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How To Plan A Gorgeously Healthy Christmas Menu (Plus A Few Recipes)

Healthy Christmas Meal Plan in Australia | Feed Your Awesome MachineIt’s almost Christmas and time to pull together your Christmas menu. But rather than resorting to all the usual traditions that leave you feeling bloated and sluggish, perhaps 2015 is the perfect year to switch off the auto-pilot and instead kick-off your menu planning with a different question:

How do I want to feel?

I’m pretty clear on this. My three words for how I want to feel at Christmas are excited, connected and alive.

Your words may be different, but whatever they are, your Christmas menu should help to create the kinds of feelings you most want to experience.


The surprising power of self-compassion

The-Surprising-Power-of-Self-Compassion | Weight LossThe following guest post is written by Coaching Psychologist and Change Specialist, Edel Rigas. She's truly a master of her craft. I hope you get as much from her wisdom and insight as I do. 

Shit happens! I have yet to meet anyone who disagrees with this statement – though of course some may not phrase it quite so eloquently! But whatever your turn of phrase, I’m confident we all agree that life is unpredictable and we can find ourselves up to our necks in the stinky stuff, often before we even get a whiff of it coming.


The Best Time To Workout For Weight Loss

Best time to exercise for weigh lossOver the last week I’ve realised a lot of my friends have never seen “the dramatic chipmunk” video. I’m a little shocked. The dramatic chipmunk is an internet meme that’s been around for quite a few years now. It’s been viewed over 30 million times and never fails to make me laugh for the sheer silliness of it. If somehow you’ve missed out on the pleasure of dramatic chipmunk, you’ll meet him in a couple of minutes. He’s agreed to star in this post.


What a broken juicer can teach us about fat loss

How to lose weight by improving digestionRecently, our juicer started checking out. We’d put the usual amount of veggies in but only half the juice came out. The situation had reached critical. It was time we stopped denying it.

My gorgeously healthy flat mate and I sat down over a glass of wine the other evening to discuss the devastating situation. We were wasting so many vegetables. We were losing so many nutrients. Should we stop juicing until we get a new juicer?

We both fell silent in sad contemplation.


Roasted Beet Salad with Pistachio & Orange

Roasted-Beet-Salad-With-LentilsI was having dinner recently with some friends when the topic of healthy eating came up. A girlfriend enthusiastically told everyone a nugget of wisdom she had learned from her farther: “to stay healthy, we need a rainbow of colour on our plate every day”.

Her dad had the right idea. If you read this blog with any regularity, this won’t be new to you, and you’ll also know why.

At this point, I should clarify something. To save myself immense frustration, I’ve learned over the years that when a nutrition topic comes up over the dinner table, unless my professional opinion is directly asked for, I sit back, keep quiet and pretend I know nothing.


Is It Time You Stopped Trying To Eat Less To Lose Weight?

Eat Less to Lose Weight | Feed Your Awesome MachineA couple of days ago I was in a restaurant in a town called Cassino, about 140km south of Rome. We go there often so the waiter knows us well.

Two seats to my left was a middle aged Italian man. While he didn’t speak English, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to see that he was on a diet.

As a joke, the waiter brought our dieting friend (as I’ll call him) a plate of sliced tomatoes adorned with nothing but a single sprig of basil.


A Foodies Guide To Traveling Healthily

Traveling Healthy | Expat Magazine ParisThe sixth issue of the Expatriates magazine is now out. I have the pleasure of being a contributing writer and their nutrition in Paris expert; and I’m sharing my latest article with you here:

Early one morning, around 10 years ago, I found myself lugging my backpack through a small town in north-east Italy, tired, hungry, and in an awfully grey mood. I’d only been in Italy a few days, but after multiple meals of hand rolled pasta, delicate risotto, full bodied wine and creamy gelato, my body was completely worn out from the onslaughtof refined carbs, sugar and a serious lack of all those nutrient dense foods that usually bring so much energy.


4 Things I Learned About Eating Out & Health While Working As A Chef

Healthy eating in restaurants | Feed Your Awesome MachineWhen I was 15, I left school to train as a chef. Back then, I was somewhat of a wild child. My art teachers thought I was crazy, but most people weren’t surprised.

I loved food. I loved eating it. I loved coking it. I loved talking about it. Not much has changed.

I devoted the first 4 years of my working life building my career in hospitality. I worked in 2-3 restaurants at a time, all around Australia (plus a few in Cyprus), either in the kitchen, or front of house as a waitress or manager.


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