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Banana and Cinnamon Loaf

Rain, hail or sunshine, Banana bread/loaf is one of those ‘treats’ that always goes down so perfectly with a nice cup of tea. This Banana and cinnamon loaf is no exception.  In fact, my Daughter is not a huge banana fan but loves cinnamon, so this get her tick of approval! Straight into the lunchbox it goes!! Oh, if you could only smell this loaf when it came out of the oven…divine. The best part about this banana loaf, is you can place all your ingredients in the food processor or blender, whiz it all up, pour into your loaf pan and pop in the oven…So simple, quick to prepare, and like all my recipes, full of nutrition. Funnily, my oven is playing up ( a long story I won’t bore you with…) but fortunately, I have a little toaster oven and thought, why not? I popped it in there and to my pleasant surprise, it came out a treat. Yay for me. This loaf/bread is Gluten, nut, dairy, grain and refined sugar free, in …

When ‘Pushing Through’ is not the answer!

Life is busier than ever before- we live in a world where you are contactable, connected and ‘on’ 24/7. And our to do lists, never seem to get completely tick off! Amongst this crazy busy, you can easily fall into the habit of ‘pushing through’. Do you feel like this? You push through your day, your job, responsibilities, emotions and more. Even through illness. Who has time to be sick, right? We even try and push through burnout and exhaustion… We say to ourselves…. ” Oh, if I just finish this job and get this done, then I can rest”. But does this EVER happen? OR, perhaps you say… ” I’ll just push through the next few weeks of my unrealistic workload, then its my holidays, I’ll relax then!” But do you? Do you find it hard to truly unwind- it takes you a few days or even a week to start to feel really relaxed? Or often you go on vacation, only to end up so run down and sick, you spend half your …

Stress Part 4- Helping a loved one through difficult times and resources

Welcome to my last post in the series. I really hope it has been of some benefit to you or someone who has needed it. Helping a loved one, no matter how young or old through difficult times is often something as humans we either step up to, or shy away from. Now I say this without judgement as we all have our reasons for stepping in or stepping away from this. But never underestimate the power of a simple act of kindness. I was recently chatting to a close friend, who was sharing with me a wonderful positive experience she shared with her children. Her daughter who has started school this year, has been struggling with some tummy issues due to the anxiety of being separated, not only from her mum during school hours, but she is also not in the same class as her twin brother and her anxiety has been presenting itself as tummy pains. My friend was telling me on the way to school the other day, she played some very …

Stress part 3- My top 10 tools for better management

STRESS SUCKS! There I said it! I thought I never really suffered much with stress, but that’s the thing with some stressors, we can have it as a constant low lying level that just simmers away in the background, then eventually you wake up one day and feel overwhelmingly exhausted and have to force yourself to just stop, breathe and rejuvenate. As an ex-busy rushing woman with a type ‘A’ personality and a ‘doing’ attitude (can you guess this was my big stress driver?), over the years, I have actively put daily practices and strategies in place to keep these levels at bay. Which for the most part has been very successful. But sometimes life throughs you curve balls. These curve balls can throw you for six and leave you reeling, which has been something that I have been dealing with over the last several months. A big life curve ball! The thing that has surprised me the most, is I thought I was keeping everything under control, but then my body and mind went …

Stress Part 2- What’s really going on in your body?

In todays post on stress, I will discuss; What is really going on in your body Stress v’s trauma What is the flight or fight response? What is the freeze or flop response? Stress comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it’s brief and passes, sometimes it’s low level but constant, sometimes it’s there but you are not aware of it, sometimes it’s chronic and other times it’s intense. Whatever or however it appears in your life, it all plays out the same way in your body and that is by the release of stress hormones, adrenalin and cortisol. The one thing that is very clear is that when experiencing stress for long periods of time or of great intensity, the way it manifests in your body, mind and spirit, it can have a major impact on your health. Let’s consider the impact that the stress can lead to in terms of our health and wellbeing? • Adrenal fatigue • Anxiety • Thyroid issues and sex hormone imbalance (including PMT, debilitating menopause etc) • Digestive …

STRESS…a blog series on the effects it has on your health

STRESS…what does it look like? The subject of ‘stress’ is the most consistent topic that comes up in my coaching practice and let’s be honest, with a lot of people everywhere these days. This series of posts I am writing is not only a deeply personal one but one I hope will bring you or someone you know a level of understanding and guidance in the management of this. We all experience it at some point and for many these days, it is constantly simmering away, under the surface and often, you are not even aware of its insidious existence! For others, you may experience a traumatic event in your life, which you can be acutely aware of the role this stress is placing on you. I am someone who is a HUGE believer in the absolute importance of managing your stress. In fact, I would even goes as far as saying I believe it to be my number 1 health rule! Now this does to mean I am immune to it, and I don’t …

Hangin’ with your peeps!’ Can spending time with your friends, improve your health?

Can spending time with your friends, improve your health?….Most definitely! Good friends are good for your health. The key here, is GOOD friends…More on this later in the post. Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Friends prevent loneliness and give you a chance to offer needed companionship, too. Friends can also: Increase your sense of belonging and purpose Boost your happiness and reduce your stress Improve your self-confidence and self-worth Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss, the death of a loved one, etc. Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits. I am blessed to have some truly wonderful friendships in my life and last weekend, I had the pleasure of a weekend away with two of my closest. I wrote recently about the huge amount of stress I have been under, so you could only imagine how much I was looking forward to this weekend, not only a break from this, but to get away from the Groundhog Day and …

Hearty Sausage, Bean and Vegetable Soup

It’s still winter here in Melbourne and although a little sunshine is appearing this week, as the cold night air sets in, I’m still looking for comfort food and this hearty winter soup, certainly fit the bill. It’s a hearty, warming,  filling meal in a bowl and full of nutritious ingredients. The best part is it also economical and super quick to make. Ticks all round!   Hearty Sausage, Bean and Vegetable Soup Print Recipe It’s a hearty, warming,  filling meal in a bowl and full of nutritious ingredients. The best part is it also economical and quick to make. Ticks all round! CourseMain Dish CuisineSoup Servings Prep Time 4 People 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Servings Prep Time 4 People 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Hearty Sausage, Bean and Vegetable Soup Print Recipe It’s a hearty, warming,  filling meal in a bowl and full of nutritious ingredients. The best part is it also economical and quick to make. Ticks all round! CourseMain Dish CuisineSoup Servings Prep Time 4 People 15 minutes Cook …

My first published article!

I was recently asked by the editor of a wonderful hairdressing magazine, called ‘Modern Salon’   to be interviewed for an article, all about my journey from hairdressing to health coaching. I said, SURE… YAY FOR ME! You can click here to read it….. I have talked about my personal health journey before, but it was interesting to talk about this in terms of hairdressing and the health and wellbeing issues that this industry face.   The hair and beauty industry is notorious for not supporting healthy habits and most working in busy salons have a tendency to; Work long stressful hours Standing all day and holding our bodies in ‘awkward’ positions Not taking breaks Eating on the run Giving and pleasing our clients with our time and energy. Exposing ourselves and breathing in chemicals all day long. So it was good not only for me to reflect on the health and lifestyles changes I have made in my life, to minimise the impact on these above challenges, but to also have the opportunity to …

Do we hand over responsibilty of our health?

This morning I stopped into my local health food outlet, while I was out walking and had an interesting chat with the naturopath who works there. Now this is not an unusual happening for me, as I love a chat ( hello, nearly 30 years of hairdressing!!) but as we got talking about what we both do now and health and wellbeing in general, she said to me that as humans, we often delegate responsibility out to other when it comes to our health.  We want the quick fix, for someone to make the decision for us and are unwilling to do the work on ourselves in order to make positive changes in our health and wellbeing or they feel they have no other options available to them. Most people don’t want to change their habits until forced to do so. In other words, they are willing to gamble with their health, hoping to beat the odds. For example, we may know deep down that a certain food we eat consistently does not agree with our …