Lifestyle, Wellbeing

Let’s Talk About Sleep, Baby

June 4, 2018

Bio hack your sleep

You can sleep when you’re dead.”

“There is no rest for the weary.”

In today’s society sleep is totally underrated. In fact, sleep deprivation is almost worn as a badge of honour. I hear people bragging about how they pulled an all-nighter or get away with sleeping 4 hours a night all the time. I used to be one of them.

But the truth is, in order for you to perform to the best of your ability you need to get deep, restorative rest every single night. The average person needs between 7-8 hours of rest each night, and the mountain of studies proving this fact is undeniable.

If you get consistently good night sleep, you will have the mental, physical and emotional energy to deal with the challenges that we face on a daily basis in our modern world. I don’t know about you guys, but I become a cranky biatch if I don’t get my beauty sleep. Oh and I start getting really clumsy, forget things and omggg those food cravings are real (but more on the science behind that later)!

Because of this, I personally have made sleep a top priority in my life and have tried almost every trick in the book to hack my sleep. I have to admit, I’m already a really good sleeper (only once I hit about 15 years old, before that I used to sleep horribly) and almost never have issues sleeping well, but quantity has definitely been an issue in the past.

One non-negotiable for me is my 7-8 hours of sleep. Now, I’m only human, and quite often I don’t hit that exact number (as you’ll see in the screen shots below), but I do make a conscious effort – I will skip social engagements in favour of sleep and I will drop everything and everyone past 10:30pm because I know I will regret it the next morning if I don’t.

But the thing is this – sleep is a question of quantity just as much as it is of quality. Just because you’re in snooze mode for 8 hours, doesn’t necessarily mean you are getting the restorative sleep that your body requires to function at it’s optimum level.

I recently heard someone say that you should start thinking about your sleep from the moment you wake up, and I couldn’t agree more! So let’s have a look at how you can bio hack your sleep!

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Lifestyle, Wellbeing

What You Can Do With A Health Coaching Degree From IIN (Institute Of Integrative Nutrition)

May 22, 2018

As many of you know, I studied with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and qualified as a Health Coach in 2016. Every week I get emails and DM’s from you guys asking me for feedback and advice on IIN, so I thought it beneficial to offer some more unbiased and authentic opinion on the pros and cons of the course and offer an insight into where a path in health coaching can take you.

I did write a lengthy blog post last year outlining all the general information about the course like what the program entails, duration, cost, time commitment etc, so definitely have a read through that bit first if you are serious about learning more.

Being transparent with you guys is one of my biggest priorities, so I’ll be straight up with you – I receive a small commission for every person who signs up and mentions that I have referred them. So while I officially am an ambassador for the program, I don’t shy away from saying things how they are and what I did or did not like about the program.

I actually got referred through an ambassador myself – at the time when I was researching different program options, I stumbled across an alumni group that organised monthly meet ups in Geneva, so I messaged them and asked if I could join and ask them some questions. They welcomed me with opens arms and, well, the rest is history as they say!

My own experience leading up to studying with IIN was that I had no prior education in health, nutrition, fitness or any of the like. But I had a very strong desire to learn more and had been deeply immersing myself in books and documentaries for quite a while before that. It was about two years into my university studies (in hospitality management) and around the time when I first launched my blog aka also the time I started sharing my personal struggles with an eating disorder, that I felt the calling to dive deeper into this field. I uhmed and ahhhhed about what I should do – should I go down the nutrition route or more into life coaching?

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My Toxic Free Bathroom Essentials + Morning Rituals

April 27, 2018

When you start becoming aware of what you’re putting into your body, you’ll eventually start thinking about what you are putting on your body as well. And then, bit by bit, it trickles down to everything you use in your house like the cleaning products you use and type of bed sheets you sleep in. At least that’s what happened to me. The more I learnt, the bigger my eyes grew in disbelief. How can we be exposing ourselves to all these unpronounaceable ingredients and not know about it!? I was baffled.

I don’t want to overload you with facts about why you should make the switch to healthier skin products, but I do want to point out this super powerful piece of information that really got under my skin (no pin intended) when I first heard it. Most of us know that the skin is our largest organ. But did you know that 60-90% of all products that you put on your skin actually end up in your blood stream? Up to 90%! Mind. Blown.

Once you learn this, you can’t un-learn it.

And so I decided it was time to cut the crap and start healthy-fying my home. Luckily Phil and I were just about to move to Australia at the time , so I had the chance to start from scratch and only bring products into my home that I had consciously thought about and researched.

What you put on your skin is just as important as what you eat and should be just as nourishing. And each and every day we make choices which impact our health and happiness, as well as that of the planet.

I’m really enjoying my journey toward a toxin free existence, and have become increasingly passionate about sharing my knowledge with others. Whenever someone asks me what products I use – I am more than happy to share because I hope it will raise the collective awareness of healthier, more natural and more sustainable alternatives. In the end we all vote with our money, and the more people make the switch, the better it will be for everyone’s health and the health for our planet.

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Real Talk, Wellbeing

How To Navigate An Eating Disorder And Romantic Relationship At The Same Time

March 30, 2018
How to navigate an eating disorder and romantic relationship

For about two years, I struggled with my inner daemons on my own.

That is, with my eating disorder, of course.

It was a debilitating feeling, knowing that no one else knew that side of me. I wanted to let someone in, but at the same time I couldn’t think of anything worse than someone finding out the truth.

When I finally found someone who I could confide in – and who didn’t seem to care in the slightest that I had “issues” – it changed the way I dealt with my problems. I finally let someone in. That person was Phil.

But it wasn’t easy.

There was no manual for the two of us, no “how to” guide.

I have heard horror stories of how horrifically wrong these things can go and I realize that we actually did a pretty decent job. We could have done each other’s heads in, but the whole experience miraculously only brought us closer together.

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Real Talk, Wellbeing

My Body Journey And Where I Am Right Now

December 29, 2017

My Body Journey

“I’ve been underweight, I’ve been chubby, I’ve been skinny fat, I’ve been super lean, I’ve been at the peak of my physical fitness and then lost it all again. All along this journey, I’ve hated my body, loathed it, accepted it, then loved it, then hated it again, wanted it to be skinnier, then stronger, fitter, more flexible, and the list goes on…

Reflecting back on the last couple of years, I realize that there were so many stages that I went through in finding peace with my body. Because I’ve been journalling for six years now, I have all this personal material to read through and piece the puzzle together in retrospect. My diaries tell a story about how obsessed I used to be with trying to lose weight and controlling my food intake – I used to write down every single meal and snack for years – and how I equated weight loss to beauty and self-worth. They tell a story of realizing I didn’t want to keep living life in such a mundane and sad way. They tell a story of struggle, falling down, wanting to give up, pulling myself back up, trying again and all along never giving up hope. As the pages progress and become filled with an increased sense of self-awareness, subtle changes begin to happen in my behavior and thought patterns. At the time I remember thinking that I wasn’t progressing, but I can now see that I had to go through those subconscious, intangible changes first in order for them to come to sustainable fruition. It’s also been interesting looking through previous Insta posts of mine  (here, here, here, here, here, here) and reflect back to what I was expressing at the time.

Overall, my self-love to self-loath ratio has changed significantly over the years.

But don’t get me wrong.

Some days my self-doubt and anxiety is still triggered. I might see a girl in the same dress I’m wearing and think “I don’t look as good as her.”, I might see a picture of myself and catch myself going to town on how I look, I might get dressed in the morning and a pair of jeans seems tighter than usual or I might scroll through Instagram and let the picture-perfect images screw with my mind. I call it my BDD flare up, BDD standing for Body Dysmorphic Disorder. The sudden escalation of frustration, the mood swings, the inability to rationalize my emotions and putting things into perspective, the ruthless overtake of my inner mean girl. Those. Things. Do. Still. Happen. And I’m not ashamed of it or try hiding them from you guys. But eventually, and this is in sharp contrast to the past, I get my head out of my ass and realize what a tantrum I’m causing. How I know better than this. That this isn’t me anymore. And so I file the moment away in my drawer of ED mishaps, give myself a little self-love from my SOS Self Love Tool Kit and move on. Done deal. Next chapter.

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3 Next Level Recovery Techniques You Should Try – Cryotheraphy, Float Tanks and NormaTec

December 8, 2017

Koa Recovery

As you all know, I’m BIG on trying out new fitness, recovery and wellness modalities, so I was super excited when Shaun from Koa Recovery first reached out to me. That was almost a year ago, and since then I’ve become a strong proponent of the amazing services they offer. So I wanted to share those experiences with you and tell you why these recovery modules are so amazing, how they work and how you benefit from them as well. There’s a special Christmas offer for any Sydney locals at the bottom, so keep reading if you’re keen to try for yourself.

In short: Koa Recovery in Waterloo, Sydney, offers state-of-the-art recovery services for athletes, weekend warriors, people with injuries or anyone looking to help their body’s recovery after strenuous exercise

Some of these offers might sound super foreign to you, but don’t worry I’ll explain in a second what they are:

  • Whole Body Cryotherapy
  • Float Tank, also called sensory deprivation tanks
  • Normatec Compression Boots
  • Remedial & Sports Massage
  • Compex Elecrtrical Muscle Stimulation Therapy

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Food, Nutrition

Detox Time: Lucky You Cleanse supplying the goods

December 1, 2017

Let’s draw a scenario here quickly: you generally eat very healthy, exercise regularly and pride yourself on being nutritionally savvy. You’ve normally got your diet down to a T, but lately you’ve been feeling a bit sluggish. You’ve been indulging a bit more than usual, had more coffee than usual, and the weekend extravaganzas with wine and chips is taking it’s toll as well.

In comes: a juice cleanse.

A juice cleanse is the perfect way to hit refresh on your out-of-control eating habits and get you back into the game. But it doesn’t stop there…I personally love doing cleanses whenever I want to recalibrate my taste buds (read: when I’ve been eating too many sweets and need to STOP), have a busy week ahead and don’t want to meal prep or want to prep myself for summer/holidays etc.

I used to do juice cleanses regularly when I lived in Switzerland (as I worked for a juice cleanse company), but ever since I moved to Australia, I haven’t really gotten around to it or felt the need for it. But before going on holidays recently, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to cleanse my system. I chose the GREEN 3-day program from Lucky You Cleanse, and I’ll explain why in a second.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of juice cleanses, what to look for in a cleanse and hot tips on how to get the best out of it, check out this blog post “Do we really need to detox”?  for all the details. Here, I’ll just keep it short and sweet.

Why cleanse?

Because your body will love you for it. Every time I cleanse, I am astonished over and over again by how amazing I feel afterward. Day 1 and 2 can be a bit rough but by day 3 you will feel re-energized, less bloated and light. Of course, if you are not used to eating clean and healthy, you might struggle a bit more and get some side effects (hello coffee withdrawals), but after day 2 those should be gone as well.

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6W2S is the first fitness boot camp I ever did. Here’s my verdict.

October 30, 2017

6W2S Fitness Bootcamp

As you guys may have seen on my Instagram over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been doing a 6-week boot camp challenge. In fact, I’m already done with the first round and have decided to go for round 2 because I loved it so much. So I thought it might be time to talk a little bit about what exactly I’m doing, why I’m doing it, why it’s so great and what I’ve learned in the process.

But let’s back-peddle a bit. When I came back from India (read about my yoga teacher training experience here and here), I initially thought I was going to keep going with just yoga. I was loving the new-found flexibility and mindset from my training and was completely encapsulated by the yogi world.

But I ended up fracturing my toe on the last day of YTT and when I came back to Sydney, I couldn’t do much yoga – no down dogs, no balancing poses, no warriors. Zip, nada. After a week of sulking and feeling miserable about myself, I decided to do some upper body weight sessions and general strength exercises, just to move my body and do something.

When Blake from 6W2S asked if I wanted to join their next 6-weeks intake, I initially thought “Ohhh I’m going to lose all my flexibility” and “I should be doing just yoga to keep the momentum going”, and so I was a bit hesitant. I’ve also been careful in recent years when it came to committing to any kind of x-week-long program, whether it be food or fitness-related, just because I’m aware that those things used to be quite triggering for me. The last programs I followed were BBG (which I did by myself in the gym) and then I Quit Sugar. So you could say I’m a bit of a boot camp newbie, especially when it comes to doing something in a group atmosphere.

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14 Life Lessons I Learnt At YTT | Part 2

October 21, 2017

Ever since coming back from India, I feel like I’ve stepped into a freedom I can’t explain, can’t quite put into words.

In Part 1 of this post, I’ve talked about some of the great things that YTT has taught me – celebrating the small victories, practicing gratitude daily, how expectations ruin everything and how we should just still more often.

Today I’m sharing some more, and some very deep, experiences that have helped shape and shift my mindset ever since I returned.

Side note: from the moment I returned from India, I was stressing to writing these two blog posts as quickly as possible for you guys. But in the end, I’m really happy that it’s taken me so long to get these out, because a lot of these things didn’t actually ‘click’ for me until recently. Well, they ‘clicked’, but they didn’t manifest into my life to the point that it actually changed the way I lived and did things on a daily basis. Which I feel like they now do. It’s sublte changes in life perspective that have slowly crepped up on me, and now, as I sit down to contemplate on things, I realize how they have found themself into my life.

I could probably write a part 3 and 4 to this, but for now this shall suffice. Without further ado…

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I’ve trialled the Eat Fit Food 3-day vegan reset plan…This Is What I Thought

October 9, 2017

Eat Fit Food 3-day vegan reset

Once September hits, it seems like time flies by and before you know it, it’s already Christmas. Am I the only one that feels like the last couple of weeks have just gone by in no time? It’s all a bit of a blurr to be honest. Fair enough, I’ve had my hands full with my full-time job, coaching, teaching rooftop yoga at The Old Clare (tickets for next week via Eventbrite), daily workouts, events and collaboration, but seriously, TIME IS FLYING. It’s kinda scary.

With a tight schedule and my 6W2S boot camp in full swing, meal prepping has been super important for me lately. Most days, I go straight from my workout to work and have breakfast in the bus/train, so I need to have my breakfast + lunch and snack all ready for the day by the night before. As much as I enjoy my Saturday morning farmers market visit and meal prep on Sundays, sometimes it’s just nice to not have to do any of that. Cause who are we kiddin’, meal prep can be a pain in the bum sometimes!

And that’s where Eat Fit Food has once again been a life safer for me. I’ve  trialed their 5-day program last October (full review here), and I’ve already spoken really highly of them then. Since then, I have tested a couple of other meal delivery services in Sydney, but to be completely frank, none of them have matched my experience with EFF. And I’m not saying this because I got to test their newly launched 3-day vegan reset plan for free, I really do mean it.

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