Archive for the ‘Healthy Habits’ Category

The Be Kind to Your Body Challenge

Who knows? Maybe ‘your best body yet’, is the very one you’re in right now! Are you up for the challenge?

Before you dive straight in to your next health and fitness campaign, consider changing your diet or be tempted by that ‘bikini body’ program for summer, we’d like to ask you to stop for a minute and show a little respect and dare we say it, kindness to that amazing body of yours… Read the rest of this entry »

Balance, moderation and why you need to embrace equilibrium instead

“The best we can do…is to practise equilibrium internally – no matter what insanity is transpiring out there.”

Elizabeth Gilbert from Eat, Pray, Love

Maintaining a sense of balance in all areas of our life is something we should strive for. Saying that, I would suggest that the word itself has become overused and has lost its appeal… do you agree? To me, it’s a word that often places a too-heavy burden on our already overloaded shoulders. ‘Work-life balance’. ‘Getting the balance just right’. Juggling all of our balls in the air without dropping one can sometimes seem like an impossible task. Read the rest of this entry »

Winter inspirations

As winter draws to a close, we’d like to share what we’ve been up to and what’s tickled our fancy of late… Read the rest of this entry »

Detox Diary and Recipes

Images (clockwise from top right): Apple slices with Tahini; Broccoli pesto with rice noodles; Juice (all from Wholeliving) Almonds, Apples & Kale (both from The Chalkboard) Detox Tea from Pukka.

It’s true. We really do LOVE our food, and that does include wine, coffee, bread and homemade treats, but all in a balanced way, of course! As we are now heading in to a busy and indulgent period, we decided that October was the perfect time to commit to a fortnight of keeping things clean and giving our bodies a little break – and we did it! Read the rest of this entry »

Cleansing for food lovers

‘…you can’t die of boredom for the cause of a good detox.’

During our spring Fitness for Foodies program, we talked about making the switch from heavier, more indulgent winter meals to the lighter, cleaner flavours of spring, incorporating many more vegetables and a variety of grains and legumes in our cooking. Read the rest of this entry »

Breakfast…beyond the box

My challenge to you this week is to think beyond packaged, processed breakfast cereals (yes, I do mean Weetbix!) and to ban all those boxes with their seemingly virtuous health claims emblazoned across the front. Read the rest of this entry »

Great snack recipes to energise and satisfy

One of my irritations is ‘healthy recipe makeovers’ – you know the ones, where you take traditional recipes and try to cut back on fat, salt, sugar or substitute alternative (so-called healthier) ingredients. I understand the good intentions, but often find that by doing this you come up with less than satisfying results and generally feel a little cheated. The classic example being the old ‘coconut essence in evaporated skim milk’ used to replace real coconut milk….arghhhh, so wrong!

Its basically the same as a lot of ‘diet’ products on the market that cut back on fat and then need to pack in so many artificial additives and chemicals (or in a lot of cases refined sugar) just to make them palatable. It makes no sense when a little bit of the real thing can be so satisfying, ultimately more nutritious and you don’t feel as if you are being deprived or missing out (and for those of you familiar with it, a lot less chance of spiralling out of control in to an all out binge!)

As we have been tweaking the food we eat ‘post celebratory season’, i’ve been incorporating some more healthy snacks in to our repertoire. What I love about these dips are the fact that they are age-old traditional recipes not trying to be more of one thing or less of another…they simply are what they are…straightforward, tasty, nutritious and filling. I certainly haven’t found anything better ready-made, nor easier to whip up in a couple of minutes with just some basic ingredients… Read the rest of this entry »

Your Festive Season Survival guide – Équilibre style

This Christmas card design from British venture Make-Do (found via Eat Drink Chic) made us giggle, but all too often its not too far from the reality!

We decided to come up with our own list of essential tips to help you navigate through the holidays with energy, vitality and most of all, enjoyment. A refreshingly different perspective on your food and activities that can easily be continued in to the New Year and beyond… Read the rest of this entry »

‘Rules’ for Eating Healthily and Happily

When it comes to our philosophy on food, we have a few inspiring influences to introduce you to…

As a starting point, we think no one spells it out with quite such clarity and simplicity as Michael Pollan, in his little book entitled ‘Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual’.

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