Lifestyle

Loving Lately – 31.07.16

August 20, 2016

Loving Lately - 31.07.16

Hey there #wholesometribe! I hope you all had a healthy & active weekend?

I thought I would mix things up a bit around here and start a new blog series called Loving Lately – WSS’s Fave New Discoveries. Ever since moving to Australia, I’ve had SO MUCH fun discovering all the amazing healthy brands that this country has to offer, it’s like I’m a toddler in a candy shop. One of my fave weekend activities includes perusing through the aisles of the many health food stores around my area, no joke. As I’m sort of obsessed with learning about the latest and greatest food/fitness/well-being products and I’m being sent some pretty cool stuff these days, I thought it’d be fun to start sharing my favorite discoveries on the blog. Just FYI, some of the products I’ll be showing you are gifted from companies, but a) they only make it onto this post if I truly like them and b) I will always share my honest opinion about them.

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Wellbeing

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall…How To See Beauty When You Look Into The Mirror

August 16, 2016

How To See Beauty When You Look Into The Mirror

I used to hate looking into the mirror.

Maybe it was because I didn’t like seeing my uneven nose and un-chizzled cheekbones.

Maybe it was because I didn’t like the way my hair fell flat along my face. Or the dullness of the colour.

Maybe it was because of the extra pounds that I’d been carrying around with me and tried so desperately to rid myself of; a graphic reminder of my lack of self-control.

Those days are in the past and I have since then learned to embrace what I see in the mirror every day. But it was a long and hard journey…

Today, I’ve invited optimism and life coach, international motivational speaker and author of The Optimist In You, Jessica J. Lockhart, to talk about the complicated relationship most of us have with the mirror.

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Lifestyle

Exploring The Sunshine Coast One Café, Beach and Mountain At A Time

August 8, 2016

Exploring The Sunshine Coast

After last week’s post where I talked about the power of surrounding yourself with like-minded people, I only have one thing left to say for this post: I absolutely love love freaking love this chica. She’s the salt to my pepper, the peanut butter to my celery stick, the yin to my yang. Too much? Sorry… But the truth is that she 100% get’s me, supports me and pushes me to dream bigger and better. When we’re together, we talk about all the things that we want to do in life, the things that we want to achieve, the places that we want to visit and the new things that we want to explore. I’m so happy that she’s now finally in Australia as well and that we can see each other from time to time, even though she’s on the Sunshine Coast and I’m in Sydney.

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Lifestyle

Why I Moved To Sydney And The Power Of Surrounding Yourself With Like-Minded People

August 4, 2016

The Power Of Surrounding Yourself With Like-Minded People

Hello #wholesometribe!

I thought it was time for a more personal post about my journey over the last couple months. After all, lots has happened! Many of you have asked why I came to Australia and how I am liking it, so I thought I would share some of my experiences here.

As you may know, I had never been to Australia before and had not yet found a job or apartment to live in when we arrived, though we had a lovely friend who accommodated us for the first three weeks. So it was a pretty scary and bold move, to say the least.

A bit of a background on me: I guess you could call me a third culture kid, having moved around a lot and never having lived in one place for longer than 2-3 years (except when I went to uni). I was born in Germany and I feel very connected to my home country, but in the end, home for me is wherever I feel comfortable. Because of this, I’m pretty used to the constant moving around, adapting to new cultures, learning new languages, finding new friends etc.

It’s been exactly four months since I stepped into a plane that would bring me to Sydney, and I can say that I already feel pretty darn comfortable here. Sydney is my home now.

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Lifestyle

The luxe leisurewear online boutique Mode Sportif opens it’s first store in Paddington

July 30, 2016

Mode Sportif Store in Paddington, Sydney

To me, Australia is the mecca of active wear. Even back when I lived in Switzerland, I used to order most of my workout clothes from Australian online stores. But not only have they perfected the active wear trend, but they are also on top of the athleisure movement. Leather jackets casually worn over crop tops, sweatpants paired with a stylish blazer, sneakers worn from home to the office to the gym – I’m not sure what it is, but Aussie’s definitely have a hand for rocking luxe leisurewear.

One of my favorite drool-worthy leisurewear Instagram accounts has always been Mode Sportif, a luxe, leisurewear online boutique founded by Deborah Symond in 2013. Believe me when I say I’ve spent hours browsing through their feed wishing everything I see would magically appear in my closet. Their online store is filled with stunning pieces made for the contemporary woman looking for a wardrobe that takes you from studio to the street (who doesn’t want that?!). Think a mix of international ready-to-wear designers and athleisure brands like Adidas Originals, Nike, The Upside and Olympia Activewear. Essentially, Mode Sportif is one of the few where you can pick up a new pair of sneakers and a new designer dress in the one place.

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Wellbeing

Self Love Is Not Selfish: How to take time for yourself without feeling the guilt

July 21, 2016

Self love is not selfish

I had the honor of connecting with Jenna from You Aint Your Weight a couple of weeks ago and we immediately bonded over one common goal: helping people back out of dieting and into a body and life they love.

What do we mean by that? Well, we all know by now that diets just don’t work. They just DON’T. (If you want to fight me on this, I’d love to hear from you!) We are both advocates of finding a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable in the long run and will help you become the healthiest and happiest person along the way, minus the deprivation. We are all for losing unnecessary weight, but please without losing your mind along in the process.

Why is Jenna so passionate about this? Because, just like me, she’s had her fair struggle with dieting as well and has an inspiring story of how an innocent diet turned into years of deprivation and body dysmorphia.

Today I invite her to the blog to talk about how self love is the first and most important step in living a healthy life and how you shouldn’t feel one bit guilty for pampering yourself. Over to you, Jenna.

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Recipes

Bulletproof Coffee

July 14, 2016

Bulletproof Coffee

Coffee. Butter. Oil. Separately those ingredients don’t exactly sound like they could make a balanced breakfast. But if you’ve been around the paleo world, then you will have undoubtedly heard of the so-called bulletproof coffee, the ultimate upgrade to your normal cup of joe. I know it’s already somewhat old news, but I have never tried a BP coffee, until now.

I was out and about and wanted to grab a normal coffee, when I saw the bulletproof coffee on the menu for the first time. I hadn’t had breakfast yet and was pretty hungry, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give this much-touted drink a try. My first thought? Frothy, smooth, and incredibly filling. Besides the unique taste, I had heard of it’s many health benefits, so I decided to take a closer look at what this drink is all about.

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Wellbeing

The Night That I Hit Rock Bottom

July 7, 2016

The Night That I Hit Rock Bottom

Someone recently asked me what the lowest point of my eating disorder was. What was the final straw that made you change? I immediately knew what it was and was catapulted back to that moment. And now I’m going to share it with you.

I already talked in some detail about this here, but I think that a lot of people who are currently struggling with an eating disorder may find some comfort and hopefully inspiration in this part of the story.

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#Healthspo Talk

Healthspo Talk with Sami Bloom

June 30, 2016

Healthspo Talk with Sami Bloom

I love doing these #healthspotalks and I hope that you find them as inspirational, motivational and fun as I do. Isn’t it great to see that there are so many like-minded individuals working on making this world a healthier and happier place? Gimme a hell yeah! This months’ beautiful soul is Sami from Sami Bloom. I stumbled across her feed a couple of weeks ago and was (a) mesmerized at how she manages to make kale look like the most gorgeous flower and (b) inspired by her life story, having gone from working in law and advertising agencies around NYC and Sydney to  following your passion for health. Today she is a health coach, yoga teacher and is studying nutritional medicine to delve deeper into the topics she loves so much. Let’s have a little chat with her, shall we?

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Recipes

My All Time Favourite Post Workout Green Smoothie

June 21, 2016

Post Workout Green Smoothie

I have a green smoothie almost every single day. Yet I realized the other day that I don’t have a single recipe up on my blog. How can I rave on to you guys about the amazing benefits of slurping green smoothies without actually providing you with the tools to do so yourself? Shame on me…

So here it goes: my all-time favorite go-to  post workout green smoothie recipe.

As this is my first smoothie recipe for you guys, I didn’t want to overcomplicate things and created a very simple recipe that doesn’t require fancy smancy superfoods of any sort. I like to whip this one up either as breakfast or post-workout snack as it’s beautifully filling and has all the nutrients needed to kickstart your day and/or to help your body recover after a good workout. If you’re new to the world of green smoothies and are still in the stage of ewwww-but-it’s-green-how-can-this-possibly-taste-good, then this is the perfect drink for you to get started on. I promise, it won’t bite!

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