Breaking the habit

It’s always a nice feeling when you realise you’ve changed a habit that you’ve been struggling with.

This happened to me yesterday. I was sitting in the cinema with my friend Tiffany about to watch That Sugar Film. We’d just purchased some chocolate treats from Koko Black (after having veggie-filled Vietnamese soups for lunch at that place in Westfield Indooroopilly – holy moly, they were good!) and after having 4 dark chocolate covered hazelnuts, I realised I didn’t want anymore. I happily folded the bag of chocolates and put them in my bag. I wasn’t doing it out of punishment or to hide it from myself, I was simply very satisfied by the few morsels that I’d had and didn’t want to have anymore. That was it. Had a really said “no” to more chocolate?

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Another day, another lesson

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the creator of The Whole Pantry app, Belle Gibson in last 24 hours or so, a blogger I follow, Pip Lincolne, linked to this fabulous blog post by Lila Wolff.  It pointed out something that I, as a blogger, constantly struggle with – the desire to broaden my audience and in doing so, have a “successful” blog.

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Four Minute Salad

Yesterday I had a wonderful afternoon of creation in my kitchen. I didn’t do anything too complicated, and I didn’t have to buy any new ingredients; I just cooked real, delicious food. I created some flavours to cook chicken wings I had in my fridge, and while they were cooking, I realised that I hadn’t even thought to have them with anything (sometimes I get all too focused on the protein component of a dish that I forget about the other things I’m supposed to cook until the last minute and fluster around with them).

I had a quick look in my fridge and grabbed out the vegies I had most of to create this simple and very refreshing salad which I put together in about 3-4 minutes (which stopping to crunch on extra celery because sometimes I forget how delicious that can be)

The thing I like most about this salad is that it’s a little different so can shake up your usual routine when it comes to salads, as we can all get in a habit of making the same salad over and over again. It also has a lot of flavour and the minute pieces make it easy to get a range of flavours in every mouthful.

I promise you will thoroughly enjoy it!

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How to:: Pantry Makeover

One of my number one tips for a healthy and nourishing life is to have a wisely-stocked pantry. But I also understand that not everyone gets the nerdy satisfaction of organising their pantry that I do, so I decided to film this video about the few simple steps it takes to reorganise.

(I’m really enjoying these vlogs – they’re a lot of fun)

Don’t forget that you can check out my services, including a pantry makeover if it takes your fancy.

FoodSwitch:: App Review

~ This is a sponsored post (although it’s completely my own words and my own opinions) ~

I was recently approached by the PR team at Bupa (the people in charge of the fabulous Health Influencer Blog Awards I was a finalist in last year) to review the newest edition of their Australian-friendly app, FoodSwitch, which was released last Tuesday. The app aims to help the everyday Australian consumer to make healthier food choices by scanning the barcode of their favourite product and giving healthier options of products within the same category.

So with the $100 Woolies voucher I was provided by  Bupa Australia and The George Institute for Global Health and my phone in my hand, I set off to my local supermarket to test out the FoodSwitch app.

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The Little Things

Sometimes when life gets busy or tough, or other things seem more important, you can forget the value of “the little things” that make you feel good about who you are. I certainly feel like that is exactly where I’m sitting right now after two weeks of, for lack of a better term, a complete and utter clusterf*ck. And of course, it’s totally normal for life to go to shit sometimes, but when you finally move free from it, you realise all the things you’ve let go to shit with it. Continue reading