coconut yoghurt

So how about this for an experiment with double the fun?  TWO recipes from the one amazing mix.

I was playing around in the kitchen this week and fell over THIS.

See above.  It's my coconut yoghurt recipe – LITERALLY blending the flesh of a coconut (or might I suggest a few for a decent batch) with a probiotic capsule and blending until it's a super smooth consistency.  Even my husband was licking the bowl!

Then, after I made this, I thought I'd take it one step further and create….

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THIS!

Here's what you need (makes 2 serves):

1 cup of my My coconut yoghurt (or you could use coho)
3-4 strawberries
5-6 blueberries
2 tbs chia seeds
1 cup of coconut water 

Method:

Blend the coconut yoghurt with berries and set aside.
Combine chia and coconut water and allow to sit until the chia absorbs the coconut water.
Mix the coconut yoghurt with the chia seeds and serve in martini glasses.

So good and easy!

I'm pretty pumped for this one!  My lovely gal pal Claire Baker and I met some time ago in the midst of her quest for menstruation.  Claire, like so many women came off the pill, found herself in the full swing of PCOS and decided it was high time she walked her walk and heal her body.  Claire is a health coach in Perth and an all round delight to share the wellness arena with.  Her blog – this is life blood is not only an account of her journey thus far, but a resource for women seeking wellness.

Anyway, this is a must watch for all women, especially those with PCOS and hormone imbalance.

And of course, if you want to learn how to really understand PCOS more, get your body back on track, get off the pill and being to peel away the layers and get back to wellness, my Debunking PCOS tour kicks off on March 15th in Melbourne.  We're coming to a city near you.  I can't wait to help women get their own individual keys to hormone happiness!

Do you love your hormones enough?

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Isn't it funny how things click into place always just when they should?  Although we may be, at the time none the wiser, hindsight always provides us with the realisation.  There's been a theme running through me over the past few years.  Not really knowing or digging too far into it, I've allowed it to wash through every part of me – through my home life and family, my business, in practice, with my team, and through my blog.  In setting up deliberate structure around my business, I was guided to hone in on my highest values.  In doing so, it became apparent to me, that love was on the very top of my list.  And of course we all have different values, different priorities and various feelings and emotions that propel us.  Funnier though for me was, I never felt like I was a 'lovey dovey' type of gal – much like I never thought that what I did was very 'feminine' – but as you see (and you may be laughing because could it be any closer to what I do), both these things are central to who I am and what I do.  How we perceive things is up to us.

But with love as my driving force, recognising and most importantly naming this as what drives me most, it's now come at me like a road train – and continues to come at me thicker and faster than ever before.  So what I'm about to reveal to you, came as no surprise to me, but more so one of those 'meant to be' discoveries like so many before it.

Without love, you can never fully heal.

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Good Food Friday – my chocolate mousse tart!

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Don't you just love an impromptu delight?  This is one like no other.  I'm known to experiment in the kitchen.  This beauty came from a 'I feel like a chocolate tart' moment without any 'pre preparation.'  I had to improvise from what was in my cupboard.

Anyway you can make this gluten free, sugar free and dairy free should you so desire.  It tastes divine and will have your tummy hap hap happy!

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My chat with Relauncher’s Alison Morgan

 
Are you enjoying these Wellness Women Wednesdays?  I'm loving how each of us view fertility as something different and most of all my message seems to be infiltrating – because fertility IS so much more than babies.  Today I'm delighted to chat with Alison Morgan about fertility, life and how being healthy is highly addictive! 
 
What does fertility mean to you?
Fertility is so beautiful.  To me, it tells you when the body is in a healthy state, recognising it’s capable of carrying a new life.
 
What the one thing you do regularly that connects you back to yourself as a woman?
I love regular yoga practice.  To hold the poses correctly, you must be present and in the moment.  It’s at this moment you truly connect with your body, mind and spirit.

3 things you maybe never knew about PCOS


With my Debunking Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome tour set to start in just a few short weeks, I've been digging into my bag of tricks to really be able to offer women some juicy solutions.  In preparation for live events, I've had a lot of time to realise, that like every health condition, there's so much more than meets the eye.  

And of course, to think that there is only ever one way to treat anything is plain ludicrous.  

I mean genetically we are all different, then we throw into the mix things such as environment, diet, lifestyle, upbringing, and emotional wellness – there's a lot to know.  But here's the thing, I don't want it to be confusing or overwhelming or confronting.  I don't want your health and wellness to be in the too hard basket – heck, it needs to be on the top of the checklist!  

When we look at things front on, we run the risk of areas being shadowed.  I'm so excited to be able to shine the spotlight on PCOS from above and reveal it all – no room for shadows.  I want to debunk it good and proper and allow each individual to understand her own situation better.  Because no two bodies are exactly the same – not even for identical twins!

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(thanks to Hayley Blease for this image)
 
Guess what?  Many of you have been busting for the big announcement of dates for the next Gentle Body Cleanse.  I'm delighted to reveal, the March Gentle Body Cleanse will kick off on March 17th!  To secure your place, click on this link and if it sounds like it's something your body is screaming for and need more info, get all the details of what's involved here.  
 
What you need to know is this:  
If you've previously cleansed with me, the menu will be the same as our November Gentle Body Cleanse however your daily emails with new recipes will be this months new feature, meaning we will continue to grow your recipe library and what's more, support you through the cleansing process.  This means along with your 5 day menu plan, you will get an extra (and new) daily recipe to keep your tastebuds rocking along!
 
Ingredients: (Serves 2)
 
2 whole capsicums, halved with seeds and white parts removed
1 onion diced
1 cup of cooked rice
5-6 mushrooms chopped
½ cup peas
A few springs of thyme or your favourite fresh herb
Coconut oil or olive oil to fry
Salt and pepper to taste
 
Method:
 
In a fry pan, melt 1 generous tablespoon of coconut butter or olive oil.
Fry onions until clear.
Add mushrooms and peas and stir until cooked.
Add rice and season and cook for another 5 minutes, add thyme.
 
Arrange capsicums on a baking tray, cup side up.
Place rice mixture into each capsicum half.
 
Drizzle with oil and place into the oven for 20 minutes or until capsicum is cooked.
 
Serve with a green salad.

I was delighted to hear this book was coming to life – to create some awareness around a topic that is useful for all women, especially the young.  You see when I wrote my Fertilise Yourself, I quickly discovered something;  it wasn't women (and men) ready to have babies that I needed to convince good health was a must, it was young women who needed the education and support.  This starts from the get go and if we can nail it, will change the way for the future around hormone health and long term fertility.  I'm delighted to give you some more insight into this new book today. 

Cycling to Grandma's House

Luna has just been assigned a challenging school project: to find the most incredible characteristic about being a girl and then present it to her class. Luna races home to ask for advice from her mother, who suggests she do her project on an experience that Luna shares with other girls all around the world: menstruation. As she summons the courage to talk to other girls and women from various cultures about their first period, she embarks on an exciting journey that will change her life forever.

A powerful new Australian children’s book is breaking a long held taboo by tackling the issue of menstruation and menarche (the first menstrual bleed by a woman).
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Five easy ways to shift unwanted weight

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Put body image aside for just a tick if you will.  Let's look at the health side of weight.  Being overweight isn't just uncomfortable; it's a sign that something isn't working as well as it could be, no matter what the situation.  It's important that we move away from looking at weight as an 'ideal' and start looking at what that means for you as an individual.  Consider at the health implications, the hormone imbalance and the strain on the body.  Forget setting unrealistic and unhealthy goals, your ideal weight isn't necessarily going to be the same as your healthy weight.  With this in mind, I want to share the 5 easy suggestions I offer to my patients to help shift or maintain healthy weight.

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Valentines Day Chocolate Ice-Cream Sandwich

I can truly say I love Valentines Day – partner or not, make it the perfect excuse to indulge in a decadent dessert.
This recipe is guilt free, which means you don’t need to stop at 1! It’s sugar free, gluten free, dairy free and completely delicious.

Biscuit Ingredients
•    1/2 c nuts (I used activated almonds, although you can use any type of nuts you wish)
•    3/4 c pumpkin seeds
•    3 TBS Loving Earth organic cacao powder
•    1 TBS Loving Earth maca powder
•    1 tsp stevia
•    1 TBS water
•    1 TBS Coconut Magic coconut oil
•    3 tsp vanilla extract
•    pinch Himalayan salt
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