Pre Period spotting – what it really means.

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Recently I was asked to write about pre period spotting and what was the deal there.  It's so important for us to understand that like all symptoms, it is just a gentle nudge from our bodies to look deeper into the underlying issue and spotting at any time of the cycle is no different.  

There are several reasons we might see spotting pre period.  The most common reason I see in the clinic is a decline of progesterone before menstruation.  In a perfect scenario, progesterone won't dip until the onset of the period, however what we all should know is that nobody is perfect – in fact, imperfect is the new perfect!  What's more, the information I share with you today is simply a guide.  We must then go away with it and apply it to our own unique situation to really gain answers and the truth about ourselves.  
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Photo courtesy of My New Roots

We all love Sarah Britton.  This beauty of a woman hasn't let her guard down at all since becoming a mum – so it seems!  This recipe is proof.  If you haven't met Sarah before, you must introduce yourself here and here.  This recipe will blow ya hot pants off today. Yum, yum and triple yum!

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Here's a rocket in the women's health movement  - meet Kate Toholka!  She is one A-mazing gift to women – after all she gets off on supporting busy women to overcome stress and give up the self hate and guilt already!  I mean who can't help but love her?  I love these questions I'm running as part of this Wellness Women Wednesdays – and today is no exception.  I'm sure what Kate has to share today will resonate with each of us on some level.  Over to Kate… [click to continue…]

Can you ovulate whilst on the pill?

My heart hurts at the amount of stuff we just don't know about ourselves as women. I believe with all my being that every woman has the right to know as much as she can about herself and how her body works.  Unfortunately the main reason we have disconnected from ourselves and we don't know how to read our signs and symptoms is because of the pill.  After all, it's designed to take everything 'offline', meaning that you don't experience the ebbs and flows of the menstrual cycle, your hormones aren't communicating with you like they are designed to do and really, we are left with little idea to what is actually going on in there.
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Such Different Eats2
Holy yum balls!  Will you take a look at this beauty!  The ever beautiful Tara Bliss brings us this slice of heaven today for Good Food Friday.  Tara is no stranger to my site, we love her!  

Tara and I are beating the same drum when it comes to food and wellness.  She recognises as we move into the cooler months that our foods adjust to support what our bodies require throughout the change in seasons.  We are after all, a product of our environment and so with this in mind, we need to remember the tweaks we can adopt to our diet and lifestyle that support our systems.  This recipe is perfect for Autumn, incorporating warm cooked fruits and ingredients that our bodies love to digest.  For those of us with weaker digestive systems, you might like to adopt the warm, cooked food approach for the most part.  In any case, here's one to add to your weekend meal plan!

I caught up with my gal pal Sammy Gowing a week or so back to see what she's been up to, get the goss on her new project – Whole Happiness and to have a pow wow about what fertility means to those that aren't wanting babies.  It's a beauty!  

Want to learn more about Sam or connect with her? Check out her upcoming Melbourne event (which I'm speaking at along side her!)


Lead Me To Success
A leadership forum for entrepreneurial women
Tuesday April 1st 6.30pm-9.30pm
Beach Hotel, Albert Park $97

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I'll keep this one super short.

Want to join Samantha Gowing and I in Melbourne next tuesday for an exclusive event delivering the key to taking your business to the next level? Of course you do!

Lead me to Success is just sleeps away!

Together Sam and I will bridge the very diverse gap between sustainable business ethics, politics, self empowerment, leadership, wellness AND happiness (yup – all this and more) in the way that only we know how – with excitement and laughter!

I've got a ticket to giveaway!  Simply tell me in the comment section below in 25 words or less why you should be there and you'll go in the running to join in on all the action.

Tickets can be purchased via Sam here.

For all the event details and specifics you can take a peep here.

Tuesday April 1st (it's not joke!) 6:30 – 9:30pm.
$97.  Seats are limited.
Beach Hotel.  Albert Park.

Be there or be square!

Need to know more about Sam?  Stay tuned, she's my wellness sister on the site tomorrow and she's got some VERY cool stuff to share.

What to do when overwhelmed with a deadline.

I've not been shy about the fact that I lost my mojo somewhere over the pacific on my way to Hawaii.  I came back totes chilled out, found a little bit of my 'groove' again (sigh of relief!) and then off she went again as if teasing me – knowing that deadlines were lurking and it wasn't doing much for my cortisol levels (hello stress).  You see, I finally signed a book contract – oh so exciting but the reality has set in.  I need to get my write on and STAT.
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Good Food Friday – Zucchini Sproodle Salad


Today is the last day of our March Gentle Body Cleanse.  The feedback I get from my cleanses is phenomenal and if you are feeling the love today, I'd love to hear from you in the comment section below – how are you feeling and how much did you enjoy (or not) cleansing.  So to wrap things up, here's a winner that the cleansers enjoyed as part of their extra menu this week.  It's the perfect accompaniment to a salmon fillet or alongside a baked sweet potato. Whatever way you like it, be sure you enjoy it!

2 Zucchini sproodled or thinly sliced/shaved with a peeler
1 red capsicum
1 handful of snow pea sprouts
1 nashi pear thinly sliced
OPTIONAL – several pieces of fetta to scatter
Sprinkle of chia
1 handful of each pepitas and macadamia nuts
A good splash of oil, salt and pepper to season

Combine ingredients, mix well and serve!


Given that we have just launched our national Debunking PCOS tour, I thought this post was pretty darn fitting.  As you will learn today, any stress placed on the body, be it physical or emotional, really plays havoc with hormone health and especially those with PCOS (after all, as we're learning in the Debunking PCOS workshops, PCOS when you strip it right back is simply hormone imbalance).  Personal Trainer, Rachelle Bayley understand how important it is to recognise that we are all unique and we all require a different regime if we want our bodies firing on all cylinders.  So over to her today to discuss how to best exercise for happy hormones.

In the Personal Training world, hormonal health is largely overlooked when it comes to weight loss and the ultimate journey to health. Unfortunately the first time hormonal health becomes a priority is when things go wrong and hormones start playing up and getting in the way of the results we are working so hard for. I used to be guilty of this. I put my hand up here and say that after all of the research I did day in and day out on nutrition, exercise and weight loss in general, hormonal health was something that I knew very little about and a topic that I often avoided with my clients.

Well, didn’t that backfire! Last year I found out that I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). This rocked me like you wouldn’t believe. I had always been in great shape, my body, my mind and my health were always what I would have considered ‘immaculate’. All of a sudden things were changing and seemed to be out of my control (not something I was used to).
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