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So Long Vegan Part 1: Why I’m making the switch

A few months ago, I celebrated 2 years of being vegan. Flash forward a few weeks after that, and I was at the Kawana Organic Farmer’s Market buying a bag of beef bones to make myself some homemade bone broth. Wait what?! Yup…after 2 years of strict veganism, not touching a single animal product, there I was in my kitchen staring at a bag of bones; so damn organic there was still some cow hair on it. It might have been easier to make the leap by simply buying some pre-made chicken stock, but I didn’t want to make the switch without staring it right in the face. I wanted to understand exactly what I was doing, what I was eating, and instead of turning my head away from the fact that an animal had died for my lunch, I wanted to stand there mindfully and be thankful for the animal in front of me. Alright I know what you’re thinking. What the F happened to that whole “omg best decision of my life, I love veganism, save the animals, I feel so great, my energy is limitless, this is the diet of the gods” crap. Well you know what, I don’t take back anything I’ve ever said about following a vegan diet. I did have more energy than ever, I did feel my best, I did have improved concentration and lowered risk of heart disease, while also doing the best possible thing for the environment and stand up agains the unethical treatment of animals. But as much as veganism was so right for me 2 years ago, it no longer is, and here is why.  Continue Reading

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November Obsessions

I saw a quote image on Instagram yesterday that said: January, February, March *BLINK* December. So. Damn. Accurate. The year’s almost already over, and although so much has changed in the last few months, I can hardly believe how fast it’s gone by. So, as a little tribute to the month of November which felt like it lasted about 45 minutes, here are the things I fell in love with. Continue Reading

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Kitchen Essentials Part 1: Health Food Store

I’ve been contemplating putting together a little “kitchen staples” list for a while, including all my “must haves”. And then I realized; I take up 3 drawers, 2 cupboard and 60% of the fridge to store my food AKA my flatmates hate me and that would be an effing long list. So I decided to break it up between the 3 main places I buy my food: health food stores, grocery stores and the farmer’s market. Here is part 1, my health food store kitchen essentials. Why do I buy these products at health food stores and not grocery stores? Well the grocery store version of most of these products tend to be full of crap, so I really make sure I buy the real-deal, organic version. Where as I can find raw, spray-free almonds in the grocery store, I can’t find a good organic, vegan protein powder. So here’s my list, hopefully this will give you some inspiration for next time you’re browsing through your local health food store, wondering what is all this hippie stuff and what do I do with it?! Continue Reading

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The Ultimate Aussie Giveaway!

I’ve been in Australia for 4 months now *cue rant about time flying*, and safe to say this place is just as much of a #fitgirl heaven as I thought it would be. There are health food stores everywhere, delicious organic snacks all over, and you can even find specialty vegan & gluten-free goodies in your grocery store. All this to say that that the Aussies are absolutely killing the health & wellness game, and Stef and I thought it would only be fair to share it with you guys. We’ve piled up lots of goodies from our favourite healthy Aussie brands and created an ultimate Aussie giveaway box, open world-wide, with over $100 worth of stuff! We have 3 to give out so listen up for details and how to enter! Continue Reading

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Learning to take it “chill”: A new approach to health & fitness

When I got to Australia, I had no idea what direction my health & fitness journey was going to take. For the 6 months prior, I was following a strict weightlifting regimen, with 5 intensive heavy lifting sessions a week, coupled with a 2, 000 cal diet. I tracked absolutely everything; from how much I lifted each and every session, to how many grams of protein, fat and carbs I’d eat daily.

I knew once I got to Australia things were going to change. Was I gonna get a gym membership? I dunno. Was I gonna discover my hidden surfing talent and sacrifice the rest of my life to catching waves? Probs. Was I going to become a mango-avo-tarian and only live off the two best foods in the world for the next 6 months? Most definitely.  Continue Reading

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My 8 healthy habits

It’s human nature to always look for a simple yes or no answer. “Is bread good?”, “Should I eat carbs?”, “If I run 30 mins each day, will I look like Alessandra Ambrosio?”. But answers aren’t yes or no, black or white, everything’s kinda grey. And that’s at best. Most of the time it’s actually more brown, or beige or kaki or taupe or just one of those colours where you don’t really know what’s going on. There’s no quick one-way solution to living a healthy life. Your general wellbeing is simply an average of your habits. It’s what you do most of the time that matters, not once.

(Lives off fried food forever, eats an apple once = health. Yeah no, not so much, sorry.)

So if you’re looking for a clear-cut answer for how to lead a fit and healthy life, here it is: Cut out your unhealthy habits and replace them by healthy ones. Here are my 8 healthy habits;  try fit at least a few of them into your daily routine and before you know it, they’ll become routine. Consistency is key kids!

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How to get your ass out of bed for a morning workout

So you’ve made a decision, a decision to make a change. Whether the decision is to get fit, get stronger, build some muscle, lose weight or just to live a healthier lifestyle: you’ve already taken the first step which is to know what you want. Now step #2 comes along. How are you gonna achieve that? Maybe you’ve found a workout guide online or got some advice from a friend or Personal Trainer. It’s now time for the hard part: getting started. That’s really the hardest of them all, cuz once you’ve started, once the ball is rolling, keeping it going is easy.

So let’s say your goal is to get fit, you made the decision, found the workout plan you’re gonna follow, all that’s left is the execution. You go to bed with the best intentions of waking up early to do your first workout before work. Your alarm rings at 6am and there it is; that decisive moment. To snooze or not to snooze? That is the question. We’ve all been there. Even though I’ve gotten myself into such a routine I hardly even question my morning workouts anymore, there are always days where I tell myself “hmmm maybe I could snooze it just this once?” But when those thoughts come creeping in, I do certain things which give me the motivation to get the F up. Here are my top tips on how to get your ass out of bed when you just freakin don’t want to. Continue Reading

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10 day digital detox: 3 things I learned

I didn’t do a 10 day digital detox for fun. I didn’t do it to to clear my head, to have some “me time”, to distance myself from social media nor to give myself a challenge. In fact, I didn’t really do it at all: it just happened, mainly cuz I’m a huge scatterbrain, forgetful and a lot of time just plain ol’ dumb. So yes, I forgot my phone on the passenger seat of the car rental and only realized when Stef was half way to the airport…. and with my luck, the 1-day express postal service somehow took 10… So there ya go. Combine that with the fact that we still hadn’t managed to get WiFi or TV set up in our new house; there’s your impromptu, non-planned, nor desired digital detox. Continue Reading

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WTF: chocolate vs cacao

What do you think when you think chocolate? Probably:

a) YUM – gimme

b) Indulgence, a “treat” or even a “cheat”

Chocolate is known as the “delicious thing you can’t have too much of” or the “forbidden fruit”. Except not fruit… damn if only chocolate were a fruit… I’d have it every day. Right? Oh wait, I do.

Yup no joke. I eat chocolate every. single. day. The answer is yes, chocolate can fit into a health, plant-based, balanced, wholesome diet. Yes you can have it every day without guilt, and yes it’s actually good for you. The only difference is that the chocolate I’m talking about here is probably a little different from the chocolate you’re thinking of.

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Are we ruled by numbers?

Whether it’s the number on the scale, the percentage of macros on MyFitnessPal, or the number of calories on the package, it’s safe to say that the world of health and fitness is somewhat ruled by numbers. Numbers are a natural and easy means of comparison, and can give clear and positive input on progress, but there also comes a point where it’s too much. We strive to reach a certain digit, even when the numbers hardly mean anything anymore. I realized this last week after my latest body composition test, and this was somewhat of an eye opener to say the least.  Continue Reading