Real Talk

I Gained Weight, So What? – Here Is What I Am Learning Along The Way

March 21, 2017

I Gained Weight

So, I gained weight.

I know it. My partner knows it. My family knows it. My friends know it. Instagram knows it.

I’m sure I’m not the only one going through this. In fact, maybe you gained some weight recently as well?

There are many reasons why I gained weight; all of which are within my control. On the one hand, I have become less restrictive/obsessive and have truly given up the diet mentality for good. Yay! But on the other hand I have also been super stressed and anxious in recent months and as a result, my emotional eating track record has been through the roof. Nay! But regardless of why, none of these reasons need to be explained or apologized for. It is what it is.

As you can guess, this physical change has come with a large amount of mindfuckery. It’s  never a pleasant experience to gain weight (unless that is your goal, and sometimes even then), but even more so if you have struggled with an eating disorder in the past. How the heck are you supposed to deal with that shit?! After all, it’s taken me a long time to become comfortable with my body and accept it for what it is (no thigh gap and stuff). But now I need to re-learn how to love my body with all its new features, and somehow the meaning of unconditional self-love has taken on a whole new meaning.

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Travel

My Top 7 Healthy Cafes in Sydney

March 14, 2017

Can you believe that I’ve lived in Sydney for 10 months now and have not done one single healthy restaurant review?! What.the.hell.is.wrong.with.me. There’s a million of places to get your healthy food fix in Sydney, and I find it so incredibly easy to make good food choices around this city. With breakfast being the most important meal to Sydney-siders, I’ve done the leg-work for you and compiled my Top 7 Healthy Eats below. I actually had soooo many more to put on this list, but if you only had time for 7 meals in Sydney, you wouldn’t want to miss out on any of these.

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Recipes

Fresh Veggie Rice Paper Rolls With Tofu, Avocado And Mango

March 7, 2017

Rice Paper Rolls

Actions speak louder than words and in this case, my action was to make these two nights in a row for my dinner. That’s how good these vegan rice paper rolls are… They aren’t a revolutionary recipe creation by any means, however, this recipe is perfect if you’re looking for a cheap, quick, healthy and absolutely delicious lunch, dinner or even snack. Yes, yes, yes!

There is something so satisfying about rice paper rolls filled with fresh herbs, veggies, tofu, mango and creamy avocado paired with a flavorful dipping sauce. I could probably eat this every day of the year and not get sick of it. Maybe I should move to Thailand. Or Vietnam. Or Bali….

Verdict: This is definitely my new favorite way to eat vegetables. These crunchy rolls are:

  • high in nutrients
  • protein-packed due to the tofu
  • light but super satisfying
  • customizable depending on your preference
  • a great way to use up left over produce in your fridge
  • easy to make once you get the hang of rolling the rice paper rolls

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Loving Lately

Loving Lately – 21.02.17

February 21, 2017
Loving Lately - 21.02.17

GUYYYYS. What is there not to love lately? Sure, I have my ups and downs just like everyone else, but 2017 has been a pretty good year so far and I’ve been doing so many things that light my soul on ire.

It’s been a bit since I’ve done a loving lately post, so let’s just dive on in!


Natural perfumes

On Australia Day (my first ever, whipeee) I was walking through The Rocks Market amongst celebrating crowds, aimlessly wandering the various stalls together with my boyfriend. As we were walking, I was telling him how I really wanted to make the switch to natural perfumes.

BF: “Whaaaat, so no more of my beloved Chloé perfume?”

Me: “Nop, sorry. I’m breaking up with Chloé.”

And just as we were walking around talking about how bad conventional perfumes are (if you think this is BS, go do your research, we are literally spraying POISON on us by using normal perfumes!), we stumbled across a little perfume stall that was inviting people to come and try their testers. I’d never seen or heard of the brand Amacyn, but I was immediately intrigued by their beautiful packaging and tested my way through the various scents. The reason why I hadn’t yet made the switch to natural perfumes is because I couldn’t find one that was long-lasting, so I had a little chat with the lady and she gave me a mini lesson on essential oils and which combos will stay longer than others. In the end, I chose their “I am Kind” perfume (one of the most long-lasting, according to her), a sweet woody scent with a rich aroma of woody patchouli and the sweetness of vanilla, neroli, jasmine and iris. All of their products are 100% all natural plant extracts (no synthetic chemicals, no artificial and animal fragrances, colours, phthalates, parabens or synthetic ingredients), there is no animal testing and the packaging is environmentally friendly. Win!

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Wellbeing

My Journey From Self-Destruction To Self-Love

February 14, 2017

Do you sometimes do things that you know aren’t good for you and you will feel like crap afterward?

I’m sure you are all quietly nodding your heads right now. Regardless of whether your destructive behavior is downing a pint of Ben and Jerry’s each night, or getting embarrassingly intoxicated in front of the wrong people, I think we can all relate to the fact that sometimes we feel a bit out of control of our own behavior.

The picture you see above shows me in the summer of  2011 vs 2016.

On the left is an 18-year-old girl who just graduated high school, didn’t have much self-esteem, was fighting an eating disorder, valued partying and alcohol over her health, spent hours on the tread mill to be skinny, was using food as a coping mechanism and had no self-awareness whatsoever.

On the right is a 23-year-old girl who pumps more iron than alcohol, practices yoga, meditates every day, did a health coaching course in order to help others in their own self-love struggles while putting in the daily work to be the best possible version of herself. She prefers a calm night in with friends or herself over excessive clubbing, she’s confident with her imperfections and doesn’t try to be someone that she is not.

So, when you answered HELL YES to my first question, please know that you are not alone. Who among us doesn’t display some sort self-destructive behaviors from time to time, if not on a regular basis? But let me tell you that it’s possible to turn it around. And trust me, I’m no superwoman. I might seem disciplined from the view of an outsider, but from within I have always felt undisciplined with a lack of self-control. For the longest time, my struggle with binge eating has made me feel like I could never change, but I did.

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Travel

Wholesome Travel Guide To Singapore

February 7, 2017

Initially, Singapore didn’t really strike me as a very healthy place. There’s deep fried Asian food everywhere, when you are at the local markets it’s impossible to know what you are eating and I didn’t see a lot of people being very active. That is, if you don’t count the shopping marathons that are possible in Singapore (you can literally walk through the entire 4 million-people city via malls underground.

But after a couple of days exploring the city with my other half Vic, I was more and more impressed with the healthy cafés and studios that we discovered. They aren’t as easily visible at first sight like I am now used to in Australia, but if you do a bit of research, you will realise that there are actually plenty of great options. It’s a place where the health scene is really up and coming, so if you keep your eyes peeled, I’m sure you will discover some new and exciting places.

Below is a list of places that I’ve hit up and can wholeheartedly recommend. Enjoy!

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Food, Recipes

Vegan Peanut Butter And Vanilla Nana Ice Cream

January 31, 2017

Nana Ice Cream

It’s no secret that I go nanas for bananas. A good 20% of my recipes on this blog include bananas, like my favorite post-workout green smoothie, my peanut butter covered banana snack or these vegan banana blueberry pancakes.

With the scorching temperatures in Australia at the moment, it’s about time that I come up with my first nana ice cream recipe for this blog. I always have frozen bananas in the freezer for smoothies anyways, so whipping up this recipe is fairly simple.

I’m sure most of you already know the basic concept of blending frozen bananas in a blender/food processor until the results have the exact texture of soft serve ice cream.  The banana tastes surprisingly neutral, making it a great refined sugar free/dairy free base for other flavors. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that it tastes exactly like the real deal, but it certainly can satisfy your ice cream cravings! Whilst most other frozen fruits make for an icy texture, banana makes it creamy and rich thanks to its high pectin content.

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Lifestyle, Wellbeing

My Honest Review Of The Institute For Integrative Nutrition

January 24, 2017

It’s been about a year since I completed my health coaching course through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and this post is long overdue. I’m often asked by others about my opinion of the course and if I think it’s a good program.

The answer is….maybe.

Personally, I was absolutely wowed by the course. It was exactly what I was looking for and I loved every minute of it. It changed my life and has allowed me to create this beautiful passion-fuelled life I now live. It has helped me heal myself, connected me with like-minded individuals all around the world and has enabled me to inspire people to live their life to their fullest.

But whether IIN is a good choice for you, depends on YOU and what you’re after. Let’s have a closer look:

What is IIN?

 IIN is a 1-year long online program designed for people who are passionate about health and wellness. It is broken down into weekly modules (which you can work through in your own time) in which you will learn about nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices, mind and body connections, coaching and business skills. The course aims to empower you to transform your personal life and in turn help others transform their lives too.

A common question I get is whether it provides you with enough education and tools to work in the field of health, and this is a bit tricky because it completely depends on how you want to use it. Personally, I wanted to a) deepen my knowledge on nutrition and wellbeing b) continue on the self-development journey that I was on c) gain coaching tools and techniques to help others who are struggling with food and body image issues. For the latter, I knew that I didn’t need a 4-year nutrition degree. Yes, I wanted to help people eat healthy and do the right things for their body, but I knew from the beginning that I wanted to work with people where food wasn’t REALLY the issue. IIN seemed to be the perfect fit. It would take one year, I could complete it while working 80% on the side, it had an incredibly holistic approach teaching you over 100 different dietary theories + mind/body connection, and the cost was reasonable.

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Food, Recipes

Cleansing Green Gazpacho With Kefir

January 4, 2017

Green Gazpacho

Soup is one of my favorite things to make – it’s comforting and warming especially in the fall and winter. Now that I live in Sydney where the winter is hotter than most summer days in Germany, I don’t crave soups as often to heat me up from the inside. What I do crave is it’s consistency and the nutritional benefits of blending a shit ton of veggies into one big bowl. Enter: gazpacho.

Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and served cold, originating in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. Traditionally it is made with tomatoes and is hence red. Then there’s also green gazpacho’s, which are usually made using ripe green tomatoes (yup, that exists!). This soup uses neither and is instead, it’s filled with cucumber, spinach, frozen peas, avocado and a hella lot of spices and herbs. The soup is light and refreshing while being incredibly creamy, due to the avocado.

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Travel

24h Getaway at The Billabong Retreat

December 29, 2016

Billabong Retreat Sydney

The other week Phil and I were lucky enough to be invited to The Billabong Retreat, which is a yoga and meditation retreat about a 1-h drive outside from Sydney. A little getaway is exactly what I craved before heading off to my beloved-but sometimes crazy family over the Christmas holidays, so this couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

Billabong offers different retreat programs, like a yoga, wellness or meditation program. We opted for the latter, and even though the program runs for a couple of days, you can join it for just 1 or 2 days if you like. I’ve built up a meditation practice ever since moving to Sydney, but this trip really allowed me to tap back into it and also to discover new techniques that I had never tried before.

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