RUBY UK, a network for professional women, kicked off its first event for the year with the theme, “New Year, New You”. Hosted at Whole Foods Market, Camden members were treated to a variety of organic, vegan and natural foods to kickstart their morning. A unique experience where Aussie women could exchange ideas, share knowledge and become inspired.
On the morning of 30 January, 2013, Camden was abuzz with the raucous laughter of Aussie women on a mission. A mission to find out how a healthy mind and body can help them maintain their busy lifestyles. In collaboration with organic and natural suppliers, Ruby UK members enjoyed a Cook’s tour through healthy “hotspots”. Granola with yoghurt, fresh juices and vegan mousse were some of the treats on offer. While not to everyone’s taste, it was a morning of healthy food experimentation and information.
A healthy life involves more than the food you put in your mouth. Over tea and coffee, Chantali from Whole Foods Market, presented a short workshop on deep breathing. Deep breathing means using your abdomen, chest and shoulders — expanding and contracting to release bodily tension and toxins. When it comes to breathing, quality over quantity is the winning formula. Longer, deeper breathes rather than short, shallow breaths help you relax, focus and keep mentally alert.
Polly Noble, a Holistic Health Coach, spoke about the importance of healthy living from a personal perspective. Noble, a survivor of cancer, advocates small changes and conscious eating. Being aware of what you put into your body increases your quality of life and gives you the stamina to achieve your goals. Noble’s recommendation: focus on green and organic foods and reduce reliance on processed foods. Natural sources of vitamins and minerals can nurture the body and minimise the risk of disease.
Ruby UK launched on 4 September last year, with a reception at Australia House. The event was in support of the charity Dress For Success, which assists disadvantaged women find employment. Ruby UK is the sister of the successful Ruby Connection in Australia with over 23,000 members. Its all female board is made up of representatives from Westpac, Robert Walters, Julia Ross, Hays, the Government of South Australia, HiFx, BDO, Aussiepreneurs and Australian Business.
So what is your healthy 2013 goal? With a firm commitment to a healthy 2103, many of the Ruby UK Board members have shared their 2013 goals. Sharing goals is one way of connecting and inspiring each other to success. You can also share and commit to your 2013 goals on the Ruby UK Facebook page.
Aussie Women can connect with and find out more about Ruby UK on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook: Facebook.com/rubyuknetwork