One Chicken: SO MANY Feeds! :: Feb Refresh Day 5

Chicken is one of my favourite foods. If I’m feeling down, I’m tired, hungover, depressed, homesick or just really, really hungry, I crave chicken – I always have. It’s such a versatile meat and a good quality source of protein, including the amino acid, tryptophan (needed to produce serotonin and melatonin – anti-depressive and anti-insomnia hormones). I feel like I eat it most days of the week.

As you can probably imagine, no matter how tight money gets, it’s important to me that I can afford to eat as nutritiously as I can. Even when money gets incredibly low, I plan out my spending and at the very least, I make sure I have enough protein in my diet to get me through the last few days until pay day, using staples in my pantry and freezer to bulk it out. The easiest way I find to do this, Continue reading

Just Call Me Tinderella :: Feb Refresh Day 3

Last week a friend of mine, and fellow blogger Simone, wrote a piece on her blog about Tinder (the dating app infamous for creating matches based on the superficial first impression you get when you see someone for the first time) and I thought, seeing as Valentine’s Day is technically my Tinder-versary (I had my first Tinder date on Valentine’s Day last year) I should share with you my thoughts and the things that I have learned after a year of internet dating.

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5 No-Fuss Tips for a Healthier Christmas Day

While Christmas is about family and giving and being grateful, for a lot of us, Christmas Day itself is either filled with stress (putting on a huge dinner for loved ones, travelling all over the place to see everyone in a day, making sure the kids still believe in Santa Claus) or a day of absolute over-indulgence. I know I’m not alone in justifying Christmas as a day to fill my plate in gravy, induce a food coma or have a few extra beers and chocolates because “Christmas comes but once a year” – seriously, gravy is the bomb-diggety! – so I want to give you some tips to lessen the impact of this day of indulgence, allowing you to enjoy the day with your families and friends without feeling gross. My tips are realistic and simple, and wont alienate you as the weird person drinking a green smoothie while everyone else is digging into the roast (after all, it is Christmas, and if I could swim in gravy, I probably would). Continue reading

How I Cope When My Face Explodes in Acne

Its no secret that I, still at age 27, have the occasional acne outbreak. A couple of years ago I had constant acne on my chin while my body slowly processed the 1 years’ worth of depo-provera, a contraception injection high in progesterone that I took long before making informed decisions about my health was important to me, because I was terrible at taking the pill every day. My chin was constantly erupting in painful blemishes and “whiteheads” surrounded by purple, scarred skin and at that point it didn’t seem to matter what I did – it had been a good year since I had an acne-free day, and it sucked.

Today (and for at least the last year or so) my skin is doing heaps better. I still get acne occasionally, and it still sucks, but its nowhere near as bad, and it occasionally occurs in places different to just my chin. I have learnt what works for my own skin (FINALLY) and I now know that when I do get a break out, its time to take a good hard look at what I’ve been doing to my body, because I treat the breakout as a cry for help. In natural medicine, we look at skin as a reflection of health on the inside, and acne in certain areas can show distress to certain systems on the inside. I know my own causes for acne, and my own areas of nurture when it comes to my health. So when I’ve got another breakout, I treat it as my body saying, “Hey you! Shit is getting real down here and you’ve been letting yourself get away with this for too long!” because the realisation that I’ve been a bit too indulgent of late is literally smacking me in the face. Continue reading