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The Easiest Way to Exercise

The Easiest Way to Exercise

Easiest Way to Exercise? Just Move Your Body   I’m grateful to report that our family of four (including one fully fledged teenager and one on the cusp) managed to survive six nights away together at the Sunshine Coast. We had a wonderful time exploring the hinterland, enjoying the pool and walking along the beach. Unsurprisingly, the Sunshine Coast is abuzz with health enthusiasts. People of all ages, sizes and capabilities were busily huffing and puffing as they walked, ran, jogged and rode their bikes, or walked their dogs. Early in the morning, late in the afternoon and any time in-between,

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Is Living to Work Working For You?

Is Living to Work Working For You?

Live to Work or Work to Live? Today I’m packing and making some nutrient dense foods to take with us for the road trip tomorrow. I was thinking about making my:  Berry Delicious Health Bars Sweet Summer Rolls Super Seed Crackers with cashew cheese Spiced Fruit Loaf (I love taking homemade treats when we go away – even if they only last a day or two!!) Over the next 7 days I’ll be somewhere along the Sunshine Coast strolling along the beach, bushwalking in the mountains, or dining on whole food with my beloved family! It hasn’t been often in the last

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Solitude & Self-Care in a Busy World

Solitude & Self-Care in a Busy World

Daily Self-Care and Solitude As our lives get busier and time is harder to juggle, the first thing to slide is usually our own self-care. Even though I’m in a helping profession often reminding my clients with emails and text messages between sessions to “do something nice for yourself today”, I often need reminding myself! I have a book called “The Wonders of Solitude” that is filled with inspiring reminders to nurture your soul amidst a demanding world. It’s filled with insightful quotes from authors, actors and spiritual leaders to medical professionals, singers and comedians – all sharing their words of wisdom on the

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Do You Need to Slow Down?

Do You Need to Slow Down?

The Low Down on Slowing Down For months now I’ve been caught up in the gotta do-more, be-more, give-more cycle, and I’ve created my own well of resentment in not giving enough to myself. I bet you can relate. Over Christmas I felt suffocated. I just wanted a breather, a break, a moment to myself to process a mountain of emotions – away from running my business, planning events, and being switched on for others all the time. Time away from feeling like I had to post on social media, write blogs, articles and newsletters at certain times and days –

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Homemade Body Scrub and Face Mask

Homemade Body Scrub and Face Mask

Homemade Beauty: Body Scrub and Face Mask I am often complimented on my skin (which is lovely to hear as I age). When people ask what I use, they are often surprised to learn that I actually do not use expensive creams, masks or potions. Putting toxins and chemicals on my face isn’t as appealing as it used to be before I knew what was actually in those products and how they harm the body. Just my like my REAL FOOD Guidelines, I like to keep my beauty routine simple. Unfortunately I was fond of using harsh glycolic acid peals and lightening

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Inspiring Wellness to Live Your Best Life

Inspiring Wellness to Live Your Best Life

Wellness Inspiration to Live Your Best Life Death and Cancer. These two words often co-exist and can strike fear, anger and grief into the heart with one cruel blow. And chances are, you have been affected by either one of these at least once in your life so far. Last weekend Jess Ainscough, founder of The Wellness Warrior, peacefully passed away at 30 years of age after living with a rare cancer (epithelioid sarcoma) for 7 years. She was so young and outwardly positive. Jess inspired wellness into the hearts of thousands who received her regular emails. She spoke and wrote

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Hydration Drink & Zesty Fruit Salad [Recipes]

Hydration Drink & Zesty Fruit Salad [Recipes]

Hydrate & Zest Up your Fruit Salad! My honey and I love to make hydration drinks that include natural mineral salt, whole citrus fruits, fresh herbs and a little zest. These drinks are perfect for a hot summers day, or at any time where you’ve been working out, sweating or simply not drinking enough water. Added bonus is using the whole fruit and having the fibre help to assimilate and metabolise the sugars. If you don’t happen to like the taste of plain water, making a vitamin water is a great idea in making the water look and taste more

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Dairy Free Creamy Berry Pops

Dairy Free Creamy Berry Pops

Creamy Berry Pops – Dairy Free It’s summertime. Hot, hot, hot. Of course the children, and adults alike, would love a nice ice cold treat that’s sweet, creamy and delicious. Well I’m all up for giving my family that, but I don’t like the unnecessary added sugars, artificial colours and preservatives that make up the store bought coloured icy poles. I’m really not a fan of frozen yoghurt or ice-cream, simply because of the ingredients and how it makes my stomach queasy. I’ve been blending up frozen berries for quite some time now on a hot afternoon and the children

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Steps to Create Positive Change

Steps to Create Positive Change

Create Positive Change Not New Years Goals… Change has to be when you are ready to change, not simply because the New Year is coming. Whether you’d like to create a specific change now, or a list of things to focus on next year, the below steps will make it easier for you to define, clarify, challenge and support yourself. 1. Define what you don’t want – it’s not negative to be clear on what you don’t want. It’s necessary in weeding out the things that you simply aren’t willing to compromise on or live with, through previous experience or personal

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Do you Love or Hate your Body?

Do you Love or Hate your Body?

Body Love Heals Body Hate How many times have you looked at your physical reflection and zoned in on the body parts you’re not so fond of, only to begin a barrage of nasty name-calling and judgements in your mind towards it? Our body image is largely dependent on how we FEEL and THINK about our bodies. When we have negative feelings towards our bodies, our mind, mood, confidence, eating choices and behaviour all decline as we focus on those negative feelings. We start feeling overcome by them, and stop noticing anything good about ourselves. Your body is a beautiful complex machine. Click To Tweet It keeps you upright,

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Being Grateful at Christmas

Being Grateful at Christmas

Be Grateful at Christmas It’s the season of Turkey, trifle and last minute shopping. It’s also a time for giving, receiving and being thankful: a wonderful act of gratitude that I teach my students and clients to do on a daily basis; particularly for those struggling to shift negativity. When our attention is constantly focused on the annoying, unhappy, challenging, or just plain hard aspects of our lives, a low mood and feelings of helplessness can consume us – especially at Christmas time. In this state of mind it’s all too easy to forget that whatever it is, that it will pass.

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Complete a Free Needs Assessment

Complete a Free Needs Assessment

Assess Your Needs for Better Life Balance Are you like many of my clients – struggling to have it all AND create life balance? Life balance is an interesting term that many people use, especially when they realise that they don’t have any! Defining what life balance means, individually, can be quite difficult without first knowing your own needs and where you’re lacking in fulfilling them. The more stressed out, overwhelmed, exhausted and/or frustrated you feel at not having time for yourself to slow down and re-energise, the greater the disconnect between your mind and body – and your personal needs. I don’t think

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Mini Christmas Pudding Balls – Gluten/Dairy/Refined Sugar Free

Mini Christmas Pudding Balls - Gluten/Dairy/Refined Sugar Free

Mini Xmas Puddings Balls! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. We put our Christmas Tree up today, and I’ve been thinking more and more about what healthy, delicious and nutritious whole food sweet treats I can make for the festive season to subsitute for the any of the processed, packaged and convenience options. Most people seem to love the traditional Christmas puddings – you know, the ones served with the creamy white sauce over the top – sweet, dense, rich and satisfying! Since the release of my latest eBook, “Healthy Chocolate Delights: Nutritious, Delicious & Guilt-free” (sweet treats, puddings,

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60+ Healthy Chocolate Delights Recipes – My NEW eBOOK!

60+ Healthy Chocolate Delights Recipes - My NEW eBOOK!

MY BRAND NEW EBOOK! Do you love chocolate, but always have this guilty feeling associated with it? Guilty pleasure. Guilty addiction. Equals shame. Eating chocolate for me used to be a guilty pleasure. I was addicted to the false pleasure I experienced due to the massive sugar high in my brain. It triggered my reward centre to release a hormone called Dopamine – I felt FINE when I was eating chocolate. I even felt pretty damn fine after I ate chocolate…. But then after a little while, I felt low, lethargic, irritable…. and disgusted – with myself and my lack of willpower; with my body and the excess

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White Choc Macadamia Fudge [recipe]

White Choc Macadamia Fudge [recipe]

Healthy Chocolate Delights eBook! HERE’S A RECIPE TREAT FOR YOU ALL! To celebrate the upcoming release of my long awaited “Healthy Chocolate Delights: Nutritious, Delicious & Guilt-Free“real food sweet treats recipe eBook tomorrow NOV 11th, I’m sharing some of my families favourites with you! My “Healthy Chocolate Delights” collection is a whole food recipe book with a combination of over 60 raw, cooked, vegan, paleo, dairy free, gluten free, grain free and refined sugar free recipes. Healthy chocolate for everyone! Originally designed as a free recipe accompaniment to my very popular Raw and Healthy Chocolate Workshops, this eBook also contains the history and benefits of

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