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The Seven Cs of Healthy Relationships

Maybe the real magic of a loving relationship is what you do and say every day. Life coach Gloria Grace Wallace offers her advice

NOVA Magazine, Australia's Holistic JournalWhat is the magic formula for enjoying and maintaining a great relationship?

Is magic what’s needed, or perhaps just common courtesy and practical steps.

The Seven Cs are useful guidelines in creating and maintaining a healthy friendship and relationship with your partner. 


Without true commitment, individuals cannot trust in one another’s motives when the challenges arise or the disagreements occur.

For example, sometimes a partner needs to have time alone, or “cave time”, in order to sort through their thoughts and feelings, or they seem to need to distance themselves.

The other partner can misinterpret this behaviour as unloving and question whether there is true commitment to the relationship.

If there is no doubt about the commitment, the response will not be a negative or suspicious one. A healthy approach in a truly committed relationship is to simply ask your partner about their commitment if you are in doubt.

Clarity and honesty about the commitment of both partners in a healthy relationship is what builds and keeps the “bridge of trust” in place.


Being able to communicate effectively with a partner about your thoughts, feelings and needs is important in a healthy relationship. Many people express frustration when they feel that their partner expects them to be able to read their mind and know what they want.

Keeping the communication two-way is also necessary especially in the midst of disagreements. When the heat of an issue is escalating, the healthy response would be to allow time and space before revisiting the issue.

Communicate to your partner that you do want a resolution but you need time to sleep on it and to think about it.

Let your partner know that you will come back to the discussion the next day or perhaps at the weekend.

Try never to go to bed angry and don’t use silence as a way to punish your partner...

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Holistic self healing is empowering

Haven’t you been struck by how many people are turning away from mainstream news these days?  As I write this column, it’s the eve of Anzac Day and it’s a case in point that, once again, mainstream media has overwhelmed us with its shameless marketing of this honoured day in our calendar. My grandfather and great uncle were both Anzacs who survived Gallipoli and were both grievously wounded on the Western Front. They were proud “no nonsense” Aussie men and I really don’t think they’d be impressed at all. Nor it seems are many of us.

There are many similarities in how the media is reporting all sorts of crises that face us these turbulent days. Take health for example. It’s easy to think we’ll all be swept away by any one of the lifestyle epidemics we apparently face - diabetes, obesity, heart disease, depression, cancer et al - and we really must race out and buy the latest prescribed pill to ward it off.

Or, we can choose the other way, the empowering way of holistic health. It’s the reason we’ve chosen as our theme this month “Heal Yourself” because so much research is telling us it really is possible. Of course, ancient wisdom has never doubted it. 

In his latest article, “Reversing Type 2 Diabetes”, Peter Dingle concludes that that insidious disease is completely manageable and, yes, even reversible. It’s tremendously heartening news for anyone who’s received that unwelcome diagnosis or knows they have a family predisposition. But it can’t be done with a pill and it won’t happen overnight, says Peter.

What’s required is a lifestyle change, involving diet, exercise and, probably the biggest challenge, a new attitude.  As he puts it pretty bluntly, it’s a small price to pay to add 10 to 20 years to your life and avoid such horrors as amputation and blindness. As with so much else, the choice is largely our own.

And that’s the same message in “The Seven Cs of Healthy Relationships” by a new writer in NOVA this month, Gloria Grace Wallace. Is there a magic formula to keep your love affair bubbling along nicely over the years or does it come down to how you think about and treat your partner every day? (On the subject of new writers, yes we do warmly welcome new contributions on anything holistic but please don’t make them advertorial).

We’ve all heard the advice to cut out the carbs and lose weight - easier said than done when those cold winter nights demand some heart-warming but starchy comfort food! But as Sally Matterson tells us in “Eat Well, Stay Lean”, we can actually indulge provided we do it at the right time. Protein is king, of course, but we can have some fun as well...

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Margaret Evans

Margaret Evans
NOVA Editor
May 2015

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Health researcher Peter Dingle PhD challenges that there is really no excuse to suffer Type 2 diabetes

In a world of cheap convenience food laden with fat and sugar, and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, there has been a sharp increase in the incidence of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for around 90% of all diabetes and occurs when the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or when the cells of the body become insensitive to insulin, a condition known as insulin resistance.

In recent years, what we know about diabetes has changed, with an improved understanding of the fundamental causes behind the condition. Although there is a genetic link to diabetes, which predisposes individuals to Type 2 diabetes, this risk is exacerbated by poor diet and lifestyle.  Genetic defects found so far account for only a low percentage of all Type 2 diabetes cases (1) and really only increase the risk, rather than determining the development of the condition.

Diet and exercise 

Type 2 diabetes is completely manageable and even reversible, but surprisingly there are many people who accept or ignore their condition, with a complete lack of interest in doing anything about it. To get Type 2 diabetes under control and even overcome simply takes a change in lifestyle - it seems a small price to pay to add 10-20 years onto one’s lifespan, as well as avoiding severe disability, limb amputation and blindness.

Reversing Type 2 diabetes is not a new idea. Back during World War II, Professor H P Himsworth noted that when food shortages removed the white flour, white sugar and excessive meat protein and fats from the typical British diet, the death rate from diabetes fell 50%. More recently, a five year longitudinal Swedish study, consisting of 41 Type 2 diabetes patients and 181 glucose intolerant individuals, used an initial six month pilot program constituting dietary changes and an increase in physical exercise (2).

The results showed normalisation in glucose tolerance in more than 50% of individuals, a 10-14% increase in glucose uptake directly contrasting to the control group, which deteriorated a further 5-9 %. More than 50% of the diabetics were found to be in remission after five years. This demonstrates that long term diet and exercise intervention is successful in the treatment or prevention of Type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance (2)...

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