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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Real Talk

How To Survive The Christmas Holidays As A Binge Eater

December 11, 2016

How To Survive The Christmas Holidays As A Binge Eater

Christmas holidays are supposed to be a magical time, filled with loved ones, laughter and sharing beautiful meals together…There are occasions to look forward to, people to see and things to celebrate. But for someone suffering or recovering from an eating disorder, Christmas can mean panic, fear and overwhelm.

First off, there’s the plethora of parties like the office luncheon and the Secret Santa parties. Then there’s the gift baskets full of food everywhere, left-over cake in the office kitchen and your well-meaning grandma who has baked you all your favorite childhood cookies. And there is also a lot of stress, a lot of busyness, a lot of un-self-care.

Over the years, I totally developed a personal holiday FOMO. While it seemed that everyone else was just going with the flow and couldn’t wait for the holiday season, I was stuck in my anxious head trying to figure out how I would get through weeks and weeks of being confronted with food, social obligations, and family.

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Travel

Wholesome Travel Guide To Melbourne

November 26, 2016

Wholesome Travel Guide To Melbourne

I’m in love with Melbourne. There’s just something about its deeply-engrained coffee culture, boutique shops and mix of new/old architecture that gets me excited. Melbournians are especially spoilt for choice when it comes to all things healthy, both in the food and fitness department. If they had nicer beaches and a bit warmer weather, I’d totally consider moving there!

I’ve only been twice so far, but in that time I have made sure to explore as many places as possible. And by that I mean I went out for a pre-workout juice, breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner every day because there were so many amazing options and I wanted to check them all out. Plus some workouts here and there. In case you missed the latest #vicandstef travel shabam, check out our hashtag here.

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Fitness

New To ClassPass? Try These 8 Sydney Studios

November 12, 2016

ClassPass

It’s no secret that I love my ClassPass membership. I basically rave about it to anyone that I meet and can’t stop talking about how amazing it is. There’s recently been some changes to the model which I’m disappointed about, but I’ll get to that in a second…In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last year and haven’t heard about Classpass (they just celebrated it’s 1-year Aussie anniversary), let me fill you in:

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Lifestyle

The Ultimate Aussie Foodie Giveaway

November 3, 2016

Foodie Giveaway

Have I told you guys how much I love you? If not, here it is: I FREAKINNNG LOVE YOU!

To celebrate my love for you, Vic and I decided to create the ultimate giveaway that’s bound to make your tastebuds and skin tingle with happiness.

It includes some of the most amazing Aussie brands that we have discovered ever since moving to Australia, because we want to share this experience with y’all. The giveaway is open worldwide, both for people in Australia who might already know these brands and peeps over the pond.

So, what can you win? Get all the deets below. P.S.: We’re giving away 3 of these amazing boxes, so triple chance for you to win!

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Lifestyle

Loving Lately – 31.10.16

October 31, 2016

Loving Lately - 31.10.16

It’s time for a new Loving Lately post! In case you missed the last one, take a look here. I absolutely love writing about the ish I am into and currently there’s a lot. From natural skin care to toxic-free home cleaning supplies and my latest activewear obsessions, here’s a little overview of what I’m loving at the moment.

There’s some promo codes for you guys below in case you want to try some of the things for yourself, so keep your eyes open for those!


Natural home cleaning products | I was so happy to see how well My Healthy Apartment Tour blog post from a couple of months ago  was received. You guys loved learning about all the healthy, natural, organic and eco-friendly products that I use and hopefully I have inspired some of you to make the switch to better products yourself.

At the time, I included a dishwasher from Organic Choice that I had discovered at Coles. After the post went live, I was approached by the team behind Organic Choice thanking me for the mention and to ask if I would like to road test the rest of their range. Turns out they have heaps more products, which I had no idea about! Think air fresheners, dishwashing liquids, soy candles, multi-purpose cleaner, fridge/dishwashing/bin cleaner and shower cleaners.

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Real Talk

My Acne Story and Horrific Experience with Roaccutane

October 12, 2016

Horrific experience with Roaccutane

I’ve stripped myself “naked” on this blog by sharing my deepest struggles with food and body image, heck I even posted pictures of myself in undies of when I was anorexic/in the depth of my bulimia.  Yet, hitting publish on this post today was a whole new level of anxiety-causing.

Ever since I was about 15 years old, I’ve had problems with my skin. But what started with the typical teenage-pimpled face got worse and worse over time instead of getting better. Now, before I go on, I want to make clear that I never had a severe case of acne and I don’t want to offend anyone who’s looking at the above picture thinking “If only she would know what real acne looks like!”. It actually used to be waaaay worse, but turns out I was pretty good in a) deleting any pictures that showed my bad skin or b) photoshopping the heck out of them. Obviously, there definitely are kids on the block who had it way worse than me. Still, it affected me very much.

I felt uncomfortable, naked, embarrassed, humiliated and not taken seriously. As thought my own face was a distraction to others. I felt like I was walking through life with a big fat sign on my forehead reading “I don’t have my shit together.”

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