High On Life

High On Life

I look in the mirror and feel a little horrified by the foreign shape looking back. I used to be fit, toned, highly active; obsessed with the number of runs I had achieved, the number of hours I had worked out, the value on the scales. Many years, and two kids later, I stand in front of my reflection and pause for an honest moment for the first time in a very long time...

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Does Having a Full Schedule Equal Significance?

Does Having a Full Schedule Equal Significance?

I used to live my life by this belief – If I fill every single minute of my schedule, if every page in my diary is full of coffee dates and gym dates and dinner dates, then I will be one very important, very happy girl. Business equals significance. Right?

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Let Go // & Choose Hope

Let Go // & Choose Hope

Fingers covered in buttery, chocolate-chipped cookie dough; conquering an oversized mouthful of steamy sourdough drowned in salted caramel sauce; strong, rich, red wine sipped in between smooth chunks of brie cheese; making banana smoothies on a late and lazy Saturday morning...

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Consistency of Character

Consistency of Character

When my life is in turmoil, my default response is to become emotional. I most often turn to my "best friend" -chocolate- for comfort and sometimes place unrealistic expectations on those around me for affirmation, strength and anchorage. It is the classic control-freak-slash-perfectionist knee jerk reaction to the uncertainty of life.

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When Life Gives You... Tomatoes!

When Life Gives You... Tomatoes!

It is a rather odd occurrence to be sitting in an apartment right in the smack-bam middle of a city and to hear your overgrown tomato plant rustle slowly in the wind. My last few months have been filled with similar unexpected tales mingled with the soft scent of growing cherry tomatoes.

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Sugar Free? HELP!

Sugar Free? HELP!

So who's idea was it to go on a sugar fast this weekend? Of all the weekends to choose from, I chose Easter to refrain from sugar! Not only is it a long weekend, but it's a sugar-induced holiday, pre-empted just moments after Christmas gets packed away, with tempting chocolate bunnies filling the isles of our grocery stores and chemists.

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The Choice is Yours

The Choice is Yours

So we have come to the end of our Healthy Lifestyle themed November. We hope you have enjoyed reading our health-inspired posts this month. We just want to leave you with this spur:

Life truly is what you make it. The choice is yours - so go ahead, live your most amazing, beautiful, healthy life!

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Priorities

As I sit here, fingers lazily searching for inspiration upon the keyboard to write this post, my daughter (5 months old) plays in my lap as an ever present reminder of the important things. Cue life lesson... I think it's near impossible to separate balance, health and priorities.

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Coping With Stress

A big part of living a healthy lifestyle is finding the ability to cope well with stress. No matter how much exercise you do or how well you eat, it can all be undermined by stress.

I don't know about you, but my body does weird things when I feel stressed. My stomach gets in knots and constipation is sure to follow. I also get tension headaches, a sore jaw from clenching and seized muscles in my neck and shoulders. It doesn't help that I am naturally an anxious person.

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Healthy Pizza

Sometimes I just feel like digging into a yummy pizza, not the greasy kind you get delivered late at night, perhaps when you have a hang-over... the gourmet kind. In fact, I like to make my own.

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Exercising Your Character

Exercising Your Character

Wonderful women... bold, strong, beautiful and talented women. I speak to the Queen in you today. If you don't believe you have the rights to such a royal status... I wan't to know who told you that lie?!

We all have a head worthy of a crown. Not to sound cheesy, but it is true. Despite where we have come from, or what journey we are on, we all have it in us to be great. Whether we believe it or not determines whether we live it or not.

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Low-carb Crumbed Chicken

Flour, bread, wheat and gluten free crumbed chicken! This delicious, healthy alternative to your regular bread-crumbed chicken is a little treasure I stumbled upon while experimenting in the kitchen.

My husband and I have made a choice to live a healthy lifestyle and opt for less carbohydrates in our meals. We don't cut them out completely (we don't believe in no-carb), but we always feel less bloated and weighed down when we limit our intake of complex carbs.

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Something is Better Than Nothing

Something is Better Than Nothing

You may have heard the old fitness 'rule' that exercise should come in 3's... 3 times per week and for around 30 minutes every time.

Hands up, those who have tried yet fail to consistently reach this health-conscious directive... (I raise my hand). I for one have been very familiar with tireless efforts towards timetables for dedicated fitness routines and eating schedules. I have also experienced the other extreme, giving up completely, to eventually discover it doesn't have to be one or the other!

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3 Bad Habits That Hinder Our Health

Unless you are advised by respectable and trustworthy health professionals to constantly weigh yourself, then throw away the scales. A number should never define you! If you find yourself jumping on the scales and feeling either good or bad as a result, then you are letting a variable dictate your mood.

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Keep it Simple

Keep it Simple

Living a healthy lifestyle really shouldn't be complicated! It is all about making positive decisions. It does take willpower and discipline. But think of it as saying 'yes' to good food, fitness and constructive thinking rather than 'no' to junk food. 

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