Author: Clementine

Talking under water: talent or setback?

Recently I read a book that explained to me the different personality types within DISC profiling. While I’ve read different versions of this thinking before, this book highlighted how various personas relate to each other, and the things we need to do to get the best from a situation or person. It was interesting and refreshing to consider, particularly from a workplace and personal relationship point of view. It also led me to think about my own personality type and the people I naturally gravitate to. If you’re reading this and know me, you’ll know that I’m both outgoing and loud, but also  often quiet and reserved. A total contradiction! Put simply, when in big groups I tend to go one of two ways – talk like crazy or retreat and sit quietly. The people and personalities I’m surrounded by and how comfortable I feel govern this. I tend to talk more when the conversation is at risk of lagging as I hate awkward silences… In many circumstances this is a great asset to have. …

How to food plan like a rock star

Before I started my health kick I used to open the fridge door at work at look at the shelves of homemade lunches with envy. There they stood, packed lovingly the night before full of healthy looking goodness. I wanted to be like those who made at work food look so easy. The owners of this food also didn’t have to spend 20 minutes of precious lunchtime hunting for something reasonably healthy to eat. And then pay $15 for the privilege of enjoying said meal. Fortunately, like all those who had come before me, after some investigation I realised that I too could do the food from home thing. All it would take is a little planning, some consideration and confidence and of course, lots of experimentation! You see, bringing healthy, delicious food from home isn’t actually that hard (I know – shock horror!) you just have to prioritise it and apply some savvy organisation tips to the process. Two years later and I’m now a food prep queen (if I don’t say so myself) …

Remembering where our meat and veg come from

Over the last few weeks I’ve been binge watching River Cottage AU. For those of you who aren’t across the Lifestyle Channel production, it’s an Aussie version of famous UK series of the same name. Local foodie Paul West sets up home in the beautiful Tilba region (five hours south of Sydney just near Bega) with the goal of building a fully self-sustainable, organic life on his very picturesque farm. From veggies to livestock, foraging to seafood we see him live a seasonal country existence from the highs of fresh milk from his jersey cow to lows of slaughtering his farm pigs for meat. The show is a stark reminder of where our food comes from and the energy, passion and life that is often required to give us the pleasures we typically take for granted. I’m now coming to the end of season two (there are four in total) and watching Paul’s farm flourish is a guilty pleasure of mine. I dream of creating a similar lifestyle for our little tribe, and hope that …

Pointless stress & Excel-themed dreams

The other week I found myself challenged. You see, I’m one of those people who is easily lead by their emotions. Yep, be it a sad, scary or stressful experience, I’m not shy of getting worked up should the moment dictate it. Fortunately as I’ve aged I’ve mastered the rawness that can come from a challenging or upsetting situation – just don’t put on The Notebook, alright?! This said, stress isn’t something I can always easily shake. I often worry about doing the wrong thing, about managing situations correctly and generating the best results, to putting the right foods in my body and keeping others happy (the list goes on) – even though I know all it usually takes to be successful is a vote of self-confidence. On occasion this stress is detrimental to my wellbeing. When things are really busy I frequently have ‘excel’ themed dreams, which are as much of a sleep-disturbing nightmare as they sound. Likewise, if I watch a horror movie or documentary that encourages me to contemplate a serious topic …

If you read one book this year, make it this one – Michelle Crawford’s A Table in the Orchard

Over the holidays I had the luxury of spending time deep in the written word of some amazing authors. While I read several great books, none excited or pulled me into their world more than Michelle Crawford in ‘A Table in the Orchard’. To put it simply, Michelle’s book is intoxicating. It is a real life and emotive account of her family’s move to country Tassie 11 years ago. Within its pages she brings to life the intense beauty and serenity that Tasmania exudes and the rich life we can create for ourselves, if we simply dare to leave the hustle and bustle and seek out simplicity. As you immerse yourself in her world it is with joy and ease that we uncover the life she has created for family. We read about their trials of finding and making a family home, to foraging local produce and growing a plentiful organic garden dictated by the seasons. Of course, Tasmania in itself is something of a dreamland which makes the story all the more beautiful. One …

Raw Summer Veggie Pad Thai

Fresh off the back of our amazing trip to Thailand and Cambodia, this week I was craving more of the authentic Asian food we experienced while overseas. Not one to sugar coat it, the food in South East Asia wasn’t always ‘wellness’ kosher, but it certainly was full of flavour and depth. Cambodia is home to some of the most fragrant curries I’ve ever tasted; if you ever get the chance to try an Amok or Khmer dish, don’t pass on it. In Thailand, particularity Phuket where we were based, the seafood options seemed endless. But unfortunately despite how romantic the above sounds, in most instances we were either stuck with poor interpretations of western food or delicious authentic dishes lined with sugar, soy and gluten. And don’t even get me started on the airport food… So it took me by no surprise that upon returning home I had a gut to rebuild. Fortunately one of my intentions for 2016 is to make our dinner meals almost entirely veggie-based; enter the above dish and hello …

Blog Crush: The lovely Kavisha Jega

A little while ago I stumbled across the blog of Kavisha Jega; a talented and incredibly savvy wellness chick rocking the world of good food and health. Based in Perth, she’s a health professional working to promote optimal wellbeing by teaching people how to move away from processed foods and towards a more nourishing whole foods diet (one of the things I love here at The Whole Life!). If you want more (which you will once you read the below!) you can catch her at one of her awesome educational seminars and cooking workshops – she’s a knowledge hub! You can also check her out on all the usual social haunts, details below. Tell me about KavishaJega.com. Why did you start it and where is it going? I started kavishajega.com in 2013 when I was studying for my Masters degree in Wellness. I started the blog as a way to write about what I was learning and help spread the wellness word to the general public. Over the years the blog has slowly drifted towards a more food …

Unwinding in Bangkok

Wow! What a year 2015 has been. As I write this, I’m sitting in our room at the Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok. Aaron is sleeping just near me and I’m watching the sunrise over this amazing city from our window. For a place with so much going on, there is an incredibly tranquil feeling present. Perhaps its the holiday vibes kicking in or the Oliver Tank playing in my headphones? 2015 has been one of the busiest, craziest and most exciting adventures I’ve ever encountered. Our little tribe of two has gone from strength to strength and it’s a fair assessment to say we’ve given this year our all. From work, to living well, to finding our home in Mosman and getting engaged in September (and the planning that follows said announcement); gearing down and just being is well over-due. I know I often preach about finding balance, but this year has been a particularly hard one to master. With so many exciting changes in the air, finding time to just step away and seek quietness hasn’t …

Packaged wholesome food (hooray, there is such a thing!)

At the end of a long day the last thing I feel like doing is cooking. While the process of pulling together a dish is OK, it’s the cleaning up afterwards that I hate. The trouble with eating wholesome food is it often requires a lot of prep-time in the kitchen. This is why I have become best friends with my food processor. With the determination to eat well comes the reality that you need to get your hands dirty (particularly in the case of organic potatoes), all the time. Clean eating is the consumption of food in its most natural state, but there are no rules saying that these products can’t be packaged. I recently shared on my Facebook page a tips list for managing the shopping aisle with a clean attitude. Key pointers for success included checking the product list from unrecognisable numbers and ingredients and being mindful of green or organic washing. When you do find a product that meets all your healthy eating needs, it can be a serious sanity saver. …

The art of saying thank you

Showing gratitude is something that we should all do more often. But sadly (and I’m sure not the only one who feels like this), amongst the hussle and bussle of getting sh*t done, the act of showing thanks can easily fall to the wayside. From work to relationship management and family and friends, to your own health and wellbeing and that of those you care about – everyday we are presented with new gratitude challenges. But it is here, when life takes over and time fades quickly, that we forget about the valued support of those who care about us most. Recently Aaron and I got engaged and with the ring came a flood of love and well wishes from our nearest and dearest. We are exceptionally blessed to be surrounded by a strong network of family and friends, all who care deeply about our long-term happiness and wellbeing. Once the news got out, we received several presents and cards from loved ones congratulating us on making the decision to get hitched. It was (and …