Feel Good Food

For anyone who knows me, knows that I am not the most culinary person! I never was able to cook, and in fact found it utterly unenjoyable and a really boring chore.

I realised the other day how much I now love, and look forward to, my weekly grocery shop and creating simply, fresh, and beautiful meals. I mean my mother or anyone who knows me would be like 'what the actual fuck???' Haha

It's so cool because the past few years I look back and see how the transformation came through no longer seeing food as wholly and solely tied to 'weight loss', 'body goals' and my 'physique'. I used to only see food as 'how my body physically looked'. Because I was so consumed with my body shape and constantly thought about food, of course food was a stress and I wasn't able to enjoy it. The only (momentary) enjoyment came from binging on processed foods that tasted so good when I finely cracked from all or nothing mentality.

Now food has such a bigger meaning. It's about health, enjoyment, FEELING good, and sharing that with my husband. The external results are just the bonus. Yeah the body may not be as 'aesthetically' perfect as it once was, but I'll take overall wellness over a flawless physique any day.

Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with body goals and wanting to transform your physique, but it is more a question of 'are you chasing other people's goals, dreams, or society's ideals?' Or do you really truly have a passion for the art of reshaping your body? You have to reconnect with the deeper level of who you are and work out if your goals are bringing something wonderful to your life and are feeding your soul, or are they bringing a sadness and are at a detriment.

The more simplistic and aware my life has become the more joy I find in the everyday things. I feel a wave of happiness shopping now because I buy foods that feel good to me. I love the beauty of so many fresh fruits and vegetables, buying the plant based beetroot and black bean patties that Marcus and I enjoy on our weekly burger night. I love buying the ingredients for our pizza night. I love buying all the different types of beans for the yummy variety of salad and vegetable mixes I will make over the weeks. I love selecting all the different carbs like sweet potatoes, rice, quinoa, red potatoes, butternut pumpkin and thinking about whether I'll roast them, steam them, mash them. Just being so lucky to have food so accessible and available is something to be grateful for.

I also still enjoy picking out a few treats hehe. Marcus loves things like fancy nut butters, almond dark chocolate and difference types of mayo’s and sauces whereas I am still a true treat monster at heart so throw in the current favourites of chocolate covered licorice and maxibons, and the much loved Baskin & Robbins. #treatmonsterforlife
So while we do our best and are mostly plant based and extremely conscious of our food choices and the impacts it has on the greater world, environment and other living beings, we aren't always 'perfect', but live in a way that feels good to us and where we are at in our lives.

Even making food at night now is so beautiful. I always listen to music that makes me FEEL good and soak up the moment of preparing all the beautiful rainbow colours of the gorgeous food we have. I now realise I used to hate preparing food so much before because those moments were clouded by body image obsession and using foods that weren't right for me (eg soooooo much chicken, eggs, turkey, fish...I never ate red meat). I discovered that I absolutely hated cooking those meats because I would literally have to chop every speck off them, I hated touching the raw meat, could never get the texture right so I could enjoy it, I would have to try and disguise the 'meat' flavour in any way possible etc. Yet I forced myself to eat in this way for years because of my 'commitment' to my (distorted) health, fitness and physique goals. I literally went against everything that felt good to me and struggled like hell, simply because I followed what every bit of 'science' told me and what everyone else was doing. These things are a helpful tool at best, but there is no greater expert than your own intuition and inner guidance.

Now I'm not saying everyone must go plant based or vegan as I don't think that is necessary for everyone, especially if it creates stress, confusion and is overwhelming then it is either because it is not right for you, or the not right choice for you at this time. I do believe that we should all try to eat a more plant based diet which focuses on vegetables, fruits and whole grains for greater health benefits and more sustainability. I still use a whey based protein daily as well have on occasion a piece of grilled salmon, fish, or chicken, and sometimes a nice quick easy bowl of tuna and rice. I have learnt to listen to my body and what it needs most. A little while back I was almost entirely plant based but worked out it wasn’t the perfect fit for me. Just like a diet filled with high levels of animal protein. You should never ignore your own intuition and everyone should find the lifestyle balance with food that works best for their health and happiness.

My point of this post is that if you are finding yourself constantly thinking and worrying about food maybe it's time to consider looking at food from a different perspective.Think about how it makes you FEEL physically, emotionally and spiritually. The answers are all their WITHIN you. Use others for inspiration and other ideas, but don't look outside too much for what often can only truly be found within🌻

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Lightworkers

You are a human. 
First.
In recent times we have been mislead, manipulated and distracted to believe the most important things in life are our social status, our jobs and titles, how much stuff we have, and our looks and body.

We are humans. 
We have lost a lot of the connection with what it is to be a human.
First and foremost our job is to be a kind, compassionate, encouraging and helpful humans.

We make such a point about kindness for our children and how horrible bullying is. 
We are focused on the message that the most important thing our children should be is kind and good people.
But yet why aren’t we making the same focus and commitment as adults. It’s like we forget the emphasis on this along the way.

Lightworker.
This has become the most important job for me over the past year. 
Yes I am a health and fitness professional, a qualified teacher, a coach, a wife, daughter, friend and more.
But still my number one job on this planet is a Lightworker. Because a lightworker makes the conscious commitment to being a better person and creating awareness of the bigger picture. 
EVERYTHING evolves from here. 
It is the foundation of my entire life as a human. It makes me value my life, have perspective, love and cherish my family and friends, have fun, and also make sure I treat everyone I meet with kindness and compassion and good vibes✌️It means that in everything I do as I pass through my days, I do it with kindness and compassion, and good intentions.

We need to create a world of lightworkers.
Children, adults, all genders, all colors, all nationalities, all sizes, all religions. 
All humanity. 
I want the entire world to recognize themselves first and foremost as a lightworker. It doesn’t matter how you do it, what your daily grind is, your gender, race, or anything else. It doesn’t matter if you help 1 person or 100000.
It only matters that you CHOOSE to become the light and a part of this movement that can truly change the world. 
Bringing the ‘human’ back to humanity.
Beautiful humans....Will you commit? 
Just write #TeamLightWorker  in the comments section below if you want to join me on this commitment to help make the world a brighter and nicer place for all🌼

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“When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren't pessimistic, you don't understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren't optimistic, you haven't got a pulse. What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world.” – Paul Hawkin #Lightworker #BeTheChange #Truth

Team Lightworker

I adopted the name and created my own little concept around the term ‘Lightworker’ because I felt it is a way for people to come together who want to be a part of something beautiful in the world, and want to live in a positive and happy mindset. It’s also perfect for those of us who are currently feeling a little lost, a little defeated, overwhelmed or a little down because it gives you a place to go where you can feel apart of a community. It offers us all a wonderful purpose to help guide us while we are still understanding our life and working out what our true gifts are, and while our purpose unfolds.

For most people it takes time and lots of life experience to finally understand what their own unique, beautiful and magical job is in this world. In the midst of life confusion, challenges, feeling alone, sadness, outcast, or any other of those things we feel throughout our moments in life, committing to being a Lightworker has the ability to literally change your life and ease your hardship. Even for those of us who are living well but just feel like ‘somethings missing’ or we just want to be involved in being a part of something good in the world.

It brings us back to being ‘human’ and a part of something bigger than ourselves.
It encourages us to be a part of the change. When the world is tough and you feel like it’s all a bit much, giving yourself meaning can make all the difference. So much of my life joy is built off this commitment because everyday I wake up with my number one job and calling to be a Lightworker. Everything else just flows from that mindset. I’m a better wife, better friend, better at my job, and an overall better human.

When you ‘join the team’ you create a much more beautiful meaning to your life. Through bringing kindness, compassion, love and positive vibes to the world, it will literally light up your day....and even on the hardest of days it may well help you get through another hour.

Focus on the gentleness, the empathy, the kindness of your nature and use that to show yourself how much you matter, and how much the world needs someone like you. Shower your pets with love. Catch up with friends or loved ones and find out how they are doing. Write notes for your blog, website or social media content that puts light, perspective and beauty into the world or someone else’s life. Treat everyone nicely as you move through your day and show them that kindness still exists in the world. Volunteer. Go to your job or school and bring good vibes with you.

Use this tribe to never feel alone and to always be a part of the most wonderful community. That’s what I wish for. It’s time to bring the best of yourself to the world and share that beauty. You will see ten fold how much your mindset shifts, your days become brighter, your heart become lighter, and your perspective of life become so much more positive and joyful.

Love you guys xxx #TeamLightWorker

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“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.” 🌻
Leo F. Buscaglia

Supplements-Yes or No?

Do you need supplements to reach your health and fitness goals, whether performance, physique or lifestyle related?

The answer can be both depending on a number of factors. Things like your overall dietary intake, the source/quality of the food you are eating, whether your demands are higher based on your activity level, your individual body requirements, your lifestyle, and most importantly, preference.

For me personally I use supplements to 'fill the gaps' and also for convenience. I do lead a busy lifestyle so often even with best intentions I don't always get my food prepared, or don't get time to sit down for a full meal. I love incorporating shakes or bars as a convenience so I am not tempted to grab something high in calories and low in nutrition. They are basically my 'fallback'! Another big reason I prefer to use macro-balanced shakes is that they are balanced with the inclusion of carbs, fats, vitamins and minerals, probiotics and probiotics for digestion, and are not just a protein shake. I have a shake every morning post workout for breakfast as I have never felt like eating food after training and find that a liquid meal is so much easier on my digestion.

When it comes to vitamins and minerals these are just basically my 'insurance' policy to make sure I am getting everything I need. I noticed a huge difference when I followed a whole food only approach to nutrition to when I started incorporating supplements. My digestion was better, energy levels increased, a huge decrease in cravings, better skin, reduction in my stomach and visceral fat, and in general a better overall feeling of wellness.

The most important thing is that you always aim to meet your nutritional needs through a variety of whole foods and use supplements as an 'addition' to an otherwise healthy diet and active lifestyle. I personally incorporate supplements as I know how much of a difference they have made to my overall health and ability to manage a busy, active lifestyle, and how much of a benefit they have been to my clients.

Supplements are a personal preference so if you don't choose to use them you don't have to. I  make suggestions based on my knowledge and experience, however I will never 'push' them on people and I am committed to only recommending what I believe will help them with their health and fitness goals. My approach has never been about a 'one fit' or specific method when it comes to nutrition, just working with my clients to guide them to find the most optional solution  based on their lifestyle, preferences, personality type. There is no 'right' or 'wrong', but what you feel works best for you! Remember the 'best plan' in the world is of no use if you can't stick to it long term. Listen to your body and do what feels right for you.

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I have listed my favourite products for overall wellness and healthy ageing on my website. EVERY product in is registered and approved by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration is Australia's regulatory authority for therapeutic goods) which is an ABSOLUTE necessity for me in recommending any product. If you choose to use ANY supplements or vitamins and minerals, please ensure they are met the approval requirements for use within your country.

You can read more about the supplements I use daily for health and wellness, and how I incorporate them by visiting the 'Vitality' page.

 

Undoing the Damage

I can remember a time when I was younger and thought of myself as an athlete and I was inspired for improving and succeeding in sports. I truly believed that and enjoyed this part of my life. I was always a sporty and fit kid. I NEVER considered my body shape or thought about food. I was happy just playing sport, hanging out with my friends, getting into mischief at school and dreaming about all the things I had planned for life.

As I grew up somewhere this was lost along the way.

Back then I never thought about food. I just ate well and enjoyed treats. I loved exercise and loved being the fit and strong, sporty girl. I loved kicking a football with the boys at lunch and lifting weights once I entered sports development programs. Exercise was never considered to be connected with 'how I looked', it was purely about how it made me feel. Then as I got older and found my career, slowly my industry changed, and changed that. I slowly started to learn too many rules about nutrition, and once I became involved in competitive body shaping my relationships with food, training and my body completely changed.

I can clearly remember the times when I was so happy and proud that I wasn't the girl that only ordered a 'salad', but I was perfectly confident and somewhere inside had a belief that I was healthy, and I never connected that to how my body looked. In those days I actually never really got the whole ‘salad’ idea, or was aware and understood about girls and diets. 

As I moved through my late 20's and 30's something drastically changed. Food became a constant worry and stress in my life. Exercise became a 'have to' in order to ‘fix’ my physique. I even remember being told when I started out in the sport that I didn't have a good 'genetic structure', and that I didn't have 'good shape'. At time I was also told by some people I had gotten too lean, or that I looked too skinny. Other times I was told I was getting too muscular and big, to then be told by others that I wasn't lean enough or to some it I looked like I had gained weight. Looking back it saddens me that I was told to believe that my body was not 'good enough' and that there was essentially something wrong with it. 

Regardless of what shape I have been in at any point in my life, what I think people forget is that the inside remains the same. Yes our minds expand and our souls grow over time, but we are the same incredible person placed on this planet no matter how our body's changes over the years. At the end of the day our bodies will change over time and there is no stopping it. We grow, we develop, we mature, we age. 

I started way back in the beginning before the boom and what has become a massive industry in Australia over the past few years. As I look back I realize that is was in fact not what I thought it would be. I envisioned that getting my education and working hard would allow me to help other women be fit and healthy so they could live a good quality life, and hopefully prevent lifestyle related diseases later in later years. That was what all health and fitness was all about right? Somewhere along the way it seemed like it was not about that at all. It became about low levels of body fat, having abs, following ‘rules’ about food, thigh gaps, having a specific body type, and fitting the model of ‘perfection’ just like in the modelling industry. It wasn't for the majority any more about what originally made me so passionate about pursuing this goal as a fitness model and health professional.

I know I can’t change the world, but I know I can be the light for many people. I can choose integrity and truth. I may not make a difference to everyone’s lives, but I can make a difference to someone’s. I had to learn all over again in my 30’s what it is to be ‘fit and healthy’. I had to break the daily obsession with food, training and how my body looked. And now I want to share that message with you all in the hope that you to can think back to a time when you were a ‘life’. Someone with hopes and dreams. Someone who had fun and played in life. A person who at one stage didn’t have their body and food as their sole daily focus. I encourage you to challenge these aspects of your life that are not positive, disconnect to anything that sends you messages of what your ‘ideal’ body should be, and fight the programmed idea that you are lesser because you don’t fit society’s image of beauty that we are sold.

Social Media Sanity - How to protect yourself from scrolling!

A few tips on how to do social media better my babes🔀

🐝Get off the home pages and stop scrolling! You don't need to see what everyone else is doing constantly. By all means follow family and close friends, and those that matter, but stop wasting time reading all the crap you really don't need to see. Instead get out and get involved and engaged in your own life.

🐝When it comes to influencers or people on social media who in some way I inspire you, make sure they ACTUALLY inspire you some way to be a better person and add value to your life. Pick a handful who make you feel better about yourself or challenge your life and thoughts in a positive way, and only follow their posts or check in on their pages. There are too many of you following 'inspos' that if you paid attention and were honest with yourself, you would have to realize that most of them are in fact making you feel worse about yourself. This is especially true in the fitness world. You flood your feeds with all these perfect photos of beautiful women with amazing bodies and tell yourself they are (insta) famous so they are motivation for you, but they really aren't! They make you even more critical of your body, only ever reference food and training, body goals etc and make you actually more consumed with how you should look in a bikini. Stop following just because everyone else does, and start disconnecting from any accounts that are not really adding value to your life.

🐝Allow a window of time for social media. Set out a time to check in, then put your phone away. If you have kids or a partner then start to spend more time with them than scrolling social media. Imagine what your relationships could be like if you invested as much time into mindless scrolling and instead spending time with the people who actually matter in your life.

🐝Those of you who follow people you don't like or to 'watch the train wreck'...I mean seriously what a complete waste of your life! Be better than that. What kind of opportunities are you missing out on in your life while you invest your time into people you don't even like, respect, or bring anything of value into your life. Stop 'checking in' to see what they are doing. It's none of your business, and you shouldn't care. Because regardless of how their life is, they are in some part still living it while you follow theirs....instead of living your own. Again, what a waste of your awesomeness.

Don't get me wrong, there are positives to social media, just people in general don't know how to manage it. People need to have boundaries around their online environment and what they let into their world. From my experiences and exposure to so many women I see too much unhappiness and unfulfilled lives which are very much to do with social media. So while it's perfectly ok to engage with the online word, ensure you are using it in a way that it's designed to add to your life, not make it miserable. Just like everything, it's about balance⚖

PS - yes my eyes are brown😉 
This photo was edited on an app to change my eye colour for fun✌🏼️

 

Comparison and Self-Worth

So many unhappy women out there. Sadly mostly to do with comparison, their body and how they look in a bikini😔

Firstly I am going to give you a few tips on where change begins and how implementing these 4 habits into your daily routine will significantly improve your life.

1. Training- don't underestimate the power of moving your body. Screw how training makes you look, and instead focus on how it makes you FEEL!!! People get unmotivated a lot of the time and only get inspired to exercise when they decide to get 'fit', in shape, or lose weight. Don't use training purely to chase a body goal, as often it takes a lot of time to actual see change or completely reshape your body. If you instead place the importance of how you feel, you will get a result every single session. Training improves your mood, your energy, your self-confidence and your overall well-being. And no fancy clothes, hours a day, or even a gym required. There are plenty of free workouts online, or email me and I'll share you my free 15 minutes for 15 days training challenge💪🏼

2. Start eating a more balanced diet of the food you enjoy. Screw what anyone else does, find what works for you and enjoy. Start with a basic foundation and slowly adjust the areas you need to as you go to create a nutrition approach you like🍉🍌🍏🍒🌽🍅🍆🍞🍳

3. Meditation- Spend time every day taking some time out and doing a meditation. Again, there are loads of free ones online. They can be 2 minutes to over an hour, and can be about anything. Just google 'free meditation' and a topic (eg overwhelm, unhappy, uplifting, stressed, overeating etc)🙇

4. Read a book- Such a forgotten treasure in the world of the Internet and social media. Set aside 15 minutes every day for reading. I mean do it on the toilet if you have to lol. Self development titles are a great place to start. If you can't afford to buy a new book then you can sign up at a library.📚

People are spending too much time focused on what other people are doing and what 'success' is for somebody else. You can have all the money and fame in the world and be unhappy. I mean look at so many celebrities out there, addicted to drugs and alcohol, suicide etc. There are also plenty of people with great bodies and who 'look perfect' but have f-cked up lives.

Stop chasing other people's dreams because you are so consumed with social media and what you see online and following along with what society makes out to be 'success'. To me finding success is not a one fit answer. You can live a freaking incredible life by putting down your phone and connecting with the people around you that you love. You can be so freaking happy by finding a job that pays enough money but you are so passionate about or know that you are making a difference to the world. And don't underestimate any job! Every person is of value in the world, and even the jobs you may think of as less still make a huge contribution to the planet and people.

Sadly there are so many miserable people in the world because they have forgotten to listen to their own heart and go with what they truly want, as they are so clouded by what others want and promote as the benchmark for what being happy and successful is. If you truly have a calling to make billions of dollars or be famous, even instafamous lol, or have that perfect body, then by all means go for it and totally slay! But the whole world wasn't born to do that yet that is what majority of the world is striving for solely because that's what they think will bring them happiness. It's total BS!

There are soooo many talented, amazing, intelligent women out there wasting their gifts and not living a fulfilling life because they are sitting around following someone else posting pretty pictures on social media and getting some attention that really shouldn't mean jack shit to you. If you feel like you need more value then you need to spend more time with people who actually matter in your life, not looking for it in randoms online. Start challenging yourself ladies. Get off social media for 2 weeks and read. Go for walks and start reconnecting to your soul and think about what you would truly love to do in the world and get some clarity back.

A happy life is there waiting for anyone who decides that it's more important than doing things for other people's recognition and acknowledgement😘

 

Books I Recommend

One of The Most Powerful Habits for Living a Happier and More Full-filled Life is Reading.

Reading is absolutely a huge part of the 'happy game'. The most wonderful part of books is that you get to see things from another person’s perspective, open your mind to different things, view the world through other people's eyes and learn through others experiences. When I am in bookstores I feel this calmness and tranquillity. I literally always find I have this little smile on my face...complete weirdo a weirdo right haha.

If you want to improve your life across all areas then make sure you spend time away from the computer, TV and Social Media, and instead devote as much time as you can to reading. Self-development is one of the most powerful things you can do to change your life. In fact I would go as far to say, critical. The more I found my way back to reading, the less time I had for mindless 'scrolling' which truly reconnected me with who I was and what really matters to me.

Also keep an eye out for any courses, workshops, seminars etc that you can attend. Not only do you build yourself personally, but you get to connect and meet new people.

Below is a list of my 19 most highly recommended books that cover a broad range of personal development topics and 'life stuff', provide inspiration , help you expand your mind, encourage you to do bigger things, give you another look at life and understanding how to find more peace, joy and happiness. If you read all these books I can 100% guarantee you will change your life!