10 ways to improve your heart health

Christina ReynoldsUncategorized

  This week is Heart Week and the focus this year is on the benefits of physical activity on heart health.  The Heart Foundation has a wealth of information on their website at www.heartfoundation.org.au/campaigns/heartweek. Changing your food intake can also help improve your heart health and reduce your risk of heart disease.  Here are my top 10 ways that you … Read More

Compassion Focused Therapy Explained – by Shannon Moule, Clinical Psychologist

Christina ReynoldsPsychology, Self-Compassion, Uncategorized

 The Dalai Lama often stresses that if you want others to be happy – focus on compassion; if you want to be happy yourself – focus on compassion (Dalai Lama 1995, 2001)   Around the same time last year I wrote an article on a therapeutic approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  In that article I focused on explaining … Read More

Art and music therapy are fun, creative ways to help your recovery – written by Michelle Peterson from Recovery Pride

Christina ReynoldsUncategorized

Michelle Peterson, who has been in recovery for several years, has approached us at Zest Infusion to help spread the word about how art therapy can help people suffering from addiction in their recovery process.  Michelle has started her own website RecoveryPride.org to help eliminate the stigma placed on those who struggle with addiction. Her site emphasizes that the journey to sobriety should … Read More

Using food as a reward – not a recipe for success by Tania Logan, Dietitian and Diabetes Educator

Christina ReynoldsDietetics, Dietetics & Diabetes Education

I was at an athletics carnival a few years ago, and heard a child boasting that she would be allowed to have one dessert over the coming week for every personal best she achieved in her events that day. I was absolutely astounded, but I probably shouldn’t have been. While the details are not always the same, this situation is … Read More

How to stay MOTIVATED to achieve your New Year’s resolutions – Shannon Moule, Clinical Psychologist

Ilze Groblergeneral, Psychology

This time of year brings about reflection of what has been and hope for a better tomorrow. For some of you this has transitioned into setting yourself goals (i.e., new year resolutions) to take action to achieve something that is of importance to your life. This may be to lose weight, get fitter, climb a mountain, start dating again, socialising … Read More

Navigating the Christmas holidays with mindful intention

Christina Reynoldsspecial events

In the last few weeks conversation has slowly moved to the topic of Christmas and how we will celebrate this year. Some people have clear plans, others don’t and some wish they did. Some people are able to create their perfect day and others have to accommodate family and friends. On top of individual ideas about Christmas there is also … Read More

Mindful Eating – by Tania Logan (Dietitian and Diabetes Educator)

Christina ReynoldsDietetics & Diabetes Education, Mindfulness Meditation

Our relationship with food is integral to our health and wellbeing. Interestingly, it also reflects our attitudes to our self and our environment. In today’s society, an unhealthy relationship with food is very common for many people. How healthy is your relationship with food? • Do you ever make food choices based around a set of rules rather than what … Read More

Mindful Beetroot Soup – by Tania Logan (Dietitian and Diabetes Educator)

Christina ReynoldsDietetics, Dietetics & Diabetes Education, Recipes

I enjoy watching children creating healthy relationships with food and truly connecting with the food they eat.  The year 6 students at our local primary school have been looking after the vegetable garden this year, with the help and guidance of a very generous staff member.  There are a group of them that can be found there most lunch times, … Read More

Hypnotherapy – working with the subconscious

Christina Reynoldsgeneral, Psychology

Most people – when asked to think about hypnosis – will probably find that it brings to mind the classic image of a stage hypnotist putting people ‘to sleep’, and then making them do something outrageous. I think you will find yourself nodding in agreement at this. So, the question then is – what does hypnosis have to do with … Read More