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Sunday 17 March 2013
Health

healthy bytes: soymilk, or soymilk?

Ruby Mahoney
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Having spent the first ten years of my life as a soymilk drinker, only to have my mother refuse to buy it once I was ‘old enough to cope with the same milk as the rest of the family’, I choose soymilk now for both the taste and probably memories of childhood. It’s not for…
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Sunday 3 March 2013
Health

Healthy Bytes: Sugar-free?

Ruby Mahoney
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Dieting is bad, no duh. Carb-counting and strict food plans tend to end in fatigue, tears and ice-cream, and are not a way to ‘become more healthy’. That said, there’s been a new trend recently to go sugar-free. Not to lose weight, but to improve health and wellbeing. You can find the science of the debate here….
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Monday 18 February 2013
Health

the joys of acupuncture

Raidah Shah Idil
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Every Saturday, my husband and I go to the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SITCM) for our weekly fix – acupuncture. We are big believers in energy medicine. Antibiotics make me feel queasy, so I’m thrilled to now have a reliable way to keep me healthy. This helps me avoid taking antibiotics unless absolutely…
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Sunday 17 February 2013
Health

healthy bytes: quinoa 101

Ruby Mahoney
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Superfoods are the talk of the town right now, so I’m guessing you’ve heard or read about quinoa, the unpronounceable food that ‘looks like couscous but is supposed to be healthier’. Well, here’s everything you wanted to know. How do you say it? Quinoa is pronounced KEEN-WAH, and its strange name comes from a native South…
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Sunday 9 December 2012
Culture

healthy bytes: fyi, cricket isn’t a man’s world

Ruby Mahoney
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Seriously, women’s cricket is a thing. I didn’t know either – my only experience of girls playing cricket was in my own backyard in primary school way back when I hadn’t learnt yet that I was terrible at ball/bat/team sports. And even though every second channel on TV broadcasted international cricket this week, I bet…
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Sunday 2 December 2012
Culture

healthy bytes: the ultimate sport

Ruby Mahoney
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Hello, summer – and hello, summer sports! Not just tennis and swimming and cricket, but other sports too. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be investigating the less known summer sports of Australia and the women who play them professionally. This week, ultimate frisbee. What is ultimate frisbee? Ultimate frisbee is a non-contact team sport,…
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Sunday 18 November 2012
Culture

healthy bytes: surviving summer holidays

Ruby Mahoney
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What are your summer holiday plans? Whether you’re camping at a music festival, jetsetting to Europe or returning to your hometown, summer holidays should not be a holiday from your health! Party hard, kiss whoever you like, laze the days away – but keep in mind these age-old tips: 1. Use protection. By protection I…
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Sunday 11 November 2012
Culture

healthy bytes: recipes for bathtime

Ruby Mahoney
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I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for all things homemade. Food, clothes, gifts – and skincare/haircare products too. I love clean hair and skin as much as the next person, but I refuse to pay for chemically enhanced scrubs and treatments when I can make my own at home, minus the price…
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Sunday 4 November 2012
Culture Food

healthy bytes: to market, to market!

Ruby Mahoney
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Back before the development of franchise supermarkets and hypermarkets, people visited open-air markets to buy their fresh produce. Butchers, farmers and bakers set up stalls and sold their wares by the kilogram. Nowadays, in the midst of online shopping and pre-packaged meals, markets still draw large crowds. Try visiting the Queen Victoria Market on the…
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Sunday 28 October 2012
Food

healthy bytes: living without gluten

Ruby Mahoney
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 Do you ever feel queasy after a hot chocolate? Get a rash from eating too many strawberries? A headache after pasta? You may have a food intolerance. The milder cousin to food allergies, a food intolerance is a mild chemical reaction in the body that causes mild discomforts such as headaches, nausea or sweating. Common…
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Sunday 21 October 2012
Food

healthy bytes: goodness of garlic

Ruby Mahoney
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Apart from warding off vampires and tasting oh-so-good with cheese, what do you know about garlic? What is garlic? Garlic is a member of the lily family, and a cousin to onions, leeks, chives and shallots. Dating back 6000 years, it’s a popular food in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Known for its medicinal…
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Sunday 7 October 2012
Culture

healthy bytes: should you drink coffee?

Ruby Mahoney
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How much do you like your coffee? You can’t get up in the morning without a coffee. Or two, or three. You see coffee dates with friends as something special, but you’d never make coffee at home. You save coffee for the all-nighters before an assignment is due, just for that productive buzz. You’ll swear…
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Sunday 30 September 2012
Culture

healthy bytes: doctor internet

Ruby Mahoney
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So, you’ve got a headache. And you’re feeling tired. Reluctant to leave your bed, you reach for your laptop and log in. Headache and fatigue, you type into Google. According to SymptomChecker.com, you could have DIABETES, CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING or KIDNEY DISEASE. Sound familiar? With today’s technology, I bet you’ve diagnosed your aches and pains…
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Sunday 23 September 2012
Culture Featured

healthy bytes: spring clean your life

Ruby Mahoney
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Having survived the winter, spring is traditionally the time to rid the house of dirt, dust and cobwebs that have crept in over the cooler months. Spring cleaning typically means vacuums, open windows and elbow grease. Now, as a resident of a shoebox apartment with no floor space and a ten-centimetre square of ventilation, I’ve…
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