Menstrual Hygiene Day


  May 28 marks Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD), a global platform promoting menstrual hygiene management as well as raising awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation. First celebrated in 2014, MHD organisers WASH United hope to ‘create a world in which every woman and girl can manage her menstruation in a hygienic way – wherever she is – in privacy, safety and with dignity‘. Here is why Menstruation Matters:   Menstruation Matters Worldwide Women and girls around the world need to manage their menstruation during their reproductive age. The specific challenges that women and… Continue Reading

Meal Planning for Healthy Balanced Eating


  Too many times I have spoken to people about how healthy and balanced they believe their diet to be but at closer inspection I find it is far from it. In many cases people who claim to have healthy balanced diets are eating a great range of vegetables, some fruit and lean meats but in most cases are missing grains and milk based foods. Now, there are many reasons why people would avoid these foods but the most common one is the belief they should be avoided for good health. Unfortunately, this advice is misguided and based on opinion… Continue Reading

The Light Within You


  We’ve established a false sense of identity which is not in line with who we really are. A socially constructed set of attributes, formed from a very early age from the way we have been brought up and the environment around us. Many of us grow up with the underlying belief that we are never good enough ‪— so we continually seek new diets/training/clothing/materialistic objects to make us feel better about who we are, not realising in the moment that all of this is just feeding our ego and our false sense of self. The constant pursuit of unattainable… Continue Reading

April 2018 -2


Fashion Business of Fashion Can ‘Sick-Cute’ Fashion Break Japan’s Silence on Suicide? Kati Chitrakorn, 3/4/18 ‘With garments spelling ‘I Want to Die’ and accessories like syringes and bandages, a dark offshoot of the oppressively cute ‘kawaii’ culture is addressing the hush-hush topic of depression and mental illness in Japan. ‘ Read More   Career The New Yorker What Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” Can Teach the Modern Worker Jessica Weisberg, 2/4/18 ‘Dale Carnegie treated the employee-employer relationship as a sacred, symbiotic bond. In today’s economy, work is structured more like a string of one-night stands.’ Read… Continue Reading

Does it Really Cost More to Eat Healthy?


  One of the many reasons why people don’t eat a healthier diet is because it costs more. I have never really believed this to be true so it was perfect timing when the consumer advocacy magazine, Choice, published an article in their October 2017 edition about the cost of healthy eating. One of the first points addressed in the article is the perceived cost of healthy eating and how people will choose the more expensive choice between similar products which also have the same generic health claims. A concern raised by the researchers is food marketers could take advantage… Continue Reading

Living with Endometriosis – Two Years in the Life: Keely


The month of March marks Endometriosis Awareness Month, a movement dedicated to raising worldwide awareness of this often debilitating disease affecting 1 in 10 women. On this day, exactly 12 month ago we published a set of stories of four women living with endometriosis. This year we have checked back in with those women to see how things have changed for them in in the last twelve months.   Keely, One Year Ago    I was 22 and being rushed to hospital in the back of my dad’s Subaru. I kept thinking over what had happened that day, what could’ve made… Continue Reading

Living with Endometriosis – Two Years in the Life: Tamar


The month of March marks Endometriosis Awareness Month, a movement dedicated to raising worldwide awareness of this often debilitating disease affecting 1 in 10 women. On this day, exactly 12 month ago we published a set of stories of four women living with endometriosis. This year we have checked back in with those women to see how things have changed for them in in the last twelve months.   Tamar, One Year Ago      It took me 7 years to be given the diagnosis of endometriosis. 7 years of unexplained pain, fatigue and bloating. Being diagnosed with endometriosis was life… Continue Reading

Thinking of Food… in the Long Term


  How much thought do you put into the food you’re about to put into your mouth? There’s a good chance if you are health conscious you are choosing foods which are healthy, meaning they are unprocessed, mostly plant based and includes some lean meats and whole grains. If you’re not so health conscious you’re probably selecting foods which you have always eaten and you choose these foods based on taste first and as habit second. The foods we eat are based on a range of reasons. The most common reason is for the taste. Foods which taste nice make… Continue Reading