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How To Take The Perfect Road-Trip To The NSW Central Coast

The Central Coast region of New South Wales is quintessential Australia. Dotted with surfy towns and glorious beaches along a pristine stretch of protected national park coastline, it’s the kind of Australia you see on postcards.

Don’t plan a trip there as a stop-off, there’s a holidays-worth of places to really sink your teeth into – including (but not limited to) the following recommendations, for TDF-approved places to eat, drink, sleep, shop and see!

Collecting Materials And Memories On Minjerribah With Delvene Cockatoo Collins

To make your way across to spectacular Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island, Queensland), you have to take a short ferry ride. A brief stroll away from the arrival port in Dunwich, you’ll find Delvene Cockatoo Collins’ bright, beautiful shop.

Delvene Cockatoo Collins is a Quandamooka woman and artist living in Minjerribah. From her little store she sells a range of screen printed homewares, ceramics, stationary, and garments that tell the stories of her family and culture. In her personal art practice, she uses materials and knowledge passed down over generations.

In a holiday place where many people come and go, Delvene’s art practice and store are a grounding presence. We were lucky to spend some time in her special place, to learn more about her work.

Improve Your Diet in the New Year with These Four Simple Resolutions

FOODImprove Your Diet in the New Year with These Four Simple Resolutions

Improve Your Diet in the New Year with These Four Simple Resolutions

These four diet resolutions are achievable individually. And if you’re feeling up for a challenge, why not adopt a few?

If you’re into making New Year’s resolutions, chances are one of your goals is to eat a more varied and healthier diet. Unfortunately, most of us know all too well how easy it is to forget about those resolutions soon after we make them.

Oftentimes we fail at keeping our resolutions because they’re unrealistic, and when we aren’t making the progress we’d hoped for we become discouraged.

The following four diet resolutions are achievable individually. And if you’re feeling up for a challenge, why not adopt a few? Or slowly add a new one into your life each month. Who says resolutions are just for New Year’s anyway?

Be mindful
Avoid watching television or using any other distracting electronic gadget while eating; breathe deeply before you dig in; give thanks for the food on your plate; and eat consciously by chewing longer, eating slower, and savouring the flavours. These mindful eating techniques will make you more aware of the food you are ingesting, a key pillar in weight loss.

Think low
Low on the glycemic index, that is. The glycemic index (GI) ranks different carbohydrates based on their affect on blood glucose levels. Foods low on the GI are ideal, producing the smallest blood glucose fluctuations. Choosing foods low on the glycemic index, such as fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and legumes, will reduce your risk of diabetes and potentially lead to weight loss.

Drink up
There’s a lot of debate about how much water one should drink. But a good rule to live by is to drink when you’re thirsty. If we do not keep ourselves hydrated, we may experience symptoms such as fatigue, disrupted digestion, achy joints, and dry skin. Plus, drinking more water may help to curb weight gain and even promote weight loss, according to a recent study.

Taste the rainbow
No, we don’t mean upping your intake of skittles, but rather the variety of colourful local bounty that each season brings us. Take for example fibre- and chlorophyll-rich greens such as spinach, kale, and collards. Or carrots, sweet potatoes, and cantaloupe, all brimming with health-promoting carotenoids. Generally speaking, the fruits and veggies with the darkest, richest colours are more highly concentrated with nutrients.

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