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I had the pleasure of having a smoothie and chat with this lovely lady a few weeks ago and was so inspired that I wanted to share her with you guys.

How young are you?
29

Where do you live?

Cairns, Queensland Australia.

Current occupation/ what you do to make money?

Co-Founder Paleo Café
Co-Founder Parents Primal Playout

Tell us a little bit about your beautiful self:

I was born and raised in Cairns. I have never lived anywhere else!

I have one older brother and was raised predominantly by my mother, as my father worked out at sea for majority of the year as a prawn fisherman. Growing up I loved horse riding – from pony club to State level competitions in dressage, show jumping and cross country – I loved it all! Still to this day, horses bring joy to my soul. I love them. I went straight from high school to law school. While at full time law school I also worked fulltime as a legal secretary / paralegal. After law school, I transitioned straight into a full time legal career, specialising in Planning and Environment Law. I loved my job; it was challenging and no two days were the same. It continually pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to grow…. and grow some more. I deeply cared about my clients interests and am proud to say that I never led a client to a court case they didn’t win. I enjoyed the area of law I worked in, as it allowed me to be involved in shaping the future of our environment and our town.
I met Jai when I was 20 and we married just after my 23rd birthday. It was love at first sight and continues to be, despite, like for most couples, there being many challenges along the way!
The birth of my son Troy in 2011 completely changed my life. He was planned to the month. The day I found out I was pregnant I bought some boy baby clothes, he was always a boy. I had to have a caesarean so even his birth date was planned. Until he was born, I thought I could continue living my life with the structure, organisation and forward planning I had become accustomed to. I was so wrong! As soon as my milk came through Troy was struck with agonising digestive pain and severe acid reflux. He was limp, starving and vomiting most of the time. For the first 4 months he barely slept and nor did I – he generally woke ever hour and I had to hold him upright for 45 minutes after every feed. People rarely visited us we weren’t great company with all the crying and vomiting, not to mention I was terribly sleep deprived and not myself. Friends mistakenly took me as having postnatal depression. This made me feel even worse. I was desperate and I felt I was letting Troy down. The sound of doctors telling you your baby is “not thriving” is devastating. I had no idea the dairy I was consuming was effecting Troy. I was ill-informed. I suffered from mastitis three times and finally after 4 months, and numerous paediatrician appointments Troy was prescribed a dairy free formula. Within two weeks he went from waking every hour to sleeping 12 hours throughout the night.
Over the course of 5 weeks, he healed and I met a new baby boy. A happy, content and engaging one, free from constant pain. This lesson taught me so much about Troy, myself and life, and especially taught me the profound effects of food on our bodies.

Why is fuelling your body with beautiful food and thoughts important to you?

Food is the ultimate medicine for good health, a close second to your state of mind. I lost a beautiful friend to cancer at age 23. She is a constant reminder that life is short and you must cherish each moment. Deciding to be happy and to live my best life is of paramount importance to me. We must also lead by example, so that our children can enjoy long and happy lives also.

What does self-love mean to you and why is it important?

Self-love means: fuelling your body with nutritious food, getting enough sleep, playing often and doing the things that make you happier and healthier as often as you can.
It is important as you can’t reach your potential in life if you aren’t running on all cylinders.

Tell us why you started your blog or business and what it means to you?

Around the same time that Troy was diagnosed as being dairy intolerant, Jai learnt about Paleo through his CrossFit coach and wanted to give it a go for better results from workouts. Initially I was very sceptical, but after reading ‘The Paleo Diet’ by Loren Cordain – I realised it made perfect sense! I was suffering from adult acne and painful digestion problems, and prescriptions from doctors were causing me all sorts of other issues and side effects. I had nothing to lose! On Paleo I lost 8 kilos, my skin cleared up and my digestive problems completely went away. There was no turning back! The only problem was it wasn’t social or convenient to maintain this lifestyle, especially after I returned to work. That is how the Paleo Café concept came about. We wanted to bridge the gap between the information and the action. We wanted to offer a convenient healthy eating option along with a one stop Paleo shop and we wanted people from all over to enjoy the convenience of Paleo Cafes. Paleo Café Cairns opened on 3 October 2012, we franchised in March 2013 and by December 2013 we reached our goal of 10 franchises signed up, with 5 currently open. The cafes have all opened with great success, and are evening attracting many celebrities!
In January 2014 our Paleo Café Lifestyle & Cookbook will hit the shelves of Paleo Cafes and other selected retailers. It is a visual inspirational lifestyle tool, with practical Paleo information and over 130 delicious Paleo recipes.

Paleo Café means the world to us. Jai and I have now both given up our professions (Jai recently sold his finance business) so that we can focus 200% on Paleo Café. Our customers are so appreciative of what we offer. Here is just one of many beautiful testimonials which motivates us to keep striving ahead:

Having struggled with digestive issues my entire life, the Paleo diet has brought me healing at a level that I never knew was possible, but sticking to it can be hard when eating out. Walking into Paleo Café I nearly cried. I’ve never been to a restaurant where I’ve had the entire menu to choose from. On a deeper level, for the first time in my life, I didn’t worry that I might get sick from cross-contamination or misunderstanding by the chef. It was such a powerful experience to dine out without fear.
The staff were so enthusiastic about the Paleo lifestyle and I couldn’t believe how good the food was – full of flavour with gourmet f l air. In fact, two bites into my pancakes I told my husband, “These are too good to be Paleo!” But, of course, they were. We ate at Paleo Café at every opportunity and particularly enjoyed dining there before long days out on the Great Barrier Reef.
I also appreciated all of the resources and reading material on-hand in the café – I spent as much time browsing as I did eating. Being equipped with knowledge and support is essential to sticking with the Paleo diet. My only negative is that you’re located in Australia! If you were in Los Angeles, I’d be stocking up on meals every week and dining frequently.
Thank you, Paleo Café, for allowing me to dine without fear of becoming sick. That is a gift that I have never experienced before. – Jennifer Moore Gunther, USA

What are your top 5 tips to stay healthy and happy?

1. Fuel your body with nutritious food
2. Get enough sleep (around 7-9 hours)
3. Exercise regularly
4. Play, laugh and dance as often as you can
5. Show love and appreciation like today could be your last

What are your big dreams, goal and aspirations?

In business:

International Expansion of Paleo Café: so that the convenience of healthy eating and living can be available to everyone.

Paleo Café Lifestyle & Cookbook to become a favourite lifestyle tool that uplifts, motivates and inspires people to live their best lives, and in turn becomes a National Best Seller.

Launch and international expansion of Parents Primal Playout: to teach parents how to play again, while leading by example and enjoying quality time with their children, all whilst getting a workout!

Personally:

To be the best parent possible to Troy. To lead him by example to be the healthiest, happiest, kindest and most positive person he can be.

To be a wonderful and supportive wife and friend to Jai.

To be the healthiest, happiest, kindest and most positive person I can be.

To play as often as I can and to share the joy of play with as many people as possible.

What’s your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?

Eat well, sleep soundly, play often and show love & appreciation like today could be your last.

Also, ….
Anything is possible to a willing heart.
Good things happen to good people.

Can you please share your favourite recipe?

Seared Tasmanian Salmon

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What you need:

  • 4 x 180g Tasmanian Salmon Fillets, skin on
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ghee

What you do:

  • Season salmon with salt and pepper
  • Melt ghee in a non-stick frypan
  • Cook salmon, skin side down, for 5 minutes. Turn and cook for a further 3 minutes or until cooked to your liking
  • Serve with sweet potato & pumpkin mash and asparagus spears

Where can we find you?

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

alice

I love what this superstar is doing in the world and you guys are too.

Meet Alice!

How young are you?

31

Where do you live?

Bayside, Melbourne

Current occupation/ what you do to make money?

I coach women one on one who are dissatisfied with ‘beige’ connect their heart + mind + body so they can feel amazing every day. I run seminars and workshops on functional medicine using food and the relationship between food and self-love.

I also consult with one of the world’s largest social media companies and to make sure the wellness message gets spread as far as possible, I coach other Health & Wellness entrepreneurs to make sure they get their online message out there!
Tell us a little bit about your beautiful self: My story is winding and sometimes challenging, however is one I see mirrored all too often today. I grew up as a child of an alcoholic, (my Mum has now been sober for 20 years) which was destroying for family and didn’t offer a great structure for me to mirror.

I turned to alcohol, drugs, and really damaging emotional behaviour in my teens and early twenties and somehow managed to get through nearly a decade being successful in the corporate world whilst coming home and wrecking myself after work.

I was always walking a fine line and holding it together however a big piece of my personal puzzle was missing and I wasn’t very satisfied with my life.

Fast-forward 5 years and today I am the proud Mamma of 2 gorgeous little ladies, wife to a cycling mad husband and crazy dog wrangler, completely in love with my amazing life and free of any of the guilt and shaming I used to hold over myself.

This is all thanks to self-love and self-belief.

Why is fuelling your body with beautiful food and thoughts important to you?

The thoughts that we welcome into our mind are really the benchmark for the way we treat ourselves. There was a time I thought I was ‘owed’ by the world and that nothing good I deserved was happening to me. At a time when I was really hating on myself, I walked back to my car to find a parking ticket. I remember clearly bursting into tears and shouting out “Why me?”

This makes me laugh now because looking back that parking ticket was everything I was inviting into my life. Literally and metaphorically. It’s hard to have a positive life with a negative mindset and so I work on seeing the natural flow of the things that happen in life.

I’ve studied holistic nutrition and environmental medicine and completely believe in a rounded approach to health, so along with healthy positive thought is a positive image for my body and how I treat it, which wasn’t always the case.

I’m dedicated to fresh whole foods for myself and family and can attest to the fact that when you do change your eating habits, over time the thought of allowing a lot of the food ‘stuffs’ many people eat 3 times a day past my lips doesn’t even occur to me. Real food is not only more nutritious it is much, much more delicious for you. And I still eat chocolate before lunch most mornings!

What does self-love mean to you and why is it important?

Self-love changed my whole entire life. I went from moving on a collision course to being in a (humbling) position to be able to share my knowledge and support other women either on the same track, or looking to improve their lives and not knowing where to start.

Practicing Self-Love is the single biggest thing you can do for your health. It all flows from there and I challenge anyone to find me a person who has a healthy self-love practice that is walking around all dissatisfied with life and treating themselves like shit. You will not find them.

I look at it like this: If ‘Love’ was to talk to you about your relationship with alcohol what would love say?
If ‘Love’ was to talk to you about your relationship with food, what would ‘Love’ say?
If ‘Love’ was to talk to you about your relationship with relationships, what would ‘Love’ say?
You can bet your dollar ‘Love’ wouldn’t say “Get smashed and eat takeaway burgers and fries on the way home to sleep with the man treats you poorly”.

I think some people feel self-love is too huge or unattainable, or too airy fairy or crap, however a small self-love practice now every day will build into a big ol’ hulking ‘Love Muscle’ (as Melissa would say) in no time. Just start.

Tell us why you started your blog or business and what it means to you?

I started The Whole Daily as a way of sharing my recipes and a way of living that I becoming more and more connected to. I didn’t want to monetise it at the time as I was working full time still with a large social media company and I saw it as passion – not ‘work’. I was also really guarded about my story so it was all recipes and ‘why are chia seeds good for you’. Over time slowly releasing my story, I could tell there was a lot of what I was writing that was connecting with people and so they have been witness to my own ‘coming out’ of the closet in relation to my past and issues I’ve had and had been beating myself up about.

The more I shared the truth, the more people I heard from whom said it changed their lives. I developed a large group of subscribers really quickly and leveraged my time working in social media to get the message out further.

I thought, If I could make a change to this amount of people’s lives, imagine if I could times this by 1000, and so on top of Health & Wellness Coaching I started supporting Health & Wellness entrepreneurs get their story out onto their online platform using my experience and proof.

And so the business now The Whole Daily has created a whole new life for me that is both humbling and beautiful. And it’s true that the laws of abundance mean that the more you serve the more the world gives back to you.

What are your top 5 tips to stay healthy and happy?

I’ve got 6…

1. Positive thought practice
2. Spend time in Mother Nature without the trappings of technology
3. Connect with your body and make loving choices about what you eat and drink.
4. Learn to cook your own food. It can become meditative in itself and strengthens the connection we have between our body and mind.
5. Do not look at someone else and see the size of their ‘bubble’ and compare yourself to that person. This limits your own possibility.
6. Don’t let fear be the reason to not follow your dreams. I say to myself “What would Branson do?” (Answer….always – DO IT!)

What are your big dreams, goal and aspirations?

In 2014 I am going to be building on my Life Transformation Project, releasing 2 eBooks and a course for new Health & Wellness entrepreneurs so they can change more lives, faster. I am also going to give lots of cuddles.

What’s your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?

Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.”
― Marianne Williamson
Can you please share your favourite recipe?

Buckwheat Blueberry Hotcakes

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Makes 5-6 small hotcakes

What you need:

• 1/3 cup buckwheat flour (now stocked in Coles as well as health food stores)
• 1 egg
• 2 tbs desiccated coconut
• 2/3 cup almond or soy milk
• 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
• ½ tsp gluten free baking powder
• blueberries

What you do:

• Mix all ingredients together like a mad-man/woman (make sure you have your tongue sticking out between your teeth when you do this as it makes for fluffier pancakes)
• Grease a pan with coconut oil and heat to medium/high temperature
• Spoon in a ladle of mixture and drop some blueberries or grated apple into the top of the cake
• Flip when small bubbles appear around the edge of the hotcakes
• Cook only for about 30 seconds on other side
• Serve with yoghurt, or Coyo and seeds or other super-foods. Drizzle with maple syrup or honey if you want to add a bit more sweetness.

Where can we find you?

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

kasey-flowers

I love this little lady. Full of love and passion.

Meet Kasey!

How young are you?

27

Where do you live?

Adelaide, South Australia.

Current occupation/ what you do to make money?

As a Naturopath and Nutritionist, I have the rewarding job in helping others achieve their health and happiness potential. I run my own Naturopath Clinic called Aloe Health (www.aloehealth.com.au), regularly present corporate Nutrition talks as well as health presentations to the public. I have also written e-books “Your Journey To Health and Happiness’ and “Winter Warmers Recipe Book’, which feature on my health blog.

Tell us a little bit about your beautiful self:

I haven’t always been healthy and it has been quite a rocky road to get where I am today. Here is my personal journey…
Growing up on a cattle property on beautiful Kangaroo Island, my childhood was filled with the company of animals, open spaces and fresh air. A whole farm to ride my horses around, a loving family and caring friends…I couldn’t have asked for a better upbringing.
Although I remained active through sports, as I grew into my late teens, the lifestyle I led quickly turned into the typical party girl scene. My weekend horse rides were exchanged with ‘all-nighter’ celebrations with friends and were fuelled by excessive intake of sugary alcoholic drinks and very poor dietary choices.
I was only young, and I was filling my body with a toxic cocktail of binge drinking, refined carbohydrates, synthetic hormones (from the oral contraceptive pill) and to top it off, sleep deprivation. It was only a matter of time before my body would show me signs of poor health.
In year 11, I started to develop signs of a chronic candida (fungal) condition. Thrush infections were constant; I struggled with ongoing foul moods; energy and concentration levels were poor and I had very unhealthy bowel habits. Unaware at the time, my chronic candida infection was causing me multiple food intolerances. I was also unfit and not an ideal weight.
Many emotional stressors (that were predominantly bottled up inside) throughout my late teens and early 20′s contributed to my symptoms. It was a big vicious cycle and I was not on the road to a healthy and happy future.
It wasn’t until I began my Naturopathy and Nutrition studies, that I started to realise the damage I was doing to my body. The pieces of my health puzzle came together! I researched the underlying causes of my presenting heath challenges and discovered how important Nutritional medicine was for my healing journey. This important support gave me the power to overcome my health conditions and genuinely feel healthy and happy again.
Using my knowledge, experience and understanding, I now have the privilege of helping many others overcome their health challenges and reach their personal health and happiness potential. I want everyone to realise it is never too late to change your habits!

Why is fuelling your body with beautiful food and thoughts important to you?

Going through the health journey I have, I will never compromise my health and happiness for anything. Quality organic whole-foods, coupled with calm, positive thoughts are a foundational part of my life, each and every day.

What does self-love mean to you and why is it important?

Positive thoughts can have a beneficial impact to alter our DNA and therefore our overall health. Self-love is therefore a foundation of my health pyramid. There is no point eating the healthiest diet, taking the most quality supplements, exercising regularly, if there is no love for you. Looking in the mirror each day and telling yourself you are beautiful is the best way to start the day!

Tell us why you started your blog or business and what it means to you?

After 4 years in Naturopathic clinic, I started writing and speaking to help spread a greater understanding of the role natural medicine plays to achieve and maintain health.

Along with my Naturopath practise, my blog, e-books and nutrition seminars are additional ways of spreading this information. I see a lot of patients with chronic health conditions in clinic and I believe self-love, exercise, healthy diet, herbal, homeopathic and nutritional medicine all play an important role in re-gaining and maintaining true health.

What are your top 5 tips to stay healthy and happy?

1. Tell yourself you are beautiful every single day.
2. Take your lunch break and at the end of the day, switch off from your work by ending the day with a relaxing meditation.
3. Soak up the mid-day sun for at least 15 minutes daily.
4. Fill your plate and glass with organic, whole foods. Include fermented foods.
5. Laugh and smile as much as possible.
6. Move for at least 30 minutes each day.

What are your big dreams, goal and aspirations?

I currently have some projects which will be released through the My Health My Happiness blog in 2014, but I have to keep these a secret at this stage :)

My dream is to be able to help improve the health & happiness of as many people as possible. I plan to one day soon speak and write to others all around the world!

What’s your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?

When you eat well & think beautiful thoughts, you feed your body, mind and soul. You feel healthy and love life!

Can you please share your favourite recipe?

 My Health, My Happiness Green Start Juice

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The My Health, My Happiness Green Start juice is a quick, easy and refreshing way of adding more greens to your day!

What you need:

  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • Handful cos lettuce
  • 1/2 apple
  • Juice ½ lemon
  • 5 mint leaves
  • Handful parsley (optional)

What you do:

  • Wash, and chop ingredients.
  • Feed through juicer.
  • Best to enjoy straight away and on an empty stomach for optimal enzymes and nutrients.

Where can we find you?

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

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Friday Friend: Monica Kade

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Mon is one of those gals you instantly feel like besties with. She is such a sweetie pie and always a beautiful energy to be around. This beautiful being is doing some great things in the world and I can’t wait for you guys to meet her.

Meet Monica!

How young are you?
I am 27 years young.

Where do you live?

Call me biased, but the best place on earth…the Northern Beaches.

Current occupation:

Intuitive Coach, Writer, Speaker.

I prefer the word Guide…I’m not there to tell people what to do with their life, their situations or challenges, only offer guidance in helping them see what they may not yet see and have them rockin’ out their best self!

Tell us a little bit about your beautiful self.

My story: I struggled for a long time with who I was and what I was supposed to do with my life. I thought I needed to “become somebody.” In 2008, I booked a one-way flight to New York City, where I lived for a year and a half. I spend the first half of my life pursuing an acting career and was accepted into the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York. I’ve interviewed over 200 of some of the world’s most influential thought leaders and professionals through Career Confessions, a blog, which was an extension of an online magazine I founded in my early 20’s, which I ran in Sydney and Melbourne with a team. I also graduated from university before the big move and somehow I did all this while battling an eating disorder for 8 years.

Now, I’m healthy, full of love and life and I surf, skate, snowboard and do Bikram yoga. I LOVE sunshine and the ocean, rain, the wind, red apples and crisp white bed sheets.

My Truth: I’m here to be myself, do what I love and express whatever moves through me.
Why is fuelling your body with beautiful food and thoughts important to you?

I know first-hand through my own story that not nourishing your mind, body and soul with good food and thoughts leads you to live a life that’s exhausting. You don’t get to do what you love if you’re not healthy.

As food affects the way you feel and move, so do your thoughts…so it’s important to be choose what makes you feel at your best.
What does self-love mean to you and why is it important?

We are already love. It’s not so much about loving yourself; it’s about being the love you already are. So if you’re beating yourself up and being unkind to yourself, then you’re not being love.

“Love and fear cannot co-exist.”

Tell us why you started your blog/business and what it means to you?

You know, it found me. I didn’t set out to do what I do now. I’ve always been interested in my personal journey since I was very young and I feel that all the things I did prior to this, were simply my training ground for today. I’ve always blogged or written ever since I was young. The business side of it sorta just happened.

To me it means expressing a feeling that’s within me. I do it because I’m moved to and I have a huge love for it. I love writing and sharing my journey and learning’s with others and being able to support others on their path. We all need guidance.

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What are your top 5 tips to stay healthy and happy?

I’ll give you 6, because they are all extremely important!

  1. Breathe deeply.
  2. Move your body.
  3. HUGS!
  4. Dance (and sing) in your living room (I do this everyday!)
  5. Drive and sing really loud (even if off key)
  6. Stay Silly: Speak in silly voices, be playful, be soft…

What are your big dreams, goal and aspirations?

If you asked me earlier this year, I probably would have listed off a whole bunch of things.

But I’ve ceased to plan my life. I do whatever I feel moved to. I don’t have set goals, sure there are some things I know I will and would love to do – finish and publish my book, speak all over the world, own a beachfront home and travel more, while doing what I love – writing, speaking, mentoring/coaching.

Most of all, I want to keep deepening the space that I live from.
That’s what I really love.

What’s your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?

I recently came upon this quote and I just love it.

“Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition” – Alexander Smith

Can you please share your favourite recipe?

I go through phases of loving certain things and I experiment with my cooking all the time. At the moment it’s squash, zucchini, carrot and spinach, lightly steamed, a dash of olive oil and some chilli and cracked pepper!

Where can we find you?

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

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Words don’t do this incredible women justice. Being in Julie’s presence is like giving yourself a massive juicy warm hug. She radiates love and is the queen of self-love. Meeting Julie has been such a blissing. I am so grateful we are on this path together.

Meet Julie!

Age:

40

Where do you live?

Highett, Melbourne

Current occupation:

Life and Business Coach

Tell us a little bit about your beautiful self.

Thank you for calling me beautiful! That’s something I don’t take for granted as my coaching business is called ‘Beautiful You’ and I absolutely love helping people create what they feel is a rich, loving and beautiful life for themselves. Do I feel blessed to doing it? You better believe it!

Personally I am also partner in crime to my divine husband Glenn, wicked StepMum to Sinead (wicked in the best way!) and slave to our feline family members Cookie and Leo. I try to meditate, yoga stretch, eat raw chocolate and smile as often as I can. All for me are divine works in progress.

Why is fuelling your body with beautiful food and thoughts important to you?

Without both of them I just don’t function well and I really don’t know anyone else who does either. I don’t believe in a one size fits all approach to eating and exercise, being mightily convinced that different bodies and different constitutions love and respond to different things. For me that response is as little gluten and refined sugar as possible. They just don’t love me and so I’m not going to love them back.

As for thoughts…well my whole professional life has been dedicated to helping people first through counselling and now through coaching, work on creating and having control of more beautiful, positive and supportive thoughts. It can be done. And when it is done – wow – you just better watch yourself. There’ll be nothing stopping you.

What does self-love mean to you and why is it important?

Self-love means everything. Everything. I have been without it before and even thinking about that period of time in my life makes me hold my breath a little. Learning to tap into it and live, knowing that I deserve to love and honour myself every day is my greatest life achievement. I will never give it up for anything or anyone – no matter what happens to me.

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Tell us why you started your blog/ business and what it means to you?

My business Beautiful You was a blog first and I’m really proud to say that, especially as I know many people out there are blogging right now and wondering – can this be my work? I had a burning passion to talk more openly about topics I was passionate about which included positive body image, self-love, confidence and living healthy, happy and well. So I started it and it slowly grew.

As people knew I was a counsellor working for a large charitable organisation, they soon began asking me if I would see them privately. Until that time it had never occurred to me to go into private practice. So I said yes and then, (with no one being more surprised than me), the flood gates were opened. I had also previously trained to be a coach as well and started offering that too – and we were away. Now Beautiful You is my full time entrepreneurial baby and I get to help other amazing women start their own business journey. Some days I can hardly believe I get to do what I do.

And what does it mean to me? Outside my soul mate, beautiful step-daughter and fur babies? It’s everything.

Your top 5 tips to stay healthy and happy?

- Drink lots of hydrating water.
- Get all the sleep your body tells you that you need to wake up smiling, feet on floor ready to go.
- Find ways to move your body that are fun, enjoyable and life affirming.
- Treat yourself with the same loving kindness you would your best friend.
- Know with absolute clarity that you only get life. Do what you need to do to make it a great one.

What are your big dreams, goal and aspirations?

I’m currently going through an incredibly exciting time in my business where I am developing some intensive coach training to help other coaches build a successful business. I’m so blessed that mine is doing so well and I would love to be able to help others with that too, as I firmly believe there is more than enough money and clients for us all.

For now that seems like my big goal and aspiration and the one that is excitedly keeping me surrounded in sticky notes, quotes, pens, paper and a Pinterest board to make it all happen.

What’s your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?

There are just so many I can’t pick one, but anything that reminds me to keep loving me will always deeply resonate.

Share your favourite recipes?

Well…it’s not MY recipe. But YOUR recipe for bliss balls is a staple in our house. A staple! How did I ever exist without them?

Melissa’s Raw Cacao Bliss Balls

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What you need:

  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 1 cup activated nuts (I like almonds and walnuts)
  • 1/3 cup raw organic cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

What you do:

  1. Soak dates in warm water for 15 minutes to soften.
  2. Whilst dates are soaking add nuts, cacao, shredded coconut, coconut oil and chia seeds to processor and mix.
  3. Add dates and process.
  4. If mixture is too dry add either a tablespoon of filtered water, or a little bit more coconut oil.
  5. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Roll mixture into bite size ball size.
  7. Roll balls in shredded coconut.

Where can we find you?

Website
Facebook
Twitter

Belinda Chapple

Former Bardot pop star Belinda Chapel and I have been friends for about 10 years now. We danced and modelled together professional for many years and still such great friends now.

Meet Belinda!

How young are you?

38

Where do you live?

Lavender Bay

Current occupation/ what you do to make money?

I am General manager at Selected Entertainment.We are a specialised entertainment company that delivers only the finest music and entertainment to all parts of Australia and across Asia.

Tell us a little bit about your beautiful self:

I am a passionate creative person that loves the Arts… Music, Art & Fashion. I love moving my body at least 4 times a week whether it be yoga ,running or circuit training. I am a thinker and a very loyal friend; in return I expect the same kind of loyalty. I love my family and friends. I am very well travelled and for these amazing travels, I feel very blessed.

Why is fuelling your body with beautiful food and thoughts important to you?

Well, you only have one body that you need everyday to get through life’s challenges… In saying that I think first and foremost one of the hardest things to do is to maintain beautiful thoughts in a world that can be quite challenging. I try to surround myself with sincere, kind loving hearts, doing this will in turn help with the beautiful thought process…. beautiful heart, beautiful mind.
I think I eat well, I always have. My mother always put very healthy food on the table so from a very young age junk food was a rarity. Luckily for me I have continued to enjoy good healthy eating into my adult life.

What does self-love mean to you and why is it important?

Self Love is very important so you can find peace and happiness in your own skin.

Tell us why you started your business and what it means to you?

I started working at Selected Entertainment when I arrived back to Sydney after spending over 3 years living in Singapore. I am very passionate about music, anything in the arts really. Me and my work colleague Jesse Flavell hope to grow the business in the next few years as we are a relatively new company – so far things are looking good.

What are your top 5 tips to stay healthy and happy?

1. Move your body and stay fit.
2. Listen to Music
3. Spend time by the ocean
4. Spend time with family and friends you love
5. Try your hardest to never let other people get you down.

What are your big dreams, goal and aspirations?

My main goal in life these days is to live a happy life. I used to have many dreams and goals – some I achieved, some I did not, but at least I can say I gave them a go. I would also like to start a family of my own, soonish :)

What’s your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?

I have many but this one seems to sum it all up. Be Silly, Be honest, be kind.

Can you please share your favourite recipe?

Wild salmon, sweet potato and coriander patties

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These salmon patties were made on the fly for a Sunday lunch. They are super yummy, easy and very nutritious, full of essential fatty acids for brain function and fertility and also a great source of protein and the sweet potato and chilli creates a sweet and spicy crunchy texture.

What you need:

  • 1 can John West Wild Alaskan Sustainable Salmon
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded, chopped fine
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1 clove garlic, chopped fine
  • Small knob ginger, grated
  • 1/2 bunch coriander, picked and chopped
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and boiled
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3 dutch cream potatoes, peeled and boiled
  • 1/2 brown onion, diced
  • rice breadcrumbs (optional)

What you do:

Fill a saucepan with water and place the sweet potato and dutch creams, bring to the boil for 20 minutes
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In a frypan heat a little organic coconut oil and saute the onion, red chilli, garlic and ginger until cooked through.

In a large mixing bowl place the salmon, onion mixture and fresh chopped coriander.

Once the sweet potato and dutch cream are cooked mash with a little organic ghee and add the the salmon mixture.

Roll into patties and then coat in rice breadcrumbs. Either fry in a little coconut oil or put in the oven on 170 degrees and bake for 15 minutes until crunchy on the outside.
 Enjoy with a green salad !

Where can we find you?

At work in our offices in Bondi, on a yoga mat, spending time with my family and friends, by the water somewhere, running along the coast or on the computer looking at Paris Vogue or fashion blogs.

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I don’t personally know Elle but I am good friends with her little sister Lizzie and so excited to have her as today’s Friend Friend. Her answers are a beautiful reflection of the person she is. Not only a beautiful women on the outside but incredibly beautiful on the inside.

Meet Elle!

How young are you?

I am 49 born in march 1964 Easter Sunday year of the dragon.

Where do you live?

I live in the present as much as possible ;)

Current occupation:

Mother, soon to be wife, goddess with guts in search of like spirited souls.

Tell us a little bit about your beautiful self…

I’m on a journey from my head to my heart .. Navigating through life, sometimes with grace, sometimes clumsily, but always with faith, commitment and purpose.

Why is fuelling your body with beautiful food and thoughts important to you?

Healthy food healthy thoughts =healthy body healthy life experience.

What does self-love mean to you and why is it important?

Self love means valuing self emotionally physically spiritually. Being 100 percent me at every given moment.

Tell us why you started Elle Macpherson Intimates? 

I started Elle Macpherson Intimates because I was on the prowl for beautiful french inspired lingerie with an American fit (comfortable ) and all I found was underwear!!! So, I designed for myself and 25 years later we are a growing global business.

What are your top 5 tips to stay healthy and happy?

  1. Laugh a lot.
  2. Drink 3 litres of water
  3. Sleep 7 hours
  4. Breath
  5. Love what you do and do what you love

What are your big dreams, goal and aspirations?

My dreams are my reality..my goal is to stay in the present !

What’s your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?

*All for love baby ! ..

*One day at a time (sometimes one second at a time )

I also love

*”it will all work out in the end and if it hasn’t worked out, it’s not the end!”

Where can we find you?

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Amanda and I met years ago at a goddess workshop and realised we both trained at the same gym. She then started coaching with me and we soon became great friends. We travelled to New York together last year for the IIN conference and RHH Live and after that she moved into my old building. Amanda is such a sweetie with a real passion for helping others.

Meet Amanda!

How young are you?

34

Where do you live?

Bondi Beach

Current occupation:

Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach

Tell us a little bit about your beautiful self.

Lover of clean eating, relaxation and fun. 1 part urban hippy, 1 part corporate chick. On a mission to bridge/merge the two worlds.

Why is fuelling your body with beautiful food and thoughts important to you?

Detoxing our bodies of the toxins which build up inside from bad food and lifestyle choices and then re-fuelling our body with clean food and thoughts allows our true essence to shine through again – allowing our highest dreams to come to us (as opposed to having to strive and force them to come into existence).

We are all striving for our own version of success in this world, but that success can only truly be accessed when our body is humming with its highest health.

What does self-love mean to you and why is it important?

By loving yourself, and knowing you are loveable, you will show up in the world as the best version of yourself and be able to receive all the love, joy and abundance that is already in front of you. When you don’t love yourself, the armour goes up to protect yourself from the world and in doing so, you will never feel true joy and happiness.
Seeking love from your boss, colleagues or partner will never lead to you feeling worthy/loveable – it can only come from within. When we really get this, life changes.

Tell us why you started your blog/business and what it means to you?

I started my blog to share my knowledge of clean eating and lifestyle with busy driven women who often feel they have no choice, no time, no control, to live the life of their dreams.

I worked in advertising for 13 years and there was nothing like this on offer. I used to think the only way to be really healthy was to quit working and head for the country – that it wasn’t possible to be relaxed, energetic & healthy AND get ahead in life at the same time – so I wanted to introduce healthy living into the corporate world in a realistic and attainable way. I admit, my miso soup for breakfast & vegetarian requests (both diets I no longer follow) became a great joke in the advertising world – but I was a human guinea pig, trying it all until I found what worked.

I saw too many women in their late 20’s/ early 30’s (including myself) reach the success in their careers they’d worked so hard towards for years, complete with the shoes, handbags and holidays to match – only to wonder why they were silently suffering with their health behind the scenes. I was determined to find the balance, and when I did, my passion for helping others do the same became so big that I changed direction and started doing it as a job.

From this I have also grown a thriving coaching practice which supports and nurtures women who are ready to live their best lives. I like to think of myself as the best friend, or cheerleader, by my client’s side every step of the way to help them step into their most amazing version of themselves. Most people know what they ‘should’ be doing, but are missing the steps to implement it in the ‘real world’.

My superpower comes from knowing how to bounce with joy and energy WITHOUT needing to slow down or quit your job. (Learnt from years of real world trial and error ;-) And without caffeine!

What are your top 5 tips to stay healthy and happy?

1. Turning off your stress switch properly every night
2. Loads of Greens
3. Loads of Water
4. Moving your body every day
5. Letting go of the ‘sub-conscious false beliefs’ which are holding you back in all areas of your life

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What are your big dreams, goal and aspirations?

Firstly, I want to banish the myth that burning out is the only way to success.

After that, I hope to empower all women to uncover the joy and energy that they all have inside. Enabling them to live their happiest, healthiest life – it’s completely possible when you have the right tools and the commitment to play a bigger game.

My latest creation, ‘The Driven Woman’s 10 Day Detox’, has just been released to help as many busy women kick-start this journey as possible!

What’s your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?

If it feels good – do it, if it doesn’t – don’t. Your body already knows what is right & wrong so why complicate things with your mind.

Can you please share your favourite recipe?

Coconut & Blueberry Pancakes

 

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I fell in love with these protein-rich pancakes when healing from Adrenal Fatigue. They offer the perfect balance of protein to keep your blood-sugar stable – a key point in healing adrenals.

What you need: 

  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Splash of almond milk
  • Coconut Oil
  • Blueberries

What you do: 
1. Mix oatbran, eggs and almond milk ingredients together until it forms a batter.
2. Heat up a frying pan, coat with coconut oil and pour batter on.
3. Let it cook for a few minutes and flip as you would a pancake!
4. Top with melted Coconut Oil, Blueberries and a sprinkle of Cinnamon.

Where can we find you?

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Kirsten and I met through mutual friends at The Conscious Club over a year ago and instantly clicked. Our shared passion for nutrition and holistic healing left us chatting for hours. Soon after we met she launched Orchard St, an impeccably designed and incredibly delicious organic cold press juice company. Orchard St is now one of the biggest juices cleanses in Australia.

Meet Kirsten!

How young are you?
29

Where do you live?
North Bondi, Sydney

Current occupation/ what you do to make money?
I am a Naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist. I run a clinic and dispensary in Bronte, and a little over a year ago I established Orchard Street, a 100% Organic Juice Cleanse business.

In my clinic I specialise in detoxification support and digestive disorders, exploring the relationship between food and mood and seeking to create mindful eating practices. The cleanse business has given me the opportunity to reach even more people around Australia and share the fruit of what I’ve learned with them.

Orchard Street is much more than a ‘juice cleanse’ to me. It’s an opportunity to gain a broader perspective of how our eating patterns may be affecting us on a daily basis, and to notice the link between our belly and our mind, to take a step back and let go of habits we might have clung to a little too long.

Tell us a little bit about your beautiful self:
I’m a Kiwi but was raised in Malaysia. I came to Sydney for a New Years party when I was 19, met the love of my life (who is now my partner in organic juice-crime) and never left.
In my mid 20′s I spent several years travelling the world, learning from traditional medicine practitioners and exploring. Before I discovered Naturopathy, I was at Uni studying linguistics and speech pathology.
I have been a Naturopath for over 8 incredible years now, and I’ve also been lucky enough to qualify as a yoga teacher and a doula.
I have a strange fascination with bacteria and things at a cellular level. I used to borrow the microscope from my science teacher in primary school and spend hours gazing in wonder down the lens. Sunshine is my no. 1 remedy, especially when it beams down on you as you float weightlessly in the ocean. I love my job. So very much.

Why is fuelling your body with beautiful food and thoughts important to you?
Having witnessed, both firsthand as a young woman and so frequently in the clinic, the link between how we choose to nourish ourselves and how we experience life. The link between our mind and belly is obvious. Change your thoughts and you will literally change the little world inside your belly. Feed yourself will beautiful food and your whole daily experience changes, you can approach situations with clarity, have energy to take on opportunities and simply get the most out of life.

What does self-love mean to you and why is it important?
Self love is making the decision everyday to be honest and true to yourself.
Only bringing into your life, and your belly, things which will feed your happiness and make you feel more vital.
Ultimately the more positive we feel on an individual level, the more this can radiate and benefit the lives of those around us.

What are your top 5 tips to stay healthy and happy?

  1. Eat Mindfully.
  2. Dedicate time to just be. Whether it’s a formal meditation practise, or simply tuning in to your breath or body, a beautiful view or interesting company… in the words of our buddy E. Tolle, its all about the now.
  3. Yoga. This is my therapy, my connection to the earth and my body, my daily tune-up so I can continue smoothly on this bumpy road.
  4. Green smoothies. I know its cliché but I’m absolutely addicted.
  5. Cleanse. Find space in your life regularly to let go of habits and give your beautiful body and mind the opportunity to heal and be nourished so you can continue to grow.

What are your big dreams, goal and aspirations?
On a business level, I hope to continue to build Orchard Street. I’ve got big plans, and there is so much I’d love to be able to offer the community, but you have to just take it one step at a time. As we move forward, the most essential thing for me is to maintain the integrity and love that makes the whole thing worthwhile.

I hope to continue to learn and grow as a Naturopath, not only through research and study but by maintaining an open heart and mind for my clients. I have found they are the most incredible teachers.
On a personal level, more travel!! You can give a gypsy a home but you can’t stop her from dreaming of foreign soil and wild adventures ;)

What’s your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?

lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu

Perhaps one of the most firmly planted seeds from my early yoga studies with Jivamukti. It is a mouthful, but basically it is about Altruism. There is no doubt that a more compassionate and altruistic nature will lead to a happier world for yourself and all the lucky folk, animals and environment around you.
‘May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute, in some way, to this happiness and to this freedom for all. ‘

Can you please share your favourite recipe?

Miso Broth

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My go to 10 minute meal at the end of a busy day – Miso Broth. If fish is a part of your diet, a little fillet of wild salmon gives a beautiful flavour, some bioavailable protein and a bounty of omega 3s. The miso paste offers some beneficial bacteria to support your precious belly.

What you need:

  • Miso Paste
  • Umeboshi
  • Seaweed
  • 100% buckwheat noodles

What you do:

Cook the buckwheat noodles in water, then reduce to a slow simmer. Ladle out some of the noodle water into a small bowl and mix in miso paste. Then add it to the buckwheat noodles, along with seaweed and umeboshi, to taste.

Where can we find you?

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Debbie lights up the room when she walks in and is doing such incredible work in the world. I can’t wait for you guys to meet her.

Here she is!

Age:

32

Where do you live?

I live in the beautiful Eastern Suburbs of Sydney with my fiance and the most handsome dog you will ever see, Jed.

Current occupation:

I am Founder and CEO of Detox Your Mind, where I am dedicated to helping women change the way they see themselves by dissolving their negative self-image and discovering their authenticity and true confidence. ‘Be present, be authentic, be you’ is my mantra.

I am also Master Trainer of the recently launched Mind Detox Academy in Australia. Training practitioners in the life changing method I use with my clients.

Tell us a little bit about your beautiful self.

I relish in health and wellness. There is nothing better than feeding my body, mind and soul with the things which nourish and nurture me. However I do enjoy the odd glass of French Champagne or a nice gourmet dinner with my fiancée. I believe life is about balance and the most important thing is to stay true to yourself.
I grew up on a farm and still a country girl at heart…nothing lights me up more than being in nature. This year I am marrying my gorgeous man in the Byron hinterland and I am so freakin’ excited to begin building our lives together and starting a family.

Why is fuelling your body with beautiful food and thoughts important to you?

It’s everything to me – when I treat my body with respect and nourish myself with healthy and organic food I feel so much better. It ensures I am full of energy and clarity. Beautiful thoughts is of course what I am all about and I believe it is the most important thing we can do for ourselves on so many levels. From enjoying life to illness prevention to manifesting our desires – our thoughts are the source of our experience in life.

What does self-love mean to you and why is it important?

To me self-love internally is accepting myself completely; including forgiving myself for all the things I have said and done, felt and believed from my past and appreciating, accepting and loving who I am in the present regardless of any ‘perceived’ faults or mistakes. Acceptance is the greatest gift we can give both to ourselves and to others. Self-love externally comes in the form of self-care; doing those things which bring me nurture, joy, creativity, laughter, love and fun!

Tell us why you started your blog/ business and what it means to you?

I created my business out of a complete mental, emotional and physical breakdown. It was my lowest point and whilst I kept up appearances on the outside I was falling apart inside. I didn’t realised how bad it was until I began to come out the other side.

I have always been into personal development and early in my 20’s this was around wealth and success mindset. So at 28 when I hit rock bottom I had no idea how to deal with my ‘emotions’ or how to overcome external circumstances/people, which were affecting my happiness daily. My Inner Mean Girl ruled my mind so the only way up was to rebuild myself and my life from the inside out (very important). I got out of my head and into my heart and as a result I created a lifestyle I truly love in every moment with a person I am so comfortable with…myself.

My business means so much to me because it is a reflection of the journey I took and continue to take to this day. It wasn’t easy yet it was so worth it. I see so many women where I used to be; caught up in what others think, worried about judgment and criticism, unhappy in themselves, searching for approval, recognition, love and acceptance in a job title, a man or material items. Most of all feeling they are not enough. Many women wouldn’t treat their worst enemy they way they internally treat themselves.
I teach not only my years of study and experience with coaching women but also the exact path I walked and I believe every woman can discover her authentic inner beauty and find the courage to live her best life…she just needs someone to believe in her and help her heal the past to enable her to move forward to a brighter future.

Your top 5 tips to stay healthy and happy?

Only five? Hmm…

1. Heal your past. Take the time and get help in clearing those deepest and repressed emotions which are hidden in all of us; anger, sadness/hurt, guilt and shame. I believe you need to clear your old beliefs and repressed emotions from your past in order to live your best life! Buried deep within they are the blueprint from which you operate. When you change your beliefs – your life will transform.

2. Be kind to yourself. You are the only person you have to spend your entire life with. Develop a deep, honest, respectful and compassionate relationship with yourself and you won’t ‘need’ anyone else. Only then can you truly appreciate others for exactly who they are and reveal the gorgeous woman you are.

3. Nourish yourself with organic, raw or at least natural foods from the ground. Fresh juices, smoothies, salads, nuts + seeds and veggies will give you energy, clarity and focus to be your best. When you feel your best, you do your best. Add in some superfoods for good measure and feel the dramatic difference.

4. Journal. Get the mental noise out of your head and onto paper. The most incredible minds in the world all admit to keeping a journal. This one daily practice will transform you life.

5. Don’t listen to your Inner Enemy. Your ego lives in fear; anxiety, worry and doubt of the future + hurt and regret from your past. Focus on recognising and ignoring this mental chatter in your mind. Your negative self-talk is the cause of all of your suffering; make it a priority to learn how to manage your mind.

What are your big dreams, goal and aspirations?

My mission is to leave the world a better place by being here. I am so fiercely committed to helping women heal their past and discover who they truly are on a deep and authentic level. When a woman changes her internal world; it affects her relationships, workplace, community and our world. My dream is to connect women with themselves so they can share deeply wonderful relationships with others….after all, so much of life’s beauty is found in moments shared with those we love. Far too many women are so filled with self-doubt and fear of what others think they never experience the wonder of life, freedom of self-expression and beauty of sharing a deep connection with others.

I am launching Retreats in Bali and Port Douglas; beautiful and inspiring locations combined with life-changing information = massive results! I am also in the process of turning my signature 3 month private mentoring program into an online course to be available in 2014. Plus exploring the creation of an iphone app of my program 30 Days To Detox Your Mind and No Negative Thoughts as well as a Kindle guidebooks.

With so many incredible opportunities arising I try not to plan details too much. 5, 10 and 15 year goals are limiting. I only ever work on a 6 month action plan. I focus instead on how I want to feel each day and how I can serve others in the best and most loving way possible…the rest will follow.

What’s your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?

“It is not a matter of resources, it is a matter of resourcefulness’ Tony Robbins

This quote is ingrained in my mind and in those moments when I am dreaming big and my inner mean girls says “you can’t do that”, I figure out every possible avenue I can take to make it happen. Afterwards I tell her “you were wrong again”. It works and I achieve my desires, dreams and goals every time! Not only that I then have internal evidence my inner mean girl is wrong – this goes a long way in believing I can achieve what sometimes may seem to be the impossible.

Our minds limit us every day – this quote stretches my thinking and beliefs and combined with action, magic happens.

Share your favourite recipes?

My daily routine of what I put in my body ensures I always feel my best:

I start every day with an organic anti-inflammatory tonic a good friend creates and a glass of Noni Juice (you will notice the immediate difference in your skin and nails).

I follow this with my green smoothie – all of which will have your cells buzzing with energy all morning:

Green Smoothie

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What you need:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Lemon
  • Ginger
  • Aloe juice
  • Berries + kiwi fruit
  • Banana,
  • Goji berries,
  • Linseed + sesame seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Nori flakes
  • Yeast flakes (jammed back with Vitamin B)
  • Maca + Raw Organic Cacao Powder (hello energy central!)
  • A scoop of Raw Organic Green Superfood,
  • A scoop of Sun Warrior Vegan Protein Powder
  • A squeeze of honey topped off with coconut water (fresh out of the husk itself where possible) and coconut oil.
  • You can substitute with soy milk/almond milk if you are after something a little creamier. Yum!

What you do:

  1. Blend and enjoy! Note to self: Is it delicious? Sometimes, depending on how much fruit I put in. Yet the energy and health benefits you will feel from this jam-packed nutritious concoction will make it a must have in your daily routine!
  2. Throughout the day I sip on Apple Cider Vinegar, Fresh Ginger and Lemon tea.
  3. Try it on for a week and notice the difference in your hair, skin and nails + energy levels.

Where can we find you?

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