Fitness Health Lifestyle

New Year, New You? How to actually stick to your resolutions

I’m one of those people that absolutely loves New Years resolutions. Considering I’m already a massive goal-setting junky, you betcha that a huge wave of worldwide motivation to set new positive habits is better than Easter, all my birthdays and Christmas combined. Funnily enough, there seems to be two distinct camps: the resolution lovers and the cynics. Most of those that “hate” New Years resolutions say it’s because “they never last”. And out of those that actually take the time to make New Years resolutions, turns out 80% of them will fail by February. So all in all, seems like failure is pretty much inevitable, and there’s not all that much to get excited about…right?! UNLESS you’re part of the thriving 20% that makes it. It’s not easy, but you can get there. Here’s how.Β  Continue Reading

Breakfast Desserts Recipes

Sweet Pear & Tahini Loaf

I had been really good keeping up my “seasonal eating” posts every month. When November began I had every intention to prepare my “In November we eat pears” post. About mid-November, I had a little freak-out moment, realizing I had committed to too much. I took a bit of time to step back and think about what I wanted to focus on. I realized that my job (teaching yoga & HIIT), and my studies (finishing my final bachelors student business project) had to be my top priorities. I had to let go of all my other projects and understand that until I graduate, I would have to put my all into these two basically full time jobs. I promised myself that IΒ would not feel bad about falling slightly behind on blogging. IΒ would not feel like I was “slacking” or “being lazy” or wasn’t “working hard enough”. Instead I would accept that there are times in life where certain things take priority over others. This all goes to say, I didn’t write up my November post for seasonal eating, and that’s okay. But I did prepare this cake, and it was in fact DELICIOUS and therefore just haaaad to share πŸ™‚ Enjoy!Β  Continue Reading

Health Lifestyle

November Obsessions ’17

I’m usually one to find that time passes too fast, but I feel like November is such an awkward, in-between month, that it generally drags on. Anything between the “autumn honeymoon phase” (where knit sweaters and cinnamon are the most exciting things of my life) and the Christmas season, is probs November. It’s usually a pretty blaaah month but this year has actually been great. Not only have I started my final bachelors business project (last stretch before graduating), but I’ve also discovered many goodies that I’ve completely and utterly fallen in love with. Here are the main ones: Continue Reading

Eating Seasonally Health Lifestyle October

Eating Seasonally: In October we eat Squash

I’ve said it a thousand times but I’ll say it again, I’m a totally water-baby, beach-bum, summer-lover, whatever you want to call it. Essentially I’m happiest in denim cut-offs and a bikini top. But there’s something so cozy and magical about fall, I really can’t put my finger on it. There’s something about strolling in the fresh morning air, hearing the crunching of fallen leaves under your feet and the smell of spiced everything. I also completely believe in eating with the seasons. As winter approaches, mother nature gives us slightly heavier, starchier veggies to fill up on. Squash is one of my seasonal favs. It’s so high in vitamin A and vitamin C, being the perfect pre-winter health booster, while the high-fibre content keeps you nice and full for long winter days. I’ve been pushing myself to experiment with different types of squash, and so far here are my fav ways to use this gorgeous veg in October:

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Main meals Recipes

Curried Superfood Squash Chips

There are so many recipes out there for pumpkin and sweet potatoes, but man where’s the butternut love?? Only 100g of butternut squash provides you with 212% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin A… Seems a little excessive I know but hey, vitamin A supports healthy eyes and good vision, and idk bout you but I quite like seeing things so let’s all fill up shall we? I’ve combined this sweet starchy veg with spicy curry and golden chlorella to make the most nutritious and delicious chips you’ve probs ever had ever. Whip up some simplified satay sauce for dipping and you’ve got yourself the perfect seasonal aperitif snack.Β  Continue Reading

Main meals Recipes

Pesto Spaghetti Squash

So I spent my whole life thinking butternut squash was spaghetti squash…which doesn’t sound like aΒ big deal at all, til you try making squash “spaghetti” out of butternut. Then you’re guaranteed to have a pretty big fail of a cooking sesh. Trust me I speak from experience. Thankfully, the nice lady at the market corrected me as I was explaining to my mum how I was going to tryΒ again to finally make spaghetti with the butternut I was holding. Shout out to that lady, she’s the real MVP. These pesto spaghetti squash boats are the best cuz not only are they delicious as hell with 1/5 of the calories than the equivalent portion of pasta, but the squash actually serves as a bowl AKA easy to serve, looks cute AF and less dishes to clean #AllIDoIsWin.Β  Continue Reading


3 things I learned at Yoga Teacher Training in India

When I was getting ready to leave for my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in India, so many people said to me: “you’ll see, it’ll change your life”. Despite all these messages, I really tried to go in without any expectations at all. I went in with the goal of succeeding my program and leaving a qualified yoga teacher, but anything extra, any lesson I learn or realization I would come to would just be bonus. I guess throughout the journey I didn’t even realizeΒ how much I was learning. The expectation would be to end up bursting into tears in the middle of meditation class having discovered the true meaning of life, however that’s not what usually happens. Every night before falling asleep Stef and I would ask each other what we’d learned that day. Each day brought a new realization. No matter how small, these all added up to greater lessons, ones which I still carry with me now. On our last day at Yoga Teacher Training, one of our classmates suggested we all write a “letter to our future selves”. She emphasized how easy it will be to get back into the hustle and bustle of daily life when we get home, and how easily we will forget the way we were feeling after such an enlightening month. I took her advice, and when I was at the airport leaving Delhi, I took the time to write a letter to my future self. In this letter I described three lessons I had learned in India. These were the three main realizations I did not want to forget. I don’t believe you need to cross the world and go spend a month in India to learn these, so here they are. I hope I’ve managed to convey them all as vividly as I’ve experienced them, and that you learn something from them as well. Continue Reading

Eating Seasonally Health Lifestyle September

Eating seasonally: In September we eat apples

A few weeks back I decided to start a seasonal eating series focusing on one item of produce in season each month. When deciding what fruit or vegetable to pick for September it wasn’t too hard to chose. I used to go apple picking every September as a kid. Naturally since I used to find the actual act of picking so fun, we’d end up coming home with kilos and kilos of apples. This meant that the month of September was usually spent eating apple-everything in attempts to ingest the 3kg before they go bad. We usually managed pretty well, and that’s essentially because there’s SO much you can do with these babies. On top of being versatile, easy to carry around, perfect to cook and/or eat raw and having a long shelf-life, they’re paaaacked with antioxidants and are super high in dietary fibre. The fibre in apples can help feel you full, regulate your bowels, reduce cholesterol and improve your health health. So go to the market (or orchard if you can), stock up and check out my recipes and ideas below for how to use them! You’ll love em to the core I promise πŸ˜‰Β  Continue Reading

Main meals Recipes

Crunchy Apple Salad

I absolutely love the sweet-savoury combo. One of my fav ways to pull it off is to toss some fruit in my salads, drizzle some sweet-sour dressing on there and you’ve got yourself super nutritious salad that doesn’t taste like grass. The tamari roasted almonds in this recipe absolutely maaaaake it. The nice crunch of the nuts and apple with the smooth sweetness of the dressing make it the perfect fall combo.Β  Continue Reading

Desserts Recipes

Apple-Peanut Butter Fudge

Fudge was one of my favourite treats as a kid. I grew up in Canada where maple fudge is a staple, and seeing as I wasΒ even more of a sweet tooth back then as I am now, you betcha I munched on my fair share of lil fudge squares. When I went vegan I kept seeing all these vegan fudge alternatives everywhere, but never really bothered to try. In my mind the reason why fudge is THAT good is cuz it’s essentially a block of sugary butter. Sugar + butter = guuuuuuud fudge. So try sell me some sugar-free, dairy-free fudge? Like naahhhh I’m aight, I’d rather treat myself to eating peanut butter out the jar. When trying to come up with some fall recipes however, maple fudge just popped into my mind, and I could hardly get my mind off FUDGE. But instead of attempting to make maple fudge with whatever imported maple syrup I can find here in the grocery store, I decided to use gorgeous in-season, Swiss apples and try my hand at an apple-peanut butter combo. Gonna be totally honest, it’s not quite the same texture as normal fudge BUT it’s just as delicious IF NOT BETTER. Oh AND it’s not sickeningly sweet as fudge often is, it’s dairy-free, sugar-free and gluten-free…meaning you get your fudge without “fudging” up your heart-health WOOHOO what a win hey!Β  Continue Reading