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Victoria S.

Beverages Recipes

Fresh Ginger & Melon Green Smoothie

So I have a confession to make. I never really liked melon much. I remember going to visit my grandparents in France during the summer and cantaloupe melons were always served as an entree. I’d usually have a small sliver just to be polite and to just triple check that yup, they are, in fact, still gross. Recently however I’ve discovered a new appreciation for the ever so humble melon. Although I can’t say for sure if it’s because I actually like the melon or if I just like the positive associations I have with it. Regardless, I could help but chuck some in a blender with some ginger, kiwi and lots of other goodies to make this super fresh summer green smoothie! Bottoms uuupppp

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Fitness India Lifestyle Travel

Yoga Teacher Training in India

It’s wild to think that this time a week ago I was just finishing up my Yoga Teacher Training at Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School… I literally had no idea what to expect when I got there. In fact, I went in with no expectations at all, which, chapeau to me, was a bloody good way of going about it. Cuz in the end, the whole experience was nothing like what I could ever have imagined. The whole journey was a freakin sweaty-ass roller coasted of emotions, sore muscles, laughs and tears. My heart aches thinking back, because gawd-damn those were some of the happiest days of my life. I’ve tried to sum it up in this post, and I included an FAQ section at the bottom to answer some of the main questions I’ve received. If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to comment below or message me personally! I hope this helps some of you future yoga teachers and inspires the rest of you to think about possibly doing a YTT as well ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Continue Reading

Health Lifestyle

How to stay fit, healthy & productive during exams

It’s that time of year again. Time to spend days on end cooped up in front your computer screen, finally understanding why your professors said “attendance to lectures is highly recommended”. It’s the time where students all over the globe channel 100% of their focus into exam prep, and any other healthy habit practiced throughout the year flies out the window.

On top of being passionate about health and fitness, I’m really into productivity hacks. I love reading books about maximizing efficiency and self-development. So I’ve decided to combine these all in a post on how to stay fit, healthย and productive during exam time. I hope it’s helpful to some of you, and I take full credit if you end the semester with a six-pack and a 98% average (: ~~ ย (kidding)ย  Continue Reading

Fitness Health Lifestyle

The one diet rule everyone should follow

Maybe it’s cuzย summer’s coming soย everyone’s trying to get that beach bod ready, or because we’re almost half way through the year (shit only got 6 months left to hit those NY Resolutions), but everyone seems to be on a “diet” these days. I’ve gotten more messages that ever from people asking whether they should be “cutting carbs completely” or “is it okay to have a piece of bread in the morning”, “what about the afternoon?”. I haveย the same answer every single time. I start by saying that EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT.ย Everyone has different metabolisms, hormone levels, body fat percentages, goals, composition, likes, dislikes, strength, deficiencies…literally the list is endless. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to diet, and that is probably the most frustrating thing to hear ever. I’ve mentioned this before but it all comes down to human nature. We are always seeking a yes or no answer, a strict rule and guideline, however this cannot apply to nutrition. Since there are so many factors that come into play when discussing properย nutrition, naturally it would make sense that the reply would haveย an equally broad and wholistic approach. HOWEVER, even thoughย this next point may seem to completely contradict the previous, there isย oneย diet rule that I believe everyone should follow, HERE IT IS: Continue Reading

London Travel

5 Must-Try Brunch Spots in London

London has got to be my favourite city in Europe for many reasons:

  1. There’s always stuff going on here; let’s be real it’s it isย the city to be
  2. You can meet people from everywhere and anywhere
  3. There are so many sick fitness studios, from reformer to yoga to boxing
  4. It’s pretty much foodie heaven

No matter if you’re a true Londoner, if you’re livingย here temporarily or simply visiting, there are so many amazing foodie spots to be discovered in the city. Whether you’ve just spent last nightย having a few drinks too many at that new rooftop bar, or you’re just coming back from a crazy sweaty Barry’s workout, you’re probably in need for some brunch. Now brunch doesn’t simply constitute of some eggs at an awkward time of day, no no, a good brunch place must combine a cafe with a comfy but trendy set-up, good coffee, lots of healthy options and just a feel good vibe, cuz man, you can’t eat brunch in a place with a bad vibe. Itย just don’t work. Now I’ve triedย many brunch spots in London, and here below is the ultimate guide of the best of the best. So go ahead, eat up andย enjoy.ย  Continue Reading

Breakfast Desserts Recipes

Simple Vegan Banana Bread

I always felt like there are certain dishes where an “average” recipe just doesn’t cut it. Hell, for some dishes a “good” recipe doesn’t cut it either. For all those ultimate classics such as chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies andย banana bread,ย only an outta-this-world, dis-is-madness kinda recipes will do. It’s the sort of recipes that get passed on generation on generation, with the original recipe being scribbled on some semi-deteriorating old piece of paper kept in a safe somewhere. But in the end, the pen fades out and you can’t really read the recipe all that well and it gets lost forever. So thought I’d save my great grand-children the pain and just publish it here so they can check up on my blog whenever they wanna make some dope-ass nana bread. All jokes aside, this recipe is totally safe-worthy. I made itย for the entireย Food Matters team a few months back and they absolutely loved it. And that really means something; there’s hardly ever been a crew of such avid foodies ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Health Lifestyle

The Journaling Exercise That Will Change Your Outlook

I used to roll my eyes at these “express your feelings”, “show gratitude”, “be mindful” kind of posts. I guess you could say I’ve never been the most sensitive or emotional person out there, and always preferred the cold, hard facts. I’ve always preferred macro-tracking to intuitive eating and structured lifting sets to improvised yoga flows. Inย the past year I’ve experienced so much that has not only led to a complete change of my mindset, but I finally feel in complete peace and security with myself. I’ve changed my mindset from I’m happy, confident and feel good, toย how can I continuously grow, learn and develop. I don’t have it all figured out, heck I’m still only at the beginning of this beautiful wellness journey I’ve embarked on. One of the major habits that I’ve picked up over the past year is journaling. This is something that my wonderful friend Stef introduced me to, and I have her to thank for the great changes it has brought to my life. Basically I answer the same set of questions every morning before I start my day, and in the evening before going to bed. I’ll be honest and say I go through phases of doing it religiously, and stopping for sometimes weeks at a time. I never meant for it to add extra stress to my life, so I don’t worry if I don’t have time every single day. I know however that it’s broughtย me nothing but more clarity and positivity. It makes me think of a quote I read that says: What your mind thinks your body feels. Just the act of sitting and thinking of something that your grateful for, that makes you happy, that makes you smile, will breed positive thoughts, and is scientifically proven to decrease depression and anxiety. Belowย are the questions I answer; the simple journaling exercise that will totally change your outlook and very possibly you’re entire freakin life ๐Ÿ˜‰ Continue Reading

Beverages Breakfast Recipes

Alkalizing Green Smoothie

As I’ve progressed in my health journey, my pallet has changed immensely. I used to be a huge sweet tooth, with chocolate, brownies and caramel being my ultimate weakness. Hell I used to start my day withย 2 slices of the world’s whitest bread, topped with butter AND a crap-tone of chocolate powder…get this…DUNKED IN A HOT CHOCOLATE. Like what is that breakfast!? And then you know what I would bring as a snack to school? Chocolate powder in a zip lock… I’m not even kidding. Everyone would take out their zip-locks full of chocolate powder at recess, link their fingers, dunk in the powder and repeat… Don’t judge me, it’s what the cool kids did. In any case, moving away from eating my body weight in Nestle chocolate powder on a daily basis, has caused my taste buds to change as well. I slowly moved to eating fruit as my only form of sugar, to even cutting down my fruit intake to only about 1 serving a day. Where I used to fill my green smoothies with banana, apple and mango, I now don’t put any fruit in them at all. And you know what? I like them even better without. This is my new go-to green smoothie, so satisfying, so delicious, yet not heavy, not sweet, and jaaaaam packed to the frikin rim with all the vitamins ever. Enjoy!ย  Continue Reading

Singapore Travel

Healthy City Guide to Singapore

Even though Iโ€™ve spent 5 years of my life living in Singapore, and go back every holiday to see my parents, I still have somehow never posted a Healthy City Guide to this amazing city. Iโ€™ll be honest and say that itโ€™s probs cuz when I lived there at 16 I was more in a position to write a Guide to Best Ladies Night Clubs rather than where to get the best green juice, but over the past few years Iโ€™ve tried out many of the new healthy spots in the city and I have to say, the wellness scene there is definitely a whole lot less lame than I thought.ย 

In Singapore there are 3 main things to do: eat, drink and shop. By eat, most mean either inย world-renown high-class restaurants run by Michelin-star chefs or atย delicious, ridiculously cheap local food stalls. ย No one means lavish salads and wholesome brunch food. And by drink, most mean either Singapore Slings at one ofย the cityโ€™s many rooftop bars or local beer in a Korean Karaoke Pub. No one means green juices and kombucha. But I have to say, although the health and wellness scene is only just starting off in Singapore, itโ€™s definitely there, and many brave souls have tapped into the health trend and opened businesses that now make it easy for anyone visiting this massively modern city to eat well and keep active (between Fried Rice dinners and nights out at Clarke Quay of course). Continue Reading

Desserts Recipes

Cashew-Cream Tartlets

I decided that I just absolutely had to put up a recipe for Valentines day. When deciding what to make, I wanted to make sure that whatever I made, it would be a single portion size so that all my single girls #HollaAtMe could enjoy aย lil solo v-day treat as well. Plus food is bae and I don’t wanna be sharing that with noooobody, anyone with me? In any case, I tried to think of what is the ultimate cutest and most comforting pastry ever. Obviously mini strawberry tartlets came to mind, cuz how freakin cute are they? Yeah they’re adorbs. So here is my modified version. Way healthier, way lighter, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free…but equally delicious IF NOT MORE SO ๐Ÿ˜‰ Enjoy and happy Valentines day! Remember, it’s the day of love to be spent with those you love the most (AKA the gym & good food in my case) <3 Continue Reading