#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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Lifestyle

My Apartment Tour – Healthy Home Essentials And How To Go Chemical Free

June 15, 2016

My Apartment Tour - Healthy Home Essentials And How To Go Chemical Free
Many people try to live a healthy lifestyle by eating well, working out regularly and getting a good night’s sleep. But a lot of us never think about the chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis.

Whether or not we know it, dangerous toxins are everywhere. In the air we breathe, in the water that comes out of our showers, in our scented candles, in our make-up, and the list goes on…It’s impossible to avoid all of them, but in our own four walls we at least have some sort of control over what we are exposed to. When Phil and I moved to Sydney we came with only a couple of boxes of personal belongings, so it was the perfect opportunity for us to be mindful of any new things that we bring into our home. Of course I jumped at this chance to create a space for us that is comfortable and healthy.

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Lifestyle, Wellbeing

Why We Do What We Do
When We Know What We Know
+ How To Stop Binging

June 4, 2016

How To Stop Binging

Why we do what we do when we know what we know

Yoga, meditation, journaling: all these things are invaluable tools to make me feel zen, yet I often struggle to do them even though I know I feel more in touch with myself afterwards.

It’s not that the activities are hard in themselves (though yoga can be grueling at times). It’s the internal debate that starts up every day when you know you should do them but there’s a part of you that is holding back.


The same goes for our diet. We know we should be eating more fruits and veggies, but instead we go for the heavily processed stuff. Why is that?

I used to think that it was just me – that I was ‘wired wrong’ and that I was somehow incapable of learning from my mistakes. I knew I’d feel good after eating a light meal and that I would feel crap after eating crap, but all too many times I would still opt for what made me feel bad, both physically and mentally.

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Lifestyle, Wellbeing

5 Things I Learnt At The Kick Off of the ClassPass Winter Wellness Series

May 30, 2016

ClassPass Winter Wellness Series

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I am absolutely loving life right now. Like, filled to the brim with gratitude for everything that has unfolded in recent months. I moved to Sydney without a job, and even though job hunting and the idea of not having a regular income is somewhat stressful to me, it has also allowed me to fully immerse myself into this new city. I have been able to focus all my energy on my nutrition studies and also finally launched my health coaching practice. Thanks to my blog I have been invited to some pretty amazing events and had the chance to meet some truly inspiring souls. It’s only been two months that I’ve been here, but I can honestly say that Sydney has become like home already. I feel like I fit right in, and people’s openness and hospitality has been nothing short of heart-warming.

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Fitness

Why You Should Try Reformer Pilates in 2016

May 27, 2016

Try Reformer Pilates

Ever since coming to Sydney, I’ve traded my weight lifting program for more low impact mat work, cardio, barre and pilates workouts (mainly because I’ve been excited to try out all the cool studios  and their different styles around town).

I’d always been rather skeptical, especially of Reformer Pilates because it seemed like you’re not working out hard enough. If you’re not breaking a sweat, it’s not a real workout, right? But after having done many similar-type classes in the recent past, I can assure you that this is absolutely not the case. In fact, you’re in for a killer workout.


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#Healthspo Talk

Healthspo Talk with Hollie from Powered By Vegies

May 23, 2016

Healthspo Talk with Hollie from Powered by Vegies

One of the reasons I moved to Sydney is because there is such a massive health and fitness scene over here. I mean, massive. Compared to Switzerland where most people don’t know the difference between a juice and a smoothie, Australia is virtually miles ahead on the health trend. I’d dare to say that, if you scroll through the people I follow on Instagram, even way before even moving here, 99.9% of them probably live in Australia. There’s just so many beautifully inspiring individuals who have a major passion for health and fitness and want to share that with the world. One of those souls is Hollie from Powered By Vegies  (Hollie’s Instagram) who I was introduced to by our common friend Vic (who, by the way, is another awesome Aussie fitness blogger). She’s living proof that a plant-based diet can provide you with enough protein to do things like 40 chin ups or deadlifting double your weight. Go ahead, click on the links and look at the videos yourself. I was excited to pick Hollie’s brain and even more

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Lifestyle, Travel

My Favourite Bondi Farmers Market Stalls

May 19, 2016

wholesomestef_bondifarmersmarket

It’s been almost two months since I moved to Sydney and I just realized that I haven’t posted a single blog post about my experience here so far. I guess my excuse is that I’ve really been living in the moment, soaking it all in and just enjoying it. Mindfulness is what it’s about, right? But I wouldn’t want to keep all the amazingness that I’ve encountered from you, so I’ve decided to write about one of my best experiences so far: Bondi Farmers Market.

I had been meaning to go to Bondi Farmers Market months before even moving to Sydney as I had heard so many awesome things about it. And it certainly didn’t disappoint. Beautiful healthy produce, amazing food stalls, cool chill out spots on the grass with live music and the beach right across the road. That has to be food market perfection!


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Fitness

Why You Should Try Anti Gravity Yoga in 2016

May 9, 2016

Why You Should Try Anti Gravity Yoga in 2016

If you still haven’t tried anti gravity yoga aka aerial yoga, then you really need to jump onto the bandwagon. Here’s why you should try anti gravity yoga in 2016:

Aerial yoga involves performing a series of exercises inspired by yoga, pilates, calisthenics and aerial acrobatics in a hammock-like swing. Think Cirque du Soleil for beginners!


It’s a great new and exciting way of doing a full body workout, and hey, who doesn’t like swinging around upside down playing kid every now and then.

Apart from the fun, there’s actually some serious health benefits associated with the sport. Without the compression of the joints, especially the back, it’s easier to achieve a proper posture by relaxing rather than trying to force yourself into an alignment that seems unnatural.

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Recipes

Vegan Banana Blueberry Pancakes

May 4, 2016
Vegan Banana Blueberry Pancakes

Happy weekend everyone!

Before I get into the deliciousness of these fluffy vegan banana blueberry pancakes, let me just get something off my chest quickly: I am so grateful for the mind-blowing feedback about my ED posts (here, here and here) and the words of encouragement I have received about starting to health coach. You. guys. are. the. best.

Now, back to these glorious pancakes…I don’t eat pancakes very often, but every now and then I get a major craving for them. With frozen berries in the freezer and overripe bananas on the counter at all times, I can always whip up some pancakes whenever that craving creeps in.


These banana blueberry pancakes are vegan and gluten free. Nutritionally speaking they are a bit on the indulgent side, but who doesn’t love a good weekend treat. Make sure the bananas are really ripe to get the best flavour. If they are covered in brown spots, they are good to go. If you’re looking for an eggy version with maca, these might be for you.

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