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A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

Books $22.99Available in the shop

500 years ago no-one died of stress: we invented this concept and now we let it rule us. We might have evolvedto be able to miraculously balance on seven-inch heels, but as far as our emotional development is concerned we're still swimming with the pond scum. If we don't advance our more human qualities then we're doomed evolution-wise to become cyborgs, with an imprint of an 'Apple' where our hearts used to be. In this book, brash American comedian and writer, Ruby Wax shows us a scientific solution to these modern problems: mindfulness.

Outrageously witty, smart and accessible, Ruby Wax shows ordinary people how and why to change for good. With mindfulness advice for relationships, for parents, for children and for teenagers.

Breathe List Journal

Books $13.95Available in the shop

Are you an habitual list-maker who likes to keep track of tasks and gains satisfaction from ticking each one off? Or perhaps you prefer to live more spontaneously? Whichever camp you're in, often it can be valuable to take time to pause and reflect. Breathe List Journal is here to help you achieve mindful self-reflection as well as track goals and chase your dreams.

Divided into five sections – Escape, Living, Mindfulness, Creativity and Wellbeing – each of which provides the opportunity to explore the past, present and future. There are also pages to create and personalise your lists, ask questions, and jot down ideas, with extra room left for ruminating on the music, literature, events and people who have made up the significant chapters in your life.

Can Food Be A Medicine Against Cancer?

Books $24.95Available in the shop

Does eating certain foods help protect you from developing cancer? Which foods should we all be eating? 

Written by surgical oncologist Dr David Wilkinson, this book takes you on a tour of the top foods that protect against cancer and delves into the scientific reasons why these foods are effective. Discover how cancer cells work and what turns them off.

Girl Stuff: Your Full-On Guide to the Teen Years

Books $39.99Available in the shop

Girl Stuff has everything girls need to know about: friends, body changes, shopping, clothes, make - up, pimples (arrghh), sizes, hair, earning money, guys, embarrassment, what to eat, moods, smoking, why diets suck, handling love and heartbreak, exercise, school stress, sex, beating bullies and mean girls, drugs, drinking, how to find new friends, cheering up, how to get on with your family, and confidence. Each chapter includes facts, hints, inspiring lists, hundreds of quotes from real girls, and details for over 350 websites, books and other information. 

Gut: the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ

Books $29.99Available in the shop

New research shows that gut bacteria can play a role in everything from obesity and allergies to Alzheimer's. Beginning with the personal experience of illness that inspired her research, and going on to explain everything from the basics of nutrient absorption to the latest science linking bowel bacteria with depression, Giulia Enders takes us on a fascinating tour of our insides. Enders is a two-time scholarship winner of the Heraeus Foundation, and her message is simple -- if we treat our gut well, it will treat us well in return. But how do we do that? And why do we need to? Find out in this surprising exploration of the least understood of our organs.

Happy Pants

Books $22.99Available in the shop

When Mummy wears her happy pants we build sandcastles, go out for baby cinos and have lots and lots of cuddles. But when she comes home with baby Darcy, her happy pants stay in her wardrobe...

Happy Pants is a picture book for older children to help them understand that their mum's post-natal depression is not because of them, that families can support each other and that mum will get better with help. This book is a resource for both children and parents, bringing hope and a voice to this typically silent topic.

Illustrated by Liz McGrath.

Inside Out, Prolapse Exercises

Books $22.99Available in the shop

Learn how to exercise with confidence. This book teaches you how to improve your pelvic floor support, avoid unsafe exercises and relieve prolapse symptoms while increasing your strength and fitness.

This user-friendly prolapse exercise guide is suited to all levels of fitness, especially for women with:

  • prolapse
  • prolapse surgery recovery
  • previous prolapse surgery
  • or pelvic floor weakness

Michelle Kenway is an Australian physiotherapist and women's exercise instructor and is passionate about helping women stay active for their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Inside out – A complete guide to pelvic floor safe exercises for women

Books $19.95Available in the shop

Some women unknowingly increase their risk of pelvic floor dysfunction through inappropriate exercise. Inside Out provides expert guidelines and is an educational tool for safe general exercise and improved pelvic floor fitness.

Menopause: Change, Choice and HRT

Books $24.99Available in the shop

With more than 40 years experience as a gynecological endocrinologist and a founding member of the Australian Menopause Society, Dr. Wren has researched the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and presents them in easy-to-understand language. This book covers the mental, physical, and emotional effects of menopause, and outlines the case for and against HRT and alternative therapies. Menopause: Change, Choice and HRT is about empowering women with the knowledge to make health decisions around menopause that suit their needs and lifestyle.

Mindfulness: Finding peace in a frantic world

Books $35.00Available in the shop

Mindfulness reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help you break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. 

The book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and it is recommended by the UK's National Institute of Clinical Excellence.

The author, Mark Williams is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He co-developed MBCT and is co-author of the international best-seller The Mindful Way Through Depression. Dr Danny Penman is a feature and comment writer for the Daily Mail. He has a PhD in biochemistry and has worked for The Independent and the BBC. (Free CD of guided meditations included).

More Secret Girls’ Business

Books $17.00Available in the shop

More Secret Girls' Business is a great go-to for girls aged 10+ to gain a greater understanding of puberty, periods, and the many varied physical and emotional changes this major life chapter brings; from hair growth to how to use tampons, from self-care to self-esteem, it's filled with practical information told in simple language and supported with fun illustrations. There's also tips for mums, dads and other important adults in a girl's life to ensure puberty is a positive experience for all concerned.

Relationships in your 50s-60s and beyond

Books $22.90Available in the shop

Life in your 50s and 60s is a time of great change. It can be both a wonderful and challenging time for any relationship. This book helps you to take the steps to resolve issues that stand in the way of your happiness. It can also be a useful guide to improve a good relationship – and make it even better!

Reversing Diabetes

Books $35.00Available in the shop

Drawing on over 20 years of clinical experience as an Accredited Practising Dietitian, including nearly 16 years at Diabetes Australia, Dr Alan Barclay combines the highest-quality evidence about the nutritional management and prevention of diabetes into one easy-to-read book. Reversing Diabetes includes: Advice for losing weight and keeping it off, weekly menu planners, 70 delicious recipes, and complete nutritional breakdowns for each recipe. Live well, eat well and enjoy life. Dr Alan Barclay is a consultant dietitian and chief scientific officer at the Glycemic Index Foundation. He was Head of Research at the Australian Diabetes Council (Diabetes NSW) from 1998-2014 and is a member of the editorial boards of Diabetes Australia's consumer magazine, Conquest, and health professional magazine, Diabetes Management Journal.

Some Girls

Books $19.99Available in the shop

If you want to instil confidence in the little girl in your life to be comfortable in her own skin, then look no further than Some Girls, the debut book by Melbourne comedian – and Jean Hailes ambassador – Nelly Thomas.

In Some Girls*, Thomas challenges the gender stereotype that girls should look and behave a certain way, and instead celebrates the fact that every little girl is different and special in her own way. It's a powerful message – for both children and adults – but delivered lovingly and lightly through funny rhymes and beautiful illustrations.

Whether your little girl is tender or tough, plays with dolls or dirt, or likes her hair short or long, this book will let her know that all girls can be whatever they want.

*Some Boys is also due for release soon.

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet: Recipes on a Budget

Books $21.00Available in the shop

This collection of over 135 recipes shows you how to eat well without breaking the bank or compromising nutrition or quality. Highlights include: how to make café-style breakfasts for next-to-nothing; using inexpensive cuts of meat to create wonderful slow-cooked dishes; clever ways to transform leftovers into delicious meals; and plenty of ideas for making your own dips, pastes, spice mixes and dressings.

The New Puberty

Books $25.00Available in the shop

Well researched and engaging, The New Puberty explores the physiological and societal changes affecting this generation of children as they embark on puberty – in many cases, earlier than their parents and grandparents did, hence the book's title.

Author Amanda Dunn is the politics and society editor for The Conversation, and was a journalist with The Age newspaper for 16 years. For the book, Dunn has interviewed specialist doctors, psychologists, social researchers, principals, teachers and parents, resulting in an evidence-based, approachable book that details the facts about puberty, as well as providing practical suggestions – such as conversation starters – for parents. Personal anecdotes and those of friends and survey respondents are also laced through the book, illustrating the breadth of people's experiences of puberty.

The New Puberty is divided into four main sections. The first discusses theories behind the earlier onset of puberty (eg, better nutrition, environmental triggers) and the growing disparity between children's physical and psychosocial development. The second and third sections are devoted to girls' puberty and boys' puberty respectively, while the fourth explores the gaps in the current model of sexuality education in schools, and urges for reform.

The Power of Habit

Books $19.95Available in the shop

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg, this book explains why habits exist, how they are formed and importantly, how they can be changed. By understanding our own habits we unlock the key to being more productive, exercising regularly and transforming our lives.

The Vegetable: Recipes that celebrate nature

Books $50.00Available in the shop

In this stunning book, vegetables become the stars of mealtimes, celebrated in 130 plant-based, delicious recipes. We all know that vegies are good for us – and many of us simply don't eat enough of them! The Vegetable will almost certainly help you to get your 5-a-day, and compel you to invite friends and family over to show off how scrumptious you can make them look and taste.

This locally produced hardback is broken into different sections such as 'Brassicas', 'Bulbs & Fungi' and 'Flowers, Shoots & Stems', and includes rose gold-edged pages and outstanding photography throughout. This book is a delight and inspiration for anyone looking to eat more vegetables, and would also make a wonderful gift.

Why am I so Tired?

A book by Dr Ginni Mansberg and Dr Anne Thomson for anyone feeling tired and worn out all the time, or feeling that there aren't enough hours in the day to get done everything done. Written by two Australian doctors who have developed a scientifically based, easy to follow approach to regain control of your life and get your energy back.

You’re Still Hot to Me: the Joys of Menopause

Books $32.99Available in the shop

What's so funny about menopause? You're Still Hot to Me provides evidence-based information you can trust, presented clearly and entertainingly, ranging from symptoms and treatments to how to emerge from 'the Change' with your dearest relationships still intact.

Australian comedian Jean Kittson's message is clear: menopause is no life 'finale', it's not to be feared and it's time for today's menopausal women to embrace being the generation who can actually talk about it.

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