Motivation Monday: How to Stay Motivated

  I’ll let you in on a little secret – motivation does not last. To be constantly motivated, you have to ‘refresh’ your motivation as much as you can. This quote by Zig ZIglar sums this up perfectly: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily”   So without further ado, here is how to get motivated and stay motivated: Surround yourself with inspiration. This could mean posting motivational pictures around your room, house or workspace. Also don’t underestimate social media- follow accounts that inspire you and keep you on track with your goals whether it be instagram, facebook, tumblr, pinterest or twitter. Wake up with gratitude. Be grateful for simply being alive, for having a roof over your head, for being safe, for being healthy or even something as little as having a yummy breakfast to look forward to. Every morning, think of at least 5 things you have to be thankful for. When you feel grateful, you feel empowered to make the best out of the day you have been blessed with. Visualisation. Visualize achieving your goals and how amazing you will feel once you have achieved them. Remember your motives. Why is this goal important to you? What would achieving this goal mean? Be in the now. Worrying about the past and stressing about the future will be counterproductive to your motivation. Be careful with whom you surround yourself with. Studies show that we start to become like the people we spend the most time with by mirroring their behaviours, beliefs, values and more. Therefore you need to limit the amount of time you spend around people who will drag you away from your goals. Beware of perfectionism. This is a biggie for me and if it is for you too then memorise the phrase ‘good enough!’ The thought of making things perfect adds so much pressure to any goal and this will only deter you, as it seems like too much work. Instead, focus on your progress and how you are getting closer and closer to your goal. Healthy lifestyle. To be able to achieve your goals you need the energy to do so – so eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. You are now ready to tackle this week ahead and show those goals whose boss! Let me know how your week goes and… View Post

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

What could possibly be better than chocolate pudding?! HEALTHY chocolate pudding! Although I am a little late on this ‘chia seed pudding’ craze I posted the picture above on my instagram a couple of weeks ago and it would seem I’m not the only one still in love with this healthy and delicious combo of chia seeds and chocolate. Like most of my recipes, this recipe is also very simple- a healthy lifestyle does not have to be difficult! This is an especially great recipe for those of you who simply just do not have time in the mornings to prepare nutritious breakfasts. Speaking of nutrition, chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet! Here are just a few of the impressive nutritional qualities found in these superfood seeds (in case you weren’t excited enough already): – Complete protein – Essential fatty acids – Powerful antioxidants (3 times more than blueberries) – Essential minerals (5 times the calcium of milk, 2 times the potassium of bananas and 3 times the iron of spinach) – Vitamins A, B & E   Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Print Recipe Gluten-free & Vegan CourseBreakfast, Dessert Servings Prep Time 2 people 5 minutes Servings Prep Time 2 people 5 minutes Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Print Recipe Gluten-free & Vegan CourseBreakfast, Dessert Servings Prep Time 2 people 5 minutes Servings Prep Time 2 people 5 minutes Ingredients 1 ¼ cup almond milk ¼ cup chia seeds 2 tbsp cacao powder [alternatively you can use cocoa or carob powder] 1 tbsp maple syrup Servings: people Instructions Pour the almond milk into a bowl and add the chia seeds, cocao powder and maple syrup and mix thoroughly. Place mixture into an air-tight container or mason jar and refrigerate for at least 5 hours (preferably overnight). Once it is a thick, pudding-like texture, stir the mixture and add topping if you wish. Recipe Notes Optional ingredients: 1tsp pure vanilla extract, blended dates, cinnamon Optional toppings: blueberries, strawberries, banana, goji berries, coconut shavings, cacao nibs, dark chocolate shavings… get creative! Share this Recipe Powered byWP Ultimate Recipe

Wednesday Wisdom: Catching Kayla

This week’s Wednesday Wisdom is the inspirational story of Kayla Montgomery who has fought against all odds to become one of America’s best long distance runners! Apologies for my absence lately, I’ve been battling through university exams but I am now free and will have blog posts up every week for all you wonderful readers 🙂 Thankyou for your patience x

Australia’s New Healthy Eating Pyramid

    For the first time in 15 years the food pyramid has been updated and I have to say it’s a big improvement! This new food pyramid has been created in the hopes of putting an end to all the confusion caused by these crazy fad-diets going around and to lower obesity levels. You may remember that the previous food pyramid contained the following three categories: Eat most: fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts and legumes Eat moderately: dairy, meat and other proteins Eat sparingly: fats and sugars However, as you can see this model has had quite the makeover! Now the largest layer consists of vegetables, fruit and legumes; followed by grains; a small amount of dairy and proteins (lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and lentils) and lastly, even smaller amount of healthy fats (such as olive oil). They have also now completely cut out sugar and included herbs and spices. So if you were confused about what a healthy diet looks like, then this is definitely a great diet to strive for. Don’t worry too much if you’re having trouble following these guidelines straight away, it may take some time to get to this point. If you’re unsure of where to start I would suggest that you start by incorporating more fruits, vegetables and legumes into your meals. Also, be mindful that although sugars and packaged food has been crossed off the list completely, you are not ‘unhealthy’ if you have a treat every now and then. Restrictions lead to bingeing and bad relationships with food – don’t forget that your mental health is just as important. This pyramid is simply a guide to show people what is actually healthy, not necessarily a realistic every-day diet. So don’t be too hard on yourself, just slowly start incorporating more wholefoods into your diet. More real food. What do you think about this new food pyramid? x

Rice Paper Rolls | Spring Rolls

    Cooking-challenged people look no further! Not only are rice paper rolls super healthy, they are ridiculously easy to make and allergy-friendly (gluten-free, low-chemical, dairy-free, nut-free, lactose-free). They can even be made into spring rolls– a lightly fried version.   Ingredients 2 chicken breasts (free range, hormone free) ¼ leek finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic 1 tsp dried or chopped chives ¼ small red cabbage 1 grated carrot ½ cup finely chopped baby spinach leaves Olive/coconut oil Rice paper wrappers (typically found in the Asian isle in grocery stores) 125g vermicelli rice noodles     Method Finely chop chicken breast and add to a lightly greased fry pan with finely chopped garlic and leek. Cook until golden and add chopped or dried chives, toss through and set aside. Place rice noodles in a bowl and cover with boiling water to soften (approx. 5mins). Drain when ready. Finely slice cabbage and baby spinach, grate carrot and set aside. Soften a rice wrapper by placing it in a wide shallow dish of warm water until it has softened (approx. 10-30 seconds), then take out and lay on a damp (clean!) tea towel. Place assortment of chicken, noodles, cabbage, carrot and spinach leaves onto rice wrapper, fold the sides in and roll up to enclose it. Continue until ingredients are used. Enjoy!   Alternative- Spring Rolls Once the above steps have been completed, shallow fry the rice paper rolls by placing a couple tablespoons of olive/coconut oil into the pan and heat. Make sure that the rolls do not touch each other as they will stick together! Turn them over occasionally so all sides cook fairly evenly and add more oil if needed (try not too use too much). Once cooked, place them on a plate covered with paper towel and lightly press the rolls into the paper towel to drain them and remove excess oil.   As always, don’t be afraid to experiment! Try adding in other veggies or herbs such as mung beans, bamboo shoots, capsicum, avocado, cucumber, sprouts, lettuce, coriander, mint… whatever you like! You could even have them vegetarian/vegan. Let me know what combinations you created 🙂 x