Wellbeing bloggers

Green Lifestyle magazine

We spoke to five inspirational women bloggers who emphasise wellbeing and simplicity. They told us at the start of the year how they plan to live out 2013.

Wellbeing Sarah Wilson

"My big tip is just to avoid the shops, that way you won’t buy in the first place. if you get out of the habit of going to the shops, you do actually consume less," says Sarah Wilson.

Wellbeing Jessica Ainscough

"Stop eating chemicals! Once you do that, you can eat as much as you want and not worry about putting on weight or harming your health," advises Jessica Ainscough.

Wellbeing Jo Hegarty

Jo Hegarty says, "Think about every choice you make and ask yourself, is there a better way? A healthier option?"

Wellbeing Maria Hannaford

"Don’t chase happiness, it will come out of creating meaning in your life," says Maria Hannaford.

Wellbeing Tricia Hogbin

"Set aside time each day to connect with your family and nature," says Tricia Hobin.

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Living simply, living green and living healthy and well. More often than not they’re the package deal. We spoke to five women who make it their business each and every day to blog on how they live their lives with an emphasis on wellbeing and simplicity.

Sarah Wilson www.sarahwilson.com.au
Journalist, blogger and author of the e-book i Quit Sugar, Sarah talks about the benefits of a morning routine and simplifying in the right way.

“I will look after myself this year by going about my day more gently. To me, wellness is about your mind and body coming back to a centred position, and trying to manage struggling influences into balance. I think these days that means not getting caught up in the frenzy of life – toxic foods and toxic lifestyles; such as those with too much noise, too much pollution, and too many stimulants – it throws us away from that centre.

“From doing my blog, all the columns I’ve written, and interviewing lots of different people – from the Dalai Lama to Richard Branson and Louise Hay to Deepak Chopra – one thing that I find that everyone who is truly well has in common is a morning routine.

Having a process in the morning really sets people up for the day and always gets them off to a good start. Most people do exercise in the morning, but meditation is also good. Then, do your most important work first and don’t get caught up in emails and social media until you’ve done some solid, creative work in the morning.

“I get a bit upset when people who are trying to simplify their lives and live low impact do big clean outs. In effect, they’re often throwing away perfectly good stuff instead of just taking the approach that they’re going to consume less. My approach that I think is far more ‘eco’ is to just consume less. For example, I don’t buy another tin of tomatoes until I’ve run out. I don’t buy another zucchini until I’ve used all of the vegetables in the crisper. Don’t throw out clothing just to go out and buy more – reuse the things you haven’t worn for a while.”

Jessica Ainscough www.thewellnesswarrior.com.au
After a complete overhaul of her lifestyle, Jessica, aka the Wellness Warrior, now treats her body as the temple that it is.

“I will look after myself this year by treating myself kindly. Wellbeing to me means making all decisions from a place of self kindness and self respect. I’ve gone through a lot of stages. In my past lifestyle I had no idea how to take care of myself, so all I ate was processed food, I couldn’t cook, so I figured if it was convenient and low fat I would eat it. I would have a very high stress job thinking that I had to get ahead in this career ladder, and it was all very competitive and very superficial, but I was thinking that my job was what defines me.

“I got really sick and decided to make lifestyle changes to heal myself. But I realised that I couldn’t keep doing all these things that I was doing out of fear of dying from cancer. So I turned it all around and I start treating my body kindly with respect because I wanted to do these things, not because I’m so scared of what will happen if I don’t do them. My whole lifestyle has gone from being something that I feel like I should be doing to something that I absolutely love doing. A good lifestyle is one that is taking an empowered approach and realising that you do have control over your health and happiness and ultimately your life.

“Our bodies aren’t designed to consume chemicals – so it’s important to feed them with living food, and take time every day to go within to be still and to spend time with yourself. Start small by building a really strong foundation of self love. If you’re constantly criticising yourself and beating yourself up, then you’re not going to be able to find what lights you up naturally, and you’re going to be making decisions based on what other people like, not what you like.

“My whole lifestyle naturally is low impact and ecofriendly. Everything in our house is toxin-free, all of our food is organic, all of my beauty and cleaning products are all totally natural or organic. I think the biggest solution if you want to live with as little impact as possible is just to live as closely aligned with mother nature as you can.

“I can cop a lot of criticism on my blog and it used to get to me. I used to start to self-sabotage, but I’ve learnt not to let those vicious comments influence me. I figure it’s because my message is creating an impact, and it’s threatening some people or causing them to look at parts of themselves that maybe they don’t like.”

Jo Hegarty www.downtoearthmother.com
Family life can be hectic, but Jo is one of the happiest, healthiest and most sustainable parents we’ve ever met.

“I look after myself by avoiding caffeine, drinking heaps of water, choosing only all-natural toiletries and cleaning products and hugging my babies and husband as often as they’ll let me.

“I believe we are at the beginning of a huge shift. I believe that our children will live more considerately on this earth and their children more so, and so on. As parents it is our job to get the ball rolling. Nothing upsets me more than seeing an overweight mother and her chubby children in the line for fast food. It breaks my heart. The woman is making a bad choice for herself and for her child, and the cycle of poor food and bad health continues.

“The most common mistake people make when trying to live a low eco-impact lifestyle is too much too soon. Switching to a more sustainable lifestyle should be a process rather than a huge radical change. If you try to do it all at once, it seems expensive and overwhelming. I recommend you change one thing at a time. Start to incorporate more organic food in your diet. Grow herbs. Replace your toxic household products one by one. Buy second hand wherever possible. Get a worm farm. Before you know it, these changes will become the norm and you’ll have revolutionised your whole lifestyle.

“To be honest, my life is often pretty hectic. I spend a lot of time making dough, collecting food from various sources, including my wonderful Food Connect box, scouring op shops and reading ingredients in the supermarket. It does take more effort to live this way and when I’m on my fifteenth trip down the back stairs to hang nappies or empty the compost bin, I sometimes wonder why I make life so much harder for myself! But then I look around my home and see that my kids are growing up in a healthy environment, or I put a meal on the table and realise I know every ingredient in it, and that they’re all organic and/or sustainable.

“The best thing about blogging is that I can air my opinions and thoughts without pushing them down people’s throats. When people are ready, there’s all this information waiting for them on my blog about eco living, healthy eating and mindful mothering. And it’s a two-way street, I get so much knowledge back in return.”

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