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guest recipe: paleo coconut bread (three ingredients!)

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Those who know me would say that I’m a little short on patience. I want to get things done fast, I move fast and I eat fast. It’s something I’m working on – I have to consciously remind myself that there’s no rush to do things.

My lack of patience is also probably why I tend to make things that are either low on fuss, done in a relatively short amount of time, or with few ingredients – which is why this three-ingredient recipe instantly caught my eye. Yep, you read that right: three ingredients! It’s as easy as making a cup of tea. Seriously.

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Cereals offer very little protein and essential good quality fats, both of which we need to kick-start the day and feel satisfied.

‘healthy foods’ that aren’t so healthy

Cereals offer very little protein and essential good quality fats, both of which we need to kick-start the day and feel satisfied.

Cereals offer very little protein and essential good quality fats, both of which we need to kick-start the day and feel satisfied. Image via Favim

Contributed by Libby Nathan

1. Agave nectar

Agave is touted as a healthy, low GI alternative to sugar and has tricked many into thinking they are making a healthy, guilt-free choice. But, it is actually very high in fructose, not too dissimilar to high fructose corn syrup (yuck). Excess fructose is converted to glucose which can then be stored as fat.

Alternatives: Get your sweetness from a little fruit (fresh or dried) or stevia. Use spices to add a little sweetness –Cinnamon tastes sweet and actually helps balance blood sugar levels! Vanilla bean powder is great too.

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not another chocolate smoothie

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I thought I’d write a quick post on this hugely popular pic I posted up on Instagram recently. If you’ve been reading my posts long enough (thank you! x), you’ll know it’s no secret that I love raw cacao. I can’t get enough it. Some of the ways I’ve used the raw chocolate goodness is in pancakes and porridge.

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healthy chocolate ice-cream

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This is heaven in a bowl. It’s also a never-fail recipe courtesy of The Farm, San Benito, in the Philippines. I’ve run their recipes before, but I thought to share my absolute fave in time for Easter. Like most of the recipes on this blog, it’s wheat-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free and 100% delicious – just as rich, decadent and creamy as the store-bought kind. Yep, even ice-cream lovers won’t be able to tell it’s not really ice-cream! Bonus: it’s super healthy as it’s rich in healthy fats, vitamins, antioxidants and magnesium :)

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what is spiritual nutrition?

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It might seem a little strange linking food to spirituality. Perhaps it’s even a totally foreign concept to you; food is often reduced to the nutrients they contain, or seen as fuel for the body. Hey, you probably just eat for your taste buds! I was that person, too – until a few health issues made me re-evaluate what I was putting into my body.

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my favourite spa recipes from the farm, san benito

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Image via The Farm, San Benito

Ever heard of The Farm? It’s one of the most amazing ‘paradise-on-earth’ eco-spa / raw food retreat places I’ve experienced (and would def go again!).

This was me earlier this year – in their outdoor garden COFFEE BATH! – said to be a great detoxifier :)

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guest post: homemade coffee and vanilla body scrub

Doesn’t this look so luscious? Plus it’s chemical free, smells divine and cheap to do. Image via Kirstie Muttitt

Doesn’t this look so luscious? Plus it’s chemical free, smells divine and cheap to do. Image via Kirstie Muttitt

Contributed by Kirstie Muttitt

As I’m trying to make my diet simpler, less processed foods, less chemicals, more cooking from scratch, I am wanting to make other areas in my life simpler too – including skin and haircare. This is an area that I’ve always loved spending money on! Seriously, leave me in a chemist or department store and I was happy for hours. But I gave no thought to what chemicals I might be putting onto my body and what effect this might have on me.

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what’s the go with green smoothies?

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If you’re new to green smoothies and are curious to know more, then you’re in for an exciting and new way to enjoy your greens! In short though, they’re bascially any green veg or a mix of different greens that you blend with other delicious wholefood ingredients such as fruit and nuts and seeds, and a liquid base, like coconut water, nut milk or iced water. Then you can get real creative and add superfoods such as raw cacao powder or chia seeds to amp up their nutritional value.

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five recipes you’ll never believe are raw

Raw zesty lemon cheesecake

Raw zesty lemon cheesecake

Ever since I’ve discovered raw food (especially raw desserts) I’ve been on an endless search for combinations of healthy ingredients that result in dishes that taste absolutely out of this world. I get a lot of inspiration from a lot of healthy chefs and authors and from around the web, so I thought I’d share the ones I just can’t get enough of.

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guest recipe: traditional balinese banana pancakes

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Image via Alison Morgan

The inspiring health and wellness business coach Ally from Relauncher has kindly let me share this incredibly easy and exotic pancake recipe that she enjoyed at the bucket-list worthy Balinese retreat, Sharing Bali.

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lessons from a 91 year old

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My Lola (grandma), also known as Inang or Meding to friends and family, turns 91 year this year. Inevitably, it’s made me think about how she’s been able to stay so strong and sharp up to this ripe old age (and praying for many more years to come).

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a note on introversion

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    Sometimes I just want to curl up under my shell and hide. My slightly inhibited ways could be because I’m a Cancerian, in which, like the crab, we like to protect our soft insides with a tough outer exterior. But it’s mainly because I’m an introvert (an INFJ to be exact). I have a natural tendency to prefer my own internal world of thoughts and feelings than wanting to be around a group of people.

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    guest recipe: raw zesty lemon cheesecake

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    I recently made this heavenly cheesecake – a creamy and totally healthy recipe from wholefoods chef, author and blogger, Lee Holmes, who has kindly let me share it on my blog.

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    finding out my ayurvedic body type

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    Last weekend I went to the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre in Bondi for an Ayurvedic consultation.

    It was like a having a check up with a GP except that instead of the doctor trying to find out what might be wrong with you, an Ayurvedic doctor wants to determine your ‘dosha’ or body type, which helps them understand why you may be experiencing certain types of symptoms or imbalances.

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    the farm at san benito, philippines

    Taste-testing fresh coconut milk!

    Taste-testing fresh coconut milk!

    The Farm is like one big nursery for adults: you’re nourished with good food, nurtured and pampered like a baby, massaged in coconut oil from head to toe, and by the end of it, you feel as if you’ve just had five days’ worth of Sundays.

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    my happy foods

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    It’s hard to go back to eating like I used to. Think: Baker’s Delight white chocolate chip and blueberry scones for breakfast, a kebab for lunch and several rows of Lindt chocolate as a snack. (I know right, what was I thinking?!) You can read more on my transition to becoming healthy here.

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    product love: frank coffee scrub

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    Image via Instagram/@workagency (original photo by Nicole Bentley)

    I came across Frank’s coffee body scrub in my bag of goodies from Lola Berry’s book launch event and am absolutely in love with it. I also kinda get excited with new and natural beauty buys because aside from writing about health, I love reviewing the odd beauty product or two!

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    10 things you didn’t know about food – part 1

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    One of the best things I love about studying nutrition is that I come across nuggets of information that I can apply to my everyday life.

    The below is a list of things that have stuck with me, not only from studying nutrition, but from picking the brains of various health food coaches, nutritionists and authors working at Prevention.

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    guest recipe: strawberry-coconut chia breakfast pudding

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    Who can’t resist a ‘dessert for breakfast’ recipe? This piece of goodness is from Prevention’s new Sugar Smart Diet book that contains loads of low-sugar recipes. Great healthy inspo if you’re trying to cut down on the sweet stuff. This Strawberry-Coconut Chia Breakfast is my favourite out of all of the recipes because it contains some of my favourite ingredients.

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    homemade pre- and pro-biotics masterclass: about life rozelle

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    A few weeks ago I got to go on About Life‘s masterclass on pro- and pre-biotics hosted by nutritionist and founder of Fitness Food, Patrica Rufus.

    It was an eye-opener for me because I thought that making these probiotic foods, meaning foods containing “good bacteria” that promote healthy intestinal flora, were really hard to make. But, as I discovered, most of the work is all in the prepping.

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    berry bombshell smoothie

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    I’ve been feeling a little under the weather recently and am suffering from post-Summer blues (if there’s such a thing). So I’ve decided to whip up something that’s immunity boosting, fruity and refreshing. Result? The Berry Bombshell smoothie – full of nutrients including vitamin C for immune function, anti-inflammatory omega-3 and antioxidants, magnesium for nerve function and muscle-building protein. Ideal for breakfast or as a nourishing snack. Bonus: It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free.

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    raw choc-raspberry ripe gingerbread men

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    Christmas is literally around the corner and, while I should be getting Christmas presents, I reckon making some homemade raw treats instead could be a more personal and different (not to mention yummy and healthy) type of gift.

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