Adopting the face of nature
There are something that I do in the morning, no matter what day it is, where it is and what my schedule is, these things just don't go a stray and get me ready for the day ahead.
First thing I do when I wake up is wash my face with some fresh water, I don't use a cleanser really, I find the ocean and sea salt cleans my skin so well that there really isn't a better natural cleaner than a little bit of exfoliating salty water. Sometimes I wake up 10 minutes earlier to take 10 minutes to myself (thanks to Elise Little Bantam Surf Trainer), I recently downloaded Headspace and have a guided breathing exercise by Elise Carter. A meditation that takes your through step by step really helps!
I usually put my bikinis straight on out of bed, drink 1 to 2 glasses of water with lemon in the morning and then take a tbs of coconut oil and oil pull in the car on the way to the surf...not a lot of people know about this and those that do, know the amazing benefits it has (whiter teeth, clears sinuses, clearer skin, healthy gums etc). A family friend, Jess Ainscough tells you all about it here or mind body green has some really easy read articles here!
I usually then surf for about an hour and a half with friends (this usually leads to a coffee date afterwards with everyone). I actually don't know the last time I didn't surf in the morning. But on the rare occasion that I don't, I'll swim the beach of Mooloolaba with my Mum(its usually about 1km or so) or yoga down the road. If I don't do something active in the mornings, I feel as if I haven't woken up. It gets the blood going, starts your brain functioning and puts you in a better mood! Seriously...when has someone regretted going for a run or quick swim?
Breakfast is always on the mind and is a must! Otherwise I don't function and end up missing half my lectures because I'm falling asleep or it goes straight through the brain. So something fun is usually brain stormed at coffee/tea that morning.
Depending on what day it is, I'll either have training at the OPC at 8am, university at 11, or work for most of the day. Surfing and food comes first, then usually the uni, work, training and study. Right now its pretty scheduled, so these 5 things are the secrets for making my day. How do you start yours?
Healthy take away, has that ever been in the same sentence?
Well, UberEATS Australia is making take away and eating healthy a whole lot easier. And I'm so excited they have finally made it to the Sunshine Coast.
I literally got out of the surf the other day, opened my UberEats app, found my local favourite restaurants, and had lunch delivered to me on the beach! I didn't even have to leave the beach for food, let alone a healthier option.
We are a society that has become a tad lazy...if not lazy, then just uber busy (pun intended). Eating healthy has become a chore that unfortunately has become the last priority for most of the population. When was the last time you got take out? Last night? The past week? Or are you eating some right now while reading this? The majority will usually answer yes. And was it healthy... most likely not. I don't eat out a lot, and don't get take away because of this problem.
The majority of takeaway and deliveries are absolutely terrible for you. BUT! UberEATS Australia is now giving us a better option. There are no excuses now for not having enough time to eat better! Who doesn't want to have a a dang good, restaurant quality, smashed avocado in bed that has just been delivered to your front door. Seriously I'm, getting excited about my mornings just thinking about it.
No matter what your routine is or where you are going on the Sunshine Coast, I know how much easier this app will make eating better easier for the community. Im stoked to support my local food favourites that are now accessible through the app and can enjoy the better choices!
Feel good on and when you get off the plane with these home made goodies and tips.
Staying healthy whilst travelling is hard... well kind of... okay nah, it really isn't that hard. If you are committed to staying healthy, then I believe you will go that extra effort to practice healthy habits. So this is what I do for my surfing adventures and travels around the globe.
Some Ideas for you
Recipes and tips for healthy travelling. These are genuine products that I use every day as well. It makes my time and journeys a lot more comfortable.
I often have friends asking me what to take on the plane…especially what foods? So, I thought I would give you some ideas as well as my favourite items that make the journey that much easier.
MY BASIC LIST:
Honestly, the chia pudding is probably the most efficient, longer lasting, full of fibre, good fats, energy dense and absolutely delicious meal/snack you could take on a hike (or any physical activity that involves you being away from a kitchen). It literally only takes 10 minutes. Here is how you do it!
You could also opt for these snacks on the road and pre make these banana breaky bites, truffle chocolates, almond butter (yep I take a whole jar sometimes, don't judge me haha).
I learnt though that after all these food and snacks, chia pudding was my favourite, its ws longer lasting with hunger and didn't leave me on a sugar high which would then lead to a low!
I would love to know more idea on what people take that is home made? Link me in the comments below, I would love to know what everyone does.
GETTING BACK TO THE ROUTINE, DEBUNKING THE TIME ZONES.
My approach to getting back to it all, is to not completely forget it when you travel. I travel with the thought of still training...just in different ways. But when this is not available, I think that we should chill, take a step back and have a couple of days to do what you feel is best for you.
Whilst traveling, there was one thing I did miss...my bed, and I believe that sleep is the one of the most important things when exercising, recovery, training, travelling and functioning in every way. So a little nap is on the agenda below (not too long though!).
I also find it easier if I know what I'm doing the day of when I arrive. See whats around so you can plan ahead to help you out.
So here are a few tips (okay there are 10) and tricks I believe that will get you back on your feet, beating the jet lag, eliminating the toxins and feeling 100%
Tip 1 - DON'T EAT THE PLANE FOOD
Probably the slowest vehicle I have travelled in. Climbing dangerously winding roads over mountain passes that aren't recommended for RV over 25ft (ours is 36ft...) wasn't the brightest of moments, but an adventure non the less. Old betsy is over 20yrs old... I thought she was gonna give way, but I'm surprised every time she makes another corner!
Day 1- Arrived and exhausted front the 13 hour flight, not much sleep, running on little energy to keep ourselves awake the next 10 hrs to adapt to USA times. Straight into Big Rig Betsy, going 50m/hr on a 70m/hr zone (fml). I literally watched the time double to our destination every 2 minutes on the tomtom.
We stopped for food, WHOLEFOODS!!!!! Foodies like us, we live for that place! After the happiness of getting good food, we were then slapped in the face with the RV broken down. It was 42degrees celsius in the middle of fresno, California. Luckily we found out the fuel gage was in correct and we were just on empty! All I could look forward to was food and the lodge we were meant to get to tonight... in Yosemite, but of course we didn't.
All loosing our tempers and the light, we stopped about 2 hrs from our destination in a little town called Mariposa (top right photo). I folded down the table to make my bed in the RV, and slept like a rock.
Day 2 - Monique and I made ourselves a promise to do workouts each day... her sprinting talents leaves me in the dust, but is the best interval works outs you can do with using your surroundings. We were on our way within the hour, slowly again...trying to accept the snail pace). Still pretty tired, and looking forward to the comfy bed and fresh non moving, clean shower at the lodge. We stopped and moved so slowly, a 2hr journey turned to 5hrs. Made it by 12 to the lodge...to yet again be slapped in the face with mum cancelling it cos it had no amenities to cook which meant we had to drive another 45 to another campground we passed...I lost my sh*t! Had a little cry, so sick of sitting in the RV, is was fu*#ing horrible, you can only take it so long.
Note to self, yelling and getting angry doesn't help anything or anyone
We found the camp ground and at least found a creek to wash away the anger I had boiled up over the last 48hrs in the RV. Quickly found a hike in Hetch Hetchy (photo above), finishing the walk at 830pm, bed it was next.
Day 3 - IT WAS EPIC, I can only explain through visual pictures because, words dont do it justice! We hiked a 5-6hrs journey in under 4hrs. Steep steeps, getting saturated on the mist trail, literally feels like its raining but the water is so powerful and cold that you get mist from the falls and freeze your ass off. Either way, my but will be perky after the thousand steeps we climbed up the cliff face next to Nevada Water falls. To Many good routes and such little time!
We are now in boise, had a few days chilling and running around doing wedding chores, eating, sun baking and relaxing a bit more. We challenged our selves with some hectic passes in mountain in old Betsy, but we made it in double the amount of time we thought we would... I have accepted how slow she is now and realised we have to add on about 1/3 of the time to each journey in the RV. I guess slow and steady wins the race. Onto Ketchum for all the wedding event and activities!
Happy adventures and happy surfing! Because I sure do need a surf when I get home.
Well its been more than 20 or so days I think since I did the no plastic thingo! And let me tell you, its harder than it seems.
I have successfully used my reusable cup multiple times and saved a lot of rubbish waste this far. It's kinda fun having your own cup as well, even if your boyfriend thinks its gay!
Unfortunately on multiple occasions I automatically would eat something from a packet, and then realised later. I think the trick to it is training and keeping up the habits of not choosing those foods so that you don't unconsciously grab them. I decided to start picking cardboard or recycled packaging as an easier way. But honestly, if you stuck to it 100% you would be a dam healthy human I think. Fresh is best I think.
Even though it's so little, I'm honestly proud how much I have used it and found myself wanting to use it more often. Every bit counts and it starts with little habits like this.
If you have any tips and tricks, let me know!
Okay, its harder than it seems and when you really think about it, plastic is literally everywhere! I am already finding it hard to completely stay away from rubbish.
I automatically opened the fridge the other day and ate some Alter eco chocolate... and didn't realise until 2 hrs later that it was in a wrapper and cardboard.
I half made myself try to feel better because they do use recycle materials, but still I ain't perfect!
I think that there is a point where you literally, and most likely could not eat a heck of a lot if you were an extreme no waste gal! So, I am at the point where I don't buy anything that's in plastic or in some sort of wrapping or paper. If I can reuse it, I will buy it, If it is recyclable, then maybe? Haven't had to cross that road yet and I'm on day 4.
I was reaching for some fresh ground peanut butter, about to pop the deliciously crunchy substance into my mouth....then realised it was in plastic! I couldn't not have peanut butter so I went out and bought a glass one
So here is a little list of tips and things I have started to do because of this challenge.
- buy in the glass - we often reuse ours and have a cupboard dedicated to them
- take your own jars to fill at your health food store (they can often tear the weight)
- take your own bags (avoid using their plastic bags, onyalife have these awesome reusable ones, available at grub organics)
- shop at places that have bulk bins - they are often cheaper and you get the right amount (uses your jars)
- buy a reusable take away cup for those coffee days! (i have a couple and keep one in the car)
- tea drinkers - use loose leaf and put it in your jars
- farmers markets - they often don't have them in plastic and are fresher
- grow your own - if you can keep it alive....I have been struggling with this one haha!
- avoid the food isles and stick to the fresh areas
- buy recyclable tins or products that have the symbol on it
- get a thermos for the winter days - Montsa thermos here is pretty awesome
- compost - or farm waste
- for the ladies - that time of the month, buy a moon cup - no waste on that time of the month!
- BPA free drink bottle - there is a massive range out there
- smoothie drinkers - get an eco jarz smoothie jar with a steel straw! (they're awesome)
Let me know how you do it! What are you tips? This is just what I have had to adapt to over the last couple of days. I had to go to a bulk foods the other day with massive jars hahaha!
1 month of no food consumption that has been in a packet - starting today!
Something popped into my mind the other day, how many take away coffee cups have I used, and how many have I thrown away? How does this effect the environment and our oceans?
More than 500billion cups are manufactured globally every year that are lined with polyethylene (makes them non recyclable).
I was scrolling through social media and I came across a whale shark that had washed up on the shores due to rubbish, plastic and pollution in the sea. Its always been a a major dream of mine to swim with them! I cant believe that I could have some sort of contribution to this and how can I expect to swim with them when we are slowly killing them.
Not only do they effect the oceans, they effect our health - with major studies on plastic, manufacturing and leaking toxins from synthetic packaging (references below).
So…as a passionate advocate for health and the ocean. I am giving up/avoiding, not eating or consuming anything that has been in a packet and is non-recyclable. To help me on my way, I thought I would start with my coffee cups, and thanks to 'frank green', I will start with never having to use another plastic coffee cup again!
Every purchase from 'frank green' goes towards Earthwatch, an environmental research company.
My goal is to save over 600 paper cups from land fill with the help of 'frank green'!
Tell me how you do it? Or what should I do next?
Onward and upward
- healthier foods
- less exposure to chemicals
- less waste
- more fruit and veggies!
- 600 less cups on land fill each year if I used my cup
- supporting local industries
- and probably more if you can think of them
Happy environmental day should be everyday!
Here are a couple of studies on packaging toxins and waste to the seas.
Our food: Packaging and Health
Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging
175 chemicals in food packaging
Well hello and welcome to my blog. I'm currently travelling and chasing a dream of being a professional surfer whilst juggling the study of a B.Sc in Nutritional Medicine.