THE PLANK; IT’S HARD CORE

I can’t speak for London because let’s be honest it’s getting colder by the second – BUT with the Aussie summer only JUST around the corner we can’t help but dream of Tash Oakley’s amazing bod and abs! Seriously if you are not familiar with this amazing creature follow her on instagram NOW @tashoakley or just google her. You are bound to feel a huge boost of motivation that’s for sure.
BUT there is no quick fix for a tight and toned stomach. As amazing as it would be, one sit up will not give you a rock hard stomach. Continue reading “THE PLANK; IT’S HARD CORE”

12 WAYS TO CONQUER THE EARLY MORNING WORKOUT

“Motivation is what gets you started – habit is what keeps you going”

 Gone are the days of being a university student – flexible hours, catching up with friends, home all day long and sleeping in! Now living out of home in a city working full-time – trying to fit in a workout is tough… especially as winter approaches!!! Here come the frosty winter mornings … -6 degrees outside and pitch black when the alarm goes off at 5.30. Stubbing toes in search of the bathroom, blinding ourselves with the heat lights and having to carry cups of hot water out to the car to pour on the windscreen. Yes I am talking about a Canberra winter!! Continue reading “12 WAYS TO CONQUER THE EARLY MORNING WORKOUT”

EATING BEFORE AND AFTER A WORKOUT?

When it comes to eating healthy and working out, I rarely fall off the bandwagon. My daily routine consists of leafy greens, my morning coffee, sweaty gym sessions, stretching (and of course sitting on my bum 9-5… yes it’s not all lululemon and relaxing) But despite being a health nut/gym rat, there is one thing that has always stumped me… What to eat before and after a workout? and when? Continue reading “EATING BEFORE AND AFTER A WORKOUT?”

FAB AB WORKOUT

This Ab burner is by the wonderful Kiera Underwood – check out her blog >> HERE!! I saw this one morning whilst scrolling through my instagram and thought “oh yeah that looks simple enough I might try that at the end of my next workout” but believe me IT”S A KILLER!! Continue reading “FAB AB WORKOUT”

WHY AM I NOT LOSING WEIGHT?

Food diary? Check! Regular exercise? Check! Weight sticking around like a needy high school boyfriend? CHECK!!!!

I am not a dietician or sports nutritionist but I have been researching, reading, scrolling or following those alike for years now and it’s fair to say I know a thing or two about how to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading “WHY AM I NOT LOSING WEIGHT?”

GET A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP

This week has been a shocker for a good nights sleep. Tossing and turning, waking and checking the time, multiple toilet stops and generally taking AGGGEEESSSS to fall asleep. Waking up tired and falling asleep at my desk by the end of the day. But why? The answer is who knows. Everyone is different. Some people can sleep sitting up in chairs, on planes or on a couch within the flick of a switch. Others struggle.

Continue reading “GET A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP”

I’LL HAVE WHAT SHE’S HAVING

Rainy hump day and time for some bloggin’. I get asked A LOT about what I eat on a daily basis and if I eat sweets, ‘junk foods’ or follow any particular diet. I love being an inspiration to people and helping them with some meal, healthy snacks and recipes to kick start their healthy lifestyle…BUT (yes ladies there is always a but… and a bigger one if you squat hehe) the biggest thing that we all need to understand is that EVERYONE is different. Even if you eat exactly what I did – you WILL have a different outcome or result.

Some people have intolerances and allergies to certain food groups. Some people cut out meat or dairy based on religion, their upbringing or lifestyle beliefs. Some people eat strict meal plans based on their specific training or athletic regimes. Some people eat raw to cure disease or internal health issues and others just cant digest things the way the rest of us can. (without looking 5 months pregnant overnight that is) So what does this mean? Just because the person next to us or on social media is eating a certain meal or food doesn’t mean that it is the best option for OUR body. And if someone for some reason chooses not to eat a certain thing – don’t think its the newest fad and copy them. You never know what their story is and everyone’s body is different.

Elvis-Oats1-WM-BlogCheck out my PIMP YOUR PORRIDGE POST HERE

RESTRICTIONS AND ELIMINATING DIETS

These days people (myself included) get so caught up in social media and fad diets that we forget to nourish our bodies properly. We only get one chance to build our body and fuel it correctly – Don’t stop eating  fruit because you are concerned with its natural sugar content. If you cut fruit out of your diet you would be denying your body of so many nutrients and minerals not to mention tasty fruity goodness. And a chocolate bar and piece are fruit are just not comparable. Trust me – if you don’t have natural sugars in your day you will end up grabbing that chocolate at the end of the day!

Don’t think that going gluten free, paleo or vegetarian is the ‘cool’ thing to do. I bet so many people with actual coeliac disease would love nothing more than biting into a huge piece of sourdough toast but they simply can’t. But for some reason that doesn’t stop the majority of us self diagnosing and restricting foods. The hottest and ‘raddest’ thing out there these days – “is to find what works for you”. Be you. Be unique! Eat everything in moderation. Enjoy burgers and chocolate, cheese platters and wine, bowls of spaghetti and garlic bread – just remember to also eat your greens, get your daily 5 vegetables and 2 pieces of fruit EVERYDAY and most of all just make healthy and smart choices. Life is too short to be restrictive and unbalanced.

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Flat belly fruit smoothie recipe HERE

I love to eat yoghurt and refuse to CUT OUT any particular food group, especially dairy. (ummmm feta, goats cheese, cheddar, milk, yoghurt) For me yoghurt is full of probiotics and healthy gut properties that help settle any digestion discomfort I have. What about meat or grains? I love red and white meat – honestly I would struggle to go a day vegetarian and I love rice, toast, oats and quinoa too much to cut the grain. Our body needs carbs >>BLOG POST HERE on Carbs and their benefits.

pb banana breadPeanut butter on banana bread recipe HERE

We are told to eat ‘clean’ and ‘wholesome’ foods so we stop eating supermarket artificial crap. But then we are told to not eat grains or dairy because our ancestors lived that way – so we cut everything but fruit, vegetables and meat. Sarah Wilson tells us to restrict sugar and fruit – so now all we are eating is meat and greens. Vegetarian and vegan diets tell us to eliminate all meat and animal products so now all we are left with is … greens. If we listened to everyone we wouldn’t be able to eat any more than a large bowl of sautéed kale… no wait the raw diet restricts us cooking or heating food over 40 degrees so make that a glass of raw kale. And we all know this isn’t a healthy balance. Find your balance – and enjoy what makes your body work.

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Pimp your Avo toast post HERE

REMEMBER EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT – SO JUST BE YOU!

K

COCO-ALMOND BITES

FEATURE FRIDAY – Sarah Bambey the lovely healthy foodie behind the instagram account @pretendhealthfreak provides me with so much inspiration and healthy raw treaties to get excited about. This one in particular caught my eye. I love anything and everything coconutty and who could resist the cute little raspberry on top!

The best part about this recipe is that it is simple yet delicious. It isn’t time consuming, doesn’t involve waiting hours for layers to set AND you are bound to have the ingredients in your pantry or fridge already! Give it a try !!

 

COCO-ALMOND BITES

BASE

2 cups shredded coconut

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 Tbs coconut yoghurt (could use greek yoghurt too)

sprinkle of stevia

TOPPING

raw almond butter with a fresh raspberry

coco almond raspb squares

Process base ingredients until smooth and press into square pan. Spread almond butter on top and refrigerate. Cut and place raspberries on each square. Freeze or refrigerate.

Thanks Sarah!! Happy Friday all

K