This time seven years ago my status on Facebook read “eating chicken chips, barbecue chips, sausage rolls, monte carlos, and chocolate…” I wish I had of known then what I know now, that I was quite literally eating myself to death. And I was doing it daily! No wonder I had no energy and constantly felt fatigued! I wasn’t eating real food, and all that junk food led to… well… junk moods!
Life lessons from a four year old on the importance of paying attention to the voice inside your head!
Ok, I get it, you want to be “healthy”, you want to start to adopt “healthier” habits. You’ll do aaaaaanything just to lose a few kilos so that you’re feeling a little lighter, and if you drop a size in the process that must mean that you’re getting healthier, right?…
So you have this amazing goal that you’re working towards, you’re 3 months from reaching that year-long vision that you set for yourself when the universe decides to throw a curve ball at you! Your dog broke your housemates vase, your house flooded, your spouse is driving you nuts, or better yet your grandfather reversed into your car with your brother-in-law’s car (that actually happened to me!).
I absolutely love nuts, they’re a healthy and nutritious snack which can be enjoyed in many different ways. I personally like to snack on a handful a day whilst working, but sometimes I like to change it up. Here are some of the ways that I like to enjoy my nuts! 😉
Having transitioned from a strict Paleo diet just under a couple of years ago to a fully plant-based diet was, for me, one of the most profound experiences of my life. And I don’t say that lightly. My whole entire perception of what I was choosing to fuel my body with changed in an instant. And I kind of felt like there was this deep part inside my subconscious that I just could not fight. After 24-ish years of eating every cut of meat imaginable, I turned vegetarian. I later became vegan, and I haven’t looked back since.
The other day I came to a little realisation that a lot of the time I can be a pretty serious person. After all, I’ve passed the age of 25, I should be all grown up by now hey? I’ve always been one to play by the rules and keep others best interests at heart, no matter what the situation or scenario is. It’s almost as though there is a big side to my personality that has this disease to please. Well, most of the time anyways!
Last week I went on a family holiday, one of the locations where we stayed at was Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast. It was a small community town that felt a little isolated and I tell you what, during this time I really missed being able to go down the street to get a fresh juice! A freshly pressed juice is something I like to regularly add to my daily intake of nutrients.
I was having a discussion with a friend today, and for the first thirty minutes the conversation was set in the past, my friend didn’t once think to tell me about what was presently going on for her, or about how she’s planning for an exciting time in the future. She was, in my opinion, stuck in her past, reliving it through conversing with me.
It’s everywhere, enter a supermarket and have a look around. The large majority of packaged processed food products contain some type of artificial sweetener. Artificial sweeteners have a variety of different names but today I would like to talk about the two most common – Aspartame (Equal® and NutraSweet®) and Sucralose (Splenda®). This blog post is going to get you thinking about whether or not this is something that you really want to be putting into that precious body of yours.
How many of you have set that large New Years Resolution that’s based around a health and wellness goal? How are you tracking with it on day 3 of the New Year? If right now you’re thinking to yourself “oops I shouldn’t have eaten that donut/burger/pastry/bla”, don’t beat yourself up about it. I’ve devised this short little list of considerations that will help you get back on track in no time! 🙂
So many people regularly ask me if ‘diet x’ is better than ‘diet y’, or what “diet” would I suggest. From paleo, to raw vegan, to intermittent fasting, the Atkin’s diet, the soup diet, and probably hundreds more! It’s no wonder why people are so bloody confused, one minute fat makes you fat and the next carbs make you fat. With best-selling diet books completely contradicting each other, how is one to know which diet is the so-called “best”?
What kinds of food do you crave? Do you crave fresh fruits and vegetables? Caffeine? Processed chocolate? Ice-cream? Fast food? Do you feed your cravings without thinking about them, or do you use this as a chance to tune-in and listen to your body?
The me five years ago was not the same me. I wasn’t as consciously aware of what I was putting into my body, and I wasn’t aware that I inherently had a choice as to what I was doing and where my life was headed. I ate the standard three meals a day without question, and the weekly McDonalds drive through on the way home from the nightclub was just a standard Friday or Saturday night for me. I just plodded along, had lots of fun along the way, and did what was expected in order to fit into the mold that society had created for me (sound familiar?). I didn’t really think to question any of it either.
With the festive season coming up, many people (in fact almost everyone) will no doubt be enjoying this time with their family and close friends and making that “guilt free” exception! There’s absolutely nothing wrong with indulging in life’s pleasures, especially during a time of celebration, but be sure to set your intentions and stick to them. The most important thing leading up to Christmas and the New Year is to be responsible, not just with what you drink but also with what you eat. 🙂
Ever felt so unwell that you didn’t feel like doing anything? You didn’t feel like going to go visit that friend that you made plans with last week, you didn’t feel like eating and heck you didn’t even feel like getting out of bed to go to the toilet! Did you ever stop to think and analyse why you felt like crap or did you just decide that you feel that way just because, no explanation needed, you felt like crap for no reason whatsoever and it’s just a case of “bad luck”? It’s my personal belief that (whether you choose to believe it or not is your choice) during these moments your body is giving you a sign.
Remember those awful moments in life that left you feeling like you had the weight of the world on your shoulders? Like everyone was out to get you? Your world came crashing down and in that moment you literally felt… well… like shit!
A couple of months ago I decided to complete a short juice fast after experiencing the once in a blue moon case of digestive discomfort (which lased for weeks untreated because of work). About a year ago I completed my first fast, which was a mono-fast, after pleasing results I decided to undertake a 21-day juice fast at the start of the year and have never looked back since. This is something that I have added to my regular routine as a way to reboot and reset my digestive system and give my energy levels a bit of a boost!
Today I would like to tell you all about life and movement. What it means to me, and why most people play in dirty ponds. One thing I have found by speaking to others and also with my own journey is that when it comes to being in motion with life there is no in between – you’re either constantly on the go getting shit done or you do the minimal that’s required and the remainder is chill-out time, where you’ll watch a movie, hang out with friends, play some App on your phone, etc. Being in motion is either part of your lifestyle or it isn’t!
The last few days have been emotionally exhausting for me to say the least, and I’ve hit this point in life where I’m feeling so defeated by everything that’s going on for me at the moment. I have this mix of randomness bubbling up in my emotional molecules and it’s actually making me feel physically sick, I’m writing this blog post with a snooty nose, phlegm building up in my throat and a dose of cleanse tea brewing next to me (and the raw vegan cakes in the fridge are about to get demolished) – totally on my A-Game today!
This blog post is a continuation of the Relationships and Air post that I wrote a couple of weeks ago. By the end of this post I hope to have planted some seeds in the way that you all think about water and start to recognise some of the reasons why clean water is essential for human life, development and health.
I commonly refer to living foods as “life-force foods” because they can be truly so restorative to the body. Living foods include things like raw whole fruits and vegetables, sprouts, fermented foods/drinks, cold pressed juice, seaweed, nuts, seeds and grains – any food from nature that hasn’t been cooked is considered to be raw and alive.
“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before”
– Albert Einstein
After completing Tyler Tolman’s 7 Day Self Care Adventure in Bali I’m feeling educated, inspired and have a greater sense of mental clarity. As promised to my close friends and fans, here is a little snippet of the teachings that were involved during my time learning from Tyler.