How to Keep Active While Travelling Like #notatourist

Keeping active while travelling should be fun and uncomplicated!  Whether it’s for business or pleasure, break away from your normal routine and mix up your training. I’ve teamed up with Visa to bring you some of my tips to help you keep active when you’re overseas!

When travelling, sometimes the last thing you want to do is wake up early and pound the pavement, especially if you’re jet lagged, but exercising is the best way to stretch out fatigued muscles from flying and it also releases endorphines that fight jet lag!

Walk the town

One of the best ways to stay active when travelling is to walk the town, and there’s no better way to experience everything your destination has to offer.  On my last trip to Thailand I think I walked more in the two weeks I was there than any other time in my life!  I spent at least 4 hours each day exploring Bangkok, the beautiful islands and beaches by foot. It pays to ask an actual local (check with hotel staff even) about walking routes and sights that are within walking distance.  Instead of taking a train, tuk tuk or taxi, investigate ways you can get to places by foot, you will experience a lot more by doing this.  In May I stayed with my sister for a month in Sydney. We didn’t have a car and with no gyms nearby,  we went for a big walk each morning.  I was lucky enough to be staying close to the Blue Mountains so we scoped out what walks we could do there.  The walks we took through the Blue Mountains were so breathtaking and something I wouldn’t have had a chance to see if we chose to go to the gym each day.  For the best walking tracks through the Blue Mountains, visit the website.

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Use the gym or download an app

Most hotels have a fitness centre in them.  If you are used to going to the gym, book a hotel that has one.  If  you’ve booked one that doesn’t have one, make use of the space in your hotel room.  Pack a skipping rope or a resistance band and make use of these.  One app I love is Nike Training Club, this free app gives you 15-45 minute workouts that can be done almost anywhere. It allows you to target any body part through beginner, intermediate and advanced exercises. If you are more of a runner, download the app Map My Run, which does exactly that. You can choose how far you want to run and it’ll choose a running route for you which is perfect if you are in an unfamiliar area. The app also logs your pace, distance and calories.



Before any trip I always do some research into fitness classes, gyms or yoga centres I can attend, this includes nearby parks with running trails, or local gyms with day passes.  When travelling to Bali in December I was fortunate enough to be staying in the middle of the beautiful jungle in Ubud. However, this also meant that getting around was restricted.  Luckily I did my research and booked myself into some yoga classes at Yoga Barn, a well known yoga centre in Ubud.  Taxis are very cheap in Bali so driving 45 minutes to my yoga class wasn’t too expensive and it was worth the trip.

I’m currently in South Africa and I made sure I scoped out the gyms that were close to where I am staying.  It took me a week to overcome my jetlag and by that time I was itching to have a workout. I emailed Virgin Active Health Club before I came here to see if it was possible to workout at the gym without being a member.  This gym offers 2 free passes and then casual rates each time after this. Their website allows you to enter your location details and then gives you a list of all their gyms close to you.  After catching a super cheap Uber to the gym I was able to finally have a work out.

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Get adventurous

Rent a bike, kayak or surfboard and get a workout at the same time as having fun. Many big cities offer 2-4 hour bike tours, and many places also rent bikes out at a cheap price, this is a great way to sight see and get in a workout at the same time. In Thailand I hired a kayak for the day and kayaked around some of the small islands in Krabi.  This is an experience I will never forget and it beats going on a crowded boat any day! Next month Julia and I are going to Hawaii and have booked ourselves in for surfing lessons.  Even though we know this is going to be a challenge we know that it’s going to be a lot of fun and a great way to get in some exercise!

Staying fit on the road doesn’t have to be difficult at all, actually it can almost be more fun than exercising at home!  What’s your favourite way to keep active while travelling?

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All opinions are my own! L x


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Flossie Concierge

If you find yourself always wanting more hours in the day, you’re not alone. These days, life moves so fast and it seems like there is barely any time to complete tasks and most importantly, take time out for ourselves. If you are a student, busy mom or a working professional, it is so easy to forget to take a breather from rushing around all day, not to mention forgetting to take care of ourselves sometimes. With technology taking up a big part of our lives, there is some technology that can actually make life a little bit easier.

Last month I was introduced to an app that no woman should live without called Flossie Concierge. Jenene Crossan is the brain behind Flossie Concierge and the original website, which was created in February 2012 to make it easier for women to book in hair and beauty appointments. Jenene describes the app as ‘Uber for beauty’, which it really is!



The Flossie Concierge app let’s you search for hair and beauty services that you can request, book and pay for via your mobile phone. If you need a last minute wax, hair cut, pedicure, spray tan or even eyelash extensions simply open the app and tell Flossie what you would like to get done, along with how much you want to spend and a preferable location. This request is then sent out to approved salons with responses directly sent back to your phone. So simple and all the hard work taken care of.

After finding out I had a last minute function to attend I thought it would be the perfect time to try this app out. Being a student I often don’t get many opportunities to get glammed up so booking in to get a blow wave and eyelash extensions was super exciting. I booked into get a blow wave to freshen up my locks at RDF Salon in Parnell. After requesting a booking on Flossie I had a reply from them within 15 minutes, so quick! After my blow wave I booked into get eyelash extensions at Lash Noir at City Works Depot in Auckland City. After requesting this appointment, I had a reply within 15 minutes with a range of times they could book me in for. Both salons had exceptional service and affordable prices for a student like me! Not only was I super happy with the service but my day went from being stressful and frazzled to cool, calm and collected.

How to use the app:

To begin using Flossie, simply download the app for free on iTunes or Google Play and register. After a customer has made a request and you have confirmed your booking, you are then taken through a secure payment gateway where you need to enter your credit card details and you are ready to go!


Thank you so much Jenene and Flossie for creating this life-changing app that has made my life that much easier!

L x

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Inspirational Friends – Selina Singh


Over the last year I have been seeing Naturopath, Selina Singh to help with some health issues I had been dealing with. I am so grateful to know Selina, and appreciate the responsibility and thoroughness, the breadth of knowledge and integrity that she brings to her work.

Before I came to see Selina, my energy levels were very low, I was experiencing constant headaches, bloating, found it hard to lose weight, and had reoccurring skin breakouts. I had been experiencing these symptoms for a year, and they were greatly affecting my life.

Selina helped me solved these problems through her holistic approach. Now my energy levels have improved, I can wake up in the morning and not feel exhausted after having 8 hours of sleep. I can exercise without feeling fatigued after and also have the energy to exercise. I no longer experience headaches, my bloating has gone, I have lost weight and my skin has cleared up.

Thank you Selina for everything, I really appreciate everything you have done to help me physically, mentally and emotionally. Your advice and guidance is invaluable to me and will continue to be!

Below is Selina’s inspirational interview! :)

Where are you based?

My Remedy – An Integrated Natural Medicine Clinic, Takapuna, Auckland.

Current occupation/what do you do?

I am a Naturopath, its what I’ve always wanted to do! I specialize in helping people with hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances. This includes conditions such as PMS, endometriosis, PCOS, thyroid disorders, infertility, hormone cancers, depression, menopause, amongst many other health disorders. Hormones affect everything in your body!

For everyone that doesn’t know you, tell us about yourself.

In a nutshell – I am a gentle soul! I love to nurture others around me, be it friend’s family, even my cats!

Give us a small insight into your daily routine. 

I live as simply as possible. I try not to burden myself with too much (mentally and physically) and I always listen to my body.

I wake once I feel I have slept enough (or I really need to get out of bed so I’m not late!) I have breakfast in a very peaceful space to gather my thoughts, I do my best not to get ahead of myself and enjoy the moment. Breakfast is usually porridge with seeds, or eggs on toast, and sometimes a smoothie as a snack – I aim to only eat whole foods, and I try to eat in a relaxed state so I absorb all my nutrients.

Lunches and dinners for me are usually a combination of vegetables, whole-grains sometimes meat too (I only eat organic free range meat for ethical reasons) I do my best to eat locally grown produce, usually from the farmers market. I’m also growing lots of fruit at the moment – including heirloom black apples!

Once I get to work, I see patients, something I feel incredibly privileged to do.

In between seeing patients I’m writing protocols for my patients, taking a few minutes of down time is important too. I try and make it to the gym 3 times per week, I walk a few times per week, and sometimes I make it out in to the surf with my partner. On the weekend I love cooking up a feast and gardening!

What is the philosophy you live by? 

My philosophy is to live life in the moment. Giving back, whether it is to nature or by helping others – how ever possible. Nurturing and respecting yourself, others and nature. My favourite quotes are below; I remind myself of them if I am in doubt, they never fail to inspire me.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted” Albert Einstein

What sparked your interest in health?

I’ve always been interested in health, as a 4 year old I would tell my grandma I would make her young, by changing her blood! I would make potions out of leaves in the garden; mix them in my mug with a paintbrush as a hair tonic.

I’ve always been interested in health, I spent a lot of time reading health books staring in my early teens; I used to grow my own vegetables and compost at an early age. I was always (and still am) keenly interested in natural health. In my last year at school a teacher asked me what I wanted to be, and I mentioned I would like to be a health professional, possibly a Doctor who helped people by focusing on the cause of their health problem and then prescribing natural health; at this point he mentioned that this is what a naturopath does (a word I had never heard of before this). We moved house the next week and my neighbor asked me what I wanted to do when I finished school I mentioned I wanted to be a naturopath, she told me that 2 of her daughters are naturopaths. In the next few months I found myself-starting my degree in Natural Medicine. Over the years I’ve had health struggles myself, in particular with my hormones that has lead me down the path of specializing in hormones.

Your top three tips to achieving optimal health and happiness?

Top 3 Tips to Optimal health:

  1. Rest plenty – nothing can substitute this.
  2. Nourish your body with whole foods, avoid almost everything that comes in a packet – always be aware of what you are putting into your body.
  3. Listen to your body, eat foods that suit you, rest when you know you need to; drink enough water.

Top 3 Tips to Happiness

  1. Make peace with yourself
  2. Be grateful for everything, everything is a lesson
  3. Be yourself. You don’t have to look or be like anyone else.

Where can we find you?

L x


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Cashew Ginger Slice

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Ginger slice is a kiwi classic that can be found in almost all bakeries around the country so it made sense to create a healthy version. This cashew ginger slice is sweetened naturally with dates and the base is made from nuts and seeds instead of white flour, making it gluten free. This creation is so delicious that you wouldn’t know it was actually healthy. The base is sweet and chewy with a subtle hint of ginger and the topping is bursting with flavour.

Ginger is fantastic for digestion, boosting circulation and warming the body. Serve this slice with a cup of herbal tea.


2 cups of raw cashews
200 grams of pumpkin seeds
1 cup of dates
2 tablespoons of butter
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons of ground ginger


3 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of honey
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of vanilla


1. In food processor, blend the cashew nuts and pumpkin seeds until fine.  Add the dates, butter, salt and ginger. Blend until well combined and almost smooth.

2. Line a baking tray with baking paper and press the base mixture into tray evenly.

3. In a small saucepan, melt the honey, and coconut.  Make sure the pan is on a low heat.  Add the ginger and vanilla and combine well.  Take pan off the heat and mix topping until it becomes thick.

4. Pour the topping over the base, and ensure it is spread evenly.  Place into the freezer for at least 3 hours before serving.  This slice does need to be kept in the fridge as the topping does melt in room temperature.

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Libby xx

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Nike She Runs Sydney

Nike She Runs

Over the last 6 weeks, I have been training hard for the Nike She Runs event in Auckland and Sydney. On Monday the 28th of April I ran the 10km in Auckland and on May the 1st I flew to Sydney to take part in the Sydney event on Saturday night. There were 7 girls from Auckland that flew over together. We had all been training together for the last 6 weeks.  It was nice having such a supportive and encouraging group of girls to go over with. Although I ran the 10km on Monday night, I was still so nervous to run in Sydney.  I had butterflies all day!! We had a big breakfast on Saturday morning to ensure we were fuelled well for the race and I drank 2 litres of water to ensure I was hydrated.

On Saturday evening, we made our way down to Centennial Park in Sydney.  We waited in the media lounge before the race where we prepared for the run.  The entire park was buzzing, there were live bands, bouncy castles, refreshments and a lot of photos being taken.  The organisation of the event was amazing. I was so impressed!
At 6pm, 6000 girls faced the cold and took off on their run.  Before we ran we had to decide what pace we wanted to run, I chose to run the 5.5 minute per km pace.  The track was more difficult than the Auckland track, we started off running over a hill and ended the race on a hill as well, which I found slowed me down. Along the way there were water stations, a big sign at every km telling us how long had run, and people cheering us on including cheerleaders, drummers and a marching band. I have to admit that I really struggled with this run, I had the stitch for at least half of it, I felt fatigued and it was cold.  I wanted to run this race in under an hour which I did. My time was 59 minutes and 30 seconds. YAY! I could not believe I made it under an hour considering I had the stitch.

After the race, there were fresh juices and salads, a performance from Guy Sebastian and we could even get a massage if we were sore.  I would highly recommend this event for anyone who currently runs or wants to begin running.  It was so much fun and I find that running in a group really pushes you to finish the race without stopping to walk which I used to do when running alone. I did not think that 6 weeks ago I would run 10km twice in a week and also finish both races in under an hour. Now I want to actually look forward to go for a run during the week.

I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the girls that I flew over to Sydney with, Nike and everyone that helped in organising the event. It was an amazing night!!

L x


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Nike She Runs – Week 6


On Monday evening, Nike held the 10km ‘She Runs Auckland’ event. Everyone had been training hard for this event for around 6 weeks by coming to run club every Monday evening and following the training programme. Im not going to lie when I say I wasn’t nervous because I was! I had been training hard for this event but hadn’t trained up to running a 10km run so wasn’t feeling too confident.

Around 100 girls met at Nike Britomart in the city.  Aroha from George FM was playing some amazing tunes and Kirsty Godso the NTC trainer took us for a well needed warm up session. At 6pm, the girls faced the cold weather and headed off on their run.  At every km, there was a pacer encouraging all the girls to keep going, which I found helped me a lot. A lot of the time when I am running by myself I start walking when it gets too hard so encouragement helped. During this race, I didn’t stop once! I was able to run the entire race and even managed to achieve my goal of finishing it in under an hour. YAY!

The route was nice and flat, we ran towards Kelly Tarltons and back to Britomart.  During the run, I found I kept a steady pace until around the 7km mark when I started to feel the burn. My legs were sore and I was finding myself short of breath.  To finish the race in under an hour I had to pick up my pace and gun it back to the finish line, which I actually did. The fastest km of my entire race was the last one, I couldn’t believe it!

When I made it to the finish line at Nike Britomart, there were some delicious Amaze balls to snack on and some refreshing juices.  This was such a fun night, I not only finished the run but completed it just under my goal of 1 hour.  I am so happy and proud of myself, knowing that all the hard work and training over the last 6 weeks have paid off.  I would have never thought that beginning my training 6 weeks ago I could not only finish this race, but under my goal time.

This Friday I will be flying to Sydney to run the Nike She Runs event in Sydney.  This race is on Saturday evening in Centennial Park and there are around 6000 girls attending!! I cannot wait.

For anyone that missed out on the training for this event and would like to begin running, there will still be a women’s run club every Monday evening at 5.30pm leaving from Nike Britomart.

L x

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Nike She Runs Auckland


Anyone who knows me well, knows that running is not my forte, so when I signed up to the Nike She Runs event I was feeling rather nervous about my current level of fitness.

The Nike She Runs event is a 10 km run that Nike has held for the last 2 years. The actual event is one of a kind. Last year over 6,000 women participated in the 10 km race. This year the event is on the 3rd of May at Centennial Park in Sydney and on the 21st of April in Auckland. I am fortunate enough to be attending the run in Sydney this year.

Last year I also ran in the She Runs 10 km run in Auckland. I finished this race in just over an hour.  My goal for this year is to finish it in under an hour.
Two weeks ago, when I began my training towards this race I ran 3km and I was shocked at how fast my fitness levels had dropped. I had trouble breathing, stopped twice to get my breath back and my body was aching the next day.  Three weeks ago I joined the Exercise Room in Parnell and I struggled to do 10 simple push ups. Yikes!
Since that gruelling 3km run I have set myself a goal to run three times a week and go to the gym three times a week. I have stuck with it so far and last night I even ran 6km without stopping. This was such a good feeling!


I have just under 5 weeks to train towards the 10km run and I now wake up and want to go for a run. It really is an awesome feeling going for a run, it helps me de stress and I find I have a better night sleep.

If anyone is wanting to start running or currently runs and would like to sign up for the Nike She Runs event in Auckland (which is free) head down to Nike Britomart next Monday.  Every monday at 5.30pm until the 21st of April, Nike will be holding a training program to help motivate you to finish the 10km race. This training program helps to measure your progress week to week with milestones and rewards.
Last week I did a talk on Nutrition, followed by a 3km or 6km run, followed by some delicious bliss balls by Snack Pack for a post workout treat.  Yesterday Lani from Lani Says held a styling session/talk before all the girls headed off for their run. This event is heaps of fun and running 10km is definitely an achievable goal.

Libby xx

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New Hemisphere, New Zealand Hemp Seed Oil *GIVEAWAY*

New Hemisphere in Seed Bag copyHemp, Cannabis sativa, originates from western Asia and India and from there spread around the globe. For centuries, fibres were used to make ropes, sails, cloth and paper, while the seeds were used for protein-rich food and feed.  Hemp is seen as one of the ultimate energy crops and we are lucky enough to be able to grow this plant in New Zealand for human consumption.

Hempseed has an excellent content of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids – up to 80%, the highest of any plant! Essential fatty acids have beneficial effects on our cardiovascular health, arthritis and getting the right balance of omega-3 to omega-6 can help relieve inflammation.  Hempseed also has high levels of Vitamin A, C and E and β-carotene, and it is rich in minerals like phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur and calcium.  When compared to Flaxseed Oil, Hemp is King! Hemp Seed Oil has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3. Flax seed oil has a ratio of 1:4 ratio respectively which does not promote the optimum health balance, especially if used long-term (having a diet high in Omega 6 can actually be a contributing factor to inflammation).  Hemp oil contains more desirable EFAs than flax and can be used continuously without developing a deficiency or other imbalance of Omega 3.   Hemp is the only edible seed containing GLA (gamma linolenic acid) and magnesium-rich chlorophyll, both of which are beneficial in helping with PMS conditions including breast tenderness, bloating, cramping and other discomforts. (girls, I bet you like the sound of that!)

Hempseed Oil has a slight nutty flavour and is so easy to add into your everyday diet – add 1 to 2 tsp daily into smoothies, use in salad dressings and dips.  We are big advocates of the use of Hempseed oil as an alternative to Fish Oil due to the fact it is more sustainable, environmentally friendly, taste nicer and contains no traces of mercury (like some fish oils can).

This week we have 3 packs of New Hemisphere Hempseed Oil to win.  One 250ml bottle of their cold press hempseed oil and one pot of hempseed oil capsules, a total value of $79.30 NZD.

New Hemisphere are located in Ashburton, New Zealand.  They are the first ever NZ owned and operated company to be able to grow hemp for the purposes of commercial sale.   Their hempseed products are produced from their purpose built premises.

To be in to win check out our Facebook page.  The three winners will be drawn on Friday 28th March 2014.  *competition open to New Zealand residents only as Hempseed Oil only available in Australia for pet use.

Good luck!

Julia x


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Inspirational Friends – Isabel Fenwick

I am fortunate enough to have known Isabel Fenwick for over ten years now. Izzy is the kindest, funniest person with the best energy.  Last year when Izzy told me she wanted to become a life coach I knew that this career path would be perfect for her.  Izzy has always supported and assisted me to work through challenges and barriers that have been holding me back.

I sat down with Isabel to find out more about her job, diet, fitness regime, the philosophy she lives by and her three (amazing) tips to optimal health.



Introducing Isabel Fenwick – 


Where are you based?

Auckland’s CBD – I have a beautiful little office on High Street!

Current occupation/what do you do?

I’m a NLP Practitioner, Hypno-Therapist and Coach.

NLP, Neuro Linguistic Programming, basically explores the relationships between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behavior/emotional responses (programmes). If the way we are currently thinking, communicating or feeling is causing us pain or just simply isn’t working for us, then NLP can help change it.

What I actually DO though? Well that depends entirely on the client…

Some clients want help with their anxiety, depression, weight loss, insomnia, grief, low self esteem, lack of confidence, lack of motivation, fear of public speaking, fear of anything actually… For these behavioral patterns and emotional responses I will usually work with processes designed to reframe the mind.

Other clients come to learn how to be more effective in the way they communicate – whether it’s with a significant other or in a corporate environment – or learn linguistic techniques for building rapport quickly.

Other days, I’ll be coaching a client. Whether it’s towards a general life goal, sports performance goal, business goal, health goal, relationship goal etc depends entirely on the client and what they want to achieve.

Is there anything you’ve been working on lately that you can tell us more about?

Well, this month I’ve been working with a global fitness organization on ways they can incorporate NLP linguistics into their programs – adding a mental aspect to a primarily physical product. This organization is relentless in its drive to take products and programs to the next level for their members.
I’m also currently writing some articles for nutrition education platform about to be launched to explain not only the importance of having a good relationship with food, but also how you can re-train your mind to think differently about your diet – to have less guilt and emotion attached to food and instead develop a natural view that food is merely fuel for the body. Will make sure I send the link for this to you when it’s up if any of your readers are interested.

I’ve also been working with a triathlete over the past six weeks and the changes she has noticed in her mentality and focus during races has been incredible. Incorporating mental training, and working on any mental objections or mental obstacles, can take performance to new heights – especially considering the pressure on athletes at that elite level.

One of my NLP tutors worked a lot with Olympic athletes and she explained to me that when competing at an elite level, just about everyone is in the same physical condition so it’s the ones with strong minds and mental focus that really excel…

For everyone that doesn’t know you, tell us about yourself.

Where do I start??

Well, I’m a Virgo, born and raised here in Auckland… I love to travel and have been to every continent on the planet (bar Antarctica…).  I’m an absolute nerd and total bookworm. The chance of there not being at least one book in my handbag is slim…

I‘ve always been interested in language and the way people communicate so I guess it was only natural that I would do a degree in Communications.  I majored in Marketing with a minor in Media and I loved it.
At first, this took me into advertising and I worked for an incredible, global, agency that gave me a lot of opportunities to develop and grow my skill base. As fun as this was, I knew it wasn’t quite right for me… I wanted to help people on a more personal level and my personality didn’t agree with the advertising culture…  (advertising is very social and I’m a home body… My bedtime is usually when the parties are just getting started…).

So, after a few years, I went over to Australia and re-trained in mastery level NLP, Hypnotherapy and Coaching, and left with a Diploma in Modern Psychology. Now, I have a clinic on High Street and although it was scary to leave the security of a career in advertising I absolutely love what I do and get so much out of seeing positive changes in my clients.

Give us a small insight into your daily routine.  

This hasn’t always been the case, but with a little NLP, I’m now one of those annoying ‘morning people’ who love getting up at dawn!  I get up around 5.00am and go to the gym.  I’ll either do my own workout or go to one of the group fitness classes at Les Mills – I love Body Pump, CX and GRIT!  Next is breakfast.  This is usually high in protein since chances are I’ve done some form of weight training in the morning and protein aids in both muscle repair AND muscle growth.  My favourite breakfast is smashed avocado, a poached egg and spinach… OR protein pancakes but that’s only when someone else makes them for me…

Then, if I have private clients I’ll go to my office in High Street and if I’m contracting or consulting, I’ll go to the office of the client or company I’m working for.  Knowing how important sleep is, and considering how early I wake up, I’m usually in bed, half asleep, by 9.30pm… And that’s basically it – rinse and repeat!!

What is the philosophy you live by? 

A negative mind can’t give you a positive life – if you knew the power of your mind, you’d never think a negative thought again.

What sparked your interest in health?

I was raised in a pretty health conscious household. My mum is a yoga instructor and is big on eating as organically as possible. However, it turned into a passion after a pretty serious episode of depression (with a side order of anxiety)…

Overcoming that made me realize the importance of taking care of your mind and body – thinking right, eating right and exercising right. It also spurred my desire to help people feel the best they possibly can since I know what it’s like to feel truly awful…

Your top three tips to achieving optimal health and happiness?

* Eat as naturally as possible. Processed foods don’t do anyone any favours… And this isn’t a strict or difficult way to eat! You can still have treats just make sure they’re made with real food ingredients (and if you’re reading this, then you know exactly where to go for all the recipes you could ever need!).

* Exercise!! Exercise isn’t just good for the body, it’s great for the mind – flooding you with endorphins (your body’s natural happy drug!). And you don’t have to ‘smash a workout’ everyday to get endorphins either… Going for a walk, taking the stairs, even doing some vigorous housework can lift the heart rate and give you an endorphin hit! However, housework is not my preferred method for a fix…

* And last but not least… Be aware of your thoughts and your internal dialogue. You can do just as much damage to yourself by thinking negatively as you can by eating junk food or neglecting your body… I know it’s much easier said than done… In fact, I know it can be annoying to hear someone telling you to just ‘think positively’ but like anything, practice does make perfect! Thinking this way will become more natural and spontaneous if you practice it! The first few days might feel a bit weird but if you stick to it, it will become a pattern for you.  Your body can only do what your mind thinks it can, so focus on your achievements and your potential, not your limitations or downfalls.

Where can we find you? 

Mobile: 021 160 3747.

L x


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Colourful Capsicum Cups

Loaded with vegetables, chickpeas, quinoa and herbs these capsicum cups provide nutrition needed for a wholesome and balanced meal. These are incredibly filling and the quinoa and chickpeas provide a high vegetarian source of protein.

These are great to make for lunch, dinner and snacks. Try to choose a variety of coloured capsicums to make the meal bright and colourful.

* Vegetarian
* Vegan
* Gluten Free
* Dairy Free


3 capsicums
3/4 cup of quinoa
1 400g can of chickpeas.  I used half a can.
1/4 pumpkin
1 avocado
1 fresh chill pepper- diced
2-3 cloves of garlic- diced
1 small bunch of chives
1 bunch of parsley
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Note: For a non vegan meal, feta cheese can be sprinkled over the capsicums after the capsicums are roasted in the oven.


1. Cut up the pumpkin into small cubes, drizzle with olive oil and place in a baking tray.  Roast the pumpkin in the oven on 180C for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden.
2. Place the quinoa in a pot with 1 1/2 cups of water and a pinch of salt.  Cook for around 15-20 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is light and fluffy.
2. Cut out the stems of the capsicums and remove the seeds then cut the capsicums in half, lengthwise.
3. In a bowl add the quinoa, pumpkin, diced garlic, chili,  half of the parsley and chives and salt and pepper. Mix well.
4. Stuff the capsicums with the mixture, then place them in the oven for 10-15 minutes on bake.
5. Sprinkle the remainder of the parsley and chives onto the capsicum, along with the sliced avocado. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.


Julia & Libby xx









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