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KOMBUCHA - the perfect fizzy/alcohol replacement for any social gathering 🙌🏻 don’t get me wrong, I love a good white rhino or glass of sav 🥂 but sometimes (especially with exams on) you want something that’ll add to benefiting the bod but doesn’t make you feel like you’re missing out either ❤️ (and honestly feel like I can have a fun time sober anyway 😉) I love that @amplifykombucha is super low in sugar but you seriously wouldn’t know! It reminds me of a yummy, fizzy alcoholic beverage 😍 & it makes my tummy feel way more fab than alcohol would 😉 the raspberry and lime of the @amplifykombucha brand is super good, I haven’t been game enough to try any of the other flavours 😂 Would love to know what the other flavours are like or what your favs are! Comment below your favourite kombucha flavour or brand! 😊
KOMBUCHA - the perfect fizzy/alcohol replacement for any social gathering 🙌🏻 don’t get me wrong, I love a good white rhino or glass of sav 🥂 but sometimes (especially with exams on) you want something that’ll add to benefiting the bod but doesn’t make you feel like you’re missing out either ❤️ (and honestly feel like I can have a fun time sober anyway 😉) I love that @amplifykombucha is super low in sugar but you seriously wouldn’t know! It reminds me of a yummy, fizzy alcoholic beverage 😍 & it makes my tummy feel way more fab than alcohol would 😉 the raspberry and lime of the @amplifykombucha brand is super good, I haven’t been game enough to try any of the other flavours 😂 Would love to know what the other flavours are like or what your favs are! Comment below your favourite kombucha flavour or brand! 😊
CHEAP & HEALTHY TAKEAWAY LUNCHES 😋 as procrastination from my study yesterday I roughly worked out how much my meal prepped lunch cost me! Spinach, avo, pumpkin, quinoa & falafel 😋 pretty sure it cost me just over $3, and these definitely are not your cheapest nutrient-dense foods 😂 Although you can definitely have cheaper lunches, I still think this is reasonable for something so nutritious ☺️ a takeaway salad from a cafe would be 4x that! I did get the falafel bites on special (swipe for a better look at them) & I brought the pumpkin & avo outside uni for $1 each! The quinoa was brought in bulk & although it’s expensive, it doubles when you cook it so you really don’t need much of it to begin with! 😊 you could always use brown rice as a cheaper option though!!
CHEAP & HEALTHY TAKEAWAY LUNCHES 😋 as procrastination from my study yesterday I roughly worked out how much my meal prepped lunch cost me! Spinach, avo, pumpkin, quinoa & falafel 😋 pretty sure it cost me just over $3, and these definitely are not your cheapest nutrient-dense foods 😂 Although you can definitely have cheaper lunches, I still think this is reasonable for something so nutritious ☺️ a takeaway salad from a cafe would be 4x that! I did get the falafel bites on special (swipe for a better look at them) & I brought the pumpkin & avo outside uni for $1 each! The quinoa was brought in bulk & although it’s expensive, it doubles when you cook it so you really don’t need much of it to begin with! 😊 you could always use brown rice as a cheaper option though!!
Was curious what all the fuss over F45 was... and now I get it 😂 I’ve loved the last two weeks training here & I’d recommend it to everyone! Although the classes aren’t super simple, they cater for all abilities as you can take it at the pace you want to 😊 In saying that, there may be times you’ll feel like giving up 😉 It’s hard not to push on through anyway because of the encouragement around you 🙌🏻 It makes you realise you CAN keep going & that you’re stronger than you thought 💪🏻 I also love that every workout is different so you’re being made to try things you might not have by yourself ☺️ Super quick classes too, over with in 45 minutes! 🙌🏻 I’m unsure how my student budget would fund a membership, but this definitely won’t be the last of me and F45 🙌🏻 and I’m SO KEEN to try other group fitness class-type things too! Changing it up & exercising alongside friends has been pretty exciting for me which has kept me motivated ☺️ I highly recommend everyone giving it a go!!
Was curious what all the fuss over F45 was... and now I get it 😂 I’ve loved the last two weeks training here & I’d recommend it to everyone! Although the classes aren’t super simple, they cater for all abilities as you can take it at the pace you want to 😊 In saying that, there may be times you’ll feel like giving up 😉 It’s hard not to push on through anyway because of the encouragement around you 🙌🏻 It makes you realise you CAN keep going & that you’re stronger than you thought 💪🏻 I also love that every workout is different so you’re being made to try things you might not have by yourself ☺️ Super quick classes too, over with in 45 minutes! 🙌🏻 I’m unsure how my student budget would fund a membership, but this definitely won’t be the last of me and F45 🙌🏻 and I’m SO KEEN to try other group fitness class-type things too! Changing it up & exercising alongside friends has been pretty exciting for me which has kept me motivated ☺️ I highly recommend everyone giving it a go!!
Some days I eat nourish bowls for dinner and have a smoothie for dessert 🥤and other days I have multiple helpings of takeaway curry and banana bread 🍌 as much as my body feels it’s best when I eat nourishing foods (and although I really enjoy them and encourage everyone to try enjoy them too 😉) I think you’re happiest & healthiest when you eat in a way that is MAINTAINABLE for the rest of your life ☺️ P.S. I didn’t think this banana bread was my best recipe so I wasn’t going to share, but my flatmates approved and it’s really fluffy! Let me know if you want the recipe - GF & DF as always 😘❤️
Some days I eat nourish bowls for dinner and have a smoothie for dessert 🥤and other days I have multiple helpings of takeaway curry and banana bread 🍌 as much as my body feels it’s best when I eat nourishing foods (and although I really enjoy them and encourage everyone to try enjoy them too 😉) I think you’re happiest & healthiest when you eat in a way that is MAINTAINABLE for the rest of your life ☺️ P.S. I didn’t think this banana bread was my best recipe so I wasn’t going to share, but my flatmates approved and it’s really fluffy! Let me know if you want the recipe - GF & DF as always 😘❤️
Nourishing my body with nutrient-dense foods is one of my regular self-care practices ☺️ (Check out my story for more on where that came from, I address world mental health day!) .
It’s so much easier to get into eating more foods with nutrients though when you really enjoy eating them 😋 when I first tried to eat a bit healthier, for like two months I just spammed the healthy foods I already loved to eat - eggs, avo, kumara & MUSHROOMS 🍄(my fav 😍) and now a few years on, they’re still some of my go-to’s for a nutritious lunch or a quick weekend dinner ☺️ surely everybody has some favourite veggies? 😉 I honestly recommend focussing on them first if you’re trying to eat a little healthier, just to make it more enjoyable for you 😘💞
Nourishing my body with nutrient-dense foods is one of my regular self-care practices ☺️ (Check out my story for more on where that came from, I address world mental health day!) . It’s so much easier to get into eating more foods with nutrients though when you really enjoy eating them 😋 when I first tried to eat a bit healthier, for like two months I just spammed the healthy foods I already loved to eat - eggs, avo, kumara & MUSHROOMS 🍄(my fav 😍) and now a few years on, they’re still some of my go-to’s for a nutritious lunch or a quick weekend dinner ☺️ surely everybody has some favourite veggies? 😉 I honestly recommend focussing on them first if you’re trying to eat a little healthier, just to make it more enjoyable for you 😘💞
@beammeupbagels were the perfect post-F45 feed today!! I got the Captain Kirk with Cajun Chicken in a GF bagel 😍 Seriously super yum if you love avo and a little spice 🤩 You’ve got to get amongst these when in Dunedin!! .
ALSO - recommend getting amongst F45’s free trials! Be prepared though, you might get addicted, I can already see that happening for myself 😅 Romans today (weights-style) was sooooooo GOOD 🙌🏻 I’m definitely more confident with cardio but recently becoming more of a weights junkie 😂 Feeling stronger is so addicting!💪🏻
@beammeupbagels were the perfect post-F45 feed today!! I got the Captain Kirk with Cajun Chicken in a GF bagel 😍 Seriously super yum if you love avo and a little spice 🤩 You’ve got to get amongst these when in Dunedin!! . ALSO - recommend getting amongst F45’s free trials! Be prepared though, you might get addicted, I can already see that happening for myself 😅 Romans today (weights-style) was sooooooo GOOD 🙌🏻 I’m definitely more confident with cardio but recently becoming more of a weights junkie 😂 Feeling stronger is so addicting!💪🏻
Healthy, delicious and affordable foodie spot in Dunedin, @thecornerstoredunedin ☺️ I’m always a sucker for mushrooms and some decent GF seed bread so definitely went for the field mushrooms! It also came with balsamic reduction & a dairy free basil pesto 🙌🏻 at an affordable $14! 💰but I also added smoked salmon because it was a #treatyourself kind of day 😉 this meal was seriously so so yummy!! 😋 Healthy food can be so exciting 😉😍
Healthy, delicious and affordable foodie spot in Dunedin, @thecornerstoredunedin ☺️ I’m always a sucker for mushrooms and some decent GF seed bread so definitely went for the field mushrooms! It also came with balsamic reduction & a dairy free basil pesto 🙌🏻 at an affordable $14! 💰but I also added smoked salmon because it was a #treatyourself  kind of day 😉 this meal was seriously so so yummy!! 😋 Healthy food can be so exciting 😉😍
@chloemoir_nutrition’s sticky date pudding recipe is SO YUMMY! GF/DF/RSF 😱 Made it for my parents as it’s their favourite and they were super impressed 🙌🏻 can’t believe that the cake itself was literally only sweetened by fruit, no sweeteners or extra sugars, but it seriously tasted super nice 😍 for the caramel sauce I didn’t follow Chloe’s recipe exactly because I forgot to get coconut sugar 😂 I used coconut cream, maple syrup and then blitzed some extra dates with almond milk! Just go to Chloe Moir’s website and type in “sticky date pudding” in the search bar for the recipe! ☺️
@chloemoir_nutrition’s sticky date pudding recipe is SO YUMMY! GF/DF/RSF 😱 Made it for my parents as it’s their favourite and they were super impressed 🙌🏻 can’t believe that the cake itself was literally only sweetened by fruit, no sweeteners or extra sugars, but it seriously tasted super nice 😍 for the caramel sauce I didn’t follow Chloe’s recipe exactly because I forgot to get coconut sugar 😂 I used coconut cream, maple syrup and then blitzed some extra dates with almond milk! Just go to Chloe Moir’s website and type in “sticky date pudding” in the search bar for the recipe! ☺️
FIND WHAT YOU LOVE & MAKE IT A HABIT 👯‍♀️it really doesn’t matter what exercise you do, as long as you’re doing something you enjoy! I love a lot of things - running, weights and this style of working out! 😊 its so much more motivating doing what you enjoy and to develop strength/fitness rather than purely doing for wanting physical changes! . 
With these exercises you could do them however you want! The last 4 are kind of advanced, I love trying out weirdish things & challenging myself 😂 I like to do 4 exercises for the set reps 3X through and then move onto the next 4 😊 but you could do them for 1 minute each as a 8-min blaster, could do for 30 seconds each and repeat 2-5X! You could get creative with a timer, it’s up to you & what you’ll enjoy ❤️
FIND WHAT YOU LOVE & MAKE IT A HABIT 👯‍♀️it really doesn’t matter what exercise you do, as long as you’re doing something you enjoy! I love a lot of things - running, weights and this style of working out! 😊 its so much more motivating doing what you enjoy and to develop strength/fitness rather than purely doing for wanting physical changes! . With these exercises you could do them however you want! The last 4 are kind of advanced, I love trying out weirdish things & challenging myself 😂 I like to do 4 exercises for the set reps 3X through and then move onto the next 4 😊 but you could do them for 1 minute each as a 8-min blaster, could do for 30 seconds each and repeat 2-5X! You could get creative with a timer, it’s up to you & what you’ll enjoy ❤️
Was bringing out the breakfast smoothies with the summer vibes... and now it’s raining again 😅 was loving the can’t-go-wrong combo of banana, protein powder and almond milk! Or even banana & milk for the non-dairy free, was always a childhood fav! 🍌Then I like to add healthy fats like peanut butter, flaxseeds or chia seeds to make it more filling! I also swear if you add in spinach to any smoothie combo you can’t taste it at all! The perfect way to get in vitamins & minerals without chomping down on leaves 🍃hope everybody had a great start to the week! 💞
Was bringing out the breakfast smoothies with the summer vibes... and now it’s raining again 😅 was loving the can’t-go-wrong combo of banana, protein powder and almond milk! Or even banana & milk for the non-dairy free, was always a childhood fav! 🍌Then I like to add healthy fats like peanut butter, flaxseeds or chia seeds to make it more filling! I also swear if you add in spinach to any smoothie combo you can’t taste it at all! The perfect way to get in vitamins & minerals without chomping down on leaves 🍃hope everybody had a great start to the week! 💞
I look at myself and see someone who is hardworking & motivated, who knows what to do to make herself happy and who loves taking care of herself & prioritising her wellbeing! This has all helped me change my focus from what our brains are so susceptible to doing - focussing on what we don’t like about ourselves & forgetting about all our amazing qualities! #gratefulforme .
This post is in response to the beautiful Charlie from @the.wholenesshub’s idea, to look at yourself and recognise what you love about yourself! Most of us spend way too much time getting caught up on what we don’t love, but there are so many amazing qualities about ALL OF YOU that you should embrace! 💞 I encourage you to write down for yourself or share on social media what you love about yourself & use the hashtag #gratefulforme ☺️ let’s spread the encouragement for self-love ❤️ I really love Charlie’s latest blog post (& everything she posts tbh!) so I definitely recommend checking it out! 😊
I look at myself and see someone who is hardworking & motivated, who knows what to do to make herself happy and who loves taking care of herself & prioritising her wellbeing! This has all helped me change my focus from what our brains are so susceptible to doing - focussing on what we don’t like about ourselves & forgetting about all our amazing qualities! #gratefulforme  . This post is in response to the beautiful Charlie from @the.wholenesshub’s idea, to look at yourself and recognise what you love about yourself! Most of us spend way too much time getting caught up on what we don’t love, but there are so many amazing qualities about ALL OF YOU that you should embrace! 💞 I encourage you to write down for yourself or share on social media what you love about yourself & use the hashtag #gratefulforme  ☺️ let’s spread the encouragement for self-love ❤️ I really love Charlie’s latest blog post (& everything she posts tbh!) so I definitely recommend checking it out! 😊
Some healthy on-the-go snack ideas! 😋 Loving these new @tastinz wholefood bars, the peanut caramel is my fav! Fruit is always a classic healthy snack too of course! 🍇🍊🍎 I buy most of mine from hintons produce outside uni or from veggie boys 😊 (way more deals than the supermarket 😉) Brown rice crackers & mixed nuts are also my go-to savoury snacks! (well when Pb isn’t around 😉🥜) buuuuut bc I am a sweet tooth, my fav snacks have got to be bliss/protein balls!! Not fussed on brands, just whatever is cheapest that week - frooze, tasti.nz & Tom and Luke are all so yum! 🙌🏻
Some healthy on-the-go snack ideas! 😋 Loving these new @tastinz wholefood bars, the peanut caramel is my fav! Fruit is always a classic healthy snack too of course! 🍇🍊🍎 I buy most of mine from hintons produce outside uni or from veggie boys 😊 (way more deals than the supermarket 😉) Brown rice crackers & mixed nuts are also my go-to savoury snacks! (well when Pb isn’t around 😉🥜) buuuuut bc I am a sweet tooth, my fav snacks have got to be bliss/protein balls!! Not fussed on brands, just whatever is cheapest that week - frooze, tasti.nz & Tom and Luke are all so yum! 🙌🏻
Curry at Maharajas! Impressed about the amount of chicken in my chicken madras & that they made it dairy free for me too! ☺️ also so good they don’t charge for BYO on a thirsty Thursday🥂 Although the place was good, the company was even better!! Loved spending a night getting to know some super lovely girls better, who are all a part of this wee insta world too ☺️ so many similar interests with food, fitness & uni 😉 so glad I made this account to be able to connect with them all & can’t wait for the next meet up! ❤️ xxx
Curry at Maharajas! Impressed about the amount of chicken in my chicken madras & that they made it dairy free for me too! ☺️ also so good they don’t charge for BYO on a thirsty Thursday🥂 Although the place was good, the company was even better!! Loved spending a night getting to know some super lovely girls better, who are all a part of this wee insta world too ☺️ so many similar interests with food, fitness & uni 😉 so glad I made this account to be able to connect with them all & can’t wait for the next meet up! ❤️ xxx
My first half marathon didn’t go exactly to plan, this gal was dehydrated, tired and wasn’t peaking to give it her all 😅 clearly still not feeling the best from the earlier illness in the week 😒 I can’t stress enough about LISTENING TO YOUR BODY and to not push yourself when it just isn’t in its best way 💞I definitely wouldn’t have been trying to run that far knowing my body wasn’t well, but couldn’t really ask them to change the date 😉
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Can’t wait for the next one where hopefully my bod will be feeling it, just like in my training runs! 🏃🏻‍♀️🙌🏻 I know I CAN do it & feel fine while doing so when I am feeling healthy ☺️ (which is most of the time 😉) . 
Although my experience wasn’t what I was hoping for, definitely don’t regret doing it, because being fit enough to run a crazy number like 21km is... well crazy 😂 I seriously used to be normal and couldn’t run 1km in the Year 13 cross country 😉 so definitely still super proud of myself! Everyone else who ran in races today or has ran in them before, should be too!!! 🏃🏻‍♀️to be honest if you are (or about to be) working on & prioritising YOU in some way, be SUPER PROUD too!! 💖
My first half marathon didn’t go exactly to plan, this gal was dehydrated, tired and wasn’t peaking to give it her all 😅 clearly still not feeling the best from the earlier illness in the week 😒 I can’t stress enough about LISTENING TO YOUR BODY and to not push yourself when it just isn’t in its best way 💞I definitely wouldn’t have been trying to run that far knowing my body wasn’t well, but couldn’t really ask them to change the date 😉 . Can’t wait for the next one where hopefully my bod will be feeling it, just like in my training runs! 🏃🏻‍♀️🙌🏻 I know I CAN do it & feel fine while doing so when I am feeling healthy ☺️ (which is most of the time 😉) . Although my experience wasn’t what I was hoping for, definitely don’t regret doing it, because being fit enough to run a crazy number like 21km is... well crazy 😂 I seriously used to be normal and couldn’t run 1km in the Year 13 cross country 😉 so definitely still super proud of myself! Everyone else who ran in races today or has ran in them before, should be too!!! 🏃🏻‍♀️to be honest if you are (or about to be) working on & prioritising YOU in some way, be SUPER PROUD too!! 💖
Super pumped to receive TWO real rad food boxes this week from some lovely friends 💞 they are as good as they look people 😍 My personal fav of the mixed balls box is the raspberry & coconut balls, SO HAPPY to have 4 of them! The other flavours, Ferrero Rocher and Salted Caramel Pb are also super delicious! 🙌🏻 definitely #treatyourself to them or if you know a friend who wants to try them, they are definitely worth the purchase 😉❤️
Super pumped to receive TWO real rad food boxes this week from some lovely friends 💞 they are as good as they look people 😍 My personal fav of the mixed balls box is the raspberry & coconut balls, SO HAPPY to have 4 of them! The other flavours, Ferrero Rocher and Salted Caramel Pb are also super delicious! 🙌🏻 definitely #treatyourself  to them or if you know a friend who wants to try them, they are definitely worth the purchase 😉❤️
Getting my lunch inspiration lately from @christieswadling 🥗 Highly recommend watching her on YouTube if you have IBS, she’s going through it too! Sometimes it’s nice to have people to relate to 😉
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Wholefoods truly are the answer in helping with your health when you’ve got gut issues BUT it’s about finding the ones that work best with YOUR UNIQUE body 🏃🏻‍♀️
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I relate to Christie in that my body goes good with high healthy fat foods like eggs, olive oil & avo 🥑 These might not allow everyone’s body to thrive though, and what you thrive on might be something I don’t! We are all so different & unique which is so important to realise ❤️
Getting my lunch inspiration lately from @christieswadling 🥗 Highly recommend watching her on YouTube if you have IBS, she’s going through it too! Sometimes it’s nice to have people to relate to 😉 . Wholefoods truly are the answer in helping with your health when you’ve got gut issues BUT it’s about finding the ones that work best with YOUR UNIQUE body 🏃🏻‍♀️ . I relate to Christie in that my body goes good with high healthy fat foods like eggs, olive oil & avo 🥑 These might not allow everyone’s body to thrive though, and what you thrive on might be something I don’t! We are all so different & unique which is so important to realise ❤️
To me, from me on my birthday!!! After (almost a year ago) finding out I was both gluten & dairy intolerant, I made myself a promise! Even if the world wouldn’t always cater for me, I would always do my best to cater for me ❤️ and it’s the best self love promise I’ve ever adopted ☺️ because I can eat amazingly sweet treats that don’t hurt me in anyway 💞
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This DARK CHOCOLATE cake is PALEO, GLUTEN/DAIRY/NUT & mostly REFINED SUGAR FREE (used Whittaker’s dark Ghana for the icing) 😍 It’s honestly so yummy!! I’ll post the recipe in the comments ☺️ thank you to those of you who sent me lovely birthday messages 💞 My day was filled with everything I love 🎁🏃🏻‍♀️🥗👫🎂🍫👨‍👩‍👧🍴👯‍♀️🥂
To me, from me on my birthday!!! After (almost a year ago) finding out I was both gluten & dairy intolerant, I made myself a promise! Even if the world wouldn’t always cater for me, I would always do my best to cater for me ❤️ and it’s the best self love promise I’ve ever adopted ☺️ because I can eat amazingly sweet treats that don’t hurt me in anyway 💞 . This DARK CHOCOLATE cake is PALEO, GLUTEN/DAIRY/NUT & mostly REFINED SUGAR FREE (used Whittaker’s dark Ghana for the icing) 😍 It’s honestly so yummy!! I’ll post the recipe in the comments ☺️ thank you to those of you who sent me lovely birthday messages 💞 My day was filled with everything I love 🎁🏃🏻‍♀️🥗👫🎂🍫👨‍👩‍👧🍴👯‍♀️🥂
If you’re ever in Wanaka you should definitely check out the dripping bowl 😍 they have all the healthy goodies like porridge, soup & kombucha too! I was almost tempted to get their gluten free porridge, until my boyfriend reminded me I had been talking about how excited I was to get a smoothie bowl for like three days in a row 😂 so it was clearly the nutty maca cacao smoothie bowl for me! 😋 can’t wait to try and replicate something like this once my @tropeaka maca powder has arrived 😉 apparently it tastes like honeycomb & helps to balance your hormones! I’ll let you know how it goes ☺️
If you’re ever in Wanaka you should definitely check out the dripping bowl 😍 they have all the healthy goodies like porridge, soup & kombucha too! I was almost tempted to get their gluten free porridge, until my boyfriend reminded me I had been talking about how excited I was to get a smoothie bowl for like three days in a row 😂 so it was clearly the nutty maca cacao smoothie bowl for me! 😋 can’t wait to try and replicate something like this once my @tropeaka maca powder has arrived 😉 apparently it tastes like honeycomb & helps to balance your hormones! I’ll let you know how it goes ☺️