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Yoga Teacher at Kula Yoga

I am very excited to announce that I have joined the Kula Yoga and Wellness family as a yoga teacher. Kula means “community of the heart” which is so obvious when you enter the gorgeous studio. Yoga is not just the physical practice, it is an opportunity to dive deeper into self awareness and nourishment for body, mind and soul. It is an absolute to joy to be a member of this incredible team.

My classes are:

Sunday Basics 4:00pm-5:00pm

Monday Power 6:00am-7:00am

Thursday Basics 9:30am- 10:30am

And if that wasn’t enough, Kula Yoga run a Yoga cruise every year. This years cruise dates are 25th June till 1st July. I am delighted to advise that I am one of the teachers on board. Nothing is compulsory but there are 2 daily yoga classes (Yin and Power) on the boat rooftop and nearby beaches, Snorkelling, Swimming with Sea Turtles in their natural habitat. We visit local villages and travel around the Gili Islands and Lombok. What a dream!

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A Healthy Chocolate

There is something you may not know about me, I don’t like very sweet foods.

I use to love sultanas, their sticky sweetness sandwiched between apricots and almonds was my go to snack. Fast forward a number of years and quite frankly I’d prefer a bowl of crisp raw veggies. Seriously, what beats the crunch and refreshment of cucumber and celery.

However, after the gorgeous boost of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals there is space for some wholesome chocolate in the form of homemade chocolate bark. Even the virtuous are allowed a chocolatey snack occasionally 🙂

This recipe is easy peasy and mighty delicious. Sub any of the ingredients for other nuts, nut butters, seeds and dried fruit. You could even impress the guests with the addition of edible rose petals, lavender or freeze-dried raspberries. You are limited only by your imagination.

chocolate bark

Ingredients:

250mL Cacao Butter

2 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Powder

2 Tablespoons Honey

2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter

1/2 Cup Buckwheat Groats

1/3 Cup Almonds

1/3 Cup Goji Berries

Method:

Over a low heat, melt the cacao butter.

Once melted, remove from the heat.

Stir through all remaining ingredients. Set aside.

Line a flat tray with baking paper.

Pour the chocolate bark contents into the tray.

Place in the freezer until set.

Once set, break up into ‘bark’ pieces.

Store in the fridge.

 

 

Food Fads Worth Embracing

As a nutritionist, one phrase I despise is “food fad”. I’m obviously in support of food, so the food component is fab. But add a fad to the end and suddenly everything changes.

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Really, another one?

Food fads are usually heralded by minions shouting “I SAVED MY LIFE THANKS TO …” only to be forgotten two minutes later when the next magic pill arrives.

One delivery followed by another; weight-loss pills, the key to anti-ageing, potions for eternal bliss, scents to stave off hunger, superfoods to make you shine, elixirs to boost your metabolism, and so on. It still amazes me what desperate measures some individuals take in the name of health.

So what’s wrong with a little fad? The main qualm I have with fads is their tendency to encourage obsessive behaviours. Such actions are unsustainable in the long term and facilitate poor self-esteem.

I wholeheartedly support proactive health measures and preventative nutrition. However, there is no need to increase the mortgage on your house to fund these exclusive potions.

Miracle Pill

There is no such thing as a miracle pill

 

Look at Mother Nature

One fad that has been around for some time and is probably more a way of life than a fad is the kitchen garden program offered by many primary schools. Thanks to the vision of Stephanie Alexander and her desire to provide regular kitchen and garden classes to children, the next generation is learning vital skills for optimal well-being and healthy living.

Teaching a child how to love and nurture vegetables is crucial for their future health.

I appreciate that maths, geography, history and the like are essential to the school curriculum. However, teach a child how to grow tomatoes and show them some kitchen recipes that transform these beautiful sweet morsels into delicacies and you will improve their lives. It will encourage them to develop a healthy relationship with food and a positive regard for their body. This is turn will boost their self-esteem.

Fresh Turmeric

Fresh Turmeric

Self love

A child with food knowledge and kitchen skills is more likely to develop into a physically active healthy adult. They are more likely to consume wholesome foods regularly and respect and nurture their body.

Contrast this with a young adult lacking in basic food knowledge. They are often the yo-yo dieter who loathes their body.

I spend much of my time in schools and corporate offices giving nutrition seminars and running wellness programs. Adults who were encouraged as children to take part in food preparation and cooking lead healthier lifestyles as they grow.

But if you weren’t a child of home harvesters, it is not all doom and gloom. There’s no time like the present to start.

Fast fads & detoxes

Drastic fad diets and detoxes might facilitate short-term weight loss. Yet fast forward two years and it’s likely all lost weight plus more has appeared. Glorifying short-term skinniness is like celebrating the success of a cheater. The truth will eventually out in the most inconvenient circumstances, such as a burst zip, when the weight reappears.

A final message

Stop over-complicating everything.

Seek professional help if you would like a targeted approach unique to your lifestyle. Otherwise, simply consume far more vegetables than you think you need. You might notice the improvements to your health. You might even notice your skin develops a radiant shine that the $350 superfood failed to deliver.

And, with love and kindness, please drink some water.

Disclaimer: I am not associated with Stephanie Alexander or her programs, nor do I receive royalties or bonuses for promotion.

My Piece Published in The Weekly Review 14th March 2015

Honesty is the Best Policy

Something honest and authentic….

Many claim to be nutrition and health “experts” yet what they offer is shonky claims based on nothing but hocus pocus. I don’t follow the status quo just to win popularity contests. Your health and wellbeing is far too important and so is mine.

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I prefer to let my work and achievements speak for themselves rather than dismiss specific individuals, products or services that oppose my core principles.
But the truth is, for too long my industry has been attacked by “experts” with no basic nutrition education and training.

Nutrition science is far more complicated than coconut oil, kale smoothies and chia pudding.

Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding

I am a Registered Nutritionist, registered with a professional body. (See here)

Every three years I need to accrue a minimum of 300 continuing professional development points in order to retain my registration; even though I have studied nutrition for over 6 years, have 2 nutrition degrees (one undergrad and one postgrad) and have been in this industry for more years than my young face may indicate.

I don’t say that to satisfy my ego, you simply deserve to know what my qualifications and credentials are. It is why I pride myself on honesty and authenticity.

And so with that, I have just received my updated certificate, registering me for the next three years.

Happy Days xx

Nutrition Society of Australia Registration Certificate

Nutrition Society of Australia Registration Certificate

Exciting News

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I’m so excited to share with you all, I have been voted onto the Nutrition Society of Australia’s Victorian Committee!! It’s moments like this that make all the hard work and sacrifices worthwhile.
I’ve learnt in life some will support unconditionally and some will try to shut you down and tell you, you can’t.
But if you dream it, with hard work, persistence and dedication, anything can happen.
Just remember to keep the supporters close, they’re golden.

To celebrate, I’m off to do headstands. It’s just how I roll xxxxx

21 Days To Wellness

As a Nutritionist I love seeing others passionate about their health and motivated to consume wholesome foods.

However. something I wish was that self nourishment was a constant, a non-negotiable, rather than an activity reserved to get in shape for summer, the special event, your vacation or the other fleeting activity that inspires health.

I wish that instead of seeking unrealistic weight loss, each and every person sort health and wellness.

Health and wellness is important every day of the year.

It’s the only way to ensure we can be our best.

So, having said that…

I am bursting with excitement to announce the 21 DAYS TO WELLNESS  

I have put together this free pack to guide you on your journey. Twenty one days is only 3 weeks.

It is a perfect time to encourage healthy practices.

Instructions:

  1. Download the 21 Days to Wellness Templates
  2. Stick it on your fridge, wardrobe, bathroom mirror or anywhere else you think relevant.
  3. Use my suggestions or make up your own on the blank template.

The only rule is the wellness activity should be manageable, realistic and maybe even something fun.

It can be ever so small, just something that is like a loving hug for your body and mind.

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And, if that wasn’t exciting enough…

I want to celebrate you, your health and the goodness about to approach.

In honour of this special occasion, I am running a competition.

The following gift hamper could be yours.

Products from Brookfarm, Byron Bay Tea Company, Loving Earth, Moxie, Kosmea and Jacqueline Evans Skin Care

Products from Brookfarm, Byron Bay Tea Company, Loving Earth, Moxie, Kosmea and Jacqueline Evans Skin Care

All you need to do is:

Follow this facebook page.

All the details will be listed on this page from Thursday 11th September.

It‘s pretty simple, Just follow this facebook page

Looking forward to hearing about your goodness,

With Love, Sharon xxoo

6 Tips for Optimal Wellness

Optimal Wellness is the state at which your body and mind are functioning at their prime.

See my list of 6 tips below for the keys to optimising your health and wellbeing.

1) Avoid Absolutes:
This includes avoiding language such as “I will never…’ or “I will always…” Conclusive, definitive language often leads to obsessive behaviours which are not sustainable. It is also very negative and encourages poor self-worth if the resolution is broken.
 
2) Be Realistic:
If you want to change your eating habits and lose weight. Start with small, manageable changes. For example, include one more vegetable in your lunch. One positive step forward that is small enough to maintain will provide encouragement and motivation to continue. However, be mindful that lifestyles need greater than 3 weeks to be modified. It takes three weeks to form a habit but 6 months for it to form part of your personality.

3) Be Patient:
In our culture we are used to instant gratification. If a resolution is broken more often than not it will be the death of that resolution. Acknowledge that old habits may re-arise, be patient and persist.

4) Be accountable:
There is no point setting a resolution or goal if it is not going to be measured. This allows for monitoring but is also a means to re-assess the current resolution. It is also a means to document milestones and It is important to celebrate successes.

5) Seek Support:
It is vital when embarking on a new challenge to seek assistance and support. This may be from a professional or loved ones. Research suggests that encouragement from others leads to successful resolutions.

6) Avoid Comparisons:
Remember the only person you need to compete with is the one you were yesterday. It is not your business where others are located in their journey. Love and respect your self without comparison.