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OPIN­IONS dif­fer on whether it’s best to eat ev­ery­thing on our plates, or to stop when we’ve had enough. Some say that eat­ing all of the food put in front of us can make us ob­ses­sive or en­cour­age overeat­ing.

How­ever, I grew up on a farm and sub­scribe firmly to the habit of eat­ing ev­ery­thing I’m served. Sure, there was an el­e­ment of sur­vival in­volved – try­ing to get my share along with four hun­gry broth­ers. And my mum was a great cook, so I rarely wanted to leave any­thing on my plate.

But over the years I’ve come to be­lieve clean­ing our plate is a prin­ci­ple that ap­plies to most ar­eas of our lives, i.e. learn­ing to man­age our­selves, set­ting achiev­able goals and fin­ish­ing what we set out to do.

Serv­ing up a healthy por­tion at each meal and fin­ish­ing what’s there is a way of learn­ing to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for our­selves and our de­ci­sions – and to com­plete what we start.

If you want to cut down on your calo­rie in­take, just eat from a smaller plate. There’s lots of psy­chol­ogy in eat­ing, as in ev­ery­thing else, and when you see you’ve fin­ished what’s on your plate, you know you’ve had enough. It’s also about mak­ing the right choices in the first place.

Learn­ing what and how much is right for us, be­ing sat­is­fied with what we choose, and tidy­ing up af­ter our­selves is about tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for our lives. Job well done ev­ery time. Have a sat­is­fy­ing week.

z In this series of ar­ti­cles, Dub­bobased ik­i­fit founder Kim Macrae writes about ideas and ac­tiv­i­ties that can help brighten our own lives and the lives of those around us. Each ar­ti­cle is based around one of the words in the iki song “Ev­ery Sin­gle Day”. The core be­lief is that the key to liv­ing pro­duc­tive and re­ward­ing lives is choos­ing – and prac­tis­ing – be­hav­iours that lead to pos­i­tive, life-af­firm­ing out­comes for our­selves, our fam­i­lies and our com­mu­ni­ties. The Ed­i­tor,

Ter­ra­mungamine Branch of the CWA were re­cently de­lighted to re­ceive a fur­ther very gen­er­ous do­na­tion of Visa gift cards to dis­trib­ute to women on drought-af­fected prop­er­ties in the lo­cal district to lift their spir­its and give them a spe­cial treat.

This is on top of a pre­vi­ous do­na­tion re­ceived from the Vet­eran Golfers As­so­ci­a­tion of Dubbo.

The most re­cent do­na­tion came from a farmer and his wife from a less drought-af­fected area where they gained an ex­cel­lent price for the last of their sea­son’s lambs and de­cided to ear­mark the money for an area in se­vere drought.

The lo­cal stock and sta­tion agent also very gen­er­ously do­nated the sale fees once he learnt what the money was for – then to top things off when the pre-or­dered Visa gift cards were col­lected from the lo­cal Post Of­fice, the Post Of­fice waived the fee for the cards.

Ter­ra­mungamine Ladies feel very hum­bled by these gen­er­ous do­na­tions which have al­ready been dis­trib­uted.

If you would like to learn more about the Ter­ra­mungamine Branch of the Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion and what we do, please call 0427 251 121. Our meet­ings are held on the first Wed­nes­day of the month.

Our next meet­ing will be a lun­cheon on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 7, com­menc­ing at 11.30am at the West­ern Plains Cul­tural Cen­tre, Winge­warra Street, Dubbo, fol­lowed by a tour of the Hand­made Quilt Ex­hi­bi­tion.

Barb O’brien OAM Ter­ra­mungamine CWA branch sec­re­tary Dear Ed­i­tor,

I write to ask read­ers to help the Liver Foun­da­tion with a crit­i­cal cause and a vi­tal fundrais­ing mis­sion.

Put sim­ply, liver can­cer is al­ready the fastest grow­ing cause of can­cer death in Aus­tralia.

At least 1400 Aus­tralians now die of liver can­cer ev­ery year. It is ex­pected that by the year 2030 the num­ber of peo­ple with liver disease in Aus­tralia will be at least 8 mil­lion.

Liver disease is slip­ping right un­der the radar. It is set to be­come an epi­demic in Aus­tralia.

Alarm­ingly, a third of those di­ag­nosed with liver can­cer are sadly dead within just one month of their di­ag­no­sis. Right now – as peo­ple read this – 6 mil­lion Aus­tralians are af­fected by liver disease.

Liver disease in the main can be pre­ventable and if de­tected early, it can be treated ef­fec­tively.

Later this year renowned Aus­tralian trans­plant liver sur­geon Luc Del­riv­iere is head­ing to Antarc­tica to visit places that haven’t been vis­ited be­fore. We hope busi­nesses across Aus­tralia, in­di­vid­u­als and oth­ers will get be­hind Luc’s pow­er­ful fundrais­ing mis­sion. To find out how you can do­nate to the Liver Foun­da­tion, just go to

Liver disease is not de­tected on rou­tine tests. A healthy life­style com­bined with a sen­si­ble diet, ex­er­cise and min­i­mal use of al­co­hol and no smok­ing all help a liver’s health.

Ben Richard­son,

Chair­man, The Liver Foun­da­tion

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