All posts filed under: Wellness

A cool change

Sydney this summer has been somewhat of a furnace. I love hot, salty days where the beach beckons and the sun goes down late in the evening, but there’s nothing like a cool storm to save the day. Yesterday that sweet relief finally arrived. It’s no surprise to anyone who’s lived through it, but this summer has been incredibly warm; in fact the hottest on record… ever.  So when the clouds cracked and the rain finally hit the ground, you could almost hear our garden sing out in praise. I was in our sunroom with the windows wide open when that moment arrived with force. Out of nowhere, the air started to change and a sense of calm swept over Mosman Bay. A tranquility that’s been noticeably absent fell upon us as the birds, bugs and activity that heat brings abruptly relaxed into the cool shift. Perhaps the moment was particularly welcome in our house as I get an itch when things sit still for a little too long, the heat being no exception. With this all said, there seems to …

Summer bliss and getaways

It’s hot here. Summer is in full swing; the air con is on, the days are long and dry, and dusk is pushing 9pm. To make the most of the summer heat, we’ve left Sydney and ventured up the coast. There’s something about removing yourself from the everyday that makes the precious days between Christmas and New Years feel even more like a holiday. Even if it’s only to the in-laws an hour away. Despite the best of intensions, I often find nothing days in Mosman become cleaning days, or days of life admin commitments that see us spend little time actually doing nothing. As a result holidays instead become a collection of weekends, rather than a break of sunburn, breakfasts, and reading on the beach till the sun goes down. Today we set off to the beach with an umbrella under arm and fresh pineapple and mint juice in hand. We walked the splendour that is Soldier’s Beach looking for the perfect spot to park weary 2016 selves. We baked, relaxed and reclined in the sunshine, only to recover in the …

A festive feeling

Having spent the last three weeks in the US it’s hard not to leave without an overwhelming excitement for the upcoming holiday season. This Thursday will be our first Thanksgiving, and while it won’t be your most homely, traditional event (we’re celebrating the day at the hotel buffet), it will certainly provide us with a small snapshot into the American celebration. Our housekeeper has also promised to bring us a bounty of leftover goodies from her family do on Friday which has both of us very excited (and drooling). Christmas is my favourite day every year, as it’s the one time (other than say, a wedding!) where everyone comes together to just be and celebrate their love for one another. To put it simply, I’m jealous that those state side get an extra day of glorious gratitude giving and family loving. We return from our honeymoon on the 29th, right on the cusp of the silly season. As it does every year, December is already looking particularly busy, with every weekend playing host to a gathering or coming together of family …

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. …

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 …

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. …