How was a stay at home mother with no formal business training and not a lot of cash able to start one of Australia’s most successful private companies? According to Fernwood Fitness Founder and refreshingly humble entrepreneur Diana Williams, it was just good, old fashioned hard work. From modest beginnings in a Bendigo schoolroom nearly 30 years ago, she would turn her first female-only health club into a nationwide enterprise of some 68 clubs, with over 2,000 employees.
People are often uncomfortable around vegans — jokes Catherine Carr, adding that they are often viewed with trepidation as if on conversion mission, seeking unquestioning followers for their new religion. The Sydney-based Counsellor and Vegan Food Coach has long believed in the use of food as medicine but is mindful of the fact that each person is on their own food journey, and we can’t always be so dogmatic about our diet — life gets busy, and it needs to be lived.
Wholefoods and macrobiotic chef Holly Davis, was busy preserving and fermenting long before kimchi made its way onto restaurant menus, and kombucha became the drink of choice for health nuts. The co-founder of one of Sydney’s most successful wholefoods outlets Iku, Holly has just published her second book Ferment – a homage to her ethos that one of the most primary relationships in our lives is what we nourish our bodies with. And if you’re not enjoying it, then you’re simply ripping yourself off.
Meditation, mindfulness, yoga – the chatter around all this curated relaxation can often leave one feeling, frankly, stressed. And up until recently admitting to being a meditator branded you as being one of those ‘spiritual’ types. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but for others seeking a low-tech, now scientifically backed way to help manage the stresses of life and improve their emotional health, meditation could be just the thing.
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