Wellbeing

My Journey From Self-Destruction To Self-Love

February 14, 2017

Do you sometimes do things that you know aren’t good for you and you will feel like crap afterward?

I’m sure you are all quietly nodding your heads right now. Regardless of whether your destructive behavior is downing a pint of Ben and Jerry’s each night, or getting embarrassingly intoxicated in front of the wrong people, I think we can all relate to the fact that sometimes we feel a bit out of control of our own behavior.

The picture you see above shows me in the summer of  2011 vs 2016.

On the left is an 18-year-old girl who just graduated high school, didn’t have much self-esteem, was fighting an eating disorder, valued partying and alcohol over her health, spent hours on the tread mill to be skinny, was using food as a coping mechanism and had no self-awareness whatsoever.

On the right is a 23-year-old girl who pumps more iron than alcohol, practices yoga, meditates every day, did a health coaching course in order to help others in their own self-love struggles while putting in the daily work to be the best possible version of herself. She prefers a calm night in with friends or herself over excessive clubbing, she’s confident with her imperfections and doesn’t try to be someone that she is not.

So, when you answered HELL YES to my first question, please know that you are not alone. Who among us doesn’t display some sort self-destructive behaviors from time to time, if not on a regular basis? But let me tell you that it’s possible to turn it around. And trust me, I’m no superwoman. I might seem disciplined from the view of an outsider, but from within I have always felt undisciplined with a lack of self-control. For the longest time, my struggle with binge eating has made me feel like I could never change, but I did.

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Travel

Wholesome Travel Guide To Singapore

February 7, 2017

Initially, Singapore didn’t really strike me as a very healthy place. There’s deep fried Asian food everywhere, when you are at the local markets it’s impossible to know what you are eating and I didn’t see a lot of people being very active. That is, if you don’t count the shopping marathons that are possible in Singapore (you can literally walk through the entire 4 million-people city via malls underground.

But after a couple of days exploring the city with my other half Vic, I was more and more impressed with the healthy cafés and studios that we discovered. They aren’t as easily visible at first sight like I am now used to in Australia, but if you do a bit of research, you will realise that there are actually plenty of great options. It’s a place where the health scene is really up and coming, so if you keep your eyes peeled, I’m sure you will discover some new and exciting places.

Below is a list of places that I’ve hit up and can wholeheartedly recommend. Enjoy!

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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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