How I stay sugar-free even during exam time

It is important to remember that during these times your body needs as much goodness as it can get and eating unhealthy foods will only make you feel worse down the track (hello sugar crash). Not to mention they tend to provide no fuel for your brain which is what you RELLY Need!

My tips to staying sugar free during this time

  1. Get a good nights sleep. When you are tired, you tend to reach for the unhealthy foods. How appetising does a bowl of pasta, or a curry with lots of rice sound when you’re tired? Good right?? Well, it might leave you feeling heavy, bloated and a bit foggy in the brain so try to avoid that. Instead, choose one of my zoodle recipes or my ‘tastes like katsu curry’ that provide the same amount of comfort with a fuck load more nutrients.
  2. Eat a fatty breakfast. If you don’t eat breakfast then answer this – do you tend to overeat later in the day and have lots of cravings?? If the answer is yes, then you need to eat breakfast.  Those that skip breakfast make up (and over) for it later in the day and in the evening as they are ravishing and will reach for just about anything (and it tends to be unhealthy!). Try making any of my breakfasts for some rocket fuel for your day. It’ll boost your cognitive function and help to keep your blood sugar levels at bay so you won’t crash in the arvo.
  3. Need a snack? Choose fat. If you are feeling like a munch, and don’t worry we all get like this in these times – then munch wisely. Don’t tell yourself you can’t have a snack if you just want a fricken snack because that will only make you want it more. Instead, snack smart. Have fat with your snack in the form of nuts, nut butter, cheese, butter, avocado, coconut etc or make one of my ‘Fat burning brownies’ because they are so filling and will satisfy all your cravings!
  4. Dense out your meals. Basically, don’t leave any room in your stomach for a midnight snack attack of sugar loaded crap. Leave the table feeling full – so load your plate up with veggies, olive oil or other healthy fats and some protein.
  5. Give yourself some out time. Recharging your battery doesn’t make you weak and will NOT make you fail your exam. If you want peak performance then besides eating well, you also need to re-charge your battery so that you can actually function! Have a 5-10 minute meditation, put your feet up the wall for 10 minutes, go for a walk outside around the block or lay in the sun for 10 minutes. Doing this does not make you a pussy, or doesn’t mean that you are slacking off – it’s quite the opposite.

Got any more tips? Let me know my commenting below or telling me on Instagram! If any of these tips have helped you, be sure to let me know and remember to keep telling me what you want me to write about! I love giving you guys value, so keep the messages coming! Good luck! xx

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Why I started dancing in my lingerie

 

I’ve been trying to get more in touch with my feminine side in the hope of helping to encourage my period to come back and during this process, I have discovered how out-of-touch I am with my female self. Not only is the female body one of the most beautiful things on this planet, but probably also one of the most hated – BY females. How can something so beautiful, be the thought of so much pain as well?

 

Social media for 1. Skinny girls, thigh gaps, perfect skin, nails, LIFE, diet, boyfriend, money etc.

 

Without the media, women would have never changed their thought process of what women are “meant” to look like. If you go back thousands of years, women were curvy, sensual, full of passion and love – ready to bring a new human into the world. (Check out the pic below)

FRICKEN AMAZING right?! Well, I’ve lost this part of me and after diving into the topic so much for my personal journey I’m hella ready to start sharing things with you guys as I KNOW I’m not the only one out there.

self love

Anyway, the point of this blog post is that I lost touch with my feminine side. I’m the classic TYPE A person and I GO, GO, GO ALL THE FUCKING TIME . I’m confident, a do-oer, hard working, courageous, determined, full of fire like 99% of the time (the other 1% I’m having a mental break down from being so ‘ON’ all the freaking time) and have ‘balls the size of China’ as my Mum says. Whilst in our society this is seen as an accomplishment and something ‘good’. Turns out, it might not be so ‘good’ for my feminine energy. My acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Guru Lauren has found that I actually have so much Yang (masculinity) that I have depleted all of my Yin and has lost my Yin pulse.

 

Whilst I’ve been manifesting, meditating with my hands over my uterus, lying in the moon, having baths, trying to slow down more and get more of my feminine energy of rest, restore and cultivate more slowness…these are all things I’m quite comfortable doing and ‘easy’. However dancing in my underwear around my room, was a foreign concept and not one I had thought of until I read Carly Morgan Gross’s eBook and thought I would give it a shot.

 

At this point, I’m willing to try anything. Not only to get my period back but also because I understand the vital importance of the Yin and Yang, Masculine and Feminine. I know that the Masculine is attracted to the Feminine and NEED the feminine and subconsciously they are seriously turned on by the Yin. But more than this, I need to love myself and my body more. The blockages and negativity is affecting my life and I am SO READY to bring more love, passion, creativity, work, and energy into my life but I can feel the universe telling me ‘LOVE YOURSELF MORE’. I know you’ve been told a thousand times that you need to love yourself and then more will be attracted towards you, and I have too … but it has taken me a while to act upon it. It’s much easier said than done.

 

So, I took off my clothes, got into some sexy lingerie, put on some of my favourite tunes and danced like a woman. I moved my hips, my butt, my arms. I hugged myself, I sang to myself in the mirror and smiled at myself because the love I was feeling in that very moment was fucking REAL. I moved my hands over my body and got in touch with myself. With my soul.

 

It was funny actually because one of the songs I was swinging my body to was ‘When I look at you’ by Miley Cyrus and the lyrics made me think that it is really only ME that can fix a problem… produce love in my life and bring me joy.

 

It’s almost like my soul was singing to me …

When I look at you – when you look at yourself
I see forgiveness
I see the truth – your soul will always forgive you for your mean girl thoughts but most importantly, you soul sees the TRUTH – that you are real, beautiful, authentic and AMAZEBALLS
You love me for who I am
Like the stars hold the moon – your soul loves you for YOU. Just as you should love you for YOU and the universe loves you for YOU and anyone worth having in your life loves you for YOU (jeez that was a lot of “you’s”)
Right there where they belong
And I know I’m not alone

 

Yeah when my world is falling apart
When there’s no light
To break up the dark
That’s when I, I
I look at you – you have to look at your soul when you’ve got a problem because only YOU can fix it!
When the waves are flooding the shore
And I can’t find my way home any more
That’s when I, I
I look at you

 

You appear just like a dream to me
Just like kaleidoscope colors that cover me
All I need
Every breath that I breathe
Don’t you know you’re beautiful – your soul is literally saying to you ‘don’t you know how fucking beautiful you are???!!!’
Yeah, yeah, yeah

 

Okay, so I know the song was not meant for this purpose (and explaining that was ULTRA CHEEZY!!!) but I just felt like the universe was telling me something when this song came on as I was dancing in my lingerie trying to incorporate more self-love into my life. There is no way that I don’t look at pictures on social media and think ‘oh I wish I looked like her’ but I’m trying. And I have to give myself credit for that. One thing that I have found really helpful is to stop following accounts that don’t inspire you.

If account xyz is constantly posting her thigh gap – that’s not inspiring you in a healthy way. Because guess what. She is either (a) hurting her body and freaking starving!!! Or (b) she was born like that and eats a TONNE but it still goes straight out her butt, into the loo and not to her thighs. And that’s okay. But don’t make assumptions because that is what makes up stories in your head. Follow some real babes that just live an authentic life. They have a good diet, don’t kill themselves at the gym and just love their womanly bodies for how they were born!! If you eat like humans are meant to eat (plants, nuts, fats, meat), then you can’t really be mean to your body, can you? Because you were born with your figure and if you’re eating to nourish it, then you can’t do much more.

 

So the point of this blog post is: If you’ve tried affirmations, telling yourself you’re beautiful etc etc – try dancing in your undies to some good tunes. Not only will your dopamine (feel good hormone) skyrocket, but you will instantly have more appreciation for your body and self. And that’s a good step in the right direction.

2 tips for getting through exams

  1. Stress less – I know….easier said that done. If you are saying to yourself ‘I don’t have time to meditate’ that a HELLA BIG sign that you need to meditate. Taking 10 minutes out of your day is nothing when it can improve your productivity and performance immensely. I will help you to stay present, retain information, and remain calm. Stress will only deplete your immune system and gut function, sending you into a downwards spiral so it is vital and that give you some down time to recharge. Because if you have a depleted battery, that isn’t going to work very well!

    Making time to prepare your food in bulk also saves you time thinking of what to have in a meal, cooking it and stressing on the time that you’ve wasted by doing so. By having meals (or parts of meals) prepared beforehand, you are less likely to reach for a convenient unhealthy option that isn’t going to help your body anyway. Check out my less than 20 mins recipe or these recipes are fast to prepare and you can go study while their cooking!

  2. Eat for your brain – Almost any food grown in a healthy environment is going to benefit your brain, but given that we live in an environment where the main threat comes from oxidative stress, you should load up on nutrients that are the most capable of preventing stress in your brains cells. These are:
    • omega 3 brain builders
      • raw flax seeds
      • chia seeds
      • walnuts
      • cream and butter
      • grass fed meat
      • oily fish that is wild caught
      • avocado
    • Omega 6 brain builders
      • egg yolks
      • cheese and butter (organic, grass fed)
      • activated/sprouted sunflower seeds
      • walnuts
      • edamame
    • Antioxidants:
      • colourful fresh vegetables
    • Vitamin E
      • raw or activated sunflower seeds
      • spinach
      • activated almonds
      • activated pistachios
      • avocado
      • broccoli
      • prawns and herring
    • The amino acid cysteine:
      • beef
      • lamb
      • chicken
      • pork
      • tuna
      • mussels
      • cheese
      • eggs
    • Vitamin C:
      • bell peppers
      • kale
      • kiwi
      • broccoli
      • strawberries
      • peas
      • tomatoes

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Is your fish actually good for you?

 

High levels of omega 6 promote diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, whereas increased levels of omega 3 suppress these effects.

Some of the differences between wild and caught fish are:

  1. The fish feed- the fat that is used in the fish feed have been found to have cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). This is predominantly in farm-raised salmon and exists at 16 times the rate of wild salmon.
  2. Canthaxanthin – this is found in farmed salmon and is a synthetic pigment that is used to add a pink colour to the flesh of salmon. Wild salmon gets their colour naturally from eating krill and excreting adrenalin (however you will even notice that the colour is a different pink between the two)
  3. Polybrominated Diphenyl – researchers have found high levels of polybrominated diphenyl (a chemical used as a flame retardant) in high levels in farmed fish. PBDEs are endocrine disruptors.

Just be sure to make sure you fish is actually wild caught. Choose The Canadian Way for salmon and ALWAYS ask if you cold water fish is wild caught. You seriously DO NOT want to be eating farmed fish. Remember that you vote with your dollar too! 

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Some serious real S**T about this quote: “On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become” – Anonymous

The definition of hell:

“On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you

could have become” – Anonymous

WOW. This quote was like a big fat slap in the face. Like mother fucking HUGE. All those other quotes like ‘live every day like it’s your last’ are so airy-fairy compared to this WOWZA of a quote. I feel like this basically takes away any negative thoughts in my head, any body image issues, any self-hate, any fear of taking the plunge because I DO NOT want to meet the person I could have become. I want to be that person. I want to finish on this planet feeling like I have done every little bit that I could have done to make a mark, and leave having made an impact. Specifically, I want to change the way people think of food. I want to take down the fast food giants and I want children to fall in love with mother nature again and appreciate real, good food and be disease free.

 

But more than that, I want to also leave this planet loving myself. Over the past few days, I have really come to terms with the fact that I am so dead set on what I want to do in life, that I don’t enjoy hanging around with people that aren’t on my same wavelength. In fact, to be really honest, I have gone from having tonnes of friends to having hardly any and it sucks. This has brought on some self-hate that I have been trying to work through. Not to mention the fact that I still am without a period and want to feel like a woman again. I’ve been single for nearly a year and just thinking to myself ‘fuck’. Honestly I don’t even know where I am going with this….point is, after reading this quote I have realised that I need to tell my mean girl who has recently been popping into my head and making me sad that I haven’t found a solid boyfriend, been so unlucky with boys, haven’t yet found my friends that are on the same wavelength, stressed because of uni and my 2 degrees, trying to get my period back but not wanting to gain weight because of fear of getting ‘fat’ and then no boy will like me and maybe even my followers will stop liking me and I don’t have 100K Instagram followers so I’m not good enough…. to FUCK OFF (my mean girl that is). Because if I don’t tell her to go away, I am going to face the person that I could have become.

 

Although people might think that we need to add more things to our lives to become more successful, truth is – we actually need to give up some of them.

 

  1. Give up comparisonists. I talked about this on my Instagram on Sunday and I’m guilty of it to. Hell, I’m in yoga and comparing myself to others and have to rein my thoughts back into the present.
  2. Give up on playing small. I feel like in the olden days everything was more dramatic, spontaneous and BIG. Children don’t play small, then yell, throw toys, run around and embrace life. I need to do more of that. In fact, I actually have been making it a goal of mine to crush my fear of just randomly introducing myself to people! I introduced myself to someone in my yoga class the other day (as I’m trying to open up my arms to more like-minded people to connect them). OH and it was awesome! If you never try new things, you’ll never know the true potential of what could have happened! SO don’t be afraid to fail and DEFINITELY don’t be afraid to succeed.

 “Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

 

  1. Give up excuses – it is only you who is responsible for everything that happens in your life (except maybe your birth haha). Realising this allows you to go out into the world with more power and limits your mean girl excuses
  2. Give up the magic pill – overnight success is a myth. Every success story has a road of failure, success (sometimes), struggle and hard ass work behind it. Give up thinking that things come easily to people. They don’t.
  3. Give up perfectionism. Wow, I need to do this. Nothing will ever be perfect, no matter how much we try. Our fear stops us from putting our ideas into this world but you will lose all your opportunities if you wait for things to be ‘perfect’. Give up thinking that your body needs to be ‘perfect’. That doesn’t exist. THAT DOES’T EXIST. IT SERIOUSLY DOESN’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FUCK we need to get this into our heads. Hell, I, MYSELF, MONICA need to get this into my head sometimes. Wasting time thinking that your body needs to be perfect means losing time doing other awesome things. Don’t meet that person that you could have been which might have been 5kg heavier but was 1000000x times happier than you are. (does that make sense?? You know what I mean)
  4. Give up multi-tasking. More specifically, give up being on your phone and talking to someone at the same time. That’s (1) rude and (2) you aren’t doing either of those things to your best ability. Just be with the person you are with, or be with your phone. Choose and don’t be rude to the other party.
  5. Give up needing to control everything. Remove yourself from the things you can’t control and hone in on the ones that you can. You are only able to control your attitude towards something. That is ALL you can control .
  6. Give up on saying YES. Fucking just say NO!!!!!!! and if you say yes, don’t then turn around 5 minutes later and get angry because you have to do this job and blah blah blah, you said yes to it and you could have just said no. If you want to actually get shit done, sometimes you have to say NO to things. And NO that doesn’t make you a bad person or mean. And for god sakes don’t say ‘oh but I should’ … says who?!
  7. Give up toxic people. Don’t hang around energy suckers. They bring you down in life. Hang around with people that bring you UP. I’ve managed to figure this one out – but this one only haha
  8. Give up wanting people to like you. There will be a lot of people that don’t like you and no matter what you do they still won’t like you. You don’t need to prove yourself to them or make them like you. That’s a waste of time. If they don’t like you for who you are then they aren’t worth knowing and you’re better off without them! This is boys included. If he isn’t going to like you because you are curvier and don’t have abs and a thigh gap, they guess what. He isn’t the one and you’re lucky you gave him the flick because he isn’t worth knowing. Just be authentic to yourself, improve yourself and provide value every day. “The only way to avoid pissing people off is to do nothing important.”Oliver Emberton

 

PHEWWWWW that was a bit of a ride, hey?! Seriously raw stuff up there ^^. That all just flowed from god knows where. I hope you guys find some value in this. Share it with a friend or just let me know that you liked it!

 

We all have stuff to work on, but just drop the stuff that isn’t adding value to your life so that when it’s your day to say goodbye, you are looking at your reflection. Not the person you could have become.

 

Love you xx