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Choose Wellness -- October/09
October 07, 2009
Greetings all

...and welcome everyone to the October Choose Wellness newsletter - apologies for the lateness .. again! - (I've completely missed September!).

We are doing a spot of housesitting for some friends in Townsville and internet access is not quite as easy as it is at home so I'm not getting as much done as I would like - feel like I've lost an arm, actually - but maybe the break is doing me some good!

Really enjoying catching up with lots of friends that we haven't seen for many years. We lived for many years in Townsville before moving to Brisbane.

We were lucky to be here for a very spectacular Air Show and fireworks display last month - part of the 10th Birthday celebrations of the remodelling of the Townsville Strand. The parks, playgrounds, cafes and artwork that make up The Strand have made it a very attractive and well used part of the City. There are always people walking, children playing and everybody generally enjoying themselves.

Lucky also to have a great vantage point (Geoff's sister lives on one of the hills that overlook the beach) where we could view at close range the fantastic aerobatics of the RAAF Roulettes, the spectacle of the American Thunderbirds, a burn and dump by the F111 and the magnificent fireworks display.

Although the day was somewhat marred by the great pall of dust and smoke that had been enveloping the city for the previous week -- in fact it has been very bad all over the eastern coast of Australia -- it was none the less a most enjoyable and memorable day.

We even managed to go in a Hot Air Balloon that was set up by the Air Force. We only traveled up and then back down again, but as we'd never done that before we found it quite exciting.

Have been visiting the Sunday Markets while we've been in Townsville and among other things came across a great range of unique and natural skin and hair care products made from Lemon Myrtle.

Apparently as far back as 1853 the Lemon Myrtle tree was know for its high citrus content but it is only recently that its value is being realised. The essential oil distilled from the leaf has strong antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, according to research undertaken at the Charles Sturt Uiversity.

'Lemon Myrtle Fragrances' is a company that grows and harvests the lemon myrtle used in their products on their own plantation, located in the sub tropical hinterland of northern NSW. It is managed with the highest consideration being given to the local environment.

The leaves of the lemon myrtle tree are harvested and the essential fragrant oil is distilled and incorporated into their unique product range. Their products are formulated by specialists to be gentle yet effective, using only the highest quality natural ingredients.

The range of products includes shampoo and conditioner, cleaners and moisturizers, shower gel and soaps, air freshener, deodorant and antiseptic insect protection.

Have tried and liked the deodorant and have been particularly pleased with the soap. In the summer I sometimes develop a heat rash which is hard to move. I was advised that the soap might help & sure enough it took all the redness & itchiness away and eased my skin considerably. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the products.

One of the biggest reasons people give for not exercising is lack of time. In order to ensure you are getting enough physical activity, schedule it as you would any other important appointment.

But! ... I do hope you don't have this problem.

"I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour but,... By the time I got my leotards on, the class was over." Fun Shopping

I don't know many people who don't like 'shopping' especially if they can get a 'bargain'! There are still some people who are unsure about shopping on the internet but here are some interesting figures to show that buying habits are changing.

There have been more than 1,000,000 new internet users each day in the last 10 months. So, OK, that doesn't mean everyone is shopping - but it sure looks like the trend is growing.

This is a good reason why the excitement is mounting as DubLi is about to launch in Australia. Already those who got in early as licensees are reaping huge benefits (Trevor Chatham in his fifth month in the business made $120,000) and it's not too late to get a piece of the action.

But...if you're not looking for an investment that can't lose, you can still join in the fun when the auctions start in Australia later this month. I will send some FREE CREDITS to you all as soon as shopping is available in Australia.

For those of you not in Australia, you don't have to wait. If I haven't already forwarded some credits to you, I will do so soon. Go to and start shopping. On the site you'll find an Xpress auction where the price keeps going down until someone clicks the 'BUY NOW' button (you'll need your credits to reveal the current price), a Unique Bid auction where the lowest unique bid wins, ... and a huge shopping mall where you can buy from all your favourite stores at a discount price and receive reward points for doing so.

To my mind this is just like having your own store which is jam packed with just about anything that you could want to buy. Sit in comfort, no traffic, no fighting with crowds, no trolley pushing and guaranteed best prices.

According to a U.S. Surgeon General Report on Nutrition and Health, what we eat may affect our risk for several of the leading causes of death for Americans, notably the degenerative diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. All together, these disorders now account for more than 2/3 of deaths in the U.S.

Green Smoothie Challenge

Everyone knows that to create radiant health we need to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables and less processed foods. The question is “why are so few doing it? The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that at least 2.7 million lives could be saved each year if fruit and vegetable consumption increased. Their research has found that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Despite widespread knowledge of the importance of fruits and vegetables only 32% of adults consume at least two servings of fruit per day and only 27% eat three or more servings of vegetables per day. So what’s the problem? Put simply, our society has become conditioned and addicted to the over-consumption of easily-available, stimulating, highly-processed foods, leaving many people disempowered regarding their food choices and susceptible to declining health.

Perhaps you'd like to be part of a radical, positive change in the health, nutrition and well-being of the global community?

You can be part of the change and help yourself to better health by joining the Green Smoothie Challenge @ The challenge is to 'go organic' and give your body the very best nutrition possible by whizzing up a green smoothie and drinking it each day for 14 days.

Accept the challenge and you will receive daily emails with instructions, recipes and inspiration.

Remember that I love to receive your questions, comments or requests so please contact me if you have anything you'd like to contribute or any questions.

Until then keep well and remember

'healthy cells = healthy bodies'


'be well ... bHip


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