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No-Diet Day - Wearing the Blue Ribbon
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No-Diet Day - Wearing the Blue RibbonMay 6th was International No-Diet day, which was started in 1992 by Mary Evans, director of Diet Breakers. People around the world celebrate this day by wearing a light blue ribbon, but what exactly does the ribbon symbolise and what is this day all about? Cari Corbett-Owen from Mind Over Fatter explores.
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Blaming Others...
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Blaming Others...Right from the time we are little, we are taught to blame others for things that happen to us! Remember when we bumped our head and it was the table's fault, when Mom was late to fetch us from school, it was her fault, when we lost a book it was somebody else's fault!
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The Many Ways to Sweep
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The Many Ways to Sweep“When I was 13, my family would send me up to the mountains around the monastery to collect edible plants for our evening meal. These foraging trips were the only work I enjoyed doing. Otherwise, I tried every trick I could to avoid work on my family’s farm. I was still in school but it held no interest for me; my anger was a welcome barrier to learning anything the teacher was teaching.
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Anorexia – in the Open or in the Closet?
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Anorexia – in the Open or in the Closet?“My name is Maureen and I am an anorexic.” Actually I am not sure that every anorexic is one for life. I became anorexic way back in the days before it had a name.  I was a teenager who was not eating very much. I was taken to the family doctor who told my mother to make and or buy my favourite foods and get me to just eat a little bit at a time...
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Life After Menopause – Optimism or Oxymoron?
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Life After Menopause – Optimism or Oxymoron?The plain truth is that for most of us, menopause is a huge change.  Perhaps not all of us experience night sweats, soaking the sheets in the dark hours.  Perhaps not all of us have hot flashes or flushes and want to rip our clothes off just to get some relief… Before you go and leap off a tall building, wait, there's more.  More good stuff I mean!
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Active Learning Libraries - South Africa (ALL-SA)
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Active Learning LibraryALL-SA is a non-profit organisation operating, since 1993, as the umbrella organisation for Active Learning Toy Libraries in South Africa.  Through ALL-SA's National Resource & Training Centre, we promote the use of play materials for early stimulation, fun, relief from stress and strengthening the family unit.
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Why Vegan? A Personal Progression
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Why Vegan? A Personal Progression"We had a boar pig named Horace.  We thought he was great - until the day when he was three years old and was no longer 'useful'.  Off went Horace… Where did he go?  To be made into sausages… Horrors!!!  No more sausages for me, thank you very much! Another Vegetarian was born!" Maureen Cram takes us through her journey to becoming a Vegan.
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My Brush with Breast Cancer
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My Brush With Breast CancerFor many years I have "looked after myself".  Eating healthy foods, no animal products, exercising regularly, gynaecological checkups on a regular basis… So perhaps you can imagine how shocked I was to discover that a lump in my right breast that I had had for fifteen years suddenly changed at the beginning of 2006. I was diagnosed as having breast cancer.
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Miles for Smiles
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Miles for SmilesThis year, 2006, The Cipla Medpro Miles for Smiles Challenge has tasked chef David Grier and ecologist Braam Malherbe, to run, crawl or climb 45 km per day, six days a week over the next five months to complete the estimated 5 000km journey of the Great Wall of China. In doing so, Miles for Smiles is aiming to raise R50,000 for every 100km completed.
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Mind Over Fatter - Escaping the Dieting Cycle
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Cari Corbet-OwenCari Corbett-Owen shares her very personal journey through teenage anorexia, diet and fitness obsessions and being trapped in the mental jail of eating, body and food concerns until she came to a point where she finally felt comfortable and healthy in her body. She used what she discovered to create the highly successful non-dieting alternative - Mind Over Fatter.
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