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Below are some resources I hope you will find useful in your endeavour to optimise your life and become a healthier and happier you. I’d love to hear your comments, questions and feedback or suggestions for more resources to include here, so please drop me a line and feel free to check back here any time.
Disclaimer: Common sense would tell us that no website can replace the diagnostic skills of an experiences health professional. If you believe you may have a medical condition, the below can merely be considered educational and not an effective means of diagnosis or treatment. You should see your chosen primary healthcare professional who will develop a treatment-plan suitable to you. If you feel like the below could help, please discuss this with your therapist before incorporating anything here into your health-routine. If you choose to use the below suggestions, you are doing so of your own accord and knowing that I cannot be held liable for any resulting ill-effects.
Restoring good sleep.
Good restful sleep is vital for health and happiness and can be hard to come by. Numerous factors in today’s busy life-styles oppose the notion of enough deep restorative sleep. In fact, 9% of Australian adults are reported to suffer from diagnosed sleep disorders. Luckily, it is often possible to restore good sleep within one to two weeks by addressing but a small number of life-style factors described here. It is worthwhile keeping a sleep journal with which to track what changes have made the biggest difference to your sleep. Record details such as (1) time of dinner and what you ate (2) how often you got up to go to the toilet and so on.
Eating for health and
Navigating the many conflicting recommendations on what and how to eat can be dazzling. Here are two simple guidelines to healthy eating which will make an impact and are easy to incorporate into your life-style.
A great general guide is: “If it comes from a plant, eat it. If it’s made in a plant, don’t.” This means: Avoid processed foods where possible, eat a diet rich in plant-based foods and include fresh (uncooked) items where possible. Processed foods are not foods like your home-made hummus or smoothies just because food-processing equipment was used in their preparation. Processed foods are those which have been affected by a series of mechanical or chemical processes to refine and change them so as to alter their original properties or to preserve them. It is worth noting that, in a 2015 report, the World Health Organisation officially classified processed meat as cancer causing.
Avoid over-eating. Most of us know what the point of satiety feels like. It is the feeling of being full which we usually experience and often ignore. This is in part due to the prevalent offering and normalisation of oversized meals by restaurants and fast food chains. Overeating places unnecessary strain on our liver and digestive organs, leads to fatigue and increases mortality.
Recommended reading and watching
This is a small list of some resources by people whom I respect because they have interesting and relevant things to contribute to making us, and thereby our world, a better place.
I hope you will find them as inspiring as I did.
Simon Sinek - Why leaders eat last
Brenee Brown - Daring greatly (book)
- The power of vulnerability (Ted Talk)
Tim Ferris - The 4 hour work week (book)
Sam Harris - Waking up (Meditation App)
Drs Ayesha and Dean Sherzai - The Alzheimer’s Solution (book)
Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson - Altered Traits (book)