Bounce back from life’s challenges and disappointments.

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2020 was a challenging and disappointing year. It’s likely that you experienced a personal setback. Whether you lost a job, contracted COVID, or were isolated from a loved one — 2020 probably sucked in more ways than one.

But how did you respond to your difficult experience? Did you face it with strength and mental toughness or did you crumble under the pressure? Research suggests that many of us greatly overestimate our level of mental and emotional resilience, which is problematic when attempting to navigate a crisis or an illness.

2020 certainly tested my resilience. I was separated from my…

A kinder, more mindful strategy to achieve goals.

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We’ve all been there. We set a new year’s resolution just to break it in a matter of days and then curse ourselves for lacking the self-discipline to commit to making a change. Falling off the bandwagon can be difficult to accept. It often leads us to abandon the pursuit of our goals altogether. In fact, research suggests that 80 percent of new year’s resolutions fail by February.

This is a widely referenced statistic and with good reason — our rigid approach to goal setting and personal growth is not serving us. We all want to meet the expectations that…

We all need more meaningful connections in our lives.

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If there was ever a good time to talk about loneliness, it’s now. Research suggests we are in the midst of a loneliness epidemic. COVID-19 has certainly pushed the topic into the spotlight with millions of us physically disconnected from loved ones. Even the most outgoing humans are temporarily living like hermits.

However, this isn’t (another) COVID story. Loneliness has been rising steadily in the West long before the virus came along. Most Americans are lonely, as are 45% of adults in England, and in Australia, where I live, one in four adults are lonely. …

How to thrive while working from home

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Working from home has received a lot of negative press since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The headlines say burnout, isolation, and stress are on the rise and a mental health crisis is looming.

In March, as millions of people around the world set up makeshift desks in their homes, it was unimaginable that eight months later we would still be here and working harder than ever. The statistics suggest that the average workday has increased by 3 hours in the same period.

Overnight homes became a hybrid place for work and rest. Coupled with the uncertainty and fear…

Your body’s unique — build a diet to fuel it

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Having recently finished a pretty intense treatment plan to cure chronic IBS, I have emerged on the other side with a healthier gut and some useful tips and tricks for building a diet that works for your body with its own unique needs.

When I talk about diet, I am not referring to a particular eating plan (such as the keto diet) but the foods that you put into your mouth every single day.

There isn’t a cookie-cutter approach to finding foods that are both good for your body and…

The truth about restoring your gut health

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For years I have suffered from chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Extreme bloating, bouts of diarrhea, food sensitivities, fatigue and brain fog became part of my daily existence.

It all started after I contracted a parasite from an unknown source. Although I successfully treated the infection with a couple of rounds of antibiotics, my IBS didn’t go away. My gut health was rapidly deteriorating and I felt more unwell and frustrated than ever.

To investigate further, I underwent a series of tests including stool tests, blood tests, food intolerance tests and even a colonoscopy and endoscopy, but the examining only…

Improve your physical & mental health

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Have you slumped into some unhealthy eating habits during the COVID-19 lock down and need to get back on track? Are you suffering from gut issues, but don’t know what’s triggering the discomfort?

Regardless of the specific diet challenges that you’re facing, a food journal is a useful tool to get a handle on your eating patterns. Taking note of what you eat and drink over the course of the day will bring more control, order, and structure to your daily routine.

I recently worked through an extensive treatment plan for chronic IBS and a food journal was an invaluable…

Understand this function of the gut to beat the bloat

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Gut by Giulia Enders is one of the most interesting books that I have read this year. As a long-time IBS sufferer, I am obsessed with gut health and finding new ways to optimize my own digestive system. In the book, the author provides the lowdown on the inner working of the gut and deciphers information for ordinary people that is often reserved for scientific journals. The author refers to the gut as, “our body’s most underrated organ”, and with good reason; there are many secrets to unearth including a lesser-known function of the gut that helps control bloating.


Let’s talk shit!

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I was hesitant to write this post. Colonics or colon hydrotherapy — the process of flushing the colon with water to remove waste — is a somewhat controversial topic. There’s an abundance of information online about the risks of undergoing treatment — much of it written by people that have never actually had a colonic.

Having recently been through a complex treatment plan for long-standing IBS, of which a weekly colonic was a part of the healing process, I want to share my personal experience of the procedure and how it helped to relieve some of my symptoms.

I will…

And what you can do about it

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It was a year or two before my thirtieth birthday when I first noticed that something was wrong. I was slowly gaining weight, my stomach was constantly bloated and tiredness and irritability were becoming a daily challenge. At first, I put the physical changes down to my metabolism slowing down as I neared the end of my twenties, but I hadn’t made any significant changes to my diet, so what was causing these symptoms and constant discomfort?

It wasn’t until a number of years later (along with many tests and a lot of experimentation with my diet) that my nutritionist…

Melissa Thompson-Pettitt

Notes on well-being and thoughtful living from Sydney, Australia.

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