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November 2020

Better health, better future – advice on nutrition and international tourism

2020-11-15T13:52:50+00:00

Travelling internationally has certainly helped me learn a lot about nutrition because different cultures have so many different foods! ⦁ Healthy foods are better than vitamins in the drug store. Forget an apple a day, vitamin manufacturers would have you believe it’s important to take daily vitamins to boost your health. And a surprising proportion of Australians do. Data from the last National Health survey (back in 1995) showed that up to 30% of Australians had recently taken vitamin or mineral supplements – mostly for preventive health reasons. More recently, the 45 and Up study of more than 100,000 Australian adults [...]

Better health, better future – advice on nutrition and international tourism2020-11-15T13:52:50+00:00

International travel: What’s good for your body and soul?

2020-11-08T14:47:51+00:00

Most adults would know they’re meant to eat two or more serves of fruit and five or more serves of vegetables every day. Whether or not they get there is another question. A recent national survey conducted by health organizations and international travel agencies reported 45% of Australian women and 56% of Australian men didn’t eat enough fruit. And 90% of women and 96% of men didn’t eat enough vegetables. This figure is worse than for the preceding ten years. ⦁ International travel is good for your soul; healthy food is good for your body. Men had on average 1.6 serves [...]

International travel: What’s good for your body and soul?2020-11-08T14:47:51+00:00

Food as medicine, international travel as the cure

2020-11-01T13:56:12+00:00

As well as our physical health, the quality of our diet matters for our mental and brain health. Observational studies across countries, cultures and age groups show that better-quality diets – those high in vegetables, fruits, other plant foods (such as nuts and legumes), as well as good-quality proteins (such as fish and lean meat) – are consistently associated with reduced depression. Meanwhile, studies have shown that international travel may cure anxiety, insomnia and depression. ⦁ Healthy food is so healing. Unhealthy dietary patterns – higher in processed meat, refined grains, sweets and snack foods – are associated with increased depression [...]

Food as medicine, international travel as the cure2020-11-01T13:56:12+00:00

International trips: sweeter than sugar

2020-11-01T13:39:32+00:00

Lifestyle design experts in NYC state that when you are physically relaxed and mentally satisfied, you don’t want to eat sugar anymore. This effect can be achieved via international travel, positive relationships and physical exercise. ⦁ Should you stop eating sugar? Not long ago, fat was the evil dietary villain. Before that it was salt. Now the sugar-free diet has exploded onto the health and wellness scene – and seems to have topped many people’s list of New Year’s resolutions. Sugar-free diets encourage people to avoid table sugar (sucrose), sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup, refined flours, condiments, soft drinks, [...]

International trips: sweeter than sugar2020-11-01T13:39:32+00:00

October 2020

Body language is also a part of culture – learnings from international trips

2020-10-25T10:43:14+00:00

It turns out that body language is a part of culture as well, according to my key learnings from international trips over the years. Different cultures, different body language: People from different cultures use different body language which can cause conflicts, tensions and misunderstandings in the workplace. For example, in some cultures, the physical distance between two individuals is small when they are having a conversation. Yet in other cultures, the physical distance between two people is much bigger when they are talking to each other. If two staff members are from two very different cultures in which body language is [...]

Body language is also a part of culture – learnings from international trips2020-10-25T10:43:14+00:00

September 2020

A Good Time Down Under: My International Travel Journal Entries

2020-09-15T06:44:07+00:00

Previously, I talked about going to Europe. Today I’d like to discuss my travel observation from down under. Hopefully, you will enjoy reading my international travel journal entries. More about Liam, the Australian school boy: I mentioned that when my nephew and I went to Australia, he met a new friend Liam. Now I’m going to share with you something interesting about this school boy who is absolutely intelligent, fascinating and inspiring. Liam’s greatest regret: When Liam was 8 years old, he went to Sydney to spend the summer holidays with his cousin. At that time, he was growing his own [...]

A Good Time Down Under: My International Travel Journal Entries2020-09-15T06:44:07+00:00

August 2020

International Travel and Climate Change: How to protect the earth

2020-08-31T01:36:27+00:00

Ocean currents move heat around the world and have a major effect on the world’s climate. Nowhere is this clearer than in the North Atlantic Ocean. The Gulf Stream and the Great Ocean Conveyor Belt move huge volumes of warm salty tropical water north to the Greenland coast. Heat from this water helps keep the countries of northwest Europe, which are at the same latitude as Labrador and Greenland, relatively warm. How the Great Ocean Conveyor Belt could cause an Ice Age: Many scientists, however, are warning that the North Atlantic might cool down, perhaps by the end of the century. [...]

International Travel and Climate Change: How to protect the earth2020-08-31T01:36:27+00:00

May 2020

Rich Culture, Wise People (My International Travel Journal)

2020-05-22T15:09:31+00:00

Our planet has a rich culture and fascinating history. Please allow me to share my international travel journal with you on this blog. The beauty of Belgium (international travel journal – Entry 1): Flanders, in the European country, Belgium, famed for its medieval cities and motorways that can be seen from space, is one of the most urban corners of Europe. Yet, this densely populated area is seeing a mini-boom in a new type of agriculture where farmers sell direct to consumers. The movement, known as community-supported agriculture, is the antithesis of the sprawling global distribution chains of modern industrial food [...]

Rich Culture, Wise People (My International Travel Journal)2020-05-22T15:09:31+00:00

April 2020

How international travel improves your mental health

2020-04-04T13:55:35+00:00

A major study in Australia indicates that at least 30% of Australians suffer from mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Further examination shows that the modern lifestyle in western countries is not really supporting mental health these days (think social media and smartphones). Therefore, a large number of psychologists are recommending various ways to reduce stress, and one of these effective methods is international travel. Travel can cure anxiety disorder, including hypervigilance. According to Professor Kevin Gournay (author of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Recovery after accident and disaster), physical exercise may cure hypervigilance because exercise burns off arousal. Clearly, international [...]

How international travel improves your mental health2020-04-04T13:55:35+00:00

December 2019

International Travel: Living a Life without Regret

2020-02-26T03:31:34+00:00

International Travel: Living a Life without Regret All regrets are mistakes, but not all mistakes are regrets. By that I mean only when you judge yourself for making a mistake can a mistake become a regret. Bronnie Ware (author of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying) once said, “I know a lady who wanted to travel internationally, but her husband didn’t allow her to do it. After her husband had been sent to a nursing home, she started to travel in her 80s alone. Yet a few weeks later, she was sent to a nursing home as well due to [...]

International Travel: Living a Life without Regret2020-02-26T03:31:34+00:00