• Health Matters,  Life Day By Day

    ENGAGEMENT

    When I hear the word engagement my first thought goes to a couple who are planning to marry. However, the word engagement means much more than committing yourself to another in marriage. I am sure you would agree? We can be engaged in work, play, an activity, enjoyable or mundane. However, when we are “fully engaged” in what we are doing other things become unimportant. We are totally in the “zone”. Concentrating solely and fully on the task at hand enables us to shut out other things happening around us. It is extremely important for those who trim trees! When I am fully engaged in an activity I wonder where…

  • Health Matters,  Life Day By Day

    Fake honey

    It is all over the news and everyone is talking about fake honey. Is one of Australia’s favourite honey producers fooling consumers? Capilano claim their honey is 100% honey. Who is telling the truth? We are yet to find out whether Allowrie Mixed Blossom Honey produced by Capilano is the real thing? Until recently we would regularly buy the Mixed Blossom Honey. While all the buzz is about honey, fake honey is not a new subject. The matter came up a few years ago in 2016 when a Victorian bee keep Simon Mulvany took Capilano to court. Mulvany claimed that Capilano were using imported honey and passing this off as…

  • Health Matters,  Self-Care

    In bed with Andrea

    Yes, I am spending more and more time in bed with Andrea. My One&Only (O&O) knows what is happening and he is okay with it all. I enjoy a relaxed night in bed when I have Andrea singing me to sleep. I know what you are thinking – what is going on with Kathryn and her O&O? From time to time I lay awake at night, thinking about anything and everything! People I’ve met, places I’ve been, things I’ve done or haven’t done! However, once Andrea starts singing I soon drift off to sleep. It all started back in 1999 when I travelled to Cairns for work. Back and forth…

  • Health Matters,  Life Wise Hints

    National Heart Foundation Tick

    When I spoke about the National Heart Foundation Tick recently with my sister Debbie, she told me it was no longer trustworthy. I was astonished to hear this and decided to investigate. The National Heart Foundation Tick has been a trusted symbol since 1989. It was the most recognised food labelling program for 26 years. That is, until December 2015 when the heart foundation retired the tick! I was wondering what I was doing in my retirement when the tick retired? Nobody told me! Then thinking back to late 2015 it was when we moved from Maleny to Toowoomba. I was very busy unpacking in our rental house while out and…

  • Health Matters

    Increase in Health Insurance Premiums

    Health insurance premiums will increase in Australia as of tomorrow, the 1st April 2018, by 3.95% on average. The Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, announced that some insurance premiums could increase as much as 8.9%. With the continual increases in health insurance premiums there are people cancelling their cover every day and taking their chances with the public health system. If people are not cancelling their health insurance, then they are either down-grading their cover or increasing their excess. The public’s dissatisfaction with premium increases in private health insurance was clear when we went to visit our health insurer Bupa just over a week ago. There were people lined up…

  • Health Matters,  Life Day By Day,  Retirement

    Older and waiting

    We all must wait, but when you are older and waiting there is another story! When you are older, waiting can be more difficult. The longer you sit, the harder it is to get up. Of course, I am not talking about myself, I am not that old yet! But there are many people who are older than me and need help getting out of a chair or walking, either with a stick or a wheelie walker. No more was I aware of being older and waiting when I was at my ophthalmologist this week. The waiting room is long, seats all around the walls, we are all familiar with…

  • Health Matters

    A no brainer – keeping our brain young

    A no brainer is something that requires little effort. When we are young little effort usually goes into thinking about keeping our brain young! As our body ages though other organs, including our brain grow old. The brain is a very important organ, so much so that it is protected by our skull. The brain needs to keep functioning in tip-top shape as it runs our body and controls everything we do, even when asleep. While I said it is a no brainer to keep our brain young it does take some brain power and effort to look after ourselves. If we look after our brain, our brain will look…

  • Health Matters

    Digital Detox

    Have you had anyone talk to you about a digital detox lately? Are we spending too much time on our smart devices? If we are, is this the smart thing to do? We were in Mulgowie last week. Where is Mulgowie I can hear you saying? It is a small town in the Lockyer Valley, 10 kms from Laidley. The small township consists of a few houses or was that only one and the Mulgowie Hotel, no other shops! My O&O was sitting in the car, waiting for me, under a tall shady tree, 30 metres from the Hotel. A woman who lived at the house arrived home. She must…

  • Health Matters

    Life is like an onion

    Life is like an onion and our life is also full of onions. Let me explain. Peeling an onion is often used as a metaphor to explain life. We can only find what is at the centre of the onion if we peel back the layers. For example, we can use the onion metaphor in the context of learning. We learn layer by layer and finally we have grasped, or hopefully, the knowledge we need to acquire in our field of study. The onion metaphor or analogy can help us describe or understand a culture to evaluating a person for a job by exploring the different layers of knowledge, skills, behaviour…

  • Health Matters,  Life Day By Day

    Pets and our health

    It may come as no surprise that there are benefits for our health in having a pet. This could be a pet dog, cat, bird, horse, pony or like us – chickens. If you are kind to an animal, feed them well and take care of their health, the spinoff is that it is good for our health. Many animals make good companions and reward us with acceptance and unconditional love. This is what so many people are looking for today, in a world where acceptance is sometimes difficult to find. The western capitalist and consumer world is very individualistic. The focus is on self and what “I” can get…