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May 14, 2021

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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Other News

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.

Water and the dam

Dr Roslyn Irwin, Caniaba An organisation called ‘Our Future NR’ is distributing and promoting information intended to put the Dunoon...

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’...

Highway traffic delays after truck rollover north of Byron

There have been two highway crashes north of Byron this morning.

Locavores out and about

The sun is out, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful, and so is the barbeque… or picnic, at this...

Making Conscious Choices



Taking note of what’s going on around us.

Being responsible.

Paying Attention.

Giving Ourselves Over To Something Greater Than Ourselves.

These are the lessons I am learning at the moment, and living in a different environment in a small village in the country, is perhaps heightening even changing my awareness of these things. Mostly, the more I read and learn about what is happening to the food we eat, the more conscious I am becoming of my own shopping behaviour – and thereby, the shopping behaviour of others.

I recently attended a one day event put on by the Mindd Foundation, which is a not-for-profit organisation set up to help practitioners and patients discover and implement effective treatments for metabolic, immunologic, neurologic, digestive, developmental conditions that often affect the mind. Amongst other activities, Mindd run ongoing seminars which focus on food as medicine. I learnt a lot at the seminar (and will be publishing articles by some of the presenters in future magazines), but particularly the health benefits of probiotics and fermented foods. Coconut kefir was of particular interest, as it detoxes and nourishes the body, enhancing hydration and recolonising beneficial microflora in the digestive system.  Regular use of coconut kefir is purported to relieve intestinal disorders, promote bowel movement, cleanse the endocrine system, reduce flatulence and create a generally healthier digestive system.  So personally, I am certainly always looking to introduce more probiotic and fermented foods into my own diet, rather than [necessarily] propping myself up with supplements. Aside from the coconut kefir, there are biotic drinks and superfood powders such as Acai, Maca, Cacao which are extremely beneficial.

And just to put this ‘food’ thing in perspective, in the US (according to the latest available figures), as many as one in three people, or about 105 million Americans, now actively shun gluten due to diagnosed coeliac disease, gluten sensitivity or intolerance, or personal choice, proving that "gluten-free" has officially gone mainstream.

So I would like to ask you to ask yourself – now – what are you eating? And how conscious are you of what you eat? What about how much you eat every time you do eat – how big are your servings? What about the times of day you eat and how often? Do you eat at regular times? And … where do you shop?

ChickensWell I am going to share my answers with you to those questions – firstly, what I eat. I do eat a lot of fruit and vegetables – mostly. But after two years of going strictly gluten-free, I now do include some foods and grains in my diet that include gluten, but I don’t choose to do so. Wherever I can, I still choose gluten-free, because I simply feel better when I do. My stomach doesn’t bloat up and I find I can keep more regular when I make this choice. I also eat fish as much as possible, and chicken that is hormone-free and eggs that are certified organic from birds that roam free. Re the fish, like many of us, I am reading as much as possible about mercury levels and try to find out where the fish comes from and whether it is wild or farmed before I purchase it. I see fish as a bit of ‘work-in-progress’ but at the moment, feel it is very important to include it regularly in my diet.

With regard to how much I eat, I have significantly downsized, and have been feeling sooooo much better for it. I really believe we all eat far too much, and often times, feel much the worse for it.

The times I eat … I’m not so good on that one. Because one of the choices I have made in my life is to start each day when my body and mind feels ready to do so, the first meal in my day is often not until later in the morning – and this does vary according to what is happening in my life at the time. But what is pretty regular I think, is the number of hours between each meal time, which seems to fall pretty naturally into every four hours. But I do find this the hardest area to be consistent in. We are all so busy with our work (mostly with computers!) and I find I just don’t digest so well if I am feeling emotionally challenged by outside influences. The best thing is I am a lot more aware of this now than I used to be … another ‘word-in-progress.’

The last one, where do I shop, is a really big one for me, and one I can easily get on my soapbox about… but that is another article. Suffice to say, I try as hard as I can to not shop in supermarkets, to shop locally, and support small businesses. I really hope you do too.


Vol-4-Issue-45Article courtesy of Catherine Mercer

The Art of Healing

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...