Monday, May 23, 2016

WIN - The Healthy Life Book by Jessica Sepel

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This book is a great resource tool for anyone who is trying to get healthy.

As a health coach there is SOOOO much in this book that I teach and help my clients with.
The first 126 pages of the book are filled with 10 Principles for a Healthier Life and Nutrition 101.

Monday, April 25, 2016

6 reasons I love snapchat

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If you feel like I have been missing around here - well its because I have been (sorry).
But there is a good reason why,,, well I think its a good reason.

You see I have fallen in love
(pause for dramatic effect)



Once I figured out the simplicity of the app (at first I was convinced there had to be more to it) and

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Table Magazine and Grazia Magazine

Hello you

Its been a busy, fun and exciting time around here. Myself and this blog have been talked about in two publications and an email newsletter. I am more than thrilled - as publicity is always a blessing!
This blog post is my way of keeping track of any publicity for myself and to share with you what has been happening.

TABLE MAG: So first off here I am personally in the Table Magazine for my instagram account. I was blown away to be featured with international women of amazing standards when it comes to health and well-being. I am so chuffed to be 1 of the 5 (deliciously Ella and Sarah Wilson - are 2 to of the women I am alongside - WOW)

Friday, February 19, 2016


Im THAT mom - you know the kind that other moms roll their eyes at.

Can my kid have a play date at your house? umm maybe... but I'll send her food. Why you may ask? because my kid's gluten-free, dairy-free and eats organic food.  - Do you have organic carrots and organic fruit at your house? Sadly most don't.

Moms look at me as if Im crazy - I try to tell them as politely as possible that I would like to send my childs food - they almost always look at me like I have a big fat crazy thing coming out my head! yes

Thursday, February 4, 2016


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One hot summers afternoon my house contained 3 hot and sweaty little girls in need of some ice cream! (my daughter and two of her cousins). It was that sweltering kind of heat and plus who could say no to those cute little faces asking for a cold treat? - I couldn't.

Monday, January 18, 2016

One SMALL word to create change

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I wrote this blog post for when you're feeling motivated BUT you ALSO want change...  Its the DIY of how to help yourself get from feeling to doing.

Ever felt really chuffed with yourself for feeling all motivated? I have! We feel like change is around the corner, we can feel it with every part of our being... then after a day or two OR a week or two it fades. Which kind of sucks.... Have you ever wandered what to do with that motivation AND how to help yourself make it work for you?

It all starts with a change in mindset - you see feeling motivated is not an action.

I know as a human being we (myself included) like to stop at the feeling... example: feeling motivated to go for a walk is very different to ACTUALLY GOING and doing the walk. But I really like that I felt motivated to want to do it (10 points for me - wink)

Monday, January 4, 2016


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It occurred to me that there are only 52 weeks in the the year and therefore only 52 Mondays, 52 Tuesdays, 52 Wednesdays etc (you get my point). So that would mean that I could harness this power of pattern that the working world (calendar) has put before me to pick one day of the week and decide to work on a skill, or desire I want to make happen.

It seems silly that I have only just realized the power of this. I mean I have always had the same 52 weeks every year right? but this year it dawned on me - lets say I pick every Monday to write for 30 minutes (I mean just 30 minutes, once a week) sounds doable. That means I would get in 50 sessions of writing (I took out 2 weeks because you know - life happens).

So back to the 50 sessions.
Lets do the math: 50 session x 30 minutes = 25 hours. 

25 hours of doing something consistently is nothing to sneeze at.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

WIN - MINDFULNESS Colouring Books

In the health and wellness world there has been a trend towards being more mindful.

Being Mindful can take some practice. We can easily run around crazy and busy (plus with the fast paced way of living that has become normal) we just don't make time for ourselves. Unless we are sick and then we have no choice.

Well I have some GOOD news for you. If you are an adult and you loved to colour-in as a child - guess what? you can totally colour in as a adult and be mindful (being good to yourself). PLUS with science on our side its really good for your brain!

Monday, November 23, 2015

REVIEW That Sugar Book by Damon Gameau

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This book is for anyone who means business about their health. Not only is it very educational it clearly walks you down a path of what kinds of sugar there are in the world BUT also the health community is eating... The so called "healthy" snacks we all think we are doing so well with-in our kids lunch boxes and snacks. Things like fruit juices and health bars etc... I mean they are healthy aren't they???  Well surprise surprise we may not be that healthy after all.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Gluten-Free NOT so healthy RANT!

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I love to find gluten-free recipes on the internet but just lately Ive been more and more shocked when I see that even though the gluten has been swapped out in the recipe for other flours the sugar is still there and sometimes its even MORE than before to mask some of the different tasting flour alternatives!
We often love to believe that when we are gluten-free we are soooo healthy! I mean we know that gluten can be bad for some of us and wreak havoc in our bodies ... but don't be fooled that just because you made a gluten-free cake you can eat if for breakfast, lunch and supper - I means its gluten-free so it must be healthy right ;) ... I just wanted to point a little finger at sugar and other nasties that could be in your baking or food that is just as bad for your digestion. I know we all want to be the best and healthiest version of ourselves - YAY! So lets strive for less sugar and more natural ways to baking and cooking. (here's looking at you gluten-free biscuits in the shops- they sneak in lots of other junk!)

Please note in this little rant I know I'm not perfect but Im trying to remember that my body is worth beautiful food and support so that it feels nourished. So this post is as much for me as it is for any one else wanting a happy body... minus the the inflammation (hint: sugar can cause inflammation)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

HOW TO GET THE CHANGE YOU SO BADLY DESIRE (its not what you think)

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You know when you need change so bad you would do anything for it?
I experienced that last year. I would have moved cities or even countries for some change just to feel different inside! I would have tried almost anything, the desire inside was so great! I couldn't stop thinking about what I could do - move, get some different friends, try a new sport, buy new clothes, change something.... Anything!!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Maca Bowls

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This is what we are eating for desert at the moment - And if there is any left over in the back of the fridge (read I hid some from my family) then I have a small bowl for breakfast.
It is cool and smooth with a little bit of chia texture. I find it comforting and sweet (cause we don't eat refined sugars and our taste buds have adjusted) - yay. small victories right?

Friday, September 11, 2015


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Not only is this a beautiful cookbook but it is also designed to point you in the right direction if you need to cook for a particular part of your body. For instance the book has key symbols for each area

Friday, August 14, 2015

Taking Gluten-Free to the next level

Its not to difficult now days to get gluten-free alternatives to the things you love. You can buy cookies, breads and pastas that are all gluten-free. The problem is that you are simply swopping one processed food for another. Yes you aren't consuming the gluten - which is better for you but you aren't consuming nourishing foods either - think about a gluten-free cookie. Just because its gluten-free doesn't mean its healthy (it still will spike your blood sugar and may even have nasty alternatives in it) and just cause its gluten-free you feel that you can now eat the whole box! (we've all been there)

If you are just starting out on your gluten-free journey by all means buy some gluten-free pasta and

Friday, July 31, 2015


On the weekend a magical letter arrived in the post. The kind of letter that makes you go weak at the knees and brings tears to your eyes. It took me by surprise even though I knew it had to arrive

Friday, July 24, 2015


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This is a review of TWO different cookbooks both are by Anjum Anand.
1) Anjums Quick and Easy Indian (Fast, effortless food for any time and place)
2) Anjums Indian Vegetarian Feast

Monday, June 29, 2015


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Im excited to share that I am in the July issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine SA.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


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In the past I bought sprouts at the store/shop in the salad section and added them to my salads, randomly and when I felt like buying them. Since then I have tasted some really delicious take-out raw food dishes which seemed to contain A LOT of different  kinds of sprouts with all kinds of delicious patties and salads. While chatting my husband asked "why don't we sprout?" and from then on I was hooked on the idea....Why hadn't I considered it before?

I read advice online and started with 3 jars and some mesh/tuille fabric. I also drove my husband crazy because our drying-up rack for our dishes became the home for the jars of busy sprouting seeds thus causing chaos in the washing and drying of our dishes and trying to keep the kitchen clean.. (hehehe.) - causing chaos in the kitchen seems to be my special something.
So after several days of searching for a second drying rack - I wanted a fold away one, which is currently impossible to find in any stores where I live we went straight to the source and just bought a kind of expensive (but so worth it) sprouting rack. Its perfect and our sprouting journey continues full throttle.

The enzymes in sprouts is much higher than in other uncooked, raw foods because the sprouts are alive.
  • The vitamin content in sprouts is higher - yay more vitamins!

Friday, May 22, 2015


So browsing the internet for amazing food you don't expect to find this! eeeek!
Clearly Im not the super adventurous type when it comes to food.... Are you?

Thursday, April 23, 2015


With the crazy busyness of studying plus work and family life I haven't been able to get to cook and photograph many things in the day time. Hence the lack of recipe posts -sorry. I think about it often and check in here and on facebook to say hi and answer comments etc...

I will be back - one day ;) kidding , Im still here just lurking in the background.
Studying is going well and Im getting close to the end, about 5 - 6 weeks and Im finished -Eeek!
I will be studying 2 other short courses after that but much less work load so life will ease up a little - yay!
I have LOVED studying, I never thought I would like it that much but now Im sad to finish. Life always has ways of flipping things on its head and surprising us.