Created by Ryder Carroll the bullet journal is built on a simple system that utilises rapid logging using a simple key – “•” is a task, “X” means task completed, and “>” signals that a task has been migrated. With these three symbols as a base you can add to and develop your key with other signifiers to suit your bullet journal’s needs and contents.

With all the possibilities that the blank pages of a bullet journal can offer you, this system provides you with the perfect chance to track your health, fitness and wellbeing through self-care and habit trackers, logs, and “diary” pages. The opportunities are endless, permitting you to see at a glance what has and hasn’t been successful in your life. You can compare your mood against your day’s diet and the amount of sleep you had to see how each factor combines to affect your day.

A bullet journal can be your traditional diary, planner, and notebook for meetings. The options are entirely open and it is yours to customise and design. Traditionally there are four components that comprise of a bullet journal.

An index – where you can keep track of everything A future log – where you can see your entire year at a glance A monthly log – where you can map out your entire month, from events to goals and tasks

Dailies – where each day is planned out Seeing all the pretty designs on Pinterest and Instagram can be fairly daunting as you begin your bullet journal journey. Remember though, that as with most things, you shouldn’t compare yours to others. By all means look at what others are doing, take inspiration and experiment

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Make sure though that you are not overcomplicating the system by trying to make it beautiful or match someone else’s. You are at the centre of your bullet journal and it is about you after all. There is no point in becoming stressed as you partake in something that is not helping you. For some, working on their bullet journal is part of their downtime and relaxation routine as they settle down in the evenings. Creating your spreads can be a great activity to do while half watching a television programme or listening to an audiobook. If you want to read more about the system or find out how it works, you will find research material online from the creator, Ryder Carroll, and the army of bloggers and


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stationary addicts who love the bullet journal system. This planning system has sparked an online community who support, help, and inspire each other. Why not check out www.bulletjournal.com or the book The 365 Bullet Guide: How to organise your life creatively, one day at a time by Zennor Compton. Are you feeling ready to try out the system? Dotted notebooks are the common favourite, but any notebook can work. In fact, to get you started, how about you dig out that half-filled notebook hiding in your desk drawer? All you really need is a pen and an open mind to try something new, and you may soon be holding in your hand the key to organised relaxation. The ultimate tool of wellbeing.

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Renew Yourself WORDS: Dr Prasanna Kerur Ayush Wellness Spa

Fresh beginnings, a restored focus, a sense of rejuvenation. The turn of the season from the lazy comforts of those short, cocooned dark winter days to the promise of lighter carefree summer evenings, always brings a renewal to our thinking and our spirit. In nature, Spring is traditionally a time for new life and its principles can be equally applied to an Ayurvedic way of life – spending time clearing up the winter debris in the garden and planting seeds for a beautiful display of colour are akin to decluttering and setting intentions for the new routines you now feel ready to take on.

Rasayana (meaning rejuvenation or ‘path of essence’) is a branch of Ayurveda particularly dedicated to preventative therapies which strengthen our natural immunity and nourish mind, body and soul in order to maintain that all important equilibrium needed to act as a barrier against the impact of daily pressures.

Ayurveda, one of the systematic and oldest health traditions known to humans, also places significant emphasis on enhancing the body’s own ability to heal itself – to refresh from the inside out as it were. After all, the very fibre of our being – our body tissue – renews on a regular basis, skin is shed every 28 days, we make new red blood cells bi-annually and our hair grows on average half an inch a month.

There are three main types of the Rasayana practice – two of which our trained physicians and therapists can work with you on at Ayush to help introduce into your life. And the third? This ultimately comes from you but is the greatest gift of them all.

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Kayakalpa Rasayana (Rejuvenation therapies)

Achara Rasayana (Rejuvenating lifestyle)

Other rejuvenating treatments to be enjoyed are Abhyanaga (a four hand massage with steam detoxification), Navarakizhi, toning rice bolus therapy (Two therapists work to apply a gentle pressure with muslin parcels containing herbs, milk and cooked rice onto the body), Pizichill (a glorious bathing of your body in gallons of warm herbal oil which continuously flows throughout the stress relieving massage), Udvartana (herbal body exfoliating massage), Nasya (Nasal detox therapy) and Shirodhara (relaxing oil therapy on the scalp).

• Speak the truth • Stay free of anger • Forgive • Respect • Learn • Share your knowledge • Sleep well and be at peace

Aushadha Rasayana (Rejuvenating herbs)

"Ayurveda, one of the systematic and oldest health traditions known to humans, also places significant emphasis on enhancing the body’s own ability to heal itself – to refresh from the inside out as it were."

Rasayana therapies are mainly cleansing in nature removing the accumulated toxins in the body. The most popular is Panchakarma which is heralded as the most effective modality for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and well-being.

Rasayana ‘herbs’ will help normalize physiology especially after the sluggish winter months, but it achieves this balance through the gentle building or eliminative functions that tend to focus on one or more organs. The herbs used are non-toxic in normal doses and are amphoteric meaning that they can act as both an acid and a base leading to natural equilibrium in the body. The use and combination of Ayurvedic herbs are known to have different beneficial actions on the body such as:

• reducing oxidants that are detrimental to us (they intensify the aging process) • supporting the formation new blood cells and body tissues • helping to adapt to changing environment • providing nutritive function, and • supporting neuro-protective action

And this is the one where you come in – embodying and living a code of conduct that is centred in gratitude, love, compassion and the practice of kindness. A focus on Pranayama and Dhyana (mindful breathing and meditation) will help you to:

Just as a seed sown in the Spring has the power to grow and transform itself into a beautiful summer flower so too do you – but one that will last all year round.

Many herbs are used for various rejuvenating purposes and can Amalaki (Indian gooseberry), Haritaki & Vibhitaki (Bellericas), Lashuna (garlic), Shunti (Ginger), Pippali (long black pepper), Ghee (clarified butter), Shatavari (wild asparagus), Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Yastimadhu (Liquorice), and Brahmi (Bacopa). At Ayush, our Ayurvedic physician is available to help with the provision of advice based on your own dosha.

More info: www.defrance.co.uk

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META-Health:

A Renewal in Mind-Body Awareness

WORDS: Robert Waghmare EFT and META-Health Master Trainer

As human beings, we intrinsically know that our mind and body work together. For millennia, wisdom systems such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda and Yoga have honoured this mind-body oneness, and aimed to treat the whole person.

The interplay between our thoughts, feelings and physiology is so normal that we rarely pause to think about it. We know that when we feel emotionally stressed or mentally overwhelmed, our body reacts. The heart races or the stomach clenches. When we experience physical pain such as toothache, we can’t help feeling miserable and grouchy.

Yet when we get a symptom that’s labelled ‘illness' or a 'dis-ease’, such as diabetes, a stomach ulcer, fibromyalgia or even cancer, a different type of thinking often takes over. It’s easy to lose sight of our ancient and innate knowledge of the mind-body connection. Centuries of dualistic thinking, which separates 38

body from mind, and modern medicine’s reduction of symptoms to biochemistry, have led to two common conclusions: • Symptoms are a sign that the body is doing something wrong • Health issues are only physical and need physical fixes

my body’s apparent failings! Yet my instinct kept telling me there must be another perspective that made more sense. So it was a huge relief to find META-Health and discover that new fields such as epigenetics are using today’s science to confirm and build upon ancient wisdom.

These assumptions can result in feelings of fear, helplessness and mistrust in our bodies. If we don’t want to take the usual routes of medication or surgery, we can feel trapped by a lack of choice or awareness about alternatives.

Since beginning my journey with META-Health twelve years ago, it has given me: • A renewal of trust in my body’s intelligence • A renewal in respect for the cycles of nature and health • A renewal in self-awareness and potential for healing and growth

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Symptoms: a meaningful reaction to stress

It’s well known that stress causes illness. Yet what’s been missing is the specific connection between our emotions and symptoms: which stressful emotions, perceptions and belief systems are connected to which physical symptoms and why? For example, why do two people who experience a similar work-based stress develop different symptoms, one gets gallstones while the other develops fibromyalgia? META-Health bridges this gap. It explains how each symptom is a meaningful reaction to specific thoughts and feelings. One of my biggest health challenges growing up was a kidney dis-ease called nephrotic syndrome, which I experienced on and off for sixteen years. The medical approach was to treat it with steroids and wait for the relapses to abate. There was no solution – my parents were told that although I’d probably grow out of it, the dis-ease could come back and kill me later in life! What also bothered me – even after the symptoms ended

"It’s well known that stress causes illness. Yet what’s been missing is the specific connection between our emotions and symptoms" at age eighteen – was that there was no explanation for why I had the dis-ease. It was not until I studied METAHealth that it finally made sense.

I understood how the physical reaction of the kidneys and the retention of fluid have an emotional cause: the feeling of being abandoned and isolated. My symptoms began just after I’d been lost by my parents – in an unknown city for two hours, a huge shock as a two year old! The ‘dis-ease’ is a natural bio-logical response: holding onto water supports our survival if we are left alone ‘in the desert’.

Symptoms guide us to our barriers for personal development

All symptoms have a similarly biological meaning. For example, when

we devalue ourselves and think we’re not good enough, this creates stress (phase 1), which affects our core structure, the musculoskeletal system. When we let go of this thinking we enter regeneration (phase 2), and we experience aches and pains. The location of symptoms is equally relevant – back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain all stem from different aspects of self-devaluation. When we discover the why behind our symptoms, we are able to release fear and renew our trust in the body. Rather than looking for a quick fix, we look inside to the thoughts and feelings driving our stresses. This gives us another advantage: a new level of selfawareness. We no longer need to guess at what our own – or clients’ – deepest issues are: the body is telling us!

Discover your mind-body answers: Robert has been invited to Jersey by Trainee META-Health Practitioner Emma Cooper, of Elan Vital Mind Body Health to conduct an introductory talk and workshop in META-Health in May. Robert, the founder of the META-Health Academy Ltd, has over a decade of training META-Health to professionals and health-conscious individuals. He is a regular Speaker at International Conferences and has developed and taught over 20 different tools of META-Health, Energy Psychology and Advanced Kinesiology on three continents.

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Never Too Late to Renew Our Vows to be Healthier WORDS: Kit Chamier True Food, at Club Soulgenic

Nutritionally speaking, can you say that you’re proud of your dietary achievements of the past year? Did you fuel your body with all the right nutrients, introduce yourself to greens or kick that daily sugar fix? Maybe you didn’t do so well, succumbing to old habits and the convenience of a takeaway. Or perhaps it was the latest diet trend that led you astray from good nutrition leaving you frustrated, disappointed and your stomach grumbling?

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However the last year played out, it’s never too late to renew our vows to be healthier, to eat smarter and to make more progress with a refreshed sense of motivation. Whilst we all have good intentions, in order to ensure success let’s think about how this can be achieved.

Re-think your sources of information

Does most of your inspiration come from Instagram models with impossible figures thanks to the enhancement of Photoshop? Or sensational news headlines promising overnight results? If so, you are conning yourself. If you want genuine advice, consider reading published articles on evidence based nutrition ... Alternatively, if consulting PhD research papers is not your idea of fun, then consider reading the back of your sandwich packet at lunchtime. Just how many ingredients are listed? The fewer the better. Extend this exercise to the supermarket when doing the weekly shop. If you pick up an item with no nutritional information you’ve cracked it as you are looking at the best kind: real whole food.

Re-consider your agenda

If you’re going to take this renewed focus on nutrition seriously have a think about what takes significance in your day to day life. If time is your priority make sure you plan healthy choices ahead, whether that’s making a nutritious lunch the night before a busy day at work or making sure you’ve nailed a tasty stir-fry recipe instead of speed dialling the nearest takeaway. If socialising is number 1 on your list then make sure you take a look at menus beforehand, mentally pre-ordering the healthiest choices, swapping side dishes or reducing portion sizes. Perhaps you could even recruit your friends to embark on a dry January or sober October, you never know, once they feel the results they may even thank you for it!

"Does most of your inspiration come from Instagram models with impossible figures thanks to the enhancement of Photoshop? Or sensational news headlines promising overnight results? If so, you are conning yourself."

Have you often told yourself that you’ll give up chocolate, crisps, biscuits, and booze all in one go? Or even worse an entire food group such as carbohydrates? This gives you far too much of a hard task; getting healthy and losing weight does not have to be this dramatic. Adopting a few simple and effective ideas is much more manageable and proven to be more successful in the long run.

Here’s a few to start you off:

Re-organise your priorities

• Aim for seven fruit and veg a day, that’s right seven, not five. • Up your water intake, staying hydrated will not only boost your concentration, stave off hunger and reduce fatigue but will also play an important part in any exercise regime you may be keeping to compliment your healthy lifestyle. • Explore mindful eating, an increasingly popular technique that encourages you to take your time and savour your meals.

Re-set your mindset

Think positively about any healthy choices you make, it cannot be a bore or a chore. If denying yourself everything that you believe to be delicious in life starts to make you want to pack it all in and ransack the snack aisle, remember that you can enjoy a treat every once in a while. Also hold on to the fact that what you’re providing to your body by adopting a healthy lifestyle is far beyond any joy you get from any chemically enhanced snack, and it will last longer too! You will see that once you really buy into a healthier lifestyle the more you will get from it and the more you will enjoy healthy foods. So when the time is right for you to renew your healthy eating regime, make it a success by paying attention to what you eat, where you get your information from and making some important lifestyle changes. After all, as the saying goes: ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.’

More info: www.clubsoulgenic.co.uk

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4 Ways Acupuncture Can Help Renew the Spring in Your Step WORDS: Lorna Jackson BSc (Hons) MBAcC, AFN, Health Point Clinic

Stress Reduction

Pregnancy Support

Natural Pain Relief

Wear And Tear

Acupuncture is one of the most effective nonpharmaceutical ways to activate your parasympathetic nervous system – the nerves that allow you to rest, digest, and heal – helping you to relax fully and sleep deeply. Certain acupuncture points have been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety (1). Inserting a fine, pain-free needle sends a signal through the nervous system to the brain, where chemicals such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin are released. Some of these substances are 10-200 times more potent than morphine! (2)

Concepts of cultivating and supporting wellness are likely to make the most sense to us during pregnancy. Following your initial consultation treatments are designed to support your medical care as well as you and your baby through the different stages of pregnancy. Health Point Clinic works to assist in preventing common pregnancy ailments such as nausea, fatigue and back pain as well as maintaining your general wellbeing. Acupuncture can play a very useful role throughout each stage of pregnancy. Without general maintenance, injury, pain and stiffness can accumulate and trail throughout the body. Many become accustomed to living with low to medium grade pain and restricted movement. Living a sedentary lifestyle will also often increase injury, recovery time and can lead to further aches and pains. Acupuncture is a fantastic tool not only for pain relief but also to help alleviate the symptoms of wear and tear.

More info: www.healthpointclinic.co.uk (1) Wu MT et al. Central nervous pathway for acupuncture stimulation: localisation of processing with functional MR imaging of the brain-- preliminary experience. Radiology 1999; 212: 133-41. (2) Dung HC. Anatomical features contributing to the formation of acupuncture points. American Journal of Acupuncture. 1984;12:139-143 42


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Find Your Strength Again with Pilates WORDS: Louise Augré Augré Physiotherapy

In Joseph Pilates’ own words, Pilates “develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit”. He pioneered physical and mental health during the early 20th century through exercise and came up with a series of ‘contrology’ moves that we use today. If you are an active person, there is nothing worse than being out of action because of an injury. The good news is that we are here to help get you fighting fit, feeling renewed and back to what you enjoy doing.

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Drawing on his teachings, we work to correct muscular imbalance as well as helping you focus on your core muscles so that you can build up your strength, posture and flexibility, leaving you feeling fitter and stronger.

It doesn’t matter how old, how fit or how flexible you are, our classes are suitable for everyone and because all the exercises involve slow and controlled movement, there is minimal impact on the joints. Pilates is a full body workout that will really work your ‘powerhouse’, that’s your core, strengthening your lower back, abdomen, hip and pelvic muscles.

"Pilates is a full body workout that will really work your ‘powerhouse’, that’s your core, strengthening your lower back, abdomen, hip and pelvic muscles."

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move efficiently with your spine and pelvis aligned.

your whole body slowly, so it’s great for rehabilitation too.

You’ll learn how to focus your body, your mind and your breath so that you are more in tune with how your body works and moves and therefore less likely to pick up an injury doing those everyday activities like carrying the shopping or putting the bins out!

We see lots of sports injuries because the body is misaligned from the sport itself, using one arm to swing a tennis racquet or golf club, for example. Pilates helps to develop muscular symmetry and aligns the posture.

We see a lot of patients suffering back, neck and head pain because they’ve got into bad habits at work, slouching in front of the computer or sitting in an office chair not at the right height. Hours spent slouching can overstretch the spinal ligaments and strain the discs and surrounding structures in the spine. Pilates strengthens weaker and underdeveloped muscles, helping to get rid of bad posture. This full body conditioning system is a therapeutic, gentle and perfectly safe exercise you can do when injured and because it’s low impact, working

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Many top athletes use Pilates to help them get over an injury and stay strong and we’ve helped a lot of sporty people get back on their feet quickly and back in the game with exercises that can prevent further injury. We treat all musculoskeletal conditions so no matter which muscles you are having problems with, we can help strengthen them with a bespoke exercise programme just for you. Some we know take a bit longer and are a bit harder to fix. We work with patients both pre and post op and have close links with leading

UK consultants so we can treat post ACL, partial knee resurfacing, arthroscopies, Fulkersons (patella realignment), to name just a few.

There are dozens of reasons why Pilates is good for our health, here’s just a few of them: • Pilates is a gentle and perfectly safe exercise • Pilates has minimal impact on your joints • Pilates works all your muscle groups • Pilates exercises elongate the muscles, toning and giving you a leaner, stronger body • Pilates improves your posture • Pilates increases your flexibility • Pilates gradually improves your endurance • Anyone who keeps up Pilates is much less likely to pick up another injury

More info: www.augrephysiotherapy.com

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Spring into Action! WORDS: Cesca Dessain Fitness Manager / Personal Coach at Healthhaus

Set yourself up for success and get moving. Exercise is essential; not only does it make you feel and look great but also helps improve your health physically and mentally. Exercise is often seen as arduous and daunting for some, however, it should be enjoyable, achievable and above all sustainable. There are so many ways to move, from a brisk walk to swimming to a high intensity gym class, there is something for everyone and for all abilities. Where do I begin you may be asking? Here are a few tips to get you going: 1. Decide your goals

Do you want to lose weight, gain muscle mass or improve your fitness? Decide on what you want to achieve. Set realistic goals and keep them SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time managed.

2. Sign up for an Induction

If the gym is a scary place for you, book yourself in with a fitness expert to introduce you to the facilities, here is your opportunity to ask questions and request demonstrations.

3. Schedule your workouts

Start by creating a diary of when you are most likely to fit in your workout, there’s no point choosing a day when you are at your busiest. Select up to 3 weekly time slots that you know you will be able to sustain and commit to. Don’t be hard on yourself if you find the odd week changes, be flexible and don’t beat yourself up.

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start and begin with the basics. Your programme should incorporate a combination of cardio, muscle strength and endurance exercises and flexibility.

Consider the following:

Cardio – walking, jogging, running, rowing, swimming, skipping Muscle strength and endurance – resistance training, i.e. resistance bands, free weights, weight machines Flexibility – stretching and mobility exercises (warm up and cool down) It is essential that you prepare your body for the workout, loosen the joints and get your body moving, this will help you perform each exercise more efficiently and effectively as well as reducing the risk of any injury. After every workout your body will need to relax and recover as your muscles have been contracted and left in a shortened state. Static stretches will help relax the body, reduce injury, circulate your blood, as well as calming your mind after your workout. All programmes need to be tailored to the individual as no one format works for everyone. Here are a few examples to get you started:


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Beginner

Monday - Full body resistance training Tuesday - Rest Wednesday - LISS cardio (Low intensity steady state) Swimming, walking, jogging Thursday - Rest Friday - Gym class Saturday - Rest Sunday - Rest

Intermediate

Monday - Lower body resistance training Tuesday - Gym class Wednesday - Upper body resistance training Thursday - Rest Friday - Gym class Saturday - Rest Sunday - Rest

Advanced

Monday - Lower body resistance training Tuesday - Upper body resistance training Wednesday - HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Thursday - Full body workout Friday - LISS cardio Saturday - Rest Sunday - Rest

so and will also have an effect on the speed at which you progress and the results you will achieve. An alternative recovery method could also include low intensity exercise, for example a relaxing yoga class, a gentle swim or an easy walk.

6. Keep a diary

Log your workouts and monitor what you do, you will need to keep challenging your body so by changing the exercise, weight, repetitions and sets regularly, you will prevent your body from reaching a plateau. Your diary will help you see your progression and identify your weaker areas which may need more focus.

7. Invest in an expert

If you need more help and support, start by speaking to the staff on the gym floor or, for a more personalised approach, invest in a personal trainer who will be able to design sessions that are focused on you and your goals. The personal trainer will demonstrate and teach you the correct form and technique as well as providing key exercises that are most suitable for your needs. Be realistic, find your balance and above all enjoy your fitness adventure. Spring into fitness with a positive mindset!

More info: www.healthhaus.co.uk

5. Recovery

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Rediscovering the Buzz that Only Sport Can Offer WORDS: Tim Pryor Marketing and Communications Officer, Jersey Sport

Many of us first fell in love with sport at school. Admittedly not everyone in class was champing at the bit to run the 400 metres in the rain on sports day, or to head into a cold, underheated hall for P.E. in just a vest and shorts. But sport is there, in your face from childhood and apart from deliberately “forgetting” to pack your kit there’s not much chance to avoid it. Although recent figures showed a third of 10-11 year olds in Jersey are classed as overweight or obese, the opportunities for children to lead a healthy life are there in abundance. There are after-school clubs, the Jersey Reds Minis & Juniors, lunchtime kickabouts in the playground, games lessons, age-group sides in local football clubs … the list goes on … In the teenage years playing sport can be a great way to meet new people, to

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grow skills and grow as a person. But then, for all kinds of reasons, we see a drop off in interest and ultimately a drop off in club membership. Work, relationships, family commitments, money, discovering beer – they can all take priority over turning out for your club’s reserves in a mid-table game with little riding on it. It’s the individuals with a real drive to reach the top, those with real dedication and commitment to spend hours honing their skills, that go on

to reach the top. And in Jersey there are real rewards for those who do stay on in their chosen sport. The chance to compete at the Commonwealth Games or on the World Cricket League stage to name just two. Team sports in the Island seem to be struggling the most of late, with football clubs disappearing due to lack of interest and cricket sides merging leaving just four main clubs. It’s not that people are falling out of love with sport, it’s just that other things become more important. In 2018, however, Jersey Sport is renewing its push to see Islanders return to sport by investing a fresh new Active Adults programme of courses and fun sessions. Yes, there are understandably other priorities


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but if you’re keen enough the time for sport can surely be found. Even if there’s not so much pace in the old legs, there’s no excuse, with Walking Football and Walking Netball amongst the sessions on offer. The challenge will be in persuading those that once loved playing sport that the passion is still there, it just needs unearthing again. Very little can match the joy of a last minute goal or the winning lob shot that dips just inside the baseline.

What is Walking Football?

Walking Football: A slower version of the beautiful game … where any player caught running concedes a free kick to the opposition. Jersey Sport’s community programmes officer Dan Garton added: “We hope to get Islanders back into sport, providing the stepping stones for adults to reignite their passion for active living, while helping them improve self-esteem, patience and team-work, as well as reducing stress levels and a possible sense of loneliness. The physical benefits of regular activity can include weight loss, a reduction in the impact of illness, plus enhanced mobility, flexibility and balance, whilst some of the mental health benefits include an improvement in sleep and a boost in mood and self-confidence.” As with so many things in life, it’s often about making that first step, and hopefully in 2018 Islanders will renew their sporting vows and get back out there to rediscover the buzz that only sport can offer. All of the Jersey Sport “Active Adult” courses are run by trained professionals and include: Walking Football, Walking Netball, Martial Arts, Touch Tennis and other Racket Sports.

On the Move …

The team at Jersey Sport is moving offices in March 2018 to be even closer to the heart of Island sport. They are switching from their base at Fort Regent to the Main Pavilion at FB Fields. The new headquarters is surrounded by facilities for Cricket, Athletics, Tennis, Table-Tennis, Golf, Squash, and more.

You can contact them at: info@jerseysport.je

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Keep on Keeping on … INTERVIEW: Tim Rogers and Ricky Rouille, 2017 British National Champions PHOTOGRAPHS: Alex Clifford

The years go by for all of us, and whilst we might celebrate and reflect nostalgically on the achievements of our past, it is important to keep moving forward. Take Tim Rogers, former Commonwealth Games Triathlete. When it came time to retire, Tim elected to switch sports and face a new challenge rather than continue with his best performances behind him. He switched to rowing and having enjoyed modest success in three World Championships, together with rowing partner, Ricky Rouille, they became British National Champions at Coastal Rowing in 2017. Ricky explained their success: “We are very different athletes but somehow it seems to work for us. We took part in some major races in 2016 but failed to make it to the A-Finals at the World Championships. It was clear to us we needed to re-think our approach for 2017 for one final effort.

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“John Scriven and the Jersey Sports Foundation came to our aid with a tough training programme that saw us in the gym working hard with athletes half our age. This new approach brought both confidence and results.


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PICTURED ON THIS PAGE, TOP TO BOTTOM Team Captain William Le Quelenec, shadowed by Andy Bowman and Hayden Rouille GB and World Championship Team for 2018: Andy Bowman, Hayden Rouille, William Le Quelenec, and Chris Morsead Ricky Rouille and Tim Rogers, British National Champions Monaco Masters Championship Team for 2018: William Le Quelenec, Andy Bowman, Mick Trehorel (Cox), Ricky Rouille and Paul Rioda

Tim added: “It was difficult to give-up on old training methods that had served well, but with age against us we were prepared to adopt the new approach recommended by the team at the Jersey Sports Foundation in an all-out effort for success. Tim and Ricky triumphed at the British National Championships winning gold, along-side Women’s Doubles, Rosie Adamson and Stephanie Egre. It was a tremendous achievement for such national success to come from one club.

Ricky explained: This new team has so many chances, and great support from the Sports Foundation. There is a real opportunity for them and we are really pleased to be part of this exciting project.”

This was also the point when Tim chose to once again make a change saying “I’m a National Champion and I’m not going to do better than that.” Now is a time for renewal and a new challenge. The undaunted duo is now working with a young team, including Ricky’s son, Hayden, to share their experience and passion with the next generation. They are preparing this four-man team for their bid at the National Championships and to improve their top 18 position in the World Championships.

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Get Set for an Achievable Goal for 2018

South Coast Charity Challenge - Sunday 20th May 2018 - 15 mile charity walk. WORDS: Alex Wiles Manager, Jersey Mencap

Why not sign up for the South Coast Charity challenge this year? With plenty of time to dust off the trainers this event is targeted at those wanting to "achieve" but perhaps don't have the time to commit to a lot of training and preparation. This charity walk starts at La Rocque and maintains a fairly even surface for much of the challenge – whilst hugging the south coast of Jersey all the way up to St Aubin where the route picks up a more varied terrain but with the reward of some of the most beautiful views of Jersey.  How often do we give ourselves the opportunity to soak up numerous bays in just one day, and all whilst supporting Jersey Mencap, a small local charity? The challenge is approximately 15 miles at a gentle pace, with plenty of places to stop for a break, refreshments and a few selfies as testament to completing the challenge.    The South Coast Charity Challenge is the main fundraiser of the year for Jersey Mencap who rely on this event to keep their projects alive.  Jersey Mencap offer support and opportunity to people living with a learning disability in Jersey and have been quietly doing so for over 50 years.  To see 500 people wearing their Jersey Mencap fundraising tee-shirts on the day hiking along the front is heart-warming as so much of the work we do is to raise awareness for this often misunderstood disability.  We hope to raise £20,000 which will help fund many of our projects which include the Self Advocacy project,

Taking Part and Making Art and a buzzing social club for our members which remains really popular – a chance to be with friends and try something new with specialist support to ensure safety and wellbeing. This can also often provide much needed respite for parents and carers. The event is run by a small team who dedicate many hours to the South Coast Charity Challenge and with so many charity events now out there, there's a lot of competition.  We receive wonderful support by many who complete the challenge year after year and of course, we see new faces too – we aim to keep the challenge safe but also enjoyable. Participants cross the finish line at Corbiere with a huge smile but that could be our amazing cake stand which ensures everyone gets a well-deserved treat at the finish line.  Liberty Bus will provide a courtesy bus service back to town – we try to minimise our impact on the environment and encourage participants to leave the car at home that day.  So please do dust off those walking boots and pledge to support people with a learning disability in Jersey by signing up for the South Coast Charity Challenge, now!

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The Low Alcohol Wine Boom To Wine or not to Wine – that is the Question?

WORDS: Katherine Day

Spring approaches and “Dry January” whistled past enveloped in a flurry of wind and rain. Yet how many of us attempting a “Dry January” actually managed to avoid alcohol for the entirety of the month? Forgoing alcohol always seems like a good way, perhaps even the traditional way, to start the year on the right foot. But by January’s end, many of us may feel deflated due to our overall lack of success. Perhaps this is where the low-alcohol wine boom originated? After all, it seems to be perfectly targeted for the health conscious and calorie-counting erstwhile drinkers. The “healthier” alternative to traditional wines, these lowalcohol options have increased in popularity and on the supermarket shelves in recent years. These could provide the perfect solution for those who don’t want to go teetotal when planning for their health renewal, perhaps for social reasons. After all, catching up with friends over a bottle

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of wine is usually too good to pass up even if the results are a foggy brain, and a body in dire need of a workout. Interestingly, while drinking is mostly associated with social occasions often with a sense of peer pressure attached, a recent report shows that around 25% of young adults are turning their back on drinking and the traditional boozy nights out. In fact, Millennials have been instrumental in creating an impact and a change in the culture of drinking, especially in the UK. The past few years the topics and themes of wellbeing, fitness, and healthy living have been entering the nation’s conscience, steadily changing our perceptions of how we should live our lives. As a whole, the world has become increasingly aware of the

dangers caused by old habits, and of the benefits that limiting our intake (particularly of alcohol) can provide.  This growing trend for healthy living and teetotalism is driving the sales of the low-alcohol wines, and supermarkets are having to bend and shift with the changes that the Millennials continue to bring and inspire.  “The demand for low-alcohol drinks in developed markets comes on the back of growing health-consciousness among consumers and greater awareness of the risks associated with heavy alcohol consumption,” a recent report read. “Low-alcohol drinks also have lower calories than conventional alcoholic drinks, further boosting its demand. The demand for low-alcohol content in drinks is growing not only in the wine segment but also for beer, with producers like Heineken, AB InBev and Carlsberg launching their own non-alcoholic beer offerings.”


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But why are these lowalcohol wines (and other beverages) healthier? 

Well, apart from the lower number of calories contained in each bottle, (a 125ml glass of 5.5% ABV typically contains between 45 and 60 calories, rather than the rough estimate of 90 calories in a glass of 12% ABV wine) drinking low-alcohol wines can reduce the risk of alcohol-associated health issues, making it the obvious choice for the health-conscious consumer. This option of wine seems to provide the perfect blend of healthy living and social engagement and enjoyment. With the backing of the British government, in their project to encourage drink producers to lower alcohol content and retailers to improve the accessibility to these products, it seems that this shift in thinking and concurrent market is only going to continue to grow with more and more options becoming available.  In fact, in the past year one London Entrepreneur has developed a completely non-alcohol alternative called /shrb. Nicknamed “the ‘prohibition’ soda” it was inspired by the non-alcoholic options that became increasingly popular during America’s prohibition years. With six flavours already available, each one fruity and floral, /shrb is a clever alternative to wine that cleanses the palette in a similar way and provides an alcoholic-like kick (without the alcohol). This product proves how the market is changing with more and more options becoming available.

Surely though, the process of reducing the alcohol content in these low-alcohol wines affects the taste? Wine is wine, and a certain level of alcohol is needed for balance and blend. In traditional wine making it is the level of ripeness of the fruit that determines the final alcohol level of the wine. To then make low-alcohol wines, the alcohol is removed after production, an act which may affect the taste of the beverage, although this would clearly depend on the process used to extract the alcohol. 

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There are those who argue that these lowalcohol wines are little more than grape juice, and perhaps in some cases this statement is true. However, with the increase in demand and the supermarkets’ rise to the challenge, a need to sustain the beloved taste of various wines is putting pressure on the process of dealcoholisation. Therefore, the options available can only improve in taste, texture, and balance. 

"This growing trend for healthy living and teetotalism is driving the sales of the lowalcohol wines, and supermarkets are having to bend and shift with the changes that the Millennials continue to bring and inspire." Is it the right choice for me?

Only you can answer that question. If you are a regular drinker of wine, perhaps even a connoisseur, then you are unlikely to be satisfied. It does however, provide more options for those who feel conflicted in their drinking decisions, particularly at social events. Through this increasing market and demand, it is even possible that the peer pressure to drink at social events will dissipate. It certainly provides a way to ease oneself into reducing intake and one day cutting alcohol out completely. It may even prepare you for your next attempt at "Sober October" or "Dry January”, potentially enabling you to succeed in these challenges. Certainly, there is no harm in trying a bottle or two.

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Pork and Lentil Sausages? Just One New Way to Good Health WORDS: Marion Gorrod Branch Manager, Waitrose St Saviour

Waitrose has launched a new Good Health label which will be featured on hundreds of nutritious food and drink products to make it easier for shoppers to make healthier choices. Among the supermarket's new healthier food launches for 2018 are sandwiches made with omelette in place of bread, Edamame Noodles and Mushroom and Miso Bites.

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Waitrose has given the fry up a makeover with the introduction of new meat sausages which are also packed with up to 35% fruit, vegetables or pulses. The sausages have been developed for shoppers looking to reduce their meat intake. Added ingredients include lentils, cauliflower and kale. Along with the sausages (which include a Pork, Butternut Squash & Kale flavour), shoppers’ midweek favourites - meatballs and mince - have been boosted with nutritious ingredients too. Recipes include Harissa Chicken, Cauliflower Rice and Chickpea Meatballs which provide a source of fibre. Other delicious additions include Pork, Butterbean, Lentil and Garlic Toulouse Style Sausages and Spanish Style Pork, Chickpea, Spinach and Tomato Sausages. And for those not wanting to stray too far from the traditional, Waitrose has also launched Cumberland Chipolatas, Beef Meatballs, and Beef Mince, all with added mixed pulses including pinto beans and green lentils.

Healthier twists have been given to the Waitrose stir fry range, too. Shoppers can now choose Edamame Noodles, which have five times the fibre and three times the protein of a standard egg noodle. This follows the trend for customers wanting easy yet healthier swaps for traditional ingredients.

Nathalie Winn, Waitrose Senior Nutritionist says:

“We’ve recently found that a third of shoppers* find it difficult to know which foods to choose for a healthy diet. Our new label will help busy customers find the healthier options on our shelves. Introducing more creative options to your diet such as meat sausages packed with veggies will keep mealtimes interesting and help keep healthy resolutions on track.”

Waitrose is also offering Mushroom and Miso Stir Fry Bites, which will appeal to vegetarians, vegans and flexitarians. They can be added as a meat replacement in Asian dishes and are a source of fibre and high in protein. The new ‘Good Health’ label will show on many own-brand products, from fresh produce, juices and smoothies to store cupboard essentials including pulses and grains. Every product carrying the ‘Good Health’ label has been assessed by a team of nutritionists and meets strict criteria based on government guidelines for fat, saturated fat, added sugar and salt, and so won’t appear on products with red traffic lights, apart from where the fats and sugars are naturally occurring.

The nutritional benefits of the products will be clearly signposted on packaging, including claims such as whether they’re high in, or a source of, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients - as well as information on how this in turn benefits health.

*One Poll survey of 1,000 UK adults (not limited to Waitrose shoppers), questioned between 28/11/2017 and 30/11/2017, commissioned for Waitrose Weekend.  

High protein foods are fast growing in popularity, especially with gym goers. And Waitrose has revamped its sandwich range to include a new wrap which, in place of a normal tortilla, uses omelette. The egg means the sandwich is high in protein which helps muscles grow, as part of a healthy balanced diet.

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Indicators such as ‘high in fibre’, ‘Source of Vitamin D’ and ‘1 of your 5 a day’ will help customers to make healthier choices.

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Mushrooms – The Super Solution WORDS: Amber Blake

Mushrooms and Fungi can save the world, they can be the solution we have been looking for as they can be used as medicine, natural cleaners and potentially the material of the future to replace plastics, leather, metal and much more. Mushrooms have amazing health benefits. Humans have more in common with Fungi than any other kingdom – we share the same pathogens, meaning bacteria and viruses. They inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide the same as we do unlike plants who do the reverse. Fungi have had a prominent place in Chinese Medicine for over 1,000 years.

The Reishi Mushroom has been called the “Mushroom of Immortality,” and has been used in Asia for thousands of years. It has ganoderic acid, which is can be used to support cellular abnormalities. It has anti-bacterial, antiinflammatory and anti-viral properties and it is good for the regulation of the immune system, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Some of the many health benefits are:

A key component in Shiitake Mushrooms is Lentinan, which has been found to protect the liver and provide relief for a variety of stomach ailments. Lentinan has also been linked to combating illnesses that attack the immune system. It supports lower cholesterol levels, can stabilise blood sugar lever and reduce platelet aggregation.

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Cordyceps also known as the Caterpillar Mushroom has properties similar to those of ginseng and is traditionally used to help the body build strength and endurance. In traditional Chinese medicine, cordyceps has been used to benefit the glandular system in both women and men. In addition, cordyceps supports the kidneys, aids the upper respiratory tract and may help the body maintain proper blood viscosity. It also offers anti-ageing affects.


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Mycelium is the main part of all Mushrooms and Fungi, it behaves similar to the neurons of the human brain, allowing it to grow into a living web style network that adapts to its environment. It is great for breaking down and recycling carbon, nitrogen and biological matter. Mycelium has the ability to safely break down matter and chemicals, for example it can turn dead material into rich soil and clean up toxic waste spills without any harmful effects. Paul Stamets, an American mycologist, author and advocate of bioremediation and medicinal fungi, believes that mycelium is part of a neurological network of nature that operates similar to the internet, allowing it to communicate with the planet and other species. This neurological network of nature can be found not only on Earth but also within the web structures of dark matter, the matrices of string theory and many parts of the Universe.

Stamets also believes that there are six main ways that mushrooms can save the world: Mycelium can be used to clean oil spills and absorb radiation without toxic side effects.

Certain mushrooms and fungi are great for filtering water contaminants and therefore they could be used to purify rivers, lakes and streams.

Many mushrooms have natural healing substances which can be used to develop new antibiotics and medicine for healing otherwise incurable diseases. Some mushrooms are highly active against viruses, such as the flu, AIDS and smallpox. Since the fungal mycelium has the ability to restore nutrients in soil, it could increase reforestation.

Certain fungi are great for absorbing toxic chemicals in soil and works as a natural pest repellant. Instead of using toxic chemical fertilisers, farmers could use these fungi to reduce pests and improve crop yields. Mycelium has the ability to convert cellulose into fungal sugars and thus it could be used to make a fuel called Econol.

Scientists from Utrecht University in the Netherlands are one step closer to changing the world’s perception of everyday items such as chairs, lampshades, textiles and much more and how they are made all by using Fungi – Specifically oyster mushrooms (pleurotus ostreatus). Fungi is not only naturally available it is also sustainable and can replace nonenvironmentally friendly materials such as plastic.

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Over recent years they have developed a method of growing Fungi within a controlled environment which can create a sustainable alternative to materials like plastic, rubber, wood and leather. They can create pure Mycelium within their laboratory by taking fungus and letting it degrade straw, sawdust, or other types of natural waste, resulting in mycelium of measured strength similar to that of synthetic plastic polymer also known as PVC, while another strain has the strength of polyethylene which is commonly used to make plastic bags. Their aim is to replace all types of construction materials within the next 20 years, they set to replace plastic, stone and bricks. Now whilst most of these statements are currently theoretic, with the continued research and development happening worldwide surrounding the benefits of mushrooms and fungi, we are on the verge of the world’s new super product which will significantly impact our world for the better. It will reduce if not entirely replace the use of plastics, therefore making a positive change to our immense problem of plastic within our oceans. It will clean our oil and toxic waste infested oceans and land and also improve our health and cure previously known incurable diseases. Many scientists believe that if we team up with Mycelium we can save the world.

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Building Healthy Cells The Importance of Antioxidants

WORDS: Andy Barnes MD, The Foodstate Company

It has been scientifically proven that eating something you adore that may not be deemed particularly healthy, can in fact have health benefits due to its “feelgood factor”. I wouldn’t recommend this habit on a regular basis, but food is to be enjoyed, so now and again why not treat yourself to something truly delicious that may not necessarily feature in a healthy diet plan! The trick is to understand the importance of maintaining a healthy diet most of the time, and after periods of indulgence, to seek ways to repair the damage – to build new, healthy cells. A period of renewal!

Here are some ideas for you to consider: The Importance of Antioxidants: Antioxidants

are specific nutrients that “scavenge” and help “mop up” harmful free radicals. Free radicals are undesirable toxins that are prevalent all around us from polluted air, refined and processed foods,

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cigarettes, alcohol and certain pharmaceutical drugs to name a few. Even many of the fish we eat contain heavy metals. It sometimes feels that whatever we do, we are doomed! Antioxidants are effective insurance against the polluting effects of these toxins.

Probiotics for a Healthy Gut: When we

over-indulge we tend to build up an acid (and often toxic) level of waste substances which is concerning, not only because it prevents the colon from properly processing and eliminating waste, but it will also prevent beneficial nutrients


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from being utilised by the body. Beneficial probiotic bacteria will help reduce the toxic burden and provide our digestive system with the beneficial bacteria necessary to rebalance the colon. Good quality probiotics can help and prevent gastrointestinal conditions like IBS, constipation, diarrhoea and acidosis. They can also help treat allergies, urinary tract infections, and high cholesterol.

Good Fats, Bad Fats: The traditional

Eskimo diet contained an extraordinary amount of fat (up to 80%). However, they did not suffer from heart disease because this fat, derived from seals and whales, was in a natural form that the liver could process. Fats are one of the most complex issues with regard to health – we need them but in balance. Artificially manufactured fats are best avoided. Only consume oils and fats as close to the way nature designed them, i.e. organically produced extra virgin oils and fats that have a natural structure for the body to use. Butter is better than so-called “health spreads� and do not deliver harmful trans-fatty acids, and in moderation will not result in high levels of cholesterol. Butter is saturated and therefore does not produce harmful trans-acids even when heated. Cooking with olive or sunflower oil is better for our health than the manufactured high temperature frying oils. An essential fatty acid complex from Flax seeds and an omega 3 Fish oil (with the livers removed) provide healthy supplemental fats to the diet.

Magnesium and Selenium: These 2

nervous system, better energy and stronger muscles. Selenium supports the heart, prevents cell mutations (closely linked to cancer prevention), improves digestion, helps prevent auto-immune disease and improves the health of the prostate.

The Importance of Food Nutrients:

In everything I write, I always focus on the importance of food nutrients. I only recommend food (foodstate) supplements because they are created with exactly the same structure as foods, making them much better absorbed, used and retained than ordinary synthetic supplements.

More info: www.thefoodstatecompany.com

essential minerals are desperately deplete in our farm soils, in fact it is estimated that 80% of Brits are deficient in both. Magnesium has a multitude of benefits, it supports healthy bones and teeth, improved eyesight and hearing, a healthy

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Rise of the Junk Food Vegan WORDS: Amber Blake

Veganism has risen in popularity over recent years, more and more people are opting for a plant-based lifestyle in an aim to reduce the effect that the human species is having on the earth due to over farming, fishing and animals being raised in cruel and harsh conditions with their only purpose being that it will one day be on someone's plate. Plant-based living is becoming more visible and more mainstream across all platforms, not only through social media such as the vegan titled bios on Instagram along with an abundance of photographs of their meals throughout each day but also on the high street and in our supermarkets. However, with the focus being on caring for the animals, many vegans are not caring for themselves and have ultimately opted for a potentially unhealthy lifestyle. Whether you eat animal products or not, you either eat well or you don’t. With Veganism being most popular among the Millennials it comes as no surprise that a lot of vegans are opting for convivence, processed junk foods. I, myself scroll past photos of people's vegan food choices plastered across social media from Quinoa Porridge and Avocado Bagels to the likes of Pot Noodle and Oreo cookies.

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There are many reasons for our modern love affair with fast food such as price, speed, convenience and of course, taste! The reasoning behind our obsession with junk food is relatively simple, it is rich in the chemicals that set off pleasure responses in our brain, containing high levels of fat, salt and sugar which explains why we always want more. Along with the popular junk foods there is also a big market now in vegan options on our supermarket shelves, which could be causing as much, if not more harm than the animal products available.

Mock Meat (Veggie Burgers, Sausages, etc.)

Most "fake meats" are comprised of heavily processed fats, artificial colours, flavourings and various starches for texture and thickening. Try opting for grilled vegetables with a good quality olive oil and some seasoning and let those be the veggie in your burger.


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Vegan Cheese and Creamy Sauces

Vegan cheese, creamy pasta sauces and butter are other products containing of highly processed ingredients. A combination of trans fats, starches, preservatives and artificial colouring, designed to replicate the food product as we know it. How about making your own homemade pesto to add flavouring to your pasta dish without the processed, unhealthy produce?

Dairy Free Milk

Milks such as almond, coconut and rice milk are very popular in vegan diets. However, 95% of them have filler ingredients to ensure they have a longer shelf life such as sugars, preservatives and thickeners all of which adds zero nutritional value to your diet. There is an abundance of recipes online available to make your own homemade almond, coconut or whichever dairy free alternative you prefer. As an omnivore I live by everything in moderation although I do agree with and support the choices of vegans. However, if you opt for a vegan lifestyle why would you continue to consume processed meat and dairy substitutes? Remember, demand influences supply therefore, in participating in the demand for these product types are you are also maintaining the mindset that humans should or need meat or dairy. I personally agree that the world is wasteful and greedy in terms of animal products and much more. I am passionate that changes need to be made however, I do not agree that you should give up a balanced lifestyle to opt for junk food and processed products which ultimately will diminish your own health due to the lack of the right nutrients … and the addition of the wrong ones! If your choice is to be vegan to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to reduce the impact of animal farming please ensure that you are giving yourself

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the right alternatives, such as pulses and lentils in replacement of meat, for example, to provide you with much needed protein to your diet.

"If you’re considering veganism or vegetarianism or you are on the fence about meat then take hope in knowing that things are changing and changing for the better, the restoration of the planet is not unimaginable." We have not evolved to only eat plants or to only eat meat, our bodies require a harmonic balance of the two. Following in our ancestors’ footsteps seems to make the most sense by hunting and growing our own food however not everyone has the luxury to do so. We have changed the natural order of things over a long period of time and sadly we cannot go back. If you’re considering veganism or vegetarianism or you are on the fence about meat then take hope in knowing that things are changing and changing for the better, the restoration of the planet is not unimaginable. Health for the earth and all of its inhabitants is possible by ensuring we have free range grass-fed animals, wild game all naturally processed through fermentation and smoking. It's time for the end of unnaturally processed foods of any kind, vegan or not.

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MIND Wellbeing Survey Reveals Islanders’ Attitudes to Mental Health A pan-island survey conducted by Mind in the Channel Islands has revealed that 94% of respondents believe there is a stigma attached to mental health issues, suggesting more needs to be done to increase awareness about, and understanding of mental health concerns. Guernsey Mind and Mind Jersey’s findings follow a comprehensive survey into community attitudes to mental health, which was conducted last year with the support of Deloitte. The Mental Wellbeing Survey compiled responses from 2,416 people in Jersey and Guernsey across a range of demographics. Throughout August, volunteers from Mind and Deloitte helped members of the public to complete the short, confidential survey. The survey was also distributed to households in Guernsey via a door drop backed by Guernsey Post. While 33% of respondents correctly identified that 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health issue at some point in their life, 94% of respondents agreed that there is a little or a lot of stigma attached to mental health issues.

This finding supports the charities’ view that there is still a stigma attached to mental health in our communities.

"It is crucial we continue to encourage the development of a society that has a positive attitude towards mental wellbeing both within and without the workplace."

These statistics indicate a good level of awareness of mental health issues on the islands but that there is a need to enhance understanding and education around the problem. The survey also asked respondents to indicate whether they would approach family and friends, employers and their GP for help.

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47% of respondents indicated that they would be uncomfortable talking to a friend or family about mental health concerns.

In addition, 71% identified that they would be uncomfortable talking to their employer about their mental health concerns, although 69% of respondents said they would be happy to approach their GP for help.

The survey also explored the treatments respondents would consider if they faced mental health concerns. The three highest rated services were mindfulness, talking therapies and GP services; 81% of respondents believed that talking therapies were effective and 41% of respondents said they would consider mindfulness. James Le Feuvre, Executive Director of Jersey Mind, said: “These survey results are important. They give us a greater understanding of how we need to shape our ongoing campaigns to increase understanding of mental health issues and the options that should be available to those who are struggling.


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“For example, Mind offers Mental Health First Aid training across both islands to encourage employers to improve their mental health awareness and provide support in the workplace. It is hoped that this will encourage more employees to feel more comfortable talking to their employer about their mental wellbeing and have a positive impact on these statistics.” Emily Litten, Executive Director of Guernsey Mind, continued: “It is crucial we continue to encourage the development of a society that has a positive attitude towards mental wellbeing both within and without the workplace. These statistics provide firm markers for where more work needs to be done. Over the coming year we will continue to work in partnership with Mind Jersey and Deloitte to share resources across both islands and address the mutual needs identified in the survey.” The research project is the first stage of a three-year commitment by Deloitte to support the mental health charities and is part of the firm’s social impact ambition, One Million Futures.

Sally Rochester, a Director at Deloitte, said: “We were so pleased to be involved in a campaign that puts mental health and wellbeing firmly in the spotlight. As a firm, we are committed to supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of our people, so our support of Mind’s work was a natural next step. “We hope that our work will assist the charities in their efforts to help more people take the necessary steps to improve their mental health.” James Le Feuvre said of the collaboration: “Deloitte’s help has been invaluable in supporting us to gain an in-depth insight into islanders’ attitudes to mental health. This research will help to provide a legacy that will help as many islanders as possible to lead full and active lives within their community.”

More info: www.guernseymind.org.gg and www.mindjersey.org

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Kindness is the New Mindfulness WORDS: Amber Blake

Kindness – noun

The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

Being kind to others is a positive trait to have however, sometimes it can also be considered a negative; if you’re "too" nice you run the risk as being seen as insecure, a push over or worse you might actually be an insecure push-over. But before you write off being kind to yourself and to others remember that being kind to others not only benefits them but it also has many benefits for one's self. As children, values and morals are installed in us as we grow and develop which help and show us how to be nice to one another; whether by having polite manners, consideration of others, compassion or a combination of them all. Although, some studies suggest that our capacity for goodness lies within our own DNA. Scientists have found that some people are born with certain genes that

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provide you with specific receptors for oxytocin and vasopressin, there are the two hormones in your body that are associated with feelings of love, compassion and generosity. This does not suggest that you can only be a kind person as long as you’re born with the specific genes, kindness is also developed by the environment in which we learn and grow.


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Being kind to others has great benefits for yourself. I know, this may seem a little selfish in being nice to benefit yourself but it's beneficial to you and others around you it's infectious. Being kind doesn’t have to be an outrageous act of generosity just a few kind words is often enough to boost someone's mood along with your own. Some studies also suggest that those who volunteer their time for the good of others live longer lives – making the world a better place and increasing their own longevity at the same time. Not a bad deal!

Research shows that once people get into a loop of kindness it is consequentially followed by feelings of happiness. Phycologists refer to this as the "HelpersHigh". It is not yet fully understood how the biological and physical processes link to create physical and mental wellbeing however, the results are already clear enough to see.

Here are 10 ways you can be kind to others and make a difference to someone else's life as well as your own. 1. Stop complaining for a week

7. Donate your time

2. Show affection

8. Listen to someone who has a problem

This is potentially one of the kindest acts of all. Spreading negativity drags yourself and other people down. Concentrate on the positives for a week. You will be pleasantly surprised. Show the people of whom you love that you really mean it. A hug, a kiss, a gentle pat on the back or pretty much any sign of affection will be greatly appreciated.

3. Hold the door

No matter who the person is, hold the door open for them

4. Reach out to a person in need

There maybe someone you know who is unwell or having a difficult time – reach out to them. Luckily, we are now in a time where there are many forms of communication. Send a text, or even bette phone them, send flowers and/or a card.

5. Teach your children kindness

You may be a parent, a teacher or work with young people. Install kindness in them, encourage them to be kind to others by donating their old toys and books to those who need them. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~Plato

6. Give up a parking space

Rise above the desire to be the first to get that space.

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Contact your local shelter or a charity, ask them what they need most to support them in what they do. It could be anything from running an errand, shopping or preparing food. The famous saying is a problem shared is a problem halved. Being a good listener is a great sign that you can display empathy and warmth. Just listen and try not to interrupt with advice.

9. Express gratitude

Saying “thank you” and “please” is almost the basis positive of human interaction. Works every time!

10. Smile

Smiling is much like laughing and even yawing – it’s contagious. Try walking to work and smile all the way there. You might be surprised at how many smiles you get back. Try your best to do one, two or even three acts of kindness a week. Change it up each time. Look at what you get for a few acts of kindness. Your mental and physical health will improve beyond your expectations. As the Dalai Lama once said "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible". You will be surprised by how good you begin to feel.

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Rethink Your Relationship with Food and Your Body WORDS: Mel Wells Health and Eating Psychology Coach, International Speaker and Bestselling Author

All women on some level have been affected by diet culture or made to feel like we aren’t good enough based on how we look or the shape of our bodies — I see so many prioritising a number on the scale or a clothing size over actual health and wellbeing. It’s a huge difference!   You are not your body, you HAVE a body – she’s yours to take care of, and the moment you realise that, things change. If you view yourself as being in a relationship with your body rather than defining yourself by it, you'll start to bring all of the qualities of a great relationship to it: trust, respect, communication. How can you trust your body more? How can you respect your body more? How are you speaking to your body? In a way that you would speak to a friend? Or not? Get into a constant conversation with your body every day. Listen to how she’s feeling and treat her as if she were someone you love. This is absolutely key on the road to self-love. Chasing perfection is chasing an illusion. The fact that we even believe that something exists out ’there' that is perfect is exactly what is holding us back. As soon as you let go of that, something incredible happens … You can be yourself.

About Mel:

Mel dedicates her time to helping women worldwide to stop dieting for good, and challenge their entire belief system around food and their bodies. She has been featured in Forbes Under 30, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, BBC Radio 1 and more, as a leading women’s expert in her field. Mel lives in Bali, and flies back to London regularly for speaking events and retreats.

More info: www.melwells.com

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Reminder: you will never get a body that you love, by hating it. You will only ever get a body that you love by loving it, so stop telling yourself you're only going to do that when she gets to a certain weight or size. And if you’re putting off doing anything in your life because your body isn't ‘perfect’ yet, stop waiting. Start now. When you drop this idea of perfection, you can finally start embracing who you really are.  We can continuously tell ourselves a hundred reasons why we cannot or should not do something, but all we are doing is perpetuating our old beliefs and stories and ingraining them so deeply into our psyche that we then start to feel there is no other way to exist. But the truth is we can choose to rewrite our story at any moment! Give yourself the power back and recognise you don't have to fight for your best self – all you have to do is BE her, and remember that you have been all along. 


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Take a Holiday, It Could Save Your Soul WORDS: Lucy Sanderson and Daco Fernandes

Life can be hectic, busy and stressful, we know this. We are also much more aware nowadays, of the effects stress can pose to our health and overall wellbeing; high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and heart disease, as well as all the mental health implications and general every day weight of the darn thing.

Stress is a nightmare and by letting it build and grow and expand, tackling it becomes all the more difficult. In order to keep it at bay and our health on track, tune our minds into happiness and our bodies into wellness, stress can be held at arm’s length by taking time for ourselves. What better way to zone out, kick back and breeze away the stress of life than by going on holiday? In fact, it’s been said that taking a holiday can pretty much, ‘save your soul’ so there’s

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the excuse right there to book those days off in lieu or make travel plans to find a change of scenery and a change of pace.

Not only are we dealing with our own stresses and worries from within our own daily behaviours, it now seems we’re taking on the trials and tribulations of others around us, especially in our ‘social media’ networks. We’ve become concerned with how many likes or comments

a post might receive or how many friends or frenemies we might be involved with. First thing to switch off and holiday from may very well just be all that technology. However, some of that tech is mighty useful in winding down – apps and wearables as well as the travel buddy known as the Kindle! You see, taking a holiday gives us the chance to actually read a book, learn something new, take on a challenge or just relax into mindful peace and tranquility for a total mind and body reboot. Of course it’s obvious that holidays alleviate stress, but these things are sometimes easier said than actually done. You might be sitting there thinking about the stacks of paper


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work on your desk, tax returns (eurgh) and the nagging thought that taking the family away is often fraught with chaos and sun-cream stains. Whatever your thoughts on the type of holiday that is most likely to whittle away stress as opposed to add more – there is something for everyone and every budget too. The fact is, there are real health benefits to be gained from a holiday. The recent spike in retreats all across the globe has seen a surge in wellness trips and holidays that focus specifically on ensuring you leave rejuvenated and brimming with soul food. The range of spaces, places and purposes; yoga, food or adventure for example, are just the start of what’s on offer. India, Spain, Italy, the UK, Australia … Or at home, wherever you are! Retreats spring up everywhere offering everything from the ‘Eat, Prey, Love’ agenda or something tailored however you want. Just talk to your favourite travel agent, or use our good old friend Google. Holidaying trends to allow for connection … with family, friends, new faces and places and cultures.

Off the beaten track kind of trips or city breaks serve a purpose if a retreat seems too contrived. Immerse in art, culture, different cuisine, unknown languages and fresh colours, smells and sounds – all of these things are food for thought and nourishment for your mind. Excitement and wonder; things we take for granted a lot of the time. If a holiday somewhere warm takes your fancy (and budget), then of course, you will be filled with Vitamin D from the sunshine. Walking in the fresh air and swimming in the sea will dowse your body and soul

in holiday goodness too. Relaxing or running around, whatever works to make you happy – your holiday means you do what you want! This very essence is also super good for the soul! Happiness is like water to the soul, it’s absolutely necessary and without it we wither. If sticking close to home is more appealing, then going on day trips and tours of local areas can make for an ideal holiday. Most people only know about 20% at best, of the many wonders of their local area. Where you live should be just that, a place to live.

"Not only are we dealing with our own stresses and worries from within our own daily behaviours, it now seems we’re taking on the trials and tribulations of others around us, especially in our ‘social media’ networks"

If you like to break a sweat, get out there and go trekking. Get active. If you’re feeling adventurous, try some Relaxing Rain therapy in Australia, an Oriental Spice massage in Bali, or how about bathing in the geothermal lagoons near Reykjavik? Head to St. Lucia and check out the parrots in the rainforest or go on safari in Zimbabwe’s Spurwing Island … there is a whole world – and new you – out there!

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The New Way to Travel INTERVIEW: Sandrine Martin, Travel Counsellor

Have you ever wanted your own personal travel expert who will take the time to get to know you and your family’s specific needs, to tailor the perfect trip, just for you? Well, we’ve found her … right here on our doorstep! Travel Counsellors is a unique network, with more than 1,700 travel professionals worldwide. Working independently, each one is backed by the resources and destination knowledge of a multi-award winning organisation with more than 20 years’ experience. They offer the best of both worlds, so much so, that customers rate them the best travel company in the world for customer service. And not only that, they have chosen to support tourism sustainability and responsible tourism via The Travel Foundation – fundamental topics to the wellbeing of our world as we know it – www. thetravelfoundation.org.uk We met Sandrine. Like each of her Travel Counsellor colleagues, she takes an enormous pride in what she does. Her first-hand knowledge and passion for travel is second to none; so whether you are looking to relax and recuperate, or explore and discover; she aims to give you the very best, hassle free travel advice and support. We wanted to know more.

Why are you a Travel Counsellor? For me, travel is personal. I love creating experiences for people and I genuinely enjoy finding a way to take care of people. How do you achieve this? I listen to people’s exact needs and then guide them through the maze of offers to narrow the choice, all the way down to the perfect one for them. I will also be there before, during and after travel should any issues arise. As a Travel Counsellor we consider that we have a 24/7 duty of care. Can you get the best prices? Best prices yes, but not bargain basement. I aim to create the best value for the customer. I have just booked a family to the Maldives and I defy anyone to find a ‘better deal’. I like to think of it as an affordable option with added value – an excursion, accessible hotel room, airport lounge, spa treatment, etc.; we have access to a lot of options.

Bespoke affordable travel, tailored to our specific needs … when do we leave?

What do you do? I can organise trips anywhere in the world, whether a customer requires a business trip, a short European break or a long haul holiday, be it to the UK, France, US, Australia, Bali, Mongolia, Africa ... you name it.

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Girls with Dreams … … become Women with Vision WORDS: Lucy Sanderson

All women are wonderful and mini-women, often referred to as ‘girls’, are like fledgling female powerhouses who can be anything they want to be (thanks to the women from yesteryear who made it so). The fairer sex; sugar and spice and all things nice – nah, not these days. We are not defined by anything so fluffy and well, ‘meh’ and meaningless. Women are borne to be empowered from day one and with all the opportunity ahead of them, strong girls make for successful, inspiring women. If anything dulls a woman’s shine (at any age), then the world could be missing a huge female-shaped pot of potential. When women are on track to triumph, anything is possible.  There are some remarkable changes through which a woman evolves throughout her lifetime; thankfully, growth means more than just the physical elements: Women grow wisdom and worldliness as they age. Stark differences

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become evident and emerge as a woman moves through the generations – from innocence and wonderment in childhood to inquisitiveness and impulsiveness in their teens. Resistance and repressed feelings in the age of twenties and acceptance and achievements in the thirties; forties bring about a self-reliance and confidence that leads on into fifties, which are often a time of equilibrium; sixties and thereafter are thought to be a time of both selflessness and selfishness (well earned!) that a woman can relax into being. Just being; with family, with friends, or with themselves.


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Looking at each decade milestone as a kind of marker, we can see the incredible changes that a woman navigates and traits they harnesses as they age – we shall call them, The Ages of Woman. “All the world’s a stage and the women merely players; they have their entrances and exits and one woman, in her time, plays many parts …” (William Shakespeare)  Once a woman learns to trust her intuition and rely on her own wits and inherent, unique feminine energy, the world opens up to become a whole new landscape of opportunity, calm and self-reliance. When a woman can go from talking to listening, dreaming to doing, validating to valuing themselves, that’s when she starts to find her

"Once a woman learns to trust her intuition and rely on her own wits and inherent, unique feminine energy, the world opens up to become a whole new landscape of opportunity, calm and self-reliance."

special gift and become all she can be. Taking time to recognise these insurmountable changes can be half the significance and the more women lift each other up, the more we will harness our abilities as the more complex and communicative of the sexes.

It would seem that between twenties and thirties, the most prevalent inner transformations start to manifest, which carry on expanding and extending as a woman matures: TEENS + TWENTIES THIRTIES+ 

Relationships first Self first Holding on Letting go  Expecting Accepting  Failure means disaster Failure means learning  Impulsive Intuitive  Resistance Vulnerability  Talking Listening  Dreaming Planning  Party till morning Life is a party  Drugs and alcohol Green tea and healthy food Acquaintances Family and friends  Ego Personality  Women make the world go round (with a little help from our testosterone fuelled counterparts), and with ten years or so between each change, we have ample time to grow and learn. Most women feel more in control as they get older, each year brings its own trials and tribulations but,

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thankfully, women are built of stern stuff and struggle makes things more worthwhile. Render change useful and see things as a trajectory for strength and solidarity between each and every one of us.

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Awareness and Empowerment Saves Lives WORDS: Amber Blake

New research has found that women who are less satisfied with the shape, size and appearance of their breasts are less likely to self-examine for signs of cancer. This research has also shown that, these same women are also more likely to delay visiting their doctor, should they notice a change than those who feel more confident about their bodies. A recent study conducted of 384 British women and published in the journal Body Image revealed that the majority of the participants were unhappy with their breasts in some way: • 31% wanted smaller breasts • Whilst 44% would like larger 33% advised that they rarely, if ever examine their breasts • 10% also said they would delay visiting their doctor if they did in fact detect a change • 2% said they wouldn’t visit their doctor at all

understanding of their breasts and how they normally look and feel. The better familiarity they have the easier it will be to detect changes.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst women in Britain and the second most common cause of cancer deaths.

“For women who are dissatisfied with their breast size, having to inspect their breasts may be experienced as a threat to their body image and so they may engage in avoidance behaviours. Breast size dissatisfaction may also activate negative selfconscious emotions, such as shame

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Viren Swami, Professor of Social Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University and lead author of the study, said: “Our findings suggest that greater breast size dissatisfaction is significantly associated with less frequent breast self-examination, lower confidence in detecting breast change, and greater delay in seeing a doctor following breast change."

and embarrassment, that results in avoiding breast self-examination. “Promoting greater breast size satisfaction may be a means of empowering women to incorporate breast self-examinations and breast awareness into their health practice. And promoting greater breast awareness may be a useful means of helping women view their breasts in more functional terms, rather than purely aesthetic terms. “It is also important for healthcare practitioners to be mindful of the impact that dissatisfaction with one’s breasts may have on self-examination behaviours and outcomes.” Feeling unhappy about your body should not prevent you from conducting these vital checks. A breast lump is the most common symptom of breast cancer, therefore regular checks can lead to early detection. It is important that both men and women regularly perform self-examinations. If you do spot something unusual do not hesitate to visit your GP.


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The Masculine Feminist WORDS: Daco Fernandes

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We live in a world that could very well be considered ... confusing. A world where children have access to nuclear weapons, people are famous for being lazy and half of the human species isn’t considered equal to its male counterparts. Let’s be fair here, people aren’t equal, everyone has different strengths and weaknesses but we should at least approach each other’s abilities equally and all start on a level playing field, if you will. Regarding salaries, reward should be given to those that prove their worth regardless of which sex they are. The fact that this isn’t the standard modus operandi throughout all industries is quite frankly a disgrace. The problem with feminism for a lot of men is that they associate the term with a form of militancy. Aggressive groups of lairy woman shouting slogans and burning stuff. Terrible. Why this should upset a group of chanting, alpha soaked sports fans with a not so benign history of aggression is a mystery to me. If you ask a lot of men, most will say, “I’m not a feminist.” I have to ask … ‘Why not?’ Simply put, feminism is: “The belief that women should be allowed the same rights, power and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way.” ~ Cambridge Dictionary … and “The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.” ~ Oxford Dictionary.

"Simply put, feminism is: “The belief that women should be allowed the same rights, power and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way.” "

A feminist advocates or supports the rights and equality of women. Why would you not be behind this? In a YouGov poll of Britain in 2010 it was ‘found that only 16% of men described themselves as feminist with 54% stating they were not and 8% specifically claiming to be antifeminist.’ That’s basically 54% quietly saying they’re sexist and the other 8% of men stating outright that they’re definitely sexist. The term antifeminist must be an oxymoron. Anti-pro. What is going on here? This is the 21st century.

The thing is, it seems, that some women and some men don’t really know how to behave towards the other. If this behaviour persists, we won’t be able to eliminate the problem of inequality between the sexes. We just aren’t helping ourselves and here is an example: A friend recently test drove a brand new car. The car has many modern features one might come to expect; touchscreen interface, electric windows, air-conditioning and power steering

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to name but a few. The latter has an added button – the ‘city button’. Just in case you don’t know what this gadget does due to you being a fully hot blooded alpha male with the strength of a bear, it allows the power steering to become even lighter to the touch and thus making it easier to scoot around your city of choice just like in all of those very truthful, open streeted commercials. Totally real driving. What I was most irked about was the way the salesperson (a man) re-titled the button as “The lady button”. I can only assume that he must tell everyone who drives the car that this is what it’s actually called and that the manufacturers have got it all wrong and that maybe we can just Tip-Ex out the misspelling and call it what it really is. It’s the “It’s a shame you’re so weak and feeble, press this and it might help. If it doesn’t? You can always go home and have a cry in front of a girlie film you poor, simple minded soul, bless” button. If he had said that to my wife, he would have certainly been pulling out the said button from his ‘man button hole’. I can’t put all the blame on the misogynistic salesman, he just wanted to offload a car and get his commission by any means possible. He possibly even thought he was being helpful. Knowing my friend, she would have happily played the cute and innocent sycophant. I’ve seen many men fall over themselves to be in her company, and just like most of the humans I know, she’ll use it when she needs to. So who’s to blame here? Is there any blame at all? Aren’t we all just doing as Mother Nature intended? Maybe it’s time to renew our way of thinking on both sides of this issue. Maybe we should all approach each other as equals regardless of differences. If you’re not a feminist, are you even a ‘real man’? Surely a real man (or woman) would treat others with respect, be considerate and compassionate with whomever they come in to contact and ultimately treat others with the dignity they deserve? Renew your life today, be more feminist.

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Redefining Relationships

Stranger, Friend, Best-friend, Lover, Stranger? WORDS: Lucy Sanderson

Aren’t relationships just a breeze! Said no one, ever. Let’s face it, we are complex creatures and when we mesh together with another complex creature we can produce a rainbow of colourful and chaotic results. Coming to the point of untangling that coupledom is no easy process and the final snap, well it always tends to leave a mark. Our life can literally feel like the raw skin left behind after the savage ripping off of a plaster – we all know the sensation. What though, after the storm of splitting has settled? In the midst of relationships, we bond, we mate and sometimes we even create (other little humans) and so as we part ways, what of those details? Big or small, the things we do together all emanate with energy and a psychological and sometimes physical outcome (kids, home … things). Dividing our time and our things to cater for the remanence of a relationship is the worst kind

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of maths in the world … Who gets what and when? It’s often painful and always tricky. In fact, it’s a whole new terrain that can be frighteningly daunting. The thing with us humans is that we tend to place a huge amount of importance on our relationships; we attempt to mate for life and we never forget the people we’ve loved, no matter how it happened. The trouble is, a large amount of


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"In terms of proof, I am it. My ex and I are now good friends and raising our daughter together whilst we’re not together is turning out to be full of joy." relationships don’t span the forever timeline and in between the initial whirlwind of highly charged emotion and the reality of being committed to another person in the long term are two very different things and a lot can happen in even the shortest of romances and relationships. The thing is, when love fades and relationships break down, we can choose how to react and create friendships from the most turbulent and acrimonious of separations. It’s not easy, but it’s so worthwhile and if there are children in the midst of a break up, then it’s all the more important to choose a coparenting arrangement that breeds respect and fairness; no child deserves to be stuck in between two warring adults. Relationships come to an end for all sorts of reasons and some of those reasons can be mightily hurtful; infidelity is a major player in regard to causes of break up and no doubt, finding a friendship borne from such a situation is sometimes impossible. If you don’t have children then there’s no real need to be friends with a cheater, but if you do have kids … Well, it’s a hard slog, but it’s doable and worthwhile; to create something that protects your children from the fall out of a split. Forgiveness is one of the hardest but most rewarding things and if it means peace for your family, then it’s the way to move forward.  Finding some common ground makes for a good start when approaching a new perspective on relationships. Where there was once love, there are memories and those count for something when you try to ascertain a friendship after splitting. Focusing on the good and the positive can open up a world of opportunities to be friends with an ex and actually, the familiarity without the sex or intimacy has been known to create lifelong friendships! Redefining your relationship with someone you once loved needn’t be a chore or a burden.

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So, how do we go about redefining a relationship? Communication – many couples stop communicating

during their relationship and it’s only after that they can reconnect and actually listen to each other.

Consideration – having empathy really helps us to connect. We might not understand or even agree with someone’s actions or perspective, but trying to walk in their shoes for a minute is a must in moving forward. Compromise – meeting somewhere in the middle when it comes to reconnecting with an ex makes for a slightly less fractious start. There’s a great saying in this regard, “Don’t expect more than someone is willing or able to give.” Keeping expectations realistic and being open and honest with an ex can instil trust and respect as well as establishing boundaries so everyone knows where they stand. In terms of proof, I am it. My ex and I are now good friends and raising our daughter together whilst we’re not together is turning out to be full of joy. Making it to the Nativity together, putting on a brilliant birthday weekend for her and being there as a team for her is our sole priority but the perks of hanging out and having a laugh are definitely a bonus too. In a New York Times Modern Love column titled “Happily Ever. After We Split” Wendy Paris details the evolution of her relationship with her husband through the divorce process and how separating brought them closer together. Heidi Klum and Seal are still best of friends, JLo and Marc Anthony are raising twins as friends … Gwynny and Chris from Coldplay parted ways with their famous expression, ‘uncoupling’ which, at the time seemed rather controversial (and sounded a tad pretentious) but in reality, it’s exactly what’s happening. Uncoupling with grace and moving forward as friends … The modern day, ‘happily ever after.’

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An Insight Into Addiction Through The Eyes Of A Child WORDS: Jason Wyse CEO, Silkworth Charity Group

Many children of addicts feel that somehow they are at fault: “If she loved me she wouldn’t drink/take drugs, so she doesn’t love me.” Inevitably, they then jump to the heart-rendering conclusion … “so there`s something wrong with me”.

"Another three year old told his father, “Daddy, I don’t like coming near you when you drink, you smell bad.” This was after he had been sober for two weeks, and he was shocked and horrified because he had no idea that his little boy knew about his drinking."

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Living in a house with an addict mother, father or older sibling is profoundly destructive to the entire family. Children of alcoholics or addicts can fall into the role of carer and in many ways they lose a valuable part of their childhood. If you have children or if you are the child of an alcoholic/addict, you can do something about your own feelings and emotions. There are so many children that talk of their fear, sometimes bordering on terror, mixed with hatred, guilt and loneliness. We must never underestimate what our children see and hear, they are never too young to understand. A little boy of four years old was so frightened of what would happen when his father came home from work and found his mother drinking that he would literally drag her to bed and pretend to himself that she had a cold. He would repeat this to his father and then be told not to lie. She would vomit and he would clean it up, to hide it from his father so there wouldn’t be a row when he came home.

This year will see us launch a specially designed programme for children, the goal of which is to initiate and deepen the healing process for boys and girls growing up in a family that has been hurt by alcoholism and other drug addictions. Children are often the first hurt and the last helped. The Children’s Programme will provide education and support for children between the ages of 7 and 12 who are dealing with an addicted family member, usually a parent or older sibling. During the four-day programme, children who have been affected by addiction go through roleplaying exercises, games and group discussions that help them identify and express their feelings, develop self-care skills, and strengthen their communication skills.

"On the fourth and final day of the programme, children are given the chance to talk to their loved one about how the disease of addiction has affected them."

Another three year old told his father, “Daddy, I don’t like coming near you when you drink, you smell bad.” This was after he had been sober for two weeks, and he was shocked and horrified because he had no idea that his little boy knew about his drinking. The little boy also told his father that he was glad he was not drinking that “loony juice” anymore which made him act mad. Both these statements from his small child provided a turning point in his recovery, when he finally recognised the damage that he had been causing his child. At Silkworth Charity Group we understand and see everyday the damage that addiction causes within the Family Unit and in particular with children. We are therefore committed to giving those children a voice in order that they don’t have to carry some of the sad and traumatic things that they have witnessed.

We help them to understand that it’s not their fault. We give them tools to deal with issues as they come up, not let them build up inside. We talk about this being a family Illness, and that this is an illness that hurts everyone.

On the fourth and final day of the programme, children are given the chance to talk to their loved one about how the disease of addiction has affected them. Having a child participate in the programme often strengthens a parent’s recovery. Children have a way of helping the family heal, and helping parents let go of shame and guilt. By bringing children touched by addiction together, the Children’s Programme helps cut through the shame and stigma many children feel. Despite the fact that there are many children within our society that are affected by addiction, each believes he or she is the only one. Seeing that belief shattered is one of the best parts of the programme. Empowering children is a key part of breaking the cycle of addiction in the Family unit. This forms a key part of our strategy in helping the Island tackle its addiction issues. We will help children have a voice. The illness of addiction is one of silence, secrecy shame and isolation. We’re helping children break through that.

More info: www.silkworthlodge.co.uk

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Don't Fall ‘Madly’ In Love – JUST BE. WORDS: Lucy Sanderson

What’s the secret to a long lasting union with another person? Is it all down to being swept off your feet, or is it the little things that set the scene for enduring love? From relationships to relating; love is the greatest alchemy and when two people unite, wonderful things can happen.

We live in a world where we see divorce and separation all too commonly and the collectively begged question is ‘do we give up too easily?’ but maybe it’s more about how we go about loving people in the first place that sets us up for failure when it comes to long-time love. Our expectations and connotations surrounding love are kind of muddled and often contradictory in the initial throws of it and perhaps our relationships need a stronger, more flexible fabric in their foundation in order to stand the test of time. The words, ‘hopelessly,’ ‘madly,’ ‘crazily’ and ‘falling’ are often attached to the word love. Not the most ‘romantic’ or positively heart-warming notions and not particularly

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words we’d used to describe something we’re looking forward to. A renewed perspective from the off, could be that we rise in love, settle into love, feel free in love; something which reflects the unconditional and ego-free version of the phenomenon we call ‘being in love’. You get the picture. If reshaping or renaming something in order to create a positive and constructive perspective matters, then looking at love this way will serve to emphasise all the goodness and unconditional aspects of its boundless possibilities. With not one, but two Royal Weddings on the horizon this year, both couples have set about their ‘getting to know you’ stages in their own unique ways; one candidly


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talking about the fact that they spent a lot of time at home, really just hanging out. The other has been a couple ‘under the radar’ for seven years or more before announcing their future plans. Both having ensured they have a friendship and partnership with a real foundation first. Learning to just ‘be’ nurtures a sense of calm; no ego, no pretence. The early stages of love in 2018 are often fuelled by the pretences and worries derived from too much narcissism and concern for things which actually don’t matter much. The unnerving (and unnecessary), ‘why hasn’t he messaged back?’ moments or ‘she’s liked her ex’s profile picture’ panic, etc, are all too prevalent and it seems that the more we love, the more we should upload that love all over Instagram for validation; a bit forced and a bit fake. Where’s the unconditional and wholehearted in any of that? Losing sight of the reality in favour of the image of love leads nowhere other than the heartbreak hotel after a Dear John letter.   Treating our relationships with the same tender loving care as we treat our loved ones is tantamount to success and longevity. Combining two lives is not easy when you throw a bunch of human traits and tribulations in the mix, so by learning about each other in the initial phases of togetherness we can be more enlightened to whom we are coupling up with. Peace of mind comes from knowledge and understanding; intimacy and familiarity breeds a solidarity that enable a couple to stay strong and good together. Protecting each other and championing each other through good and bad establishes and

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grows a friendship, which is ultimately a major part of that all-important, sturdy and flexible fabric in the foundations of love. You see, relationships are all about emotion; partnerships are about emotional integrity and sharing. Relationships are about seeking pleasure; partnerships are about seeking purpose and in order to create a strong bond and harmony with another human, the best thing for it is a giant dose of normality and reality. Synergy in love comes from a deeper understanding and appreciation of another person; the little quirks and things they do that make them unique. For instance, the unshakeable bond in love that allows for total trust in intimacy and conversation, debate and through change, is something much more satisfying than the Instagram pic of a hotel room that notches up hundreds of likes. Simple and sincere love that instils contentment watching your partner’s back as they walk away after bringing you a cup of tea and a quiet kiss on the forehead; the feeling you get from just knowing that someone in this vast wide world loves you for being you and they trust you love them in the same way too. That sort of love is the staying kind, it’s that simply ‘grow together’ type of love and there’s nothing crazy or hopeless about it. 

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Making Self Care a Habit WORDS: Beverley Le Cuirot Founder, WellBeing World

Whether we are busy running around after a lively 3 year old, or taxi to three active teenagers; a volunteer in the community, or a carer for elderly parents; an international corporate high flyer, or an entrepreneur with an exciting, but fledgling business; or perhaps a mix of all three … wherever we are in life, our lives are full to bursting … so when do we find the time for ourselves? And is it really necessary? I would suggest yes, and absolutely yes. It is a certain truth that we cannot pour from an empty cup. I know, I’ve been there so many times, and I’ve worn myself out on all occasions. I’ve been the international corporate high flyer, and I’ve been the entrepreneur; I’ve also had the worry of parents with cancer, family members with mental health problems, and I’ve cared for three very precious, aged and ailing fur babies. I’ve also volunteered, studied, and worked with a number of businesses, alongside my own businesses. The late night working has never stopped. Until now.

on the edge of total exhaustion and burnout, diagnosed following a family bereavement and relentless periods of working long hours, taking on too much and not managing my own stress levels. Yes, much of this was when in the corporate world … and things have changed now as I learn more about how to manage my own wellbeing but I’ve done the same once or twice whilst working in

A lot has to do with self-worth; we always seems to put everyone else’s needs ahead of our own. Perhaps like me, you had a loving and wellmeaning Mother who often reminded you not to be selfish. Well, sorry, Mum but self-care is not selfish. It is truly is the most self-LESS act there is, for if we are not happy and strong, how can we care for those around us, our children, parents, pets, employees, clients … all of whom depend on us? It is an essential investment.

"I have finally listened to my own advice, and I have started to put myself first. How many times I needed to tell myself that, I don’t know."

I have finally listened to my own advice, and I have started to put myself first. How many times I needed to tell myself that, I don’t know. I’ve worked through the night (in the 1980s when that’s what you did in the Advertising game); I’ve worked through my lunch hour every day for a year thinking my international job was more important; I’ve eaten a diet heavy in processed foods, sugar, salt, and tea and coffee by the gallon (not good habits for the digestive system); and I’ve had pleurisy and flu more times than I can remember. I have also teetered

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wellbeing – when I really should have known better. I think we all know what we should do to help our own wellbeing – for me, it’s based around the four essentials of Eat, Move, Sleep, Relax – but we often don’t do it. Why is that?

So, I recently started my own 30 Day Self Care Challenge. It wasn’t easy thinking of me and what I needed every day, but I kept going. Little by little, it grew to be something I really looked forward to. There are many different things you can do for yourself, it really depends what means something to you. It can include a regular 10 minute Meditation before you start your day; a Gratitude review at the end of the day; signing up for that Yoga class; walking round the block at lunchtime or a quick visit to the beach to breathe in the fresh air. Go on a shopping spree if you must, but not too much!


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It could be taking time each day to read a few pages of a book or a magazine (WellBeing World is always a winner!), going to see the film you’ve been meaning to see for such a long time it’s now on Sky; planning a date night, or a coffee with a close friend. It can also be mindset related, ie, valuing yourself and saying a polite ‘No’ to something you really don’t want to do – and not feeling guilty about it. Forget ‘should’. And let things go. Taking the time for Mindful Eating is also a good one; cutting out processed foods and cooking from scratch (got to plan ahead a little with this one, though!). And it is most definitely allowing yourself to have enough sleep – 8 hours if you can – but as with all these things, everyone is different and you will find your own happy medium.

easy though. Especially if you are a freelancer or contractor and if you’re not working you’re not being paid. But if you wear yourself out, you won’t be working at all, so it’s a good investment of your time. The same with children. Yes, they need you, but you need you, too. Plan ahead so you can give yourself the time you need, even if just 10/15 minutes every day. At the time of writing I am on Day 20 of my Self Care Challenge, and it is getting easier and more natural every day. So much so, I am confident in saying I am developing a habit which I know will serve me and my loved ones well. They will thank me for it, and I will thank myself, too!

One of the most important things is to schedule specific time slots for yourself in your diary – and absolutely not to feel guilty about it. It’s still not

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BOOKS

Book Choice

Great reads to support your greatest renewal yet.

The Self-Care Project: How to let go of frazzle and make time for you Author: Jayne Hardy Publisher: Orion Spring (14 December 2017)

'Refreshing, heartfelt and humble. This book is a game changer in promoting positive mental health.' ~ Sarah Turner, The Unmumsy Mum

Everything you need to know about self-care; what it is, why it's important, why it's such a struggle and how to integrate it into day-to-day life.

Now is Your Chance: A 30-Day Guide to Living Your Happiest Life Using Positive Psychology Author: Niyc Pidgeon Publisher: Hay House UK (24 October 2017)

Happiness is the ultimate goal for so many of us, but why does it often feel like a destination that's completely unreachable? Everybody wants a better life, yet for so long we have been looking in all the wrong places and directing our focus outwards for solutions that can only be found on the inside. In this book, Niyc Pidgeon offers the missing piece of the puzzle to help you stop chasing your joy and finally start feeling it! Grounded in Niyc's training as a Positive Psychologist and her many years of coaching experience, Now Is Your Chance offers a 30-day guide to creating powerful, purposeful and meaningful change. It does not require any external resources – there's nothing new to buy, sign up for or schedule, and no other person to call on. You already have everything you need to start and succeed. Inspiring, motivating and practical, this programme shows you how to create a life filled with authentic and lasting joy. With this book, you have no excuse to put off your happiness until tomorrow – Now Is Your Chance. 88

Self-care is a tool, accessible to us all, which helps us to take responsibility for our own happiness – our physical, emotional, psychological and social needs. Jayne Hardy, founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation, argues that it is the best preventative measure available to us to combat overwhelmedness, stress and ill health, in our hectic, modern world. The Self-Care Project is for those who have been feeling offkilter for a while but have not been able to put their finger on 'why'. It is a no-nonsense, practical journey to help you do just that. It'll walk you through the case for self-care (why it's so very important), why it isn't selfish at all, help you explore what self-care means for you, what your obstacles might be and provide advice on how to chisel out daily space for selfcare in a practical, achievable and realistic way.


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Mind Body Miracle: Holistic healthy habits and daily disciplines to miraculously transform your mind and body Author: Jaclyn Dunne Publisher: Rethink Press (18 October 2017)

Don't wait for a miracle. Be one. Mind Body Miracle provides you with an easy-to-use toolkit of healthy habits and daily disciplines to get your mindset and body working at their best.

Recharge: A Year of Self-Care to Focus on You Author: Julie Montagu Publisher: Piatkus (4 January 2018)

'The ultimate self-care bible for women who want to f ind their balance in life.' ~ Mel Wells

'Wonderful and insightful . . .proves that when you choose YOU every single day, not only will have you have more energy for yourself, but you'll have more energy to give back to everyone else.'

Whether you need focus and clarity to achieve a goal, want to take the health of your mind and body to the next level, or are seeking strength in adversity, this book will help to support your transformation.

Mind Body Miracle will help you to: • Build healthy new habits and disciplines into your daily routine. • Optimise your mind and body by making small changes that get BIG results. • Use simple but powerful tools that will provoke lifechanging results. • Realise that you already have all you need to become the best version of you. It's time to stop looking for the next 'quick fix' or fad that promises the earth and doesn't deliver. You have everything you need now. Inside your mind and inside your body.

~ Kris Carr

'This book is bursting with positivity, happiness & a whole wealth of knowledge.' ~ Chessie King

Recently named one of the top ten holistic health icons in the world, Julie Montagu knows a thing or two about health and happiness. In Recharge, Montagu shares an abundance of guidance, tips and advice designed to help you keep self-care at the forefront of your mind and support you on your journey to a well-rounded sense of wellness. Recharge is your month-by-month self-care bible to help replenish your mind, body and soul. Each month of the year covers a specific area of self-care including mindful eating, managing stress, digital detox, rebuilding selfesteem, finding your passions and more.

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More great reads …

Food Can Fix It Author: Dr Mehmet Oz Publisher: Hay House UK (26 September 2017)

Life in Balance Author: Donna Hay Publisher: HarperCollins (22 September 2016)

Australia's most trusted home cook is celebrating a fresher approach to eating. These days we're bombarded with so many messages about what to eat more of and what to eat less of and what to give up altogether, it can all get a little confusing and, let's face it, overwhelming. When there are so many passing fads and extreme diets out there, it's a relief to turn to a voice of reason, Australia's bestselling and most trusted cook, Donna Hay, for a realistic, sustainable and more balanced approach to fresher, healthier eating. Donna said: 'If there's one thing I've learned about myself, it's that I'm happiest when life is balanced. It rings true in all areas- work and play, friends and family, and, for me especially, food. Diets have never been my thing, I don't like the idea of anyone being on one! But I do love the way food can make me feel, uplifting me with energy, nourishing me with cosy goodness, or treating me with a little sweetness. Life in Balance is about embracing food and all its benefits. Each chapter, from breakfast to baking, has simple recipes enriched with nature's superfoods – think leafy greens, bright fresh berries, creamy nuts and nourishing grains. Plus, I've profiled all my power pantry staples for you, like chia seeds, coconut sugar and raw cacao. Let this book help you find your own perfect balance, while enjoying every bite.' From new ideas for power dinners to tempting grills, super-charged breakfasts to low-carb options, Life in Balance is full of super-satisfying recipes – nourishing, virtuous and delicious. And because we all need the occasional treat, there's also a few yummy better-for-you sweets. The only kind of diet that works, after all, is the balanced diet - the one you can sustain long term. And when your life is in balance, you feel great and it shows – from the inside out. 90

What if there were a prescription that could slim, energise and protect your body from major health risks? What if there were a remedy for everything from fatigue to stress to chronic pain? There is. In this ground-breaking new book, Dr Oz introduces you to this wonder prescription – simple, healing, wholesome food. And he teaches you how to shop and cook healthily, and eat your way to a longer, healthier life. Food Can Fix It lays out an easyto-follow 21-Day Weight-Loss Jumpstart Plan for harnessing the power of nutrition. With clear information and a meal plan full of superfoods, Dr Oz explains how to kick-start weight loss, improve your energy, decrease inflammation and prevent or alleviate a host of other common conditions – all without medication. Get started today on a healthy path for life with Food Can Fix It!


Artful Eating Author: Karina Melvin Publisher: Black and White Publishing (26 October 2017)

This book can change your life forever! Rediscover the magic of eating for pleasure and enjoy a life of balance with the freedom to eat the foods you want without dieting. Artful Eating will take you on a journey filled with stories, life lessons, practical tools and strategies all rooted in the most up to date scientific and psychological research. Learn how to reprogram your mind to lose weight and achieve the body you desire, by changing your thoughts, behaviours and approach to pleasure. Successful weight loss is not about what you eat, it's about why and how you eat. We are missing the most vital ingredient in the weight loss battle: the mind. It is our mind that fuels every decision we make about food and by focusing solely on the symptom, the excess weight, we have lost sight of the cause. There is no strenuous exercise regime, no food elimination, no strict meal plan, just powerful psychological tools and strategies which will create lasting change. You will be amazed at how easy it is to achieve the body you desire and truly deserve.

Super Food for Superchildren: Delicious, low-sugar recipes for healthy, happy children, from toddlers to teens Authors: Professor Tim Noakes, Jonno Proudfoot, Bridget Surtees Publisher: Robinson (2 June 2016)

There is so much dietary advice out there, much of it conflicting, that it can be diff icult for busy parents to make sense of it all. Medical doctor and sports scientist, Professor Tim Noakes, chef and long-distance swimmer, Jonno Proudfoot, and dietitian Bridget Surtees, a specialist in paediatric nutrition, cut through the clamour to provide clear, proven guidelines and simple, delicious recipes to feed your family well, inexpensively and without fuss. Following their phenomenal, record-breaking success with The Real Meal Revolution, the Real Meal team set out to rethink the way we feed our children. The result, Superfood for Superchildren, challenges many ingrained dietary beliefs and advocates a real-food diet for children – from toddlers to teens – that is low in sugar and refined carbohydrates. Their advice is solidly underpinned by a critical, scientific interrogation of the children's food industry. By combining the latest peer-reviewed scientific evidence with straightforward, mouthwatering recipes, most of them for the whole family, Superfood for Superchildren shows clearly how to provide your children with the best possible nutrition to help them to grow up healthy and happy.


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ARBRE CONSULTING

Arbre is a small HR Consultancy specialising in providing tailored support to businesses on all aspects of HR, on a retained or ad hoc basis. As well as advice and support in employment law, diversity, HR policy and procedure and recruitment, they offer one to one coaching and management training to help you make the most of individual and team potential.

W: www.arbre.je E: kate@arbre.je T: +44 (0) 7829 950 500

AYUSH WELLNESS SPA

Awarded ‘Best Spa in the South West UK & Channel Islands’ by the Good Spa Guide, Ayush Wellness Spa offers a combination of authentic Ayurvedic therapies and luxurious spa treatments. An Ayurvedic physician works with Indian and Western therapists to provide consultations and treatments and share with you the teachings of this timeless tradition enabling you to develop practices that will help restore and maintain mind and body. The concept is authentic in an environment that advocates a healthy lifestyle, enriching both physical and emotional wellbeing. W: www.defrance.co.uk T: +44 (0) 1534 614 171 Hotel de France, St. Saviour’s Road, St Helier

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AUGRÉ PHYSIOTHERAPY

A small and friendly practice, Augré Physiotherapy is based at the Lido Medical Centre. Their experienced team of physiotherapists have the ability to treat all musculoskeletal conditions and each are qualified in their own sub-speciality of physiotherapy. They specialise in knee and shoulder complaints. They also offer Pilates led by a qualified Physiotherapist and Personal Trainer. Classes are limited to just five people and conducted in a fully equipped gym. W: www.augrephysiotherapy.com E: info@augrephysiotherapy.com T: +44 (0) 1534 280 010

BALANCE - THE WELLBEING SUPERMARKET

Based on the first floor above Alliance Tesco at Walker House, Halkett Street, Balance has one of the largest ranges of healthy foods in a dedicated store, conveniently located in the heart of St Helier. We offer customers the latest products and trends that are competitively priced, empowering them to make healthy choices. There is an extensive range of gluten and dairy free products, healthy store cupboard essentials, specialist sports nutrition ranges, as well as natural body care products and lots more. W: www.balance.je E: balance@alliance.gg T: +44 (0)1534 679 580 93


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CLUB SOULGENIC

Jersey's first fully integrated fitness and wellness centre. Set in an impressive space over three floors, it provides a range of products and services incorporating fitness, nutrition, general health and mind body. The club includes collaborations with the island’s foremost wellness professionals, providing a community that motivates and rewards members on their journey to optimum health and wellbeing. Club Soulgenic. So much more than a gym. OPEN NOW W: www.clubsoulgenic.co.uk E: info@clubsoulgenic.co.uk T: +44 (0) 1534 733 080

ENERGETIX at UP AND ABOVE

Energetix combines sophisticated exclusive jewellery with the power of magnets. People wear the jewellery because they are fascinated by its radiance and want to have the power of magnets in their immediate vicinity all the time. All the jewellery and accessories have the same purpose, to give us moments of wellbeing in our daily life and each of these moments tells us we are on the right track. Designs for women, men, children and a great sports look. T: +44 (0) 1534 758 808 Up and Above, 50 Don Street, St Helier Order online at www.upandabovejersey.energetix.tv

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ELAN VITAL MIND BODY HEALTH

Elan Vital Mind Body Health offers unique therapies and techniques creating transformational lifestyle change in women's mind, body, emotional health. Emma Cooper specialises in Energy Psychology, and mind-body consciousness medicine; META-Health Analysis, Advanced EFT (tapping), Psychology, and META Kinetics Kinesiology - Relieve and reduce symptoms, physical pain, anxiety, depression, trauma and stress. Embrace optimum health, vitality and wellbeing. Be inspired and live more of what we love each day. Book by consultation. Member of BPS, Accredited (IMMA), Insured. W: www.elanmindbodyhealth.co.uk E: emma@elanmindbodyhealth.co.uk T: +44 (0)7700 812 726

GRAND JERSEY HOTEL & SPA

A subterranean haven, The Spa at Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa offers a wealth of amenities. Stretch out in the pool; lay back in the sauna; release your cares with an aromatherapy steam, or under the cascade of an exotic adventure shower. Then revel in your solitude in the comfort of the exquisite relaxation lounge, where you can sample fruit and herbal teas. The Spa offers the ultimate cocooned experience, with a range of VIP, twin and single treatment rooms, indoor heated pool and bespoke treatments from Elemis to ensure quality and results. W: www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/grandjersey E: spa.grandjersey@handpicked.co.uk T:  +44 (0) 1534 288 450 Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey


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HEALTHHAUS

Healthhaus have created a community where the focus is on supporting members with a healthy, happy and sustainable approach to fitness and wellbeing. The award winning Milon Circuit uses your personalised programme to give simple, safe and results driven workouts in just 35 minutes, leaving plenty of time for a dip in the luxurious Ayush Wellness Spa.   Why not contact the membership team to arrange a tour of the club and to find out how Milon training can be incorporated seamlessly into your day. They look forward to taking your fitness personally. W: www.healthhaus.co.uk E: membership@healthhaus.co.uk T: +44 (0)1534 614 800

HOTEL DE FRANCE

HEALTH POINT CLINIC

Lorna Jackson Acupuncture 1st BSc (Hons), MBAcC, AFN. Traditional acupuncture is more than pain management, treating headaches or back pain, it is uniquely suited to modern life as physical, emotional and mental blocks are seen as interdependent. Acupuncture is safe, gentle and it can be used by everyone, including babies, during pregnancy, sports enthusiasts and the elderly.  Lorna operates from her clinics in The Lido Medical Centre and Greencliff Chiropractic Clinic. Most private health insurers cover acupuncture treatment. Please check before treatment.

W: www.healthpointclinic.co.uk E: lornajackson@healthpointclinic.co.uk T: +44 (0) 1534 852 039 (Greencliff Chiropractic) T: +44 (0) 1534 859 348 (Lido Medical Centre)

HUMAN HEALTH

The Ayush Wellness Spa at the Hotel offers swimming pools, sauna, steam room, treatment rooms and an extensive fitness centre. Parking and Wi-Fi are free. A friendly but professional welcome is assured.

Fuelled with passion, experience and a vision for health and vitality, Human Health Chiropractic offers expertise in chiropractic, massage and lifestyle advice facilitating rapid change and transformation within the human body. Using thorough analysis, specific correction and our unique knowledge, we tailor health care dedicated to enable you to fully experience your body’s potential. Allow us to introduce you to your “neuro spinal organ” - Your only gateway between brain to body and its true importance for your health and life.

St Saviour’s Road, St Helier, Jersey JE1 7XP W: www.defrance.co.uk E: general@defrance.co.uk T: +44 (0) 1534 614 000

1st Floor, St Peters Medical Centre, Coop Grand Marche W: www.humanhealthcentre.com E: hi@humanhealthcentre.com T: +44 (0) 1534 747 833

A 126 bedroom four star Hotel conveniently located just outside of St.Helier. Dine in the informal brasserie style Garden View Restaurant overlooking award winning gardens or at the fine dining ‘Saffrons’ Restaurant, renowned for local produce prepared with healthy Indian spices.

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JERSEY SPORT

Jersey Sport exists to lead, champion and enable participation and excellence in sport, whilst encouraging active living for all in Jersey. It offers a wide range of ways to be active; the Active Referral programme helps people with an underlying health issue to access activity with the support of qualified instructors. Other programmes include walking football for older adults and a wide range of after school and holiday programmes for children. The team also run physical literacy programmes in schools designed to teach movement skills, and they deliver the schools swimming programme. W: www.jerseysport.je E: info@jerseysport.je T: +44 (0) 1534 449 617 Based at the Main Pavilion, FB Fields, St Clement

SILKWORTH CHARITY GROUP

We provide hope for those that suffer with drug and/ or alcohol addiction, together with support for families and significant others. Our services are available to anyone in our local community, through statutory or personal referral, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay or not. These include; Residential Treatment Programme, Family Programme, Recovery Day Programme, Secondary Care Programme, Children’s ( 7 to 12 year old ) Programme, Workplace Education Programme, and our Schools Programme. W: www.silkworthlodge.co.uk E: info@silkworthlodge.co.uk T: +44 (0) 1534 729 060

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Learning Support: Enhance reading, writing and mathematics, improve memory and study skills. Health Support: Ease the mind, release stress, address physical symptoms and improve health. How? Reflex Stimulation, Aromatherapy Massage, Health Kinesiology, Acupressure, Reflexology, Sound Therapy, Counselling. WBW Reader Offer: 10% discount for March 2018 appointments. Skype sessions available. W: www.shalbecklifecentre.com E: claire@shalbeckcentre.com T: +44 (0) 7797 714758 Claire +44 (0) 7829 856976 Juanita 25 Pier Road, St Helier, Jersey Also monthly at Avenue Clinic, Guernsey

TAP IT BETTER

Tap It Better is the brainchild of advanced practitioner Yolanda Sáez Castelló MSc and combines Emotional Freedom Technique and Thought Field Therapy for comprehensive treatment of anxiety, stress, phobias, physical pain, performance nerves and much more. Tap Away the Tiger workshops, Tapping In Schools and private/ family sessions also available. AAMET member and fully insured. Skype sessions also available. W: www.tapitbetter.com E: Yolanda@tapitbetter.com T: +44 (0) 7700 788 870 FB: www.facebook.com/justtapitbetter 97


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THE DIAMOND BODY PILATES STUDIO

Marilyn has a unique approach to teaching through her study of the Franklin Methode in Switzerland. The Franklin Methode was a three year study of anatomy in breathing and movement and with this knowledge she teaches Pilates on equipment designed by Joseph Pilates at her studio at Fort Regent. All classes and personal training is by appointment only. Suitable for both men and women regardless of age or ability. E: mwardpilates@gmail.com T: +44 (0) 1534 724 771 or Mobile +44 (0) 7797 717 803

THE FOODSTATE COMPANY

Naturally Good The Foodstate Company exists to provide the finest range of food-based supplements created in the most natural and healthy form available. Because their nutrients are created as foods you can be confident that your body can absorb, use and retain them naturally. At a time when farm soils are desperately deplete of the essential nutrients that give us our health, their foodbased supplements provide the perfect alternative to better health and a stronger immunity. Follow them on Facebook for daily health tips! W: www.thefoodstatecompany.com E: enquiries@thefoodstatecompany.com T: +44 (0) 1534 855 280

TRAVEL COUNSELLORS

VANILLA HEALTH & BEAUTY

Your personal Travel Counsellor will give you the very best, hassle free travel advice so you can just relax and recuperate, or explore and discover.

Our wide range of services include Facial and Body Treatments, Waxing, Eyebrow & Eyelash Treatments, Make-Up, Manicure & Pedicure services, Tanning, Holistic & Sports Massage Therapy, Public & Private Yoga Classes.

Your Travel Counsellor is an expert travel planner who will take the time to get to know you and tailor your perfect travel plans whether you're looking for a weekend escape, a business trip, a faraway adventure, precious family time together, or the most romantic honeymoon.

W: www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/sandrine.martin E: Sandrine.martin@travelcounsellors.com T: +44 (0) 7797 836 874

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Bringing you total body and mind wellness. As well as offering Beauty Therapy treatments, we also offer wellness treatments such as Yoga Therapy for men and women of all levels and ages.

W: www.vanillahealthandbeauty.com E: contact@vanillahealthandbeauty.com T: +44 (0) 1534 619 801 1st Floor, 5 Charing Cross, St Helier


WellBeing World Spring 2018  
WellBeing World Spring 2018