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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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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 realize 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 😉  Continue Reading

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Eating Seasonally: in August we eat melon

I’ve been super focused lately on eating seasonally and locally. In Switzerland we’re lucky enough to get amazing produce grown right here in the country, and I’ve decided to fully embrace that. That might mean giving up bananas and avocados for the time being, but hey, with deliciously sweet berries and stone fruit freakin everywhere, I can’t complain. This month I’ve decided to focus on melon. Cantaloupe melon is an amazing source of vitamin A & C while having anti-inflammatory properties. Honeydew melon is rich in potassium (so ciaaaoo nanas, hello honeydew 😉 while watermelon is hella hydrating (perfect for hot summer days since they’re over 90% water). So all in all, go grab some melons (can’t say that with a straight face), and dig in. If you’re looking for some inspo on what do with them, check out my recipes and ideas below!  Continue Reading

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8 tips to become a more conscious consumer

I was really thirty while on transit in London waiting for my flight back to Switzerland. So naturally I did as many of us would do, I went into Boots, and grabbed a coconut water to have something really hydrating. While sipping my deliciously refreshing coco water, I started reading the back of the carton (what else should you do when your flight’s delayed). I had the craziest realization while reading the label. The coconuts were picks in the Philippines, then shipped over to Thailand for processing, then to Europe for bottling, and then shipped to the airport where I was waiting, and into my hand. I could have gotten a bottle of locally produced bottles water, but nahh I “felt like coconut water” so I got it. Thinking about the amount of labour, work, energy, fuel, pollution etc. that was behind my seemingly innocent bottle of coconut water was sickening. I decided there and then that I would take an extra minute every single time I buy something to make sure that the enjoyment I get out of it would be worth everything the product went through to make itself to me. Here are a few tips that I’ve now implemented into my life to become a more conscious consumer. *Just as a disclaimer I’m in no way saying I’m perfect, or a true environmentalist or that I live a very ecological or minimalistic lifestyle. My parents live on the other side of the world which means I travel a lot and take lots of flights which is clearly an environmental disaster, making it all the more reason to try make a greater effort in other aspects of my life. We can all do something, and something is always better than nothing.  Continue Reading

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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 😉  Continue Reading

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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, health 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 (: ~~  (kidding)  Continue Reading

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The one diet rule everyone should follow

Maybe it’s cuz summer’s coming so 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 have the same answer every single time. I start by saying that EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. 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 proper nutrition, naturally it would make sense that the reply would have an equally broad and wholistic approach. HOWEVER, even though this next point may seem to completely contradict the previous, there is one diet rule that I believe everyone should follow, HERE IT IS: Continue Reading

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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. In 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, to 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 brought 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. Below are the questions I answer; the simple journaling exercise that will totally change your outlook and very possibly you’re entire freakin life 😉 Continue Reading

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10 Easy Healthy Food Swaps

The classic saying goes “working out is the easy part, what’s hard is diet”. I don’t necessarily think either are particularly easy nor are they that hard, but proper nutrition can definitely be more difficult to navigate. In today’s word of fad diets, misleading “health” food advertising and the internet breeding a ridiculous amount of false information, it’s easy to fall into a trap, thinking you’re doing your body good, when really you’re simply doing it more harm. Knowing how to get started with healthy eating is often the hardest part, but there’s no need to overcomplicate it. With these 10 easy healthy food swaps, you’ll be on your way to a healthier diet, and a better, fitter and stronger you. Continue Reading