Maternity Leave!

Maternity Leave

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted for a while…between full-time work and preparing for my first born, I haven’t had the energy to keep up with blogging and posting on Facebook.

With only days to go, I’ll be taking a short break to settle into motherhood, but I’ll be back very soon!

Thank you all for your love and support over this special time!

do you need to lose weight to become healthy?

Do you need to lose weight to become healthy?
– OR –
Do you need to get healthy in order to lose weight?

scalesAs you may know, I’m a huge fan on Sean Croxton from Underground Wellness. It was in his book, the Dark Side of Fat Loss that I first realised that we generally have things the wrong way around.

We think that we need to lose a few kilos in order to look healthy. But in fact, our body won’t release excess weight (on a permanent basis) until it’s actually healthy. (Read more about Sean’s take here)

Being thin doesn’t automatically make you a healthy specimen of the human race!

My experience:

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the pursuit of self-love: loving the skin you’re in

I’m privileged to share a second guest post from the lovely Briannan Dean.  Briannan’s first article was all about the benefits of cacao and a delicious and super-quick recipe! Read it here.

Back to self-love…Over to you, Briannan…


The Pursuit of Self-Love: Loving the Skin You’re In

It seems that in this day and age of glossy magazine perfection and technological disconnect, self love is a concept almost as abstract as the idea of the perfect soul mate. We’re all familiar with these ideas of love, but they seem far fetched and unattainable to the average person. We think self-love is something that only the likes of Victoria’s Secret supermodels have, but in reality, self-love has nothing to do with external beauty. Rather, it has everything to do with the unconditional acceptance of yourself exactly as you are. It is not self-indulgent, it is self-affirming.

To be perfectly honest, I found this article a little difficult to get going – an indication that I am still not quite there yet with the whole self-love thing either.

Life teaches us to be resistant to the concept. We learn self-deprecation from an early age and fear being the tall poppy.

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part four – emotion vs mood

I’m really excited to kick off this four-part article series on emotions! During May, I want to share with you my thoughts on emotional health.

Catch up on Part One here – the importance of acknowledging and expressing for emotional healing, and how to express guilt, regret and shame.

Catch up on Part Two here – expressing sadness, anger and frustration. 

Catch up on Part Three here – emotional health: what you can do to keep yourself balanced.

I would love to hear your feedback so please comment below!

There’s a big difference between feeling an emotion, which is generally a passing phase that may last from a couple of minutes to a couple of days. When you struggle with a particular emotion and can’t break free, this may lead to a mood issue.

Long Term Stress

Chronic, long term stress is very detrimental to health. In fact, most modern day diseases are linked to stress in one way or another. Unlike momentary stress which is used to kick us into gear, chronic stress can lead to overreactions to small frustrations and feed emotions such as anger and sadness, and impede on our ability to “bounce back”. It may even lead to more serious conditions, such as depression or anxiety.

Depression and Anxiety

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alternative and natural cold remedies

pillsBelow I share some non-typical natural cold remedies, as they don’t involve cold and flu tablets or panadol!

My philosophy is first do no harm. Long-term medication use can have some side effects which may impact our long-term health and wellbeing. I try to opt for natural remedies in the first instance before resorting to medications.

Vitamin C

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