Lifestyle, Real Talk, Travel

14 Life Lessons I Learnt at YTT | Part 1

September 17, 2017

YTT India

6 weeks have passed since I did my Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India. Certified yogi: tick

The one question I get after “How was it?” is this:

“Did it transform your life like everyone said it would?”

In other words, they want to know if I’ve come back a zen AF yogi that has found enlightenment at the end of the tunnel.

Going into the training, I knew I would learn heaps of cool stuff and valuable life lessons. I mean I was about to spend 10 weeks in yoga land… how could that not do me good? I didn’t place any crazy expectations on the experience (actually, I went without any expectations but more on that later), but I admit there was a part of me hoping that this would bring me closer to…to what I’m not 100% sure. Maybe I felt like there was still some inner demons inside me (old destructive ED/binge thought patterns) and so I guess I was hoping that YTT would shine light on whatever part of this big life equation I hadn’t quite figured out.

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Real Talk

A Letter To My Younger Self

September 1, 2017

Letter to younger self

If you could go back and talk to your younger self, what would you tell her?

This is what I would say to my younger “eating disorder self”…


Letter to my younger self

Dear Me,

You probably don’t recognize me now. You won’t recognize me for the happy, healthy person that you see before you. I know that you are not in a good place right now, but I just want to let you know that you will get through this. In fact, you won’t only get through this but you will come out of the other side as a better and stronger person.

It won’t be easy. You are going to want to give up. You will believe that you are the only person in the world dealing with these inner deamons. The ED will hijack your mind. When you look in the mirror, you will only see what the ED wants you to see.

A part of you will want to leave the ED behind, but you will also be afraid of what life would be without it. You won’t want to let go. If you try, your struggle with food might even seem to get worse at first. It’s normal – you are upsetting your inner mean girl, so she will roar up and try to take back control. Now, here’s the hard truth – this voice will never go away fully. But you will learn to disengage from the voice. You will learn that freedom is hearing the voice nag and complain and roar and lecture and diss you, but you won’t believe a word it’s saying anymore.

One of your biggest hurdles and turning points will be to give up the “diet mentality” and practice radical self-love instead. It sounds impossible now, but with daily practice, step-by-step, you will learn to love yourself. Trust me. At times it may feel like you are taking steps back, but trust me when I say this is all part of the process.

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Food, Lifestyle, Travel

Morning Walks and Brunch Locations With A View + How to Eat Out Healthily

August 31, 2017

Brunch at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

On the list of things I missed the most while I was in India, Sydney’s brunch is definitely in the top 10. Having spicy rice for breakfast is alright and all, but boy did I miss my morning cappuccino, smashed avo and sourdough bread. Aussies just know how to brunch, am I right? The cool thing in Sydney is that their brunch scene doesn’t equate to big boozy escapades with all-you-eat-buffets (reminds me of Dubai times, #foodcoma).

It’s quite the contrary actually – my favoite way to brunch here is to wake up early for a morning workout to up my appetite and then head straight from the studio to my favorite brunch spot. I admit it. I am one of those people who are brunching in their active wear. Thank the lord for barre to brunch athleisure wear. So if you see me out, I may or may not have come from yoga, but I can guarantee you I’ve at least walked to the cafe – so that’s something.

And Sydney has lots of beautiful walks to offer. Since I moved to Bondi in April, my favorite walk is the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, duh. But I haven’t found that many great brekky spots in that direction yet…If you have any good recommendations, please do share.The other direction, however, has some great post-walk brunch spots to offer.

My favorite so far is the Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel, mainly for it’s yummy menu, beach luxe vibes, beautiful scenery and of course the mandatory Bondi to Watsons Bay coastal walk to get there. Of course you could drive or get there via ferry which is scenic in its own right, but in my opinion, nothing beats working up a good appetite before cozying up with a waterfront view at their Beach club to enjoy a healthy brunch with friends. It’s just so much more satisfying when you’ve worked for it.

Last time I went, I enjoyed their massive Breakfast bowl – a mix of hummus, heirloom tomato, dukkah egg, quinoa, raw carrot, sprouts and kale. Yum! They have some awesome healthy sides as well, like Portobello mushrooms, smashed avo and sautéed kale, so I found it quite easy to choose a healthy option.

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Fitness, Travel

What It’s Like To Do Your Yoga Teacher Training In India

August 14, 2017

Yoga Teacher Training In India

I leave India with a 200h yoga certificate, new found friends and a heart bursting full of joy, appreciation, and gratitude for this experience, for myself, my body, mother nature and this beautiful earth we live in. Doing my Yoa Teacher Training in India was everything I hoped for and more.


It was…

It was like one big summer camp for adults.

It was practicing yoga 3-4 hours a day, 6 days a week.

It was morning neti pots and herbal teas.

It was learning how to breathe and meditate and sit still for an hour.

It was being a sweaty, dirty mess for a month, but not caring how I look.

It was getting weird rashes and allergies all over my body and not knowing what’s going on.

It was dancing like no one’s watching and singing my lungs out to Indian Bollywood songs and mantras.

It was being surrounded by incredibly inspiring and uplifting people, and both laughing and crying together.

It was getting to know the Indian culture and falling in love with their generosity.

And falling in love with myself again.

It was feeling deflated on days where the yoga flow just didn’t seem to happen, and feeling elated when a challenging pose finally seemed in reach.

It was lying in bed at night wondering what my purpose in life is.

It was allowing myself to be more vulnerable than ever before.

It was realizing that everything is OK.

It was realizing that things are coming full circle for me and that I truly feel at peace with myself.

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Real Talk

Why Waiting To Buy New Clothes Until You Lose Weight Is The Worst Idea Ever

June 8, 2017

I know….

You don’t want to buy that dress or shop for new jeans until you’re at least 5,10, 15, 20+ kilos thinner than you are now.

You imagine this beautiful new wardrobe you’ll buy when you’re skinny and image how fantastic and confident you will feel.

I get it. I didn’t always smile like in the picture below when my bestie announced “Let’s go on a shopping date!”. Other girls would be excited, I on the other hand would be petrified.

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Food, Nutrition

6 frozen foods that deserve a spot in every freezer

May 17, 2017

A full freezer is only useful if it’s stocked with foods that can help you put a meal on the table quickly on a busy weeknight — unfortunately, Ben & Jerry’s doesn’t count. I have a tiny freezer, so it’s even more important for me to use the space wisely and freeze things that I know will make mealtime easier when time is of the essence. If you’ve been staying up-to-date with me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I’ve been obsessed with meal prepping lately. I’ve gotten into such a good routine when it comes to planning my meals in advance, and it’s helped me stay accountable and on track even with the new job and moving apartments.

Probably one of the most overused excuses for not eating healthy that I hear is “I don’t have time”. But honestly, with the help of a few staples, it’s incredibly easy to throw a variety of dishes together quickly and with little effort. Here’s a list of my top 6 frozen foods, meals, recipe ideas and tips on how to stay on track when you’re in a rush:

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Travel

Best Healthy Hotspots In Byron Bay

April 22, 2017

Healthy Hotspots in Byron Bay

When you drive into Byron Bay there is a welcome sign, saying, “cheer up, slow down, chill out,”. That pretty much sums up my Byron experience.

From the day I moved to Sydney, going for a long weekend trip to Byron Bay was on top of my travel-list. I had heard endless stories about the region’s bountiful organic produce, health conscious culture, long beaches and laid-back vibes; I was convinced before I even got there. Plus the weather is picture-perfect almost all year round, what’s not to love? It’s also just a short 1 1/2 – hour flight away from Sydney, making it the perfect quick city escape.

Part of what makes Byron Bay so wholesome and grounding is the food. This beach town is home to some of the world’s most passionate and sustainable foodies, meaning you won’t be short of healthy cafés and restaurants to check out. In fact, in the five days that I was there, I barely got through all the places I wanted to dine at (unless I was up for having 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, a post-lunch raw treat, an arvo smoothie, a pre-dinner snack, a 2-course dinner followed by another vegan dessert…). Whether you’re looking for organic food cafes, super foods, gluten free delights, raw food treats, gut healing concoctions or slow cooked creations, – Byron Bay has it all!

Below is a list of my favorite healthy hotspots as well as some recommendations on what to do while you are visiting. But without further ado, get your Instagram camera ready, because foodie shots have never looked this divine! 

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Recipes

Rosewater Berry NanaBowl Recipe + Get To Know The Founders of NanaBowls

March 28, 2017

NanaBowl

I first connected with Phil and Jess through social media two years ago when I was travelling through Phuket and discovered their Instagram accounts. I then had the pleasure of meeting Phil during my detox holidays at Phuket Cleanse – he was working there as director at the time. I only got to meet Jess some time later when I went to London – at the time she was working for Deliciously Ella and I was intrigued to join the team. Maaaan I just love social media – in this day and age, it’s so damn easy to connect with like-minded people and to find ‘your tribe’. Without Insta, I would have probably never met these two super inspirational people! Case in point: check out Phil’s Ted Talk that he did a couple of months ago on “how to get your mojo back”.

These two have now joined forces in a new venture – Nana Bowls. As you can guess from the picture above, it’s all about mouth-watering delicious smoothie bowls! Read the interview below on how they got started + some more insight, or scroll straight down if you want to recreate their Rosewater Berry NanaBowl for yourself. Enjoy!


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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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