Now I admit, I’ve jumped on all the paleo, raw food, sugar/dairy free bandwagons at some point in the last 18 months. But, the idea of “clean eating” has stuck with me pretty well. If you've been living under a rock, "clean eating" is eating food in its most natural state and avoiding anything overly processed and/or artificial.
The Healthy Chef has some great simple, clean recipes on her website – the Protein Power Balls, Green Risotto and Power Porridge feature in my regular clean eating favourites!
Today, having a life coach is about as acceptable as having a financial advisor, hairdresser or personal trainer – it’s just another way of investing in yourself (and really, who doesn't want those dividends?). Life coaches can help you to achieve specific, personal and/or professional goals, navigate cross roads in your life, make smooth transitions or even just be like a wise, impartial friend to talks things through with. You don’t have to be “failing at life” to get a life coach – far from it. Last year, I was feeling stuck professionally and ended up at Upstairs Coaching. After a one hour session, I walked away with a plan (albeit, a plan to brainstorm and research options - no quick fixes unfortunately, as with anything in life) and left Alex’s offices feeling a bit more inspired, motivated, and hopeful than when I went in. I highly recommend giving it a try.
Nicole Joy Inspire
The tag line "Eat Dessert For Breakfast" is really what hooked me on Nicole's recipes. I've always had a sweet tooth and, as my nearest and dearest will tell you, when I stress, I bake. It's not uncommon for you to find me in the kitchen, apron on, flour in my hair and chocolate on my face. So, finding a way to indulge my sweet tooth (relatively) guilt free has been pretty awesome!
Nicole Joy Inspire has some great recipes – the Chunky Choc Hazelnut Slice is as close as you can get to actually eating a ferrero rocher.
I really love yoga but I'm not disciplined enough to do my own practice at home or when I'm travelling. This app is $3.79 and has a few different 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute yoga practices to choose from. You can even just select a few repetitions of sun salutations if you're short on time. It's easy to follow with voice prompts and visuals of the poses and you can select Beginner, Intermediate and Expert.
Laneway Learning is all about cheap, informal and informative classes on every topic. And I mean, every topic. How to run, interior design, knitting, comedy, languages, cooking, wine tasting, crafts, feminist poetry, love letters... The list goes on. The classes are one off, evening classes between $15 - $20.
Currently, there are classes in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Check them out at www.lanewaylearning.com
Due Jolly (the Italian translation for ‘two jokers’) is a delightful local favourite of mine.
During my last two trips to Perth, I've ventured up to Pickering Brook and enjoyed a wine tasting while devouring a tasting board of gourmet cheeses, charcuterie meats, local fruit and freshly baked ciabatta.
The coffee also rivals Melbourne's (a rarity in Perth under $4) and there's usually a delicious cake on display to accompany it.
There's something about this place that's inherently relaxing and inspiring - it could be the surrounding hills and vineyards, the rustic decor or the warm and welcoming staff. Regardless, I highly recommend checking out Due Jolly.
Wine can be purchased from the Cellar Door during opening hours or through the website - www.duejolly.com.au