Wednesday Wisdom: Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. – Mark Twain    

Wednesday Wisdom: The Surprising Science of Happiness

I’ve started a new weekly segment called Wednesday Wisdom where I will be sharing eye-opening and inspiring videos, quotes, interviews and more! To start off this segment, here is a TED Talk (who else loves TED talks?!) by Dan Gilbert, a professor of Psychology at Harvard University and the author of international bestseller ‘Stumbling on Happiness’. In life, it is safe to say that most of us are in pursuit of one thing in particular and that is happiness, right? Well Dan Gilbert believes that in our pursuit of happiness, most of us have the wrong map. In this video he challenges everything we think we know on happiness and shows that our “pshychological immune system” enables us to experience true happiness even if things in life don’t go according to plan. The video goes for 20 minutes but it is definitely worth the watch!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I loooove a yummy sweet treat, but I love it even more when it’s healthy. So I’ve been experimenting with cookie recipes lately and have created one that tastes ridiculously good without all the unhealthy ingredients. Oh, and it’s also gluten-free, refined-sugar free AND lactose free – we can’t let intolerances get in the way of chocolate cookies can we now?! Ingredients  3/4 cup of natural cashew butter (Feel free to use natural peanut butter or almond butter instead) 1/3 cup of gluten-free plain flour 1/3 cup of honey or maple-syrup 1/4 cup of almond milk 1 egg 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract 1/4 tsp of baking powder pinch of pink himalayan salt Procedure Preheat oven to 180°C. Mix together the cashew butter, gluten-free plain flour, almond milk, egg, honey/maple syrup, baking powder, vanilla extract and pink himalayan salt. Once everything is mixed fold in the chocolate chips. Spoon tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place on the pre-greased baking tray and then press down on them slightly.  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.   *VARIATION: These cookies can even be made without the flour and milk- it will give them more of a nutty taste!

Beauty Inspiration: Emma Waston

Today’s beauty inspiration comes in the form of one of my favourite quotes by an inspiring role-model and actress, Emma Watson: “Beauty is not long hair, skinny legs, tanned skin or perfect teeth. Believe me. Beauty is the face of who cried and now smiles, beauty is the scar on your knee since you fell when you were a kid, beauty is the circles when love doesn’t let you sleep, beauty is the expression on the face when the alarm rings in the morning, it’s the melted makeup when you have a shower, it’s the laughter when you make a joke you’re the only one who can understand, beauty is meeting his gaze and stopping understanding, beauty is your gaze when you see him, it’s when you cry for all you paranoias, beauty is the lines marked by time. Beauty is what we feel in the inside which also shows outside us. Beauty is the marks the life leaves on us, all the kicks and the caresses the memories leave us. Beauty is letting yourself live.” In today’s society we unfortunately tend to place a lot of importance on people ’s appearance. Sometimes we need a reminder that real beauty has everything to do with our character and very little to do with our appearance. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend <3 Stay safe in these cyclonic conditions fellow Queenslanders! xo

Ditch Those Fad Diets

Nowadays there are so many different diets on the market! There’s a Low-Fat Diet, Low-Carb Diet, HCG diet, Apple Cider Vinegar Diet, Beverly Hills Diet, Hollywood Diet, a Cabbage Soup Diet and even a Tapeworm diet?! These are unrealistic and harmful to your health. The main problem with most fad-diets are that they exclude one or more macronutrients. For those of who you do not know what macronutrients are, they are the categorisation of the most important food components. There are three major macronutrients that your body needs in oder to function properly and that is carbohydrates, protein and fat. One particular fad-diet that has been very popular is a low-carbohydrate diet. This is where people have drastically reduced their intake of carbohydrate containing foods such as: breads, grains, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, fruit, starchy vegetables, corn, dried beans and lentils, sugar, milk and yoghurt. However, healthy carbohydrates are extremely important for your health. The healthy kinds of carbohydrates can provide you with long lasting energy, prevent disease, improve brain function, improve your gut health and even control your weight! For your body to be working at it’s best it needs a balance of these macronutrients. Depriving yourself of one or more will place stress on your body and cause unwanted side-effects. So why do some people actually lose weight on these fad-diets then? There is some weight-loss success at first because they are reducing their daily food intake and often avoid carbohydrates, particularly the unhealthy kind. However, these crazy diets are so restrictive that they are practically impossible to keep up for long periods of time! And what happens when you stop this diet? People usually fall back on their old unhealthy eating habits and the weight they had lost comes back to them. And so the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting begins.. So what should you be doing instead? Focus on living a balanced, healthy and active lifestyle! I believe you should care for your body by nourishing it with real, whole foods; exercise and drink plenty of water. What are whole foods? Whole foods are unprocessed foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. They contain essential nutrients and enzymes needed for your body to perform at it’s best. They are often low in calories too, perfect for those of you wanting to lose weight. Everyone’s body is different and therefore will have different… View Post