Archive for the ‘Your Life in Balance’ Category

2012 – what’s your word?

{Image via Ali Edwards}

A fresh approach to New Year’s Resolutions

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Shared celebrations

Things have been a little quiet here at Équilibre as we await the birth of our second child… due to arrive any day now!

As this means that social festivities in the lead up to Christmas will be significantly curtailed for me this year, my girlfriends and I took the opportunity to organise a lovely lunch a couple of weeks ago to take time out to celebrate our friendship and the year that has been, as well as a couple of expected new arrivals! It was so delightful to share in some delicious, seasonal food on a lovely warm, sunny Sunday afternoon in the company of close friends.

I’ll have the recipes for the homemade cordials on a future blog post – everyone received a little ‘take home’ bottle as a memento of the afternoon!

Here are a few snapshots from our little feast as well as links to the recipes below… Read the rest of this entry »

Real Life Stories from Équilibre

You may have noticed that our website looks a little different to your standard fitness business site…

There are no ‘amazing’ before and after testimonials and photos of clients who have lost startlingly large amounts of weight in impossibly short periods of time. No glossy images of flexed, bulging muscles and superficially bronzed bodies. Nope. Not one. It’s just not our style.

It was our intention from the get-go to avoid stereotypical images and to develop our own unique style. If you’ve read a page or two on our site, as well as a blog post here and there, you’ve probably gathered that we take a different approach.

Simply put, we aim to teach and inspire an appreciation for exercise and good food, and encourage a healthy lifestyle based on balance. It’s a realistic, back to basics, sustainable approach. It’s feeling good about your own body – strong, energetic and confident. It’s not about aspiring to the body beautiful, but it is about living life to its fullest.

To give you a little more insight, a few of our special clients have generously agreed to share their unique personal stories and experiences of training the Équilibre way… Read the rest of this entry »

Equilibrium: French Style

The secret of eating for pleasure…

Ask my friends and they will tell you that I have always held a curious fascination for all things French. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why… perhaps it just comes from growing up with a very french sounding (maiden) name!

If you weren’t already aware, July is Tour de France month in our (cycling mad) household – an ideal excuse for me to indulge my francophile tendencies (I love that Gourmet Traveller plays along by scheduling their annual French issue for July, too!)

Appropriate then, that I make mention of a book that had (and continues to have) a profound influence on my relationship with food – Mireille Giulliani’s French Women Don’t Get Fat.

Now, I acknowledge the reality that today’s average French woman is perhaps not always a glowing picture of health and that sadly, thanks to the global spread of modern convenience foods and sedentary lifestyle habits, the French are having to deal with much the same obesity, health and body image problems that we are facing in Australia, the US and UK (see this article). That aside, I believe there is much we can learn from Mireille and her special perspective on the traditional french way of life and philosophy on food. Any woman who lists ‘breakfast, lunch and dinner’ among her favourite pastimes is worth taking notice of, in my opinion! Read the rest of this entry »

Wanting something…

{Image from Tara Whitney at Just be Blogged}

… A quote that struck a chord with me this week.

What am I doing this year that i’ve never done before? 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 »

Timely advice

This just about sums up where we are at in life and with our business. A timely reminder.

Thanks for sharing MAEVE (a fantastic quarterly online publication worth checking out).